Curzon's Trail and the Kuari Pass

A classic Indian Himalaya trekking holiday in the Garhwal




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Holiday Overview


  • Trek in the footsteps of Shipton and Tilman
  • Spectacular camping places and great views of Nanda Devi
  • Explore Rishikesh and see the sacred River Ganges
  • Extensions available to the Taj Mahal and Agra

Following a route trekked by Lord Curzon in 1905 and by Shipton and Tilman 30 years later, this excellent adventure trekking holiday traverses the western edge of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. After our first day of trekking, we reach the spectacular meadow of Bedni Bugyal, a famously scenic location with a skyline dominated to the north-west by the peaks of Trisul (7120m) and Nanda Ghunti. A further week of superb foothills trekking takes us through forest and farmland and by way of a series of ridges, the last of which we cross at the Kuari Pass (3650m). Changabang, Kamet and Nanda Devi are just 3 of the India Himalayan giants visible from this sublime viewpoint. En route back to Delhi, we have time to experience the magic of Rishikesh and Haridwar and to attend the 'arti' (floating lamp) ceremony on the Ganges. This is a great trek and an unforgettable journey into the mystical Hindu territory of Garhwal.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a very scenic 9-day trekking holiday, in an area of the India Himalaya seldom visited by other trekkers. Generally the trek route follows ancient trade routes and pilgrimage trails that offer very good walking conditions. The usual day's walk will be around 5 to 6 hours. Whilst there are several ridges and passes to cross during the trek, and some steep ascent and descent this not a tough trekking trip and should be within the capabilities of any regular hill walker or back-country hiker. Note that the highest campsite is actually close to the start of the trip. The altitude attained on the holiday is relatively modest and should cause few problems. Overall this is an excellent walking holiday, both for experienced trekkers seeking a relatively untouched corner of the Himalaya and for novices looking for an introduction to Himalayan trekking.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport provided. Afternoon train to Haridwar.
  • Drive to Rudraprayag. Afternoon walk to the meeting of the sacred Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers.
  • Drive through Himalayan foothills to Wan (2510m) where we meet our trek crew.
  • Trek through oak and rhododendron forest to the picturesque grazing area of Bedni Bugyal (3400m).
  • Trek back towards Wan, then divert into another valley and cross a ridge to the village of Kanol.
  • Follow forest trails down to the Nandakini River and follow this to the village of Sitiel (1750m).
  • Trek through farmland to Ghunni (2470m), then steep ascent to a grazing area below the Ramni Pass.
  • Cross the Ramni Pass (3080m) into the valley of the Birehi Ganga. Overnight above Jhenjipani.
  • Descend to cross the river. Ascend and then contour around above the village of Pana (2700m).
  • Trek through forest to a high grazing area at Siyartoli. Overnight above the tree-line at Dhakwani.
  • Trek to cross the Kuari Pass (3650m) for views of Nanda Devi. Overnight on the meadows at Chitrakanta.
  • Trek out to the roadhead at Auli and from there drive via Joshimath to Pipalkoti.
  • Long and spectacular drive to Rishikesh on the sacred River Ganges.
  • Morning in Rishikesh, then drive to Haridwar with the afternoon free to explore the bazaar.
  • Train to Delhi and transfer to hotel. City sightseeing tour after lunch, or take it easy at the hotel.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.
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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 provided. Afternoon train to Haridwar.

    Meet 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 a hotel close to the airport, where we also have access to day room facilities. In the early afternoon we drive to the railway station and board the train for the 4 hour journey to Haridwar. It is said that the journey is half the experience and certainly this is true here. Any journey on Indian Railways is a fascinating affair from the crowds and chaos of Delhi station platforms to the rustic scenes of life in the countryside as we pass through. Arriving in Haridwar, we transfer to our comfortable hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Drive to Rudraprayag. Afternoon walk to the meeting of the sacred Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers.

    Today we have a reasonably long drive, but a spectacular one as we head up through the foothills of the Himalaya towards Nanda Devi. The roads are winding and we will stop off for lunch en route, possibly at Srinagar. It will take us 6 or 7 hours to cover the 163 kilometres to our destination at Rudrapayag, a small pilgrimage town at the confluence of the holy rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini which is venerated as one of the five sacred confluences or the 'Panch Prayag'. The town is named for a particular incarnation of Shiva appeared here as 'Rudra'. We will have time to look around the town and to walk down to the confluence of the two rivers.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive through Himalayan foothills to Wan (2510m) where we meet our trek crew.

