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Dalai Lama Indian Himalaya Trek

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  • Experience the Dalai Lama Himalaya Trek a journey that goes deep into the heart & soul of India
  • Encounter a vibrant mosaic of peoples, cultures & communities, criss-crossed by ancient trading & pilgrimage routes 
  • Journey on an overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot
  • Visit the hillside city of Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile
  • Trek through yak pastures to prayer flag-strewn passes 
  • Trek age-old paths in the Uhl valley, immersed in the shadows of some of the world’s highest peaks
  • Smell the oak & rhododendron forests along an ancient trading route towards Haribag Pass (2,500m)
  • Walk alongside shepherds & friendly village locals to cross the Sun Pass (2,700m)
  • Keep a lookout for the diverse Himalayan wildlife & birdlife – the Himalayan griffin vulture, monal, golden eagle and the lammergeier
  • Witness the nomadic lifestyle of the Gaddis (Himalayan shepherds) and enjoy home cooked meals
  • Wake up beneath the snow-capped summits basking in the early morning sun with a cup of delicious Himalayan tea
  • Join a Mughlai cooking demo and enjoy a meal influenced by Central Asian & Islamic recipes
  • Visit what is widely considered the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal.


With a mix of traditions, spiritual beliefs, festivals, architecture and landscapes, India will set your memories ablaze long after you’ve left its shores. This carefully crafted Dalai Lama Himalaya Trek is the ideal intro in to life in India, the culture and the trekking as you journey through the foothills of the impressive Himalayan mountains. But first, a trip to India isn’t complete without having a chance to become accustomed to the infamous Indian hustle & bustle of Delhi followed by a visit to the exquisite mausoleum of white marble structure in Agra, the Taj Mahal. Welcome the whirl of colour, noise and flavour of India with our small group adventure.

From here it’s an overnight train journey from Delhi to Pathankot and on to Dharamshala. This hilltop retreat is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Here you will have the chance to visit the Tsuglagkhang complex to see the Dalai Lama’s Temple. It’s then time to travel to Bir, at the foothills of the Himalayas, for the start of your 5-day trekking adventure. Centred around the Uhl valley and river and situated in the shadows of some of the world’s highest peaks, your trek commences through oak and rhododendron forests towards Haribag Pass (2,500m), an ancient trading route. Each morning you’ll wake up beneath the snow-capped summits basking in the early morning sun and enjoy a quick cup of delicious Himalayan tea before hitting the winding paths upwards with spectacular views of the Shivalik Mountains. The surrounding alpine pastures are strewn with wildflowers and medicinal plants. The highest point of your trek is the Sun Pass at 2,700m where you’ll walk alongside shepherds and locals. Your route also follows the Thadkot River alongside traditionally farmed terraced fields and tiny hamlets. You’ll witness the nomadic lifestyle of the Gaddis (Himalayan shepherds), soak up the inspiring views and have be in awe of the stunning Himalayan sunsets as shadows are cast over the distant, snow-capped peaks.

This Dalai Lama Himalaya Trek is packed with diverse cultural discovery, delicious home-cooked meals, exceptional trekking and incredible Himalayan landscapes – all the ingredients for an unforgettable trip!

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi India
Your adventure begins in Delhi, a lively city chock full of architectural masterpieces and spice-crammed street food.

Arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport on the nominated flight time, you’ll be met and receive a private transfer to your hotel in New Delhi. Dependent on your flight time, you may have the chance to explore some of the wealth of history, culture, cuisine, commerce and street life of this bustling capital city. At first glance, Delhi can seem an overwhelming place to negotiate but give it time and you’ll feel the chaos subside, revealing delicate pieces of daily life and layer upon layer of ancient history, built up over 2000 years of settlement.

This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, mingle with your fellow team-mates and receive a briefing of your journey ahead.

Accommodation: Deventure Hotel or similar (twin share basis)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Delhi – Agra (Taj Mahal) – Delhi (train)
There are few sights in the world as iconic as the Taj Mahal, so a visit to this mausoleum marks the start of your incredible journey.

In the early morning you’ll ransfer to Delhi Railway station to board your train to Agra. Located on the western bank of the Yamuna River, the city of Agra, founded in 1504 by Sultan Sikander Lodi, was besieged in 1526 by Babur the first Mughal Emperor. During the mid-16th and 17th centuries Agra, by now the Mughal capital, witnessed a remarkable spate of expansion and architectural development as each successive emperor tried to outdo the last. As a result, Akbar, Jehangir, and Shah Jahan have all left behind an impressive legacy of Mughal masterpieces.

