Chadar trek 2015

Day 01: New Delhi to Leh
Day 02: Visit to visit to monastery
Day 03: Leh to Chilling to Zaribago (5 hrs).
Day 04: Zaribago “ Deepyokma (4 hrs)
Day 05: Deepyokma “ Nyrakpulu (4-5 hrs)
Day 06: Nyarakpulu “ Lingshed (1 hr)
Day 07: Ligshed “ Nyarak pulu (5 hrs)
Day 08: Nyarakpulu “ Tsomopaldar (4 hrs)
Day 09: Tsomopaldar “ Tilatdo (5hrs)
Day 10: Tilatdo “ Chiling “ Leh (5 hrs)
Day 11: Leh “ New Delhi
Total cost of the trek 


40000/ INR per person forty thousands per person 

Cost included:
• All transportation
• All accommodation in A class hotel with all meals
• Two men tent, Kitchen and dinning tents
• Kitchen equipments
• Mattresses
• Food veg and non-veg
• Cook, helper, guide and porters
• wild life fees and camping charges
• Sleeping Bags/Water crossing thermal long shoes
Cost not included: 
• Trekking shoes personal clothing
• Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
• Any airfares
• Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls
• Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
• Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road block.

Traditional foods and beverages of Ladakh

Ladakh, truly described as high altitude cold-arid desert is one of the far most eastern regions of J&K state, India. Because of unfavourable and hostile environment prevailing over the region, cultivation is limited to a very less scale
(both time and place). Under these conditions, one of the major reasons behind human habitation is the ingenuity of local people, who has devised new and sustainable way of living. One major product of this ingenuity is the traditional foods and beverages, which over the time has been evolved (through outside influence and local resources available) and established in the fooding system of Ladakhi people. An attempt has been made to bring forth those dishes and beverages, which are true representative of the region. The very common dishes like kholak and paba has been described in detail including the preparation methods.

Keywords: Ladakh, Traditional foods, Beverages, Ladakhi, Kholak, Paba

Ladakh constitutes the easternmost trans-Himalayan part of J&K state of India, bordering Pakistan and China. Truly described as cold arid desert, it covers an area of 59,146 sq km situated along the valleys of the Indus river1. Intensive sunlight, high evaporation rate, strong winds, and fluctuating temperature (30-40°C) characterize the general climate. With spare vegetation, there is little moisture in the atmosphere. Because of high mountains all round and heavy snowfall during winter, the area remains inaccessible to the outside world for nearly six months in a year (Fig. 1)2. The growing season is only a few months long every year. But over the centuries, the people of Ladakh developed a farming system uniquely adapted to this unique environment. Farming is small scale; traditionally, each family owns a few acres of land, and their whitewashed mud houses are grouped together in villages whose size varies according to the availability of water. The principal crop is barley, the mainstay of traditional Ladakhi food. In the valleys there are orchards, and up on the high pastures, where not even barley grows, people husband yaks, cows or sheep. The poorest people drink chhang (local barley beer), often in place of the more expensive tea3-6.
A drink called tsigu chhu is made from ground apricot kernels and water, at least in Dhomkar area of lower Ladakh (Fig. 2). A wild fruit, chasta ruru, usually known as tsestallu (Seabuckthorn, Hippochae rhamnoides), is used for preparing juice and jam
(Fig. 3). Regarding the interventions made by various research and developmental institutions, there has been a tremendous improvement in the diversity, quantity and quality of cultivated crops (especially vegetables). It has been demonstrated (on field conditions) that around 64 different kinds of vegetables can be successfully grown in Ladakh. Presently, local farmers in Ladakh are successfully growing newly introduced crops like kale, parsely, celery, summer squash, okra, and various cucurbits. The increase in crop diversity has helped them to increase their income and improve the nutritional uptake. It is providing income to the local farmers.

Traditional foods and beverages
Most of the foods and beverages described are made throughout the region. However, the elevation of the cultivable land affects both the length of the growing season and the choice of crops produced. The staple diet of region is huskless barley, or grim, which is roasted and ground for use as flour, tsampa (Tibetan) or namphey (Ladakhi), or for making the local beer brew, chhang. For a quick, nutritious and warming breakfast or lunch it is hard to beat butter tea with kholak. These foods are easy to make, simple, least fuel consuming, ingredients available locally and preferred. The majority of the dishes that follows are sustaining food for the people of a remote region.