    Another exciting day of driving today, as we head northwards through the foothills of the Indian Himalaya. Once again, the drive (approx. 6 hours) is compensated by the stunning scenery. En route, we have some great views of Nanda Devi and surrounding peaks. The final stretch of our journey is on a rough jeep track which leads to our camping place close to Wan (2510m). Here, we meet our trek crew who will already have the camp set up.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Trek through oak and rhododendron forest to the picturesque grazing area of Bedni Bugyal (3400m).

    Our trek today starts out through ancient oak forest and then rhododendron. After crossing the Neel Ganga, a stream, we ascend through the forest to a series of high pasture or 'bugyals'. Above the tree-line, we reach one of the most scenic camping places imaginable, at Bedni Bugyal (3400m). Local villagers hold a festival here every July/August to thank the goddess of the meadows for protecting their livestock, and there is another festival held here every September attended by as many as 1500 local villagers. There are fantastic views of the three peaks of Trisul and Nanda Ghunti very close by, and across to the Gangotri peaks Chaukamba, Kamet and Nilkantha in the distance. We have the afternoon to rest and to enjoy the magical views from camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1260m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 210m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek back towards Wan, then divert into another valley and cross a ridge to the village of Kanol.

    We start the day with a descent through the rhododendron forest back towards Wan. Diverting into a different valley, we climb to a low pass on the ridge of the Kukin Khal and thereafter descend through thick forest to our camp near the forest resthouse above the village of Kanol (2600m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 830m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1460m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Follow forest trails down to the Nandakini River and follow this to the village of Sitiel (1750m).

    Setting out from the stone and slate buildings of Kanol we pass through terraced fields of wheat and amaranthus (whose flour is used for flat breads such as chapattis) and then follow a lovely path through dense forest of oak and rhododendron, with lots of wild flower species; orchids, primulas and poinsettias. After a long descent to the Nandakini River, we follow a cliff-side path to a bridge which takes us across to our camp on the outskirts of the village of Sitiel where we camp on the riverbank (1750m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 190m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1210m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek through farmland to Ghunni (2470m), then steep ascent to a grazing area below the Ramni Pass.

    Today, we ascend the hillside on the north of the Nandakini River, traversing the forested slopes and farmland to reach the small village of Jokhna. The steep trail begins to ease and we follow a balcony style path with views of distant settlements and the foothills. We pass through several villages and climb gradually to the larger settlement of Ghunni (2350m), followed by a steep ascent on a rocky path to camp in grazing areas on the hilltop below the Ramni Pass, with great views to the south.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1240m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 270m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Cross the Ramni Pass (3080m) into the valley of the Birehi Ganga. Overnight above Jhenjipani.

    We begin today with a gentle climb to a crossing point at the Ramni Pass (3080m), from where we look north to the Kuari Pass, our objective in 2 days time. We may see shepherds and their flocks of sheep and goats, and Langur monkeys in the forest lower down. Making a long descent into the headwaters of the Birehi Ganga River, we pass through more dense forest, with occasional clearings, in one of which above the village of Jhenjipani (2075m) we make our camp and have the afternoon to rest.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1240m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Descend to cross the river. Ascend and then contour around above the village of Pana (2700m).

    It is a steep descent from our camp to the picturesque village of Jhenjipani and then down to the suspension bridge across the Birehi Ganga. A steep, zig-zagging ascent takes us up and out of this narrow valley to a ridge at around (2300m). Here, the path levels out and we break for lunch. In the afternoon we contour around to our camp above the village of Pana. Today's walk leaves us with the afternoon free at camp to enjoy the views of the valley below. Altitude at camp above the village is 2700 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1080m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 440m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek through forest to a high grazing area at Siyartoli. Overnight above the tree-line at Dhakwani.

    Climbing further on a gradual trail we follow the ridge through the forests for about an hour and half we then get down into another valley from where we can once again get a glimpse of the Kuari pass. The trail opens to the Siyartoli meadow where we descend to a stream before climbing steeply up through the forest on a good zig zag path and set up camp before the pass at Dhakwani just above the treeline.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1270m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 730m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to cross the Kuari Pass (3650m) for views of Nanda Devi. Overnight on the meadows at Chitrakanta.

