Zanskar Trek with Kashmir & Ladakh

Dear Adventurer’s

Kashmir is one of the most beautiful regions of the Himalaya, and it is here we commence our journey in traditional Kashmiri style, by spending a night accommodated on a houseboat on the famous Dal Lake underneath the snow capped ridges of the Pir Panjal range to the west and south, and the Himalaya range to the east. From here we take a spectacular overland journey into Ladakh, a land rich in history and Buddhist culture. Our fully supported trek begins in Padum, the picturesque capital of the Kingdom of Zanskar, where we trace the Zanskar River and cross numerous high passes including the Namki La, Parfi La (3900m) and Margun La (4370m). During our journey we also visit many ancient Buddhist monasteries such as Karcha, Saagrimo, Lingshed and of course Lamayuru. In Leh we explore Shey Monastery, Thikshey, Hemis and Stok Palace before journeying across the world’s highest motorable pass, the Kardung La 5359m, to Diskit, the capital of the Nubra Valley. Here we visit the impressive Diskit Monastery, before re-tracing our steps back to Leh and on to Delhi where our trip concludes.

Highlights

A comprehensive journey in the Indian Himalaya exploring Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir

Experience stunning Himalayan panoramas and friendly locals on an exhilarating fully supported trek to the Hanumil Base Camp in Zanskar

Sightseeing in Delhi, Old & New,  Srinigar & Leh

Spend a night on a houseboat in Kashmir

Travel along the World’s highest motorable road crossing the Khardung La pass (5359m)

Explore ancient monasteries including Karcha & Shey Monasteries, Thikshey, Hemis and Stok Palace & Diskit and Hundar Monasteries

 

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Zanskar Trek with Kashmir & Ladakh

Experience life on a houseboat in Kashmir, explore ancient monasteries in Ladakh, and take an exhilarating trek in Zanskar. This comprehensive journey in the Indian Himalaya encompasses the many highlights of this ancient Buddhist land and promises to deliver an unforgettable experience.

Ex: Delhi, India

  • 19 Days  2 July – 20 July, 2016
  • 19 Days  3 September – 21 September, 2016

8 day moderate grade trek

8 nights hotel

6 nights camping

3 nights guesthouse

1 night Kashmiri houseboat

Group size 6 to 12 guests

Brief Itinerary

Day 1  Join Delhi, transfer to the Crowne Plaza Okhla

Day 2  In Delhi, sightseeing – Bazaars of Old Delhi, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi visit the Qutab Minar and Humayan’s Tomb. (B,L,D)

Day 3   Fly to Srinagar, Kashmir, overnight houseboat. (B,L,D)

Day 4  Sightseeing in Srinagar, overnight hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 5   Drive Srinagar to Kargil via the Zojila Pass (3528m). (B,L,D)

Day 6   Kargil to Padum (3657m), via the Pensi La pass. Overnight Guesthouse. (B,L,D)

Day 7  In Padum, sightseeing in Padum including a visit to Karsha and Saini Gompa. Overnight guesthouse. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Drive Padum to Zangla and commence trek to Hanumil (3392m). Walk 4-5hrs Overnight camp. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Trek to Snertse (3729m), via Parfi La (3900m). Walk 7-8hrs. Overnight camp. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Trek to Hanuma La Base (4000m). Walk 8-9hrs. Overnight camp. (B,L,D)

Days 11/13 Hanumil Base to Hanuma La Base, cross Hanuma La and Margun La (4370m) to Singla, complete trek. Overnight camp. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Drive to Leh via Lamayuru and Alchi Monastery. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Sightseeing in Leh including Shey Monastery, Thikshey, Hemis and Stok Palace. (B,L,D)

Day 16 Cross the world’s highest motorable pass, the Khardungla pass (5359m) to Nubra. Overnight hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 17 Explore Diskit and Hundar Monasteries, and return to Leh. Overnight hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 18 In Leh visit Shanti Gompa and Leh Palace, afternoon market. (B,L,D)

Day 19 Flight from Leh to Delhi, afternoon explore Qutub Minar and Raj Ghat, evening transfer to the airport for departure flights. (B,L)

Please Note: for a detailed trip itinerary please contact us at mail@adventureassociates.com

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Dates and Cost

  • 19 Days  2 July – 20 July, 2016
  • 19 Days  3 September – 21 September, 2016

Ex: Delhi – India

Twin Share

AU$ 6,690
Single Supplement AU$ 1,680

What’s included

  • 18 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 17 dinners
  • Twin share accommodation in 4 & 5 star hotels where possible
  • Experienced trek leader and local guides
  • Adventure Associates escort
  • Single tented accommodation on trek
  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • Private air-conditioned group transportation throughout (a/c does not operate in the mountains)
  • All meals on trek hygienically prepared by our trained cooks
  • Group camping equipment
  • Porterage of personal luggage on trek 15kgs per person
  • Duffle bag and sleeping mat for use on trek
  • Extensive medical kit and oxygen cylinder
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary

What’s not included

  • International airfares and airport taxes
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Sleeping bag on trek (can be hired at extra cost)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Gratuities to local guides etc
  • Personal expenses such as beverage, telephone and laundry bills
  • Additional transport due to an emergency

How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 4758 9922 or mail@adventureassociates.com, then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 1000 per person deposit.

