The hub and capital of Ladakh

If you visit Ladakh you will inevitably pass through Leh, the main town and capital of Ladakh. It is the gateway to most of the places in Ladakh e.g. Nubra valley, Zanskar, and the high altitude lakes of Pangong Tso and Tso Kar.

Leh is connected to the rest of the world via the road 'Manali to Leh' and the road 'Srinagar to Leh'. But these roads are only open during the good season e.g. from May to October. During the rest of the year you must reach Ladakh by air via the Leh airport.

Most people drive into Leh via the southern approach from Manali (in Himachal Pradesh) or via western approach via Srinagar (in Jammu and Kashmir). Either of these journeys take minimum 2 days though we do it in minimum 4 days to gives time to acclimatize to the high altitude of Leh (3500+m / 11,500+ ft).
Please note that in 2017 we do not recommend going to Ladakh via Shrinagar due to the geopolitical situation in Kashmir. There are no such problems reaching Leh from Manali.

Leh itself is a very nice place to stay and to visit. Some of the places to see in Leh are the Shanti (peace) Stupa and the Leh palace. It is also very nice roaming in Leh to enjoy its atmospere, its local food and handicrafts.

Some of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh can be visited in a day trip from Leh. Thiksey monastery for instance is just 18 km away. You can plan one day to visit the monasteries at the East side of Leh and one day to visit the monasteries at the West side of Leh.

During winters Leh is the only place in Ladakh where you will find accommodation facilities. If you plan to travel in winter, please contact us so that we can plan your tour and arrange homestays at the places you want to visit.

Our tours of Ladakh

Our classic tour to Ladakh

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Our lake tour of Ladakh

Our lake tour of Ladakh

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Recognition of Himalayan Ecotourism

Himalayan Ecotourism Awards

Our awards

Himalayan Ecotourism is the winner of the To Do award 2022 in the field of "Socially Responsible Tourism".
We are also the Overall Winner of the Indian Responsible Tourism Award 2019 and the Gold winner in the Best Adventure Operator category.
We have been declared winner of the Sustainable Tourism Award 2019 by Skal International and Biosphere.
Our cooperative-based model of social enterprise and our efforts to conserve the Himalayas are the main reasons for winning these awards.
Thank you to all our cooperative members, our customers, our friends and well-wishers !