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Tune into your spiritual side and trek in the multicoloured mountains of Little Tibet in India – a secluded world of mauve and pink peaks, red-robed monks, and juniper trees. Here at a high altitude, we’ll hike far away from life as we know it and explore the ancient kingdom of Ladakh.
Zigzagging trails will lead us up and down through valleys. We'll discover cliffside villages and reach mountain passes with unparalleled panoramas. Towering stupas, other-worldly rock formations, glistening streams, and fields all welcome us with the same serene energy. We’ll take time to acclimatise and thrive as we hike to extraordinary heights, higher than the magnificent statues of Buddha and the Japanese Peace Pagodas.
The challenge is tough, but our Dream Challenges support team is unbeatable, with an expedition doctor to help keep you at the top of your game.
We will finish at the spectacular Alchi Monastery and celebrate our incredible achievement at the Taj Mahal in Delhi.
We meet as a team at the airport in London and catch our flight to Delhi. Touching down in Delhi, we continue our journey with a domestic flight to Leh, the historical capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, also known as Little Tibet, so-called because of its shared customs and culture. Nestled in the Himalayas, with its little white houses perched on the cliff face, Leh is a truly unique part of the planet and makes the perfect starting point for our trekking adventure.
We check in to our hotel and enjoy free time to relax, nap, and acclimatise to the thin mountain air, at 3,500m above sea level. After lunch, we head out for a gentle orientation walk around Leh and its bazaars. Then we finish the day with dinner and head back to bed for extra rest and acclimatisation.
Today gives us an immersive introduction to the local area as we explore two of its major gompas (monasteries). After breakfast, we drive to Shey Monastery, a spectacular former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings.
Watching over the kingdom from its hillock location, the palace exterior is something to behold, but the inside is even better, with a 350-year-old copper and gold statue of the Buddha.
From Shey, we stretch our legs further on a two-hour walk following a scenic trail across the fields. This takes us to Tikse and its hilltop monastery.
We drink in the view of the surrounding mountains and tour the monastery’s red and white buildings, temples, and courtyards, with a chance to meet the resident red-robed monks. In one of the temples lives a 15m-high statue of the Future Buddha.
This afternoon, we return to Leh, where you are free to relax or to do some more exploring of the city for the rest of the day. To give you more flexibility, lunch isn’t included today, so please take this opportunity to visit one of the excellent local eating establishments.
More acclimatisation today as we ease ourselves into the challenge. We start after breakfast with a walk around Leh Valley. Heading up Namgyal Hill, we climb to the striking ruins of the 1600 Royal Palace, also known as Lachen Palkar Palace.
From here, a winding path takes us even higher to the Tsemo Monastery. The ascent may be tough, but the vistas are more than worth it, especially once we reach the top, where we can see the whole of Leh and its surrounding villages – a testament to just how far we have climbed. Take advantage of the photo opportunity here – you won’t want to forget this panorama, nor the feeling.
Descending around the back of the palace, we hike via the charming Sankar Monastery to the recently built Japanese Peace Pagoda. This huge stupa overlooks Leh and gives us more captivating views of the town and the Stok Range of Zazkar Mountains across the valley.
We return to our hotel in Leh for another free afternoon. Please make your own lunch arrangements before we reunite for our group dinner this evening.
Waking to breakfast at our hotel, we take a short drive to the hilltop Likir Monastery upstream of the village. We take advantage of the chance to visit the monastery and then set off on the trail up to Phobe La (3,550m).
We continue trekking to Sumdo Village, where we take a well-deserved break. Then, it’s back on our feet to climb the steady trail to Chagaste La and down to the remote Yangthang Village.
Tonight, we get a greater feel of the local culture in this remote pocket of the mountains, as we spend the night in a village homestay or in tents.
If you thought we were high on the planet before, just wait for the days ahead. Today, we’ll reach an incredible 4,023m above sea level, as we trek north towards Ullay. We see the Ladakh desert at its best, with extraordinary rock formations along our path and multi-coloured hills that seem magnificent in any light.
During the first couple of hours of today's walk, we pass unique erosional features, including pinnacles with rock boulders precariously balanced upon them – a wonder of nature. It’s just as well the views are so captivating – a welcome distraction from the challenging ascent.
We reach our camp in Ullay by lunchtime and in the afternoon, you can either relax or we can climb further up the valley to an area known for Ibex and rare sightings of snow leopards.
Fuelling up with breakfast, we set off on a gentle trail that climbs to our first pass, Spangpo La. Here at 4,082m, we marvel at the sea of hills below and descend to the tranquil village of Hemis Schupachen (3,663m), a wonderful home for the night. The protected juniper trees stand tall here, and we’re likely to see some of the villagers’ apricot and apple trees, all against the surreal backdrop of Dakmar (red-rock) Hill.
This afternoon, we have a chance to visit the little village monastery and wander around the village to admire its beautiful green pastures and the clear stream that runs through it. Tonight, we either sleep in tents at a comfortable camp or in a local homestay.
Waking to an excellent view of the surrounding mountains, we begin the day with breakfast and set off across the pastures to the village of Schukpa, named after its mature juniper trees. We enjoy a brief break to admire the stupa before climbing the village trail.
This path takes us steadily up to our first pass of the day, the Mebtek La (3,796m), and an amazing view of the pink and mauve mountains ahead. Take this chance to savour the panoramas and snap some photos, before we head down and up through the mountains on a long, zigzagging trail.
Our final climb of the adventure brings us to Lago La pass (3,382m), from which we descend into Ang. The village is known for its splendour of fertile land, boasting barley, potatoes and fruit orchards. Best of all for us, Ang is where we find our finish line! Having trekked an immense distance through Little Tibet and reached greater heights than you thought was possible, we settle down for a very well-deserved lunch and bid goodbye to our trekking leaders.
