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Trip Extensions

Everest View Mountain Flight

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy the magnificent Himalayas close up. You'll have a bird's-eye view as you fly along the full length of the Nepal Himalayas. This is the best way to see Everest. *This trip is available from Kathmandu, Nepal when booked with conjunction with a Ne... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: delhi/leh

Settle in at your modest and comfortable hotelSettle in at your modest and comfortable hotel

Fly from Delhi* to Leh, the capital of Ladakh and situated among the hills on the north side of the Indus Valley. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to begin your adaptation to the high altitude. You will have an afternoon orientation with your guide.

*Most flights from Delhi require an overnight. Ask us for assistance or about an excursion to the Taj Mahal.

Meals
None
Lodging
Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar

Day 2: monasteries & hemis festival

Explore Thikse Monastery, largest in LadakhExplore Thikse Monastery, largest in Ladakh

Visit Thikse Monastery, the largest gompa in Ladakh, situated atop a craggy hill. Here you will find an important collection of Tibetan books and some excellent artwork. Afterward, visit the palace at Shey, which sits in a strategic position on a ridge overhang out into the Indus Valley. Your drive continues on to Hemis*, where you visit the gompa also known as Chang-Chub-Sam-Ling (or Lone Place of the Compassionate Person). The Hemis Gompa belongs to the Brokpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. It contains well preserved frescoes showing Kashmiri influence, as well as the largest thangka in Ladakh. Your drive continues on with a visit to Hemis Gompa, the richest and most powerful monastery in Ladakh. We have timed the dates* to include the famous Hemis Festival, dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche). This sacred ritual is believed to give spiritual strength and good health and includes impressive mask dances, referred to as "chams". Return to your guest house in Leh for your overnight.

*We have timed the departure to include the famous Hemis festival. Please let us know if you are interested in adding an extra day to spend more time at the festival and see the dance performances representing the reincarnation of Buddha. A highlight of the festival is the mask dances known as "chams".

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar

Day 3: temisgam

Share tea with local villagersShare tea with local villagers

Drive to Temisgam (4 hours), one of our favorite villages in Ladakh. You will find your camp set up in a beautiful apricot grove beneath an ancient palace and monastery with a cold rushing stream nearby. Off the main roads and trails, this village is seldom visited by Westerners, and you will have several days to explore the extensive fields and villages. You may even be invited into several houses for tea or local beer called chang. The climb to the monastery and old palace, as well as the nights here at 10,000' elevation, will aid in your acclimatization. The trip continues to become more remarkable for the cultural experience that unfolds. You have the sense that your long journey to Asia, over the Himalayas and onto the Tibetan Plateau, has taken you to a place so beautiful, remote, and pure that the effort has been worth it.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping or guesthouse

Day 4: lamayuru

Explore ancient Lamayuru monasteryExplore ancient Lamayuru monastery

Make the exciting trip to the ancient Lamayuru Monastery and spend time exploring the extensive buildings of this ancient Buddhist sanctuary. This extraordinary gompa is perched on top of a beautifully eroded crag, complete with rock pinnacles and caves above the Indus. Return to Temisgam for your overnight.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping or guesthouse

Day 5: hemishakpatchan

Meet families and friends of your JOURNEYS guidesMeet families and friends of your JOURNEYS guides

After breakfast, drive to Hemishakpatchan via Saspol village. This is the home village of many of our staff and they will certainly invite you to visit their families and homes. There is a very interesting monastery, and participants on Journeys' treks have started a public library at the monastery and built a nunnery as well. We also support other ongoing projects through our Earth Preservation Fund such as the large water-driven prayer wheel restored through the contributions of previous Journeys travelers. There are excellent views of snowy mountains, and wild sheep can usually be seen grazing on a nearby slope. At the homes to your guides, you will have the great experience of visiting some of their relatives. Overnight near the Hemishakpatchan Library.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping or guesthouse

