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Walking Holidays in India
Walking Holidays in India

Trekking in India

Trekking Tours in India

Spice Trails of Kerala

Walking Holidays in India
15 Days from USD 2,700

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Walking through the beautiful hills and tea plantations of South India

Walking & Trekking

Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge

Walking Holidays in India
15 Days from USD 3,448
USD 3,300

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

A classic Northern India trek, from tea hills to Himalayan vistas

Walking & Trekking
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Ladakh: Trails of Little Tibet

Walking Holidays in India
13 Days from USD 2,998
USD 2,850

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

A cultural trek through remote villages and fertile valleys of the spectacular Indian Himalaya

Walking & Trekking
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Ladakh: Nubra Valley Trek

Walking Holidays in India
15 Days from USD 3,300

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Off the beaten track trekking in the 'Valley of Flowers', north of Leh

Walking & Trekking

Peaks of Ladakh Trek

Walking Holidays in India
16 Days from USD 4,050

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Conquer your first 6,000m peak and experience the High Himalaya

Walking & Trekking

Search for Snow Leopards with Valerie Parkinson

Snow Leopard
14 Days from USD 4,500

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Search for the elusive Snow Leopard with trekking guide Valerie Parkinson

Walking & Trekking

Top 5 Experiences when Trekking in India

Himalayan Monasteries: Trekking in the Himalayan region of India is a soul-stirring experience that offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys and serene monasteries perched on hillsides. One of the most iconic treks in this region is the Hemis Monastery trek in Ladakh. The trek takes you through barren landscapes, rugged mountains and remote villages before culminating at the Hemis Monastery, the largest and wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. The tranquil atmosphere of the monastery, the colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind and the sound of monks chanting prayers create a sense of peace and serenity that is totally mesmerising.

Riding the Toy Train from Darjeeling to Ghoom: Trekking in the Darjeeling region is not complete without experiencing the historic toy train ride from Darjeeling to Ghoom. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, takes you on a nostalgic journey through lush tea gardens, misty forests and remote hillside villages. The slow pace of the train lets you soak in the magnificent scenery and appreciate mountain life in the Himalaya. The train chugs its way up steep gradients and around sharp bends, offering panoramic views of the Himalayan range and the verdant valleys below.

Cruise the Keralan Backwaters: Trekking in the southern state of Kerala gives you the opportunity to explore the tranquil backwaters of the region. A houseboat cruise through the interconnected network of rivers, lakes and lagoons lets you witness the idyllic beauty of rural Kerala up close. The backwaters are lined with coconut palms, rice paddies and traditional villages where life moves at a leisurely pace. Savour delicious local cuisine, meet the friendly villagers and watch vibrant sunsets over the water. This serene adventure provides a stark contrast to the rugged terrains of the Himalayas and showcases the diverse landscapes and cultures of India.

Village Homestay in Ladakh: Staying with local families in remote villages is a rewarding aspect of trekking in Ladakh. A village homestay gives you a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the Ladakhi people, known for their warmth, hospitality and rich cultural heritage. From helping with daily chores to participating in traditional ceremonies and celebrations, you can immerse yourself in the local customs and traditions. Share meals with the host family, listen to folk tales around the fire and sleep under the starlit sky where you’ll experienxe a unique camaraderie and connection with the community.

Flight over the Himalayas: For a once-in-a-lifetime and awe-inspiring experience, nothing beats a scenic flight over the Himalayan range. Experience a bird’s eye view of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest. The panoramic views of snow-dusted mountains, glacial lakes and deep valleys are a sight to behold. The sheer scale and grandeur of the Himalayas are best appreciated from the air, as you get a sense of the vastness and beauty of this natural wonder.

Yes, the trip is fast paced, but I think that’s pretty well explained on the website so I was expecting it. But the itinerary covers some really incredible places and I felt like I got a good feeling for India (my first time) as a result of it. There were some long drives, but the days spent in places like Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi meant it didn’t feel like we were *constantly* on the move. I absolutely loved India! The group gelled really well and we’re considering going on a S. India trip with Exodus all together again in 2026!

