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 some time assisting at a community project in Delhi. Your activities will include painting, redecorating, gardening and other similar tasks.
Day 1 (Sat 6th October 2018): London - Delhi
Depart London for Delhi on an overnight flight.
Day 2 (Sun 7th October 2018): Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi we transfer to the hotel to check in. After lunch we get started on the local project. We have links with several projects in Delhi including a centre for families receiving cancer treatment, a hostel and day care centre for the children's hospice & a clinic for cancer patients. Previous activities have included painting and decorating bedrooms, building a children's playground, refurbishing a kitchen and dining room, and improving therapy centres. Overnight: Hotel
Days 3 - 4 (Mon 8th - Tues 9th October 2018): Delhi
Two full days assisting on the local project. In the evening of day 4 we transfer to the railway station for the overnight train to Pathankot (air conditioned sleeper class). Overnight: Hotel (day 3) / Sleeper train (day 4)
Day 5 (Wed 10th October 2018): Pathankot - Dharamshala
Arrive in Pathankot this morning and transfer to Dharamsala (approximately 2.5 hours). On arrival in this Himalayan hill resort, the abode of the Dalai Lama, check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. It is a fascinating place to explore, with visits to the Dalai Lama Palace and the Tibetan Government-in-exile recommended, or you can simply enjoy the atmosphere and browse for souvenirs in the handicraft stalls. Enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner this evening. Overnight: Hotel
Day 6 (Thurs 11th October 2018) Dharamshala - Kanol Village
After breakfast we drive for approximately 1 hour to our starting point, Boh Village. Boh village is situated on the banks of the Brahal River and our journey there will reward us with spectacular views of the Dhauladhar Mountains. We start with a steep ascent for about 2 hours and 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. Trekking: Approx. 12 km / 4-5 hours. Overnight: Camping
Day 7 (Fri 12th October 2018): Kanol Village - Kareri - Rawa - Bahl
After our first night's camping, we enjoy a good breakfast before setting off today's walk, which starts with a relatively steep ascent through several small villages, enjoying fine views of the valley as we go and passing beautiful open meadows and pine forests on the way. We arrive in Kareri Village in time for lunch before continuing through dense forest to the Rawa River, where we camp overnight. Trekking: Approx. 15 km / 6 hours. Overnight: Camping
Day 8 (Sat 13th October 2018): Bahl - Triund
Today is our longest and hardest day of trekking, but the views from the end are well worth the effort! Our trek route today follows a steep ascent through a mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and cedar trees, bringing us at the end of the day to Triund, located in the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhar range, an alpine meadow situated on top of a ridge from which we'll have amazing views of the peaks of Dhauladhar on one side and the Kangra valley on the other. A perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and our final night under canvas! Trekking: Approx. 15 kms / 7 hours. Overnight: Camping
Day 9 (Sun 14th October 2018): Triund - Mcleodgunj - Pathankot
After rising early to witness the sun rising over the spectacular Dhauladhar Mountain Range we set off for our final day's walking. Initially it's a gradual descent over a grassy ridge for a few kilometres, then a steep descent takes us down to the Bhagsu waterfall where we stop to enjoy lunch. A further short walk brings us to Bhagsu village where we end our trek and return to Pathankot to take the overnight train back to Delhi. Trekking: Approx. 14 km / 6 hours. Overnight: Sleeper train
Day 10 (Mon 15th October 2018): Delhi
The train arrives back in Delhi and we proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour. There is some free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner this evening. Overnight: Hotel
Day 11 (Tues 16th October 2018): Delhi - London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London which, depending on flight schedules, may arrive into London the next day.
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 the UK
- Airline taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in India
- 2-3* hotels, tents on the trek
- Materials required for project
- Porters and expert English-speaking local guides
- Different Travel UK tour escort
- 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 visa (if required)
- Carbon emission offsetting
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