Ladakh

With its combination of breathtaking landscapes, ancient settlements and deep spirituality, the former kingdom of Ladakh is an unmissable corner of the Indian Himalaya.

Snowcapped peaks, high mountain passes and striking moonscapes dotted with prayer flags and Buddhist monasteries await you in this remote and majestic Himalayan region.

Explore the fascinating high altitude city of Leh, a cultural crossroads of Buddhist stupas, hilltop forts and bustling market bazaars. Marvel at the Lamayuru Monastery, one of the region's oldest and most sacred; and discover Ladakh's rich history at the Alchi Monastery, home to some of the Himalaya's finest religious artwork.

Cycle along some of the world's highest roads; tackle a life-changing summit of Stok Kangri, a classic 6,000 m Himalayan climb; and get off the beaten path to hike Ladakh's remote trails, taking in spectacular mountain landscapes and camping in spots so picturesque they have to be seen to be believed.

Whatever pace you're after, take a look at our unique program of Ladakh itineraries and start planning your adventure into this remote and rugged gem of the Indian Himalaya.

 

Our all inclusive approach

Quality services at excellent prices make our adventures great value for money. While we aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in the tour cost such as all meals while trekking and a dedicated local crew who will go the extra yard to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime, our high level of support allows you to relax and focus on the incredible journey ahead of you.

Unmatched experience

We have been organising treks, climbs and tours in Ladakh for many years, making our firsthand knowledge of the region second to none. From a classic trek through the Markha Valley to a rugged traverse of the high passes of Zanskar and an epic cycle across the spine of the Himalaya, we continue to push the envelope by innovating new programs that suit every age and interest.

Unique mountaineering excursions

The Himalayan region of Ladakh is the perfect location to start your mountaineering career. The mountains here enable climbing above 6000m in a compact period, allowing you to experience the thrill of the high mountains, gain expedition experience and develop your mountaineering skills under the watchful eye of the best guides in Ladakh.

Leaders in responsible travel

Responsible travel practice is at the heart of every program we offer. World Expeditions has pioneered many sustainable tourism initiatives, and in Ladakh, we pay close attention to minimum impact camping practices. When you book one of our adventures you're supporting a program that is committed to safety and sustainability.


 

Cultural sensitivity

Positive interactions are achieved when the traveller is aware of the cultural sensitivities of the community they are visiting. Our guides are always ready to inform travellers about the correct etiquette, including matters of appropriate clothing and actions when entering a temple.

Support of local economies

We ensure that the landowners whose fields we use for camping are paid fairly for the use of their land and we encourage travellers to shop at handicraft shops within the small villages we pass through.

Animal welfare focus

We adhere to our Animal Welfare Code of Conduct in Ladakh. We engage the services of reputable and registered horsemen and yak contractors, insisting that all animals are in good health before carrying loads and that the loads are appropriate for the animal.


Wilderness camping

Enjoy fully supported camping in remote locations with our outstanding crew of sherpas, porters and kitchen staff. While the campsite locations have been handpicked for their location, our commitment to responsible travel ensures our footprint is kept to a minimum.

Hotels

In cities and large towns you will be accommodated good quality properties that are centrally located, atmospheric and reliable.


A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



Trekking in the Indian Himalaya with World Expeditions
Currency

Indian Rupee

We recommend that you bring US dollars (in cash or travellers cheques) as it is readily accepted over other currencies in India.

Credit cards and ATM are available in most large cities and hotels, however it is not recommended to rely on these solely. Always keep a watch when your card is being processed and please note that you will be surcharged for the use of your card.

Traveller’s cheques may be changed (for a fee) at many hotels. Make sure that you bring some small denominations and keep a separate record of your cheque numbers, to assist with quick replacement should you lose them.

Electricity
Type C plug

Electricity in India is 230 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin type is C. (2 round prong).

Visas

Visas are required to enter India and visitors from some countries including Australia and New Zealand can obtain an online visa, the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) prior to arrival.

For stays of less than 30 days, travellers can apply for an ETA online (US$60) at the official website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html, no less than five days and no more than 30 days before the date of travel.

At present other nationalities including the UK and Canada and those clients regardless of nationality visiting Sikkim and other restricted areas must have an Indian visa stamp in their passport prior to arrival in India.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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