Six Ladakhi women with turquoise headresses and silver necklaces

Ladakhi women

Ceremonial dress for women of Ladakh includes turquoise-encrusted headdresses that are passed down from generation to generation and represent the wealth of a family.

Photo by Hashmat Singh

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4695  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 6 nights hotels, 5 nights guesthouses
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Rugged road travel with light hikes, altitudes of 10,000-18,379 feet
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Highlights

  • Experience Ladakh’s breathtaking landscapes and unique Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Explore atmospheric bazaars of Leh and medieval monasteries of the Indus Valley
  • Discover the austerely beautiful Shyok and Nubra Valleys
  • Witness the Lamayuru Festival (June) or Leh Festival (September)

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Departure Notes

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Few places in the world are as spectacular as Ladakh, a moonscape of jagged peaks and cloud-swept monasteries high atop the Tibetan Plateau. On our extraordinary cultural adventure, you’ll experience festivals where Ladakhi women wear exquisite turquoise headdresses, hike among serene villages under a cobalt-blue sky, cross the highest road in the world, and explore the spellbinding Shyok and Nubra Valleys, enchanting visions from the Silk Road days. In this realm of Bactrian camels and sand dunes below snow-dusted mountains, we’ll climb to the lookout atop the massive Buddha statue at Diskit Gompa to watch a golden sunset.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Delhi / Leh / Hemis / Thikse (Lamayuru Festival Departure)

In Delhi, we have an unforgettable visit to Gandhi’s last home, then take a spectacular flight across the Himalaya to the historic trading post of Leh (11,500’). Caravans once rested here on the arduous mountain crossing to Yarkand, and we’ll explore the bazaar that still has a distinctly Central Asian ambiance, then head out to the striking monasteries of Hemis and Thikse.

Days 5-7
Indus River Valley / Alchi / Lamayuru

After seeing the treasure trove of rare Buddhist frescoes at ancient Alchi, we head to Tingmosgang, where our guesthouse, set amid apricot and apple trees, grants us an incredible glimpse into traditional Ladakhi village life. We take tea with the monks at cliff-perched Lamayuru, in a setting of rugged cliffs and rock spires, and witness the vibrant Yuru Kab-gya Festival, where elaborate masked dances celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

Days 8-12
Nubra Valley

Crossing the Khardung La (18,300’), for centuries a trade route for spices, pashminas, and saffron, we descend into the once-forbidden Shyok and Nubra Valleys where our hikes lead across flower-filled meadows. You’ll have the chance to ride a Bactrian camel and visit tranquil villages, including Diskit, with its 700-year-old gompa and huge statue of Maitreya Buddha that gazes serenely over the vast valley. Depart on Day 12 via Delhi.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate. It is an adventurous overland journey with accommodations ranging from very comfortable hotels to a basic lodge in the Nubra Valley Our activities center on exploring cultural sites. Road travel on some days is long. In general, you should be fit and be able to be on your feet 4 to 6 hours a day on this journey. Our walks and hikes are moderate, suitable for people in good shape who enjoy the mountains. The exploration of the monasteries and day hikes will involve some up and down walking, which at altitudes can feel strenuous. For your own enjoyment, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking is an excellent preparatory exercise.

While in Ladakh, we will be at altitudes between 10,000 and 15,000 feet. Individuals vary widely in both their physical response to high altitude. It is not uncommon to experience mild headaches or sleeplessness for a day or two when you first arrive at high altitude. Most people gradually adjust within a few days. Your body can adapt to altitude if given time. We feel this itinerary provides that option, but you must pace yourself to go slowly and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Jun 9-20, 2015  Lamayuru Festival

Sep 17-28, 2015  Leh Festival

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4695 (13-16 members)
$4895 (9-12 members)
$5095 (6-8 members)
Single supplement: $795
Forced single supplement: $595
Internal airfare: $815 (subject to change)
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Extension Costs
Dharamsala and Amritsar Extension
   from: $1795
Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension
   from: $2595
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1295

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All meals included
  • Sightseeing as noted
  • All land transportation, airport transfers for passengers arriving Day 1 and departing Day 12

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff; hotels en route to/from Delhi; any additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by international airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations, visa fees, travel insurance; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Claridges Hotel Delhi

Claridges Hotel Delhi

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Delhi, India

Set on three acres right in the heart of New Delhi, this hotel has been a landmark since the 1950s and it’s just a five-minute walk from the ...
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Omasila Hotel

Omasila Hotel

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights),
Day 7 (1 night),
Day 11 (1 night), Leh, India

The Omasilla has one of the best locations in Leh, just a 10-minute walk to the restaurants and  main market of Leh. Guest rooms are simple but ...
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Namra Hotel

Namra Hotel

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Tingmosgang, India

With a tranquil setting surrounded by apple and apricot orchards in rural Ladakh, just a few miles from Lamayuru Monastery, the Namra provides ...
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Rimo Hotel

Rimo Hotel

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Nubra, India

Beautiful nature is all around you at the Rimo, a comfortable small hotel set in one of the nicest villages of the Nubra Valley. Guest rooms are ...
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Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel (Day Room)

Day 12, Delhi, India

This stylish business hotel is just a few miles from Delhi’s international airport, with comfortable rooms and all the services you’d ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Devendra Basnet

Departure Dates: September 17-28, 2015

Devendra Basnet was born in the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, India, and makes his home in Kathmandu, Nepal with his wife and two children. A WT Trip Leader since 1987, “DB” leads our cultural and hiking journeys into the Himalayas, across India, and along the ancient silk ...
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Hashmat Singh

Departure Dates: June 9-20, 2015

Hashmat Singh has led over 100 journeys on three continents for us since 1990. He holds a BA in History from Delhi University and is a noted photographer. His book, Trekking in the Himalaya (Roli Books), features photographic essays from Ladakh to Bhutan. Born an army brat, Hashmat traveled ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

India

Dharamsala and Amritsar Extension

The Dalai Lama's Mountain Abode & the Sikhs' Golden Temple

Cultural Adventures, Walking
5 days  -  Level 1+

taj mahal agra india cultural tour

Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension

Romantic Rajasthan, Land of Princes

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension

Holy City Along the Ganges, Magnificent World-Famous Temples

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1