Join Liz Bennett and Amelia Disspain for 9 nights and 10 days of transformational yoga and exploration of the beautiful northern Himalayas.
We’ll share the unique Buddhist culture of Ladakh, the breathtaking beauty of Pangong Lake, and the timeless scenes of monastic life at Hemis Gompha.
In this mystical backdrop we will uncover deeper practices of yoga and tantra.
Encounter the lifestyle of the Ladakhi people with our local guide Mukesh, an experienced Himalayan retreat facilitator.
The magnificent peaks and dry desert of the Himalayas will awaken your sense of wonder at the top of our beautiful earth.
Satisfy your hunger for adventure with biking, rafting on top of the world, a jeep ride across Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world and much more…
Two balanced and masterful yoga classes each day taught by Amelia and Liz
Workshops on yoga philosophy, tantra and Ayurveda
Limited single rooms are available on request
Airport transfers to and from your hotel in Leh
1 rafting trip at the Zanskar/ Indus River with Mukesh, our highly experienced professional guide.
Dinner together on our first night in Leh, at Pangong Lake and Uleyktoko Eco-village.
English speaking guide and professional staff
Entry fees to all monasteries and monuments
Local permits and national parks fees
Bringing kids: This retreat is suitable for children of 9 years and older.
Dinner on other days than listed
Local meals are equiv $10 AUD. Our guide Mukesh will take you to the clean and best local eateries
Flights to Delhi or Leh Airport
Early Bird Rate Non-Refundable Deposit $600 remainder paid by end January 2019 $2800
Full Rate Non-refundable Deposit $600 remainder paid by April 2019 $2950
A non-refundable deposit of $600 is required upon booking
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Ladakh or “Little Tibet” as it is known, is one of the most remote areas of India, lying to the north of the Great Himalaya on the Tibetan Plateau and to the south of the Karakoram mountains. It remained isolated for centuries to the outside world due to its inaccessibility. Ladakh has a rich cultural and religious heritage as can be seen from the centuries old monasteries, some of them built on sheer cliffs and still functioning actively. Ladakh offers its visitors some rare sights like the 130km long expansive magical Pangong Lake, lying at 4267m and partly in China. The spectacular view of the Changchenmo range of mountains reflects itself in the ever changing blues and greens of the lake.
Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom. Picture-perfect gompas dramatically crown rocky outcrops amid whitewashed stupas. Colourful fluttering prayer flags and prayer wheels spun clockwise release merit-making mantras. Gompa interiors are colourfully awash with the murals and statuary of countless bodhisattvas.
In this cultural odyssey, we travel through the ancient kingdom of Ladakh, soaking in the beauty of its captivating landscape, visiting monasteries, villages, palaces and humble homes, meeting people from all walks of life and understanding their way of life and culture; a journey that will truly make you want to return – such is the mesmerising effect of the hospitable people in this enchanting Buddhist land called Ladakh.
Day 1:- Arrive Leh (3500mts)
Upon your arrival at the Kushok Bakula Airport, our local guide will meet you for a transfer to Oasis Villa. After you check into your room, the rest of the day is free so that you can take an important rest to acclimatise with the environment. In the evening, we will stroll together to the Leh markets. We will have a trip briefing, followed by dinner.
Day 2:- Explore Leh Old Town
An easy day for further acclimatisation. After breakfast, we’ll explore the Leh Palace, Tsemo Castle and the Women’s Alliance. In the evening, we will visit the beautiful Shanti Stupa.
Day 3:- Visit Shey, Thikshey & Hemis Monasteries.
Overnight stay Sakti Village
After the breakfast we depart for the sightseeing of some of the great monumental and Buddhist monasteries of Leh. These spiritual centres are an architectural marvel.
After a well spent day, we will stay overnight in Sakti Villas on the way to Pangong Lake.
Day 4: Drive to Pangong Lake (4440mts)
After Yoga and breakfast we drive to reach Pangong Lake before lunch. The brackish water plays with sunlight to produce different effects of light. One-third part of the lake lies in India while the remaining two-third lies in Tibet, a region controlled by China. Most streams that fill the lake are located on the Tibetan part.
Stretching around 150km (with the eastern two-thirds in China), this mesmerising lake plays artist with a surreal palette of vivid blues, which contrasts magically with the surrounding colourful mineral swirls of starkly arid, snow-brushed mountains.
Day 5: Pangong Lake
Watch the sun alight the incredible colours of the lake and surrounding mountainous peaks.
After exploring the lake we drive back to Oasis Villa in Leh.
Day 6: Rafting on Indus river , Visit Alchi Monastery. Overnight stay in Uleytokpo
Today we will have exciting fun of rafting on the top of the world. The Indus river originates near the Kailash Mountain and the Mansarovar Lake in Western Tibet.
