Travel number: 22
North India Tour with 3 Days Himalaya Trek
19 days Multi Active Cultural Tours
Number of participants: from one person
Requirements: 3 von 10
Traveling through India is always intense. Please be open-minded and flexible so you can enjoy the most. Some of the transfers can be a bit long, but the private car with driver makes the journey more comfortable. The Brighu Lake Trek is a moderate Trek up to 4200 m. You should have a good fitness level.
A wonderful tour through the north of India by private car with driver and Tour Guide. You will get to know some very beautiful cultural and religious places and at the same time experience the mountain world in the form of a trek.
We begin the journey in Delhi with a visit to the Muslim-influenced Old Delhi and the more modern New Delhi. Next we will marvel at the Golden Temple of the Sikhs in Amritsar and explore the Buddhist-influenced village of McLeod Ganj (Dharamshala). Here the Dalai Lama has his government in exile. We continue to the Kullu Valley: the Valley of the 100 Gods. Here we enjoy the mountains during our trek to the holy Brighu Lake. Next we travel to the former summer residence of the British: Shimla. Due to the colonial period, Shimla has many Christian churches and a Tudor and New Gothic architectural style. The ride by Toy Train down to the flats through hundreds of tunnels and above countless bridges is another fun highlight! The ending point of our trip is our visit of Rishikesh and Haridwar. At these sacred pilgrimage sites, the Ganges leaves the high Himalayas. There are countless temples and ashrams and if you like, you can take a dip in the Ganges yourself.
Day 1 Arrival in Delhi
You arew elcomed by your guide and driver at the airport and they will bring you to your hotel (overnight stay at the hotel). -/-/-
Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing
This morning we visit Old Delhi with its narrow streets, the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort in the form of a guided bike tour! In the afternoon we go on a tour of New Delhi with rickshaw and metro! (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 3 Delhi-Amritsar
We drive to Amritsar for about six hours. In the afternoon we visit at the Golden Temple, participate in the charitable community work and will enjoy the free common meal, which is served to all pilgrims 24 hours a day. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 4 Amritsar Sightseeing
Today we visit Amritsar with the park and various temples. We also drive to the Pakistani border in the afternoon to take part in the border closure ceremony. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 5 Drive to Dharamshala
It goes to the Himalayas. after a five-hour drive we reach Dharamshala. The place is located on the Dhauladar mountain range of the Himalayas. Since 1960, it has been the Dalai Lama’s temporary seat of government. Dharamshala gained fame and is also known as “the little Lhasa in India”. It is a popular destination for those who want to study Tibetan Buddhism, culture and art. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 6 Visit Dharamshalas
We visit the Dalai Lama Temple and the Tibetan Museum. Then we walk to Bagshu to a waterfall. In the evening we can take part in a Momo cooking course. Momos are steamed dough bags and a Tibetan specialty. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 7 Day Hike
Today we hike to the green viewpoint Triund. It goes uphill for about 3 hours. From here we can enjoy a fantastic view in all directions before descending again. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-
Day 8 Drive to Manali
It goes for about 7 hours through the Himalayas to the outdoor sports resort Manali. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 9 Manali Sightseeing
We visit Manali’s main sights through a walk. We visit the famous Hadimba Temple and Vaschisht, a neighboring village with natural hot sulfur springs that invite you to a bath. At the end of our tour we visit a local family and can learn more about their everyday life with a cup of tea. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 10 Cooking class and shopping or optional rafting, mountain biking, climbing
In the morning we take part in an Indian cooking class and enjoy our homemade lunch. The afternoon is free. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 11 3 Days Brighu Lake Trek starts
Lake Brighu is a very famous sacred lake located 2000 meters above the village of Vashisht, on the right side of the Rothang Pass.
Legend has it, that Brighu Rishi meditated here and many local deities took a dip in the sacred waters of the lake. The most famous of them was Guru Vashisht, who made a pilgrimage to the lake at least once every two to three years.
And even today, many locals set out on the steep ascent of Vashisht to visit the holy place once a year!
A forest of oaks and fir trees surrounds Gulaba, the place from which our trek starts. Later we continue over green pastures and through Rhododendron. Maybe we’re lucky and spot the giant vultures!
