A high altitude but delightful and easier trek suiting everyone as we traverse parallel to the Indus river, through beautiful villages and lower ridge line passes. An easily manageable 5 to 8 day trek through the beautiful lower valleys of the Ladhak Range (total 12 days in Ladhak and up to 18 in India). A fun rafting outing and a study visit to Ladhak’s famed Buddhist monasteries and its well preserved ancient culture. The adventure is basic yet so exciting.  Start is from the popular Likir Gompa and we end at Kaltsey.     (L 2)

Note: Register early for hassle free air reservations. The land route to Leh is beautiful but tiring, needs an extra 5 to 7 days and is feasible only from end June to mid October.  

1. Intention. To undertake an ambling trek in the high altitude mountains of the stark and beautiful Ladhak Range and spend great moments in numerous villages studying the culture and people in the heartland of Ladhak Buddhism

2. Duration. 19 or more  adventure filled days in India of which  up to 10   days are spent on the superb Ladhak and Buddhist region trek and additionally on rafting and  visits to Ladhak’s famous monasteries and cultural centres. A chance exists to see the beautiful  Taj Mahal and  Delhi and while in Ladhak to undertake some  other road safaris.  The pre – trek period in Ladhak is inescapable as we have to acclimatise. Yet we use each  day to its best.

3. Modes of Transportation. By road in cars/jeeps or a suitable coach as per the itinerary below. A flight to Leh and then the trek follows from Likir. We finally return by air to Delhi. As mentioned the land route can take up to a week extra.
4. Best time.End April to end October though April and October are a bit cold.

5. Age Profile. 18 years upwards, as per fitness.

6. Broad Itinerary.(Refer Map)

(a) Arrive at Delhi, received, halt over at hotel to rest and recoup. A days sightseeing in Delhi. Next morning move to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and night over at Agra. Note that in summers it can be really hot outdoors at Delhi and even more so at Agra. The next evening return to Delhi and next day take the flight to Leh (3522 m). (4 days – can be reduced if stay in Delhi or Agra is curtailed,  if desired please specify) (4 to 6 months advance planning recommended to get confirmed flight tickets) (Land route through Manali and Keylong option exists but needs an additional five to seven days and is feasible only from end June to mid October)

(b) A day of complete rest at Leh. (Avoid even easy walking today)

(c) (c) An Essay into Ladhak Buddhism. We now spend 3 days, the first of which being kept relatively easy, in travelling within Ladhak visiting its monasteries and villages. This acquaints us with the area and its people and helps us acclimatise better. The monasteries, mostly along the Indus Valley, include Thiksay, Stok, Spituk, Hemis and places in Leh.  (3 days). 

(d) Rafting down the Indus. This fun day is to enjoy some easy rafting from Leh to Nimmu and in visiting a special village in the afternoon –  Chilling.  Back to Leh for the night.  (9 days since arriving at Delhi).

(e) We now  start the main trek.  A very early morning drive to Likir where we bid adieu to our transport. After a brief visit to the Likir Gompa we wind our way through the lower huts of the village and head westwards for Yangthang. On the way we pass a small pass, Pobe-La (3700 m) and the small village of Sumdo beyond it. We ascend Chagatse La (3849 m) and then desend to the pretty Yangthang Village (3700 m). On Day 2 the camp remains at Yangthang as we descend the trail southwards through a narrow Gorgeto visit a spiritually powerful Gompa – Rizong Gompa. There is also a small nunnery near the Gompa. After the visit and enjoying our pack lunch we climb back to Yangthang for the night. The outing is about 7 hours and a delightful trip. On Day 3 we trek westwards again to the unique village called Hemis Shukpachan (3596 m). Tsermangchan La (4000 m) is the pass that we cross on a day when the trek is short, about 2 to 3 hours; perfect as we get more time to investigate this big village with its cedar trees and a beautiful Gompa. On Day 4 we head for Temisgam, possibly the richest village in Ladhak with fruits nuts and apples in plenty in season. The trek is about 6 hours and we pass through Meptak La (3980 m) and the sweet village of Ang. Temisgam of course has its own monastery, a palace and a nunnery. Day 5 is when we reach the end of this Baby Trek and reach the village of Khaltsey on the main Leh – Srinagar Highway. We cross Tia village, make a sortie of about three hours to the Katza Gompa to the North and then returning cross Bongbong La  (3600 m) and descend to Kaltsey after a total of about six hours.  After the trek ends at the end of Day 5,  on Day 6 we move by road safari and visit Lamayuru and Wanla before returning for the night to Leh. (15 days since arriving in India).
(f) Optional additional Trek day on request. For those who have enjoyed the trek and wish to walk a wee bit more can take the drive from Khaltsey to Wanlah village and from there do the sweet one day trek to Lamayuru over Prinkti La (3726 m). The terrain is very interesting on this trek. This will entail an extra day to be added to the itinerary.
(g) Two weeks in India having gone by we visit the beautiful Pangong Tso next. A very early start and we head into a long winding drive over the rather high Chang La Pass (5358 m). This beautiful Lake is part in China’s Tibet and part (1/3rd) is in India. This is the apex point of the trip and by late evening we are back at Leh. The last day we do a half day safari to the very High Khardung La pass (5606 m) that towers over Leh and spend the afternoon and evening roaming around Leh or visiting any other area that you like.

(h) On the 18th day we are back at Delhi. However it is essential to plan the return flight to home a clear 48 hours or more later so that a cushion is kept in case bad weather delays our flying out of Leh. These two days can be used to further explore Delhi, for shopping and to recoup.

(i) After spending 19 or 20 great days in India we take the night flight back home, but with plans for other adventure trips to Ladhak, or elsewhere in India, already taking shape in the mind.

7. Accommodation and Cuisine. This will be a mix of hotels, rest houses/inspection bungalows, camps in tents, the odd home stay where viable. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements. Cuisine. A variety of  Indian, Continental, Chinese or Tibetan with due care and regard to sensitivity to spices.
8. Cost of Basic Itinerary above (Delhi airport back to Delhi airport).

(a) Our plans are all inclusive in India and based on  a  groups of  preferably about 10 or so pax. This includes airport transfers, hotel and basic sightseeing costs at Delhi,  Agra, Delhi – Leh – Delhi air fare and all halts in Ladhak, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. It also includes all costs of treks/rafts  including costs of English speaking trek leaders, guides and rafting boat-masters,   equipment, porters and ponies, entry fees at various places/parks, road transport in exclusive jeeps, government royalties, and the costs of any special clothing that you want us to arrange for the duration of the trip which can be indicated to us when registering. However international air-fares,  airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, tobacco, phone calls, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded
(b) Registration. As this is the peak tourist period it is essential that Registration be done at least four to five months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs are to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival.

9. Changes in the itinerary, if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.