ladakh

Travels and Tours

Because the Himalayan landscape is irresistible, reaching the heights and being a part of the landscape is an experience beyond comparison. We have designed trips with you in mind - whether you are a novice with no trekking experience, but have a desire to trek or whether you are an experienced mountain walker looking for wider options. Our treks range from easy adventures for the family to strenuous ones for the fit. On our treks and climbs, we have very skilled and experienced "ladakhi and tibetans" who will take care of you at each step.

A typical trek day

Trekking

Wake up call is between 6am - 6.30am with bed tea after which a bowl each of hot water is given to wash. We give you an hour's time till breakfast - consisting of porridge/cereals, bread, pancake, tea/coffee, eggs, jam / marmalade / honey and peanut butter - to finish packing your duffle bags and clearing the tent. The crews in the meantime dismantle the tents and begin loading the ponies/porters.

 

Leaving camp after breakfast, you carry your packed lunches. Hot lunch is served wherever possible (depending on the trekking region and distances). On arrival in camp, washing water is given to freshen up after which tea /coffee, and snacks are served. Dinner usually begins with soup at 7pm or earlier and is a full course menu of either continental, Chinese, local cuisine ending with dessert and tea/coffee/ hot chocolate.



Our meals are wholesome and nutritious but you could carry a bit of candy bars/bites to munch on the trail whenever needed.

 

You need to carry in your rucksack/daypack, just your camera, reading/writing material - in case the ponies are a bit slow in getting into camp, a light jacket and your water bottles.

 

If you feel your daypack is a bit too heavy we have our sherpa assistants to help whenever needed, even carry your daypack.

 

Water is thoroughly boiled and served in camp. It would be best to have 2 bottles as it can get very hot during the day and you need to drink. Water is boiled and given at all meal times and it would be best to fill your bottles at dinner so that the water is cold in the morning before you set out.

ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh

 

Trekks available

Nubra Valley and Lasermola

Ripchar Valley

Rupshu

Nomadic Trials and Lakes

Marka Valley

Zanskar Classic

Down the Zanskar Gorge

Nalagarh to Nubra valley

High valleys of Ladakh

Lamayuru to Padum

Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

Lamayuru to Hemis

Hemis to Zangla by Junglam

Hemis to Tsomoriri

Hemis to Takh

Henaskut to Wanla

Sham Trek (Liker to Khaltse)

Tsomoriri to Kibber

Chader Trek

Rumtse to Tsomoriri

Saboo to Khaltsar

Spituk to Stok


Nubra Valley and Lasermola

We begin our trek in the lovely picturesque and serene village of Hundar. We spend a second night here enabling us to visit the surrounding villages of Deskit & Kyagar (Samstaling monastery) before continuing on the trek across the Lasermola (5,400 m)- truly a most wonderful trek through an impressive gorge, pastures, meadows with flowers during August and chances of seeing marmots and maybe barals. The Lasermola pass though snowbound is not very demanding as we ascend gradually and would have been well acclimatised by our several days around the Leh valley. The pass offers unsurpassed views of the Karakoram, Zanskar and Ladakh range of mountains and valleys on either side. We end the trek at Phyiang village with a visit to its famous monastery. A short and delightful trek offering the visitors an insight into the lifestyle of the villagers in the small villages as well wonderful trekking in an unspoilt pristine valley.

 

Trip Grade: Moderate with one strenuous day Maximum altitude: 5,400 m
Best Period: July to end of September
Trip length: 7 nights hotels and lodge; 8 nights camping

 

Itinerary at a glance

Days 01-05: Arrive Delhi and fly to Leh

Day 06: Drive to Kyagar village in Nubra

Day 07: Drive to Hundar

Days 08 to 14: On trek

Day 15: End trek at Phyiang and drive to Leh

Days 16-17: Fly to Delhi

Day 18: Fly back home

back to trekks

Ripchar Valley

A very interesting beginning at the famous Lamayuru monastery, you walk up the less travelled Ripchar valley with remarkable landscape, a number of parallel mountain ranges, including the Great Himalayan Range, and then north of that the Zanskar and then Ladakh ranges, divide this territory, offering a wealth of 6,000 m peaks, and a maze of excellent trekking routes, which usually involve high pass crossings.

 

Scattered high villages, each with its irrigated fields of barley and potatoes, add colour to this otherwise quite barren environment. Ending in the village of Chilling (the only village around Leh where copper ware is made), this short but wonderful trek gives you an insight into Ladakhi culture, country, and religion as you visit among the best monasteries, villages and cross high passes and pastures.

