Ladakh and Changtang cultural tour, India
Homestays, camping and following the nomadic grazing trail during June - Sept ensures this ten day tailor made tour is about as authentically immersive as you could ever hope to imagine.
Delhi (extensions available) Leh Valley Saspol village in Sham Valley Homestay with local family Changthang plateau Camping alongside Changpa people Nomadic grazing trail Leh Old Town
US $1799ToUS $1999 excluding flights
Price is per person on twin sharing basis. Includes - Twin sharing stay, breakfast & dinner meals, over land travel in sedan/SUV, all activities, storyteller fee, permits, and taxes. Excludes - Visa & travel insurance, tips.
Description of Ladakh and Changtang cultural tour, India
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
1 Reviews of Ladakh and Changtang cultural tour, India
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 28 Sep 2022 by Nina Vidmar
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Definitely the scenery. It was something we havenít seen before. The landscape is beautiful with the mountains and lakes. We also enjoyed staying with the nomads, to get a glimpse into their everyday life and culture. We have to say Ladakh was breathtaking.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Enjoy the nature, talk with local people and pack some warm clothes as it might get chilly.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, we think it benefited the local economy as we visited places not many tourists go to. We tried to be as environmentally friendly as we could.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
We would rate it 5/5. Everything was great. The itinerary was great and we liked we could adjust it a bit. We enjoyed every moment of the trip, from driving over mountain passes, talking with nomads, petting the animals to walks around lakes and mountains. We also have to thank again our driver Sonam and the magnificent guide Dolma for taking care of us. They made sure we are safe, answered every question we had about India, Ladakh, the people living there and their culture. Both made sure we had freshly cooked lunch and dinner every day (Dolma is a great cook, donít believe when she tells she is not??). Also their engagement made this trip unforgettable.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Planet1. Our vehicles comply with the latest emission standards applicable in India. Responsible driving by our drivers ensures your safety and keeps the fuel consumption low.
2. During the hikes and village walks, we educate you on local waste management practices that use compost. Villages in general have a much lesser negative footprint on environment, and it is worthwhile to adopt some of it back in our cities.
3. We contribute toward lowering carbon emissions by paying for projects like biomass, efficient cooking stoves, waste management or reforestation in India or other developing nations.
4. Raw material for your meals is sourced locally. Therefore there is less consumption of fuel during transportation.
5. Cooking at most places is done by LPG gas or kerosene stove rather than on firewood. Ladakh has scanty vegetation, and this helps in lesser use of wood. Only in few remote places of Changthang, firewood may be used to keep warm.
6. The lighting used in homestays and in camps is solar powered with low energy consuming CFLs or LED lights. Water is also heated by solar power in homestays. Electric geysers are kept in certain places only as backups.
People1. Training of locals in best practices to get better yield of vegetables and apricots, building greenshouses with involvement of SHGs. Ladakh is in rainshadow area of Himalayas, and gets scanty rainfall. If proper training in farming is not given, the yield may be low and not of good quality.
2. Marketing of the farm products in metropolitan cities of India to get direct benefit for the farmers in Ladakh. Help in preparing uncultivated fertile land for production and in setting up small production units in villages.
3. We execute small groups to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village.
4. The homestays in Leh and Saspol are run by the families themselves that have been provided training in responsible travel and hospitality. It gives direct empowerment to the locals.
5. Before you start the tour, we will share with you detailed information through the e-brochures about Changpa people, their life and migrating patterns. This is to ensure responsible cultural exchange.