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Trekking India's Himalaya



Explore remote India on a NOLS alumni trip.

This hiking trip travels the Kumaon region amongst the high peaks of the Indian Himalayas. The staggeringly beautiful Kumaon, also known as the "Abode of the Gods," is rich in Indian myth, culture and history. It is the birthplace of the holy Ganges River and a crossroads of ancient trade routes between India and Tibet.

You will trek, with some donkey support, along the Pindar River to the toe of the Pindari glacier. Along the way you'll visit tea houses and hike past villages and fields still worked with water buffalo. You'll backpack through forests of maple, oak and rhododendron and through high alpine pastures to Zero Point at 12,000 ft. The sole occupant of this area is a Hindu holy man, Babaji, who lives here year round. After a day of acclimatizing, and depending on interest and fitness levels, we will trek to an alpine meadow at 14,500' to spectacular views of the twin peaks of Nanda Devi (25,790') and the rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary where most of the peaks are above 22,000 ft.

This NOLS alumni trip is unlike anything else we offer, and you will experience India as few foreigners do. Indian NOLS instructors with extensive knowledge of the region and its human and natural history will be on this trip.

Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in India's Himalaya. This 13-day trip, beginning and ending in New Delhi, is organized so that you can leave the US on a weekend and return two weeks later on another weekend.


Trekking India's Himalaya

Dates: October 28-November 9, 2013
Duration: 13-days
Cost: $2,395
Average Age:

42.5 (range is 65-25 years old)

Typical Female/Male Mix:


Course start/end: New Delhi, India

Activity Rating :

(this is a subjective rating of anticipated physical difficulty- weather, route, and the group mix can combine to make trips more or less "difficult" —higher numbers indicate more challenge.)

Burros will carry group gear up the trail, but this trip covers high, mountainous terrain.

Fly in/out:

New Delhi, India (code: DEL)

Additional Information:

Trip Description (pdf)

Equipment Guidelines (pdf)

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Signing Up
A $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required for enrollment on all alumni trips. If you would like to sign up or have questions just give us a call at 1-800-332-4280 or email at

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