Beyond Kulu Trek
India, Trek & Walk, 18 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,620 (land only) - from $2,265 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at our central group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided. Dinner and overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: We take the early morning train from Delhi to Kalka and then, after a stop for lunch, we drive northwards via the old market town of Mandi, into the Kulu Valley and on to Manali (2050m). Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3: Today, is a great opportunity to look around this thriving market town and also to take an acclimatisation hike via the hot springs at Vashist and up to the impressive Jogni Waterfall. We return to spend a second night at our Manali hotel.
Day 4: Setting out from Manali, we trek up through a woodland of oak and pine to our first camping place on the grazing area of Lamadug (3000m). Quite a steep ascent, but only 3 to 4 hours of walking. Afternoon at leaisure at our camp.
Day 5: In accordance with our programme of acclimatisation, we spend a rest day at camp, with the option to hike up to a fine viewpoint. We spend a second night at the camp at Lamadug.
Day 6: A full day of trekking takes us across a high pasture area, crossing the highest ridge at close to 4000 metres, with views of the Pir Panjal peaks to the north-east. We camp in a meadow beyond Railli (3500m).
Day 7: Descending to the valley floor, we climb again towards the Kaliheni Pass and make our camp above the tree line at around 3900 metres.
Day 8: A second rest and acclimatisation at this point will put us in good shape for the crossing of the Kaliheni Pass. We spend a second night at the camp below the Kaliheni Pass.
Day 9: A tough day, as we climb to cross the Kaliheni Pass (4650m), which involves moraine, snow and bare glacier ice, with views of the Bara Bhangal. We descend to a camp below the pass on the Kaliheni Nullah (3750m).
Day 10: We follow a path above the tree line, through the Kaliheni Valley, crossing several tributary streams and with great mountain views. Camp is in a grassy clearing overlooking the valley (3700m).
Day 11: Still heading towards the west, we make the long and at times steep descent to the Gaddi village of Bara Bhangal (2550m). We camp just beyond the stone-built houses.
Day 12: A welcome opportunity to take it easy for a day and explore this settlement of 60 or so houses. A chance to meet the Gaddi people who spend the summer months here.
Day 13: Crossing the Kaliheni River, we ascend the Thamser Nullah, passing a number of Gaddi encampments en route. We camp on a flat knoll below the Thamser Pass (3800m).
Day 14: Another early start, crossing scree and moraine and then snow and ice at the Thamser Pass (4750m). Great views of the Himalaya from the top and then we descend to the meadows of Panattu (3450m) where we set up camp.
Day 15: Walk easily on a glacier, then descend through mixed woodland to the village of Rajgunda (2450m) where we make camp.
Day 16: Our final day of trekking takes us through the pleasant foothills of the Dhaula Dhar. At Billing, we meet our transport and drive to McLeod Ganj, where we overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 17: We enjoy a morning's visit to the Tibetan exiles town of McLeodganj, home of the Dalai Lama, before driving to Pathankot to catch the overnight Sleeper Train back to Delhi.
Day 18: Arriving in Delhi in the early morning, we drive to a hotel close to the airport for breakfast and to freshen-up. We then transfer to the airport where KE Land Only package services end. Those on early flights may transfer directly from the railway station to the airport.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.