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Padum to Darcha Trek

Key Information

Per Person
$2300

Himalaya trekking experience for experienced hikers

Go through one pass above 5000 meters, rare for Ladakh, which literally means land of high passes. There are many villages and campsites along the way, which makes it convenient for a camping trek. The only day of high-altitude trekking takes place when you go over Shingo La (5091 m). It is better to start from the Ladakh side as it gives you ample time to acclimatize to the altitude.

Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Leh. Take a leisurely walk around the main Bazaar to help with acclimatization. Overnight Hotel with breakfast

Day 02: Sightseeing in Hemis, Shey, and Thikse Monasteries. Overnight Hotel with breakfast.

Day 03: Drive to Kargil town. Overnight hotel with breakfast.

Day 04: Drive to Padum town. Overnight hotel with breakfast.

Day 05: Trek from Padum to Shilla village. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Shilla Camp to Reru village, 5 hours. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Reru to Changpa Tseta village, 6-7 hours. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 08: Trek from Changpa Tsetan to Purne village, 4 hours. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Purne to Phugtal monastery and return to Purne, 4-5 hours. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10: Trek from Purne to Kargyak village, 6-7 hours. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11: Trek from Kargyak to Shingo La (pass) Base, 6 hours. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12: Trek from Shingo La Base via Shingo La to Ramjak, 7 hours. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 13: Trek from Ramjak – Pal Lhamo village. Overnight in a tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 14: Drive to Manali. Overnight hotel with breakfast.

Day 15: Drive to Delhi; tour ends

Cost Includes:

  • ‘A’ class hotel in Leh
  • All meals, as mentioned on the trip.
  • Experienced regional leader or hire Raj
  • Porters or pack animals on the trek
  • Trek permit
  • Park fees
  • Staff insurance
  • Non a/c transport
  • Accommodation a mentioned in the program.
  • Sightseeing as indicated

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare and airport tax
  • Hotel in Delhi. The cost of a hotel room in Delhi ranges from US$50 to a couple of hundred dollars, depending on the standard chosen.
  • Internal airfare for Delhi / Leh / Delhi sector in economy class. The airfare can cost from US$60 to $500, perhaps even higher each way. July and August are the busiest months. It is best to book the flights in advance.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any extra activities & optional tours
  • Riding horse during the trek
  • Personal bills like drinks, bar & beverages, tips, telephone, laundry, any additional and optional trips then the above, etc.
  • Anything which is not included in the includes section
  • Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tips at your discretion)

Trek FAQ

Am I too young or old?
From 3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.

Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.

Do I need a visa?
All foreign nationals who want to enter India need to possess a valid international travel document such as a passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. All visa applicants are requested to apply for the Indian visa online by filling the online application form.

The duly signed hard copy of the completed application form is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to the Indian Mission or Post. The instructions to fill the form and appointment scheduling can be seen at the Instructions for Regular Visa Application. The applicant must bring the referral number and the required documents on the interview’s scheduled date.

The status of the visa application can be checked on the link for Visa Enquiry. The applicants are also requested to visit the website of the Indian Mission for detailed information about the Indian visa.

What should I bring on a trek?
Being correctly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.

Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

If you have more questions, please check the FAQ section or contact us.