Sustainable Living Himalayan Expedition

11-Day Sustainable Living Expedition

Connect to the roots of sustainable living in the Himalayan foothills of Northern India.

Join natural building and sustainable-living experts Shagun Singh and Ramawtar Singh, along with river-expedition leader Anvesh Thapa for an 11-day adventure through Kumaon, Uttarakhand, northern India.

What makes this journey special?

  • This journey inspires you to learning about sustainable-living practices to bring home. While also pushing your personal boundaries by going back-to-basics ending the journey with a no-trace white-water rafting expedition.
  • Travelers arriving individually or as a group are met upon clearing customs in New Delhi (IGI). Chauffeured to a hotel close to the airport with familiar amenities for a good night’s rest before flying to the Himalayan foothills of Kumaon for the first leg of your adventures.
  • This follows a 5-night, no-trace, rafting adventure along the borders of India and Nepal on the Mahakali River that demarcates the international boundaries of these two countries.
  • Live sustainably and eat locally while learning about permaculture, natural building, local plants, their medicinal uses and even folk-lore associated to them. Spend 3-nights at Geeli Mitti Farms with your hosts Shagun Singh and Ramawtar Sight during your 3-night stay at the Geeli Mitti farms in Pangot, Uttarakhand at 6,500 ft. Enjoy early morning hikes to witness the region’s world-famous and rare bird-life as well as iconic Himalayan vistas.

How do I get there?

  • Fly to New Delhi (IGI) where you are met by our guest-ambassador, wether you are arriving individually or as a group.


When's the best time?

March & November 


What does it cost?

  • Double Occupancy: $ 3,200 (per person).

Do I need a Visa?

  • An e-Tourist Visa can be purchased online.
  • Citizens of all countries (except Bhutan & Nepal) must have a visa for India. 

What does it include?

10-nights itinerary Includes the following:

  • Meet & Greet in New Delhi (IGI).
  • Domestic Flight within India as listed in the package. 
  • 10-nights accommodation in India includes 2-nights in a 5-star hotel in Delhi upon arrival and departure. 
  • Most meals.
  • 5-nights camping on the banks of the Mahakali river. 
  • 3-nights at Geeli Mitti Farms. 
  • Guided activities as listed. 

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: You are met by a representative at the airport (New Delhi, IGI). Chauffeured to your 5-star hotel; a few minutes drive from the International terminal for a good night’s rest. 

Day 2: After breakfast you are chauffeured to the domestic terminal to board a short flight (airfare included in the price) to Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand (NNS). You are met and chauffeured to the starting point of your river adventure. 

Days 3: Spend the day learning about ancient farming and living practices in the remote reaches of Kumaon. Visit the Taragarah village that translates to home of the stars. Set with a back-drop of a village that lives in harmony with nature. Learn about local traditions, interact with local families after a picnic lunch. Learn about the birds in the area with you naturalist guide Ramawtar Singh. 

Day 4-7: Journey down the Mahakali River on a self-contained river-journey that separates the borders of India and Nepal. Hike to remote villages to learn about ancient and self sustain practices. Camp on white-sandy beaches on the banks of the river. Work as a team to negotiate a series of fun class 3 rapids and enjoy swimming in the refreshing water of the Mahakali river before ending your river journey and driving to the Geeli Mitti farms that is located at an altitude of 6,500 ft. 

Day 8-9: Partake in a two-day work-shop learning about sustainable living practices, permaculture as we as natural building from seasoned and passionate host Shagun Singh. Enjoy early morning bird-watching walks in search of rare-birds, witness Himalayan vistas on a clear day and enjoy the company of you seasoned hosts in the Himalayan foothills located in Pangot, Kumaon, Uttarakhand. 

Day 10: Say goodbye to your generous hosts after breakfast and the morning’s activities. Journey to the train station with you host and guide Ramawtar Singh who will joins our travelers on a 5 hr train journey back to New Delhi. Dinner will be served on board this train. 

Day 9: Enjoy a leisurely start to the day after a delicious breakfast at the 5-star Pullman that is 3-miles from New Delhi International airport (IGI). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation

  • 2-nights in the Pullman (5-Star) (3-miles from the New Delhi (IGI) 
  • 6-night no-travel river-expedition (Camping) hosted by expedition-leader Anvesh Thapa and his team as well as Ramawtar Singh.  
  • 3-nights at Geeli Mitti Farms hosted by Shagun Singh & Ramawtar Singh.  

How do I sign up?

  • A 50% deposit is required to make a reservation. 
  • A copy of your passport is required to process your reservation and confirm your reservation upon receiving your deposit. 

Domestic Weight Alownace?

Domestic carriers allow about 15 kgs (33 lbs) for check-in baggage. Additional baggage allowance can usually be purchased.

Terms & Conditions

  • A 50% deposit is required to make a reservation. 
  • The final-deposit is due 60-days prior to departure.  
  • As all deposits and cancelations are non-refundable it is highly recommended you purchase trip insurance. 

Daily Schedule

  • An early start to the day is generally in order to make the most of Himalayan vistas and bird-watching. 
  • Village visits are scheduled in the afternoons. 
  • White Water Rafting on days 4-7 that lasts for 3-4 hours starting at about 9:30 am with a picnic lunch before arriving at your next camp. 
  • Evening are spent around the fire and in the company of your seasoned hosts. 

Food & Drink

  • Meals are served on the buffet. 

    Drinking water during the no-trace expedition is filtered and iodized. Drinking water at Geeli Mitti farms is sourced from an electronic filter. Mineral water will be served while traveling. We request our travelers to carry their own drinking water bottles to avoid using single use plastic.