This trip is a perfect first “Himalayan Summit” experience. It is especially for those keen walkers who want a little more adventure than an ordinary trekking holiday, or if looking for a 6000 m climbing holiday.

After arrival to New Delhi, we fly in to the Ladakhi capital of Leh, where we spend the next 4 days acclimatizing. During these 4 days we visit monasteries around Leh and also drive up to the Khardung La, (5380m) for sensational views of the Karakoram Range.
The trek from Leh to Stok Khangri Base Camp ventures into the breathtakingly beautiful Markha Valley. This journey in its own is magical and mystical as we enter into a region where the way of life has changed little for centuries. We gradually gain altitude as we trek through Nimaling Plains in the realm of the Snow Leopard before we reach Stok Khangri Base Camp.

The ascent of Stok Khangri is safe from objective dangers, and is technically straightforward climb, involving around 35 degrees scree and snow slopes with a short section of ridge climbing. The summit is a beautiful dome with wide ranging views. On a clear day you can see as far as the Karakoram Range and K2, about 200 Km to the North West.
Although this is not a technically demanding climb, the altitude of over 6000 m makes it physically demanding. Previous crampon experience is preferable but not essential.

This trip ends with a trip to Taj Mahal after you fly back to Delhi from Leh.

Highlights

  • An superb introduction to Himalayan climb
  • Experience the magical beauty of Markha Valley trek
  • Trek partly through Hemis National Park- the realm of the Snow Leopard
  • Superb views of the mountain ranges including the Karakoram Range and K2 (on a clear day)
  • Visit to Taj Mahal
Ladakh- Photos by Phuntsok
Ladakh- Photos by Phuntsok

Ladhak is also famous for its rich wildlife. An amazing varieties of birds are found in this valley making this trip also a favourite for bird watchers. On this journey we also trek through the Hemis National Park, which is famous for Snow Leopard sighting. We also organise exclusive Snow Leopard sighting trips in this area.

Snow leopard spotted in one of the tours near Markha Valley- Photo by Phuntsok
Snow leopard spotted in one of the tours near Markha Valley- Photo by Phuntsok

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive in New Delhi, Transfer to hotel.
Day 2. Transfer to airport and fly to Leh (3600m)/ Trasfer to Hotel at Leh/ Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3. Sightseeing in Leh- Visit Leh Monastery
Day 4. Continue acclimatisation- Walk Around Leh
Day 5. Drive to Khardung La (5380m) and return to Leh for further Acclimatization
Day 6. Drive to Chiling and trek to Skiu (3020m). 4hrs.
Day 7. Trek to Markha Village (3700m) 6 hrs.
Day 8. Trek to Thachungste (4265m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 9. Trek up onto the Nimaling Plain (4700m) 3 hrs
Day 10. Rest and Acclimatisation.
Day 11. Trek across the Kongmaru La (5100m) to Chuskyurmo (4000m) 6 hrs.
Day 12. Trek across the Gyuncho La (4600m) to Shang Po (4350m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 13. Trek across the Shang La (4800m) to Gangpoche (4320m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 14. Trek to Stok Kangri Basecamp (4900m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 15. Summit Stok Kangri (6153m) and return to basecamp (4900m)
Day 16. Contingency in case of bad weather
Day 17. Trek to Stok Village and drive to Leh (3600m)
Day 18. Fly to New Delhi/ Trasnfer to Hotel- Sightseeing around Old Delhi
Day 19: Visit Taj Mahal- Agra Fort- Fatehpur Sikri
Day 20: Departure

A Citrine wagtail, a Common Chiff Chaff and a Black necked Crane- Photos by Phuntsok
A Citrine wagtail, a Common Chiff Chaff and a Black necked Crane- Photos by Phuntsok
Taj Mahal- Agra
Taj Mahal- Agra

About India

India, officially Republic of India, is the seventh largest country in the world by area. It also has the second largest population in the world with over a billion people, and prides in being the largest democracy on Earth. It is an extremely diverse country, with vast differences in geography, climate, culture, language and ethnicity across its expanse.

The earliest archaeological traces are from 7000 BC in Mehrgarh, which grew to be the “Indus Valley Civilization”, which is one of the earliest civilizations in the world. By 3300 BC, this civilization had well-planned towns and well-laid roads.

India’s culture and heritage are a rich combination of the past and the present. It offers the visitor a view of fascinating religions and ethnography, a vast variety of languages with more than 438 living languages, and monuments that have been present for thousands of years.

From the tallest mountain range in the world, Himalaya, to sun washed beaches, dense sub-tropical jungles to deserts, tranquil temples and rich architectural ancient monuments to frenetic bazaars, lantern lit villages to software supreme cities, India has it all. There’s simply no other word that captures the enigma that is in India. With an ability to aspire, frustrate, thrill and confound all at once, India presents an extraordinary spectrum of encounters for the traveler. India also boasts on having one of the wildest and largest culinary varieties in the world, each region presenting their own specialty. This is one country that will definitely jostle your entire being. It’s a place that fires the imagination and stirs the soul like nowhere else on earth.

India at a glance:

Area: 3,287,590 Sq Kms
Population: 1.2 billion
Capital city: New Delhi

Cost Includes:

  • Arrival/ departure and all internal transportation while in Delhi in private vehicles
  • Welcome dinner at Delhi’s finest Indian restaurant
  • 3 nights hotel in Delhi at 3/4 star hotel
  • ½ day sightseeing in Delhi (visit Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, if we have time: Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah)
  • Both way train fare to Agra in Shatabdi Express in A/C chair compartment
  • Full day sightseeing in Agra (Taj Mahal, Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri)
  • Lunch at The Grand Buffet – Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra
  • Both way flight from Delhi / Leh/ Delhi
  • 4 nights in Leh at tourist class hotel with all meals
  • Transfers from airport/ hotel/ airport in Leh
  • All Monastery fees.
  • Wild life fee and Stok khangri permit fees
  • 1 English speaking guide
  • 1 Experienced Climbing Sherpa from Nepal
  • 1 Experienced Cook from Nepal
  • Local porters and mule herder with mules
  • All meals while camping with all camping facilities including dining tent/ kitchen tent/ toilet tent and shower tent
  • Single tent on the trek and Base Camp.
  • 30 kgs per member for personal baggage
  • Bottled oxygen with mask & Regulator for Medical Use
  • All necessary Climbing route equipments
  • All personal climbing equipments except climbing boots and crampons
  • Staffs Insurance/ wages and equipment allowance

 

Cost Excludes

  • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation
  • Private room accommodation in Delhi and Leh unless a single supplement is paid.
  • Staff tipping
  • Indian Visa
  • Telephone, laundry, mineral water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation cost if needed
  • All other personal nature expenses.

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

 

 

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 India
Trip Code:
 HOD-LD
Trip Grade:
 
Duration:
 20 Days
Trek Distance:
 
Starting Elevation:
 3500 m
Peak Elevation:
 6153 m
Accommodations:
 Hotels and camping while on trek
Best Season:
 June till August

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

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Grade: A- Leisure

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Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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