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Himalayan Vagabond Adventures do offer Inbound Adventure Tours for the outdoor enthusiasts coming from abroad especially in North India. We assure you of a once in a life time experience. Scrupulous planning, tremendous emphasis on safety and eco sense form the foundation of our each trips. We leave no stone unturned to make your trip a successful one.

Arunachal Pradesh (The Indian Land of the Rising Sun) is the eastern most state of India and borders Burma in the East and China in the North. It is famed for its scenic beauty, colourful warrior tribes, their prehistoric techniques of hunting and agriculture, and their legendary song and dances. As hunting is an important occupation of the tribes, many of them dress in monkey skins and use leopard skulls, beaks and feathers for ornamentation. They are always armed with a sword, nowadays more of a social symbol. 

To preserve the tribal culture and limit tourism to this area, the government has fixed high tariff for the basic accommodation and transport facilities available to tourists in the area.  To make your stay as comfortable as possible, our catering team will accompany you and organize delicious meals during the tour. Most evenings will be spent experiencing the various tribal dances and music.

Duration 12 Days
Season October-March

 

Day 01: Arrival Delhi: 

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Overnight in hotel.  

Day 02: Delhi: 

Full day guided city tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.

The division between New Delhi and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in lifestyles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

We visit Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Afterwards we drive past the Red Fort. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during 1638 - 1648 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. We see the mosque from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the nearby bazaar ensures that the area is always buzzing with activity.

The tour of Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and Humayun tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal. 

Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 03: Delhi - Guwahati (Flight):

Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Guwahati. Meet and greet on arrival by our representative and transfer to hotel. Guwahati is the capital of the North-eastern Indian state of Assam. This bustling town is surrounded by low hills and has the mighty Brahmaputra river flowing through it. Afternoon visit to a 1000 year-old Kamakhya temple, where strange but interesting Tantric rites are practiced to this day. Overnight in hotel.  Note: Since flight delays are a distinct possibility on this sector, it is recommended to spend the first night in Guwahati.  

Day 04:  Guwahati – Itanager (By Chopper- Dep. 14:00 hrs/ Arr. 15:20 hrs):

After a leisurely morning, transfer to the airport for a short chopper flight to Naharagun airport in Itanagar. Meet on arrival by our representative and transfer to the hotel.

Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, has several interesting places to visit including the Ita Fort, the Buddhist Monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum and the Gang lake. In the town, the sight of traditional huts among modern constructions is interesting.

Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 05: Itanagar - Ziro (Drive 150 km/ 6 hrs):

Today, we drive to Ziro en route visiting Nishi tribal villages. The Nishi warriors wear their hornbill caps (‘bopiah’), carry their bearskin bags ('chokh') and their knives ('oyjo') in their monkey-skin scabbards '(burkhey').

Ziro at 5,000 feet is located in an extremely picturesque level valley surrounded by pine and bamboo groves and is the district capital of the lower Subansiri district.  Places of interest here are the high altitude Tarin Fish Farm and a craft centre.

Overnight in hotel.  

Day 06: Ziro:

Today, we spend the whole day exploring the Apatani plateau, surrounded by pine covered mountains.  They live in several small densely populated villages dotted around the valley. The older men-folk tie the hair in top-knots and tattoo the faces. Wearing of circular nose plugs and tattooing of faces is the most common characteristics of ornamentation of older Apatani women. However, present generation of Apatanies have stopped this practice. The Apatani tribal have evolved a sophisticated system of irrigated paddy cultivation.

Overnight in hotel.  

Day 07: Ziro – Daporijo (Drive 165 km/ 6 hrs):

Today, we drive to Daporijo en route visiting Hill Miri villages.  The Hill Miris are a sub group of the Nishi tribe. Their dress and costumes are simple, and the religion is a form of the ancient 'spirit culture'.

Post lunch, visit Tagin Tribal villages. The Tagins are the main inhabitants of Upper Sunansiri district. Their main occupation is agriculture. Polygamy is a popular custom among them. Their dress is very simple consisting of only one piece of cloth.

Overnight in Circuit House/ Camp.

 

Day 08: Daporijo – Boleng (Drive 200 km/ 8- 9 hrs):

Today, we drive to Boleng en route visiting Gallong village.

Boleng is in the heartland of the Minyong tribe. It is one of the major sub tribes of Adi and Pangin. The people are Animists in religion and they worship the Sun and the Moon. Their main sources of income are rice cultivation, orange & pineapple plantations, piggeries etc.

As we approach the area, there are numerous picturesque villages high above the Siang river which can be seen from the road.

Overnight in circuit house.

 

Day 09: Boleng:

Today, we visit Yeksi, which is a Minyong village to see the Tapu war dance.  Warriors perform this dance after a successful battle with the enemy.  Thereafter, we walk down to the cane suspension bridge over the Siang river at Pabo.

Overnight in guest house/ camp.

 

Day 10: Boleng – Mariyang (Drive 130 km/ 8 hrs):

Today, we drive to Mariyang in upper Siang en route visit Simong village on the way.  The Simongs are a sub tribe of the Adi group and inhabit the left bank of the Siang river almost up to Tuting in the far north.

Overnight guest house/ camp.

Day 11: Mariyang:

Today, we explore Mariyang valley and visit a Milang village.  The Milang are another sub tribe of the Adi group, but the dialect spoken by them is totally different. Overnight guest house/ camp.

 

Day 12: Mariyang – Pasighat (Dive 5 hrs):

Today, we drive down for about three hours to Silli en route visiting Padu village (Padam people). Thereafter, we continue drive for about another two hours to Pasighat.  The Padams along with the Minyongs form the two major tribes of the Adi group.

Pasighat is the district headquarters of East Siang District and the oldest town in the state, the British founded it in 1911.  Pasighat is situated on the right bank of the River Siang, name of the river Brahmaputra in Arunachal. Overnight in camp.

Dinner around a campfire with the local villagers entertaining you with Ponung dances.

 

Day 13:  Pasighat – Oyramghat (Drive) – Dibrugarh (Ferry ride/ 5 hrs)

Today, we drive 38 kms to Oyramghat in Assam to take the scenic ferry ride on the Brahmaputra river to Dibrugarh. Overnight in hotel.

Day 14: Dibrugarh – Delhi (Flight)

Delhi – Onward destination: Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure. Late evening depart for onward destination.

Trek to Parang La & Kayak the Pare Chu

This remote trail follows the traditional trade route taken by the people of Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. The trail begins in the high altitude meadows of Kibber --the breeding ground of the famous Spiti horses. Kibber is also called snow leopard country. 

The trail descends to the Kibber gorge and then climbs over Parang La (5600 m), the source of the Pare Chu (River).  The Pare Chu is the only river which has its source in India, flows into Tibet and enters India again in Spiti. Across the pass, the trail follows a broad valley till the confluence of the Pare Chu with the Phirtse Phu at Norbu Sumdo. A river crossing here brings one to an almost incredible change of scenery as we walk towards the Rupshu plains of Changthang, known for its population of Kiangs (Tibetan Wild Ass).

Grade Strenuous
Highest Altitude 5592 Mt
Duration 22 Days
Season Mid July – September

Day 1: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Overnight at Delhi hotel.  

Day 2: Delhi:

Full day guided city tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.

The division between New Delhi and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in lifestyles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

We visit Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Afterwards we drive past the Red Fort. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during 1638 - 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. We see the mosque from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is always buzzing with activity.

The tour of Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and Humayun tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal. 

Overnight at Delhi hotel.  

Day 3: Delhi - Kullu (Flight) / Kullu - Manali (Drive 45 km/ 1 ½ hrs):

Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Kullu. Meet & greet on arrival by our representative at Bhuntar airport and drive to Manali (1920 M). Upon arrival in Manali, check in at the hotel.

Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.

Situated on the banks of the Beas River, Manali is surrounded by a deodar (Himalayan cedar) forest and towering peaks.

 

Day 4: Manali:

Day for acclimatization. Visit Hadimba Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Roerich Art Gallery & Naggar Castle etc.  

Day 5: Manali - Kaza (3689 M, Drive: 196 kms/ 8 hrs):

Drive by jeep over the Rohtang pass (3978 M) and then enter the Lahaul valley. One can see the beautiful Chandra Bhaga ranges and the Bara Shigri Glacier in the Pir Panjal Ranges of the Himalayas. We again climb up to cross the Kunzum la at 15416 ft and enter the Spiti valley. The first village is Losar and then we arrive at Kaza.

 

Day 6: Kaza

Day at leisure for acclimatization.

 

Day 7: Kaza - Kibber (4118 M, Drive: 15 km/ 1 hr):

Post breakfast drive down half way to Tabo to enter Pin Valley and paddle the Pin river in inflatable kayaks on a easy stretch with Grade II rapids (Appox. 14 Km).

In the evening, drive to Kibber en-route visiting Key monastery. Kibber is one of the highest inhabited villages in the world. Overnight in Camp.

 

Day 8: Kibber - Dumla - Thaltak (4875 M, Trek: 6 hrs):

After breakfast, the trek starts and crosses over the Parang La which leads to the famous Tso (Lake) Moriri situated at an altitude of 4500 m. The trail descends steeply for about one hour to the narrow Parilungbi gorge, and then it crosses the Parilungbi River and climbs up to a green cultivated patch to reach Dumla.

Continue climbing for few kms and later on you can see Kang Nilda (6303 m) to the southeast. To the northwest, one can see several peaks standing above Kunzam Pass. The trail then descends for about an hour to reach Thalta camping ground (4875 M). Overnight in Camp.

 

Day 9: Thaltak – Jugtha (4352 M) - Borochin (5076 M, Trek: 6 hrs):

Today the trail descends over shifting shelves of sand and debris of moraine, goes down to the Parilungbi gorge and continues along the river as far as Jagtha camping ground on the river bank.

From Jagtha the path rises steeply and continuously over scree and moraine. At the end of this difficult climb there are two valleys, one to the north and the other to the south. The trail follows the northern moraine for about 1 km and reaches down to Boroglen camping ground. Overnight in Camp.

 

Day 10: Borochin – Parang La Pass (5592M) - Dak Kardom (4884 M, Trek: 8 hrs):

After a period of one hour, the trail climbs gradually up to Parang La (5592 M). The top of this Pass presents spectacular viewpoints of the peaks and ranges of Lahaul and Ladakh. The descent from the pass towards the north is over a 4 km-long heavily crevassed glacier. We walk to the right side of trail and continue through the boulders and scree to the Pare Chu bed and reach Dak Kardom. Overnight in Camp.

