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Classic Ladakh

Tailor Made Itinerary

10 Days From $3,220

Overview

An adventure that visits one of our favourite Indian destinations, this amazing cultural journey takes you to the remote Buddhist world of ‘Little Tibet’, otherwise known as Ladakh. A wonderful mix of dramatic Himalayan landscapes, Buddhist cultural charm and charming accommodation, this ten day journey is perfect for India lovers with a real sense of adventure. The journey begins in Delhi, your gateway into the greater Himalaya. After taking an epic flight over the Himalaya, you will ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the impressive monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey, Shey, Likhir and the Leh Palace
  • Raft down the great Indus River in Nimmu
  • Drive across the Khardung La, one of highest roads in the world
  • Meet the friendly locals and Bactrian camels of the Nubra Valley
  • Discover the beautiful 11th century Buddhist frescos in Alchi Monastery
  • Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Himalayan mountains as you fly from Delhi to Leh

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI

DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI

On arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore the city independently.

The Claridges

DAY 2: DELHI - LEH

DAY 2: DELHI - LEH

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and driven back to the airport for your flight, high over the Himalayas to Leh. Once there, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. We recommend a quiet day today with gentle local walks around town, sipping plenty of tea, as your body adjusts to the altitude. The evening is free to have dinner either at your hotel or in town.

Grand Dragon
Breakfast

DAY 3: LEH

DAY 3: LEH

We recommend that you take this morning slowly and relax as you will still be feeling the effects of the altitude. However, a little more activity will be planned for the afternoon, with a guided visit to the spectacular monasteries of Thiksey, Matho and Shey, the ancient capital on the Indus, with its giant golden Buddha. Here you will find beautiful palaces, temples and restored murals. Dinner once again can be either at your hotel or at a restaurant in town, we recommend the Tibetan Kitchen.

Grand Dragon
Breakfast

DAY 4: LEH

DAY 4: LEH

Depart early this morning to witness the morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery, located on a hill with formidable views of the Indus Valley. The monastery is known for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya and Dukhang assembly hall, which houses hundreds of wooden and silk prayer books. Then explore Hemis monastery, one of the largest and most revered monasteries in Ladakh, which is also home to a charming museum. Return to Leh, stopping via Shey Palace, the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. Enjoy a heritage walk through Leh, where the old part of the town is particularly interesting and remarkably well-preserved, with over a hundred and eighty old buildings, including several Buddhist temples and mosques.

Grand Dragon
Breakfast

DAY 5: LEH - PANGONG TSO - LEH

DAY 5: LEH - PANGONG TSO - LEH

You will go on a full day tour to Pangong Tso lake, situated at 4,300 metres, the endorheic lake is a beautiful lake with crystal clear blue waters set against the striking backdrop of stark scree slopes and snow-capped mountains. After a short exploration of the lake and a picnic lunch return to Leh. Today will be a long day and for those wanting to skip the Pangong Tso excursion we can arrange alternative activities in and around the Leh and Zanskar valley or visit Choglamsar village for a séance session with the village Oracle.

Grand Dragon
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: LEH – NUBRA VALLEY

DAY 6: LEH – NUBRA VALLEY

One of the late areas to be opened to foreign visitors, visiting Nubra Valley, lying high on the Tibetan Plateau, is like stepping back in time. After breakfast you will drive the highest road in the world, over the Khardung La (5600m), before descending into the valley. Nubra Valley was on the old caravan trade route to Central Asia, a feeder to the famous Silk Route and still home to impressive monasteries. In the afternoon, you'll be free to explore the region.

Desert Himalaya Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: NUBRA VALLEY

DAY 7: NUBRA VALLEY

Today you will explore the valley, passing through villages to see how the Nubra people live, visiting local monasteries, enjoying the magnificent culture and scenery. You will visit the 17th century Diskit monastery, dramatically perched on a hill with stunning views of the valley and river below. A visit to the nearby Nubra dunes will show you the local Bactrian camels; their ancestors were once used on the Silk Road trading routes that passed this way. In the evening a local meal will be served.

Desert Himalaya Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: NUBRA VALLEY - NIMMU

DAY 8: NUBRA VALLEY - NIMMU

Today you will be collected from your hotel in the Nubra Valley and transferred to Nimmu village. The journey today will take around six hours, going past beautiful Himalayan scenery and via the Khardungla Pass once more. You will stop at Khardungla to take pictures and have a cup of tea, before descending down to the valley.

Nimmu Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: NIMMU

DAY 9: NIMMU

Get your adrenaline fix this morning on a rafting excursion down the Indus River. After tackling the rapids, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Later today you will explore Alchi Monastery and its famous frescos with your guide followed by a picnic lunch at Basgo fort and a visit of Likhir monastery. The rest of the day is free to relax or walk around the stunning setting of Nimmu.

Nimmu Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: NIMMU – LEH - DELHI

DAY 10: NIMMU – LEH - DELHI

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in Leh for your flight to Delhi. Here you will connect with your onward flight home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC LADAKH (10 DAYS) $3,220

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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Shalmali is our Indian Subcontinent expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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