2018 Phugtal: Hike & Yoga trip to the monastery in a cave

(with Special Guest: Janie Pelletier)

Jun 22 – Jul 12, 2018 (21 Days)Add-On: Tso Moriri & Nubra Valley | Jul 13 – Jul 19, 2018 (7 Days)
This trip will take you to the regions of Ladakh and Zanskar in the north of Indian Himalayas. Situated next to Tibet, this area was briefly a part of the kingdom of Guge in Western Tibet.
You will attend a two day local festival at Hemis; do a ten day hike to Phugtal (Monastery in a cave); and visit several monasteries and temples of Tibetan-Buddhist lineage.


HIKE INTENSITY:
Moderate to easy by Himalayan standards. This hike is in a region with very high altitude. We will strongly advise the clients to be careful and be gentle with acclimatization.

ADD ON:
For the people opting the add-on; you will attend Karzok festival at Tso Moriri (July 15-16), and you will also visit the Nubra Valley, which is often referred to as an orchard of Ladakh.
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Trip Highlights

You will fly from Delhi to Leh, which is the capital of Ladakh. Here you will acclimatize and immerse yourself in the rich ancient culture of Ladakh.

  • You will attend a two day cultural festival at Hemis Monastery (June 23 & 24, 2018).
  • Hike from Lamayru to Padum and Phugtal (10 days, weather/conditions permitting)
    Sengge la – Lingshet – Padum – Phugtal – Padum
    5 Full days of hiking, 4 Half days of hiking + 1 Rest day
  • Visit several Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, many of which are 400 to 900 years old.
  • … and above all, Yoga with Janie Pelletier.

Features

  • Small Group (max of 10 people).
  • For the hike, there will be porters to carry your luggage and camping gear, so you just have to walk with your day pack (camera, snack and water). We will take care of the rest. All you will need to do is walk with a light backpack and enjoy the views.
  • Cooked Meals. We will prepare the meals for everyone.
  • Experienced Local Guides.
  • Safe Exciting Travel.
  • High Quality Amenities.
  • Meet local residents in villages and monasteries.
  • The Ultimate Himalayan Adventure & Cultural Experience.

LADAKH & ZANSKAR: AN OVERVIEW

This trip will take you to the regions of Ladakh and Zanskar in the north of Indian Himalayas. Situated next to Tibet/China, this area was briefly a part of the kingdom of Guge in Western Tibet. These regions are inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions of India and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet.

Sitting at an altitude of over 3500 meters, in the rain shadow region of the Himalayas, this area is surrounded by very high mountain passes on all sides. Ladakh and Zanskar have an average annual precipitation of 50-125 mm and 330 sunny days in a year. Ladakh (“land of high passes”) is a region that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south.

There are vast numbers of Buddhist monasteries and an extremely rich culture and heritage. His Holiness Dalai Lama often mentions this region as his favourite place on the planet.

Phugtal Gompa, 3930 m

Buddhist Monastery and temple located in Zanskar region of the Himalayas. Constructed around a natural cave up the mountain, it can only be reached on foot.

This region is believed to have been visited by numerous sages, scholars and monks around 2500 years ago. The present Phugtal Gompa, of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, was established in the early 15th century by Jangsem Sherap Zangpo, a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, who was the founder of Gelug, which is one of the newest schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

ADD ON

Tso Moriri, Ladakh. 4595 m
Located in the Changthang area of the Ladakh region, Tso Moriri is the largest lake in the Trans-Himalayas located within India. There are few settlements along the lake, with Kurzok being the most prominent one. Tso Moriri is a brackish water lake with maximum length of about 19 kilometres and a maximum width of about 3 kilometres. It’s surface area is approx 120 km2

Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh. 3144 m
Nubra valley, due to its lower altitude has a milder climate and is often referred as “the Orchard of Ladakh”. Nubra is known for Bactrian camels and 32 meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha on the hill below the Diskit monastery, which is the oldest in the Nubra Valley and was founded in the 14th century.

Janie Pelletier (Professeure de yoga certifiée)

Janie a découvert le yoga il y a plus de quinze ans au cours de sa formation de comédienne. En 2012, elle suit son instinct et complète sa certification 500 heures avec Moksha yoga qui lui permettra d’enseigner ce style de yoga chaud pendant 2 ans à Montréal et en Colombie-Britannique.

En 2014, elle relève le défi de prendre les rênes de la gestion du Studio de yoga Wanderlust à Montréal en plus de développer son enseignement vers un style unique de vinyasa inspiré du Kula Yoga Project de New York . Elle complètera alors une formation avancée de 75 heures du Kula Yoga Project, une technique de vinyasa mariant la musique et le yoga. Cette même année, elle guide sa première retraite de yoga au Panama, une expérience singulière qui confirme son goût de voyage et de l’aventure.

