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  • 01Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi 2017

    Manali to Leh Bike Trip from Delhi 2017
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      Code: 4039754

    Departure Dates - Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

    About the Destination:

    Bestowed with natural formations and heaven like ambience the regions of Ladakh and Leh are beautified with immense natural diversities. On the other hand, Kashmir is a land that is interminably beautiful and has inspired many love affairs and art pieces!

    Decorating the crown of the subcontinent of India, the landscapes of this area are richly embellished with sights of every kind imaginable.

    The Northern frontier of India has always been home to a rich and prosperous culture. Navigate the toughest passes on a trip of Manali to Leh on bike, the empty stretches of highways and  rock strewn pathways in the mountains all of which reward you with gorgeous vistas that make the ride worthwhile!

    About the Departure:
    Experience your version of The Motorcycle Diaries as you partake in this mesmerizing Leh ladakh bike trip of a lifetime through Ladakh and the striking paradise of Jammu and Kashmir. Experience the supernatural allures of the mountains of the North over two weeks!

    Beginning from Delhi, take home the rewards of an opportunity that allows you to discover yourself in a world that beholds such astonishing visions. Relish the strenuous yet picturesque journey along the winding foothills and curves that will make the adrenaline pump through your veins on your Manali to Leh bike trip!

    There are four different variants available and they are as follow:

    For two persons sharing one bike (without fuel and self bike): Rs. 22499 per person

    For single rider in one bike (without fuel and self bike): Rs. 24499 per person

    For two persons sharing one bike (with fuel and bike rental): Rs. 35999 per person

    For single rider in one bike (with fuel and bike rental): Rs. 45999 per person

    Note: There are two options available as 1) Start the trip from Manali and conclude it in Leh and catch your flights or 2) Start the trip from Manali to Leh and then return to Manali to conclude the trip.

  • 02Manali to Leh on Bike 2017

    Manali to Leh on Bike 2017
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      Code: 9848270

    About the Destination:

    Dotted with towering peaks, spiritual monasteries, flowery meadows and gurgling rivers, Leh-Ladakh is truly a tourist’s paradise. On the other hand, Manali in Himachal Pradesh, with its gorgeousness and charisma is also second to none!

    While both these destinations are situated distance away from each other, their natural appeal and splendour binds them together. Be it for an occasional holiday, honeymoon tours, bike expedition or any other adventure tours, both Manali and Leh, both makes for an ideal destination.

    About the Activity:

    Originating from the appealing locales of Manali, this trip from manali to leh on bike takes the bikers to the enthralling surroundings of Leh. In addition to the charming meadows, colourful valleys and challenging trails, this Manali to Leh bike trip also takes the bikers through some of the narrowest as well as highest motorable passes in the world. Within the 11 days of this adventurous expedition of Leh Ladakh bike trip, the bikers are sure to kick-start a memorable journey of their lives! 

    NOTE: This package is available in two variants namely, Budget and Luxury

  • 03Leh Bike Trip 2017

    Leh Bike Trip 2017
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      Code: 1297959

    About the Activity:

    Epitome of natural beauty, Leh is located at 3,500m above sea level and is scenically nestled on Karakoram and Himalayan ranges. A salubrious and picture-perfect destination on the banks of Indus River, this pictorial destination is jotted with astounding peaks, snow-clad mountains, enchanting greeneries and other marvels of the nature.

    Embraced with the untouched beauty of the Mother Nature, the enthralling aspects of Leh entices adventure junkies from all the corners of the world. Be it river rafting, trekking, biking tour, cultural visits or any other adventure activities, Leh had them all! And amongst all the activities on offer, Leh Ladakh motorbike tour is the most desired one.


