Hiking the High Monasteries of Ladakh, end of Day 1 Trek

17,000Ft Foundation

In taking you off the beaten track during your YellowWood Adventure in Ladakh, we are enjoying and exploring the stunning landscapes of the Himalaya. Our trek introduces you to Leh, but also to the wilder and more remote areas of the region, the very villages where 17000ft operate. 

We feel that during our time in the country, it is important not just to understand the culture of the area, learnt through valuable input from our local guide, but also to learn about the obstacles that face these communities, for a more balanced view of what Ladakh daily life is really like.

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Pupil at remote village school in Ladakh, India

A Not for Profit Organisation, 17000Ft was set up with a focus on improving the lives of people living in very remote villages, in areas that lie isolated and forgotten due to difficulties posed by tough terrain. All too often, young families move away to cities in search of education, leaving a vulnerable demographic in the remote mountain villages and having an effect on the culture and traditions of these areas. 

17000ft’s vision is to strengthen rural schools and communities, drive attention to remote villages, and provide opportunities for learning through enriching exchanges with visiting travellers and creating a framework for economic independence through increase tourism spends. It is their strong belief that geography and distance should not prove a barrier to opportunity and growth.

We are invited as a group to learn about the work of the 17000 ft Foundation at their headquarters in Leh, where they will talk to us and show us a video of their work. Children are at school to learn, not for us to spectate, and so we are not visiting a local school during this adventure, but for the opportunity to contribute directly to one of their projects.

The Leh office visit during this adventure is entirely optional, but offers a unique opportunity to understand more about life off the beaten track in Ladakh, and a chance for us to reflect on what we can offer, be it a greater level of understanding, empathy and compassion, informing others of the realities that face young families in remote villages, or making a donation of time or money to the charity. 

Related Adventures


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.

Please read our Adventure Itinerary & Essential Information for more information and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat through whether you have found a suitable adventure for you.

Grade 1-3: Entry Level

You need to be in good physical health to enjoy your active holiday, but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker. These itineraries offer a mix of sightseeing and easier walking for around 2-4hrs a day, with the emphasis on sights and cultural experiences. 

Walks will be well marked or on defined pathways, and often around sites of interest. The expected amount of descent/ascent will depend on the landscapes of the destination, but will not exceed 400m/day, and will often be much less. Walks are at low altitude (below 3000m). 

You will not be required to carry more than a day sack with water and essentials. Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have a pair of comfortable and worn in walking shoes/boots.

Grades 4-6: Intermediate

You need to have a good level of fitness and be a regular walker for these adventures, with ideally some trekking experience. You can expect to be walking for 3-6 hours per day, not including rest stops, normally on good trail paths but with some uneven surfaces at times. 

You will not be required to carry more than a day sack. You may be walking in more challenging temperatures. You will generally be walking at low altitude (below 3000m) but may walk at altitudes up to 4000m. The amount of ascent could be up to 800m in a day but will frequently be less. You may walk on consecutive days.

Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable clothing for this adventure.

Grades 7-9: Challenging

You need to have a good level of fitness with previous experience of trekking. Extra training before your trip will ensure that you get the most out of your adventure. Areas will be remote and terrain uneven. 

Expect to walk for 5 – 8 hours a day, not including breaks, with some very steep ascents and descents. You will be walking at altitude (over 3000m but not higher than 5000m).

Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable equipment/clothing for this adventure (see the packing list for your adventure).

Please check individual itineraries for details of what you will need to be carrying with you.

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