In the Shadow of Nanda Devi

Indian Himalaya trekking holiday - from Garhwal into Kumaon




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Holiday Overview


  • Classic trekking in an unspoiled corner of the Indian Himalaya
  • Ridge-top trekking and idyllic campsites
  • Spectacular views of Nanda Devi and Panch Chuli
  • Quiet trails in an area visited by few adventure travellers

Straddling the districts of Garhwal and Kumaon, close to the Nepalese border, Nanda Devi (7817m) is the geographical and spiritual high point of India. After sightseeing in Delhi, our trekking holiday in the area of this sacred mountain begins on the night train to Kathgodam and continues by road to the village of Supi. Trekking from the valley of the Ram Ganga to finally reach the Gauri Ganga in the east, our route is rich in interest, passing through a delightfully scenic and unspoiled corner of the Indian Himalaya. Traversing alpine meadows and crossing high passes, we have panoramic views of the clustered peaks of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary and of the adjacent Panch Chuli group. This is a delightful trek through a beautiful and unspoilt corner of the Indian Himalaya with excellent green campsites. Visits to several villages and shepherds' camps provide a wealth of cultural interest and help to make this a wholly memorable trekking holiday in an area visited by few adventure travellers.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a very beautiful 9-day trek, in an area seldom visited by other trekkers. The average day's walk will be between 5 and 7 hours - although during the day's trek along the Sudam Khal Ridge we could be walking for 8 or 9 hours. Generally the route follows ancient trade routes and village connections that offer very good walking conditions, but there are some sections of looser ground. There are several passes to cross during the trek which does make the trip quite challenging within its grade. Overall this is an excellent walking holiday, both for experienced trekkers who want to travel in a little-visited region and also for well-prepared novices looking for a short, but reasonably demanding trek.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.
  • Delhi city tour. In the evening, transfer to the railway station for the sleeper train to Kathgodam.
  • Arrive Kathgodam and drive to ridge-top Kausani (1890m). Afternoon acclimatisation walk.
  • Drive to the village of Munar, meet our trek crew and trek alongside the Saryu River to Supi (2000m).
  • Trek above the river, through several small farming hamlets, to Mikila (2300m).
  • Ascend through forest and meadow, with views of Nanda Devi. Overnight at Raj Kharka (2520m).
  • Trek down to the Ram Ganga. Cross the river and continue to Namik (2100m).
  • Trek on an ancient stone stepped trail with views of Nanda Kot. Overnight at a ridge-top site.
  • An excursion from camp up to the Sudam Khal Pass (3950m) with views of the Panch Chuli peaks.
  • Descend, then trek up to a pass above Namik. Drop down to a campsite in the forest (3030m).
  • Trek down to the Junga River, then cross a pass (3450m) into the valley of the Gauri Ganga.
  • Descend and contour across the hillside to Munsiari, with ever-changing panoramas.
  • Begin our drive out of this remote spot. Views of Nanda Devi and other peaks en route to Almora.
  • Drive to Kathgodam. After dinner, board the sleeper train back to Delhi.
  • Arrive Delhi in the early morning. Day rooms at our hotel, then transfer to Delhi Airport and depart.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Delhi Airport transfers are provided for those arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch at the group hotel which is near the airport. Afternoon at leisure, with the chance to enjoy the gardens and pool at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals ld

  • Delhi city tour. In the evening, transfer to the railway station for the sleeper train to Kathgodam.

    After a leisurely breakfast, we have the option of a sightseeing tour by coach of Old Delhi and New Delhi - which are completely different in character to one another. We visit the busy bazaars of Chandni Chowk, and the Moghul Red Fort. We will also see New Delhi’s imposing avenues and the Lutyen’s designed Government Houses. We can also visit one of Delhi’s old bazaars, where we can witness the teeming life of the Indian capital city at first hand. In the evening, we transfer to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Kathgodam. It is said that the journey is half the experience and certainly this is true here. Travelling on board an air-conditioned sleeper coach, we are rocked to sleep as our train rolls through the Indian countryside at 40 miles-per-hour.

    • Accommodation Sleeper Train

    • Meals bld

  • Arrive Kathgodam and drive to ridge-top Kausani (1890m). Afternoon acclimatisation walk.

