No fixed itinerary. No luxuries. No marked trails. Just forging your own path, going, perhaps, where no urban soul has gone before. Connect with Himalaya, or CWH, launched by a group of trekking aficionados who think exploration is the right way of experiencing the majestic range, helps you do just that. Unlike other operators, it doesn’t provide daily break-ups of its itinerary: “Since our destinations—Darma valley in the Kumaon, Lidder valley in Kashmir, Wang Khango pass in Spiti in the recent past—are so remote and largely unmapped, we prefer to leave some wriggle room for last-minute manoeuvrings,” says Gaurav Punj, one of the founders of CWH.
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CWH trips usually last 10-14 days, depending on the destination, and don’t comprise more than 10 people. Prior trekking experience is essential for the exploratory trips, while a good pair of trekking shoes and the spirit to walk top the list for the others. CWH trips work with local service providers and are committed to maintaining the mountains’ fragile environmental balance.
Coming up next is a New Year trip to Khirsu from 29 December through 3 January. Exploratory trips cost Rs20,000-35,000, while shorter getaways start from Rs8,000, covering transportation, food and lodging, adventure activities, trekking equipment, guides and porters. Log on to www.connectwithhimalaya.com or call Gaurav Punj on 09833829240 for details.