Ahead of us lies a relaxing afternoon. We rest our legs on a drive to the village and castle ruins at Temisgam (3,256m). A short visit later, we journey on to Alchi (approx. 1 hour/30km drive), a wondrous place to spend the evening. Here, we have the opportunity to see the ancient Alchi Monastery and the five shrines of the Choskor Temple Complex.
A walk around the village gives our legs a gentle stretch before we end the day with an awesome Celebration Dinner. We toast our success and revel in the one-of-a-kind sense of achievement that comes with completing a Dream Challenge.
We spend today journeying to Agra, the home of the famous Taj Mahal. Waking early, we drive (approx. 1.5 hours) to the airport in Leh and catch our domestic flight to Delhi. From here, we have a longer drive (approx. 4 hours) to our comfortable hotel in Agra.
We make the most of our final morning in India with a visit to the Taj Mahal and a magnificent Marble Emporium – a perfect end for our adventure. Please take advantage of this last opportunity to arrange your own lunch, as it is not included today.
This afternoon, we drive to the airport and catch our overnight flight to the UK. Touching down in London on Day 11, we say our goodbyes and you make your own way home, ready for your next Dream Challenge.
Pay the registration fee (£349) and challenge costs (£1,795) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £400).
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Pay the registration fee (£349) and the airport taxes/fuel surcharge (capped at £400) and fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £3,590 for a charity of your choice.
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Our non-competitive trekking challenges aren't about living in the gym. Many people who sign up for our Little Tibet trek in India are likely to have a low level of fitness level when they sign up.
The point is to train, do your best, and reach your fitness goal. Our supportive challenge guides, challenge doctor, and community spirit will help you conquer the challenge of a lifetime. You're likely to improve your mental health and well-being. You can also use this trek as an opportunity to fundraise for charity.
We strongly recommend you train for the trek adventure. We'll tackle very steep climbs and descents through the mountains on uneven terrain. The greatest challenge will be adjusting to the high altitude, but we will take our time to acclimatise, with a lot of rest before commencing the trek. You also need to be prepared for hiking an average of 5 hours every day. We'll break this up with short breaks and lunch stops.
Once you register for Trek Little Tibet, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for India. We also recommend checking out our top trekking tips here and our indoor training ideas here for the days you don't feel like facing the weather!
We have given our trek in Little Tibet a Challenge Level of 3. The adventure is accessible to anyone and everyone who enjoys walking and wants to see an incredible part of the planet.
The daily walking distances are moderate and the terrain is not technical. However, we will tackle steep climbs and descents through the mountains and walking several days in a row, so we absolutely recommend that you train.
The greatest challenge will be adjusting to the high altitude, but we will take our time to acclimatise, with a lot of rest before commencing the trek. You also need to be prepared for hiking an average of 5 hours every day. We'll break this up with short breaks and lunch stops.
Once you register for Trek Little Tibet, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for India.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up for this trek adventure on their own. Even the quietest people are quick to make strong friendships on our adventures. The Dream Challenges camaraderie is second to none and makes all our adventures even more special.
Once you've signed up, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Trek Little Tibet. Please use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising.
You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
You need to be 18 years or above to take part in a Dream Challenge, but there is no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about the challenge is that adults of all ages will come together to do something very special.
If you would like someone under the age of 18 to join you on our trek in Little Tibet, please contact us to discuss (01590 646410 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).
You will of course need a pair of hiking boots and you will need to bring your own two to three season sleeping bag. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the walking holiday well before your departure date.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in India, simply get in touch and we can find flight options for you.
Please let us know if you decide to do this at least 17 weeks before our departure date. Send us an email at email@example.com or call us on 01590 646410 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
The accommodation will vary throughout this exciting walking holiday:
o 3 nights in a hotel in Leh
o 2 nights in either a tent or homestay
o 1 night in a lodge
o 1 night in a hotel in Alchi
o And 1 night in a hotel in Agra.
Optional: You may also want to pay £297 for a single supplement and have a room/tent to yourself wherever possible. Just get in touch on 01590 646410 or at firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) at least 14 weeks before your challenge.
Your registration fee of £349 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
Your challenge costs of £1,795 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the Sponsorship option) cover:
In addition to paying your registration fee (£349) and either paying your challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship target, you'll need to budget for your:
The group size for this challenge is likely to be around 30 people.
Please take out your own travel insurance upon registering for our trek in India, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. We advise you to arrange your insurance as soon as you can after you register to ensure you have coverage for your booking as well as the challenge itself.
Dream Challenges has an example of a policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19. We will send you the details once you have registered. You can also call us for details on 01590 646410 during our office hours (9am- 5pm, Monday - Friday).
You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a trekking holiday in India. Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate coverage for your challenge.
It is your responsibility to obtain a visa for India if you need one. Ensure that you apply and obtain your visa in plenty of time. Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your trekking adventure in India, and we will support you all the way. We're always on hand to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.
Once you've signed up, we will send you regular email updates with everything you need to know about your trekking holiday, including the itinerary, an example insurance policy, the structure of an average trekking day, a full kit list, and a realistic training plan to help you get fit for the challenge. The training programme builds up gradually as the adventure gets closer.
We'll also send you important details, motivational resources, and seasonal fundraising ideas.
During the trek, we'll have a UK doctor with expedition medicine training accompanying the group at all times, along with a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides.
No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. You will only need to carry a small day pack, containing essential accessories and equipment, including a two-litre water bottle. Please try and pack light.
As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.
We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.
NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home