Upon arrival to Agra, you’ll visit the impressive Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal stands in gorgeous Mughal gardens in the Taj Ganj district of Agra.

Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their fourteenth child in 1631, the Taj Mahal is described by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as ‘a tear drops on the face of eternity’. Heartbroken by her death, legend has it that Shah Jahan’s hair turned grey overnight and that he turned his back on running the empire, concentrating instead on the construction of this monument to love. The mausoleum was finally completed in 1648 after years of painstaking chiseling and carving by the most skilled craftspeople in the Mughal empire. The queen consort was interred inside in a private chamber at the heart of the monument and Shah Jahan was later buried alongside his wife when he died in 1666. 

Following this iconic visit, it’s time for lunch where you’ll have the chance to join Mughlai cooking demo. Influenced by Central Asian and Islamic recipes, Mughlai cuisine is unique and fragrant. Meet a passionate cook who’ll teach you how to prepare classics such as malai ki sabzi (vegetables cooked with cream) and onion paratha (flatbread stuffed with onions and potato), depending on the season.

In the evening head to Agra railway station to board your return train to Delhi.

Agra: Taj Mahal
Agra: Mughlai Cooking demonstration and Lunch
Accommodation: Deventure Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Day 3

Delhi experience
Experience Delhi with a tour including India Gate, Luytens Delhi, Parliament House and fascinating parts of New Delhi all with a local guide.  

In the afternoon you’ll have the chance to freshen up with the day use rooms at Hotel Deventure before your evening transfer to Delhi Railway station to board your overnight train to Pathankot.

Delhi: Private driving and tour
Transfer: To Delhi Railway Station
Overnight train: AII Jat Express train no. 12413, Delhi – Pathankot (2210 – 0457 Hours)
Meals: Breakfast only

Day 4

Pathankot – Dharamshala
Arrive at Pathankot station and further drive to Dharamshala (approx. 3 hour drive).

Strung with prayer flags and busy with robed monks strolling between monasteries, this hilltop retreat is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Spend the afternoon wandering the peaceful streets, which are set to the backdrop of the Himalayas. There’s a lot to gain here from learning about the many facets of Tibetan Buddhism.  

In the afternoon make a visit to Tsuglagkhang complex to see the Dalai Lama’s Temple.  

Dharamashala: Dalai Lama Temple
Accommodation: Citrus Classic Hotel or similar (twin share basis)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

Dharamshala – Bir
Spend the morning further exploring Dharamsala or stroll to Bhagsunag Waterfall before transferring to Bir, a rural village at the foothills of the Himalayas (approx. 2 hour drive). Once there, you’ll be welcomed at the Dream and Adventure Centre at base of the beautiful Dhauladhar mountain range set in a scenic location amongst forest and tea-plantation. A home away from home and also a central base for paragliding as Bir is renowned as the paragliding capital of India. It is also a noted centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies, meditation and home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa. 

There will be time to explore, as well as relax in the grounds of the tea plantation, and the evening will be spent enjoying some tasty home-cooked food using herbs and vegetables grown fresh from the garden. 

Bir: Tea plantation visit
Accommodation: Dream and Adventure Centre (twin room share)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Trek Bir – Majaj 
Your incredible 5-day trek begins. Centred around the Uhl valley and river and situated in the shadows of some of the world’s most dramatic peaks. Your journey winds its way through oak and rhododendron forests towards Haribag Pass (2,500m) along an ancient trading route. You will then pass by the village of Barua, where you will stop for a picnic lunch in picturesque meadows, soaking up the great views of the mountains and surrounding peaks.

Crossing the pass you head down to Majaj, a great spot for bird-watchers and nature-spotters alike. The area is well known for its diverse Himalayan wildlife and birdlife, including the Himalayan griffin vulture, monal, golden eagle and the lammergeier. If really lucky you may see thar, musk deer, forest leopard, puma and Himalayan black and brown bear.

Trekking info
Trek altitude: 2500m
Trek duration: 6 – 8 hours

Accommodation: Lodge or similar (twin room share)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Trek Majaj – Shanag 
Today, you’ll walk alongside shepherds and locals, before crossing the Sun Pass at 2,700m. Pushing onwards, you will follow the Thadkot River alongside traditionally farmed terraced fields and tiny hamlets.

