Ladakh is one of the few places on earth which is still virtually untouched and unexplored. It’s one of India’s best kept secrets that we can’t help but let you in on. Enjoy the calm serenity of the fresh mountain air without a care in the world and wander through the ancient hills on a voyage of discovery through this majestic land. This 10-night experience will take you from the hive of activity commonly known as Delhi to an area which couldn’t be a more perfect contrast, the capital of Ladakh, Leh. We are the experts when it comes to India and will enrich every journey with our insight, privileged access and flawless knowledge. This trip through Ladakh lets you escape to the unknown valleys and villages of the Indus Valley – an escapists dream.
Hustle and bustle
Start your journey by touching down in the bustling city of Delhi; India’s capital that is home to many historical and cultural secrets. Spend the day exploring both the new and old town, where you can experience the real India and see it through the eyes of those in the know as you are drawn in to the sights, sounds and smells of this vibrant city. Rest your head in the height of luxury at The Imperial for two nights. Built in celebration of India’s independence from the British, The Imperial is one of Asia’s finest luxury hotels surrounded by lush gardens and just a stone’s throw away from the city’s main attractions, not to mention the renowned shopping district. The perfect bolthole to begin your Indian adventure.
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High in the hills
Now for a change in scenery, and what scenery it is. From the metropolis of Delhi, you will take to the skies and head north to Leh, the capital of refreshing Ladakh. Spend the next week on a trek through the small, unexplored valleys and villages on the north side of the Indus Valley. Watch the yaks grazing on the sumptuous high pastures and bear witness to local village life that is largely undisturbed and still plays host to ancient traditions. The route from Stakmo will take you from 3600m to 4300m before arriving at the Shakti Village House in Eego. These traditional village houses will be your havens over the course of the week as you enjoy the traditional style décor that, even given the remote location, refuses to lack comfort or luxury.
Shrines and summer dwellings
As you continue your walk you will come across a small valley with local shrines and summer dwellings. Commonly known as Aazo, this region is only inhabited for a few months in the summer and sits high above the Indus Valley with the monastery of Thiksey below you in the distance. The valley below Aazo opens out into a boulder strewn moonscape caused by a combination of glacial and high-level water flows. A stunning view and the perfect spot to escape the nine to five monotony. Enjoy delectable delights prepared by your private chef and unwind to the sound of the crackling fire with your choice of tipple.
Enjoy a few nights camping under the Milky Way and wake up in Nang where you have the opportunity to gain a wonderful insight into traditional village life. Spend the next few days exploring the Sakti valley, stopping off for a picnic lunch and to admire the culmination of monasteries before returning to Eego and being welcomed with a refreshing glass of something sweet.