Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from all three Washington-area airports to New Delhi. Air India (www.airindia.com), Jet Airways (www.jetairways.com) and Go Air (www.goair.in) offer flights from New Delhi to Leh during the summer tourist season, with round-trip prices starting at about $80.
The tourist season runs from late May to September. Plan an extra day for acclimatization at the start of your trip.
Fort Road, Leh
Simple family-run guest house, among the pick of the budget accommodations on Leh’s Fort Road. Doubles from $20.
Eco-resort with accommodation in spacious yurts, four miles outside Leh. From $82.
Shakti Himalaya Village Experience
Various locations along the Indus Valley
If you have the budget, Shakti offers an unforgettable mixture of luxury and cultural immersion. An all-inclusive six-day village experience costs $4,500 per person.
Changspa Road, Leh
Popular restaurant with a picturesque outdoor seating area, offering some of Leh’s best continental food. Entrees from $5.
Open Hand Cafe
Old Fort road, Leh
Ethical-traveler espresso bar and bistro serving good coffee and light meals. Coffee from $2.
Ladakh Women’s Alliance Cafe
Sankar Road, Chubi, Leh
Headquarters of an NGO working to promote women’s interests and traditional agriculture also houses a small cafe selling classic Ladakhi fare. Meals from about $1.
There are dozens of trekking agencies in Leh specializing in planning multi-day treks in the Zanskar and Ladakh mountain ranges. K2 (www.k2adventureleh.com) and Explore Himalayas (www.explorehimalayas.com) are among the most reputable. Expect to pay about $50 a day for a guided trek in the Markha Valley.
Ladakh’s rivers have become a rafting hot spot. A half-day trip along the Zanskar River with Splash Ladakh (www.splashladakh.com) costs $27.
An annual two-week celebration showcasing Ladakhi sports, handicrafts and dance, usually running Sept. 1-15.