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Walk Across the Roof of the World - Ladakh
By: Corinthian Travel
Part of the larger Kashmir region and administered by India as a union territory Ladakh – nicknamed the Roof of the World – is bordered by Tibet to the east, the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh to the south, and Pakistan-administered Gilgit-Baltistan to the west.
Corinthian Travel's walking holiday, which is accompanied by an experienced guide, offers a unique Himalayan experience, combining day hikes of between easy and moderate difficulty levels in the lower Indus Valley, with treks through the alluring moonscape in the vicinity of Lamayuru.
Accommodation throughout is in simple yet comfortable mountain lodges, with ensuite bathrooms, proper beds and running hot water. The central part of the itinerary is an adaptation of the classic Likir to Temisgam trek and features a four-day hike through the fertile, isolated villages that dot the glorious Sham Valley.
Each trek combines four to five hours' walking with short transfers between your lodge and the trailhead. En-route, gain an insight into the everyday life of Ladakhis as well as enjoy Ladakh's breath-taking landscape of snow-capped mountains, barren hillsides and oasis-like green valleys.
The private tour begins with a night in Delhi, after which a scenic flight will bring you to Leh, where the holiday begins with three nights in the village of Nimmu, providing a chance to acclimatise to Ladakh's high altitude with introductory walks to the 16th century Basgo Fort, as well as the pretty Phyang village that takes you through terraced fields of barley, wheat and corn.
Over the next four-days, discover Lamayuru's arid moonscape; walk up the spectacular Ulleh Tokpo gorge to the 19th century Rizdong monastery to soak up the views of the Indus Valley, whilst crossing the Mebtak La pass (3750m) to the beautiful village of Ang, and hike across fruit orchards and barley fields to the village of Temisgam (3200m) - the 15th century capital of Ladakh.
Along the way, enjoy picnic lunches by the Indus River; visit schools, monasteries, markets and interact with monks as well as villagers, to gain an understanding of their way of life. The tour concludes with two nights in a village house and a morning's trek to the village of Changma.
The holiday costs from £2295 per person (two sharing). This includes 11 nights' accommodation, most meals, return domestic flights from Delhi to Leh, private transportation, sightseeing/
For further information or bookings call 020 3583 6089 (corinthiantravel.co.uk)
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR
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