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Small Group Explorations:

A Visit Beyond Small Group Exploration normally has no more than 2-5 people. It is not a
group tour in a big tour bus and expect therefore that you might only be 2 on the tour. And
being few, you can go places less travelled. Small group explorations bring you closer to
local life, increase flexibility and take you beyond the ordinary.

Shared Group Experiences:

A Shared Groups Experience normally has more than 2 participants in the group, but expect up
to at least 12. Most likely, you will therefore share your experience with others. Most
shared group experiences have fixed departure days so please check the booking calendar to
reserve your preferred day.
 

Markha Valley with Stok Khangri - 12 Days

The Markha Valley Trek is one of the most diverse and attractive Himalayan Trek. It has gigantic rock pinnacles, beetling cliffs, slender defiles and prayer-flagged passes. On the southern skyline of Leh. The stunning Stok Kangri Peak is perfectly suited to someone seeking for the first Himalayan summit. This trek is easily accessible from Leh and offers a large diversity of landscapes.

Description
Trip length:
12 Day(s) 11 Night(s)
Unique Experience:
● Go experience Ladakh – the far-flung peaceful eastern corner of the beautiful Jammu and Kashmir
● Trek India's most remote and sparsely populated region, a high-altitude desert cradled by the ranges of Karakoram and Great Himalaya
● Pass gigantic rock pinnacles, beetling cliffs, slender defiles and prayer-flagged passes on the southern skyline of Leh.
● Enjoy stunning Stok Kangri Peak, which is perfectly suited to someone seeking for the first Himalayan summit
Locations Visited:
● Leh
● Chilling
● Skiu
● Markha
● Nimaling
● Stok Khangri
Start City:
Leh
End City:
Leh
Physical rate:
Type of transportation:
Vehicle,Trekking
Type of Accommodation:
Camping - Stay in tents
Tour departure day(s):
Every day
Participants:
Small Group Exploration
Minimum 1* and maximum 8 participants
*Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but price is higher and we cannot guarantee more participants on the tour.

PRIVATE TOUR : Please note, that this tour can be done as a private tour. Please contact us for more details and booking.
Children Policy:
Child age: No special child rate, a dult rate applicable for child aged 12 and above
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 12
Included in Price:
Accommodation: Camping in Tents.
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners , vegetarian food.
Transport: Private v ehicle for the Pickup and transfer for trekking place with all road taxes and parking fees.
Guide: English speaking guide during Trek.
Others: Kitchen equipment, tent, table and mattresses, cook, helper, horses/porters for luggage.
Excluded From Price:
● Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
● No accommodation in Leh
● Sleeping bags
● Monument, Museum entrances, wild life fees etc.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
Travel season:
May to September
Essential to bring:
Good Trekking boots
Warm clothes for nights

Day 1: Leh - Chiling (3850 m) in 3 hours (car)
Today we drive you towards Srinagar and Kashmir to Nimmu, where the Zanskar River meets the Indus. You will follow the left bank of the Zanskar River through a gorge to Chilling. This village has gold smiths famous for local golden jewellery. (L, D)
Please make extra table lines if more days are needed!

Day 2: Chilling - Skiu
(3500 m) in 5 hours
Today you will cross the Zanskar River by way of a box and cable bridge and meet our trekking team on the opposite riverbank. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Skiu - Markha (3850 m) in 7 hours

The trail joins the Markha River and will follow it for a few days. Today the trek is quite easy but numerous times, you will need to cross the river from left to right and back, this depending on the season and weather conditions. You will visit the Makha monastery and fort. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Markha - Hankar
(4000 m) in 4 hours
Many monasteries are spread along our route today. After the Umlung monastery, the valley narrows and we stop to camp at the foot of Kang Yaste (6400 m). (B, L, D)

