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8 days
Leh
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12

Experience the lifestyle of a farmer in high altitude cold desert of Ladakh

Why this experience is unique?

  • Participate in farming
  • Enjoy organic local food
  • Get organic veggies from farms
  • Protect traditional farming practices
Experience Details

The extreme north of India, where the high altitude cold desert of India is situated has its own ways of farming. In the small window of 2-3 months, they have to grow the crops sufficient for the entire year and they do it successfully using traditional organic farming techniques. The village infrastructure, local food, and lifestyle have been developed in a certain way to cope up with the harsh climate and terrain. They grow their organic food, store it for a year, and happily share it amongst each other and guests.  

Participate in traditional farming practices and spend days eating local healthy organic food. See closely how does a sustainable living really look like. 

Your Day by Day Journey
Arrive and acclimatize: Day 1 and 2
  • Arrive in Leh
  • Visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Market

Day 1Arrive in Leh

We will pick you up from the Leh airport and transfer you to your eco-friendly homestay in Leh (11,500ft). You will be resting today and acclimatizing yourself to the High-Altitude environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscape. This day is called the Acclimatization day and is required to adjust your body to the low oxygen levels of this altitude.

Day 2Explore Leh

Before you step into the villages of Ladakh you would acquaint yourselves with the Ladakhi culture, heritage, and lifestyle. You will visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Market today. Come back and rest in the same homestay.

Exploration journey begins: Day 3 and 4
  • Drive to century old rare site
  • Hands on experience of farming
  • Eat local organic Ladakhi cuisine

Day 3Visit Sumda Chun monastery

Sumda Chun village is at a height of 3500 meters from the sea level and to date is only accessible by a trek of about 4 hours from the nearby road. Sumda Chun Monastery has been attributed to the period of Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo (957-1055) and is believed to be one of the three temples founded by him in one night along with Alchi Monastery and Mangyu. The team will stay at Homestay at Skiu village. Sumda Chun has been electrified by the Global Himalayan Expedition in 2017.

Day 4Go farming

Today you will have a hands-on experience of farming with the villagers Farming at high altitude requires different skillset and precision. It is an exposure to know how life still exists without technology. The locals get only two to three months of the year for seed sowing and irrigation. Learn about these traditional techniques and participate in some activities like archery and cooking. Spend time in apricot farms with a villager and know about how the crop is cultivated, best season, and recipes of apricots. The night will be spent in the homestay where you may request the owner to share some mountain stories.

Day 5Visit another village - Sara

We will start a trek to the village Sara today. The journey will take you to one of the most beautiful paths in the world. You may learn ancient trekking and surviving techniques from our local guide. An authentic Ladakhi food will be waiting for you at Sara. You will rest and freshen up upon arrival. Our guide will take you to the village tour. You may again opt to work on farms with villagers. The night will be spent at the homestay at Sara.

Head to visit local town: Day 6 and 7
  • Drive back to Leh
  • Explore Buddhist pilgrimage
  • Relax in Leh

Day 6Trek to Skiu

Trek back via Skiu village situated on the banks of the beautiful Markha River. The villagers here are always busy with their cattle and farming activities but happily make travelers part of their routine. They would be more than happy to cook some special local food on demand. Don’t forget to check the local flour mill at the entry of the village.

Day 7Drive back to Leh

After breakfast, drive back to Leh and go to the homestay in Thiksey. After freshen up, visit the famous Hemis monastery and Shey palace today. Hemis Monastery is a Himalayan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, in Hemis, Ladakh, India. Situated 45 km from Leh, the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past. The original palace, was built near the Shey village by Lhachen Palgyigon, the king of Ladakh. You can visit the Leh market towards the evening and come back to the homestay.

Day 8Goodbye Leh

On the last day, the tour ends post breakfast in the homestay. One can fly back or keep exploring Ladakh for next few days.

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Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • 7 nights in homestays
  • Tour Guide
  • All meals included
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Village tour and activities

Price Excludes

  • Air Fare
  • Visa fee and Travel insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
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