     

  • 04Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2017

    Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2017
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      Code: 6804037

    About the Destination:

    Fixed departure dates: 18-06-2017, 02-07-2017, 16-07-2017, 12-08-2017, 26-08-2017

    Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

    In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude  crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

  • 05Manali to Leh Jeep Safari

    Manali to Leh Jeep Safari
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      Code: 4039754

      Fixed departure dates: Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

      About the Destination:

      Alluring the visitors with its enticing charm and appeal, Manali proves to be an all-time favourite destination in India. Located on the pictorial Beas River Valley in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, this stunning hill station once served as the origin of the 'Ancient Trade Route'. With the bygone time, the natural marvels of Manali can be explored with the Manali to Leh jeep safari; its enthralling mountains peaks, dense and lush thickets, pleasant climate and other aspects has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the country.

      On the other hand, Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, is known to be a paradise for the adventure junkies. Cossetted by the mighty Himalayas and embraced by the magical beauty of its towering peaks, this quaint destination has a lot more to offer its visitors. On the Manali to Leh jeep safaris, you will start from enthralling trekking routes, jeep safari trails, biking destinations, options for paragliding, river rafting and lot more, Leh just makes it for a quintessential destination.

      About the Departure with Details:

      Starting from Delhi or Chandigarh by a bus and then the jeep safari will start from the commendable beautyscapes of Manali. It will take you to the magical lands of Leh-Ladakh. Over the 11 days of the tour, you will mostly be traversing on jeeps that offers the best and ideal experience of the towering peaks and the pictorial valleys. One day, you get to ride a bike as well as a part of the sightseeing tour of Nubra Valley, covering Khardung La pass mainly and other major attractions en route.

      Adding more to the fun and excitement of this tour, there are monastery visits, village tours, adventure options and lot more. Join this tour, and get yourselves the reason to fall in love with the enchanting beauty of Manali and Leh!

      Duration: 10N/11D

    • 06Manali to Leh Jeep Safari

      Manali to Leh Jeep Safari
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        Code: 6691309

      About the Activity: 

      From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition  takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.

      The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. A drive through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42kms leaves you breathless. For you to capture moments like these, the safari also includes a brief photography workshop to help arrest high altitude frames with more panache.

      By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.   

    • 07Cycling from Manali to Leh Via Khardung La 2017

      Cycling from Manali to Leh Via Khardung La 2017
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      About the Destination: The road for cycling trip from Manali to Leh is the most picturesque of them all, says every traveller who has visited these regions!

      Manali, close to the Kullu valley, is a charming hill station-town that encompasses all of amazing weather, generous locals, super alpine views, meandering trekking trails and numerous adventure sports. From here, the highway towards Leh is known as a biker's paradise. En route, the quintessential villages of Koksar, Darcha, Sarchu, Takh, Pang, Tsokar and Lhato are chosen as places of stay due to their pristine environments, via the high altitude mountain passes of Rohtang and Khardung. The latter, Khardung La, known to man as the highest motorable road in the world (5,602m) is a gem of the Ladakh valley. Not only biking, but there are, very often, treks and hikes offered to these areas. The splendour of Leh lies in its closeness to the Himalayan Ranges, the royalty of its monasteries and stupas and its rivers, like the Zanskar, teeming with life.

      About the Departure with Details: You asked for an adrenaline rush? You get all that and more on Manali to Leh cycling trip from the beautiful Manali in Himachal Pradesh to the tranquil Leh in Jammu & Kashmir. If you're interested in this package, you probably love the idea of biking through the wilderness and adore the beauty of nature. A fair amount of acclimatization and physical fitness will ensure that you complete the entire 580km of this biking adventure, only taking back great memories and panoramic views that will remain etched in your heart forever.

      Activities: Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Jeep Safari

      Duration: 14N/15D

      Total Number of Biking/Cycling Days: 9 days of biking with an average of 40-80km/day; 580km in total

      Maximum Altitude: Khardung La (5,602m)

      Temperature Range: Approximately 20C (68F) in the summers to -20C (-4F) in the winters.

