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India, Ladakh Shang Valley Trek

Sandwiched between the towering peaks of the western Himalaya and the vast Tibetan plateau, Ladakh is the highest, least populated and most inaccessible region in India. The name derives from Ladags meaning ‘high passes’ and its arid, corrugated landscape of chaotic ridges, twisted and exposed geological strata, snow-capped peaks, dark gorges and wide valleys offer some of the most spectacular views in the whole country. At various times in the past, Ladakh has been politically part of Tibet and its influence is still prominent today.

The Ladakhi people are principally of Tibetan origin and Buddhism is still practised here with active Gompas, or monasteries, overlooking the valleys from their solitary positions atop craggy cliffs. This challenge is perhaps the finest trek in Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’ as it is also known. Our route follows quiet trails, passing through the multi-coloured mountain range ornamented with villages, monasteries, temples, castles, and stupas, whilst also offering an extensive range of flora and fauna.

Best time of year: June – September

Grade: Tough

Number of days: 11

We are not currently running this event but if you are interested in this challenge for your charity, organisation or group please contact us on 020 7386 4680 or email events@theultimatetravelcompany.co.uk for more details.

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