Shakti Ladakh Village Experience

  • Delhi - Nimoo - Likhir - Ranbirpur

    Situated in the far north of the sub-continent, over 3500 metres (11,500 feet) up on the high plateau, Ladakh, often referred to as ‘little Tibet’ is geographically, anthropologically and culturally part of Tibet. Enjoy a ‘village house’ experience that avoids the over commercialisation of Leh and takes you out, off the beaten track to three unspoilt villages in the Indus valley.  

    Shakti have seven houses in Ladakh, each with its own unique charm, and this itinerary is a merely an example of what is on offer - each itinerary is tailored specifically to suit your individual interests. The itinerary is totally flexible once you arrive, as altitude can affect people different, and you can explore this stunning and remote destination at your own pace.

    Highlights

    • Sightseeing in Delhi, India’s most vibrant city
    • Discover beautiful and remote regions of the Indian Himalaya, while staying in traditional village houses
    • Enjoy daily walks with exception local guides to monasteries and local villages
    • Camp in remote locations amid stunning scenery
    • Enjoy white water rafting on the mighty Indus River
    • Shakti Ladakh experience is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks

    Rating

    £££
  • Explore dramatic mountain scenery and walk to remote villages in high altitude Ladakh.

    Day 1

    On arrival at Delhi you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 

    Overnight: Delhi

    Day 2

    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Walk through the ancient bustling, twisting alleyways of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, and visit the Red Fort as well as the Jama Masjid (India's biggest mosque). The British built New Delhi when they moved their capital here from Calcutta in 1911. With many interesting museums and art galleries, and several monuments constructed by the mighty Mughal Emperors such as Humayun's Tomb and the Qutab Minar, there is plenty to explore in Delhi. 

    Overnight: Delhi

    Day 3

    Fly to Leh, high in the Himalayas, where you are met and transferred by road to the historic village of Nimoo. Nimoo is situated 36km west of Leh along the Indus valley at the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers. The village is characterized by impressive mountain scenery, and is considered exceptionally fertile in Ladakhi terms - lush green fields and apricot, apple, and walnut orchards abound. As you will be acclimatizing today, we recommend that you spend the day taking it very easy relaxing at your house. Your guide will give you a thorough briefing of your itinerary today. Enjoy an early dinner prepared by your private chef.

    Overnight: Shakti Nimoo Village House

    Day 4

    This morning after breakfast, depending on how you are feeling, you will be taken on a two hour walk around the village of Nimoo by your guide. You will get a fascinating insight into rural Ladakhi life before returning to the village house for lunch. 

    After lunch, relax in the village house or visit the Basgo Fort in the late afternoon. At Basgo, there are three ‘Future Buddha’ monasteries completed in the 16th century and the ruins of a fort that is interesting for its Islamic architecture. You could also take a short walk around Basgo village, depending on how you are feeling. This evening, you may wish to cycle around the beautiful village of Nimoo and beyond on scenic routes.

    Drinks followed by dinner will be served by your private chef.   

    Overnight: Shakti Nimoo Village House

    Day 5

    After a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven for one hour up the Zanskar canyon to the village of Chilling. Chilling is a settlement that is traditionally home to metal smiths and is the only village in Ladakh that has provided copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron work to Leh through the centuries. Your guide will take you for a walk around the village of Chilling and you will get the chance to see the local metal smith at work. 

    You will then have the option to raft for 2 hours to the shores of Nimoo, ending at the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus River. Return to your village house in Nimoo to dry up and enjoy a hot lunch. The afternoon is then at leisure to relax at the house, where there are beautiful roof terraces where you can sit comfortably and read any of the books from the small library collection at the house. 

    This evening, enjoy a cooking lesson with your private chef. Try your hand in learning how to make a few local dishes. Drinks followed by dinner will be served later at the village house.

