Himalaya family adventure holiday in Ladakh

“This action-packed small group tour is perfect for adventurous families. Trek in the mountains and valleys, visit traditional villages and work up a sweat on a raft or a bike”


Delhi | Leh | Shey | Tikse | Phey | whitewater rafting | Yangtang village | Tsarmangchan pass | Mebtek La pass | Lago La | Ang | Temisgam | Alchi monastery | Basgo Fort | Bactrian Camel breeding farm | Stok | bike ride along the Indus Valley

Description of Himalaya family adventure holiday in Ladakh

This Himalaya family adventure holiday explores the best of Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’ as it’s otherwise known, a remote Himalayan region that’s an adventure playground all year round, with walking, rafting and cycling all high on the agenda. Your trip starts in Leh, where you’ll spend three days acclimatising to the 3,500m altitude, and exploring the city’s bazaars, the former Royal Palace and the Peace Pagoda, or taking an optional jeep safari to the Khardung Pass, which at 5,602m is one of the highest driveable roads on the planet.

Having got used to being up high, the adventure begins in earnest with whitewater rafting on the Indus River, followed by a three-day trek through the mountains. Along the way you’ll walk past fertile fields, orchards and large, whitewashed Ladakhi homes, and traverse a wild, boulder strewn landscape home to Snow Leopards and Blue Sheep. History buffs can get their fix at 11th century Alchi monastery and ruined Basgo Fort, and there’s a chance to see Bactrian Camels at a breeding farm.

The trek is moderate and suitable for people with good general fitness, with walks of between three and five hours a day, and a few steep ascents and descents. As well as hotels, you’ll spend a night in a village homestay and four nights camping, though your tents will be put up and taken down for you, so all you’ll have to carry is your daypack.

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Responsible tourism: Himalaya family adventure holiday in Ladakh

Accommodation & Meals:
We spend 6 nights in hotels, 2 in guesthouses, 1 night in a Ladakhi family homestay and 4 nights camping. All accommodations used are staffed locally, camping has its environmental merits and the homestay is a great way to directly benefit the local community whilst getting an authentic cultural experience and a home cooked meal. On trek, meals include locally sourced ingredients, like porridge, eggs, bread, pasta, rice and potato with a mixture of Indian and Chinese styles. All groceries and other items used during treks are purchased from local shops and markets in Leh- where clients are encouraged to support local businesses and explore local delicacies on offer.

Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, and use local businesses in order to leave behind a positive cultural exchange. Also in visiting cultural sites ( Leh Palace, Tsemo Monastery, the Japanese Peace Pagoda and Bagso Fort), we benfit local communities because our entrance fees and/or donations here go towards upkeep of these sites and local development.

Our Himalayan Community Support Projects have been helping people in the Markha Valley, Ladakh since the floods in 2006, when we helped people rebuild homes. Since then we have been involved with the local women’s groups and Youth Organisation for the Conservation and Preservation of the Hems National Park in building and running a successful Eco Café. The focus is using only locally made or organic produce and eliminating the plastic bottles littered around the Valley with the use of a UV water filter for trekkers. The Ladakhi women have been trained in needle and flat felting in order to make and sell felt snow leopards, ibex and blue sheep as souvenirs. This has had great economic, social and environmental benefit for the area.

On the way to Stock, we stop at a Bactrian camel breeding farm. For centuries the double humped Bactrian Camel was used to transport loads over the Himalaya but they are now rarely seen in Ladakh. The small breeding farm was set up by the government to keep the species alive, so in visiting, we are contributing to and promoting conservation work for this threatened breed. We also have the opportunity to visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Leh later on in the week. In recent years we have been providing support for this home for old or injured donkeys. Our visits go towards funding a wholesome diet, medical care and full time workers at the sanctuary.

Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in India so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. You will be provided with boiled drinking water on trek but it is also advisable to bring purification tablets/liquid such as Biox Aqua to treat water. Burnable rubbish will be burnt on trek and we ask each trekker to keep a rubbish bag for non-burnable rubbish to take back to Delhi.

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