Kashmir – that centuries old holiday idyll – offers some of the most pristine and wonderful trekking anywhere on the subcontinent. Wild Frontiers have returned here for the past 12 years, walking the streets of Srinagar, staying on the houseboats, and repeatedly coming to the conclusion that this region had been off the radar for travellers for too long.
The trip starts with three nights relaxing on Srinagar’s famous lakes, before heading out on a four-day classic Himalayan trek from Aru to Sonomus, taking you through primal forests, past pristine lakes and over high mountain passes. We’ll then journey along the Srinagar-Leh highway to Kargil, travelling over the Zoji La Pass on the way. From here we continue east towards Leh as we take in the stunning scenery and rural life in the old Silk Road kingdom of Ladakh, trekking with members of the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company over various passes and visiting Lamayuru, Ang, Hemis Shukpachan, Yangthang and Likir on the way. Once in Leh we will visit the ancient palaces, forts and monasteries of the Indus Valley, before flying down to Delhi for our final night of the tour.
This is a wonderful trip for anyone with a strong sense of adventure and love of the wild outdoors.
Tours that fall into this category will often involve remote, unpredictable and long journeys in emerging destinations. They can be incredibly rewarding but are definitely best suited to experienced travellers.
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 several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (5-7 hrs/day) and are intended for the more active traveller with appropriate trekking experience. 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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From Srinagar, taking a shakara through the old town along the Bund is a wonderful off-the-beaten track experience.