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Very good

soma s
2 contributions
May 2022
For our trip to Ladakh, we arranged our road travel via Yama Adventures which was arguably the best decision! From the very beginning, Rinchen (Owner of Yama Adventures) was very kind to share all the pertinent and practical information required for organizing our trip. After we landed at the airport, Rinchen and Stanzin (our driver for the entire road trip) were very hands-on with our itinerary and time efficient so as to ensure we soak up the local atmosphere and cover all the sights we wanted to see. If you are looking at Ladakh and would like assistance from a travel agency, look no further Yama Adventures is the way to go!!
Written May 19, 2022
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Monza, Italy17 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
I just came back from Ladakh where I had a beautiful experience thanks to the professionalism of Namgyal who organised my nine days tour in Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and the monasteries from Leh to Kargil. He provided a car with a driver and a guide for a reasonable price. The guide had a good knowledge about Buddhism and monasteries which made everything more interesting. The driver was well experienced and I always felt safe, which is so important when you are on roads around Ladakh. The guest houses were all clean and food home made of a good quality! Without any doubt I really suggest this travel agency to groups of people or solo travelers.
Written August 20, 2022
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New Delhi, India4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous trip to Ladakh. Rinchen Namgial of Yama Adventures put together the itinerary and made all the arrangements for us. It was all very professionally done. The guide Jigmet was very informative and helpful. The car was well maintained and Kunchok, our driver did a very good job, given that one spends quite a lot of time on the road. Thanks to Yama Adventures we had a fantastic experience.
Written October 3, 2021
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Manasa U
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Family
Yama adventures is the best agency to go to for all your travel needs in Leh & Ladakh. You will find highly experienced and skilled people to guide you on your trip. Mr. Rinchen Namgial is himself an experienced trekker who can direct you correctly for your trek/travel according to your specific needs. Special mention to Jigmet our guide on the trek, who shared some amazing knowledge, patient with all the members and highly professional in his approach. A heartfelt thank you to the drivers who was excellent in driving us around Leh.
A big thank you to the entire Yama Adventures team for putting together a memorable trip!
Written October 25, 2021
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S K Barua
Guwahati, India5 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
Road Trip of a

A nine day trip from Delhi to Leh via Manali gave me an opportunity to fulfill a dream of a lifetime. I have always had this wild dream of exploring the vast mountainous terrain of Ladakh valley and lose myself completely amidst the breathtaking beauty that exists there. I have read somewhere that the narrow and winding roads from Manali onwards, with the vast Himalayan range as a backdrop had an average elevation of 13000 feet. The mountains had beckoned me, luring me with its sheer beauty! Plans were made, tickets bought and we were on our way to the beautiful valley of Ladakh.

Day 1:
22nd August 2014
Delhi to Manali (534 kms)

We started our journey from Mandi House, Delhi at 6 pm sharp. We tried to make ourselves comfortable as the driver of the huge Volvo coach of HPTC expertly negotiated his way through the homeward bound office-goers. Until we crossed the Delhi border, we could not gain much speed but once on the highway (NH 1), the driver stepped on the gas. Dinner was at a way side dhaba in the outskirts of Ambala (200 Kms). This was around 10 o’clock. Thereafter I must have dozed off because the next thing I knew was that we had reached Mandi. I had always known that this trip was going to be no picnic and I was not mistaken! Very soon, we faced the first of our obstacles. The bridge on the main highway connecting Mandi to Kullu had been washed away after a flashflood and we were in a fix. However just as we were about to reach Kullu we were diverted to a alternate narrow village road. Things seem normal for the first half hour or so. Thereafter the road became narrower with some sharp turns and bends. Very soon, the driver seemed to realize that he had taken a wrong turn somewhere thereabouts. At this point we had ascended a steep slope making it impossible to turn back. The radius of the bends were much smaller and the Volvo could not negotiate at one go. This was frightening as we saw ourselves sitting at the edge of those huge deep and bottomless gorges . Finally he could somehow manage and we were back on our way to Manali. We were very relieved to reach Manali (6000 feet) that morning at 9 am, weary but glad at heart! I take my hat off to the driver!!
Day 2:
23rd August 2014

