Located on the North side of the Himalayas, those regions used, for a long time, to be called “The little Tibet”. As they do not experience any raining season, Ladakh, Zanskar and Spiti constitute perfect destination for summer. Accessible by road from Srinagar or Manali; those are also reachable by plane, with daily flights operated from Delhi. Air access allows to attend some major religious and cultural festivals even at the heart of the winter. Despite an important development of roads infrastructures; those three regions remain a unique trekking, adventure and cultural universe. They offer almost unlimited travel and trips possibilities.
Things to do, things to see: Culture, adventure, trekking.
- Visit major cultural sites part of the UNESCO World Heritage as Alchi and Tabo (12th Century) and centuries old monasteries (Hemis, Phyang, Zangla) that have been preserveing the Tibetan culture. where monastic festivals occur both in summer and winter (Stok, Mathog).
- Stop over the city of Leh, lying on the Indus river. The ancient capital of the Silk Road kept this particular atmosphere of the Central Asia Caravanserais. It is possible to reach Leh while crossing the Great Himalayas through passes culminating at more than 5000 meters high.
- Discover a land of adventure within the outstanding beauty of the Tibetan plateau, the Tsomoriri and Tsokar lakes and the land of transmuting nomads.
- Ride a mountain bike or Royal Enfield through the high altitude forgotten valleys of Zanskar and tiny villages surrounded by stones walls.
- Explore a paradisiac region for all types of trekking: from arid passes to heartily welcoming oasis villages where it feels good camping under the willows and the apricot trees.
Formalities: Indian visa. No individual tourism allowed.
Climate: Continental Himalayan climate: cold in winter and warm in summer.
Ideal Period: From June to September
Access: Daily flights from Delhi. Road access through Himalayas crossing high road from Manali or Srinagar (open in summer only)