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Phuktal Monastery Trek

9 Days

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Constructed in the 14th century, the Phuktal monastery is built around a natural cave, wedged into the mountain. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have resided here. According to legend, the spiritually gifted Rinchen Zangpo caused a spring to run through the cave, a tree to grow atop the cave and the cave to grow larger. Phuktal Gompa (Monastery) houses a main temple, prayer rooms, a library, numerous apartments, teaching facilities, a kitchen and the original cave and protected scared spring.

Total duration: 9 Days
Tour starts: Leh
Tour ends: Leh
Style of Trip: Jeep tour, Trekking, camping,
Max Altitude: 12,800 ft./ 3900 m
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Stays: Organized Camping/Village Homestays/ Hotels
Food: All meals on Treks and Homestays
Travel: Transfer, Sightseeing and trekking
Group Capacity: Max 10 min 6

Day-wise Program

Day1: Leh to Kargil (by road, 6-7 hrs)

- Arrive at leh .
- Roots ladakh will organise pick up to Kargil from Srinagar or Leh. 
- The cost of transportation to the base camp will have to be borne by the trekkers (to be shared).
- It will take 6-7 hours to reach Kargil. You will spend the night in Kargil for rest and acclimatization.
- Night will be spent at a Hotel in Kargil.

Day2: Kargil to Padum (by road, 10-12 hrs)

- Start the day by 4am. A cab will pick you up from your hotel for the journey to Padum
- The journey is as long and tedious as it is fulfilling. You will go through the Suru valley, then along the Zanskar River. The bare peaceful mountains will take your breath away.
- You will reach Padum by early evening, so you can stretch out and go by the market and grab a bite before checking into your room.
- Spend the night at a home stay or hotel in Padum

Day3: Padum – Icher (by road, 2 hrs) – Anmu (trek, 3 hrs)

- Drive from Padum to Icher in the morning (2 hours), after a local breakfast. 
- Lunch at Icher and start the trek to Anmu (3900 m).
- The trail starts on a straight path along a motorable road till Anmu which is broken in parts. 
- The road runs along Tsarap River and is lush and scenic.
- Spend the night at Angmo’s Home Stay.

Day4: Anmu – Cha (trek, 2-3hrs)

- After a healthy breakfast, trek from Anmu to Cha.
- The trek is 7 km long and goes along the Tsarap River
- The trail is fairly flat with a few minor ascents and descents. You definitely won’t get bored of the view.
- Spend the night at a home stay in Cha.

Day5: Cha – Phuktal (trek, 3 hrs) – Cha (trek, 2 hrs) -  Anmu (trek, 2 hrs)

- Start the day with first light and trek up to Phuktal from Cha.
- The trek is a couple of kilometers long and is fairly easy.
- Enjoy Phuktal and Lungnak. This place is so cut off and remote, it emanates peace.
- Trek back to Anmu via Cha. You will reach Cha by evening. Get some rest at cha. The trail is a gradual descent and continues to follow the Tsarap River.
- Spend the night at Angmo’s Home Stay in Anmu.

Day6: Anmu – Icher (trek, 3-4 hrs)  - Padum (by road, 3hrs)

- Post breakfast, trek back to Icher from Anmu.
- Grab lunch at Icher and catch a jeep to Padum.
- Reach Padum by evening and get some rest and some local dinner.
- Spend the night at a home stay or hotel in Padum.

Day7: Padum Layover

- Spend the day at leisure in Padum.
- Local sightseeing tour will be organized.
- Visit the local market, scenic points and monasteries.
- Spend the night at a home stay or hotel in Padum.

Day8: Padum – Kargil (by road, 10-12 hrs)

- Leave from Padum by 5 am for Kargil. 
- Take a breakfast stop on the way and reach kargil by evening.
- Spend the evening at leisure and get some rest before your departure. You can come by the Roots café for a yummy bite too.
- Spend the night at hotel in Kargil

Day9: Depart from Kargil to Leh

- Your journey with us ends here. Check out by noon and depart from Kargil.
- We will be glad to book a cab for you to Srinagar or Leh.

