Our valuable guests will be received by representative of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition at the international airport of Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Guests are to look for the Display board that reads: HIMALAYAN VACATION TREKS AND EXPEDITION Pvt Ltd.
Day 02: Delhi to Manali by Tourist Bus 9-10 hours
By luxury tourist bus we drive in 10 to 12 hours to Manali. The route takes you all the way through and past the enormous green hills of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is located at 2000 meters and we stay in a very pleasant hotel in the middle of big forests of cedar trees in Manali.
Day 03: Manali resting day (2050m)
Manali is encircled by greatly forested mountain slopes. The many wooden houses and busy bazaars give this place great charm. Manali is situated at the altitude of 1900 meters and offers after the oppressive heat of Delhi a benevolent, temperate climate. Today time to walk through the town. And the great markets at ease The valley has a rich Hindu tradition which is reflected in several beautiful temples. There are various possibilities for walks and excursions. Manali is a great fun town with a huge multiplicity of people: horse men from the neighborhood, Ladakhi, Tibetan, Lahauli etc. All this against an atmospheric backdrop of cedar forests and snow-covered mountains. We meet with our staff from Nepal that will guide the rest of the trip us.The rest of the day you leave. Time enough also to the town to see. You can visit a Buddhist monastery, take a look at the bazaars, relax on the veranda of the fantastic hotel or take a stroll to the slightly elevated “Old Manali”. You can get used to the altitude here.
Day 04: Manali to Darcha 4-5 hours drive
With guides, cook, supplies and tents in the jeeps, we go now towards the beginning of the trek. If everything goes well it about 9 hours on the 4000 meter (usually snowy) high Rohtang Pass which gives access to the area located in the semi monsoon district Lahaul. Here begins Buddhist area which can be seen from chorten and prayer flags. Top of the pass you already have a beautiful view of sharp peaks around. Keylong is a nice town halfway between where we also make a short stop. In Darcha we make camp. It is 3350 meters high here and it shows.
Day 05: Acclimatization in Darcha
This acclimatization we spend on a walk in the area where we can advance up a little more.
Day 06: Darcha – Palamo, pull start 4.5 hour
We walk above the river valley to the west on the first day of the trek of 10 days to Padum. Our horses, instead of porters, arrive from Manali to continue to travel to Padum and Lamayuru with us. These loyal animals carry the group luggage (camping and cooking equipment and food) and the participants’ baggage (up to 12 kg per person). We pass the last two Lahaul-villages and then we head into the wilderness. About 3 hours walk to the next camp at the bridge at about 3700 meters.
Day 07: walk to Sumdo 3.5 hours
Sometimes the trail goes through clayey slopes, steeply and then again it is a piece of flat, along the river. Crossing of a glacier stream is also on the programme today. Sometimes this is easy but sometimes a very slow to safely get through. The icy, rushing water We camp at the bridge where the path to the Shingo-la turn right from the main valley road at about 4000 meters.
Day 08: Acclimatization in Sumdo or hiking
Acclimatize with possibly a day hike. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will make arrangement for the hike and visit to the several places in Sumdo.
Day 09: Sumdo to Ramjak, Shingo La BC 6 hour
Although we are now reasonably acclimatized you this day (and the next) yet well find that you get above 4000 meters. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staffs guide you carefully, precisely on this trek, because you cannot descend to 4000 meters. Easier after the Shingo-la We would therefore like to know as sure as possible that everyone is sufficiently accustomed to the altitude. The trek itself is initially quite steep. The upper part of the valley is quite wide and the green pastures beside the river we find sheep, goats with their herders. Camping on a beautiful green spot between high mountains. 4650 meters.
Day 10: Shingo La BC to Lakang Sumdo, 6-8 hour
Today we cross the Shingo la about 5100 meters is not nothing. It is about 4 hours to the top of the lock lets Jerde only. The pace is low. We walk along moraines and glacier lakes. On top we have a fantastic view of the sharp peaks of Lahaul behind us and for us we get a bit of a taste of Zanskar. You can already see the red-black colored perpendicular valley slopes. The descent is usually what slipping and sliding through snow until we eventually get some drier ground underfoot. Ropes and crampons are not needed here. We descend until we reach a river and we camp at 4300 meters on the upper reaches of the Kargiag Chu in a beautiful mountain meadow.(Chu is water or river in Tibetan or Zanskari). There are incredibly many types of flowers in the immediate vicinity of the camp including many edelweiss.
Day 11: walk to Kargiakh 5-6 hours
Today our day begins with a crossing of a river and then we walk along the river quite a bit right down to the first village Kargiakh. The whole day is governed by a hundred meters high very striking rock. Around us diving regularly Himalayan marmots on and off again. We hear their high alarm cry from various corners of the valley.
