Ladakh trekking holiday in the Himalaya
Description of Ladakh trekking holiday in the Himalaya
This two week Tibetan trekking adventure takes you into the snow-covered peaks and high altitude passes of the Himalayas and invites optional ascents on not one but two mountain summits higher than 5000m.
Starting from Leh in Ladakh you’ll become part of a small guided group and provided with plenty of time to acclimatise at altitude and get to know the other members of the team.
Tibetan culture and Buddhist traditions in Ladakh provide a fascinating and on-going backdrop to the holiday with some incredible trekking trails helping to take you ever deeper into the heartland of the Himalaya.
This is one of the few areas of Tibet where conquering high altitude peaks and mountain passes are accessible without the need for technical climbing experience. This is a trekking holiday but it’s still going to be tough, especially when adding the option to reach the top of Vatseri Peak (5,640m) and an optional ascent to the top of the mighty Dzo Jongo East (6,189m).
From the gorgeous gorges and mountain passes around Mankarmo to the high altitude plains - filled with sheep, goats and yaks - at Nimaling, this two week trekking trip will take you off the beaten track as you ascend to new Himalayan heights. Definitely for fit and active adventurers.
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PlanetAccommodation and Meals:
On this trip, we spend 9 nights in full-service camps, while the remaining 6 nights are in locally owned hotels that employ local staff. As over half of the trip is camping, we minimise energy usage thereby having minimal impact on the environment. While camping, meals are prepared by our local team using locally sourced ingredients. This ensures we are supporting the local community and contributing to their economy. When meals are not provided, our local guides make recommendations for restaurants and cafes so that our clients can sample local specialties as well as support small business.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to a proper disposal place.
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this 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. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal craft and Culture:
The primary focus of this trip is a trekking experience taking in the breath-taking views of the Karakorum Indian There are however opportunities to learn about the local culture. For example we may meet up with the Ladakhi shepherds as they herd their animals along the plains of Nimaling. In Leh we visit Thikse and Shey monasteries where clients can learn about Tibetan Buddhism. A visit to the former royal palace of the Ladakhi King Sengge Namgyal reveals the history of the region. There is time in Leh to explore the bazaar where items such as hand-made woollen garments including gloves and socks can be purchased from local sellers. These purchases directly support the local economy. Wandering around Leh will provide impromptu interactions with the local community which is a great way to share cultural experiences.
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.