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Uttarakhand: Community living in the Himalayas

In Uttarakhand, there are many villages that being disconnected from the road, stand to gain and lose. They stand to lose especially during emergencies but stand to gain in preserving the heritage. Travel with us to explore some of these unique villages.

Trip Overview

Land in New Delhi by flight and reach the nearest town of Sankhri from Dehradun by rail and road. Spend the day relaxing and preparing for the start of your adventures from next day. Live with local families with scrumptious home cooked food laid out for you and explore this lush and untouched region of beautiful Uttarakhand.

Trip Details

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi

Day 2: A day in Delhi

Day 3: Take the train to Dehradun and drive to Sankhri

Day 4: Short drive to Pav Talla. hike to Unani settlements

Day 5: Hike to Karba. Overnight camping in Karba Top against the Kedarnath Peak.

Day 6: Hike to Jhai and stay in traditional wooden home

Day 7: Hike to Kalap. Overnight stay with village Garhwali family.

Day 8: Climb down to Netwar and  Travel on to Rishikesh

Day 8-9: 2 days of rest and rejuvenation at the excellent Ananda in the Himalayas

Day 10: Return to Delhi and take your flight back home.



Tucked away at an altitude of 7800 ft, Kalap is one of the most unexplored and untouched places in the picturesque Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Blanketed with virgin pines and Deodar forests it overlooks the river Supin, a major tributary of Yamuna.

However, it’s not just the exquisite landscapes but also roots of cultural and mythology that sets Kalap apart.


Kalap is said to be the birthplace of the epic Mahabharata and the Pandavas, and Kauravas are said to have descended from this very valley.

Home to traditional Garhwali architecture,  houses here are made from harvested timber which are then etched by hand with intricate carvings.

For those who looking to hike, Kalap has many beautiful peaks around. Whether it is snow clad campsite of Karba commanding views of three river valleys, the lush green campsite Bhangla, or even the 12000ft up campsite Beejay Dhar offering sightings of elusive musk deer.

Although life at Kalap can be harsh owing to the extreme climate conditions and whimsical moods of the mountains, the effervescent locals are always more than happy to welcome you. It’s their hospitable warmth along with the fireplace in every house that makes sure your stay is comfortable. We will make all arrangements for you to have a great homestay experience.



Accommodation options

Delhi – The Imperial

Kalap – Homestay

Rishikesh – Ananda in the Himalayas

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