A land of serene beauty and unabashed magnificence, Ladakh is a scenic wonderland that is flanked by the Himalayas and the Karakoram range. Its distinctive landscape is flecked by mountainscapes, desertscapes, perennial streams, and surreal crystal blue water bodies. It is without a doubt a land that will leave you in awe of its tranquillity and enthralled by its sheer resplendence.
- A seven-night/eight-day in the lap of the Himalayas
- Perfectly designed Tour to cover all the famous sights
- Group size optimised to ensure an exclusive experience
- Stay at deluxe properties on twin sharing
- Road travel covered in SUV’s, with no compromise on comfort and safety.
Often referred to as ‘The Land of High Passes’, ‘Little Tibet’ and the ‘Mecca for Adventurous Souls’, Ladakh is a land of many epithets. It is divided into two sections, Kargil and Leh. Leh also serves as the administrative seat of Ladakh and is predominantly Buddhist. The sightings of old and serene monasteries is not an uncommon one in these parts. These monasteries will envelop you in a sense of tranquillity while also granting you a window into the rich culture that Ladakh houses.
The town of Leh is an architectural delight, housing both Buddhist and Muslim styles of architecture. Top that off with the entire city being the perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas, and you have yourself one of the most picturesque destinations in the world.
The cuisine of these parts is scrumptious, flavourful and beyond appetizing, to say the least. Gorging on momos and relishing each bite with a slurp of thukkpa (clear noodle soup), is a definite must do! Thukkpa is fondly considered soup for the soul and is a great solace from the dry and icy winds of Ladakh.
Ladakh has long been famed for its diversity in landscapes. On this trip, we will have you venturing from the painted mountains to the sand dunes of Nubra Valley to the beautiful crystal blue lake of Pangong Tso. We will have you drooling over momos and craving the warmth of every sip of Thukkpa. We will have you quietly pondering in reposeful monasteries while also getting your adrenaline going as we cross some of the highest passes in the world. We will have you shopping till you drop at the local market and tripping over your feet to catch a glimpse of the unique wildlife in this region.
Travelling to Ladakh is a way to explore and acquaint yourself with the unique culture of the area. Hemis, Thiksey and Diskit, Shanti Stupa are only some of the famous monasteries you will be visiting on this trip. We take you to the heart of the moonscape, Lamayuru. It’s home to one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh and is known for its incredible yet odd geographical formations, which outlines the village in a crescent shape.
Moreover, a trip to the ‘Land of High Passes’ is just not complete without travelling through some of these high passes. En route to Nubra Valley, we will travel through the world famous Khardung La Pass. Dubbed the ‘World’s Highest Motorable Road’ at 5602 meters, the roads are as tricky to navigate, as they are scenic. Another such picturesque pass we will be travelling through is the Chang La Pass from Leh to Pangong Tso lake. Located at 5360 meters, it is covered in snow most of the year.
On top of all the aforementioned reasons on why you should embark on this trip, travelling with a Toehold skipper is akin to travelling with an encyclopedia with all the information you would ever want from the region around you. From being well-versed in the wildlife of Ladakh such as the Chukar Patridge, Black-billed Magpie, Hill Pigeon, Brown-headed gulls, red fox, etc., to knowing the best places to visit at the best times; your skipper will be your go-to man for any and all queries regarding Ladakh.
Please note: This group tour will begin and end in Leh. Transfers between your hometown and Leh are not included in the Tour cost but all assistance will be provided upon your inquiry.
Upon our arrival in Leh, we will be picked up from the airport and dropped off at our living quarters. We will have a full day to rest and acclimatise ourselves to the high altitudes.
After a fulfilling breakfast, we embark on a local sightseeing trip around Leh. This short journey will have us covering the monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey and Shanti Stupa. We return to our hotel for another quiet night of slumber.
The third day will see us undertaking a trip to the village of Lamayuru. We return to Leh for an evening of quiet reflections and leisure.
