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Mother of All Road Trips

Detailed Information

Table of Contents:

  • Trip facts

  • Short Itinerary

  • Overview

  • Itinerary

  • Inclusions

  • Exclusions

  • Important Info

  • Cancellation Policy

  • FAQs

  • Why Us?

  • Indemnity Bond

  • Medical Form

  • Leave no Traces Policy

Trip Facts:

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Program Type: Guided Adventure Road Trip

Best Season: July to September

Duration: 12 Nights 13 Days

Region: Leh/Ladakh

Max. Altitude: 4890m

Grade: Challenging

Group Size: 1-8

Starting Point: Manali

Ending Point: Jispa

Accommodation: Luxury camping tents and comfortable rooms at homestays.

Highlights: Baralacha La, Turtuk, Tso Kar, Pangong Tso, Karzok, Tso Moriri, Hundar, Tanglang La, Jispa, Surajtaal


Short Itinerary

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Day 01: Manali to Jispa (10890 ft.) – Rohtang Pass – Tandi (Overnight in Jispa) (136km–5/6 hrs)

Day 02: Jispa to Sarchu over Baralacha La (4890 m), Nakee La, Lachulung La –

Deeptaal – Surajtaal (226 km – 8 hrs)

Day 03: Sarchu – Moore plains – Tanglang La – Karu – Hemis – Leh (154 km –7/8 hrs)

Day 04: Leh - Rest Day and spectacular shooting of not to miss places in and around Leh  

Day 05: Leh – Diskit - Turtuk (205 km) 6-7 hrs – Hundar (90 km – 3 hrs)

Day 06: Turtuk – Hunder – Diskit - Warshi – Panamik (235 km – 8 hrs)

Day 07: Panamik – Shyok – Durbuk – Tangste – Lukung – Spangmik (Pangong Tso) (187 km–6 hrs)

Day 08: Pangong - Hanle

Day 09: Hanle – Chushul – Karzok (Tso Moriri) (252 kms – 8 hrs)

Day 10: Tsomiri Tso – Sumdo – Chumathang – Kere – Kumdo - Upshi – Leh (211km – 6/8 hrs)

Day 11: Leh to Ji – 227 km – 8-9 hrs

Day 12: Bharatpur city to Manali (200 km – 8 hrs)

 

Overview

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This yearly trip is one of our most grueling and rewarding trips. We cover a multitude of mesmerizing phenomenon, from beautiful lakes and dry deserts right till the border ends of India. We cover harsh and remote landscapes full of raw natural beauty, untouched by human hands. We cross villages which remain mostly isolated and far from human contact even today. This trip is truly memorable and a must add to your Bucket list.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Manali to Jispa (10890 ft.) – Rohtang Pass – Tandi (Overnight in Jispa) (136km–5/6 hrs)

We start our journey from Manali (at 0900 hrs) to Leh stopping at Jispa for the first night. Today we cross Rohtang La (3978 m), (La means Pass). The Rohtang La is the gateway to Lahaul. The valley of Lahaul is situated to the south of Ladakh. For this very reason this place derived its name “Lho-Yul” meaning "Southern Country". To its south is situated the beautiful valley of Kullu across the Rohtang Pass (3195Mtrs) and the Bara Bangal (Kangra) across the “Asakh” pass (5051Mtrs) . Its western boundaries touch the Pangi and Churah areas of District Chamba. To its north are situated the valleys of Zanskar and Ladakh across Shingola (5090 Mtrs) and Baralacha la (5450 Mtrs) respectively. Its eastern and south eastern boundaries coincide with those of Spiti and Western Tibet across the Kunzum Pass (4500 Mtrs).

Lahaul abounds with monasteries or gomphas, the homes of Lamas (Buddhist monks); therefore Lahaul is often referred to as “The Land of the Lamas”. The mountains rise to a mean elevation of 18000 feet, with the highest peak touching over 21000 feet and the lowest touching 9000 feet where River Chenab enters Chamba. Numerous lateral spurs shoot off from the main mountains filling all the valleys with glaciers. It is this feature which made Andrew Wilson, a European traveler (1873); call Lahaul "a valley of glaciers".

Rohtang La connects Lahaul with the Kullu district. There are passes on the northern and eastern mountain ranges also but all remain closed for more than half the year because of the snow.

