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Highlands of Ladakh ( Hemis Festival Special)

Leh ● Nubra ● Sham ● Alchi ● Hunder ● Thikshey ● Diskit ● Pangong


The ethereal cold desert of Ladakh, is also known as 'Moonscape' and 'Little Tibet' - is a land that seldom fails to surprise. Ladakh, the land of high passes offers an extraordinary landscape of rugged mountains, pristine lakes and Buddhist legacies. Picture-perfect gompas in the landscape of spectacularly arid mountains are home to many cultural and religious festivals knowns for gigantic colourful masks, traditional dancing and singing, transform this quiet and peaceful land into one that hums and vibrates with energy, festivities and celebration.

The Hemis Festival is one of the most famous monastic festivals held to commemorate the birth of Guru Padma Sambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. Chham dance performance, musical concerts, archery competitions are some must-experience highlights of the event. Visit your dream destination - the ancient kingdom of Ladakh - Nubra Valley, Alchi, Khardung-la Pass, Pangong Lake, discover the joy and thrill of Hemis festival and enrich the senses for lifetime.

50+ Voyagers Travel and Adventure Club brings a carefully crafted a tour plan to provide enough acclimatization at Leh and a pace suitable for 50+ young at heart and Senior Citizens.

  • Attend the joyous celebration of Hemis Festival famous for large processions, colourful troupes, regional performing artists, and masked dancers.
  • Roam in the land of high passes, extraordinary landscape of rugged mountains, pristine lakes and Buddhist legacies.
  • Hear the stories of Ladakh's Buddhism - Tantrik and Sutra sects from the Lama.
  • Drive the highest motor-able road in the world - Khardung-la-pass at height of 17,580 ft.
  • Venture into the delicious Tibetan dishes Thukpa, Tsmapa and Namkin chay.

Detail Itinerary

  • Welcome to the Land of High Mountain Pass

    In the morning hour, board flight to Leh from Delhi Domestic Airport. You can reach Delhi from your home town by evening of previous day. If you need one night stay at a hotel in Delhi, let us know, we can book it for you. You may also take a late night flight from your home town to Delhi and stay overnight ( 5 - 6 hours) at the Delhi airport, to board early morning flight to Leh.

    Enjoy a thrilling and scenic landing at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport of Leh, surrounded by rugged high mountain ranges. After collecting luggage, we will drive down to the hotel situated in the heart of the ancient city of Leh. Relax during rest of the day and let your body acclimatize to this sudden change of altitude. In the afternoon, visit Leh Hall of Fame which has a museum built and maintained by Indian Army in the memory of the soldiers who had lost their lives during the Indo-Pak wars. Know about Kargil war heroes and soldiers' life at Siachen glacier. We will return back to the hotel for an early dinner and then to take good rest.

  • Journey Through the Monasteries

    Wake up early to enjoy breathtaking view of Ladakh. Post breakfast, we will proceed to a leisurely tour to Hemis Monastery. Because, our body will take some more time to acclimatize, todays' tour will be at slow pace.

    Hidden between a gorge, close to the hill where Lord Padmanasambhava or Rimpoche had once meditated, Hemis monastery stayed unscathed through several wars and conquests. While other monasteries were plundered and looted, Hemis, owing to its hidden location and the generosity showed by reigning Buddhist rulers, went on to become so rich that it is believed that it now owns half of the land in Ladakh. Today, the Hemis Monastery is the biggest, richest and most powerful monastery in Ladakh, situated at 45 km from Leh.

    One of the most famous monastic festivals of Ladakh, is held annually at Hemis to commemorate the birth of Guru Padma Sambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The sacred dramatic dance of life - Cham is performed wearing masks and colorful brocaded robes. The vibrant colours burst out among the flock of nuns, lamas and tourists in the monastery. Ancient Tantric traditions blossom in all their opulence and glory, captivating and enthralling the audience.

    Post lunch hours, on our way back, we will visit, the Thikse Monastery, 20 km away from Leh, which is spectacularly located on a hill and famous for beautiful murals and a huge image of Maitreya Buddha, an outstanding specimen of Ladakhi architecture. Will also visit Druk White Lotus School which is more popularly known as Ranchos school after shooting of 3 Idiots movie. Return back to the hotel for delicious dinner and a good night sleep.

  • Excite your soul at Magnetic Hill

    Post breakfast we shall proceed towards Nimmu Valley following Leh - Srinagar highway. On the way, you will find Cooking Gas Refilling Plant, Hydroelectric Power Plant all at the highest altitude in the world. At Nimmu Valley admire breathtaking view of the confluence of Indus and Zanskar river. You can clearly see two different color of rivers flowing from different directions. There is a small restaurant at the view point where you can try some hot soupy noodles or ladakhi chai. Spend some time at Magnetic Hill, a gravitation hill, which creates an optical illusion through a rising and descending terrain.

