Ladakh Trek

This fascinating Ladakh Trek is superb holiday journey in India. The eye catching views of Saser Kangri (7,672 m-25,170 ft), the highest peak around Ladakh and Zhanskar range of mountains with Stok Kangri at (6,121 m-20082 ft) made the area super highlight.

Ladakh, located on North of India within the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the only Buddhist religion province, in a Muslim dominated state. The amazing high-altitude desert Ladak straddles with northern border Tibet and North West with Pakistan. Ladakh is sheltered from rain shadow of Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya, with occasionally stray monsoon clouds finds their way over the Himalaya.

Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 2,750 m-9,022 ft at Kargil to 7,672 m-25,170  ft at Mt. Saser Kangri in the Karakoram with summer temperatures rarely exceeding about 27º C in the shade, while in winter they may plunges to -20º  C even in Leh, the main town and capital of Ladakh.

Trekking in Ladakh is a remarkable experience. One does not need to be physically fit; but determination and interest can take part in short trekking around Ladakh. Some of places might be tough with high passes and long walks on the dry arid terrain and windswept landscapes. However, the days are lovely with warm, even hot, due to the desert effect of the barren landscape; evenings can become chilly.

Trexmount Ventures crew will be ready to begin your venture after your arrival in Delhi via respective countries and airlines. In Delhi our guide will take you on a tour on this city steeped with old history from Mogul period.  Visit the Red Fort, Qutab Minor and Delhi Gate and the colorful bazaar around Old Delhi, the symbol of old India and new? Even the stones here whisper ages of long ago and the air is full of the dust and fragrances of the past, as also of the fresh and piercing winds of the present.

From Delhi, you will take a short flight to Leh in Ladakh at 3,550 m-11646 ft, a Buddhist religion province, sandwiched between Muslim State of Kashmir which borders Pakistan and Tibet. In Leh with acclimatization days, tour monasteries and ancient fort Dzong palace and the interesting market areas where you can observe the local Ladakh people with their daily life, with their culture, customs, traditions similar to Tibet in Buddhist religion also.

After a wonderful time in Leh, our adventure leads to a drive to the start point of trekking at Likir Topko, a small village with an old monastery built in 1065 AD there a 200 monks reside in the monastery.

From here trek towards complete wilderness to Yangthang, Rizong to Hemis area at Sukhpachen with awesome views of Zhanskar range of snow peaks, including the beautiful Indus River Valley which is overshadowed by spectacular Stok Kangri (6,123 m-20,088 ft) and Kang Yatse (6,400 m-20,997 ft) peaks.

Walk leads to a larger and prosperous Theisgam village of Hemis and Spituk area. On the next day head towards Ang, Khalse villages with a wonderful experience walking in the arid hills and windswept terrain and valley reaching Basgo where the road to Leh joins near Alchi close to India/ Pakistan border of Kargil. From here conclud the beautiful short walking adventure with a drive to Leh for last overnight in Ladakh before flying to Delhi and then to respective destination or next port of call, after a remarkable trip in ‘Ladakh Trek & Delhi Tour’.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Delhi half day guided tour.
Day 03: Fly to Leh (3,450 m-11,319 ft) afternoon visit the local bazaar.
Day 04: From Leh drive to Likir (3,430 m-11,253 ft) – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Yangthang (3,600 m-11,811 ft) – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Hemis-Sukhpachen (3,340 m-10,958 ft) via Rizong – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ang (3,200 m-10,499 ft) via Themsigang – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Basgo (3,230 m-10,597 ft) via Khalse – 04 hrs.
Day 09: From Basgo drive to Leh (3,450 m-11,319 ft) – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Fly to Delhi, afternoon drive to Agra – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Drive back to Delhi afternoon free at leisure.
Day 12: Depart Delhi for international flight homeward bound.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel.
After the flight and getting refreshed in respective hotels in Delhi,
rendezvous in the hotel with other members for trip orientation, where our guide / leader will inform and brief regarding the Delhi Tour and Ladakh trek, hotels, do and don’ts with evening group dinner.

Day 02: In Delhi with cultural / historical tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast as time set for the sightseeing tour, our city guide will lead you for few hours in our fascinating heritage and cultural tour around places of interest, tour of Quatab Minar, India’s Gate, Red Fort with old historical Palaces and courtyard; and then back to hotel after the wonderful tour, afternoon free for individual activities and preparation for journey to Ladakh.

