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Trek the Indian Himalayas

Follow the Curzon Trail over the Kuari Pass, a spectacular route through a little-visited corner of the towering Himalayas


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Trek the Indian Himalayas

Follow the Curzon Trail over the Kuari Pass, a spectacular route through a little-visited corner of the towering Himalayas

10 nights
7 days off work
May-Jun | Sep-Oct
Up to 14 people
Delhi Airport

Hotel · Guesthouse · Wild camping



This trip is brand new

An ideal introduction to Himalayan trekking, you'll need to be comfortable walking 6-7 hours each day with some steep ups and downs

Hike an epic hidden gem of a trail through a truly peaceful and unspoilt region of the Himalaya in India

Camp in high mountain meadows and ridges in the shadow of snow-capped Himalayan giants, including Nanda Devi (7816m)

Experience sacred sites along the Ganges and the spiritual floating lamp ceremony of Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh

Day 1

Welcome to Delhi!

Delhi Streetlife, India - Canva link: https://www.canva.com/photos/MAEELNMG_tQ-city-life-main-bazar-by-night-paharganj-new-delhi-india/

Meet your host at the airport in Delhi, and settle in for the transfer across town to your hotel in the centre. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to head out and explore some of Delhi's sights before meeting your group for dinner.

Day 2

Hop on a train towards the Himalayas

Ganga aarti, rishikesh, india - Canva link: https://www.canva.com/photos/MAEevVdASEI-people-holding-torches/


1.5 hrs

Depart Delhi Train Station on the early morning Shatabdi Express to Haridwar (a five-hour journey), settling into your comfortable 'Air-Conditioned Chair' carriage. From here, drive on to Rishikesh, the centre of Indian yoga and meditation, on the banks of the River Ganges. In the evening, walk the Ganga Trail from Laxman Jhula to Ram Jhula, passing the ashrams, old yoga centres, wandering cows and rustic cafes that line the river. Your guide will then take you to experience the spectacle of the Ganga Aarti, a holy ritual performed by Vedic Priests along the Ganges. The atmospheric ceremony sees priests holding flaming bowls that smoke across the river as flower-filled floating diya lamps are released. Chiming bells and mantra chanting add to the ambience to leave you with a memorable spiritual experience.

Day 3

Road trip to Ghat via the sacred Prayags of the Garhwal Himalayas

Josimath, Uttarakhand, India - Canva link: https://www.canva.com/photos/MAEwhwJXPU8-joshimath-uttarakhand-india-indian-himalaya-mountain/


7-8 hrs

Reach the mountains proper as you embark on a road trip to the starting point of your trek at Ghat, on the outskirts of Joshimath. The scenic drive takes you high into the foothills of the Garwhal Himalayas. You'll pass four of the five sacred river confluences of the Garwhal, called 'prayags', which hold huge significance in Hindu belief and make for interesting stops along the way. After hitting a local restaurant for lunch and topping up the road snacks, carry on up to Ghat with a few more scenic photo stops along the way. Arrive at your guesthouse in the afternoon where you can check in and prepare for tomorrow's trek.

Day 4

Meet your crew and trek to Ghunni (2550m)

Uttarakhand sunset, ghunni, India - Photo: Getty #  1519579543


4-5 hrs · 10km · 700m up

Today you start your trek into the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. Begin with an easy walk along a glacial river before climbing up through a coniferous forest to the beautiful village of Rumni. The village is typical of the Garhwal region with heavy slate roofs, paved alleys and small farm plots – and the more recent addition of solar power in the local homes. Continue up to a high plateau, reaching camp for the night in the settlement of Ghunni. Enjoy your first camp meal with a stunning sunset over the verdant foothills below.

Day 5

Trek to Sem Kharak (2400m)

Hiker overlooking a Gharwal Panorama, India. Photo: Host/KVT India


6 - 7 hrs · 13km · 500m up · 400m down

Limber up the legs, as today's route starts with an uphill climb. Zigzag your way along the trail to a high-altitude meadow from where you will get your first glimpse of the mighty, snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The trail continues up through a leafy forest of rhododendron, pine and oak, until you reach the day’s highest point at Ramni Pass (3064m), catching a glimpse of Kuari Pass in the distance – your objective in a few days. Shepherds often use the pass, so you may be joined by flocks of sheep and goats making the climb. From here, follow a gradual downhill trail across verdant meadows and open glades, passing through forests of horse chestnut and walnut trees with the occasional waterfall on the way to tonight's camp at Sem Kharak.