Day 6: ridzong/chulican

Travel back in time to Rodzong monasteryTravel back in time to Rodzong monastery

Drive to Ridzong Monastery, the favorite Buddhist site of many visitors to Ladakh. You go back in time to an era when Buddhist Canons ruled the affairs of men and religious scholarship was the most important task of society. Overnight in Chulican.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping or guesthouse

Day 7: alchi/likkir

Stop at Alchi and its famous monasteryStop at Alchi and its famous monastery

Today you will drive along the Indus River to the famous monastery at Alchi. This monastery preserves some of the most spectacular Buddhist wall paintings ever created. Also visit Likkir Monastery, where the monks are of Gelukpa order and the kushok is the Dalai Lama's younger brother. Return to Leh for your overnight.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar

Day 8: flight back to delhi

Bid farewell to Ladakh and its peopleBid farewell to Ladakh and its people

Return to Delhi on an early morning flight, where Journeys' services end. Due to unpredictable weather in Leh and frequent flight delays, we recommend two overnights in Delhi before departing on your international flight. We can assist with accommodations and excursions such as a visit to the Taj Mahal near Delhi.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,250
Delhi/Leh/Delhi flights add $450 (estimate)
Single Supplement:
$250
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Jul 3-10, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Tent camping & guest houses
Activity Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
uneven terrain, high altitude
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Five Astounding Cultural Encounters

    Journeys Director Will Weber describes a handful of priceless cross-cultural experiences available to you on our trips.

Explore Thikse Monastery, largest in Ladakh
Explore Thikse Monastery, largest in Ladakh
The friendly people will make you feel welcome
The friendly people will make you feel welcome
Share tea with local villagers
Share tea with local villagers
Explore ancient Lamayuru monastery
Explore ancient Lamayuru monastery
Meet families and friends of your Journeys guides
Meet families and friends of your Journeys guides
Travel back in time to Rodzong monastery
Travel back in time to Rodzong monastery
Stop at Alchi and its famous monastery
Stop at Alchi and its famous monastery
Bid farewell to Ladakh and its people
Bid farewell to Ladakh and its people

Ladakh Indus Valley Odyssey

Spectacular palaces, ancient monasteries and friendly villages

overview

If you can only visit Ladakh for a short time, but want a full experience of remote villages, spectacular monasteries, dramatic scenery, and unspoiled cultures, this is the right trip. Explore the terrain, cultures, and heritage of Ladakh without extensive hiking. Your guides have led Journeys' clients through these sacred mountains for three decades. You will be welcomed into the homes of their families, relatives, and friends for an inside experience of Buddhist culture.

itinerary

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overview

If you can only visit Ladakh for a short time, but want a full experience of remote villages, spectacular monasteries, dramatic scenery, and unspoiled cultures, this is the right trip. Explore the terrain, cultures, and heritage of Ladakh without extensive hiking. Your guides have led Journeys' clients through these sacred mountains for three decades. You will be welcomed into the homes of their families, relatives, and friends for an inside experience of Buddhist culture.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: delhi/leh
    Settle in at your modest and comfortable hotelSettle in at your modest and comfortable hotel

    Fly from Delhi* to Leh, the capital of Ladakh and situated among the hills on the north side of the Indus Valley. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to begin your adaptation to the high altitude. You will have an afternoon orientation with your guide.

    *Most flights from Delhi require an overnight. Ask us for assistance or about an excursion to the Taj Mahal.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: monasteries & hemis festival
    Explore Thikse Monastery, largest in LadakhExplore Thikse Monastery, largest in Ladakh

    Visit Thikse Monastery, the largest gompa in Ladakh, situated atop a craggy hill. Here you will find an important collection of Tibetan books and some excellent artwork. Afterward, visit the palace at Shey, which sits in a strategic position on a ridge overhang out into the Indus Valley. Your drive continues on to Hemis*, where you visit the gompa also known as Chang-Chub-Sam-Ling (or Lone Place of the Compassionate Person). The Hemis Gompa belongs to the Brokpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. It contains well preserved frescoes showing Kashmiri influence, as well as the largest thangka in Ladakh. Your drive continues on with a visit to Hemis Gompa, the richest and most powerful monastery in Ladakh. We have timed the dates* to include the famous Hemis Festival, dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche). This sacred ritual is believed to give spiritual strength and good health and includes impressive mask dances, referred to as "chams". Return to your guest house in Leh for your overnight.

