Little Tibet & the Himalaya Family Holiday


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An adventure packed with activities and culture to discover beautiful Ladakh

Tucked away in northern India, Ladakh or 'Little Tibet' is one of the great adventure travel destinations. We acclimatise as we explore the colourful bazaar and visit ancient Buddhist Monasteries and the former Royal Palace and Peace Pagoda in Leh. After rafting the mighty Indus River, our moderate three-day trek provides spectacular mountain vistas and a taste of the Ladakhi way of life as we spend four nights in traditional villages. We also have the chance to experience a traditional village homestay and at the end of the trip, we take to our bikes for a ride along the Indus Valley. 


  • Take a spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh
  • Visit colourful Tibetan Buddhist monasteries
  • Walk amidst the Himalaya and cycle beside or raft down the Indus River
  • Enjoy the flavours of a home cooked meal and the hospitality of your homestay host family
  • Chance to visit a donkey sanctuary and Bactrian camel farm

Key information

  • 6 nights hotels and 2 nights guesthouses (all en suite), 1 night village home stay, plus 4 nights camping.
  • 3 days point-to-point walking with full porterage.
  • Altitude maximum 4060m, average 3500m
  • Travel by private minibus, 2 internal flights, bike, raft and on foot
  • 4/5 hours of walking per day during trek; support vehicle available throughout

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners 
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Rafting and cycling (you can opt in or out)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation, excludes homestay (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Days of Family

The profiles shown are approximate distances for the walks.


Day by day breakdown
Day 74.0km/2.0miles
Day 813.0km/8.0miles
Day 97.0km/4.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Exodus has worked with our local partner in India for over 30 years. Our partner employs local staff and leaders throughout and Exodus provides regular training and support.

There are many community support projects in Ladakh that Exodus has set up or supported over the years. These include helping to rebuild houses and schools and providing materials to build a flood barrier following devastating flooding in 2007 and setting up a flood relief appeal following mudslides in 2010. Since 2011 Exodus has worked alongside other organisations to provide the Markha Valley communities with safe drinking water and we have funded several UV water filters. Locals can now sell drinking water to trekkers. The long-term goal is to ban single-use plastic water bottles in the Markha Valley entirely.

Exodus works with various local women’s groups in Ladakh, running felting workshops so that they can create handicrafts to sell to trekkers at the Eco Cafés in Hankar and in Skiu that we have opened. In Leh, Exodus supports a Donkey Sanctuary, which provides a home for old, ill or mistreated donkeys. We are also helping to raise money to build a Buddhist temple for the villagers of Ranbirpura.

If you would like more details on any of these projects please e-mail Valerie Parkinson (Asia Base Manager - [email protected]) or ask your leader during the holiday.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 


  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Flights usually depart London in the evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Delhi; afternoon free for sightseeing.

    You will be met on arrival into Delhi and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from the flight or for individual exploration of Delhi. The rooms in the hotel are usually available from mid morning. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel during the day.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 3

    Fly over the Himalaya to Leh (3500m); orientation walk.

    A very early start today for the flight to Leh. We usually leave the hotel at around 2am and drive to the airport for the very early morning but highly spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. If the weather is good and the flight goes on time we should be in Leh by early morning. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude (3,500m). Flying straight to the high altitude of Leh can take your breath away (literally) and so we concentrate on acclimatising for the first few days. In the morning we rest and catch up on some sleep and in the afternoon there will be a gentle orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Sightseeing around Leh including Shey and Tikse Monasteries.

    Today there is a sightseeing tour to two of the major gompas (monasteries) in the area. We first drive to Shey, a former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings. Inside is a small temple containing a 350 year old copper and gold statue of the Buddha. From Shey we walk across the fields on a good level trail to Tikse, where we visit the monastery perched on top of a hill - its red and white buildings can be seen for miles. We can explore the temples and courtyards and meet the red robed monks who live here. In one of the temples there is a 15 metre high statue of the Future Buddha. We return to Leh in the afternoon.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Visit Leh Palace, Tsemo Monastery and Japanese Peace Pagoda; optional jeep trip up the Khardung La (5602m).

    There is the chance today to make an optional jeep safari to the Khardung Pass; at 5,602m. It is reputedly one of the highest motorable roads in the world. This can be booked and paid for locally, your leader will have details. Those not wanting to do the jeep safari can walk up to the Leh Palace and Tsemo monastery, which are set above the town on Namgyal Hill with magnificent views of the whole of Leh and its surrounding villages. In the afternoon we can climb the 555 steps to the recently built Japanese Peace Pagoda. This huge stupa overlooks Leh and we have stunning views of the town and the Stok range of mountains across the valley.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Gentle rafting on the Indus River; drive to Yangtang (3683m).