Today we drive from Manali to Gulaba (1 hour), then we hike up to Raualikholi (3770 m) for 3-4 hours. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 12 Raualikholi to Brighu Lake (4268 m) to Panduropa (3450 m) 5-6 hours
Initially, it goes up steeply to the lake at 4268 meters. After that it goes downhill. The views of the breathtaking Dhaula Dhar mountain range with its snow-capped mountains reward you for your effort! In the evening we make a campfire. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 13 Panduropa to Vashisht (2300 m) 5 hours descent, then transfer to Manali
It goes down through deep forests and green pastures quite steeply.
Today we reach the village of Vashisht. Here the hot sulfur springs invite for a bath! (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-
Day 14 Drive to Shimla
We take the scenic route over the Jalori Pass to Shimla (8 Hours). Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and was declared the summer capital of the British Raj. The mountain station is a popular tourist destination for Indians as well as foreigners and is often called “The Queen of the Mountains”. At an altitude of 2205 meters and surrounded by pine forests, rhododendron and oaks, Shimla has pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. The city is famous for its Tudor and Neo-Gothic buildings. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-
Day 15 Shimla Sightseeing
A day in Shimla: We visit the Indian Institute of Advances Studies, the Jakho Temple and the British Viceroy. Optionally, mountain bikes can also be rented for a small round trip. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 16 With the Kalka- Shimla Toy Train for 7 hours to Kalka, from Kalka to Rishikesh
Today it goes down with the famous “narrow gauge train” over 864 bridges and through 102 long tunnels built at the time of British rule. In the evening we reach the holy place Rishikesh. If we are lucky and some rooms are vacant, we can stay in a small yoga ashram for the next few days and participate in yoga classes and meals. (Overnight stay at ashram or hotel) B/-/-
Day 17 Yoga in Rishikesh and visit the waterfall
In the morning we can participate in a yoga class. Afterwards we hike to a waterfall. In the afternoon we explore Rishikesh and in the evening we take part in the fire ceremony. (Overnight stay at ashram or hotel) B/-/-
Day 18 Yoga, Rafting and Rishikesh Sightseeing
The day starts with yoga. After that we go to rafting. The afternoon is free. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-
Day 19 Trip to Delhi
We drive back to Delhi for 4 hours. Depending on your travel plans, we check in at the hotel for one night or go directly to the airport B/-/-
- 17 x overnight stay in a typical mid-class hotel with breakfast (In Rishikesh Optional in ashram with full board)
- 3 days trekking tour to Lake Bhrighu with full catering and Equipment
- For entire tour air-conditioned car and driver
- guided bike tour in Delhi
- Border Closure Ceremony
- Momo Cooking Course
- 1 x guided hike to Triund with lunch
- 1 x 3 hour Indian cooking class
- 1 x ride on the Toy Train from Shimla to Kalka
- 2 x Yoga in the morning in Rhishikesh
- 1 x hike to the waterfall in Rishikesh
- 1x Rafting Tour
- Tour Guide
- international flight
- unmentioned food and beverages
- extra activities in Shimla and Manali (mountain bike, rafting, etc.)
This tour is possible all year round without the trekking tour. With the trek it is possible from May to November.
from 1700 Euros per person with 2 participants, price decreases with higher number of participants!
This tour is just an example. We can change it according to your wishes or create similar tours all over India with Guide and car and driver.
Along with you will be a very knowledgeable and fun Guide. Our drivers are all very good and save drivers!
We will visit the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
While the green mountain state of Himachal Pradesh and Rishikesh is relatively densely populated by predominantly Hindus, MC Leod Ganj is home to many Tibetan refugees and in Punjab predominantly Sikhs.
In all three states it can rain heavily during the monsoon season. The temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day in Himachal Pradesh, at night it can get quite cold, even below freezing, depending on the season. In Punjab and Rishikesh the winter months (approx. 15°C to 20° C) are mild and the summer months up to over 40° C very hot.
During the trekking tour we are constantly in the mountains at an altitude between 2000 and 4500 meters.
Even if we work with trained mountain guides and take all measures on our mountain tours to prevent emergencies, you can never rule out dangers in the mountains. Time and again there can be weather changes, landslides (especially during the monsoon season) or accidents and you should always be aware of this.
Due to climatic conditions or organisational reasons, we reserve the right to change the tours in the suburb as it is safest for all involved.
Accommodation and Meals
During the Trek we stay in two-man tents. There will be a toilet tent and kitchen tent as well as all equipment with us as well. All meals are included during the trek and freshly prepared. In all other destinations we will stay in simple, but clean and nice hotels and Guest houses with breakfast
Meals are adapted to the local cuisine and mostly vegetarian.
