NORTH INDIA EXPEDITION
Discover amazing diversity on an incredible North India expedition! Northern India is an amazing destination with a plethora of stunning trekking options. These include challenging treks into the high Himalayas with its picturesque high peaks, glaciers, lakes and dramatic moonscape ranges contrasted with the lush Kullu Valley filled with majestic hills covered with forest.
This school trip also offers a variety of rewarding projects located in village communities that will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, whilst rest & recreation possibilities include a thrilling white water rafting trip, or chance to explore the vibrant cities of Jaipur and Agra where you can watch the sun rise over the iconic Taj Mahal.
This North India expedition has all the ingredients of a once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan adventure!
NORTH INDIA EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your North India expedition:
Let yourself adjust to the sights, sounds and smells of India and become accustomed to the different pace of life. There are a range of options available for your acclimatisation phase in North India. Options include several short day treks out of Manali, or even further north in Leh, nestled in the Himalayas at a breathtaking 3,505m above sea level. The hill areas around Leh give excellent opportunities for day treks and allow you to get used to the altitude in preparation for your main trek.
Making a difference
Teams carry out project work in local villages throughout North India. These usually take the form of maintenance work in schools, painting murals, fixing buildings or general odd jobs with plenty of opportunity for interaction with local villagers and children. These projects help to create a better learning environment for students.
North India Project Case Study –
Shey School, Ladakh
Shey School is a village school about 18km outside of Leh. The Planning Manager visited in 2010 and since then, many teams have successfully completed projects here. Last year, the school requested our help to revamp the bare playground with new equipment and educational murals for the children.
Last year, 11 teams were sent to 11 project sites in Ladakh. They worked on renovating and constructing buildings and improving facilities to help enrich and improve the lives of local children.
There are a wide range of adventurous and exciting treks available in Northern India through a wide range of diverse landscapes. One option is the Kaza Kafnu 12 day trek starting from the barren, dramatic Spiti valley and over a pass of 4900m, past Buddhist monasteries perched on rocks, ending with a descent into lush Kafnu and onto Shimla.
For those seeking a real challenge, the 14 day Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal trek reaches as high as 5,100m with accommodation in tents throughout. The treks are fully supported with guides and ponies so you can fully enjoy the fantastic views of the Himalaya ranges.
Lamayuru to Mangyu
Trek through remote and stunning landscape, reaching a breathtaking altitude of 4,850m. You will trek for 6-7 days through barren gorges, over high passes, descend steep pathways and marvel at diverse and beautiful scenery.
The 11-12 day Markha Valley trek is ideal for those wanting typical Ladakhi moonscape vistas and yak pasture. This route offers you the challenge of crossing 5,000m-high mountain passes and the chance to experience wild camping.
Rest & Relaxation
Incredible India offers a wide range of excellent rest and relaxation options. Enjoy an exhilarating white water river raft ride down the Indus River, explore the red-sandstone Amber Fort in Jaipur which was once a military fort, later a palace, and of course no visit would be complete without viewing the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra. The monument is most beautiful at sunrise and sunset when the white-domed marble mausoleum glows pink and orange.
- India, Asia.
- Population: 1.2 Billion.
- Languages spoken: There is no official “Indian” language; Hindi is spoken by about 20% of the population and English is widely spoken; 18 languages are recognised by the constitution, with more than 1600 additional minor languages and dialects. In the north, Ladakhi, Purik, Balti, English and Tibetan are widely spoken.
- Time zone: GMT +5:30
- Terrain: Mountain, altitude and desert.
- When can I travel there?: All year around, with seasonal restrictions on some treks.
- Climate: Winter (Jan-Mar) brings average temperatures of 8°-28°C in the north. During the Pre-Monsoon (Apr-Jun) season, expect hot temperatures ranging from 32°-45°C. Monsoon (Jul-Sep) brings high humidity, heavy rains and high temperatures in Rajasthan with more pleasant weather in the Himalayan region. A cooler post-monsoon (Oct-Dec) period in Rajasthan with temperatures ranging from 33°-38°C, whilst Himalayan temperatures average below 15°C with snowfall at altitude.
- Expedition Physical Rating: Moderate to high.
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days.
- Culture Shock: High.
- Typical accommodation: Hostels and tents.
- Ideal for: Teams who want to experience an incredible destination along a variety of trekking opportunities.
- India’s official language is Hindi, however, English continues to be the official working language. Additionally there are 15 national languages recognized by the Indian constitution and these are spoken in over 1600 dialects.
- The Himalayas are the highest range of mountains in the world and were formed by collision between the great plates of the earth’s crust.
- India has a population of 1.1 billion, the second highest in the world.
- The name Himalaya means “home of snow”, because snow never melts on their high peaks.
- The main religion in India is Hinduism, however many people in Ladakh are Buddhist, and there is also a Muslim population.
- Around 95% of marriages in India are arranged.
Sid Anand (pictured with wife Bhavna) is the Director of Blaze A Trail Adventures in Uttarakhand, specialising in tours in India. Sid has been working for World Challenge since 2008. He has extensive experience in the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas, including wilderness regions, camping, motorbiking, overland journeys and trekking in Bhutan. He speaks English, Hindi, Nepalese, as well as the local Kumaoni language.
Rup, Colin and Bob are our ICAs based in Manali while teams are on expedition. Between them they have travelled extensively in India, Thailand, Burma, Sumatra, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, to name just a few.
Dawa has been the ICA for India Lakdakh for over eight years. Past teams have appreciated his friendly and helpful manner. He’s always going the extra mile for teams.
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