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Trails of Ladakh

From £1549 for 14 days
Trip Overview
Sandwiched between the western Himalaya, the Karakorum and the Tibetan Plateau, lies the high altitude desert of Ladakh, or 'Little Tibet'. Time in the capital Leh gives us the perfect opportunity to acclimatise as well as exploring the town, Leh Palace and some of the most important monasteries in the area. This, fairly gentle trek gives us the chance to enjoy the views and experience village life, in this most remote area of India with its rich culture, where the way of life hasn’t changed for centuries.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Delhi.
Ends: End Delhi.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Walking
Trip Code: ETGX
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: India
What's Included


All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included


6 nights en suite hotels, 1 night guest house, 6 nights lodges and homestays 4 days point-to-point walking; 1 optional day walk


Trip Highlights

•    Enjoy a short trek through traditional villages and amidst intriguing multi-coloured landscapes

•    Stay in village homestays to experience Ladakhi hospitality and learn about the traditional way of life

•    See colourful Tibetan Buddhist monasteries along the Indus Valley

•    Chance to journey by jeep to the top of the highest motorable road in the world (optional)

•    Visit Lamayuru with its lunar landscape and Alchi Monastery with 11th-century paintings

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Departing: 17th Aug 2020
Returning: 30th Aug 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 14th Sep 2020
Returning: 27th Sep 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 27th Jun 2021
Returning: 10th Jul 2021
Availability: Good
Departing: 25th Jul 2021
Returning: 7th Aug 2021
Availability: Good
Departing: 15th Aug 2021
Returning: 28th Aug 2021
Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Sep 2021
Returning: 25th Sep 2021
Availability: Good
Departing: 10th Oct 2021
Returning: 23rd Oct 2021
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
The tour starts at the hotel in Delhi today. The group flights usually arrive into Delhi in the morning. Hotel check-in is normally available from 12 noon. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from the flight or for individual exploration of Delhi. There will be a group briefing at the hotel today. *Hotel Jaypee Siddharth* (or similar)
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Four of us went on a private tour with Exodus - starting with Trails of Ladakh and finishing with the Golden Triangle. Joshspell our co-ordinator in Leh and Assis in Delhi were excellent - helpful, knowledgeable and keen to make sure that everything was right for us. One of our group couldn't adapt to the altitude in Leh and so two of our group flew back to Delhi. It is when something goes wrong that you see how a travel company responds - Exodus representatives were excellent - helped with the hospital visit, booking flights and arranging an alternative (low level) tour. Two of us went on the Ladakh trek and it was amazing. We went in September at the end of the season so the mountains were quiet and empty. Stunning colours and scenery and we had it all to ourselves. Our guide, driver, cook and waiter were really good. Neepam ran around after us and walked with us some days - lovely man - caring and helpful. We met up with our friends in Delhi for the second part of our trip. Again the co-ordination was excellent. Guides were knowledgeable and drivers especially Dorjay and Shashi were amazing (you have to experience driving in India to understand what I mean). We loved our trip and time in India and we would recommend Exodus.
A truly incredible cultural experience with the added bonus of trekking through the Sham Valley in Lower Ladakh with few other trekkers in the area. Reaching the village around mid afternoon each day allowed the group to have a well earned rest each day but then allowed for a late afternoon walk through the village and interact with the villagers and their families as well as a visit to monasteries in each village in the cooler part of the day. The views witnessed of the mountains in there varying geography while walking the trails to each village is such a wonderful way to see the countryside. When visiting the various monasteries there were opportunities to interact with the monks and enjoy a hot cup of tea and biscuits with them. Jigmet (our guide) and his team were friendly and nothing was ever a bother and they were so very organised. For those adventurers who like to get 'off the beaten track' and enjoy traditional village life this is the trip for you.
An excellent trip, lots of time to acclimatise in Leh and brilliant trekking, not too challenging but stunningly beautiful. The Indus rafting trip was stunning and good fun
If you are looking for a mix of culture, language and stunning scenery, this is the trip for you! Supported throughout by an experienced team (from chef to leader to spotting Snow Leopard footprints and even excitement), this trail will weave its wave deep into the recesses of your heart and mind, nourishing soul and body!
This trip is a fantastic mixture of trekking and culture. Scenic trails follow streams and pony tracks in the valleys, with fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas once you reach the top of a pass. The monasteries we visited were stunning and there is also time to explore the traditional villages once we reach camp.
A fabulous trip with the opportunity to get a real taste of Ladakhi village life and to view the spectacular mountain panoramas whilst walking.
Stunning scenery, amazing people, wonderful food, etc
I'm surprised there hasn't been a review of this great trip so far this year, so I'll leave mine. It was a perfect combination of beautiful, remote Himalayan scenery and culture. There is ample time for acclimatization in Leh, with some short walks and ancient monasteries to visit, as well as optional travel on the world's highest motorable road (up to 5,500 meters/18,000 feet). Much care was given to monitor us for altitude sickness, including nightly surveys. There were some headaches in the first few days, but nothing serious. The trek was beautiful, with mainly comfortable homestays, all with private rooms and some with attached bathrooms. Exodus staff prepared all our meals, which were excellent. I should mention that the last homestay night had a disgusting toilet. The trekking is described as "gentle walks," but be advised that there are steep ascents and descents every day. The walks were in the neighborhood of 4 to 6 hours a day, which is not difficult, but the grades at times were demanding. That said, the guides paced us slowly and the views at the top of the passes were beautiful and adorned with prayer flags. Ancient monasteries waited for us at every stop. My only disappointment is that there are not more treks like this in Ladakh. I would certainly return, though other itineraries require too much camping for my taste.
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