We raft for 2.5 to 3 hrs from Phey Village to Nimoo Village and end our trip on the confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. The river route consist mostly of Grade II or III easy rapids is that it passes through astoundingly beautiful mountains, many of them with tiny hamlets and imposing old monasteries nestling among the valleys.
After rafting and river lunch we visit Alchi Monastery in village Alchi. Nearby, we have dinner and stay in Uleytokpco Resort for “glamping” in luxury tents in the Apple Orchard Village.
Day 7:- Visit Lamayuru monastery & Likir Monastery
After breakfast Drive to the popular Lamayuru monastery standing dramatically against a unique lunar-esque landscape. Later we visit the Likir monastery in Likir village. Upon evening we return to Oasis Villa.
Day 8:Drive Leh Khadunlga Pass (5359m)
After breakfast we start drive to Khardung la Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 5359 meters. The views from the top of the pass are amazing and on a very clear day show the vast line of Great Himalayan Belt of Himalayas. After spending some time and exploring the area we drive back to Leh.
Day 9: Choose your own adventure day
Wake up easy. This is your trip last day in Leh. Hire a bike, wander or roll around Leh town, relax or explore before our final yoga class and dinner together. Overnight stay in hotel Oasis Villa at Leh.
Day 10: Fly home
According to your flight schedule, your transfer takes you to the Kushok Bakula Airport in Leh.
Monasteries and Historic Sites of Leh
Leh Palace was built during the 17th century by the ruler King Sengge Namgyal. Its design is similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This palace had to be deserted by the royal family in the middle of the 19th century, because of the taking over of Ladakh by Dogra forces. After this the royal family is living in-exile in the popular Stok Palace. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is restoring some of the ruined portions of this nine-storey palace. While the store rooms were on the lower floors, the royalty resided on the upper floors. The roof of this palace offers an excellent view of the valley.
The Shanti Stupa is white-colored domed-shaped structure, located in Changspa which looks extremely beautiful during night when it is illuminated. This peace pillar was built a ‘peace sect’ of Japanese Buddhist organization to celebrate the completion of 2500 years of Buddhism and for the promotion of world peace. It was inaugurated by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in 1985. This pillar is known for its gilt panels depicting the life stories of Lord Buddha. Just 5 kms away from the main city of Leh, it’s surrounded the traditionally built houses of the locals and snow-covered mountains. Take the steep slights to reach the Stupa that offers beautiful sunset views.
Thikshey monastery :
Thiksey Gompa, of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, is around 19 kms to the East of the main city of Leh. The architecture of the largest monastery in central region of Ladakh, is similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This 12-storey building contains many Buddhist relics and artworks, such as Thangka paintings, statues, stupas, and swords. The 49 foot high statue of future Lord Buddha in Maitreyi temple is the largest in the region.
The building complex of Shey Monastery located on the hilltop of Shey, the summer capital of the Leh city, which is 15kms towards the South of the main city of Ladakh. It was built in 1655 after the order the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal (Lhachen Palgyigon). The building which is mostly in ruins today was built by the king, in the memory of his deceased father Singay Namgyal,.
The major attraction in the monastery is a huge gold-plated copper statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha, which is also the second largest statue in Ladakh. In front of the statue, is a large wax bowl with a flame, which continuously lit for a whole year at a time.
Hemis Monastery, 40 kms towards the south-east of the main city of Leh is the largest as well as the most well-known monastery (Gompa) in Ladakh. This monastery was built by under the reigns of the King Singge Namgyal, in 1672 AD. This monastery plays host to an annual festival that is held in the month of which is also a major tourist attraction. This colorful day-long festival is called Hemis Tsechu. During the festival, the local resident Lamas perform a holy masked dance to glorify the victory of good over bad. Today it is taken care of by the Drukpa sect of Buddhism. The monastery has beautiful paintings and a statue of Lord Buddha, which are the highlights too.
Alchi Monastery, located in the Alchi village in Leh, was built by the great translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958 and 1055. Today it is being monitored by Likir Monastery. This monastery is actually a complex of temples consisting of 4 separate portions that has monuments built at different times. The main complex has three temples- gTsug-lag-Khang (main temple), ‘Jam-dpal lHa-Khang (Manjushri temple) and Dukhang (assembly hall).
Alchi monastery is one of the most well-known ones. The walls of the site are adorned with paintings depicting the details of Hinu kings as well as the teaching of Buddhism.
Located on the main highway between Bodhkhabru and Kha-la-che, at an altitude of 3.510 meters, Lamayuru Monastery is amongst the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. It is said to have been built around the same time as Alchi monastery. It was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in the 11th century and belongs to Red-Hat Sect of Buddhism. There are several legends associated with this Gompa. One such legend is that Lamayuru was a lake that drew back up to the mountains after blessings from a lama, in order to evacuate space for this monastery. It features a rich collection of wall paintings and Thangkas.