Bakeries
Breads are made from wheat flour (Paqphey) as well as barley flour (narjen– meaning uncooked barley) or a mixture of the two. At times breads are also made from pea or lentil flour. Sometimes, pea and wheat are mixed and ground into flour which makes it more nourishing and palatable7.

Tagi Khambir or Skyurchuk (Browned sour dough bread)
A bread (tagi is the general name for bread) eaten throughout Ladakh. Skurchuk is the name by which the bread is generally known in the villages (Skyur means sour, chuk means mixed with); thagi khambir is its Leh name. Before baking powder was available, Ladakhis use local soda (pul) from the Nubra valley. In a traditional kitchen the dough would first be cooked on a cast iron plate placed over one of the cooking holes in the stove, under which is the fire of wood or cow dung (Fig. 4). Then it will be finished off on the ambers inside.

Tagi Buskhuruk (Puffed unleavened bread)
The dough is the same as for tagi shrabmo (similar to chappati), but the rounds are made thicker and small in size (Buskhuruk means unleavened). They are cooked briefly as above, but are allowed to puff up, and are then, if possible, put in the ashes of stove or fire. Traditionally, it is backed on a plate placed on a cow dung fire, covered with another plate and more dung.
Tagi Thalkhuruk (Bread uncovered and baked in ashes)
This is lighter than tagi thalshrak (covered and backed in ashes) and is therefore good for people who are not well (Fig. 5). The dough is made in the same way but the bread is cooked uncovered on a plate, on the ashes – thalkhuruk.

Tagi Mer-Khour
It is thick round bread, dough made off lour mixed with molten butter and well beaten egg white. To make the bread more attractive and shinny, egg yolk is spread on the upper surface of the bread. These are baked by placing them over flat sheets of iron covered with hot ash from all sides. After it is fully backed, it gives a mouth watering flavour and is removed from the iron sheet.

Tagi Thal-Khour
It is similar to tagi mer-khour except the butter and egg. It is backed directly in hot ash, charcoal or dung fire.

Tagi Tain-Tain
It is soft to eat and resembles a dosa except that it is thicker and is served with milk or tea. It is made by putting a thick paste of wheat flour (fermented overnight) over moderately heated tava spread with a thin layer of fat or oil.

Tagi Kiseer/Giziri
It is made as tagi tain-tain where wheat flour is substituted by buckwheat flour.

Skien/Mayaro
It is made by making dough of flour and sheep fat, given the shape of an ibex horn and then backed on charcoal. While consuming it is broken, and the bread along with the fat is heated in a bowl and mixed together. It is made especially during losar (Ladakhi New Year–generally falls in December-January), decorated on the kitchen shelf and is presented to close relatives and neighbours (Fig. 6).

Kaptsey/Makhori
Thick round bread made of wheat flour. The edge is turned, twisted and pressed to give a woven appearance, cooked in oil medium and sugar may be added as per the taste. It is presented when a girl child is born. In Baltis and Shin tribes (in Kargil district), it is also presented by the grooms family to the brides family during the betrothal and marriage ceremonies. At Losar the Dard or Shin tribals of Drass, stuff the makhori with animal fat and send it as present to the close female relatives like daughters, sisters, and close cousins.

Tagi Tsabkhur (Ground sprouted wheat bread)
It is very easy to cook and the taste is very sweet, but making the flour from the sprouted wheat or barley is a little complicated and interesting. Tsabkhuruk means sprouted grain and cooked covered (as opposed to thalkhuruk, which means not sprouted and uncovered). It is said to be good for pregnant women.

Sephe Tagi (Freshly sprouted wheat bread)
This bread is made in springtime in the Zanskar valley. The grain is sprouted as above, but is used fresh when the sprouts are about 1 cm long. The sprouts are crushed in a pestle and mortar and then mixed with water. This mixture is added to flour to make moist/loose dough. The dough is cooked with a little fat, or dry, on a heated stone or griddle. It swells, like tagi khambir, and is eaten split with a little fat or butter added inside.

Khura (Sweet deep fried biscuits)
It is made especially for Losar. When a married girl visits her parent’s home during Losar, she will carry with her plate of khura for the family members (Fig. 7). In olden days, local flour would be used, and may be still in use in some villages. Nowadays, a few people use rice flour to achieve an even finer consistency. The technique for giving shape to this biscuit is quite tricky. They can be salty, in which case uses salt syrup instead of the sugar one.

Ready to serve Kholak (tsampa/namphey mixed in butter tea)
It is the most commonly used food that involves no cooking. The dish is the ultimate quick and easy breakfast, lunch, trek or anytime food. The flour is made by grinding the roasted grains of barley (generally known as tsampa in Tibetan and namphey in Ladakhi), foxtail millet (tse-tse phey), or wheat (chop-tsos) to a fine powder which is generally referred to as phey. Kholak is made by adding the powder to any liquid or semi-liquid and bought to a consistency, where it does not stick to the hand through proper mixing and accordingly named (Fig. 8).

Tsiri Kholak (diluted chhang kholak)
In some villages, especially in the Sham area they boil peas, then dry and ground them into flour, shranphey, to be used with namphey or kholak.
In the Zanskar valley, in place of tea, kholak may be made with tsiri or singri, which is diluted chhang8.

Sbangphe (Chhang residue kholak)
The chhang (fermented barley drink) residue is dried and ground together with roasted barley. It is then mixed with butter tea, or sometimes water, and left overnight to be eaten the next morning, with snamthuk.

Chuu kholak
Chuu means water. Phey is added to water with a pinch of salt or sugar. Mostly used by hunters or travelers when nothing else is available.

Cha Kholak
Cha means tea. Kholak made by adding phey to tea (made from green tea leaves and salt in place of sugar).

Der Kholak
Derba means butter milk. This is made by adding phey to butter milk.

Chhang Kholak
Chhang means local barley made fermented drink. Phey is added to chhang. It has a sour taste and is mostly preferred by travelers.

Phemar (Kholak for the sweet-tooth)
Phemar is usually served only to guests or on special occasions such as weddings. Phey is added to salt tea with a lump of butter. Sugar can be added depending upon individual’s choice.

Chubtsos (one of the major ingredients of phemar)
For chubtsos, wheat grain is boiled and made soft. Then it is strained, sun dried and roasted in a big pan, it is then mixed half and half with namphey and kept specifically for this dish (Kholak). To make kholak, chubtsos is added to tea with a large lump of butter and sugar to taste. It taste better than the rest of the kholaks, and is mostly served on special occasions only.

Kushi Phey Kholak (crushed dried apple with namphey)
This is made in villages for wedding and the parties to celebrate a baby’s first year.

Chuli Phe Kholak (Powdered dried apricot with namphey)
This is a refreshing food mostly used by travelers. It is mildly laxating.

Baril (Walnut and apricot kernel dip)
This is from Sham area, or anywhere where there are walnuts. It can be eaten during breakfast or lunch, with bread or kholak.

Fig. 8—Preparation of Kholak
Thud (Butter and dried cheese brick)
Common in Changthang and Zanskar valley, it is made by mixing local butter, ground dried cheese and sugar together. This mixture is then shaped into a brick. It will keep for a long time, especially in winter.

Ruskhu (Soup made from bones)
It can be eaten with kholak or paba, or on its own.

Others
Yogurt, curd and vegetables (especially roots like radish and swede). Kholak can be taken as such with tea, butter, vegetable/meat preparations, tsamik, chhang etc.

Paba (Mixed grain and legume flour pudding)
Another most commonly used food in Ladakh is paba and is popular in all the classes all over the region (Fig. 9). It is another healthy dish often taken to the fields, for lunch at sowing or harvesting time. Paba flour is called yotches and can have different ingredients, depending on what is grown in the area.
It can include barley or wheat or both with any of the legumes like peas, broad beans or lathyrus to male it more nutritious and palatable which is half roasted and ground7. In some places, they grind caraway (locally known as kosnyot) seed with the flour to give a good flavour3. Traditionally, paba is cooked in a special stone pot called doltok. Some of the dishes or soups are oftenly taken with paba.

Tsamik
It is a sauce made from coriander and mint leaves, radish and onion. All the items are pounded in a mortar. To this, chilly powder and salt is added. Sometimes, curd or butter milk is added to obtain a thick paste. The simplest tsamik is a mix of dried and crushed chilies with salt. In the Zanskar valley, radish leaves as well as dried leaves of wild plants are used; it is a yogurt dip for eating with paba.