    Overnight: Shakti Nimoo Village House 

    Day 6

    After breakfast, you will be driven for one hour to Alchi - the only monastery in Ladakh to be built on flat ground. The temple was founded in the 11th century and is particularly interesting for its Indian and Kashmiri influences. 

    Enjoy a picnic lunch at the pretty village of Saspol. You will then be driven for an hour to the picturesque village of Likhir. This is a very rural setting but one that is close to monasteries and excellent walks in the western end of the Indus Valley.

    Visit the Likhir monastery with your guide, then later set out on a walk up to the grazing grounds of Likhir. Walk upwards for about half an hour till the road disappears and you come across a small glacial stream. Cross over the stream to the other side and start ascending a trail for about an hour till you get further upstream to the Likhir summer pastures.  The hike can be discussed with your private guide and further extended depending on how you are feeling.

    Enjoy drinks and dinner at your village house in Likhir.

    Overnight: Shakti Likhir Village House 

    Day 7

    This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you will have the option to be driven for approximately 2.5 hours to Lamayuru, known for its moonscape. Lamayuru monastery is the most ancient monastery of Ladakh, founded in the 10th century. 

    A picnic lunch will be organised at a lovely spot on your way back to Likhir village. Enroute, you may wish to stop and visit the interesting Rizong Monastery, also called “the paradise for meditation” the monastery is noted for its extremely strict rules and standards followed by each monk who meditates here. Visit the monastery and take a walk in the surrounding area with your guide.

    Alternatively, if you are keen on trekking, you may set out on a hike towards the village of Yangthang for about 4-5 hrs. The hike is flexible and can be discussed with your guide and adapted depending on how you are feeling. 

    Drinks and dinner will be served later at the village house

    Overnight: Shakti Likhir Village House 

    Day 8

    This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven for 1.5 hours to the charming village of Phyang. Explore the village with your guide, walking further to reach Phyang monastery which houses a 900-year-old museum and contains numerous sacred shrines and frescoes dating from the royal period. Enjoy a picnic lunch with the dramatic Phyang monastery in the backdrop. You will then be driven for an hour to your next village house.

    The River House is located in the village of Ranbirpur surrounded by the Stok Kangri range, and offers spectacular views of the mountains and three monasteries – Stakna, Matho & Thiksey. It is located on the banks of the Indus, with stunning views from the bedrooms and two of the bathrooms.

    Later today, if you are feeling active, you may take a walk to the interesting Stakna monastery located across the river from the River house. The name Stakna, literally meaning 'tiger's nose' was given because it was built on a hill shaped like a tiger's nose. Founded in the late 16th century by a Bhutanese scholar; the Stakna monastery is the residence of about 30 Monks.  

    This evening, we could arrange for you to visit an oracle close by. Oracles in Ladakh are said to have healing powers and are fortune tellers as well. 

    Drinks and dinner will be served later at the village house.

    Overnight: Shakti River House 

    Day 9

    Today we recommend starting early and driving for 30 minutes to Thiksey monastery to experience the early morning Buddhist prayers before return to your village house for breakfast.

    You will then proceed to Hemis monastery, which is an hour away, where you have the option to either drive or cycle up to Matho monastery, before continuing to Hemis. Belonging to the Red Hat sect, Hemis was built in 1630 and is Ladakh’s largest monastery. After you have visited the monastery and the museum with your guide, you will have a picnic lunch at a nearby spot. After lunch, you could take a short walk around the monastery, a 3km uphill walk to the caves.

    Alternatively, if you are keen on trekking, you will have the option of taking a full day hike. 

    This evening we can arrange for a Buddhist monk to come visit you and share stories of his way of life. 

    Tonight enjoy farewell drinks and dinner at the village house.

    Overnight: Shakti River House 

    Day 10

    Transfer back to Leh for your flight back to Delhi and onward journey home.
  • From £6,095 per person (inclusive of private guides and all meals and drinks in Ladakh)

    Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation and all transfers and excursions as listed.

    All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accommodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.