Day 5: Hankar - Nimaling
(4650 m) in 4 hours
Today you will do trekking in valley in direction of the Zalung Karpo and the Rupshu. You will go through Thagshungtse pasture and start our gradual ascent towards the wonderful high valleys of Ladakh. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150 m) - Chogdo
(4000 m) in 7 hours
Climb to the summer pastures of Nimaling, used by the shepherds of Hankar and Markha and then follow the hedge to the top. The Kongmaru La pass commands a beautiful view of the Kang Yatze north face (6400 m), the Ladakh ranges and the Indus valley. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Chogdo - Gyuncho La (4600 m)
- Camp at 4350 m in 6 - 7 hours
From now onwards, you will follow a new and rarely travelled route through the valleys to the east of our objective. Today, we turn towards the west into a tributary valley that leads after a long and gradual ascent to the Gyuncho La. You will descent a few meters bellow to establish our campsite. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Camp at 4350 m - Shang La
(4800 m) - Matho Phu (4350 m) in 6 hours
Today, you will cross many spurs and minor passes with occasional views northwards towards the Indus valley and the peaks beyond. We climb up to the Shang La and then descend to the Tokpo River. Afterwards you will trek downhill to a nice camping place. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Matho Phu - Mato La
(4820 m) - Stok Kangri Base Camp (4700 m) in 5 hours
At the pass, colourful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskari range in the background. Afterwards, we descend steadily along the Jingchan River. You will get great views towards the Stock summit and the Stock Kangri (6121m). (B, L, D)

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Base Camp
Day at leisure. Acclimatization day at Base Camp (B,L,D)

Day 11: Summit day (Approx. 8 - 9 hours)
Our route initially crosses spree and boulder slopes, and then leads to easy angled snow slopes, which require ice axe and crampons. The route is not difficult but at this altitude, it will be strenuous. From the summit of Stok Kangri (6116m), we should see as far as the Karakoram, the Pamirs and Tibet. If it's warm enough you will rest and recover some energy on top before descending to base-camp. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh
(5 hours walk to Stok)
All downhill and through wild gorge scenery. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and museum while you will wait for our jeeps. Then an hour's drive across the Indus valley to the comforts of the civilization in Leh. Upon arrival continue on your own with all the beautiful memories. (B, L)

Key: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner

General Information

NEED TO KNOW

Acting Responsible - Arrival Information - Child Explorers - Emergency Contact - Expect the Unexpected - Feedback - Guides - Health and Fitness - Luggage Storage - Optional Activities - Running Late? - Safety and Security - The Law and "the Man"- Travel Documents and Visas - Travel Insurance - Weather

NICE TO KNOW

Additional Expenditures - Departure Tax - Keeping in Touch - Meals - Money - Respectful Dress - Share your Explorations… - Tipping - What to bring

NEED TO KNOW

Acting Responsible

Travelling responsibly is a pillar of the Visit Beyond philosophy. To us, it means two things: respect for the environment and respect for local cultures. We practice low-impact tourism and make every effort to preserve the environment. We refuse to treat local people as mere photo-ops and insist that you engage with locals as human beings. You will get a better trip this way.

Arrival Information

If you have booked an arrival package, you can expect a Visit Beyond representative waiting for you at the airport, train- or bus station with a Visit Beyond sign or your name. Please refer to your booking vouchers to get the specific and detailed information for your own booking. In case of emergency please call locally at 093 101 40833, 098 181 61194 or 011 2353 9018. Visit Beyond does not offer refunds for missed transfers due to a change in flight or delays. Should your plane or train be delayed, please contact us immediately. Any additional cost you may incur to get to your destination is at your own expense.

Child Explorers

Visit Beyond welcomes travellers of all ages but some tours are more suitable for children than others. Please make yourself aware of children rules under each tour and determine if a given trip is suitable for your family. An adult must accompany children and young people under the age of 18. An adult is defined as anyone aged 18 or above. All enquiries with respect to children are subject to review and approval by Visit Beyond. Visit Beyond reserves the right to restrict the number of travellers under the age of 18 on tours to secure optimal operation.

Please note, that the above refers to child travellers only and not to child prices. These may be seen under each individual tour, if applicable.

Emergency Contact

In the event of a genuine crisis or emergency, Visit Beyond’s India office can be reached on Tel: +91 9310140833 and +91 9818161194. During office hours (Monday – Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-14:00) you may contact us at +91 11 23539018. For further contact details please use the following page: http://www.visitbeyond.com/contact-us

Expect the Unexpected

Visit Beyond, as the name implies, brings you places that are beyond the well-worn tourist path. Out there, things sometimes go wrong and if they do, it is imperative that you tell your guide or tour leader/coordinator immediately. They are best suited to help however way they can. If this does not suffice, your guide will contact our local manager. Note also that Visit Beyond trips are likely to offer circumstances that involve risks and by booking a tour with Visit Beyond, you acknowledge and accept any and all risk associated herewith.

This said, please expect and appreciate the unexpected. We try to bring you closer to local life and here English may not always be spoken and despite a global world, cultural differences still greatly exists. You will get a much better experience if you bring an open mind, a great smile, patience and willingness to meet the locals at eyelevel.

