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Highlights

  • Unspoiled and off the beaten track trekking in India
  • Crossing the beautiful and wild Kaliheni and Thamser passes
  • Free morning in McLeod Ganj home of the Dalai Lama
  • The remote and traditional village of Bara Bhangal

From Manali in the Kulu Valley, this adventurous trekking holiday heads west into the mountains of the Pir Panjal, a remote and little-visited area that is home to nomadic Gaddi shepherds during the summer months. Trekking through untouched forest and upland meadows, and including 2 rest days for acclimatisation and exploration, we climb to cross the spectacular Kaliheni Pass (4835m) where the views extend to glaciers and snow-capped peaks in all directions. Beyond this pass, we trek for 3 days in a beautiful hidden valley, losing height steadily en route to the isolated village of Bara Bhangal. From here it's up again, following good shepherds trails to eventually reach the moraine, snow and ice of the Thamser Pass (4750m). Here, we cross the watershed of the Dhaula Dhar range and begin our long descent into the Kangra Valley. Before returning to Delhi, this exceptional holiday makes time for a visit to McLeod Ganj, colourful home of the Dalai Lama. This is the perfect holiday for anyone looking for a challenging trek through a wide variety of scenery well away from the beaten trail and the opportunity to experience first hand, unspoiled Himalayan rural life.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a demanding trekking holiday, involving 13 days of trekking during the traverse of a remote region, where trails may be indistinct. Most days are long and especially those days when we cross the high passes of our route, the Kaliheni Pass and the Thamser Pass. However, we have a couple of rest and acclimatisation days ahead of the first pass crossing, to ensure that group members are well prepared. On some days during the holiday we will be walking on rough moraine including over boulders and glacier ice. Participants should be physically fit and comfortable with walking for up to 8 hours on some days, across a variety of terrain with some off-trail hiking.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.
  • Take the train to Kalka, then drive through Himalayan foothills via Mandi to Manali (2050m).
  • A day in Manali, including an acclimatisation walk to Jogni Waterfall and a visit to the bazaar.
  • Trek through oak and pine woodland to the grazing area of Lamadug (3050m). Afternoon at leisure.
  • A rest and acclimatisation day at Lamadug with the option of a hike to a fine viewpoint.
  • Trek to a ridge (4000m) with views of the Pir Panjal peaks. Overnight in a meadow at Railli (3500m).
  • Contour into a high river valley, then trek up to a camp (4000m) above the tree line.
  • A second rest and acclimatisation day. We spend a second night below the Kaliheni Pass.
  • Trek across the Kaliheni Pass (4835m) to a camp on the Kaliheni Nullah (4025m).
  • Trek down into the Kaliheni Valley, to the grassy clearing of Guwala Ghot (3569m).
  • Continue to follow the Kaliheni Valley to the beautiful meadow at Sukha (3759m).
  • A long and at times steep descent to the Gaddi village of Bara Bhangal (2550m).
  • Trek up into the Thamser Nullah to reach a level site at Madh (4046m) below the Thamser Pass.
  • Cross the Thamser Pass (4750m) and descend to the meadows of Bharpal Ghot (4080m).
  • Trek down via the Gaddi settlement of Panhartu to Rajgunda (2535m).
  • Trek out through the foothills of the Dhaula Dhar to Billing, then drive to McLeodganj.
  • Morning sightseeing in McLeodganj. Drive to Pathankot for the sleeper train back to Delhi.
  • Arrive Delhi in the early morning. Day rooms at our hotel, then transfer to Delhi Airport and depart.
2016
Sun 25 Sep - Wed 12 Oct Code BKT /02/16/ Adult$1,940 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Beyond Kulu
  • The departure reference for this tour is BKT /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 25 Sep and departs on Wed 12 Oct
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  • Single Supplement $205 - Includes all group hotel nights (day room and single tents not included)
  • Single Tent $200
2017
Thu 07 Sep - Sun 24 Sep Code BKT /01/17/ Adult$2,235 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is BKT /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Thu 07 Sep and departs on Sun 24 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $405 - Includes all group hotel nights (day room and single tents not included)
  • Single Tent $200
Sun 24 Sep - Wed 11 Oct Code BKT /02/17/ Adult$2,235 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Beyond Kulu
  • The departure reference for this tour is BKT /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 24 Sep and departs on Wed 11 Oct
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $405 - Includes all group hotel nights (day room and single tents not included)
  • Single Tent $200
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Holiday Itinerary

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

    Meet at our central group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. We have an initial trip briefing and then, in the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals ld

  • Take the train to Kalka, then drive through Himalayan foothills via Mandi to Manali (2050m).

