Trans Himalaya Trek
India, Trek & Walk, 18 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,750 (land only) - from $2,165 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at the hotel.
Day 2: Transfer to the domestic airport. We take the 1-hour flight northwards across the Himalaya to Leh, where we transfer to the group hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: A full day's sightseeing tour on foot, with the chance to visit Sankar Gompa, the Shanti Stupa, the old Royal Palace and Tsemo Gompa. Overnight in Leh.
Day 4: We further our acclimatisation with a jeep drive up to the Khardung La (5380m) one of the world's highest road passes. Great views of the eastern Karakoram. Return to the hotel in Leh.
Day 5: We pay a visit to the monasteries at Shey, Thikse and Hemis before continuing our journey to Chumathang (4030m) beside the upper Indus. Turning off on a rough dirt road, we climb to the picturesque lake of Yaye Tso (4900m), where we set up our first camp.
Day 6: We spend an acclimatisation day at this high camp. Options for gentle walks beside the lake, but our main focus is taking it easy. We spend a second night at our camp beside Yaye Tso.
Day 7: Back into our vehicles, we drive to Mahe Bridge and then across the Chang Tang to Tso Morari and the village of Karzok (4595m).
Day 8: We can enjoy a well earned rest day today. This is a good time to catch up on diaries and laundry, as well as the opportunity to explore the village of Karzok.
Day 9: We have a pleasant and quite long hike alongside Tso Morari, passing more nomad camps, to our camping place at Kyangdom.
Day 10: From this southern end of the lake, we follow the course of the Parang Chu (river) towards the crest of the main Himalayan range. We set up camp beside the river on a grassy grazing area known as Norbu Sumdo.
Day 11: Another day of walking beside the Parang Chu, crossing it on several occasions and passing nomad camps. We camp beside the river at a widening of the valley.
Day 12: Gaining height only gradually, we approach the base of the Parang La and our camp at Karsha Gompa.
Day 13: Today, we make the tough trek to the top of the Parang La (5450m), crossing a remnant glacier on the way. Great views from the pass, back towards Ladakh and onwards into Spiti. After a steep descent, we reach our camp at Thaltak.
Day 14: We continue our descent into the gorge of the Parilungbi River, before making a final climb up to the ridge where we reach the village of Kibber and our waiting transport. We say goodbye to our horsemen here and drive out to our final night's camp at Rangrik, visiting the Kyi monastery en-route.
Day 15: We have a scenic drive, across the Kunzum La (where we leave Spiti and enter Lahoul). We encounter a much greener environment, as we descend from the Rohtang Pass and make our way to Manali. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 16: A free day in Manali (also acts as a contingency day). We will have a morning visit to the ancient wooden Hadimba Temple, Manali's foremost place of pilgrimage. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 17: Descending the Kulu Valley, we follow the Beas River and pass through the town of Mandi. We continue the drive to Chandigarh, reaching there in time for the evening express train to Delhi. Arriving in Delhi a little before 10.pm, we transfer to our airport accessible hotel.
Day 18: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast at the hotel. Transfers to the airport are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.