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Extreme Adventure - Mix Package



Day 01: Arrive LehLeh
Make an early start to take the flight to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. The flight would take you over the Greater Himalaya and make an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. One can hope to get excellent views of Stok Kangri as one flies-in and on a clear day the great peaks of the Karakoram are visible to the north. You would be met at the airport by our representative and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is for rest. Leh is at an altitude of nearly 11,000 ft, and you can expect to feel the effects of the rarefied atmosphere. For the first few hours, you may experience a little breathlessness and perhaps a slight headache. These symptoms of altitude sickness are mild and usually disappear quite quickly; however, everyone is advised to take it easy for the first day or two. Press-ups and hill sprints are definitely taboo.


Day 02: Leh SightseeingLeh Sightseeing
Today is your day to relax and stroll around Leh, to allow the effects of the altitude to wear off. This is an important period, which allows the body to acclimatise in preparation for the initial trek. There are plenty of distractions in Leh, varying from scenic and cultural to culinary.


Day 03: Start trek up Matho River Valley to Stok KangriStart trek up Matho River Valley to Stok Kangri
Leaving early in the morning, you would drive up the Indus Valley to Matho (2 hours), which is the start of your approach to Stok Kangri. Returning once again to the barren mountain wilderness, you would trek up the Matho River Valley and set up camp after several hours' of walk, at a place called Matho Phul (4,480 mts. / 14,700ft). After your rest in Leh and with your body fully acclimatised, you would be fit and in good shape for the trek to base camp and climb.


Day 04: Trek to Stok Kangri Base Camp.
From Matho Phul, you continue up the valley making a steep climb over a pass from which you can take in the awesome views of Stok Kangri. Also visible below is the base camp and the entire route from base camp to the summit can be seen. From here, a steady descent leads to your base camp and home for the next two nights (altitude approx. 5,000 mts. / 16,000 ft).


Day 05: A rest day and time for final preparations
The expedition leader checks the route to the glacier and looks for a site for advance base camp. It is possible that he may require help to prepare the campsite, which is located on the glacier, cradled on the lower slopes of the mountain itself, several hours above base camp.


Day 06: Move to Advance Base CampMove to Advance Base Camp

From base camp, you would climb straight up the moraine, which stands immediately above your camp. This is tiring work first thing in the day but it soon eases to give a gentle descent and access to the glacier beyond. Depending on snow conditions you may be required to put on crampons as you walk onto the glacier. The surface of the glacier will probably be uneven and furrowed by melted water streams. There are a few, very small crevasses, which you would be required to navigate carefully. At the top of the glacier the slope steepens as you climb up onto the south face where the camp is located on a promontory of rough ground at approximately 5,300 mts. / 17,400 ft. Using this high camp also engenders a real 'expedition feel' and heightens the anticipation of the climb itself.


Day 07: Summit day.

Your summit day begins before dawn, which gives ample time for the climb. Being several hours above base camp, starting from here considerably shortens the day and increases everyone's chances of reaching the summit. The nature of the climb from advance base camp depends on the snow cover. It is most likely that you would not need your crampons for the most part as you scramble over scree and boulders, which lead up to the south ridge. The 1,500 ft ridge that stretches up to the summit is exciting and superbly exposed, although never particularly steep and very straightforward. Most of the ridge is like a steep path, so ropes are not usually necessary, although some scrambling is required. At an altitude approaching 20,000 ft it is extremely tiring and anybody who needs a rope will be able to use one.


The summit is a superb reward for your effort, giving magnificent views in every direction. The city of Leh would appear so small that you would barely be able to see it. After taking photographs and perhaps a bite to eat, you set off to return, down the hill. The route taken depends on the leader, but it is usually a reversal of the way you went up. Occasionally groups have descended the South Face, in which case a small abseil is necessary near the top. On reaching the glacier, you would return all the way back to base camp, your advance base camp having been dismantled by your camp staff. The evening meal is to be accompanied by a wee dram to celebrate the occasion!

Day 08: Spare Summit Day
An extra day in case of conditions or situations like bad weather, individual acclimatisation, or anything else which requires more time for the ascent to be completed successfully.