Opposite Rohtang, a little towards on the left, are the twin peaks of Gyephang La, jagged pyramid of rocks, snow streaked and snow-crowned. The higher of these two peaks is 5,856 meters high. The slopes up to an elevation of 3,350 meters are characterized by vegetative cover during summer but above this height barrenness is the rule. The whole Lahaul & Spiti district is a cold desert whose bare rocks and steep slopes stare the visitors in the face. The Rivers Chandra & Bhaga, which constitute the River Chandrabhaga/Chenab after their confluence at Tandi, are the major features on the geomorphology of this region.

Tandi: The village is situated above the confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga in the Pattan Valley some 7 kms away from Keylong. Revenue and settlement records reveal that Tandi was founded by Raja Rana Chand Ram under the name of Chandi which over the years got corrupted into Tandi.

There are at least three mythological stories connected with Tandi. First, Tandi is believed to means Tan Dehi, i.e., giving up of the body. This is associated with Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, who left her body at this place. Second, this is believed that Rishi Vashishtha, who meditated near the hot water springs of Manali, was cremated at this confluence; hence named Tandi, i.e., body consumed. According to the third, Chandra and Bhaga were son and daughter of the Moon and the Sun Gods respectively. They were in love with each other. To perform their celestial marriage they decided to climb the Baralacha-La and from there run in opposite directions encircling a vast tract of Lahaul. Thus flowing south-east and south-west both met at Tandi to enter the wedlock. At Tandi top up our fuel tanks. 

Tandi - Keylong (9kms): Keylong is the last place where your mobile phone will work before you reach Leh and also the last place where you can hope to find a mechanic, in case you are having some problems with your vehicle get it checked ASAP! Also this is a preferred stop over for many who decide to split their journey in to three days or more. Keylong Museum: A museum of Tribal Art along with an auditorium is being established at Keylong. The museum apart from archaeological finds displays Thanka Paintings, objects of everyday use as they existed before the achievement of modern mechanized equipment in the District. The museum also has manuscripts in Bhoti Scripts and Tankri documents. Open for general public on all working days including Sunday between 10:00 AM to 05:00PM except Tuesday. The museum is under the control of Department of Language Art & Culture.

JISPA: This beautiful spot is 22 kms away from Keylong and 4 kms ahead of Ghemur.  From Keylong roads are in somewhat better condition and only get smoother as you approach Jispa and eventually Darcha.  Once at Darcha, take a break and tank up on supplies and get yourself registered at the check post in Darcha. The village is situated at the junction of two nallahs with the main river Bhaga. Jispa has a very large dry river-bed, a rarity in Lahaul. Good Juniper plantation is around this village. You know what, not many not even “so called experts’ don’t know that just on the edge of the River Bhaga is a small PWD rest house. Near this the river is shallow and plenty of trout fish can be caught during summers. The place is virtually an angler's delight. Camp in Jispa.

Day 02: Jispa to Tso kar (4500 m) over Baralacha La (4890 m), Nakee La, Lachulung La – Deeptaal – Surajtaal (226 km – 8 hrs)

Today we cross Baralacha La (4890 m), before Baralacha La we will stop briefly for a photography session at Lake Deeptaal and the magnificent Lake Surajtaal.  Roads are mostly in bad shape and as the altitude increases, you might start noticing the first effects of Acute Mountain Sickness. It is advisable to take it easy and don’t over stress yourself, especially at the summit of Baralacha La, 16,500ft.  From Baralacha La it is again a downhill but a rough ride till Bharatpur, after which the road condition starts improving gradually as you approach Sarchu. Sarchu, at an altitude of 14,000ft, is a collection of tents and a military base. Even though it is quite a windy place and high in altitude, it is the preferred night stop for most travelers. You will need to register at the check post in Sarchu before proceeding further. Roads from Sarchu till the start of Gata Loops are not too bad. Gata Loops are a collection of 21 loops that take you to an altitude of 15,302 feet, roads in the loops are in not so good condition and the slow moving trucks leaving cloud of thick smoke make the ascent feel tougher than it actually is. Next up is the third pass on the Manali Leh route, Nakee La, (4750 m or 15,547 ft. While few km up the road is Lachulung La, (5059 m or 16,616 ft.)

The descent from Lachulung La will take you to Pang which is a temporary tent settlement and has a check post where travelers need to register themselves.

The road from Pang to Leh is excellent and will take you over a plateau (42 km long), Skyangchu Thang (The biggest and highest plateau on earth), also called the Moore Plains.

After a drive of about 7 km on this stretch, we take a 22 km diversion from the main Manali-Leh highway towards to Lake Tso-Kar. We will camp by the Lake for the night.

