Ladakh Valley Trek

Ladakh Valley Trek is an very popular trekking destination of India, Tour starts with interesting old historical monuments in Delhi and magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra. You can experience views of Saser Kangri (7,672 m-25,171 ft), the highest peak around Ladakh and Zhanskar range of mountains with Stok Kangri at 6,121 m-20,082 ft, and notably Kang Yatse (6,400 m-20997 ft) The trek crosses the Kongmaru La at (5,150 m-16,896 ft), the highest pass on this trek. The walk passes through Hemis National Park, created to preserve the endangered snow leopard and other wildlife, and finally brings you to Hemis, the richest and most famous monastery of Ladakh, and the end of this fascinating trek.

Ladakh, located on North of India within the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the only Buddhist religion province, in a Muslim dominated state.

An amazing country where the northern border straddles with Tibet, China and towards North West with Pakistan. Ladakh, a high-altitude desert country, is sheltered from rain shadow of Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya, with occasionally stray monsoon clouds finding their way over the Himalaya.

Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 2,750 m-9022 ft at Kargil to 7,672 m-25170 ft at Mt. Saser Kangri in the Karakoram with summer temperatures rarely exceed 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, days are lovely with warm, and even hot, due to the desert effect of the barren landscape; evenings can become chilly.

Trexmount Ventures to Ladakh Markha Valley with tour of Delhi / Agra tour begins 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 of 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, next adventure starts with a short flight to Leh in Ladakh at 3,450 m-11318 ft, a Buddhist religion province, sandwiched between Muslim State of Kashmir which borders Pakistan and Tibet.

In Leh with an acclimatization day tour monasteries and ancient fort Dzong palace and the interesting market areas. Here you can observe the local Ladakh people with their daily life, with their culture, customs, traditions similar to Tibet in Buddhist religion also.

The Markha to Himis trek is one of the most beautiful walking journeys. Difficulty rating is moderate to adventurous on account of high passes on trekking route, including an exciting crossing of Zanskar River by trolley at the village of Chiling.

Trek leads through several villages in the Sham and Markha valleys, passing many chortens and mani (prayer) walls, but mostly through remote areas. At the start of this adventure visit the oldest monastery of Ladakh at Lamayuru, which is regarded as the most stunning in terms of its site and excellent vista.

On this wonderful adventure, trek leads over the highest point of this trip at 5,270 m-17290 ft at top of Kongmaru-La and then concluds at Hemis after Martselang village. From here drive to Leh for last overnight in Ladakh before flying to Delhi and then to respective destination. 

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: In Leh at leisure with sightseeing tour.
Day 05: Drive to Spituk (7 km) and trek to Zinchen (3,545m-11,630 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Yurutse (3,720 m-12,205 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Skiu (3,500 m-11,483 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Markha (3,755 m-12,320 ft) – 07 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Tahungtse (4,350m-14,272 ft) -06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Nimaling (5,000 m-16,404 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 11:  Rest day in Nimaling for local hike and exploration.
Day 12:  Trek to Chyuskarmo (4,645 m-15,240 ft) via Kongmaru-La (5,270 m-17,290 ft) – 07 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Martselang or Hemis (3,692 m-12,112 ft) and drive to Leh – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Free day in Leh for individual activities.
Day 15: Fly to Delhi, afternoon drive to Agra – 04 hrs.
Day 16: Drive back to Delhi afternoon free at leisure.
Day 17: 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 at 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  Quatab Minar, India’s Gate, Red Fort with old historical Palaces and courtyard; and then head back to hotel after the wonderful tour with afternoon free for individual activities and preparation for journey to Ladakh.

Day 03: Fly to Leh (3,450 m-11,319 ft) and transfer to hotel.
Morning after breakfast depart Delhi for the short scenic flight to Leh, Ladakh. During the flight take-in an awesome panorama of the great Western Himalayan range of mountains with Zhanskar Himalaya, which forms the backdrop of the Ladakh area. Upon reaching at Leh at the height of 3,440 m-11286 ft, be received by our native Ladakhi guide from our counter agent in Ladakh. Transfer to hotel in the hub of Leh, with afternoon relax and explore the local market.