    An early start today to take advantage of the clear morning weather for our ascent to the Kuari Pass (3650m). Following a steep zigzag path it takes one to one and a half hours to reach the first col (3520m) where the mountain panorama north of the pass opens up dramatically to show views from the Nanda Devi Sanctuary in the east to the Badrinath and Kedarnath peaks in the west. The view from the col is stunning, but it’s another 30 to 40 minute traverse to the top of the Kuari Pass proper from where you will see, in the words of Eric Shipton, one of “the grandest mountain views in the world”. The line up of peaks on view includes Dunagiri, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat, Chaukamba, Nilkanth, Kedarnath, Berthatoli, Kamet and Trisul. Nanda Devi stays hidden for a little longer, but the outer peaks on the west of the sanctuary are all in view. After spending some time soaking up the views, we descend a few hundred metres from the pass and gain our first views of Nanda Devi. We descend just below the treeline to camp in the meadows at Chitrakanta at 3200 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 740m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 560m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek out to the roadhead at Auli and from there drive via Joshimath to Pipalkoti.

    The breathtaking views are still with us, as we descend. After we leave the forest, we follow a narrow balcony path that traverses the hillside, and affords us with super views of Nanda Devi. The path soon opens up to wide meadows carpeted with flowers as we reach the Gorson ski slopes. We descend through forests to finally arrive at Auli (2755m). Here, we meet our transport and begin the journey out of the mountains. This starts with a steep, switchback descent to the bustling town of Joshimath, a resting place for pilgrims heading to and from nearby Badrinath, one of the most sacred places in India. Beyond Joshimath, we continue our drive for an hour and a half to Pipalkoti, where we overnight at a basic, but comfortable hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 22km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1740m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Long and spectacular drive to Rishikesh on the sacred River Ganges.

    Following the main road, through deep river valleys and across high passes, we make the long drive to Rishikesh. Allowing for lunch and other rest stops the journey will take around 8 hours. We stay overnight in a hotel in Rishikesh. If we arrive in time, we can watch the evening aarti lamp ceremony by the River Ganges.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Morning in Rishikesh, then drive to Haridwar with the afternoon free to explore the bazaar.

    We have the morning to enjoy the atmosphere at this very special place. The most holy of Indian rivers, the Ganges flows through the town and it is at Rishikesh where its nature changes from tumbling waters to a more sedate and mighty flow as it leaves the Himalaya and heads across the Indian Plain. The town has many temples, shrines and ashrams and is a major place of pilgrimage and starting point for pilgrimages to Badrinath and Gangotri. Rishikesh became a well-known name outside of India when the Beatles came here in 1968 to visit their guru’s ashram. After lunch we will make the short drive to Haridwar where we check in at the group hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for relaxing or souvenir hunting in the bazaar. At around 6.30 we will not want to miss the Ganga Aarti, a ‘puja’ or religious ceremony which has been practiced here for centuries. In fact the Ganga Aarti in Hardwar’s Har-ki-Pauri is one of the most famous rituals in India. Shortly after sunset, the puja is performed in all of the temples lining the river at the same time with a cacophony of musical instruments and voices. Afterwards, offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the Ganges and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Train to Delhi and transfer to hotel. City sightseeing tour after lunch, or take it easy at the hotel.

    We have an early start to catch the morning train back to Delhi. Arriving in the city, we drive to our airport accessible hotel in time for lunch. In the afternoon 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.

    • 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.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local leader
  • Delhi Airport transfers on group arrival and departure days
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • 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.

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.

We will rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi on the morning of Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. All clients arriving in Delhi on the morning of 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. Note that you must arrive at the group hotel no later than mid-day for this trip. Full joining instructions including hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

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 kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the loads are 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 usually this is a light cooked meal. 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 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 group will have the use of communal 'day-rooms' in the group hotel in Delhi at the beginning of the trip and an overnight stay in a Delhi hotel at the end of the trip. We will have a total of 4 nights in good standard hotels in Haridwar, Rudraprayag and Rishikesh and 1 night's basic lodge accommodation in Pipalkoti . On trek there will be a total of 9 nights camping. All accommodation 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 for an additional cost. Depending upon availability it may be possible to arrange single rooms for the hotel nights. For 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

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 holiday price.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 19 of the Land Only itinerary.

Approximately £150 (or equivalent in Euros, US dollars etc.) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including porter and trek crew tips and soft drinks, etc. There are several opportunities to buy souvenirs on this trip. 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 possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines in Delhi using credit and debit cards.

