Highlights of Ladakh
Those who visit Ladakh are usually adventure-seekers looking for the next high-altitude thrill, but we wanted to focus more on the zen side of things. Rich in culture, scenery and history, Ladakh is a treasure trove of wonders hidden away in a remote part of the world. After a start in Delhi, we'll visit mountain villages, valleys, and Hindu and Buddhist temples along the road to Leh. If you're looking to break a sweat after all, try rafting or hiking amongst other pulse-racing activities, but we totally understand if you'd rather just lay back and let the culture of the region soak right in.
See Delhi from a new perspective with a former streetkid-led walking tour, learn more about Tibetan culture in Dharamsala, soak in the dramatic mountain scenery, visit small villages and beautiful temples.
Plane, private van, walking.
Hotels (8 nts), guesthouse (5 nts), permanent camp (1 nts).
Walking tour with a guide from the G Adventures-supported Delhi Streetkids project. Old and New Delhi tour. Orientation walk of Dharamsala with temples of Masrur. Bhagsunag visit and hike. Old Manali Manu Temple and Hidimba Temple visits (Manali). Kardang Monastery (Keylong). Shey Thikse and Hemis Monastery visits. Gya village and Miru village visit. Stok Palace and museum visit. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Delhi/Pathankot (1B)
Take a morning walk through the city with a young adult from the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, visit Old Delhi, explore the spice markets, and check out Jama Masjid and Connaught Place. Opt to visit Akshardham temple before boarding an overnight train to Pathankot Cantt.
Day 3 Pathankot/Dharamshala
Arrive to Pathankot Cantt and continue by van to Dharamsala. Enjoy an orientation walk of the city and tour the temples of Masroor.
Day 4 Dharamshala (1B)
Take a morning excursion to Bhagsunag. Later, enjoy free time with the option to visit the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture.
Day 5 Dharamshala/ManÄli (1B)
Enjoy the scenery during a long travel day on the road towards Leh. En route to Manali, explore Palampur, a green hill station surrounded by tea gardens and forests. Drive through the Kullu Valley in the Himachal Pradesh region, marvelling at the rivers, mountain villages, orchards, and forests.
Day 6 ManÄli (1B)
Enjoy visits to the old Manali Manu Temple and the Hidimba Temple. Spend a free afternoon exploring the area.
Day 7 ManÄli/Keylong (1B, 1D)
En route to Keylong, drive through the Rohtang Pass, known for its spectacular scenery. Spend the afternoon in Keylong exploring the town and visiting the Kardang Monastery.
Day 8 Keylong/Sarchu (1B, 1D)
Depart on another scenic drive to reach Sarchu. Cross the Bara-lacha Pass before relaxing in a tented camp in the middle of the Himalayas. Enjoy one night in this remote location.
Day 9 Sarchu/Leh (1B)
Continue on, crossing the Zanskar Range, travelling through the Lachlung Pass and the Taglung Pass, to reach the town of Leh. Settle in and spend some free time visiting the town.
Days 10-13 Leh
Over the next four days, explore Leh and the surrounding region. Visit the Shey Thikse and Hemis Monastery, take a day trip to the Gya and Miru villages, and enjoy the scenic meadows on the way. Visit the Stok Palace and Museum. With free time, opt for a rafting excursion, take part in a yoga or meditation session at a nearby centre, or go mountain biking.
Day 14 Leh/Delhi (1B)
Catch a morning flight back to Delhi with some free time to explore the bustle of this capital city.
Day 15 Delhi (1B)
Depart at anytime.