This is a review of the Kanchapuri Sunrise Trek.
I am SO GLAD thatI did this trek but I was SO SORE afterwards. It was hard on my legs, especially my knees. You start at the top (please remove shoes and step into the Kanchapuri temple to pay respects), at about 1600 meters, and descend to Rishikesh at about 400 meters... and you will be hiking downhill for several hours. Downhill ounds easy, but it is a challenge. Some parts are overgrown jungle, slippery, steep, rocks, unstable. Use strong boots, long pants and long-sleeve shirt. Use hiking poles if you have them. Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Warm layers (it starts off cold!).
I had a very clear morning, fortunately. Stunning scenery of the Himaialaya. (I do not suggest doing this trek on a cloudy or foggy day, however, because you will miss the views.)
Om is a wonderful person and guide. He clearly loves the outdoors, and sharing the Himalaya with his guests. He spoke at length about his life, religion, Krishna, social and political views, etc. It was a fascinating conversation.
Highly recommended if you are fit and able. But caution if you are not