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The Complete Himalayan.
15 Nights, 6 Days Walking
Awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.
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.
Itinerary | Day by Day
DAY 1 | Outward Journey
Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to Delhi guesthouse for overnight stay.
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 13
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 14 | Homeward Journey
Return by road to Khali Estate for another night’s stay.
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.
Hills and valleys of Binsar
Spend five days in the wonderful Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, walking from village to village and experiencing at first hand the rhythm of village life in the sanctuary. Each day brings fresh surprises and delights. You walk on ancient paths through valleys clad in pine forest and terraced fields, passing women carrying head loads of grass or tending to their flocks of goats, with glimpses of the magnificant Himalayas as you walk.
Wonderful wildlife and abundant birds
Binsar is a wonderful place to discover wildlife. The valleys are alive with birdsong and as you walk you hear the tinkle of goat bells or the cry of the barking deer, alerting to a leopard. Your guide helps you to spot deer, langur monkeys and a variety of birdlife, as well as looking for signs of wild boar, porcupine, pine martens and the elusive leopard.
The high hills
From Binsar you are transferred north to spend seven days in the charming villages of the Saryu and Pindar Valleys, closer still to the Himalayas, with sensational views stretching beyond wide meadows and forested hills. The walks between the villages of Saryu and Pindar are quite extraordinary. The forests abound with birds, including soaring serpent eagles and you may even see wild boar, foxes and bear. You also have time to relax and enjoy the bustle of village life, get to know the communities and admire the awesome mountain views.
A night under the stars
A night under the stars at the tented camp at Jaikuni is a real highlight of our trips to the Himalaya. Perched on the ridge separating the Saryu and Pindar valleys, Jaikuni provides a stunning balcony view on to the range of the Indian Himalayas. Waking up to the sunrise over the mountains – which feel so close you want to touch them – is a really special experience.
Stretch your legs
You are privately guided throughout your stay in the hills. In Binsar, the walking is along small, well-used paths through forest and across terraced fields, with steep sections at times but manageable. In Saryu and Pindar the walks are more leg-stretching, with some long and steep gradients but incredibly rewarding open views across the alpine meadows to the great Himalayan peaks.
The Complete Himalayan.14 Nights
All meals at Khali Estate and in the villages
B&B in Delhi Guest house
Guide and Porter services
HOLIDAY PRICES per person