 

Day 11: Dak Kardom - Largyup - Humna (4744 M, Kayaking):

Today we paddle down to Humna on the Pare Chu (river). The river has Grade II rapids and a Grade VI rapid which we will portage around. The paddling will depend upon water level, which may further depend on snow melting condition. Overnight in Camp.

Day 12: Humna – Racholamo (4593 M) - Nurbu Sumdo (4515 M, Kayaking)

Today we shall paddle the Pare Chu  upto Nurbo Sumdo. The stretch has easy Grade II rapids.

At Nurbu Sumdo, one can see ruins of an old fort built by Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century, and the first signs of human life – the Drokpas – with their yaks and thousands of sheep. Overnight at Nurbo Sumdo.

 

Day 13: Nurbu Sumdo - Chumak Shelte (4532 M) - Kiangdom (4546 M, Trek: 5- 6 hrs):

Today the trek is almost on flat ground of the shrunken lake bed. We now leave the trail along the Pare Chu and follow a secondary stream in the north through a grassy area and we enter the camping site of Chumak Shetle and walk further to Kiangdom camping ground.

Overnight in Camp.

 

Day 14: Kiangdom to Karzog (4580 M, Trek & paddle the lake depending on wind conditions: 7 hrs):

Today is an easy going walk with few ups and downs along  Tso Moriri, a fresh water lake. It is a vast blue lake about 35 km long and 5 to 15 km wide, surrounded by snow-covered peaks including Lungser Kangri (6666 M). Overnight in Camp.

 

Day 15: Karzog – Leh (Drive 6 hrs):

Morning drive to Leh. Met on arrival by Snow Leopard representative and check in at the hotel.

Evening at leisure to explore the market. Overnight in hotel.

Leh is the headquarters of the Ladakh region and an interesting town – colourful, with unusual people and food. A walk in the town will show how the inhabitants of Leh live.

 

Day 16: Leh 

Post breakfast sightseeing of Shey & Thiksey monasteries.

Shey Palace was built in 1645 by Deldan Namgyal as a summer residence for the kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above the palace is an even older, ruined fortress. In 1655, the same king built the two-storey Shey Gompa adjacent to the palace. The Gompa has a 12-m high seated Buddha metal statue and is made of gilded copper sheets and is the biggest metal statue in the region.

Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books. 

Post lunch at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 17: Leh (Paddling):

After breakfast drive to Hemis for visit to the Monastery.

Hemis Gompa is one of the most important in Ladakh, the largest and also the wealthiest. It was built in 1620 by the king-architect Singe Namgyal, a great patron of Buddhism. He filled Hemis with golden statues, stupas set with precious stones and thangkhas brought from many places, including Tibet. The lamas of Hemis were associated with the Ladakhi royal. Although only about a dozen lamas actually live here, Hemis has several hundred lamas attached to its subsidiary monasteries. 

After the visit, we paddle the Indus river from Karu village to Choglamsar near Leh. The river has some interesting stretches with easy Grade II rapids.

After lunch, at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. Option: Visit Spituk & Phayang Monastery:

Spituk Monastery is located 7 km. to southwest of Leh. Phyang Monastery is located 17 km west of Leh. It is remarkably built on the hilltop, similar to the Likir monastery. This monastery belongs to the Degungpa Order. It has about 50 monks in residence. The festival at Phyang is called 'Phyang Tseruk' and is celebrated on the 2nd & 3rd of the 6th month of Tibetan Calendar.

 

Day 18: Leh (Excursion to Khardung La)

Post breakfast drive to Khardung La, the world highest motorable road at 5600 M. It is a test of your physical endurance and is at the same altitude as the base camp of Mt Everest .

Back to Leh by afternoon and rest day at leisure for purchase of last minute souvenirs.

Day 19: Leh – Delhi (Flight, IT 3342, Dep. 08:10 hrs/ Arr. 09:25 hrs):

Delhi – Onward destination Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure. Late evening depart for onward destination.

The valleys of Kinnaur & Spiti offers, unsurpassed adventures and thrills for keen adventurers. Located deep in the heart of the Himalayas, this region has preserved its history, culture and traditions of over a thousand years. The ancient Hindu temple at Sangla, and the 1000-year-old monastery at Tabo shows strong presence of the two most important religions co-existing in harmony since time immemorial. The awe-inspiring landscape; serene and peaceful environment along with simplicity of the local culture, enable a visitor to come close to the heart of mother nature and rediscover oneself.

Season July to September
Duration 14 Days

 

Day 1: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

 

Day 2: Delhi:

Full day guided city tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.

The division between New Delhi and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in lifestyles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

We visit Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Afterwards we drive past the Red Fort. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during 1638 - 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. We see the mosque from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is always buzzing with activity.

The tour of Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and Humayun tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

 

Day 3: Delhi – Chandigarh – Shimla (Train & Drive 85 Km/ 3 hrs):

Early morning board Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh. Meet and greet by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative at the railway station and drive to Shimla. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 4: Shimla:

Day at leisure to explore the town.  

Day 5: Shimla - Sarahan (Drive 185 kms / 6-7 hrs):

Morning after breakfast we drive to Sarahan (1920 m), a beautiful village surrounded by apple orchards and dominated by Shrikhand Mahadev Peak (5155 M) which resembles the "Shivling", and is famous for the Bhimakali Temple, a wonderful mixture of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. It is very sacred to both the communities. The Bhimakali goddess idol is approximately 200 years old. In ancient times, human sacrifice was prevalent here, but now only goats are sacrificed. Overnight at HP Tourist Bungalow.

 

Day 6: Sarahan – Sangla (Drive 92 Km/ 3 hrs):

Today we drive along the Sutlej river and then continue the journey through the breathtaking gorges of the greater Himalayas to Baspa Valley (also known as Sangla Valley). It is by far the most beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh, full of wooded slopes as far as Chitkul (3435 m), the last inhabited village in this valley.

In the evening visit the nearby Kamru Fort. Dinner and overnight stay at a semi-permanent camp. Accommodation here is in big safari tents.

 

Day 7: Sangla (2680 m):

Today we go for an excursion to the hamlet of Chitkul (3436 m) in the Sangla valley and explore the adjoining areas.

Chitkul is picturesquely surrounded by green fields and high mountain peaks. The quaint houses, temples, gompas and the people of Baspa Valley conjure up the perfect image of Shangri-la. Evening return back to the Camp. Overnight at Camp.

Day 8: Sangla – Kalpa (Drive 51 Km/ 2.5 hrs):

Today we drive to Kalpa en-route stopping at Recong Peo and visiting the new Buddhist Monastery built to commemorate his holiness Dalai Lama's 'Kalchakra Sermon."  Looming in front of Kalpa is the impressive Mount Kinner Kailash (6050 M). En route visit the Kothi, Telangi & Pangi villages. In the evening walk to Chini village. These villages offer a wonderful opportunity to observe the traditional and unchanged lifestyle of the inhabitants. Overnight at HP Tourist Bungalow.

 

Day 9: Kalpa – Tabo (Drive 194/ 8 hrs):

Today, we drive through the Spiti valley to Tabo (3200 m), famous for its 1000 year old Monastery. Though it is an ordinary monastery but inside it there are beautiful frescoes which earned Tabo the epithet of "Ajanta of Himalayas". Overnight in Camp.

Spiti, locally pronounced "Piti", is surrounded by stark mountains devoid of any vegetation where erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of years has laid bare the rocks. The rugged and rocky mountain slopes sweep down to the riverbeds giving the landscape a moon-like appearance. Describing Spiti, Rudyard Kipling says in “Kim”:  "At last they entered a world within a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains... Surely the Gods live here."  

Day 10: Tabo – Kaza (Drive 47 Km/ 2 hrs):

Today after breakfast, we drive to Kaza (3450 m) en route visiting Dhankar monastery. Dhankar is located between Tabo and Kaza, at an altitude of 12,774 feet. It was the traditional Capital of Spiti valley in the 17th century. The Castle here is set picturesquely on a clay hill above Schilling village. Two kms away from the village, there is a natural lake at about 13,500 feet.  Reach Kaza, the capital of Spiti Valley.

 

Day 11: Kaza:

Morning after breakfast we visit Kye Monastery (4116 m), which has served as a centre of learning for Buddhists since many centuries. The Monastery has rare paintings and scriptures. The scriptures are written in Bhoti language, the language of the Bhotias who came from Tibet to Spiti to spread Buddhism in the area.

Further up is Kibber village (4400 m) said to be the highest village in the world. Here we can interact with the local people and visit one of the houses to observe the simple but systematic construction of their houses. Overnight in Camp/ Guest House.

 

Day 12: Kaza – Manali (201 Km/ 8 hrs):

Today early morning after breakfast, we drive over the Kunzum-La at 4551 m (Pass) and reach Koksar at the base of Rohtang pass. From here, we then drive uphill to Rohtang Pass and enter the Kullu valley. Overnight in hotel at Manali.

 

Day 13: Manali:

Day for acclimatization. Visit Hadimba Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Roerich Art Gallery & Naggar Castle etc.

 

Day 14: Manali – Delhi (Flight):

Delhi – Onward destination:

This is a moderate trek in Dhauladhar range. Most of the time you will be walking in the foothills of Dhauladhar Mountains and passing through several remote tribal village. We make few visits to the family houses in the villages and get to know the local culture and tradition.  Dhauladhar mountain ranges are quite apart from any other mountain range in the Himalayas. It is the outer most part of Himalayas. The rock faces of this granite range are so sharply cut that they fail to hold snow for long as a result you see snow in the gullies and on top.   During the trek we walk through many Gaddi tribal villages. Gaddi is a semi nomadic shepherd tribe whose main occupation is agriculture and rearing of sheep and goat and they are the original inhabitants of this region. The shepherds spend the whole summer on the mountains and during winter come back to the plains of Kangra with their flock of sheep and goat.  Dharamshala the starting point of the trek is a hill station established during British regime in India. It is located on the base of Dhauladhar mountain range. The place also served as a base for the military troops during British period. Attracted by the beauty of the place many European officer started making it their home and the this settlement of European was named McLeod Ganj, in the honor of the Late Sir Donald Mcleod, the former Lt. Governor of the province. Now Dharamshala is mainly divided in two parts: Lower Dharamshala is the district head-quarter of Kangra and is the main commercial place. Upper Dharamshala, called Mcleod Ganj is the home of Exiled Tibetan Spiritual leader and heads His Holiness The Dalai Lama. After Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, His Holiness Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet to India and since then He decide to make Dharamshala his home in exile. His Holiness lives here with thousands of Tibetan refugees who escaped into India.
Grade Moderate
Highest Altitude 4300 M (Inderhaha Pass)
Duration 13 Days
Season April to June & September to Mid November

Highlights    : Visit to Dalai Lama Monastery and other Buddhist monasteries,  Views of central Himalayan range, Tribal villages and Himalayan Flora & Fauna.

