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Curzon’s Trail and the Kuari Pass Guided Walking Holiday
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Tour Summary


A classic Indian Himalaya trekking holiday in the Garhwal

· Trek in the footsteps of Shipton and Tilman
· Spectacular camping places and great views of Nanda Devi
· Explore Rishikesh and see the sacred River Ganges
· Extensions available to the Taj Mahal and Agra

6 nights hotels and lodges, 9 nights camping, 9 days trekking, 5 days cultural experience and sightseeing, Max altitude -3650 metres. Join in Delhi. MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


Following a route trekked by Lord Curzon in 1905 and by Shipton and Tilman 30 years later, this excellent adventure trekking holiday traverses the western edge of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

After our first day of trekking, we reach the spectacular meadow of Bedni Bugyal, a famously scenic location with a skyline dominated to the north-west by the peaks of Trisul (7120m) and Nanda Ghunti.

A further week of superb foothills trekking takes us through forest and farmland and by way of a series of ridges, the last of which we cross at the Kuari Pass (3650m).

Changabang, Kamet and Nanda Devi are just 3 of the India Himalayan giants visible from this sublime viewpoint.

En route back to Delhi, we have time to experience the magic of Rishikesh and Haridwar and to attend the ‘arti’ (floating lamp) ceremony on the Ganges.

This is a great trek and an unforgettable journey into the mystical Hindu territory of Garhwal.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. We have the use of day rooms at a comfortable hotel close to Delhi Airport and package services begin with lunch at that hotel. In the early afternoon, we drive to the railway station and board the train for the 4 hour journey to Haridwar. Overnight at a hotel in Haridwar.

Day 2: Rudraprayag

Leaving Haridwar, we journey by bus into the Himalayan foothills to Rudraprayag located at the confluence of the holy rivers of Alaknanda and Mandakini. We reach our destination mid afternoon and have the chance to walk to the confluence of the two rivers. Overnight at a simple hotel in Rudraprayag.

Day 3: Wan

Another day of spectacular scenery, as we drive for approximately 6 hours to a campsite near Wan (2510m). Here, we meet our crew, who will have already established camp.

Day 4: Bedni Bugyal

Today, we start our classic trekking journey with a hike through ancient oak and rhododendron forest. We cross the Neel Ganga River to reach our picturesque camp at Bedni Bugyal (3400m). A 6-hour day, with 1250 metres of ascent and 200 metres of descent.

Day 5: village of Kanol

An easier day, descending back towards the village of Wan, before turning off to enter another valley and climbing to cross a ridge to finally arrive at our camping place on pasture at the village of Kanol. A 7-hour day with 800 metres of ascent and 1450 metres of descent.

Day 6: Sitiel

Trekking first through terraced fields of wheat and amaranthus, we then follow forest trails to Sitiel where we camp on the riverbank (1750m). A 4 to 5-hour day with 200 metres of ascent and 1200 metres of descent.

Day 7: Ghunni

A longer day, through farmland and villages with views of distant snow-capped peaks, to Ghunni (2470m). A steep ascent to camp in grazing areas on the hilltop below the Ramni Pass. A 6-hour day with 1200 metres of ascent and 250 metres of descent.

Day 8: Jhenjipani

We climb up through forest and meadows to cross a low pass, then descend to the small village of Jhenjipani (2300m). Passing through forest, we make camp in a pleasant clearing. A 5 to 6-hour day with 600 metres of ascent and 1200 metres of descent.

Day 9: village of Pana

Another pleasant valley walk, crossing small rivers and passing many waterfalls. We take lunch on the top of a narrow ridge and then contour round to our camp above the village of Pana (2700m). A 5 to 6-hour day with 1050 metres of ascent and 400 metres of descent.

Day 10: Dhakwani

Climbing gradually, we follow the ridge through more forest and out onto a high grazing area at Siyartoli. We then climb to a camp before the Kuari Pass at Dhakwani. A 5 to 6-hour day with 1250 metres of ascent and 700 metres of descent.

Day 11: Chitrakanta

Cross the Kuari Pass (3650m). After a steep start, the ascent becomes more gradual through forest. There are superb views of Nanda Devi. We set up our camp on the meadows at Chitrakanta (3200m). A 5-hour day with 700 metres of ascent and 550 metres of descent.

