Three Peaks of Ladakh

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Trip code: 
TGV
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Summits
Min age:
18
Group size:
4–16

Summit three peaks of the Indian Himalaya and cross five high passes!

If conquering one Himalayan summit isn't enough of a challenge for you, try three peaks and five high passes! After acclimatisation time in Leh (3500m) we begin trekking from Mankarmo. The trail ascends a spectacular gorge to reach a high altitude plain at Nimaling, inhabited by Ladakhi shepherds and their huge flocks of sheep, goats and yaks. Vatseri Peak (5640m) is a good warm up before summiting our highest peak, Dzo Jongo East (6040m), which offers breath-taking views over the Karakorum and Indian Himalaya. The climb is tough, but optional and technically easy. We trek out via the third peak, Konga Ri (5680m).

Highlights

  • Ascend Vatseri Peak, 5,640m, Konga Ri, 5,680m and Dzo Jongo East, 6,040m
  • Spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh
  • Stunning multicoloured mountains of the Ladakh Range
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries and the fascinating city of Leh
  • Chance to drive to one of the highest motorable road passes in the world (optional)

Key information

  • 6 nights en suite hotels and 10 nights full-service camping
  • 10 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader, climbing guides and appropriate local staff. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5680m (6040m with climb), average 4200m
  • Experience of using ice axe and crampons necessary if intending to summit Dzo Jongo East (6040m)
  • 11 August 2017 departure to be led by Valerie Parkinson

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All listed transport and activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Personal climbing equipment
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Trip Notes

Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list.

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Pace:

Approximately 4.5-7 hours walking per day on average. The Dzo Jongo East summit day is 12-13 hours walking.

Terrain:

High altitude; mostly good trails, some steep rocky terrain, scree, wide ridges, possible river crossings, snow and ice.

Day by day breakdown
Day 510.0km/6.0miles
Day 68.0km/4.0miles
Day 713.0km/8.0miles
Day 812.0km/7.0miles
Day 910.0km/6.0miles
Day 107.0km/4.0miles
Day 129.0km/5.0miles
Day 1310.0km/6.0miles
Day 1410.0km/6.0miles

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Delhi
to
Delhi
  • Day 1

    Start Delhi.

    The tour starts at our hotel in Delhi. Passengers travelling on the group flights usually arrive into Delhi in the morning and will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from the flight or for individual exploration of Delhi. Rooms in the hotel are usually available from noon. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel during the day.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Fly to Leh (3500m); afternoon orientation walk.

    We usually leave the hotel at around 2am and drive to the airport for the very early morning but highly spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. If the weather is good and the flight goes on time we should be in Leh for breakfast. Flying straight to the high altitude of Leh can take your breath away (literally) and so we concentrate on relaxing and acclimatising to the altitude (3,500m). In the morning we rest and catch up on some sleep and in the afternoon there will be a gentle orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Acclimatisation day in and around Leh; trips to Shey and Tikse Monasteries and Leh Palace.

    Today there is a sightseeing tour to two of the major gompas (monasteries) in the area. We first drive to Shey, a former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings. Inside is a small temple containing a 350 year old copper and gold statue of Buddha. From Shey we walk to Tikse, where we visit the monastery perched on top of a hill - its red and white buildings can be seen for miles. A recently built temple contains a magnificent image of the Future Buddha. We then return to Leh in the afternoon, with time to rest or explore Leh.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Acclimatisation walk in Leh Valley; optional jeep trip to the Khardung La (which at 5,602m is one of the highest motorable roads in the world).

    Today we will have an acclimatisation walk around the Leh Valley. Set above Leh on the Namgyal Hill are the ruins of the Old Royal Palace. From here a winding path takes us to Tsemo Monastery, where we are rewarded for our efforts by magnificent views of the whole of Leh and its surrounding villages. Descending round the back of the palace we walk via Sankar to the recently built Japanese Peace Pagoda, with good views of Stok Kangri dominating the skyline across the valley. There is the chance today to make an optional jeep safari to the Khardung La at 5,602m, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. This can be booked and paid for locally. Your leader will have details. (If you do the jeep safari this will be in the morning and you can do a walk in the afternoon).
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Drive to Stok; trek to Mankarmo (4200m).

    This morning we leave Leh and drive to the start point of our trek. The road follows the Indus River for a short while through Choglamsar before crossing the river and then climbs on a side road to Stok. We start trekking at the end of Stok village on an easy trail that winds up a spectacular valley. We follow the Stok River most of the way (and may have to cross it once or twice), with multi-coloured rocks towering above us as we ascend. The walking is easy and not steep; it will take us 4-4.5 hours to reach our first camp at Mankarmo. Look out for herds of Blue sheep that graze on the hillsides around here.

