Includes return train and jeep transfers between New Delhi, Munsiari and Kathgodam; all accommodation (based on double occupancy), all meals, guide fees, camping equipment, yak support at higher altitudes.
Does not include beverages (except drinking water, tea), airfares, personal insurance, gratuities.
We will be providing a kit to help you solicit sponsors. The minimum donation we ask you to raise is $500, with a target of $2500.
All donations will help kick start a local initiative to mitigate human-snow leopard conflict in the Kumaon area.
Canadian residents will be able to donate via our partner Kesho Trust and get tax receipts. We will soon have details on a partner organization for US residents.
Dag Goering and/or Maria Coffey will be with you every step of the way, ensuring your safety and comfort, and giving you the best experience possible! On the trek we will be accompanied by two ecologists – and NOLs instructors - who live in the Kumaon, and also by our support team of shepherds and yak herders. They are all skilled in wild high places and will have our safety as their highest priority, both when we are trekking and camping.
It starts in New Delhi, where we meet on Day 1 at a pre arranged place to take a night train to Kathgodam. It ends in New Delhi when we arrive back there after our train ride from Kathgodam.
New Delhi can be reached by various routes and airlines: from the west coast of North America (Vancouver) you can fly via China with China Eastern or China Southern, via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific or Air Canada, via Munich with Lufthansa, via Britain with British Airlines and (Los Angeles) with Asiana via Seoul, and with Virgin Atlantic via London. From New York you can fly direct with Air India.
We will give you hotel recommendations.
We will be walking between 4 and 12 miles a day, over rough ground, at elevations between 2200 metres and 4300 meters (7200 ft to 13,850 ft). We will spend a day and night at 7200 ft at the beginning of the trek to acclimatize. You need a good level of fitness, an ability to walk at these altitudes, and a willingness to camp in the wild.
Simple, plentiful, nutritious and filling.
Not at all, but please let us know in advance, and advise us on what you can’t eat.
Purified drinking water will be provided throughout the trip.
Yes. You can either apply for one ahead of the trip through a visa agency or the nearest Indian embassy.
Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation, is mandatory on all our trips. We also strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
Your routine vaccinations (Tetanus-Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella) should be up to date. In addition, for travel in Africa yellow fever and hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. Please consult your doctor for advice.
Malaria is endemic throughout India, however at the altitudes we will be walking at is rare. Despite this, and because we are travelling through New Delhi, it's recommended to take prophylactic medication and avoid mosquito bites by using an insect repellent. Dengue fever is also present in India and precautions should be taken to avoid mosquito bites.
You will be able to access ATMs in New Delhi. Once on the trek, you will only need local currency for gratuities, and possibly souvenirs from villages along the way.
When you sign up for the trip, we will provide you with a comprehensive clothes and equipment list.
Very simple. For three nights we stay in village homestays, where you will have your own rooms and separate bathrooms. On the trek we stay in domed tents with comfortable mats and warm bedding, and a toilet tent and bucket shower tent will be provided at each location.
Absolutely not. We have many guests who travel with us on their own. They appreciate the camaraderie of our Hidden Places groups, and usually go home with new found friends. If you wish to have your own hotel room, a single supplement applies.