ASIA RAFTING ADVENTURES
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Cost: $3350 per person, all-inclusive (airfare not included)
Trip Dates: Oct-Dec 2020
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On this trip, you'll enjoy just enough of Delhi before exploring the Himalayas on foot, then by water. First, you'll embark on the best short trek in the Himalaya. Easily accessible from Delhi, this entire hike offers spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and a gorgeous camping spot by the lake of Devariyatal, which, on a clear day, offers a perfect reflection of Mount Chaukhamba. From Devariyatal, you'll hike to Chopta through a pristine forest and then to the summit of Chandrashilla – a short but challenging trek. Finally, you'll move to water and experience a multi-day whitewater rafting expedition on the Holy Ganga. The River Ganga is most famous for its large volume class III rapids, which are always loads of fun. The fall season offers excellent water levels and perfect temperatures for enjoying river rafting. On this journey, you'll also get to spend a half-day in Rishikesh, dubbed 'the yoga capital of the world.' After Rishikesh, you'll be transported to the train station in Haridwar, where you'll depart back to Delhi via Express Train. Before leaving, we'll all spend the last day sharing memories and photos during our Farewell Breakfast at the hotel in Delhi.
Included in Cost of Trip
A skilled, professional guide service provided by our local affiliate operator, including a New Wave,6:1 ratio guide to guests
Two-night hotel accommodation in New Delhi (based on double occupancy)
One night Yoga Hostel accommodation Rishikesh
Eight nights deluxe camp accommodation (based on double occupancy)
Roundtrip ground transport
All meals on days 1 - 9, and breakfast on day 10
All activities as stated on your itinerary, along with instruction for those activities
All expedition equipment, including personal flotation device, helmet, wetsuit, splash jacket, and dry bag
32 oz water bottle
Video of your trip
Not Included in Cost of Trip
International roundtrip flights to and from New Delhi
Pre- and post-trip accommodations and meals
Single fee: a single occupancy room is always available at the hotel, however, at camp may or may not be available
Insurance of any kind, including travel protection or mandatory emergency medical & evacuation coverage
Items of a personal nature (we will give you a list before the trip)
Day 1: Delhi- Connaught Place
Day 2: Delhi - Haridwar
Day 3: Haridwar - Sari
Day 4: Devariyatal - Chopta
Day 5: Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashilla Top - Chopta
Day 6: Chopta - Baghwan - Byas-Ghat
Day 7: Byas Ghat - Kaudiyala
Day 8: Kaudiyala - Rishikesh -
Day 9 Haridwar - Delhi
Day 10 Delhi Breakfast Photoshow
New Wave Adventures LLC advises you to purchase travel insurance, as we will be traveling in remote areas. New Wave Adventures hires Expeditions India for the trek and rafting part of the adventure. However, our New Wave guides will still assist you with your adventure throughout India, making it a pleasant and enjoyable time.
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Day 0: Arrive in Delhi the night before the trip begins.
Day 1: Welcome breakfast at the Radisson hotel. Relax and visit Connaught place (the Times Square of Delhi). Together, we'll go over the trip itinerary, issue dry bags and equipment, and have a Q&A session. You're welcome to tour Delhi – Connaught Place is centered on a ring of colonnaded Georgian-style buildings with global chain stores, vintage cinemas, bars, and Indian restaurants. Additionally, you can visit Janpath Market, where saris, embroidered bags, and trinkets are sold. If shopping isn't your thing, visit the peaceful Sikh Temple Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, which is known for its reflecting pool, or visit Jantar Mantar, a 1700s observatory with substantial astronomical instruments.
Day 2: Overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar (6-7hrs). Take the overnight New Delhi Dehradun AC Express from New Delhi to reach Haridwar early in the morning.
DAY 3: Team up with Expeditions India Team and drive from Haridwar to Sari (7-8 hours). Trek to Devariyatal (2440m) (2 hours). When the train arrives in Hariward, we will board waiting vehicles and drive straight to the village of Sari, high up the Mandakini Valley. Breakfast and lunch will be en route. Once we arrive at Sari, after some tea and biscuits, we'll start the steep 2-hour climb to Devariyatal Lake (2440 m).
Day 4: Trek Devariyatal to Chopta (6-8 hrs). The trail goes through the dense forest and stays on a ridge to Tali. From there, we descend for a while to cross a stream, then gradually climb up to reach Chopta, which is located in an idyllic setting with beautiful meadows and surrounded by dense forests. For those who want to take it easy, you can skip the long walk and instead walk 1.5 hours down to the road at Sari. From the road, you can drive leisurely through the forests to the campsite at Chopta.
Day 5: Trek Chopta – Tungnath (3-4 hrs) – Chandrashilla Top (1 hr) and back (2-3 hrs). Start early in the morning and climb up the cemented pilgrim path to the Shiva temple of Tungnath (3470 m), with blossoming rhododendron bushes all around and the mighty Kedar range in full view throughout the trek. Tungnath is the highest temple in Garhwal, and it is easy to understand how the spectacular location evokes a deep sense of spirituality and religious devotion. After a packed breakfast and a short rest, we climb for an hour to the summit of Chandrashila peak (3650 m) above Tungnath. Chandrashila is the highest point in the area and provides breathtaking 360-degree views on a clear day, with the mighty snow-clad ranges to the north and the endless series of lower ridges visible to the plains in the south.
Day 6: Drive Chopta – Bhagwan (3-4 hrs) and raft to Byas-Ghat. Starting early, we drive to the starting point of our rafting trip at Baghwan. After a comprehensive safety briefing and packing the bags on the raft, we begin our river journey. The river trip will begin on the Alaknanda River as it enters a whitewater canyon stretch, with rapid names like ‘Baghwan’s Pillow,’ and ‘The Deadly Duos,' and we'll continue until reaching Devprayag. From Devprayag it is a mild float until the campsite with a few rapids where you can body surf, swim, relax and spot wildlife.
Day 7: Raft Byas-Ghat to Kaudiyala. An easy day with small rapids. A great day to relax, soak in the sun, bodysurf, and bird-watch. The raft time is approximately 35 km to Kaudiyala, where we'll set up camp for the night on a beach.
Day 8: Raft Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. Raft down adrenaline pumping rapids like ‘Daniel’s Dip,’ ‘The Wall,’ ‘Three Blind Mice,’ ‘Crossfire,’ ‘Bodysurfing,’ ‘Return to Sender,’ ‘Roller Coaster,’ ‘Golf Course’, and many more. We'll stop for lunch and then continue to encounter big rapids on the Ganga. We end the raft trip just before the famous Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh, where an overnight hotel stay is aranged.
Day 9: Tour Rishikesh (3-4 hrs)- train to Delhi (5 hrs) Spend the morning visiting various ashrams, or schedule a short morning yoga class in the “Yoga Capital of the world.” After lunch, we drive to the Haridwar station to catch the evening Shatabdi Express to Delhi, where we'll return to our hotel.
Day 10:A Trip review.(2 hrs) Breakfast at the hotel. Photo show and goodbyes. Trip Ends