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Ladakh

Zanskar

Nubra

Changthang

Trekking, Biking, Jeep Safaris and Festival Tours

 

 

 

 

Custom-designed Tours and Treks in Ladakh

and the Indian Himalayas

                           

 

Little Tibet of India:

Discover Ladakh, one of the most remote outposts of the earth, a cultural satellite of Tibet and the best that adventure and cultural travel in the trans-Himalaya can offer! Meet warm-hearted people and curious monks and admire the perfect harmony in which they have learnt to live with their harsh yet stunning environment! Discover Buddhist culture that has enabled its inhabitants to preserve and perpetuate their cultural identity north of the Himalayas! Feel Ladakh's awe-inspiring desolation, remoteness and thin air high at 15000 feet! 

 

Our guides:
Our guides are all locals, among the most accomplished mountaineers, having scaled number of prominent peaks in the region, and knowledgeable about their culture and environment. Whether you may have questions about Ladakh’s ways of nature, Ladakhi ways of life, customs or traditions and ways of thinking, they'll give you an intimate insight into the fabric of the local lifecycle. Coming from surrounding villages or Leh, the capital, they pride themselves in not only promoting Ladakh tourism, the greatest contributor to the sustenance and growth of the local economy, but in protecting its nature, customs and traditions thus helping to safeguard the local environment and culture.

 

Eco-Friendly Tourism:

Wherever we camp, we pitch our toilet tents far away from any rivers or streams, dig a hole in the earth and following our clients’ departure each morning cover it with soil. We bring all of the non-biodegradable garbage we produce on our tours on horses back to Leh.

 

Culture-Sensitive Tourism

We gladly turn part of our clients’ hard earned money to villages and monasteries in form of payments as camping and monastery entrance fees, contributing to the maintenance of local camping sites, trails, bridges and to improvements in water supply and sanitation, as well as helping monks to fund repairs and renovations of monastic structures and priceless artwork.

Accommodations:
In Leh, we accommodate you in some of the most charming and comfortable hotels and high quality small inns built in traditional style of architecture but possessing modern amenities. Our favorite inn is the Deskit Villa; located in a quiet residential neighborhood uphill and away from the congested center of Leh, Deskit Villa offers fine views of the valley and the panorama of the surrounding mountains.

 

On a trail:

Trekking with us you'll have a guide, a yak or pony (handled by a native "yak driver"), a tent (more exactly your tent, plus a dining tent, and a toilet tent) and a cook. Your gear will be on a yak so you basically walk hands free with only a day-pack. You get delicious meals cooked by our Ladakhi or Nepalese Sherpa cooks. As mentioned above, all our guides are local Ladakhis as are our support crews. This type of travel makes it a very pleasant experience for you as our local guides and crew will enable you to visit homes and monasteries, a great advantage as this type of access you would never have on your own. We provide all of your gear and equipment - all you need to bring is your sleeping bag; we don't provide those because of hygiene and difficulties to find good dry-cleaning in Ladakh.

When to come:

Although Ladakh is a remote region of the world, it is accessible by air and thus conducive to touring almost year-round. The main tourist season in Ladakh is during the North American summer, from the beginning of June to the end of September. Although July and August bring the warmest temperatures in Ladakh, this is the period of rainfall in Ladakh. Being in the so-called 'rain shadow' of the Himalayas, Ladakh sees very little precipitation, particularly compared to the Himalayas further south, however, the rivers do rise, making many areas inaccessible, trails and bridges get swept away, and landslides tumble down. As rain brings snow to the highest elevations resulting in difficulties crossing the passes, many treks can be undertaken best only in the later parts of summer and early fall, from mid August to mid October. Spring and fall only start and end the short but hot summer, separating it from the long and brutally cold winter. From late September to late October the days stay pleasantly warm but get shorter and nights become progressively colder; on the other hand, the rivers at this time are low and easier to ford, and the crowds of tourists are gone. By the end of October, the climate starts turning to winter, with the lowest temperatures arriving in January. Although Ladakh stays frozen until March and it’s completely cut off by overland routes from Manali and Kashmir south of the towering ranges of the Himalayas, this is the time we run our winter treks on the frozen Zanskar River. During April and May Ladakh starts to warm up again, the ground thaws and the color returns. The villages begin slowly to turn from its winter brown to summer green, a striking contrast to the arid earth tones of the surroundings, and our summer season of Ladakh treks and jeep tours begins.

 

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