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Kenyan Safari

Day 1

Nairobi

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these to give to your leader. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed at an outdoor village.

Notes: Petty theft is common in Nairobi. As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt. Your hotel room or reception may also have a safe in which to store things. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn’t safe to walk – particularly for later in the day. Be careful not to leave bags unattended on chairs or the floor when you’re in a bar or restaurant. Without being paranoid, appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Also, make scans of important travel documents and email them to yourself – this will save you hours of time in paperwork if anything does happen.

Day 2

Lake Nakuru

Drive north-west past splendid views of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha and Elementaita to Lake Nakuru National Park (approximately 3–4 hours). Situated in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park’s small and compact area, based around the often flamingo-filled lake, makes a great location for spotting wildlife. Along with the other members of the Big Five game, Lake Nakuru is home to rhinos, and there will be a good chance of spotting and photographing one of these magnificent beasts. Your exclusive camp, outside the park, is well situated and has flush toilets and showers. Accommodation upgrades and WiFi are not available.

Day 3

Lake Naivasha

Head to a nearby village with your guide. This is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the local folk and get a feel for everyday life here. Then you’ll drive from Lake Nakuru to your camp near Lake Naivasha (approximately 3 hours). One of the few freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha has floating islands of papyrus reeds and a border of flat-topped acacias. It’s also home to a healthy population of hippos and a tremendous variety of birds. There will be an opportunity to access an ATM and visit a market today to stock up for the remainder of the trip. Your campsite tonight is basic, with showers and flush toilets. Depending on availability, there may be the option to upgrade to a room. WiFi is available at the bar.

Day 4

Lake Naivasha

Enjoy some free time today. There are various optional activities to choose from. Perhaps venture to Hell’s Gate National Park, which boasts beautiful cliffs, gorges, rock towers, volcanoes and a range of geothermal phenomena. Another great choice is to take a boat trip across Lake Naivasha – perhaps the best way to take in the atmosphere of this lush area. If you’re looking for something active, perhaps hire a bike for the day and make some of your own discoveries, venturing beyond the cacti and olive trees.

Day 5

Loita Hills

Depart Lake Naivasha, making a short stop in Narok to do a spot of food shopping. Continue to Loita Hills (approximately 5–6 hours), stopping for lunch en route. Today’s drive crosses the Great Rift Valley, Africa’s immense and spectacular great divide, and takes you into the remote region of Loita Hills. This is the home of the traditional Maasai people. You will visit the Maasai, who are known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and gain an insight into the culture and ancient ways of this proud East African community. After setting up your tent, meet your Maasai hosts. A local elder will deliver a fascinating talk about the Maasai and their history and culture. You’ll be shown around a traditional Maasai home and see where the resident cattle are kept. Showers, upgrades and WiFi are not available at tonight’s bush camp.

Day 6

Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel from Loita to Masai Mara (approximately 1–2 hours). The road is dusty when dry, and could be slippery and soft when wet, so the going may be slow. The Masai Mara is the quintessential African experience, with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and some of the world’s most tremendous animals. After setting up camp, sit down to some lunch. Then it’s time to jump back on board the truck and go for a game drive through the wilderness of the Mara. You campground tonight is located outside of the national reserve and has flush toilets and showers. There is an option to upgrade, depending on availability. WiFi is not available here however.

Day 7

Masai Mara National Reserve

Venture into the Masai Mara National Reserve for a full day’s game drive. You’ll explore this diverse environment and most likely see a multitude of wildlife. An optional balloon ride over the Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you have pre-booked this activity (see the ‘Important Notes’ section) you will be picked up before dawn and driven to the launch site for a safety briefing from your pilot. Then you will glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, which provides amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes you will ascend, getting an overview of the enormity of the plains and of the early morning movements of the teeming herds. After landing, you’ll be treated to a bush breakfast, then be returned to your campsite.

Notes: The balloon ride is offered as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a place. If you would rather wait and try to get a better price by booking this locally on the ground, you are welcome to, but keep in mind that this is a popular activity and places are limited.

Day 8

Nairobi

Say goodbye to the open expanses of the African bush and return to the bustling metropolis of Nairobi (approximately 5–6 hours). No accommodation is provided for tonight, but this can be arranged – please enquire at the time of booking this trip. You can be dropped at your hotel upon arrival in Nairobi.

Notes: It’s important not to book any outgoing international flights for earlier than 6 pm today.

Inclusions

Meals – 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport – Overland vehicle

Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Included activities

Lake Nakuru – Game Drive
Lake Nakuru – Village walk
Loita Hills – Cultural talk and village visit
Masai Mara – Game drive

Get in touch

For more details, send us an inquiry.

Write to us on tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or dilip@buffyfish.com or call +91-9158351185 / +91-9168245755

Stok la Trek

Stok – La Pass trek

Its a beautiful and scenic trek with a easy to medium grade difficulty not making it very strenuous

Dates

Sept 4th to Sept 9th 2016

Detailed Itinerary

Sept 4th – Arrival in Leh . Rest & acclimatization day. Overnight in Hotel .
Sept 5th – Rest & Acclimatization . Drive to Zingchen in the evening . Overnight at camp.
Sept 6th – Trek from Zingchen to Rumbak . Overnight at camp through the Hemis National park .
Sept 7th – Trek from Rumbak to Manokarmo over Stok la  pass ( about 4950 Mts ) . Overnight in Camp .
Sept 8th – Trek from Manokarmo to Stok village . Drive from Stok Village to Leh . Overnight in hotel.

