Adventure Tours Angling Tour Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights Destinations: Guwahati - Nameri - Kaziranga - Dibrugarh - Boleng - Yambum - Dibrugarh Day 1: Guwahati: Welcome ceremony, Brahmaputra river cruise You are received at Guwahati and transferred to your hotel. . Rest of the day at your discretion to explore this gateway city to North-East India and the riverfront of mighty Brahmaputra. In the evening set out on a River cruise to watch the sun go down the river and see yourself why the river is locally called 'Luit'- color of blood. Overnight at your hotel in Guwahati. Day 2: Angling Camp Nameri: National Park, Angling Early in the morning, you will drive for Eco Camp run by Anglers (Bhoreli) Association of Assam inside the Nameri national Park(208km). Reach Eco Camp for an early lunch. After lunch Raft on to Bhoroli River the famous Angling spot in this part of India in search of the Golden Mahsheer. Day 3: Angling Camp Nameri: Elephant Ride, Rafting, Angling Early morning Elephant ride inside the National Park. Return to camp for some breakfast, after breakfast you will proceed to the angling site, the Spots on Bhoroli known as angler's paradise. These spots are the natural habitat of Golden Mahsheer, the dream catch of anglers. Picnic lunch on the Angling site. Raft on the placid waters of the River. Return to Camp by the evening for overnight stay. Day 4: Angling Camp Nameri: Tipi Orchidarrium, Angling After an Early breakfast drive to Bhalukpung and visit the Orchidarrium at Tipi. This Orchidarrium, with a collection of 7500 orchids, has been set up to study the botanical paradise - the orchids of Arunachal Pradesh. Return to camp for an early Lunch and proceed on to angling site for some more catch for the day. Return to camp in the evening for overnight stay. Day 5: Kaziranga: National Park, Rhino Early morning drive to Kaziranga(158km), the place of Mother Nature. Check into your hotel and take a brief rest. In the afternoon explore innocent lives of the villagers of a nearby tribal village. Overnight at Kaziranga. Day 6: Kaziranga: Elephant Safari, Rhino Early morning explore central area of Kaziranga National park on an elephant safari. Ride an Elephant through the park chasing a unicorn rhino along with a wide range of rare species. After lunch again take jeep safari to the central area of the park. Rest of the day at leisure to explore nature. Overnight at Kaziranga. Day 7: Dibrugarh: Adivasis village, Tea estate We will leave Kaziranga after breakfast for Dibrugarh(230km). In Dibrugarh you will be accommodated in a century old host bungalow inside the Tea garden. After refreshment, visit a tea garden and admire the lifestyle of Adivasis in the tea estate. Evening enjoy the night falling with spring scent in open verandah of the host bungalow. Overnight stay at bungalow in Dibrugarh. Day 8: Boleng: River Crossing, Angling Camp Cross River Brahmaputra by ferry and move to Pasighat(170km from Dibrugarh across the river). After lunch at Pasighat drive to Boleng(65km from Pasighat). Overnight at tented accommodation at the angling site. Day 9: Boleng: Angling After an Early breakfast move on to Angling for the day. Picnic lunch at the site. Angling for whole day at Boleng. Return to camp for overnight stay. Day 10: Boleng: Angling Early morning drive to Pangin(20km) for some more angling for the Day. Return to camp for overnight stay. Day 11: Yambum: Angling Early morning drive to Yambum(15km from Pangin) another popular angling site. Spend the day for angling. In the evening visit a local tribal village for some cultural feast. Overnight at Yambum at Inspection Bungalow. Day 12: Dibrugarh After a leisurely breakfast move to Dibrugarh(200km) and check in to Bungalow. Day at leisure to explore the Tea Gardens Day12: Departure: Farewell Day at rest till time of departure. Cycle Tour in Himachal Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights Destinations: Delhi - Manali - Manikaran - Pulga - Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj - Thakar Kuan - Pandu Bridge - Mantalai Lake - Camp I - Camp II - Chinpatta Maidan - Sagnam - Dhankar - Kaza - Manali - Delhi Day 1: Arrive Delhi Today you will arrive in Delhi. After meet and greet at the International Airport you will get transferred to the hotel. Day 2: Delhi - Manali Today morning you will drive to the Manali that is a major hill station in Himachal. Upon arrival in Manali, check in to the hotel. Evening enjoy the local market. Day 3: Manali - Manikaran - Pulga (100 km) Travel by car/jeep from Manali to Manikaran (85 km). Manikaran is a holy place for Sikhs and Hindus alike and also has the World’s hottest Sulphur Spring. Start the trek from Manikaran to Pulga (15 km) through the forest road. Overnight in tents at Pulga (2290 m). Day 4: Pulga - Khirganga (10 km) Gradual ascent through village’s fields and forest. Khirganga (2960 