Day 03: Lake Tso Kar – Moore plains – Tanglang La – Karu – Hemis – Leh (154 km –7/8 hrs)

Tso Kar (Tso means lake): After breakfast and a walk around Tso Kar, we come back to the Manali-Leh highway to continue on the Moore plains, it’s hard to believe this flat piece of land is located at an altitude of 15,400 ft. Road here is straight and in good condition, to cross the highest pass on Manali-Leh highway, Tanglang La (5,328m or 17,585 ft) and get into the Indus Valley. En-route we will visit Hemis national park and Hemis monastery the largest monastery. Stay in Leh.

Day 04: Leh - Rest Day and spectacular shooting of not to miss places in and around Leh – stay in hotel/homestay.

Day for some rest and checkup of the vehicles and then some sight seeing

Come early afternoon, we’ll drive to the 17th-century Leh Fort, the most famous landmark in town. From the Fort there's short trail up to Tsemo Palace; the light walking can help you acclimatize, but we’ll gladly whisk you to the top by car if you prefer. At the top is a big reward: sweeping 360° views of Leh, the valley and its surrounding mountains, which includes the well-known 6000m+ Stok Kangri peak, towering in the distance at a height of 6,137m.We head to Leh’s other great panorama point, the Shanti Stupa, late in the afternoon. The view from here is quite different to the one from Leh Palace: you get a sense of the huge mountain spaces, and the illuminated town in the late ‘blue’ evening light makes for compelling images. Especially in the night when the Stupa is lit, the view is spectacular.

Thiksey, 40mins drive from Leh (especially in the right light) is simply spectacular.  Tier upon tier of buildings rise on a crag above the River Indus, white fronts bouncing the prevailing light back at you against the deep Ladakh sky. We wander next through the monastery complex, the photo opportunities coming thick and fast. (You know those iconic National Geographic-style Tibetan/Ladakhi/Buddhist shots that got you all fired up about coming here in the first place? —they probably came right out of this same monastery.)

We tear ourselves away to go a few minutes north to Shey, a palace and a monastery that also tumbles splendidly down a hillock. Once the home of royalty — the Namgyal kings were required to father their sons here — it now houses the largest metal statue of Buddha in Ladakh. It is 7.5m high, built from Zanskar copper hammered out into sheets on a nearby rock and gilded with five kilograms of solid gold. Hemis Gompa: the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism and Stok Palace & Sindhu Ghat.  Overnight stay in Leh.

Day 05: Leh – Diskit - Turtuk (205 km) 6-7 hrs – Hundar (90 km – 3 hrs)

Turtuk is a village 205 km from Leh on the banks of Shyok River.  Turtuk gram panchayat is the northern most village of India. Turtuk was under Pakistan's Control till 1971, but later India got control of this strategic area. Predominantly a Muslim village, residents speak Baltistani, Urdu and Ladakhi Language. Turtuk, is the last outpost in India from where the Pakistan- controlled Northern Areas begin. Turtuk is one of the gateways to the Siachen Glacier. Diskit Monastery also known as Diskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompha) in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. It is a sub-gompa of the Thiksey gompha. Lachung Temple and Hundar Monastery are also located nearby; the latter is below the main road near a bridge. The monastery has statue of Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall, a huge drum and several images of fierce guardian deities. An elevated cupola of the monastery depicts a fresco of the Tashilhunpo Monastery of Tibet. The village of Turtuk which was unseen by tourists till 2010 is a virgin destination for people who seek peace and an interaction with a tribal community of Ladakh. The village is stuffed with apricot trees and children. The local tribe, Balti, follows its age old customs in their lifestyle and speaks a language which is just spoken and not written. For tourists Turtuk offers serene camping sites with environment friendly infrastructure. Enjoy the scenic drive. Stay in Turtuk.

