Trails of Ladakh

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TGX
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Point-to-point
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Trek amidst breathtaking landscapes and experience the rich culture of Ladakh

Sandwiched between the western Himalaya, the Karakorum and the Tibetan Plateau, lies the high altitude desert of Ladakh, or 'Little Tibet'. Time in the capital Leh gives us the perfect opportunity to acclimatise as well as exploring the town, Leh Palace and some of the most important monasteries in the area. This, fairly gentle trek gives us the chance to enjoy the views and experience village life, in this most remote area of India with its rich culture, where the way of life hasn’t changed for centuries.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a short trek through traditional villages and amidst intriguing multi-coloured landscapes
  • Stay in village homestays to experience Ladakhi hospitality and learn about the traditional way of life
  • See colourful Tibetan Buddhist monasteries along the Indus Valley
  • Chance to journey by jeep to the top of the highest motorable road in the world (optional)
  • Visit Lamayuru with its lunar landscape and Alchi Monastery with 11th-century paintings

Key information

  • 6 nights en suite hotels, 3 nights full-service camping, 3 nights homestay and 1 night guesthouse
  • 4 days point-to-point walking; 1 optional day walk
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and local staff. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 4,082m, average 3,500m
  • Full porterage throughout the trek

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners 
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
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.

5

Pace:

Approximately 3-6 hours walking per day

Terrain:

High altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 66.0km/4.0miles
Day 78.0km/5.0miles
Day 813.0km/8.0miles
Day 1013.0km/8.0miles

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… 

Itinerary

Delhi
to
Delhi
  • Day 1

    Start Delhi.

    The tour starts at the hotel in Delhi today. The group flights usually arrive into Delhi in the morning. Hotel check-in is normally available from 12 noon. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from the flight or for individual exploration of Delhi. There will be a group briefing at the hotel today.

    Hotel Jaypee Siddharth (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Fly to Leh (3,500m); rest of the day to acclimatise.

    A very early start today for the flight to Leh. We sometimes have to leave the hotel at around 2 am 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 acclimatise 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 3

    Drive to Shey Palace; short walk to Tikse Monastery.

    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 (approx. 2 hours) 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 4

    Half day walk to Leh Palace and Sankar Monastery; optional jeep trip to the Khardung La (5,602m).

    Today we will have an acclimatisation walk round the Leh Valley. Set above Leh on the Namgyal Hill, are the ruins of the Old Royal Palace. From here a winding path takes us to the Tsemo Monastery, from where we are rewarded for our efforts by magnificent views of the whole of Leh and its surrounding villages.

    Descending round the back of the palace we walk via Sankar 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.

    There is the chance today to make an optional jeep safari to the Khardung Pass; at 5,602m, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The journey to the top of the pass and back takes roughly 4/5 hours in total and can be booked and paid for locally. Your leader will have details (if you do the jeep safari this will be in the morning and you can do a walk in the afternoon).
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Optional rafting trip on the Indus; transfer to Yangtang.

    Well acclimatised, we leave Leh this morning. There is the chance to do an optional rafting trip on the Indus River for a few hours. The rafting starts in Phey, and after a 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, have lunch and rejoin our transport for the 2-3 hour drive to Yangtang. (Those not wanting to raft can have time to explore Nimmu village).

    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). Time allowing, 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 Zanskar Range beyond.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Start trek to Ullay (4,023m).

    We leave Yangtang away from the main trail and head north with spectacular rock formations surrounding us. Ladakh is a mountainous desert and the multi-coloured hills are magnificent in any light. During the first couple of hours of today's walk, we will come across some interesting erosional features, including pinnacles with rock boulders precariously balanced upon them. We will get to camp by lunchtime and in the afternoon there is the chance to walk higher up the valley. This area is well known for Ibex and Snow Leopards have been seen in the area.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Cross the Spangpo La (4,082) to Hemis Shupachen; village homestay.

    We head off along an easy trail which climbs to our first pass, the Spangpo La (4,082m) with wonderful views of the hills ahead and down to the village of Hemis Shupachen (3,663m). This tranquil village with a small gompa, green pastures and a clear stream is a lovely place to stay for the night. In the afternoon we can visit the monastery and have a look around the village.

    Village homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Cross the Mebtak La and the Lago La to Ang and on to Temisgam (3,256m); village homestay.

    From camp, we cross the pastures in a northwesterly 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, 'shukpa'. 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 (3,832m) 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, white-washed 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.

