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Activities
  • 10 day trek
Accommodation
  • 8 nights hotel
  • 11 nights camping
Meals
  • 17 Dinners
  • 17 Lunches
  • 19 Breakfasts

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20 Days$2780USD

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Trip Code: HVL

Trip highlights


  • Witness the celebrated Hemis festival
  • Wander the shores of the serene waters of Tso Moriri
  • Cross Zalung Karpo La and witness the jagged ridges of the Zanskar range
  • Trek along the well-defined trails in the Markha Valley
  • Explore the wild and remote Tibetan borderlands
  • Visit the ancient monasteries and forts in the upper Indus Valley
  • Experience traditional hospitality in our hotel in Leh

Why Book With Us

  • World Expeditions have been pioneering unique adventure itineraries around the globe for over 45 years. All trips now are 100% carbon offset.
  • Enjoy 3 hearty meals on trek freshly prepared by our team of dedicated cooks. All drinking water included.
  • Complimentary use of a trek pack including quality sleeping bag, down jacket and insulated mat. Receive a souvenir kitbag.
  • Led by wilderness first aid trained guides equipped with group medical kit.

This is an outstanding trek and an ideal introduction to the visually stunning and culturally rich region of Ladakh, high in the Indian Himalaya. We explore this rugged land characterised by exquisite Buddhist monasteries and ancient forts where the snow leopard seeks out the highest ridges at the margins of the season. We have scheduled our trek to coincide with the famous Hemis Festival complete with masked dances and much celebration. Finally we journey to the vast lakes of Rupshu and camp in spectacular terrain on the borderlands of Tibet.


On arrival in Delhi you will be met by a World Expeditions representative and transferred to your hotel. Should you arrive earlier in the day we are happy to assist with any optional sightseeing. Due to the differing times of arrival of group members and the early morning departure to Leh the following morning the initial briefing will be on ‘a need to know basis’ such as what to pack, ordering a packed breakfast, what time for departure from the hotel, arrangements for leaving gear in Delhi etc. Your World Expeditions kit bag will also be distributed after the briefing. Overnight group hotel. Note: The main briefing will be on arrival in Leh and sleeping bags, liners, insulated mattress and down jackets will be distributed. Note: If you are arriving in Delhi on a late night flight, you may like to arrive the day before the trip commences. Please talk to your World Expeditions reservations consultant or travel agent for pretour accommodation options.

Meals:  Nil

We take the early flight from Delhi to Leh in the Indus Valley. If the conditions are clear you will be rewarded with grand views across the Great Himalaya and Zanskar ranges before landing at the capital of Ladakh. On our first day in Ladakh we spend time wandering the bazaar and imposing Leh Palace. We have the opportunity to visit the Victory Fort (above the Palace) built in the 17th century to commemorate Ladakh's independence from the invading armies from Baltistan and Kashmir. From the Palace we can also appreciate the alleyways that comprise the old town of Leh, located to the east of the main bazaar.

Meals:  B,L,D

We include a sightseeing trip to Shey Palace, before visiting Tikse monastery. Shey Palace originally housed the Ladakh royal family before they moved to Leh in the 17th century. A few km up the Indus valley is the spectacular setting of Tikse monastery perched on the summit of a sugarloaf mountain. On return to Leh we have the opportunity to visit to the Shanti Stupa at Chanspa, as well as visiting the Ladakh Ecological Centre to appreciate how the Ladakhi people have been able to incorporate new technology into their traditional lifestyles.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Leh we drive to Zinchen (3380m), a small settlement to the south of the Indus Valley. After our packhorses are loaded we head up a spectacular gorge to our campsite (3850m) below the village of Rumbak.

Meals:  B,L,D

A further opportunity to acclimatise. We undertake day walks to Rumbak village and up side valleys leading to the base of the Stok La that afford spectacular views of the Trans Himalaya.

Meals:  B,L,D

A short day following a trail that winds up past the solitary house at Yurutse to our camp (4350m) at the base of the approach to the Ganda La. From camp there are impressive views of the Stok Kangri. That afternoon we have devised a more challenging walk that heads way above the scree slopes to a magnificent viewpoint affording views back down to the Indus Valley and across to the high peaks that form the Stok Kangri range.