Ben Colbridge Highlights of Northern India

Firstly we had one of the best tiger viewings our guide had seen in awhile. It carried a fresh kill right infront of our truck in the morning and in the afternoon we found a small family of tigers and we watched them Eat and play just a stones throw away from us. This trip takes in so much Beautiful Architecture. Of course there is the Taj Mahal but other less known forts are very impressive, very detailed and much more preserved than I was expecting. I do wish it had more time inside the cities to see more ‘real life’ india. We were bused from hotel door to fort entrance a lot which is the easiest way and probably the best in the heat but you do feel like you miss whats going on around. I would have liked more time to weave the small streets of Jodhpur with the Blue houses and to experience ‘markets’ rather than rest-stop giftshops. This trip was very busy but we covered a lot of areas and you cant help the distance required to get to each one. Bus journeys were long but roads are improving and times are getting quicker. There are plenty of stops, if you are someone who doesnt need to stop these can feel frustrating or like the journeys are longer than necessary but its a group tour and there are always others that appreciate the rest stop – and you have to think of the driver. Meals in hotels were reasonable but restaurants and especially some lunch stops were more expensive than you would expect for India as they were touristy but its probably better than getting unwell, this trip is too busy to be risking that.

Melissa Hammond Colours of Rajasthan

What are the best trekking destinations in India?

India is home to many scenic trekking destinations, each blessed with diverse landscapes and wildlife. The Himalayas, including areas like Darjeeling and Sikkim, boast majestic views with a mix of leisurely and challenging trails. The Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its vibrant blooms and serene surroundings. The Western Ghats in Kerala are home to diverse flora and fauna and the most picturesque landscapes, while the barren beauty of Ladakh provides a unique backdrop for trekking in India.

When is the best time for trekking in India?

The best time for trekking in India varies depending on the region due to the country’s diverse geography and climates. In the Himalayan region, the ideal trekking season is typically from April to June and September to November, when the weather is clear, and the temperatures are moderate. During these times, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the snowy peaks and lush green valleys. In regions like the Western Ghats and the North-East, trekking can be enjoyed during the cooler months of October to February.

FAQs on Trekking in India

What level of fitness is required for trekking in India?

The level of fitness required for trekking in India varies depending on the difficulty of the trek. Beginners can start with easy treks that involve gentle ascents and descents, while experienced trekkers can challenge themselves with strenuous treks that require endurance and stamina. It’s essential to build your fitness level gradually before attempting challenging treks.

What should I pack for a trek in India?

When preparing for trekking in India, it’s important to pack lightweight and moisture-wicking clothing such as quick-dry t-shirts, convertible pants and thermals, which will keep you dry in varying weather conditions. Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots to navigate diverse terrains, along with a reliable backpack, sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat for protection against the sun are also vital for your trip. Other items to consider packing are water purification tablets, a headlamp or flashlight and insect repellent. Finally, don’t forget to pack nutritious snacks, plenty of water and a camera to capture the breathtaking landscapes of India’s trekking trails.

What wildlife can I expect to encounter in India?

India is known for its rich biodiversity, and you may encounter a variety of wildlife during your trek. Depending on the region, you may come across species like Himalayan monal, musk deer, langurs, macaques and various bird species. If you’re really lucky, you might even spot the elusive snow leopard that roams the rugged peaks of Ladakh. Encounters with the magnificent wildlife provide a deep connection with nature and a chance to appreciate the intricate ecosystems that support the biodiversity.

How can I prepare for high-altitude trekking in India?

Preparing for high altitude trekking requires careful planning and physical readiness. Firstly, it is essential to acclimatise to the altitude by spending a few days in a nearby town at a lower elevation before starting the trek. This helps the body adjust to the decreased oxygen levels. Secondly, staying hydrated is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Carry sufficient water and drink frequently. You should also pack appropriate clothing for changeable weather conditions, including warm layers and waterproof gear.

What are the traditional dishes of India?

During our trekking tours of India, you’ll get to savour a variety of traditional dishes that will tantalise your taste buds. One popular dish you must try is momos, which are steamed dumplings filled with either vegetables, meat or cheese. Another delicacy that is often eaten in the mountains is yak cheese, known for its rich flavour and unique texture. Thukpa, a hearty noodle soup packed with vegetables and meat, is a perfect dish to warm you up after a long day of trekking. Another local delicacy of the Himalaya is chutagi, a savoury buckwheat pancake served with a side of tangy chutney.