m) is a holy place with Hot water springs. Overnight in tents Day 5: Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj (18 km) Through forest level walking to reach Tunda Bhuj (3285 m). The trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wildflowers in the summer. Overnight in tents. Day 6: Tunda Bhuj - Thakar Kuan (16 km) Through birch forest crossing rocks and dense vegetation. This section of valley is difficult at places as the trail frequently skirts rock faces that are difficult for laden porters. Reach Thakur Kuan (3560 m) above the cliff section. Overnight in tents Day 7: Thakar Kuan - Pandu Bridge (12 km) Beyond Thakar Kuan, the trail passes several Gaddi encampments before crossing a side river by a natural rock bridge. Trek for 12 km to reach Pandu Bridge (3700 m). Overnight in tents. Day 8: Pandu Bridge - Mantalai Lake (15 km) Trek for 15 km to reach Mantalai Lake (4116 m), the source of Parbati River. There is a choice of grassy camp- sites just beyond Mantalai. Overnight in tents. Day 9: Mantalai Lake - Camp I (12 km) Walk over the glacier and moraine and cross small lakes and streams to reach Camp I on the base of Pin Parvati Pass. Overnight in tents (4573 m). Day 10: Camp I - Camp II (12 km) Cross over the Pin Parvati Pass (5319 m) and enjoy the view of several peaks of Kullu and Spiti region. The descent from the pass is gradual, over a snowfield. Camp near the confluence of Pin River with other small streams. Overnight in tents (4450 m). Day 11: Camp II - Chinpatta Maidan (14 km) Trek down the valley along the left bank of Pin River. Overnight in tents at Chinpatta Maidan-3955m. Day 12: Chinpatta Maidan - Mud (15 km) From here trek down to the first village of Pin Valley, Mud (3811 m). Overnight in tents. Day 13: Mud - Sagnam (16 km) Sagnam is a big village on the confluence of Pin and Parahio rivers. Overnight in tents in Sagnam (3650 m). Day 14: Sagnam - Dhankar - Kaza (45 km) Travel from Sagnam to Dhankar Monastery. This monastery rests high over the valley and is a stupendous example of local architecture. Overnight in tents in Kaza. Day 15: Kaza - Manali (225 km) Travel from Kaza to Manali by jeep. Day 16: Manali -Delhi Today Early morning you will drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi in evening. Upon arrival in Delhi check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Day 17: Departure Based on your flight time, today you will proceed for the sightseeing tour of Delhi. Later you will get in time transfer to the International Airport to board your flight towards your own Destination. Hot Spring Trek - Bhutan Duration: Paro - Thimphu - Trongsa - Bumthang Destinations: Paro - Thimphu - Trongsa - Bhumthang - Gorsum- Lungsum - Tshochenchen - Duer Tsachu - Tshochenchen - Gorsum - Bumthang - Punakha - Paro Best Time to Visit: March to April and September to early November Day 1: Arrive Paro Druk Airways flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and custom formalities and then received by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Day 2: Paro Full day Paro sightseeing, visit to ; Ta Dzong, built in 17th century as watch tower for Paro Dzong. This Dzong was later converted into National Museum in 1968, and is filled with antique Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and armor. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend Paro valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as administrative centre and home of monastic community. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, situated at the end of Paro valley and built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery of the Kingdom is another place of interest. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Day 3: Paro - Thimphu Morning drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. About 7 km before Thimphu, on a breezy hilltop rises Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s most ancient fortress. After lunch, visit the Memorial Stupa of the Late King, built in 1974, the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing arts still practice, the Painting School which is particularly famous for Thangka paintings, the National Library that houses ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts. Also visit Tashichhodzong, the ‘fortress of the glorious religion’. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. Day 4: Thimphu - Trongsa Drive to Trongsa via Dochula pass (3,050m). From this pass, on a clear day, one can have a superb view of the highest peaks in Bhutan such as Gangkhar Puensum, Jeje Khang, Masagang, Gangchey Ta. Drive further to Wangduephodrang town which is also your lunch stop. Then proceed to Trongsa crossing 3,300m Pele la pass. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa. Day 5: Trongsa - Bumthang Morning visit to striking Trongsa Dzong, ancestral abode of Bhutan’s Royal family. Then visit Ta Dzong, built as watch tower to guard Trongsa Dzong. Proceed to Bumthang and in the afternoon, visit here ; the Jakar Dzong built in 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first religious and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Then visit the Kurjey monastery where Guru Padsambhava left his body imprint in the 8th century. The temple was later built in 17th century. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang. Day 6: Bumthang - Gorsum, 18 km, 7 hours The trek route passes through Chemkhar Chhu, the river famous for trouts. Camp at altitude 3,120m. Day 7: Gorsum - Lungsum, 12 km, 5 hours Today’s route passes through the dense forests of spruce, hemlock, cypress, juniper and maples. The trail is more or less muddy and ascends gradually till you reach to campsite at altitude 3,160m. Day 8: Lungsum - Tshochenchen Trek through dense vegetation till you reach Tshochenchen at an altitude of 3,700m. Camp is just above the tree line. Day 9: Tshenchen - Duer Tsachu, 17 km, 6-7 hours The day’s walk is uphill, passing a small lake until you reach at Juli La (4,700m). After crossing the pass the trail descends to a lake, then climbs again to Gokthong La (pass). The trail then traverses through jungle to a camp near Duer hot spring at 3,550m. Musk deer, Blue sheep and Himalayan bear may be seen on this part of trek. Day 10: Duer Tsachu halt Day to relax in the hot spring. Day 11: Duer Tsachu - Tshochenchen, 17 km, 6-7 hours Start early crossing again Juli La pass en route. After this pass it is gradual descent till the campsite. Day 12: Tshochenchen - Gorsum Being a long route, today’s trek should be started early. Day 13: Gorsum - Bumthang From Gorsum walk downhill till you reach the Duer village. Then follow the new motorable road. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang. Day 14: Bumthang - Punakha (205 km, 6 hours) Explore fascinating Bumthang valley. After early lunch drive to Punakha for overnight stay. Day 15: Punakha - Paro (125 km, 4.5 hrs) Morning visit to Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Later drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market. After lunch, proceed to Paro. Day 16: Departure After early breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. River Rafting Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days Destinations Covered: Delhi - Rishikesh - Rudraprayag - Devprayag - Kaudiyala - Shivpuri - Rishikesh - Delhi Alaknanda River Expedition takes you close to the Himalayas. The expedition begins at Rudraprayag and sails to Rishikesh. The adventure down the Alaknanda and Ganges is a expedition of lifetime and graded as IV. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport you will be greeted by the our representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Delhi Day 2: Delhi - Rishikesh - Shivpuri Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh and check into the camps at Shivpuri located on a large sandy beach on the banks of river Ganges. Afternoon a briefing at the camp of the activities and the trip to follow. Evening campfire would be organized. Overnight at Shivpuri Day 3: Shivpuri - Rudraprayag Early morning you have the option to hike or take kayak lessons. After lunch proceed to Rudraprayag, enroute stop at Devprayag to see the confluence of the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi which meet to form the Ganga. Overnight in the hotel. Day 4: Rudraprayag - Maletha Beach Morning after breakfast get yourself ready to begin the expedition. A detailed safety briefing follows with instructions on paddling commands, rapids to be encountered etc. Expedition begins with a big Grade IV rapid, "The Holy Hole", at the confluence with the Mandakini. Rapids keep coming in quick succession. Soak in the sun, river and scenery, staying alert to help negotiate rapids. Lunch at a waterfall and continue to make camp for the night after Srinagar. Long day on the river, covering about 36 river km till Maletha beach. Campfire dinner and overnight at Maletha Beach Day 5: Maletha Beach - Beas Ghat Morning after breakfast raft down to Devprayag the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers. Camp at Beas Ghat, a famous fishing spot for the Mahseer also called the Ganga Gold. Overnight at Beas Ghat Day 6: Beas Ghat - Kaudiyala Your day begins with few rapids. A day for swimming, body surfing, relaxing and spotting wildlife. Make 30 km to reach camp below Kaudiyala, after running a couple of Grade IV rapids, "Daniel's Dip" and "The Wall". Overnight at camp below Kaudiyala Day 7: Kaudiyala - Shivpuri Day begins with negotiating a few small rapids, followed by "Three Blind Mice", "Crossfire", and the "Body Surfing rapid". Cover 15 km to reach Shivpuri and drive back to Silver Sands for the last night on river. Day 8: Shivpuri - Rishikesh - Delhi Drive down to Shivpuri after breakfast to begin the final