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Ladakh Experience

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Ladakh is the land of high passes blessed with natural beauty any other place in the world would envy. In ancient times it was an important outpost in the important silk route trade. Much of that richness esp. in culture and heritage is still very much reflective in the present day Ladakh. Not much else needs to be said about Ladakh. A landscape vastly different from anything imaginable. Though so much has been talked and written about it that most people have an idea of the place, yet nothing can prepare you for what to expect the moment the door of the aircraft opens and this land opens its arms to you.

What is a lifetime adventure for you is a daily routine for us.

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Overview

  • Destination: Leh – Ladakh
  • Nearest City (Airport): Leh, New Delhi
  • Dates: On request
  • Months: Throughout the year
  • Level: Easy to Strenuous
  • Guide: Available
  • Price: On request

Experience


Its awe inspiring no matter how much you’ve heard or read about it.
Vegetation has suddenly given way to a dry arid landscape from which tall snowcapped mountains tower so suddenly almost like a bully reminding of his dominating presence. This land of passes is live entertainment from the time you step out of the aircraft to the time you get back into it!
But it doesn’t end here as there’s much more in its people, the culture, the heritage and history. The natural richness is further accentuated by the flora and fauna, and in particular the elusive snow leopard that has made its home in Ladakh as well.
It is needless to say that Ladakh is the Mecca of adventure, trekking and mountaineering with amazing and yet difficult terrain, passes and mountain peaks.

And while you are busy doing that you will come across a pristine blue salt water lake and a cold desert with double humped Bactrian camels.
Now what could be more surreal than that?

Such beauty is never easily accessible and that’s a fact. Though flying is an easier option but you will miss all the surreal beauty on the way to Ladakh. Situated at an altitude of 3500m plus and treacherous roads that are closed for most of the time of the year, maintained painstakingly by the brave soldiers of the Indian army (BRO – Border Roads Organization). It takes two days by road, an uncomfortable high altitude journey characterized with bumps, obstacles and occasional mountain sickness.
As somebody said, “getting there isn’t easy and that’s the best part.”

But once you have reached, there is a plethora of things to do, from adventure to culture, from trekking to biking, from monasteries to snow leopards and more.
Following is a glimpse of all the experiences in Ladakh (details to be provided on request).
So go ahead and take your pick.

EXPLORING LADAKH:
Beyond adventure Ladakh is made up different hues of nature, culture, people, landscapes, lakes, wildlife and more.

Following are some of the must see places one should visit (and we will organize the necessary transport and arrangements for you) to imbibe the experience called Ladakh.

  • Monasteries: Thiksey, Hemis, Lamayuru
  • Khardung La Pass (Highest motorable road)
  • Salt Water Lakes: Pangong, Tsomoriri
  • Nubra Valley

 

CLIMBING EXPEDITIONS:
1. Stok Kangri (6140 m)
A perfect opportunity for trekkers who wish to summit their first high-altitude Himalayan Peak. Stok Kangri is one of the main peaks of the Zanskar range standing tall at the height of 20,182 ft. (6,153 m). The adventure filled expedition travels through remote valleys, scattered high villages and past hilltop monasteries to the base of the mountain.

2. Kangyatse Peak (6400 m)
Kangyatse peak is higher than the surrounding mountain ranges. The way up the peak is easier than the other mountains and once you are on the top you would be stuck with wonder as you see the mountain ranges and the beautiful green valleys lying beneath.

 

TREKS:

1. Markha Valley Trek

Duration:  08 days (Leh to Leh)
Best Time:  June to October
Highest Point:  Kongmaru La (5135m)
Highlight:  People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes.
Level:  Moderate

This trek has been, one of the most favorite trek among trekkers for a long time because of Beautiful Valley of Markha overshadowed by Kanyatse and other groups of Peaks. The numerous small villages, shepherds camps and passes are main feature of this trek. The trek begins from Spituk monastery or Stok village passing through Stok La and Gandala Pass, which takes you across Markha valley. At last it crosses Kongmaru Pass and finishes wonderful trek at the famous Hemis monastery.

2. Spituk to Stok Trek

Duration:  04 days (Leh to Leh)
Best Time:  June to October
Highest Point:  Stok La (4900 m)
Highlight:  People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes.
Level:  Moderate

A superb way to explore Wild life, remote and mysterious Hemis National Park. This Trek will unveil a region inhabited by typical Ladakhi Villages, Wildlife, high pass, great Floras & Fauna and dramatic mountain scenery.

3. Lamayuru to Chilling Trek

Duration:  05 days (Leh to Leh)
Best Time:  June to October
Highest Point:  Kongskil La (4950 m)
Highlight:  People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes.
Level:  Moderate

Starting from Lamayuru (Oldest Monastery on Central Ladakh Region), where you can view the spectacular Mountain Ranges and Moon landscape, this trek takes you to across quaint villages, high passes with views of the beautiful Stok and Karakoram ranges.

4. Rumtse to Tsomoriri Trek

Duration:  09 days (Leh to Leh)
Best Time:  June to October
Highest Point:  Kyamayur La (5125 m)
Highlight:  People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes.
Level:  Moderate to Difficult

This challenging Trek focuses mainly on life of Nomadic People, Monasteries, Wildlife and some high altitude Lakes of Changthang. The Trek starts from Rumtse (4100m) a village in Eastern part of Ladakh and ends at Tsomoriri Lake, a beautiful High altitude lake in Changthang, which is also the breeding ground for birds like the Bar-necked geese and the Brahminy duck. The barren region is home to numerous species of wildlife including the wild Ass Kiang, Himalayan Marmot, Tibetan Antelope, and Himalayan Ibex. The route traverses across a number of high passes and while the scenery is spectacular the entire route is through vast wilderness and high altitude, which requires good acclimatization.
5. Snow Leopard Trek (with homestay)

Duration:  03 days (Leh to Leh)
Best Time:  June to October
Highlight:  People, Village, Wildlife.
Level:  Easy

Retracing the path followed by Snow Leopard, Tibetan Argali, Blue Sheep and many more with sightings (lucky if we get to see Snow Leopard thoiugh) and retiring in hospitable and comfortable Ladakhi homestay.