Pour Janie, le yoga est la rencontre de l’autre et de soi-même dans toute son unicité. C’est une passion, mais aussi un mode de vie qu’elle partage au quotidien avec ses étudiants. La santé, c’est le choix qu’elle a fait en se dédiant à la pratique et l’enseignement du yoga ainsi que la possibilité d’apprendre sans relâche sur la nutrition, l’anatomie, l’être humain et son fonctionnement. Passionnée de plein air, de randonnée en montagne, de planche à neige, de vélo et de natation, le yoga est sa médecine douce, là où elle revient pour se centrer, pour canaliser son énergie contagieuse, mais aussi pour soulager ses muscles endoloris!

Après maintenant 4 ans d’existence, le Studio de yoga Wanderlust ouvrira les portes de sa 2e location à Griffintown en août 2017. Janie continuera d’y marier la gestion et l’enseignement du yoga au coeur d’une ville bouillante de promesses et d’une communauté qui souhaite se dépasser, se déposer… et établir leur intention.

La beauté du yoga est que chaque étudiant devient un professeur et chaque professeur reste un étudiant.
Janie Pelletier
Professeure de yoga/Yoga instructor
janiepyoga@gmail.com

DATES

June 22 to July 12, 2018 (21 Days)

ADD-ON: Tso Moriri and Nubra Valley
July 13-19, 2018 (7 Days)

Pick Up and Drop Off: New Delhi International Airport (DEL)

COST

Main Package: June 22 to July 12, 2018 (21 Days)
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 6250
Single Occupancy
CAD 7750
ADD ON Tso Moriri & Nubra Valley: July 13-19, 2018 (7 Days)
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 1750
Single Occupancy
CAD 2450

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: Two people sharing the same room. Separate beds upon request.
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: Each person has an individual room

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To register/book (confirm your spot) on this trip, you are requested to deposit the booking amount (non-refundable) or the full amount, into the bank account of “Journey to Himalayas”. The booking amount, is usually 1/3rd the price of your total trip package. You will be required to deposit the full amount, max of 75 days before the trip starts (Apr 08, 2018).

PLEASE NOTE: The booking amount will be a non-refundable. Please read TOS for details.

Total Price is inclusive of:

  • Accommodation while in India
  • Cost of all meals, except where otherwise specified (Alcohol Exclusive)
    Dinner for the day 20 and 21 is not included in the package. All other meals are included
  • All Transportation costs within India (Air Travel & Car/Jeep Travel)
  • Entrance Fee for Museums and Monuments
  • Permits and other fees incurred while traveling in India
  • Cost of special events like Cooking Evening or a Culture Show

Total Price is exclusive of:

  • International flight to/from India
  • Visa Fees
  • Room Charges at hotels for snacks and drinks
  • Pay Pal (Transactional) charges, for people not able to deposit the money directly into the bank in Canada.

Delhi – Leh – Thiksey – Lamayuru – Lingshed – Padum – Phugtal – Delhi (21 Days)
ADD ON: Tso Moriri & Nubra Valley (+7 days)

PLEASE NOTE: This is a tentative itinerary. We do try to follow the original plan as close as possible. The exact dates might differ depending on the weather and road condition and other factors that can’t be controlled or predicted. The Pick-up and Drop-off date will not change. Please read the TOS for more details.

This trip will include:

  • Hemis Festival (June 23 & 24, 2018).
  • Phugtal
  • Hike from Lamayru to Padum and Phugtal (10 days, weather/conditions permitting)
    Sengge la – Lingshet – Padum – Phugtal – Padum
    5 Full days of hiking, 4 Half days of hiking & 1 Rest day
  • Visit several Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, many of which are 400 to 900 years old.
  • … and above all, Yoga with Janie Pelletier

ITINERARY (day-by-day)

DAY 1: New Delhi

Late Evening/Night Pick Up at International Airport New Delhi.
Please make sure that you reach Delhi by the night of Day 1.
Check-in to a hotel.

DAY 2-4: Acclimatization around Leh & Hemis Festival

Day 2: Leh, 3520 m.
Delhi to Leh: Flight, 1h 30m.
Morning flight over the Himalayas from Delhi to Leh.
Leh is the capital of the Ladakh region in the Himalayas, which is situated in the west of Tibet.
Settle in, rest and acclimatise. Evening stroll to Leh City/Market.

DAY 3: Leh
Acclimatization and excursions around Leh Town.
Hemis Festival.
Please note that we will attend ceremonies and culture show at Hemis Tsechu (Festival).

DAY 4: Leh
Local sight seeing.
Spituk, Thiksey, Stok Palace.

Day 5-6: Short Hikes for acclimatization

Day 5:Lamayuru, 3510 m.
Drive from Leh to Lamayuru: 75 km, 4-5 h.
Lunch and day excursion at Alchi Monastery

DAY 6: Day Hike (3-4 hours)
Moderate Intensity Hike.