Tangthur (Green-leafed vegetables and buttermilk or yogurt)
Quite a variety of green leafy vegetables are grown in Ladakh such as spinach, ldums
(cos lettuce), mongol, salad (Chinese cabbage), sugar beet (leaves only), radish leaves, celery
(leaves only) and cabbage. Some people also use chrysanthemum leaves (pato). In villages, tangthur made with wild green vegetables is served. The proportion of vegetables to butter milk (or yugurt) depends on choice.

Zathuk (Nettle soup)
Nettle (Urtica hyperboria) grows high up in Ladakh. In winter, especially in villages, people
take it with paba. People in Tibet and Ladakh, believes that the great Tibetan Yogi Milarepa, while meditating in the mountains survived by eating nettle.
Tsong chhu (Onion soup)

Fig. 9—Preparation of Paba
This is very simple and quick to make.

Markhu (Tsampa with melted butter)
A little tsampa is added to melted butter.

Sharjen (Thick dried or frozen meat soup)
In former times this soup was common in most part of Ladakh, but nowadays it is found mostly in Chang-thang and Zanskar areas.

Tsha chhu or Shespa (meat broath)
This is another soup from the Zanskar valley and it has two versions8. In one, meat, salt and spices are boiled up in water with a small amount of paba, and eaten with it. In the other it is simply a soup, made without paba and eaten with it.

Thukpa
Thukpa is the generic term for a variety of soups (using wheat or barley flour in many cases) and what we might call stews with wheat flour noodles. Literally, it means over cooked. It is a thick soup or noodle cooked to taste. It is made from namphey, wheat flour, or rice and is accordingly named. In the villages, the flour used will be the strong local variety. Chhurphe, the dried cottage cheese is what gives those dishes a special zip (Fig. 10). The procedure varies with the main ingredients and is supposed to provide warmth in winter, cure cold and also as an elixir for curing constipation in the elderly people.
Tsap-Thuk
Tsap is flour made from pre-germinated barley. The barley grains are washed and kept in a sunny place till they germinate. The germinated barley seeds are dried and then ground into flour. The flour is cooked in plain water. No salt or sugar is added. It has a sweet taste.
Its use is restricted to the winter months and is believed to be good for stomach and effective in couch control. It is a food used during extreme cold months.

Chhan-Thuk
Half cooked barley grains are beaten in a pestle and mortar. They are rolled into small balls. These balls are frozen and stored for use during long winter months. Small quantities of this chhan are added to thukpa and mostly cooked with the head and leg parts of goat/sheep.

Ngamthuk (Tsampa soup)
This soup can be eaten at any meal, generally at breakfast, when it makes a cheering start, especially in winter. It is given whenever somebody catches cold. To make it more nutritious, small pieces of meat, local pea and chhurphe is also added.

Jamthuk (Unroasted barley flour soup)
This soup is the same but is made with unroasted barley flour.

Pakthuk (wheat flour noodle soup)
Pakphe means wheat flour or dough. This dish can be eaten at any time of year and is very cheering in the winter. In this season, the labuk (local radish- large pink-skinned), dug up from an underground storage pit and the spinach reconstituted from what was dried on the roof of the house during the growing season; those who have a green house, have fresh green leafy vegetables, Pakthuk in the Zanslar valley is made using butter instead of the vegetable oil8.
For this dish, Ladakhis do not use potatoes, carrots or swedes, as these are sweet. Before onions were widely available, villagers would have used skotse (Allium przewalskianum) – wild garlic, as flavouring, and in some remote area they still use it. Nowadays, some people add tomatoes to the onion. The simplest version omits the cheese, peas, and eggs.

Guthuk (9 ingredients soup)
Made like pakthuk, this is a special soup for one of the days of the Losar celebration. These ingredients, which are some of the 9 for the soup, would be specially obtained for Losar.

Thenthuk (Soup with hand made noodles)
Thenthuk, the Tibetan name for this dish, meaning something torn. The dish is like pakthuk but with short noodles.

Gyathuk (Chinese thukpa)
Chinese cuisine has influenced this sophisticated modern version of pakthuk, often made for parties. It is sometimes served with meat only.

Lama Pakthuk (Monks’ wheat flour soup)
This dish is often made for monks when they came to the house to say special prayers3.

Trimthuk (Soup with hand rolled noodles)
A dish which is made mainly for people who are sick.
Trapthuk
To make this, add salt to the liquid in which drapu dumplings have been boiled (drapu is dumplings with ground apricot kernel sauce). It is more common in apricot growing areas, such as sham. Drapu is a very nutritious dish, eaten for dinner on its own, particularly after threshing, or on fast days.
The liquid in which the dumplings have been cooked is known as trapthuk. The sauce can be kept for
2-3 days.

Chhu Tagi (Bow-tie noodle stew)
The literal meaning is water bread (chhu means water and tagi means bread). This dish would originally have been very simple with just a little salt and perhaps onion to flavour the tagi3. These days, vegetables are added to it. The dough can be made into different shapes (Fig. 11). Potatoes and carrots are a common combination, although it can be taken with green leafy vegetables. Adding meat to it is also common (for which the meat has to be cooked earlier before putting the shaped dough, so that both is cooked simultaneously). In the Zanskar valley, this dish is known as chubtse (chubtsos)7.

Skyu (Cap-shaped noodles stew)
This dish is similar to chhu tagi and, like it, originally very simple. The ingredients are as for
chhu tagi. Generally, moderately less water is added, compared to chhu tagi, but it should certainly not be as dry as kholak or paba. If meat is added, then
it has to be pre-cooked with ginger or garlic, or both as in chhu tagi. In the Sham area, apricot kernels are sometimes used if there is no meat available.
There is another version of skyu known as O-Skyu in which milk (oma) is added with water for the sauce.
It is made mainly in villages, where there is a ready supply of fresh milk. It is a very tasty variant.

Paktsa Marku (Noodle balls in water)
This is a version of Skyu often made at the beginning of the first Tibetan month for fasting, during which many Buddhist devotees do not eat ‘hot’ food like onions or garlic. It is also made in gompas (monastery), when it is known as lama paktsa. There the sugar, and sometimes butter, will be omitted.

Steam cooked

Timok (Streamed bread twist)
This steamed bread (Fig. 12) dish originates in Tibet and is made mostly in the eastern (Changthang) area of Ladakh. Timok are good with cooked vegetables or dal.

Mok Mok (Steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables)
A dish that originates from Tibet, probably with Chinese influence (Fig. 13). The meat version is often served as a starter at parties or on special occasions when it will be eaten with pickle or chutney. As a super dish for the family it will probably be accompanied by a simple soup made from either mutton bones or vegetable stock, also served with a salad of tomatoes and onions (a modern introduction).

Loko Mok Mok (Cup-shaped dumplings)
This originates in Tibet and nowadays is mostly confined to the Zanskar valley. The dough is made as for chhu tagi, moderately dry/stiff. Break off small pieces to make into balls, and then push in with thumb to make a shape like a handless cup. The dumplings are boiled, or steamed like mom mok, and eaten with vegetables or meat.

Beverages

Gur Gur Cha or Shrusma Cha (Butter tea)
Usually a supply will be made in the morning, put in a clay samovar heated with cow dung – and served at frequent intervals throughout the day. Often extra butter will be put in the tea to be soaked by bread; tsampa may also be added at times, anything from just one pinch to quite a lot.

Khunak (Salted black tea)
This is the basic tea chhathang (boil the tea leaves in an open pot and make a concentrate, is then poured off and stored in a jag or jar as the basis for the drink. It can be kept for a few days) to which water is added and boiled up with salt but not churned. People in the Kargil area tend to drink this and milk tea rather than gur gur cha.

Cha Shrul (Butter tea with tsampa)
This is butter tea with enough tsampa mixed in to make it soup like.

Chuli Chhu (Apricot juice)
Chulli is one of the less refined types of apricot and is usually dried with the stone removed. In early spring when nothing much is available, the dried fruit is soaked and the juice is drunk. A drink made out of apricot kernel is tsigu chhu. This drink is made with apricot kernels (tsigu) ground and mixed with water. It comes from the sham area, where apricot grows abundantly.

Chhang (Fermented barley drink)
In Ladakh, chhang is the general word for alcohol, but here it refers to the barley drink. Skyems is the polite word for chhang. The Ladakhi word for yeast is phabs. It mostly comes from the Nubra valley and can be found in the market in nuggets form. There are various ways of making this brew, (generally prepared in wooden drums known as Zem), resulting in different strengths (Fig. 14). This drink would be submitted to carefully tasting by one of the older ladies and pronounced good or not so good. Mostly, liberal dollops of tsampa will be put on top of the poured drink and this is called chhang shrul. As a sigh of honour, guests are served chhang with a small piece of butter on the beautiful brass pot, known as chhabskyen, from which chhang is usually served, or one put on the glass (Fig. 15).
Arak (Distilled chhang)
It is made by collecting the boiled-off vapour from alcoholic drinks. Chhang and arak is made in small quantities throughout Ladakh (only by the Buddhist households).

