Spiritual Tour in Ladakh


Places like these on our planet, naturally take our minds to another state of consciousness and calm our restlessness. This is what makes the Himalayas so magical. Not only the Himalayas but also the northern parts of this chain which extend over the Tibetan plateau and of which Ladakh is a part are a sight to behold

It is for this reason that the Himalayas are portrayed as the cradle of Hinduism and Buddhism. Ladakh is an important refuge for the Tibetan Buddhist Community.
Most visitors go to see Buddhist monasteries to appreciate their architecture, the beauty of their frescoes and statues or simply to enjoy the very special and peaceful atmosphere that emanates from them.
With Himalayan Ecotourism, it is also possible to spend time there, to participate in certain rituals such as morning prayers, and even to receive gifts in the form of teachings.

This is what makes Himalayan Ecotourism special. You not only see the culture but get to experience it.

Spiritual Dayney in Ladakh does not stop at just Buddhism. You can learn the traditional forms of meditation techniques like Vipassana.

Even before Buddhism, the inhabitants of Ladakh practiced an animist and shamanic cult. The Shamans still exist in Ladakh and we invite you to meet them.

It should also be noted that there persists a tradition to care for the plants and minerals. This knowledge is transmitted from one generation to another in the families of the Amchi.

Mystical Monasteries - Come and witness the grandeur and simplicity all at once at the Buddhist Monasteries of Ladakh. You will be one step closer to witnessing how the monks live their lives and how they achieve a sense of calm despite everything going around in the world.

Luring Landscapes - Ladakh is unlike any other mountainous region in India. Its uniquely weathered mountains, roads with a 360-degree view, an unbelievable night sky and the ever-so-warm people of the villages make the place worthy of the title of ‘Heaven on Earth’.

Charismatic Culture - Although Buddhism is the dominantly practiced religion in this particular region, it warmly invites people from all backgrounds and religious identities. When you interact with the people of Ladakh, you will come to realise that it is not religion that binds people, but their warmth and hospitality.

Himalayan Ecotourism invites you to experience the spirituality of ladakh.

Tibetan Buddhism in Ladakh

Over the past two millennia, Ladakh has had a long history of invasions and migrations.
Both Muslim and Buddhist influences have therefore shaped the culture and architecture of Ladakh. Despite this, since the Namgyal dynasty, which still exists today in Ladakh, Tibetan Buddhism remains the dominant spiritual tradition..

Since Tibet suffered the Chinese invasion, Ladakh is known as the "little Tibet of India." This is a territory where the local population can freely practice their traditions.

Each monastery in Ladakh is a teaching center of Buddhism for monks. Establishments have even been created for education that is easily accessible to all, especially to the foreigners. You must therefore speak English to take the lessons, but if this is not the case, our English-speaking guide can help you with communication.

If you are interested in the philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism, and want to learn the essentials directly from the sages and monks of Ladakh, we will organize your trip centered on the teaching of Buddhism in the company of a Lama.
Tibetan culture

Tibetan culture

The history of Ladakh has a significant resemblance with the history of Tibet.

Meditation and Yoga in Ladakh

Meditation in Ladakh


Monasteries, meditation centers and other places in Ladakh provide the perfect atmosphere.

Meditation is a practice where an individual or a group of individuals uses a technique to train their mind and achieve a higher level of mental and emotional stability, and a deeper sense of calm.
Reaching such a state of mind feels amazing, because your mind attains high consciousness enabling you to develope a better perspective and understanding of the world. Your thoughts becomes more lucid.

Meditation has always been an important aspect of Tibetan Buddhism as the mind is used as an instrument to explore the mystery of the unconscious mind and enrich the understanding of life and death.

You can take advantage of your stay in Ladakh to learn and practice meditation and yoga.

It can be part of a spiritual Dayney in Ladakh or just a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a chosen location on a classic tour.

Let us know what you would like as an experience and we will curate your trip to Ladakh for you.

