Discovery trip off the beaten track

In the heart of a high-altitude desert, we join oasis villages and monasteries, scattering the upper Indus Valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains over 6,000 m, combining walking and cultural discovery of Ladakh.

Located between the Himalaya and the Karakoram ranges, Ladakh has been able to preserve its Buddhist culture because of the isolation of its highlands. It is one of the Himalayan regions which hides the greatest number of Buddhist monasteries; some even dating from the 11th and 12th centuries, like the Alchi Monastery.           

The Ladakhis are guardians of a way of thinking and a sweet philosophy of life. We are impressed by their politeness, kindness and smiles ... ubiquitous. We hike on trails connecting oasis villages dominating the Indus River. A fascinating cultural universe that we see every day of our trek, moving from villages to monasteries at the heart of the farming and life of these welcoming people, but also in the solitude of the Himalayan range.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Well balanced trip between culture and hikes
- A deep and authentic discovery of Ladakh and Changtang
- A proximity to the Ladakhi people through homestay accommodation
- Encountering nomads near the mountain lakes of Tsomoriri and Tsokar
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: June - September
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Number of walking days: 5
  • Highest Altitude: 4 Meters
  • Flights: Delhi - Leh - Delhi
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Leh & Camp/Lodge/Homestay during trek

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Day

Arrival in Delhi. Terminal change to take a domestic flight. Beautiful flight above the Himalayan range to reach Leh, the capital of Ladakh at 3500 m above sea level. Day of rest and acclimatization in Leh. Tour of the historic town and its labyrinth of narrow streets.
- Accommodation: Riwang Hotel or similar on BB

We continue the acclimatization, with a visit to the Stok Museum to see the jewels and royal ornaments. Then, visit to the old royal fortress of Shey and its monastery. Back to Leh.
- Accommodation: Same hotel

Drive to Taktok. Picnic on site thenshort walk through villages to reach Chemre. Then we continue our drive to Hemis, the most important monastery of Ladakh from a spiritual point of view. He groups under his authority more than 500 monks. Erected in 1605, its location has preserved it from looting. Back to Leh.
-  Hours of walking: 2-3h
- Accommodation: Same hotel

We leave Leh to join Likir (1h30), starting point of our small trek. We climb gradually and cross two small passes before reaching Yangtang, a pretty little village of twenty houses.
- Ascent: + 400m 
- Descent: - 300m  
- Hours of walking: 3-5h
- Accommodation: Homestay on full board

We start the day with half an hour of flat walk, then we climb gradually to the Sarmathang La Pass (3880 m). We then have a small descent to Hemis Shukpachan. The village name comes from the juniper forests used to make fumigation offerings to local deities.
Along the way, many small chortens remind us that we are in a Buddhist land, where religion is an integral part of the Ladakhi daily life.
After having a tea with our hosts of the day (Angchok and Tsering), we visit a small monastery where we have a bird's eye view of the village. This is an opportunity to meet the locals returning from the fields.
- Ascent: + 350m
- Descent: - 400m
- Hours of walking: 3-4h
- Accommodation: Homestay on full board

We walk the first hour on a flat path. Then, after a short descent, we climb to Mebtak Pass at 3 830m. We then go down to Ang and Temisgam. The trail is cut in ochre, pink and purple (ophiolites) rocks that remind us the Himalayas appeared some fifty million years ago on the waters of the Tethys Sea. After tea, we take a little tour of the village.
- Ascent: + 400m
- Descent: - 700m
- Hours of walking: 4-5h
- Accommodation: Homestay on full board

After breakfast, we visit the Temisgam Monastery from where we can enjoy a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks located North of the Indus Valley.
We then leave by vehicle to join Lamayuru by a beautiful winding road. Lunch at our hosts. Then we visit the Lamayuru monastery (11th century), perched on a boulder overlooking the village. It has three important temples. Many hiking opportunities around the village of Lamayuru.
- Hours of walking: 1h
- Accommodation: Naranjana Guest House on full board

It is the most beautiful day of hiking in terms of landscapes. The color of rocks changes according to the daylight and contrasts with the greenery of Lamayuru. We climb to the Prinki La pass (3 700m). After a good rest, we start our descent to Wangla. At the beginning of the evening, we visit the Rinchen Zangpo monastery, perched on a hill overlooking Wangla.
- Ascent: + 350m
- Descent : - 550m
- Hours of walking: 4h
- Accommodation: Homestay on full board

After breakfast, we take the road to Alchi. In the afternoon, we visit the sacred site of Alchi, composed of four temples of which the oldest were erected in the 11th century. These temples are known for their Indo-Kashmiri style frescoes and are classified as a UNESCO World heritage site. Back to Leh.
- Accommodation: Riwang Hotel or similar on BB

We take the road towards the Changtang Plateau, located south-east of Leh, just a few kilometres from Tibet. This region has been open to tourism only for a few years. We completely change the scenery. Lovers of open spaces will feast!
In summer, many nomads come to graze their herds of goats, sheep, horses and yaks, on the large meadows of this region. The Changtang Lakes also host many protected species of migratory birds every year.
Arrival at Lake Tsomoriri, we will stroll along the lake. The sunset on the lake is simply splendid During our three-day trip to Changtang, we discover the daily life of the Changpas, nomadic pastors of this region.
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board

Early in the morning, we go out for a walk along the lake in the calm and the serenity of Tsomoriri. The lake covers an area of ??nearly 120 km². It provides breeding grounds and resting places essential for more than 40 species of migratory water birds. In the afternoon, we leave to Tsokar Lake.
- Hours of walking: 3h
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board

Getting up early for hiking around Lake Tsokar. The red ocher landscape of the mountains is reflected in the turquoise water of the lake. The large deposits of salt around the lake make us think of salt pans in the Andean countries. Back to Leh.
- Accommoatation : Riwang Hotel or similar on BB

Free day in Leh (safety reason).
- Accommodation: Same hotel

We take an early flight to Delhi.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transportation and transfers by private vehicle in Ladakh
- Mini truck for logistic support truck during bivouac.
- 6 nights at the Grand Willow Hotel or similar in Bed & Breakfast, in Leh                                
- 1 night full board in NaranjanaGuest House or similar in Lamayuru             
- 4 nights homestay with full board
- 2 nights in bivouac with full board
- Kitchen and camping collective equipment:tent for two , mattress, table , chairs , toilet tent, kitchen utensils, etc.
- Oxygen available ifnecessary
- Ladakhi trekking guide for the entire stay in Ladakh
- Entrance fees, trekking permits and park entrancesaccording to route
- Cook and assistant, according tothe group size during the bivouac
- Flight Delhi - Leh - Delhi

What's not included

- Stay in Delhi
- Lunch in Leh excluding breakfast
- Visa for India to get in advance
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, expensespersonal, drinks, sleeping bag, etc.
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