Day 7-16: The Hike*

(Sengge La –Stayangs – Lingshed – Hanumil – Padum – Phugtal – Padum)
5 Full days of hiking, 4 Half days of hiking + 1 Rest Day.

Day 7:Stayangs, 4450 m
Sengge La to Stayangs. Drive: 2-3 hours. Hike: 3-5 h.

Day 8:Lingshet, 3900 m
Stayang to Lingshed: 6-8 h.

Day 9:Snertes, 3360 m.
Lingshet to Snertse: 8-9 h

Day 10:Hanumil, 3380 m.
Snertse to Hanumil: 6 – 7h.

Day 11:Pishu, 3420 m.
Hanumil to Pishu: 5-6 h.

Day 12:Karsha, 3660 m.
Pishu to Karsha: 5-6 h.

Day 13:Emmu
Karsha to Emmu: (via Padum)
Karsha to Emmu: (via Padum) Hike: 2-3 h. Road Travel by Car(s): 4-5 h.

Day 14:Phugtal, 3930 m.
Emmu to Phugtal Gompa (via Cha): 2-3 h.
Phugtal Gompa is one of the highlight of our trip.

Day 15:Phugtal
Day of rest and local explorations.

Day 16:Padum, 3570 m.
Hike from Padum to Emmu: 2-3 h. Emmu to Padum by car: 4 h.

DAY 17-19: Padum to Leh by Road

Day 17:Rangdum, 3657 m.
Padum to Rangdum: 7-8h drive.

Day 18:Lamayuru, 3510 m.
Rangdum to Lamayuru: 7-8h drive.

Day 19:Leh, 3520 m.
Lamayuru to Leh: 4h drive.

DAY 20-21: Leh and Delhi

Day 20:Leh
Rest day. Local Explorations.
Social Evening.

Day 21:New Delhi *
Morning or early afternoon flight from Leh to Delhi.
Delhi Explorations (Time permitting)
Your trip will end in the evening of 21st day.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the cost of tour package.

ADD ON: Tso Moriri & Nubra Valley

July 13-19, 2018 (7 Days)

Day 21-23: Tso Moriri

Day 21:Karzok, 4522 m
For the people staying for another week, on day 21, you will go on a road trip to Tso Moriri.
Karzok at 4522 m is the biggest settlement along this lake.
Karzok Festival: July 15-16, 2018

DAY 22:Karzok, 4522 m
Local Explorations.

DAY 23:Leh
Road trip back to Leh

Day 24-26: Nubra Valley

Day 24:Diskit, 3144 m
Road trip from Leh to Diskit. Enroute you will cross over Khardung La, which is at an altitude of 5359 m.

DAY 25:Diskit
Local Explorations.

DAY 26:Leh
Road trip back to Leh

Day 27-28: Leh and Delhi

Day 27:Leh
Rest day. Local Explorations.
Social Evening.

DAY 28:New Delhi *
Morning or early afternoon flight from Leh to Delhi.
Delhi Explorations (Time permitting)

*Dinner for this day is not included in the cost of tour package.

Au Revoir!!

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are required to
1. Register Online (Book Now)
2. Make a payment of the booking amount or full amount of the trip package.
After you register on the website, you will get the banking info in the email.

Payment Options:

    1. BANK DEPOSIT
      You can deposit directly into the “Journey to Himalayas” bank account in Canada (CIBC). You can go to the bank personally or send the money by email transfer or wire transfer. We also accept money through TransferWise. Your order will get confirmed only after we have received money in our bank account.
    1. PAY PAL (JTH Website)
      You can use your credit or debit card to directly make the payment. Please note that processing charges for PayPal will be extra (4% of your cart total).
2018 Phugtal: Hike & Yoga trip to the monastery in a cave

Basic Package
June 22 to July 12, 2018 (21 Days)

With Add On
(Tso Moriri and Nubra Valley)
July 13-19, 2018 (7 Days)

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are requested to make a deposit of booking amount for trip package.

Basic Package (CAD 6,250.00)
Select Occupancy:
Select Add On:

CAD 2,083.13 CAD 6,250.00

PLEASE NOTE:
Booking Deposit is non-refundable. Full amount for this trip will need to be deposited 75 days before the trip starts (by Apr 08, 2018). Please read TOS for details.

 
ONLINE REGISTRATION: If you are paying by “Bank Deposit”, you will not be required to make any payment through this website. We still encourage/suggest our clients to go through the steps in the “Book Now” section to register themselves online. This helps us to keep your information updated. We will need this information to make hotel and travel bookings in India. Through your account profile, you will also be able to check the status of your payment. Thank You!

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: Two people sharing the same room. Separate beds
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: Each person has an individual room