Deposit required per person: AU$1000 per person
Balance due: 75 days prior to departure
If booking within 74 days of departure: Full payment must be made.

Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.

Cancellations

Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

More than 100 days prior to departure AUD 500 per person
Between 99 and 75 days prior to departure Full loss of deposit per person
Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure 75% of tour cost per person
On or within 30 days prior to departure No Refund

If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.


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The Himalaya with Adventure Associates

At Adventure Associates we aim to ensure your journey in the Himalaya is a life changing experience, and not just another holiday. Our 20+ years of experience operating in these regions will ensure that every detail of your travel arrangements is taken care of, leaving you to fully appreciate the tremendous mountain scenery that only the Himalaya can offer, whilst enjoying the local culture up close. With the support of our experienced and friendly teams in the field, and unique style of trip, we are confident that your Himalayan journey will be a life changing one!

Trek grading

On a moderate graded trek you can expect to be walking up to 7-8 hours per day at a steady pace, this estimate includes breaks and lunch stops. Altitudes generally do not exceed 4500 metres. As in all mountainous regions weather conditions may be variable, and so being well prepared with good quality outdoor clothing such as trekking boots, gore-tex outerwear and thermal underwear are essential, (you will receive a comprehensive equipment list on booking your adventure). To participate on a moderate graded adventure you will need a good level of fitness and be in good health. To find out if you are suited to this trek speak to our experts who have many years experience in the Himalaya.

Ladakh & Zanskar 

Known also as ‘Little Tibet’ owing to it’s geographical and cultural closeness to Tibet, Ladakh is a fascinating destination with high mountain passes, impressive gorges, centuries old trade routes and glacial tributaries carved by the mighty Indus River.  Leh is the capital and is the cultural heartland of Ladakh with many gompas and forts, and is a deeply spiritual place reflecting a strong Bhuddhist heritage. Zanskar is a tiny kingdom which lies to the south of the Indus Valley and is relatively isolated. Opened to tourism in 1981, it contains two valleys; the Tsarap valley and the Stod valley. A trek in this region affords stunning mountain panoramas of the Ladakh Range and the East Karakoram, and is dotted with some of the most impressive and remote monasteries to be found anywhere in the Himalaya.

Kashmir

The Kashmir Valley, or Vale of Kashmir, is one of the most verdant and fertile regions of the Himalaya. It is flanked by the Pir Panjal range to the south and west, and the main Himalaya range to the east. From the late 80’s Kashmir was disrupted by political unrest, however foreigners are now travelling back to this beautiful region and commercial tour companies are operating here once again.

Srinigar is the summer capital of the Kashmir Valley. The old city is a labyrinth of alleyways and mosques, and has a distinctly Central Asian feel. Dal Lake lies to the east, and is a complex maze of waterways. Each morning at dawn, a flotilla of Shikaras paddle out into the backwaters to form a floating market where mainly fresh produce and flowers are bought and sold. Beyond the lake is the Moghul Gardens another highlight of a visit here. Kashmir is also famous for its distinctive embroidery and carpets, and there are great shopping opportunities to be in some of the tourist emporiums in the town.

Accommodation

Accommodation on this journey is based on twin share arrangements in 4 and 5 star rated hotels where possible. Some nights are spent in comfortable guesthouses in more remote areas, and one night is spent on a houseboat in Kashmir. On trek we spend 6 nights camping in comfortable good quality 2 person tents, with each participant accommodated in their own tent if desired. Single accommodation in hotels is available at extra cost.

 

Meals

Our treks are fully supported, meaning we supply all group camping equipment as well as three hearty meals prepared for you each day. Each meal comprises of three courses, with safe drinking water, and as much tea and coffee as you like. Portions are nutritious and more than plentiful, and our staff ensure you will also remain well hydrated, an important factor for safe acclimatisation. Our cooks are experienced and highly trained in hygienic food preparation and will ensure you remain well and healthy throughout your trek.

 

 

 

 

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