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N I S T H G I 28 N A Y A L A M I H INDIA INDIA HIMALAYA 28 NIGHT ITINERARY

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MANALI SHIMLA

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PAKISTAN

DEHLI RAJASTHAN

JODPUR

JAIPUR UDAIPUR

NEPAL AGRA

INDIA

We believe in the power of extraordinary experiences. They allow us to see ourselves, others and the world differently, and develop our confidence, independence and resilience.

28 NIGHT EXPEDITION INDIA SAMPLE ONLY Trek the Hampta Pass, camp in the Himalayas and contribute to a community-led project. With you and your team in charge of the budget and planning, this once-in-a-life experience proves just how much you’re capable of. It could change the way you see yourself and the world, forever.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE IN DELHI Sleep: Hotel/hostel Travel: Bus 15hrs to Manali

Touch down in the colourful city of Delhi – welcome to India, home of 1.21 billion people. First things first, choose a team accountant, change your money into Indian rupees and divide your budget between the group. India is a real feast for the senses, with its medieval bazaars, spectacular

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DAYS 2-4 ACCLIMATISATION IN MANALI Sleep: Hostel/hotel Trek: 2 days

landscapes and historical forts – and you’ll soon realise that cows have priority on the roads. Meet the ground team, gather your gear and prepare for the long journey from Delhi to Manali, 540km north. Head to the markets in Delhi and stock up on snacks before you hit the road. IN THESE FIRST FEW DAYS, YOU’LL TAKE PART IN A RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL WORKSHOP THAT HELPS YOU TO TRAVEL AND INTERACT IN AN ETHICAL WAY. APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN AND YOU’LL DEVELOP A RESPONSIBLE MINDSET THAT YOU CAN CARRY THROUGH LIFE.

You’ll be thrown into expedition life as soon as you arrive in Manali, which sits as 2,050m above sea level in the Himachal Pradesh mountain region. Head straight out to explore the town – you’ll love the Hidimba Devi Temple, which is surrounded by an ancient cedar forest. This is your chance to acclimatise and get some trekking practice – you’ll need it for your Hampta Pass trek next week. Lead the group as you hike to higher altitudes in lush valleys dotted with waterfalls, hot springs, pine forests and apple orchards. Stay on top of your expedition planning and use your time wisely in Manali. You’ll need to arrange transport and confirm any necessary bookings.

THE HOME OF MANU MANALI WAS NAMED AFTER MANU, THE HINDU EQUIVALENT OF NOAH. THE STORY GOES THAT MANU STEPPED OFF HIS ARK IN MANALI TO RESTART HUMAN LIFE AFTER A HUGE FLOOD DEVASTATED THE WORLD. THE WORLD ‘MANALI’ TRANSLATES AS ‘THE HOME OF MANU’.

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DAYS 5-12 TREK THE HAMPTA PASS Sleep: Camping, hostel/ hotel Travel: Jeep 1hr to Jagatsukh, transfer 45mins to Rohtang Pass, jeep 1hr to Manali Trek: 7 days

DAYS 13-15 EXPLORE SHIMLA Sleep: Hotel/hostel Travel: Bus 8hrs to Shimla

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It’s a short jeep ride from Manali to Jagatsukh, where your challenging trek will begin. Navigate the Kullu Valley with its forested mountains and keep your team motivated as you climb up the valley, where the terrain becomes tough. If it’s your turn to be team leader, make sure everyone stays hydrated and acclimatises slowly as you take on passes of over 4,000m. Expect steep scree slopes, boulders and possibly snow on your way up to the Hampta Pass, which is dotted with prayer flags.

the route’s highest point (4,268m). On rest days, immerse yourself in local culture by chatting to your cooks, and challenging your taste buds with authentic Indian curries. After the trek, decide where to stay in Keylong before a drive up to the Rohtang Pass (3,978m) where you’ll make your way on foot to the tea station at Marhi. Arrange a jeep to transfer you back to Manali for a wellearned rest.

PLANNING TIP!

Plan your timings to avoid crossing rivers when water levels are high, and support each other as you conquer

WHEN YOU GET TO YOUR PRE-BOOKED

Do some research in advance and plan your schedule for Shimla, the former ‘summer capital’ of British India – you’ll arrive here after a long but beautiful drive through the Himalaya.

Secure your tickets for the ‘toy train’ by booking well in advance, then climb on board and set off on a scenic journey along a narrow gauge railway, winding out of the Himalaya to Kalka.

