Mountainous with high altitudes.
With prayer flags fluttering from the rooftops of houses, bright prayer wheels guarding the entrances to tiny settlements and vivid dark blue skies from the altitude, Ladakh is the most remote and sparsely populated region of India. A high-altitude snow desert bound by mountains and made up of mountains, when Ladakh isn’t completely cut off from the rest of the world in the winter, getting there in the summer involves crossing the highest mountain passes in the world. Ladakh is remote but change and modernisation is coming to this last mountain Shangri-la.
Remember, all our expeditions are created bespoke so you're not restricted by what you see here. If you're undecided about where to go, just call us, we love sharing ideas.
The world really is your oyster!
Upon arrival there will be time to adjust to the way of life and explore Delhi. After flying to Ladakh teams can choose from a selection of short treks from Leh as well as visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries.
There are many exciting trekking options ranging from arduous to the more sedate. 7-14 day treks include the Markha Valley circuit and the high altitude route to Tsmoriri Lake passing some of the most remote valleys of the Indian Himalaya with spectacular scenery. Alternatively teams could trek to the Rizong Gompa, Chilling or Hunder to the north of Leh. These options although shorter are equally stunning involving rugged terrain and lush valleys.
In this valuable and rewarding phase teams can volunteer and take part in a variety of environmental and community based projects. Past examples include rebuilding flood damaged houses, creating educational mural designs, building school facilities. Teams can opt to raise extra funds to fit solar panels which make a huge difference in supporting remote communities. All projects are chosen in consolation with the community to ensure their needs are met.
Teams can choose to experience some of Ladakh’s rich history by visiting ancient monasteries such as Hemis - one of the most important monasteries in Ladakh. The last days in India can be spent exploring Delhi, with many wonders such as the Red Fort, and the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra.
Our Ladakh adventure is graded as average to strenuous; however, some more challenging days can be expected when trekking due to the altitude. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the expedition.
Mountainous with high altitudes.
Cold and chilly most of the year but day-time temperatures rise to over 30ºC in the summer (June to September) with clear, blue skies.
Ladakhis are predominantly Buddhist and their culture is very similar to that of the Tibetan culture. Art, literature, and music all contain elements of the prevailing Buddhist beliefs.
We don't have a 'sales department' so any one of us may answer the phone and we're always delighted to help with your questions.
We love to chat about expeditions over a cuppa! We're happy to visit you to discuss your expedition aspirations or via phone if you're short on time.
Announcing an expedition to the school is always exciting. We present to students in assembly then a week or so later to parents after school.
Unlike typical school trips, we collect all applications and payments directly, reducing admin time for teachers.