You’ll arrive into your place of accommodation in time to witness a stunning Himalayan sunset as it casts shadows over the distant, snow-capped peaks.

Trekking info
Trek altitude: 2700m
Trek duration: 6 – 7 hours

Accommodation: Lodge or similar (twin room share)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Trek Shanag – Bahrua 
Wake up beneath the snow-capped summits basking in the early morning sun. After a quick cup of delicious Himalayan tea, it’s off on a winding path upwards with spectacular views of the Shivalik Mountains. The surrounding alpine pastures are strewn with wildflowers and medicinal plants.

Tonight you’ll stay at an old colonial hunting lodge, used many years ago by the British and the Maharajas.

Trekking info
Trek altitude: 2300m
Trek duration: 6 – 8 hours

Accommodation: Lodge or similar (twin room share)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9

Your choice – opt for a rest day and explore the local area or join an optional trek with your local guide
Today is your choice depending on what you may wish to do. You can either have a rest day, explore nearby or join a 10km trek to 3050 metres with your local guide. There’s a nearby peak to tackle which will reward you with some incredible views over the Himalayas. 

The group will rendezvous again in at your accommodation place for the evening meal, before spending another night at the hunting lodge.

Trekking info for optional hike
Trek altitude: 3050m
Trek duration: 4 – 5 hours

Accommodation: Hunting lodge (twin room share)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

Trek Bahrua – Bal and transfer to Bir

Your final morning to awake amid the granduer of the Himalayan peaks as it’s the last day of your trekking adventure. 

Today you’ll walk from Bal to Shilpadhani, a small village surrounded by thick woodland. Enroute you’ll witness the nomadic lifestyle of the Gaddis (Himalayan shepherds) and soak up the inspiring views for the last time. You will then return to the Dream and Adventure Centre for a well-deserved celebratory meal together with your team-mates where you can reflect on your incredible trekking journey.

Trekking info
Trek altitude: 2300m
Trek duration: 5 – 6 hours

Accommodation: Lodge or similar (twin room share)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11

Bir – Dharamshala – Pathankot transfer and overnight train to Delhi 

It’s the penultimate day of your adventure and with spirits high, you’ll travel to the Baijnath Temple, one of Himachal’s most exquisite ancient temples which was built in 840AD. It’s still very much active and the setting is in a grassy area high above the Binwa River with a backdrop of mountains.

From there, it’s off to the Norbulinka Institute, which was established to preserve traditional Tibetan arts. Set amid Japanese gardens, there is a serene temple with delicate bridges across tiny streams. Enjoy the serenity here before heading back to the chaos of Delhi on an overnight train.

Train: Jammu Rajdhani train no. 12426, Pathankot – Delhi (2309 – 0555 Hours)

*Train arrives the next day.

Accommodation: Overnight train
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12

Farewell to India

You’ll arrive by train to Delhi in the morning and have the opportunity to freshen up with the day use of a room at Hotel Deventure. Day use room will be shared by 4 team-mates per room.

Later there will be a group transfer to the airport for your return flight home filled with a huge sense of achievement, memories to reflect upon & share for years to come and with some new like-minded trekking pals.

Meals: Breakfast
Airport transfer: one private transfer for nominated flight departure time

Why go

One of the oldest civilisations in the world, India is a mosaic of multicultural experiences. With a rich heritage and myriad of charms, the country is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. However, we are pleased that India formed The Responsible Tourism Society of India in 2008, at the behest of the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, the founding members of Ecotourism Society of India. This society work closely with the central and state government bodies responsible for sustainable tourism and a network of like-minded regional / state players across the country to facilitate and support synergy of policies, initiatives and activities at the national and state level. When setting up trips, we select countries which are making headway in sustainable tourism.

We develop and host sustainable adventures to help support local communities and give you the chance to have a more meaningful travel experience. This trek to the foothills of the Himalaya has been created in line with our Travelife Partner award in sustainable tourism. 

Pre-trip info

On booking your Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek, you’ll receive all the exciting trip info via our free mobile travel app.

You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper to benefit the environment and the need of carrying around documents with you. A’ppy days.

Pre-trip support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on the Dalai Lama Trek and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance.