Our place of stay at Manali was around 7 kms (15 mins) from the Bus stop. Wasting no time, we took an Alto taxi which cost us Rs 200/-. August is a pleasant time in Manali. There were apple trees laden with half ripe fruits in the orchards. Bone weary and dog tired, we quickly checked ourselves in and had a nap. However, pretty soon we were out again ready to explore this hilly destination which seems to be such a hot favourite with foreigners!! It was very calming, walking along the side of the Beas and mentally preparing ourselves for the long haul ahead. At this point of time I have to mention the delicious Thai curry that we had for dinner at the Mall. Surprisingly, it was not very crowded. Thereafter we retired for the night.
Day 3:
24th August 2014
Manali to Keylong (126 Km)

Next morning we started our journey from the HPTC Bus Stand at 9 am. Soon we started ascending and our hearts gladdened at the sight of the mighty Himalayan Range. Savouring the sheer beauty of the mountains we seem to reach Rohtang Pass (13500 feet) in no time at all. This was the first major stop on our route. I found Rohtang Pass to be very crowded with buses, cars taxis, bikes, etc. I learnt that this Pass acts as a natural divide between the humid Kullu Valley with a primarily Hindu culture and the arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture. Presently the Govt is building a 8.5 km long Rohtang Tunnel which will shortened the journey toward Keylong by about 50 km and guess what – reduce the journey time by about 5 hours. But probably the whole fun will go . At this point of time we were reminded of what we read – the syndrome of “Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)” about which several people had warned us about. Reaching Keylong at around 4 pm. we spent the night in the tents at the Chandrabhaga hotel.
Keylong (10100 feet) is the administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, on the banks of Bhaga River.
Day 4:
25th August 2014
Keylong to Leh (372 Km)
We started from Keylong at the crack of dawn at 4 am as we were to cover the longest distance yet in a day. The condition of the road along the 372 kms route was in passable condition and only got smoother as we approached Jispa and eventually Darcha. The next small town was Sarchu (14070 ft). Before reaching Sarchu, we crossed the Bara-Lacha La Pass (16040 ft) which is an unusually craggy terrain. There, the freezing morning wind added to our spirit of adventure as we merrily clicked away one panoramic shot after another. The first sign of Acute-Mountain- Sickness was noticed as one of our fellow passengers started feeling uneasy. Once again we were advised to take it easy from then on. We were advised not to over-stress ourselves, especially at the summit of Baralacha La. Next we had to stop at Sarchu to register at the check post. Sarchu is basically a military base and comprises of a collection of tents. Our next point was Pang, 80kms from Sarchu. Along the way, we negotiated the Gata Loops which is a collection of continuous 21 loops that took us to an altitude of 15,300 ft. It was a tough ascent. Our next Pass was the Nakee La, (15,547 ft) and thereafter Lachulung La pass (16,616 ft). We then descended to Pang, a temporary settlement and got down for a breather. Lunch consisted of a hot mug of Maggie from a small roadside dhaba. Maggie is apparently a hot favourite among travellers here, much cherished because it is hot and a complete meal by itself.
By now we were approaching the highest motor-able road in the world, Tanglang La (174480 ft). Here the only sign of human habitation was a Buddhist temple and colourful prayer flags strung along the mountain ridges. These Prayer flags are used to bless the surrounding countryside. This is a one of the most scenic stretches of our journey. I personally felt that the human imagination will probably fall short if asked to visualise the image that lay in front of us .
The next sign of civilisation was when we reached Karu. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape along the Indus (river) mesmerized us. The river originates in the Tibetan Plateau and runs through the Ladakh region. It then flows in a southerly direction along the entire length of Pakistan to merge into the Arabian Sea . Our bus driver was then able to pick up speed along the silky road. We finally reached Leh at 8 pm, thoroughly tired and exhausted.