Before we reach the village we can see a few Buddhist constructions the chorten as a sign that we really have ended in Tibetan areas. The houses are white with flat roofs on a layer of wood, as winter stock and insulation. Sometimes we get underway for people who are here herding their yaks, and of whom we can try. A cup of butter tea which for the first time is often not so tasty. We camp at Kargiakh on the River (4000 meters).
Day 12: Kargiakh -Purne 5-6 hours
Today we walk through a populated part of this valley, we pass a four-odd villages and maybe we can a get permission to get into a cottage somewhere inside to see how these wonderful people usually live. The landscape is formed by open valleys with very sparsely vegetated slopes. The villages have fields with irrigation. Tsampa (roasted barley flour) is the daily costs, most blended with, now familiar salty butter tea. The path goes up and down and a little more down. We camp at a house: Purne (3800 meters)
Day 13: Trip to Phuctal Gompa 5-6 hour
Walking to the rock wall pasted Phuctal monastery will be really exciting trip. Along vertical reddish cliffs, the path is created and leads along the raging river. Just before the monastery we have an ancient suspension bridge to cross. A little further we suddenly see the monastery lie. We take a look inside being guided by one or more monks. There is a sacred source of water supply which one is insured. There is some dimly lit, dank room with thangkas `s prayer (prayer cloths), all kinds of Buddhist images and musical instruments.
Day 14: Ichar (3700 m) 5-6 hours
This quite long day leads through deep valleys along the river. Sometimes high then right along the shore. In sheltered places you can find lots of wild roses and the rocks are yellow and black. Under the charming village Ichar we make camp and we need money to pay camping here when putting the residents our place underwater.
Day 15: Ichar Reru (2-3 hours) and continue by jeep over Bardan Gompa Padum to (3650 m)
Today we leave the camp early in the morning. After about 2 hours walk, we arrive at the village of Reru at the end of the canyon, for some, a relief that there will be seen a little more air. One of the guides will have been already gone to this place to get jeeps because from here we go by jeep to Bardan Gompa, a gem of a monastery built on top of the top of a rock. From this monastery we drive to Padum, the capital of Zanskar, otherwise we do not have to imagine. Too much Padum is located in the plain where the Lingti and Doda rivers meet each together to flow ahead jointly. Zanskar is a typical “road head” town, in the small center with some shops and a lot of junk and empty fuel barrels. Here ends a road from Kashmir.
Day 16: Padum rest visit village
We can experience the Karsha festival in Padum if we are by the 3rd week of June. Similarly, if we are here by 1st week of June, the Sani festival takes place. A Tibetan Buddhist monastery festival is always worthwhile. It is a colorful event with mask dancing, singing groups, clowns and often a market around it. Lovely to wander here and there in Padum. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will make arrangement for visit to the several places in Padum.
Day 17: by jeep from Padum to Karsha and from there to Pishu 4-5 hours
Again today, we travel by jeep. First to the not far from Padum located Karsha Gompa. An impressive experience to visit the rock walled monastery. We some time wander through this large complex and contact with the monks. From here we go by jeep further Pishu. The campground is located in a green oasis, surrounded by sand hills in the lower zone and higher we see the high mountains with jagged rocks and here and there covered with snow. If we are in time we can visit a small nunnery in Pishu.
Day 18: Pishu Hanumil 4-5 hour
Today is an easy day varied landscape still along the Zanskar. Here and there beautiful eroded rock sculptures. Hanumil has two abandoned houses with a small campsite.
Day 19: Hanumil – Snertse(3742 m) 6-5 hours
Today we walk through a beautiful trail and very surprising landscapes. The first 2 to 3 hours going up and down. At the start of the Zanskar gorge traverse the path along a steep wall that opens into the river. We need to be very careful today because there is a steep climb to a beautiful view point, before the route branches off towards Purfi-La (3950 meters). In the long serpentine path winds to the top of the pass. On top of a surprisingly out of sight in the depths where Grandma Chu makes its way to the Zanskar. Frenzied rock walls with many colors. After Purfi-La is a steep descent to the Oma-Chu where we have lunch. We still need 400 feet to the ridge and then another about 100 meters down to the pitch. On the ridge we see the pitch already. A nice place in a small valley, with a Coke tent and a stream where you can wash up nicely.
Day 20: Snertse – Lingshod (3966 m) 7-8 hours – (1580 m)rise / fall (1356 m)
From Snertse we walk up the valley that opens through a narrow rocky gorge. Even then we cross a permanent snow bridge where we need extra attention because we have to be halfway to the right. We cross the mainstream and some tributaries several times over, just without sandals. Then walking to the pass another 500 meters up, 2 ½ hours. The Hanuma-La is about 4750 meters in altitude. From the pass we have a beautiful view over the valley and we see the Singge La (5000m). In the north we see the gompa of Lingshod (or Lingshet). The descent is steep, with sharp bends. We have lunch at 4000 meters and then we pass a small step (the Chapskang-La 4195 meters). For the village on a river and all the way through the village to the camp at the gompa.
