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River, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Highlights of Ladakh

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Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

$3,804 ex. flights

A visit to Ladakh will take you deep into Northern India, home to some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. High altitude lends itself to beautiful and remote landscapes. Explore the terrain and meet the Tibetan Buddhists who have settled here, gaining an insight into monastic life, whilst staying in villages houses or comfortable tented camps and possibly a royal palace.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Leh, India 1

Explore Leh, The Capital of Ladakh

Acclimatise in the capital, from where you visit the main sights of the Leh Valley.

Monks , Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India 2

Experience Monastic Life

Visit the key monasteries of Ladakh including Thiksey, Hemis and Lamayuru.

Woman and cows, Ladakh, India 3

Stay in Village Houses

Wander around the village of Nimmu and be part of local life.

Leh, India 4

Venture Over High Passes to Uleytokpo

Experience the lunar landscapes of this mystical region.

Why we like it

This itinerary has been created for those seeking to explore deep into Northern India. Ladakh is the last refuge of pure Tibetan Buddhism and the sprawling old monasteries exude an atmosphere and smell which only comes with great age. It can be one of the most rewarding Himalayan trekking regions where you will find isolated, almost Italianesque villages, irrigated by the glaciers above but surrounded by desert. The capital, Leh, is a delight, and a day or so wandering the streets and visiting the Stok Palace located on the hillside above is essential. It is also possible to explore this compellingly beautiful and remote region while staying in superb accommodation where previously it has barely existed.

It is also home to the elusive snow leopard.

Included as Standard

Airport VIP meet and greet, a bottle of wine on arrival, a spa treatment, a dedicated member of our team available 24/7, an upgrade at one of your chosen hotels and cars with Wi-Fi connectivity.

 

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

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Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Day 1
    Delhi
  • Day 2
    Delhi - Leh & Stok
  • Day 3 - 4
    Leh & Stok
  • Day 5
    Stok - Nimmu
  • Day 6
    Nimmu
  • Day 7
    Nimmu - Uleytokpo
  • Day 8
    Uleytokpo
  • Day 9
    Uleytokpo - Leh
  • Day 10
    Leh - Delhi
Kings Palace, Stok, Ladakh
Ladakh, India
Prayer Flag, Mountain Highway, Leh, Ladakh
Ladakh, India
Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India
Thiksey, India

Stay in Stok Palace as a Guest of the Royal Family

The capital, Leh, is a delight, and a day or so wandering the streets is highly recommended and in some part, essential, for acclimatisation. Stay as a guest of the Ladakhi royal family at Stok Palace, an 1820 residence, and visit the famous Leh Palace, a former royal palace overlooking the city. With Leh as your base visit the many monasteries, chortens and gompas in the surrounding valleys. The monasteries put on a great display during the call to prayer, a spectacle that should not be missed. Some of the best examples of a Ladakhi monastery are Shey, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis and Stakna Monastery.

ConfluenCe of indus and zanskar rivers,Chamba Camp The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Thiksey, Ladakh, India
The Ultimate Travelling Camp -Chamba Camp Thiksey, Thiksey, India

Raft on the Zanskar River

Venturing outside of Leh, travel the highway alongside the mighty Zanskar River. The drive to the river takes in one of the most scenic roads in the world. With scenery rivalling that on the Grand Canyon, this is a true expedition not to be missed. On reaching the river, you’ll be treated to world class white water, stunning scenery and visits to riverside monasteries on your journey.

 

Woman and cows, Ladakh, India
India

Get Involved in Village Life

A great oasis in the desert, Nimmu is a traditional village now home to about 200 families. Explore the village with your guide & traditional meal with a local family.

Nimmu’s location at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, at an altitude of 3,100 m which is relatively low for Ladakh with an exposure to sun, which leads to an abundance of wheat, barley, fruits and vegetables, allowing villagers to lead a comfortable life. The village has two small monasteries, many ancient caravan serai and each house is surrounded by a flower garden in summer.

Buddist Monk, Ladakh, India
Ladakh, India
Ladakh, India
Ladakh, India

Uleytokpo and Lamayuru Monastery

Uleytokpo is located in the Sham Valley, home to ancient monasteries built in the 11th century and famous for trekking, rafting and the best yield of apricots in Ladakh. En route visit the Likir Gompa situated on top of a windy cliff overlooking the beautiful village of Likir.

Any stay in the Sham Valley has to include a visit to the Lamayuru. Lamayuru Village is overshadowed by the mighty Lamayuru Monastery. At a height of 3,510 metres and located on a steep hillside between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che, Lamayuru is among the oldest monasteries in Ladakh.

Diskit Camp The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Thiksey, Ladakh, India
The Ultimate Travelling Camp -Chamba Camp Thiksey, Thiksey, India
Tented Camp, The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Chamba Camp, Diskit, Nubra, Ladakh, India
Chamba Camp Diskit, Nubra, India

What is the Accommodation Like in Ladakh?

It is now possible to explore this compellingly beautiful and remote region of India while staying in superb accommodation where previously it has barely existed.

Shakti offers 5-star luxuries in a series of village houses spread across six villages. With 5* beds and indulgent en-suite bathrooms, you take the entire house for yourselves. The houses are located in the villages of Stok, Shey, Nimmu, Likir and Igu and itineraries are tailored depending on how much you want to see and do.

The Ultimate Travelling Camp offers two luxury camps based in Diskit and Thiksey. Both are stunning locations from which you can visit the surrounding region.

Kaafila mobile tented camps offer the flexibility of camping in remote and untouched regions of Ladakh with plenty of comforts.

