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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • 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 (2250m).
  • Trek on an ancient stone stepped trail with views of Nanda Kot. Overnight at the ridge-top site of Thaltak (3400m).
  • An excursion from camp up to the Sudam Khal Pass (3950m) with views of the Panch Chuli peaks.
  • Descend via the Susungri Pass, then undulating forest walk to the camp at Baicham (2650m).
  • Trek across the Ruddhahkhan Pass (3450m) into the valley of the Gauri Ganga.
  • Descend and contour across the hillside to Munsiari (2140m) with ever-changing panoramas.
  • Begin our drive out of this remote spot. Views of Nanda Devi and other peaks en route to Binsar, near Almora.
  • Drive to Kathgodam, then afternoon train back to Delhi. Overnight at our Delhi hotel.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.
2016
Sun 16 Oct - Sun 30 Oct Code NAN /02/16/ Adult$1,790 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • In the Shadow of Nanda Devi
  • The departure reference for this tour is NAN /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 16 Oct and departs on Sun 30 Oct
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement $405 - Group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $90
2017
Sun 14 May - Sun 28 May Code NAN /01/17/ Adult$1,940 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is NAN /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 14 May and departs on Sun 28 May
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $405 - Group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $90
Sun 01 Oct - Sun 15 Oct Code NAN /02/17/ Adult$1,940 Status Available Book now
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  • In the Shadow of Nanda Devi
  • The departure reference for this tour is NAN /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 01 Oct and departs on Sun 15 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $405 - Group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $90
2018
Sun 13 May - Sun 27 May Code NAN /01/18/ Adult$1,940 Status Available Book now
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  • In the Shadow of Nanda Devi
  • The departure reference for this tour is NAN /01/18/
  • This tour begins on Sun 13 May and departs on Sun 27 May
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $405 - Group hotel nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $90
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Map & Itinerary

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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 4 to 5 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 to visit the Uttarkhand Tea Garden, Mahatma Gandi's Ashram and the local market. The walk 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 3-hour drive via Bhageswar 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 2 to 3 hours, climbing some 500 metres through the village of Talai to the pretty settlement of Supi. This afternoon walk, partly on a jeep road, gets us into the swing of things, nicely. The altitude at our camp beside the school is approximately 1930 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 6km

    • 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 the Badra Tunga Temple, where there are 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

    • Distance 6km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 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 3 to 4 hours we turn north on a high path just below a ridge crest at around 3300 metres. Finally, we drop down on a small trail which is loose in places, to reach the Madari Pass (3032m). 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

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek down to the Ram Ganga. Cross the river and continue to Namik (2250m).

    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. 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 (2250m). We camp just above Namik in yet another superb campsite overlooking the Ram Ganga.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek on an ancient stone stepped trail with views of Nanda Kot. Overnight at the ridge-top site of Thaltak (3400m).

    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 the Susungri Pass (3150m), 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 at the place known as Thaltak (3400m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 9km

    • 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 in around 2 hours to reach the crest of the ridge at Ranthon. Here, 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 by mid afternoon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Descend via the Susungri Pass, then undulating forest walk to the camp at Baicham (2650m).

    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 at the Susungri Pass which we encountered 2 days ago. From here, we continue descending in half an hour to a small stream, then enjoy an undulating walk through a lovely forest, with a lunch stop in a clearing. Beyond the Jhangu River, we climb to the camping place known as Baicham (2650m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek across the Ruddhahkhan Pass (3450m) into the valley of the Gauri Ganga.

    We start the day with a long and steady ascent through forest and meadow to the Ruddhahkhan Pass (3450m). If the weather is clear, we will have 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

    • Distance 6km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Descend and contour across the hillside to Munsiari (2140m) 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. In the afternoon, we can visit the local market.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 7km

    • 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 Binsar, near 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 in Binsar, just before Almora. 6 hours driving.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Kathgodam, then afternoon train back to Delhi. Overnight at our Delhi hotel.

    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 after a 3-hour drive, in plenty of time to catch the mid afternoon train back to Delhi. We finally arrive at our Delhi hotel in the evening.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfers are provided for all client departing on this day. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in india. Why not pre-book a 1-day excursion to the fabulous Taj Mahal, or a multi-day Rajathan experience, or a beach hotel break in Goa or Kerala. Contact our office for details.

    • 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 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 meals are included in the holiday price from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 15
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. Delhi Airport transfers are provided for all clients departing on Day 15.
The group will have one night at a conveniently located hotel in Delhi at the beginning of the holiday and a second night at the same 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 will be 1 night in air-conditioned sleeper accommodation on the overnight train between Delhi and Kathgodam. There is limited availability on this train 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

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.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Trainers or sandals for camp use

  • Socks

  • Walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)

  • Spare laces

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers

  • 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

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2)

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Small towel

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10°C)*

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, altitude (Diamox), plasters 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

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Travel clothes

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

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 for each country that you visit.

