Sample Itinerary for the Shakti Ladakh Village Experience

Shakti has eight houses in Ladakh, each with its own unique charm. The itinerary below is a brief example of what we offer in Ladakh, however, each client’s itinerary is tailored specifically to suit his/her interests. The itinerary does not in any way reflect the ‘best’ possible routing and is simply a sample.

Shakti Ladakh is open from the beginning of May to the end of September annually

Day One     Delhi to Stok

Early this morning fly from Delhi to Leh. You will be met and driven to the Shakti village house in Stok where we recommend complete rest so that you can thoroughly acclimatize.

Overnight: Shakti Stok Village House, Altitude: 3650m

Day Two Stok

Take a gentle walk to explore the charming village of Stok. Visit the Stok Palace, which is home to the king and queen of Stok. The fascinating Museum exhibits old and unique Ladakhi artefacts. Later savour a delicious picnic lunch at a beautiful spot nearby. Return to the house and relax on the terrace with a drink in hand while enjoying great views of the Stok Kangri Range.

Overnight: Shakti Stok Village House

Day Three Stok

Early this morning you will attend the morning prayers at Thiksey monastery where you will witness young and old monks begin their day with prayers and chanting. You can even meet a local Ladakhi medicine man at the monastery and learn about traditional cures. Thereafter enjoy a picnic breakfast in the charming village of Sakti. Alternatively, you can return to the village house for breakfast and to freshen up. Later in the day you will visit the beautiful Hemis monastery which was built in 1630 and is the largest monastery in Ladakh. You will have this evening at leisure.

Overnight: Shakti Stok Village House

Day Four Stok to Likhir

This morning drive up to the entrance of the Zanskar canyon, to the village of Chilling, where you will see the local metal smith at work. Walk down to the river bank for an adventurous and exciting rafting trip down the Zanskar River, through the rugged canyon and to the shores of the village of Nimoo. Here, a scrumptious picnic lunch will be laid out for you. Later drive for about an hour to your next village house in Likhir.

Overnight: Shakti Likhir Village House, Altitude: 4000m

Day Five Likhir

This morning after breakfast, take a leisurely walk through the picturesque village and visit the Likhir monastery, which is also visible from the house. Situated at a height of 11,483 feet, this is one of the most interesting Yellow Hat Sect monasteries in Ladakh. The monastery also has a school where approximately 40 monks study each year. The young monks and the teachers will be thrilled to have you over for a cup of tea before you leave. Alternatively you may decide to simply relax at the house.

Later head out to Alchi(3120m/10233ft), which is one and a half hour drive. Alchi is a fascinating monastery, which is the only one in Ladakh to be built on flat ground, unlike the others which were always on hilltops. The temple was founded in the 11th century and is particularly interesting for its Indian and Kashmiri influences.

Drive for about 20 minutes and enjoy a picnic lunch at Saspol, home to old and neglected, yet beautifully painted caves. Drive back to the village house and enjoy drinks and snacks in the cosy living room.

Overnight: Shakti Likhir Village House

Day Six Shey

Start your day early and visit the Himalayan Capital of Leh, about an hour and a half away. The Bazaar offers a plethora of colourful and interesting souvenirs which you can shop around for if you like. Visit the Leh Palace which has been restored and now houses a small museum. A short walk away is the glorious Shanti Stupa, a relatively new structure and a symbol of peace.

Lunch will be at a traditional Ladakhi restaurant in town after which you will drive a short distance to your next village house in Shey.

Overnight: Shakti Shey Village House, Altitude: 3505m

Day Seven Shey

You have many options this day. You could visit the famous Pangong Lake which is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. The stunning lake is reached by a dramatic and rough mountain road. You may also choose to take a full day’s hike to the base camp of Stok Kangri, the highest mountain in Ladakh. For those in the mood to take it easy we recommend a walk around the interesting village of Shey where you can chat with local people and watch them as they go about their daily chores. You may like to visit the ancient Shey Palace with its Gompa and a 39 feet tall copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Overnight: Shakti Shey Village House

Day Eight Shey to Delhi

This morning you will be driven to Leh Airport in time to check-in for your return flight to Delhi.

Extensions: As an extension to the Shakti Ladakh Village Experience, Shakti can also organise our unique style of camping in a range of remote and off the beaten path locations including Lamayuru, Tsomoriri Lake, & Nubra Valley. Accommodation here will be a private tented camp with special Shakti service and style. Nothing compares to staying under the clearest night skies to be found in the world.


Lake 'Pangong Tse'


Metal Smith


Village House

Prices: USD 5250 per person for a 7 night package

Based on 2 people sharing, including private accommodation in village houses on a fully inclusive basis including all meals and beverages, all activities including two raft trips, an accompanying English speaking guide, private chef, support guide and porters, car at disposal and taxes with transfers between Leh Airport and the village experience. Flights not included.

*We have a minimum requirement of 6 nights for the months of May, June and September & 7 nights for the months of July & August.

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