    By noon, we will reach Alchi Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh region, on the bank of river Indus. Though traditionally, the credit for the construction of the monastery goes to the great translator Rinchen Zangpo (958-1055), the oldest monuments preserved here date back to the middle of the 12th century. The monastery complex houses two main temples - Alchi Du-khang and the Sum-tsek. There is no electricity in the monastery, so we have to carry a flash light to sight the lavish wood carving and ancient artwork. You may also offer oil and light to the monastery. Spend some leisure time with shopping of Tibetan style arts and crafts at market outside the Monastery. and enjoy your lunch.

    On the way, While returning from Alchi, we will visit Shanti Stupa and Pathar Sahib Gurdwara.

  • Get Beyond Limit

    Today we will climb steadily from Leh to the deep valleys of the Shyok and Nubra rivers that separate Karakoram from Ladakh range. Both rivers are fed by Siachen glacier and flow through the valley of flowers - Nubra. It is really thrilling to know that Nubra Valley lies in the old trans-Himalayan Silk Route from South to Central Asia. We will cross Khadungla Pass (18,500 ft), the highest motorable road in the world.

    Once we reach Nubra, you will encounter an awesome creature - double-humped camels grazing on the valley of braided Shyok River. You may go for a safari ride on camel back in the sand dunes of Nubra valley. We will check in to the Tented Swiss Camp at pretty hamlet 'Hunder' and take some rest. In the evening, enjoy a show of Ladakhi dance performance. After returning back to the tent you will be served an early dinner.

  • Mountains and Monks

    Post breakfast, we will drive along the shyok river towards 515 years old Diskit Monastery which was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This is the oldest and the second largest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh after Thiksey monastery. From the top of the monastery, get an enthralling view of diskit or roam in the ancient prayer halls full with chanting monks, crashing cymbals and deep horns. We will stop for lunch on the way and then drive down to Leh by afternoon.

    In the evening go to market to shop for traditional arts and crafts. If time permits, you can go for an optional visit of ruins of Leh Palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. It was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.

  • Get soaked in Nature

    Today, wake up early in the morning and get ready to check-out from the hotel post breakfast. We will drive down to the mesmerizing Pangong Tso Lake which gained immense fame after Bollywood blockbuster '3 idiots' and is a highlight of our tour in Ladakh. It will take appx 5 hours to reach Pangong Lake at 14,270 ft height. We will have couple of stopovers at beautiful villages of Shey and Gya and at Changla pass on the way, to acclimatize us better with ascending high altitude.

    As we approach closure, you can see blue hue of the lake at the horizon surrounded by rugged mountain terrain. 'Pangong' means "long, narrow, enchanted lake". The Indo-China line of control runs through the lake and 60% of the Lake lies in China. Surprisingly Pangong is not a sweet water lake typically found at high altitude, but is the highest salt water lake in Asia. Despite being saline in water, the lake freezes completely during winter months.

    Upon reaching the shore of the lake, we will check-in to the comfortable tented camp. In the evening, take a leisurely walk on the shore and admire the shimmering beauty of the lake during sun set. Return back to the camp to participate in team activities and have some fun moments with your co-travelers. Enjoy your dinner and return to your tent for a pleasant sleep.

  • Drive through the Scenic Beauty

    Do not miss out the panoramic view and serenity of the Pangong Lake in the morning - changing hue from deep mournful grey to an uplifting blue-green as sun rises the horizon. If you have interest in birds, then look out for migratory birds like Brahmani Ducks, Rare black necked cranes and Ladakhi Marmot. Post warm breakfast, we will drive back to Leh and reach by afternoon. Spend rest of the evening at your leisure.

  • Goodbye with Selfies

    Today we will check out from the hotel in early morning and proceed towards airport for flight back home. Sad as we were to begin the journey back, some things stay embedded in our hearts and minds forever - the extraordinary scenery, snowy summits magnified by the crystal-clear sunshine, arid plains interspersed with a moonscape of deep gorges, vibrant culture, wizened faces and rosy cheeks... and the aura of greatness. Ladakh will always stay close to the heart.

