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 adventure.

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 do a day trek from Likir to Yangthang for acclimatization.
The trek from Leh to Stok Khangri Base Camp ventures into the breathtakingly beautiful Shang Valley. This journey in its own is magical and beautiful as we cross high passes and gentle meadows. For several days there are no houses or villages.  We gradually gain altitude as we trek through the valley of Matho into 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.

Highlights

  • A superb introduction to Himalayan climb
  • 6153m summit
  • Experience the magical beauty of Shang valley trek
  • Explore Leh
  • Centuries old monasteries of Likir, Hemis and Thiksey
  • Day hike through the beautiful villages in the Sham Valley
  • 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)
  • Rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Spice market in Old Delhi
  • Visit to Taj Mahal (add on)
Approaching the summit of Stok Khangri

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive in New Delhi, Transfer to hotel.
Day 2. Fly to Leh 3600m/ Trasfer to hotel at Leh/ Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3. Sightseeing around Leh- Visit Hemis and Thiksey monastery / Overnight hotel
Day 4. Continue acclimatization- Drive to Likir Monastery and day hike to Yangthang / Overnight hotel
Day 5. Free day to prepare for the trek and explore on your own / Overnight hotel
Day 6. Drive to Shang Sumdo 3600m/ Overnight camp
Day 7. Trek to Trek to Shang Phu 4300m/ Overnight camp
Day 8. Trek to Shang La Phu 4300m (Interim camp) via Shang La 4880m/ Overnight camp
Day 9. Trek up Matho Phu 4300m/ Overnight camp
Day 10. Trek to Mankarmo 4400m via Matho La 4750m/ Overnight camp
Day 11. Trek to Stok Kangri Base camp 4900m/ Overnight camp
Day 12. Training, safety instructions, rest and acclimatization / Overnight camp
Day 13. Summit Stok Kangri 6153m and return to Base camp 4900m/ Overnight camp
Day 14. Contingency in case of bad weather/ Overnight camp
Day 15. Trek to Stok Village and drive to Leh 3600m/ Overnight hotel
Day 16. Fly to New Delhi/ Trasnfer to hotel- Sightseeing around Old Delhi
Day 17. Trip ends- Departure

Optional Extension

Day 17: Drive to Agra and visit Agra Fort / Overnight hotel in Agra
Day 18. Early morning visit to Taj Mahal and drive back to Delhi / Overnight hotel in Delhi
Day 19: Trip ends- Departure

Our Camp at Shang Phu

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 in the world. 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”, 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 with monuments that have been present for thousands of years. There are 22 major languages in India, written in 13 different scripts, with over 720 dialects.

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 place 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
Taj Mahal

About Ladakh

Ladakh, “The land of high passes”, is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Although, rock carvings found in many parts of Ladakh indicate that the area has been inhabited from Neolithic times, not much is known about Ladakh before the 1st century. During the 2nd century when much of eastern Ladakh and western Tibet was still practicing the Bon religion, Buddhism started to spread into western Ladakh from Kashmir. In 842 Nyima-Gon, a Tibetan royal prince annexed Ladakh after the break-up of the Tibetan Empire, and founded a separate Ladakhi Dynasty. During this period, Ladakh acquired a predominantly Tibetan population. Also known as “Little Tibet” Ladakh’s culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet.

The largest town in Ladakh is Leh, followed by Kargil. Ladakhis are Tibetan-Mongoloid in appearance although traces of Kashmiri Moslem influence can also be seen. The predominant religion in Ladakh is the Tibetan form of Buddhism, although Islamic influences are found from the Kashmir Valley as far as Kargil, and there are some Christian families in Leh.

Tsokar Lake Ladakh

Some interesting facts about Ladakh

  • Ladakh is the highest settlement in India. The fields at Korzok, on the Tso-moriri Lake, at 4,600m are widely considered to be the highest cultivated lands in the world.
  • A Bailey bridge between the Suru River and Dras River in Ladakh, is the highest bridge in the world at an altitude of 5,602m.
  • Only place in India where twin humped Bactrian camels can be found.
  • Ladakh is home to the mystical Magnetic Hill, which is a so-called “gravity hill”. The alignment of the road with the slope of the background can give the illusion that cars are able to drift upwards.
  • The Pangong lake in Ladakh is one of the highest salt lakes in the world
  • Ladakh is also home to some of the rare species of wildlife including Snow Leopard, Kyang (wild ass), Black Necked Cranes, Himalayan Ibex and several other species of brids and animals.

