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 Pangong Lake & bike along Spangmik Man, Merak and downhill from Changla Pass 4 days
The trip from Leh to Pangong lake is an experience of its own. First day you will be cycling to Hemis 45km via Shey & Thicksey. After sakti and Chemrey there is nothing but the extreme mountain ranges. The second stop is the Changla Pass (17,350 ft.) from there you can bike downhill towards Durbuk. The Lake Situated at an altitude of 4,350 meters above sea level, Pangong Lake lies in the northeast of Leh. This famous blue lake of Pangong is 5-6 km wide and over 144 km long with half of it running to the other side of the Indo-China border. The main attraction of your trip would be cycling from Spangmik to Man & Merak enjoying the breath taking views of Pangong lake, Camping near the lake and bonfire hefty hearty meals, singing and dancing.

Cost: 280 Euros/Person for a group of 2-3 Pax
Cost: 220 Euros/Person for a group of 4-8 Pax
Size of Group: Min 2 & Max 8
Grade: Medium
Highest Point: Khardungla Pass 5606m
Duration: 4 Days

Cost includes Includes:

International Standard Mountain Bikes, support vehicles, helmets,, food, guide, cook, cooking gears, wildlife fees, Tents, mattresses, Mess Tents, Kitchen tents & Toilet tents, camping fees, and inner line permission where it's needed.

Responsible Tourism:
We passionately believe that Responsible Tourism can be of immense help to local communities; providing income, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect the natural environment. Recognizing that there is always room for improvement, we continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

Community:
Prior to our tours, we liaise with local community leaders to ensure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impact. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging our clients to donate and/or assist such projects in appropriate and sustainable manners.

Through sensitive hands on experience, we encourage cross cultural interaction and education between clients and the local communities. This is achieved by limiting tour group sizes, which also minimises any social and environmental impact. We also assist in the development of local infrastructure such as rural pathways.

We make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. In Leh we stay at locally owned accommodation and in Nubra Valley we camp, making sure that any area we visit is unharmed and unspoilt, so that it remains as beautiful for future generations to come. We eat locally grown and cooked food, supporting restaurants on our route while at the same time providing guests with the freshest, most authentic tastes of the region.

This particular tour goes beyond the main centre of Leh, to areas where tourism is less established. By cycling through remote regions and working with local hotels, restaurants and other suppliers, we are contributing to the even distribution of income and economic growth. Whenever possible we visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenirs, generating income for local businesses. We employ and train local guides, drivers and assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefits not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

Environment
Adopting a “carry in - carry out” policy, we actively engage in environmentally responsible practices to minimise tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re-usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and means to help them identify and implement effective ways to positively protect local nature and communities. It is a vital ethos that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip has ended.

Outline itinerary :

Day 1: Mountain biking to Hemis via Shey and Thicksey overnight camping at Hemis.
Day 2: Drive from Hemis to Changla 5300m and bike downhill from Changla to Durbuk 30km.Drive to spamgmik overnight camping
Day 3: along the shores of Lake from Spangmik to Man & Merak overnight camping
Day 4: Drive back from Merak Pangong to Leh via Taktok chemrey and Stakna.

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Unlimited Adventures with Dreamladakh !!!!!
Evelyn, Roger & Friends | From Switzerland | 2009
We (5 People) visited Ladakh in September 2013 with my husband and our friends; from start to the end our trip was full of pleasant surprises. Before reaching Ladakh I exchanged 43 odd emails with Javeed, he was very responsive explained everything clearly. We did a combo trip of Mountain Biking from Leh to Zingchen one day, 3 days trek from Zingchen to Chilling through Skiu village & Kandala Pass 4900m and a rafting trip from Chilling to Nimo on Zanskar River. The Guide Gyalson and the team were so friendly and amazing, the food was awesome so much of a variety even they baked cakes, made banana and apple pies and surprisingly Pizzas, and more importantly I can never forget their smiling faces.

We also did a three day trip to Pangong Lake. It was incredible I have never seen such a scenic Lake, it was deep blue but many verities of blue so clean the atmosphere was so soothing, we enjoyed everything sunset, moon rise and sunrise, and the icing on the cake was our cycling tour to Man and Merak villages near the Chinese occupied Tibetan boarder the Lake was getting wider and wider. We are very thankful to dreamladakh for making our holiday so special. So many more things to do in Ladakh we will definitely comeback again.





