India Himalayas Trek

Information

Event type
Overseas
Date

Minimum fundraising
£3,450 - Marie Curie helps you with your fundraising target every step of the way.
Registration fee
£250
Minimum age

You must be 18 years old to register for this event.

Contact
0845 052 4184
events@mariecurie.org.uk
Location
Himalayas

Everyone’s heard of the Himalayas, home to nine of the ten highest mountains in the world and some of the most dramatic sights on earth. With our trek you’ll see bustling Delhi, walk through pine tree forests to the stunning Kareri village, navigate the incredible Indrahar Pass and see the granite rock of Lahesh Cave. 

Join us for a challenge you’ll never forget and help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. 

Itinerary
How do we help you?
What’s included
FAQs
Download the brochure and offline registration form
Sign up online

Itinerary 

Day by day, here’s what you and your trekking partners will get up to on your adventure. 

Trek grading: Challenging 

Day 1

Depart UK

This is when your adventure begins, meeting the group at the airport and taking an overnight flight to one of the most unforgettable countries in the world, India.

Day 2 

Delhi - Overnight train to Dharamsala 

You’ll arrive in the buzzing city of Delhi were you’ll be warmly greeted by our friendly local team and meet the rest of the group. You'll be driven up to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy a group meeting to discuss the trek. It’ll be a chance to ask any questions about the trip and India in general. You’ll also meet the local guides who'll lead you on your journey. They’re passionate about India and will be happy to answer questions you might have. 

Later in the evening you’ll transfer to the train station for the overnight journey by sleeper train northwards towards the Himalayas and the town of Pathankot. 

Day 3 

Pathankot - Dharamasala - McLeod Ganj 

We’ll drive you from the station further into the winding countryside and dramatic scenery of Dharamsala to the town of Mcleod Ganj. This is the current site of the exiled Tibetan government which has been expelled from neighbouring China. Once you’ve checked into your hotel we’ll take you to enjoy the town and its musicians, monasteries, monks and numerous colourful cafes and buildings. 

McLeod Ganj is at a height of 2,000m, so you’ll be acclimatising to the higher altitude here while exploring the town. Then we’ll take the group for a delicious dinner in a local restaurant, before having an early night, ready for the start of the first day of trekking first thing in the morning.

Day 4 

McLeod Ganj - Stowari - Kareri Village, five hours’ trekking

 The local team of guides will take you out of town to the settlement of Stowari. You’ll pick up the mountain trail which winds its way northwards through the hills. The first section is mostly downhill, along the valley to the local market bazaar of Ghera. Here we can buy refreshment before crossing the river and following the ridgeline through broken pine trees and scattered boulders. Eventually you’ll break through the rhododendron forest into the village of Kareri, situated deep in the mountains with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. Here you’ll camp for the night and enjoy some rest and dinner.

Day 5 

Kareri Village – Bal, five to six hours’ trekking 

This morning after breakfast at the camp you’ll follow the mountain trail through copses of woods and over bubbling streams, taking in the rugged scenery as you go, heading towards our destination - the settlement of Bal. 

The path is often broken up with boulders so you’ll need to weave your way through, following your lead guide and working as a team to encourage each other as you go. Your reward will be arriving in the afternoon at the campsite, enjoying a cup of tea with the beautiful surroundings, followed by a hearty dinner to keep energy levels high.

Day 6 

Bal - Triund five hours trekking 

Today you’ll trek towards the spectacular campsite at Triund, hidden away in the foothills. In the distance you can just make out the mighty peaks of the Himalayas rising to the north, while to the south are the flat plains stretching southwards towards Delhi. On the walk you’ll likely encounter some of the Gaddi shepherds in the region, descendants of the Rajput people who settled these mountains centuries ago. They are recognisable by their long woollen cloaks (cholas) which are spun by hand from the wool of their nimble but hardy sheep who follow them around the hills. 

Today’s trek will be around five hours of both uphill and downhill trekking, through very picturesque scenery so make sure you have a spare battery in your camera in case yours runs out! You’ll again spend the evening under canvas and enjoy some dinner cooked by the local team.

Day 7 

Bal - Indrahar Pass/Lahesh Cave five hours’ trekking 

You’ll trek towards the mighty pass of Indrahar this morning, passing through some meadows and scattered oak trees. In the morning haze you’ll be possibly even be able to spot musk deer are visible. You’ll begin to climb upwards towards Lahesh Cave, a vast overhang of granite rock which pierces the side of the mountain. Here you’ll set up camp close by in an alpine meadow at the foot of the Indrahar pass. 