 

Day 06: Turtuk – Hunder – Diskit - Warshi – Panamik (235 km – 8 hrs)

Today we drive 105 km to Warshi and then drive back to Panamik. Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok River is a tributary of the Indus River. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 m above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. On the Shyok (pronounced Shayok) River, the main village, Diskit, is home to the dramatically positioned Diskit Monastery which is built in 1420 AD. Hundar was the capital of the erstwhile  Nubra kingdom in the 17th century, and is home to the Chamba Gompa. Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometers of sand dunes, and (two-humped) Bactrian camels graze in the neighboring "forests" of sea buckthorn. Non-locals are not allowed below Hundar village into the Balti area, as it is a border area. The beautiful village of Baigdandu is also located in this area. There is a marked presence of people with startling blue eyes, auburn hair and rosy cheeks as against the typical mongoloid features of the Ladakhis. Local lore has it that they were a Greek tribe who came in search of Jesus Christ's tomb and eventually settled here. Baigdandu is also known for the goats that give you the famous Pashmina shawls. Drive along the banks of the Shyok River, where a bit of patience, a touch of luck and a long telephoto might capture you red fox, partridge, hare, weasel and migratory ducks resting in river pools. There is much to pleasurably distract us here: if the light is good you'll be asking to stop every mile or so to capture an amazing atmospheric river valley landscape, a field of shockingly vivid lavender or yellow barley.

Day 07: Panamik – Shyok – Durbuk – Tangste – Lukung – Spangmik (Pangong Tso) (187 km–6 hrs)

Pangong Tso:  Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake", also referred to as Pangong Tso, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet.  The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin. The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake. The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the kiang and the Marmot. Formerly, Pangong Tso had an outlet to Shyok River, a tributary of Indus River, but it was closed off due to natural damming. Two streams feed the lake from the Indian side, forming marshes and wetlands at the edges. Strand lines above current lake level reveal a 5 m (16 ft.) thick layer of mud and laminated sand, suggesting the lake has shrunken recently in geological scale.

If time permits: Pangong Tso –Marisimek La - 45 km – 2 hrs. Highest motorable pass in the world “MARISIMEK LA’  (*special permit for foreign nationals – was denied till last year… chances are that this year foreign nationals might get permission)

Day 08: Pangong

Local sightseeing and spending the day relaxing at Pangong Lake. Camp by the lake.

Day 09: Pangong Tso – Chushul – Karzok (Tso Moriri) (252 kms – 8 hrs)

Karzok is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Drukpa Lineage and an ancient village on the northwestern bank of Tso Moriri (lake) in Leh District, Ladakh, India. Karzok village, perhaps the highest permanent settlement in India, is situated from 4,520 m (14,830 ft) to 4,570 m (14,990 ft). The gompha (monastery), at 4,560 m (14,960 ft.), houses a Shakyamuni Buddha and other statues. It is home to about 70 monks. In the past, the monastery was the headquarters of the Rupshu Valley. It is an independent monastery under Karzok Rinpoche, widely known as Langna Rinpoche. The 3rd Karzok Rinpoche, Kunga Lodro Ningpo was the founder of Karzok Monastery. This revered monastery is 300 years old. The Tso Moriri Lake below it is also held in reverence, and considered equally sacred by the local people. With the efforts of the WWF-India the Tso Moriri Tso has been pledged as a 'Sacred Gift for a Living Planet' by the local community (mostly Chang-pa herdsmen). As a result, the area has been opened up for tourists. Tso Moriri is a lake in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau (literally: northern plains) in Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and entirely within Ladakh in this Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region. The official name of the land and water reserve here is the Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. The lake is fed by springs and snow-melt from neighboring mountains. Most water enters the lake in two major stream systems, one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest. Both stream systems include extensive marshes where they enter the lake. It formerly had an outlet to the south, but this has become blocked and the lake has become a endorheic lake. The lake is oligotrophic in nature, and its waters are alkaline. Accessibility to the lake is largely limited to summer season, though Karzok on the northwest shore and the military facilities on the eastern shores have year-round habitation. The lake is ringed by hills rising over 6,000 m (20,000 ft). “Changpas", the nomadic migratory shepherds (pastoral community) of yak, sheep, goat, and horses of Tibetan origin and who are engaged in trade and work on caravans in Ladakh region, are the main inhabitants of the area. Changpa (Champa) herders use the land of this valley as grazing ground and for cultivation. Thirty-four species of birds included 14 species of water birds (some are pictured in the gallery) of which following are the vulnerable species: Black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis) endangered, Bar-headed geese (Anser indicus)– only breeding ground in India, Brown-headed gulls (Larus brunnicephalus), Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) (rare), Black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (rare). Mammals:Tibetan gazelle (Procapra picticaudata), Goa antelope (threatened), Lynx, Nayan, (Ovis Ammon hodgson), Bharal, Himalayan blue sheep, Tibetan Ass (Kiang) or (Equus kiang), endemic to the Tibetan Plateau Great Tibetan Sheep, One species of Marmot, Marmota Himalayana  in large numbers seen on the hill slopes surrounding the lake and also along the roadsides, One species of Hare, Lepus oistolus, One species of vole, Alticola Rovelei, Three species of mouse hares, Ochotona Alticola, Ochotona macrotis, Ochotona curzoniae or Tibetan sand fox, Scinella Ladacensis.  Large carnivores: Carnivores Fauna reported are: the Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia), the Tibetan Wolf (Canis lupus chanco)

Day 10: Tso Moriri.

