Itinerary Ladakh Village Walks

Ladakh is a collection of villages that are just a hill away from each other. The villages appear to be living organisms with each inhabitant a cell. The close-knit nature of the families, mean that you can see children gamboling from one home to another with abandon. The locals work with a quiet efficiency and are nearly self-sufficient. Their sustainable approach to living is something we should learnt to mimic in our daily lives. Beyond the village walks and leading a village way of life for a week, the monasteries that seem to suddenly erupt from the ground are great pit stops on a journey through the small but beautiful region.

Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Leh – Nimoo

    On arrival in Kushok Bakula airport in Leh, you will be met and transferred to your village house in Nimoo located about an hour away from the airport. The large village of Nimoo located along the Indus valley and at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers is rampant with lush green fields and apple & walnut orchards. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to get acclimatized to the thin air and low pressure of Ladakh.

     

    Overnight in Nimoo

  • Day 2 – Nimoo – Basgo – Nimoo

    After breakfast, you will be taken on a two hour guided walk of the village of Nimoo providing a fascinating insight into rural Ladakhi life before returning to the village house for lunch and relaxation. Later in the afternoon, you will be taken to the village of Basgo (located around 9kms from Nimoo) to explore its 16th century monastery housing three temples and recognized as world’s hundred most endangered heritage sites. Later you would also be visiting the ruins of the Basgo fort interesting for its Islamic architecture followed by a short walk around the Basgo village. On your return to the Nimoo village house, you will indulge in a lesson on cooking some local dishes under the tutelage of your private chef.

     

    Overnight in Nimoo

  • Day 3 – Nimoo – Chilling – Nimoo

    After a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven to the village of Chilling (around one hour drive) which has traditionally been home to metal smiths specializing in copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron work. You will be taken on a guided walk around the village and also get a chance to see a local metal smith at work. Later you have the option of rafting from Chilling to Nimoo on the river Zanskar. The class 3 rapids here suitable for the experienced provide for a close to two and half hour rafting expedition. Once at Nimoo, dry up and enjoy lunch followed by a free and relaxed evening at the village house; you may wish to go cycling with your guide.

     

    Overnight in Nimoo

  • Day 4 – Nimoo – Alchi -– Likhir

    After breakfast, you will checkout from Nimoo and be driven to Alchi (around 1.5hrs drive) where you will visit the monastery, the only one in Ladakh built on flat ground. The 11th century temple here is interesting for its Indian and Kashmiri influences. You will then enjoy a picnic lunch at the village of Saspol known for its fragile and crumbling rock cut caves richly adorned with paintings of Buddhist theme. Later be driven to the village of Likhir to visit its monastery with its striking wall paintings and a spectacular 25 foot tall Buddha. You will then check into the village house owned by a local carpenter and his elderly parents with the rooms showcasing local willow weaving done by the family

     

    Overnight in Likhir

  • Day 5 – Likhir – Lamayuru – Stok

    After a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven to Lamayuru (around 2.5hrs drive) to visit the 11th century Yung Drung monastery housing a rich collection of paintings and artifacts. Lamayuru is also known for its beautiful lunar like landscape which makes it ideal for photography. After a picnic lunch, those interested and active could head out on a three hour walk around the Lamayuru area before being driven to the village of Stok. You may choose to stop at the market in Leh on the way to Stok or alternatively you could head straight to Stok and make it for the evening prayers in a local nunnery in the Shey village area. Your stay in Stok would be at a renovated Tibetan house providing amazing views of the Himalayas.

     

    Overnight in Stok

  • Day 6 & 7 – Stok

    Spend the next two days exploring the area in and around Stok. You could make an early morning visit to the 600 year old Thiksey Monastery belonging to the Yellow Hat Buddhist sect to experience their prayers and also spend time with a local medicine man. You could also visit the Hemis Monastery, the largest in Ladakh and belonging to the Red Hat Buddhist sect to get a glimpse into the monks’ way of life. Besides options of cycling, village walks and picnic lunches, you could also go on hikes covering parts of the famed Stok – Kangri trail rewarding you with impressive scenery

     

    Overnight in Stok

  • Day 8 – Stok – Leh (departure)

    You will check out this morning after breakfast and be driven to Leh airport (around 30mins) for your return flight home

Itinerary in Images
  • Day 1

    Heading to Nimmoo

  • Day 2

    Unlock the secrets of Basgo Fort.

  • Day 3

    White Water Rafting on the Zanskar

  • Day 4

    The only monastery in Ladakh built on flat ground - Alchi Monastery

  • Day 5

    Heading to the village of Stok

  • Day 6

    Home to the Red Hat Buddiist sect, the largest in the region - Hemis Monastery

  • Day 7

    The 600-year-old Thiksey Monastery

Suggested Properties
  • Shakti Himalaya Nimmoo

    Shakti Himalaya has designed a 'village house' experience that takes you out, off the beaten track to these untouched villages in the Indus valley.

  • Shakti Himalaya Stok

    Shakti Himalaya has designed a 'village house' experience that takes you out, off the beaten track to these untouched villages in the Indus valley.

  • Shakti Himalaya Ladakh

    Shakti Himalaya has designed a 'village house' experience that takes you out, off the beaten track to these untouched villages in the Indus valley.

INCLUSIONS
  • 7 nights’ private accommodation in village homes on double occupancy basis inclusive of all meals and beverages
  •  All activities mentioned in the itinerary including two raft trips
  • Services of an English speaking guide, private chef, support guide and porters
  • Exclusive chauffeur driven vehicle at disposal for transfers between Leh airport and the villages
  • Entrance fees to all sights
  • All applicable taxes
EXCLUSIONS
  • Domestic airfares
  • Visa
  • Medical & Travel insurance
  • Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) environment fee of INR 200/- for Indian passport holders and INR 300/- for foreign tourists to be paid directly at the airport counter
  • Porterage and tips
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under Inclusions and in the itinerary
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The cost mentioned is for per person. The cost mentioned is only indicative and subject to actual cost at the time of booking. The cost mentioned is valid for the period – 1st May to 30th September. There is a minimum requirement of 6 nights for the months of May, June and September & 7 nights for months of July & August. Footprint holds the right of altering the trip schedule in event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen conditions beyond our control such as road blocks, flight cancellations, etc. Any additional cost incurred due to the same would need to be borne by the individual. The cost is subject to additional charges if paid by debit card, credit card or online bank transfer.