 

Trip Grade: Moderate
Maximum altitude: 4,950 m
Best Period: Mid June to end of September
Trip length: 6 nights hotel. 1 night guesthouse
5 nights camping

Itinerary at a glance:
Day 01: Drive to Alchi

Days 02 to 6: Drive to Lamoure to begin trek ending in Chilling

Day 7: Return to Leh

 

Note: This trek can be combined with the Markha valley trek by crossing the Zanskar river by pulley and joining the Markha trail at Skiu. For those with time, this trek combined with the Markha valley and a climb to a 6,000 m peak offers the ultimate trek experience.

back to trekks

Rupshu

A wonderful route not much frequented because of its restricted sections, this trek offers a very different landscape as you approach the high Tibetan plateau from DAT. Lush meadows, vast grazing grounds, natural Springs and lakes make it the ideal haunt for nomadic Shepherds (Changpas) who live here. Chances are that you may see wild asses (Skyangs), which roam these high plateaus. The trek, covering ground between 14,000 ft to 16,500 ft promises to be a fascinating experience.

 

Flying into Leh at 11,500 ft, we spend some days taking short walks and visiting some famous and ancient monasteries. This also gives us time to acclimatise. We begin this trek in the village of Chilling so that we get more days of acclimatisation. We then trek quickly across the popular and scenic Markha valley into the less travelled and wide-open Changtang plains, a habitat of the nomads. Passing through rugged terrain rarely travelled, we pass through several nomadic settlements - and we will have the unique opportunity to witness the way of life of a region, which has remained unchanged for centuries.

 

Trip Grade: Moderate to strenuous hiking
Maximum altitude: 5,300 m
Best Period: 1st week July to end September
Trip length: 6 nights hotels, 13 nights camping


Itinerary at a glance:
Day 01: Drive to Alchi

Day 02: Drive to Chilling

Days 03-13: On trek ending at Sarchu

Day 14: Return to Leh

On Day 20: Train to Delhi in the evening.
Day 21:  At leisure. Late evening transfer to airport
Day 22: Arrive home.


Note**: There is the option of driving to Manali from Sarchu on Day 18. On Day 19 you would
drive to Nalagarh.

back to trekks

Nomadic Trials and Lakes

An unfrequented path, this trek takes us across less travelled countryside to Tsomoriri Lake at 14,999 ft. We begin from the small village of Rumste and continue through pastureland and open country to the wide Tibetan Changtang plains. We cross some passes, which don't seem too high as we are already at an average altitude of 13,000 ft to 14,000 ft. Chances of seeing wildlife - marmots, ibex, blue sheep and skyangs (wild asses) are plenty. In the summer months the pastures here spring to life with mountain wild flowers. Not too difficult, this trek offers one a chance to see the high altitude lakes and the wide open plains where the Tibetan nomads (Changpas) can still be seen moving around with their herds of sheep and living in their yak skin tents.

 

Trip Grade: Moderate walking
Maximum altitude: 5,400 m
Best Period: end of June until end September
Trip length: 5 hotel nights, 09 nights camping


Itinerary at a glance:
Days 01-04: Arrive Delhi and fly to Leh

Day 05: Khardungla top

Day 06: Drive to Rumtse visiting Shey, Thiksey and Hemis

Days 07 to 14: On trek ending in Tsomoriri

Day 15: Drive to Leh

Days 16-17: Fly to Delhi

Day 18: Fly back home

back to trekks

Marka Valley

Due to its easy accessibility from Leh, the Markha Valley will remain one the most popular treks and rightfully so as it is one of the most beautiful valleys in Ladakh offering anyone all that one would want to see in such a short time span - shepherds settlements, passes offering stupendous views of the snow capped mountains, colourful and incredible rocky landscape with monasteries clinging high up on the cliff faces, villages which are dotted like oases on this trail where you often cross paths with the local inhabitants. The scenery is excellent on this trek as you get to see this fantastic landscape in the changing light. The wide open pastures of Nimaling is a lovely place to relax and the more adventurous can go a little further to climb the left shoulder of Kangyatze peak (6,100 m).