Shamanism in Ladakh

Shamanism is a form of spirituality that emerges from animist communities. All over the world, the communities whose survival depends on natural resources and those which have not been influenced by a dominant religion, draw their inspiration from the elements of nature.

Members of these communities feel an intimate connection with “animated” nature, and so they seek to establish a relationship with the spirits that animate nature.

Within these communities, the Shaman acts as a medium to communicate with nature. He connects with spirits and natural energies by altering his state of consciousness. He or she, as is the case in Ladakh, uses this connection for healing, or for other purposes such as predicting future events or solving social problems.

Shamanism has a considerable presence in Ladakh. Although it is independent of Buddhism, the Shamans have borrowed some Buddhist traditions to survive religious influences often hostile to shamanic practices.

Interestingly, the shamans of Ladakh are women. They are called Lhamo.

If you are interested in shamanism, we can arrange your shamanic session with a Lhamo, or even focus your entire trip on the shamanic experience.
Contact-us so that we can organize an amazing experience for you!
Shamanism in Ladakh

A Lhamo in Ladakh

According to recent research, Shamanism has been regaining popularity in Ladakh.

Tibetan medicine in Ladakh

Tibetan medicine in Ladakh

Tibetan Medicine

A real science based on the knowledge of minerals and medicinal plants.

Tibetan medicine has been the traditional healthcare system of Ladakh since times immemorial.
The mixture of several thousand-year-old traditions is what makes Tibetan medicine so rich. We also see the influence of Indian Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.

The traditional Tibetan doctors are called the Amchi. Many villagers are still cared for today by the Amchi. Ladakh is a land where traditions are still very much alive!

You can come to Ladakh with us and meet an Amchi who will share some of his knowledge with you.

What do you think of a walk in the Himalayas with an Amchi in search of medicinal plants?

Interested ? Let us know what experience you are seeking.

In search of spiritual places

Ladakh has many places that are considered sacred because a special energy emanates from them.

Geographically, they are passes, lakes, mountains, particular rock formations or even natural caves.
It can even be a legendary place, for example a place where a saint meditated and found spiritual awakening.

These places are often marked by the locals as important, by building chortens, stupas, monasteries, or simply by placing engraved stones and prayer flags there.

Do you want to discover energy hotspots in Ladakh?
Contact-us, we will arrange it for you!
Magical places of Ladakh

The magic of Ladakh

Ladakh is full of incredible places that for a millennia have been known for their positive energy vibes.

Itinerary of a spiritual Journey in Ladakh

Himalayan Ecotourism offers you to travel to Ladakh to discover the spirituality of Ladakh which has a striking resemblance to the spirituality of Tibet. The itinerary that is presented below offers a very varied experience of Ladakhi philosophy and spirituality, with super interesting encounters with a Lhamo, an Amchi, a Yogi and monks in a monastery.

For all our "spirituality" oriented trips, you are accompanied by one of our French/English-speaking Ladakhi or Tibetan guides who specializes in providing these experiences.

We understand that your area of interest might be more specific. For example, you might be interested in Buddhist teachings in a monastery, or in shamanic healing. In this case, you simply need to let us know by contacting us by email or telephone. Sonam, our local expert and Stephan will ensure that the trip is organized according to your expectations.

You will find here the list of departures 2023
Spiritual Travel in Ladakh

With a Lhamo

Lhamo Padma, Stephan and Sonam at Choglamsar.

An itinerary of 16 days
   This route is for group departures in 2023.

Day 1
Arrival in Delhi
You arrive by plane at Delhi airport. Your guide will welcome you and take you to your hotel for your first night in India.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Delhi
Let's take the time to rest from our night flight. We will have lunch at the hotel or outside. Visit to the popular areas of Old Delhi or visit the National Museum if the weather is not favorable. Evening at Delhi Haat for dinner.

