India

The Challenge

Join Cats Protection in India on this exclusive fundraising challenge in 2018. Your adventure starts in India's capital Delhi before boarding the overnight train for the journey to the Lesser Himalaya where you will explore this spectacular area on foot during a 4-day trek. You will reach altitudes of up to 2842m and will walk approximately 14km per day, taking around 6-8 hours. You will be awed by lush green forests, views of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, gushing rivers and small villages with friendly and welcoming local people. After your trek ends the next challenge begins! You will travel to Kanha National Park where you will spend three days learning about, and getting involved with, conservation activities the National Park.

The Project

You will spend three days in the Kanha National Park, inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his novel The Jungle Book. During your time here you will learn about the efforts being made to conserve the environment, especially for tigers. We anticipate that you will take several drives into the National Park with the hopes of spotting tigers and other endemic animals. You will also get hands on and support the conservation efforts directly such as assisting with the removal of weeds, planting trees and habitat maintenance all of which are important tasks to keep the endemic plants in the National Park safe from invasive plant species which could change the ecological balance. There is also a possibility of helping with a tiger conservation lesson at a local school and further other opportunities for learning about the plight of the local wildlife.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 (Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 October 2018): 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 enjoy 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 15 October 2018): Pathankot - Dharamshala
Arrive in Pathankot in the morning and transfer to Dharamshala (approximately 2.5 hours). On arrival in the home of the Dalai Lama, check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 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 16 October 2018) Dharamshala - Kanol Village
After breakfast we take a short transfer 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. Approx. 12km trekking / 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday 17 October 2018) Kanol village - Bahl
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 forests to the Rawa River and onward to Bahl, our second campsite. Approx. 15km trekking / 6 hours Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 (Thursday 18 October 2018) Bahl - Truind
This morning we make a steep ascent through mixed forests of oak, cedar and rhododendrons which takes us up to Triund, the highest point on our trek at 2843m. This alpine meadow situated on top of a ridge from where there are incredible views of the Dhauladhar peaks on one side and the Kangra valley on the other. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and our final night under canvas. Approx. 15km trekking / 7 hours Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 (Friday 19 October 2018) Triund - Pathankot
After rising early and watching the spectacular sunrise over the Dhauladhar Mountain Range we set off down a grassy ridge which gradually gets steeper until we reach the Bhagsu waterfall where we stop to enjoy lunch. From there we trek down to Bhagsu village where we join the vehicle to return to Pathankot and take the overnight train to Delhi. Approx. 14km trekking / 6 hours Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8-11 (Saturday 20 October - Tuesday 23 October 2018): Delhi - Kanha
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the airport for the short flight (approx. 1 hour 40) to Jabalpur. On arrival there is a 3-hour drive to reach Chitvan Jungle Lodge, our base for the next four nights. Over the following few days you will spend time in and around the Kanha National Park on a range of activities. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 (Wednesday 24 October 2018): Kanha - Delhi
We complete our activities at Kanha this morning and return to the airport for our flight back to Delhi. Celebrate your achievements with a farewell dinner this evening. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 13 (Thursday 25 October 2018): Delhi - London
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London (may arrive the next morning depending on flight 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 the UK
  • Transfers and transport in India
  • 2-3* hotels, tents on the trek
  • All meals and drinking water
  • Materials required for project
  • Expert English-speaking local trek guides
  • Trek support staff
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
What is not included
  • Airport taxes and charges (approx £280)
  • Vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal kit and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Indian e-visa
  • Carbon emission offsetting

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FAQ
Trip Dates

13th - 25th October 2018

Tour Price

Registration Fee: £399
Sponsorship: £3995
(see inclusions below)

Trip Difficulty

Moderate to Challenging

This trek is graded as Moderate to challenging

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