Rguntshang (Fermented grape drink)
Grapes are grown in the lower valleys of Ladakh, in the Da-Hanu areas, where the Brokpa, or Dards, live. This drink is mildly alcoholic.

Milk products
Milk and its products is a major and important ingredient in many of the food and beverages
(e.g. o-skyu and gur gur cha, respectively) in Ladakh (Fig. 16).

Sri (Post natal milk)
It is the milk, obtained from the cow, dri or dzomo for a day or two after she has given birth. The milk is heated and is then left to stand, after which it is eaten with tagi shrabmo and a little sugar or salt. The mother of the house (in whose house the calf has been born) tries to makes it available to every member of the family and next door neighbours, especially the children.

Labo (Cottage cheese)
it is eaten fresh with chappati or kholak; sometimes sugar is added.

Chhurkhu (whey)
It is very nutritious and has the property to give instant energy. Generally farmers take it just after they have finished their work (like ploughing).

Chhurphe (dried cottage cheese)
It is made by forming labo into nuggets and then dried. It is mostly used in thukpa.

Tingmo (tibetan steamed bread) called timok in ladakh

250g plain flour; ,1/2 tsp baking powder; ,1 tsp dried yeast; ,1 cup warm water; ,1 tbls sugar; ,1 tbls oil; ,1 onion finely chopped; ,1/2 tsp salt; ,1/2 tsp turmeric; ,1/8 tsp black pepper.,,
Method

Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Mix the yeast, baking powder and sugar with the water and add to the flour. Mix and squeeze together to form a dough.
Place in an oiled bag and leave in a warm place (e.g. in a steamer over warm water) for 30mins.
Knead the risen dough for 5 mins and then roll into a thick, round shape (about 20cm diameter).
Spread the oil over the entire dough and then sprinkle on the ramaining ingredients.
Roll up the dough into a sausage shape and then stretch and roll to a sausage about 50cm in length.
Cut the dough into half across and then in half again lengthways to give four pieces.
Tie each piece into a simple round knot.
Oil the base of a steamer and steam the dough for 15mins.
Serve hot with soup or meat/vegetable dishes.
Recipe images are not uploaded yet.

Hemis Festival

Hemis Festival
The hemis festival is one of the biggest monastic festival in the trans Himalayan region of Ladakh.
This colorful festival celeberate on the day 10th of 5th month of Tiben calendar every year.
This auspicious day is known as the birth day of Guru Rinpochey ( Padma Sambava)
In the olden days people from Lahul Spiti, Zanskar and other region of the Ladakh made this pilgrimage
journey one of the important event in their life.

Outline Itinerary:

4th July Day 01: Drive from Srinagar to Shargol
5th July Day 02: Shargol to Temisgham
6th July Day 03: Temisgham to Leh
7th July Day 04: Leh to Hemis (festival)
8th July Day 05: Hemis festival and later drive to Pangomg
9th July Day 06 :Pangong to Sakti
10th July Day 07: Sakti to Serchu
11th July Day 08: Serchu to Manali

Trips End

Life Line of Ladakh likely to open in 1st week of May

The life line of Ladakh (Srinagar-Kargil-Leh) NH 1D, which connects Ladakh Region from the rest part of the world after six months, will be likely to open for vehicular traffic in between 1st week of May, which is one month late from last year.

Col. Praveen Kumar Commanding Officer Project VIJAYAK of Border Roads Organization said that VIJAYAK has completed its operation of snow clearance on 23rd of April till Zero Point from Kargil Side and now we are waiting for Project Beacon to reach Zero Point from Srinagar side. He said till that we are working on fixing of bridges and maintenance of road as after snow clearance more snow accumulated by wind or avalanches on highway which is also a big challenge for us for clearance.

When contacted to 122 RCC of Project Beacon in Gund (Kangan), Er. B.K Batra said Project Beacon has crossed India Gate and reached 106, however 2 KM is remained to reach Zero Point which will be cleared before 30th April of this month subject to fair weather. He further said that if the weather condition remains good in the upcoming days, the Srinagar-Kargil will be open for vehicular traffic in 1st week of May as per higher authorities.