    Village homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Free day in Temisgam; optional daywalk or monastery visit; village homestay.

    Temisgam is famed for its monastery and is perhaps the most affluent village in the Sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses.

    In the morning we visit Temisgam Monastery, a complex of several temples, built in the 15th century AD. Further up the valley is a smaller gompa called Tsekarmo. On our way back we visit the old Royal Palace of Temisgam, situated in the middle of the village. The palace was home to Gyalpo Tagspa Bom, who chose Temisgam as a capital of his kingdom of Ladakh in the 15th century.

    After lunch we explore the village; there is a chance to visit a local school and interact with local people.

    Village homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Cross the Skinyang La (4,060m) to Skinyang village (3,531m).

     

    Today is a longer day. We begin with a gentle ascent to the base of the Skinyang Pass. We pass the pretty village of Tia and then Charcha as we follow a new jeep track. The trail then begins to climb up 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, a traditional Ladakhi village.

    Please note there is the option today of going all the way to Skinyang by jeep or if it is very hot we can drive to Tia at the base of the pass to avoid the heat.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Drive to Lamayuru Monastery set amidst a lunar landscape, continue to Alchi Monastery, one of the oldest in Ladakh with 11th century paintings.

    We say goodbye to our trekking crew this morning and join our transport for the spectacular drive to Lamayuru Monastery, set amidst an amazing lunar landscape. We descend first to Khalatse and then head west on one of the most magnificent parts of the Srinagar to Leh road. The road winds through a fantastic landscape – it was here that 50 million years ago two continents collided to form the Himalaya. Just before Lamayuru we pass a futuristic lunar landscape. Arriving at Lamayuru we have time to explore the monastery and the village surrounding it. We then rejoin our vehicles for the drive eastwards to Alchi where we spend the night.

    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. 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 12

    Visit Basgo Fort, drive to Leh.

    We drive back towards Leh and en route stop at Basgo Fort. Now mostly in ruins it is spectacularly situated in the wind blown rocks. We spend some time here exploring the ruins and temples. We then follow the main road back into Leh arriving by lunchtime. The rest of the afternoon is free in Leh for last minute sightseeing or shopping.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    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 around this ancient city.

    Hotel Jaypee Siddharth (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Delhi.

    It is time to say our farewells this morning as the tour ends after breakfast. Those travelling on the group flights will be transferred to Delhi Airport for your daytime flight back to London.

    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

India 

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: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/India-visa-information.pdf

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.

Vaccinations

India

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 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning. When you reach camp in the afternoon tea and biscuits will be served. At breakfast, dinner and in the afternoons, there is a choice of hot drinks. Breakfasts typically include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dhal and paneer (cottage cheese). At dinner time a dessert such as tinned fruit and custard, fritters or cake is also be served. 

Whilst in the homestays, food will be cooked by our own cooks and eaten together in the dining room of one of the homestays.

Please note that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available whilst on trek.

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 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.

Weather

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 and some of the days on trek can be extremely hot so we often start walking quite early to avoid the heat in summer. Please bring plenty of lightweight clothes for the trek and plenty of sun protection.

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.

Delhi in the summer it is very hot and humid.

Leh

Is this trip for you?

This tour has been graded as 'Moderate' (activity level 3) and includes a fairly gentle five day trek (including four days point-to-point walking plus one optional daywalk), reaching a maximum altitude of 4,082m, average 3,500m.

This holiday itself is a mixture of sightseeing and walking; the short trek takes in the best of the contrasting scenery that the Indian Himalaya has to offer. The trails are generally well made and we walk for 4-6 hours each day with frequent stops. We tend to set of early each day to avoid the heat, and usually arrive into camp in time for lunch. The trip should be within the capabilities of those who are active and do some walking. The luggage is transferred by vehicle and there will be a back-up jeep in case you want to spend more time exploring the villages. It can be very hot in Ladakh in the summer so we start walking quite early to avoid the heat of the day.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: https://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes. We spend 3 days in Leh (3500m) before the trek to allow you to acclimatise.

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

Why Trek with Exodus?

• Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Ladakh.
• 'Ask an expert' - talk to Exodus office staff who have done the treks themselves.
• Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
• All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
• Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
• Staff carry oxygen and first aid kit.
• Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
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.

Accommodation

Hotels, Camping & Homestays

You will spend 6 nights en suite hotels, 3 nights full-service camping, 3 nights homestay and 1 night guesthouse.  