Day 03: Fly to Leh (3,440 m-11,286 ft) and transfer to hotel.
Morning after breakfast depart Delhi for the short scenic flight to Leh, Ladakh. During the flight experience an awesome panorama of the  great Western Himalayan range of mountains with Zhanskar Himalaya which is the backdrop of Ladakh area. On reaching at Leh at the height of 3,440 meters, here received by our native Ladakhi guide from our counter agent in Ladakh, transfer to hotel in the hub of Leh town, with afternoon relax and explore the local market.

Day 04: Drive to Likir (3,430 m-11,253 ft) via Phyan villages -02 hrs journey
After breakfast drive at the distance of 52 km taking two hours to reach at Likir village, as the drive leads past Leh with stop to visit Phyang monastery, a 16th century gompa built during the regime of king Tashi Namgyal, (story of this gompa it is thought that he was trying to seek forgiveness and build for his elder brother regarding a devious act that made him heir to the throne).

After a visit of Phyang monastery drive continues on reaching at attractive Likir village In the afternoon, make short hike to Gompa (monastery) located on a small hill above the village next to Leh-Srinagr highway and the Indus River.

This monastery built in 1065 AD, original structure was destroyed by fire so the building at present about 200 years. Here the monks are of Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. From here walk downhill on a small path which leads to Likir Topko just after the chorten (stupas).  Overnight camp is set near the village.

Day 05: Trek to Yangthang (3,600 m-11,811 ft) – 04 hrs.
Our Morning walk leads to a wilderness of barren country which is an extension of Tibetan vast plateau, the border to Tibet towards north. Walk leads past small streams and rivers and passes few farm villages and pasture fields and then reaches our overnight camp at Yangthang, a small spread out farm village, situated on the banks of Likir Topko, a tributary river of River Indus, a wonderful peaceful place after the drive. Walk descend gradually to a prosperous-looking village, following a path with a sign post to set the overnight camp near a primary school ground, afternoon at leisure or explore the local village and its monastery.

Day 06: Trek to Hemis-Sukhpachen (3,340 m-10,958 ft) via Rizong -05 hrs.
After breakfast our journey continues in this fabulous country landscapes, although barren but with some trees around villages like the willows and small juniper bushes. Walk leads to a long descent to a nice looking Rizong village lined with tree lines of poplars and willows located in a small gorge. Upon reaching Rizong, a small village, visit the local Rizong Gompa (monastery) with stunning views of the valley and snow capped peak in the distance. From the monastery the walk leads to a steep climb to a pass at 4,200 m-13,88 ft festooned with prayer flags and piles of rocks as religious monument. The top offers splendid views of Hemis-Sukhpachen village below. After a great views of the village and surrounding landscapes then descend for few hours to reach our overnight stop at wonderful Hemis-Sukhpachen village after a great trek of the day. In the afternoon with time explore this nice farm village and observe the sleepy village life.

Day 07: Trek to Ang (3,200m-10,499 ft) via Themsigang  – 04 hrs.
The morning walk leads over the wide green pasture land heading north-west direction skirting the side of this valley. After few hours’ trek pass a prayer monument (chorten). The trail branches off, the right fork passes a line of old and mature cedar trees to reach Themsigang, one of the largest and most prosperous village of this trip after Leh.
This is a nice large village with well established community and cultivated fields with orchard garden. After a nice break walk leads for another few hours to reach Ang which is a moderate size village with camping place in the backyard of the village.

Day 08: Trek to Basgo (3,230 m-10,597 ft) after Khalse – 02 hrs.
After breakfast continue the last day walk for a short morning trek to a road head at Khalse, a small road side settlement greeted by a collection of run-down small tea stall and shops. Our trekking concludes at this point and then take a jeep drive to Basgo on route to visit Alchi Gompa.

After a pleasant tour of the monastery with interesting artifacts and fresco reaching the end the line of our wonderful journey at Basgo for an overnight stay in a local house —  a rare opportunity to feel the real Ladakhie friendly atmosphere and warm hospitality of the locals. On this last day in the country village enjoy the night listening folk songs, taking part in the dance along with local foods.