Important Questions :
How long does it take to get acclimatize?
Abruptly going to a height of 3500 m, one naturally feels a difference. Your body reacts and behaves differently in rarified air at high altitude. What you need to do is just take it easy and give some time to your body to adjust in to less oxygen (hypoxia) by a slow physiological process called Acclimatization. Time taken for acclimatization varies from person to person; usually you nee atleast 2-3 days in order get well acclimatized and you need to take complete rest for the 1st day even if you are feeling fine. Drink plenty of fluids at least 3-4 litres. Diet should be high in carbohydrates, less oily and predominantly vegetarian. Avoid excess of alcohol and tobacco in any form.

Why are some treks more expensive than others?
If we have to organize a trek near Leh than it's less expensive for transportation and same is for the pack horses as we have to send them to the starting point. Even after finishing the trek we have to pay for the horses for reaching Leh. That's why there are different rates for different trek routes.

Who carries the things/gears and food during the trek?
In Ladakh normally you have to trek around the height of 4000mts and the passes are around 5000mts so its very difficult to carry heavy loads at this height, that's why we provide pack horses/ponies they will carry everything, trekkers will have to carry only the pack lunch, water, camera, note book, and some delicate things which they don't want keep with the horses.

What we do with the garbage that are produced during the trek?
We are very keen to keep Ladakh clean, that's why we strictly instruct our staff to bring back all the garbages produced during the trek.

What about the temperature (maximum and minimum) during the trekking season?
The average temperatures in the trekking routes during the trekking season are as under:
May................. (Max 15*C & Min -3*C)
June................ (Max 25*C & Min 6*C)
July................. (Max 30*C & Min 10*C)
August ............ (Max 27*C & Min 8*C)
September...... (Max 15*C & Min -2*C)
October........... (Max 8*C & Min -8*C)

How we look after your health while trekking?
Our guides are careful to prepare your meals with your enjoyment in mind. Typically these plentiful meals will be primarily vegetarian in nature with some meat or protein in the form of canned fish or tofu. This is typical of the Ladakhi diet in general. Our guides are encouraged to use hand sanitizers such as alcohol based gels prior to food preparation. You are encouraged to do the same. Dishes are typically stainless steel bowls and pans and are cleaned after meals with scrub pads and soap. Our staff will provide rehydrating liquids in large quantities throughout your trek. Take advantage of tea, coffee, juice and water whenever you can. At altitude it is natural not to feel much hunger or thirst. Make sure you stay adequately fed and drank plenty of fluids both at meals and along the trail. During summer, heat can be a real factor requiring significant intake of liquids while you trek. So always carry 2 liters of water with you.
Our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or other chronic illness it would be wise to let Dreamland Trek and Tour know of this condition prior to leaving Leh. This way your guide will understand that you have medication along with you should someone other than yourself have to administer the drugs.
Preparation for altitude during the trek is vital. Acclimatize in Leh prior to departure on your trek. Take at least 4 days doing tours or other easy to moderate physical activity prior to beginning your trek. If possible start low and go slowly for the first few days of your trek. Some routes will not allow this, so acclimatization is even more important in these cases.
Prior to your trek meet with your doctor and discuss your overall physical condition and your doctor's recommendation for high altitude medication. You may also wish to discuss treatment and medication for traveler's diarrhea as you experience new foods and bacterial environments.
With these simple ideas in mind, your trekking experience will be most enjoyable for you and other travelers along the way.

What do we do if someone is sick or injured during the trek?
During the trek our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace. And in case it hits a member of the tour then our assistant guide will immediately bring him/her down asap. He will use the ponies to ride for the sick person in the mean time he will inform us through a satellite phone (now we have satellite phone in almost every remote villages of Ladakh) and we will soon send a jeep to bring her/him to the hospital in Leh.

Rescue in Emergency:
In case if someone is critically sick or injured and requires helicopter evacuation, this can be done with the cooperation of JK Tourism Department & Indian Airforce as long as you have the insurance to cover this so it would be useful to let us know which insurance.

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