Grading: This expedition is graded I B. Please read our Grading system. .

Please note: Any ascent of a Himalayan peak must be taken seriously. The Group leader will take all factors concerning group fitness and acclimatization, weather and snow condition into consideration when making a decision. While recognizing that this ascent is important to the group, first priority will always be safety. The decision on whether or not you will be able to attempt Stok Khangri rest with the Group Leader. His/ her decision is final and must be accepted.

Summary

  • Trek Distance: Approx. 77 km
  • Maximum altitude: 6153m (20,187ft)
  • In / Out: New Delhi
Day 1: Arrive New Delhi/ transfer to hotel

  • Altitude: 216m

On arrival to Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi and after finishing with the immigration and custom formalities, our representative will meet you at the Main Exit with a Hi On Life Adventures placard. It is about 15 to 20 mins drive to the Aerocity where we have chosen your hotel for the practicality for the next days early morning domestic airport transfer. When you arrive at your hotel you will be briefed about your trek and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in India. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner to begin the taste of India at one of the finest dining in New Delhi.

Day 2: Fly to Leh 

  • Altitude: 3500m
  • Flight duration: 1 hour 25 mins

Early morning drive to the domestic airport to fly to Leh. Be prepared for an extensive security checks for your own safety owing to the fact that Leh is strategically located close to Pakistan and China. Baggage allowance Delhi-Leh is only 15kg per person, unless you have a through ticket on the same airline internationally. However, excess baggage charges are only $6 per kilo. It will be an early morning flight to Leh which is a fantastic mountain flight. The flight takes about 1 hour and 20 mins to Leh and approach to the airport at Leh is extremely scenic, so get your cameras ready.  The airport at Leh is also an Indian Air Force Base, therefore it is heavily guarded and again extensive security checks. We will be received at the airport by a representative from Ladakh and will be transferred to our hotel. An important component of our trip that we must adhere to is the acclimatization required due to high altitude. Hydration is the key to cope up with the high altitude, so drink water regularly. We will take this first day at high altitude with leisure and maximum exertion should maybe be a small stroll outside to the neighboring shops.

Overnight Hotel

Leh

Day 3: Sightseeing around Leh- Visit Hemis and Thiksey monastery / Overnight hotel

  • Altitude: 3500m- 3100m
  • Sightseeing duration with drives: 5 hours

We begin with a 40 km drive to Hemis. The wealthiest monastery of Ladakh and India, Hemis Monastery belongs to the Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. After visiting Hemis monastery, we will visit Thiksey monastery. Thiksey monastery is affiliated with the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey approximately 19 kms east of Leh. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest monastery in central Ladakh. After the sightseeing, we will drive back to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Overnight Hotel

Stakna Monastery at the banks of river Indus

Day 4: Drive to Likir and trek to Yangthang

  • Altitude: 3100m- 3610m
  • Drive: 55 kms, 90 mins hours one way
  • Trek: 3 hours

We drive along the river Indus till Likir monastery, which is again an extremely scenic drive. From Likir we begin our trek on a jeep road until we reach a small pass called Phobe La (3580 mts). From here we leave the jeep road and walk an off the beaten track. After an hour walk we arrive at Sumdo village, cross the river and continue in the valley and finally reach the summit of Charatse La (3700 mts). From the summit descent to Yangthang Village. Yangthang is a beautiful agricultural village.  After spending some time at the village, we drive back to Leh by late afternoon. Packed lunch will be provided and we will take a lunch break when needed.

Overnight Hotel

Yangthang

Day 5: Extra day in Leh for acclimatization and preparations

Today your guide will organize a short walk to Leh monastery for further acclimatization. You can utilize the rest of the day for last minute preparations before the trek.