Day 09: From Basgo drive to Leh (3,450 m-11,319 ft)– 04 hrs.
With great night and merriment at Basgo,  drive in the morning to Leh. After few hours’ drive reach Spituk Gompa. Here visit the great monastery one of the important Gompa in Ladakh. After a great interesting time, drive continues for few hours to reach Leh for last overnight in Ladakh.
On arrival check in the hotel with time for last minute shopping souvenirs and stroll around the market area.

Day 10: Fly to Delhi and transfer to Agra – 04 hrs.
In the morning depart from the hotel. Our local guide will transfer you to Leh airport for the flight to Delhi. Farewell to Ladakh, friendly guides and drivers. Upon reaching Delhi, our Delhi staff and guide will transfer you to Agra with an interesting 4 hr drive of 225 km east of Delhi to Agra. On arrival check in hotel rest of afternoon visit the small narrow street on this beautiful Taj City.

Day 11: Visit famous Taj Mahal and drive back to Delhi.
Have an early morning tour of world famous marbled Taj Mahal with the Sun Rise. After a visit return back to hotel in Agra for breakfast and then drive back to Delhi for overnight and ample time for shopping and for short stroll around the interesting Delhi markets.

Day 12: Depart Delhi for international flight homeward bound.
Morning or evening as per your flight time, our staff or guide will receive you at the hotel for final departure from Delhi and India after a memorable and remarkable time with us, fabulous destination to Ladakh & tour of Delhi.

Includes and Excludes

Equipments and Packing

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip accommodation:        Hotels & Lodge and camping on route trek.
Trek grade:                           Moderate & high altitude
In Ladakh:                            07 / 08 days.
Trek duration:                     03 / 04 days.
Highest altitude:                4,200 m pass near Rizong & Hemis-Sukhpachen.
Total Trip:                            11 / 12 days
Seasons:                               April to October.

Trip Highlights

“full loaded culture and thrills, excitement throughout this trip, from traditional villages, green and arid hills, amazing barren landscapes, high mountains, traveling on world’s largest and highest plateau, visiting traditional Ladakhens villages similar to Tibetan, Ladakh monasteries enrich with old culture, customs, tour of busy Delhi are the main attraction and highlights of this exciting adventure Ladakh Trek & Delhi Tour”

