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we care where eagles dare

your local host for tailor-made
treks and tours in ladakh




wildlife photography

we are happy to publish the first ever picture of three snow leopards together taken by a local photographer. the photo has been taken by tashi chotak lonchey and is a record among local wildlife photographers. click here to see the pic. 


HIDDEN NORTH guesthouse

are you planning to visit ladakh or you are already here? stay at HIDDEN NORTH guesthouse and enjoy a family-run accommodation away from leh city.
for more infos click here.


snow leopard trek in ladakh

the booking for our snow leopard treks and birding tours for 2018 is already open. for more information click here.







good to know

kindly take some time to read following documents, as we think the information provided will be helpful for you.

we wish you a happy preparation and save journey. see you in ladakh!


administrational info

  • our terms & conditions   PDF
  • reasons to travel with us   PDF
  • about trip reservations  PDF
  • packing list   PDF

info about ladakh

  • about ladakh  PDF
  • the environment of ladakh  PDF
  • cultural understanding  PDF
  • health issues  PDF
  • breathless: acclimatization in high altitude  PDF

additional info about our treks & tours

  • mask dances in ladakh –
    dates 2017 & 2018  PDF
  • fixed trekking departures:
    dates & prices for 2017   PDF
  • HIDDEN NORTH guesthouse
  • excursions in phyang valley  PDF




about tibetan buddhism

in this section, we are trying to explain several topics in tibetan buddhism as simple as possible.

  • what is a mantra?   PDF
  • mudras – ritual hand gestures   PDF
  • prayer flags   PDF
  • the wheel of life   PDF
  • the eight auspicious signs   PDF






  • volunteering in ladakh
  • humanitarian aid in ladakh




about us

HIDDEN NORTH ADVENTURES is a local travel agency active since 1999. it is the first village-based travel company in the region, managed by tashi chotak and his italian wife cristina. both speak fluently several languages (ladakhi, hindi, urdu, english, french, italian, german) and are active naturalists and bird lovers.

domestic and foreign guests experience with HIDDEN NORTH ADVENTURES a remarkable holiday in the indian himalayas through adequate tourism in respect with the social, environmental, and cultural setting of ladakh.

the agency is working in a selected network of local, domestic, and international service providers. especially, it is committed to benefit the local service suppliers as well as to preserve the region’s environment and rich culture.

because of the low overhead, competitive prices can be offered.


tashi namgyal, tashi chotak, and cristina martinelli at tso kar


tashi chotak was born in the village of phyang, leh-ladakh. during his studies, he started to work as a guide for local and international trekking agencies. his other interests (geography, buddhism, etc.), together with his active role in the local and political activities of the region, helped him to aquire a vast knowledge. tashi is an enthusiastic wildlife photographer, and leads the wildlife tours himself.

cristina martinelli is managing HIDDEN NORTH guesthouse. she loves gardening and cooking. during her free time, she is also taking photos of social and cultural events in ladakh. she knows ladakh since the 1990-ies, and permanently settled in ladakh in 2009. before that, she worked in the  administration and marketing sectors as well as in the humanitarian aid. 

in the floods that hit ladakh in august 2010, they lost everything. they could rebuilt their home in phyang on a higher and more secure ground. in februar 2011, their son tashi namgyal was born.



thanks to the continuous support and enthusiasm of our valuable clients, HIDDEN NORTH ADVENTURES is happy to provide livelihood opportunities for the local youth. our entire crew is comprised of energetic young locals.


our staffour staff


standing from left: gyapo lamayuru (trekking guide), dorjey shang (guide cum cook), thupstan (motorbike manager), stanzin (guide)

sitting from left: tundup from lingshed (homestay guide), tonu wanla (trekking guide), stanzin (office manager), toon wanla (trekking guide), namgail leh (guide cum cook), dorjey zangskar  (cook)




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contact us

contact our dedicated team by phone or come by, and let us help you plan your tour.
visit our office, you are welcome!


 office in leh

 DB2, zangsti road, LBA shopping complex
 leh ladakh 194101

 tashi cell. +91 (0)941921 8055

 guesthouse in phyang

 HIDDEN NORTH guesthouse
 phyang lonchey, tsakma
 leh – ladakh 194101

 for reservations: write to office@hiddennorth.com
 or call cristina cell.  +91 9906 9999 50










our office in zangsti road at leh.our office in zangsti road at leh. visitors in front of our office in leh.visitors in front of our office in leh.












if you like to send us mail via postal service, please write the following address (inclusive phone number!) as addressee:


 tashi chotak lonchey
 p.o. box 133
 leh – ladakh 194101

 phone +91 941921 8055






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