      Difficulty Level: Challenging 

    • 08Manali To Leh Cycling Tour

      Manali To Leh Cycling Tour
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        Code: 6010307

      About the Destination:

      Fixed Departure: 26th July 2016


      Situated among the blessed lands of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a favourite destination among leisure and nature lovers alike. The undulating terrains of the Pir Panjal and Himalayan Ranges make this destination a veritable paradise for adventurists seeking to feel that rush of adrenaline surge through their hearts.

      Framed by mountains on all its sides the tiny village of Leh is a gem nestled in the laps of the mighty Himalayas. A land of extremes, the land boasts of a rich cultural heritage blessed by the lamas and yet hides in its arms, landscapes that are almost untouched in their wilderness.

      About the Activity with Details:

      Considered as one the most challenging cycling trails in the world, the Manali Leh cycling trip is truly a call for adrenaline junkies! Endowed in stunning treasures of nature, this route makes for an extreme adventure quest for the cyclists.

      The Manali to Leh cycling tour takes you through the lush alpine forests of Manali, picturesque villages of Lahaul, past the vast planes of Sarchu and into the colourful and rich Leh. On the way you, challenge yourself to cross the treacherous 21 zigzag Gata Loops up the canyon wall. You will overcome the mighty Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world that rises up to 5,600m. From the pass, enjoy panoramic views of the Indus Valley Civilisation in the south to Zanskar Valley in the north right up the enormous slopes of Saser Massif.

      NOTE: Total cycling distance: 630km

    • 09Explore Ladakh On Bike

      Explore Ladakh On Bike
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        Code: 4039754

      Fixed departure dates: Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

      About the Destination:

      The names Leh and Ladakh often bring forth to imagination a land that is still untouched by the hand of commercialisation and urban culture. Nestled within the protective covers of the Himalayas and adorned with magnificent landscapes, Leh-Ladakh is a belt that must be explored!

      Leh is a comprehensive town jotted with a number of religious and aesthetic attractions. Nature has been kind to the Nubra Valley and the Pangong Lake. The former seems like a carpet of exotic flowers while the latter is a sight to behold in all its glory. The Khardungla Pass and Chang La Pass offer panoramic views of such beauty and mystique that they have thus far, only been imagined!

      About the Departure with Details:

      There can be no better way to explore the exotic lands of Ladakh on bike! Riding along the exotic routes with diverse landscapes, always make for a dream journey that is unmatchable and unique it its own ways. Enjoy the thrill of riding at otherwise unimaginable heights. Imagine looking down and staring into a deep gorge on one side and being flanked by massive mountain ranges on the other!

      Be amazed with natural blessings like the Lamayuru or Moonland, Pangong Lake and the Khardung La Pass; the pristine waters, blue skies and calm ambience will rejuvenate your mind and soul. Learn of the region’s history and religion with visits to prominent monasteries and temples. Interact with the locals to acquaint yourself with the local lifestyle and culture. Engage in a thrilling rafting as well during the bike trip.

      Two people sharing a bike: INR 22000 per person
      Single Rider: INR 29000

      Duration: 6N/7D

      Maximum Altitude: 9,800-17,582ft



    Attractions

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    Pangong Lake

    Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

    The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

    The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

    Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

    Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

    Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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    Nubra Valley

    Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

    Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

    Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

    Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

    Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

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    Khardung La

    Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

    The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

    Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

    Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

    Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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    Tso Moriri Lake

    It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

    The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

    The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

    Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

    Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

    Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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    Shanti Stupa

    The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

    History

    The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

    Structure of the stupa

    Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

    Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

    Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

    Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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    Magnetic Hill

    Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

     If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

    Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

    Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

    Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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    Chadar Trek

    For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

    The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

    A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

    Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

    Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

    Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.

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    Markha Valley Trek

    Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

     Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

    Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

    Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

    Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.

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    Stok Kongri Trek

    Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

    It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

    The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty as well as the warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

    The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you to witness the amiable yet fictional setting which includes lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendor of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.

    During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The rewarding scenery from the top is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

    Best Season: June - October

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    Max. Elevation: 5000 m

    Number of Days: Maximum 10 days of trek can be done here