 

Trip Grade: Moderate

Maximum altitude: 5,130 m

Best Period: Mid June to 1st week of October

Trip length: 5 hotel nights, 9 nights camping

 

Itinerary at a glance:

Days 01-04: Arrive Delhi and fly to Leh

Day 05: Drive to Spituk and begin trek

Days 06 to 13: On trek ending in Martselang and driving to Leh

Days 14-15: Fly to Delhi

Day 16: Fly back home

back to trekks

Zanskar Classic

This trek takes you across several high passes with the rocky folds of the Zanskari landscape ever changing colours by the light. You get to visit medieval villages; many nestled into cliff sides, irrigated fields of buckwheat and green pea patches and some well known monasteries - Lingshet, Karsha, Sani, Bardan and Phuktal. The trails near the villages are lined with exquisitely carved mani stones and you get to see the women folk in their fields wearing the traditional turquoise and coral studded headdress - Perak as it is known. This Classic Zanskar trek still remains a favourite for trekkers from all over the world despite the fact that a road will soon be connecting the interiors of this region.

 

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Maximum altitude: 5,200 m

Best Period: July to end of September

Trip length: 7 hotel nights, 19 nights camping

 

Itinerary at a glance:

Days 01-03: Arrive Delhi and onward to Manali

Day 04: Drive to Jispa

Days 05 to 24: On trek ending in Lamayuru and driving to Leh

Day 25: Leh

Days 26-27: Fly to Delhi

Day 28: Fly back home

back to trekks

Down the Zanskar Gorge

A self-contained multi-day river adventure down the spectacular and scenic Zanskar river gorge. The trip takes you five days down the extremely desolate and remote Zanskar gorge culminating at Nemo on the Indus river. The expedition goes through the narrow gorge with ravines and rock walls rising several hundred feet out of the riverbed. This run through continuous grade III - IV rapids enhances the experience of journeying down this gorge. From early January to early February when the Zanskar is frozen a trek is possible - yet another experience!

 

Trip Grade: Rafting Grade III to IV
(Previous experience not required)

Best Period: Mid August to Mid September

Trip length: 12 nights

 

Itinerary at a glance:

Days 01-02: Arrive Leh

Day 03: Drive to Kargil

Day 04: Drive to Rangdum

Days 05-06: Padum

Day 07: Begin rafting from Padum to Zangla

(5hrs. class II)

Day 08: Raft to Nyerak (6 hours, class III)

Day 09: Raft to Lamaguru/Chilling (5 hours class III) Day 10: Raft to Nimu (5 hrs. class III & IV)

Day 11: Raft to Saspol (4 hrs. class III & IV) and drive back to Leh

Day 12: Free day in Leh

Day 13: Fly back to Delhi

back to trekks

click on thumbnails to enlarge


High valleys of Ladakh

On this trip we will begin in the small village of Chilling and trek past hill top monasteries, descend the Ripchar valley, continue through more remote valleys, scattered high villages, each with its irrigated fields of barley and potatoes which add colour to this otherwise quite barren environment to the base of Tsomothang. From here we cross the Kanjila (5,150 m) and descend to the open and scenic Suru Valley ending the trek near the picturesque Rangdum monastery scenically located against the backdrop of a colourful landscape.

 

Trip Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

Maximum altitude: 5,150 m

Best Period: 1st week of July to
end of September.

Trip length: 7 nights hotel, 12 nights camping

 

Itinerary at a glance:

Days 01-02: Arrive Delhi and fly to Leh

Days 03 & 04: Leh

Day 05: Khardungla top

Day 06: Drive to Chilling and camp

Days 07 to 17: On trek ending at Tashitongde

Day 18: Kargil

Day 19: Return to Leh

Days 20-21: Return to Delhi

Day 22: Fly home

back to trekks


Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

This is the most popular Trail into Zangskar via Shingo La. This trek starts from famous monastery of Lamayuru and enters Zangskar though most isolated villages of Lingshet, Photoksar and then the headquarter of Zangskar called Padum. Further this trek leads you to Darcha in Himachal Paradesh via Phuktal and Bardan monasteries.

 

Duration: 19 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Shinkhul La (5080m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes.

Physical Challenge: Moderate

back to trekks

 

Hemis to Zangla by Junglam

The trek starts from Hemis monastery (one of
the richest monastery in Ladakh). It enters in famous Markha valley and Zangskar via Junglam, which is open only for a month. In summer this route is closed due to water crossing and in winter heavy snowfall.

 

Duration: 9 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Charchar La (4950m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge: Moderate

back to trekks

 

Hemis to Tsomoriri

This trek gives you an opportunity to explore Wild life of Hemis National Park, remote villages and Nomadic area of Runsho. This Trek will unveil a region inhabited by Changpa Nomads, Wildlife, high pass, great Floras & Fauna and dramatic mountain scenery of Rupsho.