Meals:  B,L,D

Above our camp we gain views of the snow-capped Stok Range. After gradually ascending a series of switchbacks we make the final gradual ascent to the Ganda La (4950m). From the pass there a views south across the endless folds of the Zanskar Range and the snow capped summits of the main Himalaya Range before completing the gradual descent to the village of Shingo (4150m).

Meals:  B,L,D

Below Shogdo the trail enters a narrow gorge where willow, poplar and rose bushes provide a natural canopy alongside the river course. The Skui monastery (3435m) marks the confluence of the stream coming from Shogdo and the Markha Valley. We then head up the Markha Valley to Narding (3530m) and a comfortable, grassy campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

The trail gradually ascends the Markha Valley passing a few small settlements en route to Markha (3770m) the largest village in the valley. That afternoon we visit the derelict fort above the village and the gompa that has recently been renovated by funds from trekkers and Hemis monastery.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trail crosses the Markha river twice to reach the village of Umlung. A few km beyond the village the valley widens and the imposing peak of Kangyaze (6400m) can be appreciated before reaching Hankar (3980m), the highest village in the Markha Valley.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Hanker we divert from the main trail and commence our ascent across yak herders pastures to our camp at the base of the Zalung Karpo La (4650 metres).

Meals:  B,L,D

From camp it is a steady and long climb to the top of the Zalung Karpo La (5190 metres). This pass offers impressive views of the peaks and jagged ridges of the Zanskar Range. From the pass it takes about three hours to reach a delightful grassy camp near to the abandoned encampment known as Tsorka (4200 metres).

Meals:  B,L,D

From Sorro we trek to the head of a nearby gorge. Anticipate a cold start to the day as this section necessitates two or three river crossings. We then enter a side gorge that we follow for three hours to the settlement of Dat. (4340 metres). During the summer the settlement is practically deserted as most of the villagers are grazing their yaks and goats on remote grazing pastures. The shepherds are known as Chang pa and follow lifestyles similar to their counterparts in nearby western Tibet.

Meals:  B,L,D

En route to Tso Moriri we spend time at the smaller salt lake at Tso Kar with an opportunity to view the rare black necked crane, before driving over two high passes and past Chang Pa encampments to reach the vast lake of Tso Moriri On arrival we head to a secluded campsite before visiting the nearby village of Kursoc, the headquarters of the Chang pa in this wild and remote region of Rupshu. Later we heading to the shores of Tso Moriri where brahmini ducks and a host of birdlife nest close to the lake.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the early morning we ascend the high ridges above Tso Moriri and gain panoramic views of the surrounding snow capped peaks that stretch to the horizon. After an early lunch we break camp and complete the drive back to Leh.

Meals:  B,L,D

The two-day festival at Hemis commemorates the Indian sage Padmasambhava who introduced Tantric Buddhism to this region of the Himalaya in the 8th century. The festival consists of an elaborate series of masked dances depicting the life of Padmasambhava and the moral victory of knowledge over ignorance etc. Several hundred Ladakhi villagers from throughout the Indus Valley attend the festival. Besides its religious significance it is a time to renew acquaintances, visit the many stands and drink large quantities of butter tea and barley beer. In essence it is more of a medieval fair than a religious festival that reflects much of the contemporary cultural life of Ladakh. On both days we return to Leh for overnight accommodation.

Meals:  B,L,D

A rest day in Leh with time to explore the bazaar and complete shopping.

Meals:  B,L,D

An early morning departure to board the one-hour flight from Leh to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi we will transfer to our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes today and you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight and onward arrangements.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners
  • 3 hearty meals per day on trek prepared by our cooks
  • airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 20
  • expert bilingual guide
  • group medical kit
  • good quality accommodation in Delhi & Leh
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • private transportation
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • horses to carry all personal and group equipment
  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)

  • International flights
  • Flights Delhi/Leh/Delhi
  • Lunch & Dinner in Delhi
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa's
  • Travel insurance

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Flights Delhi/Leh/Delhi not included

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Total Priceper person from

$2780USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Hidden Valleys of Ladakh Single Supplement (Tent Only)USD$70
  • Hidden Valleys of Ladakh Single SupplementUSD$530
*Prices listed are per person

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