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Leh Ladakh Trekking Tours

Ladakh, India, aptly named “Little Tibet”, is a land of many passes and snow-clad mountains and is among the highest of the world’s inhabited plateausThis spectacular region is sandwiched between two vast mountain systems with elevation ranging from 9,000 to 25,000 feet, and it is the largest and highest district in India.   The daunting height of the Himalaya adds to this area’s isolation.  Even today the main road routes to Ladakh remain closed for more than six months each year. Until 1979, there were no regular civilian flights into Ladakh so from October to June the region was completely cut off.

Today, Ladakh is full of amazing sights – gompas perched on soaring hilltops dwarfed by snow capped mountains, barren landscapes splashed with brilliant patches of green and ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls. But most of all it is notable for its delightful people – friendly and colorful as only Tibetans can be.

Both the Nubra Valley in the north and the Markha Valley in the south of Ladakh offer fantastic trekking opportunities that offer glimpses into traditional Ladakhi life, culture and wildlife.  The Ladakh area also has a number of beautiful saltwater lakes that make popular destinations for tourists.

Operator Information

Himalayan Social Journey is a Kathmandu-based travel and tour company that has been offering unforgettable adventure trips in the Himalayas for over 15 years.  They are a family-owned trekking company that provides experienced local guides and porters for over 150 adventure packages throughout Nepal, India and Bhutan.

Himalayan Social Journey is also committed to social welfare. The company’s projects focus on uplifting the livelihood of the people and sustainable development in remote areas of Nepal, specifically the education of children.  When you book with Himalayan Social Journey, you help change lives for the people and children of Nepal.

Trek & Tour Information

Explore the wonders of the Ladakh region with Himalayan Social Journey’s guided multi-day treks and tours.

The tours around Ladakh will introduce you to some of the region’s most iconic landmarks.  Explore the Zanskar and Indus Rivers, Buddhist Monasteries, the famous Nubra Valley, and stunning Pangong Lake.

Ladakh Guided Treks & Tours Days Rate
Multi-Activity Adventure in Ladakh 7 $680
Markha Valley Trek 9 $749
Ladakh Tour 10 $999

Looking for more adventures in the Himalayas?  Himalayan Social Journeys also offers trekking in Nepal, and rafting in Nepal!

Trail Info

Multi-Activity Adventure in Ladakh

Ladakh is the eastern-most extension of the Tibetan plateau and is rightly called “little Tibet”. With an average altitude of more than 3,000m, Ladakh’s inaccessibility and harsh environment has ensured that its unique character has been preserved for centuries and the region is one of the last remaining abodes of Tibetan Buddhism.

This adventure offers a good mix of activities around Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Combined with an overnight trek staying at a Ladakhi home stay for a night, the trip also includes a rafting trip on the Zanskar river and a biking trip in picturesque environs of the Stok village. Highlights include visiting the famous Shey Palace & the Thiksey monasteries.  One can also extend the adventure by doing excursions to Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley or to the Tsomorori Tsokar circuit.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi to Leh
Day 2: Visit the monasteries in and around Leh. Local sightseeing
Day 3: Drive Leh to Likir and trek to Hemisshukpachan (3720m)
Day 4: Trek Hemisshukpachan to Tingmosgang (3200m) and drive to Alchi
Day 5: Rafting day trip on Zanskar river
Day 6: Cycling to Stok village
Day 7: Depart from Leh

Includes

  •  All travel starting with pick up from Leh airport, till drop to Leh airport on final day, by road in a non A/C car.
  •  All accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels, guest houses and home stay.
  •  All meals on the trip.
  •  Professional guide fee, rafting charges, bike charges.
  •  All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.

Markha Valley Trek

The Markha Valley trek is one of the most popular treks in Ladakh – it is an ideal combination of beautiful Himalayan landscape with traditional Ladakhi villages. There are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife.  Highlights include trekking along the Zanskar river to the confluence point of the Zanskar & Indus Rivers, Buddhist monasteries, and spectacular views from Kongmaru La.

Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Day 02: Monastery visits in Leh (3500m)
Day 03: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m) 4-5hrs
Day 04: Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m) 5-6hrs
Day 05: Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m) 5-6hrs
Day 06: Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m) 3-4hrs
Day 07: Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo(3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m) 6-7hrs
Day 08: Drive Shang Sumdo to Leh. 2-3 hrs
Day 09: Fly Leh to Delhi

Includes

  •  Twin Share accommodation for 4 nights at Guest House in Leh
  •  Twin Share accommodation in tents with foam sleeping pads for 10 nights on the mountain
  •  All meals on the trip
  •  Monastery Entry fees, Camping fees
  •  Full board camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools
  •  Trip Leader assisted by certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
  •  Mules for porterage of personal and group luggage
  •  All Transport as per the itinerary above

Ladakh Tour

Ladakh is the eastern-most extension of the Tibetan plateau and is rightly called “the little Tibet”. It has remained isolated for centuries to the outside world due to its inaccessibility, and the strategic position it occupies in the northern frontier. Ladakh has a rich cultural and religious heritage as can be seen from the centuries old monasteries, some of them built on sheer cliffs and still functioning actively.