We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the destinations that we visit in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure. We’re here to help you with any questions, no matter how big or small, and it’s not often that you’re able to speak directly with the owners of the business who have so much passion for travelling in India.


On joining this trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book to Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is the main airport in Delhi, that includes free airport transfers for the group in India. You’re welcome to book these flights directly with the airline or you can book them through our Flight Agent who is ATOL & ABTA at a direct cost (there is no mark up on these flights from Adventurous Ewe). 

Flights are not included in your package to give you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport in the UK and Australia, use your frequent flyer points or extend your stay in India if you wish. 


All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry into India. For the most up to date info, please visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website

Your passport must also:

  • be machine-readable
  • have 2 blank pages for your visa.

To avoid possible problems at immigration, make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of entry into India.

Travellers from the UK, US, CA and EU normally need a visa to enter India. Please note, visa requirements often change and it is your responsibility to obtain any required visas for this trip. Therefore, we recommend that you check with the nearest embassy or consulate of your chosen destination(s), including any countries you may be transiting or transferring through.

Some local governments provide guidance on what visas their citizens need. To help, we’ve gathered a selection of useful links below.

• Australia: www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/india
• Canada: www.travel.gc.ca/destinations/india
• UK: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements
• USA: www.travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/India.html

Travellers eligible for an e-visa, which includes those from the UK, US, CA and EU, can apply at www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html.

You will be applying for an E-Tourist Visa – there are 3 options

1). 30-day E-Tourist Visa. This is a double-entry visa and is valid for entry within 30 days from the date of issue. You can only apply for this type of visa within 30 days of travel.

2). 1-year E-Tourist Visa. This is a multiple entry visa and is valid for 1 year from the date of issue. You can apply for this type of visa within 180 days of travel.

3). 5-year E-Tourist Visa. This is a multiple entry visa and is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.You can apply for this type of visa within 180 days of travel.

When completing your online visa application, please read the instructions carefully, check the documentation required, including the quite detailed digital photograph instructions, go through the Sample e-Visa Application form provided to familiarise yourself with the various sections of information you will need to provide.

Please note: If you travel on an e-Tourist Visa, your passport will be stamped and your biometric data (fingerprinting and retinal scan) may be processed on arrival in India.

You must make your application a minimum of 4 days before your arrival in India. You must also remember to print a copy of the e-Tourist Visa and take it with you to India for processing on arrival. Filling out the application form Note: most of the questions have ‘required fields’ (denoted by a red asterisk). This means that you will not be allowed to submit the form without filling in these fields. If the question is not applicable to you, please type ‘NA’ into these fields. On the fourth page of the application, where you are asked to state ‘Places to be visited’, please write ‘Delhi’. On the same page you will also be asked for a ‘Reference Name in India’, Adventurous Ewe will provide you with these details once booked. And for ‘Reference Name in Home Country’ please use Adventurous Ewe.

We do try keep our info up to date but be advised visa requirements and charges are subject to change. Please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html for the most up-to-date info.

Travel insurance

Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking. It is compulsory that everyone who travels with us has taken out adequate travel insurance which includes, among other things, cover for the full value of your trip, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, activities undertaken, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects and pandemic travel cover.

For UK residents we have partnered with Campbell & Irvine Direct to provide you with a travel insurance. If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote.

You must send your Travel Insurance Policy to Adventurous Ewe prior to departure.


For peace of mind whilst trekking in the mountains, Global Rescue provides short term membership giving access to travel, security, medical advisory and evacuation services up to $US500,000.  They’re a specialised field rescue company, and assist from the point of illness or injury by getting you to the closest and most appropriate medical facilities to get stabilised. Once fit to fly if you require additional inpatient treatment Global Rescue will further evacuate and repatriate to your home hospital on record. These services are all covered through their upfront membership fee with no claims process.  For more info, please click here


There are no required vaccinations. However, you may want to consider vaccinations for tetanus, hepatitis A, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and tuberculosis. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your doctor or travel clinic for further advice.

You will also require a yellow fever vaccination certificate if arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Proof of a polio vaccination may also be required by some travellers. Please confirm all requirements and recommendations with your doctor or travel clinic.

Additionally, dengue, a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, is a known risk in India. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, so we strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.


If you have a severe allergy please inform us at the time of booking. We will do all we can to help, but unfortunately we are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment on this trip. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not carried as standard by AE leaders and crew. Whilst your leader is aware of our trekkers medical history, please also inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Safety and well-being

Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority.