    We take the early morning train from Delhi to Kalka (close to Chandigarh) a town on the edge of Himachal Pradesh and at the point where the first Himalayan foothills rise up to form the Shivalik Hills. Leaving the train at midday, we take lunch, then drive northwards via the old market town of Mandi (1000m). The last 100 kilometres of our journey follows the route of the old Hindustan to Tibet highway, alongside the Beas River and into the Kulu Valley, famed for its fruit trees and rich agricultural land. Arriving in Manali (2050m) in the late evening, we check in at our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • A day in Manali, including an acclimatisation walk to Jogni Waterfall and a visit to the bazaar.

    Today, is a great opportunity to look around this thriving market town and also to take an acclimatisation hike up to the impressive Jogni Waterfall and the hot springs at Vashist. We return to spend a second night at our Manali hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Trek through oak and pine woodland to the grazing area of Lamadug (3050m). Afternoon at leisure.

    Our first morning of trekking takes us out of Manali, past the Hadimba Temple which was the site of ritual human sacrifices until the 1800's. We don't have a long walk today, but the trail is ever upwards and steep in places. We soon find ourselves amongst woodland made up of deodar, oak and pine, reaching a rocky outcrop with a good view back to Manali. Continuing through open forest and pasture, we reach our camp on the grazing area of Lamadug (3050m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1140m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 120m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • A rest and acclimatisation day at Lamadug with the option of a hike to a fine viewpoint.

    In accordance with our programme of acclimatisation, we spend a rest day at camp, with the option to hike up to a fine viewpoint. We spend a second night at the camp at Lamadug.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 320m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 320m

    • Time 2 hrs trekking

  • Trek to a ridge (4000m) with views of the Pir Panjal peaks. Overnight in a meadow at Railli (3500m).

    Our trek today runs along the southern margin of the Manali Sanctuary and crosses a high pasture area that offers great views northwards to the Solang and Rohtang valleys. Snow capped peaks rise above the Pir Panjal to the north-east, whilst looking back the way we have come (east), there are views of the 6000 metre peaks of Indrasan and Deo Tibba. Following the trails of the Gaddi shepherds, and sometimes with no trail at all, we continue to gain height, until we reach the highest of the alpine ridges in this area at around 4000 metres. Descending into the headwaters of another of the Kulu tributary valleys, we set up camp in a meadow beyond Railli (3500m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 970m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 520m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Contour into a high river valley, then trek up to a camp (4000m) above the tree line.

    Contouring around above the river, we gradually descend to the valley floor, after fording the river we begin the climb towards the Kaliheni Pass. It is a short and steep climb on grassy ridges to a camp above the tree line at around 4000 metres, which we reach in the early afternoon. There are good views from here of the Chandrakani Pass and the distant peaks of the Indian Himalaya. In this high and wild location, we can look out for rare wildlife, such as deer, ibex, golden eagle and the majestic bearded vulture or lammergeier.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 740m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 210m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • A second rest and acclimatisation day. We spend a second night below the Kaliheni Pass.

    A second rest and acclimatisation at this point will put us in good shape for the crossing of the Kaliheni Pass. There are options for acclimatisation walks today, before we settle down to spend a second night at the camp below the Kaliheni Pass.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 280m

    • Distance 5km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 280m

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek across the Kaliheni Pass (4835m) to a camp on the Kaliheni Nullah (4025m).

    A tough day, as we climb to cross this first pass of our route at 4835 metres. We zig zag up a grassy slope to a small plateau area, beyond which there is only moraine, snow and rock. Kaliheni means 'black ice' in the local Gaddi language, but the crossing is not too bad, no more than a long walk across a boulder field, with a short glaciated section on descent from the pass summit. The views from the pass include lots of glaciated terrain and many snow peaks, from the Bara Bhangal and Pir Panjal ranges to the main Himalayas. Dropping down beyond the pass into an area containing a number of glacial lakes, we find a sheltered spot for lunch and then continue our descent into the remote valley of the Kaliheni Nullah (stream). We reach our camp below the pass in the late afternoon. Altitude at camp is approximately 4025 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 860m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 860m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek down into the Kaliheni Valley, to the grassy clearing of Guwala Ghot (3569m).