The group will be accompanied throughout the holiday by an experienced English-speaking tour leader. during the trek the tour leader will be assisted by a crew of local guides, cooks and camp staff, plus baggage animals and their handlers.

Tipping is an accepted and expected part of Indian culture, although you should only tip for services which are well done. The total amount that you can expect to pay in tips for your local guide, trek crew and drivers is approximately £60 (in rupee equivalent). It is usually best to do this as a group rather than individually with the group deciding collectively on the level of tipping. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the ponymen and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews. If you wish to pass on any of your equipment or clothing at the end of the trek, your local leader will organise a fair distribution 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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

All nationalities need to obtain a visa for entry into India. You must have a machine-readable passport with at least 6 months validity at the time of your arrival in India and your passport must have at least two blank pages.


e-Tourist Visa Application

If you require a Single-Entry visa for a visit of up to 30 days, we recommend that you use the e-Tourist Visa Application process which has been available to UK nationals since 15 August, 2015. You should make your application at

Most nationalities, including travellers from the UK, USA and many European countries can apply for their Indian Visa online through the e-Tourist Visa system.

The e-Tourist Visa is valid for entry through 16 designated Airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi.

This visa is cheaper than the Regular Indian Visa and does not require that you send your passport to your nearest India Visa Application Centre (IVAC).

Please note: If you travel on an e-Tourist Visa, your passport will be stamped and your biometric data (fingerprinting and retinal scan) will be processed on arrival in India.

You must make your application a minimum of 4 days before your arrival and a maximum of 30 days before your arrival in India. You must also remember to print a copy of the e-Tourist Visa and take it with you to India for processing on arrival.

The validity of the e-Tourist Visa is 30 days from the date of arrival in India.

The e-Tourist Visa fee is $60.

Instructions for making the application are provided at the above link, including details and specifications of the passport and passport photo scans that you need to provide.


Filling out the application form
Where you are asked to state ‘Places to be visited in India’, please write “Delhi” or the port of entry as the destination you are travelling to in India. Please do not mention any restricted areas such as Sikkim or Ladakh as this may result in delays to the issue of your visa. Answer ‘no’ to the question about visiting Sikkim. Note that when applying online, most of the questions have ‘required fields’ (denoted by a red asterisk). This means that you will not be allowed to submit the form without filling in these fields. If the question is not applicable to you, please type ‘NA’ into these fields.

For ‘Sponsor’ use KE Adventure Travel; first UK referee use KE Adventure Travel; Second UK referee use a friend or relative. For the first Indian referee please use the name and address of our Ground Agent as listed on your Booking Confirmation. For ‘address in India’ and also for second referee in India, please use the name and address of the group hotel as listed on your Booking Confirmation.

If you need help with your e-Tourist Visa Application
A visa processing company such as Travcour can help with your application. Travcour charge £20 to process your application and a further £9 (for postage) if you want them also to handle the scanning of your passport and photo.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements and charges are subject to change.

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 river crossings and camp use
    • Socks
    • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
    • Spare laces
    • Trekking trousers / pants
    • Waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
    • Underwear
    • Long johns (thermal underwear)
    • Thermal 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
    • Warm gloves or mittens
    • Sleeping bag rated to minus 10 degrees Celsius
    • Daypack c. 30 to 40 litres
    • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Basic First Aid Kit including a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • The following items are optional
    • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
    • Trekking poles (recommended)
    • Insect repellant
    • Scarf or buff
    • Nailbrush
    • Small towel
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Travel clothes
    • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
    • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
    • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries

    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

    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 comfortable with walking for 4 – 5 hours each day with the occasional longer day of 6 or 7 hours.. 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.

    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.

    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 visit this part of the Indian Himalaya is either before or after the monsoon (which occurs from mid-June to late September). The weather conditions should be broadly similar in the pre and post monsoon seasons, with daytime maximum temperatures around 25°C to 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 possibly for the high camps at Bedni Bugial and just below the Kuari Pass where night time temperatures can dip as low as minus 5°C. There is the possibility of encountering winter snow on the Kuari Pass. In this part of the world, most of the rainfall occurs during the monsoon months but this is a mountainous area and short-lived storms cannot be ruled out at any time of the year.

    Garhwal & Kumaon – A Trekker’s and Visitor’s Guide K P Sharma (Cicerone) Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. (Lonely Planet). India. A Travel Survival Kit. (Lonely Planet).

    Leomann Indian Himalaya Maps. Scale. 1:200,000

    Kumaon and Garhwal - Sheet 8

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