Day 11: Tsomiri Tso – Sumdo – Chumathang – Kere – Kumdo – Upshi – Leh(211km – 6/8 hrs)

Chumathang is a town in Leh District, Jammu and Kashmir in northern India on the bank of the Indus River. It is 138 km (86 miles) southeast of Leh, 41 km northwest of Nyoma, and 29 km (18 miles) from Kiari, where there is a small medical center run by the Indian army. It lies in the banks of Indus River. Visit the hot springs which are about 2 km to the east.

Day 12: Leh to Bharatpur – 227 km – 8-9 hrs

Camping at Bharatpur city

Day 13: Bharatpur to Manali (200 km – 8 hrs)

Post Breakfast at Bharatpur, cross Baralacha Pass (16020 ft.), Enter Lahaul Valley, Break at Keylong for lunch, Pass by Kokhsar, Tandi (Where River Chandra Meets River Bhaga), Cross Rohtang Pass (13050 ft), Evening Tea Break at Marhi, We’ll be reaching Manali in the afternoon.  

Inclusions:

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  • Stay (1 night) at ‘dA Base – Mountaineerz’ on first come first served basis.

  • Travel in luxury Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali and back (in ‘all inclusive’ trips)

  • Pick up and drop from Patlikuhal bus stand, 16 kms. short of Manali City.

  • Stay in 2-4 men tents during trek.

  • All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian)  

  • Services of experienced MOI/ BMC qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide

  • Kitchen equipment, cook and helper

  • All the Camping arrangements

  • Porterage – pony/porter for your personal belongings (in the luxury package)

  • Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.  

  • All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps

  • Guaranteed amazing Himalayan experiential adventure holiday.

 Exclusions:

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  • Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical)  

  • Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.  

  • Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.   

  • Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.  

  • Meals at ‘The Himalayan Jungle Retreat’ (choice of veg/ non-veg).  

  • Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.

  • Porterage @INR. 500 per day per 10 kg bag, in case alpine style trekkers need porter/pony

  • GST at the rate of 5%


Documents:

  • Identity Cards with Xerox and Passport Size Photographs (at least 4)

  • Medical Certificate: You can download the format from below document and the same needs to be given to Base Camp to Trek Leader while Registration.

  • Disclaimers: You can download the format from below document and the same needs to be given to Base Camp to Trek Leader while Registration.

  • Leave No Trace Policy Document : You can download the format from below document and the same needs to be given to Base Camp to Trek Leader while Registration.)

Important Info

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  • We suggest guests arrive at our base in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali on the Naggar road, the night before the start of the trek. 

  • All guests are welcome to stay with compliments at Mountaineerz Base in Haripur, Manali in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go paragliding, rafting or angling and later interact with the team over BBQ and bonfire before commencing the trek next morning and also on the day of return. 

  • Stay in Manali can be upgraded to 4-5* hotel/ cottage on prior notice. Stay and meals cost as applicable. 

  • If coming straight to our base in Haripur get down at Patlikuhal bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand.

  • Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.

  • Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe.

  • Do not litter the environment. Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered or burned and should be carried back.

Important information on police and medical assistance:

  • Police Assistance: In Lahaul - Police Station, Keylong Tel: 01900-222223, Udaipur Tel: 01909-222210

  • Medical Assistance: To provide the medical facilities in the Lahaul district, Civil Hospital is located at district headquarters Keylong. The contact number of OPD is 01900-222255 and of emergency is 01900-222211. The hospital provides all types of medicines to the patients.  The Community Health Centers are located at Udaipur, Shansha, Kaza and Primary Health Centers are located at Sissu, Gondhla, Gemur and Darcha

Cancellation Policy

Payment Terms: 10% at the time of booking and 90% one month prior to departure.

Cancellation Charges: We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change, that’s why we are pretty flexible about cancellations. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis. Please talk to us before you cancel any trip with us.

From confirmation up to 30 days prior to departure - 10% of the total amount payable would be charged.

Between 15 - 29 days – 50% would be refunded

Less than 15 days prior to departure: no refund.

