Mon 22 Oct - Thu 01 Nov 2018

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ITINERARY

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Mon 22 Oct 2018

International departure from London

Full of excitement and nerves you meet your Charity Challenge representative and the rest of the challenge team at the airport. Wave goodbye to family and friends as you set off on your long-awaited adventure to Delhi, India 

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Day 2, Tue 23 Oct 2018

Overnight train to Chakki Bank

A local Charity Challenge representative will be waiting at the airport for your transfer to the hotel. The day will begin with the chance to explore India’s bustling capital, Delhi. Test your haggling skills or soak up the sights, from the Red Fort to the Raj Ghat. Later, the group will meet up for the first team dinner, before catching the overnight sleeper train to Chakki Bank.

Accommodation: Sleeper train

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Day 3, Wed 24 Oct 2018

Dharamsala

Arriving early in Chakki Bank, it’s a further three-hour transfer to Dharamsala - home to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Dotted with temples and monasteries, multi-coloured Tibetan prayer flags flutter in the wind. Take a clockwise kora walk of the Dalai Lama's temple and residence, with many giant prayer wheels, mani stones and colourful prayer flags. The walk will be fully guided, where you’ll learn about Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and Tibetan way of life.

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 4, Thu 25 Oct 2018

Dharamsala to Bir

Spend the morning further exploring Dharamsala or stroll to Bhagsunag Waterfall before transferring to Bir, at the foothills of the Himalayas. Once there, you’ll be welcomed at the Dream and Adventure Centre.

There will be time to explore, as well as relax in the grounds of the tea plantation, and the evening will be spent enjoying home-cooked food and bonding with your teammates.

Accommodation: Dream and Adventure Centre

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Day 5, Fri 26 Oct 2018

Trek to Majaj -17 km

Your incredible 5-day trek begins, centred around the Uhl valley and river, and situated in the shadows of some of the world’s highest peaks. To trek commences through oak and rhododendron forests towards Haribag Pass (2,500m), an ancient trading route. You will then pass by the village of Barua, where you will stop for a picnic lunch in beautiful meadows, with great views of the mountains and surrounding peaks.

Crossing the pass you head down to Majaj, a favourite 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. A lucky few may see Thar, Musk Deer, Forest Leopard, Puma and Himalayan Black and Brown Bear. You will celebrate the first day of the trek around the campfire.

Accommodation: Camping 

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Day 6, Sat 27 Oct 2018

Trek to Shanag, maximum altitude 2,700m (approximately 6-7 hours)

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

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

Accommodation: Camping 

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Day 7, Sun 28 Oct 2018

Trek to Bahrua, maximum altitude 2,300m (approximately 6-7 hours)

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 wild flowers and medicinal plants.

You’ll stay in an old colonial hunting lodge, used many years ago by the British and the Maharajas.

Accommodation: Lodge

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Day 8, Mon 29 Oct 2018

Rest day or optional 10km trek, max altitude 3,050m (approximately 4-5 hours)

Weary legs may need a break, so today is a rest day in preparation for the final days of the challenge. 

For those still in the mood for some exercise there are some great optional walks available. You can climb a nearby peak which boasts arguably the best views in the Himalayas. The group will rendezvous again in camp for the evening meal, before spending another night under the stars.

Accommodation: Lodge

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Day 9, Tue 30 Oct 2018

Trek to Bal, maximum altitude 2,300m (approximately 5-6 hours)

It’s the last day of your challenge and this morning is the perfect time to reflect on our journey.

Today you’ll walk from Bal to Shilpadhani, a small village surrounded by thick woodland. En route you’ll witness the nomadic lifestyle of the Gaddis (Himalayan shepherds) and soak up the inspiring views for the last time – before returning to the Dream and Adventure Centre for a celebratory meal.

Accommodation: Dream and Adventure Centre

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Day 10, Wed 31 Oct 2018

Dream and Adventure Centre to Baijnath Temple and Norbulinka Institute to Delhi

It’s the penultimate day of the challenge and with spirits high, you’ll travel to the Baijnath Temple which was built in 840AD. 

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 before heading back to the chaos of Delhi on an overnight train.

Accommodation: Sleeper train

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Day 11, Thu 01 Nov 2018

Arrive home

With amazing memories and a massive sense of achievement, it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends, making sure you’ve swapped details before heading home.

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Important information

Please note that there is no guarantee that you will meet the Dalai Lama during this challenge. However, if he is in residence during your trek then we will attempt to secure a visit.

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, the strength of the group and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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