Trekking in India

Ladakh Odyssey Trek

Ladakh Odyssey Trek
  • Total Duration

    16 days
  • Trek Grade

  • Trek Starts

  • Trek Ends



Sandwiched between the vast ranges of the Karakoram and the Himalaya in the far north of India, Ladakh is the highest, most remote and least populated region in the whole country. The name is derived from Ladags, which means ‘the land of high passes’. Its corrugated, arid landscape is often described as a mountain desert which does not do justice to the inherent beauty of its chaotic ridges, twisted and exposed geological strata, snow-shrouded peaks, dark gorges and wide valleys.

Ladakh lies in the far north of India although culturally and geographically it is closer to Tibet; it is one of the last remaining enclaves of Tibetan Buddhism. Shrouded in a mist of myth and mystery, this land of monks and monasteries rises gracefully from the upper half of the Indus basin.

Startling patches of greenery break the bleak landscape – wherever there is water at the base of a glacier or in a river valley. Here one is likely to find Ladakh’s famous apricot orchards or giant cabbage heads; as also radish, potatoes and turnips growing to giant sizes because of longer daylight and strong intensity of ultra violet rays.


Day 01:Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, a fascinating city amid the wonder of India. You’ll be met and assisted at the airport by our local representatives who will arrange the transfer and check in to your hotel for a good night’s rest. Rest of your day at leisure or afternoon half day guided sightseeing available on request/subject to flight arrival time today.
Overnight in Hotel
Day 02 : Fly Delhi to Leh (3445M)
We take morning flight to Leh where you’ll be met on arrival for the transfer to your hotel. While the town has come a long way from the days when polo was played on its main street, Leh still retains a pleasant traditional quality. Rest of today is at leisure to rest and for high altitude acclimatization. Enjoy the natural beauty of Leh town and surrounds. Depending on how you feel this evening you may want to walk down to the local bazaar or take a gentle stroll through the main street which is more than enough exercise to begin with until you adjust to the altitude.
Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Fullday Monastry tour including Hemis, Shey and Thiskey
This is the day to explore the local region as well as for acclimatization. This morning you’ll be picked up for the drive to Thiksey village where you’ll visit Thiksey Gompa (monastery). 19 km from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas of the region. there are several temples in this Gompa, containing beautiful and ornate images, stupas and wall paintings of Lord Buddha. After time here we’ll continue the drive to Shey village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa. Situated on a hillock 15 km upstream from Leh, this was once the residence of the royal family. We’ll also visit Hemis Monastery, one of the most famous, wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa (monastery) of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here each summer. there are a number of shrines and temples of considerable interest here and the gompa itself stands out from the mountainside in traditional Tibetan style. the library houses a rare collection of valuable manuscripts and thangkas (paintings on cloth) including the world’s largest created in 1630 which is unfurled every 12 years at the festival (next unfurling 2016). Return to Lehand
Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 04: Drive to Likir and Trek to Yangtang
This morning you will drive to Likir and visit Likir monastery before beginning your trek. the trail begins along a road suitable for motor traffic but unused before we cross the river and then gradually the path climbs towards two small mountain passes, the Pobe-La (pass). From the pass, we continue to the village of Sumdo around 2 to 3 hrs trek. Continue on through small, dry valleys for about 45 minutes until reaching the summit of the Charatse – la pass. From here it takes around 20 minutes to reach Yangtang.
Overnight stay at local house
Day 05: Trek Ang via Rizong
It’s about 03 hours Trek to reach Rizong monastery. You’ll spend some time visiting the monastery before a short descent to the valley of Wulle. You will cross the river by bridge and then the trail climbs for around 50 minutes to the Sermanchan-la pass before making an easy descent towards Hemis-Shukpachen, a major village, the name of which comes from the conifers shukpa-cedar) which are found in this valley. there’s a beautiful Gompa here. You will cross the village and it’s a steep descent before you cross the mountainside then continue up another fairly steep slope to the summit the Mepek-la pass, around 2 hrs from Hemis-Shukpachan. An easy half hour trek down takes you to the village Ang.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Day 06: Trek to Tingsmogang
