Trekking the Himalayas in India in October means the festival season is in full swing and the country is brimming with activity! Diwali (the Hindu festival of light) is India’s biggest and most important holiday celebrating the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
Our 13-day expedition includes six days of trekking the Indian Himalayas in warm weather. You’ll enjoy the amazing scenery and plenty of time to completely immerse yourself in Indian culture. On this trek you have the opportunity to practice yoga, preparing your mind and body for the journey. You may also join our talented cooks in the kitchen tent to learn how to cook authentic North Indian cuisine.
Each day on the trek offers new and exciting perspectives. We pass through beautiful hamlets, flower-filled pastures, mixed forest, waterfalls and streams. One of the highlights of this route is reaching the Kuari Pass (3,840m). On the pass, we are rewarded by what people call the “Best mountain vista in the Himalayas”.
You’ll be drawn to the sweeping arc created by the incredible line-up of giant peaks: Chaukhamba (7,140m), Nilkantha (6,597m), Kamet (7,756m), Gauri Parbat (6,708m), Nanda Devi (7,817m), Bethartoli (6,352m) and Dunagiri (7,066m).
Our trek takes place near the source of the Ganges, a river with vast religious and cultural significance in India. Bathing in its waters is said to wash away not just physical impurities but symbolic ones as well. We can put this theory to the test when we go white-water rafting! We also have time to explore Rishikesh, renowned as a centre for studying yoga and meditation. It is to this “yoga capital of the world” that the Beatles travelled in 1968 leading to one of their most productive periods. It is also now a modern hub of amazing adventure sports.
What to expect on this trek
Meeting friendly locals and learning about Himalayan culture is an important element of this trip. Throughout our Himalayan Trek, we pass villages and animal herders and get a glimpse into their normal life.
This trek is a perfect introduction to multi-day trekking and Indian culture. This trek is more relaxed than the popular Everest Base Camp Trek which allows for more time to take in the beauty.
If you want to hear more about this trek, you can watch our company director James talk about it. We held this talk night in the Great Outdoors, if you want to come to the next one, you can check our talk schedule.