day's run with big rapids, the "Roller Coaster" and "Golf Course" to make it an exciting end to a grand adventure. The trip ends near Rishikesh-lunch and depart for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay Day 9: Delhi Departure On time transfer to airport to catch flight back home. World Class Scuba Diving Tour Schedule I Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights Day 1: Departure Goa Morning departure from Goa. Lunch Break at Karwar. Evening at Murdeshwar. Overnight at hotel. Day 2: Murdeshwar - Netrani - Diving After breakfast head for Netrani. Enjoy Scuba Diving. Later return to Murdeshwar. Sightseeing of the town including temple visit. Overnight at hotel. Day 3: Netrani - Diving - Daparture After breakfast set out for Netrani. On reaching indulge in diving adventure. Return to Murdeshwar by afternoon. Start back for Goa. You'll reach Goa by the evening. Schedule -II (Only for experienced Divers) Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights Day 1: Departure Goa Daprt from Goa. Have lunch at Murdeshwar. Later leave for Netrani. Enjoy Dives at the beach. Also take a plunge in the evening. Return to Murdeshwar at night. Day 2: Dive - City Tour Following breakfast head for Bhatkal Wreck. On arriving take Dive. Return to Murdeshwar late afternoon. Later take a temple tour. Day 3: Daparture After breakfast head for Netrani. Enjoy your Dives. Later return to hotel. You'll be transferred back to Goa in the evening. One Day Dive Trip to Redi, Maharashtra Departure 0830 by Road to Shiroda Beach. 1000: Departure by Boat to Redi Rocks for Dive 1 and Kanyal shoals for Dive 2 Return back to Shiroda by 1430. Packed Lunch on Boat. Return to Goa by 1600 hrs One Day Dive Trip to Burnt Island, Maharashtra Departure 0830 by Road and reach Nuiti by 1030. Boat trip to Burnt Island and two dives around it. Packed Lunch on Boat. Return to Goa by 1730 hrs. These areas are totally unexplored and may yield new unexpected surprises . Only for experienced divers at present till we fully explore the area. Visibility and current may vary with tidal conditions. (Expedition can be planned only for groups of at least 4 divers to make it economically viable. Individual divers may enquire to find out if any place is available in planned expeditions.) Skiing Adventure Duration: 7 Nights- 8 Days Destinations: Delhi - Joshimath - Auli - Rishikesh - Delhi Day 1: Delhi Welcome to Delhi. You'll be received at airport and transferred to hotel. Later head for a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Delhi - The capital of India, Delhi has been centre of political turmoil since 13th century. The day includes a visit to the Yogmaya Temple, the temple complex of Laxmi Narayan, the famous Chattarpur Temple and the Bahai Temple, also known as the Lotus Temple. Raj Ghat in Delhi, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, Father Of India, is much like a sacred temple to every patriotic Indian heart too. Enjoy a bit of astrological predictions and findings in the evening at Old Delhi, after which you are free to do shopping and relax. Ride a cycle rickshaw through the crowded streets of the markets of Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India in Old Delhi. In New Delhi, you can visit Dilli Haat, best place to look at Indian handicrafts and drive over the Rajpath, the site for Republic Day Parade of India to India Gate, a tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their nation. You can see the President's House from outside and visit the 16th century Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb and Qutub Minar. Day 2: Leopard Beach Tented Camp Drive to Leopard Beach Tented Camp for overnight stay. Lunch on arrival. Camp orientation briefing of day's plan. Day after lunch free to relax or indulge in kayaking, beach activities or rafting session. Day 3: Joshimath After an early breakfast drive to Joshimath. Take the longest cable car in Asia (3.9 km) to Auli Ski resort. Overnight stay at Auli Tourist Bungalow. Day 4: Auli Skiing with all equipment including Poma lift and chair car at Auli Ski Resort. Qualified instructors available. Day 5: Auli Skiing with all equipment including Poma lift and chair car at Auli Ski Resort. Qualified instructors available. Day 6: Auli Skiing with all equipment including Poma lift and chair car at Auli Ski Resort. Qualified instructors available. Day 7: Rishikesh Drive to Rishikesh. Evening sightseeing tour of the city. Rishikesh - 24 km from Haridwar, Rishikesh makes a wonderful entry point to the four major Hindu pilgrimage centers - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It is also known as 'Yoga Capital of the World' and has a number of yoga and meditation centers to boast of. It has also been increasingly attracting the attention of adventure tourists from all over the world because of the exciting opportunities of trekking and white