The 16-day Ladakh Tri-Adventure is divided into 3 sections; 4 days of mountain biking, followed by 4 days of trekking before finally spending two days rafting down the Zanskar river, covering a total distance of 270km. The entire expedition is at high altitude (with a low point of 2940m and a high point of 5005m) which adds another challenging element to this adventure.
Ladakh is a region in North Western India stretching from the Himalayan to the Kunlun ranges on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. The name ‘Ladakh’ means “land of high passes” in Tibetan/Ladakhi, a title befitting this beautiful mountainous area with much of the region lying above 3,000m.
Ladakh is more akin to Tibet than India with over 90% of the population practicing Buddhism. The most common language in Ladakh is Ladakhi which is a Tibetan dialect. As well as time spent on the trail, we take every opportunity to visit local monasteries, palaces, villages and markets in order to observe and learn about the local culture.
We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on all our expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.
We cover a distance of 150km over the four-day biking section. We begin in Leh and follow the Indus river for the majority of our journey, exploring a region considered to be the birthplace of civilisation. The majority of our trail will be over paved road. On day 3 we climb away from the Indus and begin making our way to the heart of Zanskar. The four days spent on the bike are a good challenge, with the final day being the toughest as we spend 6 hours climbing to Hanupatta.
We trek for a total of 50km over the four days in an area considered to be one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas. We will have the trail to ourselves apart from a few villagers that we may pass going about their daily routines. We cross the river several times and trek over 4 high passes: the Sirsir La Pass (4826m), the Burniktse La Pass (4390m), the Sengge La Pass (5,005m) and the Chuchokhuri La Pass (3970m).
The Zanskar River is considered by many to be one of the best rivers in the world for rafting. We will paddle over 70km across the two days we spend on the river. The river flows through a large box canyon with walls over 1,000m and no road access – so once we begin our journey, we are committed to reaching the end of the canyon! Our journey ends at the confluence of the Zanskar and Indu Rivers.
If you’d like more information on this expedition or the Kenya Tri-Adventure you can watch our information talk that we recorded in the Great Outdoors. James talks about Kenya first and starts the Ladakh talk 7 minutes in!