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Weldmar Hospicecare Indian Himalaya Trek

9th Oct 2021 - 17th Oct 2021

9 days/India /Moderate to Challenging

Overview

You start your challenge in Delhi where you have a short city tour before boarding the overnight train to Pathankot. After a night on the train you transfer to the stunning hill station of Dharamshala which is surrounded by dense forest and in the shadow of the Dhauladhar mountain range. Mcleodganj, where you will stay, is a suburb of Dharamshala, and home to the Tibetan Government in exile and the Dalai Lama.

From here you will commence your journey into the Lesser Himalayan range of Northern India where, during four days of trekking, you will be awed by lush green forests, views of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, gushing rivers and small villages with friendly and welcoming local people. You will reach a maximum altitude of 2842m (at Triund) and will walk approximately 14km per day, taking around 6-8 hours. After your trek ends you will return to Delhi and enjoy a celebratory meal together before flying home.

There is an option to extend your stay and join a guided tour of the Golden Triangle which includes a visit to the Taj Mahal.

A moderate to challenging trip. You will trek over varying terrain for up to 8 hours a day, carrying a small daypack which may weigh up to 6kg, and camping in basic campsites along the way. You will also be exposed to altitudes up to a maximum of 2843m (9327ft). Whilst it is difficult to specifically prepare for trekking at higher altitudes, it helps to be physically prepared for the exertions of the trekking day by training in advance. It is advised that you arrive for the trek feeling comfortable trekking for periods of up to 7 or 8 hours for at least two days consecutively. Having a positive and determined attitude is also a key element to your success on the trek.

The trek is accompanied by English-speaking local guides who have an excellent knowledge of the local culture and hiking in the region. You will also be supported by a team of cooks and porters and a UK Different Travel Company tour manager.

The terrain will vary throughout the trek but in general will be undulating (uphill and downhill). There are very few flat sections so you should ensure your training includes plenty of hills. Underfoot there will be stony pathways, grass, rocks and perhaps a few small streams to cross too. Each day you will cover approximately 12-15km (7-9 miles) which, because of the variable terrain, can take up to 8 hours to cover.

In Delhi temperatures can reach 35°C during the day, dropping to 20°C at night. The temperature in Dharamshala and during the trek is cooler with temperatures of approx. 23-25°C during the day, dropping down to approx. 0°C at night. Temperatures will depend on the weather which vary and can be bright and sunny, rainy, cloudy or humid.

Please note that conditions in mountainous regions are unpredictable so you should be prepared for all climatic eventualities. Although the conditions mentioned are historically accurate, climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic weather during the trip which is out of our control. The guides will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and ultimately safety of the group as a whole.

Meals during the trek are cooked by your trek chef and will be eaten in a mess tent where a table, chairs, plates, mugs and cutlery is provided. Meals are delicious and plentiful and mainly Indian style (although there may be some Western-style meals). Meals in Delhi and Mcleodjang will be at your accommodation and at local restaurants. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated if we are advised in advance but please note that we cannot guarantee that food preparation will have taken place in a contamination free environment.

At camp you will stay in 2-man tents (two people to a tent). You will be provided with sleeping mats but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. While in Delhi and Mcleodganj you will stay in hotels on a twin or triple share basis.

During the trek bathing facilities will be limited although you may be able to freshen up at rivers or streams along the way. You are recommended to bring eco-friendly toiletries (Lush stores sell environmentally friendly products). Each morning you will be provided with a bowl of hot water to freshen up but baby wipes are strongly recommended for maintaining general personal hygiene.

Toilet facilities at camp will be a hole dug into the ground with a small privacy tent surrounding it. Toilet paper is not provided so you will need to bring your own; consider biodegradable toilet paper. To use the toilet during the trek day you will find a private area off the main trail; any toilet paper you use along the trail must be placed into a nappy sack and disposed of properly at camp. You must NEVER leave toilet paper or other litter (including fruit peel, seeds, food wrappers etc.) on the trail. At the hotels there will be flushing Western sit-down toilets.

You must be 18+ to participate on this trek unaccompanied. It may be possible for you to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit.