    *We have timed the departure to include the famous Hemis festival. Please let us know if you are interested in adding an extra day to spend more time at the festival and see the dance performances representing the reincarnation of Buddha. A highlight of the festival is the mask dances known as "chams".

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: temisgam
    Share tea with local villagersShare tea with local villagers

    Drive to Temisgam (4 hours), one of our favorite villages in Ladakh. You will find your camp set up in a beautiful apricot grove beneath an ancient palace and monastery with a cold rushing stream nearby. Off the main roads and trails, this village is seldom visited by Westerners, and you will have several days to explore the extensive fields and villages. You may even be invited into several houses for tea or local beer called chang. The climb to the monastery and old palace, as well as the nights here at 10,000' elevation, will aid in your acclimatization. The trip continues to become more remarkable for the cultural experience that unfolds. You have the sense that your long journey to Asia, over the Himalayas and onto the Tibetan Plateau, has taken you to a place so beautiful, remote, and pure that the effort has been worth it.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping or guesthouse
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: lamayuru
    Explore ancient Lamayuru monasteryExplore ancient Lamayuru monastery

    Make the exciting trip to the ancient Lamayuru Monastery and spend time exploring the extensive buildings of this ancient Buddhist sanctuary. This extraordinary gompa is perched on top of a beautifully eroded crag, complete with rock pinnacles and caves above the Indus. Return to Temisgam for your overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping or guesthouse
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: hemishakpatchan
    Meet families and friends of your JOURNEYS guidesMeet families and friends of your JOURNEYS guides

    After breakfast, drive to Hemishakpatchan via Saspol village. This is the home village of many of our staff and they will certainly invite you to visit their families and homes. There is a very interesting monastery, and participants on Journeys' treks have started a public library at the monastery and built a nunnery as well. We also support other ongoing projects through our Earth Preservation Fund such as the large water-driven prayer wheel restored through the contributions of previous Journeys travelers. There are excellent views of snowy mountains, and wild sheep can usually be seen grazing on a nearby slope. At the homes to your guides, you will have the great experience of visiting some of their relatives. Overnight near the Hemishakpatchan Library.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping or guesthouse
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: ridzong/chulican
    Travel back in time to Rodzong monasteryTravel back in time to Rodzong monastery

    Drive to Ridzong Monastery, the favorite Buddhist site of many visitors to Ladakh. You go back in time to an era when Buddhist Canons ruled the affairs of men and religious scholarship was the most important task of society. Overnight in Chulican.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping or guesthouse
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: alchi/likkir
    Stop at Alchi and its famous monasteryStop at Alchi and its famous monastery

    Today you will drive along the Indus River to the famous monastery at Alchi. This monastery preserves some of the most spectacular Buddhist wall paintings ever created. Also visit Likkir Monastery, where the monks are of Gelukpa order and the kushok is the Dalai Lama's younger brother. Return to Leh for your overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Snow Lion Guesthouse or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: flight back to delhi
    Bid farewell to Ladakh and its peopleBid farewell to Ladakh and its people

    Return to Delhi on an early morning flight, where Journeys' services end. Due to unpredictable weather in Leh and frequent flight delays, we recommend two overnights in Delhi before departing on your international flight. We can assist with accommodations and excursions such as a visit to the Taj Mahal near Delhi.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,250
Delhi/Leh/Delhi flights add $450 (estimate)
Single Supplement:
$250
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Jul 3-10, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Tent camping & guest houses
Activity Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
uneven terrain, high altitude
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Everest View Mountain Flight

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy the magnificent Himalayas close up. You'll have a bird's-eye view as you fly along the full length of the Nepal Himalayas. This is the best way to see Everest. *This trip is available from Kathmandu, Nepal when booked with conjunction with a Ne... read more

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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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