This adventure in Ladakh allows you to explore truly extraordinary scenery, a moonscape of deep gorges, snowy mountains and arid plains. “Little Tibet‟ never fails to leave a lasting impression on all its visitors.  Highlights include monastery visits, Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi to Leh
Day 2: Visit Shey & Thiksey monasteries near Leh.
Day 3: An audience with Oracle of village Sabu, return to Leh for lunch
Day 4: Drive to Lamayuru, overnight stay at Ulleytokpo resort
Day 5: Attend the festival at Phyang monastery and drive back to Leh
Day 6: Drive to Nubra valley
Day 7: Excursion to Hundar village / Sand dunes and camel ride in Nubra valley
Day 8: Drive back to Leh
Day 9: Drive to Pangong Lake(4350m)
Day 10: Drive back to Leh
Day 11: Transfer to Airport for flight to Delhi

Includes

  • All travel starting with pick up from Leh airport, till drop to Leh airport on final day, by road in a non A/C car.
  •  All accommodation on twin sharing basis in “A” category hotel or fixed camps.
  • All meals on the trip.
  • Permit fees for Nubra & Pangong Lake excursion Professional guide fee.

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FAQs

Q What is included in the cost?

All travel starting with pick up from Leh airport, till drop off to Leh airport on final day, by road in a non A/C car.

All accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels, guest houses and home stays.

All meals on the trip.

Professional guide fee, rafting charges, bike charges.

All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.

Q What are some essential things to bring for the trek?

Thermal Underwears / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
Quick dry Trousers

Shirt / T- Shirt

Warm Fleece / Jacket

Insulating Layers

Wind protection and Rain protection gear

Gloves – 1 pair woolens or hard shell

Socks – as per your requirement, bring both cotton & woolen socks

Woolen Cap, sun hat & bandana etc for the head

A day pack for your camera, water bottle, a light snack, a warm layer etc.


Sunglasses

Headlamp / Torchlight

Water bottle – should have at least one 1 lit bottle.

Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.

Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.

Hand sanitizer

Small personal first aid kit

Q How is payment handled?

Upon receipt of your booking request, Himalayan Social Journeys will contact you to arrange trip details and collect $99 booking deposit. The rest of the amount can be paid a month before your arrival. If you choose to settle your balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.

Q How does the single supplement charge work?

In holiday tours / trek packages, rooms or tents are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed to client who does not share with another tour participant.

Q What is your social work?

HSJ is highly committed to supporting social development in the poorest regions of Nepal, particularly the remote mountain communities that the team comes from. So, 10% of the profit on each package programs will be used to uplift the education of rural areas & reforestation program in part of the country through different social organizations.

Q What is the minimum and maximum number of participants for each tour?

Organized tour dates have a maximum 16 people and minimum 2.

Q Can we customize treks?

Yes! HSJ can cater to small or large groups and customize your tour or dates with personal guides and porters.

Q Any hidden costs that we should be aware of?

The tours are all inclusive and have no hidden local payments that blow your budget.

Q Do I need a visa to enter India?

All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. You can apply online here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/

Q What is Ladakh's temperature and climate like?

Ladakh lies north of the Great Himalayan Range and is hence unaffected by the monsoon clouds which shed all the rain on hitting the Himalayas from the south. On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down in the valleys would be around 25°C, with night-time lows being around 15°C. At the highest camps, the night-time temperature could fall as low as minus 5°C. At high altitude, it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh usually has very stable weather from June to September. However mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Q What is the altitude in Ladakh?

Once you get up to heights above 3000 m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Your body slowly gets used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without any aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized. The trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. The team is always ready to give advice on this subject.

Q What is the advisable baggage allowance?

You would need to have two bags for the trip – the main baggage and the day pack. Your main baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals and it should not weigh more than 15 kg. You would be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you an easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than plain day packs. It’s a good idea to have slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the summit afternoon. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

Q Any recommended pre-trip conditioning tips?

Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. It is suggested that you begin your training program at least a month before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of the participants, climbing stairs with heavy backpack is recommended

Q What kind of food is served during the trek?

HSJ has a full-serviced camp with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which the staff has found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favorite snack or some power bars with you for the long trekking days. HSJ will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek - it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

Q Will first aid be readily available during the trek?

First aid accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. It is recommended that you bring your own personal medications and inform HSJ of any medical condition, if you have.

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