    By now we should be well acclimatised; we leave Leh and take to the river for a spot of easy white water rafting. We drive to Phey, where the rafting starts. After a full safety briefing we set off down the river. This is not high-level white water rafting but there are some sections of grade 2 and 3 rapids. This means that a novice rafter will find it exhilarating and not too scary. Just after setting off we float through an impressive gorge to where the Zanskar River flows into the Indus. After about 3 hours the rafting ends at Nimmu, where we dry off and rejoin our transport for the 2-3 hour drive to Yangtang. If we have time, there is the chance to visit Likir monastery en route. The monastery is well kept and there is an active school for young monks. We camp tonight near Yangtang village (3,683m). If there is time we can explore the village and maybe visit the small local school or watch the Ladakhis sowing the barley and potatoes, the staple crops of these hardy mountain people. From the campsite there are wonderful southerly views over the village to the Ladakh Range beyond.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Trek over Tsarmangchan La (3888m) to Hemis Shupachen (3663m).

    We start our trek today heading west on an easy trail which climbs to our first pass, the Tsarmangchan (3,888m). There are wonderful views down to the village of Hemis Shupachen (3,663m). This tranquil village with a small gompa, green pastures and a babbling brook is a lovely place to stay for the night. Today's walk is 4km and should take approximately 3 hours. In the afternoon we can visit the monastery and have a look around the village.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Cross Lago La (3750m) to Temisgam (3256m) with amazing views of the Indus valley.

    From camp we cross the pastures in a north westerly direction skirting the sides of the fields. After a stop at a chorten we follow the trail past the mature juniper trees that give the village its name, juniper is shukpa in Ladakhi. The path climbs easily to our first pass today, the Mebtek La (3,796m) from where we can admire the pink and mauve-coloured mountains ahead. We descend into the next valley and the trail ahead can just be made out as it zig zags up the mountainside in the distance. The path winds up to the Lago La (3,750m) and from the top there are magnificent views across to the south side of the Indus Valley. The trail descends steeply from the pass to the village of Ang. This area is regarded as the richest in Ladakh and fields of barley, potatoes and fruit orchards provide more than adequate food for these villages. From Ang it is an easy walk (although it can be hot and dusty) along the new jeep track to Temisgam (3,256m). This is the largest, most prosperous village on the trek. Set amongst fertile fields as well as spreading apple and apricot orchards there are some fine examples of large, whitewashed Ladakhi homes. As a result of a division of Ladakh in the 14th to 15th centuries, the lower kingdom was controlled from Basgo and Temisgam. Little remains of its glorious past and the castle is in ruins but there are still temples you can visit. Today's walk should take approximately 5 hours and is 13km.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Drive to pretty village of Tia; trek over Skinyang La (4060m) to Skinyang (3531m).

    We start today with a short drive to the pretty village of Tia. We then start walking to the village of Charcha, from where we start climbing a barren hillside to a col at 3,927m. From here a wonderful boulder strewn landscape greets us. The wild landscape around here is home to Snow Leopards and Blue Sheep. We can see the pass ahead and an easy 45minutes walk brings us to the top of the pass at 4,060m. We now descend into a dry valley which we follow to a set of chortens above the village. The last 30 minutes of the descent is a little steeper as we drop down to Skinyang (3,531m), a traditional Ladakhi village where we spend the night. Today’s walk is approximately 3.5/4 hours and 7km.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Drive to Alchi; explore the village and 11th century monastery.

    We descend to the road head and join the main Leh to Srinagar road from where we drive to Alchi, where we stay in a simple guesthouse near to the monastery. Alchi village is set in a side valley hidden from the main road and is an oasis of calm. In summer the villagers are busy in the fields with their crops of barley, wheat and vegetables. The climate here is very mild and apricot trees abound. We have time here to observe village life and we may get the chance to visit a local family. Alchi monastery is one of the most important cultural sites in Ladakh. Built in the 11th century, it is a treasure trove of early Buddhist art in the Kashmiri tradition, a style quite different from the Tibetan art found in Ladakh’s other monasteries.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Visit Mangyu village.

    From Alchi we drive to the small village of Mangyu. We have the chance to visit a local school and the village monastery. We return to Alchi for the night.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To Stok via Basgo Fort; visit a Bactrian camel farm; overnight in a traditional Ladakhi home.

