Himalaya Backpacking

Himalaya Backpacking


  • Blend wilderness travel and cultural study in a region known for its ancient trade routes and villages.
  • Cross passes between 13,000 and 15,000 feet and cover approximately 100 miles total.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to practice your beginning Hindi with locals in chai shops on trail and in small villages
  • Put your newly developed exceptional outdoor skills and leadership into practice as you plan and execute an independent student group expedition for up to four days without instructors.
  • Maximize your time in the mountains.
  • Group travel from New York, NY, to Delhi, India (airfare not included in tuition)
The Kumaon and Eastern Garhwal regions of the Indian Himalaya are rugged, glacially carved ranges world famous as destinations for climbing and trekking. These low-lying valleys have been the traditional trade routes between India and Tibet inhabited by remote pastoral communities over hundreds of years. You’ll have the opportunity to study, observe, and engage in ways of life similar to hundreds of years ago.

As you make your way up high-mountain passes, some reaching 15,000 feet above sea level, you will travel through river valleys lush with foliage. You'll visit teahouses and hike past fields that are still worked using traditional farming methods as you accumulate strong backcountry skills and learn the core NOLS curriculum.

Your cultural studies and classes in conversational Hindi will aid in your interactions with local villagers. You'll go beyond and see an India few foreigners ever encounter, deep into the remote Himalayan wilderness to experience the land and culture on a staggering scale.


Location NOLS India
Tuition $7,415 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 18
Duration 37 Days
Type Classic
Start/End New York, NY, USA/New Delhi, India
Fly in/out New York, NY, USA/New Delhi, India
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“I think NOLS is not just about the experiences in the field, it is about how you can make a difference in your everyday life through what you learn out there. ”

- Carlos R.