As wild and harsh as it is majestic, the land holds a rich and spiritual history, seeping with the magic of it’s past. With arctic winters, golden summers and an altitude beyond most liveable civilisations, this picturesque trans-himalayan land truly is a place like no other.
Day 1 - DELHI
Day 2 & 3 - LEH
Explore the small mountain city at your own leisure, whilst familiarizing your body withthis high altitude envrionment.
Day 4 - SHAM REGION
After morning meditation and yoga overlooking Leh Valley, visit ancient
buddhist monastaries of the nearby Sham region.
Day 5 & 6 - CHANGTHANG PLATEAU
An exciting overland journey over the worlds second highest motorable mountain pass takes you to the nomadic villages of the Changthang Plateau.
Day 7&8 - TSOKAR & TSOMORIRI
Journey onward to the picturesque high alitiitude lakes of Tsokar and Tsomoriri. Explore local villages, be on the look out for migratory birds and wildlife and stay with a nomadic family for a unique homestay experience.
Day 9 & 10 - LEH
Take rest after an epic journey through some of the roughest terrain on the planet.
Day 11 & 12 - SHAM VALLEY
White water rafting the rapids through the ever-changing mountain landscape before journeying further into the valley of Sham to experience traditional home-stays in farming villages.
Day 13 & 14 - LAMAYURU & LEH
Travel back in time as you experience the sacred atmosphere of a revered buddhist festival before journeying back to Leh. As wild and harsh as it is majestic, the land holds a rich and spiritual history, seeping with the magic of it’s past.
After landing in Delhi, your guide Aje will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Take the day to sit back and ease into the chaotic capital of India or dive straight in and explore the bustling streets and colourful bazaar's before getting on an hours flight to Leh early the next morning.
Flights to Leh arrive early in the morning as the sun rises over the Himalayas. The last half hour of the flight is breathtaking as we fly over snow-capped mountains of the roof of the world. Nestled way up at 3500m above sea level, travellers generally feel the thin air as soon as they disembark. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the length of your stay and to be aware of your breathing patterns. After settling into the homestay guest house and enjoying a warm cup of chai, travellers are expected to rest and take enough time to comfortably acclimatise to the high altitude environment. Health is the greatest investment on this journey.
Wake up to the sun shining over the snow capped peak of Stok Kangri. Enjoy a traditional Ladakhi breakfast with your host family and don't hold back from truly immersing yourself in the experience respectfully. The town of Leh is quaint and very picturesque. If you're up for it, grab your camera and wander through the main bazaar or its adjacent alleyways and Changspa road where most shops and cafes are located. At around 16:00 Aje will be holding a guided yogic breathing and meditation session back at the guest house. Dinner will be in one of the local restaurants where its mostly Indian cuisine, but Pizzas and Pastas are available too along with some other continental foods.
After rising with the sun, we leave the guest house by 6:30am for morning meditation and yoga at Shanti Stupa; a monastery overlooking the valley of Leh. After breakfast at the guest house, we head out to explore the ancient monasteries of the Sham region of Ladakh. Thiksey, Matho and Hemis Monasteries are architecturally stunning. Travellers will have the opportunity to experience and photograph magnificent views of the mountain landscape, Indus river valleys and the ancient Buddhist relics as well as learn about the history and spirituality of the region. We will arrive back in Leh by dinner time to enjoy a meal overlooking the Stok Mountain range.
Morning meditation and yoga will be from 06:30-07:30. Breakfast will be served and by 08:30 we will depart for an exciting overland adventure to the nomadic lands of the Changthang Plateau. After the 6 hour journey and over the world's second highest motorable mountain pass, our first stop is Kharnak. The nomadic village is situated at an altitude of over 4500m above sea level and will be the first glimpse at some of the most remote communities in Ladakh. Cut off for 8 months of the year due to heavy snowfall, the road to Kharnak opens only during Summer and Spring. Nomads of Karnak are herders of yaks, pashmina goats and sheep. All tents, bedding and camping equipment will be provided and set up. There will be separate kitchen, dining and toilet tents. If you are a keen night-sky gazer or star photographer and can bare the cold winds, the clear, starry skies of Changthang are not to be missed.
Wake up when you feel like it. Come to the kitchen tent and enjoy a cup of tea and breakfast while you sit back and take in the morning activities of a nomadic village. Herds of yaks, goats and sheep get their wool extracted as the goat kids merrily run around before the nomads take their herds out into distant pasture lands for the day. Women spin wool and weave carpets and blankets or take care of other daily chores while the men gather to discuss business or simply enjoy a game of cards. There are many photographic opportunities here in terms of people, landscape and wildlife. Please take a moment to respect and ask custodians of the land before you photograph them. Wild asses or Khyang are sighted in large numbers in the valleys of Karnak. Lammergeier’s, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Golden Eagle, Himalayan fox, Himalayan Marmots and Tibetan Wolves are also spotted here.
