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Detailed Itinerary

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Himalayan
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Described as "Like Nepal 40 years ago" the Great Himalayan National Park, in the far northern reaches of India, provides us with a pristine environment untrammeled by tourist influences.

This is a true journey back in time to a place of profoundly open hearts, deep and genuine warmth, the kindest of smiles and incomparable generosity.  You will be deeply touched by this experience and I promise that you will come home a very different person than the one who stepped forth to undertake this adventure.



"The words 'thank you' are completely inadequate in expressing my sincere appreciation for everything you did to make this Africa yoga journey so magnificent."

Mike Buckley
San Diego, CA


Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 Depart from home ready to embark on a wonderful journey of discovery!
Day 2

Arrive Delhi

The late-evening flight is met for transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the Marriott Hotel.
Day 3

Delhi

The day is free to rest, shop, or just relax by the hotel pool. For those who are interested, we offer an

Optional tour of Delhi  We gather in the evening for an orientation, welcome dinner and the first ceremony of our pilgrimage. Overnight at the Marriott Hotel.

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Day 4

Morning Flight to the Kullu Valley

Transfer by jeep to our riverside camp at Ropa.  On the way we visit the headquarters of the Great Himalayan National Park’s Tirthan range. Pre-trip preparations include a meeting with the GHNP Director, an audio visual introduction to the park and its activities, campfire dinner and cultural evening with the SAHARA families.

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Day 5

Trek Begins - Ropa to Rolla

Ropa (1500m) to Rolla (2100m): Walk through Ecozone of GHNP. Gentle gradient at the beginning of trek. Distance: 10 kms. Interactions with local villagers. Visit to hilltop shrine at Dingcha village.

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Day 6

Rolla to Nada
Rolla to Nada Meadow (3300m): Strenuous climb through oak and conifer forests. Visit a prominent ‘tree god’ and shrine near Chalocha (2450 m) from where the climb starts. Possible sightings of Himalayan Tahr or Black Bear.  Here we really feel that we are entering true wilderness as our trek takes us deeper into these pristine mountains. Distance: 12 kms.

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Day 7

Nada to Majhouni

Nada Meadow to Majhoni (3800m): Steep descent through forests. Distance: 12 kms

This forest is home to the endangered king of the birds “the Western Tragopan” (In the villages close to GHNP, the local name of Western Tragopan is Jujurana . Juju means bird and rana means king, i.e. the king of the birds). There is a local legend that the “Lord” created this pheasant and all the birds in the universe donated a feather each to give it color and unparalleled beauty.

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Day 8

Majhauni – Tirath – High Cam p at  Saketi

Majhoni to Tirath. Moderate gradient leading high above tree-line into the vast meadow of Tirath. Views of magnificent mountain panoramas and the opportunity to experience the holy pilgrimage destination sacred to the villagers of Tirthan valley. Here the trail ends and we continue the steep climb up wild meadows, streams and wildflowers.  Rock towers rise above the glaciers and a half dozen waterfalls ring our high camp in the emerald meadows of Saketi (4000m). Distance: 16 kms

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Day 9

 High Camp 

The trek halts here for two days to explore the wildlife and the remagkable beauty of this remote corner of the planet.
We will have opportunities to explore the highest reaches of the GHNP, climb a peak, photograph, write, draw…. whatever!

This will also be a perfect opportunity to fully absorb the impact that this journey will have on your life back at home. We will create space and opportunity to explore your own inner landscapes while surrounded by some of the most inspiring earthly landscapes that you have ever witnessed.

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Day 10

High Camp to Nada Meadow

We begin our descent from this realm of gods, goddesses and dieties. Ourselves having been transformed by the experience.  Our spirits lifted to the tops of the highest peaks and our hearts as open as the Himalayan sky.

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Day 11

 Nada  to Rolla

Evening campfire and celebration with local dance performed by staff of SHA and SAHARA.  Of course you will be not only greatly tempted, but also highly encouraged, to join in the dances and to fully celebrate the entire journey that has led you to this magical moment.

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Day 12

 Rolla to Kullu and Apple Valley, Kullu

Evening at hotel. Restaurant dinner and farewell with staff.

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Day 13

Kullu Dusshera Celebrations:

Today we  have an insight into the age-old traditional festival  of the Kullu valley- The Kullu Dusshera. The Kullu Dusshera festival is one of the most unique festivals of India  where all the Gods (over 360) of the Kullu  Valley converge to pay homage to the chief deity "Lord Raghunathji."  We will have a  personal meeting with the King of the valley presiding over the Dusshera Festival.

Dusshera is also important trade fair. Hundreds of stalls are set up to sell food, religious items, famous Kullu Valley woven woolen shawls, hats, scarves, socks, and consumer goods from the plains. The maidan is packed with exhibits, local delicacies, and Sadhus (holy men), palm-readers, snake-charmers, and sweet sellers.  After witnessing the unique Kullu Oracle we will visit  the home of famous early 20th Century Russian mystic and artist, Nicholas Roerich.

Evening back to Apple Valley Resort. 

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Day 14

We will have one extra day exploring up in the Kullu Valley during our trek.  We save this "buffer" day to accommodate for weather and transportation issues that may arise.  If all goes according to plan, then we have an extra day to trek and explore.  But if there  is a delay due to weather or transportation issues, then we have this extra day built into the itinerary.

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Day 15

Morning  Flight Kullu to Delhi

We will check back into the Marriott.  Some of you will fly out lat this night, other's early the next morning.  But all will have access to your hotel room for rest, cleaning up and preparing for your journey back home.

Afternoon spent in Shopping.  Evening or early morning flight to the US 

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Day 16
Arrive back home with fascinating stories to tell and visions that you'll never forget.
 

B/L/D = Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Please note that due to the nature of adventure travel in foreign countries, this itinerary is subject to change. We will always attempt to adhere to our itinerary but request that all trip members remain flexible. Your enjoyment and safety are our highest concerns.

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