 

Duration: 10-15 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Kongmaru La (5135m)

Highlight: Nomads, Lake, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge:
Challenging

back to trekks

 

Hemis to Takh

This trek begins from Hemis monastery, after 20 minutes drive from Leh. It enters Markha valley after crossing Kongmaru La 5135m, after a night halt at beautiful pasture Land of Markha valley with Yaks, Sheep's and Pashmina Goats you enter Rupsho valley. It crosses a village and several passes before you finish your trek at Juktakh at Leh Manali highway. From here you can drive towards Manali via Lahaul or drive back to Leh. Rest for a day in Manali and drive Delhi to fly
back home.

 

Duration: 12 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Kongmaru La (5135m)

Highlight: Nomads, Lake, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge:
Challenging

back to trekks

 

Chader Trek

Chadar "frozen blanket" is the only way in and out for Zanskaris in winter, when the road is closed due to heavy snowfall at high passes. It has been the traditional trade route in winter for Centuries. The several days walk from chilling to Padum for 10 days gives different experience. It enters into a gorge and temperature drops to -30C; staying overnight in Caves and walking on frozen river is
an ultimate experience for adventure lovers.
One should travel to Chilling by Taxi and from Chilling it enters into a gorge and walks on frozen river up to Pidmo and two days on snow up to Padum. There is no Vehicle to travel back to Leh by Taxi, therefore you should arrange a helicopter to Manali or walk back to Leh by same route.
Some travelers prefer to Ski up to Suru Valley and from Suru they return by Jeep to Leh via Kargil.

 

Duration: 11-30 days

Best Time: Mid January to Mid February

Highest Point: Lingshet

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife.
Physical Challenge:
Moderate

back to trekks

 

Rumtse to Tsomoriri

This trek starts after a drive to Rumtse around 85 kms from Leh near the Gya village, which was seat of power of the Head of Ladakh Gyapacho in the 10th century AD. After a night halt the trek begins. It crosses three passes before Tsokar Lake and another three passes after Tsokar the salt Lake. While trekking in this area, you can visit birds, wild animals and Changpa nomads grazing their herds of goats at the mountains and high passes. The finishing point of the trek is Tsomoriri Lake or Karzok, the head quarter of Nomadic people. Explore Tsomoriri Lake for a day and drive back to Leh..

 

Duration: 7-8 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Yalang Yugula (5440m)

Highlight: Nomads, Lakes, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge:
Challenging

back to trekks

Saboo to Khaltsar

This trek starts from Saboo village around 7 kms from Leh. You will be entering Nubra Valley via Digar La and walk along the Shyok river to Khaltsar from where you can drive to Nubra Valley or drive back to Leh.

 

Duration: 5 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Digar La (5300m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge:
Moderate

back to trekks

 

Spituk to Stok

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.

 

Duration: 3 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Stok La (4900m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge:
Moderate

back to trekks

 

Nalagarh to Nubra valley
We begin our journey with a short ride on the comfortable air-conditioned Shatabdi Express train from Delhi to Chandigarh. Here we will meet with our vehicle and drive up from the foothills of the Shivalik hills following the Beas river upstream past several towns and the lush green Kulu valley to Manali (7 hrs). Enroute we stop for lunch at the quaint and historic town of Mandi.

 

The journey then continues, crossing the Rothang pass (13,100 ft), the first of several we will pass on this exciting and spectacular drive to Leh. From Rothang pass, we enter the Lahaul valley and the sudden change to arid landscape is easily noticed. The road follows the Chandra River to its junction with the Bhaga opposite Tandi village. We then reach Baralachala pass (4,892 m), 190 km from Manali and continue to Sarchu at 4,253 m (222 km from Manali) and the halfway point to Leh. We arrive in the late evening and spend the night in tented accommodation. A rather windy and desolate place, there are no other better options close by. The following morning we continue on to Leh driving up the Gata Loops and across the Moore Plains of the Changtang Plateau. The colour of the rocky faces and landscape change with the changing light. Finally after crossing Taglangla at 5,360 m we descend to the Indus Valley and continue to Leh arriving by early evening.

 

A short 3 day village trek is undertaken giving you a taste of the villages and culture of Ladakh while enjoying the walk before finally travelling to the Nubra valley which we reach after crossing the Khardungla pass (18,360 ft), the highest motorable pass in the world. We drive for about 4 hrs into the wide Nubra valley fed by the Shyok River. This valley is greener than the Leh valley and rich in vegetation. With quite a large population spread over various villages, we will visit Kyagar, Deskit and Hundar, meet with the locals, perhaps a small ride on the unique double humped bactrian camel.