Day 3
Leh - Altitude acclimatization
Transfer to the domestic airport, we take the flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh. We will enjoy an exceptional aerial view of the Himalayan range that we cross to reach the little Tibet of India.
Welcome by your French/English-speaking Ladakhi guide. Together, we reach our hotel in Leh. We will have the day free because we have to spend time acclimatizing. The effects of high altitude are not felt immediately. Let's take advantage of our first hours in Leh to visit its markets and its historic center. We will have our lunch in town to taste the Tibetan specialties.
Dinner at the hotel

Day 4
Choglamsar - Meeting with a Shaman.
After breakfast, we will drive to the small town of Choglamsar, very close to Leh. We will meet a Lhamo there, at her home. The Lhamo are female shamans. To become a shaman in Ladakh, you must first be recognized for having the “gift of shaman”. You are then taken for a training that will allow you to master the art of corresponding with the protective spirits who will help you to heal people in need.
Lhamos are very popular in Ladakhi society. Many people come to consult them daily. Do you have a doubt, a question to which you are seeking an answer? Your session this morning with a Lhamo may well help find an answer.
We will then visit the Tibetan Children's Village school (TCV), also known as the school of the Dalai Lama, where Tibetan children in exile benefit from the necessary quality education.
Return to Leh.

Day 5
Matho - Buddhist teachings
Today we will go to Matho; the only Sakya monastery in Ladakh. This will be an opportunity for us to understand the functioning of a Buddhist monastery and the life of a monk. We will spend time with a learned monk who has lived most of his life devoting himself to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. It will take you on a journey through the history of Buddhas and bodhisattvas to the monks of today. We will be able to exchange thoughts with the monk which will allow us to reach a deeper understanding of life and explore other Buddhist practices.
In the old chapel opposite Buddha Sakyamuni, you will be introduced to the life of the Buddha and Buddhist philosophy. The concept of bodhisattvas through "Rigsum Gonpo" will be an inspiration that you can keep all your life!

Day 6
Matho - The art of mindfulness
Today is the day of self-contemplation, the day we practice the art of mindfulness.
Wake up early to attend the Puja of the monks in the main prayer hall of the monastery. We will experience the vibrant characteristics of Buddhist monks, who sing to raise the collective consciousness. They sing the ancient scriptures in deep, resonant tones.
Today, the day is dedicated to your journey of inner search. We will stay in the monastery and its close surroundings.
Try to meditate and connect with the calmness and wisdom of Buddha. This is the perfect opportunity to ask yourself questions that you could never have asked yourself in your daily life. Or simply live the experience of being here today close to the Buddhist dharma.
You also have the option of walking through the narrow streets to the meditative cave of the founder of the monastery or strolling through the valley and the village.

Day 7
Temisgam - Meeting with an Amchi
Today we will have a traditional medicine consultation with an Amchi, and visit to Alchi; a marvel of mandala art.
We cross the Indus river and we will also pass the confluence with Zanskar.
In the morning, we consult a traditional Ladakhi doctor, called Amchi. He practices Sowa Rigpa (science of healing), one of the oldest medicine systems in the world, dating back to 200 BC.
It is a holistic approach that can restore balance to physical, mental and emotional states. Treatment includes dietary and lifestyle recommendations, natural remedies, and therapies using special herbs and minerals.
In the afternoon, we will discover the treasures of Alchi Monastery, with its splendid frescoes and sculptures, created by artists from Kashmir in the 11th century. Alchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8
Lamayuru - Meeting with a Yogi
Today you will meet a Buddhist yogi at a retreat center.
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, a "yogi" is an exceptional person who has full control of the five elements. We cross the lunar landscape of Lamayuru and its 10th century monastery, which overlooks an ancient dry lake.
You will be accompanied by Yogi Dawa. Dawa has spent half his life in retreat at the sacred site of Lamayuru. He will take you to the Atisey Hermitage - a place of sacred energy where Yogi Naropa meditated. Dawa will perform a traditional Tibetan protection ritual to rid you of inner and outer obstacles on your personal and spiritual path. Through the practice of rituals and meditations, he invites us to refocus and guide us towards a more unified experience of who we are.
If weather permits, we will visit Wanla Monastery perched proudly on the rugged mountains of Ladakh.