On this morning, we embark on the trip to Nubra Valley through the world famous Khardung La Pass. Upon reaching we visit the sand dunes near the Hunder village. After an appetizing dinner, we retire to our quarters at Nubra.
This morning, we embark on the travel back to Leh from Nubra. The evening will be spent shopping and exploring the local markets at Leh. We return to our accommodations late in the evening after a fulfilling meal.
On this day, we will travel to the famous Pangong Tso lake from Leh. We will spend the entire day by the lake so as to witness the beauty of the Pangong Tso at different hours of the day. We retire to our quarters in Pangong after an evening of leisure and appetizing food.
We spend this morning by the shores of the enchanting Pangong Tso lake and travel back to Leh during the day. We spend our last night in Leh at leisure.
We check out from the resort after breakfast. The Group is then dropped back to the airport to board their respective flights, content and happy.
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Stay at Leh, Nubra, and Pangong on twin sharing basis. (deluxe resorts and tented camps).
- Meals – breakfast and dinner from Day 1 to Day 7.
- Monument entry fees – as per the itinerary.
- Ex-Leh travel by Innova (or a vehicle in the same segment) with only 4 people per vehicle.
- Inner line permit fees.
- Environmental and wildlife fees wherever applicable.
- Ladakh regional fees.
- An experienced Toehold Skipper for a better exploration experience.
What’s Not Included?
- Any travel arrangements up to and back from Leh (Air/ railway/ road).
- Tips/ gratuities.
- Lunch on all days.
- Mineral water, cold drinks, extra snacks and meals, shopping, laundry service and other personal expenses of any kind.
- Insurance of any kind.
- Additional cost incurred due to any change in the schedule because of the reasons that are beyond the control of the organizers.
- Any other costs not mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ list.
- At least INR 20,000 booking amount
- Remainder to be paid 45 or more days before the departure date
All figures per person.
- 20% of the Tour fee 45 or more days before the Tour
- 40% of the Tour fee between 44 and 31 days before the Tour
- 80% of the Tour fee between 30 and 16 days before the Tour
- 100% of the Tour fee within 15 days before the Tour
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
What are the requisites to participate in this Tour?
Apart from interest in adventure travel or exploration, a minimum level of fitness is essential. If you’re unsure of your fitness or suffer from chronic altitude sickness or a known illness, please consult your physician before signing up for this Tour.
Why is fitness required for this tour? What will be the climatic conditions?
Although we’re visiting in the summer, the weather will be cold at night with the average temperature around 10-15 ° celsius. The demand for fitness arises from the predominantly high altitudes we will be in, which entail thinness of oxygen and physiological conditions.
What are the chances of sighting a Snow Leopard on this Tour?
Although the snow leopard is very much an inhabitant of the regions we will be visiting, a sighting of it is highly unlikely due to the time of the year and the altitudes we will be restricting ourselves to. Also, since this is a Group Tour, our pursuit of wildlife will be minimal, and most wildlife sightings only incidental. Hence, if you wish to go in quest of the snow leopard, you should join our Snow Leopard Tour here.
Who can be a part of this Tour?
Any individual above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian) who has the requisite fitness to complete the Tour can participate.
What equipment do you suggest on this Tour if I want to make photographs?
For tigers and other mammals, a telephoto zoom lens in the range of 100 to 400mm works very well. Sometimes, when tigers and other wildlife are far, and for birds, a longer lens can come in more than handy. If opting for a fixed (‘prime’) lens, the 300mm focal length on a cropped sensor body with a 1.4x extender (‘teleconverter’) is the best compromise, although lenses of longer focal length can be used to good effect as well, especially on ‘full-frame’ bodies. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. And since we may do some nocturnal photography, an image-stabilized lens and a camera body that performs well at high sensitivities are boons.
What do I do if I do not have the requisite equipment?
If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on our Toehold Outdoors Group Tours!
How different are our Group Tours from ordinary Tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Group Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of an experienced naturalist. The common ingredients in all our Group Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are nature lovers, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.