A fantastic trek in 'Little Tibet', combining stunning mountain panoramas and barren hillsides with pretty villages and lush meadows
Isolated for many months of the year by snow, Ladakh remains one of the best places to experience the unique culture of the High Himalaya. Crossing the Ganda La you follow the Markha River, climbing through gorges, barley and mustard fields and picturesque Ladakhi villages. Eagle-eyed students will hope to spot blue sheep and Ibex scrambling over the rocky slopes, with the stark peaks of the Stok, Matho and Zanskar ranges towering above. From the high-altitude yak pastures we have time to explore some of the surrounding peaks, and from the top of the highest pass, the Gongmaru La (5200m) students can enjoy incredible views of the Karakorum, the Himalaya and into Tibet. The trek ends with a spectacular walk down a gorge to Hemis, the largest and most famous of the Ladakhi monasteries. Selected departures coincide with the famous monastic festivals.
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Young monk blowing conch; Hemis monastery roof, Ladakh