In Delhi, we usually stay at the Hotel Jaypee Siddharth, a locally-rated 5-star hotel with a swimming pool and spa. It is very comfortable and is conveniently located very close to the metro, for ease of getting around the city. In Leh we stay in a simple hotel and all rooms have en suite bathrooms. 

We spend three nights of the trek in village homestays. These are authentic local Ladakhi houses. There are comfortable mattresses on the floor with blankets but you will need to bring a sleeping bag. There will be a basic local toilet and dining room. Food will be cooked by our own cooks and eaten in the dining room of one of the homestays where there will be a heater. Single rooms are not generally available in the homestays and occasionally there may be 3 or 4 guests to a room. If you want more privacy at night, we carry a few tents with us and it is possible to sleep in a tent. Ask your leader on arrival in Leh if you would like this option.

Three nights on the trek are full-service camping 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 and bags are not provided – 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.

We can arrange additional nights' accommodation in Delhi prior to, or after your trip, should you wish - please enquire at the time of booking.

Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement (subject to availability) - please enquire at the time of booking.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
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.

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
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.

Expert Blog Entries

The mountains will always draw us back to this majestic country: and now, with the return of a very special trip, the

  • Reviewed September 2016
    Gaynor Sharp

    Trails of Ladakh

    An excellent trip, lots of time to acclimatise in Leh and brilliant trekking, not too challenging but stunningly beautiful. The Indus rafting trip was stunning and good fun

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at the passes and the views from the top-also the jeep ride up the highest navigable road was worth it for the peace and clam and amazing views from the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Scram was amazing well informed, sense of humour and was totally patient and lovely the whole time. Felt very secure with him as a guide-brilliant hight commended.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Its warmer than I expected-ensure that you get 15 cm sleeping mattresses-we just had a flimsy 1cm bit of plastic insulation!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trek, very clean and peaceful.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Meryl James

    Trails of Ladakh

    If you are looking for a mix of culture, language and stunning scenery, this is the trip for you! Supported throughout by an experienced team (from chef to leader to spotting Snow Leopard footprints and even excitement), this trail will weave its wave deep into the recesses of your heart and mind, nourishing soul and body!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting local people as well as rafting down the Indus- both utterly captivating and all done under safe guidance.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good, stable and well able to handle the range of characters and backgrounds which inevitable make up a group of adults! (All with their own ideas on how things ought to be done!)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes carefully! They are very good! If you do this you will bring along the right footwear,clothing and be well prepared to meet most things which might cross your path: literally and metaphorically!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I cannot recommend the trip highly enough! The group comprised experienced walkers and almost complete novices, yet all enjoyed the sights, experiences and our needs were speedily met if there were any concerns e.g. altitude sickness which nobody an predict.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Louise Ungless

    Trails of Ladakh

    This trip is a fantastic mixture of trekking and culture. Scenic trails follow streams and pony tracks in the valleys, with fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas once you reach the top of a pass. The monasteries we visited were stunning and there is also time to explore the traditional villages once we reach camp.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A big mix of age and characters in the group - the group got on very well, had a laugh and always looked out for one another.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pasang made every effort to look after anyone who felt unwell. He remained professional in the mountains and was good humoured. The camp staff were excellent - cooking up lots of great food and making sure that we could relax on camp.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The optional rafting was excellent - wetsuits are provided if you prefer to wear one of those over your costume rather than clothes. Although luggage allowance was more relaxed from Delhi to Leh, it was very strict on the way back due to take off at altitude. You can pay for extra luggage however. Non-trek items can be left at the hotel in Delhi or Leh. Take it easy on your first day in Leh - some of us were surprised that we were out of breath during a 5 minute stroll to the shop.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Cathryn Davies

    Trails of Ladakh

    A fabulous trip with the opportunity to get a real taste of Ladakhi village life and to view the spectacular mountain panoramas whilst walking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were lots of highlights during my trip: Getting to know a fantastic, amusing, quirky, interesting and supportive group of people, Learning about Buddhism and visiting amazing old monasteries, Walking in the mountains, Exchanging smiles and a few words with local villagers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pasang was a great, energetic tour leader. He always tried to accommodate individual needs and tried to remain professional and good humoured. He was also very supportive to those who were unwell.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My food requirements were well catered for and overall the food in camp was very impressive. It would have been good to have some suggestions of things that we could bring to donate to the school in advance of our visit.
  • Reviewed September 2009
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF LADAKH

    Stunning scenery, amazing people, wonderful food, etc

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The friendly people

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fully aware of what travelling on the roads in that part of the world entails.

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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 Triangleit 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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