Trekking in Ladakh

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Think of the Himalayas and you’ll inevitably think of Mount Everest. But there’s so much more to see in this picturesque country than just the mother of all mountains. Across the mountain ranges in India, there’s a whole different world waiting to be explored under your hiking boots. Hike among tiny villages, walk through remote valleys and marvel at isolated Buddhist monasteries high up in the cliffs. Even though you haven’t left India, trekking through this unique tapestry of colours and cultures will make you feel that you’ve been transported to another world.

What's Included

Hiking around Ladakh (8-day). English-speaking local guide and assistants for the trek. Internal flights. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Visit the Buddhist monasteries of Shey and Thikse, explore the mountain city of Leh, hike on the trails between villages in the Markha Valley, see India’s highest peak, Nanda Devi looming overhead.

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Group Size Notes

Max 15, avg 12

Transport

Plane, private van, walking.

Solo Travellers

Accommodation

Standard hotel (6 nts), camping (7 nts).

Joining Hotel

Good Times Hotel
8/7 W.E.A Karol Bagh,
Opp. Ramjas School Pusa Road,, Between Metro Piller No 87-88
Delhi
India
+91 11451444

Joining Instructions

If this is your first trip to India an arrival transfer is recommended. The arrival transfer will be provided by our G Adventures-supported project Women on Wheels. This program provides safe and reliable transport for travellers, while providing a dignified livelihood for a local woman from a resource poor community. You will be greeted by a trained driver from the project with a G Adventures sign with your name on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our transfer representatives in Delhi. Our airport representatives can be reached at +919599193260 or +919599051397, or contact the Sakha Call Centre at +919278708888.

Taking a taxi from New Delhi airport is convenient, but taxi drivers are famous for tampering with their meters and overcharging. Use the prepaid taxi service offered at the airport. You can make the arrangements at designated counters outside the baggage-claim area of the domestic terminals and international terminal. Unfortunately scammers have set up similar services, so make sure the counter is operated by the Delhi Traffic Police. Your destination, the time of your arrival and the amount of luggage determine the rate, which you pay in advance at the counter, but should be between INR200-300. Take the receipt and locate your assigned taxi. Taxis are black with yellow tops and have yellow number plates. Once you get into the taxi, don’t give the driver the payment slip until you reach your destination. If the driver demands more rupees, politely refuse, although if they have driven safely, you may like to tip INR10-20.

Be aware also, of touts at the airports, even at hotel-reservation counters. They may try to trick you into booking a hotel room by claiming that your prior reservation is invalid. Ignore them.

Your CEO will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, they will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning. Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive some general and specific information about aspects of the trip.

Arrival Complications

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. 

If your call is specifically concerning Airport Transfer complications please call our local G Adventures Transfer providers directly at:
New Delhi Airport:

Sakha Call Center
From outside India: +91 9278708888
From within Delhi: 9278708888
From outside Delhi: 09278708888

Airport Representative
From outside India: +919599193260 or +919599051397

From within Delhi: 9599193260 or 9599051397

From outside Delhi: 09599193260 or 09599051397

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Office (Delhi)
G Adventures South Asia Manager, Rishab (Delhi, India)
Emergency number:
From outside of India: +91 99 7179 5447
From within Delhi: 99 7179 5447
From within India, but outside Delhi: 099 7179 5447

G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time): +66-02-3815574

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

Checklist

Pocket hand warmers (for winters)
Hand sanitizing lotion
Reading/writing material
Binoculars
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking, Chlorine Dioxide (water purification tablet for water sterlisation).
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher,passport photo (x 3)
Health requirements arranged
Money: cash/credit card
Money pouch
Swiss army knife
Whistle to attract attention in the event of an emergency.
Spare Boot Laces
Sleeping Bag/Sleep sheet – Four season bag is recommended for high altitude trekking in summers and -20 degrees sleeping bag in winters.
Light weight Towel
Toiletries
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Alarm clock and torch/flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
Ear plugs & eye mask can assist light sleepers
Refillable water bottle – Min 1 Litre Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best
Nepali phrase book
Warm Hat
Sunhat/bandana
Sunglasses
Gloves – wool or fleeced and gore tex
Scarf
Sarong a multitude of uses
Bag Liners to waterproof your bags
Sewing Kit
Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure boots fit such combination
Running shoes or sandals for evening
Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.
Fleece Jacket
T Shirts 2 or 3
Shirt – Long Sleeved
Pants – lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
Thermals upper and lower
Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing – thermals.

Spending Money

Emergency Fund

Safety and Security

Medical Form

A Couple of Rules

Travel Insurance

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Feedback

Newsletter

Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Max Pax

Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD125-165 for meals not included.

Meals Included

13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners

PRODUCT_LINE: AHLT, ID: 22603


Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Delhi

    Arrive at any time.

    Included Activities:
    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

  2. Day 2 Delhi/Leh (1B)

    Morning transfer to Delhi airport. Fly to Leh and enjoy the rest of the day free to explore.

    Transport:
    Plane (1.50 hour(s))

  3. Day 3 Leh (1B)

    Enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Visit the Buddhist monasteries of Shey and Thikse. Enjoy the spectacular views across the Zanskar range.

    Included Activities:
    Shey, Thikse and Hemis Monastery Visit

  4. Day 4 Leh/Zinchan (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Drive to Spituk Gompa. Explore the monastery, then begin the hike to Zingchen. The hike gradually ascends and passes through deep gorges on the way.

    Included Activities:
    Spituk Gompa Visit
    Ladakh Trek

  5. Day 5 Zinchan/Ganda La (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Enjoy a full day hiking. Head for Ganda La today, with the peak of Stok Kangri looming overhead.

    Included Activities:
    Ladakh Trek

  6. Day 6 Ganda La/Skiu (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Spend a full day trekking from Ganda La Base Camp to Skiu, including the ascent of Ganda La (4,950m/16,240 ft). The views from the pass include the entire Zanskar range below.

    Included Activities:
    Ladakh Trek

  7. Day 7 Skiu/Markha (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Enjoy a full day hiking from Skiu to Markha.

    Included Activities:
    Ladakh Trek

  8. Day 8 Markha/Thachungtse (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Continue on from Markha to Thachungtse during another full day of hiking.

    Included Activities:
    Ladakh Trek

  9. Day 9 Thachungtse/Nimaling (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Spend a full day hiking from Thachungtse along the Nimaling stream.

    Included Activities:
    Ladakh Trek

  10. Day 10 Nimaling/Shangsumdo (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Full day to Shangsumdo hiking via Kongmaru La (5,150m/16,896 ft). This is the highest point of the trek and a challenging day of hiking.

    Included Activities:
    Ladakh Trek

  11. Day 11 Shangsumdo/Leh (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Enjoy a short trek in the morning before leaving Shangsumdo. Catch a well-earned ride for the last section of the journey back to Leh.

    Included Activities:
    Ladakh Trek

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 35km)

  12. Day 12 Leh (1B)

    Take a day to relax and enjoy the sights around Leh. Absorb the culture at Hemis Monastery, once the richest and largest in the region. Visit Stok Palace and learn more about the history of the area.

  13. Day 13 Leh/Delhi (1B)

    Fly back to Delhi and make the most of the city with free time in the afternoon.

    Transport:
    Plane (1.50 hour(s))

  14. Day 14 Delhi (1B)

    Depart at any time.

    Included Activities:
    Departure Day

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