Upon arrival you will be transferred to the group hotel. The remainder of the day is free for personal exploration of this exciting city.
Note: If you are arriving in Delhi on a late night flight, you may like to arrive the day before the trip commences. Please talk to your World Expeditions reservations consultant or travel agent for pretour accommodation options.
The train to Haridwar takes around five hours. It is one of India’s most modern trains and you will be served breakfast and snacks during your journey. On arrival at Haridwar we drive alongside the course of the Ganges as we slowly ascend through the Himalayan foothills to reach our comfortable hotel in the Garhwal region.
From Rudraprayag we drive to Ghat (2 hours) where we change vehicles to drive up the mountainside to the village of Gorli. That afternoon we undertake optional walks into the nearby villages or visit the local school at Gorli (2345 metres).
We head off with a short one hour climb to a meadow to gain uninterrupted views of Trisul and you’re your first views of the high Himalaya. We continue our ascend to a forested ridge that marks the watershed between the Nandakani and the Birthi Ganga valleys. From the ridge you appreciate the lie of the land and the direction towards the Kuari Pass and the villages we pass through in the next few days. The descent to the alpine camp (2850 metres) takes no more than an hour from where we gain remarkable views of the snow-capped peaks at the head of the Brithi Ganga Valley.
There is a steady descend through forest and a series of meadows that afford further magnificent views across the Birthi Ganga Valley. The trails winds down through magnificent mixed forest to the village of Jhangi (2000 metres). The rest of the day is free to explore the village and the nearby forest trails.
An early start as the climb from the Brithi Ganga catches the morning sun. However the first couple of hours are tiring as we ascend steeply in places to avoid most of the recent road development that will eventually extend to the village of Pana. Once the climb is over a feeling of normality returns to the trek as we follow the established trail to Pana 2450 (metres). This stage ds however have a sting in the tail, as our camp is located approximately 400 metres above the main village on a grassy plateau that affords fine views across the village and settlements of the Brithi Ganga.
A day to savour as we head through mixed forest to the open meadow at Sutoli that affords clear views of the Kuari Pass and our camp at Dakwani. From the meadow we gradually descend through rhododendron and oak forest to a tumbling waterfall (2515 metres). After a well-earned break we ascend a forested ridge for one hour before rounding the contours and completing a short steep ascent to our camp at Dakwani (3200 metres) in striking distance of the pass.
From camp we ascend through forest to the base of the Kuari Pass. At first sight the ascent to the pass looks daunting – however the series of zig zags makes the ascent far easier than it looks and in less than two hours you will reach the crest of the pass. Nothing can quite prepare you for the magnificent views that greet you from the pass. The peaks on the far side of Joshimath include Chaukhamba 1 (7138 metres) as well as Nilkanth (6596 metres) while the peaks of the Zanskar Range, including Mana Peak (7272 metres), Kamet (7756 metres) and Abl Gamin (7355 metres) extend to the borderlands of Tibet. In the middle foreground the main Himalaya chain in the vicinity of the Bhyundar valley (Valley of the Flowers) includes Nilgiri Parbat (6474 metres), Rataban (6166 metres), Ghori Parbat (6708 metres) and Hathi Parbat (6727 metres) while Dunagiri (7066 metres) dominates the peaks to the north of the Nanda Devi sanctuary that also includes Changabang (6864 metres) and Kalanka (6931 metres). It is not surprising that British climbers and trekkers rated this as the most spectacular viewpoint in the entire Indian Himalaya! From the crest of the pass we ascend (yes ascend) to a ridge before establishing camp (3530 metres) in a secluded meadow.
An exhilarating day. Early morning (pre breakfast) we retrace our steps to ascend a ridge above our camp to gain sunrise views across the mountains. We then have the opportunity to trek along the ridge with the possibility of viewing the distinctive twin peaks of Nanda Devi (7816 metres) the highest mountain located in the Indian Himalaya (as opposed to Kangchenjunga (8586 metres) that straddles the border between India and Nepal).
A relatively easy day. We follow a trail that winds across the ridges with fine views across to the mountains to reach the meadow at Chitranganta. After a break to take in the towering Chaukhamba range and a host of nearby peaks we enter a magnificent mixed forest to our camp set in a secluded clearing (3200 metres).
The final days trek can be completed in a couple of hours as we descend through the meadows to the popular ski resort at Auli. After bidding goodbye to our staff and pony attendants we drive through Joshimath to Rudraprayag.
We drive to Haridwar taking time out en route to visit Rishikesh alongside this sacred section of the Ganges River, before boarding there evening train from Haridwar to Delhi.
This morning your trip concludes with a a transfer to the airport.