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Off the Beaten Path: Unconventional Trails of Ladakh


This itinerary invites intrepid travellers to stray from the well-trodden routes and delve into the lesser-known corners of this Himalayan wonderland. Traverse ancient trade routes, mingle with local artisans in hidden villages, and uncover the region's best-kept secrets.

From the majestic peaks of the Zanskar Range to the tranquil shores of remote lakes, each step off the beaten path promises a new and unexpected adventure, immersing you in the untamed beauty and rich culture of Ladakh like never before!

Off the Beaten Path: Unconventional Trails of Ladakh

08 nights/ 09 days Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Acclimatization

Upon arrival at Leh Airport, drive to your riverside accommodation at Nimmu. Nestled amidst the tranquil landscapes of Ladakh, Nimmu offers a serene retreat perfect for relaxation. Settle into your comfortable lodgings, designed to provide a blend of traditional charm and modern amenities.

As you unwind, take the time to acclimatize to the high altitude of this breathtaking region. The peaceful ambiance of the riverside setting allows you to rejuvenate your senses, preparing you for the adventures that await in the majestic landscapes of Ladakh

Overnight stay at Nimmu.

Day 2: Explore the offbeat Sham Valley

Begin your adventure with a river rafting session in Ladakh's breathtaking landscapes.  Raft through a vast expanse of rugged terrain and tumultuous waters along the Indus and Zanskar rivers, surrounded by majestic mountains. 

Begin your journey with a visit to the historic Alchi and Likir Monasteries, marveling at their ancient art and serene ambiance. In the afternoon, indulge in an exquisite Ladakhi traditional meal at Alchi Kitchen.

Take a short trip to the village of Saspol and discover its ancient caves. Carved into the rocky cliffsides, the caves stand as silent witnesses to centuries of human existence, adorned with intricate Buddhist murals and inscriptions dating back to the 12th century. 

Drive across the enigmatic Magnetic Hill, where the landscape creates an optical illusion of vehicles moving uphill against gravity.

In the evening, witness an engaging Light and Sound Show at the Hall of Fame Museum, vividly bringing Ladakh's history and heritage to life.

Head back to Nimmu for your overnight stay.

Day 3: Sham Valley Trek and a Day at Likir

Head towards the lesser- known village of Likir to spend an immersive day in the spiritual atmosphere here. Enjoy a 6-hour day hike across the pastures of Likir village uphill to Sumdo Village. Interact with the villagers as they tend to their fields and soak in the landscape of Ladakh!

Unleash your creativity with a hands-on workshop and immerse yourself in the ancient art of pottery. Create beautiful works of art with clay, from traditional Ladakhi vessels to contemporary sculptures, under the guidance of a master craftsman. 

End your day with a taste of Ladakh's culinary heritage with a traditional Ladakhi meal, featuring aromatic dishes such as Thukpa, Momos, and Khambir. Taste the rich flavor and influences of Ladakh's cuisine. Add a piping hot cup of butter tea to your meal, a staple refreshment that perfectly complements the hearty flavors of Ladakhi food.

Overnight stay at Likir.

Day 4:  Transfer to Nubra Valley

Begin your day with a visit to the Likir Monastery.  It is a sacred sanctuary that dates back to the 11th century, preserving the region's rich spiritual traditions and cultural heritage.

 Move on to an exhilarating journey to Nubra Valley via the breathtaking Wari La Pass, where adventure meets unparalleled beauty. As you traverse this snowbound pass, reaching dizzying heights of 14,000 feet, be prepared to witness a surreal spectacle of nature unfold before your eyes. 

Upon arrival at Nubra, check into your accommodation. Conclude your day with a visit to Sumor Gompa, where the tranquil setting and rich cultural heritage provide a deeper understanding of Ladakh's spiritual and historical tapestry.

Overnight stay at Nubra.

Day 5:  Explore the offbeat at Nubra

Head out for a refreshing hike to the ancient Ensa Gompa, where you can soak in the spiritual ambiance and panoramic vistas. Continue to the Rock Art village of Murgi, exploring petroglyphs that tell tales of Ladakh’s rich history. Next, discover Yarab Tso, a hidden gem known for its pristine beauty and serene atmosphere, offering a tranquil retreat from the bustling world.