    We drive back towards Leh and en route stop at Basgo Fort. Now mostly in ruins, it is spectacularly situated in the windblown rocks. We spend some time here exploring the ruins and temples. Driving past Leh we continue to Stok village where we spend the night. On the way, we can stop at a Bactrian Camel breeding farm. For centuries the double-humped Bactrian Camel was used to transport loads over the Himalaya but they are now rarely seen in Ladakh. The small breeding farm was set up by the government to keep the species alive. We stay tonight in Stok, a large village with beautiful views across to the Ladakh mountains. We spend the night in a traditional Ladakhi house with a family to experience how the Ladakhis live; there will be a chance to join in with the daily chores.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Visit Stok Palace; optional cycle ride along the banks of the Indus; return to Leh.

    Stok is only an hour from Leh and is home to the royal family of Ladakh. Ladakh still has its own king, who spends some of the year in the palace here in Stok. The magnificent red and white palace overlooks the village. Some of the rooms are private but some have been made into a museum which we can visit. There is an optional cycle ride back down to the Indus River and along the banks of the Indus towards Choglamsar. (Please note the smallest bike size available in Leh is 15 inches). We finish the bike ride close to Leh and return to our hotel in Leh tonight. In the afternoon there is the chance to visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Leh. For the last few years Exodus has been helping support this home for old or injured donkeys and it’s a delightful place to visit. Make sure you take lots of tasty carrots with you – the donkeys love them!
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Fly to Delhi.

    We fly from Leh to Delhi. The rest of the day is free for individual sightseeing in Delhi. You may want to visit the colourful bazaars and the Red Fort in the heart of Old Delhi or visit some of the Mogul monuments dotted round this ancient city.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Fly to London.

    For those on the flight inclusive package you will depart for London this morning for the daytime flight back to London; those on Land Only arrangements will leave us after checkout at the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Extend Your Trip

Golden Triangle extension

Code: XBS

A visit to the incredible Taj Mahal and other great Moghul cities close to Delhi is an excellent way to begin or end a visit to Northern India. The five-day Golden Triangle extension can be booked before or after your main itinerary. The Taj Mahal in Agra was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, and is one of the most beautiful sights on earth. Close by is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar with its beautiful courtyards and palaces and let's not forget the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri. The extension also visits the Pink City of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, which is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. The detailed itinerary can be found here

Essential Info



Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. Visa information changes regularly for India; for the latest information on applying for a visa please follow this link:

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the north east, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

If your flight arrives into Delhi Airport and you have an e-visa, please follow the overhead signs to the e-visa booth at the back of the immigration hall. You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth. Please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready. These details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All food is included, except main meals in Delhi and Leh. Please allow about £70 (US$110) per person for these.

There is a good choice of restaurants in Delhi. In Leh the food will be a mix of Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Continental. During the trek we provide a full breakfast including porridge and cereals, eggs and bread and hot drinks. Lunch and dinners on trek will include cooked dishes which are pasta, rice or potato based, as well as a mixture of Indian, Continental and Chinese style. Please note that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available whilst camping.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh. In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Your leader will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.

During the trek and whilst in camp the cooks will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may need to collect water during the day and may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.

We also suggest that you may like to bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat any non-boiled water. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Using a SteriPEN means you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – and you can keep it for future trips.


The weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only. Please refer to the paragraph below for further details of the temperature range. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30ºC/35ºC+) with cooler nights depending on the altitude. There is, however, the possibility of rain, and you should be prepared for this. The sun is very strong at these altitudes. It can be very hot in Ladakh in August and the sun is very strong at these altitudes. Please make sure you have lightweight clothes and plenty of sun protection and remember to drinks lots. Rehydration salts are recommended after a long day in the sun. 

Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

In Delhi in the summer it is very hot and humid.


Is this trip for you?

This moderate/challenging grade family holiday (activity level 4) involves a mixture of sightseeing and walking, with a fairly gentle 3 day trek, and takes in the best of the contrasting scenery this part of the Himalaya has to offer; lofty snow-clad peaks, the wild and barren hillsides of this high altitude desert and the pretty green villages in the valley which spring to life in the summer when the crops are grown after the long, harsh winter. The trails are generally well made and we walk for about 3-5 hours each day with frequent stops. 

On trek the luggage is transported from camp to camp by vehicle. There will be a backup jeep available every day on trek and we also take two riding ponies along with us on trek. You should be prepared for early morning starts on trek as it can be very hot in summer in Ladakh so we try to walk in the cooler morning hours.

The trip should be within the capabilities of fit and active families with children of 8 years and over. As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning under the 'Practical Information' section below. We spend 3 days in Leh (3,500m) before the trek to allow you to acclimatise before starting the trek.

On the rafting day our guides will give you full instruction in all aspects of rafting and river safety. Life jackets and helmets are provided. For the cycling day trip we provide local bikes and helmets (please note that the smallest bike size in Leh is 15inch so very small children will not be able to do the bike ride). Both these activities are optional but are included in the cost of the trip.

