In the Shadow of Nanda Devi
India, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,145 (land only) - from €1,605 (land only) - from $1,860 (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 at our hotel which is close to the airport. Afternoon at leisure, with the chance to enjoy the gardens and pool at the hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast at our hotel, 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 sleeper train to Kathgodam, one of the classic Indian travel experiences.
Day 3: Arriving at Kathgodam, we drive through impressively scenic country to our overnight stop at Kausani (1890m). After checking into our hotel and taking lunch, there will be time in the afternoon for an acclimatisation hike. Overnight at a hotel in Kausani with views extending to the Indian Himalaya. 3 to 4 hours driving.
Day 4: After breakfast, we enjoy a morning's drive to the roadhead at the village of Munar. Here, we meet our trek crew and have lunch, before setting off on trek alongside the Saryu River to our first camp of the holiday at the village of Supi. 3 hours walking.
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 in a clearing in the forest opposite the village of Mikila (2300m). 4 hours walking.
Day 6: Today, we climb steeply through forest and grazing meadows, with views of Nanda Devi. We gain height steadily to a ridge (3300m) then descend to an idyllic campsite in a clearing known as Raj Kharka (2520m). 7 to 8 hours walking.
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) and overlooking the river. 6 to 7 hours walking.
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 (3400m). 5 hours walking.
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. 7 to 8 hours walking.
Day 10: A relatively easy day. After a leisurely breakfast, we descend, then climb to a pass directly above Namik, before dropping down to a campsite in the forest at 3030 metres. 6 to 7 hours walking.
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 beside a shepherd`s hut in the Gauri Ganga Valley. 7 to 8 hours walking.
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. 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 13: We say goodbye to our trek crew and begin the 2-day drive out to Kathgodam. There are excellent views today, of Nanda Devi and other peaks en route to our guesthouse near Almora. 6 hours driving.
Day 14: We continue the spectacular drive out to Kathgodam, arriving in the early afternoon. We have an early evening meal, before going to the railway station and boarding the overnight sleeper train back to Delhi. 3 hours driving.
Day 15: Arriving in Delhi in the early morning, we drive to our 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.