 

Day 1: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 2: Delhi – Pathankot (Overnight Train, Dep. 21:25 hrs):

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Late evening transfer to Old Delhi railway station to board the overnight Jammu Mail sleeper train to Pathankot, the nearest railhead to Dharamshala. Overnight on Train.

 

Day 3: Arrive Pathankot (By Overnight train, Arr. 07:20 hrs) – Dharamshala (Drive 85 km/ 3 hrs):

Early morning arrive in Pathankot.  Meet and greet by our representative at the station and drive to Dharamshala. On arrival our representative will assist you to check in at the hotel.

Afternoon at leisure to explore the local bazaar. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 4: Dharamshala:

Full day guided tour of Dharamshala visiting H.H. Dalai Lama monastery, Tibet museum, Norbulingka, Bhagsu Nag temple, etc. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 5: Mcleod Ganj - Triund (2875m/ Trek 10 kms): 

Today we start our trek from Mcleod ganj. It’s a steep ascent through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and deodar trees that takes us to Triund an alpine situated on top of a ridge. From Triund we have good views of the peaks of Dhauladhar on one side and Kangra Valley on the other. Overnight in tent.

 

Day 6: Triund - Lahes Cave (3600m/ Trek 6 kms):

Today, it’s a short trek to Lahes Cave which will enable us to acclimatized better for the steep increase in the altitude for the next day. The cave here is used as an overnight shelter by the shepherds and the trekkers going over the Inderhara pass. Overnight in tent.

 

Day 7: Lahes Cave – Inderhara Pass (4300m) – Chatta Parao (3400m/ Trek 11 kms):

Today, we leave early morning for a 3 hours steep ascent to the pass over a narrow rocky trail. The pass offers panoramic views of the snowy peaks of the Pir Panjal range of the Central Himalayas on one side and Kangra valley on the other side. If we happen to reach the pass well in time, we may have a chance to visit a beautiful holy mountain lake which is off the main trail descending to Chatta Parao. Overnight in tent.

Day 8: Chatta Parao - Kuwarsi village (Trek 16 kms):

Today, it’s a long trek with uphill and downhill walk through the forest and some landslide prone areas to reach Kuwarsi village. It’s a beautiful tribal village en route Chamba valley. Overnight in village house/ tent.

 

Day 9: Kuwarsi - Siur village (Trek 15 kms):

Today, we trek though the fields of Kuwarsi village and some other tribal villages en route to reach the road head leading to Chamba and Holi villages. After crossing Ravi river to reach the road, we continue our trek to reach Siur Village. Overnight in tent.

 

Day 10: Siur –Bharmaur – Chamba (Trek 12 kms):

Today, we trek to Bharmaur to end our trek. After visiting the ancient Chaurasi temple, we meet up with our waiting vehicle drive to Chamba which would take us about 2 hours. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 11: Chamba – Khajiar- Dalhousie (Drive 3-4 hrs):

Morning after visiting the ancient Laxmi Narayan temple we drive to Dalhousie passing through Khajiar and Kalatop wildlife sanctuary. On arrival check in at the hotel in Dalhousie. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 12: Dalhousie – Pathankot (Drive 3 hrs) – Delhi (Overnight train, Dep. 19:05 hrs):

After a leisurely morning transfer to Pathankot railway station to board the overnight Jammu Mail sleeper train back to Delhi. Overnight on train.

 

Day 13: Arrival Delhi (By Overnight train, Arr. 05:20 hrs) – Onward destination:

Early morning arrive in Delhi. Meet on arrival by our representative at the station and transfer to hotel. Rest day at leisure for independent activity. Late evening depart for the onward destination.

Traditionally known as “Chadar Trek” (frozen sheet), this is the one of the most challenging winter trek which is becoming extremely popular among the adventure enthusiast who likes to experience something unique. The route follows the traditional trade route used by the Zanskaris for centuries during winters to commute with the outside world, when the road leading to the area is closed due to heavy snowfall on the high passes. 

This classic route has its own beauty and story to tell from the people of Zanskar, who have been using this route to attend the monastic festivals in Ladakh and trade their yak's cheese and butter. The trek involvs camping in caves along the river side and take you through one of most amazing gorges. The route has great value for people of Zanskar, who have mastered the art of traversing across the ice covered river to reach their desired destination and return safety with their earning and present for their respective homes. 

Today, the “Chader trek” allows the outside world to penetrate into this isolation and examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst of winter and catch a glimpse of the lifecycle during this unique time of the year. A visit to the ancient monastic establishments of Karsha and Zangla promises to heighten your insight into the mysteries of this Shangri-la, a land and culture frozen in time behind the ramparts of the Zanskar Mountains. The trek commences from the village of Chiling located not far from the confluence of Indus and the Zanskar River and follows the river gorge through a spectacular landscape, a photographer’s paradise, offering occasional sighting of wildlife. Although pleasant on clear, sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with wind temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Chiling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

Grade Moderate to Strenuous
Highest Altitude Lingshed (3850 M )
Duration 24 Day with 16 Trekking Days
Average Trekking Time 6- 7 Hours per day
Season Mid January - Mid February

Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 03: Delhi - Leh (By Flight):

Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Leh. Met on arrival by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative at Leh airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure for acclimatization.

Leh is the headquarters of the Ladakh region and an interesting town – colourful, with unusual people and food.

Note: Spending the first afternoon at leisure in the hotel is a must for acclimatization.

 

Day 04: Leh: 

Morning at leisure for acclimatization. Post lunch visit, Shankar, Spituk and Phyang monasteries.

Sankar Gompa is a couple of kilometers away from Leh town. It belongs to the Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is a branch of the Spituk Monastery, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk).

Spituk Monastery was founded in the 11th century AD.

Phyang Monastery remarkably built on the hilltop and belongs to the Degungpa Order.

 

Day 05: Leh:

Morning after breakfast visit Shey Palace, Thiksey & Hemis monasteries.

Shey Palace was built in 1645 by Deldan Namgyal as a summer residence for the kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above the palace is an even older, ruined fortress. In 1655, the same king built the two-storey Shey Gompa adjacent to the palace. The Gompa has a 12-m high seated Buddha statue made out of gilded copper sheets and is the only biggest statue in the region made from metal.

Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books. 

Hemis Gompa is one of the most important in Ladakh, the largest and also the wealthiest. It was built in 1620 by the architect king- Singe Namgyal, a great patron of Buddhism. He filled Hemis with golden statues, stupas set with precious stones and tankhas (Tibetan religious paintings on fabric), brought from many places, including Tibet. The lamas of Hemis were associated with the Ladakhi royal family. Although only about a dozen lamas actually live here, Hemis has several hundred lamas attached to its subsidiary monasteries.

Lunch at the hotel. Post lunch we shall walk through the Leh Bazaar up to Shanti Stupa to have a panoramic view of entire Leh town.

 

Day 06: Leh - Chilling (Drive 5 hrs):

In the morning drive to chilling along with our porters from Pishu village of Zanskar, visit coppersmith workshops. Dinner and overnight stay at guest house.

 

Day 07: Chilling - Zaribago (Trek 5 hrs):

In the morning set out for a walk on ice of the frozen Zanskar River, Chadar. Feel the thrill of adventure. Dinner and overnight stay at cave.

 

Day 08: Zaribago - Deepyokma (Trek 4 hrs):

Today we shall trek up to Deepyokma. Dinner and overnight stay at cave.  

Day 09: Deepyokma - Nyrakpulu (Trek 4-5 hrs):

Today we shall trek up to Nyrakpulu and will set up the camp below Nyarak village which is about ten minutes up along a small stream. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 10: Nyrakpulu - Lingshed (Trek 6 hrs):

Today we shall trek for about an hrs on the frozen river (Chadar). Thereafter, we shall steeply clime up for another 5 hrs to reach Lingshed village. Here we shall stay in private house, relax in a heated room. Dinner and overnight stay in village house.

 

Day 11: Lingshed:

Day at leisure. This is one of the most remote villages in Ladakh and we shall have the option to visit Lingshed monastery, school for monks, and explore the village. Dinner and overnight stay at village houses.

 

Day 12: Lingshed - Deepkongma (Trek 4-5 hrs):

Today we shall trek up to Deepkongma. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 13: Deepkongma - Warsangdo (Trek 5 hrs):

Today we shall trek up to Warsangdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.  

Day 14: Warsangdo - Pishu

Today is an easy walk to Pishu along the river and at some places across the moraine plateau. We shall reach our camping site by early evening. Dinner and overnight stay in cave.

 

Day 15: Pishu - Karsha (3610 m, Trek 05 hrs):

Today is an easy stretch along the banks of the Zanskar river to Karsha (3610 m). En route we shall visit Thongde Monastery. Dinner and overnight in tents.

 

Day 16: Karsha:

Day at leisure. After breakfast, we shall visit Karsha Gompa which belongs to Geluks-pa sect of Tibetan Bhuddism dates back to the 15th century. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 17: Karsha - Zangla: 

Today we shall trek up to Zangla. Upon arrival at Zangla visit the Zangla Gompa. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 18: Zangla - Sarakdo:

Today we shall trek up to Sarakdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 19: Sarakdo - Nyrakpulu:

Today we shall trek up to Nyrakpulu. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 20: Nyrakpulu - Tsomopaldar:

Today we shall trek up to Tsomopaldar. Dinner and overnight stay in cave.

 

Day 21: Tsomopaldar - Tilatdo.

Today we shall trek up to Tilatdo. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 22: Tilatdo - Chilling:

Today is the last day of our trek.We shall trek up to Chilling where the vehicles will be waiting to drive us back to Leh. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

 

Day 23: Leh:

Day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 24: Leh – Delhi (By Flight)  – Onward destination:

Transfer to the airport to board the flight back to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure. 

Late evening depart for onward destination.

