Family Trip to Ladakh (A heritage trip)

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9 days
Leh-Ladakh
Nubra and Changthang

Take a family trip to Ladakh and visit the unique village

Exploring Ladakh: A Journey Through History, Trekking, and Cultural Immersion

Why this experience is unique?

  • Visit an Impact Village
  • Nubra's Sacred Lake - Yarab Tso
  • Flavorful authentic local meals
  • Centuries old Heritage of Ladakh
Experience Details

The family experience gives you an insights into the history of Ladakh along with taking you through Karokoram and trekking through the ancient paths traversed by the traders in the previous centuries.

The heritage tour offers you the chance to explore the hidden monasteries and exploring unknown stories of the region of Ladakh, known for its centuries old tradition and culture.

Khungru Monastery stands as one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, nestled in the upper Nubra Valley village of Khungru, approximately 106km away from Leh city.

Dating back 800 years to the 8th century, it was founded by Lama Namkha Gyaltsan. Situated within the mountain, resembling a cave, the gompa holds a significant historical and spiritual presence.

Be a part of their daily life and explore the rural life while sipping tea, sitting in monastery’s campus, and enjoying the picturesque landscapes of Himalayas. Observe the electrified 800 years old Monastery and bring smiles to the lives of monks living in the monastery by appreciating the culture.

Your Day by Day Journey
Day 1 to 3: Sight-seeing around Leh
  • Arrive at 11,562 ft
  • Acclimatize at high altitude
  • Explore Leh town

Day 1Acclimatization at Leh

You’ll embark on an early morning flight from New Delhi to Leh. Nestled between the majestic Himalayas and the formidable Karakoram ranges, Leh boasts an altitude of 3500m. Upon landing, the GHE team leader will welcome you at the airport, presenting you with the traditional Ladakhi silk scarf called “Khatak.” Subsequently, you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll be based for the next two days. The remainder of your arrival day is dedicated to acclimatizing to the altitude. You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Leh.

Day 2Sight-seeing around Leh

Today kicks off with an exploration of Leh City, delving into its rich historical heritage. We’ll embark on a guided tour of Leh Fort, Tsemo Castle, & the Old City, immersing ourselves in ancient lore. A visit to Leh market offers insight into its vibrant trading history along the Silk Route & its strategic location on the banks of the Indus River, once the heartland of the Indus Valley Civilization. As dusk sets in, enjoy an enchanting stargazing session at over 11,000 feet, followed by a visit to the venerable 800-year-old Phyang Monastery. Conclude the day with a delectable feast of Ladakhi cuisine. Rest comfortably overnight at a Leh hotel.

Day 3Drive from Leh to Nubra

Today marks the start of our journey from Leh to the captivating Nubra Valley, tracing the ancient Silk Route. We’ll traverse the renowned Khardung La pass, standing at 17,582 ft, once acclaimed as world’s highest motorable roads. Upon arrival in the picturesque Nubra, we’ll pay tribute to the towering 33m statue of Maitreyi Buddha at Diskit Monastery. Continuing our exploration, we’ll visit Hunder, renowned for its unique Double-humped camel and striking sand dunes. This region, once integral to the ancient Silk Route, is also known as the cold desert. Tonight, we rest in a homestay at Agyam

Day 4 to 6: Visit the Impact Village
  • Visit an Electrified of Silk Route
  • Stay at Homestay at Pangong Lake
  • Visit the Border Village of Chushul

Day 4Visit an Electrified Village of Silk Route

Today, our team will journey from Agyam to Khungru Village. The day will be dedicated to the Impact activity and you will be electrifying a monastery of Khungru Village, The monastery receives minimum amount of sunlight throughout year as it is surrounded by high mountains from all sides, thus light is currently the most pressing need of the monks as it becomes an important factor to perform their daily chores and prayer. The impact will benefit the locals visiting the monastery as well as the monks performing daily rituals there. After the installation, we will be a part of a small traditional prayer at Khungru Monastery performed by the Monks. Overnight stay at Akgyam.

Day 5Nubra to Pangong

The Shyok River, a tributary of the Indus River, winds its way through Northern Ladakh. Traveling alongside this river, you’ll pass through Shyok Village enroute to the breathtaking Pangong Tso. Historically, Shyok Village served as a crucial stop along the winter caravan route from Leh to Yarkand in China. The journey to Pangong Tso takes approximately seven hours, offering stunning vistas along the way. In the evening, marvel at the world’s highest saltwater lake, Pangong, as locals narrate the mesmerizing changes in its colors. Rest for the night at a cozy homestay in Maan Village.

Day 6Drive to Leh via Kargiyam

Following breakfast, we’ll set out on a one-hour excursion to Chushul, Ladakh’s final border village. Our agenda for today revolves around visiting 1962 Rezangla War memorial & immersing ourselves in the nomadic lifestyle, engaging with the Pashmina herders of the Changthang Region. Gain firsthand insights into the intricate processes of harvesting Pashmina wool and dehairing. Our return journey to Leh will be via the scenic Sato-Kargiyam Route. Keep your senses keen, as you may have the opportunity to catch sight of Tibetan wild asses and playful marmots along the way.

Day 7 to 9: Trekking and Cultural Experience
  • Pottery Experience with last remaining family
  • Traverse Mebtak La Pass
  • Evening at Leh Market

Day 7Trek through a High Pass

After breakfast, we’ll commence a two-hour journey to Hemishukhpachun from Leh, our starting point for the trek. Setting out from the village, we’ll traverse Mebtak La pass (3750m) enroute to Tingmosgang Village. The path ascends between two hillocks west of the village, offering scenic vistas along the way. Upon reaching Tingmosgang, you’ll be greeted by picturesque apricot orchards. This moderate trek spans 11.3 kilometres and approximately 5 hours. Rest for the night in Tingmosgang, where you can unwind amidst the tranquillity of the village.

Day 8Drive back to Leh and Pottery Session

Today, our team will journey from Tingmosgang to Likir village to experience the pottery session in the home of the last pottery family. Get your hands dirty while making the clay models with the potter and enjoy traditional lunch with the family.Following this, we’ll drive back to Leh for an overnight stay at the hotel, reflecting on the trip’s meaningful contribution to the community. Rest of the day offers a leisurely opportunity for one to explore the vibrant Leh market and collect souvenirs, such as Pashmina, Apricot-based delicacies, and local handicrafts.

Day 9Departures

As our journey amidst the majestic Himalayas draws to a close, it’s time to bid adieu and head back to the airport for our early morning flight to Delhi. Rest assured, our GHE Team Leader will be there to assist you and ensure your safe departure.

What it includes?

– Accommodations (One room with Breakfast and Dinner)
– Transportation (Exclusive SUV – Innova Crysta or Equivalent)
– Visit to Impact Village
– Trekking with experienced and professional guide with Trekking sticks
– All Permits throughout the Trip
– Monastery and monument Tickets (excluding camera tickets)
– All Experiences During the Trip
– Oxygen Cylinder During the Trip except Trekking
– Breakfast and Dinner on all days
– Guide throughout you trip

What it excludes?

– Air fare
– Travel visa and insurance
– Bottled water
– Room service
– Any private expenses
– Any travel beyond itinerary

Is this Experience right for you?

Are you travelling because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the mud house in the mountains excite you? Are you ready to truly live the local lifestyle? If your answer is yes, take up this experience that will transport you to a different world. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the unique sites, mountain views, and village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur
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