Day 9
Photoksar - In the heart of Zanskar
Ready for cultural immersion?
We take you through the arid mountain range of Zanskar to the village of Photoksar. Until very recently, Photoksar was only accessible by walking several days. The village was also a stop on the trek of the great crossing of Zanskar. A carriage track now connects Lamayuru to Padum in central Zanskar and passes through Photoksar. As a result, very few trekkers travel here, which has resulted in the villagers losing income from tourism.
At Himalayan Ecotourism, we have decided to revive tourist activity in these villages by offering experiences immersed in the harsh life of the Zanskar. Located at an altitude of 4150m, the environment of Photoksar makes survival challenging. By staying with the locals, you will see how the villagers manage their precious natural resources.
Comfort level with your hosts will be minimal, but their hospitality is something you will treasure throughout your life!
A visit to the old monastery of Photoksar that we are renovating will be a wonderful moment to spend the end of Day.

Day 10
The rest of the program will take place around Temisgam where we meet the Amchi. We will take the time to enjoy Photoksar this morning, before hitting the road again as we enjoy the calm atmosphere enroute Temisgam via Khaltse.

Day 11
Temisgam - Convent and Sacred Grotto
Early in the morning, the nuns of Temisgam will warmly welcome you and invite you to participate in the 21st Tara prayer recital, involving the sacred feminine energy of love and compassion. You can visit the traditional village of Tia representing ancient ways of life in an isolated community due to geography and climate.
When we are ready to continue on the road, we will discover a sacred cave with murals illustrating the life of the Himalayan saints. Your guide will tell you a lot about Ladakh and sacred sites like this that are not explored by traditional tourism. Many saints, including the translator Rinchen Zangpo, meditated there. Reaching the caves is a real pilgrimage that takes place along a narrow path.
Let's enjoy to the fullest this moment of meditation surrounded by the vibrant energy of the Himalayas.

Day 12
Nubra Valley - Khardungla Pass
Today, we leave the Indus valley to join another wild and special one, further north. To get there, we cross a very high pass, one of the highest motorable passes in the world, at 5360 m.
The road offers you truly thrilling landscapes as it offers a view of the Karakoram range and K2 in the distant. The valley, which formed part of the ancient Silk Route, is one of the most isolated places in India. We will stay in a tent at a comfortable campsite. Do not miss spending time observing the starry night sky.

Day 13
Nubra Valley - Yarab Tso and Sumur
On the trail of the Silk Route and in the Valley of Flowers.
After an early breakfast, the Diskit monastery awaits you with a view of the entire valley. Stories about Buddhist protectors and other local mythologies will be told to you by your guide. We will also see the statue of Maitreya, which was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, your guide will deliver a mantra recitation, followed by a meditation session by the lake Yarab Tso, the sacred lake of the visionary.
Night walk around the sand dunes of Sumur.

Day 14
Leh - Via Wari La
The time has come to make a wish. The mountain gods might grant yours!
Return to Leh via the legendary Warila Pass. At the top, you will have time to make a wish with a prayer flag raising ritual.

Day 15
Leh - Free day
Last day in Ladakh spent in Leh. Take advantage of your day to soak up the colors and atmosphere of India's little Tibet. You have the whole day free to explore by yourself.

Day 16
Flights: Leh - Delhi - Home

Travel responsibly with a recognized social enterprise

Himalayan Ecotourism is a social enterprise that uses the opportunities offered by tourism to invest in actions aimed at :

  Helping the local community with economic development and ensuring the preservation of pristine environment,
  The emancipation of women from rural Himalayas,
  Improving the education for children,
  Regeneration of degraded ecosystems (through reforestation)

For you, traveling with Himalayan Ecotourism means that :

  You can offset your carbon emissions by supporting our reforestation program,
  You provide the locals an opportunity to earn and raise their standard of living by working with us,
  You encourage a better tourism for tomorrow, one that is responsible and sustainable.
Indian responsible tourism award - overall winner

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Many international organizations have come to check our work on the ground before awarding us prizes in the field of sustainable and responsible tourism.
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You will find here the various awards that we have received.

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 !