Day 5
26th August 2014
Leh to Pangong Lake (160 km)
We had earlier booked ourselves at David & Naomi Sonam’s homely and comfortable Snow-View Hotel, at Upper Changspa. It is more like a home stay than a hotel and we were made to feel very comfortable by the host, David and his wife. Leh is situated at a height of 11500 ft. Our plan was to make Leh our base and do our bit of travelling around this valley. Next morning, thereafter we left for Pangong at 9 am by hiring a local taxi. The road to Pangong took us through Chang La pass (17,590 ft) which is the third highest motor able road in the world. It is also the main gateway to the Changthang Plateau situated amidst the Himalayas. En route we saw army personnel and small teahouses as we pass through Tangste and other smaller villages. We crossed the river called Pagal Naala or "The Crazy Stream" on our way to Pangong Lake.
Our first view of the spectacular lakeside was around 4 pm. Just as we got down from the car beside the lake, the weather turned windy. Touching the excruciating cold waters, we were awestruck at the sheer beauty that unfolded before us. It was a magical moment as the color of the lake water transformed along with the change in cloud formation. I doubt whether I will ever get to see so many shades of blue, one more beautiful than the other in my life time,. As far as physical aspects go, the lake at situated at a height of about 14,270 ft and is 134 km long. Moreover, it extends from India to Tibet and approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. For our night stay, we managed to get two very -maintained tents with attached bathrooms. As we had our dinner the windy weather added to the bleakness and freezing temperature. Sleep I realized, was going to be an uphill task! Armed with three quilts I tucked myself into bed and barely survived through the night and lived to tell the tale. Adding to our discomfort was the pitch darkness as no lights are allowed after 10 o’clock. Sleep came and went through the night as I struggled through what seemed to be a case of acute AMS.
Day 6
27th August 2014
Pangong Lake to Leh (via Khardung la)

After such an eventful night, we had breakfast beside the lake and started on our way back to Leh. We stopped for lunch at the Thiksey monastery; continuing on to Khardongla Pass located 30 kms off from Leh. This pass is the gateway to Nubra valley and thereafter to the Siachen Glacier. However we did not plan to visit Nubra this time. I was not disappointed knowing that there will be other times. The elevation of Khardung- La is 17,582 ft, making it the world's highest motor able pass. All along we found the road to be well maintained making it a very comfortable drive all together. WE clicked photographs one after the other trying to hold on for some more time to that time less beauty, the Himalayan range.
Day 7
28th August 2014
Exploring Leh

Our host, David’s intimate knowledge of Ladakhi culture helped us in exploring the city of Leh. Besides being the capital of Ladakh, it is also a city of Monasteries. The people are ethnic Tibetan-speaking. The entire landscape is dominated by rugged mountains. We hired a Bullet for Rs 1500/ and started exploring the city. Our visit started from the Shanti Stupa, constructed by the Japanese in 1983. We also visited the Shey Monastery, and the Thiksey Monastery. The chanting emanating from the monastery gave us a tranquil feeling and made us feel relaxed after the incessant travelling. We visited the Dalai Lama’s residence and spent the evening by the banks of the Indus, trying to soak in the tranquility of the place. We knew that all this tranquility would seem like a dream very soon once we were back to the rush hour traffic.

Day 8
28th August 2014
Leh to Srinagar (422 Km)
Our journey was now fast coming to an end. We bid farewell to our hosts and were soon en route to Sonmarg, travelling along national highway, ND1. Our first stop on this road was at Lamayuru where we had our breakfast of hot parathas. Though the terrain is treacherous, the road running along the Indus is extremely well maintained. The landscape is picturesque with dry sandy mountains. The two highest passes we crossed were Fotu La (13,500 ft) and Zoji La (11,575 ft) before reaching Kargil; there we had our lunch in a small eatery. Next was Dras, where the Kargil war memorial is located. DRAS has a reputation of being the second coldest, permanent, inhabited spot in the world after Siberia. According to official sources, the temperatures drop to (−) 45 °C in winter. Surprisingly during our visit the place had an abundance of fruit trees, mainly mulberry and apricot. But not for long! Winter would be a different scene all together. All along the road, we passed rows and rows of Willows and Poplars trees growing along the banks of the Suru (river). Very soon we were crossing the green Sindh Valley at Sonmarg; we reached Srinagar late in the evening thoroughly exhausted. My dream of a lifetime had finally come true. That evening we had a quiet dinner at Mughal Durbar and cherished of the famous Kashmiri delicacy of Gustaba.
Day 9
29th August, 2014,
Srinagar to Delhi.
Next day, bone weary but completely rejuvenated, we turned homeward bound bringing back with us tons of memories of our entire trip. Deep in our hearts we knew that there would be other trips. However, the mountains have to call first. So until the next time……

Written November 7, 2014
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Written November 17, 2014
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India50 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
I got in touch with Mr Rinchen Namgyal of Yama adventures after reading the pleasent reviews on tripadvisor. He was prompt in answering all my queries. I asked him quotes for day trips to attractions such as Nubra and Pangong over phone. However , after our 2D/1N trip to Pangong we were handed a rate-list depicting the price to be Rs 1500 higher than quoted earlier. Later on the same day one of my friend called Mr Rinchen to query for the same 2D/1N pangong trip , and to our surprise he again quoted the lower rate. When we confronted him with this issue he tried to get away saying he does not remember the rates and quotes an approximate amount over phone.

