Ladakh Indus Valley Odyssey

Spectacular palaces, ancient monasteries and friendly villages
Overview

overview

If you can only visit Ladakh for a short time, but want a full experience of remote villages, spectacular monasteries, dramatic scenery, and unspoiled cultures, this is the right trip. Explore the terrain, cultures, and heritage of Ladakh without extensive hiking. Your guides have led JOURNEYS clients through these sacred mountains for three decades. You will be welcomed into the homes of their families, relatives, and friends for an inside experience of Buddhist culture.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Delhi/Leh
    Settle in at your modest and comfortable hotel

    Fly from Delhi to Leh, the capital of Ladakh and situated among the hills on the north side of the Indus Valley. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to begin your adaptation to high altitude. You will have an afternoon orientation with your guide.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 2: Thiske/Shey/Hemis/Leh
    Explore Thikse Monastery, largest in Ladakh

    Visit Thikse Monastery, the largest gompa in Ladakh, situated atop a craggy hill. Here you will find an important collection of Tibetan books and some excellent artwork. Afterward, visit the palace at Shey, which sits in a strategic position on a ridge overhang out into the Indus Valley. Your drive continues on to Hemis, where you visit the gompa also known as Chang-Chub-Sam-Ling (or Lone Place of the Compassionate Person). The Hemis Gompa belongs to the Brokpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. It contains well preserved frescoes showing Kashmiri influence, as well as the largest thangka in Ladakh. Return to your guest house in Leh for your overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 3: Temisgam
    Share tea with local villagers

    Drive to Temisgam (4 hours), one of our favorite villages in Ladakh. You will find your camp set up in a beautiful apricot grove beneath an ancient palace and monastery with a cold rushing stream nearby. Off the main roads and trails, this village is seldom visited by Westerners, and you will have several days to explore the extensive fields and villages. You may even be invited into several houses for tea or local beer called chang. The climb to the monastery and old palace, as well as the nights here at 10,000' elevation, will aid in your acclimatization. The trip continues to become more remarkable for the cultural experience that unfolds. You have the sense that your long journey to Asia, over the Himalayas and onto the Tibetan Plateau, has taken you to a place so beautiful, remote, and pure that the effort has been worth it.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping or guesthouse
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  • Day 4: Lamayuru
    Explore ancient Lamayuru monastery

    Make the exciting trip to the ancient Lamayuru Monastery and spend time exploring the extensive buildings of this ancient Buddhist sanctuary. This extraordinary gompa is perched on top of a beautifully eroded crag, complete with rock pinnacles and caves above the Indus. Return to Temisgam for your overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping or guesthouse
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  • Day 5: Hemishakpatchan
    Meet families and friends of your JOURNEYS guides

    After breakfast, drive to Hemishakpatchan via Saspol village. This is the home village of many of our staff and they will certainly invite you to visit their families and homes. There is a very interesting monastery, and participants on JOURNEYS treks have started a public library at the monastery and built a nunnery as well. We also support other ongoing projects through our Earth Preservation Fund such as the large water-driven prayer wheel restored through the contributions of previous JOURNEYS travelers. There are excellent views of snowy mountains, and wild sheep can usually be seen grazing on a nearby slope. At the homes to your guides, you will have the great experience of visiting some of their relatives. Overnight near the Hemis Library.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping or guesthouse
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  • Day 6: Ridzong/Chulican
    Travel back in time to Rodzong monastery

    Drive to Ridzong Monastery, the favorite Buddhist site of many visitors to Ladakh. You go back in time to an era when Buddhist Canons ruled the affairs of men and religious scholarship was the most important task of society. Overnight in Chulican.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping or guesthouse
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  • Day 7: Alchi/Likkir
    Stop at Alchi and its famous monastery

    Today you will drive along the Indus River to the famous monastery at Alchi. This monastery preserves some of the most spectacular Buddhist wall paintings ever created. Also visit Likkir Monastery, where the monks are of Gelukpa order and the kushok is the Dalai Lama's younger brother. Return to Leh for your overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 8: Leh/Delhi (flight)
    Bid farewell to Ladakh and its people

    Return to Delhi on an early morning flight. This is where JOURNEYS services end. We can and would love to assist with accommodations and excursions in Delhi as well as the famous Taj Mahal in Agra.

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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Jun 25-Jul 2, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$2,400
Delhi/Leh/Delhi flights add $450 (estimate)
Single Supplement:
$400
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
1
Tent camping & guest houses
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
3
uneven terrain, high altitude

Resources

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