Itinerary

Our journey starts in New Delhi. As we are all coming from different countries, our first meeting point will be in the capital of India.

Even though we have a time limitation of twenty two days, we don´t have a fixed schedule in this travel. We have a plan and an openness to change it, may it be because of the climate or problems in the road or just because the group feels to stay longer or shorter somewhere.

 

For the season 2017, it will be a trip in August and September.

August: From the 6th to 27th August.

250299_2122410554218_1664476223_32730215_2410548_nSeptember: From the 3th to 24th September.

 

Day 1: Meeting in Delhi. Pick up from airport to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel Hari Piorko in Delhi.

Day 2: Flying to Leh. Overnight in Hotel Leh-Chen in Leh. Resting day for acclimatization.

Day 3: From Leh to Nubra Valley by Warila pass.

Day 4-5-6: Meditation Retreat in Hunder, Nubra Valley. Goba Guest House.

Day 7: From Nubra Valley to Leh by Kardungla pass.

Day 8: Leh. Hotel Leh Chen.

Day 9: From Leh to Alchi and Lamayouru. Overnight in Lamayouru. Dragon Guest House.

Day 10-11-12-13-14: Trekking from Kanji (Indus Valley) to Rangdum (Zanskar Valley). Possibility of going to Rangdum by car for those who can´t do the trek.

Day 15: Rangdum.

Day 16: From Rangdum to Padum.

Day 17-18: Padum. Optional visit to Stonde monastery , Karsha monastery and surroundings.

Day 19: From Padum to Kargil. Overnight in Kargil. High Lines Mountain Resort.

Day 20: From Kargil to Srinagar.

Day 21: Srinagar. Jersey House Boat.

Day 22: Fly from Srinagar to Delhi.

 

The first day we stay in Delhi, flying to Leh next day early morning. Sightseeing for those who want to explore the city. From New Delhi we will fly directly to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Leh is situated at 3500m height.

We will need a day of complete rest to acclimate to the altitude. Our accommodation in Leh is in the Hotel Leh Chen, very comfortable and with spectacular views of Leh valley.

Leh is an old city full of charm and life. Here the Buddhist and the Muslims are living together in a peaceful and harmonious way. It´s beautiful to walk through its narrow cobbled streets crisscrossed by channels of fresh and clear water. Ancient monasteries, stupas, ladakhi traditional houses, mosques, the Muslim and the so different Buddhist quarters...We can visit it fully after we come back from Nubra Valley

After one day of rest we move to Nubra Valley by road in comfortable cars. Nearby Leh we will stop in the famous Thiksey Monastery. It is an amazing day journey of breath taking beauty. Crossing the Warila pass and traversing small and traditional ladakhi villages located in stunning landscape. We will travel very slowly, stopping many times in the immensity of the mountains and the valleys we pass.

Nubra Valley was traversed for centuries by merchants of the Silk Rout. We will enjoy sand dunes and wild camels, a whole range of beauty and exoticism, mysticism and silence, simplicity and light.

We do here the Meditation Retreat, in the charming village of Hunder, in the friendly Goba Guest House where I am bringing my groups since my first trip in 2009.

The Retreat will be guided by Unmani. Meeting with oneself and with the other through silence, in the "Being". The practice of different types of meditation will help our mind to "stop" and our body to let go, experiencing reality from the heart with silent and open mind. A quite mind brings inner peace and joy.

The last day of the retreat we walk from Hunder to Diskit monastery across the desert dunes. It is magical to do this trek in silence and presence, in total openness to receive. Diskit Monastery is one of the most important and powerful monasteries of Ladakh. We will meditate here and enjoy the sunset with impressive views of the Valley.

After the retreat we are ready to travel in openness and receptivity, to receive the amazing beauty of this land and people. Present, with a clean mind, without stories, without my story.

 Nubra Valley has border with Pakistan and China, foreigners have limited access, which forces us to return to Leh, this time by the Kardungla pass, 5600m height. The highest motor able pass in the world, and again traversing a spectacular landscape.

283259_2122430794724_1664476223_32730264_5692884_nOne day in Leh, exploring the city or just resting, walking, shopping and meeting people from all over the world, including many Tibetan refugees.

And we start to descend the Mystic Indus Valley, connecting Leh with Srinagar, Ladakh with Kashmir. We will see many Tibetan Monasteries in the way, some of them located in remote and isolated places, stopping in Alchi and Lamayuru,

Alchi is a litle village with the oldest Gompa (monastery) of Ladakh, more than 1000 years old. 

We continue down the river towards Lamayuru, a town state located in stunning scenery, surprisingly unusual and colorful. We will spend the night here in Dragon Guest House.

Next day, from Kanji we start the trek to Rangdum, in Zanskar Valley. To trek in Ladakh is to experience being immerse in Silence and beauty. Spectacular land escape, 4 or 5 hours walking everyday during the 5 days that separate these two villages. There is not any village in the way, so we will use horses to curry our luggage, tents and food. A local ladakhi guide will help us to do it in easy and safe way.

There is an alternative option for those who can´t do the trek. They can go by road to Rangdum, via Mulbeck, Kargil and the green and beautiful Suru Valley.

One day of rest in Rangdum, enjoying the, again, spectacular breath taken beauty of this natural spot, Rangdum a little village in an immense glacier circus, where the people is living in a total traditional way, completely connected to the natural resources, still a self sufficient economy. The Rangdum Gompa on the top of the hill dominating a full view of the valley. Every day the kids walk the 3km distance from the village to the Gompa where it is the school.

Now we are in Zanskar Valley. One of the most impressive valleys of Ladakh.  No words can express what I experience every time I travel in this area. Moving at the bottom of this valley never fails to blow my mind. The vision of looking almost straight up at mountain-tops of 7000m, with some of them carrying glaciers ending just on the other side of the river which I follow, leaves no space for anything but gratitude being allowed to experience this.

 The next day we will climb a pass from wich becomes visible the world´s second longest glacier. At the end we reach to Padum, the most important village of this area. This rout is extremely beautiful. Padum is  where villagers from all over the valley do their business and meet up. There is not much transportation here, so the locals have to walk very far sometimes to access the market.

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While staying in Padum, we can visit Karsha Monastery and Stonde Monastery, or simply walk around mixing with the local life. Contemplating the beauty of this wonderful and unique valley.

From Padum we are going straight to Kargil in one day.  A very alive Muslim city where we will be overnight in High Lines Mountain Resort. Our next stop will be Srinagar, crossing the Sojila Pass we enter the green Kashmir arriving night time to the beautiful city of Srinagar. We leave behind us the desert of the high mountains. Kashmir is famous since centuries for its extraordinary beauty.

In Srinagar We will stay in a deluxe Jersey House boat in Neel Lake, one of the three lakes of this beautiful and friendly city, known for its lotus floating parks and the house-boats originating from the english colonial time.

 During the time of the English occupation of India, the Maharajah of Kashmir didn´t allow the English people to own any land, so the conquerors built amazing house-boats in the lakes. This tradition is going on until our days, becoming an extraordinary tourist accommodation in Srinagar.

I know the family owner since many years and I have been bringing my groups there. We will feel at home in a luxury accommodation.

In Srinagar we will enjoy to travel by sikara and discover the local and wild life of the lakes.

Here we say goodbye to the Himalayas and fly back to Delhi ending this spectacular and unique trip.