Ladakh, with its awesome landscape & azure skies and with its interesting people with wizened faces & rosy cheeks, is an amazing place to visit. This ethereal cold desert, that is known by names such as the Last Shangri La, Little Tibet etc, seldom fails to surprise. Flanked by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram, Ladakh lies athwart two other mountain ranges ie the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.

Grade Easy & Moderate
Highest Altitude 6513 M
Duration 16 Days
Season

Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 03: Delhi - Leh (By Flight):

Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Leh. Met on arrival by Aspen Adventures representative at Leh airport and transfer to the hotel.

Rest day at leisure for acclimatization. In the evening, a visit to the Leh Bazaar. Leh is the headquarters of the Ladakh region and an interesting town – colourful, with unusual people and food.

Note: Spending the first afternoon at leisure in the hotel is a must for acclimatization.

 

Day 04: Leh:

Morning at leisure for better acclimatization. Lunch at the hotel. Post lunch visit to Stok Palace, Matho & Stakna monasteries.

Stok Gompa and Palace is situated 14 km from Leh and is the present residence of the royal family of Ladakh. The palace was built by king- Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in year 1825 after Zorawar Singh'sannexation of Ladakh. The palace has a collection of royal dresses, old Thankas, King's crown etc. that is open for visitors.

Matho Monastery is 25 kms south east of Leh is the only Gompa, which belongs to the Saskya order. Lama Tungpa Dorjay founded it in the 16th century and named the Gompa as Thupstan -Sharling Choskor. In order to introduce the Monastic community, the king offered religious estate in neighboring villages and the Nag-Rang festival was started.

Stakana Monastery was built by great scholar saint chosje Jamyang Palkar in 1580 A.D. during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal. The monastery is 45 Km south of Leh and is founded on a hill shaped Stakna (Tiger nose).

Day 05: Leh:

Morning after breakfast visit Shey, Thiksey & Hemis Monasteries.

Shey Palace was built in 1645 by Deldan Namgyal as a summer residence for the kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above the palace is an even older, ruined fortress.  In 1655, the same king built the two-storey Shey Gompa adjacent to the palace. The Gompa has a 12m high seated Buddha statue made out of gilded copper sheets and is the only biggest statue in the region made from metal.

Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books.

Hemis Gompa is one of the most important in Ladakh, the largest and also the wealthiest. It was built in 1620 by the architect king- Singe Namgyal, a great patron of Buddhism. He filled Hemis with golden statues, stupas set with precious stones and thangkhas brought from many places, including Tibet. The lamas of Hemis were associated with the Ladakhi royal family. Although only about a dozen lamas actually live here, Hemis has several hundred lamas attached to its subsidiary monasteries

Retune to hotel for lunch. Post lunch walk through the Leh Bazaar up to Shanti Stupa to have a panoramic view of entire Leh town.

 

Day 06: Leh - Likir – Yangthang (Drive 65 km/ 2 hrs + Trek 5 hrs):

After breakfast, we drive for two hours to Likir and met up with our trekking staff and the ponies that will carry personal luggage and camping equipment.

At Likir the monastery situated on a hill towards the village belongs to the Gelukspa order. It was founded in 1065 A.D by Lama Durwang Chosje during the reign of king Lhachen Gyalpo, which was named 'Klu-Khil-GA-Ladan-Dar-Rgyas-Ling'.

After visiting the monastery, we start the trek through a barley field to cross a small stream and then to village Sumdo. From Sumdo the trek is gradual to village Yangthang (3700 m) which would be our first night halt on this trail. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 07: Yangthang - Tsermangchan La - Hemis Shukpachan (Trek 12 km/ 5 hrs):

After breakfast, we start the trek to Wulle valley. As we enter the valley there is an ascent of one hour to Tsermangchan La (4000 m) and then a descent towards Hemis Shukpachan (3596 m), the highest village on this route. It’s a big village and is famous for Cedar trees which are  found abundance, hence the name of village.

In the evening visit the beautiful monastery just outside the village and a family house for some butter tea and Ladakhi chang (the local beer). Overnight in tents.

 

Day 08: Hemis Shukpachan – Timosgam – Leh (Trek 5-6 hrs + Drive):

After breakfast start the trek through the Apricot rich village of Ang and reach Timosgam, the historical village, where one can visit the monastery and the Palace. This valley has warm weather as compared to Indus valley and hence conducive to thick vegetation. The valley has plenty of apricots, apples and nuts plantations thus making it one of the richest valleys in Ladakh. Since people are rich here, they have beautiful houses with wonderful interiors.

At Timosgam, we board our waiting vehicle and drive back to Leh. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 09: Leh – Stok trekking point – Mankarmo (4200m, Drive 1 hr & trek 4 hrs):

Morning after breakfast drive to Stok village, which is the road head for trekking to Stok Kangri base camp. Start trekking to reach the campsite at the small shepherds’ village of Mankarmo located on the pastures near the steam flowing from Stok Kangri. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 10: Mankarmo - Base Camp (4900 m, trek 1 ½ hrs):

Morning after breakfast, start the trek on to the left side of the valley to reach the base of Stok Kangri and establish the camp. The camp is in a basin with a lovely view of the massif of Gulep Kangri. Stok Kangri is hidden behind a ridge. Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Stok Kangri Base Camp:

Full day at leisure for acclimatization.

Optional: Trek towards Stok Kangri/ Gulep Kangri for height gain. In the evening return back to the base camp.

In the mountaineering parlance, a trekking peak is the name given to a summit that does not require any technical knowledge for climbing or any equipment for the ascent. But 6,250 m does require fitness and stamina.

  Day 12: Summit Stok Kangri Peak (6153 M):

Today a long, arduous walk awaits us. We start our day at 02:00 hrs climbing up and switch backing to the top of the ridge in front of our camp. The ascent to the ridge is tough and takes an hour. Thereafter we follow a narrow trail to reach the moraine coming down from the glacier. We climb up over the moraines for an hour and then cross the glacier to reach a basin in another hour. From here, we now go up the east face over more loose rocks for four and a half hours to reach the East- ridge. At the ridge we stop a while to breathe our self at ease before taking a grueling ninety minutes climb to the summit. At the summit we will get a magical 360 degree view of the whole of Ladakh – the twin peaks of Nun (7,086 M) and Kun (7,132 M) to the east, the Karakorams to the north, the plains of Changthang and the Tibetan plateau to the west and the Zanskar range to the south.

After spending some time at the summit, we descend back to the Base Camp. Overnight in tents.  

Day 13: Stok Kangri Base Camp:

Extra day at the base for the summit if incase the weather does not permit us to make the summit or if some people are note well acclimatized. Overnight in tents.  

Day 14: Stok Kangri Base Camp – Stok village – Leh (Trek 05 hrs & drive 01 hrs):

Morning after breakfast wind-up Base Camp and trek down to reach Stok. On arrival board the waiting vehicle and drive back to Leh for lunch at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 15: Leh:

Day at leisure for independent activity.  Optional: Rafting on Indus River (Pheyang to Nimu) or drive to Khardung La - the world highest motorable road at 5600 M.  

Day 16: Leh – Delhi (By Flight):  Delhi – Onward destination:

Transfer to the airport to board the flight back to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure. Late evening depart  for onward destination.

Ladakh, with its awesome landscape & azure skies and with its interesting people with wizened faces & rosy cheeks, is an amazing place to visit. This ethereal cold desert, that is known by names such as ‘The Last Shangri La’, ‘Little Tibet’ etc, seldom fails to surprise. Flanked by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram, Ladakh lies athwart two other mountain ranges i.e. the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.  The Markha valley trail begins from Shang village located deep inside the valley and crosses several remote picturesque villages with three passes en route - Kongmaru la (5150 M), Ganda La (4920 M) and Stok La (4500 M) till we reach Stok Village, the ending point of our trek.
Grade Moderate to Strenuous
Highest Altitude Kongmaru La (5150 M)
Duration 17 Days
Season July – Mid September

Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 03: Delhi - Leh (By Flight):

Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Leh. Met on arrival by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative at Leh airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure for acclimatization. In the evening, a visit to the Leh Bazaar. Leh is the headquarters of the Ladakh region and an interesting town – colourful, with unusual people and food. Note: Spending the first afternoon at leisure in the hotel is a must for acclimatization.  

Day 04: Leh:

Morning after breakfast visit Shey and Thikse monasteries.

Shey Palace was built in 1645 by Deldan Namgyal as a summer residence for the kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above the palace is an even older, ruined fortress.  In 1655, the same king

built the two-storey Shey Gompa adjacent to the palace. The Gompa has a 12-m high seated Buddha metal statue and is made of gilded copper sheets and is the biggest metal statue in the region.

Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books.

Lunch at the hotel. Post lunch walk through the Leh Bazaar up to Shanti Stupa to have a panoramic view of the entire Leh town.

 

Day 05: Leh:

Morning after breakfast visit Phyang and Spituk monasteries.

Spituk Monastery is located 7 km. to southwest of Leh, The Gompa was founded by Od-Ide, in the 11th century AD when the monastic community was introduced. In those days the Gompa belonged to the Kadampa School but Gelukpa order was introduced during the reign of king Dragspa Bum-Lde, when Lama Lhawang Lotus restored the monastery.

Phyang Monastery is located 17 km west of Leh. It is remarkably built on the hilltop, similar to the Likir monastery. This monastery belongs to the Degungpa Order. It was the first monastery, which introduced the Degungpa teaching of 'Skyob Jigsten Gonbo' in Ladakh that was founded by Chosje Danma Kunga, during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in the 16th Century A.D.

Lunch at the hotel. Post lunch at leisure to prepare for the trek.

 

Day 06: Leh – Hemis – Shang (Drive to Trekking Point):

Today, we drive to Shang our starting point for the trek en-route visiting Hemis Monastery.

Hemis Gompa is one of the most important monasteries in Ladakh, the largest and also the wealthiest. It was built in 1620 by the king-architect Singe Namgyal, a great patron of Buddhism. He filled Hemis with golden statues, stupas set with precious stones and thangkhas brought from many places, including Tibet. The lamas of Hemis were associated with the Ladakhi royal family. Although only about a dozen lamas actually live here, Hemis has several hundred lamas attached to its subsidiary monasteries.

