FAQ Expedition Leh 2019
When is the trip?
27th July 2019 to 12 August 2019, 17 days 16 nights. We'll meet at Changi Airport at 27/07/19 at 0330HRS (terminal to be confirmed), and arrive in Singapore on 06/06/19 at 0420HRS.
Where are we going?
We'll be visiting 4 places in total! The trip starts with an adventurous trek at Markha Valley. In 5 days 4 nights, we will ascend and descend 2000metres, from Chiling to Shang Simdo, with Kongmaru La being the highest point in the trek, of 5260metres above sea level.
Next, we'd spend 3 days 2 nights exploring Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, with 1 night at each location. In Nubra, we'll visit Diskit Sand Dunes, Thiksey Monastery and have some R&R. Pangong Tso is a beautiful endorheic lake situated in the Himalayas and is 134 km long, extending from India to China. Finally, we'd head over to Delhi, via a road trip through the great leh-Manali Highway for R&R for some shopping and sightseeing!
How much is it and what does it include?
This trip will cost $1200 for members, and $1250 for non-members (Learn more about membership here if you would like to sign up!). This price includes all airfares, accommodations, guides, most ground transport, protected area permit, and meals as stated in the itinerary.*
What is not included in the cost?
1. VISA - Some of you might need to apply a visa to enter India. (ASingaporeansans need to apply for a visa!)
2. Travel Insurance - NUS provides minimal insurance coverage for NUS students ONLY. Hence, NUS students are advised to purchase their own travel insurance for more coverage if they require. Non-NUS Students are responsible to get their own travel insurance.
3. You might want to consider getting a vaccination for childhood diseases (Tetanus and Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) as well as cover against food and water-borne diseases, including Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
4. Anything else that is not mentioned in the itinerary such as food, shopping expenses, tipping for the guides and transport during R&R.
How are the 17 days going to be like?
Day 1: Travel from Singapore to Delhi via Chennai on Indigo, R&R at Delhi and overnight at Delhi Airport.
Day 2: Travel to Leh from Delhi on Go Air, pick up by tour and acclimatization.
Day 3: R&R and acclimatization in Leh.
Day 4: Travel to Chilling and trek to Skiu to stay overnight. (LD)
Day 5: Trek from Skiu to Sara for lunch, continue to Markha to stay overnight. (BLD)
Day 6: Trek from Markha to Umlung for lunch, continue to Hankar to stay overnight. (BLD)
Day 7: Trek from Hankar to Tachungtse for lunch, continue to Nimaling to stay overnight. (BLD)
Day 8: Trek from Nimaling to Chogdo, continue to Shang Sumdo (End of trek), travel to Leh to stay overnight. (BL)
Day 9: Travel from Leh to Nubra, R&R and overnight at Nubra Valley. (D)
Day 10: Travel from Nubra Valley to Pangong lake, R&R and overnight at Pangong Lake. (BD)
Day 11: Travel from Pangong to Leh, R&R and overnight at Leh. (B)
Day 12: Travel from Leh to Kargil, R&R and overnight at Keylong. (D)
Day 13: Travel from Keylong to Manali, R&R and overnight at Manali. (B)
Day 14: R&R at Manali and overnight bus to Delhi.
Day 15: R&R in Delhi, overnight in Delhi.
Day 16: R&R in Delhi, travel from Delhi to Singapore via Chennai on Indigo.
Day 17: Singapore, dismissal.
Where will we be spending our nights?
- 4 nights at homestays through Markha Valley trek
- 2 nights in tented accommodation in Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso
- 8 nights in hostels/hotels/dormitory
Will there be a local guide?
Yes, there will be a local guide for the Markha Valley trek.
Will there be a porter for the trek?
No, there will not be a porter for Markha Valley trek. However, you are able to carry a smaller bag for the 5 days trek and leave your main baggage in Leh.
How's the temperature like?
- During the day: High/Low, 20°C /30°C
- During the night: High/Low, 10°C /20°C
You will be traveling with 5 committee members and 11 other participants!
Important things to take note before signing up:
- You must have good medical health. Please do not sign up if you have any serious medical condition (please be truthful in your application!!)
- Only vegetarian meals are available during the Markha Valley trek.
- Citizens of Bangladesh, China, and Taiwan might have difficulty obtaining permits for the treks due to border restrictions rules.
How difficult is this trek?
We are rating the trek 3.8/5. Due to its high altitude, duration of trek and altitude gain (2000 metres in 4 days), this trek would require a higher level of physical fitness. So do make sure you are well conditioned and prepared for the long trip! You are strongly encouraged to follow the training plan below:
How do I find out more about this trip?
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries!