In June 2012, Rasa Lila is offering a high-altitude trek in the Indian Himalayas by partnering with Mountain Shepherds, a unique local ecotourism cooperative in the Garwhal region of the Uttaranchal state.
The trip starts in New Delhi on June 9 and ends in New Delhi on June 25. On arrival, there will be a day of relaxation, orientation and some sight-seeing to take in some of the great historic monuments of Delhi.
The next day, we will depart for the foothills of the Himalayas in a private minibus. After a stop at Rishikesh, home to many ashrams and yogis, we will transfer to a Jeep and drive through spectacular sub-alpine and alpine forests and gorges carved by the headwaters of the Ganges. We will arrive at the picturesque mountain village of Auli at the altitude of 9500 ft.
After a day of acclimatization, we will start the first section of the trek to Kauri Pass. This section of the trek goes throug lovely mountain villages, beautiful apline meadows and some of the most spectacular Himalayan vistas, with amazing views of the high mountains of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. After four days of trekking, we will loop back to Auli, unwind, shower and relax. The following day, we will drive 39 kms to the beautiful village of Lata and start on the next section of the trek. This section goes through the pine forests and the rugged highlands in the Outer Nanda Devi Sanctuary with great views of Nanda Devi, the highest mountain in India.
On this section, you will get an opportunity to interact with the Indo-Tibetan ethnic bhotiya people who inhabit the villages in this area and spend one of the nights in a village home. At the end of this section, we will unwind at a guesthouse in the village of Berhai and then drive to the holy city of Haridwar.
From Haridwar, we will take an overnight train to Agra for a well-deserved reward: The Taj Mahal. After some relaxed sight-seeing and feasting on hearty north Indian cooking, we will return to Delhi and depart for home.
Those treks were also done in June, so the blogs give you a good picture of what the pre-monsoon season looks like in that region. You will notice lots of green alpine meadows, beautiful wildflowers and dramatic skies, typical of the pre-monsoon season.
Because we are working directly with a community-based coorperative in the local area and not a corporate trekking company, we have access to a very affordable price and what’s more, the money stays in the local community.
The price is $1750 per person, on a double occupancy basis. This includes all the travel in India, all accomodations including breakfast, sight-seeing in Delhi and Agra, trekking permits, porters/mules, trekking guide, tents and sleeping pads on the trek and all the meals on the trek.
The price does not include airfare to and from New Delhi, tips to porters and guide and meals before and after the trek.
For more information, Email Rahul or call 503 210 5499