Day 12: Joshimath to Pipalkoti

A short and scenic day of trekking leads downhill to the ski resort of Auli. Here, we meet our transport for the drive through Joshimath to Pipalkoti and our overnight lodge. A 5-hour day with 400 metres of ascent and 1750 metres of descent.

Day 13: Rishikesh

Today, we have a long (approximately 8 hours) and spectacular drive to Rishikesh, where we check in at a hotel. If we arrive in time, we can watch the evening aarti lamp ceremony by the River Ganges.

Day 14: Ganges

The morning is free to enjoy this famous town on the Ganges. After lunch we will make the short drive to Haridwar where we check in at our hotel. The afternoon is free to explore the bazaar.

Day 15: Delhi

We take the morning train to Delhi and transfer to our airport accessible hotel in time for lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour of New Delhi is provided. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at the hotel.

Day 16: Departure

Package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a very scenic 9-day trekking holiday, in an area of the India Himalaya seldom visited by other trekkers. Generally the trek route follows ancient trade routes and pilgrimage trails that offer very good walking conditions. The usual day’s walk will be around 5 to 6 hours.

Whilst there are several ridges and passes to cross during the trek, and some steep ascent and descent this not a tough trekking trip and should be within the capabilities of any regular hill walker or back-country hiker. Note that the highest campsite is actually close to the start of the trip.

The altitude attained on the holiday is relatively modest and should cause few problems. Overall this is an excellent walking holiday, both for experienced trekkers seeking a relatively untouched corner of the Himalaya and for novices looking for an introduction to Himalayan trekking.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

Following a route trekked by Lord Curzon in 1905 and by Shipton and Tilman 30 years later, this excellent adventure trekking holiday traverses the western edge of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

After our first day of trekking, we reach the spectacular meadow of Bedni Bugyal, a famously scenic location with a skyline dominated to the north-west by the peaks of Trisul (7120m) and Nanda Ghunti.

A further week of superb foothills trekking takes us through forest and farmland and by way of a series of ridges, the last of which we cross at the Kuari Pass (3650m).

Changabang, Kamet and Nanda Devi are just 3 of the India Himalayan giants visible from this sublime viewpoint.

En route back to Delhi, we have time to experience the magic of Rishikesh and Haridwar and to attend the ‘arti’ (floating lamp) ceremony on the Ganges.

This is a great trek and an unforgettable journey into the mystical Hindu territory of Garhwal.

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Tour Information

Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• A professional English-speaking local leader
• Delhi Airport transfers on group arrival and departure days
• All land transport involved in the itinerary
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• All meals throughout the trip
• Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

What’s Not Included

• Travel insurance
• Indian Visa
• Tips for trek staff
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc.

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 19 of the Land Only itinerary.

Accommodation

The group will have the use of communal ‘day-rooms’ in the group hotel in Delhi at the beginning of the trip and an overnight stay in a Delhi hotel at the end of the trip.

We will have a total of 4 nights in good standard hotels in Haridwar, Rudraprayag and Rishikesh and 1 night’s basic lodge accommodation in Pipalkoti.

On trek there will be a total of 9 nights camping.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost.

Depending upon availability it may be possible to arrange single rooms for the hotel nights.

For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a very scenic 9-day trekking holiday, in an area of the India Himalaya seldom visited by other trekkers.

Generally the trek route follows ancient trade routes and pilgrimage trails that offer very good walking conditions.

The usual day’s walk will be around 5 to 6 hours.

Whilst there are several ridges and passes to cross during the trek, and some steep ascent and descent this not a tough trekking trip and should be within the capabilities of any regular hill walker or back-country hiker.

Note that the highest campsite is actually close to the start of the trip.

The altitude attained on the holiday is relatively modest and should cause few problems.

Overall this is an excellent walking holiday, both for experienced trekkers seeking a relatively untouched corner of the Himalaya and for novices looking for an introduction to Himalayan trekking.

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Your Prices

Curzon’s Trail and the Kuari Pass, India. 16 days, 15 nights
The group will have the use of communal ‘day-rooms’ in the group hotel in Delhi at the beginning of the trip and an overnight stay in a Delhi hotel at the end of the trip.

We will have a total of 4 nights in good standard hotels in Haridwar, Rudraprayag and Rishikesh and 1 night’s basic lodge accommodation in Pipalkoti . On trek there will be a total of 9 nights camping.

Please call us on 0161 703 5819 for latest prices and availability.

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