The guides will then take you on an hour’s walk up a section of the Indrahar Pass to a lookout point. The beautiful vistas in the surrounding hills are a great way to finish this trek, before you return back to the camp at the caves for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 8 

Lahesh Cave - Dharamkot - McLedod Ganj - Pathankot four hours’ trekking 

Today you’ll trek along the mountain trail back towards Dharamkot. Your last day is spent ascending and descending through forest and broken terrain, which should take around four hours of steady trekking, eventually arriving around midday at the settlement of Dharamkot. 

At Dharamkot we have vehicles to collect you and drive you to the hotel in McLeod Ganj where you can enjoy a hot shower and a bite to eat, relaxing after our successful trekking challenge in the mountains. Later today we’ll drive you to the train station and check into your berths for the overnight journey south to Delhi.

It was all worth it in order to be able to trek for such a good cause. It was a fantastic experience to be challenged both physically with the trek, and also by coming up with creative ways to fundraise for Marie Curie.
Frank Barrett, 2015 trekker

Day 9 

Delhi 

You’ll arrive in the city in the morning and then drive to the central hotel to freshen up. Together with your expert guide the group will head out into the buzz of New and Old Delhi to learn about the astonishing markets, temples, shops and palaces of the city. From the stunning mosque of Jama Masjid to Ghandi’s memorial, to the rickshaws and cows of Old Delhi, there is so much to see in this wonderful capital. Tonight we’ll all meet up for a special meal to celebrate our successful challenge and sample our final taste of Indian cuisine.

Day 10 

Delhi - UK 

This morning you’ll have some free time after breakfast to pick up some last minute souvenirs before we take the entire group back together to the airport. Here you can say goodbye to our guides and bid farewell to India, as we jump on our flight home back to London and the end of our adventure. 

This itinerary is subject to change with any change in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.

This itinerary is complex and subject to change.

How do we help you?  

By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. And when you join us, we’ll help you have a trek you’ll never forget. You’ll get:  

  • training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for your big challenge
  • lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack - if you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out these ideas
  • access to a local community fundraiser who’ll advise you and help you smash your target
  • two Marie Curie representatives who’ll trek the entire way, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
  • we’ll set up a Facebook group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers before the trip starts
  • a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors to help with your gear buying
When I got back home and told all my friends and family about the trek, I realised that whilst celebrating my brother’s memory I had the time of my life. I can’t wait to do it all over again.
Diane Bussell, Marie Curie 2013 and 2015 trekker

What’s included?  

Our treks are designed to make sure you have a fantastic time, so you don’t have to think about the details, just enjoy. The trek includes: 

  • return flights
  • local transfers
  • accommodation
  • an experienced trek leader who’s fully trained and knows the route and sites
  • a doctor in the unlikely event of injury or sickness
  • all meals while trekking

World Expeditions

This challenge is organised through World Expeditions. World Expeditions has been pioneering trips since 1975. Their itineraries give you the best travel experience, designed by people with incredible local knowledge who share a vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach. 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to sign up online?

Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?

Who can take part?

People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 30-40 with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.

The event will be tough and exhilarating, but it will be fantastically rewarding and is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.

How fit do I have to be?

All our trekking challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part - the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure. We will walk approximately 12-14 kilometres per day (7-8 hours).

Will I need specialist kit?

We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.

What is not included in the package?

  • Registration fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Recommended vaccinations
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa

What food and drink will there be?

All meals on the trek will be prepared by our cook and the team. We will have full breakfasts of cereal, bread and eggs. Lunch will include salads, cold meats, bread, cheese, fruit and biscuits. In the evenings we will have a hot meal, usually with three courses consisting of soup, a traditional Indian main course and fruit or dessert. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.

What about vaccinations?

As a guide diphtheria, hepatitis A and typhoid are advisable, and tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP.

How will I be supported?

Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge.

During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle to each camp.

Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,450. A minimum of £2,330* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.

* Based on minimum participant numbers

What will the weather be like?

Average temperatures for the region are between 20°c and 34°c during the day, with cooler temperatures at night. Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for all conditions.

Passports and visas

Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. British passport holders will require a visa to enter India which must be obtained prior to departure. We will send you more information on this nearer the time.

Can I extend my stay?

Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through World Expeditions at an additional cost and subject to availability.

How can I help limit the environmental impact of travelling abroad for this trek?

Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.

What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?

We require the 80% minimum of £2,760 by 21 July 2017. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.

Further Questions

If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0800 716 146 or email events@mariecurie.org.uk.

Downloads

Sorry, online registration is no longer available for this event. If you are still interested in trekking for Marie Curie, take a look at our Burma Trek in May 2018 or our Great Wall of China Trek in October 2018.

For more information, please contact us on events@mariecurie.org.uk or call us on 0845 052 4184.

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