Dalai Lama Trek Northern India31st Oct 2024
Starting with a free day to discover Delhi, including the 17th Century Red Fort, we'll take an exciting sleeper train to Pathankot and lace up our hiking boots in Dharamsala, the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama.
We'll wake amidst the mountains for yoga and meditation, hike through pine and rhododendron forests and cross suspension bridges over fresh-water streams.
Making friends with the locals as we go, we'll taste freshly brewed Indian Chai Masala, encounter friendly Gaddi Tribe villages and breathe in the tranquillity of life in the mountains.
We'll finish this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with a sleeper train to Agra to discover the world-famous Taj Mahal!
Distances are moderate but as you would expect in the hills of Northern India there are some challenging elevations. You will reach a maximum of 3,550 m above sea level which can cause altitude sickness for some people. For comparison, Mt. Kili summit is 5,895 m above sea level. Terrain will be varied but moderate as will temperatures, which are cool on some days but the trek will keep you warm!
registration fee (payable today)£87.25
Goa Extension 11 Nov 2024£699
What to Expect
- Explore the stark contrasts between Olde Delhi and the Imperial New Delhi.
- Take an overnight sleeper train.
- Start your spiritual challenge in Dharamsala, the home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama.
- Trek 62 km over 5 days in the mountainous landscape of Northern India. End your trip in Agra at the world-famous Taj Mahal.
Day by Day Itinerary
London - Delhi
We first meet at the airport in London, where we catch our overnight flight to Delhi. Touching down in India on Day 2, our local challenge guides greet us and we transfer together to a nearby hotel. Once checked in, you’re free to relax or explore the amazing city of Delhi as you wish.
The labyrinth of narrow lanes and mosques that make up Old Delhi makes a stark contrast to the spacious tree-lined avenues and government buildings of the imperial city, New Delhi. Why not take a trip to the 17th Century Red Fort, one of Old Delhi’s must-see tourist sites? You can also check out New Delhi’s India Gate, or wander around the vibrant shopping streets, soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of the city.
To give you more flexibility on this free day, your lunch is not included, so you’ll need to arrange it yourself – the perfect opportunity to try a real Indian curry in one of Delhi’s many restaurants.
We return to the hotel for dinner, before transferring to the bustling railway station, where we board the overnight sleeper train to Pathankot.
This trek is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this challenge will have a low level of fitness level when they sign up.
This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, improve your own mental and physical health and make a difference for the charity that means the most to you.
We strongly recommend you train for the trek as we’ll face long days on our feet, encounter steep climbs in the Indian Himalayas and tackle a lot of uneven terrains, and the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy it.
Once you register for Trek Northern India, we’ll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you’ll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for Patagonia.
Please invest in a pair of quality hiking boots with ankle support to wear during your training and on your trek in the Indian Himalayas, as these are essential for walking on uneven terrain. We also recommend incorporating hills in your training treks.