Cost

On Request

Cost Includes

- Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House/Home stays in Kargil on twin sharing basis
- Transport: Transfers from trek points and campsites to hotel in Kargil
- Meals: Breakfast & dinner at guest house/hotel in Leh. While on the trip all meal & snacks will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared on camps. 
- Professional trekking guide/Lead, one Assistant guide, helpers and kitchen staff would accompany the group.
- Trekking permits
- Airport and Trekking point transfers from hotel
- Equipment: sleeping bags, tents, gaiters, mattresses, safety gear, oxygen cylinders.
- Rubber gum boots

Cost Excludes

- Personal equipment such as walking sticks, rain coats, gloves etc
- International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
- Travel/Medical Insurance
- Medical emergency and evacuation
- Monument/monastery and Museum visit fees. . 
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry. 
- Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc. 
- Additional porter/mule
- Personal Mules & porters. You can request for one in advance while booking 
- Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc. 
- Cost incurred due to change / extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc.

Fixed Departure dates

Trip specific information

Trip Essentials

What to carry? If you want to enjoy the trek, Travel Light!

- Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence) 
- No suitcases. Opt for 70 to 90 litre backpacks
- Water-proof trekking shoes
- One down jacket or warmer for chilly nights
- Rain poncho or jacket/windcheater (a must!)
- Thermal inner (not advisable to wear it while trekking)
- Trekking pants (one spare)
- Sun block
- Hat
- Sun goggles
- Trekking pole
- Spare under garments and socks (three pairs max)
- Flashlight with extra batteries (preferably wearable)
- Water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one litre capacity
- Personal toiletries
- Power bank (if you want to use phone camera)
- That book you’ve been meaning to read

Booking & Cancelation

Booking a trip with us – How it works?

For scheduled trips, you can directly send a booking enquiry by clicking on Book Now next to each event. Send in your basic details asked for in the booking form. We will get back to you with the detailed itinerary, trip essentials and payment details.

Booking a trip with us is a two step process.

Step 1:
Pay 10% in advance and secure your seat. You are required to send us a confirmation email with the copy of the bank payment slip to journeys@rootsladakh.in

Step 2:
In order for us to secure your booking, pay the remaining 90% prior to the date of departure. Upon payment, you are required to send us the following details by email to journeys@rootsladakh.in:

- Scanned copy of the Medical fitness certificate attested by a certified medical practitioner
- Scanned copy of Payment slip from the bank for payment of 90% of the booking amount.
- Please specify if you need a mule/porter so that we can arrange for one in advance. You can make the payment once you are here
- Specify if you want a single room for yourself. Cost will be communicated to you upon request

Upon receiving these details, we will confirm your booking and the receipt of our payment by email. You can correspond with us over the same email id for any further queries. We are happy to help!

NOTE:
- Booking is secured temporarily upon payment of 10% of the amount
- Bookings will be confirmed after the 90% payment is received prior to date of departure.
- For bookings made within less than 15 days of the date of departure, the full amount must be paid in advance.

All payments must be made by (online) bank transfer/cheque/demand draft to the following account:

Account Name: Roots Ladakh
Account No: 35030436859
Account Type: Current
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Kargil
IFSC Code: SBIN0001390

Cancellation – How it works?

For scheduled trips, we reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrolment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants.
If the trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrolment, you will be intimated at least a week in advance. We will cancel the trip if the group size is less than six, one week before the start of the journey.

In case of voluntary cancellation, send us a notice by email to journeys@rootsladakh.in with the subject line “Requesting cancellation --”

- 30% of the total amount will be retained as cancellation fee if the trip is canceled 30-21 days prior to date of   journey.
- 50% of the total amount will be retained as cancellation fee if the trip is canceled 21-15 days prior to date of journey. 
- 70% of the total amount will be retained as cancellation fee if the trip is canceled 15-07 days prior to date of   journey.
- No refund will be granted on cancellation done within one week of the date of journey.
- No refund will be granted for portion/portions of the journey not performed by the traveler.
- No refund will be granted in case of non-performance of journey due to external and natural events.
- The refund process will take atleast 10 to 15 days working days.
- In the event of any dispute, the matter shall be resolved under the jurisdiction of the District Court, Kargil.

Terms specific to scheduled trips:

- If the remainder 90% is not received 15 days prior to the date of departure, the booking will be considered as cancelled and will be made open for other interested participants. The 10% advance will be retained as cancellation fee
- Full refund will be made for trips cancelled by us due to inadequate enrollment

Services included in the cost is subject to the individual trip. You can refer to the trip itinerary details to see what services are included in the cost. Following are the services that are usually excluded from the cost, unless specified in the particular itinerary:

- International & Domestic flight fares
- Travel Insurance
- Accommodation in Srinagar/Leh
- Taxi from Leh/Srinagar to Kargil
- Monument/monastery and Museum visit fees.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry.
- Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
- Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
- Cost incurred due to change / extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc.

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