    Now deep in the Bara Bhangal region, a little-known corner of the Outer Himalaya, we spend the whole day hiking down the Kaliheni Valley. There are no villages in this upper part of the valley and we follow a path above the tree line, with great mountain views. As we descend, we enter sparse woodland of juniper and birch. There are several tributary streams to cross, some of which may need to be forded. Our camp is in a grassy clearing overlooking the river valley known as Guwala Got, 3569 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 100m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 560m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Continue to follow the Kaliheni Valley to the beautiful meadow at Sukha (3759m).

    Still heading towards the west along the stunning Kaliheni valley, we trek across valley-side ridges and tributary streams, passing Gaddi encampments and alpine meadows. After reaching a meadow at 3250m, the trail ascends via a river crossing to reach our campsite in a beautiful meadow known locally as Sukha (3759m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 660m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 470m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • A long and at times steep descent to the Gaddi village of Bara Bhangal (2550m).

    After leaving camp and a short climb, we follow a stunning contouring path for 1 hour, before we begin a long and at times steep descent that takes us through terraced fields to the Gaddi village of Bara Bhangal (2550m). In summer, this isolated village is occupied by people from the upper Kangra Valley and some of the villagers stay here for the winter too. We set up our camp across the river from the village, close to the confluence of the Kaliheni and Ravi rivers. In the afternoon we have time to explore this settlement of 60 or so houses that extends widely across the lowest part of the valley. It is the only village in the whole 300 square miles of the Bara Bhangal Range and is completely cut off from the outside world during the winter. The people who live here are of the Kanet caste and are amongst the most traditional of the Gaddi people.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 300m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1570m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek up into the Thamser Nullah to reach a level site at Madh (4046m) below the Thamser Pass.

    Our route now turns abruptly towards the south, as we cross the Kaliheni River and make a steep 400 metre ascent out of the valley. Thereafter, the ascent is more gradual, alongside the Thamser Nullah, passing through pleasant upland grazing areas, with a number of Gaddi encampments along the way. There is a good trail to follow, as this route is regularly used by the Gaddi shepherds and Bara Bhangal villagers on their journeys to and from Kangra. We set up camp on a flat knoll below the Thamser Pass, at a place known as Madh (4046m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1690m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 140m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Cross the Thamser Pass (4750m) and descend to the meadows of Bharpal Ghot (4080m).

    We have another tough day ahead, as we make our approach to the pass, passing a hanging glacier on our left side and crossing scree and moraine en route to the first of several beautiful glacial lakes. Cairns mark the route in places. Reaching the vast snowfields below the pass, we climb up to the ridge-line and the Thamser Pass (4750m), which marks the watershed of the Dhaula Dhar Range. Here, amongst prayer flags and Hindu tridents, we have exquisite views of many snow-capped peaks to the north. To the west, there are also fine views of the deep valleys of Kangra and Ravi that lie south and north of the Dhaula Dhar. We descend steeply from the pass, across snow and then moraine, before reaching the first pastures. Our descent then continues to the meadows at Bharpal Ghot (4080m), which lie next to a spectacular waterfall, where we make camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 820m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 690m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek down via the Gaddi settlement of Panhartu to Rajgunda (2535m).

    Today is a long day, but not difficult as it is on mostly good trails throughout. Initially we descend to the shepherds settlement of Panhartu (3500m) and then the trail follows a river valley across a series of permanent snow patches that will need to be crossed. Soon we are descending again and we enter a mixed woodland of pine, oak and rhododendron which leads to the forest rest house at Palachak (2500m). At Palachak we cross the river by a bridge and continue through the forest to reach the cultivated fields of Rajgunda (2535m), a tiny settlement where we set up our final camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2300m

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek out through the foothills of the Dhaula Dhar to Billing, then drive to McLeodganj.

    Our final day of trekking takes us through the pleasant foothills of the Dhaula Dhar. We walk through mixed woodland and across farmed land, with tiny fields of corn and potatoes. We cross the Chiana Pass (2736m) and have good views across the Kangra Valley to the Shivaliks, whilst down-valley we can look out towards the Indian Plains. At Billing (2412m), which is a world famous paragliding location, we have lunch and meet our transport. We take the short drive downhill to Bir, where there is a large exiled Tibetan community, before continuing our journey to McLeodganj, where we overnight in a guesthouse.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 380m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 520m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Morning sightseeing in McLeodganj. Drive to Pathankot for the sleeper train back to Delhi.

