9 Day 8 Night
Adventure includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals.
The Ladakh region of Kashmir, “Little Tibet” or “ Land beyond the Passes” is one among the foremost remote areas of India, lying to the north of Himalayas on the Tibetan Plateau. On this trekking adventure we’ll visit many of the incredible Tibetan monasteries, palaces and native people’s homes within the region. Ladakh is faraway from India’s disputed region of Kashmir with Pakistan and is totally safe to travel in.
Fly to Leh transferring in Delhi
This is a day of rest to permit for acclimatisation to the altitude and to rest from your journey. we'll gently wander round the town to become familiar with our new surroundings and have our first group dinner.
Local monasteries within the valley
In the morning we'll visit the gorgeous Spituk Monastery before taking a brief scenic walk to Shey Palace. We finish with a visit to the architecturally gripping Thiksey Monastery that covers a whole hillside. inbuilt the design of the Potala Palace in Tibet, it's maintained its murals and paintings alright including an enormous 3-storey Maitreya Buddha housed in one among the temples. The afternoon we'll spend at leisure either resting or visiting the market to enjoy the bustle of Leh.
Hiking around Leh
Today we'll start to stretch our legs properly as we hike up to the Shanti Stupa where we are rewarded with panoramic views of the Leh valley and therefore the Stok Mountains. We follow the road to Tisuru to examine a Library now being taken care of by the Archaeological survey of India. From here we follow a rough jeep track to Gompa village before continuing up through Horzey village and backtrack to Gompa making a loop to satisfy the most Nubra road from where we continue on to Leh Palace and Tsemo and return to Leh. 4-5 hours walk.
Giant Buddha with optional foam rafting
Our destination for the day is Alchi, 70km downstream from Leh, where we'll find the oldest monastery in Leh. We start the day with some rafting for 3 miles approximately down the river (wetsuits, wet boots, buoyancy aids and helmets all supplied) – an incredible alternative to driving, and offering a chance for swimming within the river if you would like . We lunch in Nimruu before visiting the Gian Buddha at Likr Monastery, en-route to Alchi. En-route we stop to go to the enormous Buddha in Likir. counting on arrival times, we'll have the prospect to wander the streets of Alchi tonight before settling into our Guest House.
The trek begins
Ridzong to Yangtang
A 30 minute drive to brings us to Ridzong to ascertain the monastery and therefore the nunnery. The monastery is renowned for the strict order the monks who follow their order with their only possessions being their books and robes. We now begin our trek which may be a very pleasant walk to the village of Yangtang (3720m) following the Uley river upstream to our camp for the night. 3–4 hours walk.
Trekking from Yangtang to Hemis Shukpachen (7.4km, 300m ascent)
After an easy but delicious breakfast we leave Yangtang, crossing the river and taking a gentle upwards route to the pass at 3910m. it's the right place to pause for lunch and photos before we sink to the massive village of Hemis Shukpachen (3596m). On a weekday and barring school holidays, you'll meet with many children from the village of Yangtang walking to high school in Hemis Shukpachen. we will visit the varsity and spend time there. we'll spend the afternoon enjoying the sweetness of this place, and walking up to the large golden Buddha within the centre of the village. Our walk today is 7.4km, with approx 300m of ascent, and can take around 3 hours.
Trekking from Hemis Shukpachen to Tingmosgang (12.5 km, 500m ascent)
Another homestay breakfast sets us up for our longer day of walking (12.5km and 500m of ascent, 5 hours walking). Crossing farmland, we quickly leave the village and hike westward over two passes, at 3740m and 3820m. The landscape is dry and remote and therefore the passes afford amazing views. Once over the Mebtak La, the 2nd pass, the trail winds gently down for a descent of 90mins approximately , to the village of Ang where we will pause for a cup of tea . Another hour of descent takes us right down to Tingmosgang which was once the traditional capital of Ladakh, and our hotel. After tea within the hotel garden, we will visit the local nunnery school before a superb dinner within the hotel. counting on timings, we may visit the monastery, the location of an ancient palace, which dominates Capitol Hill above town tonight , or tomorrow morning.
Trekking from Tingmosgang to Bhalukhar (15.9km, 420m ascent), return to Leh
From Tingmosgang we enjoy some easy long switchbacks that eat up the kilometres, up to the Bongbong La (3580m). we elect an appropriate spot with magnificent views to enjoy our packed lunch. From the pass we descend gently through a dangling valley and a few steep zigzags to Bhalukhar. We meet with vehicles at Bhalukhar and repel to Leh (1.5hrs) to celebrate our adventure and luxuriate in a flurry of souvenir shopping! 4–5 hours walk.
Fly from Leh to Delhi for your flight home.