Cost of the package

INR 24,950 + 4.5% ST.

Inclusions

  • 2 nights in the hotel Himalayan residency on Map plan twin sharing basis.
  • 3 nights of overnight camping.
  • Experienced and qualified Guide.
  • Support staff like cook and helper boys.
  • All trekking permits.
  • All inner line permits.
  • All ground transportation for the trek in private cars.
  • Airport pick up and drop.

The last day to register for this trek is Wednesday, August 10th.

There is more that you can do if you wish to stay back

Sept 8th onwards, if you want to stay back, there is a range of Adventure activities that could be arranged on actuals

  • Hotel night would cost INR 2150 per head on Map plan on double sharing basis.
  • White water rafting INR 1900 for a day trip.
  • Khardungla pass: Drive up to the highest motor-able road in the world. (can be arranged on actuals)
  • Trip to Khardungla / Monasteries (can be arranged on actuals)

Beyond Wild – Ranthambore

Dates

5th Nov – 10th Nov 2016
25th Dec – 30th Dec 2016
25th – 30th Jan 2017

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Board the 12955 BCT JP Express at 18:50 pm from Mumbai Central.

Day 2

Reach Sawai Madhopur at 10:30 am and check-in at the resort. A delicious breakfast would be awaiting you here, following which you get leisure time. Over lunch we will discuss our plan of action over the next few days. In the afternoon, we go on our first safari. A brief session on the various photographic opportunities in the jungle would be conducted by our experts in the evening.

Day 3

Today, we enter into the park for a morning safari ride. Get your cameras in action! In the evening, we will go for yet another safari in the magical Ranthambhore landscape. Our guides and experts would search for the tiger, the elusive leopard and other birds and mammals found in this iconic jungle. We return to the resort by late evening for a relaxed group session!

Day 4

Today, we take 2 safari rides in the forest. We search for the creatures who eluded us on the previous day! Enjoy a campfire at night!

Day 5

Our last safari ride into the forest! Explore the great wilderness for one last time before bidding adieu to the jungle! After lunch we head towards Mumbai by the JP BCT SupFast Express 3AC.

Day 6

Reach Borivali by 6:40 am / Mumbai Central by 7:40 am. Tour concludes. We will arrange transport for Pune campers at an extra cost.

Cost of the package

Double Sharing (Safaris By Canter):
Rs 17900 per person

Triple Sharing (Safaris By Canter):
Rs 16900 per person

Double Sharing (Safaris By Gypsy):
Rs 20900 per person

Triple Sharing (Safaris By Gypsy):
Rs 19900 per person

Photographer’s Gypsy Increment (4 People In A Gypsy):
Rs 3800 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation in a wildlife lodge.
  2. All meals ex-Sawai Madhopur.

  3. Internal transportation by Innovas / similar vehicle.

  4. Safari charges including entry, permits, guide and camera charges.

  5. Services of 1 or more BEYOND WILD wildlife expert.

  6. Return train fare via 3 tier AC.

Exclusions

  1. Food during train travel.

  2. Any airfare.

  3. personal expenses such as soft drinks, hard drinks, laundry etc.

  4. Any item not included in the list of inclusions.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in touch

For more details on our wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

Beyond Wild – Corbett

Dates

15th – 20th Nov 2016
25th – 30th Dec 2016
8th Mar – 13th Mar 2017

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
People traveling by train should arrive in Delhi by 12 noon.
Fly to Delhi and departure for Ramnagar by the Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti Express post lunch. Overnight at Ramnagar.
Day 2
Today, we take 2 safaris in the magnificent Bijrani zone, famous for the female tiger called ‘Charamma’ who is regularly seen along with her 4 cubs.
Day 3
After breakfast, we leave for Dhikala, one of the most popular areas of the Park. Here we have morning and evening safaris into the famed grasslands (chaurs) of Corbett. Dhikala offers an uninterrupted panoramic view of the valley. We set out in search of the tiger that is often spotted in the open grasslands. Overnight at Dhikala.
Day 4
Today, we have two more safaris into the forest. Four safaris old, we are now familiar with the alternating chaurs and dense forests interrupted by the Ramganga and its tributaries. On our trails, we witness the rich avifauna of the region and go scouring for Cinereous Vultures, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Tawny Fish Owls, Great Slaty Woodpeckers, red-billed leiothrix and many other birds. Overnight at Dhikala.
Day 5
Today we have our final safaris in Dhikala. Post dinner, we leave for Ramnagar, from where we leave for Delhi by the Corbett Park Link Express at 10:00 pm.
Day 6
We arrive at Delhi early morning and fly back.
Please note: Notify us beforehand for train bookings.

Cost of the package

Triple Sharing:
Rs 20900 per person

Double Sharing:
Rs 22900 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Return transfers by Gypsies from Ramnagar to resort and back.
  2. 6 (complete) + 2 (en-route) jungle safaris in the Corbett National Park in
    the company of expert guides and local drivers). This includes the park
    entry fees, driver and guide charges and the vehicle rent. In addition, we
    have 1 walking trail in the rich Corbett buffer for birding along with our
    experts and local experts.
  3. Accommodation with all meals (from Delhi to Delhi) at the selected resorts for 4 nights.
  4. Services of ‘Beyond Wild’ wildlife expert/s.