Discover the hidden gem of Yarab Tso in Ladakh, a serene lake nestled amidst the majestic mountains. Accessed through a scenic drive, this tranquil oasis offers a peaceful retreat for nature lovers and solitude seekers. 

Walk around the labyrinthine alleys of Murgi, travelers are transported to a bygone era, where every stone tells a story, and every carving whispers secrets of an age long forgotten. Amidst the stark beauty of Ladakh's wilderness, the rock art village of Murgi stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of human creativity and ingenuity.

Visit the Diskit Monastery, immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of prayer halls adorned with intricate murals and marvel at the towering statue of Maitreya Buddha. In the evening, you can get up close with the remarkable Bactrian camels, a rare sight in this high-altitude desert landscape. 

Overnight stay at Nubra.

Day 6: An Immersive day at Pangong 

Discover the charming village of Spangmik, nestled along the shores of the breathtaking Pangong Tso lake. Here, meet the resilient locals who rear the renowned Pashmina goats and gain fascinating insights into their traditional lifestyles and the meticulous process of producing luxurious Pashmina wool.

Savor an authentic Ladakhi meal at Spangmik Cafe, delighting in the rich flavors and warmth of local hospitality. As the day winds down, find yourself mesmerized by the iconic Pangong Tso, its crystal-clear waters reflecting the changing hues of the sky.

Overnight stay at Pangong.

Day 7:  Transfer to Leh via Chang La Pass

Explore the picturesque village of Tangtsey, where you can encounter playful marmots in their natural habitat. Embark on a thrilling drive up to the majestic Chang La Pass, one of the world's highest motorable roads, offering awe-inspiring views.

Visit the serene Chemrey Monastery, the grand Hemis Monastery, and the historic Shey Palace, each providing a unique glimpse into Ladakh's rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Conclude your adventure with a shopping spree in Leh, where bustling markets offer a variety of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and traditional artifacts.

Check into your camp located on the banks of the Indus River, spend the night gazing at the star lit skies of Ladakh. In Ladakh, the sky is so clear that the milky way is visible with the naked eye. Our campsite, away from the city and its lights, is the ideal place to watch for shooting stars, space stations and the planets. 

Enjoy the warmth of a campfire under the stars, before checking out the moon's craters up close through the camp telescope. 

Overnight stay at Leh.

Day 8: Explore Leh like a Local!

Start your day with a serene prayer and meditation session at Thiksay Monastery, immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance and spiritual essence of this sacred place. Next, tour the Central Asian Museum, where exhibits reveal the rich cultural exchanges along the ancient Silk Road.

Explore the historic Leh Palace and visit the Shanti Stupa, both offering panoramic views and a deep sense of history. Embark on a rewarding hike to Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, where stunning vistas await. Situated at the top of a rugged hill overlooking Leh's enchanting town. The majestic Stok Kangri Range stands tall in the distance as you ascend to take in panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan landscape. Upon reaching the monastery, marvel at its ancient architecture and immerse yourself in its serene atmosphere.

Shop till you drop in bustling Leh market, Interact with friendly vendors, sample delicious street food, and witness the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Leh. Whether you're looking for a keepsake or just want to soak up the local flavor, roaming Leh market promises an authentic taste of Ladakh.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Ladakh with a mesmerizing sunset at Stok village, set against the backdrop of the towering golden Buddha statue. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the rugged landscape, soak in the tranquility of the moment while overlooking the picturesque Indus valley below.

Overnight stay at Leh.

Day 9: Departure

Head back to Leh airport, board your flight from here and fly back with memories of a lifetime!

What Travellers say

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Sriya Sen Gupta

Ladakh had been a dream destination for a very long time. And as I set to plan for it reached out to Offbeat Tracks to curate this trip for us. Understanding our need to not have a fast-paced one and avoid touristy places, they helped to plan an itinerary that was paced just right with all the places/ experiences we wanted to cover this time. The team was easy to approach and help through the trip, even with any urgent support. The hotels/ homestays were comfortable & each of them gave us spaces to relax and take in the ambience.We had an amazing time as we got to have a mix of experiences- enjoying the varied landscape of this region, feeling the calmness and peace within while visiting the monasteries, learning about the history and heritage of the region, relishing the local food and treats, getting a glimpse of the Indian army and how they have been fighting bravely in the various disputes since independence and being able to show our appreciation towards them.

Vandana Teotia
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Vandana Teotia

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