Ladakh Odyssey Trek

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.

Departure Dates

Spring – 2014
10 March to 25 March
08 April to 23 April
Autumn – 2014
12 September to 27 September
15 October to 30 October

Price

Standard accommodation in Cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis - -
Single supplement - -
Deluxe accommodation in Cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis - -
Single supplement - -

Outline itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Delhi
Day 02 Fly to Leh
Day 03 Full day monastery tour including Hemis, Shey & Thiksey
Day 04 Drive to Likir and trek to Yangtang
Day 05 Trek Ang via Rizong
Day 06 Trek to Tingsmogang
Day 07 Trek to Khalse and drive to Lamayuru
Day 08 Trek to Urshi
Day 09 Trek to Tar-la
Day 10 Trek to Mang Gyu
Day 11 Trek to Alchi and drive to Leh
Day 12 Drive Leh to Sumoor (4350m) & the Khardong La pass (5260m)
Day 13 Drive to Hundar (4150m) via Disket (4600m) and drive back to Sumoor
Day 14 Drive to Leh
Day 15 Fly to Delhi
Day 16 Final departure

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 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 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. Oernight 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 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 at 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.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.

If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC