Trekking the Curzon's Trail and the Kuari Pass
India, Trek & Walk, 16 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,645 (land only)
- Two weeks of classic Garhwal trekking in the India Himalaya
- Trek in the footsteps of Shipton and Tilman
- Spectacular views of Nanda Devi
- Explore Rishikesh and the sacred River Ganges
- Extensions available to the Taj Mahal and Agra
Following a route trekked by Lord Curzon in 1905 and by Shipton and Tilman 30 years later, this excellent adventure trekking holiday traverses the western edge of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. After just a couple of days, we reach the high meadow of Bedni Bugyal, a famously scenic location with a skyline dominated to the north-west by the peaks of Trisul (7120m) and Nanda Ghunti. A further week of superb foothills trekking takes us through forest and farmland and by way of a series of ridges, the last of which we cross at the Kuari Pass (3650m). Changabang, Kamet and Nanda Devi are just 3 of the India Himalayan giants visible from this sublime viewpoint. En route back to Delhi, we have time to experience the magic of Rishikesh and Haridwar and to attend the 'arti' (floating lamp) ceremony on the Ganges. This is a great trek and an unforgettable journey into the mystical Hindu territory of Garhwal.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a very scenic 10-day trekking holiday, in an area of the India Himalaya seldom visited by other trekkers. Generally the trek route follows ancient trade routes and pilgrimage trails that offer very good walking conditions. The usual day's walk will be around 5 to 6 hours. Whilst there are several ridges and passes to cross during the trek, and some steep ascent and descent this not a tough trekking trip and should be within the capabilities of any regular hill walker or back-country hiker. Note that the highest campsite is actually close to the start of the trip. The altitude attained on the holiday is relatively modest and should cause few problems. Overall this is an excellent walking holiday, both for experienced trekkers seeking a relatively untouched corner of the Himalaya and for novices looking for an introduction to Himalayan trekking.