India: Ladakh - Trekking and Touring the Last Shangrila
A mountainous area, surrounded by high hills of brown talus and snowy mountains that stand as sentinels in the sky, Ladakh lies to the northwest of the Indian sub-continent at altitudes of between 10,000 and 20,000 feet. The multicolored mountain ranges are ornamented with monasteries, temples, caves, castles, and stupas. The great river Indus flows through the middle of Ladakh and the capital Leh is at the center. During the winter, Ladakh is quite cold and there is much snow, but from May until October, it is a spectacularly beautiful place to visit.
This very special taste of Shangrila does a bit of trekking, relishes the beauty of some of the key lakes, corsses the workd’s highest motorable pass and gets inside the fascinating culture of this high-altitude Shangrila.
Dates and Land Cost
Starting at $5295.00 per person (based on 4-6 people)
Dates: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (Phyang Festival) and Sunday, August 2, 2015 - Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Please note: Custom dates and prices available
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|Day 1||Arrive Delhi. Altitude and trekking time: 11,562 feet / no trekking today|
|Day 2||Fly Leh. Late afternoon walk through market. Altitude and trekking time: 11,562 feet / no trekking today|
|Day 3||Visit Military Hall of Fame, Stok, Thikse and Choklamsar and the local oracle. Altitude and trekking time: 11,562 feet / no trekking today|
|Day 4||July - Enjoy the Phyang Festival, August - Hemis, Shey and Spitok. Altitude and trekking time: estimated 11,562 feet / no trekking today|
|Day 5||Drive to Likir and trek to Yangthang Village. Altitude and trekking time: 12,200 feet / 3-4 hours trek|
|Day 6||Trek to Hemis Sukpachan. Altitude and trekking time: 11,867 feet / 5-6 hours trek|
|Day 7||Trek to Timosgam and drive to Ulley Topko. Altitude and trekking time: 3-4 hours trek|
|Day 8||Return to Leh via Lamayuru. Altitude and trekking time: No trekking today|
|Day 9||Drive to Nubra Valley via Kardung La. Altitude and trekking time: No trekking today|
|Day 10||Explore valley. Altitude and trekking time: No trekking today|
|Day 11||Return to Leh. Altitude and trekking time: No trekking today|
|Day 12||Drive to Pangong Tso and explore. Altitude and trekking time: 14,764 feet / no trekking today|
|Day 13||Drive to Tso Morari. Altitude and trekking time: 14,562 feet / no trekking today|
|Day 14||Explore Tso Morari. Altitude and trekking time: 14,562 feet / no trekking today|
|Day 15||Return to Leh via Tsokar Lake. Altitude and trekking time: No trekking today|
|Day 16||Day of rafting on the Indus. Altitude and trekking time: No trekking today|
|Day 17||Fly Leh to Delhi. Free day with car available. Altitude and trekking time: No trekking today|
|Day 18||Delhi sightseeing - Jama Masjid, Jain Temple, Gandhi Home, Crafts Museum. Farewell dinner and transfer to airport. Altitude and trekking time: No trekking today|