The Dalai Lama Trek is intentionally challenging and requires individual preparation as the trip is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something amazing. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place.


You will be accompanied by a local Trip Guide for the whole duration of your trip. During your trekking days you will be accompanied by a local Mountain Guide/s. For groups over 10 people you will also be accompanied by a UK/Australian Mountain Leader. All our Guides are Remote First Aid trained and have extensive experience in leading teams in this region. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on this trip.There will be radio or phone contact between Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader, Local Guides & crew and the Office Base in Delhi during your trek. 

If for any reason you need to leave the group early, our local crew will assist you with your descent and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary. All costs incurred due to an early descent will need to be covered by yourself before departing the hotel, this is why we insist on suitable travel insurance cover.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel advice or the Australian Smart Traveller Advice for India for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

We also ask that you please ensure you use your alcohol-based hand sanitiser at all times to minimise the spread of any germs throughout your fellow flock of trekkers!

Leaders & crew

You will be accompanied by a local Trip Guide for the whole duration of your trip. During your trekking days you will be accompanied by a local Mountain Guide/s. Our Local Guides are very experienced, knowledgeable and have the renowed warmth and hospitality. They are constantly self-driven to go above and beyond to ensure you will have an amazing experience. Mountain climbing for the local guides is more than just a career, it’s a passion which they are proud to share with others. Our Guides are responsible for ensuring the complete safety, well-being and enjoyment of the team whilst also retaining a flexible and supportive attitude. The Leaders/s have radio and mobile phone contact with base, the local office in Delhi and Adventurous Ewe’s HQ.


You will have a UK or Australian Mountain Leader for groups over 8 people. Your UK or Australian Mountain Leader will have many years leading teams in remote areas. Our Leaders are carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience on your trek and with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. Your Mountain Leader will also have Remote First Aid qualifications.


We understand porters, and the whole mountain crew in general, are the heart and soul of our Dalai Lama trek and we believe that fair treatment of our crew on the mountain is not merely an industry requirement but the tenet of this trek. Ensuring our crew is well paid, insured and cared for is a priority for us. When we trek, the entire group ‑ you, the guides and porters alike ‑ are a team who share the same needs for safety and well-being in this mountain environment.

Group size

We pride ourselves in small group travel to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety and wellbeing and to make your experience more authentic.

The minimum group size for the Dalai Lama Trek to run is 6 people and the maximum group size is 12 people.

You are most welcome to join this trek as a group of friends, family, colleagues, a private group or as a solo traveller. You are also welcome to use this trip as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.

If you have a group of over 8 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trip for your team, your charity or your company. For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke trip, we’d love to hear from you at info@adventurousewe.co.uk 

Trip grading

This trip is graded as ‘Medium/Challenging’. The all round adventure is the ideal intro trip to India. Giving you the chance to experience one of the oldest civilisations in the world, the mosaic of multicultural experiences and standing in awe of the ivory-white marble mausoleum The Taj Mahal. Plus having the opportunity to explore the Himalayan foothills through remote rural villages set against the majestic backdrop of some of the world’s most impressive peaks. The trekking will be a challenge however it is achievable with training and preparation. We will provide you with a training guide and plenty of tips to help you prepare for this amazing experience. 

The highest point you will reach on your trek is 3000 metres, so you have the chance to experience the incredible mountainous landscapes but without having to trek to high altitude. 

You should prepare for some long days and early starts. You will be trekking for 5 days of between 6 – 8 hours per day. So the more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the trek and take in all that surrounds you.

Come prepared: India can be challenging, while the heat and bustle of some cities can be a little overwhelming. That said, the peaceful Himalaya’s will have you return home with memories to last a lifetime.

Please note, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal, and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published, so it is not possible to warn you when work will be taking place.


When you ascend above 2500 metres your body has to acclimatise to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. To allow your body to adjust we have structured this trek so that you ascend slowly, allowing acclimatisation to occur. However, during the acclimatisation process, you may experience some of the following symptoms – headaches, tiredness, disturbed sleep, shortness of breath, cough, loss of appetite, nausea, palpitations and swelling of the hands and face.

Individuals acclimatise at different rates and we would expect the majority of the team to notice the effects of being at high altitude, and while most will only feel discomfort and headaches, it is not uncommon for a small number of people to need extra care which will be provided by our leaders and crew.

