Who wants to go hiking, biking, rafting, and rambling through the Himalyan Mountains in Ladakh, India over 12 dazzling days in July 2020? Explore northern India’s ancient monasteries, join monks in a sunrise prayer then hike over terraced highlands and raft glacier-fed rivers while listening for the calls of the elusive snow leopard. This is Ladakh!
Join AdventureWomen on an active cultural odyssey through the elemental beauty and enchanting communities of Ladakh, India. In Delhi, meet the spirited women with whom you’ll travel, then it’s off to the high-desert city of Leh in Ladakh! Over two days, you’ll acclimatize to the rarefied mountain air with low-key outdoor activities. Get to know your travel companions better with an easy stroll to see the stunning Shanti Stupa, shop the outdoor market, explore 16th century Leh Palace, and visit the Central Asia Museum to learn about India’s silk trade. On your second day in Leh, participate in a sunrise prayer ceremony with the monks at Thiksey Monastery! Prepare to be astounded at their 49’ tall gilded statue of Maitreya Buddha.
In the verdant Sham Valley, explore the remote Rizong Monastery, known for its strict monastic practices; also visit nearby Chulichan nunnery. Arriving at Lamayuru, marvel at a village and monastery built into sheer cliffs, caves, and narrow plateaus! Discover a trove of exemplary murals and statues within the unassuming walls of Alchi Choskhor temple, then take a rollicking river rafting trip from Chilling to Nimoo on the Zanskar River! Hike up to Rumbak for one night of camping in the snow leopard’s native habitat. Listen for its call at night and watch for sure-footed blue sheep negotiating vertical cliffs with death-defying precision. Gather next for an awesome hike to reach the base of Stok La Pass at 16,076’, but don’t worry, horses are available for the journey if you get tired along the way.
Hidden amid the dry, craggy mountains and rocky landscapes bedecked with monasteries, what few get to see in Ladakh is the verdant valley of Nubra. Travel there via the Khardun La Pass, the world’s highest drive-able road. Stay in charming Hunder Village, visit Diskit Monastery to see its unforgettable 105’ statue of Maitreya Buddha, blessed by the Dalai Lama. Cycle the old Silk Road to explore Panamik, an oasis for travelers and their camels, and walk the sacred “hidden” Yarab Tso Lake. Through Hundar Gorge, you’ll enjoy an upstream hike to explore the tiny mountain village of Hundar Dok with its artfully terraced farmland. Pass shepherd’s huts where farmers may be churning butter or harvesting crops. Feeling filled to the brim with Hundar’s charm, you return to Leh on the unbelievably breathtaking Khardun La Pass once again.
Join your fellow Adventure Women for a delicious farewell dinner shared among new friends while you enjoy recalling favorite views, discoveries, and insights during your odyssey in Ladakh, then depart with memories that last a lifetime.
Active Cultural Adventure in Ladakh Highlights:
- Dive into culture in Northern India with visits to monasteries, nunneries while learning about the silk trade, Buddhism & Ladakh’s history
- Hike the Himalayan Mountains ascending to high mountain passes with stunning views of the farming valleys below
- Raft the Zanskar River
- Stay overnight in a campsite deep in the habitat of the elusive snow leopard and blue sheep
Date: July 5 – 16, 2020
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