Travel number: 61
Trekking Tour through Mountain Villages with Yoga Classes
5 days (also three days possible) Himalaya Trekking, Yoga and Ayurveda
Number of participants: from one person
Requirements: 4 von 10
A relatively easy trek that can be adapted to the performance of the participants! (stages can be extended and shortened)
This trek is possible all year round from 3 to 5 days!
Our small trekking tour starts from the small tourist resort of McLeod Ganj. This is where the Dalai Lama lives. The village is located at 1800 meters, very peaceful and Buddhist. Small restaurants and cosy cafés invite you to relax before and after the trek. There are yoga schools, Buddhist temples, museums and Tibetan cooking classes.
The trek takes us through small tranquil villages, green forests, waterfalls and over rivers. In the quiet mountain world we will practice yoga in the morning and evening under the guidance of a trained yoga teacher. The classes will be a combination of asanas, pranayama, meditation and mantra chanting.
On the fourth day we will hike to the 2900 meter high Triund. The green pasture offers us an excellent view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and the lower Kangra valley. Due to the altitude, Triund will be covered by snow from January to March. Unfortunately, this means that yoga can only take place to a limited extent on this day at this time of the year..
Of course, this trek can also be booked without yoga.
Day 1 McLeod Ganj to Voh Valley
A three-hour drive by car takes us to our camp in the beautiful Voh Valley. After a yoga class and lunch we take a walk to a waterfall. In the afternoon we have another yoga class. (Overnight in the tent) -/L/D
Day 2 From The Voh Valley to the Kareri Valley (2300 m)
After our morning yoga and a healthy breakfast we set off on a five-hour hike into the Kareri Valley. This is where we set up our camp. The valley is enchanting and the views breathtaking. In the afternoon we practice yoga and after dinner we can sing mantras at the campfire. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 3 From the Kareri Valley to the village of Bahl
We enjoy the yoga in the morning and then set off on the four hour hike to the mountain village of Bahl. We pass some villages and camp shooting at a crystal clear river. Yoga classes are held in the afternoon. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 4 Bahl to Triund (2900 meters)
After yoga in the morning, a five-hour march leads us up to Triund. The beautiful place offers us an excellent 360° view of the surrounding mountains of the Himalayas. In the evening we have pranayama and meditation classes. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 5 Back to McLeod Ganj
After a yoga class we go down to Mcleod Ganj, our starting point. We pass the beautiful waterfall in Bagshu. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/-)
- Trained trekking guide
- Cook and helper
- Load horses or carriers
- 4 nights in 2-man tents
- Kitchen tent
- Dining and staying tent
- Toilet tent
- 5 days full board (breakfast, lunch packages, dinner and snacks)
- Filtered water
- Yoga teacher (2 x daily yoga)
- Arrival and departure to and from Mcleod Ganj (can be arranged)
This trek is possible all year round.
1 participant: 499 €
2-3 participants: 379 €
from 4 participants: 300 €
Yoga Classes and Teacher
Our yoga teachers are well trained and experienced Yoga Teachers who will teach wholesome Yoga including all aspects of a Yoga Practice (Asana, Pranayama, Relaxation, Meditation). Every Level is welcome. The classes will be structured according to the abilities and needs of the students.
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 in mountaineering.
They are familiar with the trekking routes and know the terrain excellently. Our mountain guides all 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 is rather mediocre or non-existent, but this is not necessarily a hindrance to communicate with them.
- Trekking routes
The trekking routes are designed according to 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.
3. 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 highs 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 sick 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 or her own clothes and personal belongings. Depending on the trek, we are either on the road 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/Indian porridge
- Indian Breakfast
- Sliced fruit/vegetables
Lunch (mostly lunchbox), sometimes warm in the camp
- Indian (rice, chapati, vegetables)/potatoes
- Indian Snacks
- Vegetable dish
- Lentil dish
6. 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 not take 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.