Trip Information's

Incredible India’s North / East Himalaya:
A great country which is world’s 7th largest nation, India has much to offer in this vast country a melting pot of all religions, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Sikh, Christens and Buddhist around higher Himalaya region.
India North & East Himalaya leads you to fabulous exotic destinations with tour of famous old Delhi areas steeped with ancient history and cultures this trip in India includes tour of world famous and beautiful Taj Mahal one of the 7th wonders which is in Agra city a mere distance from Delhi.
All trips includes arrival and departure point in Delhi which is the most accessible port for the trek and tour of North India around the high fascinating Ladakh, our trip extends to North East towards the high hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim area, where it leads you into enchanting rhododendron, pines and magnolia forest with high eastern Himalayan peaks, enriched with ancient traditions and culture, one of the last Himalayan Shangri-La and around the Queen of the Hills in Darjeeling.
For eastern India Himalaya treks and tour, we have based to and from Kathmandu, which is an ideal destination, as it is the closest international airport linking with eastern Indian state of Sikkim and Darjeeling.
Travel in North Eastern India some area are restricted by the Government of India where visitors can enter in a group wise with proper travel agencies of state of India, where Treksa Holidays have counterpart agents on each Indian state to make your travel at ease and hassle free.
To support your travel in the area chosen we have listed some suggestions and information which will provide you with sustainable help and idea.
For Trekking and Travel which involves some High altitude.
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
Traveling in Northern India around Ladakh and Sikkim involves some high altitude as per the area chosen and could be strenuous. Travelers with known heart or lung or blood diseases should seek doctor’s advice before booking the trip. It is always advisable to drink at least 3 liters of water every day while on the tour.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS):
Depending upon the zone of trekking, AMS might occur is not acclimatized well while trekking in the high Himalayan region, usually the symptom of AMs can be felt above 3,000m with thin air, lack of oxygen from low air pressure. The Rapid Ascend, dehydration and Hypothermia are the cause of the symptom. We have rated three different level of the Altitude Sickness;
The initial symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness starts with headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue / tiredness, Loss of appetite, disturbance in sleep which is mild a symptoms that will make like hangover / not feeling well. You don’t need to worry much this will take time to heal after a good acclamatsation, this can be avoided after slow ascend or resting into the same elevation.
HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
This second level of the sickness may get water in the lungs with the symptoms of increasing Headache, wish to vomiting or vomiting, diarrhea, Dizziness’, Breathing hard, severe cough (dry or Productive), increasing tiredness/weakness, high pulse, Fatigue while walking, Blueness of the face, Lips, Fingers nails which means inability to circulate the Oxygen into the blood. If these symptoms occur, you shouldn’t ascend higher, take medicine & rest/stay into the same altitude for extra night, if it does not improves, you need to descend into lower elevation.
HACE – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
The final level is a extreme stage of altitude sickness with the symptoms of worsening headache & Vomiting, mental confusion, swelling hand & face, walking like drunk, irritable, unconsciousness or coma. If these serious symptoms appear, you need to get into the hospital as soon as possible either by other possible arrangements.
All the decision is made by the victims and by leader or guide for
evacuation by any means of quick transportation or by helicopter where available.
01: Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise.
02: If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, descend into the lower.
It is always the best to prevent and to stay healthy.
A proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, not to make Rapid Ascent; not to walk faster and drink plenty of fluid like water.
Listen your body & Let them more comfortable & rest more than usual.
Avoid alcohol, Narcotic Drugs, sleeping pills and smoking.
Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
Do not carry heavy packs, 10 – 12 Kilograms is ok.
Climb higher sleep lower.
Above 3000m, a 300m ascent a day if possible and walk with someone.
Treatment:
The main healer and treatment is Descent, Descent, Descent is the best way of recovering, however there are few medicine which is helpful when suffering; Oxygen, Diamox (Acetomolide) for AMS 125 mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated, Nafedipine for HAPE, Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE, Hyperbolic Bag – Gamow Bag
Important:
Go up slowly with taking your own pace, Don’t let your body in the cold, Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter, Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day), Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.
Clothing accessories:
Depending upon the season of travel and trip chosen as per altitude, Ladakh, Sikkim and Darjeeling a small state of India with varied temperature range from subtropical, alpine to arctic climates in the higher Himalaya Mountains above 4,000 meters.
In addition on booking with Trexmount Ventures we will provide you with much information as per the season of travel around these North and East Indian states.
From October till March, warm clothes such as thermal underwear are required. April till September, light clothes for the day and a warm jacket or a sweater is must for the evenings.
The other recommended items are: personal medical first aid kit, water purification tablets (though mineral water can be bought), toilet & tissue papers, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, sleeping bag, dust mask, sun hat, sun glasses and sun block cream.
India is a large country, our main destinations are focused on the North Eastern Indian Himalaya states, like Ladakh, Sikkim and Darjeeling.
In Ladakh the weather is similar to Tibet located in a rain shadow, with much cold temperature above 3,000 meters at this altitude remains cool throughout the year, from October till March, warm clothes such as thermal underwear are required. April till September, light clothes for the day and a warm jacket or a sweater is must for the evenings.
The other recommended items are: personal medical first aid kit, water purification tablets (though mineral water can be bought), toilet & tissue papers, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, sleeping bag, dust mask, sun hat, sun glasses and sun block cream.
Food and drinks:
Indian cuisine are varied one of the world best choice can be found from Northern, Southern, Eastern India, Chinese, Oriental to Continental meals.
