Himalayas

Ladakh 2018-05-15T14:58:43+00:00

Ladakh Safari – 10 days/15 days trek

Ladakh “land of high passes” is a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Karakoram mountain range in the north to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.  It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet. Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti regions to the south, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyul regions to the west, and the southwest corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram Pass in the far north.

Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh. Almost half of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shia Muslims. Ladakh is the highest plateau of the world, with much of it being over 3,000 m (9,800 ft).

There are various Tribes and sects including the Drok-pa, Gujjar, Gaddi, Pandit, Balti and so on. Most of the minority tribes are often dominated and bullied by the Kashmiris, who have constantly been trying to take control of entire region by reducing others in numbers, either by fighting, cheating or marrying females of other tribes and taking control of their land and assets. This has been seen historically as in the case of Zanskar, where ancient Buddhists statues remind us of the prevalent Buddhist past and in  case of the Kashmir valley, where ancient Hindu temples are silent testimonials of the Hindu Pandit past. These facts have been carefully suppressed by the successive Indian pseudo-secular Governments for their vested interests of remaining in power at any cost.

Highlights on this journey

  • Pangong Lake
  • Nubra Valley
  • Kargil War Memorial
  • Passes including Khardung La and Rohtang Jot
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Locations covered: Leh – Khardung La – Kargil – Nubra – Thiksey – Indus – Hemis – Lamayuru – Drass – Pangong Tso

Note: While all the above mentioned locations are covered during the trip, weather conditions and prevailing circumstances may always influence the order of the itineraries generally planned in advance. With over 25 years of Wild Holidays operating in this remote region, and with our trips remaining as organic and responsive to the vagaries of nature as possible, our itineraries remain flexible and adaptive.

Remark: This region has harsh climatic conditions, with temperatures often going below 0ºC. The programme requires patience, endurance and ability to cope with changes in fluctuating environments.

Months of June Reporting on 19

If you wish to travel at a different time or/and if you wish to travel with a group of your friends or family, Wild Holidays is happy to customize this trip to your specific needs and requirements. Just drop us a line!

Reporting point – Srinagar (1 day before departure)
End point – Leh (10 days, Package 1), Manali (15 days, Package 2)

 Day0:  (8 July) Reporting by 12 Noon latest at Manali

Safari usually starts daily at 6am

Day 1 to 3 :                      (9 July to 11 July)                  Safari – travel
Day 4 :                              (12 July)                                  Sightseeing
Day 5 to 6 :                    (13 & 14 July)                         Safari –travel days
Day 7 :                              ( 15 July )                                Rest Day
Day 8 to 9 :                   (16 & 17 July )                        Safari – travel days
Day 10 :                           (July18 )                                 Departure after breakfast – Package 1 ends at Leh
Day 11 to 14:                  (19 July to 22 July)             Package II continues – safari – travel days
Day 15 :                           (July 23)                                 Departure after breakfast – Package 2 ends at Leh

Accommodation varies between tents and simple guesthouses, depending on the stage of the journey. To allow adaptability and flexibility, accommodations are not booked in advance –  exception made of the nights at reporting/departure point. Accommodation is on a 3-4-person basis, and twin sharing at times, depending on the package selected and availability.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided, with tea interludes wherever possible.
Meals include unlimited vegetarian simple food with fixed menu (locally available).

Rough clothing, both warm and light
Heavy woolen sweater/jacket or good wind jacket
Woolen cap, gloves, socks and hat
Good pair of hiking shoes
Sanitary case (towel, tissue roll, etc), medicines
Sunglasses and sunscreen/Vaseline
Torch, water bottle, camera, spare batteries, binoculars, notepad, pen, dry snacks, etc.

Ever-smiling face (compulsory)!

What is included

  • Unlimited vegetarian food + Tea
  • Accommodation in tents and guest houses
  • Sight-seeing in and around Leh by jeep or mini bus
  • Orientation meeting prior to departure
  • Personal expenses – laundry, mineral water, soft drinks, shopping, medicine
  • Emergency situation costs
  • Transport to/from reporting point

Cancellation Policy:

Rs. 3,000 deduction for cancellation more than 65 days before departure
Rs. 5,000 deduction for cancellation 11-65 days before departure
Rs. 10,000 deduction for cancellation up to 10 days of before departure .
Rs. 20,000 deduction for cancellation for no show/ no information until departure day

“I went for the Ladakh Safari last year. I was looking at other sites to check for famous operators and meanwhile, a friend told me of Himanshu. Before calling him, I was very unsure. What about safety, how much to rely, what about hygiene, how much cash should I take, what does ‘wild holidays’ mean? The first time I spoke to Himanshu, I was reassured. The fun is very different when you know your guide very well from start, rather than at the day of the journey. I actually stayed in the jungle, I saw the sun, the moon the wild way. I cooked and ate in the jungle. I saw villages, old Aryan families and Adivasis. Something I would have never seen otherwise. I also stayed at the Valley and loved the adventure. My wife just did not want to go back home! We are going to Sikkim this year with Himanshu and family. I have sent this card to all my relatives and friends: if you want to enjoy nature, talk to Himanshu!”
Mr. Chikani
I went with my daughter and husband to Ladakh trip last year. I will say it will be memorable for me. Full of adventure. I was stepping out of my house for a holiday after twenty years. My daughter said hence we should go for a safe bet so we were for looking online tours, etc. Then my husband’s friend said since it is special to you, make it a life long memory. And so I took Himanshu’s card from him. The whole arrangement was very good: stay at a mountain point, tents, food, everything. Himanshu and his people were also very helpful. For everything we took a very different way. But when I could not take the task, they arranged things for me. Himanshu knows each and every thing and each and everyone there. We were very happy and relaxed. This year I have convinced my husband and family to go for the Sikkim trip! One more thing, Himanshu also ensures that when we come back we all become friends, and I have many more friends today. God bless you Himanshu.”
Mrs. Amarjeet Arora
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