Touring & Trekking in Ladakh with Sanjay Saxena
Bound by two of the world’s highest mountain ranges: Himalaya to the south and Karakoram to the north, Ladakh sits on the western edge of the Tibetan Plateau, at an average altitude of 10,000 feet. Ladakh has often been called Little Tibet because of its historical connection with Lhasa and its predominantly Tibetan Buddhist culture. The region’s capital, Leh, to which we fly to begin our tour of Ladakh, is at 11,400 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest cities in the world.
You start your Ladakh adventure with a day in Delhi to get over jet-lag before flying to Ladakh on the high altitude Tibetan Plateau. Your guide on your high altitude tour will be Sanjay Saxena, who led his first group to Ladakh in 1978. Since then Sanjay has traveled extensively across Ladakh, pioneering many of the today’s popular trekking routes.
He designed this itinerary allow for maximum acclimatization by spending the first few days leisurely exploring the Indus Valley; meditating in the Buddhist monasteries of Thikse, Shey, and Lamayuru, rafting an easy white-water section of the Indus River, visiting the mural wonderland at Alchi Gompa, before embarking on a four-day trek that takes you through spectacular canyons of the Hemis Snow Leopard Sanctuary, crossing a pass at 16,000 foot before returning back to the Indus valley and then homewards.
Day 1 | Arrival
Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 | Old Delhi
Explore “Old Delhi,” take a rickshaw ride to the heart of Chandi Chowke and to Jama Masjid. Enjoy a traditional Indian welcome dinner.
Day 3 – 4 | Leh / Indus Valley
The flight to Ladakh offers spectacular views of the Himalaya. Acclimatization days as we allow our bodies to adapt to the high elevation. Relaxed explorations of sites and monasteries along the Indus River Valley.
Day 5 | Rafting the Indus / Alchi
Today you delve deeper into the Ladakhi way of life. Start of with a gentle raft trip down the Indus River to reach Basgo, site of another ancient monastery. Continue by road to the 10/11 Century “mural wonderland” of Alchi.
Day 6 | Lamayuru & Rizong
Cross back over the Indus River and stop at Rizong. In the afternoon, visit the Lamayuru Monastery.
Day 7 | Alchi to Trailhead
Return to the Indus Valley and our trail-head below Matho Monastery. .
Day 8 | To Matho Phu – Trek Day 1
Start the day with a short hike up, to explore Matho Gompa, the only Sakya sect monastery in Ladakh, before starting our trek. A full day hike up Matho Canyon, past wild roses, willow trees we reach our camp by the river below Matho La (Pass).
Day 9 | Over Matho La To Stok Nalah – Trek Day 2
This hike is relatively short but strenuous through the Snow Leopard country. Animals you might see are Bharal or Blue Sheep, Mountain Goats and Tibetan Antelope.
Day 10 | Smankarmo / Stok Canyon – Trek Day 3
Continue your gradual descent along the spectacular Stok Nalah (canyon). Watch the canyon walls change color from different angles as the sun sails across the sky.
Day 11 | Stok Village – Trek Day 4
Hike all day down the beautiful Stok canyon until you reach the village of Stok. Drive to Leh.
Day 12 | Leh
Final day of exploration of Indus Valley.
Day 13 | Leh to Delhi
Transfer to airport for flight back to Delhi. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring Delhi or take the optional overnight tour to Agra to see the Taj Mahal rise at sunrise. Enjoy your farewell dinner this evening.
Day 14 | In Delhi / Back-up Day
This day serves as back-up day in case of delay on the trek or the return flight from Ladakh due to weather. Late evening you are transferred to the airport for your return flight back home.
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:Sep 12, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021
2021 LAND PRICE:
6+ Travellers: $7,545 per person
Internal Airfare: $276 per person
Single Supplement: $1,285 per person
NOTE: Land Price is based on double occupancy and
Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.
Moderate High Altitude Touring & Trekking: This itinerary, travels to Ladakh (the western edge of the Tibetan plateau) including a 3-night, 4-day trek. The trek from Matho to Stok will be at sustained altitude of above 12,000 feet with a high point being reached at 16,200 feet in an area that is remote and isolated. This trip requires that participants are in good physical condition and participate in a regular cardio-vascular exercise program.
Though highly unlikely in June, mountain weather is unpredictable and there is a possibility of snowfall, rain storms, high winds and other high mountain hazards. Circumstances may mean that some days could be long and arduous for some people.