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.
March & November
10-nights itinerary Includes the following:
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).
Domestic carriers allow about 15 kgs (33 lbs) for check-in baggage. Additional baggage allowance can usually be purchased.
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.