Situated in the far north of the sub-continent over 3,500 metres up on the high plateau, Ladakh is India’s most remote and culturally distinct region. A high-altitude desert dominated by rugged snow-capped mountains and deep turquoise lakes, it is also home to one of the most intact Tantric Buddhist societies left on earth.
Discover this magical mountain region with Shakti Himalaya, walking between remote villages accompanied by local porters and guides while staying in beautifully renovated traditional village houses which offer the vzery best in service and comfort. Visit local schools, monasteries and markets to gain insight into the local culture. Various levels of hiking can be arranged, from gentle strolls to challenging hikes, as well as exhilarating rafting on the Indus and Zanskar rivers if you’re feeling adventurous.
Each itinerary is completely tailored to your specific interests and include all meals and drinks, as well as the services of an accompanying English speaking guide and private chef.
After flying from Delhi into the capital Leh, you’ll be met and driven west to the nearby village of Nimoo. Set at the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers, the surrounding mountain scenery is exceptionally fertile in Ladakhi terms – lush green fields and apricot, apple, and walnut orchards abound. It’s advisable to spend the first few days acclimatising to the altitude with some gentle walking and relaxation. Explore the village with your guide for an insight into rural Ladakhi life, visit the ruins of Basgo fort, or go for a scenic cycle ride if you’re feeling up to it. There’ll also be the option to go river rafting, or you may prefer to simply relax with a book on your beautiful terrace.
Your next base is the picturesque village of Likhir. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains from Shakti’s village house, which is set high above the monastery with its famous gold Buddha. Trek across glacial streams and ascend to Likhir’s summer pastures, where local farmers graze yaks and sheep. Visit the lunar landscapes of Lamayuru, mingle with monks at the Rizong Monastery, or keen hikers can walk a portion of the ‘Sham Valley’ trek to the village of Yangthang.
Spend your last nights in Ladakh on the banks of the River Indus at Shakti’s River House, located in the village of Ranbirpur. Two standout experiences on offer here will end your trip on a high. First, rise early for an atmospheric visit to Thiksey monastery for morning prayers, as the sound of chanting spills down the hillside. Finally, follow a small river up the narrow valley on a full day hike to the top of Stok Kangri, Ladakh’s most famous mountain. When you reach the tea house at Changma, you’ll be rewarded with well-earned sustenance alongside stunning views of the Stok range.