Day 04: In Leh sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A necessary rest day in Leh with an elevation of 3,440 m-11286 ft for acclimatization before starting the trek to Markha valley. Visit the interesting main bazaar on the street where colorful local ladies sell fruit and vegetables. The streets are busy with roadside restaurants, cafes and craft shops.Visit of old Leh Palace stands on top of a high hill overlooking the Leh city and its valley. From here tour White Peace (Shanti) Stupa and to the world’s highest Polo ground. Time permitting visit the old Ladakh capital at Shey and its fort, Thiksey Monastery.

Day 05: Drive to Spituk (7 km) and trek to Zinchen (3,545 m-11,630 ft) – 06 hrs.
After a wonderful time in Leh, in the morning make a short drive to Spituk following the Indus River which flows from Mt. Kailash in South West Tibet. After crossing the Indus, drive along a bumpy road towards a flat windswept plain to reach at Spituk. On the drive meet our trekking staffs, mules and ponies to carry camping gears. After sorting out and loading on mules and ponies, start our first day walk following Indus River which leads into a narrow valley and reaches soon to the Hemis National Park. Just a little further come to a chorten, a Buddhist prayer monument festooned with prayer flags. See a wonderful view below of Indus River gorge. Upon leaving Indus River behind head high up the mountains trail along the willow trees to Zinchen gorge (also spelled and pronounced as Jingchan). Walk slowly to reach Zinchen village for overnight camp near the village.

Day 06: Trek to Yurtse (3,720m-12,204 ft) – 06 hrs.
The our morning walk starts following Zinchan River upstream as the valley narrows and then passes between two rock buttresses, with wonderful scenery ahead of an impressive jagged ridge top. From here cross several streams and then reach a willow tree plantation, as these are one of the few trees that survive in this cold and arid temperature and landscape. Walk further to Rumbak village (4,000 m-13,123 ft) for a short rest in this small farm areas. The journey continues upstream to cross to opposite bank of the river and then a climbs up to a valley of a subsidiary stream and towards the small settlement of Yurts for overnight camp in this nice summer pasture with Yak and sheep grazing over the yonder.

Day 07: Trek to Skiu (3, 500 m-11,483 ft) -06 hrs.
Today be ready for a longer walk due to some high altitude and the crossing of a pass. After breakfast leave the camp. The trek begins with a climb on a steep uphill to reach the top of Ganda-La at 4,878 m-16003 ft. The slope gets gradual as this long climb progress  finally reaching  Ganda-La with super views of Stok Kangri which dominates the south-eastern skyline along including distant Karakoram mountain range. After a glorious moment walk descend heading towards Skiu valley, where several small creeks joins to form a stream. As the walk continues further it reaches a wide grassy valley and then it narrows sharply at Skiu, a small Yak herders settlement with few houses and farm fields and a lovely spot for overnight campsite after a long wonderful trek of over six hours.

Day 08: Trek to Markha (3,755 m-12,320 ft) -07 hrs.
The our morning walk leads towards one of the highlight destinations of this adventure. Walk continues to Markha Valley along the Markha River. It is relatively an easy day of trekking. All along the walk experience wonderful scenery of the valley.  Above the field of Markha Valley, experience a spectacular views of massif Kang Yatse Peak (6,400 m-20997 ft). Finally this nice walk reaches a small village, Markha, with an ancient ruin Dzong (fort) on a hill and a place for overnight camping beneath the fort next to a river on a grassy meadow.

Day 09: Trek to Tahungtse (4,350 m-14,272 ft) – 06 hrs.
From Markha the our morning trek leads to a short climb to the main Markha village. Here with time for rest, visit the small interesting monastery. Walk descend to a river walking along it and crossing it sometimes. Stop at a base of Tetsa Gompa for short rest and probably a lunch break. In the afternoon walk on the windswept terrain, passing the Umlung village to reach Thachungtse for overnight camp.

Day 10: Trek to Nimaling (5,000 m-16,404 ft) – 05 hrs.
Our walk starts following the Markha River again. Spent the whole day with constant views of stunning Kang Yatse peak and walking past several fine mani walls. As the trek progresses and just before Nimaling valley opens up,  reach a picturesque pasture field where overnight camp is set for two nights.