During your pre-trek briefing, altitude sickness will be discussed in more detail and advice on how to best cope with it. The most important thing is not to fear it, but to respect it. Know the signs & symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), be aware of how it affects the body and report any illness to your leader straight away. Our leaders and crew are there to help and are fully experienced with high altitude conditions and all the scenarios that trekking at these altitudes bring. You’re in good hands.

In most cases, AMS can be avoided following these guidelines:

  • Drink around 3-5 litres each day to achieve suitable hydration levels. Try and avoid tea & coffee and definitely no alcohol
  • Walk slowly, even when in the teahouses
  • Keep warm, especially at night
  • Eat well, even when you don’t feel like eating

A Trek Training Programme will be provided when you join this trip to help you with your preparations. We also have exclusive offers with our Training Partners and Communities – Her Spirit and Strength & Movement Coast, Peter Lant. For more info, please visit our Training & Preparation page.

The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!

Kit list

A full kit list and tips will be provided when you book this trip. You will also receive exclusive discount codes to use in independent specialist outdoor retailers, both online and in store. 


The best time to trek in the Indian Himalaya is either before or after the monsoon which lasts from June to September.

March/April – In the Himalayas, the temperatures in the day can vary; minimum is probably around 7c and maximum 28c, with an average of 22c. It is likely to drop below 0c in the evenings, however, so you should come fully prepared for cold nights. As a general rule it is t-shirt weather in the day and fleece & jacket weather at night. In Delhi it will be humid and around 28-30c, but remember to bring appropriate attire for visiting religious sites.

August/September – In the Himalayas, the average daytime temperature is 20c but this can vary. The rainy season is petering off but you may still experience some rain so good waterproofs are essential. In the evenings it will be cooler (approx 5c); however, you will have campfires and eat inside the dining tent.

October/November – In the Himalayas, the average daytime temperature is 15c but this can vary. There is little rain (average 7mm) at this time of year but you may well still experience some rain so waterproofs are optional. It is likely to drop below 0c in the evenings, and so you should come fully prepared for cold nights.


9 nights in hotels or lodges and two nights on a sleeper train. The hotels are a mixture of standard and comfortable hotels.The hunting lodge is positioned in a camping area, however you will be staying in the lodge. There is no camping on this trip in order to help support more local accommodation houses and provide you with a comfortable trekking experience.

Overnight train journey

The overnight sleeper train is an experience in itself. Typically bookings are made in two-tier rooms (four people to a compartment) or three-tier (six to a compartment) if two-tier is unavailable. There are many excellent trains in India but the standard is not in line with European or US standards. Seats are allocated when the tickets are issued, meaning we cannot guarantee the whole group is together in the same carriage; your leader will manage this as best as possible and will always check on you during the journey.

Indian trains are safe but we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times. Snacks are often offered on board (at an additional cost) but you may wish to purchase your own food before the journey. While some trains have Western-style facilities, the majority of services are equipped with squat toilets.

Please note, trains are sometimes delayed for reasons beyond our control, but we endeavour to minimise the impact of these delays on the overall itinerary.

Single Supplements

If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the hotel nights in Delhi (subject to availability) and some other hotels. While in the lodges, single rooms cannot be guaranteed so these have not been included in the single supplement price paid in advance. 

Food & drinks

11 x Breakfasts, 9 x Lunches, 9 x Dinners included.

You should allow the equivalent of US$24 per day for other meals. You can eat out very cheaply in India  but if you go to more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most towns there is a good choice between Indian, Chinese and Western food. If you are a vegetarian, India is probably one of the best destinations you can visit. Where meals are not included, the leader will encourage people to try certain restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations that will boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In India, we can even see how some food and drinks, such as masala chai (tea), samosa (mashed potato snacks), jalebe (Indian doughnuts) and lassi (yoghurt drink), are made.

Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately US$4.80.

Drinking water will be provided in large containers in our vehicle, so please bring a refillable water bottle with you, your complimentary Water-to-Go bottle is ideal. 

On day 2 of your trip, for lunch you will join a Mughlai cooking demonstration. Influenced by Central Asian and Islamic recipes, Mughlai cuisine is unique and fragrant. Meet a passionate cook who’ll teach you how to prepare classics such as malai ki sabzi (vegetables cooked with cream) and onion paratha (flatbread stuffed with onions and potato), depending on the season.