    We have a leisurely breakfast, before spending the morning on a tour of McLeodganj, home of the exiled Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Government. We have plenty of time to explore this lively and colourful town, which was settled by Tibetans in the 1960's and now has an interesting collection of monasteries and temples. After lunch, we drive to Pathankot (approx 3 hours drive) to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Delhi.

    • 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 a hotel close to the airport for breakfast and to freshen-up. We then transfer to the airport where KE Land Only package services end.

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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 including overnight sleeper train
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel insurance
  • Delhi Airport transfers if arriving earlier or departing later than the group days
  • 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, purchased locally and cooked for us by 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 18.
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 and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. Airport transfers are provided for all clients departing Delhi on the last day of the Land Only itinerary. Your homeward flight should be booked to depart no earlier than 1 pm on the final day of the holiday.
The group will have one night at conveniently located hotel in Delhi at the beginning of the trip. We will also have two night at a basic hotel or lodge in Manali and one night at a guesthouse in McLeod Ganj. In addition, there is 1 night in air conditioned sleeper accommodation on the overnight train between Pathankot and Delhi. On trek there will be a total of 12 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 (please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). Depending upon availability it may be possible to arrange single rooms for the hotel nights. Please contact the KE office for a quote if you wish to do this. If your flight schedule requires that you spend extra nights in Delhi please contact the KE office to arrange extra accommodation.

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 kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the mules and horses given their loads. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid day after 3 or 4 hours walking. The local guides with the group carry the lunch. Lunch usually takes an hour or so and this is a cooked meal carried in insulated containers. This is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. The mules and trek crew usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to camp when we set off again. 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 group will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking local leader throughout the trip, and on trek will have the services of a full trek crew, including a local guide or sirdar, a cook and his helpers, together with a team of horses and horsemen.

Approximately £150 (or equivalent is US dollars, Euros etc.) changed into rupees, 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. 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. Sterling, US dollars and Euros are readily exchanged both at Delhi Airport and in Delhi itself. It is also possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines in certain banks in Delhi using credit and debit cards. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Delhi and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs.

Tipping is an accepted and expected part of Indian culture, although you should only tip for services that are well done. We suggest you give any tips as a group rather than individually and decide together on the level of tipping you are comfortable with. As a rough guide, a contribution of around £40 - £50 (in local currency equivalent) per group member should provide a sufficient 'pot' for tips to your local guide, trek crew and drivers. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the 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 by the local trek staff, many of whom are simple farmers earning extra cash by working for trekking groups. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by horses. 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 in Delhi.

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 very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. 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. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should 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:

  • Substantial warm and waterproof hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for river crossings and camp use
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • Shirts or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Thermal gloves
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small daypack
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small lightweight towel
  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated to – 5 C)
  • Trekking poles (needed for river crossings, crossing snow and rough descents)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit containing pain-killers, plasters (band-aids), blister treatment and rehydration salts. We also recommend a broad spectrum antibiotic and altitude medicine such as Diamox.

The following items are optional:

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat (note that foam mats are provided)
  • Gaiters
  • Spare laces
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Shorts
  • Insect repellant
  • Scarf or buff
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, memory cards, spare batteries
  • Travel clothes

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.

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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:

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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 for up to 8 hours on some days. 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 weather conditions at the time of both of our departures for this trip should be broadly similar, with daytime maximum temperatures around 25°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 highest camps, such as the one at Madh below the Thamser Pass, where night time temperatures may be as low as minus 5°C. In this part of the world, most of the rainfall occurs during the monsoon months from July to early September - but this is a mountainous area and short-lived storms cannot be ruled out at any time of the year.

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  • India. A Travel Survival Kit. Lonely Planet

  • The Trekkers Guide to Pakistan and India. Hugh Swift

  • Exploring the Hidden Himalaya. Kapadia and Mehta

Leomann Trekking Maps of the Indian Himalaya. Scale: 1:200,000

These maps present the terrain as line drawings of the ridges and valleys with peak and pass heights. For this trip you will need 2 sheets:Sheet 4. Chamba, Dhauladhar Passes, Pangi Valley and Western Lahul and Sheet 5. Kullu Valley, Parabati Valley and Central Lahaul.

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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.

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Delhi City Tour

Old Delhi is centred on the Red Fort and is a labyrinth of narrow, bustling streets including Chandni Chowk bazaar. Must-sees here include the majestic tower of the Qutab Minar, as well as the Red Fort, built by Emperor Shah Jahan. New Delhi was the creation of the British Raj who wanted to show their ascendency over the former Mogul rulers with many grand buildings designed by the greatest ever British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Delhi City Tour

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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

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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

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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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