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Ladakh Himalayan Trail

Nothing expresses “the ride of your life” better than a trot on horseback through the least assimilated corners of Rupshu Valley in Ladakh. An exciting horse riding safari that takes you on an adventure to the remote and rugged Himalayan area of Ladakh, along the frontier Tibetan Plateau trail and between the elevation of 3500m to 4700m.

The scenery along the way is dramatic, with barren as well as snowclad mountain tops, open valleys, brackish salt water lakes, rare flora and fauna, ChangPa Buddhist nomads, spectacular old monastries and lively culture.

Tour Route : Leh/Hemis National park/ Leh

Tour Program

Day 1. Arrive Delhi: 
You arrive in New Delhi where you will be greeted with a traditional garland by your assistant. Later you will receive a transfer to your hotel where you will spend the night.

Day 2. Delhi: 
After a late breakfast, you will spend half of the day sightseeing in Old Delhi, visiting the Red fort & Rikshaw and ride through Mina Bazaar- a true introduction to the medieval city and the capital of India - Delhi. Overnight is spent in a hotel. Note: Red Fort is closed on Monday !!!

Day 3. Delhi – Leh (Fly): 
The day starts early in the morning, your assistant will transfer you to the domestic airport for a 1 hour 15 minute classic flight to Ladakh over the mighty Himalayas. You will arrive at Leh which is around 3500 metres above sea level, this is the capital city of Ladakh. You will receive a transfer to your hotel. The day is set aside for complete rest in the hotel allowing you time to acclimatise to the arid high altitude. Overnight is spent at the hotel.

Day 4. Leh: Explore the Phyang Monastery. 
Phyang Monastery of Ladakh is situated approximately 40 km to the west of Leh. It belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism. Lunch will be enjoyed in your hotel. Later in the day you will have the opportunity to take part in a sun-set walk to the Japanese built peace pagoda called Shanti Stupa, which has panoramic views of the Indus valley. 

Day 5. Sightseeing around Leh: 
The morning starts with a walk in the old Tibetan bazaar. After lunch there is a visit to Leh Palace and a gentle walk to Tsemo monastery. Later you will return to the hotel where you will spend the night.

Day 6. Leh – Thiksey-Moore Plains: 
Following an early morning breakfast you will be driven for about six hours to the Moore Plains crossing over the second highest accessible pass in the world Taglang-la 5200 m. Enroute you will visit Thiksey gompa, the look a like to Potala palace of Lhasa. You will arrive at camp in the afternoon. Following lunch your horse guide will introduce you to your horse and you will receive a trial ride for about 30 minutes. Overnight in the Alpine tents (4100 m).

Day 7. Moore Plains {Debring} to Yukti via Pongunagu {Tsokar}: - 1st day ride (about 30 kms/06 hrs)
Today after breakfast, you ride from Debring towards the Rupshu Valley and the village of Pongunagu called Thugjay and small monastery. From there you continue on to the Tsokar Lake where you can spend some time exploring the lake and witness some of the endangered migrated birds/animals such as, Black necked Cranes & Tibetan wild ass. You set up your camp at the base of Polokongka Pass. (4300 m).

Day 8. Yukti to Sumdo (about 22 Kms/05 hrs)
Today after breakfast the ride starts with a short climb to Polokongka Pass, crossing the pass at about 4400 m. Here you get the chance to visit a beautiful village of Ankung and the biggest Nomadic Boarding School at the beginning of Puga plains. 

You will then ride on towards the beautiful Puga plains, passing through fountain like sulphur springs, locally used as medicine by nomad camps with herds of yak and Pashmina goats. Later in the day you continue to ride through Sumdo, a village with a small monastery and very friendly Tibetan refugee people. The last part of today's ride takes you to the small settlement of Rubel Sumdo, inhabited by shepherds and horsemen, this is where you set up camp for the night. Overnight in tent.