    Walk profile: 4/4.5hrs walking, distance 10km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cross the Matho La to Gangpoche (4440m).

    We cross the first of our six passes today. The trail takes us gradually to the top of the pass, the Matho La, at 4,960m. As we ascend the views become more and more spectacular with the magnificent rock formations of the Ladakh mountains surrounding us. The dramatic mountains in various shades of purples, greens and browns can be seen for miles in every direction. From the pass we descend to our campsite at Gangpoche, which is located by the shepherd huts.

    Walk profile: 5.5/6hrs walking, distance 6km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Climb over the Shang La to Shang Phu (4373m).

    Today we leave camp and have a long climb to our second pass, the Shang La, at 4,950m. The trail climbs out of camp to a low ridge and then down into the next valley, from where we have a long but gentle climb to the pass. From the top we are greeted with fantastic views of the Matho Range to the north. We then descend into the valley below and camp near some shepherd houses at Shang Phu.

    Walk profile: 7hrs walking, distance 13km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Cross the Gyuncho La then descend the valley to Chuskurmo.

    Another day, another pass! This morning we turn into a side valley to the right and climb through the barren landscape to the Gyuncho La (4,718m). Descending a short way, we cross a stream and then climb up again to a second col at 4,693m. We now descend on a rocky trail into a large barren valley that brings us down to Chokdo village, which is on the Markha Valley trek. We arrive in a spectacular gorge with wonderful purple-coloured rocks. Our camp tonight is close to the village. There should be time before we reach camp to visit a local house for a well-deserved cup of tea.

    Walk profile: 6/6.5hrs walking, distance 11.5km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Ascend a beautiful gorge to cross the Gongmaru La (5286m) to Nimaling.

    As we ascend to the base of the pass, the valley narrows and becomes even more spectacular. The trail follows a small stream as we climb, following the river bed and sometimes climbing above it. The wonderful multi-coloured mountains surround us as we head to the pass. The final ascent zig zags up a barren slope and we finally reach the string of prayer flags which mark the top of the Gongmaru La (5,236m). This pass provides access into the Markha Valley and we may well see other trekkers today crossing the pass in the opposite direction. From the pass we are rewarded with spectacular views down to Nimaling and across to the Indian Himalaya and the Ladakh Range. The most prominent peak is Kang Yangtse, at 6,400m, the highest in the Ladakh Range and if it’s clear we can pick out Dzo Jongo across the valley. It’s an easy descent down to our camp at Nimaling (4,854m), where the valley opens out. There is no permanent habitation at Nimaling, but during the summer months the shepherds bring their flocks of sheep, goats and dzos to graze on the high altitude pasture. The shepherds stay in stone shelters close to the grazing area for the whole summer and we can often buy yoghurt or local cheese from them. In the evenings the animals are brought down from the hills and it is quite usual to have a lot of them wandering through the campsite. Look after your edibles!

    Walk profile: 6/6.5hrs walking, distance 10km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Summit Vatseri Peak (5640m); continue to Dzo Jongo Base Camp (5010m).

    Today we ascend our first peak of the trip. Vatseri Peak requires no technical skills and it’s an easily graded trail to the summit. The altitude makes it tough but the views from the top make it all worthwhile. On a clear day we can see Dzo Jongo East and West across the valley and many other peaks. We descend towards our base camp at 5,010m, home for the next three nights. Please note Vatseri Peak is optional. The trekking crew will walk directly to base camp from Nimaling, which is 3km and takes 2hrs.

    Walk profile: 7hrs walking, distance 7km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Rest day or optional trek.

    A well-deserved day of rest at base camp after the exertions of yesterday. In the morning we can have a short walk up the valley to see tomorrow’s trail and admire the scenery. In the afternoon we will get the climbing gear out, check everything and prepare our rucksacks for tomorrow.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Climb Dzo Jongo East (6040m).

    After a day of rest, we climb our second and highest peak with a very early start just before dawn. We walk a short way up the main valley before turning off into a steep gulley to the right. We climb steeply up the gulley, passing a glacier on our right and emerge onto an easy angled snow slope, which leads us to a fine ridge that we follow to the top. Sometimes there is snow and depending on conditions we may or may not need to use our ice axe and crampons. We should not have to rope up but we will carry a rope just in case. The summit ridge is long but technically easy. A small group of prayer flags mark the top from where we are greeted with views south to the Zanskar mountains and north to the Karakorum and the mountains in Tibet. We spend a short while at the top to savour the beauty of it all and regain our breath before descending slowly and carefully back to base camp for a well-earned celebration. The climb is entirely optional and for anyone not wanting to do the climb there is a great walk further up the valley to a small glacial lake.

