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Towards Snow-Capped Peaks

North India's awe-inspiring mountains
Holiday information
Nights: 11
Grade: 2-3, with own guide
Terrain: paths and tracks across forested hillsides and valleys
Accommodation: city guesthouse, village guesthouses, tented camp (optional)
Meals: 8 dinners, 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches/picnics
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For a longer adventure, you may wish to combine your exploration of the Saryu Valley 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
  • rewarding walking so close to the great Himalayan peaks
  • awe-inspiring views and magnificent wildlife
  • your own local guide to bring the experiences to life
  • stay at a ridge-top tented camp
  • walk the ‘Path of a Thousand Steps’
  • luggage transported throughout your stay

From the kaleidoscopic chaos of Delhi, this holiday takes you into the foothills of the Himalayas for an exploration of the serenely beautiful Saryu and Pindar Valleys, where you experience timeless ways of life and are welcomed by a charming people whose hospitality you will never forget. Walking from village to village, you become immersed in the lives, traditions and culture of your hosts as you admire the backdrop of waterfalls, glaciers and snow-covered peaks which define your route. For added adventure, you stay overnight in a tented camp at an altitude of 3,000 metres, climbing ever higher into the foothills to reach the lush Pindar Valley.

At Khal Jhuni, the last Indian village before Tibet, we looked down on Himalayan griffon vultures wheeling against the mountainsides and ate our packed lunch of spicy potatoes, pickle and chapatis.
The Guardian, June 2009

Walking in the Saryu Valley, you will be struck by the sense of space, with mountains on a grand scale (you are close to the Tibetan border) and a landscape of steep, cultivated terraces and dense forests which cloak the foothills. The neighbouring Pindar Valley, whose river draws water from the great Pindari Glacier, is closer still to the Himalayas, and provides yet more splendid walking. The routes you undertake amid such dramatic scenery are suitably energetic, but the paths are excellent and there are terrific views across meadow uplands towards the snow-capped peaks of Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi.

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