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Hemis Festival Extension

The Hemis Festival, or lama 'cham' dance, is one of the highlights of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar in Ladakh., a colorful event taking place in the courtyard of the renowned Hemis Gompa outside Leh. Ladakhis flock to the cham dance in their best, traditional clothes and jewelry, so it's a great spot for people watching as well as for watching the festival! We have included this extension as the start of either the Markha Valley trek or the Nomads of the Caravan trek, but spots are limited, so please let us know early!

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

2 - Fly Leh 3500m

3 - Leh - Hemis Festival

After an early breakfast we leave for the hour-long drive to Hemis, taking a packed lunch. We take plenty of water and our sun hats; we will be sitting in a crowded courtyard for hours as we watch the colourful ceremonies. Both days are equally fascinating, as too is simply watching the range of faces and costumes, as this is not simply a tourist event.

4 - Leh - Hemis Festival

5 - Leh - free day

The Markha Valley and Caravan groups arrive Delhi.

6 - Leh

The Markha Valley and Caravan groups fly to Leh. From here, the treks continues following the normal trek schedule


2 days of the Hemis Festival in Leh


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Hotels in Delhi, Manali and Leh

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