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Travel number: 24
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Sports and Adventure Holidays in the Himalayas

14 days Himalaya Trekking, Multi Active Cultural Tours

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Number of participants: from 2 participants

Requirements: 5 von 10

The Trek is a typical moderate trek in the Himalayas. The daily stages are never very long and range from 4 to 6 hours. It goes steadily uphill towards Hamta Pass and you can feel the decreasing air pressure near the pass a little bit. From the pass it goes down relatively steeply.
There are no performance projections for all other activities. We will follow the skills of the participants!

The Indian Himalayas are perfect for outdoor and adventure sports. The small mountain village of Manali, itself located at 2000 meters, is surrounded by mountains up to 6000 meters high and thus offers the best conditions for some mountain fun. Forests, small villages, rivers and lakes form the surrounding area for our activities and provide variety in our daily adventure and sports program. For this we have trained yoga instructors, mountaineers and trekking guides in our team.

Of course, we are also in close contact with the locals and learn about their culture, traditions and religion during that tour.

Day 1 Arrival in Delhi and Yoga

We welcome you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. In the evening (or next morning) there is a yoga class (overnight in the hotel) -/-/-

Day 2 Delhi sightseeing and overnight bus to Manali, 14 hours

This morning we visit Old Delhi with its narrow streets, the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort. In the afternoon we continue by bus (14 hours) towards Manali. (Overnight stay on bus) B/-/-

Day 3 Manali Arrival and Sightseeing on foot

We visit Manali’s main sights during a hike hike. Among other things, we visit the famous Manu and Hadimba Temple, the Manali Mall and Vaschisht with its waterfall and the hot springs that invite for a relaxing bath. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-

Day 4 Mountain Biking Tour to the Solang Valley (28 km), Yoga

For 14 Kilometers it  goes continuously  uphill into the Solang Valley, the winter sports center with a great view of snow-capped mountains. If you want, you can go on a paragliding flight or we walk to a remote temple in the middle of the valley. Yoga is offered in the evening. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-

Day 5 Morning Run, Cooking Class and Yoga

We start actively in the morning and walk through lush forests, villages and orchards. Afterwards we take part in an Indian cooking course and are initiated into the secrets of Indian spices. The afternoon is free for shopping or relaxing. In the evening we have a yoga class. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-

Day 6- 11 Trekking, climbing and yoga through the Hamtatal over the Hamta Pass

The Hamta Pass Trek is probably one of the most beautiful treks in this area! It offers everything: beautiful campsites with great views, river crossings, a pass at 4270 m and the chance to spot wild animals such as vultures, snow leopards and bears, as well as views of the 6000 m high mountains Deo Tibba and Indarasan. The most impressive thing about this moderate trek is probably the Hamta Pass itself. The Trek is the shortest line between the Beas and Chandra rivers and served as a trade route from China to Kullu for a long time before the road over the Rothang Pass was completed.

This trek is also possible during the monsoon season, when all flowers are in their prime. In the morning and evening you can take part in the yoga classes. In addition, this trek offers countless options for bouldering. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 12 Rock Climbing and Yoga

Today we go for some Rock climbing in Aleo, 3 km away from Manali. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-

Day 13 Leisure and return trip to Delhi

We start the day with yoga. In the late afternoon we go back to Delhi overnight by bus. (Overnight in the car) B/-/-

Day 14 flight back from Delhi, check in to the hotel

Early in the morning we reach Delhi. The day can be used either for a little more sightseeing in Delhi or even for an optional day trip to Agra to the Taj Mahal. We will take you from the hotel to the airport. B/-/-

Included services:

  • 6 nights in the hotel with breakfast
  • Volvo Bus Delhi-Manali/Manali- Delhi
  • 5 nights in a 2-man tent
  • Days trekking with full catering, mountain guide, cook, helper, carrier or load horses, kitchen tent, toilet tent, dining tent, filtered water
  • Transport/transfers as described above in air-conditioned bus/jeep or similar vehicle
  • an Indian cooking class
  • 15 x Yoga
  • 1 x Climbing with equipment, packed lunch and trainer
  • 1 x Mountainbiking Tour including bike rental, guide and packed lunch
  • 1 x Sightseeing in Delhi with rickshaw and metro
  • 1 x guided hike in Manali with lunch
  • Tour Guide

non-included services:

  • International flight
  • Visa
  • not mentioned food and beverages (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • Excursion to Agra (can be booked for a surcharge)
  • unmentioned activities

Best time is from June to October. In July and August it can rain due to the monsoon.

949 Euro per person for 2 participants. Price decreases with increase in participants!

Region

We are located in the middle of the Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

The green Kullu valley is relatively densely populated by predominantly Hindus and it can rain heavily, especially during the monsoon season. At night it can get quite cold, even below the freezing point, depending on the season.

Yoga Classes

With Sarah or Noor.

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.

Trekking routes

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.

Luggage

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.

Packing list for trekking tours

☐ sleeping bag at least -10°C
☐ large backpack or soft carrying bag so that the load animals can carry the luggage
☐ Small carrying backpack for the day approx. 30-40 l with rain protection
☐ flashlight/headlamp
☐ 2 refillable water bottles
☐ hiking poles
☐ passport and passport copy
☐ camera with spare battery and memory card
☐ headgear as sun protection
☐ Good Sunglasses
☐ cap
☐ Scarf, Buff
☐ Gloves
☐ wind-proof trekking pants
☐ trekking pants
☐ Functional Underwear Long
☐ hiking boots
☐ socks thick and thin
☐ sneakers, sandals and/or slats
☐ windbreaker
☐ Warm Jacket
☐ fleece sweater/jacket
☐ Tshirts
☐ sunscreen, lip balm min. Protection 40
☐ fat cream
☐ water purification tablets
(boiled and filtered water is provided)
☐ own medications for headaches, nausea, digestive problems, colds)
☐ bubble patches and dressing material
☐ own hygiene articles
☐Toilets Paper
☐ hand disinfection

Meals

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):

  • Coffee/Tea
  • 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
  • Juices
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit

Snacks

  • Tea/coffee
  • Cookies
  • French fries/Indian snacks

Soup

Dinner (depending on the length of the Trek mix of Indian/Chinese/Continental)

  • Vegetable dish
  • Lentil dish
  • Rice/noodles
  • Chapati
  • Salad
  • Dessert

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.

Weather

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.