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Fri 16 Mar - Sun 25 Mar 2018

In association with Kantar in aid of Unicef

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ITINERARY

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Fri 16 Mar 2018

Meet in Delhi for overnight train to Chakki Bank

You will need to arrive by midday latest in Delhi today in order to transfer to the start point (TBC) of the challenge in Delhi. There will be one main group transfer organised for you from the airport to the start point. If you arrive outside of this transfer, you will need to organise a separate transfer at your expense. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the chance to explore India’s bustling capital, test your haggling skills, or soak up the sights from the Red Fort to the Raj Ghat (NB: this is not part of the organised itinerary). Later the group will meet up for the first team dinner, where the challenge officially begins, before catching the overnight sleeper train to Chakki Bank.

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Day 2, Sat 17 Mar 2018

Dharamsala

Having arrived early in Chakki Bank, it’s a further three-hour transfer to Dharamsala. You will have the chance to wander around the town and acclimatise to your new surroundings. Overnight stay in hotel.

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Day 3, Sun 18 Mar 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, we will 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. Then the evening will be spent enjoying home-cooked food and really bonding with your teammates.

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Day 4, Mon 19 Mar 2018

Trek to Majaj -17 km

Your amazing 5-day trek begins, centred around the Uhl valley and river, home to brown & rainbow trout, and situated in the shadows of some of the world’s highest peaks. To start, you trek upwards 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 beside a shepherd’s encampment, 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, with a water-spot that is visited at sunset. This 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. Monkeys may also amuse and join us on parts of our journey. You will celebrate the first day of the trek around the campfire. Overnight in a tented camp.

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Day 5, Tue 20 Mar 2018

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

You will walk alongside shepherds and locals, before crossing the Sun Pass at 2,700m. Pushing onwards, we follow the Thadkot River on its path through traditionally farmed terraced fields and past tiny hamlets. Tonight we get to camp in time to witness the Himalayan sunset, which casts shadows over the distant peaks.

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Day 6, Wed 21 Mar 2018

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

Wake up beneath the snow-capped summits in the early morning sun. After a quick cuppa, it’s off on a winding path upwards with spectacular views of the Shivalik Mountains. The alpine pastures around the pass are strewn with wild flowers and medicinal plants. Tonight we stay in an old colonial hunting lodge, used many years ago by the British and the Maharajas.

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Day 7, Thu 22 Mar 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 slog. However, for those still in the mood for some exercise there are some great optional walks. We can climb a nearby peak which arguably boasts the best views in the Himalayas. The group will rendezvous again in camp for the evening meal, before spending another night under the stars.

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Day 8, Fri 23 Mar 2018

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

It’s the last day of our challenge and this morning is the perfect time to reflect on our journey. Today we walk from Bal to Shilpadhani, a small village surrounded by thick woodland. En route we’ll witness the nomadic lifestyle of the Gaddis (Himalayan shepherds) and soak up the views for the last time – before returning to the Dream and Adventure Centre for a celebratory meal.

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Day 9, Sat 24 Mar 2018

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

It’s the penultimate day of and with spirits high, we 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 peace before we head back on the overnight train to the buzz of Delhi.

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Day 10, Sun 25 Mar 2018

Arrive Delhi - depart for home

You will arrive in Delhi this morning and transfer to a local hotel where you can rest before departing for the airport for your onward journey home. There will be one main group transfer to the airport. If your flight time is much earlier or later and you prefer to wait at the hotel, you can do so but the transfer to the airport will be at your own expense.

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Important information

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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