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The Ladakh region, known as “Little Tibet” or “ Land beyond the Passes” is one of the most remote areas of India, lying to the north of the Himalaya on the Tibetan Plateau. On this trekking adventure we will visit many of the incredible Tibetan monasteries, palaces and local people’s homes in the region. Ladakh is far removed from the disputed and troubled region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, and is a fantastic opportunity to experience the area; join us to see this peaceful way of life beneath the snow-capped mountains.
Beginning the tour in Leh, we visit several centuries-old functioning monasteries and the monks, beginning our trek from Ridzong. It is a short and easy route that seldom goes over 4000m. We will pass through many medieval villages on the way experiencing their temples, libraries and the unchanged lifestyle of the locals in their fields and homes.
This high mountain region has remained isolated for centuries to the outside world due to its inaccessibility. From high altitude lakes surrounded by snow capped mountains we head down into remote valleys dotted with lush meadows and spectacular ochre coloured rocky landscape that changes its mood along with the light. You can even go white water rafting. This is truly the road less travelled.
Single rooms are available on a first come, first served basis, however, due to the small size and the nature of the guesthouses and homestays we are using on this adventure, there are several nights where single rooms are not possible, so the supplement price reflects this. We will charge on a pro-rata basis if a single room is not available to book for part of the trip where it would have been possible.
We fully believe in, and practice, Responsible Tourism and use hotels run by locals. We put time and effort into building our relationship with them to ensure you have a a great trip.
This accommodation on this adventure involves both hotel and homestays. We choose accommodation based on cleanliness, comfort, safety, proximity to our route (to avoid unnecessary extra travel), and a warm client welcome, as well as reliability in their service to us. Some hotels will be basic, and in modern buildings and or in towns. Wherever we can, we will choose smaller more characterful, individual hotels, but in areas where tourism is still developing, this may not be available.
An aspect of our adventures is to escape the ‘trappings’ of modern Western lifestyles and to experience new things which is exciting and memorable, and reflects the countries we are visiting.
This is adventure travel and on occasion the advertised services at a hotel (eg wifi, or hot showers!) may not be functional on our arrival. This tends to occur in the smaller, more remote hotels, guest houses or camps. Very rarely a hotel lets us down and we are required to find alternative suitable accommodation that might not be our first choice.
The list below gives information on our first choice of accommodation for this adventure. Where hotels and refuges are fully booked or unavailable, we will use an alternative of a similar standard, and equally well situated. We will provide you with an accurate list of accommodation, with contact information to leave with relatives, prior to departure on your adventure.
Leh Hotel (4 nights): We stay in a tourist hotel close to the centre of town. Hotels in Leh are simple and usually have en suite rooms, with breakfast and evening meals served in the hotel’s dining room. Eg Snowland Hotel (www.hotelsnowland.co.in). Single supplement £150.
Alchi & trek (4 nights): We will stay in small local homestays and guest houses in the villages that we are passing through. Local farmers have diversified to accommodate tourists and improve their income, and homestays are a wonderful way to see village life.
Not all homestay accommodation will be en-suite but many now have western style toilets with sinks and running water, and there are hot shower facilities in some. Others may be more rustic and offer long drop toilets and bucket showers. Bedding is usually supplemented by plenty of warm blankets for chilly evenings. Food is usually excellent and plentiful. Electricity supplies are usually not! There may be limited mobile signals, if any.
Supporting you on your holiday will be a minimum of 2 experienced, approachable and knowledgeable guides; one from the UK YellowWood team, and an in-country local guide who will be with us for the duration of the holiday.
This ensures you the perfect balance of information and support on your trip, with your Ladakhi guides offering insight into local life and customs, as well as routes during walking excursions, whilst your YellowWood guide ensures the smooth running of your adventure.
Your group will be any number from our minimum group size of 4, up to a maximum of 12 clients. This number works really well with the ratio of guides, and ensures an optimal level of service to you during your adventure.
We get clients booking alone, as couples and in small groups of friends. If you have a larger group of friends or family who are interested in having their own customised trip, then please let us know and we can cost it out for you. Our links with in-country travel experts often mean that we can assist you in developing a personalised itinerary.
You are visiting the Himalaya, and although you will only be walking through valleys between the mountains, you will be walking at altitude between 3000 and 4000m.
Distances walked vary between 6km and 16km, with up to 500m of ascent during the day.
To get the most of out of this adventure, you therefore need to be a regular walker and in good physical condition. You do not need to be experienced in trekking, however. Any hiking is undertaken at the natural pace of the group, with regular stops.
You will be carrying just a day pack with bottle of water, your packed lunch and basics.
As with all active holidays, the fitter you are, the more you can relax and enjoy the stunning route, and the better you can cope with challenges such as the outside elements.
Clients are advised to get into a regular walking pattern before the trip as convenient.
NB: If you have bought new hiking boots for this adventure, this is the right time to wear them in, not on the trip itself.
Your YellowWood adventure starts at the airport in Leh. We understand that arriving into an unfamiliar airport can be very daunting, so we aim to give you as much information here as possible, to help you prepare.
Flights are not included in the cost of your holiday, and whilst we are happy to help advise you, responsibility for booking the correct flights rests with you. We recommend that you use a comparison tool such as www.momondo.co.uk or www.skyscanner.net when searching for flights. We will send you a Flight Information Sheet with further pointers on which flights to book for your adventure.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. We also receive notifications direct from the FCDO so we are always aware of the ‘status’ in our destination countries.
Leh Airport is a military airport on the outskirts of the town, only a ten minute drive from the main centre. It is a very small airport which only caters for 200 or so people at a time, and therefore has only very basic facilities – a new civilian terminal is being built and was expected to open in 2020 but in the meantime please remember you’re in a military airbase and not to take any photos!
You will need to fill out a disembarkation form on the plane or in the terminal (in any case, before you leave the terminal) and go through passport control.
Once through, collect your baggage and make your way in to arrivals where you will be met by your Yellowwood Guide (look out for a Yellowwood sign!) and a local driver for transport to your hotel.
Toilets are available in arrivals, though you might need your own toilet paper.
On arrival at your hotel you will be welcomed and have time to settle in to your room. Once the group have arrived (they may be on a variety of different flights), you will have lunch and a trip briefing, followed by a leisurely walk around Leh to kickstart your trip and point out the key facilities – ATMs, currency exchange, internet access and the best coffee!
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To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.
All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.
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