Ladakh or “Little Tibet” lies as a separate area in the Himalayas of northern India at the Tibetan Plateau, at the frontier of Karakoram. It hardly rains in this region, that is why a spectacular moon landscape is created where surrealistic colors like earth-red, gold and deep dark purple twinkle at the rocks. Ladakh has a rich cultural and religious heritage that you can see in the very old monasteries that still function. For sure this is one of the few places left where one can witness the Tibetan Buddhism in the original state!
You walk an average of 4 hours per day, your luggage is carried by packed animals, you’re accompanied by a local guide and stay the nights in 2-persons tents.
We travel to Leh overland or fly in or vice versa, one domestic flight is obligatory. Passes are open the first week of July.
Arrival at New Delhi & transfer to hotel o/n in a hotel
Overnight train to Shimla Sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. In the evening, take the night train to Kalka
You will arrive at Kalka in the morning and then change the train for Shimla, the summer capital of British India. Overnight in Shimla
You will drive through many mountain villages and apple orchards to end up in the cozy little village of Manali in the Kullu area. Next day you will visit Hadimba Temple, Vashishta Temple, Hot Spring and old Manali. Overnight in Manali.
Sensational drive over the Rohthang pass. To have good acclimatization, we stay two nights at Jispa (3100 m.) where we will have our first acquaintance with the Bhuddist culture. We visit Gemur monastery, Castles and walk back to the hotel.
Drive further on, pass through mighty canyons. Overnight in tented camps of Sarchu.
The road to Leh winds all the way up and cross the Tanglang La (5065m), the second highest motorable pass in the world. We continue our way along beautiful aquarelle-lakes and unforgettable views to end up in Leh late in the afternoon. Overnight hotel Leh.
You will visit different Buddhist Gompas from Medieval period like Tsemo Gompa, Sankar Gompa and Leh Palace etc. The other day, you will have excursion to Shey Monastery and Thiksey Monastery. Afterwards, we visit Hemis Monastery where famous Hemis Festival is celebrated every year at the peak time of summer.
From Likir you will start the walking tour. This route seldom goes higher than 4000m, where you walk through a beautiful, almost unreal landscape. From a far distance you can spot fresh green nature, an oasis where the people of Ladakh live and survive in this overwhelming nature. We pass breathtaking canyons, and enjoy the views at the pastel Color Mountains of which the peaks are covered with snow.
You will discover more the capital of Ladakh. Leh is the link of the legendary Silk Route between the old Cathay, which was the name of China in times of the great Kublai Khan, and India.
From Leh, we take a flight over the Himalayas back to Delhi. Overnight in hotel Delhi
Free day for shopping.
Transfer to Airport for departure.