ACCOMMODATION IN MANALI, MEET THE GROUND TEAM TO PLAN YOUR TREK UP THE HAMPTA PASS.

Set out as a team to explore Shimla’s maze-like alleys and bustling bazaars. Look for the relics of this town’s colonial past – there are mock Tudor mansions, a Victorian-esque post office and British-style church. At night it looks like something out of a Dickens novel – with the addition of monkeys.

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DAYS 16-22 COMMUNITY-LED PROJECT Sleep: Guesthouse/hostel Travel : 24hr overnight train to project

For the next week, you’ll be living and working alongside an authentic local community. In remote parts of India, a lack of toilet facilities and safety can be a barrier to education, so we work with locals to improve learning environments and help schools stay open. You could be learning to cook local meals, helping with a sports programme or contributing to other community-led initiatives. You’ll experience the genuine hospitality of India’s people but you’ll be coping with a language barrier and cultural differences. Draw on your training, ask questions, and learn from the locals. When you leave, you’ll have new friends and a rare insight into another way of life.

DAYS 23-27 RAJASTHAN AND AROUND Sleep: Hotel/hostel Travel: Choice of transport 5-8hrs to Jaipur, choice of transport 10-13hrs to Agra

As a team, decide which of Rajasthan’s many highlights to visit. Perhaps a pilgrim hub like Pushkar, or the Blue City of Jodhpur. It’s your choice. There is also a ‘Pink City’ to explore in Jaipur. Buy tickets to the Amber Fort, where the 17th and 18th-century maharajas (kings) once lived. Or head out as a team to the ‘Palace of the Winds’, built so royal ladies could observe the city without being seen.

THE ‘PINK CITY’ INDIA HIMALAYA 28 NIGHT ITINERARY

Plan your visit to The Taj Mahal carefully. This epic marble mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage site and gets busy. Time your visit for sunset or sunrise, when there are less tourists – and the domes and minarets glow pink and orange. Allow some time to visit Wildlife SOS, which cares for rescued elephants and sloth bears. They have two sites near Agra, where you can help prepare meals for the animals and join staff as they take the elephants for a walk. JAIPUR IS NICKNAMED THE ‘PINK CITY’ BECAUSE MANY OF ITS BUILDINGS ARE ROSE COLOURED. THE ENTIRE OLD CITY WAS PAINTED PINK TO WELCOME THE PRINCE OF WALES BACK IN 1876 – AND THE COLOUR STUCK.THE HAMPTA PASS.

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DAY 28 CHILL TIME IN DELHI Sleep: Hotels/hostel Travel: Varies, depending on Rajasthan/Agra itinerary

DAY 29 TRAVEL HOME FROM DELHI

You’re back in Delhi, but you’ve grown so much since you first arrived here a month ago. Spend your final day soaking up the city’s awesome sights, or joining locals at a spice market. Take in the smells of colourful bags of chilli, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and nuts that are found in this ancient part of the city.

SPICE MARKET

If you’ve managed the expedition budget wisely, you’ll have enough rupees left to pick up some bargains at the flea market stalls, or splash out on a fancy dinner. Celebrate everything you’ve achieved with a final group meal.

KHARI BAOLI MARKET IN NEW DELHI IS THE LARGEST SPICE MARKET IN ASIA. EXPLORE THE COLOURFUL STREETS AND TASTE THE LOCAL FLAVOURS AND SPICES.

All too soon, it’s time to travel home. Cram everything into your backpack one last time, and head to the airport. When the aeroplane takes off, reflect on just how much you’ve grown in the past month. From conquering mountains and leading your team, to experiencing local life first-hand, these experiences will shape who you are and change the way you see the world from now on. It doesn’t stop there. Share your story with challengers from around the globe. Find us @weareworldchallenge

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL. We base our responsible travel initiatives upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We’re driven to create positive contributions in the world, but also humble enough to know the types of community initiatives our young travellers should and shouldn’t be involved with. We carefully select all community engagements to be appropriate for young people and after more than 30 years of overseas student travel we’ve established strong and long standing relationships

with our overseas community partners that are evaluated each year to ensure we’re truly serving both people and planet. This holistic approach means our young travellers work towards a community initiative while also coming home with greater humility and sense of place in their world. Below are a list of the UN Sustainable Development Goals we’re positively contributing towards.

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