Overnight Hotel

Day 6. Drive to Shang Sumdo 

  • Elevation of Shang Sumdo: 3600m
  • Distance: 50 kms
  • Drive: 1 ½ hours

From Leh we drive towards Hemis monastery and continue to Shang Sumdo to our first camp. We will meet our trekking staff here. Your fist night of camping begins here.

Overnight camping

Shang Sumdo

Day 7. Trek to Trek to Shang Phu 

  • Elevation of Shang Phu: 4300m
  • Distance: 12 kms
  • Trek: 6 hours

Today is an easy walk. The trail follows along the bank of a river on a gentle gradient. We will stop for lunch on a river side.

Overnight camping

Our Camp at Shang Phu

Day 8. Trek to Shang La Phu (interim camp) via Shang La   

  • Elevation of Shang La Phu: 4300m
  • Elevation of Shang La: 4880m
  • Distance: 9 kms
  • Trek 5 hours

From the campsite we begin to climb on a moderately steep trail. The trail is wide and scenic. There are many marmots along the trail whose burrows you can see along the path. After a 3 hours trek, we reach Shang La pass, which is a smooth wide pass with beautiful views of Khang yatze and its ranges. After the pass we climb down steeply for about an hour and we stop for lunch. After lunch it is an hour of easy walk to campsite.

Overnight camping

On the way to Matho

Day 9. Trek up Matho Phu 

  • Elevation of Matho Phu: 4300m
  • Distance: 8 kms
  • Trek 4 hours

We begin with a slight downhill to cross the Tokpo River. After a short walk from here we will reach beautiful grazing pastures for sheep. We will stop here for lunch. After lunch we climb a moderate hill and cross a small stream and camp on the other side at Mato Phu.

Overnight camping

Day 10. Trek to Mankarmo (4400m) via Matho La (4750m) 

  • Elevation of Matho La: 4750m
  • Elevation of Mankarmo: 4400m
  • Distance: 9 Kms
  • Trek: 4 hours

In the morning we climb steadily on a fairly gentle gradient to cross the Matho La (4,965m). From where we have our first views of Stok Kangri. After spending some time at the pass, we descend into the valley to the north of Stok Village. We will stop for lunch in between. After lunch we cross a small pass to our camp at Mankarmo.

Overnight camping

Day 11. Trek to Stok Kangri Base camp (4900m) 

  • Elevation of Stok Khangri base Camp: 4900m
  • Distance: 3.5 Kms
  • Trek: 3 hours

An easy walk on a gentle gradient brings us to the base camp area for Stok Kangri Base Camp. There will be several other climbing group’s camps at Base Camp. There is also a tented tea shop made with a parachute where you can buy food, drinks and even hire climbing gears. We will take a short walk in the afternoon to take in views of the magnificent surrounding peaks.

Overnight camping

Stok Khangri Base Camp

Day 12. Training, safety instructions, rest and acclimatization 

You wake up when the sun hits your tents. Breakfast table is set out in the open with great views of the surrounding mountains.

After breakfast your guides will adjust the size of the crampons to your climbing boots and set your harnesses with jumar and carabiners. Ropes will be fixed in the nearby steep slope where you will be given safety instructions and training on how to use your climbing devices along with techniques of ice climbing and glacier walks. We highly recommend you to practice on the ropes until you feel confident about the techniques and uses of the devices.

Afternoon is free to stroll around the campsite, visit other climbing teams or just relax and get mentally prepared for the climb.

Overnight camping

Day 13. Summit Stok Kangri and return to Base camp

  • Elevation of Stok Khangri: 6153m
  • Distance: 9 Kms
  • Trek/ climb: 12 to 14 hours

We begin around midnight! The initial stretch from base camp to the spur with an elevation gain of 150m acts as a great warm up. From here, you are traversing an easy gradient slope towards the glacier for about an hour.  Then you cross a glacial moraine. There might be snow or patches of glacial ice which can be managed without putting on your crampons as the gradient is very less. From the other side of glacier the big climb to the top of Stok Khangri begins. The rocky patch is short but needs to be climbed carefully as it is very loose and gets slippery at times. After about 30 mins on this part the steep climb begins. An hour of this steep climb brings us to the shoulder of the peak.  The final section to the summit is on a ridge with exposure on both sides and hence roping up is a must. The entire climb from Base Camp to the summit takes around 9 hours.

