There is a famous Ladakhi saying that the land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or our best friends would want to visit us”.
Ladakh is a heart-warming example of how nature allows life amidst the harshest conditions. And the people in Ladakh are one with nature. One smile from them, while they work, and you feel your materialistic worries melt away. Must like the snow on the mountains you can see from your balcony.
When you cross the Khardung La at 5602m (18,379ft) and enter the stupendous Nubra Valley, you understand why it is the heaven on earth. Surrounded by the seemingly impenetrable Himalayas, the valley was once a hotbed of the thriving Trans-Himalayan trade.
The ever changing colors of Pangong Tso, makes you cry. And we narrate by experience. No religion of the world can give the peace and clarity you get by starting at those ever changing blue waters. Get your epiphany!
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Depart from Delhi to Leh. We are ascending from 280m to 4000m during the flight. So today will be only for acclimatising our bodies to the higher altitude. Enjoy the calm of the guest house. Sit and drink your tea in the beautiful garden. Overnight at Leh.
We visit an eco school today, to understand how it is possible to live ecologically even in the harsh landscapes on Ladakh. You will be introduced to the pink-coloured butter tea, so loved in Ladakh. We visit the Hall of Fame, a poignant reminder of the bravery, courage and sacrifices of our armed forces. Visit the Shanti Stupa and witness the sun going down on the Leh city. Overnight at Leh.
Khardung-La is the highest civilian motorable road in the world. At 18000 feet, this is one of the most adventurous roads to cross where the snow line is the closest to you. We cross the mighty pass today and enter Nubra, literally, the valley of flowers. The journey is long and winding today and we relax for the rest of the day in the beautiful village surrounded by lush green fields and barren, mighty Himalayas. Overnight at Nubra.
We return to Leh today. But not before we have had a joy ride on the duble-humped Bactarian Camels on the dunes of Hunder. That’s right! A place where you have Indus, Himalayas, snow and a desert! In the evening, take a walk around the Leh market. If you are feeling up to it, we can visit the Leh palace today. Overnight at Leh.
Ladakh conjures up the image of Buddhist monks praying, smiling and going about their tasks in those beautiful monasteries. Today we try to become a part of it, even if briefly. Sit calmly, pray and be aware of yourselves. Understand the Ladakhi history and royal lineage at the Shey palace. We can also visit the recently open Central Asian Museum near our stay. Overnight at Leh.
3 Idiots made it famous, but for those who love mountains, Pangong Tso has been the lake of pristine solitude. We cross the Chang La – third highest civilian motorable road in the world and reach the Pangong Lake. Some cozy camping tonight! Overnight near Pangong Lake in comfortable tents.
We return to Leh today and take it easy for the rest of the day. Walk around the Leh market and shop to your heart’s content. Overnight at Leh.
For the thrill seekers, there is another opportunity today. To raft on the Zanskar is both adventurous and strangely calming. Witness the colours of the rocks changing as you negotiate rapids and reach the confluence of Indus and Zanskar, covering 28 kms. Rafting is optional and at extra cost. Shop for the rest of the day or just laze around.
Catch the flight to Delhi after breakfast. And chatter non-stop about the trip! Trip ends, memories won’t
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You HAVE to be physically fit – Leh is a high altitude desert and portion of our journey will be through some of the highest roads in the world ~ 4000 m above MSL. Please consult your physician before booking the trip. Please note that we will be staying in certain places where no medical help is available.
You will have to produce a physical fitness certificate. Also, you need to sign an agreement with F5 that you are undertaking this trip at your own risk.
The first two days are strictly for acclimatization. We expect all travelers to follow the guidelines. Please read more on health advisory here.
This is a non-smoking and a non-alchoholic trip for all practical reasons.
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“We were a unique sight: a gray-haired 57-year-old American woman paddling with an all-Indian group high up in the Himalayans.” Karen Di Benedetto wrote her experience of traveling to Ladakh with F5 Escapes in 2015 and got featured in Pink Pangea.
“There are some things which cannot be put in words. Love is one of them and then there is Ladakh- the land of scenic beauty, rustic charm and nature at its best. Nevertheless, my experience of Ladakh was awesome in those brilliant moments spent in the lap of majestic Himalayas.
I would definitely recommend my friends to experience the same as I did with F5 Escapes.
F5 Escapes you rock.
– Kavitha, June, 2015
One has to earn her journey to the mountains. That is one reason we remain cautious about fitness of our participants for a trip like Ladakh. The oxygen is rare at higher altitudes and can cause a bit of headache. The best way to deal with it is to acclimatize and descend. We have planned our itinerary in a way that gives us ample time to do that. So, it might look like we are not doing a lot in a day but that is because we are not travelling to plains.
The trip lead will have all medical necessities and in case of emergencies, there are army first aid centers at higher altitude. We have conducted two very successful trips to Ladakh and understand that fitness required for the trip. If you are involved in some sort of physical exercise regularly, you should be fine. If you have any pre-existing conditions, please let us know in advance. We have had an asthamatic person travel to Ladakh without any issues
Headache and nausea are common on high altitudes. Please do not mistake it for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). There is no need for panic if you are feeling tired or having a headache as we drive towards, say, Khardung La. That is natural and will not cause any serious problem. The trick is to keep yourself hydrated and not completely empty in the stomach. You will also be suggested a preventive medicine, to take care of High Altitude Sickness and frequent breaks in case you feel uneasy.
The trip lead is there to help you in every case. There has never been a case of someone not acclimatizing, if the first day in Leh is spent resting, eating and drinking water.
If you are still worried, start brisk walking half an hour each day, or take stairs to the office. This is recommended anyway, whether you are travelling to Ladakh or not