Think of the Himalayas and you’ll inevitably think of Mount Everest. But there’s so much more to see in this picturesque country than just the mother of all mountains. Across the mountain ranges in India, there’s a whole different world waiting to be explored under your hiking boots. Hike among tiny villages, walk through remote valleys and marvel at isolated Buddhist monasteries high up in the cliffs. Even though you haven’t left India, trekking through this unique tapestry of colours and cultures will make you feel that you’ve been transported to another world.
Hiking around Ladakh (8-day). English-speaking local guide and assistants for the trek. Internal flights. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Visit the Buddhist monasteries of Shey and Thikse, explore the mountain city of Leh, hike on the trails between villages in the Markha Valley, see India’s highest peak, Nanda Devi looming overhead.
Group Size Notes
Max 15, Avg 12
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2: Leh (1B)
Morning transfer to Delhi airport. Fly to Leh and enjoy the rest of the day free to explore.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3: Leh (1B)
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Visit the Buddhist monasteries of Shey and Thikse. Enjoy the spectacular views across the Zanskar range.
Shey, Thikse and Hemis Monastery Visit
Day 4: Zingchen (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Spituk Gompa. Explore the monastery, then begin the hike to Zingchen. The hike gradually ascends and passes through deep gorges on the way.
Spituk Gompa Visit
Day 5: Zingchen/Ganda La Base Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a full day hiking. Head for Ganda La today, with the peak of Stok Kangri looming overhead.
Day 6: Ganda La Base Camp/Skiu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend a full day trekking from Ganda La Base Camp to Skiu, including the ascent of Ganda La (4,950m/16,240 ft). The views from the pass include the entire Zanskar range below.
Day 7: Skiu/Markha (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a full day hiking from Skiu to Markha.
Day 8: Markha/Thachungtse (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue on from Markha to Thachungtse during another full day of hiking.
Day 9: Thachungtse/Nimaling (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend a full day hiking from Thachungtse along the Nimaling stream.
Day 10: Nimaling/Shangsumdo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Full day to Shangsumdo hiking via Kongmaru La (5,150m/16,896 ft). This is the highest point of the trek and a challenging day of hiking.
Day 11: Shangsumdo/Leh (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a short trek in the morning before leaving Shangsumdo. Catch a well-earned ride for the last section of the journey back to Leh.
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 35km)
Day 12: Leh (1B)
Take a day to relax and enjoy the sights around Leh. Absorb the culture at Hemis Monastery, once the richest and largest in the region. Visit Stok Palace and learn more about the history of the area.
Day 13: Delhi (1B)
Fly back to Delhi and make the most of the city with free time in the afternoon.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 14: Delhi (1B)
Depart at any time.