FIXED DEPARTURE DATES
trip dates for 2018:
(private trips available)
It is true. Some barren lands on this planet turn out to be the most outrageously gorgeous spectacles on earth.
We are going to venture into the best kept secrets in the trekking world - Ladakh and specifically the Markha Valley in the Indian Himalayas. This region has the same landscapes as Tibet, and has been dubbed as Little Tibet; but with less hassle in terms of permits etc. The plan is to do high altitude trekking. We will also visit the monasteries in the area and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the town of Leh. This is a special trip as you will be guided by our female local trekking guide jointly with our female trip leader via Peak Explorations as a way to empower women on both sides of the world! By joining this trip, you will be supporting the local Ladakhi women who work in the trekking tourism industry where men continue to dominate in the roles of guides and porters.
DAY 1 - FLY OUT TO DELHI
DAY 2 - ARRIVE IN LEH
You'll arrive in Leh in the morning and have free day to acclimatize.
DAY 3 - FREE DAY
With our Peak Explorations ambassador, walk around Leh and visit the nearby monasteries and local markets.
DAY 4 - MONASTERY TOUR IN SHAM VALLEY
This is an all day tour to visit the monasteries in Sham Valley. There's plenty of nature, culture and spiritual experience to be had on this tour.
DAY 5 - 1st DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
You will drive to the start of your trek at Jingchen (3380m) and end in Yurutse (4090m).
DAY 6 - 2nd DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
From Yurutse, you hike to Shingo (4150m).
DAY 7 - 3rd DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
From Shingo, you will descend to Skiu (3350).
DAY 8 - 4th DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
You'll begin to walk your way to Markha Valley from Skiu (3770m). Enjoy the magnificent views of the valley along the way.
DAY 9 - 5th DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
Walk from Markha to Hankar (4240m).
DAY 10 - 6th DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
Walk from Hankar to Nimaling (4740m)
DAY 11 - 7th DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
Last day of the trek as you descend from Nimaling to Chogdo (3600m) where your vehicle awaits to take you back to Leh.
DAY 12 - FLY HOME
The group will be transferred to Leh airport.
NOTE: The guide and his team reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary to accommodate the group, as needed.
This is a STRENUOUS trek. Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended. You will need to prepare in terms of cardio workout and consult with your doctor prior to joining the trip given the high altitude reaching up to almost 5000 meters. You will be required to familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking, sign a liability waiver and terms & conditions forms. A medical certification from your doctor may be required if Peak Explorations deems it necessary prior to joining this trip.
Single supplement possible upon request. Extra fees apply
Balance is due 30 days prior to the departure date.
●National Park Fees.
●Transport from Leh to starting point on mountain and return to Leh
● All accommodations in Leh (with breakfasts) and on the trek via local guesthouses.
●Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides.
●Rescue fees (required by the national Park)
●All Meals on the mountain (3 meals a day)
●Airport transfer (round-trip)
●Monastery day tourents
●Tips for Guides and porters
●Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags)
●Lunches and dinners in Leh
●Any personal expenses such as drinks and shopping for souvenirs.
●Visa fees & travel insurance.
● International Flight tickets.
Clients must book their own flights and send a copy of their flight itinerary by e-mail to no later than the trip balance due date.
TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIRED:
After making a deposit, you are required to obtain appropriate travel insurance through Travel Guard or other insurance of your choice that should cover at a minimum 100% of the trip cost (land & air), emergency medical and evacuation for high altitude trekking of up to 6000 meters. Proof of travel insurance must be provided via electronic mail to no later than the trip balance due date. Failure to obtain travel insurance by the trip balance due date will result in cancellation and no refund of your trip deposit and/or applicable cancellation fees as noted in the Terms & Conditions.
You are responsible for securing your visa for India. Most citizens can obtain an e-visa online.
Upon booking, you will receive trip notes that include the recommended gear list and specific trek information.
meet your trip leader
Peak Explorations Ambassador