From the summit, you get a 360′ view of the mountains with the Karakoram range to your north, mountains of Zanskar to the west and the Chang La and Changtang and brown hill rolling on to Tibet towards the East.

The climb down to Base Camp takes about 3 1/2 hours.

Overnight camping

Approaching the summit ridge
Summit of Stok Khangri 6153m

Day 14. Contingency day in case of bad weather 

Day 15. Trek to Stok Village and drive to Leh  

  • Elevation of Stok Village: 3600m
  • Distance: 12.5 Kms
  • Trek/ climb: 5 hours

After a well earned good night sleep we wake up around 7 am and start to pack up Base Camp. After breakfast we will start to descend down to Mankarmo. Past Mankarmo we continue to follow the river down the valley through dramatic canyon of sharp rocks. We will stop for lunch at Stok village. After lunch we board our bus and drive to Leh. Upon arrival to Leh we check in to our hotel.

Overnight Hotel

On the way to Stok village

Day 16. Fly to New Delhi/ Transfer to Hotel- Sightseeing around Old Delhi

Early morning flight to New Delhi. Due to airport security regulations, no cabin baggage is allowed on any flights originating from Leh. Upon arrival to Delhi, we drive to Aerocity and check in to our hotel. At around 3 PM we will take a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi.

The sightseeing begins with a drive through the historical monuments and government buildings of New Delhi. New Delhi was established by the British and most of the buildings were built in the Lutyen style. Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, was an English architect known for imaginatively adapting traditional architectural styles to the requirements of his era. He designed many English country houses, war memorials and public buildings in New Delhi.

After a short drive through New Delhi, we enter the heart of Delhi, the Chandni Chowk. Suddenly you are in another era of history and culture. We will take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Spice Market and Bride’s market, more commonly known as the Khari Baoli. It is a fascinating ride where you can witness real India, with people literally walking over each other, deafening noise along with the vibrant colors that Indian is known for, and intriguing aroma of the spices and food.

Overnight Hotel

Day 17. Trip ends- Departure

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Indira Gandhi International airport 4 hours before departure time.

Optional Extension
Day 17: Drive to Agra and visit Agra Fort / Overnight hotel in Agra
Day 18. Early morning visit to Taj Mahal and drive back to Delhi / Overnight hotel in Delhi
Day 19: Trip ends- Departure
Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. Previous trekking experience at high altitude is a must. 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 and swimming is highly recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a day pack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.
A Day On Your Trek:
Each day is different, considering the weather, general pace of the group and length of the days walk. In general, you will be woken up with morning tea/ coffee at around 6 to 6:30 in the morning followed by a bowl of warm water for washing. Then you will need to pack your duffel bag and your day pack and come to the dining tent for breakfast. After breakfast we will hit the trail and usually walk for about 3 to 4 hrs before we stop for lunch. Lunches are usually picnic packed lunch. We allow you about an hour rest during lunch. Usually after lunch we walk 3 to 4 hrs before finishing off the days walk. Tea/ Coffee and snacks will be served on arrival to the camp. The afternoon will be free to explore the area/ village or simply relax or read books.
Your dinner will be served around 7 PM.
Food and water:
The cook and the kitchen crew prepares hot food which is normally a very balanced diet comprising of fresh vegetables and breads, to pastas and sandwiches and occasionally even cakes and pizzas. Breakfasts are usually bread eggs and cereals. Lunches are usually packed tiffin  and dinners are a three course meals. We make sure that you get the required amount of carbohydrates and proteins and vitamins as you burn a lot of calories walking uphills, so plenty of vegetables, canned meat and fish and eggs and cereals are carried. We provide boiled and treated water 3 times a day.

