Western Himalayan Culture and Trek

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May 31 - June 15, 2022

Western Himalayan Trek, Amritsar, Dharamshala and authentic village life.   

Come out of the shackles of city life and breath in fresh and clean mountain air for your holidays.

Discover a hidden treasure and oasis lying in the lap of the Pir Panjal & Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Enjoy traditional Himalayan life and rural India. Visit the Dalai Lama Complex in Dharamshala and enjoy the unique border ceremony between India and Pakistan! This is such a unique experience. 

Visit the holiest Sikh Temple – Golden Temple in Amritsar

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May 31 - June 15, 2022

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Max group size: 12

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Accommodations: Hotels, Home Stay, Tents

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$3,595CAD per person based on twin share. Single supplement of $725CAD.

$300CAD non refundable deposit required at time of booking. Final payment due Mar 31, 2022

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Day 01 – May 31, 2022: Arrival into Amritsar Elevation of 768 feet (234 m) 

Arrive as a group into Amritsar and a transfer will be waiting for you to take you from the airport to your hotel. In the evening witness the night ceremony in the Golden Temple with an English speaking guide. Group meeting and dinner.  

Overnight at Ranjit Savaasa, Amritsar

Day 2 – June 1, 2022: Amritsar

Today is dedicated to a full sightseeing program of Amritsar. The Golden Temple, a glittering gold and marble temple, is one of the holiest Sikh shrines. The temple interiors are elaborately designed with fine inlay and semi-precious stones. During Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s reign, the lower half of the temple was decorated with marble while the entire upper half was inlaid with copper covered over by gold plate. Hence its new name, the Golden Temple.

We will visit the kitchen and have lunch at the temple. All visitors, wealthy or poor, are welcome to a free meal at the temple kitchen. Visitors sit together on the floor as equals.

Every Sikh gurdwara has a free kitchen, and Harmandir Sahib is one of the largest, serving 100,000 a day. Gurudwaras serve vegetarian food to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

We will also visit Jallianwalla Bagh, the memorial site of the massacre that took many lives on the Punjabi New Year, April 13, 1919. Read the stories of the survivors and learn why so many innocent lives that day. In the evening, we visit the border point at Wagah to witness the closing ceremony between the two countries, India and Pakistan. The ceremony is very popular with Indian tourists and draws large crowds. 

Overnight at Ranjit Savaasa, Amritsar

Day 3 – June 2, 2022: Amritsar To Orchard Hut Home Stay Elevation 4350 Ft/1325M

Early morning departure will leave the plains of Punjab and journey into the mountains. Arrival at the starting point of Orchard Hut called (Masar) around 3 PM. A 30 minute country walk to Orchard Hut Home Stay through terrace fields and fruit orchards. Reach Himalayan Orchard Hut with a traditional welcome by the Dhami Family.

Overnight at Himalaya Orchard Hut.

One of the oldest and finest Home Stays in a hamlet called Kut-Chadiara in the Panj-La Valley perched mid-way up a steep terraced slope at 1325m above sea level. Surrounded by Organic farm and forest, Orchard Hut offers a bird’s eye view of the mighty River Saal in the valley below and is a 30 minute climb from road.

Himalayan Orchard Hut is the home of an environmentalist extended family, offering food and accommodation to those wishing to experience true village life. The house is made of clay and wood in traditional fashion and offers neat, clean and basic rooms with verandas overlooking the hills and valley. There are either single or double rooms or alternatively tents on the hill terraces. Rooms are en suite with western bathroom providing running hot and cold water. The delicious food provided includes rare traditional dishes famous from the time of the King’s rule in Chamba District. The food is prepared with seasonal organic produce from our organic farm. It mainly consists on Indian cuisine with options for catering to the western tastes as well. Pure drinking water comes directly from our springs. We offer a tranquil setting to relax and rejuvenate your self after the stresses, strains and pollution of urban life. You will treasure your memories of your time here forever.

Day 4 – June 3, 2022: Explore or enjoy home activities

Today we will have a short hike to see some of the remote villages in the mountains to prepare us for the trek ahead. Go over what to pack and a briefing of what to expect on the trail.

Overnight at Himalaya Orchard Hut.

Day 5 – June 4, 2022: Village Sara Elevation of 8530 feet (2600 m)

Today is the exciting day as it is the start of the 7night trek. After a good hot breakfast we grab our packs and start from Orchard Hut down to the road where our vehicles will drive us to the starting point of the trek. Today a 5-6 hr trek will take us to the Sara Village where we will camp in a peaceful meadow just above the village, called Lohani. 

Overnight in Sara Camp.

Day 6 – June 5, 2022: Ain Pukher Elevation of 10498 feet (3200 m) 

We start the day from Sara to Ain Pukher. Our camp is set upon a meadow which is also a grazing pasture for Guggars and Gaddies (shepherd). It is a beautiful ridge with views of mountains on one side and the valley on the other side which will provide breathtaking views. Our trek is approximately 7- 8 hrs. We will be camping on the alpine pasture in Pir Panjal range at approx 3200M.  Enjoy the night sky by the campfire.

Overnight in Ain Pukher Camp

Day 7 – June 6, 2022: Acclimatize Day Elevation of 11482 feet (3500 m) 

Today we take a day hike to Elevation of 11482 feet (3500 m) to acclimatize our selves. Enjoy a picnic lunch with spectacular views. Come back to camp and enjoy a rest and beautiful sunset.

Overnight in Ain Pukher Camp.

