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2018 Kumaon Trip

Dates:
May 5-16, 2018

Highlights:

  • Delhi
  • Himalayan Non-Profit
  • Chirrapani Tea Garden
  • Taj Mahal

Cost:
$3,200 early registration (until 12/15)
$3,500 full price

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Overview

Immerse yourself in rural Himalayan culture in this 12 day voyage into the remote Kumaon region. We’ll begin by flying into  Delhi, the bustling nation’s capital, and experiencing its breathtaking diversity, from its ancient markets to its modern art scene. Next we’ll take an overnight train into the foothills and head to Avani, a non-profit pioneering rural livelihood creation through tea, textiles, and renewable energy.  After we’ll go to the heart of Kumaon tea production and study tea with the Birkbeck family, who runs a family homestead at the top of an enchanting 30 hectare tea garden.  Finally, we’ll come back to Delhi and wrap the trip up with a day trip to the Taj Mahal.

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Arrival into Delhi
  • Day 2: Day to recover from jet lag, exchange money, explore Delhi markets; catch overnight train (8 hours)
  • Day 3: Wake up in the foothills of the Himalayas, drive to Avani’s campus (8 hours), settle into accommodations
  • Day 4: Tour of Avani’s campus, meet with organization’s co-founders, visit school and meet students
  • Day 5:  Day trip to Avani’s field centers, lunch in the village, hopefully learn a song or two!
  • Day 6: Morning yoga in the forest, laundry, afternoon to catch up on emails/read books
  • Day 7:  6 hour drive to Champawat, reach Birkbeck family home and settle in
  • Day 8: Hike from home down to tea nursery, tour factory and do tea tasting
  • Day 9: Visit tea gardens and pluck tea with local communities, return for last evening with Birkbeck’s
  • Day 10: Morning drive to train station (5 hours), train ride back to Delhi (6 hours)
  • Day 11: Day trip to Taj Mahal — early departure to beat the heat!
  • Day 12:  Debrief, final shopping and departures

Please note that while traveling in India, we’re almost guaranteed to experience unforeseen event that will change our itinerary. Flexibility and patience are your best friends!

Meet Your Guides

  • Raj

    Raj has been traveling throughout rural India for the last decade and organizing trips for the last two years. He's thrilled to offer others the chance to experience rural Indian life. In particular, road-side samosas with scorching hot, sickly sweet, deliciously gingery chai.

  • Ingrid

    Ingrid joined Young Mountain Tea fresh off of several seasons of farming where she wanted to bridge the gap between grower and consumer. Taking that opportunity to tea, Ingrid loves bringing people to origin to experience firsthand the realities of agriculture. In addition, she revels in throwing herself into new cultures. Her specialties include snacks, sing-a-longs, and morning runs.

Testimonials

  • Barb

    "This trip allowed me to get to know India on a different level. We became intimately connected with the local people by staying with families in their homes, dancing to traditional music, and by putting our hands together again and again saying 'Namaste.' It was an amazing trip."

  • Sean

    "I originally planned to take a trip with Young Mountain to see where our tea was coming from. I own a local day spa in Eugene, and we try to ensure we are partnering with ethical companies that match up with our own values as much as possible. Little did I know, I would end up getting so much more from my trip. I feel like I have opened a door to experiences and relationships that will affect me for the rest of my life. India has her hook in my heart, and I absolutely can't wait to go back."

Additional Details

  • What’s Included: In-country accommodations, travel, food, site visits, activities, carbon offsets (so your trip is zero carbon), and donations to local NGOs
  • What’s Not Included: Round-trip international tickets, visas, immunizations, and travel insurance
  • Next Steps: $500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot; the remaining balance is due 2 months prior to departure (February 7, 2018).

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