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adventure travel trip to Ladakh
  • Jun 25-Jul 2, 2015
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 8 days
    Group Size 2-12
    Land Cost $2,400 Details
    Single Supplement $400
    Lodging 1 star-2 stars
    Grade II
    Best Time

    Ladakh Indus Valley Odyssey

    Visit the timeless Buddhist villages of the upper Indus and the Markha valleys

    Day 1      Delhi/Leh

    Fly from Delhi to Leh, the capital of Ladakh and situated among the hills on the north side of the Indus Valley. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to begin your adaptation to high altitude. You will have an afternoon orientation with your guide.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar

    Settle in at your modest and comfortable hotel
    Day 2      Thiske/Shey/Hemis/Leh

    Visit Thikse Monastery, the largest gompa in Ladakh, situated atop a craggy hill. Here you will find an important collection of Tibetan books and some excellent artwork. Afterward, visit the palace at Shey, which sits in a strategic position on a ridge overhang out into the Indus Valley. Your drive continues on to Hemis, where you visit the gompa also known as Chang-Chub-Sam-Ling (or Lone Place of the Compassionate Person). The Hemis Gompa belongs to the Brokpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. It contains well preserved frescoes showing Kashmiri influence, as well as the largest thangka in Ladakh. Return to your guest house in Leh for your overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar

    Explore Thikse Monastery, largest in Ladakh
    Day 3      Temisgam

    Drive to Temisgam (4 hours), one of our favorite villages in Ladakh. You will find your camp set up in a beautiful apricot grove beneath an ancient palace and monastery with a cold rushing stream nearby. Off the main roads and trails, this village is seldom visited by Westerners, and you will have several days to explore the extensive fields and villages. You may even be invited into several houses for tea or local beer called chang. The climb to the monastery and old palace, as well as the nights here at 10,000' elevation, will aid in your acclimatization. The trip continues to become more remarkable for the cultural experience that unfolds. You have the sense that your long journey to Asia, over the Himalayas and onto the Tibetan Plateau, has taken you to a place so beautiful, remote, and pure that the effort has been worth it.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping or guesthouse

    Share tea with local villagers
    Day 4      Lamayuru

    Make the exciting trip to the ancient Lamayuru Monastery and spend time exploring the extensive buildings of this ancient Buddhist sanctuary. This extraordinary gompa is perched on top of a beautifully eroded crag, complete with rock pinnacles and caves above the Indus. Return to Temisgam for your overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping or guesthouse

    Explore ancient Lamayuru monastery
    Day 5      Hemishakpatchan

    After breakfast, drive to Hemishakpatchan via Saspol village. This is the home village of many of our staff and they will certainly invite you to visit their families and homes. There is a very interesting monastery, and participants on JOURNEYS treks have started a public library at the monastery and built a nunnery as well. We also support other ongoing projects through our Earth Preservation Fund such as the large water-driven prayer wheel restored through the contributions of previous JOURNEYS travelers. There are excellent views of snowy mountains, and wild sheep can usually be seen grazing on a nearby slope. At the homes to your guides, you will have the great experience of visiting some of their relatives. Overnight near the Hemis Library.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping or guesthouse

    Meet families and friends of your JOURNEYS guides
    Day 6      Ridzong/Chulican

    Drive to Ridzong Monastery, the favorite Buddhist site of many visitors to Ladakh. You go back in time to an era when Buddhist Canons ruled the affairs of men and religious scholarship was the most important task of society. Overnight in Chulican.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping or guesthouse

    Travel back in time to Rodzong monastery
    Day 7      Alchi/Likkir

    Today you will drive along the Indus River to the famous monastery at Alchi. This monastery preserves some of the most spectacular Buddhist wall paintings ever created. Also visit Likkir Monastery, where the monks are of Gelukpa order and the kushok is the Dalai Lama's younger brother. Return to Leh for your overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar

    Stop at Alchi and its famous monastery
    Day 8      Leh/Delhi (flight)

    Return to Delhi on an early morning flight. This is where JOURNEYS services end. We can and would love to assist with accommodations and excursions in Delhi as well as the famous Taj Mahal in Agra.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: None

    Bid farewell to Ladakh and its people

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