The classic Garhwal trek along the famous Curzon trail, carefully balances fabulous walking and sublime views across the Himalayas with insightful cultural experiences at local villages and holy pilgrimage sites along the upper reaches of the Ganges. The Garhwal region, dominated by the awe-inspiring Nanda Devi Sanctuary, is perhaps the centerpiece of the Indian Himalayas. The outer sanctuary makes for a superb region for walking, with magnificent panoramas of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Badrinath peaks on offer. Also, spotting the Himalayan musk deer and the Himalayan tahr along with bears and the elusive snow leopards is a possibility.
From Delhi, we journey north to Srinagar in Garhwal (not Srinagar, Kashmir) and on to the trailhead at Lohajung through remote villages, verdant forests and alpine pastures. Trekking in the shadow of the great Trishul peak, we ascend to Kuari pass (4,268m), the highest point on this route and are privy to amazing views across the main Himalayan range all the way towards Tibet. The tour concludes with visits to Joshimath and Rishikesh, both sacred towns located by the Ganges and annual destinations for thousands of Pilgrims, from where we return to Delhi.