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Out of approximately 2500 km of the entire Himalayan range over 1300 km is within Indian borders and includes kashmir, ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and North East frontier states. The Indian Himalayas are situated almost at the centre of the great Himalayan chain with over 200 named and unnamed peaks and Mt.Nandadevi 7916 meters being the highest. This is a delightful region of soaring peaks, glistening glaciers, forested hills, flower strewn meadows, deeply refered temples and very friendly simple people.The legendary Ganges (Ganga) orginates in the Garhwal Himalayas. Four of the most sacred Hindu shrines Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnth and Badrinath, all in the Garhwal Himalayas are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.


Surrounded by Tibet in the north east, Nepal in the east and Ladakh in the north west, the great Indian Himalayas has several wilderness trails through dense forests of Cedar, Oak, Pine and Rhododendron that harbour a large variety of Himalayan fauna. These leads to lush verdant valleys and undulating green meadows carpeted with alpine flowers in summers. The blue and Emerald lakes , magestic waterfalls, meandering rivers, rich thick forests, incredible mountains, green valleys and a wide range of flora and fauna, including birds and butterflies provides a glorious combination. People living in Himachal Pradesh and Garhwal and kumaon are basically farmers and are very simple, friendly and god fearing. This can be measured by number of temples and deities they worship. In the lower valleys they have terraced farm fields; higher up they take their herds of goates , sheep and buffaloes for grazing in the summer. Most of the people in the upper valleys are shepherds and are used to scrambling about on steep hillsides, so they make excellent porters.

There used to be extensive trade with Tibet through Niti, Mana and Polamsunda passes until about 35 years ago but now with politically strained relations between India and China, there is no further trade link with Tibet.

Most of this region was closed for tourist activities for more than three decades and therefore now has tremendous potential for adventure. As compared with some of the overcrowded parts of the Himalayas , the camp sites over here are clean and so are the water points. Some of the villages in the Indian Himalayan regions and tribal areas are vertually untouched by modern influences and developments and life is lived there as it was lived centuries ago!!

(Rishikesh the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and Simla or Kullu Gateway to the Himachal Pradesh Himalayas can easily be reached by overnight train , a 6 hours drive or a 45 minutes flight from New Delhi the capital of India. Dharamsala (Macleodganj) , the Tibetan Government in exile and the home of Dalai lama is just about 6 hours drive from Simla).

Garhwal and Kumaon:

This portion of the 2500KM Himalayan range in the state of Uttarakhand is the newest section of the Himalayas opened to foreigners. Known for thousands of years to Hindu pilgrims seeking salvation this area is relatively new to tourism. Still unstressed by the commercialism of excessive tourism, this is perhaps the most beautiful, remote and unspoilt areas of the Himalayan range. This section is dotted with over two hundred mountain peaks, lorded over by the mighty 7916M Mount Nanda Devi (25727Ft).

These 650 KM, the central section of the Himalayas, borders Tibet in the North, and Nepal in the East. This towering Himalayn range feeds the massive snow fed rivers Tons in the West, the Kali in the east and the Ganga, Yamuna in the central region. The trails in these mountains overlook lush verdant valleys, undulating green meadows alpine flowers. Through the Deodar, Cypress, pine and oak forests roaring waterfalls and clear blue lakes the trekker shares the forest with countless birds and butterflies, bears and deer, leopards and elk and yaks.

Best Time to Visit

Uttarakhand is a year round travel destination except during the monsoon. The monsoon begins mid July and lasts for about two months till Mid-September.

Summers permit treks upto altitudes as high as 5500 metres. In winter the Himalayas experience very heavy snows (The largest amount of Ice and snow outside if the poles is in the Himalayas!). Trekking is limited to an altitude of about 3500 meters. The vistas are gorgeous with snow covered lands, blue sky and lots of sun.

For wildlife safaris and River rafting, October till May is the best time. The rivers are swollen with the monsoon waters rolling off the mountains, The grass is lush and the animals are everywhere gorging on the bounty the monsoon has brought.

Himachal Pradesh is an Indian state in the north-west of India. Himachal Pradesh is spread over 55,780 square kilometers. It is bordered by the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir on north, the farmlands of the state of Punjab in the west and the south-west. The States of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are to the South while Uttarakhand forms the Southeastern Border, and Tibet and China border the east. Himachal Pradesh translated means “ Land of snows” and is a cold wonderland. Himachal Pradesh is a very beautiful land, with dark gorges, stately pine forests and manicured tea gardens. The Dhauladhar range in the north and the Shivalik hills further south stand guard over the state of Himachal Pradesh. This is a land of contrasts, a land of faith and religion, war and monarchs, religious ceremony and fierce epic battles. The land is dotted with forts and monuments, with ancient Buddhist monastries and temples. Its called the valley of the Gods. The social whirl of Simla. The invigorating hot springs at Vashisht, Tattapani and Manikaran. The thrill of the angler in landing a splendid trout in the Beas or the Indian fish Mahasir in the Yamuna and Giri rivers. The Dalai Lama of Tibet lives in Himachal Pradesh from where he leads the Tibetan faithful. Macleodganj where he has lived since fleeing Tibet almost a half century ago has become a pilgrimage centre for Tibetans living in India!!

