MULTI ACTIVITY ADVENTURE IN LADAKH
Trekking in India
Min Group Size
Ladakh is the eastern-most extension of the Tibetan plateau and is rightly called “the little Tibet”. With an average altitude of more than 3,000m, Ladakh’s inaccessibility and harsh environment has ensured that its unique character has been preserved for centuries and the region is one of the last remaining abodes of Tibetan Buddhism.
This holiday offers a good mix of adventure activities possible around Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Combined with an overnight trek staying at a Ladakhi home stay for a night we have an exciting rafting trip on the Zanskar river and a biking trip in picturesque environs of the Stok village. We would also be visiting the famous Shey Palace & the Thiksey monasteries which every tourist visiting Ladakh does.
One could extend the holiday by doing excursions to Pangong Lake, Nubra valley or to the Tsomorori Tsokar circuit.
Outline Itinerary ( 8 Days )
ARRIVAL AT LEH AIRPORT
Our representative will welcome and transfer you to the hotel. Check in to the hotel for a half day of rest, wherein welcome tea will be served by the Hotel staff. Drink plenty of fluids to acclimatize. Evening you can visit Leh Market for a walk. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel. (D)
Enjoy the crux of the famed tourist spots of leh in a day. After breakfast in hotel drive 40 km’s towards east of Leh town for Hemis Monastery, which considered to be the richest monastery in entire Ladakh. On the journey back stop at Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace. Spend the evening at Shanti Stupa enjoy the spectacular view of Leh town and Sunset in the Himalayas.(B)
DRIVE TO LIKIR 58KM AND TREK TO YANGTHANG (04-05HRS)
Morning after breakfast you will be driven by taxi to Likir which is just 58 kms away. Likir Village (3650 Mts.) is the starting point of our trek. Although the distance is short, the route is warm, without any shade or water and we need to traverse two passes. From Likir the route heads west up to Phobe La (3580m) and beyond this lies Sumdo village. The trail goes steadily upwards till you get to Chagatse La (3630m). The Ridzong Monastery lies about an hour south of Yangthang. Night stay at a Homestay in Yangthang . (B)
YANGTHANG TO HEMIS SHUKPACHEN ACROSS TSERMANG-CHEN LA (8 KM, 3/4 HOURS)
Today is an easy walk despite the pass because both the approach and the descent are of gentle gradients. The trail heads north, descending for a bit, crossing a stream before climbing up west again to Tsermangchen La (3750m). After a short rest at the pass we head down to Hemis Shukpachen. The village, named after the grove of cedars, is one of Ladakh’s prettiest. There are several sparkling streams surrounded by shady willows and large barley fields that provide a touch of green to the otherwise desolate, Rocky Mountains. (B)
HEMIS SHUKPACHEN TO TEMISGAM ACROSS MEBTAK LA (10 KM. 3 HRS) (8 KM, 3/4 HOURS)
Again this is a fairly easy day. The trail goes upward between two hillocks west of the village upwards until it veers south and climbs steeply up to the Mebtak La (3750m) marked by prayer flags. From the pass we head down the gorge to Ang village, and pass through a charming village with apricot orchards at Temisgam village. On your arrival in Temisgam our driver will drive back to Leh. Enroute visit to Alchi monastery.(B)
RAFTING IN ZANSKAR RIVER FROM SCORPOCHEY TO NIMOO
Pick up with shuttle service from hotel, which will drive you to the rafting point. Get ready for some chills and thrills as you raft on the cold and silty water of the Zanskar river. Perfect for those who want to enjoy a quick rafting session, this is moderately challenging and allows participants to immerse themselves in the action, while taking in stunning views of the valley from an altitude of 3000 metres. The rafting form Scorpochey to Nimoo is 18 Km’s and take 2 hours. Hot lunch will be provided in Nimoo at the end of the rafting. Drive back to Leh by evening.(B)
CYCLING FROM LEH TO STOK VILLAGE
After an early breakfast embark on a adventurous ride from Leh to Stok on mountain cycle. The 15 KM’s cycling trail starts from Hotel in Leh to Stok via, Spituk, Palam and Chuchot villages. Packed lunch will be provided at the end of cycling in Stok. Return pickup will be arranged and will drive you back to Hotel in Leh. Overnight and dinner in Leh. (BD)
Enjoy your last meal of the trip. Post breakfast our driver will drop you at the airport. (B)
- Accommodation at three-star hotel on twin sharing basis.