  5. Discussions, inputs and lots of knowledge-sharing on wildlife.
    6.Tips, tricks and sessions on wildlife photography and animal behavior.
    7.Govt. Service tax of 3.09%.
  6. Tips and gratuities from our side to the hotel and safari staff.
  7. Return Delhi-Ramnagar-Delhi train fare in AC coaches.
  8. Visits to genuinely local handicraft shops.
  9. Interactions with local wildlife experts and naturalists.

Exclusions

  1. Food during train travel.
  2. Any airfare.
  3. personal expenses such as soft drinks, hard drinks, laundry etc.
  4. Any item not included in the list of inclusions.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in touch

For more details on our wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

Beyond Wild – Pench

Dates

2nd Nov – 7th Nov 2016

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Depart from Pune via Pune Nagpur Express
Day 2
Nagpur by 9 AM. Drive to Pench. Evening safari.
Day 3
Morning and evening safaris in Pench. (Optional night safari at an additional cost of 3900/- per gypsy).
Day 4
Morning and evening safaris in Pench.
Day 5
Morning safari in Pench. Drive to Nagpur.
Day 6
Reach Pune.

Cost of the package

Triple Sharing:
INR 17, 900 per person

Double Sharing:
INR 18, 900 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation at 3-star wildlife lodges at Pench .These would be selected so as to give

you a very comfortable stay (with AC, etc), great food and lots of birding around the resort.

  1. All meals from breakfast on day 1 to lunch on day 4 (daily morning tea, breakfast, lunch

evening tea and dinner).

  1. All 6 Safaris in open-air gypsies with all permits and entries.
  2. All surface transfers by an AC Innova (Nagpur-Pench, Pench-Nagpur).

  3. Services of a Beyond Wild wildlife expert cum tour guide.

  4. Daily sessions on photography and animal behavior.

  5. All Govt. service taxes and other duties.

Exclusions

  1. Anything not mentioned in ‘Inclusions’ section above.

  2. Extra meals, drinks and mineral water.

  3. Airfare and railfare.

  4. Laundry, internet and telephone charges.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in Touch

For more details on our wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

You could also fill up this form and send us your queries 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Nepal, 2017

BuffyFish and Bohemian Adventures, bring to you, a trek to Annapurna Base Camp.

This trek is for all adventurous individuals above 16 years of age.

Annapurna, Nepal

Annapurna is not just a mountain; rather it is a 55 kilometer long massif in the Nepal Himalayas, including hundreds of peaks and glaciers, along with the tenth highest mountain, Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m). It is also the main source of Sapta Gandaki river system, earning the status ‘Goddess of Food’.

In the year 1950 Mt Annapurna became the first mountain above 8000 meters to be climbed. This pioneering feat in mountaineering was achieved by French nationals, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal who were part of an all French team lead by Maurice Herzog.

Annapurna Circuit which takes around 2 weeks is the most popular trail in this region due to its diverse landscape ranging from sub-tropical forests to high alpine peaks and passes then to barren trans-Himalayan region.

The trek

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp on the other hand is a totally different experience. It takes around 8-10 days. The base camp is located in the heart of the region and surrounded by the Himalayas in a 360 degree range.

Even the trail on the ridge of Mt. Mardi, above 3500 m, is becoming popular for its on top scenic view and less crowd. Along with international popularity, the best part of trekking in this region are the well maintained trekking trails and sustainable facilitated tea-house lodges which makes trekking in this region easy and safe.

This is certainly one of the best trekking destinations in the Himalayas. The experience of being surrounded by mountains, glaciers and moraines in all directions is just mind blowing. Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), which is seen towards north of Pokhara is now at south, Mt. Annapurna I is at north, Mt. Annapurna South is west (seems just a few hours walk to the top) and Mt. Himchuli, Tent Peak, etc towards the east.

Itinerary

Day 0 – Kathmandu – Pokhara
Day 1 – Pokahra – Nayapul – 1.5hrs (By Car) – 1010m, Nayapul – Jhinu – 6hrs – 1750m
Day 2 – Jhinu – Bamboo 8-9hrs 2310m
Day 3 – Bamboo – Machhapuchhre Base Camp – 10hrs – 3700m
Day 4 – Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp – 4hrs – 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp – Machhapuchhre Base Camp – 3hrs – 3700m
Day 5 – Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Sinuwa – 6-7hrs – 2350m
Day 6 – Sinuwa – Jhinu – 3-4hrs – 1750m
Jhinu Hot Spring – 40 mins (round trip) 1780m
Day 7 – Jhinu – Nayapul – 6hrs – 1010m, Nayapul – Pokhara – 1.5hrs (By Car)
Day 8 – Pokhara – Kathmandu

Cost of the trek

With Kathmandu-Pokhara Return Flight

Rs 90,000/- per person

Inclusions

1. Tea house lodging, 3 vegetarian meals (any 2 items of the menu at Breakfast and 1 dish for Lunch and Dinner) and 3 teas for all members of the team for the number of trekking days mentioned above on twin sharing basis.
2. Experienced and mountaineering qualified, English speaking, first-aid trained trekking leader and guides (1 guide to every 3 clients).
3. All National Park permits, entry fees and the TIMS card.
4. All porterage charges, with 1 porter for 2 clients. (Includes porter fees, stay, meals, insurance, equipment, etc.) Please note that a maximum of 10kgs of luggage is permissible per person for the trek.
5. Medical First Aid in case of minor ailments.
6. Land transport from Pokhara to the Road Head at Nayapul and back.
7. 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Pokhara with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
8. Four season sleeping bag and walking stick (which must be returned at the end of the trek. The cost incurred due to loss or damaging of any item will be borne by the concerned person).
9. Trail packs with dry fruits and juice for all the days of the trek.
10.Welcome and farewell dinners.
11. Vehicle transfer from your port of arrival to the Hotel and from the Hotel to your port of departure. However, this is only within the city of Pokhara. We shall not be providing land transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
12. The cost also includes a Service Tax of 4.5%.