Day 8 – June 7, 2022: Kala Pani (Black Water) Elevation of 12140 feet (3700 m) 

Today we trek from Ain Pukher to Kala Pani (Black Water) through the grazing pastures of Speka and Duga Bhadrwah. Our trek is 4-5 hrs and we will gain height today. If we are lucky we may see the wild life of Himalayas (State bird of Himachal Pradesh Western Tragopan, Munal, Mountain Goat, Black Bear and Brown Bears).  

Overnight in Kala Pani Camp

Day 9 – June 8, 2022: Dugi Elevation 12950 feet (4250 m) 

After an early breakfast we climb to Monda Jot which is at a height of 4250M. We cross the Monda Jot Pass and enjoy the stunning views and celebrate the highest point of the challenge. Then we descend down to Dugi.  This is a 3-4 hrs walk down hill. Relax after a challenging day. 

Overnight in Dugi Camp 12140feet (3700M)

Day 10 – June 9, 2022: Hariali Elevation 9514 feet (2900 m)

Today we start to descend down to Hariali. Trek through dense bushes, if time allows we will go to the lake that is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Our trek today is approximately 6-7 hrs. Relax by the camp fire with chai and a hearty dinner. 

Overnight in Hariali Camp.

Day 11 – June 10, 2022: Village Dantuy Elevation 7217 feet (2200 m)

After breakfast we descend down to the village Dantui there is small temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess. Dantui is in the Churah valley.  This is a 5-6 hrs hike today. Enjoy the people that live in this village and embrace the memories of what you have accomplished.

Overnight in Dantuy Camp.

Day 12 – June 11, 2022: Return to Orchard Hut Homestay Elevation 4350 feet(1325m)

A morning walk to the road from where jeeps will pick us and transfer to the starting point of Orchard Hut, a 3 hr drive. Reach Orchard Hut in time for a well deserved plunge in the fresh spring water pool. Tonight enjoy the peaceful surroundings of our home.  

Overnight at Orchard Hut Home stay.  

Day 13 – June 12, 2022: Orchard Hut Homestay

Today explore Chamba Town to see the temples and life in the valley of Chamba. There is also a cooking demonstration with Mrs. Dhami. There are many other optional activities that you can do here. Have a massage or get your palm read or decorated with Hanna by the eldest Daughter in the family known as Didi (Meaning sister). Or you can just relax and enjoy the family. All above activities are not included and can be paid locally depending on what you would like to do. Prices will be advised upon arrival to our home.

Overnight at Orchard Hut Home Stay

Day 14 – June 13, 2022: McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala Elevation 4780ft/1457m

Today say goodbye to our host family and journey to Dharamshala. We will be staying in the little village of McLeod Ganj close to markets and the Dalai Lama’s residency.

Overnight in D’s Casa Hotel, McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamshala

Day 15 – June 14, 2022: Explore Dharamshala

Full day of sightseeing around McLeod Ganj including the Dalai Lama Temple Complex and glimpses of His Holiness’ house from outside. Visit the Church of St. John, Tibetan Parliament, Tibetan Children Village TCV, walk through the markets and some free time to explore on your own. 

Overnight D’s Casa Hotel in McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamshala

Day 16 – June 15, 2022: Dharamshala departure

Today drive 45 minutes to the Gaggal, Dharamshala airport for your flight back to Delhi to connect with your international flight.

Tour cost $3,595CAD per person twin share. Single supplement of $725CAD.

$300CAD non refundable deposit required at time of booking. Final payment due Mar 31, 2022. Maximum group size 12.

COSTS INCLUDE:

  • 4 Nights  – 3 star hotels,  4 nights Home Stay,  7 nights in tents 
  • Breakfast 15 / Lunches  10  Dinners 12 
  • Private transportation 
  • Group Airport arrival transfers in Amritsar on Day 1  
  • Group Airport departure transfers in Dharmshala on Day 16 
  • English Speaking city guide in Amritsar & Dharmshala 
  • Trekking Guide/Porter/Cook from Day 4 to Day 12 
  • Guide on Day 13 for Chamba Town visit 
  • Cooking Class Orchard Hut Home Stay 
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary 
  • Water while sightseeing 
  • Spring water while trekking with purification tablets 
  • GST India 

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International & Domestic flights  
  • Drinks of all kinds (except for water stated in inclusions) 
  • Medical/evacuation/cancellation insurance strongly suggested 
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, room service, etc 
  • Optional activities at Orchard Hut Home Stay other then what is included 
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes 
  • Gratuities of any kind (Guides/Porterage/Hotel and Restaurant Staff/Drivers/etc) 
  • Visas to enter India https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

CANCELLATION CONDITIONS:

  • 60 days or more deposit is non refundable  
  • 59 – 31 days prior to departure 50% is non-refundable 
  • 30 days or less prior to departure 100% non-refundable

 Nitin Dhami – Silver award winner of the Wanderlust Magazine World Guide Awards in 2019, Nitin Dhami turned his passion into a profession. With over 25 years of experience leading and running treks and tours through India and beyond for companies like Intrepid Travel, Jersey Girls Collage UK and Eldertreks Canada, Nitin Dhami knows how to guide you on an unforgettable journey that will take in all your senses.

Anna

 Anna MacKay – is a lover of trekking, history, museums and travel.  Anna has been leading cultural and historic tours around the world since 1999. As owner of Your Journey travel, she is proud to have arranged tours and traveled to every continent in the world.  Anna will be your tour leader for this journey – and is known to work exceptionally hard behind the scenes and go the extra length to ensure the total comfort and satisfaction of all her travellers.

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