In the Shadow of Nanda Devi
India, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,095 (land only) - from €1,315 (land only) - from $1,795 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. Afternoon at leisure, with the chance to enjoy the gardens and pool at the hotel.
Day 2: We have a sightseeing tour by coach of Old Delhi and New Delhi. Then, in the evening, we transfer to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Kathgodam.
Day 3: Arriving at Kathgodam, we drive through impressively scenic country to our overnight stop at Kausani. After checking into our hotel and taking lunch, there will be time in the afternoon for an acclimatisation hike.
Day 4: After breakfast, we drive to the roadhead at the village of Munar. Here, we meet our trek crew and trek alongside the Saryu River to our camp at the village of Supi.
Day 5: Our route today follows a path which zig zags up the steep mountainside, before contouring high above the river, through several small farming hamlets, to a camp at Mikila.
Day 6: Today, we climb steeply through forest and grazing meadows, with views of Nanda Devi. We then descend to an idyllic campsite in a clearing known as Raj Kharka (2520m).
Day 7: From the camp, we descend some 900 metres to the banks of the Ram Ganga and the village of Gogina. Crossing the river to its east bank, we climb to our camp close to Namik (2100m).
Day 8: Today, we follow an ancient trail with sections of stone steps which climbs through beautiful forest and offers superb views of the impressive peak of Nanda Kot (6860m). We camp near a hut on the ridge.
Day 9: A long day-hike on the ridge, involving a 700 metre climb to a viewpoint for the Panch Chuli peaks. Our high point is at the Sudam Khal Pass (3950m). We return to overnight at our previous camp.
Day 10: After a leisurely breakfast we descend, then climb to a pass above Namik, before dropping down to a campsite in the forest at 3030 metres.
Day 11: The trail drops down through forest to the Junga River, then climbs again to a pass at 3450 metres, with more great views of Panch Chuli. We then descend to camp.
Day 12: Today, we descend and contour across the hillside to Munsiari. This is a very pleasant walk with ever-changing panoramas. We set up our final camp of the holiday in Munsiari.
Day 13: We say goodbye to our trek crew and begin the 2-day drive out to Kathgodam. Excellent views of Nanda Devi and other peaks en route to our guesthouse near Almora.
Day 14: We continue the spectacular drive out to Kathgodam, where we have dinner before boarding the overnight sleeper train back to Delhi.
Day 15: 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 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.