Note: In the event that a person chooses the option with the return flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara we shall also provide vehicle transfers from the airport to the Hotel and from the Hotel to the Airport.

Exclusions

1. Any and all personal expenses incurred outside of the items mentioned in the “Cost Includes” section.
2. International flights. (And domestic flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back if you have chosen the non return flight option.)
3. Excess hotel stay in Kathmandu or in Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure and also an early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary.
4. Excess boarding and lodging in Pokhara or in Kathmandu due to cancellation or delay of flights.
5. Any expenses arising from a medical illness or rescue needed due to high altitude sickness or any other ailment/injury/accident that requires more than basic First Aid.
6. Insurance (Medical and General).
7. Helicopter evacuation.
8. Personal expenses incurred such as soft and alcoholic beverages, laundry charges, cigarettes and telephone, solar battery recharge and internet expenses.
9. Meals, tea and hot drinking or washing up water or mineral water except as mentioned in “Cost Includes” section.
10. Baths on the trek. We would advise you to not bathe on the trek as it would exponentially increase chances of a medical ailment.
11. Excess baggage amounts levied by the local airline (The domestic twin engine flights in Nepal allow 15kg of baggage per person.
12. Tips for porters and guides.
13. Personal porter hiring.
14. Cost of bottled or boiled water, excess tea, coffee or soups other than the provided menu.

Get in Touch

For more details, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

Eco-Traveler – Himalayan Trek to Pin Parvati Pass

Region: – Himachal
Duration: – 11 Days
Grade: – Difficult
Max Altitude: – 17,500 Ft
Approx. Trekking Distance covered: 110 Kms

Summary

Pin Parvati Pass trek is challenging because of the walk over the glaciers. We will begin in the Parvati Valley in Kullu and end in Pin Valley in Spiti. The trek begins in Manikaran. We will come across several villages, alpine mountains, meadows and lakes. We will come across glaciers as we trek upstream, the Parvati River. Before reaching Spiti Valley, we will cross the Pin Parvati Pass 5219m (17,122 ft.). This is the highest point of our trek. We will explore valleys of Spiti and the monasteries before driving back to Manali through Kaza and Rohtang Pass.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival early 7:00am at Manali-Chandertal camp.

  • Arrive early morning at 7:00am at THE ADVENTURE GATE office in Manali, near SBI Bank.
  • Freshen-up.
  • Have Breakfast.
  • Move to Chandertal via Tempo Traveller.
  • Lunch at Chattru.
  • Reach at 2pm.
  • 7kms before Chandertal will start trek for Chandertal.
  • For acclimatization trek we will reach Chandertal camp.
  • Have tea snacks.
  • Soup, dinner and overnight stay at camp.

Day 02: Chandertal to Mudd

  • Today we will go to Mudd in a Tempo Traveler.
  • Mudd is the Last Village of pin valley.
  • Pack lunch at Kaza.
  • Around 3:00pm reach Mudd village.
  • From there it is a 20-minute trek to Mudd camp.
  • Tea and snack in the evening.
  • Soup, dinner and overnight stay at Mudd Camp.

Day 3: Mudd to Wichkurung Thatch

  • It is a 4-5 hour walk from Mud village.
  • The whole route is on a broad mud road till Wichkurung Thach.
  • he views of the Spiti valley are incredible.
  • Evening reach Wichkurung Thach camp.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Camp.

Day 04: Wichkurung Thatch to Pin valley side camp

  • The trail gets better as we proceed through the Pin Parvati Valley.
  • We will also have to cross a few streams, so a pair of trainer shoes in your day bag would suffice.
  • Edelweiss’ and other flowers can be seen along the way.
  • The mountains change colors which is unique.
  • In the evening, the sunlight will make the scenery even more beautiful.
  • We will then reach the small picturesque village of Pin base which is on the river side.
  • Tea and snacks will be provided in the evening.
  • Soup, dinner and overnight stay at base camp.

Day 05: Pin valley side camp to Camp1 .4800mtr

  • Start trek for CAMP1.
  • It is a 5-hour trek.
  • We will go through big boulder valleys.
  • We will follow the mountain ridge, cross the glacier and in the evening reach CAMP1
  • This area is a glacier area. We will pitch the tents on the glacier.
  • Next day from this point, the Pin pass will be easy to cross.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Camp 1.

Day 06: Camp1 .4800mtr-PIN PASS-Mantalai Lake

  • It is an easy trek all the way to the pass
  • We will start the trek at 9:30am and at around11:00amwe will summit and cross the pass.
  • We will spend half an hour at the pass and after clicking photos we will descend to Mantalai lake camp.
  • We will will see the beautiful green, lush area while descending down.
  • We will see the origin of Parvati River.
  • Evening reach Mantalai camp.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Mantalai camp.

