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The India Garhwal Himal Trek
March 31 - April 13, 2013
From New Delhi

 Overview: Join us and our friendly staff
for this exciting adventure in the Indian Himalaya. From Delhi we travel to the historic British hill station of Mussoorie to trek and explore a less known area of the Himalaya. We walk for six days visiting Hindu pilgrimage sites. Along the way, we'll pass stunning views of Mt. Banderpunch (20,780 feet), Swargarohini 1 (20,569 feet), a pretty mountain lake and local village life. Our highest hiking elevation is 13,654 feet on this moderate trek. In Rishikesh we relax at a comfortable resort offering Aruvedic massage before returning to Delhi.

Our trip dates from the meeting point in New Delhi, India, are March 31 to April 13, 2013. For the adventurous traveler, this fun trip offers a great introduction to trekking with a manageable five–day period on the trail. Prior experience hiking along rugged trails is helpful as there is some 'exposure' – places where there are steep drop–offs. Local porters carry all your gear and our staff prepare delicious meals each day along the trail. Prepare to "rough it" a bit, as conditions in India are variable. This will be a comfortable trip for people who are reasonably fit. Be prepared for weather changes, rustic toilet facilities and the possibility of sickness. Landslides or weather conditions can cause detours, delays or turning back. Call us if you have questions regarding your ability to participate. With a positive attitude you will enjoy the trip, create lifelong memories and capture great pictures in this less–traveled area of India's Himalaya!

Leadership: Our Trek Leader is Marin Johannsson. Our Leader is Marin Johannsson. She holds a B.S. in Recreation with a special emphasis in Outdoor Leadership. Marin has taught rock climbing, snow camping, rafting and canoeing. Trained in first aid, she has led many treks for us since 1990. When not on the trail, Marin also is a rafting guide and collects Tibetan Thangka paintings. Marin works closely with our local guide and dedicated staff members (cook, porters and assistants) to make this special trip a complete success. Ask us for references if you would like to talk to people who have traveled with them.

Garhwal Himal Day–To–Day Itinerary Detail:

Pre Trip Days: In transit from your home (Americans lose one day crossing the international date line). Fly to New Delhi, India. Please note that you must arrive in New Delhi by March 31, 2013. Look for our agent after you collect your luggage and pass through India customs and immigration formalties.

Day 1: Our driver will wait for your arrival outside the secured area of the New Delhi Airport holding a sign displaying your name. From the airport it's just a twenty minute ride to our comfortable air–conditioned Guest House. You will be briefed on hygiene and other health and safety precautions. Drinking lots and lots of water aids acclimatization and helps you recover from jet lag. Overnight Guest House. (No Meals)

Day 2: Delhi-Dehradun-Mussoorie (6,320 feet). Today we have an early morning transfer to the Delhi railway station for the train to Dehradun (0655/1240 hours – 2017) onboard the Shatabdi Express. You'll have breakfast during the morning journey. On arrival, we drive to Mussoorie in approximately one hour's time. This is a lovely hill station that presents your first views of the surrounding snow–capped peaks. Upon arrival check in at our home–like Guest House hosted by a delightful fellow named Winky. The rest of today is yours to unwind and acclimate to your new surroundings. In the evening we enjoy a special welcome dinner and a briefing on the upcoming trek. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Mussoorie (6,320 feet). Have a hearty breakfast at the Guest House, then begin the day's activity hiking and exploring around Mussoorie, going to Clouds End and Everest House. Enjoy a picnic lunch and later return to Mussoorie by car. Evening is free with dinner on your own to explore the sites of this famous hill station and Indian vacation destination. Overnight in Guest House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Mussoorie-Uttarkashi (3,809 feet). Today, an early departure is important for our drive to Uttarkashi. We steer north along a beautiful ridge through Devdar and Dhanolti groves, and then along the banks of the Bhagirathi River to the holy town of Uttarkashi (approximately 6-7 hours drive). Uttarkashi is a famous destination for Indian pilgrims and an important center for Yogis and Sadhus. Check into tonight's Guest House and take a comfortable walk to the main temple to receive Darshan (a blessing). Overnight in Guest House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Uttarkashi-Agoda (7,400 feet). After breakfast, we drive 45 minutes to the road head at Sangam Chatti (4430 feet). Here we begin our trek hiking steeply uphill four and a half miles, about three hours, to the village of Agoda. In the evening, enjoy local folk songs with the villagers and join them dancing around the bonfire. Overnight stay in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Agoda-Dodital (10,889 feet). Trek ten miles in about seven hours on a gradual uphill trek to Dodital. We walk through a beautiful forests of pine, fir and spruce trees. Dodital (tal means lake) is said to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha and is extremely peaceful. It is a beautiful lake about 500 meters wide and surrounded by thick forest. Overnight stay in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Dodital (10,889 feet). A free day in Dodital. We have free time to wash, rest, acclimatize and enjoy our peaceful, beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a pleasant walk around the perimeter of the lake and an optional visit to the small temple on its shore. Overnight stay in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Dodital-Dharwa Top (13,654 feet). Trek five miles in about three hours up a very steep hill and alongside a stream that feeds Dodital, to reach Dharwa Top. It is a grassy hilltop range, home to the Gujjars (nomadic herdsmen) during the summer months. From here, we enjoy impressive views of Mt. Banderpunch (20,780 feet) and Swargarohini 1 (20,569 feet). Overnight stay in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Dharwa Top -Village Manji (10,364 feet). Retrace our route for five steep miles downhill (4 hours) to Village Manji, which is a major Gujjar settlement. A nice place to camp, our spot holds good views of Mt. Banderpunch. Overnight stay in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Village Manji-Uttarkashi. Trek eleven miles (about 6 hours), where we rejoin the road at Sangam Chatti to conclude our trek. Once our equipment is loaded, we drive 45 minutes to Uttarkashi. Check into Guest House for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Uttarkashi–Rishikesh. Today we drive to Rishikesh (the yoga capital of the world — a totally vegetarian town) in about seven hours on narrow but scenic and well maintained roads. Stop for light lunch on the way. Rishikesh is important not only as pilgrimage place closely associated with the Ramayana, but also as home for many important centers of Hindu religious thought and spirituality. Check into a comfortable resort hotel overlooking the Ganga River with modern comforts for the trail–weary trekker. Here you can enjoy bathtubs, a swimming pool and a spa providing Ayurveda therapy and massage. Overnight at the Resort. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Rishikesh. Rishikesh is an ancient pilgrimage center nestled in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas on the banks of the holy river Ganges. A highlight of our stay here will be attending the Ganga Aarti in the early evening. This is a beautiful ritual including chanting and offerings. We explore Rishikesh by visiting Muni Ki Reti & Lakshman Jhula. Lunch and dinner are on your own today with much to explore and many fine places to eat. Overnight at the Resort. (Breakfast)

