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Thomas Cook India & SOTC tap into growing demand for active outdoor holidays

Launch wide range of Trekking Tours across Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Ladakh & Sikkim Designed to deliver active learning fun & adventure with authentic experiences including local food, unique wildlife and vibrant flora - up closeTrekking holidays

Launch wide range of Trekking Tours across Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Ladakh & Sikkim

  • Designed to deliver active learning fun & adventure with authentic experiences including local food, unique wildlife and vibrant flora – up close
  • Trekking holidays include experienced trek leaders, guides, quality tents, medical kits, oxygen cylinders, all meals, etc.

Mumbai, May 18, 2022: The pandemic induced restrictions of over two years have created a new found respect for nature and the outdoors, more so for work-weary warriors longing to get away from the stresses/hustle-bustle of city life. Thomas Cook (India) Limited, India’s leading omnichannel travel services company and its Group Company, SOTC Travel, having identified strong pent-up demand for outdoor and adventure travel, have curated a distinctive portfolio, India Trekking Tours – timed perfectly with the onset of the Country’s trekking season. The Companies’ diverse range of treks start at Rs. 13,220.00* for a 5-day trip to Chopta Tungnath Chandrashilla Peak Deoriatal to Rs. 89,999.00* for 15-days to Everest Base Camp.

Thomas Cook & SOTC’s internal data reveals that a significant 51% respondents indicate a strong appetite for trekking/hiking trips – and this is across India’s metros, mini metros, tier 2-3 cities. The Companies India Trekking Tours hence intends to leverage this latent demand and inspire both experienced trekkers and first timers with programs that offer varying levels of expertise. In addition to hotels, India Trekking Tours offer unique accommodation, including rugged tented camps, lodges, guesthouses and homestays.

Inclusions: To build customer confidence, the trekking tours are accompanied by

  • Trek Team that includes a trek leader, local guide, cook, support staff
  • Amenities: Trekking equipment, vehicles based on availability, camps, first aid medical kits and oxygen cylinders, extra luggage facility and permits
  • All meals included (non-vegetarian, vegetarian and Jain)

The Companies product range captures India’s diversity of breath-taking mountainous terrain: Sikkim’s dramatic landscapes, turquoise alpine lakes of Kashmir, arid desert topography of Ladakh, lush valleys of Himachal and Uttarakhand awash with vibrant flora-fauna, mountain springs and the source of her mighty rivers, quaint picturesque villages, temples/monasteries, to the highest summit of all – the Everest Base Camp! Thomas Cook & SOTC’s experts have put together a trekking calendar to help plan a trek that is truly life changing: Calendar for July-Dec 2022 (Page 2)

“Post two years of restrictions, our customers are all geared to escape into India’s scenic mountain terrains – with the added benefit of a digital detox experience. And so, our thoughtfully designed India Trekking Tours are packed with exciting experiences across India’s exceptional landscapes. Each tour is accompanied by an expert trek leader, guide, cook; includes essential equipment and medical kits and oxygen cylinders; with all meals included. We invite our customers to embark on a journey of discovery with our exciting trekking product range, starting at a very affordable Rs. 13,220.00*.”

Mr. Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited

“Indians love the outdoors and India offer’s a diversity of trekking trails with unparalleled natural beauty. Planning a trek can be a challenging process, especially for new/first time explorers and hence keeping the requirements of our customers in mind, we have curated products with thrilling escapades, rejuvenation and unique experiences. With eclectic stays and guided trails, our itineraries have been planned carefully by experts to offer unforgettable experiences in the lap of nature.”

Mr. Daniel D’souza President & Country Head – Holidays, SOTC Travel

Trekking Calendar: July to December 2022 

May June 
Goechala 
Pindari
Glacier 
Pangarchulla
Peak 
Kedar
Tal 
Gaumukh Tapovan 
Bali
Pass 
Choptha & Tungnath 
Har Ki Dun
Markha Valley 
Hampta Pass 
Pindari Glacier 
Dzo Jongo 
Kedar Tal 
Gaumukh Tapovan 
Bali Pass 
Chopta & Tungnath 
Har Ki Dun 
Markha Valley 
Valley of flowers 
July August 
Hampta Pass 
Dzo Jongo 
Valley of flowers 
Markha Valley 
Kashmir Great Lakes 
Hampta Pass 
Dzo Jongo 
Valley of flowers 
Markha
Valley Kashmir Great Lakes 
September October 
Hampta Pass 
Dzo Jongo 
Valley of flowers 
Choptha & Tungnath 
Har Ki Dun 
Markha Valley 
Kashmir Great Lakes 
Choptha & Tungnath 
Har Ki Dun 
Markha Valley 
Kashmir Great Lakes 
November December 
Choptha & Tungnath 
Markha Valley 
Choptha & Tungnath 
Markha Valley 

About Thomas Cook (India) Limited:

Set up in 1881, Thomas Cook India) Limited. (TCIL) is the leading omnichannel travel company in the country offering a broad spectrum of services including Foreign Exchange, Corporate Travel, MICE, Leisure Travel, Value Added Services, Visa and Passport services. It operates leading B2C and B2B brands including Thomas Cook, SOTC, TCI, SITA, Asian Trails, Allied T Pro, Australian Tours Management, Desert Adventures, Luxe Asia, Travel Circle International Limited (TCI 勝景遊), Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, Distant Frontiers, TC Tours, Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging (DEI), Go Vacation, Private Safaris East & South Africa 

As one of the largest travel service provider networks headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region, The Thomas Cook India Group spans 25 countries across 5 continents  

TCIL has been felicitated with CNBC-TV18 & ICICI Lombard India Risk Management Award – Travel & Leisure Category 2022 & 2021, The Best Travel Agency – India at TTG Travel Awards 2019, The Best Outbound Tour Operator at the Times Travel Awards 2019 & 2018 and Leading Company with Cutting Edge Travel Innovation at the Times Travel Awards 2018, Silver award for Asia’s Best Integrated Report (First Time) category at the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards 2019, Best Risk Management-Framework & Systems at the India Risk Management Awards 2019; Best Cash Management Solution – India at the Asset Triple A Treasury, Trade, Supply Chain & Risk Management Awards 2018, Best Outbound Tour Operator at the SATTE Awards 2019, Excellence in Domestic Tour Operations at the SATTE Awards 2018, The French Ambassador’s Award for Exemplary Achievements in Visa Issuance 5 years in a row and the Condé Nast Traveller – Readers’ Travel Awards from 2011 to 2019. 

CRISIL has reaffirmed the rating on debt programmes and bank facilities of Thomas Cook (India) Limited – ‘CRISIL A+/Negative on the long-term bank facilities of TCIL and CRISIL A1 rating on the short-term bank facilities and short- term debt of the Company. 

For more information, please visit www.thomascook.in  

Fairbridge Capital (Mauritius) Limited, a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited promotes TCIL by holding 70.58% of its paid-up capital and is responsible for the execution of acquisition and investment opportunities. 

About SOTC Travel:

SOTC Travel Limited (Formerly SOTC Travel Pvt. Ltd.) is a step-down subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Group; held through its Indian listed subsidiary, Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL). SOTC India is a leading omnichannel travel and tourism company active across various travel segments including Leisure Travel, Incentive Travel and Business Travel. SOTC was established in 1949. Since then, it has escorted lakhs of travellers across the globe for more than 70 years to various destinations around the world. A new age innovative holidaymaker, SOTC strives to make holidays a priority for every Indian. ‘We are for holidays’ and we want Indians to prioritize their holidays. 

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