Day 07: Mantalai (13400 Ft, 5 hours) to Thakurkuan

  • We will continue our walk gradually and descend on the right bank of the Parvati River.
  • Thakurkuan is a big meadow with a big ground having the rock face area on one side
  • Evening reach Thakurkuan camp
  • Tea and snacks will be provided in the evening
  • Soup, dinner and overnight stay at camp.

Day 08: Thakur Kuan (11,000ft, 5 hours) to Tunda Bhuj

  • The trail becomes different here and there are two very beautiful points here.
  • We will cross through a profusion of wild flowers, iris, buttercups, poppies, phulumises etc.
  • As you begin to gain some altitude, the scenery becomes prettier.
  • The initial descend across the Pandu Bridge, consists of two huge rocks over the river.
  • Many shepherds can be seen with their flocks on this route.
  • We will have reached the campsite in the evening.

Day 09: Tunda Bhuj (10,500ft, 5 hours) to Khirganga

  • There are two trails – trekkers tend to use the lower one, which goes through the fields of wild flowers.
  • This is a holy place of Lord Shiva. There is one hot spring “kundh”. People come here for a holy bath,
  • After a long trek you can take a dip in the hot water “kundh”
  • In the evening tea and snacks will be provided.
  • Soup, bonfire, dinner and overnight stay at camp.

Day 10: Khirganga to Barshaini- Manali via Tempo Traveler.

  1. There is one trail till Barshaini to Vehicle point.
  2. On this trail you will see people doing the trek to Keerganga,
  3. You can interact with local villagers.
  4. At 3:00pm we will reach the Vehicle point and drive to Manali in a Tempo Traveler.

Day 11:

This is a buffer day and we might end up camping for an extra night if there is some change in weather or if someone falls sick.

Cost: – INR 23,500/-

Inclusions:-
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping).

  1. Meals while on trek (Veg.).
  2. Transport till road head and return. (Kullu to Barsheni and return to Manali).

  3. Trek equipment like sleeping bag, tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, mattress, and crampons.

  4. One night accommodation in Kaza on Day 10 (As per itinerary) twin/triple sharing.

  5. Qualified & experienced trek leader, guide and support staff.

  6. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

  7. Entry Permits

Exclusions
1.    Any kind of personal expenses.

  1. Porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Insurance.

  • Hotel accommodation in Manali.

  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the “Inclusions” section.

  • Note:

    Trekker must have done at least one Himalayan trek before (14000 Ft.)

    Normally TTH expects you to carry your personal luggage on your own; if you don’t want to carry your backpack you can give it to the porter, but you have to inform us in advance and you will have to pay Rs. 400/- extra per day per bag.

    To book the Trek/adventure program please call us on the given number. For confirmation of tour you have to deposit the initial amount via bank transfer.

    Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
    The fees can be paid by online bank transfer/check/demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please send us a confirmation e-mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your booking.

    Get in touch

    For more details, please call +91-8087698461.

    Ladakh Photo Tour, 2017

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    BuffyFish and Lifetime Memoirs bring to you an 11-day photo tour of Ladakh

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    25th August 2016 – 4th September 2016

    Summary

    The primary goal of this trip will be to try and better your photography skills. Our expert professional photographer/guide Hrishikesh Puranik will accompany you on the tour.

    On this trip you will witness the local culture of Ladakh first hand – try the delicious, local food, learn about the history of Ladakh, interact with the locals, do some street photography, walk and discover cafes and restaurants in Leh and other towns and villages, visit some beautiful monasteries, visit high passes, visit beautiful mesmerizing lakes of Ladakh, star gaze under the clear skies of Ladakh, walk around small villages and quaint towns, shop and much more.

    Here is what you will learn in the photography sessions which will be conducted on the Ladakh photo tour

    • Landscape, Himalayan lifestyle and portrait photo opportunities.
    • On location Hands-on photography assistance.
    • Extensive learning off-field during travel and hotel sessions.
    • Daily Image-reviews, post-processing discussions.
    • Post-Tour guidance, advice and assistance.
    • Sunrise and sunset photography.
    • Suitable for beginners and amateurs.
    • One to one attention with small group (max 10).

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 – 25th August 2016, Thursday – Leh

    Arrival and acclimatization day

    You will arrive in Leh on this day.

    This is a rest day for acclimatization. We will take it slow and get used to the altitude. We will have local food for breakfast (not included) as we will reach early in the morning in Leh.

    We will rest for a couple of hours after arrival and settle down in the hotel.

    For lunch, visit a vegetarian restaurant called Norlakh, situated in the main bazaar neat state bank of India and indulge in some local Tibetan cuisine.

    Post lunch you can go back to the hotel or choose to sit in a café and gossip.

    In the evening, we will go for a small walk around Leh and visit the Shanti Stupa, which gives a panoramic view of Leh city, which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

    We will also visit old Leh which has narrow lanes and alleys, mud-brick houses and quaint ruined gompas. The peculiarity of the houses in this area is that they do not have windows.

    Indulge in the local food in the cafes of Leh. Try the thukpas, which is a local noodle soup served with spicy chutney. Try the thukpas with the “khambir”, local baked bread. You can try the momos too. These can be found at any restaurant or café in Leh.

