Guesthouse & Homestays during the Trek
The homestays are run by local families.
They are simple but very charming in Tibetan style. The centre of the house is a big room with a cooking place where we sit on the floor and enjoy our home cooked meals and community. There will be boiled spring water to drink.
You will sleep in simple but clean and comfortable rooms lit by candles or solar light. They are furnished in traditional Ladakhi style.
Traditional dry-composting toilet and at some sites solar-heated shower
By staying with the locals of Ladakh we help them generate income from tourism activities.
Arrivals at Delhi - From Delhi airport you can take an inland flight to Leh Ladakh (about 1 hour). From Leh Airport you will be picked up and brought to our accommodation.
We suggest you to make your bookings well in advance and we also highly recommend you a travel insurance. (Reiserücktrittsversicherung).
Day-wise program *:
Day 1 (July 7): arrival in Delhi. Pick up from airport and overnight in Delhi
Day 2 (July 8) : Breakfast. Flight to Leh (3500m). Pick up from airport - brought to Guest house. Acclimatisation. Official program starts at 17:00 h. Welcome dinner.
Day 3 & 4 (July 9, 10): Acclimatisation in Leh - short walks in market, visit to Shanti Stupa, Museum, local Handlooms, Leh Palace.
Day 5 (July 11): Trekking : 5 hrs - overnight in Guesthouse in Leh
Day 6 (July 12): Drive to starting point of our Trek. Visit the oldest monastery in Ladakh, cooking course. Overnight in Homestay.
Day 7 (July 13): Morning Yoga, Trekking (c.a. 4 hrs)- day activities - overnight in Homestay.
Day 8 (July 14): Morning Yoga, Trekking (c.a. 4 hrs) - day activities - overnight in Homestay
Day 9 (July 15): Morning Yoga, Trekking (c.a. 4 hrs) - day activities - overnight in Homestay
Day 10 (July 16): Morning Yoga, Visit to Lamarayu Monastery, Drive to Leh, shopping day, overnight in Guesthouse
Day 11 (July 17): Flight to Delhi, a day in Delhi. Goodbye Dinner
Day 12 (July 18): Breakfast, departures from 11:00 hrs. Program ends.
The combination of mountains, yoga and mindfulness brings us inner peace, clarity and new vital energy for our lives.
* Changes may be made to the program, but no major changes are expected.
Ladakh, meaning land of high passes, is famous for its remote mountain beauty and its closely related culture and history to Tibet. Leh, the main city is situated at 3500m above sea level nestled in the great Himalayan, Karakoram, Zanskar and Ladakh ranges. Buddhist pilgrims settled long ago in the area and Buddhism is the main religion so that it became home to many beautiful monasteries.
We are happy to bring our first ever retreat in this special part of India in the summer of 2019. Explore the beautiful town of Leh, the culture and its local people. Acclimatizing in Leh for some days and visiting the local monasteries, the museum and experiencing the wonders of Ladakhi kitchen. We start our trek after acclimatization for a few days and stay with the locals in homestays enjoying the hospitality of the simple people our retreat in this unspoiled wild mountain environment.
The trek offers deep cultural and nature experience, community interaction; combined with Yoga practice and joys of simple living.
The mountains of Ladakh are home to many animals that have adapted to the cold in different ways. Many of them are endangered such as the snow leopard and the Tibetan wolf. More visible are the Blue Himalayan Sheep and the Ibex in these regions.
We also taste the finest apricots of the world in Ladakh.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Relaxed & welcoming environment
Exploring the rich culture of Ladakh with its ancient monasteries & evidence of the silk road
Trekking in the beautiful mountain area of Ladakh
Sleeping in homestays and connecting with the local families
Close nature experience
Daily yoga practice in beautiful landscapes
Inspiring cooking course in Ladakhi Kitchen inside the oldest monastery of Ladakh
Activities in groups but also some personal time planned during the day
GIVE BACK RETREAT
This retreat of ours is a give back retreat. Whenever on our retreats we would like to help local communities, either by including service opportunities or sharing a part of the profits from us, thus doing even a little from our side.
Traditional Ladakhi food is very delicious and at the same time healthy, nourishing and mild-flavoured.
They are famous for their butter tea and a Kashmiri spiced aromatic tea, Kahwa, is one to definitely try.
Part of the experience is also to learn some authentic traditional Ladakhi recipes during our cooking class in the famous monastery of Alchi.
The retreat features daily yoga classes led by Gurdeepak and Steffi. Yoga classes are offered in a way to relax, connect with yourself and stimulate to grow in our own personal practice. Classes are for all levels of asana practitioners.
Yoga asana classes will begin in the mornings and sharing the philosophy during the day.
12 days / 11 nights (Jul 7 - Jul 18). Arrivals on Jul 7 in Delhi.
Inclusive retreat price: CHF 2500-.
Deposit to hold place: CHF 800-.
Maximum participants: 8
* participants traveling alone will be matched up with other participants depending on the profile.
** final balance is due 60 days before the retreat start date.
Read the full cancellation policy in our full terms and conditions sign up form.
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Accommodation in Guesthouses (in Delhi and Leh) & Homestays (during Trekking)
All breakfast & dinners
All lunches during Trekking only
Transport from and to Leh airport to accommodation in Leh
Jeep transports and luggage transport during the trek
Daily yoga and meditation practice
Welcome package with information and local map
Guiding services and local guide
Alchi cooking course
Visit local market and looms of Ladakh women cooperative
Entry fees for the monasteries & Museum
Does not include:
Local flight from Delhi to Leh
Drinks or other personal items other than water
Lunches (when not on Trek)