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Things to Do in Auli

Auli is one of the coldest places in Uttarakhand, India. It is a great tourist destination away from the bustling city life. Located in the northern Indian state, Auli claims to be one of the most excellent ski-resorts located in Uttarakhand. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, oak tree forests, and a plethora of natural virtue everywhere. Travelers around the globe visit this beautiful place to admire it. Apart from that, there are several amazing things to do in Auli. Skiing is one of the famous activities done here. Nevertheless, trekking, camping, and hiking can also be enjoyed here with great pleasure. Get ready to be mesmerized by the magic of this beautiful city and have a wonderful vacation!

Adventure activities in Auli

Skiing

Auli is one of the most exciting skiing destinations in India. Renowned for its clean environment and natural white slopes, it is one of the ideal places for skiing. It is away from the noisy urban life and offers beautiful slopes and panoramic vistas. Auli is nothing less than a utopia for skiing lovers. Its four major ski areas – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands located at an elevation of approx. 3000 meters make it more thrilling. With the availability of ski lifts, skiers can enjoy and can try several attempts to learn more about ski skills. Several skiing competitions are also organized every year.

Safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet and a body armor
  • Carry the basic kit you need to go off-piste such as a transceiver, snow shovel, probes, and backpack.
  • Know how to avoid crashes
  • Obey snow sports highway code
  • Watch out for ice on the way

Ropeway Ride

Locally known as Gondola, this 4 km cable car connects Joshimath and Auli. It is one of the highest cable cars in Asia. On a journey of about 25 minutes to Auli, delight in a visual treat. The ride offers stunning views of the natural beauty of the region, which include snow-capped mountains, dense forests, and misty valleys. The Ropeway's cabin can accommodate 25 tourists at a time and has ten towers/pillars. The Auli-Joshimath ropeway is considered Asia's longest after that in Gulmarg.

Safety tips:

  • Do not visit if you are sick.
  • Do not panic.
  • Stand still inside the cabin.

Trekking

After skiing, trekking is one of the best things to do in Auli. It boasts about several natural trekking trails that attract many adventure enthusiasts around the world. From major trekking ranges such as Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Dunagiri, and Joshimath to small ones like Gorson, Tali, Kuari Pass, Khulara, and Tapovan each trek has its own appeal. Trekking in these natural trails offers an amazing experience at each step. Beautiful views around add to the reasons to continue with trekking.

Safety tips:

  • Always be alert
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Use trekking poles.
  • Wear protective gear such as a helmet and knee guard.
  • Always stay on developed trails.
  • Be cautious while taking pictures.
  • Wear sturdy hiking boots.

Camping

Staying close to nature and spending nights under the stars is one of the remarkable things to do in Auli. The high altitude campsites are one of the best places to visit in Auli for natural bliss. Trekking through narrow trails will take you to beautiful camping destinations. Along with the stunning views of the surroundings; enjoy bonfire, music, games, cooking, and stargazing at night. Several campsites in Auli offer comfortable tents suitable for each season, other camping equipment, and facilities to freshen up. Apart from that, several campsites are also well-equipped with the kitchen and serve delicious meals. 

Safety tips:

  • Pack and store food safely.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Be aware of wild animals.
  • Pick a clean shelter and site.
  • Always stay updated with climatic conditions.
  • Always follow the campfire safety guidelines.
  • Always check the site if you are allergic to a particular thing

Sightseeing in Auli:

After you have had your fill of adrenaline rush, gear up with sightseeing. In Auli, sightseeing is an activity that will keep you on your toes with the excitement of exploring breathtaking locales. Some of the best ones are -

Nanda Devi National Park

One of the most beautiful national parks in the country, the Nanda Devi National Park is located at the foothills of the Nanda Devi Mountain. It is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This national park is renowned for its rich wildlife such as Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, ruby ​​throttle, brown bear, and grosbeaks. You can explore the best of nature at this national park. Also, enjoy activities like trekking and hiking here. The dense forests with panoramic views of the mountain serve as the perfect trekking ground.

Safety Tips:

  • Stay away from wildlife.
  • Do not feed wild animals.
  • Obey the fire rules of the park.
  • Hike safely on the broken trails.
  • Know your way around.
  • Do not litter.

Auli Artificial Lake

Auli Artificial Lake is one of the highest altitude artificial lakes in the world. Built-in the year 2010, this lake is meant for creating artificial snow on the new ski slopes in case of low snowfall.  The water from the lake is used for an artificial snowmaking system. It is used to feed the snow guns stationed along the ski slopes to offer a good surface for skiing.

Safety Tips:

  • Get the area map and know the surroundings.
  • Trek safely to reach the artificial lake.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Don’t swim in the lake.

Trishul Peak

The mighty Trishul peaks are located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. Trishul peak is actually a peak trio namely  Trishul I(approx 7,120 meters high), Trishul II(approx 6,690 meters high), and Trishul III (approx. 6,007 meters high). For climbing Mount Trishul, one has to go to base camp in Kumaon via Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam, Debal, Bedini Bugyal, and Roopkund. If you want to see the captivating nature of Trishul Peak then you can go to Kausani. There are many viewpoints from where it can be seen.

Safety Tips:

  • Climb slowly if you are a first-timer.
  • Eat carbs to get extra calories.
  • Avoid the consumption of cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.