Situated in the far north, on the ancient silk route, Ladakh is famous for its Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions that have remain unchanged and hidden for centuries. Age-old monasteries and villages lie nestled in its unique lunar landscape of arid mountains, high passes, plateaus and deep valleys making for unexpected and striking encounters.
We begin with a spectacular flight over the Himalayas to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. We spend the first two days acclimatizing to the high altitude (3,500mabove sea level), with gentle sightseeing in and around Leh before heading out to the spectacular 11th century Alchi monastery. Next is an exhilarating hike to Mangyu Monastery through the stunningly scenic Western Tibetan Plateau before travelling to feast on the ethereal beauty of Pangong Tso, a sapphire lake with a surreal palette of vivid blues. On the way back, we visit Hemis Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The tour involves extensive driving and some hiking, including trips into the remote and sublimely beautiful Nubra Valley after crossing Khardung La (5,359m), the highest motorable pass in the world with fabulous panoramic views of the Himalayas. A visit to Agra to see the magnificent Taj Mahal provides a fitting finale to this tour.