water rafting. You will visit various Ashrams, temples and yoga and meditation centers during the day and you can even talk to the holy saints who could enlighten you about the subtle points of Hindu philosophy. In the evening, witness the evening aarti at Triveni Ghat (bank) of River Ganges and meet the legendary saint Sri Godavari Giri Ji Maharaj. Overnight stay at Rishikesh. Day 8: Delhi Drive back to Delhi. After lunch, departure to onward destination. Snowman Trek with Gangkar Puensum - Bhutan Duration: 27 Days/26 Nights Destinations: Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Tashithang - Damji - Gasa - Chamsa - Laya - Rhodophu - Tarina - Woche - Lhedi - Thanza - Tashorim - Gangkar Puensum Base Camp - Geshe Woma - Warathang - Dur Tshachu - Tshochenchen - Bumthang - Trongsa - Paro Best Time to Visit: The Snowman trek is frequently closed because of snow and is almost impossible during winter. The recommended season for this trek is mid June to mid October. Day 1: Arrive Paro On arrival at Paro airport, received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. Day 2: Thimphu Today tour Thimphu visiting the following as time permits: National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school), National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), Handicrafts Emporium and Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha - Tashithang This morning, we drive to Punakha via Dochula pass (3,088m), through magnificent forest of rhododendron and magnolia. From the pass, there is a far-reaching view of the eastern Himalayan peaks and the Lunana trekking route. We have our Picnic lunch by the riverside at Punakha. From here, there is a splendid view of Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It now houses the offices of the district administration, and is the winter residence of the central monk body. After lunch, we drive up the valley, following the Mo Chu river to Tashithang, where we camp at the road end (1,600m). Day 4: Tashithang - Damji, 8 km, 5 - 6 hours The trek starts by the riverside, following a well marked path through sub tropical forest. There are many wild orchids growing in this rather damp area, but be on the lookout for leeches also! Today’s walk is fairly gentle climb up to Damji village (2,400m) where we camp for the night. Day 5: Damji - Gasa, 15 km, 6 - 7 hours The path continues through sub tropical forested areas and villages up to Gasa Tsachu (hot spring). The Tsachu is a famous place for its curative powers, and people come from all over the country come to bathe here. There are four pools, with temperature ranging from warm to hot. After a hot lunch near the spring, we have a stiff climb of about two hours to Gasa Dzong (2,900m) where we camp overnight. Day 6: Gasa - Chamsa, 13 km, 6 hours After breakfast, we visit the Dzong, which was built in 17th century, to protect the valley against Tibetan invaders. Today’s trek begins with a steep climb up to Bele-la pass (3,700m) through bamboo, rhododendron, juniper and fir forests. We then descend for about half an hour to our forest camp at Chamsa (3,650m). Day 7: Chamsa - Laya, 2 km, 8 - 9 hours The trail descends to the bank of Mo Chu river. After crossing the river, we have lunch by the bridge. From here it is a gradual climb up to Laya (3,800m), passing by an army camp en route. We camp at Laya. Day 8: Rest day at Laya One can go around the villages, visiting houses and the people. Laya people are very friendly and will happily pose for photographs. Women of Laya wear a special dress and typical bamboo hats, decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments. There will be an evening cultural programme by the camp fire, with dances performed by local girls. Day 9: Laya - Rhodophu, 19 km, 8 - 9 hours From Laya, we descend to army camp and continue following the river till the turn off point for Rhodophu. After lunch, we continue climbing upwards through rhododendrons till we reach a hanging valley where there are yaks grazing (4,350m). We camp here by the river. Day 10: Rhodophu - Tarina, 25 km, 10 - 11 hours Today trek is the longest of the trip and it is important to start early, around 5am We first climb up to Tsimo-la (4,700m). After crossing the first pass and the little summit, we can have superb view of Lunana and the peaks Mt. Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. We walk over fairly level ground for the next four hours, before starting the climb up to Ganglapachung-la pass (5,080m). The view from the path is breathtaking, encompassing the whole mountain range, including the peaks Masagang, Tsendegang, after crossing the pass, it is very long descent to Tarina valley, where we camp at. 3,980m. Day 11: Tarina - Woche, 17 km, 6 - 7 hours The path descends through coniferous forests, following the upper reaches of the Pho chu river. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche at 3,800m, the first village after Gasa. Camp at alt. 3,800m. Day 12: Woche - Lhedi, 17 km, 6 - 7 hours Today’s trek begins with a walk through juniper and fir forests and further ahead through rhododendron bushes. We climb up to Keche-la pass (4,480m) and pause to enjoy the wonderful mountain views. After the pass, we descend to a river, with stunning views of Table Mountains and other peaks en route. We walk upstream along this river, which is one of the main tributaries of the Pho Chu river, as far as Lhedi village (3,650m), where we camp overnight.. Day 13: Lhedi - Thanza, 17 km, 7 - 8 hours The route continues to follow the river, rising gradually to Choejong village (the biggest village in Lunana) where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we visit the village temple, then walk for some time through a sandy area till meeting the river, which we cross by a suspension bridge. Soon we reach our campsite at Thanza (4,000m), the second biggest village in Lunana. Day 14: Rest day at Thanza A welcome day of leisure, for reading, catching up with the washing, or just strolling around. If you are feeling really energetic, you can climb up to the ridge for yet another splendid view of the mountains. Day 15: Thanza - Tshorim, 19 km, 8 - 9 hours Today’s trek starts with a climb up to the ridge, from where there is a great view of Table Mountain and Thanza valley below. We cross the ridge, and enter a small valley with a stream running through it. WE follow the stream up the valley, enjoying the view of snow capped mountains and have lunch near the bridge. WE then climb up out of the valley, crossing some small ridges, to reach our campsite at Tshorim (5,125m). Day 16: Tashorim - Gangkar Puensum Base Camp, 16 km, 6 - 7 hours Today’s trek is one of the highlights of the trip. The day starts with a short climb up to the Tashorim Lake. We walk around the side of the lake, enjoying the panoramic view of Gophula ranges. The final stretch Gupho-la pass (5,230m) is very short. After crossing the pass, we descend to the base camp, walking along the ridge and enjoying a great view of Gangkar Puensum. According to choice, you can detour left and climb up a pyramid shaped peak for a better view, or you can go directly to base camp (4,970m) near the Sha Chu, where we will set up the camp. Day 17: Gangkar Puensum base camp Rest day at the base camp enjoying the great view. Day 18: Gangkar Puensum Base Camp - Geshe Woma, 14 km, 6 - 7 hours The trek is not yet over. The trail follows along the Sha Chu river and descends gradually to Geshe Woma (4,200m) where we camp. Day 19: Geshe Woma - Warathang, 18 km, 8 - 9 hours The path continues along the course Sha Chu for two and half hours until the stiff climb to Saka-la begins. Visibility is poor along this part of the trail, so we must keep watching top of the ridge in order to stay on course. We stop for lunch near a yak herder’s camp, then climb up to Saka-la pass (4,800m). There are stunning views on the descent to the lakes and another short ascent leads to Wartangle-la pass (4,590m). Scenery once again is stunning with small lakes and the mountain peaks. We camp at 4,000m. Day 20: Warathang - Dur Tshachu, 14 km, 5 hours A short half-hour climb takes us up to Juele-la pass (4,400m). After crossing the pass, descend to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper and conifer forests. We then cross a bridge and after a short climb reach Dhr Tsachu hot spring, where legend has it that Guru Padsambhava bathed in the 8th century. Day 21: Dur Tshachu - Tshochenchen, 16 km, 8 - 9 hours From the spring, it is a long and steady climb, with a great views of the mountain ii Lunana. Eventually the ground levels out, and we see several beautiful deep blue lakes, yaks grazing on the surrounding pastures, and yak herders’ camps (3,850m). Day 22: Tshochenchen - Dur - Bumthang (Jakar), 21 km, 13 hours This is the last day of the trek where you change from yak to pack ponies. WE must set off very early in order to teach Bumthang before dark. The path follows the Chamkhar Chu descending gradually with few climbs. The trek ends when we reach Dur village where transport will pick us up and drive to Bumthang. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang (Jakar) . Note: Unless very fit, it is best to spread this final stay over two days: Tshochenchen - Gorsum (7 hours:, Gorsum - Dur - Bumthang (6 hours) Day 23: Bumthang The Bumthang valley is the cultural heartland of the nation. The hills around valley are filled with monasteries dedicated to Guru Padsambhava. The valley is also the ancestral home of the great Buddhist teachers, Pema linga, from whose descendants the present monarchy traces its origin. Today, we explore the valley, visiting Jakar Dzong, Kurje Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang. Day 24: Bumthang - Trongsa Our journey to Trongsa takes about 3 hours. Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648, was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings ruled the country from this ancient seat All four monarchs were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governor’) prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post. The dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is still. Standing above this fortress is Ta Dzong, a watchtower, which once guarded this place from internal rebellion. A visit to Ta Dzong gives further insight into the significance of Trongsa in Bhutan'’ history. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa, from which there is a breathtaking early morning view of Trongsa Dzong and the blue hills and valleys beyond.. Day 25: Trongsa - Paro After breakfast drive to Paro enroute visiting Wangduephodrang town.. This place is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.. Day 26: Paro After breakfast visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1968 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, Thangka paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history. After lunch drive north of Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. From this fort Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people. While return to Paro town visit enroute Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Day 27: Departure After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. The Markha Valley Trek Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights Destinations: Delhi - Leh - Spituk - Zinchen - Yurutse - Ganda La - Skiu - Markha - Hankar - Nimaling - Kongmaru La - Shang Sumdo - Hemis - Thiksey - Shey - Leh - Delhi Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Day 2: Delhi - Leh (3500 m), by plane Afternoon at leisure in Leh, where we can take a walk to the colorful bazaar. Day 3: Leh - Spituk - Zinchen (3200 m) in 4 h We drive 10 km to Spituk from where we start our trek. We cross Indus river and enter in the Valley of Zinchen river. Near the village in the Valley we will have our first camp after 4 hr walk. Day 4: Zinchen -Yurutse (3844 m) in 5 h After by passing this beautiful stopping valley, we ascent up to 4900 m. by very steep zigzag, difficult footpath, by now it is 3 h. Now steep descent to summer pastures of Stok and follow the river which comes from Stok - Kangri massif. Day 5: Yurutse - Ganda La (4900 m) - Skiu (3510 m) in 6-7 h Yurutse Follow path along the mountainside, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. Thereafter cross Gandala. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 Hrs. descent arrive in the valley of Markha and then after few hundred meters further will reach Skiu. Day 6: Skiu - Markha (3850 m) in 7 h From Skiu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross right bank of river and cross through barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Good camp site beyond the village and near river. Day 7: Markha - Hankar (4000 m) in 4 h Start trek towards the main valley on the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the river bed and pass the monastery of Humlung. Then carry on trek along the right bank and arrive in Hankar where there are several houses. Day 8: Hankar - Nimaling (4650 m) in 4 h The path improves and cross a broad valley on the right side. The valley becomes narrow and higher and cross bridges on to the left bank and then reaches Tchatchuste. We climb pastures to reach Nimaling. This is one of most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by the Kang Yaze. Day 9: Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150 m) - Shang Sumdo (3750 m) in 7 h Cross the Markha valley and follow long climb along the mountain side, then zig zag road leads towards Kongmarula. Follow steep descent into gorges and then keep walking on the left bank to Chukirmo. Thereafter crossing right and left bank and arrive Shang, a beautiful camp in groves and there is a monastery an hour away from the village. Day 10: Shang Sumdo - Hemis (3600 m) in 3-4 h Hemis is the most important monastery of Ladakh, 360 years old. The gigantic Tankha, one of the largest in the world, is displayed once in 12 years. Last was in 1992. Day 11: Hemis - Thiksey - Shey - Leh We visit Hemis monastery, then drive to Shey Monastery. This one has a 7.5m copper statue of Buddha plated with gold, the largest of its kind. We drive to Thikshy Monastery, situated on a hill top. There are several temples and wall paintings of Buddha. Close by is the summer palace of the old raja of Leh. This monastery is 800 years old, Silver and Gold statues are seen in it. Day 12: Leh - Delhi by plane Relax for the day at your hotel. Day 13: Delhi - Departure This is the last day of your tour. Engage in last time shopping. In time transfer to International airport to board the flight back home.
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