Over the past few months in these pages, you’ve read about the free spirits who took off for the magnificent mountains of Ladakh—with their cameras, on their motorbikes, sometimes just like that. “If only,” you’ve thought wistfully…you had someone to take care of your schedules, act as guide, know the local language, yada yada. And since you’d never dream of taking a conventional “tour” of this most elusive of regions, you’ve reluctantly shelved your plans. Well, time to get them off the backburner now that the folks at GetOffYourAss (www.getoffurass.com) have drafted three finely tuned itineraries for people in various places on the adventure scale.
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• Overland trip: 15 people, 15 days, three vehicles, two nights under the stars. This lowest-intensity tour of the high-intensity destination is supervised by a guide and provides custom for the locals by using only Ladakhi hospitality. The road trip begins from Manali and follows the stunning route that makes it to the Top 10 driving destination lists regularly. The group meets in Delhi and disperses in Leh.
Starts: 27 June
Cost: Rs36,500 per person
• Trek: Game for almost anything? A maximum of 12 people will trek to the Changtang area, home to nomadic tribes, high-altitude wildlife, rugged landscapes and vast lakes. The support staff and equipment will constitute horses, porters, a cook and supplies, camping gear et al and two GetOff guides trained to deal with medical emergencies. Be prepared to walk at least 5-7 hours each day.
Starts: 18 July
Cost: Rs24,500 ex-Leh
• Motorcycle trip: If the adrenalin is running high but confidence is a bit low, this is the one we recommend. This dream ride from Manali, through some of the region’s most significant passes and valleys, is novice-rider-friendly because it’s packaged with back-up vehicle support and mechanic. The focus, though, is on the ride: Lag behind to admire the views at the risk of being left behind. Local contacts work out the permits in advance for unfettered access to areas normally restricted by inner-line permit requirements.
Starts: 20 July
Cost: Rs32,500, not including bike hiring charges
To book a trip, call Robin on 09980785225 or email email@example.com