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India Himalaya: Hike, Bike & Raft in Ladakh

India

India Himalaya: Hike, Bike & Raft in Ladakh

Hiking·
Biking·
Rafting
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Start: Delhi
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End: Delhi

From the snow-capped peaks of Indian Himalaya's to whitewater rivers

Activity
LocationIndia
Duration11 days
Start / EndDelhi / Delhi
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

India

India Himalaya: Hike, Bike & Raft in Ladakh

Hiking·
Biking·
Rafting·
11 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Delhi
·
End: Delhi

Description

Hike, bike and raft your way through India's stunning Ladakh region. You'll call the Himalayas home and trek through mountain passes and remote villages before descending on two wheels from one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Explore the valleys as well as the peaks while rafting rapids and flat water, and gain an insight into the region's Buddhist beliefs after visiting several mo...

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Itinerary

Day 1Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, India's chaotic capital that's everything you imagine it to be and more. Meet your group at 6 pm, but there's no harm arriving early and immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of old and new Delhi.
Day 2Leh
Fly from Delhi to the mountain city of Leh, located in the Indian Himalayas approximately 3500 metres above sea level. Today provides an opportunity to relax and acclimatise to the altitude before taking part in some physically active adventures over the next coming days. Take a stroll, take it easy and take in the views.
Day 3Leh
Spend another day taking in the sights of Leh. Sharpen your bargaining skills with visits to the Tibetan Market and local bazaars, then head to Leh Palace for spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains. Construction of the palace began in 1553 and it's modelled after the Potala Palace, which was the Dalai Lama's official residence up until 1959. Nearby, the Shanti Stupa sits high above town and is a breathtaking sight nestled in the seemingly never-ending Himalayan range.
Day 4Chilling to Sangam (Raft)
Ladakh is known for its phenomenal whitewater rafting and today you'll experience some of the best. Depart in the morning to paddle a 30-kilometre stretch of river from Chilling to Sangam, which features Grade III/IV rapids, some truly beautiful scenery and a serious adrenaline spike. Once finished, drive through the mountain passes and look down on the river on your way to your homestay in the Sham Valley.
Day 5Yangthang (Hike) 3650 mtr / 11975 ft
Visit the monastery atop a hill upstream of the village, then hike through the villages of Sumdo and Yangthang as you cross small passes called Phobe La (3550 metres) and Charatse La (3650). Spend the night at camp in Yangthang after four to five hours of trekking, and enjoy your first night out under the Himalayan stars.
Day 6Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan (Hike) 3750 mtr / 12303 ft
Wake surrounded by peaks and breathe in the crisp mountain air as you prepare for another day of trekking. Enjoy breakfast in Yangthang then hike towards Rizong Monastery, known for its strict monastic rules. Pass through groves of poplar, willow, apricot and apple trees alongside a mountain stream before arriving at Chulichan Nunnery, which sits below the monastery, after approximately half an hour. Enjoy lunch then continue trekking, crossing a pass behind the monastery on your way toward the small village of Hemis Shukpachan, where you'll camp the night.
Day 7Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam (Hike) 3750 mtr / 12303 ft
Today you'll trek from Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam, taking approximately three to four hours. It's a slightly longer day and involves crossing Maptek La, a pass sitting at 3750 metres above sea level. From here, there are fantastic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. You'll get your first glimpse of Ang soon after the pass, from where the road leads down to Temisgam village. Here, there are ruins of a historical fort and a small monastery containing a marble statue of Avalokitesvara, a Bodhisattva representing compassion. The trek comes to an end here, and on completion the group will return to Leh for the night.
Day 8Leh (Bike)
Spend a day sightseeing around Leh on bikes. Enjoy breakfast, then jump in the saddle and check out Shey Palace, the Thiskey and Hemis monasteries, the Stok Palace Museum and Sindhu Ghat. In total, you'll bike for three to four hours through breathtaking scenery, taking in Buddhist buildings and dwellings built into the sparse, imposing landscape.
Day 9Khardung La Pass - Leh (Bike) 5300m / 17388 ft
Gear up for a big day of cycling. After breakfast, drive to Khardung La Pass, one of the world's highest motorable road (over 5300 m above sea level), from where your two-wheeled adventure begins. Translating as 'Pass of Lower Castle', Khardung La was once a vital road connecting Leh with trade routes across Central Asia, though now it services the Indian military and, of course, travellers. While the famous sign at the top claims the title of Highest Motorable Road, there are several others that are higher but still, it's pretty ridiculously high. You'll enjoy stunning views of the landscape on your descent. Later, in the afternoon, there'll be free time to explore the markets before overnighting in Leh.
Day 10Delhi
Say goodbye to Leh, your mountain home, and the Ladakh region as you fly from Leh to Delhi. The rest of the day is free for you to reacquaint yourself with the sights and sounds of the city, no doubt a huge contrast to the past week or so. If you have any energy left, get together with your group for a farewell dinner and toast a trip that'll leave you feeling high regardless of the altitude.   
Day 11Delhi
This Himalayan adventure comes to an end in Delhi today. There are no activities planned and you're free to depart at any time, but we highly recommend spending some time in Delhi and checking out the range of Urban Adventures (urbanadventures.com/destination/delhi-tours). After all, you're only a few hours away from the Taj Mahal.

