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8 days
Leh-Ladakh
Nubra and Changthang Valley

Embark on Silk Route Journey!

Wear Silk Route Trader’s hat and take the same journey as they did back in time

Why this experience is unique?

  • Walk on the Silk Route trails
  • Community Impact
  • Flavorful authentic local meals
  • Explore the Border Villages
Experience Details
Traverse through the valleys of Ladakh and reconnect with hidden treasures the ancient Silk route on a handcrafted 8 days impactful trip for a family to Ladakh.
 
Connect back to the roots of Buddhist Culture where you immerse in centuries-old family traditions and heritage. Stay like a local with Ladakhi families in Solar Powered family-run homestays.
 
Get to contribute to the local community and climate by installing solar water heaters and help them transition to a cleaner source of energy Be amazed by the clear dark skies of Himalayas and experience exclusive star gazing at our Astrostays located on the beautiful turquoise Pangong Lake at 14000 feet.
 
Walk through the several natural wonders veiled by the highest Mountain Ranges of the world on a climate positive impact journey to the Himalayas.
Your Day by Day Journey
Day 1 to 2: Sight-seeing around Leh
  • Arrive at 11,562 ft
  • Acclimatize at high altitude
  • Explore Leh town

Day 1Acclimatization at Leh

You will fly into Leh. Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Himalayas and the Karakoram, Leh lies at an altitude of 3500m. You will be received at the airport by our team leader and welcomed with the traditional Ladakhi silk scarf “Khatak”. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be stationed for the next two days. The remainder of the arrival day is for you to relax and acclimatize. Overnight at a Hotel in Leh

Day 2Sight-seeing in Leh

Your day begins with a visit to the Leh City and a cultural experience on the background of the ancient heritage. We will take a tour of Shey Palace (known as the summer capital of Leh) and Thiksey Monastery. Leh has a rich history of trade during silk route times and is located on the bank of Indus river where Indus valley civilization thrived. We will also visit the Shanti Stupa from where you can get a panoramic view of the City of Leh. To relive the time of King Tashi Namgyal we will take a tour of Tsemo
Castle currently maintained by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). Overnight at Hotel in Leh

Day 3 to 4: On to Silk Route journey
  • First village on Silk Route
  • Install a Solar Water Heater
  • Ladakh's Sacred Lake - Yarab Tso

Day 3Drive to Nubra via Khardung La

Today is the day when we will leave Leh and embark on a journey along the Silk route to Nubra Valley. We will be crossing 17,582 ft Khardung La pass – known to be one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Upon reaching the ‘Orchard of Ladakh’, we will pay our tribute to 33m tall statue of Maitreyi Buddha at the Diskit Monastery. We will visit Hunder ,one of the major towns of the region and known for the Double humped camel safari and unique sand dunes. The place was a part of the ancient silk route which is also.known as the cold desert. Overnight at a Homestay in Sumoor

Day 4Community Impact

You will start your day by taking a short Hike to the picturesque hidden lake of Yarab Tso located near Sumoor that marks the first step on the silk trail. It used to be the prime stop for the traders.
Going ahead, we will be visiting the Samstaling Monastery at Sumoor Village. Lunch at Green Valley Homestay which is a live museum in itself. Post Lunch we will travel along the silk route to a village where will collaborate with the locals for an Impact Activity. Overnight at a Homestay in Sumoor.

The second half of the day will be dedicated to the Impact activity and you will be installing Solar water heaters in a village, which is currently the most pressing need of the community as boiling the water in winters is tough affair and the process uses a lot of firewood. The temperature during winters falls well below zero degree Celsius in this region, so the requirement of hot water is very pressing. After the installation, we will be a part of a small traditional prayer at Yarma Monastery performed by the Monks. Overnight at Homestay in Sumoor

Day 5 to 6: Turquoise Blue Lake
  • Spot the Local Wildlife
  • Stargazing at 14000ft
  • Evening in Leh's cozy cafe

Day 5Drive to Pangong Lake

Shyok River is a tributary of the Indus River that flows through Northern Ladakh. You will travel along the river, crossing Shyok Village on your way to reach Pangong Tso. Historically, the winter caravan route from Leh to Yarkand (China) passed through Shyok village. It will take around 7 hours to reach the majestic Pangong Tso. In the evening, visit the world’s highest saltwater lake – Pangong and enjoy the changing colours of the Tso (as locals narrate).

Overnight at a Solar powered homestay in Maan village overlooking the pristine Pangong Lake.

Day 6Back to Leh

Next morning, we begin our journey from Pangong Tso to Leh crossing Changla Pass which is at an elevation of 17,688 ft. It is also the ‘Gateway to Changthang Valley.” From the top, you will get panoramic view of snow covered Ladakh Range. Today will be a leisure day at Leh. After a hot shower you can make a short visit to Leh market to purchase any utility or special needs if any for the trek. Overnight at Hotel in Leh

Day 7 to 8: Trekking through Tingmosgang
  • Picturesque High Passes
  • Revered Old Monastery
  • Trekking along Indus

Day 7Drive to Tingmosgang

Today will be our Trekking Day. Early morning, we will drive for 2 hours to the village of Hemis Shukpachun. On reaching the village we will undertake the four hours Trek onto a flat ground alongside the Stupas. After a short while, a steep descent will lead us to the Meb-tak La (3720m) mountain pass. After a short rest and enjoying the view from the top of the pass, we will head down to the village of Tingmosgang which is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most prosperous village in the sham valley for its apricots. Night stay in a local hotel at Tingmosgang

Day 8Back to Leh and Departures

Our vehicle will come to Tingmosgang to pick us up and we will start our day by visiting 1000- years old Alchi Monastery. After visiting the monastery we will stop for a traditional meal at the Award Winning Alchi Kitchen. On our way we will take a little detour to the Likir village where we will experience the pottery session with the last potter family of Ladakh. In the evening, we will visit Leh market and pick up souvenirs, including Pashmina and other local handicrafts. Last night stay at hotel in Leh

What it includes?

– 4 nights in a comfortable hotel at Leh
– 3 nights in village family homestay
– A night in a lodge at Tigmosgang
– Responsible Traveller’s Kit
– Impact Experience by installing solar water heater
– A guided trip
– Entrance Fees to monuments
– All transportation in the destination location as per itinerary

What it excludes?

– Air fare
– Travel visa and insurance
– Bottled water
– Room service
– Any private expenses
– Any travel beyond itinerary
– Drone or Camera Charges at the Monastery

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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