Day 1: Arrive in India. You will be meet at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in your hotel room or taking in the sights of Delhi. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Rishikesh (330 m), 5-6 hrs. Board the morning train departing New Delhi at 7:00 am. Reach Haridwar at 11:30 am and transfer to our river camp on the banks of the Ganges near Rishikesh, a bustling pilgrim township, a popular meditation center and the Yoga Capital of the world. After lunch, go rafting on the Holy Ganges or explore Rishikesh and attend the aarti (evening prayers) by the banks of the river Ganges. Overnight at the beach camp.
Day 3: Rishikesh - Ghat (1330 m), 7-8 hrs. The drive takes one into the rugged country of the Garhwal Himalaya along the Alaknanda river. We travel past a number of holy confluences and then finally into the narrow valley of the Mandakini River. We reach Ghat, the road-head for the trek, in the evening. Overnight in the camp.
Day 4: Ghat - Ramni - Ghunni (2550 m), 6-7 hrs. First day of the trekking. For the first half of the day the trail goes along the river. After lunch it starts to climb up away from the river, some parts being quite steep. We camp just above the fairly large village of Ramni in a nice grassy patch and visit the village in the evening.
Day 5: Ghunni - Sem Kharak (2400 m), 5-6 hrs. The trail starts climbing up to the pass and crosses many small tributary rivers and waterfalls including one which offers a great opportunity for a shower! After a steady climb we arrive at the small Ramni Pass (3060 m) which offers views of the Kuari Pass. We descend gradually to the grazing meadows of Sem Kharak. Overnight in the camp.
Day 6: Sem Kharak - Pana (2450 m), 5-6 hrs. From Sem kharak we descend to the suspension bridge over the Birthi Ganga and then climb up again to another prosperous village, Pana. Overnight in the camp.
Day 7: Pana - Dhakwani (3341 m), 6-7 hrs. A few ascents, descents and traverses bring us close to the foot of the Kuari Pass. The trail comes out above the tree line and goes through grazing grounds into meadow country to reach Dhakwani.
Day 8: Dhakwani - Kuari (3840 m) - Khulara (3180 m), 4-5 hrs. The trail is steep up to the Kuari Pass and it takes about two or three hours to get there. Once up on the pass, the views are simply breathtaking, a wide panorama of high Himalayas - the Chaukhamba Range, Nilkantha (6597 m), and Abigamin (7355 m) extend to the Tibetan border. In the middle foreground, the main Himalayan chain in the vicinity of the Bhyundar and Hemkund Valleys includes Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m) and Rataban (6166 m).
Day 9: Khulara - Tapovan (1850m), 5/6 hrs. The last day of the trek is all the way down to Tapovan. It's about three hours drive from here to the comforts of the hotel in Pipalkoti.
Day 10: Pipalkoti - Delhi, 13 hrs. After an early morning breakfast we set out for the long eight hour drive to reach Haridwar to board the train leaving at 6:10 pm. We arrive back in Delhi by 10:30 pm. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 11: Departure. After breakfast depart to the international airport for your flight home. End of the service.
Note: Please contact us for sightseeing in Delhi, or a visit to the Taj Mahal at the start or end of this trip. We can also tailor this trip with a rafting expedition or wildlife safari.
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