    Overnight at hotel in Leh.

    Day 2 – 26th August 2016, Friday

    Visit to the Hemis, Thiksay and Shey Monasteries

    Post breakfast, we will visit the Thiksay, Shey and Hemis monasteries.

    Thiksay monastery is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh. It serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks. It holds the huge indoor Maitreya Buddha statue in a two storied building. It is also a smaller version of the Potala palace in Lhasa.

    Following this, we visit the Shey Palace. This was the summer capital of the old rulers of Ladakh.

    We will then visit Hemis monastery which is situated 45kms from Leh. It is the biggest gompa in Leh. It is situated on a green hill, amidst surrounded some spectacular mountains.

    After returning to Leh, we will visit the Hall of Fame which is open till 7:00pm.

    Dinner at the Desert Rain restaurant in Leh. This restaurant has the best espresso café in town.

    Overnight at the hotel in Leh.

    Day 3 – 27th August 2016, Saturday

    Turtuk (via Khardung-La, Diskit, Hunder)

    Post an early morning breakfast, we will start our drive towards Nubra valley, the cold desert. We will cross Khardung-la, which is the highest motorable pass in Ladakh, located at an altitude of 5,359m (18,380ft). We will stop for a cup of tea at the pass and view the valley of Nubra and the mountains from here.

    We will then visit the Chamba statue of Diskit (headquarter of Nubra valley). The chamba statue is 100 ft tall situated on a hill overlooking the entire beautiful valley.

    We will get to see some double hump Bactrian camels of Hunder, which are only found in this area. We will also see some famous sand dunes of Hunder.

    Later in the evening we will reach the quaint, last village on the border of India and Pakistan, called Turtuk.

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Turtuk.

    Day 4 – 28th August 2016, Sunday

    Turtuk – Leh

    We will have breakfast early in the morning and walk around the town of Turtuk.

    Turtuk is the last village on India-Pakistan border. Civilians are allowed to visit it. Turtuk is the only part of Baluchistan which is in India now. The village was in Pakistan until 1971. In the war that happened in 1972, India won Turtuk. We will get to see the India-Pak border and check-posts. We will take a small walk around the village and see some quaint architecture. We start our journey back to Leh after a short visit to the village, and reach Leh by evening. The journey from Turtuk to Leh is 8 hours by road.

    Rest of the day at leisure.

    Dinner at Zoya café in Leh. Learn about history of Buddhism with the monks there and enjoy the artists paint their renditions of Leh.

    Overnight at the hotel in Leh

    Day 5 – 29th August 2016, Monday

    Leh – Pangong tso

    We will start our journey, early in the morning post breakfast. We will go through some beautiful mountain ranges of Ladakh and reach the mesmerizing, blue Pangong lake.

    Enroute we pass Chang la (17,000 plus ft) known as the third highest motorable road in the world. We will reach Pangong-tso by lunchtime. We will stay at a campsite on the bank of the blue waters of the mighty Pangong-tso.

    In the evening we will witness the beautiful sun set behind the golden mountains near Pangong-tso.

    Rest of the evening you can walk around the lake and soak-in the beauty of the lake and surroundings by being with yourself.

    Dinner and overnight at campsite in Pangong-tso.

    Post dinner you can choose to watch the stars above the lake.

    Day 6 – 30th August 2016, Tuesday

    Pangong tso – Leh

    We will wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise at Pangong-tso. Post breakfast, we will start our return journey for Leh.

    After returning to Leh, we will vist the Leh Palace and Chamba temple before 4pm. Visit the main square of the city of Leh. You can visit the area around the Jama Masjid which is situated the main square.

    You can also indulge in some street photography.

    You can visit Lala’s art café in Leh in the evening and spend time talking and gossiping.

    Dinner at KC Garden restaurant in Leh.

    Overnight at the hotel in Leh.

    Day 7 – 31st August 2016, Wednesday

    Leh-Alchi-Lamayuru-Alchi

    Early morning, post breakfast, we will begin our journey towards the Srinagar-Leh highway and reach Lamayuru.

    Enroute we will visit the Magnetic hill, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus.

    Lamayuru is situated right after the Fotu-La, and is famous for its moonland landscapes that are carved out in the mountains nearby. If time permits, we will climb the meditation hill near the monastery and view the spectacular moonland landscapes.

    We will then make our way for Alchi, which has the famous 12th century UNESCO world heritage monastery. It is a beautiful monastery located on the banks of the Indus river. There are plenty of apricots that are found in abundance in Alchi. We will walk around the villages near Alchi.

    Dinner at a restaurant in Alchi,

    Overnight at hotel in Alchi.

    Day 8 – 1st September 2016, Thursday

    Alchi-Leh

    Early morning, post breakfast, we will begin our return journey for Leh. If time permits, we will visit the Likir monastery.

    After reaching Leh, go for a walk and visit the donkey sanctuary.

    Visit Pumpernickel German bakery for an evening snack with coffee and cakes. Indugle in conversations with the owner of the cafe. You could also try some butter tea with some cakes at any other café.

    Dinner at Nirvana Garden Restaurant. Enjoy some live music.

    Overnight at hotel in Leh.