From Ang, you will head towards the south to the major village of Tingsmogang, around 30 minutes trek. This is perhaps the richest valley in Ladakh. A road suitable for motor traffic links Tingsmogang and Nurla. From Tingsmogang, you will follow the path leading to Tea passing a constant succession of fields and houses. Above Tea, there’s a very little known monastery, Katza. You’ll trek through the local field westto the river then it’s a steep climb to Bongbong-la pass, around one hour from Timgsmogang. A long gentle sloping descent brings us into a beautiful barren landscape.
Overnight stay at local house
Day 07: Trek to Khalse and drive to Lamayuru
After breakfast you will head to a small pass and from here there’s a steep but sharp descent to the road from where it’s just over an hour’s Trek to reach Khalse where you’ll be picked up for the drive to Lamayuru and spend the afternoon visiting Lamayuru monastery as well as relaxing and exploring locally.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Day 08: Trek to UrshiI
From the Lamayuru monastery you will head down towards the village, cross the stream, then gradually climb across the mountain side to reach a small valley which you follow as far as the Prinkiti –la pass (3720m. From the pass the trail descends into a narrow gorge until you reach the village of Shilla. You’ll cross the river by bridge then follow the riverbank to the right as far as Wanla. It’s another 2 hours or so to reach the village of Phenjilla after crossing the river, again by bridge. From Phenjilla you will trek up into a valley which heads towards the northeast. Another hour and you will leave the main valley and head straight north along a stream, which leads to Urshi.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Tar-La
From the camp the path is well marked but difficult until Tar-la pass (5250m). After around 3 hrs of descent, you will arrive at the village of Tar.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Mang Gyu
From the village of Tar, the path goes up along the mountainside to a new pass, and then it’s an easy descent towards Mang Gyu, an attractive village with an interesting local monastery.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp
Day 11: Trek to Alchi and drive to Leh
From Mang Gyu a very good path leads into a beautiful narrow valley. After around 2 hrs we reach the Indus valley at the village of Gera. You will follow the Indus River upstream, past Lardo (around 3 hrs) and continue along the hillside until you reach the roadside, half an hour from Alchi and the end point for your trek. the monastery here contains the most beautiful wall paintings in Ladakh. You’ll visit the monastery before the drive back to Leh.
Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 12: Drive Leh to Sumoor (4350m) & the Khardong La pass (5260m)
This morning you’ll leave Leh and drive on to Sumoor village, around 120 km and 5-6 hours drive over the high Khardong La pass. This is the highest motorable road pass in the world. the view from the top of this pass is amazing and weather permitting you’ll be able to see all the way south over the Indus Valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. After crossing the pass, you’ll drive another 80 km, around 2-3 hrs across the river Shyok to reach Sumoor village
Overnight stay at Tented Camp
Day 13: Drive to Hundar (4150m) via Disket (4600m) and drive back to Sumoor
Camel safaris are famous in Ladakh, mainly in the Nubra Valley from Hundar to Diskit where you’ll be visiting today and where camels remain the chief mode of transport in the cold deserts of Ladakh as they were in ancient times. A camel safari as well as being a memorable experience is also a great way to explore the rugged mountain terrain and experience a taste of the lifestyle of the remote villages of the Nubra Valley where the landscape varies from lush green apricot orchards to frozen desert and snow-capped peaks. Enjoy a morning Bactrian camel safari today (subject to availability, main season July to September) either at Disket or Hundar before you head off on the drive to Hundar stopping en route to visit Disket Monastery that perches on a rock overhanging a stream, used as the source of energy by the mills of the monastery. the monastery is full of Thangkas (silk paintings), magnificent giant statues of the Buddha and ancient mural paintings. Returning to Sumoor, you’ll have
Overnight stay at Tented Camp
Day 14: Drive to Leh
Today you’ll drive back to Leh over the Khardung La pass. This afternoon is at leisure to rest and relax or perhaps take a stroll around the local area and visit the local market.
Overnight stay at Tented Camp
Day 15: Fly to Delhi
You will be transferred to airport for your flight to Delhi. Rest of your day will be at leisure to rest and relax.
Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 16: Final departure
today keep in mind your international flight time, so make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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