Mess tent

High Altitude

On this trek you will be going up to 6153m, so it is very important to understand the affects of altitude. The greatest provocation is going too high too fast. Hi On Life Adventures’s itinerary has been carefully designed to minimize the effects of altitude. We ascend slowly and surely allowing enough time for safe acclimatization. Headaches and breathlessness are common at altitude which in itself is nothing to worry about. In rare cases, this may worsen to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the group leader who is trained to recognize the symptoms of AMS. The symptoms of AMS are severe headaches, nausea, lethargy, loss of appetite serious breathlessness even at rest. If any trekkers show such signs they will be descended to relatively lower and safer altitude. The Group Leader’s decision on evacuating such person to a safe altitude is final. Do not medicate yourself without first informing your group leader. A slow and steady ascend with adequate rest and adequate intake of fluid (3 to 4 litres per day) is the key to acclimatization. By doing so, you will most likely have no problems apart from breathlessness on hills which is completely normal as the percentage of Oxygen in the air is relatively lower to that at sea level. The most important thing is not to worry about altitude because our team is there to take care of you.

Staff

Group leader: Your most important member of your staff. Our Group leaders are highly trained in all aspects of the trek, conservation, first aid specializing on
altitude sickness, emergency procedures and have extensive knowledge of the natural history of the area.

Sirdar: His job is to manage and organize staff duties, select and organize campsites. He is responsible for the actual operation of the trek.

Sherpas: Their job is to lead your way, help managing campsite, help loading horses and also help clients when need arises.

Horses and mules to carry luggage and their handlers (horsemen)

Please note: In our Ladakh trips, we do not use porters.

Weather

The best time for this trek is June till August. It is summer time in Ladakh and the temperatures are pleasant at high altitude. However, below 3500m it can be soaring 28 C in the sun. Another typical thing about the climate in Ladakh is that the temperature varies enormously. It can be 28 C+ on a sunny day and within an hour the temperature could drop below 10 C if it gets cloudy. At altitudes above 4500m the night time temperatures could drop just below freezing. Even though Ladakh lies in the rain shadow area, you might still encounter a short shower since it is monsoon time.

On the summit day: You can expect between -2C to -5C + wind chill factor depending on the wind speed

Recommendations for things you should bring:

Clothing:

Head:

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Sunhat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Sample of sunglasses you will need for the climb

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts for warm days
  • 2 polypropylene or wool mix long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve thermal underwear shirts, lightweight preferably woolen
  • 1 polar fleece pullovers medium weight or 1 heavy wool thermal underwear
  • 1 polar fleece jacket, OR Primaloft/ Down light weight jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Please note: We provide 1 very warm goose-down jacket with hood for high altitude.
Base layers

Hands: 

  • 1 pair light weight wind stopper gloves
  • 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the warm polar Fleece mitt liner
Recomended gloves

Lower Body:

  • 1 pair walking shorts
  • 1 to 2 pair walking trousers for trekking
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair Primaloft OR light weight down trouser for evenings at Base Camp
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, Waterproof/breathable with side zips

Feet:

  • 1 pair trek/climb boot preferably for 6000m+
  • 1 pair trainers (running shoes) and/or sandals for Delhi, Leh and in camp
  • 2 pair med-heavy preferably wool socks
  • 2 to 3 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • 2 to 3 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
Types of shoes recommended for climbing Stok Khangri

Sleeping:

We provide:

  • 1 down sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -4 F )
  • 1 polar fleece liner
  • Exped Down 7W mattres and foam kari-mats.
For every trek we provide these 1400 gm to 1800 gm down sleeping bags depending on altitude, and down jackets

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • 1 medium rucksack (30-35 litres)
  • We provide one 65 lts duffle bags for each member.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

 

Accessories:

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also
  • 3 Water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, games etc
  • Adequate amount of batteries, etc.
  • Money belt
  • Toiletries: Your essentials. We provide toilet papers
  • Towel: Quick dry travel towel
  • Penknife
  • Disposable lighter
  • Medical kit: As per your prescriptions. It should be noted that the group leader will be carrying a first aid kit.

 

Optional

  • Walking sticks ( highly recommended)
  • Cameras
  • Knee guard for those with bad knees.
  • Daytime snack (chocolates/ dry fruit trail mix)

 

Healthy and trouble free holiday

Please consult a doctor for vaccination against Typhoid, Meningitis, polio, and hepatitis. If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please give us a list of what you can and can’t eat so that we can provide proper food for you. If you are undergoing a course of prescription medicine, please ensure that you have sufficient supplies for the entire holiday. Some types of drugs including anti malaria have side effects at high altitude; therefore please consult your doctors regarding these drugs. The places you trek are mosquito free and there has been no report on malaria in Ladakh and you do not spend a lot of time in the low
lands of India.