    Walk profile: 10-13hrs walking (round trip)
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Climb Konga Ri (5,680m) to Droksa (4,700m) or cross the Lalung La (5,320m) to Droksa (4,700m)

    We leave base camp this morning and head off towards the Manali to Leh highway through a remote valley, where we are unlikely to meet any other trekkers. Today there are two options. One is a shorter option and crosses the Lalung La direct to camp, following the same route as the trekking crew. The second option is to climb a third peak, Konga Ri, before descending to camp.

    For the first option the trail climbs out of the Nimaling Valley to the Lalung La (5,320m). From the top we descend into a wonderful gorge to a spectacular wild camp.

    For Konga Ri we climb away from the Lalung La onto a wide ridge, which ascends gradually and spectacularly to Konga Ri. Throughout the ascent we have amazing views across the valley to Dzo Jongo East and West, Regoni Malari and many other peaks. The top is a huge plateau from where we descend on an unmarked trail to our camp.

    Walk profile: Option 1 - 3/4 hrs walking / Option 2 - 6hrs walking
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Cross the Chagtsang La (5200m) to Lato (4000m).

    Our last day of trekking today, with one more pass to cross. From camp it’s quite a steep climb up to the Chagtsang La, but there are fantastic views down to the valley. The trail contours round the hillside for a while before dropping off into a side valley. Descending, we have lunch at Riyul Sumdo and continue on down the valley, crossing the river several times, until we emerge at the green fields of Lato village, where we camp.

    Walk profile: 7hrs walking, distance 10km
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    Drive to Leh.

    Lato is a small village on the main Manali to Leh highway and our transport will arrive after breakfast. It’s a two hour drive back to Leh and the comforts of our hotel and a well-deserved celebration. We should be in Leh before lunch and the rest of the day is free for last minute shopping.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Fly to Delhi.

    An early start for the flight back to Delhi. The rest of the day is free time in Delhi, for individual shopping or sightseeing.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    End Delhi.

    The tour ends after breakfast. Those on the group flight will depart Delhi in the morning for the flight to London. 

    Meals included: Breakfast

Extend Your Trip

Golden Triangle extension

Code: XBS

A visit to the incredible Taj Mahal and other great Moghul cities close to Delhi is an excellent way to begin or end a visit to Northern India. The five-day Golden Triangle extension can be booked before or after your main itinerary. The Taj Mahal in Agra was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, and is one of the most beautiful sights on earth. Close by is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar with its beautiful courtyards and palaces and let's not forget the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri. The extension also visits the Pink City of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, which is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India.

Essential Info

Visas

India

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. Visa information changes regularly for India; for the latest information on applying for a visa please follow this link: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/India-visa-information.pdf

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the north east, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

If your flight arrives into Delhi Airport and you have an e-visa, please follow the overhead signs to the e-visa booth at the back of the immigration hall. You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth. Please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready. These details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions.

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners are included.

Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning. Breakfasts may include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dhal and paneer (cottage cheese). Please note that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available whilst camping. At dinner time a dessert such as tinned fruit and custard, fritters or pancakes may also be served.

During the trek the camp staff will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.

Weather

The above weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only. Please refer to the paragraph below for further details of the temperature range. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (temperatures can reach up to 35ºC or more), and cool to cold nights depending on the altitude (it can be just below freezing at the highest camps in late August). There is however, always the possibility of rain, and snow at higher altitudes. Please note the sun is very strong at these altitudes and it can be very hot in the daytime. For the climb of Dzo Jongo we will be setting off before dawn and it can be very cold that day and snow may be encountered.

Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide with when the weather is normally good, in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Delhi in the summer months is very hot and humid.

Leh

Is this trip for you?

This is a demanding full-service wild camping trek graded 'Tough' - level 7 (the ascent of Dzo Jongo East is graded 'Tough+' - level 9) with 10 days point-to-point walking, three optional Himalayan summits and five high passes over 4,500m. The average altitude is 4,200m, with a maximum altitude of 5,680m (6,040m if intending to summit Dzo Jongo East). The trek is suitable for those who are confident of their physical fitness and have trekked at high altitude before.