Day 6

Make your way to Pana (2454m)

Indian himalaya trek, camping, Photo: Getty 1220327144


6-7 hrs · 12km · 450m up · 550m down

After breakfast, start with a descent to the village of Jhinjhi, then continue down past small farms and woodland leading to the beautiful Birehi Gorge. A spectacular suspension bridge crosses the gorge which has been utilised by the local monkey population as a means of controlling their territory. Monkeys allowing, you cross the bridge before tackling a strenuous climb for a few hours to reach a high plateau. An easier, flatter end to the day awaits though, as you walk through delightful rhododendron forest to your campsite in the village of Pana.

Day 7

Hike to Dhakwani (3395m)

Gharwal panorama from Kuari Pass, India. Photo: KVT India


6 - 7 hours · 12km · 1260m up · 720m down

Today's trek takes you to Dhakwani, a small hamlet at the base of the epic Kuari Pass. The trail starts with a steep climb through the forest up to Sartoli Meadow, which is adorned with wildflower and has excellent views over to Kuari Pass. After crossing the meadow, drop back down to a river and into a wild landscape that is home to Blue sheep and Himalayan black bears. Climbing higher, cross another stream before reaching large pasture land well above the tree line. Settle in for the night at the highest camp of the trek, and get a well-deserved night's sleep.

Day 8

Cross the Kuari Pass (3860m) and descend to Tali (3362m)

Top of Kuari Pass, India - Canva link: https://www.canva.com/photos/MADBlfMNy_E-kuari-pass/


5 - 6 hours · 8km · 460m up · 500m down

Prepare yourself for the most spectacular day of the trek – ascending over the highest point, Kuari Pass (3860m). The rewards are epic: Kuari Pass offers one of the best views in the Himalayas, a wide panorama of the spectacular, snow-capped mountains. Be wowed by the multiple six- and seven-thousand-metre peaks in view, but it is not until you start the descent that Nanda Devi (7816m), the highest in this range, reveals itself. Continue downhill to the camp at Tali, on a ridge with another beautiful vista of these mighty, icy summits.

Day 9

Finish the trail at Auli (3000m)

Auli, end of Kuari Pass trek, India - Canva link: https://www.canva.com/photos/MAEBiDGcqnM-top-hill-view-of-auli-uttarakhand-india/


4-5 hrs · 7km · 0m up · 360m down


3-4 hrs

The thrilling trail from Tali is narrow and requires cautious walking as you follow an undulating path down to Auli, with views of Nanda Devi accompanying you as you descend the ridge. Finally, you cross the valley of Gorson Bugyal, with its vast meadows speckled with wildflowers, before reaching the ski resort of Auli where the trek ends. From here, you'll be driven to the hotel in Rudraprayag – one of the five 'prayags' (holy river confluences), where the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers meet – where you can freshen up. Tonight, join your group for a celebratory farewell meal to celebrate your successful trek together.

Day 10

Take the train back to Delhi

Haridwar, India - Canva link: https://www.canva.com/photos/MAD2zdgVLko-haridwar-in-india/


4-5 hrs

After breakfast, it's time to head down the from the mountains and back towards the hustle and bustle of Delhi. You'll first drive to Haridwar, a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus, revered as the place the Ganges emerges from the Himalayan foothills. Thousands of worshippers are drawn to its riverbank Ghats to perform ceremonies and attend festivals throughout the year. It serves as an ideal end-point to your Himalayan adventure, having explored spiritual sites and overcome physical challenges journeying through this compelling region. It's then time to head to Haridwar railway station for the Shatabdi Express train back to Delhi (a seven-hour journey in the Air Conditioned Chair carriage). Arrive late evening and check in to your hotel.

Day 11

Goodbye India!