Tour Schedule

22 - 29 June, 2018
8 Days/ 7 Nights

Tour Cost

From Delhi with flight

Rs. 57,000

Per Person

Member Benefits

  • Senior Citizen Discount Rs. 1,000

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What is included

What is excluded

  • Night stay at Delhi before boarding early morning flight to Leh. Any upgrade in room category and extension of stay beyond standard check-in time and check-out time followed by the group.
  • Meals and drinks not part of the group menu and not included as per service inclusions.
  • Cost for any adventure activities e.g. trekking, fishing, cycling, river cruise, camel or horse ride
  • Any transfers and sightseeing of personal nature and not with the group
  • Travel Insurance, Health and Personal Accident Insurance, emergency medical treatment
  • Coat/Jacket/Boot hire costs to visit snow points
  • Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax, rooms service, personal meal orders etc.
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, landslide, accidents & any emergency evacuations.

How to make booking

  • 1

    You can either click on 'Book Now' button on this page or call us (+91) 8095767595 or email us to request booking

  • 2

    Send us a copy of Identity, Address and Age proof. Clear scanned copy of Aadhaar/Driving License/ Voters ID/ Passport is required. You must carry same with you during tour.

  • 3

    Pay Rs. 15,000 as 'tour booking fee' by on-line transfer or cheque or using payment gateway link 'Pay Advance Amount'

  • 4

    Pay balance amount 45 days before tour departure date.

  • 5

    If you want us to make train/flight booking, appx amount of same to be paid at time of booking. Remaining to be adjusted with balance payment.

Special Travel and Health Guidelines for 50+ Aged

  • If you are suffering from asthma, high blood pressure, heart ailments, kindly abstain yourself from planning a trip to Leh Ladakh
  • In last 3 years people of age 50 to 75 travelled with 50+ Voyagers to Leh Ladakh and completed the tour without facing any major health issues during the tour. Therefore not age, but physical and mental fitness is essential on this trip, as we will be travelling to a region of high altitude.
  • While the tour is designed in a way to offer sufficient acclimatization at Leh, still to make the most of this, we strongly recommend that you start regular walking at least a month prior to the trip.
  • Refrain yourself from Smoking and/or drinking alcoholic beverages. Avoid depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills.
  • Eat a high carbohydrate diet (more than 70% of your calories from carbohydrates) while at high altitude.
  • July - the Summer is the magnificent season and known for pleasant weather and clear blue sky to visit Ladakh. Average temperature ranges between 10-24 degree C.

What does our members say

  • Usha Archana Bangalore This club gave me one of my best holidays with the recent Rajasthan Trip. It was a great experience traveling with people of ages 52 - 82, who came from different corners of India. Most of us were meeting each other for the first time in our lives, yet, by the end of the tour, it felt like we were all from one family. The club offers a wonderful opportunity for like-minded senior citizens to holiday together safely, comfortably and enjoyably at a reasonable cost!
  • Kawaljeet Bedi Delhi The life starts at 50 is what I fully endorse after joining Ladakh trip 3rd-11th August 2016. Every person has a child within, let it come out and there can be no better way than joining 50+ Voyagers Travel and Adventure Club. I was a bit skeptical and apprehensive of joining it but now I think it has been my one of the best decisions to be a part of it. The itinerary was properly planned right from the flights to hotels to sightseeing...everything was hassle free. In a nut shell it was adventurous, amazing and awesome experience. Thank you 50+ Voyagers for making me feel younger and healthier.
  • Ranji Kuruvila Bangalore Enjoyed the Ladakh trip immensely. The visit points were wisely chosen, the whole tour was well paced and all the arrangements were very nicely organised by you. Will definitely recommend you to my friends and will join you on another trip sometime next year. Congratulations and a big thank you.
  • Tuhina Bhattacharyya USA Life beyond 50+ is so exciting, specially when you are with like minded young people and want to enjoy life like kid. This is how I would like summarise 50+ Voyagers. My mom for the first time travelled alone with a group of strangers but she came back with lifelong friends and memories to cherish. I am so glad that I could facilitate creating this memory for her during recent Ladakh trip. Very well organised, all thanks to 50+ Voyagers for personally taking care of everyone on the trip. Pictures of this event are saying a lot more, not forgetting to mention how we use to wait for moms pictures along with the excellent location. How I wish I was 50+ too ! Looking forward to create more memories for my mom with you. Thank you
  • Arun Kumar Chandehoke Delhi At the outset, I (70 years) and my wife(66 with knee problem) were apprehensive as to whether we would be able to actively participate in the activities of the Himachal Tour, i.e horseriding, trekking etc. Well after horseriding at Kufri, our confidence level went up and we both enjoyed the tour and were able to climb more than 200 stairs at the mall, shimla. One may not believe, during the tour we forgot our hip and knee joints problem. I recommend to my friends of above fifty to avail the facilities provided by the 50+ Voyagers Travel and Adventure Club. I am sure you will agree that age is just a number.