Meanwhile due to not opening of Highway in time this year, people in Kargil are suffering a lot as there is very shortage of all essential commodities like ration, milk, salt, K.oil, construction material and other daily requirement. People have requested the concerned authorities to open the highway immediately in order to solve their problem.

Whereas ten thousands of people including large number of youths who are out of home, but eligible to cast vote in 4-Ladakh Parliamentary seat which will go to the polls on May 7 are also stuck in Srinagar, Jammu and other parts due to closing of NH 1D.

Inner Line Permits in Ladakh are now not required for Indian Tourists from May 2014

In the recent circular published by DM in Leh, it has been stated that Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists DO NOT need any inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region any more starting from 1st May 2014 in order to visit the restricted places: “Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley (up to Panamik), Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only)“

As an Indian Tourist or Indian Nationals, now you can just present your valid Photo ID Nationality Proof (Driving License, Indian Passport, Aadhar Card, PAN Card, etc..) at the ITBP/Army check-posts, when and where asked from you and that will just acts as permit for you

http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/permits-ladakh-not-required-indian-tourists-may-2014/

Ladakh Taxi rate List 2014

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Destinations

Innova / Xylo

Scorpio/Tavera/Qualis/Safari

Eco/ Van/Sumo

Leh to Pangong lake in 1 Day

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Leh to Pangong lake in 2 Days

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Nubra Valley in 2 days

Disket/Hunder/Summr/ Panamik

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Nubra Valley in 2 days

Disket/Hunder/Summr/

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Nubra Valley in 2 days

Disket/Hunder/Turtuk

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Leh to Tsomoriri via Mahe bridge and back via Taklang la  in 2 days

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Tsomoriri via mahe beridge without Taklang pass

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Tsomoriri, Tsokarand drop to Manali in 2/3 days

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Sight Seeing

Shey – Thiksay- Hemis

2017

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Hall of Fame , Magnetic Hill, Sangham, Spituk

1976

1876

1784

Alchi-Likir-Lamayuru

5721

5435

5164

Srinagar in 2 days

One way (drop)

16728

15891

15097

Manali in 2 days one way (Drop)

19626

18644

1771

“SPRING TULIP FESTIVAL”– 12TH TO 14TH APRIL, 2014

Tourism Department is organizing Spring Festival at various venues in the Srinagar City – Tulip Garden, Dachigam National Park, Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC), Royal Springs Golf Course and Zabarwan Park.
Eminent Bollywood personalities who have had a link with Kashmir and have contributed to tourism promotion will be felicitated at Tulip Garden on 12th April, where they will also interact with local media and tourism players.
In the Adventure segment, boat racing, kayaking etc will be on display at Dal Lake/NigeenLake on 13th April and on the same day,cultural evening and handicraft exhibition shall also be organized at SKICC.
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Stok Kangri 2014

Stok kangri Expeditions 2014
CLIMB STOK KANGRI
I t i n e r a r y   

Day 01: Early morning flight to Leh 11800 ft the capital of Ladakh. On arrival at Kushok Bakula Airport
transfer to Hotel and full day at rest for high altitude acclimatization. Evening brisk walk to market. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02: After an early breakfast, proceed for a full day Indus Valley tour includes visit to Shey Palace, Thiksey, Hemis and Stok Monasteries which are the among the historically most important and magnificent Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh. Box lunch for the day. Evening free at the market in Leh. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: After an early morning drive from Leh to Martselang 11,200 ft / 3,414m), we start our trek to Shang village; on the we can enjoy the breath taking view of the Sakti  and Cherry villages,enter to the gorge valley of Shang, we continue our trek along with the small beautiful village of Shang; Overnight at the camp

Day 04: After an early morning pack up  and start our trek today we start with a gradual climb to the village is rewarded with a good view of the stone-walled fields and irrigation channels. Going down to the trail, start climbing slowly as the valley narrows.  The trail becomes steeper as you make your way to the  camps of Shang Phu (13,900 ft / 4,237m.)  A clump of juniper trees with a small shrine marks the pasture.  This is a typical Ladakhi pastoral setting with small stone-huts called phu-lu  that serve as summer dwellings.

Day 05:Today we start our trek  along with the valley on the right from the junction where you had pitched camp the day before.  Climb up past scrubs and wild rose bushes.  Leave the stream to climb up the side of the valley, to the top of Shang La (16,300 ft / 4,968m.)  The ascent takes around three and a half hours.  From the pass, the views open up, with the Stok and Matho La Kangri peaks in front and the summit of Parcha Kangri behind. This trails is tremendous.