    We are woken with a cup of tea as the dawn breaks over the foothills of the Himalaya. Arriving at Kathgodam, we are met by our local guide and following breakfast we set off for the 3 to 4 hour drive to our overnight stop in Kausani located on a ridge top in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya at 1890 metres. Kausani is a very picturesque hill station offering a sensational 300 kilometre wide panorama on the Himalaya including the ranges of Nanda Devi and the Panch Chulis. After lunch, we have the opportunity to stretch our legs, with a walk which will also aid our acclimatisation.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Drive to the village of Munar, meet our trek crew and trek alongside the Saryu River to Supi (2000m).

    After breakfast, we leave the Khali Estate Resort and make another scenic 4-hour drive to the roadhead at the village of Munar. Here, our crew will be waiting with our lunch. After lunch, we set off on the first stage of our trek, alongside the Saryu River. Starting out at an altitude of 1500 metres, we trek for 3 hours, climbing some 500 metres through the village of Talai to the pretty settlement of Supi. This afternoon walk gets us into the swing of things, nicely. Altitude at camp is approximately 2000 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek above the river, through several small farming hamlets, to Mikila (2300m).

    Passing through a mixture of rhododendron, oak and pine forest, the well made path zig-zags up the steep mountainside, before contouring high above the river, through several small farming hamlets. Even on our first full day of trekking, we gain a rare insight into the way of life of the inhabitants of the foothills of the Indian Himalayas - inquisitive children playing in the villages, farmers ploughing the fields and mule trains ferrying supplies between villages. The path hugs the 2000 metre contour for approximately 2 hours, before dropping to the river, to a bridge by a temple containing several chortens. Crossing the bridge, the path climbs steeply through a village. We stay on the main path on the south side of the valley, opposite the village of Mikila. Our camp lies in a clearing in the forest at an altitude of 2300 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Ascend through forest and meadow, with views of Nanda Devi. Overnight at Raj Kharka (2520m).

    We are given a packed lunch for today’s excellent walk. The trail continues along the south side of the valley, climbing steeply through more forest and passing several small kharkas (meadows) which are used by the local Gujjar shepherds to graze their animals. Climbing through rhododendron forest we emerge onto open hillside and are treated to views of Nanda Devi, Nanda Devi East and Nanda Kot. After 4 to 5 hours of climbing we turn north on a high path just below the ridge crest at around 3300 metres. Finally, we drop down on a small trail which is loose turf in places, to reach a small pass on the ridge (3050m). The mules and our cook crew will have taken a more direct path to this point and anyone who does not wish to make the climb to the ridge can trek this lower path with the crew. We then descend steeply through more beautiful forest to an idyllic campsite in a forest clearing, known as Raj Kharka (2520m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek down to the Ram Ganga. Cross the river and continue to Namik (2100m).

    One of the features of this almost perfect campsite is that it faces east and is warmed by the early morning sun at around 6 am - breakfast alfresco, weather permitting. From the camp, it is a 900 metre descent to the banks of the Ram Ganga. During the morning’s walk, there are splendid views of our route ahead over the next few days and of the high peaks of Kumaon, including Nanda Kot (6860m), the dominant peak at the head of the valley. Passing through the sprawling village of Gogina, we join a path which contours around the valley’s northern slopes, eventually dropping down to the banks of the Ram Ganga at an altitude of 1800 metres. We cross the river to its east bank on an old rickety bridge, taking a long lunch break in the sunshine, before beginning the steep climb to the Village of Namik (2100m). We camp just above Namik in yet another superb campsite overlooking the Ram Ganga.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek on an ancient stone stepped trail with views of Nanda Kot. Overnight at a ridge-top site.

    Leaving camp, we soon pick up a wonderful path, which will take us all the way to the Sudam Khal Pass. This is an ancient trail, certainly centuries old, and yet it remains in excellent condition. Constructed out of stone, the original engineers made use of drainage ditches to prevent the monsoon rains from washing it away and employed sections of steps to overcome any steep ground. The path is still used today, by shepherds taking their flocks to higher pastures during the summer months. The path is a joy to walk on, as it gently climbs through beautiful forest with several clearings offering superb views back toward Nanda Kot. Just before a small pass at 3150 metres which we reach after 3 to 4 hours, there is an obvious junction in the path. We follow the left fork, heading towards the west and descending slightly at first. We pass through meadow to the foot of a short but steep climb to a notch in the ridge marked by a large white stone. Immediately beyond the ridge is a basic hut where we have lunch and make camp (3400m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • An excursion from camp up to the Sudam Khal Pass (3950m) with views of the Panch Chuli peaks.

