LADAKH & ZANSKAR

Ladakh, “Little Tibet” or “ Land beyond the Passes”  as it is known is one of the most remote areas of India,  lying to the north of the Himalaya on the Tibetan Plateau and to the south of the Karakorams.  This high mountain desert has remained isolated for centuries to the outside world due to its inaccessibility, and the strategic position it occupies in the northern frontier. Ladakh has a rich cultural and religious heritage as can be seen from the centuries old monasteries, some of them built on sheer cliffs and still functioning actively. Ladakh offers the tourists not only monasteries to visit, but also some rare sights like the expansive high altitude lakes of  Tsomoriri surrounded by snow capped mountains of at an altitude of 14934ft, the 40 mile long Pangong Lake  1/3rd of which lies in Tibet,  the  Nubra valley which you reach after crossing Khardungla (17623 ft), the world’s highest motorable pass. You get an insight into the simple lifestyle of these happy people understand their culture in an environment of wild beauty.

The Ancient Kingdom of Zanskar deep within the Himalayan ranges has remained isolated and has had little contact  with the outside world due to its remoteness and high passes being closed over the long and harsh winter months when the local Zanskaris travel to Leh by trekking on the frozen Zanskar river – “Chadar” as it is known.  However, with a newly built road cutting through the heart of Zanskar, development will slowly take place bringing in some amount of comfort in this harsh terrain. Despite the road, most of Zanskar still remains isolated as one trek through deep gorges and high passes to the remote inner valleys dotted with meadows and villages to experience the spectacular ochre and colored rocky landscape which changes with the light. The ancient medieval villages, monasteries nestled in and atop cliffs and the trails to villages lined with mani walls and interaction with these simple mountain people whose lifestyles have not changed much over centuries make Zanskar a frequented destination.

Ladakh & Zanskar with its vast area offers its visitors a rich variety of trips to choose from. The high passes and mountain trails passing through villages, high pastureland, lakes make it possible for beginners to take an introductory 2 – 5 days trek to various gradient treks for as long as a month and a half. The  Snow capped peaks from 5900 to 7000m have attracted mountaineers as well as simple trekkers to who would like to stand atop a 6000m peak. River enthusiasts can raft down the Indus and Zanskar rivers, the latter being considered one of the top “10” river runs in the world.  With roads connecting some of the remote areas, it is now possible for a non-trekker to take a jeep ride to visit the valleys , oases like villages, high altitude lakes and monasteries thus making this high mountain desert of Ladakh & Zanskar remain a fascination to any kind of traveler. 

 

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Climb Kangyatse Shoulder

  •  Lamayuru monastery and unique landscape
  •  Cultural Interaction
  •  Rafting on the Indus
  •  Panoramic views

  • Trip Duration
    19 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate to Strenuous
  • TRIP CODE
    RIKANG
  • Activity
    Mountaineering Trekking

LADAKH – CULTURAL WALKING HOLIDAY

  •  Comfortable Accomodation
  •  Gentle walking
  •  Ancient monastery visits

  • Trip Duration
    14 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Comfortable, Gentle Walking, Jeep Safari
  • TRIP CODE
    RICW
  • Activity
    Culture Tours Family Adventures

High Valleys of Ladakh

  •  Spectacular landscape and scenary
  •  Ancient villages
  •  High passes with excellent views
  •  Drive across Suru Valley

  • Trip Duration
    16 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate To Strenuous, River Crossing
  • TRIP CODE
    RIHV
  • Activity
    Trekking

Ladakh Mountain Bike

  • Excellent day bike tours around the Leh valley
  • Biking to the highest motorable pass in the world – Khardungla
  • Challenging and varied biking on the Leh / Manali Highway

  • Trip Duration
    15 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Challenging
  • TRIP CODE
    RILMB
  • Activity
    Mountain Biking

Ladakh Panorama

  •  Visiting ancient monasteries
  •  Rafting
  •  Nubra Valley

  • Trip Duration
    12 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Easy
  • TRIP CODE
    RIPAN
  • Activity
    Culture Tours Family Adventures

Markha Valley

  •  Ancient monasteries
  •  Spectacular Scenery
  •  Local Interaction and cooking lessons

  • Trip Duration
    12 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Easy to Moderate
  • TRIP CODE
    RIMA
  • Activity
    Trekking Family Adventures

Stok Kangri via Markha Valley

  •  Stunning landscape
  •  Markha Valley
  •  Local interaction

  • Trip Duration
    16 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate to Strenuous
  • TRIP CODE
    RIMVSK
  • Activity
    Mountaineering Trekking

Nubra Valley Mountain Bike

  •  Comfortable accommodation
  •  Stunning landscape and scenery
  •  Crossing warila & Khardungla passes

  • Trip Duration
    12 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Strenuous
  • TRIP CODE
    RINMB
  • Activity
    Mountain Biking

RIPCHAR VALLEY

  •  Short and varied trek through amazing landscape
  •  Alchi and Lamayuru monasteries
  •  Visit to nunnery

  • Trip Duration
    11 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate
  • TRIP CODE
    RIRIP
  • Activity
    Trekking Family Adventures

THE KINGDOM OF ZANSKAR

  •  Traverse through Zanskar
  •  Delightful villages
  •  Phuktal monastery

  • Trip Duration
    24 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Strenuous
  • TRIP CODE
    RIGZA
  • Activity
    Trekking

Ancient Silk Route - The Nubra Valley

  •  Alchi monastery
  •  Nubra valley tour
  •  Bactrian camel ride in the Sand dune of Nubra

  • Trip Duration
    13 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate
  • TRIP CODE
    RINU
  • Activity
    Trekking

Zanskar’s Hidden Valley via Phirtsela

  •  Phokar Dzong
  •  Drive through Suru Valley
  •  Remote nomad settlements

  • Trip Duration
    19 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate to Strenuous
  • TRIP CODE
    RIZHDV
  • Activity
    Trekking

ZANSKAR ESCAPADE

  •  Mesmerizing landscape
  •  Ancient monasteries
  •  High Passes

  • Trip Duration
    18 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate to strenuous
  • TRIP CODE
    RIZE
  • Activity
    Trekking

Mt NUN EXPEDITION (7135 m)

Climbing Mt. Nun (7135 m)


  • Trip Duration
    29 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate to Strenuous (Alpine AD)
  • TRIP CODE
    RINUN
  • Activity
    Mountaineering

Mt KUN EXPEDITION (7077 m)

Climbing Mt. Kun (7077 m)


  • Trip Duration
    30 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate to Strenuous (Alpine AD)
  • TRIP CODE
    RIKUN
  • Activity
    Mountaineering

RUMTSE TO TSOMORIRI – HIGH PASSES & NOMAD TRAILS

High altitude lakes
Changtang plateau
Viewing wildlife

 


  • Trip Duration
    14 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate to Strenuous
  • TRIP CODE
    RIRUMTSE
  • Activity
    Trekking

Shang Valley

Thiksey and Alchi Monasteries
Panoramic Views
Stunning  Landscape
Amazing gorges

 


  • Trip Duration
    10 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate with one long day
  • TRIP CODE
    RISHANG
  • Activity
    Trekking

Dzo Jongo ( 6214m) via Chilling and Markha Valley

Stunning landscape
Markha Valley
Local interaction 
High passes
Panoramic views from passes
Climb of DzoJongo with surrounding views

 


  • Trip Duration
    15 Days
  • TRIP GRADE
    Moderate to Strenuous
  • TRIP CODE
    RIDZOJO
  • Activity
    Mountaineering Trekking