Welcome to hikers’ paradise: Leh. Situated in the extreme north of India at an altitude of 11,000ft, this welcoming city of 30,000 inhabitants lies in an arid landscape, surrounded by high peaks. Leh holidays are all about trekking, and this is your starting point for embarking in a 4x4 along the Markha valley and for the ascent of Stok Kangri, (a 20,000ft tall beast). Inject some culture into your
stay in Leh while burrowing into the labrynthine alleys of its old town and on visits to the remote, 15th century Namgyal Buddhist Monastery, Tsemo Gompa, and the imposing Royal Palace where you can contemplate the city from a great height.