Day 9. Sumdo to Korzok Tsomoriri: (about 38 kms/07 hrs)
After breakfast the day starts by visiting the local people and having a closer look at their horses and goats. You then ride towards Sumdo Pass (4700 m) After crossing the pass you descend into a cup shaped valley with the beautiful Khyaghar Lake in the centre. A picturesque lunch is taken at the lake side. The ride continues as you cross a small range of mountains into another valley where its glistening stream flows through it. Your guides call the valley "Marmot Valley", as it is full of Himalayan Marmots darting about. Later you continue the ride to the village of Korzok at Tsomoriri Lakeside. 

Once reaching the lake there are ample opportunities for canters and gallops across the vast open lakeshore. Ride in and around Korzok village, Tsomo-Ri-Ri Lake and visit the Kurzok Monastery (about three hour ride). In the whole of Rupshu there is only one semi-permanent settlement, Kurzok, at the northern end of Tsomo-Ri-Ri Lake. This is where you will find a small gompa (monastery). At over 4350 m. this may be one of the highest places in the world where crops are regularly grown - the ubiquitous naked barley - though there is no guarantee of their ripening every year. There are said to be ruins of ancient human settlements, complete with irrigation canals, at levels even higher that Kurzok. Your camp site tonight is close to the village of Kurzok. 

Day 10.Tsomoriri to Kyangdam (about 22 kms/05 hrs)
Today you ride from the right bank of Tsomo-Ri-Ri Lake (about 4300 m). This is the breeding ground for a variety of birds - among them are the Bar-headed Goose, the Great Crested Grebe, Brahmini Duck and Brown-headed Gull. You set up your camp at the end of this huge lake and this place is also regarded as the most beautiful sunset point. Overnight in tents.

Day 11.Kyangdam – Nurbu La- Chumiknakpo - Kyangdam
Today you explore for about four hours through the biggest pastureland in Rupshu valley, full of wild life in the shadow of twin peaks Chamser and Lungser Kangri 6670M & 6300M. This huge wetland is absolutely the most beautiful place for canters and gallops. Overnight in Tents. 

Day 12. Kyangdam to Upper Tsomoriri {Phu}: (about 35 Kms/07 hrs)
Today you ride back to Tsomoriri and reach the biggest nomadic camp in upper Tsomoriri called Phu. Here you can see and experience the life of Nomads and your guide will introduce you to a nomad family and you can also try their butter tea in their tent {REBO}. Overnight in tents.

Day 13. Upper Tsomoriri – Chumathang – Hemis - Leh drive
Early morning is time to say farewell to your horses and drive back to Leh (seven-eight hours), visiting Chumathang Hot spring enroute. Most of the picturesque drive is along the Indus River in a beautiful, narrow valley with spectacular rock formations. En route you pass small villages with willow, poplar trees and crops growing in the fields. Herds of sheep, goats, cows and yak may also be seen. You arrive back in Leh where you will be transferred to your hotel. During the evening before dinner there is a cultural show in your hotel given by the local Ladakhi people. The show represents their culture, dresses, dance & folk songs from various part of Ladakh. Dinner and overnight in a hotel at Leh.

Day 14. Leh – Delhi Flight: 
Following an early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Delhi. On arrival you will be transferred to a hotel for day use only. In the afternoon, half a day is spent sightseeing with a visit to New Delhi and see India gate, Presidents palace and beautiful Humayuns Tomb.
There will be an evening transfer to the International airport for your flight back home.

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  • Domestic flights (Delhi - Leh - Delhi)
  • Land transportation as mentioned in the program by a private vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur.
  • Accompaniment: the assistance of a local staff: guide, cook (and cook helpers for large groups).
  • The Jeep for the carrying of individual camping, cooking and collective material.
  • Lodging : hotel in Delhi and Leh, camping during the Nature Safari 
  • Meals : full board except the meals in Delhi and Leh


  • International flights
  • International airport taxes 
  • Visa fees
  • Repatriation assistance
  • Main meals in Delhi and Leh
  • Admission fees for the visits of temples, monuments, monasteries and museums planned
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips

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