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Trip title

India Himalaya: Hike, Bike & Raft in Ladakh

Trip code

HHXA

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Hike, bike and raft your way through India's stunning Ladakh region. You'll call the Himalayas home and trek through mountain passes and remote villages before descending on two wheels from one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Explore the valleys as well as the peaks while rafting rapids and flat water, and gain an insight into the region's Buddhist beliefs after visiting several monas... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Active Adventures

Transport

Plane,Private Vehicle,Bicycle,Raft

Physical Rating

4

Physical preparation

You’re in for an active trip! Whilst previous experience isn’t essential for getting involved, a good level of fitness will really help you get the most out of this tour. There are certain activities it’s not possible to skip. If you can imagine yourself hiking for two days on the trot or canoeing for a couple of days and setting up camp on the shore; this is the adventure for you. If you’re alr... Read more

Joining point

L'Affaire Luxury Boutique Hotel

Joining point description

L'Affaire Hotel is located in the intriguing Karol Bagh market area, surrounded by a mix of local stalls, shops and restaurants, as well as some western shops. It is only a 25 minutes ride by auto rickshaw (INR70-80 with bargaining) to get to the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place. The hotel features a restaurant and room service, and rooms are equipped with AC, TV & phone. Luggage storage and safe d... Read more

Joining point instructions

Delhi's Indira Gandhi's International Airport is approximately 25km from Karol Bagh. One of the biggest airports in the world, it can be quite chaotic and can take some time to process your visa and collect your luggage. Intrepid comfort trips include an arrival transferto the joining hotel. Enquire with your agent and advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip depart... Read more

Finish point

L'Affaire Luxury Boutique Hotel

Finish point instructions

A pre-booked departure transfer to the airport is available if arranged at the time of booking. Please advise us of your departure flight details at least 15 days prior to your trip start date. If you plan to stay longer, this departure transfer can only be offered in conjunction with post-tour accommodation booked through Intrepid. Delhi's Indira Gandhi's International Airport is approximately 2... Read more

Important information

1. A single supplement is available on this tour with the exception of the camping nights. 2. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.

Group leader

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leade... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Communications

WIFI WiFi access is widely available; it's usually free in public areas of hotels but some properties will charge for in room use. Please ask your tour leader or the specific hotel reception upon check in. Many restaurants and cafes (especially in tourist areas) offer customers free WiFi. Ask for the password when ordering. Internet cafes are widespread in India and connections are usually reasona... Read more

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

Jump in the saddle and descend from one of the world's highest motorable roads on two wheels.

Is this trip right for you

This trip involves trekking, mountain bike riding and rafting. Please ensure your fitness is at a level you can take part in these activities. This trip travels into the Himalayas, where temperatures can get very low. We don’t run the trip in winter, but ensure that you’re well prepared for cold weather at any time of the year (particularly from November to March). The sun can also be strong at h... Read more

Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

FOOD IN INDIA: Food is a way of life in India. You can snack for a bargain or dine in the finest Indian restaurants. Generally you can eat very cheaply in India. There is a huge choice of restaurants and street stalls serving traditional and local Indian food. In bigger restaurants in areas frequented by more tourists there is a choice between Indian, Chinese and Western style food. Here's some id... Read more

Money matters

The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR). It's symbol is ₹ The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via ATMs, which are readily available in most towns. Look for Bank of India or ICICI ATM's. Our experience has shown they are the most reliable ATM's to use for withdrawals. Cash shortages at ATMs can be a problem in rural areas. Foreign currency notes t... Read more

What to take

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list

Climate and seasonal

INDIA SEASONS: As a general rule have a look online to check the weather in India just before you are about to travel. This gives you a clearer understanding of what to pack. Here are some general ideas of seasons in India: December to March: Pleasant weather – warm days, cool nights. December and January bring chilly nights in the north. Fog can delay trains travelling across the north of the ... Read more

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, transfer or accommodation issues, you can reach our local India Intrepid office on their 24 hour number: While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss t... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsible... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

ACCOMMODATION: Some of the accommodation along the way is basic or simple, staying in local guesthouses and homestays. Some may have shared bathroom faciluties with cold water only. We use a mixture of air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms. Some areas of India experience daily load shedding. This is where the power may be turned off at certain times of the day and usually occurs for a few ... Read more

Transport notes

TRANSPORT IN INDIA: Main roads in India are usually very busy with an assortment of vehicles from the biggest trucks (who always have right of way) down to bikes (and animals!). Overtaking on blind corners at speed is common as is the total use of the horn as a form of communication. Our leaders have complete authority to remove groups from local transport if the driver is not driving safely. Driv... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weat... Read more

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