    Day 9 – 2nd September 2016, Friday

    Leh – Tso-moriri

    Post an early morning breakfast, we will begin our drive for the Tso-moriri wetland conservation reserve. It is a long 7-hour drive. Tso-moriri is located at an altitude of 4,522m. Enroute you will see some purple mountains and some quaint, beautiful villages. After reaching Tso-moriri we will visit the lake and walk around. We will also visit the Korzok village and walk among the fields. If time permits, we will visit a nomadic encampment and spend time with the nomads.

    Dinner and overnight at campsite near Tso-moriri lake.

    Day 10 – 3rd September 2016, Saturday

    Tso-moriri – Leh

    Post a heavy early morning breakfast, we will begin our return journey for Leh.

    Enroute stop for lunch.

    We will reach Leh around 3-4pm.

    Post lunch you can visit the Leh markets and do some shopping.

    Evening at leisure.

    Farewell dinner at Bon-appetit restaurant in Leh.

    Overnight at hotel in Leh

    Day 11 – 4th September 2016, Sunday

    Leh departure

    Early morning, drop off to the Leh airport to catch your return flight to your hometown.

    End of trip


    Cost of the 11-day trip

    INR 54,999/-

    Cost of return flights from Mumbai to Leh

    INR 4,999/-

    Offer valid till 10th August 2016

    Total cost of the package – INR 59,998/-


    Inclusions

    • Accommodation in standard hotels and campsites (at the lakes) for the days in the itinerary mentioned above.
    • Breakfast is included as mentioned in the itinerary above.
    • Local English speaking guide.
    • All inner line permits, parking fees and other permits.
    • Guide/Photographer and excellent photography tips.
    • All entries and fees for monasteries and museums and other sights.

    Exclusions

    • Return airfare/transport to Leh from your hometown
    • Lunches and Dinners on all the days is excluded.
    • Camel rides and other activities in Hunder.
    • Any medical expenses, medical evacuation, other evacuation.
    • Any other kind of transport.
    • Any entry to ongoing festivals in Ladakh,
    • Any other costs introduced by government or hotels or other body, at the last minute, due to various reasons.
    • Rafting is not included in the itinerary.
    • Bike costs are not included.
    • Any personal or shopping expenses of any kind
    • Mineral water, beverages, alcohol, table drinks etc.
    • Any snacks or meals not mentioned in the inclusions section above.
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section above. 

    What to carry on the trip to Ladakh

    Pack light! If you want to use your throw away clothes you can bring them on the trip. It is the best way to get rid of them. If you want reuse the clothes that you will be wearing you can do so. That will ensure you have packed light.

    Carry warm clothes – you will dress in layers of clothes to keep yourself protected from the cold at all times.

    1. A mediums sized, rucksack or a duffel bag or a stroller
    2. 1 small day pack to carry your water bottle, camera, small snacks, wallets etc
    3. One pair of good walking/trekking shoes – you will be wearing them all the time
    4. Clean cotton socks for 11 days
    5. 2 pairs of warm socks
    6. Floaters/chappals for using in the hotel/loos
    7. Trousers – 2 (you can choose to bring more)
    8. T-shirts – 3 (you can reuse them)
    9. Full sleeved t-shirts or shirts- 4 (you can reuse them and pack light)
    10. 1 woolen sweater
    11. 1 warm heavy jacket
    12. 1 woolen monkey cap – you can wear this all the time
    13. Carry a sun cap or a hat which you can wear with your balaclava
    14. Woolen gloves
    15. Cotton or woolen scarves/woolen stoles
    16. 1 pair of thermal wear
    17. 1 balaclava – if you do not have this you can get one in Leh
    18. Inner wear – as many as you think you will want
    19. Sleep-ins for you to sleep in. Make sure they are warm
    20. One cotton towel
    21. 2 small hand towels/face towels
    22. 1 water bottle. You can choose to get mineral water or refill your water bottle
    23. 1 Toiler paper roll
    24. Tissue paper packets
    25. 1 packet of wet wipes
    26. Sanitary napkins for women
    27. Tooth brush, tooth paste
    28. Soap/paper soap/hand wash
    29. Hand sanitizer
    30. Moisturizer lotion
    31. Cold Cream
    32. Perfumes/Deodorant sprays
    33. Good Sun Screen lotion with SPF 50 or more
    34. Other toiletries
    35. Lip cream, vaseline
    36. A pair of scissors
    37. Nail cutters
    38. Tweezers etc. if you want to carry them
    39. Oil for hair if you want to oil your hair
    40. Shampoo and conditioner
    41. Bathing soap/shower gel/loofah
    42. Sun glasses
    43. 1 Head lamp or torch, batteries + extra batteries for the head lamp or torch
    44. Memory cards for camera
    45. A DSLR Camera and all accessories that you would like to bring along with it
    46. Extra batteries for camera
    47. Chargers for your phone
    48. Charger for the camera
    49. Phone
    50. Lenses/glasses could be photo-chromatic
    51. Your own medical kit with personal medication
    52. Your Driving Licence or a valid government ID proof
    53. Spending money as in loose cash
    54. Extra ATM Cards if you want to carry them
    55. Diaries
    56. Pens
    57. Candies, chocolates
    58. Copy of your airline tickets
    59. A copy of your travel insurance
    60. A mind full of good will
    61. Yourself
    62. Smiles for the road

    Altitude Sickness

    Altitude sickness occurs when a human is acutely exposed to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It normally occurs above 2400meters or 8000feet. Anyone and everyone can be affected by altitude sickness. Most people can ascend to about 2400m without difficulty.

