Ladakh adventure holidays, India

“A Ladakh adventure holiday over epic Himalayan passes, hill stations, tea plantations and the summer capital of the British Raj. Ride the ‘toy train’ to Shimla, see the ‘Little Lhasa’ of Leh, and enjoy some seriously dramatic views.”


Delhi tour | Train to Kalka | ‘Toy train’ to Shimla | Dharamshala | McLeod Ganj | Palampur tea gardens | Manali | Jespa | Sarchu | Tanglang La | Leh | Matho Monastery | Tikse Monastery | Shey Monastery | Khardung La | Nubra Valley | Internal flight to Delhi |

Description of Ladakh adventure holidays, India

Prepare for an epic journey through one of India’s highest and most remote regions, Ladakh, and the stunning overland route from Manali to Leh over the steepest mountain pass in the world. Starting in Delhi, you’ll move straight on to Kalka, where you will board the ‘toy train’ to Shimla. It’s a spectacular journey on this historic mountain railway that involves some 100 tunnels and over 800 bridges.

McLeod Ganj is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile, and the home of the Dalai Lama. After a day of exploring the hill station it’s onwards to Manali, via the tea gardens of Palampur, and the most thrilling drive in the Himalayas. You’ll be crossing several high altitude mountain passes, including the renowned Taglang La, as you take a few days to reach Leh, otherwise known as ‘Little Lhasa’. From Leh you’ll drive the highest road in the world, over the Khardung La and into the magnificent Nubra Valley, with time to explore the communities here.

Before flying back from Leh to Delhi, an unforgettable experience in itself as you pass through Himalayan peaks, there will be time to visit the city’s ancient gompas and palaces.

We said at the start this was an epic trip and we’re confident that you’ll agree. Whether travelling by road, rail or air, the landscapes you’ll see on this trip are utterly captivating.
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We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring. On this tour for example, we utilise low-carbon forms of transport - overnight trains and walking; and sustainable accommodation - for example in fixed tent camps.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems.


Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to dossiers and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit.

On this trip, in Ladakh we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities such as those of the Nubra people, who we will visit throughout this tour benefit from our tourism.

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