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)
Day 1: Morning rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers will be provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the use of shared 'day rooms' to freshen up before lunch. In the afternoon we board the train for the 4 hour journey to Haridwar. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 2: Leaving Haridwar, we journey by bus into the Himalayan foothills to Rudrayprayag located at the confluence of the holy rivers of Alaknanda and Mandakani. Overnight at a hotel
Day 3: Another day of spectacular scenery, as we drive for approximately 5 hours to Wan (2510m). Here, we set off on the first stage of our trek, walking for about 1 hour to meet our crew, who will have already established camp.
Day 4: We trek through ancient oak and rhododendron forest, and cross the Neel Ganga river to reach our picturesque camp at Bedni Bugyal (3400m).
Day 5: An easier day, descending back towards the village of Wan, before turning off to enter another valley and climbing to cross a ridge to finally arrive at our camping place on pasture at the village of Kanol.
Day 6: Trekking first through terraced fields of wheat and amaranthus, we then follow forest trails to Sitiel where we camp on the riverbank (1750m).
Day 7: A longer day, through farmland and villages with views of distant snow-capped peaks, to Ghunni (2470m). A steep ascent to camp in grazing areas on the hilltop below the Ramni Pass.
Day 8: We climb up through forest and meadows to cross a low pass, then descend to the small village of Jhenjipani (2300m). Passing through forest, we make camp in a pleasant clearing.
Day 9: Another pleasant valley walk, crossing small rivers and passing many waterfalls. We take lunch on the top of a narrow ridge and then contour round to our camp above the village of Pana (2700m).
Day 10: Climbing gradually, we follow the ridge through more forest and out onto the Siyartoli meadow. We then climb to a camp before the Kauri Pass at Dhakwani.
Day 11: Cross the Kuari Pass (3650m). After a steep start, the ascent becomes more gradual through forest. Superb views of Nanda Devi. Camp on the meadows at Chitrakanta (3200m).
Day 12: A short and scenic day of trekking leads downhill to the ski resort of Auli. Here, we meet our transport for the drive through Joshimath to Pipalkoti and our overnight lodge.
Day 13: A long (approximately 9 hours) and spectacular drive to Rishikesh, where we check into a hotel. If we arrive in time, we can watch the evening aarti lamp ceremony by the Ganges.
Day 14: The morning is free to enjoy this famous town on the Ganges. After lunch we will make the short (40 minute) drive to Haridwar where we check into our hotel. The afternoon is free to explore the bazaar.
Day 15: We take the morning train to Delhi, arriving before lunch. There is more opportunity for bargain hunting and souvenire buying. Overnight in our Delhi hotel.
Day 16: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. 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.