It is recommended that you are of a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s exertions. An ideal candidate would be someone who enjoys being out of their comfort zone and trying something new, with a flexible and open minded personality. If you do not regularly exercise it is advised that you start training before departure to ensure your best chance of enjoyment on the trip. This could include speed walking, hill walking, swimming, running, cycling, gym workouts, team sports, boot camps, yoga etc.

The trek is graded moderate to challenging as you will trek over varying terrain for up to 8 hours a day, carrying a small daypack which may weigh up to 6kg, and camping in basic campsites along the way. You will also be exposed to altitudes up to a maximum of 2843m (9327ft). Whilst it is difficult to specifically prepare for trekking at higher altitudes, it helps to be physically prepared for the exertions of the trekking day by training in advance. It is advised that you arrive for the trek feeling comfortable trekking for periods of up to 7 or 8 hours for at least two days consecutively. Having a positive and determined attitude is also a key element to your success on the trek.

The altitude you experience on this trek is up to 2843m which is slightly under the threshold that is considered high altitude (3000m). However there is a possibility that some people may notice altitude related symptoms. The local guides are very experienced in spotting signs of altitude sickness but it is important that you also research the effects so you can be aware of how your body is adjusting. A great source of information can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Altitude-sickness/Pages/Introduction.aspx or http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/altitude.htm.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

In the event that your medical issues represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Essentials

E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport + copy
Indian visa
Insurance policy details
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£) / ATM card(s)
LED head torch + spare batteries
Adaptor 2 round pins (Euro)
Sunglasses
Plastic bags – various sizes
Protective gloves for project
Camera + spare batteries

Clothing & Footwear

Hiking boots*
Trainers/slippers for evenings
Trek socks & underwear
Base layer top (long sleeved)
Non-cotton t-shirts
Warm fleece
Waterproof jacket + trousers
Thermals for nights
Warm jacket (e.g. down)
Sun hat
Lightweight trek trousers
Gloves and warm hat
Buff www.buffwear.co.uk (for dust)
Scarf/pashmina (for temples)
Casual attire for sightseeing
Casual clothes & shoes for project

Hygiene

Shampoo/conditioner*/hair brush
Toothbrush/toothpaste*
Antiperspirant/deodorant*
Shower gel/ shave kit / loofah*
Wet wipes*
Toilet paper* x 2 rolls
Sun cream (high SPF)*
Hand sanitiser
Small travel towel
Feminine hygiene products*
Nappy sacks* (for used toilet paper)

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Plasters/blister plasters
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Decongestant
Throat lozenges
Scissors/tweezers
Zinc oxide tape (optional)
Spare glasses/contact lenses

Optional

Video camera + charger
Mobile phone + charger
iPod/MP3 player
Walking pole(s)
Sewing kit
Notebook/diary
Books/playing cards

Luggage

Suitcase/rucksack for luggage
Trek kit bag/holdall
Daypack (25-30 litres)
Padlocks

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2-litre water bottle (e.g. CamelBak)
1-litre standard water bottle
Water purification (optional)
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)

Sleeping

Ear plugs & eye mask
Sleeping bag (comfort -5°C)
Sleeping bag liner
Pyjamas (use your thermals)

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and does not account for your personal taste or preference. It should be used as a guideline only. If you have any questions or queries regarding this list which are not answered in the sections above please contact info@different-travel.com.

*Please ensure you pack your boots in your hand baggage in the unlikely event your luggage is delayed or goes missing.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 (Saturday 9 –Sunday 10 October):

London–Delhi
Depart London for Delhi on an overnight flight. Upon arrival the next day, transfer to a central hotel where some rooms will be available to relax and freshen-up. After lunch you will have a sightseeing tour of Delhi before transferring to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Pathankot (2nd class air conditioned).
Meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 3 (Monday 11 October):

Pathankot – Dharamshala – Mcleodganj
The train arrives in Pathankot in the morning and from the station you will transfer by road to Mcleodganj, near Dharamshala (approximately 2.5 hours), where you will check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; perhaps visit the Dalai Lama Palace and the Tibetan government-in-exile buildings, or simply enjoy the atmosphere and browse for souvenirs in the handicraft stalls before enjoying a Tibetan dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 (Tuesday 12 October):