I suggest them to keep an online rate list so that these kind of misunderstandings dont arise in future.

Apart from it their guides were punctual and friendly.
Written November 27, 2014
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Stewart J
Brisbane, Australia20 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
You are in very good hands when you travel with Yama Adventures. The owner Namgial is a lovely, honest intelligent man who runs a very professional outfit. He clearly attracts good people. That means everyone including his staff, local horsemen, drivers, guesthouse operators et cetera are all really nice people.
In November 2015, five of us from Australia did a Yama tour in the Darjeeling area of India and in Bhutan. A great holiday. Over the years, my partner and I have travelled with other operators as well as by ourselves in South Asia. We have now done four trips with Yama Adventures and have no doubt that it is by far the best. Every component of their tour is excellent - the staff are professional, knowledgeable and helpful ,lots of delicious food including on trek; good equipment; comfortable vehicles; delightful guesthouses providing clean and comfortable lodgings; and prompt and reliable transfers to and from airports and train stations.
Namgial often looks at ways of making improvements to your itinerary as you go along. If a problem arises such as bad weather or sickness that may interrupt your program, he or his staff will calmly find a solution or a good alternative.
Namgial is not at all pushy and is happy to give you ideas on how you can visit other parts of India by yourself. However, it is well worth asking him if he can arrange it for you. He knows things like how long you’ll need to see the point of interest, the best modes of transport and the connections needed. He takes away the worry of booking the right domestic flights or express trains, and vehicle hire. And his prices are very reasonable.
Whether you are brand-new or an old hand in India, give Yama Adventures a go. You won’t be sorry.
A tip - Namgial is based in Leh the capital of Ladakh, a high altitude area in the far north of India. If you haven’t been there, it’s a fantastic area for sightseeing, trekking and experiencing a remote Himalayan Buddhist culture and an extraordinary landscape.
Written January 28, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
I actually emailed several agents in Leh to make enquiries about travelling alone in a car with a driver to Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley. Due to time constraints I was very specific in my requests and itinerary. Most of the agents did not answer to my specific requests but just copied and paste a standard reply while 2 did not even bother to reply.
I read about Yama Adventures on Trip Advisor and decided to email Rinchen Namgyal.
He was always very prompt and professional with his replies and he took the time to answer my questions and patiently explained the reasons,pros and cons of having a qualified, personal Guide on the journey.
Though Rinchen's price was much higher I eventually decided to let Yama Adventures arrange my trip to Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley.
I have no regrets and am very pleased I went with Yama Adventures.
Professional,friendly and customer-oriented, Rinchen made sure I was safe and comfortable throughout my journey.
Thank you Rinchen !
Written May 25, 2015
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17 contributions
Sep 2014
This company made me feel safe and welcome in Ladakh from the moment I arrived at the airport and was picked up with a sign that read my name. Clean and modern vehicle with a very kind driver. I was set up with really great hotels the entire trip and was given incredibly fair deals on travel expenses. The owner of the business is so, so sweet and caring and efficient. Ladakh is a magical place and the travel agency allows you to experience that without any hang ups. Very grateful for the service and look forward to visiting again in the future.
Written October 5, 2014
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We are very grateful to have you as a client. We look forward to servicing you when you return. Thank you for the positive review .
Written November 16, 2014
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Milan, Italy18 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We were two people from Milan, Italy, and trekked in the Markha Valley in the last week of July, and the first week week of August, 2016 for 10 days.
The organization was great. Food was excellent (thanks for a Nepalese cook always cheerful and his assistant also from Nepal). The boss of Yama Advetures, Namgyal is a kind and highly collaborative fellow. Our guide, Jigmet, was very knowledgeable of the area, very helpful, and provided lots of interesting remarks on Buddhism and the like.
We highly recommend Yama Adventures to everybody! Please refer to them and you will not regret it!
Written August 9, 2016
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