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Tons River Expedition

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 16 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 899 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1099 US Dollar (USD)

The Tons is a continuous river with one rapid leading into the next as the river adopts a boulder garden style. The rafting can be physically demanding due the nature of the river and we require kayakers to be solid on class IV white-water. The Tons river rises high in the Bandarpunch mountains (6285 m), and flows through western Garhwal in Uttaranchal. It passes through scenic forests and remote villages inhabited by warm and friendly people. Adrenaline pumping river days are followed by relaxed afternoons, to be spent under leafy alders, taking short hikes into the alpine forests and camping out near fields of calf-high mint and marijuana.

The culture in the area is unique even to India. Polyandry, and to some extent, polygamy, are the normal practice. Economically, these customs probably owe their origin to a necessity to keep population down and prevent division of property. A system of bride price, where the worth of a bride-to-be increases with the number of past husbands she has had, is still prevalent. On arrival to India you will be met at the Airport. Depending on your personal itinerary you will go straight to Camp Lunagad or hotel in Delhi.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi - Overnight train to Dehradun

Arrive in Delhi airport. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in your hotel room or taking in the sights of Delhi. Evening transfer to the train station for the overnight sleeper train to Dehradun at 22.10. We travel by A/C sleeper train, the best and most comfortable way to travel overland in India.

Day 2: Dehradun to Camp Lunagad: 4 hrs

We travel in private vehicles from Dehradun to our fixed camp on the Tons River (435 km) We break the journey up stopping for plenty of chai (sweet milky tea). We arrive at Lunagad for a hot lunch. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and dinner around the camp fire. Overnight camp.

Days 3-4: Rafting

Raft on the Tons from Mori to Khunigad. We start with a comprehensive safety talk and get everybody familiar with being on the river. These two days are great river sections for rafts and kayaks. We come back to stay at Camp Lunagad each evening, to discuss the days adventures over great food in a relaxing setting.

Days 5-6: Trekking

We trek up to Ringalli Rest House - an old British Rest House - in time for lunch and we set up camp in the area. Enjoy the great views, walk through the villages and meeting the local people. Return to Camp Lunagad by the afternoon of the fifth day for lunch. Have a relaxing afternoon . Prepare all the gear for the self-contained river expedition starting tomorrow.

Days 7-9: Self-contained river expedition

We drive downriver for two hours to reach Tiuni ,the starting point of our river expedition. Here the Pabbar river joins the Tons and the river increases in size and volume. We move downriver into the more tropical part of the valley which has excellent white-water. We paddle big white-water through amazing scenery, camping out on the side of the river each night. After a 60 km journey we reach the Icchari, our take-out point and the end of the expedition. From here we drive to Dehradun to catch the train to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel.

Day 10: Depart India. After breakfast depart to the international airport for your flight home. Trip ends.

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 trek or wildlife safari.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Notes: All itineraries exclude international flight days. The duration of this trip is calculated from Delhi back to Delhi again.

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M18129 is a tailor made adventure travel company specializing in the Indian Himalayas. We can tailor trips for small groups throughout the year. We offer trekking holidays from 5 to 16 days and multi-day rafting and kayaking river expeditions from 8 to 13 days. We also offer great wildlife trips as well as organizing...

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