Indian Himalaya trekking holiday

“Hike in the little visited Indian Himalaya, discovering tall peaks, panoramic views and alpine meadows, trekking and wild camping for 11 days on this fully supported small group trip.”


Delhi | train to Kathgodam | drive to Dhaulchini | trek starts in Munsiyari | 11 days point to point trekking | fully serviced wild camping | Johar Valley | Gori Ganga River | Nain Singh Pass | Bodgwar | Railkot | Milam | Milam Glacier | Ganaghar | Pachu base camp | Pachu glacier | Nanda Devi East | Nanda Devi | Lato Dura | descend to Martoli | Bodgwar | return to Munsiyari | Almora | Nainital

Description of Indian Himalaya trekking holiday

This beautiful section of the Indian Himalaya can get overlooked by trekkers, but it’s a glorious and dramatic destination for trekking. The Kumaon region in the state of Uttarakhand sits close to the border of western Nepal and Tibet. It’s not on the radar for many trekkers, but it’s perhaps the most beautiful section of the Indian Himalaya, with the peaks of Nanda Devi and Nanda Devi East dominating it, and pristine Alpine meadows stretching below.

On this 19 day guided trekking holiday, we start in the village of Munsiyari and follow an ancient trade route towards Tibet in this little explored corner of Kumaon. The trail follows the Gori Ganga River through tiny villages and beautiful forests to Milam. Before the Sino-Indian Border Conflict of 1962, this village thrived on trade with Tibet.

From Milam village we climb higher to trek over the rocky moraine of the Milam Glacier, from where we’ll get amazing views over the peaks of Tirsuli and Hardeol. We trek up to the Pachu Camp, at the base of Nanda Devi East and spend time here exploring of the Pachu glacier, Nanda Devi East, Nanda Devi and Lato Dura. The panoramic views and proximity to the mountains here, particularly when bathed in the sunrise and sunset, are really memorable.

This trek is graded as challenging and involves between six and eight hours walking per day, and in total 11 days of point to point trekking. The trek is fully supported with 10 night wild camping, so you only need carry your day pack.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Indian Himalaya trekking holiday

Accommodation & Meals:
We spend five nights in simple hotels (in Deli, Almora, Munsiyari and Nanital) and eleven nights full-service camping. All accommodations used are staffed locally, which has a really positive effect on employment and economy in the areas where we stay. By camping for the majority of the trip, we also reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint for the whole tour. On trek, meals include locally sourced ingredients, like porridge, eggs, bread, pasta, rice and potato with a mixture of Indian and Chinese styles. All groceries and other items used during treks are purchased from local shops and markets - where clients are encouraged to support local businesses and explore local delicacies on offer.

Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, and use local businesses in order to leave behind a positive cultural exchange. Also in visiting cultural sites, we benfit local communities (Nanital, Almora, Munsiyari) by making donations, buying souvenirs and local crafts or paying for entrance.

Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in India so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. You will be provided with boiled drinking water on trek but it is also advisable to bring purification tablets/liquid such as Biox Aqua to treat water. Burnable rubbish will be burnt on trek and we ask each trekker to keep a rubbish bag for non-burnable rubbish to take back to Delhi.

The trekking route passes through remote seldom-visited settlements and on some nights we camp close to villages, where we actively encourage you to interact with the locals. We employ local leaders, guides, camp staff, drivers and horsemen to carry our gear during the trek. Often we top up our food supplies with fresh produce bought from the villagers en route. We use local train transport at the start and end of the trek. We also support various Himalayan Community Projects in India, namely in the Ladakh region.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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