Grand Himalayan Traverse

Overview

One of our oldest and most popular treks in the western Himalayas and is an epic four-week journey that crosses the high-altitude desert of Ladakh. The relatively tough and challenging route requires stamina but provides unforgettable experiences and a wonderful array of cultural and natural splendor.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the fascinating Leh Town.
  • Hemis & Lamayuru - the famous and oldest monasteries in the Ladakh region.
  • Challenging Trek through the succession of isolated villages of Zanskar and see wonderful Buddhist monasteries.
  • Climb up through the snow to Phirtse La (5450M) the highest trek pass with breathtaking views.
  • Tsokar Lake a fluctuating salt lake known for its size & depth.
  • Road transfer to Leh over the world’s 2nd highest motorable road Tanglang La ( 5360 M) .

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Base Price Includes

  • Accommodation on double/ twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
  • Daily buffet breakfasts included at hotels.
  • Trekking camping which includes delicious food prepared by our professional experienced trekking chef, camp boys, tentage like imported sleeping tents, Kitchen /Mess tent, toilet tent, table , camp chairs or any other logistic expenses during trekking as
  • Ponies to carry trekking stuffs and clients baggage.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a Private vehicle as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Services of a local sightseeing guide during sightseeing and trekking as per the itinerary.
  • Monastery Entrance Fees as per the itinerary at mentioned sights.
  • Representative for assistance on Arrival /Departure.
  • 24/7 assistance by our support team.

Base Price Does Not Include

  • International / Domestic air fare.
  • Any meal other than Breakfast unless specified.
  • Any service or activity charges other than those included in the inclusions.
  • Supplement Cost for festival period, long weekend or peak season.
  • Entrance fee at monuments and National Parks.
  • Unforeseen expenses that demand changes in the itinerary like natural calamities, changes in weather, road blockages, flight/train cancellations and any medical emergency or evacuations.
  • Travel insurance and Visa
  • Expenses of a personal nature- Staff Tips, Laundry, phone calls, soft or alcoholic drinks, excess baggage charges, camera and Video fee or any other expanses which are not mentioned in above inclusion list.
  • Oxygen Cylinder facility for high altitude
  • All government taxes as applicable.

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Before hitting the trail across the Himalayas our trip begins with some cultural exploration. About seventeen days of walking in the heart of fabulous landscapes of immensity and harshness six high passes, spectacular monasteries with an almost medieval rhythm. Heading north from Delhi to Leh, we commence our trek from Kanji across the region over winding shepherd’s trails and caravan routes over some high and low passes, visiting remote villages and some of the region’s fascinating monasteries such as Phuktal and Lamayuru. The trail then descends past picturesque Buddhist monasteries and through the canyons of the Tsarap River to reach the deep and remote valleys of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar. This stage of the trek through remote valleys of the ancient kingdom Zanskar valley is marked by ancient monasteries and remote villages with their hardy inhabitants still practicing that ancient form of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tour traverses through two very beautiful high passes Sniguste La (5120 m) and the Phirtse La (5450 m). The end of the trail is at Serchu from where we drive to Manali via Baralacha La ( 4850 M) and with a great experience to cross the world’s longest highway Tunnel about 9.02 kms at an altitude of 3050 meters. In Manali, the vibrant hub of the Kullu valley and a major activity centre, we visit a temple, a fort and an art gallery. From Manali we stop overnight in Chandigarh – a Punjabi city known for its modernist architecture and fantasy sculptures at Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. We rest before drive back to Delhi from Chandigarh.

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