Visa India

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

You should contact your doctor 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:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

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: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov 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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Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

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Agra and the Taj Mahal 1 day tour

The Taj Mahal is the most famous man-made wonder of the world. Easily accessible from Delhi, the Taj can be visited in just one day. This one-day tour departs Delhi at 6am on the Shatabdhi Express train. On arrival in Agra you will be met by your driver and guide for your full day of sightseeing. With its laid-back lifestyle and immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellery, Agra is amongst the most remarkable cities in the world.

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In the morning you will visit Agra Fort on the sands of the river Yamuna. After lunch at the Taj View Hotel you will visit the world famous Taj Mahal. There will also be time for souvenir shopping in the bazaar close to the fort. Agra is famous for its handicrafts, mostly inlaid marble-work, leather goods, jewellery and textiles. Return journey to Delhi is by private car or train - depending on whether you are departing Delhi the same night.

Agra and the Taj Mahal 1 day tour

From $285 per person

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Kashmir and Srinagar Extension

The beautiful Kashmir Valley and the town of Srinagar are located within India's most north-westerly territory. Known as the Valley of Paradise, this region is now back on the tourist map. One of Srinagar's highlights is Dal Lake and you can make the most of your visit by staying in one of the houseboats moored around its shores. Floating markets, friendly fishermen, the Mughal Gardens and many temples, mosques and bazaar streets, make any visit to Srinagar simply unforgettable.

Kashmir and Srinagar Extension

From $730 per person

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Agra, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur 3 day tour

The Taj Mahal in Agra is the most famous man-made wonder of the world and easily accessible from Delhi. Our 3 day tour visits Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur and the Amber Fort. You will depart Delhi on the early morning express train to Agra where a full day's guided sightseeing includes the Agra Red Fort and the Taj Mahal and stay overnight in a hotel. In the morning you depart Agra by private car to Jaipur, stopping en route at the 'ghost' city of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival in Jaipur you check-in to your hotel and have time to explore the famous 'Pink City'.

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The following morning you visit the Jaipur City Palace and Palace of the Winds. After lunch you leave Jaipur for the impressive Amber Fort, a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside overlooking a lake, reflecting its terraces and ramparts. In the late afternoon, you will make the 4-hour drive back to Delhi.

Agra, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur 3 day tour

From $580 per person

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Agra and the Taj Mahal 2 day tour

The Taj Mahal is the most famous man-made wonder of the world. Easily accessible from Delhi, this 2-day tour departs Delhi at 6am on the Shatabdhi Express train. You will have 2 days to explore the fascinating city of Agra. You will stay overnight at a (minimum) 3 star hotel on B&B basis. On day 1 you will visit Sikandra, Agra Fort and have a tour of the city. There will also be time for souvenir shopping in the bazaar close to the fort.

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Agra is famous for its handicrafts, mostly inlaid marble-work, leather goods, jewellery and textiles. On day 2 you will visit the world famous Taj Mahal and the ‘ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri, a superbly well-preserved, four hundred year old, temple and palace complex built by the third Mughal Emperor – Akbar. Return to Delhi by private car.

Agra and the Taj Mahal 2 day tour

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Florence Inn

From $97 per room per night Combining comfort and elegance with economy, the Florence Inn is our preferred group hotel in Delhi. Well appointed throughout and with a smart lobby, it is immaculately clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The Florence Inn is just 5 minutes walk from Karol Bargh market and the metro station making it an ideal location for exploring the city.

Claridges

From $166 per room per night Situated in Lutyens’ Delhi within 10 minutes walk of the famous Lodi gardens and Khan Market, Claridges oozes old-world charm and luxury. Set in a landscaped garden with swaying palm trees, you can get right away from the hurly burly and enjoy gracious Indian hospitality. The guest rooms and suites are classically decorated and equipped with all modern conveniences as you would expect in a hotel of this calibre. Claridges contains several excellent restaurants offering a choice of world cuisine and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a health club.

Maidens Hotel

From $133 per room per night Operated by the Oberoi group and set in 8 acres of garden with shady trees, Maidens is one of Delhi's oldest hotels. Built in the early 1900s, it has retained its colonial charm and offers spacious well appointed rooms with high ceilings. The hotel has a restaurant serving international and Indian cuisine, a garden terrace extending to an open courtyard, and a small intimate bar. There is no pool. Located in Old Delhi, it gives easy access to Mughal monuments and the colourful Chandni Chowk bazaars.

Manor Hotel

From $144 per room per night This 2-storey, 15-room boutique hotel in a pleasant garden setting is very distinctive. With clean modern lines and contemporary furnishings the Manor Hotel has an understated elegance and comfort which is very appealing. Its public areas contrast cool Italian mosaic flooring with warm rich wood panelling, and you can enjoy a high level of service which is friendly and efficient. The hotel has an award winning restaurant and a bar. There is no pool but the hotel has a Wellness centre with yoga and massage. The Manor is located in a quiet residential area close to the Lodhi Gardens.

Ambassador Hotel

From $133 per room per night Situated in Lutyens’ Delhi next to Khan Market, this art deco style hotel designed by British architect Walter George in 1945, is a listed heritage building. Its location makes it convenient for both the airport (22km) and the city centre (10 minutes by dive). The Vivanta-by-Taj Ambassador is operated by the Taj group of hotels, so you can expect the best of hospitality and service.

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