Discover Dharamsala, home-in-exile of the Dalai Lama, and trek the foothills of the Himalayas.
As part of this incredible adventure, you will discover the contrasts, colours and cultures of India, from Delhi to Dharamsala, in a whirlwind adventure that will take you to the foothills of some of the highest mountains in the world.*
Landing in Delhi, you are immediately exposed to the exotic chaos and confusion of India’s capital. Experience the history of a city founded by Mughal emperors. Marvel at traditional Hindu architecture and lose yourself in a maze of jumbled streets lined with silk, saris and spices.
Boarding an overnight train, you will travel to Dharamsala, the cultural centre of Tibet in India and the home-in-exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Embarking on the adventure-of-a-lifetime, over five days you will trek across lush alpine meadows, through rhododendron and pine forest and into traditional villages set in the shadow of snow-capped peaks. As you descend into verdant valleys, you will pass Gaddi shepherds guiding their herds, wave at children who run out to greet you and meet local women working on traditional handicrafts.
With the challenge component of your adventure complete, you will return to Dharamsala to visit the Norbulingka Institute, an educational complex dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan cultural heritage.
*Lower Himalaya region only—no mountaineering experience required.
- Discover the contrasts, colours and cultures of incredible India, from bustling cities to majestic mountains
- Trek the foothills of the Himalayas, through exquisite forest, across lush meadows and into traditional villages
- Explore Old Delhi, a city bristling with traditional cultural pride
Day 1: Depart Australia
Day 2: Delhi
Day 3–4: Dharamsala
Day 5–9: Himalayas trek
Day 10: Dharamsala
Day 11: Delhi
Day 12: Arrive home
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change and should be used as a guide only.
Adventure type: Trek
Trip duration: 12 days
Challenge duration: 5 days
Challenge grade: 4/5 (challenging)
Accommodation: Twin-share in 3 star hotels and comfortable camping (single supplement applies)