The three summits are 'trekking peaks' and are entirely optional - there will be alternative treks offered to those not wishing to climb them. Two of the peaks, Vatseri Peak (5,640m) and Konga Ri (5,680m) are straightforward, easy angled walks up slopes to the summits, requiring no technical skills. The highest peak is Dzo Jongo East (6,040m) and anyone wishing to make the ascent should have previous experience of using ice axe and crampons, which are sometimes required if snow is encountered. Roping up is not usually necessary but a rope is carried in case of need. Dzo Jongo East is approached via a broad ridge at a comfortable angle; the summit day is about a 12 hour day (starting at approx. 4.30am) and is made tough by the altitude. The climb is suitable for experienced walkers who are comfortable scrambling on loose rock on a ridge.

Daytime temperatures in Ladakh can be very hot, especially during the middle of the day, as the sun is very strong at these altitudes.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: https://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend three days in Leh (3,500m) before the trek to acclimatise, which should be ample.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Full-Service Camping

6 nights are spent in en suite hotels and during the trek there are 10 nights full-service camping.

In Delhi we stay in a well located comfortable hotel, which has air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms. In Leh you will stay in a simple hotel with en suite facilities. There is intermittent Wi-Fi available in Leh however there is no mobile coverage for international phones in Ladakh. 

During the trek we use spacious two-person tents, with a dining tent and at least one toilet tent. It is full-service camping which means that the staff will erect and dismantle the tents, cook and wash up for you. No running water is available whilst camping. You will be camping close to a river or stream and the camp staff will provide a bowl of warm water to wash with each morning or afternoon.

If you wish to have a single room and tent it is possible to pay a single supplement From £370 at the time of booking. Single supplements are subject to availability.

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Expert Blog Entries

The mountains will always draw us back to this majestic country: and now, with the return of a very special trip, the

With a country as diverse and riveting as India, it can feel almost impossible trying to narrow down which region to

  • Reviewed September 2016
    Antonios Angelopoulos

    3 peaks of Ladakh

    A good opportunity to experience the raw and unspoilt beauty of the Himalayas. A challenging trip with only the basic amenities, taking you to less frequently travelled paths and up some less renowned but no less spellbinding peaks. Also, for those willing to listen and learn, it offers a good exposure to Tibetan Buddhism, its rituals and beliefs. Finally, a good chance to meet very interesting, widely travelled people who appreciate the challenge and don't mind the monastic austerity of the trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without doubt it was the climbing of Jo Jongo, a 6,200m peak. A good, hard climb next to a glacier. We had to cross patches of hard ice and this gave us the opportunity to use our crampons. Obviously there were varying competences in the group but people become very supportive of each other in such circumstances. The feeling of elation at the top is magnificent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie was excellent. Very familiar with the terrain, cautious, prudent, offering advice but prepared to allow initiative.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Spending the evenings in cramped tents can be uncomfortable and you don't get a restful sleep. Maybe you have done a lot of that and you are used to it. In any case, you should be prepared for an amount of discomfort. You will be compensated by the wild beauty of the surroundings.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Hugh Cass

    three peaks of Ladakh

    The Queen of Kashmir does it again

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    topping out on Dzo Jongo East now 6200 metres

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie met her thirty years ago and 4 years ago still top lady definitely in charge top girl

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    its a good tough trip
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Simon Gale

    Three Paeks of Laddakh

    An excellent demanding trip which was well organised

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the highest peak after some 7 hours walking.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are physically fit for this trek, it is very demanding ]
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Jillian DAVIS

    Three Peaks of Ladakh

    Very special trek in a remote area of Ladakh with challenging peaks and passes (very!) but worth every bit of effort.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Dzo Jongo at over 6000m in a blizzard seeing nothing and the following day walking along the ridge across the valley with fantastic clear views of the mountain and the whole journey. Group dynamics - support, encouragement and fun. The amazing variety of landscape and views in every direction.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This is my second trek with Valerie who never fails to inspire, motivate and care. Her knowledge of the people and places are excellent: historically and now. We learned such a lot. The fact that she is deeply involved in environment and community improvement projects is inspirational and humbling. Valerie gets to know her group well, understands when anyone is not feeling 100% and quietly supports everyone's needs without fussing. Valerie also leads her local team very professionally, has high expectations and is highly respected: in addition she recognises talent and gives opportunities for the local team to progress when they can.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Not sure whether this particular trek will be repeated, but if you are passionate about mountains, go to the Himalayas, and the experience of walking with Valerie would always be a bonus.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Another excellent Exodus trip: thank you to all involved at the home base and on trek.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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From £2,499
Activity Rating - Tough
Tough
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