It is always handy to carry dry food and biscuits or anything that can be brewed with hot water such as coffee and drinking chocolate.
Customs:
No prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with custom officials and are of personal use.
Insurance Policy:
It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.
Booking formalities and visa:
Minimum 2 weeks required booking the trip from Delhi or Kathmandu in advance along with the deposit of your passport for visa process and a full payment of the tour should be done. From overseas, at least 4 weeks with all your personal and passport details are required with payment required as per the company’s rules and regulations.
Equipments & Packing:
The main necessary and important that one needs to prepare with seasonal clothing and the trip selected in India varied climate as per seasons.
If you are doing trekking and going above 3000m you need warm clothing all year round.
Clothing list (especially for trekking)
Head wear:
Head wear is important to keep you warm and to save you from UV as well as above 3,000 meters the UV is strong due to thin air hat or cap will be great as protections; Woolen cap for morning and night time.
Body wear (this all required on your duration of Holiday):
T-shirts, Short Pants, Trousers: Light weight & Heavy weight for cold temperature above 3500m, Wind and water Proof trousers are also suitable for trekking, Track-suit useful for trekking, Lightweight long sleeved shirt (this will save from sunburn as well), Thermal underwear useful for cold at night, Down / Duvet jacket which is essential for trekking above 3000 m, Gloves, water and wind proof wear or Poncho, snow gaiters for Trekkers above 4000m.
Foot wear:
For normal tours and sightseeing a runners and sports shoes is the best, as this involves short walks and climbing on steps also.
For Trekking it obvious that you need a good comfortable walking boots if possible water proof (wax polish to be carried on other leather boots and shoes against wet areas and snow) with warm woolen shocks and for leisure walk soft cotton socks.
Equipments:
Daypack: A small rucksack as day to carry your necessary and valuable items; camera, water bottle, money, passport, towel, toiletries items, water proof for the walk and Sleeping Bags and walking poles as options.
Personal:
Camera and batteries, spare passport photos, water bottle, money belt, Torch / Flash Lights, Sewing kit, Sunhat/ Sunglasses, Ipods, Books, Wet Ones, Detergents to wash clothes, Writing materials, Swiss Army knife, Calculator, Personal toiletries, including tampons, Contraceptives, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen.
Note:
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair since opticians are few on route trekking traveling remote areas.
If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.
Vaccinations:
Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in India vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.
For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.
Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.
You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical centre for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.
Note:
Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.
We also recommend:
A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking
Medical Supplies:
In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.
List of some recommended items:
Band Aids / Bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile.
Currency:
The official currency in India is Rupee, The most commonly use symbol for Rupee is INR or Rs. One Rupee is made up of 100 Paisa a smaller unit.
There are coins for denominations of one, two, five and ten rupees and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into India.
Money Exchange:
Reserve Bank of India (National Bank) does set the exchange rate and listed into daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money. When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity. The Hotels do change the money however they do have lower rate.
There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Delhi, Leh, Darjeeling and in Sikkim in few places and so on. Where you can get cash (only Inidan Rupee) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 30,000 Indian Rupees a day from your Card.
Accommodations:
In India most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.
It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Ladakh, Darjeeling and Sikkim trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.
If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.
Travel / Medical Insurance:
Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Trexmount Ventures trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trekking & Tours in India.
Tipping & Bargaining:
Tipping in India is not compulsory but it is a way of traditions handed by earlier visitors during the British Raj days, this might be expected by the guides, porters and Tour Driver, any gratuities for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour.
Bargaining is kind of culture, especially in markets when hiring the local transport, buying the Jewelries and clothing.
Arriving in India & Transfers:
Before you depart for India please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Delhi or Kathmandu for North eastern area of Darjeeling / Sikkim, where our staff and representative will have a sign board with “Trexmount Ventures “, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal, please note our phone numbers if incase of flight delay and change in time & Schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency:
Please notify on these + 977- 1- 4701237, 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054
Please be aware of hawkers at the airport who will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses. Please carry your own luggage and “don’t give any money who ever ask for it”. Luggage
Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.
Travel Tip:
You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!
Visa Procedure:
You can either processed tourist visas from any Indian Embassy, please note that; Once the visa is issued, it will not be amended, re validated and visa fees will not be refunded.
Around other Indian cities a simple tourist visa are accepted, whereas traveling to Ladakh, Darjeeling and Sikkim where it touches the border of other nations, these area are restricted and one has to apply for special entry permit maximum of 30 days.
Personal cheques, credit cards are not accepted for visa fees so visitors need to have US$ Cash, the exact amount of US$ Cash for Visa Fee is more sufficient. Visitors who wanted to get tourist visa at arrival are not entertained and special permits are required for Leh, Ladakh, Darjeeling (Panitenki) also for Sikkim.
For Ladakh:
Special entry permit is required which is done and obtained through our counterpart agents in Delhi for Ladakh travel on showing exact itinerary days date of entry and exit.
Sikkim / Darjeeling:
Sikkim / Darjeeling, strict in its policy of arrivals for foreigners, unlike other states (except states like Arunachal Pradesh and other states with International borders) in India. Sikkim and Darjeeling has its north-eastern borders touching China and Nepal also a major military base for India.

