This 8-night tour lets you step into another world in Ladakh, and discover a different way of life. Ladakhi culture has remained strong for hundreds of years, retaining it's Buddhist faith and connection with the land. See the very best Ladakh has to offer with a Discover Ladakh tour with Beyond The Clouds.
8 NIGHT TOUR
DEPARTS: leh, ladakh
Availability: May to October
Minimum group size: Two
* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single rooms available, subject to availability and surcharge.
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International airfare to Ladakh. (This can be arranged for you. Please contact us for details).
Stopover hotel if needed
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Additional activities e.g. massage
Alcoholic or soft drinks
Tips for guide/driver
Any meals not included in itinerary
Transport by private vehicle
8 nights accommodation in handpicked hotels
All entrance fees at monasteries and museums
English speaking driver/guide
Your journey begins with a spectacular flight over the Indian Himalaya into Leh. Step off the plane and enter this high-altitude world, for the start of an unforgettable journey. Drive west following the magnificent Indus river, dropping in altitude to assist acclimatisation, and arrive at your charming river-side hotel. Relax and unwind for the remainder of the day. The next day explore ancient villages in this fascinating corner of Ladakh.
Visit an ancient monastery complex in the historic village of Alchi perched on a ridge above the Indus before travelling to Likir Monastery, one of the oldest in Ladakh. From here, we continue to our boutique accommodation in an ancient Ladakhi house which will be your base for two nights. Next, go off the beaten track staying in a village guest house in Phyang, offering stunning mountain views, great food and some lovely walks. Stopping in Leh, explore the market en route to the quaint village of Saboo. Here, you stay in a luxury resort surrounded by tall poplar trees and gurgling streams. Follow village walkways to a ruined fort above a monastery or meet the villagers in their traditional homes. Just by uttering the word 'Julley' ( Ladakhi version of Namaste) you will be greeted back with a friendly face!
Visits to Shey Palace and Thiksey Monastery are a real highlight of this itinerary. Clinging to rocky outcrops, the views are wonderful of the Indus Valley from here. Resembling the Potala Palace in Tibet, Thiksey contains a 15 metre statue of the Maitreya, the largest in Ladakh. Continuing along the Indus, monasteries perch on almost every hill. Just as spectacular, Chemrey Monastery offers the picture postcard view of Ladakh. Before stopping for the night at our village homestay in Sakti, visit Takthok Monastery which has temple rooms built inside a cave. Enjoy a home cooked Ladakhi dinner with your friendly local hosts. Returning to the Indus, visit Hemis Monastery Museum before returning to Leh for a last night in Ladakh.
Arrive in Leh, Ladakh: You will be met at the airport, and drive to the village of Nurla. Check into your hotel overlooking the Indus River. The hotel is 700 metres lower than Leh and is therefore the perfect place to start acclimatising to the altitude. Spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Driving time: 1.5 hrs
Altitude: 2,800 m Overnight: Nurla.
Nurla: Day hike in the Hemis Valley to Tingmosgang, the 15th century capital of Ladakh.
Driving time: 1 hour
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude: 2,800m Overnight: Nurla.
Nurla to Nimmu: After breakfast, drive to the ancient village of Alchi. Visit the world famous Choskhor Temple complex, renowned for its millennium old murals. Enjoy a traditional Ladakhi lunch before visiting Likir monastery, constructed in 1065 by the 5th King of Ladakh. Continue to Nimmu for your overnight stay.
Driving time: 1 hr
Altitude: 3,140 m
Nimmu: Relax in a hammock, do a tour of the ancient Ladakhi house, or visit the local villagers. Altitude: 3,140 m Overnight: Nimmu.
Nimmu to Phang: Depart Nimmu for Phang where we visit the monastery and do a village walk.
Driving time: 3 hrs Altitude: 3,186 m Overnight: Phey.
Phang to Saboo: Travel to Shey Palace, once the residence of the Ladakhi Royal family. Arrive in time for lunch at your hotel set in a traditional model village. After lunch take a walk in the stunning countryside.
Altitude: 3,544 m
Saboo: Visit Thiksey, Hemis and Chemrey Monasteries
Altitude: 3,544 m
Saboo to Leh: Enjoy a last stroll around Saboo before arriving in Leh for lunch. Visit the Central Asian Museum and stroll in the market. Visit the ruined Leh Palace offering excellent views of the city.
Altitude: 3,500 m