After visiting the monastery drive to Martselang village and head southwards into the valley for about 30 minutes on a non-metalled road to reach the Shang village for lunch. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 07: Shang – Churkimo (Trek: 3 hrs):

Today, we begin our first day of the trek with gradual assent on the left side of the valley along the stream passing through the tiny settlement of Chogdo to the snout of a deep gorge at Churkimo. At Churkimo there is a small water spring and the water here is said to have medicinal values that can cure stomach problems. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 08: Churkimo – Kongmaru La (5150 M) – Nimaling (4650 M/ Trek 7 hrs)

Today, immediately after leaving camp, we enter into a deep gorge and start ascending towards the pass. As we continue, the trail will be visible from the distance climbing steeply to the beautiful grassy slopes at the foot of Kongmaru La. After a shot stopover at the foot, we shall ascend gradually on a well defined zig–zag path to the top. From the pass, wonderful views are visible including that of Kang Yatse peak (6400 M).

Thereafter, we shall descend on the other side of the valley for another 1 hr. to Nimaling and camp by the side of the river. The Nimaling plain is a broad undulating meadow with slopes upwards to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse peak that dominates the area. Nimaling with tiny pasturage in the summer is the grazing ground for animals like yaks, dzos, sheep, goats, horses not only from the Markha but also from villages all around. Himalayan Marmots and white tailed Hared can be seen in plenty and occasionally blue-sheep or wolf. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 09: Nimaling – Markha (3850 M/ Trek 8 hrs):

Today, we steadily descend through meadows to Thachungtse and cross the Nimaling river passing some small villages and barley fields en-route. After Humlung the valley narrows and becomes a gorge before we enter Markha, the largest village in the valley having a fort and a gompa (monastery) perched on the northern hill. The gompa is said to be one of the oldest in Ladakh.  Overnight in tents.

 

Day 10: Markha:

Day at leisure to explore the valley. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 11: Markha – Siku (3450 M/ Trek 6 hrs):

Today, the trail passes through quite lush riverside vegetation. En-route we come across few derelict monasteries, some well maintained shortens and at least one good example of a wolf trapping. Wolves become a nuisance for the villagers during the winters as hunger forces them into the villages. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 12: Siku – Shingo (4150 M/ Trek 6 hrs):

Today, we climb up a well-timbered gorge, which opens on to the broad grassy shoulders of the upper valley of Sumdo. The small villages with its few houses and fields lies at the junction of a small stream with the Skiu Nala.

After crossing the village, we continue the trail upward for another 20 – 30 minutes and set up our camp below the pass that we would be crossing the next day. Overnight in tents.

 

Day 13: Shingo – Ganda La (4920 M) – Rumbak (3750 M/ Trek 7 hrs):

Today, our day starts with about an hour’s steep ascent to the top of the pass. As we reach the top, we shall be welcomed by the colorful prayer flags flapping by the wind and spectacular views of the Zanskari range in one side and the snow- capped mountains of the Karakoram Range at a distance on the other side.

After a short break, we shall descend steadily to the other side of the valley to Jingchan river and head towards the Rumbak. Overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 14: Rumbak – Stok La (4570 M) – Mankarmo (4200 M/ Trek 6 hrs):

Today, immediately after leaving camp, we cross the Rumbak Nala and follow the trail to the right bank of the Nala. After a short while, a steep ascent through scree and through a complicated knot of ridges will lead us to the top of the pass. After spending some time at the pass enjoying the excellent views of the Indus valley we then steeply descent into the gorge that leads to the campsite near the small shepherds’ village of Mankarmo located on the pastures near the steam flowing from Stok Kangri. Overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 15: Mankarmo – Stok village – Leh (Trek 4 hrs + Drive 1 hr):

Today is the last day of our trek. We wind-up our camp and trek down hill to reach Stok village which is our finishing points on this trail. On arrival, we board the waiting vehicle and drive back to Leh for lunch at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16: Leh:

Morning half day excursion to Khardung La, the world highest motorable road at 5600 M. It is a test of your physical endurance and is at the same altitude as the base of Mt Everest.

Afternoon at leisure for purchase of last minute souvenirs. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 17: Leh – Delhi (By Flight): Delhi – Onward destination:

Transfer to the airport to board the flight back to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure. Late evening transfer to the international airport to board the flight for onward destination.

Ladakh, with its awesome landscape & azure skies and with its interesting people with wizened faces & rosy cheeks, is an amazing place to visit. This ethereal cold desert, that is known by names such as “The Last Shangri La”, “Little Tibet” etc, seldom fails to surprise. Flanked by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram, Ladakh lie’s athwart two other mountain ranges i.e. the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. 

This trek is amongst the most difficult treks in Ladakh region. There is a pass almost every day. The trek can be either extended to Darcha or can be detoured to Hemis in Indus Valley. In either case it is a wholesome and satisfying combination. 

Grade Strenuous
Highest Altitude Sengge La (5000 M)
Total Population 6 - 7 hours per day
Duration 22 Days
Season Mid July – Early September

Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi - Leh (By Flight):

Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Leh. Met on arrival by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative at Leh airport and transfer to the hotel.

Rest day at leisure for acclimatization. In the evening, a visit to the Leh Bazaar.

Leh is the headquarters of the Ladakh region and an interesting town – colourful, with unusual people and food.

Note: Spending the first afternoon at leisure in the hotel is a must for acclimatization.

Day 04: Leh:

Morning after breakfast visit Stok, Matho & Stakana monasteries.

Stok Gompa and Palace is situated 14 km from Leh and is the present residence of the royal family of Ladakh. The palace was built by king- Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in year 1825 after Zorawar Singh's annexation of Ladakh. The palace has a large collection of royal dresses, old Thankas, King's crown etc.

Matho Monastery is 25 kms south east of Leh is the only Gompa which belongs to the Saskya order. Lama Tungpa Dorjay founded it in the 16th century and named the Gompa as Thupstan -Sharling Choskor. In order to introduce the Monastic community, the king offered religious estate in neighboring villages and the Nag-Rang festival was started, which is held on 14th and 15th day of the first Tibetan month of Tibetan calendar.

Stakana Monastery was built by great scholar saint chosje Jamyang Palkar in 1580 A.D. during the reign of king Jamming Namgyal. The monastery is 45 Km south of Leh and is founded on a hill shaped Stakna (Tiger nose).

Day 05: Leh: 

Morning after breakfast visit Chemrey & Tak Thok  monasteries.

Chemrey Monastery is situated at a distance of 40 km east of Leh.  It was founded by Lama Tagsang Raschen in the 17th century. The monastery belongs to the Drugpa Order and serves as the residence of approximately 20 monks. The monastery was initially built to serve as a memorial to King Sengge Namgyal. The major attraction of the gompa is the one-story high image of Padmasambhava. Other than that, the monastery also boasts of a precious collection of scriptures, having title pages in silver and the text in gold letters.

Takthok Monastery is situated in Sakti Village, at a distance of 46 km east of Leh. The site where the monastery is situated, once served as the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog". The name Takthok literally means 'rock-roof'. The monastery was so named, as both its roof and the walls are made up of rock. Takthok monastery belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism and is the probably the only gompa in Ladakh which follows this sect of Buddisim.

Day 06: Leh - Lamayuru (Drive 125 Km/ 4 hrs):

Post breakfast drive to Lamayuru and visit the monastery.

Lamayuru Monastery is remarkably built on a rock on the Leh - Srinagar highway and belongs to the Drigunpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The history of this monastery begins with the visit of Arahat Nimagung to this place, when there was merely a lake here. It is said that Arahat made a prophecy that "a monastery will come up at this spot" and he made offerings to the Naga (serpent) spirits. The corns mixed with the earth and formed in the shape of Swastika (Yungdrung), later it came to be known as Yungdrung Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 07: Lamayuru - Wanla (3250 M, Trek 3 - 4 hrs):

Today, we set off for the first day of our trek. A gentle trail leads us up to a small pass of Prinkti La (3750m) before heading down to the village of Shilla and then to Wanla, where we shall set up our camp for the night. Wanla is a fairly big village with a castle and a monastery. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 08: Wanlah - Hanupatta (3970 M, Trek 6 – 7 hrs):

Today, our trek begins with a flat section followed be crossing onto the right bank before Phenjilla. At the junction of the rivers, chorten and religious banners can be seen. We continue across the slope to reach Hanupatta. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 09: Hanupatta - Photoksar (4050 M, Trek 7 hrs):

Today, after crossing the river we ascent up to Sisir La (4800 m) and then descent to Photoskar (3750 m) which is rocky and long.  Photoksar is a fairly big village with a small monastery Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 10: Photoksar - Foot of Sengge La (4300 M, Trek 7 hrs):

Today, our day starts with the ascent to the Bumiktse La (4200 m) followed be a gentle slope that enters into a broad valley. After ascending Sengge La (5000 m), steeply descent on the other side of the valley to camp for the night at the foot of Sengge La. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 11: Foot of Sengge La - Lingshet (3950 M, Trek 7 hrs):

Today, after ascending to Kiupa-la (3850 m) we steeply descent towards Gongma and Skiumpata village (3840 m). As we continue our trek, we enjoy the wonderful landscape with a view of the valley of Nierag on the other bank of the Zanskar. We shall reach Lingshed after crossing the Murgum La (4100 m). Lingshed has a fairly big monastery with about 40 lamas in residence. It is also the hub for the social-religion- cultural activity in the region. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 12: Linghet:

Day at leisure to explore the area. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 13: Lingshet - Snertse (3800 M, Trek 6 hrs):

 Today, the trek begins with an easy ascent to Hanuma La (4700 m) then a long gradual descent to the sheepfolds of Snertse. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 14: Snertse - Hanumil (Trek 6 hrs):

Today, after crossing the Oma Chu river, steeply ascent to Parfi La (3900 m) and then sharply descent to the foot of the pass. Thereafter we trek on the plateau taking the path that leads towards the edge of the Zanskar to Hanumil. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 15: Hanumil - Pishu (3500 M, Trek 5 hrs):

Today is an easy walk to Pishu along the river and at some places across the moraine plateau. We shall reach our camping site by early evening located below the village. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 16: Pishu - Karsha (3610 M, Trek 5 hrs):

Today is an easy stretch along the banks of the Zanskar river to Karsha (3610 m).

The Karsha Monastery belonging to Geluks-pa sect of Tibetan Bhuddism dates back to the 15th century. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 17: Karsha - Padum (3650 M, Trek 3 - 4 hrs):

Today crossing the Doda river and walk through a dusty plain to Pipiting and then on to Padum the finishing point of our trek.