About trekking in the Indian Himalayas with Chalo! Travels
About trekking in the Indian Himalayas with Chalo! Travels
- Mountain guide and trekking team
On all our treks we have at least one (for larger groups of 6 participants two) trained local mountain guide. Our mountain guides have all completed at least the Indian mountaineering training, many of them have also completed the advanced courses.
They are familiar with the trekking routes and know the terrain excellently. All our mountain guides speak English.
In addition, there is a local team consisting of a cook (if the group consists of only two participants, the mountain guide also takes over the tasks of the cook), helpers, horsemen with horses or Nepalese porters, depending on the type of trek.
All our team members have been working with us for years, are very friendly and always strive to provide our guests with a great trekking experience. Their English (besides of the Guide) is rather mediocre or non-existent, but this is not necessarily a hindrance to communicating with them.
The trekking routes are designed according the skills of our guests and are all feasible for a person with a good fitness level, unless otherwise mentioned. The daily routes are between five and eight hours long (with breaks) and an average increase of around 500-800 metres of altitude is completed.
In between, rivers may have to be crossed. The paths are partly well developed, but sometimes also almost non-existent. On our trekking routes there are hardly any villages in between, so we will take enough food for the whole tour.
On our treks we cross passes, snow or glaciers. On steep slopes, we have safety equipment with us.
Daily routine (Depending on the length and intensity of the trek, the times may vary)
7: 00 am Get up with Tea
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
7:00-9:30 am Dismantling of the camp
8:00- 9:30 am Start Trek
1:00 pm Lunch on the way
3:00-5:00 pm Arrival at the camp and camp construction
3:30-5:30 pm Snacks
7:00 pm Dinner
Altitude and altitude sickness
Altitude sickness is a very important topic that should not be underestimated, especially during our trekking tours in the Indian Himalayas. At altitudes above 3500 m, our body has to slowly get used to the low air pressure, which also causes less oxygen to enter our lungs. The first signs of altitude sickness are headaches, which are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. It becomes problematic when water accumulates in the lungs and brain and edema occurs. Then only the immediate descent to lower altitudes will help. To prepare for the heights on our treks, we will either spend a few nights at high altitudes before the trek or slowly ascend during the trek to acclimatize. If we notice that there are problems with our guests (each person is otherwise able to acclimatize, regardless of age, gender and fitness level), it may happen that either the entire group or the concerned participant descends/returns with a team. In addition, it makes sense to take an emergency drug for altitude sickness. For this, it is best to consult the pharmacy or the travel doctor. For certain treks we will also have oxygen with us.
Each trekking participant is responsible for his own clothes and personal belongings. Depending on the trek, we are either with horses or porters. If we have load horses, one bag per participant can be loaded onto the horse. In the case of treks with porters, all personal luggage must be carried independently. Tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and food are carried by our porters.
For trekking tours with horses, a day backpack with space for the lunchbox, a water bottle and warm overcoat clothing should be taken with you. Here to the complete packing list for our trekking tours.
During the trek there will be a vegetarian full catering. Water is either boiled or we have a water filter with us.
Breakfast (daily selection):
- Oatmeal porridge/muesli/cornflakes/Indian porridge
- Indian breakfast
- Sliced fruit/vegetables
Lunch (mostly lunchbox), sometimes warm in the camp
- Sandwiches/Indian (rice, chapati, vegetables)/potatoes
- French fries/Indian snacks
Dinner (depending on the length of the Trek mix of Indian/Chinese/Continental)
- Vegetable dish
- Lentil dish
Accommodation and camp
We have very comfortable and spacious two-man tents. Our mattresses are practical but simple if there are problems with sleeping on hard surfaces, please take your own mattress with you or order from us. Our sleeping bags are freshly washed and have a very good quality with comfort zone up to -5°C/extreme zone up to -20° C. It is recommended to bring personal indoor sleeping bags.
In addition, we have a spacious dining tent with tables and chairs, a kitchen tent for the team and a toilet tent. For treks up to 4 people, the kitchen tent can also act as a dining tent at the same time.
For trekking tours with porters, we will take our smaller, lighter tents with us and do without a toilet tent.
In the Himalayas, temperatures fluctuate widely. While it can get warm up to 25°C during the day and the sun is not only warming, but also very intense (sun protection is a must), it can also cool down significantly below the minus-grade at night, especially in the months end of September and October, as well as in June. There may also be weather changes with snow on the passes.