    A longish day today, but a truly spectacular walk, as we traverse the ridge, heading northwards. Leaving the relative luxury of the trekker’s hut just after dawn, we climb 700 metres to reach the crest of the ridge. The views of the Panch Chuli peaks are particularly stunning, with the magnificent, pointed summit of Panch Chuli II, dominating the group. To the west, we can see Nanda Devi, and Nanda Devi East rising above the interceding ridges of the Kumaon. The trail continues along the ridge, sometimes along the crest and sometimes contouring across its western slopes until we reach the Sudam Khal Pass (3950m) after 5 hours. A new mountain vista opens up as we look across to the Kaguri Bhel Pass (4800m). We return to our camp beside the hut in a further 2 to 3 hours.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Descend, then trek up to a pass above Namik. Drop down to a campsite in the forest (3030m).

    After yesterday’s big day we have a relatively easy walk today. Following a leisurely breakfast we descend in an hour to the trail junction we encountered 2 days ago. From here, we have a short climb to cross the final pass of the trip (directly above Namik) and then descend to a campsite in the forest at 3030 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek down to the Junga River, then cross a pass (3450m) into the valley of the Gauri Ganga.

    The trail drops down through the forest, crossing several rivers which offer the opportunity for bathing for the very hardy. Two hours from camp we reach the Junga River and the low point of the day’s walk at 2590 metres. We then climb for an hour to a lunch stop at 2850 metres. After lunch, we climb for a further 2 hours through the forest to a pass at 3450 metres, which offers more stunning views of the 5 peaks of Panch Chuli, and of the Gauri Ganga Valley. These are some of the finest views of the trip. Dropping down from the pass, we reach a shepherd’s hut in an open area, which affords more great mountain views, especially at sunset. This is a super campsite.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Descend and contour across the hillside to Munsiari, with ever-changing panoramas.

    The trail now descends, before contouring across the hillside in the direction of Munsiari. It is a very pleasant walk with ever-changing panoramas, as we descend through the forest and traverse open slopes. The view of Munsiari is saved for the very end as we turn a corner and suddenly we are above the small town. We take lunch here, with great views of the Panch Chuli peaks. It is a strange feeling to reach the road and civilisation, having seen no one for the last 10 days. We arrive at Munsiari in the early afternoon and set up our final camp of the holiday.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Begin our drive out of this remote spot. Views of Nanda Devi and other peaks en route to Almora.

    We say goodbye to our trek crew and begin the journey to Kathgodam. This is a long but spectacular road journey through the foothills to reach the Indian plain which we have staged over 2 days. Driving through the forested hills, there are brilliant views of Nanda Devi, Panch Chuli, Nanda Kot and the western Nepal peaks of Saipal and Api. We stay overnight at hotel near Almora. 6 hours driving.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Kathgodam. After dinner, board the sleeper train back to Delhi.

    We continue our journey through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road climbs over passes with spectacular views of the distant mountains, down into river valleys, through forests and villages until the last hill is crested and we roll down onto the vast North Indian plains. We arrive in Kathgodam in plenty of time for an early evening meal before boarding the overnight Sleeper Train back to Delhi. 3 hours driving.

    • Accommodation Sleeper Train

    • Meals bld

  • Arrive Delhi in the early morning. Day rooms at our hotel, then transfer to Delhi Airport and depart.

    Arriving in Delhi in the early morning, we drive to our airport accessible hotel 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.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional English speaking local leader
  • Delhi Airport transfers (on group arrival and departure days only)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Delhi
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Indian Visa
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The group will have one night at a conveniently located hotel in Delhi at the beginning of the holiday and will have access to day rooms at a Delhi hotel at the end of the holiday. We will also have one night at a simple hotel in Kausani and one night in a guesthouse near Almora on the return drive to Kathgodam. In addition, there are 2 nights in air-conditioned sleeper accommodation on the overnight train between Delhi and Kathgodam and between Kathgodam and Delhi. There is limited availability on these trains and our bookings can be in either 2AC or 3AC carriages. On trek, there will be a total of 9 nights camping. All accommodation except the night on the sleeper train, is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek. Depending upon availability it may be possible to arrange single rooms in hotels. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 15

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and Western, mostly purchased locally and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. In Delhi, we take our meals in the group hotel or in nearby restaurants. All meals while on trek and while staying in hotels are included in the trip price.