Best Time to Visit

Himachal Pradesh has visitors travelling to it year round. In winter however there is no trekking due to the huge snow falls in the state. In those months visitors go for the sights and cultural tours. Trekking is restricted to the summer months starting from April and continuing into October.

Ladakh:

Located in the Western Himalayas and in the Karakoram mountains, Ladakh is fed by the headwaters of the Indus across a distance of 460 km. On the West of Ladakh is Kashmir. In the North lies the trans Himalayan portion of the State of Jammu and Kashmir covered by the Kargil range. To the south of this Kargill range are the Karakoram mountains. Ladakh lies South of these mountains with Holy Tibet in the east. To the South of Ladakh are the Himachal Districts of Lahaul and Spiti, and to the north the Chinese districts of Yarkand, Kashgar and Khotan. Further north are Chilas, Darel, Gilgit Hunza, Yagistan and Chitral. Ladakh is known as the “Desert of the Himalayas”.

Ladakh, “Little Tibet” as it is known is one of the most remote areas of India, lying to the north of the Himalaya on the Tibetan Plateau and to the south of the Karakorams. This high mountain desert has remained isolated for centuries to the outside world due to its inaccessibility, and the strategic position it occupies in the northern frontier. Ladakh has a rich cultural and religious heritage as can be seen from the centuries old monasteries, some of them built on sheer cliffs and still actively functioning. Ladakh offers the tourists not only monasteries to visit, but also some rare sights like the expansive high altitude lakes of Tsomoriri surrounded by snow capped mountains at an altitude of 4600 meters ; the 40 mile long Pangong Lake 1/3rd of which lies in Tibet; and the Nubra valley which you reach after crossing Khardungla (5600 meters) the world’s highest motorable pass.

The whole culture of Tibet and Ladakh is inspired by religion. Ladakh has the largest concentration of Buddhists in India. Ladakhis belong to the Tibetan race with an admixture of the Aryans. Scattered over the region, there are over 239 villages in Ladakh in the area of 96300 sq km bare crags and granite dust, soaring peaks giving the eerie effect of both elevation and isolation. Midst the endless mile after mile of sun beaten and windswept mountains, there is no sign of a human being, bird or even tree. In a region like this and a religion built on endless warfare between good and evil, one would expect the people to be gloomy and devil ridden but they are the reverse, known for their cheerful , honesty and hard work. Like Tibetans , they are a happy little people full of child like humour, grateful for any opportunity to laugh!! You get an insight into the simple lifestyle of these happy people and understand their culture in an environment of wild beauty.

Trekking is an extra ordinary experience in ladkah. The treks from Spituk to the Markha valley and Lamayuru gompa to Chiling village alongside the Zanskar River are the most popular treks in the region. Another trek route is from Likir to Temisgam. Treks are open from the June end upto mid October. However in october it starts getting very cold. The passes for trekking are as high as 5,000 m in altitude. Besides trekking, polo is also equally popular in Leh. From July to September, one might also take fun of rafting in the Zanskar River. A white water river rafting expedition along the 26-kilometre stretch from Fhey to Nimo along the mighty Indus River is a thrilling experience. It is the highest river rafting point in the world. The high altitudes and the surrounding mountains make Ladakh an ideal spot for paragliding, mountaineering and trekking.

We can provide trekking options range from short, day-long walks up and down mountain slopes to visit monuments or monastic settlements (or across a ridge to enjoy the sheer beauty of the lunar landscape), or long, trans-mountain treks involving weeks of walking and camping in the wilderness. Leh is directly connected to Delhi through regular flights. There is an overland route to Leh-the road from Manali which is operative from July to September.

Best season

Due to very high altitude of Ladakh, the visiting season is confined to only four months. It is best to visit between Mid-June and Mid-September. The rest of the year Ladakh is freezing cold and covered in snow.

Grading of the tours

Once we hear from you with your queries for trekking/adventure trip in a particular region, we shall be pleased to send you the programme along with our grading. All our trekking tours are graded and should be taken as a guide line only. Our grades take into account a combination of the distance walked , the toughness of the terrain, the altitude, the remoteness, climate and the overall length of the whole tour and the degree of comfort to be expected. This all will be incorporated with our programs sent to you.

When you are sending your trekking queries , please let us know what grade trekking holiday you are looking for.

In order to make it easier for you our trek gradings are as follows:

  Easy : - For anyone of any age. Plenty of stops and time to enjoy the local scenery. The trip will not solely consist of walking each day but allowing time for sightseeing and touring the area using the transport .
 Moderate : - For anyone who is a 'regular" hill walker and is looking forward walking on rugged terrain on longer stretches.
 Fairly strenuous : - This is for the keen hill walker. Trekking is sustained, often involving high mountain passes, but still with plenty of time for rest and relaxation at the end.
 Strenuous and at time challenging : - These trips are meant for real physically fit people with lots of experience in the high mountains and who are willing to rough it out under adverse conditions.