Main Image: Nyamgal Tsemo Monastery, Leh - Image © Jeremy Woodhouse
Ladakh & Zanskar Valley
A Scouting Trip with Jeremy Woodhouse & Abhishek Hajela
Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom. Picture-perfect gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries) dramatically crown rocky outcrops next to fluttering prayer flags and whitewashed stupas, while prayer wheels spun clockwise release merit-making mantras. Gompa interiors are a riot of golden Buddhas and intricately colourful murals and home to red-robed monks. It's a little corner of Tibet marooned in the furthest reaches of India.
Though threatened by a rapidly increasing number of visitors, Ladakh has much to teach the West regarding ecological sustainability. Most Ladakhis are cash poor yet their traditional mud-brick homesteads are large and virtually self-sufficient in fuel and dairy products, and barley used to make tsampa (roast barley flour) and chhang (barley beer).
The walls of dramatic mountains that hem in Ladakh make for an unforgettable landscape, but be aware that road access requires crossing tortuous high passes, which close from around October to May.
Majestically rugged, the greatest attraction of this mountain-hemmed Ladakhi Buddhist valley is simply getting there. As in Ladakh, the main sights are timeless monasteries, notably at Karsha, Stongdey & Sani. The area's tiny capital, Padum, is not much more than a village with a few shops. It is not a major attraction in itself but is a key transit point if you want to drive in or out on what remains, for now, the only reliable access route (via Kargil). While days can be scorching hot, come prepared for cold nights, even in summer.
02 Aug: Arrive Leh full day's rest for altitude acclimatization
03 Aug: Leh local sightseeing monastic tour Nyamgal Tsemo monastery at dusk from Shanti Stupa
04 Aug: Leh visit Hemis/Thiksey & Stakna Monasteries
05 Aug: Leh to Kargil
06 Aug: Kargil to Rangdum ( Zanskar )
07 Aug: Rangdum to Padum ( Zanskar )
08 Aug: Local visit in Zanskar
09 Aug: Local visit in Zanskar
10 Aug: Padum to Kargil
11 Aug: Kargil to Uleytokpo
12 Aug: Uleytokpo to Leh
13 Aug: Departure from Leh to Delhi for flight home (hotel not included–available for $95/night)
Arrival, Departure & Visa
Arrival & Meeting Place
2 Aug: Arrive Leh (flight TBA)— Full day's rest for altitude acclimatization
13 Aug: Early morning departure from Leh to Delhi (flight TBA)
All the foreign nationals, except citizens of neighboring Nepal and Bhutan, are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa that they can get from Indian consulates all around the world.
July and August are monsoon months in India, but Ladakh remains completely dry opening up its doors for visitors. Weather in August is little hot in Ladakh as the sun scorches pretty well. Ladakh temperature during the day might rise up to 25°C in the daytime. At night too, it remains in the range of 10-12°C.
The Ladakhi language, also called Bhoti or Bodhi, is a Tibetan language spoken in the Ladakh region of India.
The only currency accepted in Ladakh is Indian Rupee. US Dollars and Pound Sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange.
Before you pay your deposit, please register for this tour
Tour dates: Aug 2 - 13, 2020
Cost: Approx: $5,300 (min 4 people)
Small Group Supp (4 or fewer): $500
Single Supplement: $550
Flight from DEL/IXL (Leh): $TBA
Max Group Size: 6
6 SPOTS OPEN
Photographer: Jeremy Woodhouse
Once you have made your flight arrangements, please fill in the form at the link below
Tour Fee Includes
Paying by check
If you would like to pay your deposit and/or balance with a check, please make the check payable to: Pixelchrome, Inc and mail it to:
605 Rouen Drive,
McKinney TX 75070
Paying by Wire Transfer
If you would like to pay by Wire Transfer please send the funds to the following bank account (please make sure that you cover the fee for the draft).
Please inform us by email once you have sent the draft.
Bank: Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Account #: 4428-000051
Routing #: 121000248
Swift #: WFBIUS6S
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
2851 South Ridge Road
McKinney, TX 75072
Phone: (972) 439-3416
Virtual Private Network
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