- Fix Transfers by Non A/C SUV Innova/ Similar.
- Trek and Tour Guide.
- Complete 18 KM’s Rafting Package.
- Mountain Bikes for cycling.
- Walking sticks and first Aid-Kit with portable oxygen cylinder for Sham Trek.
- All Meals Included (Packed-Lunch during Sham Trek and Stok Cycling Day)
- Environment Fee, Wild life Fee.
- Any Kind of Extra Meals / Drinks / Mineral water Ordered.
- Tips, Porters, Phone Calls, Camera / Video Shoot entry charges.
- Any Kind of Personal Expenses, Travel Insurance, monument & museum entry fees.
- Any Kind of Loss / Misplaced / Theft on personal belongings.
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, and road block and / or any factors beyond our control.
- Extra cost on recreational activities like Camel Safari, Cycling, Rafting etc.
- Flight Delhi /Leh /Delhi
Useful Information :-
Ladakh is famous for its picturesque beauty, unique culture, Buddhist monasteries and exciting adventure spots. Leh, Ladakh's administrative capital, is also a tourist's haven with its beautiful surroundings and monasteries, in addition to the wonderful trekking routes.
Ladakh is to be sure an extremely lovely place with its grand snow-topped mountains against the scenery of an unmistakable blue sky. The normal excellence of the place is basically divine and a devour for eyes. Along these lines, never become weary of clicking such valuable scenes with your camera. In the event that it’s a computerized one, be set up with some extra memory cards.
In terms of network providers, BSNL or MTNL connections work the best in Ladakh. They have the widest coverage range followed closely by Airtel. It is because of the fact that only BSNL, MTNL, Aircel and Airtel have networks in Ladakh
Language :- Bhoti
The Ladakhi language (Tibetan: ལ་དྭགས་སྐད་, Wylie: La-dwags skad), also called Bhoti or Bodhi, is a Tibetic language spoken in the Ladakh region of India. It is the predominant language in the Buddhist-dominated district of Leh of the Union territory of Ladakh
Ladhakh Festival :- Hemis Tse-Chu:
The biggest and the most popular festival of Ladakh is Hemis Tse-Chu. The festival is celebrated in later half of June or the first half of July. Hemis festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava.
Information and Useful Tips about Leh Ladakh Trip
The visiting season at Ladakh begins with the onset of summer. Click here for points of interest including shoddy airfare, agreeable inn settlement, touring and outings. The accompanying tips will manage you in getting around the delightful place where there is mountains and passes. Also Visit – Leh Ladakh Pangong Lake Tour
Tourism is relatively new in Leh and Ladakh as this locale of north-western India is politically very delicate and unstable. Henceforth uncommon licenses are required for going to the Inner Line district. These licenses can be effortlessly accessible from the nearby Ladakh specialists.
Trekking in Ladakh is one of the real attractions for the voyagers. Voyagers ought to recollect that climate in Ladakh is typically very frosty even in the late spring; subsequently they should be appropriately outfitted with substantial woolens at all circumstances. In light of its high elevation at first travelers may confront some breathing troubles. Along these lines, it’s ideal to adjust with the climate for a day or two preceding setting out after trekking.
Checklist of essential personal items for the tour
Good quality walking shoes (Worn In)
Clothing Apart from the regular clothes
Thermal Underwears / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
Quick dry Trousers
Shirt / T- Shirt
Warm Fleece / Jacket
Wind protection and Rain protection gear
Gloves – 1 pair woolens or hard shell
Socks – as per your requirement, bring both cotton & woolen socks
Woolen Cap, sun hat & bandana etc for the head
A day pack for your camera, water bottle, a light snack, a warm layer etc.
Headlamp / Torchlight
Water bottle – should have at least one 1 lit bottle.
Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.
Small personal First Aid
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.
Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.
Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.
Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.
If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels
For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.
The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.
No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.
Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.
All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.
There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.
The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost.
Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice.
- Daypack (rucksack)
- Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
- Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
- A pair of sandals
- Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
- A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
- Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
- Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
- Light sweater
- Bath towel
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
- Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
- Trekking pole
- Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
- water purification tablet)
- Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
- Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
- Loose stomach and nausea medicine
- Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)
If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption
If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience.
If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]
For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.
If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.
We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.
The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.
Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.