Insure yourself:

We highly recommend you to take a comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance before leaving home. This should cover for your loss of baggage, airline delays, sickness, and accidents. It should cover all incurring costs for evacuations.

Money Matters

The ideal currency to bring with you is USD or Euro. You can exchange them in Delhi or Leh. You can also draw money from ATM machines in New Delhi or Leh.

The exchange rate is 1 USD = 68 Indian Rupees approx. (subject to change)

During the entire trip the only meal that you need to pay for is 1 dinner and 1 lunch in Delhi. If you have chosen to add Agra trip with this trip, then you need to pay for 2 more dinners and 2 more lunches. Delhi and Agra has a wide variety of restaurants with a very wide range of price. Depending on where you eat, each meal will cost anything between 5 to 25 USD + drinks. Plus 20 to 30 USD for your taxis if you wish to go around the city.

On trek: Basically there are no places where you can spend money on the trek. However, in few places you might find small tea shops that sells cold drinks, chocolates etc. It is recommended to bring around 5 USD per day. This money is chocolates, soft drinks and beers etc and also for small donations in the monasteries.

Tipping

Although tipping is entirely optional and personal matter the following is recommended as a guideline

In Delhi and Leh: for bellboys, waiters and porters 50 to 100 Indian Rupees

On the trek: At the end of the trek it is a customary to tip the field staff. The recommended amount is 100-150 USD depending on group size. The Group leader will collect the tip and then split it according to responsibilities of each staff and put it in envelopes with their names on it. this envelopes are given back to you,  so that you can give it to the staff during the “Farewell Ceremonies”. Please note- the Group Leader is not included in this tip. If you wish to tip the Group Leader, you can do it separately.

Some Do’s and Don’ts

Ladakhi people treat visitors as special guests. Although they will never rebuke you publicly for unknowingly offending them, we must consider their culture.

While in Ladakh please observe the following:

  • Full or partial nudity is not accepted.
  • Over display of affection between men and women, especially in temples and monasteries are discouraged.
  • Please remove your shoes before entering monasteries and temples.
  • Never point the soles of your feet at a person or shrine.
  • Locals walk around the Mani walls and Stupas in a clockwise direction as a respect and they expect you to do the same although it is not compulsory.
  • Please ask before taking pics of a person or his/her child

 

Some useful tips while travelling in Delhi and Agra

Dress code: Dress sensibly. For men- knee length shorts and t shirts and sandals are best to cope up with the heat but in some temple and mosques you need to wear long trousers. For women it would be wise to cover up and dress modestly to avoid unwanted advances. Light cotton trousers or knee length skirts are ideal. Avoid too high cut shorts and bare back dresses.

Personal space: The concept of personal space is almost nonexistent in almost all over India. Whether you’re standing in a queue or walking in a crowded Bazaar, get used to moving shoulder-to-shoulder.

People in North India tend to stare a lot: Please don’t be offended because most of them do this out of curiosity. Easy way to deal with this is to not make direct eye contact with strangers and passersby. Get used to it and don’t let this make you uncomfortable. Wearing sunglasses helps a lot ignore staring.

Bargaining skills: In shopping malls the prices are fixed and you cannot bargain. However, in rest of your shopping adventure, it is inevitable that you will be exploited to a certain degree. The simple fact is that most vendors know you have money. Skillful bartering takes practice- a beginner’s rule of thumb is to cut the starting price in half and then work your way to a middle ground.

Beware of Pickpockets: The streets of Delhi can become very crowded, exposing you up to a risk of being easily pick-pocketed. Keep your money in your money belt or in a forward facing backpack. If you need to take money out of your wallet, it is best to do it with least possible exposure of the wallet.

Beggars: You will likely see things that strike your emotional core, but it is important to realize that these are deep rooted problems with no easy fix. Moreover if you give money to one beggar, within seconds you will find yourself surrounded by a dozen other beggars from children to adults. Also keep in mind that beggar mafias control much of the inner city.