During the homestay night you should be prepared for basic facilities as these are genuine local houses.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotels, Homestay & Camping

You will spend 6 nights in hotels, 2 nights in guesthouses (all en suite), 1 night in a village homestay, plus 4 nights camping.

In Delhi, we use a comfortable 4-star hotel (usually the Hotel Jaypee Siddharth), which has air-conditioned en suite rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool. The hotel is well located close to the metro for ease of getting around.

In Leh we will stay in a family run hotel; the rooms all have attached bathrooms with running hot and cold water. In Alchi we stay in a small guesthouse – the rooms have attached bathrooms. In Stok village, we will spend one night in a traditional Ladakhi house. We will sleep on mattresses in a room in the house. The houses are quite basic but there will be a local toilet and buckets of water for washing. Food will be cooked by the local family. There is intermittent Wi-Fi available in Leh, however, there is no mobile coverage for international phones in Ladakh.

The trek itself is on a full-service camping basis, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your daypack. Most of the camping on this trek is wild camping. We stay in two-person tents which have enough room inside for your kitbags. Sleeping mats are provided but sleeping bags are not - please see the packing section.

We also have a dining tent complete with table and folding chairs, and at least one toilet tent (usually two) for use during the evenings. No running water is available whilst camping. You will be camping close to a river or stream and the camp staff will provide bowls of warm water (to wash with) whilst trekking.

Single rooms/tents may be requested in advance for a supplement (subject to availability); please enquire at the time of booking.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed September 2014
    Clair Morris

    Little Tibet & the Himalaya

    An exceptional trip filled with adventure, beauty, culture and amazing people! Fantastically organised with children in mind. We took our 9-year-old son and I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of organisation for him but I needn't have worried! There were plenty of breaks and stops to make sure he was okay and the Ladhaki people adore children, which was great wherever we were.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There is so much to this trip - the gentle Buddhist nature and influence throughout the trip, white water rafting down the Indus, trekking in the Himalayas, spending time with the camping team and the driver who could not have been more kind and amazing, bargaining for souvenirs, the sound of flapping prayer flags and prayer wheels in small villages, hearing the screams of delight in my son's voice when we climbed monastaries and 500+ stairs - so much!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    OUTSTANDING! Pasang is a true credit to Exodus and we would not have enjoyed the holiday without his energy, enthusiasm and passion for the people & the region. He helped us so much - throughout the trek, ensuring that we had the right guides to explain Buddhism and history, always giving us updates on changes to the schedule and making sure we were happy with everything. His smile, laugh and dedication to us was exceptional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Nothing that Exodus hasn't already mentioned in the trip notes - especially the mountain sickness. The trip is designed to leave enough time for acclimatisation but you may want to take medication in advance. Also, note the 'dry days' and 'meat-free' in the region! I was hoping to have a celebratory glass of wine when we returned to Delhi but it was National Independence Day (15 August) so the whole country was dry - my fault for not researching! Also, Kandoo wipes were invaluable, especially when camping! The heat (we travelled in August) was very strong, which we expected in Delhi, but I was surprised when we landed in Leh. I had researched the area before we went and various websites had the region as 17-19 degrees C but in reality, it was 30-34 degrees C so bring suncream & protective clothing (I'm sure most people would & not rely on websites like us!)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip! My son is more confident and outgoing because of everything he did and experienced and we learned so much. I would love to go back to the region and explore more.
  • Reviewed August 2012


    A well organised adventure on a par with a good Disney film - something for everyone young or old ! Variety of activity and experience created an enjoyable and fascinating insight into the enigma that is India without making it too hard for first time visitors to the sub continent

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being in a Ladakhi monastery at prayer time and being invited to stay A great privilege The kids vote goes to the White water rafting !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good - supportive knowledgeable organised and easy to be with Popular with everyone

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take your own mat for camping and hard beds in Ladakh if you're a softie like me The walking is quite demanding because of the altitude and heat of the day Rather than the distance but very achievable for anyone who is reasonably fit The variety will have appeal to most people

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Give it a go It's a relatively safe and comfortable way to get close to India and experience some of the most breathtaking views, fascinating culture and friendliest people in the world And I'm not one for group holidays!
  • Reviewed January 2012


    Very enjoyable for all the family, particularly the part in Ladahk

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Himilayas

    What did you think of your group leader?


    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't spend too much time in Delhi

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Trip Extension: If you would like to visit India’s Golden Triangle it is possible to extend your trip. For more details please refer to the Trip Notes or call our Sales team, who will be happy to assist you


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