India bus motto. Photo. Canva Link :https://www.canva.com/photos/MAFZXLBodJc-closeup-shot-of-a-green-bus-with-the-writing-of-i-love-my-india-on-it/

After one last breakfast, your host will drive you back to Delhi airport for your flight home.



Expert, English-speaking kayaking guide


5 nights in locally-run hotels or guesthouses


All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner


One set arrival group transfer and free drop-off any time at local train station on departure


Luggage will be transferred for you by vehicle


All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Alcoholic drinks

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share




Day 2

Hotel · Twin share




Day 3

Guesthouse · Twin share




Day 4 – Day 8

Wild camping · Twin tent




Day 9

Hotel · Twin share




Day 10

Hotel · Twin share




Day 11

Departure day




What is the food like?

North Indian food - Canva link: https://www.canva.com/photos/MADYlw9mBBs-north-indian-food-platter-or-thali/

Any trip to India is a sensory delight, and the flavours of the food are a big part of that. North Indian cuisine is often mirrored in the curries found outside of India in Western restaurants, so curry lovers will be in their element on this trip. Curry dishes in the north tend to be rich and creamy, with common ingredients being cashew, chicken, lamb, potato, cauliflower, alongside breads such as naan, paratha and roti. Delhi is fantastic for street food such as chaat – a whole family of different types of savoury snacks, and chole bhature – a famous Delhi street dish of curried chickpeas and fried bread served with chillies, onions and coriander. There are Western food options available if you fancy a break from Indian food at any point.

When on the trek, food is prepared by the dedicated cooking staff who whip up an impressive variety of quality food (both Indian and international) from the camp kitchen each morning and night, served in a buffet style. Hearty breakfasts can compromise of cereal, porridge, toast, cheese, jam, omelette, pancakes, tea and coffee. A warm lunch, cooked in the morning and transported in insulated flasks, is served at scenic spots along the trail which might include pasta, vegetables, eggs, chicken, potato or noodles. A warm buffet meal is again served in the evening in the camp dining tent, served with dessert options such as apple pie, custard, gulab jamuns (an Indian sweet dish), fruit, banana fritters, rice puddings and more.

Vegetarians and vegans are extremely well catered for in nearly all parts of India. Other dietary requirements and allergies can also be catered for – please just request these on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Florence Inn Delhi - Photo: KVT India

On the first and last nights of the trip in Delhi, you’ll stay in the centrally located Florence Inn Hotel or similar, on a twin-share basis with en-suite bathrooms, air-con and WiFi.

Monal Resort, Rudraprayag - Photo KVT India
Rishikesh and Rudraprayag

In Rishikesh before the trek, you will stay in the Neeraj Bhawan Hotel (or similar), on a twin-share basis. The hotel has its own pool. After the trek, in Rudraprayag, you'll stay in the Monal Resort Hotel – also on a twin-share basis.

Guesthouse in Ghat

Before the trek, you will stay in a basic guesthouse run by a local family in Ghat, on a twin share basis. At this guesthouse, the toilets will be shared rather than en-suite. It is also possible to camp outside the guesthouse.

Tents on Kuari pass trail. Host KVT India
On the trek

Whilst you're trekking, you’ll camp in high meadows or on the edge of small mountain communities in twin-share tents. Your tent will be put up for you, and a comfortable camping mat is provided – just bring your sleeping bag! There will also be a tent provided for group meals.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked – see Optional Extras. Please note, this only applies to the nights spent in hotels, and is subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

The Area




Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Any time on Day 1


Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Any time on Day 11


Your host will meet you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi and transfer you to your accommodation in New Delhi. On the last day of your trip, your host will transfer you from your accommodation in to the airport in Delhi in time for your flight home.

Airport transfers are included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 11. If you wish to arrive before the trip start date or stay longer at the end, your host can arrange private airport transfers and pre- or post-trip accommodation. See Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

There are numerous direct flight options to Delhi with various carriers from the UK, Europe and the east coast of North America. Travellers from the west coast of North America will generally transit through major hubs such as London, Paris and Dubai.

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What do I need to bring?