6. Frozen River Trek (Chadar Trek)

Duration:  10 days (Leh to Leh)
Best Time:  Mid Jan to Feb End
Level:  Moderate to Dificult

Walking on Frozen river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure lovers. The scenery through the canyons is once in a life-time experience. The traditional name of the trek is “Chadar trek” the frozen blanket of ice. Large sections of the river Zanskar, which is one of the mightiest rivers in Ladakh, freeze over in the dead of winter and are covered by a thick blanket of ice as used by the Zanskari people for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable and snowfall closes many of the mountain passes and makes the few roads treacherous. The trek commences from the village of Chiling located very close to the confluence of Indus and the Zanskar River. From Chilling to the Zanskar valley the river is confined within a steep canyon. Now a days this route is also famous as winter trekking among serious adventure lovers for last several years. The coldest temperatures may shudder your bodies in the mornings when the temperatures are often at their lowest. Although pleasant on clear sunny days, the weather conditions can change abruptly, with wind temperatures known to plummet minus 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Chiling and Lingshed are the only sizeable villages on this trek, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING:

Mountain biking in Ladakh provides you with a great variety of trips ranging from daily trip to long and medium trips. It is one of the most challenging and physically demanding adventure sports you have ever indulged in.
It is definitely not for the faint hearted, and definitely not for those who have not been keeping in shape. For even the fittest have trouble in lugging their bikes up the hill, should they be cycling, or have aching backs with the long drives on their motor bikes.
However, there is no better way to get a feel of the local culture of a place than by actually biking through it, and stopping at the villages and towns to get a closer look at the town and village way of life. Mountain biking in the Himalayas is one of the most adventure filled and novel ways of combining travel with experiencing the local flavor and culture of a place. It keeps you in contact with the local people in the villages and market place. Add to this the astounding mountain beauty and indescribably beautiful Himalayan locales that you’ll be passing through, and you have the perfect adventure experience that you will remember throughout your life.

Khardung La Pass Tour
Duration : 1 Day
Period: June to September
Route: Leh / Khardung La / Leh
Mountain Biking trip to Khardung La Pass at 18380 ft, the highest motorable road includes unlimited fun & challenge as it involves ride to the high mountain pass providing spectacular views of snow capped peaks, rugged terrain and traveling through one of the most spectacular & picturesque landscapes in the World.

Nubra Valley Pass Tour
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Period: June to September
Route: Leh / Khardung / Hunder / Sumur / Panamik / Leh
Crossing the highest Motorable road in the world and then descending into the surreal Nubra valley and exploring its beautiful villages on a mountain bike!! A great way to experience Ladakh.

Do write to us for details about routes and packages.

 

MOTOR BIKING:

A bike ride to Leh Ladakh by any means is not an easy one since most parts of the road are at altitudes of 13,000 feet and above in the Himalayas. In addition, the number of miles one can cover in a day depends on the road and weather conditions and the few places one can stay enroute. This is where we step in with our experience so you can call your motorbike ride to Ladakh as the “Ride of My Life”. The spontaneous flow of our motorcycle tours are a judicious mix of adventure and stillness, while giving you in-depth knowledge of the historical importance of the landscape and culture you are passing through.

Ladakh Bike Tour
Duration :8 Nights/9 Days
Destinations: Leh / Alchi / Uleytokpo / Lamayuru / Khardung La Pass/ Nubra Valley / Pangong Lake

Manali to Leh Motorbike Tour
Duration :8 Nights/9 Days
Destinations: Manali / Keylong / Rohtang Pass / Sarchu / Tsokar / Tanglang La/ Leh / Pangong Lake / Khardung La Pass/Nubra

Leh to Manali Motorbike Tour
Duration :11 Nights/12 Days
Destinations: Leh / Alchi/ Nubra/ Pangong Lake / Hemis, Thiksey, Shey / Khardung La / Tsokar / Serchu / Keylong /Manali

 

RIVER RAFTING:

River rafting in Indus and Zanskar rivers is a different thrill.
The Indus River rafting offers a spectacular river rafting course along with camps at interesting locations. Much easier and quieter than the Zanskar, the Indus is suitable for Grade II and III trips. The river, which originates in Tibet, flows down through Ladakh, past Leh, and then flows into Pakistan. Rafting in Zanskar is where the rapids and adrenaline take a different high.
All in all a must do when in Ladakh. Completely memorable experience.

 

VOLUNTEERING:
We can also arrange volunteering work in the villages nearby and various projects. Those interested can help villagers in the farms or be of some assistance at local schools. All this to add to the authentic Ladakh flavor.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Camping & Trekking equipments including tents, sleeping bag, carry mat, dining tent, toilet tent, hot water bottles, gas heater (when needed).
  • Personally trained professional guides, cook, porter/ponies to carry equipment as well as personal luggage.
  • Forest entry and permits wherever needed.
  • Ground support from an experienced team of adventurers.
  • High comfort/luxury trek facilities including stay at camps.
  • Meals during the treks or expeditions while camping.

Exclusions

  • Air Fares.
  • Transport (unless specified in Inclusions for a particular experience). Could be arranged on request.
  • Any medical expenses, evacuation etc.
  • Any kind of Insurance.
  • Any cost of personal nature.
  • Service Tax.
  • Items not mentioned in inclusions.

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