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The Complete Himalayan.

14 Nights, 6 Days Walking

Awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

Holiday Highlights

An extraordinary walking journey, from the secret wooded hills of the Binsar Sanctuary up into the Saryu and Pindar valleys with their awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayan peaks. With your own guide, you discover amazing places, and welcoming communities.

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Itinerary | Day by Day

We look after you from the moment of your arrival at Delhi airport. Your holiday includes transfers and rail journeys to the hills, accommodation in the village guesthouses and at Khali Estate with all meals provided and your own guide through the hills. We have devised each of our holidays to provide a good balance between activity and relaxation; please feel free to tailor your holiday to your exact requirements.

DAY 1 | Outward Journey

Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to Delhi guesthouse for overnight stay.

DAY 2

Transfer to New Delhi station for early morning train to Kathgodam. A road transfer takes you from Kathgodam to Khali Estate, for a relaxing stay in, a double room garden bungalow.

Day 3 - Day 7 | Walking the Binsar Hills

From Khali, head through the pine forest to spend the next five nights visiting the Binsar villages, walking from village to village and experiencing at first hand the rhythm of village life in the Sanctuary. You will pass through dense oak and rhododendron forests, with temptong glimpses of valleys below. Another day you may descend gently through broad terraced farmland, to the movement and sounds of the villagers at work. You stay in four of the Binsar villages, with two nights spent in one village.

Day 8 | Exploring the Saryu & Pindar Valleys

After breakfast continue your journey to the first village in the Saryu or Pindar Valley – by road 5hrs, lunch en route. Walk from the road-head to the village (1.5 hrs). Relax and dinner, meet your guide to discuss the days ahead. Overnight in village guesthouse.

Day 9 - Day 14 

Spend the next six days walking between and staying in the Pindar villages of Kati and Dhurr and the Saryu villages of Jhuni, Khal Jhuni and Supi. You will spend two nights in two of the villages and enjoy a night under the stars at the tented camp of Jakuni Bhugiyal.

Your walks will take you through alpine pastures and rhododendron forest, with stunning open views of the high Himalayan peaks. The walking here is slightly more demanding than in Binsar, but on good terrain with spectacular scenery. Discover the wonderful Path of a Thousand Steps and marvel as you cross from Saryu to Pindar and feel that you are up close to the high peaks; the views from Dhurr are particularly special. 

Day 15 | Homeward Journey

Return by road to Khali Estate for another night’s stay.

Day 16

Transfer to Kathgodam in time to catch the day train to Delhi. Meet at New Delhi station and transfer to guesthouse for an overnight stay.

Day 17

Transfer to Delhi airport for homeward flight.

The Complete Himalayan.

14 Nights
£ 1,100 per person
  • All meals at Khali Estate and in the villages
  • B&B in Delhi Guest house
  • Guide and Porter services
  • Picnic lunches
  • GST
Popular
HOLIDAY PRICES per person
SEASONS
PARTY 2-3
 PARTY 4-6

15/09/21-30/11/21

£1,290 

£1,000

1/12/21-28/2/22

£1,240

£970  

01/03/22-30/04/22 

£1,300

£1,020

01/05/22- 31/5/2022

£1,220

£940

15/09/2022-15/12/2022 

£1,320

£1,030

"One of our personal highlights was meeting all the local people in the Binsar Sanctuary. Everyone at Khali estate, our guides and all the local villagers were extremely welcoming, generous, kind and informative. We felt extremely well looked after, with no shortage of amazing food and tea. Meeting all these people really made the trip an amazing experience for us."
5/5

Moderate walking

Mixed Terrain

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Where In India?

ABOUT THE BINSAR SANCTUARY AND THE VILLAGES

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Binsar lies in the Himalayan foothills at the centre of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand State. It lies about 20 km from the district capital of Almora. Binsar is named after the Bineshwar temple. Binsar comprises sequence of steep, pine-clad and terraced hills with picturesque villages clinging to their sides. Elevations range from around 1,200 m in the main valleys, rising up to 2,500 m at the ‘Zero Point’ summit. Binsar is overlooked by the great snow-capped, majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Trisul and Panchachuli. Binsar occupies a special place in Village Ways history. It is where, from 2002, we developed the concept of establishing community- based holidays in partnership with villagers in the neighbourhood of Khali Estate. In 2003-04 five villages joined Village Ways in this pilot project: Risal, Gonap, Satri, Dalar and Kathdhara. A sixth village, Matkanya, joined later in 2012.