Visit the local monasteries / Gompas in the evening. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 18: Padum- Rangdum (Drive 150 km/ 5 hrs):

Morning after breakfast, drive to Rangdum- a small beautiful village over a flat paddy field. On arrival set up the tents and later explore the village and visit the monastery. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 19: Rangdum- Mulbeck (Drive 210 km / 8 hrs):

Morning after breakfast drive to Kargil- the district headquarter of Zanskar-Kargil region of Ladakh. Continue the drive on to Mulbeck, where we shall camp for the night. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 20: Mulbeck- Leh (Drive 208 km/ 8 hrs):

Morning after an early breakfast, drive back to Leh and check in at your. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 21: Leh:

Day at leisure for independent activity.

Day 22: Leh – Delhi (By Flight): Delhi – Onward destination:

Transfer to the airport to board the flight back to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure. Late evening depart  for onward destination.

The road from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Ladakh crosses the Himalayas from south to north. It is one of the most exciting and remote roads of the world, and certainly the highest. This trip passes through three important ranges namely Pir Panjal, Great Himalayan ranges & Zanskar with four passes en route - Rohtang pass 3980 m, Baralachala 4830 m, Lachlangla 5065 m & Tanglang la 5340 m. As we drive pass the route, the scenery changes from lush green valleys of Kulu – Manali to semi-arid plains of Lahaul followed by dry barren high plateau of Ladakh region. Best Time: Mid June to Mid September Duration: 13 Days  

Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

Met on arrival by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 03: Delhi - Kullu (Flight)/ Kullu - Manali (Drive 45 km/ 1 ½ hrs):

Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Kullu. Meet & greet on arrival by our representative at Bhuntar airport and drive to Manali (1920 M). Upon arrival in Manali, check in at the hotel.

Rest day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Situated on the banks of the Beas River, Manali is surrounded by a deodar (Himalayan cedar) forest and towering peaks.

 

Day 04: Manali:

Day for acclimatization. Visit Hadimba Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Roerich Art Gallery & Naggar Castle etc.

 

Day 05: Manali – Jispa (Drive147 km/ 6 hrs):

After an early breakfast we drive up a winding road to Rohtang pass (3978 M) and then descend into the Lahoul valley. As we cross the pass, we can see the landscape changing dramatically with greenery being replaced by barren hillsides. As we enter the valley, the Buddhist influence is visible. The people here have distinct Tibetan features. We cross the Chandra River via a bridge and continue our drive to Jispa, a small village on the bank of another river, Bhaga. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 06: Jispa – Sarchu (Drive 82 km/ 4 hrs):

The route from Jispa to Sarchu can be either cheerful or menacing depending on sunlight. A cloudy sky makes the mountains look especially severe and intimidating. But at all times the drive has the capability of making one speechless - rocks of shades of grey, red and purple, barren hillsides and a thrashing wind. Sarchu has a tented camp to serve as a night halt. Here, mountains give way to a vast plain that extends so far that the road loses itself in it.  Here the days are warm and breezy and very conducive to good cheer.

We cross a high pass the Bara Lacha La (4955M above sea level) en-route to Sarchu. After coming down from Bara Lacha La to Sarchu, we shall climb up the Gatta Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends carved into the mountainside. Overnight stay in Fixed Camp.

 

Day 07: Sarchu – Leh (258kms, 08 hours):

After breakfast drive to Leh. We wind our way up the Lachung La (4985M above sea level). From here the road twists its way to Pang through an amazing canyon with sheer cliffs and rocky outcrops looming up on both sides of the road.

After a short break at Pang we continue our drive over the more planes to Tanglang La (5183 m) where breathing becomes a bit of a chore. We shall arrive in Leh - the capital of Ladakh region by late evening and check in at the hotel. Leh is the headquarters of the Ladakh region and an interesting town – colorful, with unusual people and food. A walk in the town will show how the inhabitants of Leh live. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08: Leh

Morning at leisure to recover from the long drive. Lunch at the hotel. Post lunch visit Shey, Thiksey & Hemis Monasteries.

Shey Palace was built in 1645 by Deldan Namgyal as a summer residence for the kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above the palace is an even older, ruined fortress. In 1655, the same king built the two-storey Shey Gompa adjacent to the palace. The Gompa has a 12-m high seated Buddha metal statue and is made of gilded copper sheets and is the biggest metal statue in the region.

Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books.

Hemis Gompa is one of the most important in Ladakh, the largest and also the wealthiest. It was built in 1620 by the king-architect Singe Namgyal, a great patron of Buddhism. He filled Hemis with golden statues, stupas set with precious stones and thangkhas brought from many places, including Tibet. The lamas of Hemis were associated with the Ladakhi royal. Although only about a dozen lamas actually live here, Hemis has several hundred lamas attached to its subsidiary monasteries.

 

Day 09: Leh – Pangong Tso Lake (Drive 8 hrs):

 After an early breakfast we drive to Pangong Tso Lake. From Leh we reach Karu, an Army camp on Leh-Manali road and then turn left and cross Changla Pass (17500 ft) and finally to Tangtse.

Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m), is a long narrow basin of inland drainage. About 1/3rd of the lake is under Indian occupation and remaining under China. The Chinese border is just beyond the mountains across the lake. There are spectacular views of the mountains of Changchenmo range to the north and their shimmering reflection in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish waters is breathtaking. Above Spangmik are the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.

Spangmik and other scattered tiny villages along the lake’s southern shore are the summer homes of a scanty population of Chang-pa, the semi-nomadic herdsmen of Tibet and southeast Ladakh. The Pangong Chang-pa cultivate sparse crops of barely and peas in summers. During the winters that they pack their tents (rebo) and take their flocks of sheep and pashmina goats out to the distant pastures.

Overnight stay at the Guest house at Tangse.

 

Day 10: Pangong Tso Lake - Leh (Drive 8 hrs):

Morning after exploring the area drive back to Leh the same route and check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Day 11: Leh:

Morning after breakfast full day excursion with picnic lunch to Lamayuru Monastery. The drive is about 125 Km/ 4 hrs each way.

Lamayuru Monastery is remarkably built on a rock on the Leh - Srinagar highway and belongs to the Drigunpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The history of this monastery begins with the visit of Arahat Nimagung to this place, when there was merely a lake here. It is said that Arahat made a prophecy that "a monastery will come up at this spot" and he made offerings to the Nagaserpent spirits. The corns mixed with the earth and formed in the shape of Swastika (Yungdrung), later it came to be known as Yungdrung Monastery.

Evening return to Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 12: Leh:

Morning half day excursion tour to Khardung La (Pass) - the world highest motorable road at 5600 M. It is a test of your physical endurance and is at the same altitude as the base camp of Mt Everest.

Evening at leisure for independent activity like shopping etc.

 

Day 13: Leh – Delhi (Flight, IT 3342, Dep. 08:10 hrs/ Arr. 09:25 hrs):

Delhi – Onward destination Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure. Late evening depart for onward destination. [/tab]

This trek provides you with one of the rarest views of the entire range of Yamnotri - Gangotri - Kedarnath - Badrinath mountain peaks. This trek is part of the ancient pilgrims trail from Gangotri to Kedarnath that ended at Badrinath.

 
Grade Moderate
Highest Altitude 3963 Mt
Duration 13 Days
Season Mid April – Mid June & Mid August -Mid October

Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Haridwar: (Train, Dep. 06:55 hrs, Arr. 11:15 hrs)

Haridwar - Himalayan Vagabond Adventures Camp near Rishikesh; (Drive 40 Km/ 1 hrs)

Early morning transfer to the New Delhi Railway Station to board the Dehradun Shatabdi Express train to Haridwar. Met and greet by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative at the station and drive to the camp near Rishikesh.

Upon arrival, camp welcome, orientation talk by the Camp Manager and settle down in the tents.

Lunch. Post lunch we go for a sightseeing trip to Rishikesh and take a walking tour of the fascinating town of Rishikesh, the spiritual birthplace of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda.

Located in the laps of lower Himalayas, Rishikesh is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The town is sacred to Hindu pilgrims and is often referred to as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s, Rishikesh gained instant fame as the place where the Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

After crossing Laxman Jhulla, a suspended bridge across the Ganges, we walk past several temples, ashrams, and yoga centers to Ram Jhulla - bridges are named after the two legendary brothers Ram and Laxman from the Hindu Epic “Ramayana”.

At Ram Jhoola we walk down to the ghat for an evening “Aarti”

In Hindu homes and temples, “Aarti” ceremony performed at twilight, is one of the most important part of the day.  The lighting of lamp, as the sun is setting, is supposed to ensure the presence of god of light and fire in the house. Amid singing and chanting of devotional songs and hymns, the devotees line up along the bank of the river and float lit “diyas” in the Holy Ganga. The sight of the flickering flames of thousands of “diyas” on the river is awesome.

After “Aarti” drive back to the Camp. Overnight in Deluxe safari tents.

 

Day 04: Rishikesh – Uttarkashi (1150m, Drive: 190 Km/ 5 hrs):

After an early breakfast, we drive to Uttarkashi, situated on the bank of river Bhagirathi. Uttarkashi is an important pilgrimage centre. The temple of Lord Vishwanath here is worth a visit. In the afternoon visit Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. Overnight in Tourist Bungalow.

 

Day 05: Uttarkashi - Mala - Belak (2439m, Drive 22 km drive/ 1 hrs + Trek 15 km trek/ 6 hrs): 

Morning after breakfast we drive for an hour to Mala the starting point of our trek. Here we met up with rest of our trekking staff and proceed for the day’s long trek to Belak which is a gradual up hill climb. Overnight in Tents.  

Day 06: Belak – Jhala (2455m) – Budhakedar (1542m, Trek: 16 Km/ 6 – 7 hrs):

Today we start the day on a ridge to reach Jhala by early afternoon. After enjoying the beautiful views from the top, we then descent to Budakedar where one of the five Shiva temples is located. En-route we cross Pusphavati river also known as Laxman Ganga. Overnight in Tents.

 

Day 07: Budhakedar – Ghuttu (1524m, Trek: 16 Km/ 6- 7 hrs):

Today we trek evenly through the valley to reach Ghuttu situated on the bank of Bhilangna river. Overnight in Tents/ Tourist Bungalow.