Day 21: Lingshod – La Sengge BC (4417 m) high, 5-6 hours
From Lingshod we walk straight up to a pass (4321 meters) full of chortens and prayer flags. This is not the Netuke-La (Margun-La). After a small decrease and a steep climb we come top of the pass (4419 meters) from Lingshod less than 2 hours. After about half an hour we pass a stream at about 200m above the village Skyumpata. This is like a small green oasis in the vast desert tan. After crossing a stream, at about 4000 meters, begins a steep climb to the pass at 4460 meters. After 3/4 hours we reach the first Singge-La BC at 4417 meters. There is a second BC where we can reach in about an hour’s walk. If all goes well there we are going to run tomorrow.
Day 22: Sengge-La BC – Photaksar ( 4195 m) 7- 8 hours
From BC in 3 hours to the Sengge-La (4970 meters). Quite steep. Beautiful views of the Zanskar Range. We descend a short steep slope to a wide valley. Here and there a side, there are several paths. Ultimately we reach the western shore, but the door wading is not really difficult. We have lunch somewhere along the river and go up to the Bumikse-La (4423 meters). It goes up and down. In 1 and half hours we descend to the camp along the river, just beyond the village.
Day 2:3 Photaksar – Sniougoutse BC 4-5 hours
Photaksar is a very small beautiful village in a massive mountain. There are quite vast meadows. Right through to the north we can see the red peaks at the Sniougoutse La, another pass. The landscape is vast and again especially after the first front passenger, we get into an enchanting landscape of gray golf courses with pointed cathedrals of sandstone. If the river is not fordable, we bypass a lot to a bridge. That means we need to spend extra hour and a half for walk.
Day 24: the Sniougoutse La 4-5 hours
Just before the newly loom the most strange shapes on, it’s just sand blasted kath dragons, in warm yellow and maroon and we walk, we void, feel towards the pass (5110 meters) on the top we are suddenly very close to the snow. Then the steep decline.
Day 25: Foot Sniougoutse La-Shilla 3-4 hours
When we are in the gorge of the Shilla, we cross the river over 30 times. Due to Rising River warmed by melt water we leave as early as possible. Sometimes the river on the day hardly without a rope about stabbing later! In the village of Shilla we stand under trees in a cornfield under the trees by the river. It is an incredibly beautiful ride through the narrow gorge. It is not precise to indicate how many hours we will have to cross the gap. Needed That depends on the water off. But count on a total duration of about 6 hours.
Day 26: Shilla Lamayuru-Leh 3-4 hours
The close and hot Prinkiti La (3725 meters), walk in 3-4 hours to Lamayuru. If we’re on the La Prinkiti we enter a new world and Lamayuru is beautiful and at the foot of a hill, above the majestic monastery towers. From the monastery we have a gigantic view of the ocean floor came up. From Lamayuru we go by jeep to Leh, the capital of Ladakh.
Day 27: Leh ladakh rest day (3500m)
A day at leisure in Leh. We can go for shopping or spend the time on our own.
Day 28: Leh – Delhi (237m)
Today we fly back to Delhi. During the one-hour flight we fly over countless summits and snowy ridges until the mountains make for Great Plains. In Delhi we go to a not far from the airport hotel. Participants who wish to visit some of the highlights of Delhi on our own.
Day 29: Departure from Delhi (237m)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Included in the Cost
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Delhi with breakfast
Delhi to Manali by tourist bus
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome or farewell dinners in Leh
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Guided city tour in Delhi by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed friendly guide and assistant guide (Upto 4 persons one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Horse for carrying luggage and food.
Nepali Staff costs including their salary,insurance,equipment,food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/15kg capacity bag, and trekking map/Card are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
nights in double/single Tents for the Trekking
Not Included in the Cost
Indian visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Delhi because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Delhi
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and Trekking Walking Hiking shoes .
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for Nepali staff, Horse maids and driver(s)
Number of participants
Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 14
Max Altitude:5110 meters
Best Season: Mid July- Mid September
Difficulty Level: Moderate
December ,January and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail.Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikings and cultural tour.It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour for this places. Chitawan National park Bardiya National Park are also the places to have live experience of culture and rituals.
March , April and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze is felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of cloud can be seen in the sky during this season.So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal .So many tourist from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalyan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period.Peak climbing period can be enlength upto June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period.This period offer plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.Except rhododendrons , many kind of natural flora and fauna makes Nepal very beautiful during this season
June ,July and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slight difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang , Upper Dolpa , Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September , October and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is the popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain , Tihar and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favourable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal.Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period.So many tourist come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m are the best destination for climbing in this season.Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.