Ladakh lies on the Tibetan Plateau and is the highest, least populated and most inaccessible region in all India. It is a striking destination, home to many Tibetan Buddhists and its capital, Leh, is often referred to as a “Little Lhasa”. Fascinating in its own right, it is the overland route to Leh from the lowland town of Manali that draws travellers from all over the world, being renowned as one of the world’s most spectacular road journeys.
Crossing four Himalayan Mountain passes (including the 5,400m Taglang La), this epic journey will literally take your breath away. Ascend from the verdant foothills of Himachal Pradesh to the snow-capped mountains of Ladakh, passing stunning vistas all the way, from where we’ll venture further north to the remote Nubra Valley. In addition we’ll journey on the UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train to Shimla, the summer capital during the British Raj and spend time in McLeod Ganj, the Dalai Lama’s home.
This is a big trip in every sense of the word and one that will be sure to stay with you for many years to come.
Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.
You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.
These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section
With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a good balance between exploring cultural sights (such as museums and historical buildings) on some days and experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors on other days.
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