Your tour to Ladakh is an authentic, experiential and immersive journey. We bring for you a taste of local food, music, dance, and family culture. The landscape of Ladakh is barren and beautiful. It is a mountain desert that lies in the rain shadow area of Himalayas.


The region has many trails that link to the ancient silk route that was once used for trading with central Asia and Europe. Although Ladakh is a touristy place, we take you to offbeat places also which will give you a wonderful experience of authentic Ladakhi culture.


While in Ladakh, you cross high mountain passes like Khardung La (5,359 m). As you travel through Ladakh, you will notice changing landscapes, glacial rivers and tiny villages dotting the beautiful mountains. Contrary to the other parts of Ladakh, Nubra valley is green.


In fact, ‘Nubra’ means ‘Garden’ in Ladakhi language. Live with locals in homestays, get to know their culture and develop the mutual respect on this responsible holiday. Contact us to know more and to customize your holiday in Ladakh.


Clean Travel believes that our innovative approach to tourism has the power to revitalise communities and provide financial security for its inhabitants. Find out more about Clean Travel here.

8 days
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Delhi / Leh
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.

We support you right from your first mail to us, to the planning stage till the time you arrive at the airport in India. Although it’s a custom-designed tour the planning usually does not take more than 2-3 exchange of emails.


Be assured that we will take care of you completely so that you can spend time doing what you are really here for – To enjoy your holiday in India.


Once you arrive at the airport, we will receive you and be with you at various stages of this tour. It will be not just a guide but a person from the local village who has good knowledge, passionate about his work and is friendly.

We will provide comfortable accommodations which will include hotels or homestays. All the accommodations will have sufficient clean bedding, warm water, and either family or staff to take care of you.


The food is vegetarian or non-vegetarian, hygienic and safe.


You will have clean western washrooms. WiFi or TV may or may not be available at most of these places are away from city life. However, you can always depend on the 3G connection.

5% of the money is directly given back to the community.


Our guides and custodians of knowledge are from the local community, thus we support their families.


We are discouraging use of plastic bottles on our trips.


We urge you to refrain from giving gifts or money to children or young adults in the village.


All the raw material for meals is sourced from local markets and villages thus reducing the carbon emission by transporting it from a distant city.


The taxis you use will be BS-IV carbon emission standard.


The performing artists and singers are handpicked from the local community rather than being invited from another city.


Your trip has been designed as per the international standards of responsible tourism – Cape Town Agreement 2002. Therefore it ensures that the money you pay has a direct social, economic and environmental benefit locally.

We advise that you take a full day off in Delhi before embarking on the flight to Ladakh.


Once you arrive at Leh airport, the temperature and altitude will change drastically. We suggest that you take your initial days slowly to acclimatize to the altitude and avoid any sickness.


We will receive you at Leh airport and arrange your necessary permits on the first day while you settle yourself amidst the beauty of Ladakh.

This tour is designed to be of medium pace so that you spend sufficient time at each place and get to know the local way of life. While the temperature may be pleasant during the day, it will dip during the night.


We will provide you with the necessary heating. We also suggest that you refer to our pre-tour checklist which includes things like hiking boots, warmers and much more. Most of the tour will involve regular walking on unpaved paths.


The tour is suitable for any age group including children and senior citizens.

The people of Ladakh are predominantly Buddhist. The once remote monasteries of Thiksey, Hemis, Lamayuru and much more are a treat for the culturally inclined traveller.


People of Ladakh also celebrate festivals like Losar in late December, Hemis Tsechu in July and much more throughout the year with extravagant and colourful Buddhist traditional dances and songs.


Day 1: Delhi to Leh

Arrive in Delhi by morning flight and check-in to your homestay. Spend the time with the family knowing how the locals in Delhi live and how the famous Indian joint families are.


Indian families do not consider you as a client but as a family member. Rest of the day will be at leisure and for acclimatisation.


We take the morning flight from Delhi to Leh the next day.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay

Day 2: Leh

Arrive in Leh and drive to the beautiful Palam village with a panoramic view of Leh valley with Stok range on your left and Indus on your right. You check in after a refreshing drink and a warm Ladakhi welcome. We take it slow until the afternoon for your body to adapt and acclimatize to the change in air pressure and altitude.


A lunch picnic would be arranged by the banks of Indus River. It is a Ladakhi way of chilling out.


You could check out the Indus and the organic farming and other agricultural activities before dinner invite from a Ladakhi family.


Briefing of the trip will be given over bonfire and under the starry sky at the homestay.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Hotel

Day 3: Sham village

Sham village - After breakfast visit Hall of Fame. It houses interesting information on Ladakh region. En-route take blessings from Gurudwara Pather Sahib, a holy place for Sikhs. Check out the funny Magnetic Hill and the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers.


Visit Basgo monastery and castle as the colours of nature surrounding this magnificent castle is mesmerizing and also is a UNESCO world heritage monument.


Head to the moon land (Lamayuru) and check out the monastery which is one of the largest and oldest Gompa in Ladakh. Drive back to Leh to relax for the journey next day.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay

Day 4: Turtuk village

Turtuk village - Early morning we will travel along with Shyok river on the old silk route towards west. The road to Turtuk will take your breath away. We will travel slowly towards Turtuk which is the last village of Ladakh near Pakistan occupied Kashmir.


This village is one of the most beautiful places in Ladakh known for its mesmerizing green cover along with Shyok River.


In the evening, you may take a walk in the village.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay

Day 5: Hunger & Nubra valley

Hunder & Nubra valley - Wake up early morning and take a walk till the monastery and post breakfast visit Pachnathang village which is a beautiful village perched on a hillock and is a man-made marvel of architecture and the watermills.


Leave for Hunder, and have lunch and visit the Diskit monastery on the way. Come back to your homestay followed by a ride in the evening on the double-humped camel.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Homestay

Day 6: Pangong & Changtang

Next day we drive from Nubra Valley to Changtang from the route of Shyok, along the river. Pangong needs no introduction, and once you reach there, you will know why.


By late afternoon, we will reach Pangong Lake. We will travel along the lake for a while to get you an overview of the lake.


Stay at the campsite at Pangong Lake.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Camp

Day 7: Pangong Lake

After morning breakfast and a small walk along the Pangong Lake, we will proceed towards Leh slowly while stopping on the way to admire the stunning landscapes.


We will reach Leh by evening collecting all the memories of the trip and sharing them with the dinner and bonfire.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Hotel

Day 8: Leg and onwards

After morning breakfast and a small walk along the Pangong Lake, we will proceed towards Leh slowly while stopping on the way to admire the stunning landscapes.


We will reach Leh by evening collecting all the memories of the trip and sharing them with the dinner and bonfire.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner | Stay: Hotel

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The Folk Tales

The Folk Tales India's travel experiences in rural India are handcrafted with special emphasis on making a positive social, environmental and economic impact.


When you take one of our travel experiences, you contribute to local communities in preserving their cultural and environmental heritage, and in living a better life.


Through our storytelling, you experience a deep connection with the place and its people. We do not provide a sightseeing tour, but a culturally immersive experience through the hands-on activities and meaningful conversations.

Their Social Focus

We design all of their tours with the local community in mind. They ensure that they are directly benefiting, economically, socially and environmentally. All of our tours adhere to the guidelines of United Nation's Cape Town Agreement 2002 for Responsible Tourism.


Finalist in the Indian Responsible Tourism Awards for 2016 and affiliated with the WTM Responsible Tourism network.