All clients arriving in Delhi on day 1 of the 'Land Only' itinerary will be met at the airport by a KE representative, who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients should let us know if Delhi Airport transfers are not required. Independent Delhi Airport transfers can be arranged to meet clients arriving prior to day 1 at an additional cost. Hotel contact details together with an emergency number, will be provided with your booking confirmation. On the final day of the holiday (day 15) the group should arrive in Delhi station at approximately 4.00 am. The group will be transferred to the hotel for breakfast and to freshen up before the final transfer to the airport. If your airline's flights are scheduled to depart before mid-day, you may wish to arrange to spend an extra night in Delhi to guard against delays to the train. Please contact the KE office if you wish to arrange extra nights at the group hotel in Delhi.

Shortly after first light one of the cook crew will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trekbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the loads sorted. Setting off in the pleasant cool of the morning, we will generally reach our lunch stop by mid day. The cook crew, having overtaken us on the trail, will already have the lunch preparations well under way. Lunch usually takes an hour or even two and again this is a cooked meal. This is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. The pack-animals usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to camp which we hope to establish well before dusk. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at camp, the trek crew will quickly put the tents up and a hot drink will soon follow. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

The holiday will be led by an experienced English-speaking trek leader, assisted on trek by a team of local guides and camp staff plus baggage animals and their handlers.

Approximately £150 (or equivalent in Euros, US dollars etc.) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including tips for local staff and soft drinks, etc. There are several opportunities to buy souvenirs during the holiday. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Indian Rupees) before you travel. Sterling, US dollars and Euros are readily exchanged in Delhi. Since you will be changing the majority of your spending money into local currency on the day of arrival, we recommend taking this in cash. Credit and debit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Delhi and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs. It is also possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines in Delhi using credit and debit cards.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. Most people will want to tip the people who work so hard to make the trip a success and we suggest that any tips are given at the end of your trip and by the group as a whole rather than from individuals. Although the level of tip is at your discretion, we understand that you will want some guidance on this. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution from each group member of approximately £60 (or equivalent in Euros / US dollars etc.) changed into Indian rupees, should provide good tips when distributed among the crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

  • The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs / 33 pounds.
  • You must bring the following items:

    • Hiking boots
    • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp use
    • Socks
    • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
    • Spare laces
    • Trekking trousers / pants
    • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
    • Underwear
    • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
    • Shirts or T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Warm jacket (down)
    • Sunhat
    • Warm hat or balaclava
    • Eyewear - Sunglasses
    • Gloves or mittens
    • Daypack c. 30 litres
    • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Small towel
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • 4 season sleeping bag*
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, altitude (Diamox), plasters (band-aids) blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
    • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

    The following items are optional:

    • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
    • Trekking poles (recommended)
    • Insect repellant
    • Scarf or buff
    • Long johns (thermal underwear)
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Travel clothes
    • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
    • Camera, memory cards, batteries

    Equipment hire / rental

    • Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure.
    • Note all hire / rental equipment will be issued in Delhi.

    For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa India

    All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $60 and you need to apply for this online prior to departure at Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    The currency of India is the Indian Rupee.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours each day. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    The best time to trek in the Indian Himalaya is either before or after the monsoon which lasts from June to September. The weather conditions should be broadly similar in the pre and post monsoon seasons, with daytime maximum temperatures around 25°C - 30°C at the start of the trek, becoming progressively cooler as we gain height. Night-time temperatures will generally be above freezing throughout the trip except for the high camp on the ridge where night time temperatures may be as low as minus 5°C. During the Spring trip in particular, there is the possibility of encountering winter snow high on the ridge. In this part of the world, most of the rainfall occurs during the monsoon but this is a mountainous area and short-lived storms bringing rain or snow cannot be ruled out at any time of the year.

    • Garhwal & Kumaon Trekkers’ Guide. K. P. Sharma (Cicerone)
    • Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. Lonely Planet
    • India. A Travel Survival Kit. Lonely Planet
    • Exploring the Hidden Himalaya. Kapadia and Mehta

    Indian Himalaya Map 8: Garhwal - Kumaon Leomann Maps. 1:200,000

    Leomann maps are designed specifically for the trekker. They show the topography by line drawings of mountain ridges, with the main peaks and passes shown along with altitudes. The maps also show rivers and settlements and clearly indicate trekking routes. On the reverse are descriptions of suggested routes and other information about the area.

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