The Himalayas Trek

13 Days / India
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Overview

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.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Dublin to Delhi.

    Depart Dublin on an overnight flight to Delhi.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Delhi to Rishikesh (330m).

    Arrive in Delhi in the early morning and take the train to Rishikesh.

    train
    relax
    camping
  • Day 3

    Rishikesh to Ghat (1,330m).

    Drive from Rishikesh to Ghat.

    breakfast
    transfer
    lunch
    relax
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 4

    Ghat to Ghunni (2,550m), 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Ghat to Ghunni.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 5

    Ghunni to Sem Kharak (2,400m), 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Ghunni to Sem Kharak.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Sem Kharak to Pana (2,450m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Sem Kharak to Pana.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Pana to Dhakwani (3,341m), 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Pana to Dhakwani.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 8

    Dhakwani to Kuari Pass (3,840 m) to Khulara (3,180 m), 6-7 hrs trekking.

    Trek from Dhakwani over the Kuari Pass to reach Khulara.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Khulara to Pipalkoti (1,330m), 4 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Tapovan and then drive to Pipalkoti.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 10

    Pipalkoti to Rishikesh.

    Long drive to Rishikesh to reach our river camp.

    breakfast
    lunch
    transfer
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 11

    Ganges rafting.

    Rafting trip on the Ganges followed by some exploring around Rishikesh.

    breakfast
    raft
    lunch
    dinner
    relax
    camping
  • Day 12

    Return to Delhi.

    Relax in the morning or do a high ropes course and then take the evening train to Delhi.

    breakfast
    lunch
    dinner
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 13

    Delhi to Dublin.

    Depart Delhi in the early morning and arrive back in Dublin in the early afternoon.

    arrive

Facts

When most people think of the Himalayas, they think of Mount Everest. However, the Himalayas has so much more to offer than just the highest peak in the world! We've put together a few facts to whet your appetite for this stunning region!

Facts about the Himalayas

The Indian Himalaya region spans the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh as well as the hill region of two states; Assam and West Bengal.

The name Himalaya comes from Sanskrit – “hima” meaning snow and “alaya” meaning abode. The ‘home of the snow’.

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. Lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope, symbolising the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

Before Diwali night, which falls on the third night of the five-day festival, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices anew. Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, is believed to wander the earth on Diwali night and doors and windows are left open to welcome her inside.

Facts about our Himalayas Trek

Some of the routes we follow through the Himalayas and to the Kuari pass was that trekked by Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman in the 1930s. These two celebrated mountaineers were heavily involved with the reconnaissance missions on Mount Everest which paved the way for the successful summit attempt of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Shipton and Tilman famously discovered the access route to the Nanda Devi sanctuary in 1934. Nanda Devi (7,816m) is one of the mountains to be seen from the Kuari Pass and is the second highest mountain in India, the highest located entirely within the country. Nanda Devi National Park encloses the sanctuary and in 1988 was inscribed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

We pass Haridwar or the ‘Gateway of God’ en route to the trailhead. Located on the banks of the Ganges at the point where the river descends from the hills to the North Indian plains, Haridwar attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world.

We spend our last day in Rishikesh which is renowned as a centre for studying yoga and meditation. It is regarded as one of the holiest places to Hindus. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge.

Available Dates

  • Oct 24th, 2019 - Nov 5th, 2019
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  • Oct 23rd, 2020 - Nov 4th, 2020
    Good availability
  • Oct 21st, 2021 - Nov 2nd, 2021
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Margaret McCarthy. Co. Dublin

I travelled to India to trek the Himalayas with Earth's Edge - from the time of booking to the end of the trek I felt very well looked after. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I have no hesitation in recommending them. I hope to travel with them again on another adventure!

Catherine Redmond. Co. Wexford

The Himalayan Trek really was a wonderful experience. The Earth's Edge team, led by John, were very professional. The scenery, each day, was beautiful- culminating in the stunning Kuari Pass, where the vista of a multitude of mountains, most above 6000 metres, was presented to us. The river-rafting was also unforgettable. This trip allowed for a unique exposure to local communities and was an ideal way to experience India, and its culture, within a 10-day time-frame.

Fergus Somers. Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

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