Family Adventure -Villages & Monasteries of Ladakh
India, Family, 14 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,620 (land only) - from $2,265 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at our central group hotel. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch after which there is an optional sightseeing tour of the city. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: Early morning flight to Leh, where we check into the group hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. There is the option to take an easy walk to Leh bazaar.
Day 3: A sightseeing day in the upper Indus Valley. We first visit Thikse Monastery, with its huge statue of Buddha and then have a short, level walk to Shey Monastery. Return to the hotel in Leh.
Day 4: A pleasant short walk in the valley above Leh, heading first to the Shanti Stupa, then on to a picnic stop near a stream. The trek continues through Gyamsa Village and back to Leh.
Day 5: Today we will visit the museum at Stok Palace, home of the Ladakhi royal family for a taste of Buddhist life and culture. Later we will pay a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Centre at Choglamsar.
Day 6: An exciting day of river rafting on the Indus, from Phey through an impressive gorge to Nemo. Then, transfer to a comfortable fixed camp amongst orchards at Uleytokpo.
Day 7: Start the trek at Ridzong, with a visit to the monastery and nunnery. An easy 3-hour walk beside the Uley River takes us to a camp in the village of Yangtang (3720m).
Day 8: Trekking westwards across a low pass, we descend to Hemis Shukpachen (3596m) where we make camp near the village - a good place to meet local people. 3 hours walking.
Day 9: Today's trek crosses the Meptek La (4000m) to Tingmosgaam, the ancient capital of Ladakh. The ruined castle here has some interesting temples. 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 10: Cross the Phocha river to the ancient village of Teta. Trek upstream and across a low pass, before descending to camp at the village of Skindiyang. 5 hours walking.
Day 11: A short walk of around 2 hours leads to the village of Khalsi, where we meet our transport and drive back to the hotel in Leh. Afternoon free for relaxing or souvenir buying.
Day 12: We have an early morning flight to Delhi, then transfer to Agra. Check in to our hotel and make an afternoon guided visit to Red Fort.
Day 13: Morning visit to the Taj Mahal, then free time for independent sightseeing and exploring the bazaars of Agra. In the late afternoon there is the option to return to the Taj Mahal for the sunset light. After dinner at the hotel we transfer to the railway station to catch the express to Delhi (2 hours), where we check in at a hotel close to the airport.
Day 14: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all clients departing this day.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.