Magnificently jagged, arid mountains unveiled this alluring Buddhist ex-kingdom. Ladakh has much to share with the visitors regarding ecological awareness. Most Ladakhis are cash poor yet their traditional mudbrick homesteads are large and virtually self-sufficient in fuel and dairy products, organic vegetables, and barley used to make tsampa (roast barley flour) and chhang (barley beer). The remote province of Ladakh is devoid of monsoonal rainfall and perfect for trekking during the summer holiday period.
Our family trip of fourteen days begins with the relaxing day on arrival in Delhi. Next day, early morning, we board the flight to Leh flying over snow covered peaks of Himalaya. We would be spending altogether five nights in Leh. First few days in Leh are purposefully scheduled to better acclimatize and explore some of the colourful Buddhist monasteries of the upper Indus Valley. We visit a Tibetan Refugee Centre and enjoy a rafting trip on the Indus. Thereafter, we set off on an easy-paced 5-day trek into the scenically splendid foothills of the Ladakh Range, with lots of opportunity for interaction with the friendly local people in the many villages we pass through. This trekking itinerary of five days has been chalked out in such a way that it suits the children as well. Throughout our trek and especially from the several 4000 meter passes on our route, there are wonderful views of the Zanskar Mountains to the south. After the beautiful stay in Kingdom of Ladakh, we fly back to Delhi to board our return flight.