trek the Curzon Trail, India

Henry Wismayer authored an excellent article published by The Telegraph: Garhwal Himalayas: trekking the Curzon Trail

He points out how the Garhwal Himalayas in India might have been as popular with hikers as Nepal. This is an entertaining read.

… this five-day trek is the marquee route along the western rim of the Unesco-prescribed Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve – but there isn’t much accommodation in these parts so everything we need, including food, cooking rings and an antiquated A-frame tent, is coming with us.

It pays to come prepared. On the next terrace down are three bearded Bavarians who set off from the Ghat trailhead expecting the amenities of Annapurna.

“There is nowhere to buy food here?” had come the incredulous reply …

I’d love to hike there.

… There is no tourist paraphernalia in the mountain settlements – no tea-houses selling pizza and home-made chang – just corncobs hanging from the lintels and chillies scattered over sackcloth to dry. Outside Pana, an ancient goatherd asks Biru if I want to buy marijuana; this is the only clue that other trekkers have been here before us. …

read the article – Garhwal Himalayas: trekking the Curzon Trail

Wismayer has a photo set too. Click through to flickr – The Curzon Trail

3 Replies to “trek the Curzon Trail, India”

  1. Nanda Devi was made a world heritage site in 1988. Special permission from Forest department is needed for trekking but is worth the trouble. Not sure if there are enough animals to be seen.

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