Ladakh, high in the Indian Himalayas, tucked on the border with China, is an amazing place to spent a summer holiday. More than six months a year this region cannot be reached overland due to tons of ice and snow on the high mountainpasses. Ladakh is a buddhist society that throws you back in the spirit of ‘Seven Years in Tibet’. Whitewashed gompa’s perched on high cliffs, hundreds of buddhist monks dressed in red robes, colourful festivals where ancient maskdances are shown to the public,… For those who are interested in the fascinating buddhist culture Ladakh is probably ‘more Tibetan than Tibet’. Famous monasteries like Hemis and Lamayuru attract thousands of buddhist pilgrims every year.
Furthermore, Ladakh is a miracle of nature. Wind, water and ice created a real moonland where high passes are the gateway to lush, green valleys with small traditional villages. In the background one can admire snowcapped peaks of more than 6000m high.
On the Changtang Plateau some of the most impressive lakes from the Himalaya like Pangon Tso or Tso Moriri form the natural border with China. Semi-nomadical tribes still roam this vast plateau with their herds of yaks, sheep and goats.
The best time to travel in Ladakh is from May till the end of September. As Ladakh is barely affected by the monsoon, the weather is stable with little chance of rain, although an occasional thunderstorm can occur.
Cultural tours through the Indus valley can be done whole year long. Trekking tours are highly dependable from the amount of snow on the high passes.
Please ask us about the right time for your travel plans.
Ladakh can be reached overland or by flight from Delhi.
The overland journey goes from Delhi to Manali and then along theLeh-Manali Highway, one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world. It will take you at least 4 – 5 days to reach Ladakh from Delhi.
Another overland route goes from Srinagar (Kashmir) to Ladakh. The one day journey brings you over the Dzoji La pass to Kargil, a small merchants town which is the gateway to Ladakh and Zanskar
Both roads mostly open in the middle of June
Most travellers come by flight to Ladakh. There are daily connections from Delhi to Leh, both by Air India and Jet Airways. Flights might be disrupted by bad weather, so please calculate some spare days in your travel schedule.
You need at least 1 week in Ladakh to get the feeling. In a week’s time you can make a visit to some of the most important monasteries, visit the capital Leh and experience local village life.
Most travellers however go for minimum 2 weeks to Ladakh. This gives them the chance to make a short 4 or 5 day trek like Sham-valley, visit some of the monasteries, go to the lakes of Pangon or Tso Moriri and even visit the Nubra-valley.
If you want to go for a longer trekking like the classic Zanskar Traverse or the Markha-valley you need about 3 weeks or more.
Important to know is that most people fly in from almost sealevel at an altitude of more than 3500m. Some easygoing days for acclimatisation in the beginning of your trip are necessary.
In the capital Leh you can find accommodation from budget guesthouses to fancy boutique hotels in traditional style.
Once you leave the capital there is less choice.
In the Indus-valley some charming hotels have come up in recent years however that can cater to those looking for a bit more comfort.
As the tourist season only takes a couple of months in Ladakh there a tented camps in several places like Nubra, Pangon, Tso Moriri,… These camps offer big twopersons tents with beds, electricity and (sometimes) private bathrooms.
Unlike Nepal, there is no system of lodges /teahouses in Ladakh for those who go on trekking. Most trekkers go camping. A local crew of guides, cook, ponymen and horses keep you company on the trek, pitch up the tents and prepare delicious meals. Tables, chairs, cookery, dining tent, sleeping tents, … everything is provided by local outfitters.
Some trekkings at lower altitude, like Shamvalley, can be done in local guesthouses. A nice way to experience Ladakhi hospitality.
We can adapt our itineraries according to the accommodation comfort level you require.
As long as your healthy, everyone can travel to Ladakh.
We advise people with cardiovascular problems however to first consult their physician before coming to Ladakh.
With a basic fitness level you can easily travel around, make some light daywalks or even do a small trekking.
If you want to go for a longer and higher trekking, you need a good fitness level and it might be good to prepare yourself for the trip by taking some regular exercise a couple of times a week (running, hiking, cycling,…)