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same

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Note: -

All programs are subject to change due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.  

Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.

The tour will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so because of unusual or unforeseen circumstances, such as a major natural disaster, major political unrest or war. If we cancel the tour we will promptly refund all payments made to us including the deposit (less the unrecoverable costs such as air tickets cancellations). We shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as insurance, visas, vaccinations and other incidental costs).

If you do not show up at the meeting point specified on the agreed date, we will assume you have been delayed and will wait for you to contact us with your new expected arrival date. If you do not contact us within 48 hours we will assume you have cancelled the tour. There is no refund of any money paid.

Refunds:

  • In case the journey is broken off early upon the client’s own wish or causes, Mountaineerz shall not be liable to any refund of the days not utilized. Clients will have to pay for hotel or any extra costs incurred after leaving the itinerary. 

  • The trek information sheets and the dossier give information and conditions relating to the tour and are deemed to be part of the contract and so you should be fully aware of their contents. However, the itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but is not a contractual obligation- changes may be made because of exceptional weather, flight cancellations, sickness or other unforeseen circumstances. No refund will be given for unused services or unrealized dreams. 

  • Mountaineerz shall not be liable to refund of any Bank charges deducted while making the bank transaction.

Conduct of Trip

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Transport:  If guests arrive one day before the trip by bus/ cab, they are welcome to stay the night at dA Base, Haripur on first come first served basis. The next morning, they can accompany the team to the site where the trip begins. If guests arrive on the day of the trip, they are requested to meet the team directly at the starting point of the trip. On the trip, depending on the number of people, transport can be via Bolero/Sumo or by local buses (in case of 5 or less participants)

Camp/Stay on Trip: At campsites, spacious tents (dome tents/alpine tents) to be shared by 2/3 persons respectively. The tents will be pitched on a meadow or flat ground with insulated rubber/foam/rubber mattresses. Sleeping bags will be provided with a fleece sleeping liner for each to be used personally and returned at the end of the trek. There will be a separate kitchen and dining tents. For a small group (for strength of 2-6 people) we carry kitchen cum dining tents. The camp area will have a sack to throw trash, a water point to fetch drinking water and a washing point. Our staff will help with any task related to maintenance of the campsite and keeping things available. At the Kkoott, if stay is indoors, the rooms will be traditionally Himalayan styled, with beddings on the wooden floor (with Tandoor in winters). At our base in Haripur, we have three comfortable rooms available on first come first served basis. Those arriving one day early are welcome to stay the night here with us. Also, those who wish to extend their stay with us after the conclusion of the trip are welcome to do so at nominal cost. If stay is at home stay, rooms will be locally hired. The rooms will comfortable and styled according to the region we visit.

Toilets on Trip: There will be separate toilet tents for men and women. The toilets will be dry toilets where a pit will be dug and will contain a hump of mud inside the tent with a trowel in each toilet tent. After you finish your business, you need to cover the pit with some layer of mud over it keeping in mind that is useable for other trekker next time.  While shifting the camps, we will ensure that the pit is well covered and the area is clean. However, we have all basic amenities available at our base camps (dA Base-Haripur/Camp Deodar-Sethan). Those who wish to book luxury stay (cottage) at extra charge are required to inform us beforehand.

Utensils on Trip: Provision of utensils would be there for everyone but we strongly recommend carrying lunch boxes for days when packed food needs to be given. Please don’t carry plates, carry boxes which can be covered with a lid. We do not use Aluminium foil papers to pack the food and to be given to each trekker, as we make an effort to take minimum plastic/ foils in mountains making close to no environmental impact.

Trip Leader: He will conduct the entire program and take decisions in consultations with the team and depending on the weather, snow and other situations on ground.

Local Staff:  We hire local staff as our support crew like a cook, trip guide, kitchen helpers, porters, mule persons. These are expert of their fields and the region.

Meals: On our trips/treks, typically you will not be required to carry anything to eat apart from your personal trail food. Our meal program starts with morning tea(not to be confused with bed tea  ), breakfast, tea/coffee , fruits and juice for the trail, hot lunch, evening tea with snacks, soup, dinner and last hot drinks like Bournvita or Ginger Lemon Tea.

Leave no Trace:  We strictly follow leave no trace policies on any trek/trip i.e. making zero impact on the environment like avoiding packed plastic foods, making the camp drenches filled up with mud again to make it viable for other trekkers in future, camping on durable surfaces, minimize campfire impacts , dispose of waste properly.