 

Day 08: Ghuttu – Panwali kantha (3963m, Trek: 15 Km/ 7 – 8 hrs):

Today, we start our day with the steep ascent to reach the highest point on this trek at Panwali kantha. The meadows of Panwali lie at heights ranging from 2745 meters to 3970 meters. There are open grasslands and undulating slopes dotted with patches of forests. With the advent of summer, the snow melts and the flowers and herbs blossom to carpet the meadows with a riot of colors.  The meadows have breathtaking views of high snow clad peaks in the north. Overnight in Tents.

Day 09: Panwali kantha – Kankhala khal (3680m, Trek: 11 km/ 5 –6 hrs):

Today, our trek is almost an even trek along the ridge with magnificent view of snow clad peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight in Tents.

 

Day 09: Kankhala khal - Trijugi Narayan (1552m) – Sonprayag (1829m, Trek: 15 km/ 5-6 hrs):

Today, we descend to less than 2000m to Trijuginarayan which is about 10 Km and then proceed further for another 5 kms to reach Sonprayag our last point on this trek. Overnight in Tents/ Tourist Bungalow.

 

Day 10: Sonprayag – Gaurikund - Kedarnath (3585m, Drive 5 km + Trek 14 Km/ 5 – 6 hrs):

Today, after breakfast we drive up to Gaurikund- the base of Kedarnath and start the trek to Kedarnath with packed lunch. The temple of Kedarnath is magnificent in its style and architecture and to construct such a temple at this height over one thousand years ago must have been quite a feat. On arrival visit the Temple in the evening. Overnight at tourist rest house

 

Day 11: Kedarnath - Gaurikund –Rudraprayag (610m, Return trek 14 km & Drive 75 km):              

After breakfast leave for Gaurikund to arrive by lunch and on arrival leave for Rudraprayag by road. Arrive in the evening at Rudraprayag and check-in at Monal Resorts. Overnight at the resort.

 

Day 12: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh (Drive: 123 Km/ 5 hrs):

After breakfast, drive down to Himalayan Vagabond Adventures camp for Lunch. Post lunch at leisure. Dinner around a merry campfire.  Overnight in safari tents.  

Day 13: Haridwar - Delhi (Train, Dep. 06:20 hrs, Arr. 11:20 hrs): Delhi – Onward destination:

Early morning transfer to Haridwar Railway Station to board the Dehradun Jan Shatabdi Express train to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel.  Rest day at leisure.

Late evening depart for onward destination.

Known as the Mahakali in Nepal, the Kali Sarda is one of the important rivers of the Himalayas and is probably the least travelled one. The Kali Sarda, for most of its length, demarcates the western boundary between India and Nepal. On the Indian side it flows along the region of Kumaon – a land of gentle hills and beautiful mountains. The valley of the river had been a trading route up to Tibet and one can see the Tibetan influence in this region.   An expedition down this river provides some classic Grade III/ IV rafting thrills. The river flows through remote, unspoilt regions and the pristine wilderness is definitely a highlight of the trip. The region also has some phenomenal bird life.
Grade Easy to Moderate
Duration 16 Days
Season January – April & November- Mid December.

Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight at the hotel in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Agra: (Train, Dep. 06:00 hrs, Arr. 08:00 hrs): Agra – Delhi: (Train, Dep. 20:43 hrs, Arr. 23:05 hrs):

Early morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to board the Shatabdi Express Train to Agra. On arrival at Agra Cant. railway station you are met by our representative and the guide. After being introduced to your guide, proceed for the tour to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 as the new capital of his kingdom. However, the place is said to have been abandoned soon after due to scarcity of water.  Here we shall visit some impressive buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Return to Agra for lunch and continue the tour with the visit to Agra Fort & Taj Mahal.

Agra Fort: The fort is built along the Yamuna River and stretches almost 2.5 km. The boundary wall of the fort is made of red sandstone. The fort has 2 gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate. Though a part of the fort is still used by the Indian Army and is not accessible to the public, a visit to this historic fort gives you an insight into the life style of 16th century Mughals.

Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj, was imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb, at the Agra Fort in a room where he had a clear view of the building he had made in the memory of his wife. Shah Jahan is said to have eventually died in this room in the Agra Fort.

Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays):  Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Later in the evening transfer to Agra Cant. railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train back to Delhi. Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Delhi.

Day 04: Delhi - Haridwar (Train, Dep. 06:55 hrs, Arr. 11:15 hrs): Haridwar - Shivpuri (Drive 40 Km/ 1 ½ hrs):

Early morning transfer to the New Delhi Railway Station to board the Dehradun Shatabdi Express train to Haridwar.

Haridwar is a sacred town for the Hindus and the name literally translates to `Gateway to God'. Located at the base of the Shivalik hills, it is in this town that the holy River Ganges enters the plains. It is famous for its saints, temples, ashrams and bathing ghats.

Meet and Greet by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative at station and drive to the Himalayan Vagabond Adventures Camp, Shivpuri.

Camp Panther is set up on 3.5 acres of terraced fields in Shivpuri village at the foothills of Himalayas. The ridges surrounding the camp are covered with a thick Sal forest. The comfortable safari tents here have attached utilities. The days at camp are packed with activities while the evenings are spent relaxing under the thatched golghars (gazebos) or by the swimming pool.

Arrive Camp Panther. Welcome, briefing and orientation by camp manager.

Lunch at the camp. Post lunch, we go for a trek to a typical Garhwali village.  This trek meanders through the local school and brings you down to a Himalayan stream, which you have to cross by wading through. Return to camp.

Evening around a merry campfire. Overnight at the camp.

Day 05: At Camp Panther:

Early morning nature walk in the surrounding areas. (Optional: Yoga session with a yogi from Rishikesh)

Post breakfast after a thorough safety briefing, we go for an exciting session of rafting on the Ganga. Conclude rafting at the camp. Lunch at Camp Panther.

Post lunch, we go for a sightseeing trip of Rishikesh. Located in the lap of lower Himalayas, Rishikesh is surrounded by hills on three sides with the Holy Ganga flowing through it.   The town is sacred to Hindu pilgrims and is often referred to as the `Yoga Capital of the World'.  Back in the 1960s, Rishikesh gained instant fame as the place where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

We cross the Ram Jhoola, which is a suspended bridge across the Ganges. We also walk past several temples, ashrams, and yoga centers to Laxman Jhulla. The bridges are named after the two legendary brothers, Ram and Laxman, from the Hindu Epic “Ramayana”. Visit a local ashram and listen to a religious discourse.

Return to camp for dinner around a campfire. Overnight at Camp Panther.

Day 06: At Camp Panther:

Breakfast at the camp. Post breakfast, we drive for about an hour to the Kunjapuri temple, our starting point for the trek.

Set amidst lush green forest, Kunjapuri Temple offers fantastic views of the legendary Himalayan peaks like Bandarpoonch, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Trishul etc. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and annually thousands of pilgrims travel to this beautiful temple, built on the flattened part of a hilltop. Trek back to the waiting vehicle. Picnic lunch. Board coach and drive back to the camp. Evening around a merry campfire.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 07:  Camp Panther - Camp Tusker (Drive):

Early morning wake up call followed by breakfast. Post breakfast, we raft through some of the best rapids on the Ganga River - Return to Sender, Roller Coaster and Golf Course and float into Rishikesh. Board waiting vehicle and drive to Camp Tusker.

Camp Tusker is located in the verdant surroundings of Rajaji National Park, Haridwar. The musical chirping of the birds, the rousing sounds of the forest and the relaxed atmosphere take you far away from the hustle of city life. Accommodation here is in comfortable safari tents too.

Rajaji National Park: In 1983, three sanctuaries in the Shivaliks --Chilla, Rajaji and Motichur-- were merged into a large protected area and were jointly named Rajaji National Park after the famous freedom fighter Lt. Shri Rajagopalachari. Spread over an area of over 800 sq. kms, the park is a magnificent ecosystem nestled in the Shivalik ranges. With the Ganga River flowing through, the park is the beginning of the vast Indo-Gangetic plains.

After lunch, leave for an exciting cycling session on forest trails in the buffer zone of the Rajaji National Park. The cycling trail takes you through vegetation of several distinct zones and various forest types such as sal forests, riverine forests, broad-leaved mixed forests and scrubland.

Evening, visit the Haridwar bathing ghats to participate in the evening “aarti” (prayer) ceremony.

In Hindu homes and temples, the “aarti” ceremony performed at twilight, is one of the most important parts of the day.  The lighting of lamp, as the sun is setting, is supposed to ensure the presence of god of light and fire in the house. Amid singing and chanting of devotional songs and hymns, the devotees line up along the bank of the river and float lit “diyas” in the Holy Ganga. The sight of the flickering flames of thousands of “diyas” on the river is awesome.

Drive back to camp.  In the evening, enjoy a talk on the flora and fauna of the surrounding areas from our resident naturalist.

Dinner around a merry campfire. Overnight at Camp Tusker.

Day 08: Camp Tusker - Haridwar - Kathgodam (O/n Train, Dep. 00:05 hrs):

Early morning we go for a bird watching session in the forest with our naturalist and try and spot birds mentioned at the talk the night before. Walk back to camp for breakfast.

Post breakfast, we go for a jeep safari into Rajaji National Park.

Rajaji National Park is distinct for its pristine scenic beauty and its rich bio-diversity.  This area is the north-western limit of the Asian elephants. Apart from elephants, the park is home to over 40 species of mammals including tigers, leopards, deer and ghurals and has over 315 species of birds.

After the safari, we drive to the core zone entrance for briefing on elephant behaviour. Lunch at the camp. Post lunch at leisure. Optional- walk to the river nearby.

Dinner around the campfire. Post dinner transfer to Haridwar railway station to board the overnight Dehradun Kathgodam Express Train to Kathgodam.

Overnight in Train.

 Note: Second AC seats are very hard to come by on this train. Train reservations have to be done at least two months in advance.

Day 09: Arrive Kathgodam (By overnight train, Arrive 07:20 hrs): Kathgodam – Pithoragarh (Drive 8 hrs):

Early morning, arrive at Kathgodam- the last railhead in the Kumaon region. Meet by our representatives at the railway station and drive to Pitthoragarh town (1,650m) located in a small valley. This town used to be the summer retreat of the Chand rulers of the area and has some fine temples built by them. O/n at Tourist Bungalow.

Day 10: Pithoragarh – Jhulaghat – Pancheshwar (Drive & Rafting):

Wake up early in the morning followed by breakfast. Post breakfast we drive for an hour to Jhulaghat to begin the expedition on River Kali Sarda. At Jhulaghat the entire river squeezes through a five-meter cleft. A small suspension bridge over this cleft connects the Indian town with Nepal.