 

Trip Grade: Jeep Safari across high altitude
and rough terrain.
Maximum altitude: 5,300 m
Best Period:1st week July to end September
Trip length: 14 nights hotel, 2 nights camping


Itinerary at a glance:
Days 01-04: Arrive Delhi and onward to
Nalagarh and Manali

Day 05: Jispa

Days 06-09: Leh

Days 10 – 12: On trek ending in Tingmosgang
and driving to Leh

Day 13: Leh

Days 14-15: Nubra valley

Day 16: Return to Leh

Days 17-18: Fly to Delhi

Day 19: Fly home.


Note: Overnight excursion to Pangong Lake or 2 nights excursion to Tsomoriri and Tsokar lake can be undertaken.

back to trekks


Lamayuru to Padum

The most beautiful and longest trek for around
20-21 days starts from Lamayuru, where the 10th Century's monastery is located, around 125 Kms. from Leh Town. You can also do this trek in 10 days finishing at Padum in Zangskar Valley. The trek starts from Lamayuru and it enters Zangskar Valley passing through Wanla and the most remote villages of Lingshed. On the 9th and 10th day, one reaches Hanamur or Pishu via Karsha monastery to Padum (the headquarter of Zangskar valley). After a day rest at Padum you can proceed towards Darcha via Phuktal monastery and high passes (Shikun La 5,100 m). The trek finishes at Darcha village in Lahul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh around 145 kms. from Manali.

 

Duration: 9 - 10 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Singay La (5000m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes. Physical Challenge: Moderate

back to trekks


Lamayuru to Hemis

Lamayuru, the oldest monastery is situated on the starting point of this trek, which finishes at Hemis the Richest and most famous monastery of Ladakh. There are many Passes on this trail. It passes through Hemis national park, established to preserve snow leopard and other wild animals. But there is only 10% chance to view a snow leopard. Further it enters beautiful valley of Markha, which is overshadowed by many Peaks. The high pasturelands to graze yaks & goats are dotted with animals.

 

Duration: 15 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Kongmaru La (5135m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes.
Physical Challenge:
Moderate

back to trekks

 

Henaskut to Wanla

Around 6 days trek from Henaskut to Wanla starts from Henaskut around 160 Kms from Leh near Leh-Srinagar highway in Kargil district. There are many passes Like Yogmala (4900 meters.), Niyigutse La (5,100 mtrs.) and Pirkiting La (3,700 mtrs.) and
it finishes at Lamayuru, where the oldest monastery in Ladakh is located, around 125 Kms. from Leh town.

 

Duration: 6 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Nyigutse La (5000m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge:
Moderate

back to trekks

 

Sham Trek (Liker to Khaltse)

Sham trek is a mild trek, which is very convenient for easy hiker group and from Sight seeing point
of view. There are many villages and monasteries on this trek. This is the only trek that can be done throughout the year, as there are no high passes. This trek passes through many small villages. It is very famous among tourist as Baby trek.

 

Duration: 5 days

Best Time: June to October

Highest Point: Tsermangchan La (3750m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge:
Easy

back to trekks

 

Tsomoriri to Kibber

Drive six hours to Tsomoriri Lake or Korzok; headquarter of nomads via Chumathang and

\Mahay Bridge along the Indus River. After a
night halt start your acclimatization walk for a day, where you can visit Changpa nomades and have wonderful view Tsomoriri Lake. Third you will start you trek along the Tsomoriri Lake with beautiful landscape. The trail turns southward from Nurboo Sumdo and start walking along Parang chu valley towering snow Peak Mountains. Seventh day you will walk on a glacier mountain for 30 minutes to reach Parangla 5880m. Crossing the pass the landscape suddenly changes with high mountains of Lahul & Spiti and Kibber viilage in Himachal Pradesh is reached after another day trek. Your wonderful trek is finished here. After the trek you can extend trip and visit Ki, Lhalung, Pin and Tabo monasteries of Spiti Valley by Jeep. From here we drive back to Manali and then to Delhi to fly back home.

 

Duration: 7-8 days

Best Time: September to October

Highest Point: Parang La (5580m)

Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes
Physical Challenge:
Moderate

back to trekks

 
 
The Ladakh Ecological Footprint@2011
call 0091-9906977846 or email me directly at
stanzin@ecologicalfootprint.in
 
 
Hit Counters