Day 09: Trek to Stok from Base Camp
From base camp you trek directly down the valley towards the village of Stok. This is a delightful walk, passing several homesteads and numerous ruins of old fortresses. You reach Stok after about six hours walking, from where transport takes you back to the Hotel in Leh.


Day 10: Leh - Nubra via Khardungla Pass (140 kms. / 5-6 hrs)
Early morning departure to Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass. Arrive at Nubra and visit the White Sand Dunes at Hunder where you can also enjoy the camel ride (extra charges). Time and weather permitting, you can visit Hunder and Diskit monasteries before checking-in at Deluxe Camp for an evening of leisure and overnight stay.


Khardungla PassKhardungla Pass
The road journey to Nubra Valley goes through Khardungla Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft. It is around 39 km away from Leh and has two checkpoints on both sides.


Diskit is the main village of the Nubra valley and has a small market consisting of a row of shops and an approximately 500-year old Gompa on the hilltop. Spectacular views of the valley can be seen from the monastery. Diskit Gompa was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod around 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks currently reside in the Gompa which is a branch of Thiksey Monastery. The monastic festival called Gustor takes place here on the 20th and 21st days of the 12th month in Tibetan calendars.


Hunder Village
Hunder is a beautiful village to visit with its scenic locale and has a small monastery and ruined fort above it. The walk or Camel Safari (Double Hump Bacterian camels) from Hunder to Diskit, through sand dunes for two hours is wonderful experience in itself (extra charges).


Day 11: Nubra - Leh
Departure in the morning after breakfast to return back to Leh and spend the evening exploring the Leh bazaar for souvenirs and visiting Jokhang or Leh Mosque by foot. Overnight at the hotel.


The Ladakh Buddhist Association, in 1957, built the small Gonpa known as Jokhang in the main bazaar, which is open throughout the day for visitors. The Gonpa contains the statue of Joyo Rinpoche (crowned Buddha).


Leh MosqueLeh Mosque
The Jama Masjid of Leh was built in 1666-67 AD under an agreement between Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and Ladakhi ruler Deldan Namgyal. Initially, the architecture of the mosque bore Tibetan, Central Asian and Ladakhi styles. In recent years it has been reconstructed and given a new look with minarets and domes.


Day 12: Excursion to Pangong Lake (280 Kms. round trip on Motorbike.)

Departure in the morning after breakfast to Pangong Lake on the Indo China border with the route taking you past the picturesque villages of Shey and Thikse, and turning off the Indus valley by the side valley of Chemrey and Sakti. The Ladakh range is crossed through Chang-la Pass (18,000 ft.), which despite its great elevation is one of the easier passes, remaining open for much of the year, even in winter, apart from periods of actual snowfall.

Overnight at Hotel in Leh.


The Pangong LakeThe Pangong Lake
The Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 ft. is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, nearly 6-7 km at its widest point. Visitors are permitted to only around 7 km along the southern shore from the head of the lake as part of Pangong lies in China. Standing there offers stunning views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish water. Also visible above Spangmik are the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.


Day 13: Rafting on Indus (15 Km. stretch)Rafting on Indus
After breakfast leave for the experience of a lifetime. Our jeeps will drop you at Phey – the Raft “Put in” point and will pick you up from Nimo where you end your rafting. Drive back to hotel in Leh to relax. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Phey to Nimo
This route consists mostly of Grade II or III easy rapids and passes through astoundingly beautiful mountains, many of them with tiny hamlets and imposing old monasteries nestled among the valleys. Starts from Phey Village, about 12 km from Leh and ends at Indus-Zanskar confluence at Nimmu, about 36 km from Leh. This stretch can be undertaken by novices as well.


Day 14: Cycle Safari from Warila to Leh
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Warila (appox. 02 hrs drive) to start the descent on the push bike. This is a newly opened pass which goes to Nubra. You will cycle down to Sakti Village (appox 02-03 hrs) on the push bikes. From here you will again get into your cars to drive back to Leh. Packed lunch will be provided on the way. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.


Day 15: Departure to Airport
Nomadier provides assistance in your transfer to the Airport and wishes you goodbye.