Water-to-Go bottle

Adventurous Ewe has partnered with Water-to-Go, a filtration system that eliminates over 99.99% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source – for more info please click here. Adventurous Ewe trekkers will receive a free Water-to-Go bottle when departing on our Dalai Lama Trek, and better still, 15% of the purchase value for replacement filters will be donated to our environmental charity partner, Cool Earth. Please note that if the water freezes it will clog up the filter – in this event, defrost before use by sitting the filter in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes. Please help us reduce the volume of single use plastic in this pristine environment.

Payment info

Deposit: £295 per person on booking and non-refundable
Balance: £1705 per person is due no later than 60 days prior to the trip start date.
Total cost: £2000 per person

Monthly payment plan
A monthly payment plan can be arranged for this trip. Please contact us for more information or to set up your plan. Simply email info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

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You’re welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice if you wish to do so. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to your chosen charity.

Departure & Return Duration Availability Deposit Total Cost* (*Total cost includes the deposit)
May 25, 2024
Jun 05, 2024
12 Days Available £295.00 £2000.00 Book Now
Oct 05, 2024
Oct 16, 2024
12 Days Available £295.00 £2000.00 Book Now

What's Included?

  • Personalised trip support in the lead up to your trek from Adventurous Ewe
  • Trek training guide
  • Discount on personal kit from independent outdoor retailers both in shop and online
  • Trip info supplied via our free mobile travel app
  • Public liability insurance
  • Financial Protection for your booking
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning
  • Free Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go Bottle
  • Adventurous Ewe Leader (for groups over 8 people)
  • 01 English Speaking trip leader throughout and English-speaking local guide at Monuments
  • 2 local guides during your trek 
  • All ground crew as per your itinerary
  • Private vehicle road transfers within India per your itinerary
  • Train travel Delhi – Agra (Chair car) and Agra – Delhi (Chair car)
  • Overnight train travel Delhi – Pathankot and Pathankot – Delhi
  • 9 night hotel accommodation (twin share basis)
  • 2 nights overnignt train accommodation
  • 11 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 9 x dinner
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies 
  • All logistical and safety management whilst in India
  • All trip management before, during and post trek.

What's Not Included?

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Return flights to Delhi India. These can be arranged for you at an additional cost through our Flight Agent who is ATOL protected
  • Airport transfers in Nepal if flights booked are outside of our recommended flight times
  • Road transfers as outlined in your itinerary
  • Visa – please refer to Indian immigration advice
  • Any entry requirements as set by the Indian Government
  • Vaccination/s. Please refer Fit for Travel for more info
  • Personal spending money and drinks
  • Meals not listed in your itinerary
  • Snacks, electrolytes, water purification tablets
  • Kit and equipment as listed on your kit list and medication
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Single room supplement where available
  • Any associated costs with leaving the trek early.

If you wish to extend your stay in India, we can help you with plenty of recommendations of things to do and see. For more information, please contact us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk.


Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering our trips in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at its core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures to benefit local people, their economy and the environment! As such we have attained the Travelife Partner level award which recognises the long-term efforts of Adventurous Ewe regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

This means that Adventurous Ewe complies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operator’s office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife Partner level standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights, and labour relation. Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members including, SMAL, APAVT, UHPA, ANVR, ABTA, PATA and more.

Some of the ethical features embedded in our Dalai Lama Indian Himalayas Trek are:

  • Using local crew who are qualified Leaders, support crew and drivers who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced and armed with a big friendly smile
  • Fair wages and ethical treatment of porters and guides
  • Staying in smaller-scale locally owned accommodation
  • Buying locally produced food and drink, and dining in locally owned restaurants
  • Travelling by overnight train 
  • Minimising plastic waste wherever possible
  • Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Respect the local people and their property. Do not take photos without introducing yourself and ask permission before snapping away
  • When visiting ancient and sacred sites don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious objects, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
  • The litter problem in India is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and take a reusable bag with you. You are welcome to bring a rubbish bag on your trek, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
  • Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos – take only memories, leave only footprints
  • To help eliminate our single use plastic footprint in India, we provide a free Water-to-Go bottle to all trekkers on departure
  • Adventurous Ewe will make a financial contribution to the environmental charity, Cool Earth, as part of our business partnership.

Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet.

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