Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|11 October - 22 October 2019||On Sale|
Trek through the stunning Himalayas and raise funds for the charity of your choice on this incredible Indian experience. This epic itinerary entails five days of trekking, starting in Dharamsala, the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama.
We'll walk through spectacular landscapes and sleep under the stars in remote mountain camps as we head for our finish line at Laka Got (3,550 m), well above the Himalaya snow-line. This amazing Indian adventure culminates with a visit to the breath-taking Taj Mahal in Agra.
Don't want to fundraise? No worries.
This trek is an Open Challenge – this means you have the option to self fund your participation and there is no minimum fundraising requirement. You are, of course, more than welcome to commit to a minimum sponsorship target instead and fundraise for a charity or hospice of your choice; but it's completely up to you.
Spaces for the Dalai Lama Trek India Trek 2019 are going like hot samosas so secure your place today to avoid missing out on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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Get all the information you need about the Dalai Lama Trek India 2019, including the itinerary, FAQs, some gorgeous photos and more in our challenge info pack.
After an overnight flight from London Heathrow, we’re met by our local guides at Delhi airport. We transfer by coach to a nearby hotel, where we can freshen up before independently exploring the city. Delhi is a city of contrasts that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes and mosques. The imperial city of New Delhi, created by the British Raj, is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. You may wish to take a taxi to visit the 17th Century Red Fort, one of Old Delhi’s must-see tourist sites, New Delhi’s India Gate, or wander around the vibrant shopping streets. We return to the hotel for dinner, before transferring to the bustling railway station, where we board the overnight sleeper train to Pathankot.
We arrive in Pathankot in early morning and board our buses for the transfer to Dharamsala, the spiritual home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Our buses wind their way through the narrow streets to our hotel in Macloed Ganj (Upper Dharamsala). On arrival, we have some free time to explore this fascinating town. You can browse the many gift shops, haggle with the Tibetan street traders or visit the spiritual sanctuary of the Dalai Lama’s residence. We meet later in the evening for dinner and a briefing for the start of our challenge.
After breakfast, we have a short transfer to Satobari Village to begin our challenge. Today, we trek through several Ghadi tribal villages, where we gain an insight into the agricultural lifestyle of the local population. We pass farmers moving their livestock and children walking to and from their schools. Our campsite lies in a picturesque valley next to a river in a very peaceful place away from the village.
We continue ascending today on a trail that leads us through more charming villages and across beautiful open meadows and pine forests on the way. Just before lunch we cross a suspension bridge and at lunchtime, we make a short descent to have our picnic by a mountain stream. After lunch, we continue climbing until we reach our overnight camp at Bal.
This morning, we cross the bridge, before ascending through rhododendron and pine forests. We soon come across the local ‘chai’ (tea) shop, where we take a rest and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. We may spot the Gaddi Tribal people leading their cattle up to the high pastures of Lak and Triund. Continuing our ascent after lunch, we finally reach our camp on a meadow at Triund, which faces the breath-taking, permanently snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhur mountain range. The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises spectacularly from the Indian plains to the north of Kangra. The highest peak in the range is the Hanuman ji Ka Tiba, or 'White Mountain', referred to as the 'Dhauladhar Matterhorn’, about 5,639 m high.
Our trek today is a challenging ascent to see the fascinating Laka Got, which lies at the tip of a glacier. Across the glacier, we can see Lahes Cave, an overnight shelter used by the shepherds when travelling over the mountains with their sheep. We return to our camp at Triund for our last night under a clear night sky. Look out for shooting stars!
Following breakfast at the campsite, we trek over a grassy ridge and catch a final unrestricted view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Our trek continues with a steep descent to the Bahgsu Nallaha stream, which we cross by hopping over the boulders with help from our guides. We push on towards Bhagsu Nag, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bhagsu Nag, the snake god. A freshwater spring, in which pilgrims take a holy dip, flows through the temple. We continue to our finish line at Dharamsala.
Today is yours to spend as you wish, exploring the beautiful mountainous area of Macloed Ganj. Get your culture fix by visiting the Dalai Lama’s temple, Tsuglagkhang with its stunning Buddhist statues. Other sites you might want to check out include the Namgyal Monastery and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. This evening, we enjoy our well-deserved celebratory dinner and the chance to reflect on our achievements.
We have a free morning to further explore this magical town. Why not visit the Tibetan market or take a visit to one of the majestic monasteries? This afternoon, we transfer back to Pathankot train station to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Delhi.
We arrive in Delhi and hop onto our waiting buses to Agra, where we check into our overnight hotel. Later, we visit the world-famous Taj Mahal. Built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in loving memory of his wife, this iconic landmark is a symbol of undying love.
We have a very early transfer back to Delhi, where we catch our flight back to the UK.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship amount for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
This challenge 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 on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up for the Dalai Lama Trek on their own. Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the Dalai Lama Trek India 2019. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. We'll supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
This challenge includes a whole mix of accommodation, from camping in the mountains to traditional Indian hotels and even two exciting nights on a sleeper train.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity trek in India. You will need to apply for a visa to obtain entry into India, we will send you all the relevant information and forms in plenty of time.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.