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Bactrian Camels, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Ladakh, India
River, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Ladakh, India

Nubra Valley Extension

A visit to Turtuk village takes you across the infamous Khardung la Pass, the highest drivable road in the world and not for the faint-hearted. The Nubra Valley often referred to as the Orchard of Ladakh is a sea of colour in the summer months with the green villages creating an oasis effect against the extreme stark landscape. Whilst here find time to ride a Bactrian camel, visit Diskit Monastery and spend an entire day at Turtuk village – the gateway to the Siachen Glacier and the last accessible village accessible by permit holders.

 

Snow Leopard, Ulley, India
Ulley, India

On the Trail of Snow Leopard

If you had the time to extend your trip by a few days, venture into the Ulley Valley from Uleytokpo to look for snow leopard. Ulley village is an area that is only recently being developed for snow leopard watching but is in the centre of three interlocking valleys supporting approximately 12 snow leopards. The big advantage of Ulley is that it is relatively free of tourism and the chaos that has enveloped the first snow leopard destination – Rumbak.

The best time to see snow leopard is from the end of January to March, as the snow on the mountains starts to melt, this drives the snow leopards, and their prey (the blue sheep) to lower almost snow-free elevations. This allows the guides and trackers much better access to look for them and concentrating them in a smaller area.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Ultimate Travelling Camp – Chamba Camp Thiksey £££££

  • India
  • Tented Camps

The Chamba Camp in Thiksey, Ladakh run by The Ultimate Travelling Camp, is a luxurious fixed tented camp offering exceptional service and experiences. Relax in individually designed tents, with ensuite bathrooms, private decks, crisp linen and butler service. Enjoy delicious family recipes, hear stories from specialists and guests over fire-lit evenings.

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Stok Palace £££££

  • India

Now you can stay in the residence of the Royal Family. The building is stately on the outside and mysterious inside, its shaded corridors and courtyards leading you into startlingly colourful spaces. Just six rooms, indulgent and comfortable are the queen’s chambers while the suites are classic and simple. Its high altitude heritage needs to be preserved and one has to see it to believe it. Take a meal sitting on the terrace and looking out to the immense lands around or walk through the museum. Stok Palace is a must-visit when in Ladakh.

Nimmu House £££££

  • India

Nimmu House, the biggest house in the village, has 30 rooms including two Buddhist temples. Spread across three levels of 400 square meters each, the property includes a stable with yaks, dzos, cows and goats, terraces and a 5,000 square meters orchard with hundreds of fruit trees (apricot, apple, walnut). There are five spacious tents which are scattered throughout the orchard. Partitioned into three parts, each tent has a room at the entrance, with large windows, ideal for relaxing or reading. This room can also serve as a small room for children. The second part consists of a spacious bedroom and an attached bathroom.

Ule Ethnic Resort £££££

  • India
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Spread throughout an area covered with apple and apricot orchards, the Ule Ethnic Resort is remotely situated overlooking the Indus River Valley. Originally little more than a farmhouse and homestay, this environmentally sustainable resort now consists of 46 comfortable canvas huts and wooden cottages. The resort’s vegetable garden grows organic produce, whilst each of the huts and cottages draws electricity from its own hydro-electric generator.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $3,804 Per person

When to travel

India in January

January is a very popular time to travel to India, due to mild temperatures and very little rainfall. The climate varies across India from snow in the Northern States to the Southern regions experiencing daily sunshine – perfect for an escape to Kerala’s beaches.

India in February

During peak season, February is an ideal month to travel to India, experiencing all regions of the country from Rajasthan in the North to Karnataka in the South.

India in March

Temperatures begin to rise with March typically being the last month of the peak season. A significant month for religious, Hindu festivals, March can become busy in some regions however also a perfect time to travel to experience Indian culture and wildlife.

India in April

With temperatures starting to rise, regions in Northern India start to become more accessible with excellent opportunities to discover hiking trails and the wildlife of these regions. Temperatures can sometimes exceed 40°C, with high levels of humidity in Southern India.

India in May

From May to September, Monsoon rains affect the North and Central states of India with daily rainfall and thunderstorms. During the Monsoon season, it is best to experience high altitude regions and avoid beach resorts.

India in June

Most regions of India will experience the Monsoon season in June alongside high daily temperatures and high levels of humidity. Whilst, not a popular time to travel, experience the mountainous regions as opposed to Central India to experience slightly cooler temperatures at the start of the month.

India in July

At the peak of the Monsoon season, most of the country experiences frequent, heavy rainfall. Whilst travel plans may be interrupted due to the climate, it is a great time to visit India to experience the national parks and the great outdoors.

India in August

As the Monsoon continues, the climate is very similar to that of June and July. Whilst not a suitable time to travel to India’s Southern beaches, other Northern Regions are popular with locals for hiking and outdoor pursuits.

India in September

As the final month of the Monsoon season, rainfall will be less frequent with the occasional sunny spell showcasing the lush, green vegetation that has flourished during the heavy rains.

India in October

As the monsoon rains have finished, humidity levels remain high and the peak travel season begins. During the month of October, there are lots of religious festivals, including Diwali, where some regions may become busier with domestic tourists.

India in November

As one of the best times to visit the country, November brings comfortable temperatures for sightseeing with the monsoon rains dying out from October. As the temperatures drop, however, Northern India and the Himalayas will become less accessible.

India in December

In December, temperatures and climate will be dependant on the region. In the Southern States, India will see a pleasant and mild climate, ideal for sightseeing, whereas, in Northern India and mountainous regions, snow and cold temperatures are likely.

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