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Ladakh Cultural Tour & Sham Trek

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Ladakh Trekking Packages

This combination of the tour and a short trekking holiday provides the opportunity to experience Ladakh’s rich Buddhist culture and traditions. During the trip, you also have the chance to go on a short trek in the Sham region of Ladakh, nicknamed the ‘baby trek’ because you do not go higher than 4000 m, which is rare in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.


Day 01: Delhi/Leh – Arrive in Delhi Indira Gandhi International and straight transfer to the domestic airport terminal for your flight to Leh (3505 m). Overnight Hotel with breakfast.

Day 02: Leh- In the morning, we visit Leh Palace. In the afternoon, we visit Sankar Gompa (monastery) and Shanti Stupa – a Buddhist monument. Overnight Hotel with breakfast.

Day 03: Indus Valley – After breakfast, day excursion to Indus valley visiting Shey Palace-Thikse Monastery and Hemis monastery. Overnight Hotel with breakfast.

Day 04: Leh/Likir/Yangthang – Drive about 60 km/2 hours to Likir (3500 m) and visit Likir monastery. Late afternoon trek, 4-5 hours, to Yangthang village (3600 m), over Pobe la (3550 m), and Charatse la (3650 m). Note: La means pass in Ladahki. Overnight Tent or Guest House with breakfast,t lunch, and dinner.

Day 05: Day excursion to Rizong Monastery and return to Yanthang village. Overnight Tent or Guest House with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 06: Yangthang to the village of Hemis Shukpachan – Trek about 3 to 4 hours to Hemis Shukpachan (3600 m) over Sermangchan la (3750 m). Overnight Tent or Guest House with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 07: We trek from Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam (trek ends). The trek takes about 4-5 hours to Temisgam (3200 m) over Lago La (3750 m). Overnight Tent or Guest House with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 08:  We drive from Temisgam to Lamayuru and  Alchi – total drive to of (about 125 km/5 hours). Overnight Tent or Guest House with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 09: We drive from Alchi to Leh – After breakfast, drive to Leh – 69 km/2 hours (en-route visit Phey Monastery, spend about 1 hour). Overnight Hotel with breakfast.

Day 10: Drive from Leh to Sumur in the Nubra valley  after breakfast; we will drive over the Khardung La – Pass (5600 m) our Indian friends love to call it the “highest motorable road.” We visit Sumur Monastery in the afternoon. Overnight Deluxe Tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11: We drive to Hunder,  Diskit, and return to Sumur – after breakfast. We will visit Hunder Monastery and visit Bactrian camels (double humped camels), a breeding farm at Diskit before returning to Hunder village. Overnight Deluxe Tent with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12: We drive after breakfast from Sumur in the Nubra Valley back to Leh. We arrive back in Leh in the afternoon. Overnight Hotel with breakfast.

Day 13: Leh – Delhi; early morning flight to Delhi. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Evening farewell dinner and transfer to IGI for your flight back to your country.

Day 14: Fly back to your country.

Cost Includes:

  • Expert tour leader or hire Raj
  • Entrance fees to monasteries in Ladakh
  • English speaking local guide in Ladakh during the sightseeing days
  • All meals, as mentioned on the trip, as mentioned.
  • Hotel/camp/tenting accommodation in Ladakh with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Transportation includes all arrival, departures, pick-up/drop-off, and sightseeing, using non-air-conditioned Jeeps in Ladakh & by Air Condition Coach in Delhi as per the above program.
  • Complete trekking arrangements include local trekking guide, cook, helper, ‘A’ shape alpine tents, toilet tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, mattresses, alpine folding stools and table, mobile kitchen, ponies for luggage, etc.
  • Inner line permit for Nubra region (please send passport detail & photos 30 days in advance)
  • Assistance on arrival & departure transfers

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare and airport tax
  • Hotel in Delhi. The cost of a hotel room in Delhi ranges from US$50 to a couple of hundred dollars, depending on the standard chosen.
  • Internal airfare for Delhi / Leh / Delhi sector in economy class. The airfare can cost from US$60 to $500, perhaps even higher each way. July and August are the busiest months. It is best to book the flights in advance.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any extra activities & optional tours
  • Riding horse during the trek
  • Personal bills like drinks, bar & beverages, tips, telephone, laundry, any additional and optional trips then the above, etc.
  • Anything which is not included in the includes section
  • Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tips at your discretion)

Trek FAQ

Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.

Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.

Do I need a visa?
All foreign nationals who want to enter India need to possess a valid international travel document such as a passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. All visa applicants are requested to apply for the Indian visa online by filling the online application form.

The duly signed hard copy of the completed application form will be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to the Indian Mission or Post. The instructions to fill the form and appointment scheduling can be seen at the Instructions for Regular Visa Application. The applicant is required to bring the referral number and the required documents on the scheduled date of the interview.

The status of the visa application can be checked on the link for Visa Enquiry. The applicants are also requested to visit the website of the Indian Mission for detailed information about the Indian visa.

What should I bring on a trek?
Being correctly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.

Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

If you have more questions, please check the FAQ section or contact us