Fancy a curry supper with the Gurkhas?
12 best Himalayan holidays
Sunday 23 July 2000
1 White-water rafting
1 White-water rafting
Adventure Whitewater's (tel: 01992 712006; net: www.adventurewhitewater.com) 180-mile white-knuckle ride along the Sun Kosi - "River of Gold" - in the Nepalese Himalayas is a white-water rafting classic. The 15-day trip costs £750 per person, based on two sharing, including transfers, room-only accommodation in towns and all meals when camping, equipment and guides. Flights extra.
2 Photography course
A 16-day photography workshop is offered by Himalayan Kingdoms (tel: 0117 9237163). Centred on Dharmsala and the Kangra Valley, professional photographer Dr David Bathgate will pass on tips for taking better pictures. The course starts on 7 October and costs £1,665 per person, including flights, private transfers, half-board accommodation (b&b in Delhi) and workshops.
3 Adventure expedition
A 31-day high-level expedition over the Sherpani Col, culminating in the ascent of the highest trekking peak in Nepal, Mera (6,461m), is being offered by Spirit of Adventure (tel: 01822 880277). The first of two departures in 2001 leaves on 24 March and costs £2,399 per person, including all transfers, full-board camping on the trek, equipment and services of a support team. Return flights to Nepal cost extra. A reasonable level of fitness is required.
4 First-time trekkers
Ramblers Holidays (tel: 01707 331133) offers two-week holidays in the Annapurna range for first-time trekkers. The price is £1,298 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, transfers, full-board accommodation and guides. The next departure with availability is on 14 February, 2001.
5 Explore Bhutan
Steppes East (tel: 01285 810267) organises trips to Bhutan for its tsechus, or monastic festivals. A 15-day trip in October costs £3,125 per person, based on two sharing, and includes flights, transfers, full-board and guides.
6 Mountain biking
The High Himalayas is the scene of a mountain-biking adventure covering 550 miles between Lhasa and Kathmandu. KE Adventure Travel (tel: 017687 73966) runs this 29-day trip, including four days beneath the north face of Everest, for £2,495 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, transfers, full-board hotels and camping, and guides. Next departure on 17 September.
7 Raj revisited
Summer palaces, the hill station of Shimla, and the world's highest cricket ground at Chail are highlights of a visit to Himachal Pradesh offered by CTS Horizons (tel: 020-7836 9911). The 15-day trip costs from £1,685 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, private transfers, b&b accommodation and guides.
8 Holy mountain
World Expeditions (tel: 020-8870 2600) runs a 25-day trip to Tibet's Mount Kailas - revered by Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and Hindus. The trip follows the pilgrims' route and includes the Saga Dawa festival. Next year's trip, (May/June), depends on Saga Dawa's dates. The price is £2,980 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, transfers, full-board accommodation (b&b in Lhasa and Kathmandu) and guides.
9 Jeep safari
Explore the Karakoram range on a 21-day jeep safari with KJTI (tel: 020-8650 0539). The 21-day tour costs £995 per person, based on two sharing, including full-board accommodation, Jeep transfers, and a guide/driver. Return flights to Islamabad not included.
10 Hidden Himalayas
The Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh in north-east India was first visited by Himalayan Kingdoms (tel: 0117 923 7163) in 1998 following centuries of isolation. Its 18-day tour costs £3,095 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, transfers, full-board accommodation (except in the cities) and guides. Next tour departs on 13 November.
11 Yoga workshops
Chanderthal Tours (tel: 01323 422213) hosts yoga courses at the new Eagles Nest centre at Dharmkot, India. The 15-day trips cost around £900 per person, based on two sharing, including transfers, full-board accommodation and yoga tuition. A package with return flights costs around £1,300.
12 Gurkhas at home
Holts Tours' (tel: 01304 612248) 10-day trip to Nepal aims to teach visitors more about the Gurkhas, who have fought in the British Army for more than 180 years. Drinks and a curry supper at the Gurkhas' Mess in Pokhara is one of the highlights of the tour, lead by Major Corrigan MBE. The price is £2,030 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, transfers, full-board accommodation and guides.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 5 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
The 50 Best spas
Map identifies the best and worst places for emergency healthcare in the world
The Atlas of Beauty: Photographer travels around the world to capture cultural diversity through stunning portraits of women
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
15 years of TripAdvisor: How 200 million reviews changed the way we travel
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
£12500 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This established Knaresborough ...
£23,000: Beverley James: Do you have a background in hospitality and are you l...
£26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The post holder is a key member of the V...
£18000 - £28800 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Vehicle Breakdown Recovery Driv...