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DURATION:
22Days
Spirit:
Mountains, hiking, Ascent, Buddhism, Hinduism, Great spaces
Level:
3
Accomodation:
Hotel, camp
Ways to travel:
Terra Ultima Canadian guide, local anglophone guide
Group:
5 to 13 people
TYPE:
Treks & Summits
  • FROM:$4,275
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THE VOYAGE

Between the Himalayas and the Karakoram range in the highest mountains in the world, there is a small kingdom nicknamed « Little Tibet » where the average altitude is 4,000 metres. On this high plateau surrounded by perpetually snowy peaks, life goes on through the seasons punctuated only by Buddhist religious ceremonies. There is a commanding contrast between the muted and mystical interior of the monasteries, lighted only by little yak butter lamps, and the enormity of the vast plateaus flooded with sunlight. After the colourful uproar of Delhi, Ladakh seems to belong to another dimension characteristic of high-altitude places. Climbing Stok Kangri (6,137 metres) will be a fitting end to our trek through the Markha Valley. Then we will return to Leh, the capital of this marvellous region, to complete our trip with the must-sees of Delhi, Agra and, of course the mythical Taj Mahal.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Climbing Stok Kangri, a summit over 6,000 metres, a non-technical climb that allows you to observe Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) from above
• One of the most beautiful treks from Ladakh in the Markha Valley to Stok Kangri
• Experiencing Leh, the capital of Ladakh, with its arid plateau and captivating monasteries
• Immersing yourself in the Lamaist Buddhist tradition of this magnificent Indian enclave stretching the length of the Indus Valley
• Cultural visits to Delhi and Agra, site of the famous Taj Mahal

THE TERRA ULTIMA DIFFERENCE

Trekking trip supervised by a certified and experienced guide who knows Ladakh very well
• Local team with which we have worked for a long time and that our travellers appreciate very much!
• Our expedition cook is supposed to be one of the best in the region! That’s his reputation, at least.
• Charming accommodations and quality meals in the city

FACTORS TO CONSIDER

• Route demanding major physical effort and solid altitude adjustment capacity
• Several days at high altitude with the associated discomfort (headache, lethargy and nausea)
• Several days of trekking and climbing passes between 3,000 and 6,000 metres
• Several nights in shelters in temperatures that can be below freezing
• Few creature comforts (no shower for days, for example)
• Transportation on trails and difficult roads

DATES & PRICES
Start End Days Prices incl. tx. State
BUILD YOUR PRIVATE GROUP FROM 4 PEOPLE !
GROUP DEPARTURE DATE - TO BE ANNOUNCED

DATES & PRICES

HOW TO BOOK?

Choose an option from the table above, click Reserve Now and complete the registration form. A $500 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your final invoice. A first payment of 50% is required 90 days before the departure date. Full payment must be received 45 days before the departure date.

PRICE INCLUDES

• In-country air transportation (Leh)
• In-country land transportation
• Terra Ultima guide
• Local support team (porters, cook and kitchen helpers)
• All meals in the city and during the trek
• Eight nights in a three-star hotel
• Access and trekking permits
• Entry fees for locations visited during the trip
• Baggage transportation (porters)
• All shared equipment for the trek

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

• Beverages (alcoholic or not)
• Indian visa ($105 US)
• Tips for the Terra Ultima guide and local team
• Insurance
• Vaccinations
• Personal items (backpack, sleeping bag, clothing, etc.)
• Everything not indicated under “What’s included”
• Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (province of Quebec) (one dollar per $1,000)

VALIDITY OF OFFER

Pricing is valid for all bookings before September 15, 2019.

Conditions of participation
PRACTICAL INFO

PRACTICAL INFOS

SUPERVISION

• Small group of 6 to 13 travellers.
• All-inclusive.
• A qualified Terra Ultima guide supervises all travel, ensuring things go as planned on the route, the technical aspects of trekking and the quality of services, besides sharing his or her knowledge of Ladakh with the travellers.
• The presence of numerous locals: guides, drivers, mule wranglers, etc. They proudly represent Ladakh !
• Our guide team will take good care of you, set up camp and do the cooking. We will have a big main tent for sharing meals and spending enjoyable evenings throughout the trip except when we are in camp at altitude, where creature comforts are more limited.
• Information and preparation meetings with your group before departure.