Dharamshala – Salli – Kareri Village
After breakfast we drive for approximately 2 hours to our starting point of our trek, Salli. A slow and gradual climb takes us to the top of the hill from where we enjoy fantastic views, before continuing towards Kareri stream. Following the stream this afternoon we arrive at Kareri village where we set up camp for the night in a beautiful and peaceful spot by the river.
Trekking: Approx. 12km trekking/ 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday 13 October):

Karerivillage – Bahl
After breakfast we start today’s walk with a relatively steep ascent through several small villages, enjoying fine views of beautiful meadows and dense pine forests along the way. We descend to a mountain stream to stop for lunch before continuing with a sharp ascent to Bahl, and our second campsite.
Trekking: Approx. 15km trekking/ 6-7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 (Thursday 14 October):

Bahl – Triund
Today is our toughest day of trekking to Triund, the highest point on the trek at 2843m. The days starts with a steep ascent through a mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and cedar trees,stopping at a local chai shop along the way. After lunch our ascent continues along a winding path until we finally reach Triund, an alpine meadow situated on top of a ridge from where we have amazing views of the peaks of Dhauladhar on one side and the Kangra valley on the other. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and our final night in the mountains.
Trekking: Approx. 12km trekking / 8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 (Friday 15 October):

Triund – Bhagsu – Pathankot
After rising early to witness the sun rising over the mighty Dhauladhar mountain range we set off four our final day of trekking. Initially we gradually descent over a grassy ridge for a few kilometers, then a steep descent taking us down to Bhagsu waterfall where we stop to enjoy lunch. A further short walk brings us to Bhagsu village where we end our trek and return to Pathankot to take the overnight train back to Delhi.
Trekking: Approx. 10km trekking/ 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 (Saturday 16 October):

Delhi
We arrive in Delhi this morning and transfer to our hotel to check in and freshen up. After lunch we take a sightseeing tour of New Delhi before enjoying a celebratory farewell dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 (Sunday 17 October):

Delhi – London
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London. Your flight may arrive into London the next morning depending on schedules.
Meals: Breakfast

OPTIONAL GOLDEN TRIANGLE EXTENSION

Day 9 (Sunday 17 October):

Delhi – Agra
Depart after breakfast for the road transfer to Agra (approx. 4 hours). After checking into the hotel we head off for a visit to Agra Fort, with its stunning views across to the Taj Mahal.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 (Monday 18 October):

Agra – Jaipur
An early morning start enables us to arrive at the Taj Mahal ahead of the crowds and the heat! After the visit return to the hotel for breakfast and later this morning we set off for the journey to Jaipur, stopping for lunch en route (approx. 5 hours).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 (Tuesday 19 October):

Jaipur
This morning’s visit is to the remarkable Amber Fort, a classic Rajasthani palace located on a hill top just out of the town. After a break for lunch we then proceed to see the Palace of the Winds and the City Palace, with time to shop in the city’s market before our last dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 (Wednesday 20 October):

Jaipur – Delhi
Return to Delhi for the flight home. Depending on flight times it may be necessary to stay in an airport hotel overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 (Thursday 21 October):

London
Arrive back into London.

Note: The day-to-day program is subject to flight schedules, weather, general conditions and the progress of the group. While we do not anticipate any changes to the itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for changes made due to unexpected circumstances. Ultimately, the safety and health of the group takes priority in all circumstances.

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £390
Sponsorship: £3250

SPONSORSHIP

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • A total of £2438 (75% of the sponsorship) must be raised by 18 June 2021
  • The remaining £812 (25%) must be paid by by 13 August 2021.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

  • A deposit of £150 is payable directly to The Different Travel Company to confirm your place.
  • 2-4 participants: £570 per person
  • 5-9 participants: £510 per person
  • 10+ participants: £455 per person
  • Single supplement: £175. (Please note that depending on the final group size and gender composition, a single supplement may be applied to your booking.)

 

What's included

  • Return flights from London
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels and tents on trek
  • English-speaking local guides, porters and cooks
  • All meals
  • Trek permits
  • Different Travel UK tour manager

What's not included

  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Indian tourist visa (currently US$100)
  • Drinks (incl bottled water), laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money (tips and gratuities, souvenirs)
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Personal trek kit
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional Golden Triangle extension

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