We put in for the expedition here and paddle down the river. We spent our day on the river with grade II & III rapids. We raft past beautiful waterfalls and lovely scenery. We can also visit some villages en route and talk to the people, who are extremely friendly and warm.

We finish the day’s rafting at Pancheshwar, a famous spot for Mahaseer fishing. Camp overnight at Pancheshwar.

Day 11: Pancheshwar:

A designated day of rest. Visit a temple at the confluence of the Kali and Saryu rivers and try your hand at fishing. Overnight Camp at Pancheshwar beach.

Day 12: On the river:

After Pancheshwar, we do not come across many villages. You pass thickly forested hillsides, abounding in wild life and birds. The river picks up force and there are two big grade III rapids. Camp set up on a beach.

Day 13: Arrival Kaladhunga:

This is the best white-water day of the trip. Today we get plenty of flat water paddling as also many big and bouncy rapids including a big grade IV+ rapid near village Chuka. Explore the forest area around Kaladhunga. Walk through the jungle to the old forest department bungalow, where legendary hunter turned naturalist Jim Corbett is believed to have stayed for some time.

Spend the night in Camp near Kaladhunga.

Day 14: Arrival Bramdeo – Corbett National Park (Drive):

Today we, raft down to Bramdeo forest rest house over six big grade III rapids. The take out is at Bramdeo just above Tanakpur.

After lunch, we drive to Jim Corbett National Park. Overnight stay at the resort.

Jim Corbett National Park is located in the northern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is named in honour of the legendary hunter turned naturalist, author and photographer, Jim Corbett, who had helped in demarcating the boundaries and setting up the park. It was in this area that he had shot the dreaded “man-eaters”, the notorious Kanda maneater being one of them. His books on these thrilling true life adventures – The Maneaters of Kumaon and the Maneating Leopard of Rudraprayag are perennial best sellers, well known all over the world.

Day 15: Corbett National Park:

Jim Corbett National Park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, it is famous for its population of Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards and Asian elephants. Corbett National Park is India's first national park and is the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger, started to protect the tiger population of India. With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, Project Tiger was launched in Corbett National Park in 1973. Once a popular hunting ground of the British, this 201 square mile park was named in honor of the late Jim Corbett, who spent many in this area and contributed in setting up the this park.

Early morning jeep safari. Come back to the resort for breakfast. Morning at leisure.

Lunch. Evening jeep safari/ nature walk. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 16: Corbett National Park – Delhi: Delhi – Onward destination:

After a leisurely morning followed by breakfast, we drive back to Delhi with a packed lunch. Transfer to hotel for wash and change. Late evening depart for onward destination.

Considered by many as characteristically the most beautiful trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kuari Pass Trek goes through areas that have not yet been fully explored. En route one can get splendid views of various uncharted lakes especially the Gauna Lake. The route is through various remote villages. To reach the pass the ascent is very steep and exerting. The ridge on which the pass is situated is at the divide between Lesser and Greater Himalayas. The ridge top is a continuous grassy meadow and affords great Himalayan views, one of the finest in the world.   At the camp on the ridge overlooking peaks like Nanda devi, Dunagiri, Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat, Kamet, Chaukmamba, Nilkanth, Bethratoli and the Trishul peaks one feels truly on top of the world  
Grade Moderate
Highest Altitude 4268 M
Average Walking time 6 - 7 hours per day
Duration 12 Days
Season Mid April – Mid June & Mid August – Mid October

Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

To be greeted by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.

The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 03: Delhi – Haridwar: (Train, Dep. 06:55 hrs, Arr. 11:15 hrs): Haridwar - Himalayan Vagabond Adventures Camp near Rishikesh; (Drive 40 Km/ 1 hrs)

Early morning transfer to the New Delhi Railway Station to board the Dehradun Shatabdi Express train to Haridwar. Met and greet by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative at the station and drive to the camp near Rishikesh.

Upon arrival, camp welcome, orientation talk by the Camp Manager and settle down in the tents followed by lunch.

Post lunch we go for a sightseeing trip to Rishikesh and take a walking tour of the fascinating town of Rishikesh- the spiritual birthplace of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda.

Located in the laps of lower Himalayas, Rishikesh is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The town is sacred to Hindu pilgrims and is often referred to as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s, Rishikesh gained instant fame as the place where the Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

After crossing Laxman Jhulla, a suspended bridge across the Ganges, we walk past several temples, ashrams, and yoga centers to Ram Jhulla - bridges are named after the two legendary brothers Ram and Laxman from the Hindu Epic “Ramayana”. At Ram Jhoola we walk down to the ghat for an evening “Aarti”. In Hindu homes and temples, “Aarti” ceremony performed at twilight, is one of the most important part of the day.  The lighting of lamp, as the sun is setting, is supposed to ensure the presence of god of light and fire in the house. Amid singing and chanting of devotional songs and hymns, the devotees line up along the bank of the river and float lit “diyas” in the Holy Ganga. The sight of the flickering flames of thousands of “diyas” on the river is awesome.

After “Aarti” drive back to the Camp. Overnight in Deluxe safari tents.

 

Day 04: Shivpuri - Auli (Full day drive):

Leave early morning with a packed breakfast for a full day’s drive to Auli (295 kms). Stop at Rudraprayag (140 kms) for lunch. Rudraprayag is situated at the confluence of river Alaknanda and river Mandakini and is small scenic town.  After lunch, continue drive to Auli. Auli is located at an altitude of 2750 m above sea level and offers a panoramic view of Mt. Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parwat, Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Nar Parbat. We shall reach Auli in the evening and check in at Clifftop Resort.  

Day 05: Auli (Day Excursion to Badrinath 3110 m):

Wake up very early in the morning and drive to Badrinath (2 hrs).

Situated on the bank of the river Alakananda and sandwiched within the two mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan with the Neelkanth peak (6597 m) on the background, the temple of Badrinath is one of the four holy places of the Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. 

After lunch drive back to Auli en-route exploring Joshimath.

Joshimath is described in the ancient scriptures as Kartikeyapura, because the Katyuri kings named it after their God, Kartikeya. This place is also known as Jyotirmath.

Joshimath, located at a height of about 6000 ft, is one of the four great "maths", or monasteries, established by the great Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. Joshimath was the heart of religious and cultural activity in those days and continues to be the same even today walk around the quaint, small town of Joshimath and visit a few temples like “Narashima and the Vashudeva Temple”.

In the evening take the cable car/ drive back to Auli. Overnight at the resort in Auli.

 

Day 06: Auli – Gurson Bugyal – Tali (3310 m, Trek 18 km/ 5 - 6):

Wake up early in the morning followed by breakfast. Post breakfast meet up with the trekking staff and begin the trek with an hour walk, gradually ascending through alpine meadow to Gurson Bugyal.

The trail beyond Gurson Bugyal is steep in places before we start our ascent over a rocky outcrop to a small lake beside a well-constructed trail coming from Tapovan village. From the lake, the trail continues through a mixed pine and oak forest for two to three km, before a short descent to Tali.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

 

Day 07: Tali – Dakwani (2296 m, Trek 10 km/ 5 - 6 hrs):

Today we ascend the ridge above Tali and just below the ridge, the trail leads through a large meadow offering spectacular views of the Garhwal Himalayan range. We then cross over the Kauri pass (3640m), a small Col in a grassy ridge. From the Pass we have beautiful views of Nanda Devi (7816m) and Nanda Devi East (7434m). The imposing eastern peaks of the Garhwal Himalaya are an unforgettable sight. They appear so close with their grand glittering snowcaps that one feels like almost touching them. From here the route leads along the right side of the gorge past a small shepherds to Dakwani.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

 

Day 08: Dakwani – Pana Rani (2043 m, Trek 17 km/ 5 - 6 hrs):

Today the trail leads us down to a small wooden bridge over the river, which flows through the Kauri Pass. After crossing the bridge, there is a steep ascent to a small ridge, before a short descent to an impressive waterfall. From hear we ascend again, steep in places, until we meet a path going towards Sathholi meadow. We trek through the meadow, carpeted in the spring with lovely wildflowers towards the last ridge. We then descend for about an hour to our campsite above Pana Rani village.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

 

Day 09: Pana Rani – Jhanji Pani (1524 m, Trek 12 km/ 4 - 5 hrs):

Today, the day starts with an ease walk following the main trail leading to Jhangi. After crossing the bridge we take the lower trail and walking through the woods inhabited by Himalayan Langurs (monkeys) As we look back we have fine views of our day’s trek. We shall arrive at our campsite by lunchtime. Post lunch visit the village.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

Day 10: Jhangi Rani – Ramni (1829 m, Trek 13 km/ 4- 5 hrs):

Today we continue our trek through thick forests, encountering trees of walnut and chestnut, and troops of langurs executing spectacular leaps through the foliage to Brithi Ganga and the Nandakni valleys. We shall reach our campsite by early afternoon.

Dinner and overnight stay in Tents.

 

Day 11: Ramni - Ghat (1331 m, Trek 10 km/ 3 - 4 hrs): Ghat – Nandaprayag (Drive 19 Km/ 2 hrs):

Today after breakfast we trek on through the forested ridge and then descend through mixed forest, crossing the Nandakni River and over a bridge to end our treks at Ghat. At Ghat, we shall then board the waiting vehicle and drive for about two hours on a rough road to reach Nandaprayag. Dinner and overnight stay at GMVN Tourist Bungalow/ Tents.  

Day 12: Nand Prayag – Himalayan Vagabond Adventures Camp, Rishikesh (Drive 5 hrs):

Morning after breakfast drive back to Himalayan Vagabond Adventures Camp for lunch at Rishikesh. Upon arrival, camp welcome and settle down in the tents followed by lunch.

Post lunch, at leisure.

Options available at the Camp:

  • Swimming
  • Massage sessions
  • Easy hike
  • Rock climbing on the artificial climbing wall at camp/ or
  • Kayaking on the placid stretch by the river under the strict supervision of our outdoor instructors.
Dinner around a merry campfire.  Overnight in safari tents.  

Day 13: Haridwar - Delhi (Train, Dep. 06:20 hrs, Arr. 11:20 hrs): Delhi – Onward destination:

Early morning transfer to Haridwar Railway Station to board the Dehradun Jan Shatabdi Express train to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel.  Rest day at leisure. Late evening depart for onward destination.
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