Our itineraries in northern India and Nepal make walking in the Himalayas accessible to all fit walkers – you don’t need to have trained for months with a heavy rucksack on your back (porters will carry your bags), though you will need to be accustomed to fairly energetic day-walks at home, particularly if you opt for the Saryu or Pindar Valleys in India
or the Sailung region in Nepal
, where the paths can be steep and challenging at times. Walking in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
is more leisurely in comparison, along well-used forest paths through pine trees and across terraced hills. In India, there is a degree of flexibility in the itineraries and, once you’ve acclimatised to the altitude, terrain and temperatures, your guide will gauge your ability and tailor the walks to suit your level and preferences (you can help them by discussing your interests).
Walking at Altitude
The highest point that any of our Indian and Nepalese walking holidays reach is 3,150 metres, and most of the time you will be walking considerably lower than this, meaning you are usually a long way below the 3,500 metre point at which symptoms of altitude sickness typically start to appear.
In Sailung in Nepal, the majority of the walking is between altitudes of 1,400 and 2,400 metres. The tented camp in Kholakarka, where you spend one night, is just below 3,000 metres, while the highest point on the holiday is the peak of Sailung (3,146 metres), but you’ll just stay there long enough to appreciate the views. As regards the distances you cover, you generally walk between 8km and 11km, but there are substantial ascents and/or descents each day, ranging from 500 to 1,000 metres. Average walking time is about 4 to 5 hours per day.
In the Saryu and Pindar valleys in India, you walk at altitudes of 2,000 to 3,150 metres, with an optional night spent at a tented camp on a 3,000-metre-high ridge. On average you walk for around 4 hours each day.
In India’s Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, you explore at altitudes of between 1,500 and 2,500 metres, walking for between 3 and 5 hours each day.