Day 11: Rest day in Nimaling for local hike.
Having a well deserved rest day on the highest camping of this trek, today is free at leisure with an optional hike towards Kang Yatse Glacier after breakfast. Walk with some climb for a few hours to reach the base of Kang Yatse peak and its glaciers.

Day 12: Trek to Chyuskarmo (4,645 m-15,240 ft) via Kongmaru-La (5,270 m-17,290 ft) – 07 hrs.
After a wonderful stop at Nimaling, start our journey across the river with a climb toward Kongmaru La pass at 5,270 m-17290 ft, the highest point of this trip. This spot  offers striking scenery of valleys and rolling hills, snow capped peaks. From here leave Markha Valley behind. After a rest descend on a steep path where you might see herds of Blue Sheep around this area. The walk finally leads to a small stream to reach our overnight camp at Chyuskarmo or Chukirmo. Near to our camp is a hot spring of a strong sulphur smell with time to visit and get refreshed in the hot natural spring.

Day 13: Trek to Martselang or Hemis (3,692 m-12,112 ft) – 06 hrs.
Today, last day of this amazing trek as the walk ends at Hemis for the drive to Leh. From this nice campsite, in the morning walk towards Martselang stream and then reaching Chogdo, a small Yak herders settlement. From here turn west to enter a valley leading high above Gyuncho La at 4,600 m-1509 ft, the last uphill and the pass of this walk. Continue trekking on a dirt road toward Hemis Monastery. Reach the road head where our transportation will be waiting for an hour  drive back to Leh for overnight, with time in the afternoon for short stroll around the market place.

Day 14: Free day in Leh at leisure.
A free day to relax and to pull back the strength and muscle after the trekking around Markha valley, today interested people can book for a few hours rafting at Indus River. The afternoon is free for individual activities and souvenir shopping.

Day 15: 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 and farewell to Ladakh, friendly guides and drivers. Upon reaching Delhi, our Delhi staff and guide will transfer you to Agra with an interesting 4 hour drive of 225 km east of Delhi to Agra. On arrival check-in to  hotel  and spend rest of afternoon visiting the small narrow street on this beautiful Taj City.

Day 16: Visit famous Taj Mahal and drive back to Delhi.
Enjoy an early morning tour of world famous marbled Taj Mahal with the Sun Rise. Afterward, return to hotel in Agra for breakfast and then drive back to Delhi for an afternoon with ample time for shopping and for short stroll around the interesting Delhi markets.

Day 17: 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 Markha Valley & tour of Delhi.

Includes and Excludes

Equipments and Packing

EQUIPMENT: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

FOOT WEAR:
Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair).

CLOTHING:
Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1).

OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.

OPTIONAL:
Toilet Articles, Insect Repellent, Notebook and Pen, Laundry Soap, Toilet Roll, Pocket Knife, Binoculars, Sewing Kit, Soap, Camera, GPS, Cards and Personal Medical Kit and items of your personal interest.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. 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.

For Water Purification: You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Checklist for Documents:
The Following documents listed below are a must and should be with you at all times.

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book | Our Company contact details (for any emergency)
  • Flight tickets (e-tickets).
  • Passport size photos ( At least 4)

Note: We do recommend you to make copies of passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule and so on. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

 

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip accommodation:       Hotels & Lodge and camping on route trek.
Trek grade:                         Moderate & high altitude
In Ladakh:                          12 / 13 days.
Trek duration:                  08 / 09 days.
Highest altitude:              5,270 m at Kongmaru-La.
Total Trip:                          16 / 17 days
Seasons:                             April to October.

Trip Highlights

“Enjoyable adventure with 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 historical Delhi are the main attraction and highlights of this exciting adventure Ladakh Markha Valley on the ancient silk route”

Trip Information's

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 for booking the trip from Delhi, 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.
Equipment & 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.
Equipment’s:
Day pack: 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 from the visitor for good service, 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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This trek can be operate any day of your requirements. Please write to us for further informations: contact@nepalholidayinfo.com

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