Street Hawkers: When you walk out of the sightseeing points you will meet several hawkers trying to sell you small souvenirs from pics and all sorts of things. Do not engage in a bargain or conversation unless you really want to buy them. They can be very pushy sometimes.

Go With the Flow: Despite the fact that the cities in India can be tiring with all the staring, crowded streets, beggars, pestering hawkers’ etc. try not to care about the small stuff. If you get caught up and stress about the little things, you will miss out on the bigger picture, which is that you are in one of the most distinctive and important cities in the world. The city will often come to feel like another planet entirely.

“TODAY IS YOUR DAY! YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING, SO… GET ON YOUR WAY!”
DR. SEUSS

 

Cost Includes:

  • Arrival/ departure and all internal transportation while in Delhi in private vehicles
  • Welcome dinner at Delhi’s finest Indian restaurant
  • 2 nights hotel in Delhi at 5 star hotel
  • ½ day sightseeing in Delhi with rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Spice Market and Bride’s Market
  • Round trip flight from Delhi / Leh/ Delhi
  • 5 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 kitchen helpers and mule herder with mules
  • All meals while camping with all camping facilities
  • Boiled and treated water 3 times a day
  • Sleeping tent/ dining tent with comfortable tables and chairs/ kitchen tent/ toilet tent and shower tent
  • Combination of Ridge mat and Exped 7 W Down Mattresses for sleeping in the tent
  • Complimentary Hi On Life duffle bag (65 litres) to take away
  • Use of 1 sleeping bag (-20C/ -4F) with fleece inner liner for sleeping bag
  • Use of Hi On Life down jacket and rain poncho
  • 15 kgs personal baggage allowance per member
  • Bottled oxygen with mask & Regulator for Medical Use
  • All personal climbing equipment except climbing boots and crampons
  • Staffs Insurance/ wages and equipment allowance

Extension:

  • Transportation to Agra and back in private A/C car
  • Full day sightseeing in Agra (Taj Mahal and Agra fort)
  • 1 night at 5 star hotel in Agra
  • 1 night at 5 star hotel in Delhi

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.

Grading system for Expeditions:

A realistically chosen trip maximizes both your enjoyment of the experience, as well as your chances of summit success. Selection of a trip that is beyond your ability could result in uncomfortable experiences. You might end up having the leader not taking you on the climb for your own safety and for the safety of the other team members.

Therefore to let you make a more realistic selection of your mountain, we have categorized each mountain into 2 tired grading systems which describes the technical difficulty (I-V) and fitness (A-E) required for each expedition.

Technical Difficulty

I          Straightforward climbing/ scrambling on low angle snow/ rocks. Previous climbing experience is not essential. No ropes required.

II         Involves glacial travel on ropes with ice axe and crampons. Previous experience of Ice axe and crampon comes in handy but not a compulsory.

III        Involves ice climbing on short sections of snow or ice up to about 50 degrees. Previous snow/ ice climbing experience are essential.

IV         Good all-round climbing ability required. Involves low grade rock climbing and long, steep snow and ice slopes over 50 degrees.

V          Difficult climbing on very steep ice or technically difficult rock. It is suitable only for competent and experienced mountaineers who have successfully summited technical mountains above 6000m.

Fitness

A             Good basic fitness required.  Ability to walk 6 to 8 hour over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

B             Good cardio-vascular fitness required. Regular training, by running, hiking and perhaps some gym work is essential. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra-long day.

C             High level of fitness coupled with physical endurance required with regular training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-12kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.

D             Superlative fitness is called for. Climbs of this grade are exceptionally strenuous and some weight loss is inevitable. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect 10-15 hours of climbing in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 10-15kg in weight.

E              Extreme physical effort at extreme altitude which requires arduous preparation based on your experience of previous trips. You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with 10 – 12 hours on a regular basis and more than 15 hours on the summit day. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.

If you need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us, who are happy to discuss which trips would be suitable for you.

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:
 HEX-SK
Trip Grade:
 I B
Duration:
 17 days
Trek Distance:
 60 kms
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

Pokhara and Close up with Annapurna

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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