15 day tour
Ladakh Trek & Bike
- Hiking and biking through stunning landscapes and hidden villages
- Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries
- Stay with the local people in homestays
During this tour, you will discover the majestic mountains and the remote villages of Ladakh on foot and by bicycle. And believe us, there is no better way! However, due to the altitude, you will have to take it easy, especially during the first few days, but that gives you more chance to meet the friendly Ladakhi people and learn about their way of life. The spectacular views of the high passes, the ancient, mystic atmosphere in the gompas (Buddhist monasteries) and the heart-warming encounters at village homestays will bestow memories that will last a lifetime.
15 day tour of Ladakh Trek & Bike:
Route: Delhi – Leh – Leh – Lamayuru – Penjilla – Hinju – Chang Chenmo – Chilling – Leh – Khardung La – Sumur – Tanggyer – Takthok – Leh – Delhi
Day 01 – Arrival at Delhi International Airport
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be taken to a hotel or guesthouse. Depending on the arrival time, we can organize a city tour through Delhi, where you will visit the old town and the Red Fort. You can also explore the old part of Delhi by bicycle.
Day 2 – Flight Delhi – Leh
Early in the morning, you will be picked up and taken to the airport for your flight to Leh. During this 1 hour flight, you fly across the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayan Range. The view is quite spectacular. After reaching Leh, it is advisable to take it easy for a day or two, in order to acclimatize, as Leh sits at 3500 m. You can relax in the hotel garden or explore the bazaar. We offer several types of accommodation in Leh.
Day 3 – In Leh
Historically, the small town of Leh had an important position as it was a hub for traders from nearby countries. Caravans from 5 different countries could be seen here. Nowadays, it breathes a more relaxed atmosphere. You can stroll through the small alleyways, visit one of the many restaurants or browse the many shops selling beautiful Tibetan and Kashmiri artifacts.
Day 4 – Leh – Lamayuru via Alchi and Basgo (4 hours)
After an early breakfast, your car is ready to drive northwest along the Indus River. You can visit various gompas on the way, including the Alchi Gompa. This monastery is 1000 years old and hence the oldest Buddhist temple of Ladakh, an absolute must! In the afternoon, you will reach Lamayuru Gompa, one of Ladakh’s most spectacularly situated gompas. Here, you have a beautiful view over a brightly colored valley. You stay overnight near the monastery.
Day 5 – Lamayuru – Phenjilla & Trekking Phenjilla – Hinju (5 hours)
You drive through a narrow road to Phenjilla, where the packhorses are waiting and the trek begins. Because it’s the first day, it will not be easy, but the trip has a gradual build-up. At the small mountain village of Hinju, surrounded by green barley fields, you ‘ll spend the night next to a river.
Day 6 – Trekking Hinju – Sumdha Chenmo via Konske La (6 hours)
The day begins with a strong ascent to the Konske La Pass (4950m), from which you have a beautiful view of glaciers and barren but colorful valleys with occasional greenery. After you have conquered this mountain pass, the route goes down to the isolated village of Sumdha Chenmo, where you camp.
Day 7 – Sumdha Chenmo Trekking – Dungdungchen La Base Camp (3 hours)
You walk along the river and cross it twice amidst dense willow forests. You pass a small pass and get beautiful views back to where you came from. After about 3 hours of walking, you reach the Dungdunchen La Base Camp, which you may share with local shepherds and their yaks, sheep and goats.
Day 8 – Trekking Dungdungchen La Base Camp – Chilling via Dungdungchen La (5 hours) & transfer to Leh
It’s a steep climb to Dungdungchen La (4600m), but the views from here are worth it! To the north, Sumdah Chenmo can be seen as a green oasis between the bare mountains. A long descent takes you to the small hamlet of hilling, traditionally homes to Ladakh’s best tinkers. Here, you can buy traditionally crafted Ladakhi pots, kettles and vases. Your car is waiting here to take you back to Leh.
Day 9 – In Leh
Today, you have a free day to recover from the hike, buy souvenirs, try out the many restaurants in the city or relax in the hotel. You can also take a cycling tour through Leh or a rafting trip on the Indus.
Day 10 – Leh – Khardung La & Biking Khardung La – Hundar (2-4 hr)
Today is the start of your next adventure, a biking trip through Nubra Valley. A pick-up truck will take you and your bikes to the world’s road pass, the Khardung La, located at 5450 meters altitude. Here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Leh and the Indus Valley. At the top, you start a descent of no fewer than 2300 vertical meters. The first kilometers are about a bad, slippery and rocky road, but once you’ve passed the village of Khardong, the road is a lot better. After reaching the Nubra Valley, at 3150m altitude, you follow the raging Shyok River over a road that hangs precariously to a sheer cliff and you reach the village of Hundar, where you stay in a guesthouse.
Day 11 – Cycling Hundar – Sumur (4–5 hours)
Over small backroads between the fields, you ride to Deskit, Nubra’s ‘capital’, where a steep climb is unavoidable if you want to see the utterly worthwhile Deskit Gompa. After that, you descend towards the banks of the Shyok River, which you cross via a suspension bridge. Along an asphalted road you continue to Sumur, where you can visit the beautiful Samsthanling Gompa. You will sleep in a comfortable lodge in Sumur.
Day 12 – Cycling Sumur – Tanggyer (5–6 hours)
Today, you have a long but beautiful day ahead. You follow a route that is not often used along the Shyok River. Apart from few hills in the beginning, the first half of the route is quite level. You ride through a very varied landscape of dunes, half deserts and small bushes surrounded by the majestic Karakoram Mountains. After passing the two-houses settlement of Agyam, a 450 m climb awaits you, albeit over a stretch of 10 kms. You spend the night in a very simple homestay (or tent) near Tanggyer, an extremely picturesque traditional mountain village.
Day 13 – Bike Tanggyer – Takthok via Wuri La (4–6 hours)
You are going to climb 1500m today, and even after three days cycling, that’s a big challenge. However, as the distance is not so large, there is enough time to stop and recover regularly. And the ‘recovery truck’ is always with you, so there is no need to go beyond your limits just because of what’s written in this programme.
On the Wuri La (Pass), at almost 5300 m, you have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. This is a less traveled route and sometimes wolves are seen here. Now, you only have to check your brakes and be careful at the curves until you reach Takthok at 3450m, where you spend the night in a guesthouse. If time allows, you can visit the very old and atmospheric gompa of this village.
Day 14 – Bike Takthok – Leh (5 hours)
The trip begins with a short gradual descent to Karu, interrupted by visiting the photogenic Chemre Gompa, situated high on an isolated hill. From here it is only 36 kilometers to Leh, most of it level coasting. It is an interesting ride, following the Indus River along various gompas, such as Stakna, Thikse and Shey. As this route sees a lot of traffic, you may want to hop on the pick-up, or follow a less traveled road on the other side of the Indus.
Day 15 – Flight Leh – Delhi
Early in the morning, you fly back to Delhi. In Delhi, you can visit various attractions like Old Delhi, Red Fort, Kutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Akshardam Temple, or even do a day excursion to the Taj Mahal.