After morning tea and breakfast in the village, we will make our way to Tsokar lake. One of the highest lakes in the world, Tsokar attracts a large number of migratory birds from eastern Europe and the Americas. Look for breeding black necked cranes, a variety of wild geese and Tibetan Argali. Khyang and wolves are also often spotted here. Accommodation will be in a modest guest house on the Tsokar basin.
After morning tea and breakfast we will make our way further east to the azure blue Tsomoriri lake that stretches all the way to Tibet. Korzok, a semi nomadic village is situated on the lakeside. Centuries’ old Korzok monastery overlooks the lake and the village centres around it. Explore the tiny village, interact with local children and families and bask in this incredible natural wonder. Traveler's will stay with a nomadic family in a modest, but comfortable homestay.
After a traditional breakfast at the homestay, we will make the eight hour road trip back to Leh. Stopping along the way to enjoy the wild scenery and to have a roadside meal, we will be back in Leh for a hot shower, dinner and drinks.
Sleep in if your body needs it, brunch will be at a local cafe downtown. This day is for you to deeply explore the markets, shops and cafe's that Leh has to offer. Connect with other travellers and locals, visit Leh palace or perhaps join in a game of volleyball overlooking the mountain range. Guided yoga and meditation is at the guest house from 16:00-18:00. Dinner will also be served at the guest house.
Wake up for breakfast at 08:00. By 09:30 we will make our way to the Sham region of Ladakh. 40 minutes west of Leh is Chilling, where we start our white water rafting adventure and take the adrenaline up a notch. Travellers get to raft the rapids for three hours down the Indus river. Passing through the ever-changing and breathtaking landscapes and gorges, we end up in Nimoo. After lunch, we will drive to the homestay near Likhir Monastery. The farming village of Likhir is surrounded by jagged peaks and mountains. Enjoy the evening meal with a bonfire under the starry night sky; a perfect opportunity to play music, connect and reflect with your fellow travellers.
Guided yoga and meditation is from 06:30 to 08:30. After enjoying a traditional Ladakhi breakfast, we will move further west into the valley of Sham, which has been a popular place for snow leopard sightings in the recent years. The farming villages of Yangthang and Hemis Shukpachan are picturesque, each nestled in the mountains with stunning 360 degree views. Blue Seep, Urial, Golden Eagle, Lammergeier, Vultures, snow leopards and Tibetan Wolves are often sighted here. Accommodation will be in a Ladkahi homestay supported by the Snow Leopard Conservancy. Villagers are keen wildlife spotters, if there happens to be a snow leopard sighting nearby, you will not miss out.
After morning yoga, meditation and breakfast we take an hour to drive West from Yangthang to Lamayuru. Stunning scenery and unique landscapes are the highlights of the drive to Lamayuru. Accommodation will be at a homestay not too far from the monastery.
This is the last day of the journey in Ladakh. We travel back to Leh in time to enjoy one last wander through the market bazaar and cafes. Dinner and drinks will be at a local restaurant.
Flights to Delhi are usually early in the morning. Enjoy the short flight over the Trans Himalayan landscape back to the beautiful chaos of Delhi. Bask in the chaos or take refuge in your comfortable hotel room as the final day of the tour comes to an end.
$2800 AUD per person with anon-refundable deposit of $800 to be paid upon registration. Balance must be paid no later than 3 weeks prior to departure.
The 'Himalayan Wilderness Expedition' tour is inclusive of all accomodation, transport and food as well as your yoga and meditation sessions, camping equipment and tour guides. The tour price does not include the cost of flights to Delhi, domestic flights to Leh, visas or insurance. However we can assist with getting you the best deal.
Passport - must be valid no less than 6 months after the day of arrival to India
Visa - 30 day tourist visas can be granted at the airport upon arrival, however you will need to pre-fill an application online. Visa information will be sent to guests after registration.
Travel Insurance - travellers are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure. At the bare minimum, insurance should cover medical. Our travel insurance company of choice is World Nomads, however there are countless companies offering competitive rates. Again, we can assist if needed.
Elevation levels range from 3500m - 5000m. Allow yourself time to rest and be ready for a significant work out
Weather is unpredictable in the mountains. Expect temperatures ranging from 30 degrees celsius to -10 degrees celsius with wind chill making the colder days seem a lot colder!
Visitors coming from lower altitudes must take special care to acclimatise and avoid altitude sickness. The tour allows enough rest days for you to acclimatise, however if you experience altitude sickness:
Although it will be summer in Ladakh, the weather in the mountains can range from fiery to freezing in a matter of hours. Be sure to pack enough winter clothes as well as some summery options. A detailed packing list is provided upon registration.