Why can we go to Ladakh

Culture & hiking in Ladakh

Group travel India

Our tour in “Little Tibet” is full of variety: It provides food for culture and the inquisitive as well as for those who are primarily interested in natural beauties. And in the evening we enjoy the comfort of a bed. “I didn't know how beautiful a barreness can be,” marveled one participant. With this she addresses the “lunar landscape” of Lamayuru, the stone deserts. But we also see green villages like Skukpachan ("rich in juniper"). And at Lake Pangong we get closer to Tibet than is possible anywhere else in the country for foreigners: only one third of the lake is in Ladakh, the majority is already on Tibetan soil. On the way back we don't miss the Taj Mahal.

Itinerary

1 day:The flight day
Flight to Delhi, the capital of India.

2 day:Great flight over the Himalayas
Flight to Ladakh. From the plane you have a breathtaking view of the enormous dimensions of the Himalayas. In the capital Leh we rest and relax on the first day to get used to the altitude (3,500 m).

3rd day: Leh: melting pot of cultures
Leh, once the intersection of important caravan routes, has always been a melting pot of the most diverse cultures. On a guided tour we get to know the bazaar, the old town and apparently incompatible things next to each other: monks on mopeds, mosques next to Buddhist monasteries, internet cafés in a square with a fountain where
Even today, most of Leh's residents still have to bring their drinking water home, as running water is not yet a matter of course.

4th day:The monasteries of the Upper Indus Valley
Visits to the fascinating Buddhist monasteries of the Upper Indus Valley: Shey, Thiksey & Hemis. Hemis Monastery offers an almost bewildering variety of chapels and temple rooms with priceless cultural assets. The Thiksey Monastery is architecturally modeled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The first kings of Ladakhs settled in Shey.

5th day:The first hike
Hike from Leh to Likir Monastery, which immediately catches the eye with its gold-colored Buddha statue, the largest outdoor statue in Ladakh. We hike through a deserted area into the fertile-green Saspol.
Overnight in Alchi.

Day 6: lunar landscapes and hike

We're going west. The famous "lunar landscape of Lamayuru" is reminiscent of the surface of the earth's satellite. From Lamayuru we hike over the Prinkiti Pass to Wanla (3,250 m), all in one
lovely mountain valley.
Overnight in Tingmosgang.

7th day:Hike through the Indus Valley
Hike in the Indus Valley to a hidden village where we have lunch with a local family. If you want, you can take part in the preparation of Himalayan specialties and get to know the foreign culture up close. Then we hike back down to the beloved Tingmosgang, where we visit the monastery above the village.

8th day:Hike to Hemis
Hike over the 3,750 m high Lago and Mebtak passes to Hemis Shukpachan. The village is known for its large juniper trees, which have a spiritually cleansing meaning for Ladakhis. After a lunch break, it's back to Leh by jeep.

9th day:On the Tibetan border
Very early in the morning we drive over the 5,300 m high Chang Pass to the nomad region of Changthang. At the impressive Pangong Lake, we come very close to the Tibetan border.
Overnight in a deluxe camp / hotel.

Day 10: Back to Leh

Back to Leh. In the afternoon there is still time to discover one or the other unknown side of the city.

11th day:Drive to Nubra
Today we head north over the highest pass in the world that can be traversed by vehicles. We have the mountain giants of the Ladakh and Zanskar chains behind us and the mighty 7,000-meter peaks of the Karakoram Mountains in front of us. From North Pullu we hike along a happily bubbling glacier stream downhill to the Hochalm von
Khardong. Then we continue down into the Nubra and Shyok valleys, where we spend the night in Tirith in a luxurious camp in room-sized tent huts.

12th day:Entsa, Tirisha & Samstanling
Drive to the mythical hermitage of Entsa. From here we take a short hike down to the Kubet Bridge. Then drive to Lake Tirisha, visit the Samstanling monastery and return to Tirith.

13th day:Diskit and Hundar
Hike from Diskit monastery along a small brook, past sand dunes and Bactrian camels, living witnesses of the history of Nubra with its caravans that traded between Yarkand and Leh. Overnight in Tirith again.

14th day:
Return over the Khardong Pass back to the already familiar Leh.

Day 15: Free day in Leh

Free day in Leh with numerous opportunities for walks, shopping, visiting monasteries and relaxing.

16th day:take farewell
Flight from Leh to Delhi and transfer to our hotel. There we can first relax or take a stroll through the city from there to the center. The transfer guide will be happy to help you with the planning.

17th day:Delhi city tour
Guided tour of Old Delhi. We visit the great Jama Masjid Mosque, the largest and most important mosque in India. Later we walk through the narrow maze of alleys of the Chandni Chowk, with its many goldsmiths and countless traders, over the old market square to the red fort of Old Delhi. In New Delhi we will pay a visit to the Sikh temple and pass the “Gate of India”, which commemorates the fallen Indian soldiers of the First World War. It is also planned to visit the tomb of the Mughal ruler Humayun, built in 1562. Then we go back to the hotel, where we can freshen up and strengthen ourselves before the journey home. This day serves as a buffer day in case there should be postponements during the trip.

18th day:flight home
Arrival in Europe. Back in another world.