This challenge takes you to some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the India. This off the beaten track adventure starts in the iconic city of Delhi where you will spend some time assisting at a project on manual activities such as painting and decorating. After you have completed your tasks at the project you will take on a breathaking 4-day trek along a route in the Lesser Himalayan range of Northern India which offers views of lush forests, snow-capped peaks and vast valleys.
Do Something Different...
You will spend two days helping at a non-profit project in Delhi which reaches out to families from less privileged backgrounds and offers support through times of sickness, financial difficulty and other challenges families face. The specific project you will help will depend on the most urgent need in Delhi at the time. Activities at the project may include assisting with decorating, painting and refurbishment. No experience is required; just a willingness to get involved and make a positive difference.
Days 1-2 (Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th October): London - Delhi
Depart London for Delhi on an overnight flight. Upon arrival the next day, transfer to a central hotel where some rooms will be available to relax and freshen-up. After lunch you will have a sightseeing tour of Delhi before transferring to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Pathankot (air conditioned sleeper class). Meals: lunch, dinner.
Day 3 (Monday 29th October): Pathankot - Dharamshala
The train arrives in Pathankot in the morning and from the station you will transfer to Mcleodganj, near Dharamshala (approximately 2.5 hours), where you will check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps visit the Dalai Lama Palace and the Tibetan government-in-exile buildings, or simply enjoy the atmosphere and browse for souvenirs in the handicraft stalls before enjoying a Tibetan dinner this evening. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4 (Tuesday 30th October) Dharamshala - Kanol Village
After breakfast we drive for approximately one hour to our starting point, Boh Village. Boh village is situated on the banks of the Brahal River and along the way we will enjoy spectacular views of the Dhauladhar Mountains. The trek begins with a steep ascent for about 2 hours before we arrive in the remote tribal village of Batuni, where we visit a local family house for refreshments. From Batuni a short walk takes us to our lunch spot, after which we descend through lush green fields, terraces and woodland to Kanol village where we set up camp for the night. Approx. 12 km trekking / 4 hours. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5 (Wednesday 31st October) Kanol village - Bagha
After experiencing our first night under the stars, we continue ascending through many charming villages, passing beautiful open meadows and pine forests on the way. We stop for lunch in a small village called Kareri before continuing through dense forest to Bagha, our second campsite. Approx. 15km trekking / 6 hours. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6 (Thursday 1st November) Bagha - Rewa
This morning we descend all the way to Rewa Village, a typical Himalayan community located on the banks of a small river. Approx. 10km trekking / 5 hrs. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7 (Friday 2nd November) Rewa - Triund - Pathankot
Today is our final and hardest day of trekking! We trek for around 7 hours to reach Triund, the highest point on the trek at 2843m. Triund is located in the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhar mountain range and from here there are amazing views of the higher mountains soaring in the distance. After admiring the views we trek down to Mcleodganj, where we drive back to Pathankot and take the overnight train to Delhi. Approx. 12km trekking / 8 hours. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 8 (Saturday 3rd November): Delhi
We arrive in Delhi this morning and transfer to the hotel to freshen up and have lunch. This afternoon we will visit the project and start work. The specific project you will be involved with will depend on the most urgent need in Delhi at the time but we anticipate supporting a children’s therapy or day care centre with tasks such as refurbishment, decoration and improving facilities. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Days 9-10 (Sunday 4th - Monday 5th November): Delhi
We will spend the next two full days assisting at the project in Delhi, making a difference for the local community. On Monday evening we will have a farewell celebratory meal. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 11 (Tuesday 6th November): Delhi - London
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London. Flight may arrive the next morning depending on schedules. Meals: Breakfast
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from London
- Airline taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in India
- 2-3* hotels, tents on the trek
- Materials required for project
- English-speaking local guides
- Support team
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Spending money
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal kit and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Indian e-visa
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27th October - 6th November 2018
Registration Fee: £380
This trip is graded as Moderate to challenging
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