If you are a foreign national visiting Sikkim and Darjeeling, please make sure that you have a “Inner line permit” to enter Sikkim which will be done by Trexmount Ventures  through our counterpart local agents in Darjeeling / Sikkim.
These permits are issued on arrival on the land borders of Darjeeling or Sikkim most popular is Panitneki (just across Nepal eastern border) and at Rangpoo Check Post. Foreign visitors are expected to have these either on their visa itself that reads -‘permitted to enter Darjeeling and Sikkim areas.
Or alternately visitors can have these stamped on the border check posts, which is relatively hassle free and can be obtained in a few minutes time.

Travelers might find ‘Sikkim Permit’ to be filled with confusion when they are initially applying for it along with the visa, but applying this at the spot is easier. You’ll be required to go to the check post, show your passport, fill in a form on where you expect to visit for example Pelling, Yuksum, Gangtok, Kewzing etc) and then the authorities will issue you the permit. Permits can also be obtained and they are issued from all Indian missions, Tourism Office located in New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism Office, Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism Office, Siliguri on the strength of an Indian Visa.

Initially Foreigners are issued a permit for initial period of 15 days duration on the spot without any delay once presented with valid photocopies of Passport and Visa details along with two passport photos of applicants. It can be extended for further 30 days of 15 days each. The extension of permits then is the jurisdiction of Foreigners Registration Office(FRO), Gangtok and Superintendent of Police of North, South and West Districts, again a fairly easy process.

Exception:
The only exception is to visit North Sikkim and Tsangu Lake – If you wish to visit North Sikkim or for those interested in going for trekking in the interior regions of the state, you also require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) OR Protected Area Permit(PAP) which is obtainable in Gangtok from the Police Check Post and Department of Tourism which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of 4 or more foreigners subject to the condition that the trekking program is arranged through a registered travel agency. If you’re making a day trip to Tsangu Lake then a special permit will need to be organised through the agent/vehicle that is driving you across to the place (relatively easy but you’ll need to give agents/drivers 24 hours notice period so they can organise this for you (minimal extra cost).

Important:
RAP and PAP is only issued to local travel agents affiliated to the local tourism board. Also ensure that you stamp your passport in all the check posts in Sikkim while travelling (the drivers are well versed with these check posts).
Requirement:
Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months) duly completed Visa application form. Two PP size Photograph.
Visa fees easier to be paid in cash. Visa fees at arrival points in India: Visa for 15 days = $25, For 30 days = $40, For 90 days = $100.
Please also note that: Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Indian Embassies as they do not get visas on arrival.
Travel Document holders should apply for a tourist visa at Indian Embassy.
Entry validity:
The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in India which is six months from the date of issue.
Visa Extension:
A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration in India major cities for a total of 30 days. Over the course of a visa year, a tourist cannot stay in India or other state within India for more than the days obtained unless for special reasons to be stated.
Each Travelers / Clients Solely are Responsible for Obtaining all necessary Visa. Country entry regulations can be changed, Trexmount Ventures does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.
Passport:
Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.
Voltage:
Electricity in India is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adepter which will be useful to charge your batteries.
Drug Policy:
Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.
Water:
You should not drink the water from the tap in India because of bacteria, you can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a day, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Photography:
Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos. Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.
Cancellation:
Incase of any cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per the company’s rules and regulation shall be applied.
Risk and Liability:
In India tours are run strictly through our counterpart respective local agents, we or our agents shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extras cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.
Departure Tax:
International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket from India or in your own country. However if you are flying with in the country, there are some departure tax inclusive with air tickets.
Time Zone: India Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5:35 Hours).
The year is divided into 4 different seasons in India – winter, spring, summer and autumn. The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May.
Although the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in from mid October and continues till late mid March.
Contact details:
Trexmount Ventures:
Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 | Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237 Email :uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : http://www.nepalholidayinfo.com
Note:
This tour is operated by Trexmount Ventures. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

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