The blog of timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor Elaine Aronson, featuring what's hot in the world of adventure challenges, charity challenges, fundraising & major sporting events...
22 August

Little Tibet Trek

Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
TrekkingTrekking - 14 days
Date: 22 August 2015
Charity Challenge


TrekkingTrekking - 14 days
Place: Ladakh, Tibet
Organiser: Charity Challenge
Date: 22 August 2015
Duration/distance: 14 days
Under 18's:
Difficulty: Level 3
Payment options: Payment options explained
Minimum sponsorship option: £375 registration fee + min sponsorship
Self funder option: £375 registration fee + tour cost (no min sponsorship)

Challenge details

Trek in the Indian Himayalas, go to Hindu temples & Buddhist monasteries, visit the Tibetan influenced town of Leh, enjoy spectacular mountain scenery & meet the mountain people of this remote region.

  • Trek in the Indian Himayalas
  • Go to Ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Visit the Tibetan influenced town of Leh
  • Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery
  • Meet the fascinating mountain people of this remote region
Isolated for many months of the year by snow, Ladakh remains one of the best places to experience the unique culture of the high Himalaya. Your challenge is varied with a great trek affording some of the best views in the world. With its snow covered peaks, remote villages, and ancient Buddhist monasteries – Ladakh transports you to another world! An amazing flight from Delhi to Leh takes in many of the Himalayan peaks.

The peak of Stok Kangri stands out in the mountains as it turns from crimson to sparkling white on the skyline of Leh, a high mountain town where you will acclimatise. Leh, or "Little Tibet" as it is commonly known, is a wildly beautiful desert region high in the Western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate, yet it has been home to a thriving culture for more than a thousand years. Indeed, there is an amazing cross of mountain cultures here, for Leh was a trading post on the ancient silk route. While acclimatising, you will be given time to visit Shey Palace as well ancient Hemis and Thikse monasteries, where you will be able to take part in a prayer ceremony with Buddhist monks. A warm-up walk to the Shanti Stupa will give you fantastic views of Leh, the Indus Valley and River and the beautiful surrounding snow-capped peaks. You will also be given the opportunity to visit the Lingshed Area Project, a children’s home project which we support in Ladakh.

Your route takes you through picturesque and ancient villages. Tourists are still relatively few and far between in this isolated region, and the lifestyle here has in many respects remained unchanged for centuries. In contrast to the often bitter climate, the local populace are warm and friendly, and will greet you with a smile and a "Jullay". This is also the land of the Snow Leopard, and if you are lucky you just might see one of these magnificent animals.

This trek is one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas, and passes through varied terrain, ranging from incredibly narrow valleys to vast expanses! It is made all the more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that still flourishes in the many monasteries that dot the landscape.

Find out more today
Secure your place on this challenge with one of our charity partners - just click on a charity logo on the right for further details.

Charities with places

Limited charity places are available in Little Tibet Trek - click a logo for details about the charity and how it will help you:

  • secure your place in the event
  • raise any sponsorship needed
  • get kit, training advice & race-day support

Choose your own charity

Want to do this challenge for your own charity?
You can do this challenge to raise funds for your favourite charity. To find out more, please click here.