All-Inclusive Trekking Trips in Ladakh, Northern India


All-Inclusive Trekking Trips in Ladakh, Northern India

13-day Delhi & Leh Sightseeing plus Ladakh Trekking Trip With Optional 3 Nights at Yoga Ashram

Delhi, Leh, and Markha Valley, Ladakh, India 

Without Yoga Ashram: August/September, 2020 (13 days/12 nights) 

With Yoga Ashram: August/September, 2020 (16 days/15 nights) 

Maximum 8 people | Prices start at 2,100 USD pp*% (airfare to Delhi excluded)

A 500 USD deposit is required for bookingç - balance due 60 days before arrival

Perched high in the mountains of the Himalaya region of northwest India close to the Tibetan border, Ladakh ('Land of the High Passes') is a truly inspirational destination for a trekking holiday. This classic trek not only takes us through a spectacular high-altitude world with breathtaking vistas and entrancing scenery, but also provides a chance to see those elusive snow leopards, mountain goats, marmots and vultures, not seen anywhere else other than in this vast undeclared wildlife sanctuary that remains un-trodden and unexplored by humans during most part of the year. We also experience Buddhist culture in remote monasteries and on high passes marked by colourful prayer flags that always keep fluttering in the wind.

In addition to trekking in Ladakh, this 2-week adventure holiday includes sightseeing trips to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a sightseeing tour in Leh. Everything is included, even tips, so you don't have to worry about hidden costs. It is the most affordable, stress-free way to experience Delhi, rural India and the Himalayas, giving you a true cultural flavour of this beautiful country.

For more info about sightseeing near Delhi, visit: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/feb/21/travel-day-trip-india-taj-mahal-red-fort-agra/#

The 3-day meditation/yoga retreat course at the Sambodhi Centre includes a morning meditation followed by a daily pranayama exercise, a morning or afternoon yoga class, and a guided evening meditation. More Information about the program can be found here: http://www.mahabodhi-ladakh.org/sambodhi-retreat-centre.html 

This 3-day retreat is designed to help people:

-To find immediate physical and psychological relaxation
-To train and discipline the mind and use it positively, effectively and efficiently in daily life
-To develop tranquility, serenity and clarity of mind
-To find practical solutions to the problems occurring in our daily lives
To learn the art of living in this world peacefully, harmoniously, friendly, mindfully, creatively, positively, helping and serving, caring and sharing with each others without hurting and harming each others
-To help experience the ultimate bliss of Nirvana

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Delhi International airport, free afternoon to explore Delhi by tuk tuk, welcome dinner

Day 2: Guided day trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, group dinner

Day 3: Flight Delhi – Leh (3500m), check into our guest house, followed by a gentle orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars, night at Leh guesthouse

Day 4: Leh Sightseeing: Shankar Gompa – Shanti Stupa – Leh Palace, night at Leh guesthouse

Day 5: Visit Gelugpa Monastery in Spituk, Ladakh, start trek into Zingchen Gorge and Stok Mountains (3-4 hours), arrival at rural homestay in Rumbak (3870m) 

Day 6: 3-4 hour trek through the valley from Rumbak – Yurutse (3900m), night at homestay

Day 7: Hike up the spectacular Ganda La pass (4970m) with colorful prayer flags, visit the hamlet of Shingo, descent into Skiu (3400m) along the Markha River (6-7 hrs), night at homestay

Day 8: Trek from Skiu to Markha (3850m; 5-6 hrs) with views of the scenic, barren mountains of Ladakh, lunch at Sara in a tea tent, afternoon visit to a local monastery, night at homestay

Day 9: 4-5 hour trek on the Markha valley, visit the Umlung Gompa monastery on the cliff face, homestay in the small village of Hankar (4000m)

Day 10: Short but steep walk to Nimaling (3-4 hours) with spectacular views of Kang Yangtse at 6,400m (climb to Yangtse is optional), overnight in tented camp

Day 11: Trek over Kongmaru La (5280m), the highest pass on the trek with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, followed by a steep 2-hour descent into the Shang Gorge, with its strange and otherworldly rock formations, ending in Chogdo, taxi to Leh and overnight in guesthouse

Day 12: Morning transfer to Leh airport to board the flight to Delhi or to yoga ashram outside Leh (Mahabodhi Sambodhi Retreat Centre). Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to a hotel, the rest of the day is free for optional sightseeing of Delhi (we suggest using a tuk tuk), dinner on your own

Day 13: Departure Delhi

3-Night Yoga Ashram Option:

Day 14: Flight Leh-Delhi, transfer to hotel, and optional afternoon tour, dinner on your own

Day 15: Departure Delhi

What is included:

1. Guided sightseeing tour in Agra and Leh including entrance fees, transportation in air-conditioned mini van (Delhi-Agra) and buffet lunch
2. 3 nights hotel accommodations in Delhi and 3 nights guesthouse accommodations in Leh in shared double rooms including breakfast, lunch, and dinner; *single room supplement is 175 USD
3. 6-9* nights in homestay/tented camps/ashram accommodations in shared double rooms, tents or dormitories including 1 night in Rumbak, 1 night in Yurutse, 1 night in Skiu, 1 night in Markha, 1 night in Hankar, 1 night in Nimaling, *3 nights in yoga ashram (optional) including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
4. Local English-speaking sightseeing guide in Leh and local English-speaking trekking guide July 18-24 in Markha valley including all tips
5. Transportation by SUV/Tempo Traveller, which includes all airport transfers
6. Transportation of all luggage by pony during the Markha valley trek (please bring a North Face-type duffel bag or large backpack - NO roll-on suitcases)
7. Entrance fees to all monuments as per the itinerary
8. Return flight Delhi-Leh (luggage limit is 15 kg + 7 kg hand bag)

%3 nights at a yoga ashram with all meals and accommodation in shared, separate gender dormitories is optional and costs 200 USD extra

ç If for some reason you need to cancel your trip and there is a waiting list, you will receive your full deposit back minus banking/paypal costs

Excluded

1. International flight to/from Delhi
2. Tourist VISA for India
3. Travel Insurance
4. Last night's dinner in Delhi
5. All alcoholic drinks
6. Excess baggage costs