  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner or drybags for kitbag/rucksack


  • Insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Thermals (merino best)
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sleepwear
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals


  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping bag (3-season / -5°C comfort rating)
  • Travel pillow or pillowcase


  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre (or x2)
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/post trip accommodation in Delhi (single / twin)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Delhi (single / twin)

Per Night

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Per Person

Private airport transfer - each way ( 1 - 2 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - each way ( 1 - 2 people)

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 234kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

A spectacular route through a little-visited corner of the Himalayas, this trip is also an ideal introduction to Himalayan trekking. Most days' walking will be around 5-6 hours, with a couple of longer days, on paths and trails that are relatively comfortable underfoot. There are a few challenging climbs over passes to scale but the views are worth it and all should be attainable for a regular hill walker or those with a reasonable level of fitness.

Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations, although this trek does not reach the extreme elevations of some of its Himalayan counterparts, never going above 4,000m. A good level of fitness, stamina, and experience walking in the hills will make the going more enjoyable, so consider factoring in some training beforehand – we advise doing at least a couple of weekends of back-to-back days hillwalking.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Visa requirements often change, and you are responsible for obtaining any required visas for this trip. The following advice may be subject to change. Please check with your nearest embassy or consulate for up-to-date advice.

All foreign nationalities entering India require a valid visa, which in most cases must be obtained in advance of travel (please check the regulations for your nationality). You must have a machine-readable passport, valid for at least 180 days from your arrival date in India. Persons of Indian origin must have an OCI card. Clients with a Pakistani passport or of Pakistani descent will need extra time and additional documents for visa processing.

Applicants of eligible countries can either apply online for an Indian e-Visa or apply for a Standard Visa, which involves an in-person visit to a branch of the Indian High Commission's Visa Facilitation Service (VFS). There have been delays to Standard Visa processing times so please book your appointment ASAP if using this service.

Travellers eligible for an e-visa, which includes those from the UK, US, CA and EU, can apply online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. Applications for 30-day e-Tourist visas can be made from 30 days before the proposed date of travel and not less than 4 days before your arrival date in India (applications for multiple entry 1-year e-Tourist visas can be made from 120 days in advance).

Applications for a Standard Visa (requiring both an online application and an in-person appointment) can be made via the VFS Global website.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline, shared between the group:

  • 2500-3000 Indian Rupees per day to the tour leader
  • 1000-1200 Indian Rupees per day to the trekking guide
  • 1200-1400 Indian Rupees per day to the cook
  • 500-800 Indian Rupees per day per helper
  • 300-500 Indian Rupees per day per muleteer
  • In total, this would equate to approximately £100-£125 per person for the trip, depending on the size of your group.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Filtered and boiled water will be provided during the trek. You will need to bring a reusable water bottle or a water bladder to be filled.

The best time to visit this part of the Himalayas is before or after the monsoon season, which runs through July and August. The months of May and June, as well as September and October, tend to be dry and pleasant for trekking. In the cities and valleys, you can expect daytime temperatures of around 25-30°C. As you climb into the mountains, this will drop the higher you go. The higher camps on the trek may reach temperatures below freezing overnight. Of course, mountain weather is notoriously hard to predict and snow can be expected on any trip, so do come prepared.

Excess luggage which is not needed for the trek can either be left at your hotel in Delhi or Rishikesh, then picked up on your return to Delhi or en route back to Haridwar railway station.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of hiking.

Your luggage will be carried by ponies, in large waterproof sacks. However, it is worthwhile securing your luggage in a waterproof bag or duffel to ensure it stays dry in transit. You should aim to keep your luggage as light as possible, not exceeding 15kg.

You will be joined by one tour leader from the trip start to end, as well as a local trekking guide and crew including a cook, helpers and muleteers when on the trek.

When you trek in the mountains, there's always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. We would expect most trekkers to feel some mild symptoms of altitude sickness (headache, sleeplessness, heavy breathing) when over 3000m. Our guides are trained to identify the symptoms of altitude sickness so if any more serious symptoms are noted, there is a strict procedure regarding extra care or a rapid descent or evacuation if needed. All of our trips have been designed with altitude best practice in mind so acclimatisation days have been built in and our experienced guides follow advice to ‘walk high and sleep low’.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

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