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Himalayan Explorer

Binsar, Saryu and Pindar in northern India
Holiday information
Nights: 14
Grade: 2-3, with own guide
Terrain: paths and tracks across forested hillsides and valleys
Accommodation: city guesthouse, mountain lodge, village guesthouses
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches/picnics, 11 dinners
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For a longer adventure, you may wish to combine your exploration of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and Saryu and Pinsar Valleys, with visits to India's most iconic and cultural cities that make up 'The Golden Triangle', Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • stay at the historic Khali Estate, a former colonial residence
  • privately guided walks in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • friendly hospitality in authentic, welcoming guesthouses
  • guided walking in the mountainous Saryu and Pindar Valleys
  • stay in a ridge-top tented camp
  • luggage transported throughout your stay
  • opportunity to explore fascinating Delhi

Where better to start this wonderful adventure than amid the hustle and bustle of noisy, colourful Delhi, which contrasts hugely with the calm and serenity of the mountain communities of the Himalayan foothills in northern India? Discover the tranquil villages of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary hidden away in the remote Kumaon Hills, before travelling further north to explore the more Tibetan-influenced Saryu and Pindar Valleys. With your own guide, you walk from village to village, becoming immersed in the lives, traditions and culture of your welcoming hosts, with plenty of time to linger in the forests, where waterfalls cascade from the snow-covered peaks all around you. As you walk from the Saryu Valley to the villages of Pindar, you have an added adventure when you stay overnight in a comfortable tented camp at an altitude of 3,000 metres. This is highly rewarding experience which offers remarkable and truly unforgettable views, most particularly at sunset and sunrise.

What an amazing night at the tented camp - a black sky illuminated with shooting stars, and spectacular, crystal-clear views of the Himalayas by day - unforgettable!

The walking in our two chosen areas may offer a markedly different experience, but common to both regions is the splendour of the backdrop – the far-reaching views are awe-inspiring. Enticing footpaths in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary wind through forests of pine and oak, linking pretty villages while offering tantalising glimpses of little farms that nestle on the steeply terraced hillsides. Bird and animal life is rich and diverse, including eagles and vultures soaring on thermal updrafts, their sharp eyes scouring the dense forests below where deer hide and leopards lurk. In the higher Saryu and Pindar Valleys, there is a greater sense of space, with more energetic routes leading up slopes and across meadows beneath the snow-capped peaks of Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi.

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