LUGGAGE TRANSPORTATION

On trekking days, pack horses will transport your baggage, and you will only have a day bag with you.

*You will only be able to take what you need for one day when trekking. Your porter will carry up to 12 kg for you.

TRANSPORTATION

Jeeps, planes and cars will be used for most travel. A lot of the roads in Ladakh are unpaved and often full of all kinds of vehicles (horse-drawn conveyances, bicycles, etc.), which sometimes makes traffic very slow. In the cities, we will use several types of public transportation, an interesting way to discover various neighbourhoods and be among the Indian people.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We plan for your accommodations to be in three-star hotels with private bath, double occupancy. We try, as much as possible, to make reservations at hotels with local owners. We will be camping during the trek of the Markha Valley and when climbing Stok Kangri. Then we will have all the required expedition base camp infrastructure, such as a main tent, kitchen tent and toilet tent. In some cases, we will have access to a mountain shelter.

EATING & DRINKING

Most of our meals will be in various kinds of restaurants. Indian cuisine needs no introduction because it is internationally recognized with its curry and spicy or mild sauces accompanying dishes of poultry, lamb and beef, vegetables and beans. Cooking with a tandoori oven is a northern specialty, as are chapati and naan. In most cities, some restaurants also offer international cuisine.

WEATHER

Summer in India is monsoon season, but that hardly affects the mountainous northern regions, which is why there is interest in offering a summer trip there. On the plain, temperatures are high, but, at altitude, the day-night temperature variation can be between 5 and 20° C. In the mountains, the nights are often below freezing !

CURRENCY AND CASH

In India, the currency is the Indian rupee. Contact our office to find out the current exchange rate for your trip. Credit cards are accepted in some shops, but travelling with US cash is recommended. We will inform you of the recommended amount.

TIPPING

You should plan on approximately $5 per day per person per Terra Ultima guide. It is up to you, but you can consider this information as an indicator of the industry standard. Of course, you can increase it based on your appreciation !

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We would like to remind you how important it is to have medical insurance to avoid ending up with a large bill for hospitalization abroad or for repatriation and to have cancellation insurance to cover the non-refundable part of the cost of your trip. We offer complete travel coverage with or without cancellation insurance.

Contact us if you would like a bid. If you get cancellation insurance through us, you can do so when you make your final payment, but if you go elsewhere for that insurance, we remind you that you might have to have it when you make your initial deposit. Furthermore, if you have insurance through your credit card service, it is imperative that you make your initial deposit using that card.

Furthermore, you must have coverage that includes mountaineering because we will be trekking with crampons on our feet and carrying ice axes. Contact us if you would like to know more about the specialized insurer.

Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) classes (the one for this trip is in bold) :
Currently, the system divides all hikes and climbs into five classes :
• Class 1: walk
• Class 2 : possible use of hands required for balance
• Class 3 : requires use of hands for climbing; rope may be used.
• Class 4 : simple climbing, with exposure; a rope is often used.
• Class 5 : technical free climbing
Note : insurance coverage for mountaineering is usually required starting with class 3 and/or 6,000 metres in altitude.

VISAS/FORMALITIES

Canadian citizens must have visas, which cost around $58 US. We at Terra Ultima will let you know the visa application procedures. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months following your planned departure date from India.

HEALTH/VACCINATIONS/SAFETY

We advise you to consult the travel clinic or community health department nearest you to find out which vaccinations may be required for the various regions to be visited.

ELECTRICITY AND INTERNET

230 V/50 Hz outlets are used in India. Please consult this site (https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ca/india/) to find out more about the outlets. Internet access is generally easy to get in India. There are wi-fi networks in most hotels and some restaurants, sometimes for free, sometimes for a fee.

EQUIPMENT AND LUGGAGE

You will need a bag big enough to carry what you need for a day (day bag). This is the bag you will have with you and that you could use as a carry-on. Your main baggage can be a backpack or a duffel bag, some of which have handles and/or even wheels. A rigid bag, especially a large one, is not recommended because it is not flexible and takes up a lot of space on smaller means of transportation like minibuses. Don’t forget to identify your bags with your name and address.

You will receive a complete list of equipment when you register for the trip (see attachment).

VOYAGE DOCUMENTS
Here are a few complimentary documents to download: