Ladakh Escapades 2018

The ultimate adventure and culture tour to Ladakh

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

Starts at
35499 per person

Package Cost


38999 35499 per person

( ₹ 3500 discount from MyWanderlust )

  • Min group size 4
  • Group discounts for 8 pax and more straight 30000

Inclusions:

  • Personal lead experiential trip
  • Stay
  • Meals at hotel
  • Meals at restaurants in Leh
  • Transfers
  • Water refills
  • Daily refreshments
  • Adventure Equipment
  • Permits / passes
  • Rafting in Zanskar river
  • cycling down Khardungla top
  • Healing session
  • Farm stay
  • Hiking to pastures

Exclusions:

  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

The Ladakh Escapades 2018 is designed to have an inclusive tour around Ladakh that invites you to amaizing road tips to Pangong lake and Turtuk village in Nubra valley. Heritage walk through the old town and visits to enviornmental organizations explores the culture, history and the contemporary envoirnmental challanges faced by Ladakh. For the adventure lovers we have a cycling tour down from one of the worlds highest motorable pass (Khardung-la), trekking in the wild, and rafting in Zanskar river. All this while you stay at authentic homestays, boutique camps and hotels.

DAY 1: DELHI TO LEH

DAY 2: GUIDED HERIAGE WALK 

DAY 3: CAMPING AT PANGONG LAKE 

DAY 4: PANGONG LAKE DRIVE TO NUBRA VALLEY   

DAY 5: TURTUK - THE VILLAGE AT LINE OF CONTROL

DAY 06: MATHO FARM STAY 

DAY 07: VILLAGE RETREAT 

DAY 8: HIKING AND PICNIC 

DAY 9: INDUS VALLEY MONASTERY TOUR

DAY 10: WHITE WATER RAFTING IN ZANSKAR RIVER 

Itinerary


DAY 01: DELHI TO LEH: Reach Leh, be escorted to hotel from the airport where a traditional welcome will be in place. Over breakfast our representative will brief guests about the upcoming trip and look into any final clarifications, health updates the guests need. For the day the guests are requested to rest and relax at the hotel to acclimatise with the high altitude. Soups as lunch will be served at hotel. In the evening the guests will be taken to Shanti Stupa for the sunset overlooking Leh valley and Stok range. We will move to one side of main market and dine at Tibetan Kitchen for dinner. 

Accommodation: THE EMPYREAN , Leh 

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA   

 

DAY 02: HERITAGE WALK: (3 hours walk around the city): The guest will come to the market for breakfast at the terrace of Lala’s cafe in old town Leh before they start on the heritage walk. On this walk a storyteller, will escort us through. We will start with visiting the museum built by Leh Old Town Restoration Initiative (LOTI) group, with locally available materials and infrastructure. The structure evolves around a skyscraper (Thokskar) on the top floor and has relics of Ladakh. From there we will enter the old town streets where the entire landscape is still as it was in the Kings times, some of which has been restored by LOTI. The walk will take us through the King Singay Namgyal’s palace. After finishing the walk around Leh town we will explore the market and have lunch in a garden cafe. Post lunch the group will visit Women’s Alliance and see what they are doing. The group will have dinner at Bon appetite restaurant in Leh. 

Accommodation: THE EMPYREAN , Leh

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA 

 

DAY 03: LEH TO PANGONG LAKE (150 kms): After breakfast leave for Himis monastery and museum on the way to Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), crossing Changla Pass 17,350 ft. (world’s third highest pass). The Changthang plateau, as you will see, are the nomadic plains, home to the Changpa nomads depending entirely on their livestock consisting of shy Yaks and Pashmina goats. On arriving at the lake guests can spend time walking by it, sipping tea and enjoying the natural beauty of the highest salt water Lake in the World. Pangong lake falls 40% in India and 60% in China and the region has been a point of contention between the two countries in a sort of water war for a long time. Later we drive down to the campsite, relax and enjoy campfire and stargaze into the night. 

Accommodation: HEARTH Campsite

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA

 

DAY 04: Pangong lake to Turtuk (319.2 kms): Waking up to an early morning walk by the lake is a treat one must not miss. The air is chill from the night and the sun basks the rock formations and sand around the lake. After breakfast by the lake guests will start on the days drive to Turtuk through Agam and Shayok. Like all the overland drives around Ladakh, this drive will take you through picturesque landscapes, mountain passes, river valleys and sparse mountain settlements. We can stop at any point to soak in the view or capture a memorable moment enroute. As we approach Nubra valley we will drive by Shayok river, one of the three major rivers in the region. The river is also a landmark diving the Ladakh ranges from Karakoram ranges. We will visit the 100 foot buddha statue in Diskit and have our lunch in town and drive on towards Indo Pakistan border region of Turtuk. On reaching Turtuk we will be greeted by our host at the campsite. The guests can relax and have the rest of the evening to themselves to play board games and unwind in apricot garden.  

Accommodation: TURTUK HOLIDAY CAMP

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA

 

DAY 05: TURTUK: LOCAL STORY: The ancient and untouched Balti village of Turtuk with its buckwheat fields, red cheeked kids, local craftsmen, political history of war and peace and cheerful locals is a treat for everyone passing by. We take a walk around the village visiting the small museum showcasing local history, the crafts men making stone and brass utensils, Ibex horn bows and walking sticks and woollen handicrafts. A local family is eager to welcome our guests for a traditional lunch with stories of how the war of 1971 ran a line through the village dividing it into two country borders of India and Pakistan. Some households have a part of their family living in India and the other part into Pakistan. After lunch the guests will visit the natural fridge, Sadbhavna army vocational training centre, primary school and the fruit processing unit run by a former sarpanch of the village. 

Accommodation: TURTUK HOLIDAY CAMP  

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA 

 

DAY 06: TURTUK TO MATHO FARM STAY (225 Kms): After a relaxed day in Turtuk we are all set for the days drive to Matho farms to live the local rural life of Ladakh. The drive will take us through Hunder sand dunes and guests can relax and enjoy riding double hump camels. The sight of sand dunes by the snow capped mountains is beautiful to behold. Onward towards Matho, we will cross Khardongla standing at 5359 mts, it is the highest motor able road in the world. Atop we will be received by our team with mountain bikes and cycling gear ready for our descend to Leh. The ride down is enjoyable and a major attraction amongst many visiting Leh. So we can expect many cyclists, tourist enroute the same pass. On reaching Leh we will stop for chai and continue our drive to Matho village which is 26 kms from Leh. On reaching Matho we will get a warm welcome by our hosts. The guests have the rest of the evening to themselves. 

Accommodation: Hearth FARM stay, Matho

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA / Mountain bikes  

 

DAY 07: MATHO FARM DAY: 7 AM our guests will be woken up to diced fruits with warm herbal tea. We believe that chanting and articulation of mantras every morning, opens our sensual connections and deepens our soul and our mornings are spent in chanting and mediation from 7:30AM to 8:30 AM. The guests can carry on with their practice till 9:30 when breakfast is served. After breakfast the guests will visit the hydro mill, sacred stupas, the monastery and the irrigation pond. The walk resumes back in the green house garden where guests can water and harvest vegetables and herbs for Lunch. 

A certified herbal healer will visit the farm in the afternoon for readings. The guests can ask about health and healing issues to the healer and talk about their diet etc. After the sessions lunch will be served. The guests will have Chang and BBQ dinner in the garden. Sleeping early and relishing on the herbal tea as much as possible is a requisite for the program.

Accommodation: Hearth FARM stay Matho

Meal plan: B/L/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA 

 

DAY 08: MATHO PHOO DAY HIKING EXCURSION: After breakfast the group will walk to Matho Phoo (Sumer pastures) for a days picnic and enjoy lunch there. The walk will take two to three hours and will take the group to poplar plantations and pastures. This is the summer pasture for livestock in the village when the fields are ripe with barley and mustard plantations. The guests can chill here, have assorted fruits, beers and play cards, listen to music and bask in the wilderness. Walk back in the evening and visit the old palace on the way to the homestay. BBQ dinner and rest for the day. 

Accommodation: Hearth FARM stay Matho 

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA

 

DAY 09: DRIVE TO LAMAYURU / ALCHI: Drive to Lamayuru and Alchi monastery and stay in Alchi for the night at Zimskhang hotel. Walk around the village and earn to make momos at the locally designed and conceptualised Alchi kitchen. Stay in Alchi village in the night at hotel Zimskhang, Alchi. 

Accommodation: HOTEL IN ALCHI  

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA

 

DAY 10: RAFTING / Magnetic hill / Gurudwara / HALL OF FAME / LEH: After breakfast at Alchi kitchen start for Nimoo village to enjoy rafting in Zanskar river. Visit Hall of fame, Magnetic hill and gurudwara on the way back to Leh markey. The evening is free for the group to collect souvenirs and gifts from the market for their friends and family back home. Last group drinks & dinner in Leh at Tibetan Kitchen will be organised before departure joined by our monastery guide and crew members over the trip.   

Accommodation: THE EMPYREAN , Leh 

Meal plan: B/D

Transfer: TOYOTA INNOVA

 

DAY 11: DEPARTURE: The group will be dropped at the airport in time for their onward flight. 

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