Day 06: While enjoying a breathtaking view of the  Indus valley we continue our trek and the trail stays high on the hill side.  A three hour walk on an incline, crossing side streams, leads to the base of the Matho La (14,100 ft / 4,297 m.).  As this has been a short day, you can go on a hike on the east slope of the Matho Kangri Massif.  A steady climb can take you as high as 19,000 ft / 5,800 m as you do not encounter any ice or snow.  Across the valley are the Ladakh range and the Khardung La and beyond that the lofty mountains of the eastern Karakoram Range.

Day 07: Start our trek with climb to the Pass begins just after camp.  On the Pass (16,100 ft / 4,907m), the Stok Kangri looms up.  Descend from the Pass to the pastures of Mankarmo next to a stream.  Leave the main valley and climb up westward to the Stok Kangri (16,077 ft / 4,900m).

Day 08: Day take a much-needed rest before you try the summit of Stok Kangri.  In mountaineering parlance, a trekking peak is the name given to a summit that does not require any technical knowledge for climbing or any equipment for the ascent. But 20,506 ft / 6,250 m does require fitness and stamina and mental conditioning.

Day 09: We start before the sun is up.  Climb up, switch backing to the top of the ridge in front.  A tough ascent on the mountainside for an hour from the ridge top takes you to the moraine coming down from the glacier.  A grueling ninety-minute climb takes you to the summit.  If you go in August or later, you will encounter no snow except on the summit.  From the top you get a magical 360-degree view of the whole of Ladakh – the twin peaks of Nun (23,400 ft / 7,132m)) to the east, the Karakoram range to the north.

Day 10: of eighth turn left from the Mungkirmo pastures to follow the Mankyarmo river to its confluence with the Stok river.  The trail follows the Stok river down to the Stok village.  After the creditable feat of scaling a peak, you may want to look at some local history at the Stok palace;

Day 11: Transfer to Leh airport for onwards destination with aseet memory from Ladakh.

Fix depurture date 25th June ,10 July,  22 July, 1 Aug, 16th Aug, 1Sep, 15th Sep
Tour Cost: 25000/ INR per person, from Leh to Leh.

Ladakh Tour Packages 2015

Driving holidaya in the Himalaya !

Day 01: Arrival at Srinagar airport, to be received by our representative and transferred to the House Boat. Overnight stay follows in House boat.

Day 02: Srinagar to Kargil (204 Kms)Morning after breakfast leave for Kargil, by visiting Sonamarg (Known as Meadow of Gold), Drass Village (2 Coldest Inhabitated place in the World), Enroute have a magnificent view of Kargil war Famous Peaks (Tiger, Tololing), reach Kargil by evening. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 03: Kargil to Leh (230 kms) Morning after Breakfast, leave for Leh enroute visit Mulbek, Giant Living Buddha Sculpture on Rock Mountain, Lamayuru and Alchi. Arrival in Leh by evening. Overnight stay in Guest House.
Day 04:  Leh – Nubra – Leh via Khardungla: Drive to Nubra valley 125km via Khardongla pass-world highest motorable pass. Afternoon visit the white Sand Dunes, Double Humped Camels  & Diskit Monastery. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 05:  Leh to Nubra Valley (120 Kms) After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). Arrive at Deskit by Afternoon. Rest of the day is free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight stay follows in Hotel.
Day 06:  Nubra Valley to Leh (120 Kms) After Breakfast, we will visit Deskit Monastery and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Overnight stay follows in Hotel.
Day 07: Leh to Pangong Lake (160 Kms) After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft, it is the third highest motor able road in the world. Arrive Pangong, it is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China, Overnight at camp
Day 08: Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of Pangong while appreciating the changing colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Overnight stay follows at Leh.
Day 09:  Leh to Serchu (255 Kms) After the Breakfast drive to Serchu via Taklangla (5260m) and Lachulung La (5060m). Packed or hot Lunch at Pang. Arrive at Serchu by evening. Overnight stay follows in the Camp.
Day 10: Serchu to Manali (222 Kms) After the breakfast drive for Manali via Baralacha La (4845m), Keylong and Rohtang Pass. Arrive Manali by evening. Overnight Hotel.
Day 11:  After breakfast, the day is free to explore the place and nearby market. In the evening, we travel back to Delhi