Feedback

How do you find your Visit Beyond experience? We would love to hear from you and always welcome constructive feedback. Please contact us on the following addresses: http://www.visitbeyond.com/contact-us

In the event of discrepancies or dissatisfaction, please file the complaint to your guide and local Visit Beyond office as soon as it arises. Doing so, we have a better chance of meeting your needs instantly and ensure you get a good experience. Note that you waive any complaints if you cannot reasonably demonstrate that the complaint was made immediately.

If you, contrary to expectation, remain unsatisfied then please file a written complaint to your travel consultant through which you have booked the service. This must be done within 15 days of the end of the service. Visit Beyond will not accept any liability for claims received after this period.

Guides

Visit Beyond provides experienced, local, English-speaking guides who know the destination and region well. We encourage you to ask all the questions you may have. For some tours you will have a driver only, who speaks basic English, but are however easy to communicate with. Also you will get local tour guides for sightseeing in some of the cities you pass. Please refer to tour overview and itinerary for further clarification.

Health and Fitness

For all tours, please closely read the itinerary and note the physical rating to decide if you are fit to participate. As a general rule of thumb and to get the most out of your trip, we recommend a good physical health and if in doubt, consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country. We do not walk at altitude nor set distance records, but some treks/outdoor activities can still be demanding. Expect hilly terrain and high temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant or change/shorten the route without refund, if said traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to him/herself or to the group.

Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require. Do not rely on guides, as they are legally prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache medicine and antibiotics.

If you suffer from any conditions, physical, mental or otherwise, you are obligated to notify Visit Beyond in writing prior to booking. Visit Beyond reserves the right to decline a booking if said conditions pose a danger. Likewise, failure to notify Visit Beyond of any such condition may result in your denial of travel. Similarly, travellers should be aware that Asian countries have medical standards and facilities that may vary greatly from what you are used to in your home country. Women who are or think they may be pregnant must consult a physician before engaging in any activity with Visit Beyond or before booking any trips. Any person who is concerned about their ability to travel should contact Visit Beyond and will then be recommended a trip suitable for these specific needs (if available).

Special Health & Fitness for diving:

Before you begin your dive course, you must complete a medical test. If you suffer, or have suffered, from asthma, hay fever or allergies, you must bring a doctors certificate stating that you are physically capable of withstanding the kind of strain that diving may cause. We recommend that you obtain a doctors certificate in advance in case you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned diseases.

Luggage Storage

Visit Beyond provides luggage storage at all of our service offices, both for the day and if you go on a tour for several days. When going on a tour and you come back to our office, we recommend that you only bring what is needed for the tour and leave larger bags behind for better and easier commuting.

Please do not store perishable goods or eatables, which might invite insects and rodents. Although we take good care of the stored luggage, Visit Beyond will not be liable in case of damage or otherwise.

Optional Activities

On some of our tours, there may be free time and/or options for additional activities. These are not included in the tour and do not form a contract. Visit Beyond is not responsible for anything that may arise from a traveller taking part in optional activities. Optional activities are undertaken at the cost of the traveller.

Running Late?

Please always respect the departure times when stated in itinerary. These are carefully considered to ensure you the most comfortable journey and to ensure you make opening times where applicable. In case you, contrary to expectations, are running late for a tour departure, please use the contact details on the front of your voucher to alert Visit Beyond. If we do not hear from you the tour will depart at latest 15 minutes after stated departure time and no refund will be given in case you miss the departure. Further, any additional cost due to missed connection that is public transport, train or flight shall be taken care by the customer.

Safety and Security

Most national governments provide updated advice services on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you stay updated on your government's advice for the latest travel information – before departure and while on the road.

Visit Beyond endeavours to conduct its operations safely and your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. However, Visit Beyond is not liable to you in the event of injury, death, financial loss or any other damages incurred as a result of Force Majeure, e.g., political turmoil, riots, war, landslides, flooding, etc. Visit Beyond requires you to carry insurance that covers such unforeseeable circumstances.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking and water based activities such as swimming, snorkeling and diving inherently holds an element of danger and excitement. While we take every precaution to ensure these are carried out in agreement with operating standards, please have a balanced approach to safety and note that participation will always be at your own risk.

The Law and "the Man"

Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. This goes even though it may be common among certain communities we visit. Possession of illegal drugs is a crime punishable by death in India. Visit Beyond and guides reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.