    Altitude sickness is also known as altitude illness, hypobaropathy, “the altitude bends” or soroche.

    It has 3 forms.

    Mild altitude sickness is also called acute mountain sickness. It is similar to having a hangover. It causes nausea, fatigue and headaches. It is very common. Some people are affected mildly while some feel awful.

    If a human experiences acute mountain sickness, then there is a chance of it developing more serious forms of altitude sickness like HAPE and HACE, both of which can be fatal within hours.

    Acute mountain sickness (or AMS) can lead to HAPE (or high altitude pulmonary edema). Excess fluids accumulate in the lungs. This can be life-threatening and can happen to anyone who goes above 2400m. If you experience any of the following symptoms then you may die soon
    • Difficulty in breathing or breathlessness
    • Cough
    • Weakness or decreased exercise performance
    • Chest tightness or congestion
    • Blue skin color
    • Rapid shallow breathing
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Crackles or wheezing, while breathing, in at least one lung field
    • In some cases, HAPE can cause a high temperature fever and coughing up frothy spit.

    One of the main causes of HAPE is a shortage of oxygen which is caused by lower air pressure at high altitudes.

    Acute mountain sickness can also lead to HACE (or high altitude cerebral edema). Excess fluids in the brain, leads to the swelling of the brain and this can happen because of the physiological effects of travelling at high altitude. Some of the symptoms are

    • Vomiting
    • Confusion
    • Clumsiness
    • Stumbling
    • Laziness
    • Excessive emotion
    • Excessive violence
    • Fever
    • Coordination of movement
    • Discomfort or pain in the eyes due to light exposure or by presence of actual physical sensitivity of the eyes
    • An altered mental state
    • Severe headaches
    • Hallucination in some cases
    • Stupor
    • Blurred vision
    • Paralysis
    • Drowsiness and loss of consciousness can occur shortly before death.

    It occurs when the body fails to acclimatize while ascending to a high altitude. It also occurs because of oxygen deprivation.

    Treatment of HAPE and HACE are

    • Immediate descent to lower altitudes is absolutely essential
    • Dexamethasone and acetazolamide should both be given, if available
    • Pressure bags and oxygen gas can buy time

    The main causes for altitude sickness are

    • Ascending faster than 500m per day
    • Exercising vigorously at high altitudes
    • Lower levels of oxygen at high altitudes
    • Every one including a physically fit person such as an Olympic athlete can get altitude sickness.

    To prevent high altitude sickness, one must ascend very slowly. One needs to acclimatize the body properly and get used to the altitude at every level. The body can acclimatize beautifully however, it needs enough time. It could take up to a week to adapt to an altitude of 5000m.

    Only one drug is currently known to prevent AMS and to be safe for this purpose: acetazolamide (diamox). It causes some minor side effects, such as tingling fingers and a funny taste in the mouth.
    Content reference

    http://www.altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness

    There is no known cure for altitude sickness. Although these methods have been tried and it helps in reducing symptoms

    • Stay well hydrated throughout. Before you hit high altitude ensure that you have had 0.5 litres of water atleast half an hour before. Ensure that every night before going to bed, you have 0.5 litres of water.
    • Force yourself to eat even if you have slight headaches. Having slight headaches is normal.
    • Slow down and don’t force yourself to go faster.
    • Ascend very slowly.
    • Go high, sleep low. You can go to a high altitude but ensure that you always sleep at lower altitudes.
    • Stay positive.
    • Enjoy the nature.
    • Breathe deeply if you go breathless.
    • While climbing stairs, go one step at a time. If you feel breathless, stop, take a minute to recover and then start climbing again. Slight breathlessness is normal.
    • Staying fit is also a key. Altitude sickness can hit even the fittest of the people, but that doesn’t mean one should not be fit. It is better to tackle altitude sickness with a fit body than an unfit body.
    • Regular pranayama exercises like simple anulom-vilom if started a couple of months before the trip to a high altitude destination can help in better breathing.
    • Simple 30mins brisk walking, if started a couple of months before the trip to a high altitude destination can also help in improving levels of fitness.
    • Ensure that you are dressed in layers. Even if you are indoors, ensure that you only take off the top most layer. The heat should never escape the body.
    • Don’t stay indoors. Be outside in the cold rather than the warm indoors. It helps in better acclimatization.
    • Some say Coca helps. Consult your homeopath.
    • Don’t drink alcohol as it tends to dehydrate the body.
    • Take the first day to acclimatize to the altitude. Take it easy. Rest for a couple of hours before you go for a short walk the moment you land at the high altitude destination.
    • Avoid caffeinated products as they tend to dehydrate.
    • Have the local food as far as possible.

    Descend to a lower altitude immediately if the symptoms get worse. Consult the doctor. Use oxygen to increase oxygen pressure. Diamox is easily available over the counter in Leh-Ladakh and Nepal. Resort to that in case of bad nausea or bad headaches.


    Essentials for Indian nationals

    1. Please carry 2 passport sized photographs for the permits.
    2. Must bring along your Indian Passport or Indian voter’s ID card.

    Essentials for non-Indians

    Coming soon!


    Get in touch

    For more details about this photo tour, write to us at getintouch@buffyfish.com or lifetimememoirs@gmail.com

    Call Vidula on +91-9158351185

    Call Hrishikesh Puranik on +91-7745056056


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