Explore the India Himalaya and help raise funds for the Australian Himalayan Foundation conservation efforts to protect the Snow Leopard in Ladakh and reduce village infant mortality in the remote Zanskar region.
Offered exclusively to Summit Club members, this is an opportunity to experience the rich Buddhist culture of Ladakh. Ladakh is a region of the Himalaya that is not so well known, it comprises many hidden valleys where ancient culture is largely untouched, and centuries old traditions still survive and flourish.We explore ancient monasteries dating back to the 14th century, take time to visit the AHF projects in the region such as the Snow Leopard Conservancy, and trek over high passes of the Indian Himalaya. Our trek takes us into remote villages that are completely cut off from the outside world for up to 5 months each year, here we can interact with the local people and get a glimpse of what it’s like to live the very basic life of a subsistent farmer in one of the harshest high altitude environments in the world.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Leh – Ladakh|
|DEPARTURE DATES||1 July 2018 – 10 July 2018|
|DURATION||10 days/9 nights|
|PRICES per person|
AU$2,750 twin share rate
AU$3,070 single rate
|GROUP SIZE||6-16 Guests|
Join Leh (3500m)
Ju-le! Welcome to Ladakh!
Upon arrival into Leh airport you will be met by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to you hotel. Today is a joining day and so you are free to relax this afternoon. Leh is at quite a high altitude, and so it is important that you take it easy today, drink water and let your body start to adjust to the higher altitude. In the evening a trip briefing will be held with your group leader and AHF representative, before heading out for a welcome dinner. L,D
In Leh, sightseeing Hemis & Thiksey Monasteries
Following breakfast we take the day to explore the spectacular monasteries of the Indus Valley.
Built on a green hillside surrounded by spectacular mountains, Hemis is the biggest and the most important monastery in Ladakh. It was built in the 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. Hemis is the headquarters of the Drukpa order and all the monasteries throughout Ladakh are administered by it. This wealthiest monastery contains gold statues and stupas decorated with precious stones and many priceless old Thankas.
Thiksey, one of the most imposing monasteries belonging to the 15th century, stands on a crag overlooking the flood plain on the east bank of the Indus. The monastery belongs to the Elugpa order (Yellow sect) and is a 12- Storey Monastery painted deep red, ochre and white with typical tapering walls. There is a 15m high Buddha figure at the entrance of the new temple. The layout of the monastery complex resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
We should return to the hotel by 2.30pm, rest of the day is at your leisure. B,L,D
Visit Snow Leopard Conservancy
Following breakfast we visit the Snow Leopard Conservancy office in Leh.
The Snow Leopard Conservancy works closely with the local people to find a way for them to live harmoniously with snow leopards and also to become their guardians. This is done using remote camera traps, fecal DNA sampling and GPS satellite collars to study movements and corridor analysis to find areas to target for conservation efforts. We spend the day learning about the methods and processes involved to help protect this beautiful and endangered species. B,L,D
Commence Rumbak Trek from Spituk to Zingchen (3380m)
After breakfast, we depart Leh and take a short 8 kilometre drive to Spituk. On arrival explore the Spituk Monastery, the first Gelukpa Monastery to be established in Ladakh. We will start our trek from Spituk Village. Today is a short, easy trekking day ending in Zingchen (3380m) where we set our first camp. Camping B,L,D
Trek to Rumbak (3812m)
A nice easy start to our second day of trekking. Rumbak is a very picturesque village set in a side valley. The Gompa was founded in 1845 by Lama Thawing Spalgyas for the monks of the reformist Gelug-pa ‘yellow hat’ order. The Gompa contains various statues including statues of Buddha, Avalokiteswara – the Bodhisattva of compassion, and Tsong Khapa – the great reformer who introduced the Gelug-pa order into Ladakh. Camping B,L,D
Cross Stok La (4900m)
After breakfast we will take it slow and steady to ascend the 4,900m Stok La, also known as the Namlung La. From the top of the pass there are excellent panoramic views of the Ladakh Himalayas, including Stok Kangri Peak, which is at an altitude of over 6000 metres, have your cameras at the ready for a victory shot from the top! Camping B,L,D
Trek to Stock Village, visit Stok Palace
An easy walk takes us to the end point of our trek at Stok village. From here we transfer to the Stok Palace, which is the residence of the royal family and the king of Ladakh. We will also take some time to explore the pretty village of Stok before transferring back to our Leh hotel for a well-earned shower. B, L, D
Visit Amchi Healers, AHF project
Zanskar is one of the most remote regions in the entire Himalaya. It is a region of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya and during winter the heavy snows cut it off from the outside world for over six months of the year. During this time medical facilities are non-existent and the region has unacceptable rates of infant mortality, often as high as one in two children. AHF’s aim is to decrease these tragic rates of infant mortality and assist with improving maternal healthcare in the region. They do this by funding annual workshops to provide primary health care training to the amchi – traditional medical healers of the region – aimed at improving existing health care practices as well as enhancing them with modern health care techniques. The response to this training by the female amchi has been particularly encouraging, with many undertaking further training in the government hospital in Leh, as well as monitoring prenatal visits births in their own villages, educating new mothers and passing on their knowledge to other community members. B, L, D
White water rafting
Following breakfast we travel to the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus Rivers for an easy rafting session. This is an optional activity and should you elect to participate you will receive further information in your pre-departure information pack on booking. Afternoon return to Leh, and in the evening a final group dinner will be held. B,L,D
Trip concludes in Leh
Thank you for your participation on this exciting tour, and for your support in assisting the Australian Himalayan Foundation to continue their work in these communities. We hope you enjoyed the experience!
After breakfast transfer to the airport for onward arrangements. B
Heather is a volunteer representative of the AHF in Queensland. She has been organising and leading AHF fundraising treks in Bhutan since 2011 and has trekked in many corners of the globe, including South America, Nepal, the US and, closer to home, in Australia. Heather is familiar with the AHF programs in Ladakh and loves the beauty of the Himalayan region, its unique culture and traditional way of life. She has many stories to share of her previous AHF journeys and looks forward to welcoming you on this very special trip to Ladakh.
How to Book
To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or email@example.com, then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 500 per person deposit.
|Deposit required per person:||AU$500 per person|
|Balance due:||75 days prior to departure|
|If booking within 74 days of departure:||Full payment must be made.|
Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.
|More than 100 days prior to departure||Full loss of deposit per person|
|Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 30 days prior to departure||No Refund|
If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.