The mountains are calling! This 10-day trek promises to be a beautiful journey through the untouched Himalayas. You will connect and discover nature but you will also experience authentic Indian Himalayan traditions, cultures, food, handicraft and the general way of living while connecting with the people who live here.
The trek will take you through lush green forests filled with wild flowers and butterflies, along stunning mountain trails, past sparkling waterfalls and peaceful meadows with in the background the towering peaks of the Himalayas.
In the charming villages you are invited to participate in cooking or handicrafts with the local women. The villagers invite you to sing and dance with them around the campfire at night. And when everyone has gone to sleep you get to hear the sound of silence and gaze at the stars.
During the trip you'll stay in fairy-tale-like camps, boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. You will experience everyday life in HImalayan villages, you will visit century old temples and discover the Himalayas 'off the beaten track'.
This trek supports the Fernweh/Bachan empowerment
project for underprivileged women and untouchable tribes as well as environmental and educational projects.
A journey through flower-filled forests, small villages, along mountain trails, past waterfalls and with views of towering mountain peaks
Day 1: Travel to Rishikesh - Foothills of Himalayas
Arrival in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas and overnight stay in a hotel run by female monks. Rishikesh is a sprritual town and the birth place of Yoga, dotted with a number of ancient temples, ashrams and world renowned yoga and meditation centres. This is the place where Beatles stayed and wrote many songs in the 70’s.
After lunch we'll discover some of the local sites and shop for comfortable cotton clothing to wear during the village visits as we want to respect the local traditions and culture. This is a little gesture of respect.
Day 2: Haridwar - Gopeshwar (235 km) - Into the deep Himalayas
After an early rise 4x4 jeeps take us along the Ganga river closer to the Tibetan border. We will make several stops for breakfast, lunch, refreshments and sightseeing. Just outside Gopeshwar, we will stay at Peaches and Pears: an eco-friendly B&B. This will be our home for next 4 days. Late afternoon visit to Gopeshwar to discover Gopinath temple from the 9-11 century AD plus a typical colourful mountain village market.
Day 3: Gopeshwar - Village and waterfall
After breakfast we will discover beautiful old architecture and life in the village. We will speak to some of the locals and exchange stories. After a visit to the local school we'll have lunch with one of the women in the village.. After the morning part of the program we go off to visit hidden waterfalls and swimming holes. This is a beautiful nature discovery trek with plenty of flora and fauna to see. Freshly prepared home-made organic dinner around the fire in the evening.
Day 4: Gopeshwar - Handicrafts, local market and Gopinath Temple
Today we'll trek to local Tibetan handicraft villages. We'll meet the artisans and if you want, you can participate in making the handicraft and buying the finished product. We'll have lunch with a young widowed woman supported by the empowerment project.
In the afternoon we'll visit a tree planting project run by retired soldiers. In the evening we enjoy dinner around a bonfire with our host family while they share local legends.
Included in the price:
9 nights accommodation in Bed & Breakfast, boutique hotel and nature camp
Meals: Lunch on day 1, breakfast and dinner on day 2/5/6/7/9, breakfast, lunch and dinner on day 3/4/8, breakfast on day 10
Herbal tea ceremonies
Entrance fee to monuments and national parks mentioned in the itinerary
Private taxi travel
All activities mentioned in the itinerary
Pick up and drop off at Dehradun airport or train station
Flights & visas
Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
Insurance and tips
Day 8: Gopeshwar - Cooking course and sunset
In the morning you can partake in a yoga session and a herbal tea ceremony. After this you're invited to an Indian Himalayan cooking course with your host. We will cook together and enjoy our dishes.
After lunch there is some time to relax before we go for a hike to a neighbouring village to enjoy a stunning sunset and views of the Gopeshwar area. Tonight is the last dinner with our host family with dinner, dance and music.
Day 9: Rishikesh - Sightseeing and drive to Rishikesh
After breakfast we'll set off for our drive towards our riverside boutique hotel in Rishikesh. There is time for some sightseeing and following the river Ganga allows us to see the rituals that take place along this sacred river.
Day 10: Rishikesh - Departure
After Breakfast it is time to say goodbye to this special place in India. Departure from Dehradun airport/trainstation
Day 5: Gopeshwar – Chopta - Deveriyatall trek and Chopta camp
After breakfast we will head off to our next destination. The drive takes us through beautiful green villages and the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary to Chopta. There is a good chance to see birds and wildlife on the way. We'll stay in a fairytale spot next to a beautiful stream.
From Sari village we'll walk to Deoriatal at 2438m, it is a beautiful lake with pristine water. The area is surrounded by forests and green and is one of the most scenic spots to catch breathtaking views of the majestic peaks of the Garwal Himalayas.
Day 6: Chopta - Tungnath trek and clean-up
You will wake up to breathtaking view of the forest. According to local legends there are fairies around. After breakfast we head off to Tungnath which means 'Lord of the peaks'. It’s a stunning 3,5km trek which takes us to the snow clad peaks and the 1000-year old Tungnath temple. Located at 3,680m in the midst of forests, this place is mostly unexplored by travellers while it's famous for its rich flora and fauna and serene beauty.
We will have lunch here and if you're up for it you can climb another 1.5km steep climb to the Chandershila summit (4000 m) giving you a majestic view of the snowy Himalayan peaks.
On our way down we will deliver our contribution to the Himalayas and collect rubbish. This clean-up drive is organised by Fernweh Fair Travel and Peace trips project. After tea and refreshments we can rest and meet again in the evening for a freshly cooked organic dinner buffet around the open fire.
Day 7: Gopeshwar - Atri muni cave and Ansuiya temple trek
After breakfast we set off for a 13km trek to the Atri muni caves and temple. The ancient cave and the 70m high waterfall are breathtaking. We will pass through beautiful villages, forests, fields, see temples and cross river paths and meadows. We'll enjoy a packed lunch and return back to Gopeshwar for a relaxing evening around the fire with a freshly home cooked hot organic meal.