Travel Documents and Visas

Note that most nationalities are required to obtain visas for travelling to certain countries in Asia. You are yourself responsible for obtaining valid visa to enter India, if needed. Consult your embassy’s website in the destination country or the destination’s embassy website in their country for the latest visa requirements. If you are in doubt of who to contact, please feel free to send us an email: india@visitbeyond.com

Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions in regards to visa rules.

Travel Insurance

Valid personal travel insurance is a prerequisite to participate in any activity or tour organised by Visit Beyond. It should as a minimum, but not exclusively, cover medical expenses, personal injury, repatriation and evacuation. Further amendments to your policy, such as trip cancellation, and loss of luggage and personal effect are not required, but strongly encouraged. Visit Beyond will not be held liable for lost or stolen luggage and reserves the right to deny participation in any activity or tour if you do not hold valid travel insurance. You must be able to provide proof of insurance if requested by Visit Beyond or any of its representatives.

Weather

Visit Beyond operates trips in India throughout the year—including the rainy season—and changes may result from inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to change the itinerary according to such circumstances as we see fit to ensure the best experience for our travellers.

NICE TO KNOW

Additional Expenditures

Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. Are meals included? How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs do you intend to bring home? Remember to include tips in your calculations and we also recommend keeping an emergency fund for unforeseen circumstances beyond our and your control.

Departure Tax:

There is no departure tax at Indira Gandhi International Airport at present time, however we recommend that you always recheck before leaving for the airport. This due to said information being subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists.

Keeping in Touch

It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies.

Meals

Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Indian food. When meals are not included, your guide/driver will be able to suggest restaurants and the best dishes during your trip. Notify your guide/driver/tour leader of allergies or dietary restrictions.

Money

We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout India. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank – not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. You might also consider bringing a spare card in case one gets stolen. Remember to keep them separated. We recommend you bring some spare cash in USD in case of emergency.

Respectful Dress

Remember that dressing is generally conservative throughout Asia – especially outside major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants/trousers that cover the legs and shirts that cover their shoulders in temples and religious sites.

Share your Explorations…

…With your loved ones and fellow travellers. Had a beyond ordinary experience? Challenged your personal boundaries or just shared a beautiful moment despite cultural differences?

Post pictures and impressions on Facebook.com/VisitBeyond and/or share with the hashtag #VisitBeyond

Tipping

Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Tipping about INR 200 per day (if you are happy with the service) is appropriate, but not compulsory. We suggest INR 100 per day for porters (if applicable). For drivers who render services for several days in a row, INR 100+ per day is appropriate. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

At small restaurants you may want to round up to the nearest INR 10. At upscale restaurants, a tip of 5 to 10% is appreciated. (Note that upscale restaurants often levy a 10% service charge on the bill. Additional tipping is at your discretion).

What to bring

Pack according to the tour you have chosen. If you’re going trekking, bring appropriate shoes. If you’re going diving, bring your suit etc. Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities. Although there are some tours and trips in which you can leave your luggage behind for a day’s excursion, we generally require you to carry your own gear. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to pack in a backpack with straps and back support and a smaller daypack. We strongly discouragehard case luggage!

What you plan to bring we will leave up to you, but generally remember all your travel documents and keep a copy of your passport as well as your travel insurance card on you at all times. Give priority to lightweight and fast drying clothes just as long sleeved shirts and trousers are recommended for trekking and chilly evenings. If you are travelling in the rainy season, remember umbrella or waterproof shield. Lastly respect local culture and bring appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites. You might also find it useful to bring a phrase book – just a couple of words in the local language will give you tremendous credit. Lastly, we are in the tropics so remember sunscreen and insect repellent!

Please check Visitbeyond.com to see, if there is anything essential to bring for your particular tour.

Validity:

The above has been written in good faith and every effort has been made to accurately reflect Visit Beyond’s policies. It should be seen as general guidelines and information provided as a service to the traveller. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may appear in this document or on its website. The Client solely bares the responsibility for staying updated on travel requirements, rules and regulations at any time. Updated 23rd Jun 2014.

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Disclaimer

This itinerary is an accurate account of your trip. Please note, however, that we regularly update each trip according to customer recommendations and changes on the ground. Varying conditions and unforeseen circumstances may alter this itinerary, which does not represent a contract between Visit Beyond and its customers. As your trip approaches, we recommend you check visitbeyond.com for the most accurate and up-to-date itinerary.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking, and water activities including swimming, snorkeling and diving are done at your own risk. Visit Beyond recommends purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country. We can recommend Gouda travel insurance for our European customers.

We reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.

 
 
 

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