Trekking in Ladakh
Think of the Himalayas and you'll inevitably think of Mount Everest. But there's so much more to see in this picturesque country than just the mother of all mountains. Across the mountain ranges in India, there's a whole different world waiting to be explored under your hiking boots. Hike among tiny villages, walk through remote valleys and marvel at isolated Buddhist monasteries high up in the cliffs. Even though you haven't left India, trekking through this unique tapestry of colours and cultures will make you feel that you've been transported to another world.
Plane, private van, walking.
Standard hotel (6 nts), camping (7 nts).
Visit the Buddhist monasteries of Shey and Thikse, explore the mountain city of Leh, hike on the trails between villages in the Markha Valley, see India's highest peak Nanda Devi looming overhead
Hiking around Ladakh (8 days). English-speaking local guide and assistants for the trek. Internal flights. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Delhi/Leh (1B)
Morning transfer to Delhi airport. Fly to Leh and enjoy the rest of the day free to explore.
Day 3 Leh (1B)
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Visit the Buddhist monasteries of Shey and Thikse. Enjoy the spectacular views across the Zanskar range.
Day 4 Leh/Zinchan (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Spituk Gompa. Explore the monastery, then begin the hike to Zingchen. The hike gradually ascends and passes through deep gorges on the way.
Day 5 Zinchan/Ganda La (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a full day hiking. Head for Ganda La today, with the peak of Stok Kangri looming overhead.
Day 6 Ganda La/Skiu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend a full day trekking from Ganda La Base Camp to Skiu, including the ascent of Ganda La (4,950m/16,240 ft). The views from the pass include the entire Zanskar range below.
Day 7 Skiu/Markha (1B, 1L, 1D)
Take a full day to hike from Skiu to Markha with more breathtaking views.
Day 8 Markha/Thachungtse (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue on from Markha to Thachungtse during another full day of hiking.
Day 9 Thachungtse/Nimaling (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend the day hiking from Thachungtse along the Nimaling stream.
Day 10 Nimaling/Shangsumdo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hike to Shangsumdo via Kongmaru La (5,150m/16,896 ft). This is the highest point of the trek and a challenging full day of hiking. Breathe in the thin air and soak in the stunning views.
Day 11 Shangsumdo/Leh (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a short trek in the morning before leaving Shangsumdo. Catch a well-earned ride for the last section of the journey back to Leh.
Day 12 Leh (1B)
Take a day to relax and enjoy the sights around Leh. Absorb the culture at Hemis Monastery, once the richest and largest in the region. Visit Stok Palace and learn more about the history of the area.
Day 13 Leh/Delhi (1B)
Fly back to Delhi and make the most of the city with free time in the afternoon.
Day 14 Delhi (1B)
Depart at any time.