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Ladakh Holidays

 

Hidden away in the north eastern corner of India, Ladakh is a sanctuary of Buddhist calm. Cradled between the two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas and the Karakorum, Ladakh is so remote that you can take a walking holiday here with almost a total absence of western influences. Ladakh is India’s highest plateau. Literally meaning ‘land of high passes’ it’s made up of desolate empty plains surrounded by jagged mountains and steep passes. The only way to get around Ladakh - unless you want to carry your own food and firewood at over 4,000 metres above sea level - is on a trekking package. Once you’re set with your local guide and your donkey get ready to explore this incredible wilderness land.

Trekking and Walking Holidays in Ladakh – Four High-Altitude Highlights

1. Lounge around in Leh

The capital, Leh, is the base camp for most trekking holidays in Ladakh, and once you’ve got used to the altitude it is a breath of fresh air. A million miles away from the claustrophobic charm of most Indian towns it is a haven for weary travellers. Quiet and charming, wander round the old town filling up on carbs (you’ll need them!) at one of many delicious bakeries, or visit the ancient Royal Palace currently under restoration.

2. Visit Hemis Gompa

How could you not want to visit a place known as ‘the Lone Place of the Compassionate Person’? Ladakh’s most picturesque monastery, Hemis Gompa is approached via a spectacular gorge walk.

3. Trek The Markha Valley

Regarded by many as the classic Ladakhi trekking holiday, this trail follows the Markha River up into the peaks to the Zanskar mountain range. You start of walking through fields of barley and mustard, deep gorges and remote villages. Jaw dropping scenery unfolds as you hit the rocky slopes. Buddhist prayer flags mark the way towards the jagged horizon peaks. You might glimpse the fleeting purple robes of a Buddhist monk at one of the obscure shrines, or blue sheep and Ibex scrambling over the rocky escarpment.

4. Party like its 1599

Ancient culture and Buddhist tradition form an integral part of daily life. The Ladhaki social calendar is full of religious festivals and fairs, featuring masked dancers, yang music and sporting contests. In other more tourist oriented destinations you could be forgiven for thinking some of these are put on purely for the crowds, but here in Ladakh they remain a vital part of the culture. The vibrant mix of sights sounds and smells gives a fascinating insight to the Ladakhi way of life, while providing a colourful contrast to the imperious nature of the landscape.

Ladakh holidays

Three Peaks of Ladakh

 Three Peaks of Ladakh

17 days Excl. flights From
EUR €2,285.00

Remote Ladakh trek to summit three peaks of the Indian Himalaya

  • Climb a 6000m Himalayan peak
  • Discover ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Experience high plateaux and mountain vistas
Trails of Ladakh

Trails of Ladakh

14 days Excl. flights From
EUR €1,765.00

A cultural trek through remote villages and fertile valleys of the spectacular Indian Himalaya

  • Experience the rich culture of 'Little Tibet'
  • Enjoy spectacular multi-coloured landscapes
  • See the monasteries along the Indus Valley
  • Meet the locals as you trek through villages
Ladakh: Stok Kangri Climb

Ladakh: Stok Kangri Climb

15 days Excl. flights From
EUR €2,105.00

A rarely trodden route through the Indian Himalaya to summit Stok Kangri, a 6000m peak

  • Conquer a 6000m (20,000ft) peak
  • Enjoy panoramic vistas over the Indian Himalaya and Karakorum
  • Sleep in remote wild camps
  • Trek amidst towering rock cathedrals and over high passes
In Search of the Snow Leopard

In Search of the Snow Leopard

14 days Excl. flights From
EUR €2,195.00

Chance to see the rare and elusive Snow Leopard amidst the snowcapped Indian Himalaya

  • Wonderful winter walking in Ladakh
  • Chance to see the rare and elusive Snow leopard
  • Spend a day at a monastic festival
  • Visit Ladakh when it is cut off from the rest of the world
Ladakh: The Markha Valley

Ladakh: The Markha Valley

14 days Excl. flights From
EUR €1,775.00

A classic trek in the Indian Himalaya; fertile valleys, high passes and Ladakhi villages

  • Enjoy a classic trek in 'Little Tibet'
  • Trek through spectacular gorges, valleys and over mountain passes
  • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Camp in the wild Indian Himalaya
A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh

A Himalayan Journey - Amritsar to Leh

16 days Excl. flights From
EUR €1,705.00

A fascinating overland journey across the Indian Himalaya

  • Visit the Golden Temple at Amritsar
  • Explore Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama
  • Discover ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries
  • Marvel at the breathtaking Leh Valley
Manali to Leh Ride

Manali to Leh Ride

17 days Excl. flights From
EUR €2,225.00

The ride of your life - cycle six passes amidst the breathtaking Indian Himalaya!

  • Ride six spectacular Himalayan passes
  • Enjoy a fantastic 2000m descent to Leh
  • Admire ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Camp amidst beautiful mountain scenery

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