Day 13: Rishikesh-Haridwar-Delhi. After a late check–out and leisurely morning at the resort we drive to Haridwar in about one hour. Hindus come here to absolve themselves of their sins by bathing in the Holy Ganges — an ancient Indian rite. We explore on foot the massive fairground atmosphere that is the banks of the Ganges. Later in the afternoon we go to the train station to travel to New Delhi by train (18:13/22:45-2018). To Guest House on arrival. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Delhi. After breakfast and check out, we begin a half–day tour of New Delhi, India's capital. We'll drive past the President's palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan) and India Gate, a World War I memorial. Delhi is often described as Lutyen's City, after the famous 20th century British architect who designed both important monuments and contributed to the general style of the city. Delhi is characterized by wide, tree-lined avenues, parks and palaces built for important Indian princes. Visit Humayuns Tomb which was built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian born senior wife of Humayaun, the second Mughal emperor. Later, we will provide an airport transfer if your departure is today. (Breakfast)

Post Trip: Same day return date for Americans crossing the international date line — to arrive home about midday. This is day filled with wonderful memories of new faces, places and friends you have encountered on this amazing trek!

Important Note: This is meant only as a guide to what our days will be like. Changes may be made as we go along. These depend upon local conditions, our acclimatization and health, etc. It should be noted that this is adventure travel! Good health, a reasonable level of fitness, and a positive attitude are a "must" to make it enjoyable. Sturdy vehicles will be provided however, this kind of travel is not for those who are prone to car sickness or who are afraid of heights. All of the areas to be visited are remote and medical facilities are limited outside of Delhi.

Travel Details: If you are making your own arrangements, note that you must arrive in New Delhi no later than March 31, 2013 and you may not depart earlier than the afternoon of April 13, 2013. Ask us about booking a room should you have an overnight stopover. You are welcome to travel early or stay late — we can arrange additional tours, accommodations or transfers on request. There are convenient, inexpensive internet cafes in Delhi and sporadically during the trip.

Payment for additional services may be required at the time the service is received. Please refer to the booking information section of our application form and the "Our Policies" section of this website for more information.

The India Garhwal Himal Trek • Administrative Details:

(+) Land Cost (land cost as itinerary has described):

$2080 USD

(+) In-Trip Airfare Estimate (air during itinerary program):

+  $0USD (none)

(=) Total Program Cost (Land & In-Trip Air costs combined):

$2080 USD

Trip Deposit (submit with application):


Single Supplement (optional single accommodation):

$510 USD (optional)

Maximum Group Size:

Eight Participants

Other Cost & Need Considerations:

Passport, Visa(s), Physicians Visit, Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance, Travel to/from New Delhi, Meals Beyond Above Itinerary, Beverages, Spending/Personal Money.

Trip Activity–Level:

Moderate: Usually involves hiking an average of four to six hours each day — with some trekking time being spent at high altitude. Accommodations consist of evenings spent at tea or guest houses and tent camping along the trail.

Registration Deadline:

January 31, 2013 ($100USD late fee thereafter)

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