Hiking holiday in Ladakh, India

“A combination of cultural sightseeing and a gentle five day trek, this 15 day holiday is a well balanced way to explore remote Ladakh in India.”


Delhi | Leh | Royal Palace in Shey | Tikse monastery | Leh Valley walk | Tsemo Monastery | optional: jeep safari to the Khardung Pass | optional: rafting on Indus River | Likir Monastery | five days point to point hike | full service camping | Yangtang village | Spangpo La pass | Hemis Shupachen village | Mebtek La pass | Lago La pass | village homestay in Temisgam | Temisgam Monastery and Royal Palace | Skinyang village | Lamayuru Monastery | Alchi Monastery | Basgo Fort

Description of Hiking holiday in Ladakh, India

This holiday in Ladakh is the chance to discover the rich culture of this corner of India, and enjoy five days of hiking, too. Once known as Little Tibet, Ladakh is a high altitude desert sitting between the Karakorum, the Tibetan Plateau and the western edge of the Himalaya. This 15 day holiday begins with time in the capital Leh, both to see explore its monasteries and palaces and to acclimatise. We’ll then enjoy a fairly gentle five day point to point trek, which is a wonderful way to experience the varied landscapes in this part of India and to see remote villages, where the way of life has remained little changed in centuries. The trek reaches a maximum altitude of 4,082m, but an average 3,500m, and the trails are generally well made. We walk for four to six hours each day with frequent stops.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 like Buddhist monasteries and temples, we benfit local communities by making donations, buying souvenirs or paying for entrance.

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.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation & Meals:
We spend six nights in simple hotels in Deli and Leh and eight nights in full service camping. All accommodations used are staffed locally, which has a really positive effect on employment and economy in the areas where we stay. By camping for the majority of the trip, we also reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint for the whole tour. 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.

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.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, 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.


1 Reviews of Hiking holiday in Ladakh, India

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing local culture, visiting the school, and rafting down the Indus

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Read the trip notes through carefully, this gives all the required information. Go ready for adventure and basic facilities

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes all of these, we travelled responsibly and supported local communities

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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