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12 Nights / 13 Days
Max People : 28
Overview

Leh – Lower Indus Valley – Nubra – Pangong – Tsomoriri – Tsokar

Unforgettable experiences, tranquil ambiance and immense natural beauty await you in Ladakh. For the best of sights and sounds of this region, opt for mesmering  Ladakh. This extremely well-planned itinerary is a combination of popular attractions and destinations in Ladakh. You get to explore charming places, lakes, palaces, markets, valleys and monasteries in Ladakh, Indus valley ,nomad of Changthang  and Nubra valley. Some of the highlights of the tour are Shey Palace, Hemis monastery, Pangong Lake, Hunder Sand Dunes, shopping at Leh market, and driving on Khardunga La. Get ready for a memorable sojourn

The tour is for visiting the popular monasteries of Ladakh. Your tour will cover all major monasteries including Thiksey, Hemis, Shey ,Rizong, Alchi, Lamayuru and Liker . These spiritual centres are an architectural marvel with a cultural legacy which creates curiosity in the minds of travelers. Thiksey boasts of being the most beautiful monastery in the central Ladakh region. Hemis is believed to be the largest and wealthiest monastery in Leh. The 11th century Spituk monastery is blessed with breathtaking views of the Indus. Shey is a popular palace with huge copper and gilded gold statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha.  Alchi temple Renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning centre, the Alchi Gompa is one of the magnificently built monasteries in Ladakh.  Lamayuru Monastery Renowned as Tharpa Ling which means the ‘place of freedom’; Lamayuru monastery is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh and said to have been built around the same time as Alchi Monastery.  Likir Monastery also known as lu-Khyil gompa, the Likir Monastery was ordered to built by the 5th king of Ladakh Lhachen Gyalpo and was thus founded by Lama Duwang Chosje in 1065. Rizong Monastery according to popular belief, Guru Padmasambhava along with other lamas used to meditate in the caves around Rizong in isolation, surviving on two times meal a day

NOTE:- All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences, abilities, extension and reduction of numbers of days.

Itinerary

Day 1:Leh (3501m)

Our services start with your arrival at Leh airport. Meet & greet and transfer to the Hotel. Welcome drink on arrival. We recommend you completely relax for the rest of the day to enable yourselves to acclimatize to the rarefied air at the high altitude, tourist can explore the Leh market and shanti stupa in the evening only if you feel fine. O/N hotel

Day 2:Leh (Full day excursion monasteries and palaces tour) 112kms

After breakfast take a full day excursion to renowned monasteries and palaces of Ladakh region. After breakfast take a full day excursion to renowned monasteries and palaces of Ladakh region.

Founded in 1433 by Palden Sherab. Thiksey monastery is the most beautiful monastery of Ladakh. This monastery majestically overlooks the valley, a magnificent group of about 80 monks; discovery of the beautiful inner courtyard which distributes access to the various temples. The most amazing is certainly the temple of Maitreya with its gigantic interior statue which covers all floors of the building. To join the next site, we will take the path of school children.

Founded in 1632 by Lama Staktsang Raspa. Visit Hemis Monastery, it is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage. The monastery houses an amazing collection of the age-old relics such as the idol of Lord Buddha made up of copper gilt, gold and silver stupas It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in June.

On the way back to Leh visit Shey (Built in 17th century by king Deldan Namgyal) capital of ancient Ladakh, is an interesting complex whose importance is still measured by the quality of the paintings and the astonishing quantity of chortens or other votive monuments that surround it, especially the copper gilt statue of lord Buddha The Rock-carved statue of five Buddha can be seen below the palace on the roadside, which was probably carved during the reign of Singay Namgyal.

Built in 1825th by king Tsespal Tundup Namgyal. the Stok Palace , residence of the present kings of Ladakh. Transformed into a museum , the collections presented evoke a recent past where the royal family ruled over this valley.O/N hotel

Day 3:Leh- Sham Valley-Lamayouru (3510m) 145kms

After breakfast drive to Lamayouru enroute magnetic hill, Sangam & visit Likir, also known as lu-Khyil gompa, the Likir Monastery was ordered to build by the 5th king of Ladakh Lhachen Gyalpo and was thus founded by Lama Duwang Chosje in 1065. The monastery is of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, visit Alchi temple Renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning centre, the Alchi Gompa is one of the magnificently built monasteries in Ladakh. Located 70 kilometres west of Leh on the banks of the Indus River, it is also the largest and most famous of the gompas built by Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo in 11th century , continue drive to visit the mesmerizing Moon landscapes and the Lamayuru monastery renowned as Tharpa Ling which means the ‘place of freedom’; Lamayuru monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Arahat Nimagon blessed the site and Naropa founded the monastery in the 11th century. (optional) If the weather permits, gear up for river rafting in River Zanskar. O/N hotel

Day 4:Lamayuru-Leh (3501m) 135km

After the Breakfast drive to Leh, visit Rizong, according to popular belief, Guru Padmasambhava along with other lamas used to meditate in the caves around Rizong in isolation, surviving on two times meal a day and avoiding any contact with the outside world. Before building the monastery in 1831, Lama Tsultim Nima started a hermitage at the site to teach monks about Buddhism, visit a nunnery, known as Chulichan (Chomoling), is under the cover of the monastery, where 20 nuns or the Chomos reside and worship at the temples of the monastery, perform chores like milking, spinning wool and getting oil for the temple lamps. On the way back make a stop at Sangam (confluence of two river). Arrive at Leh by evening. O/N hotel

Day 5:Leh – Nubra Valley (3040m)-Khardung La (5400m) 135kms

Start the day getting ready to travel to the Nubra Valley. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Ladakh. The unique landscape has given it the name of ‘desert in sky’ drive through Kharzongla (Highest Motorable road in the World) the spectacular views of the never ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Khardungla, proceed to nubra valley, post lunch we explore Nubra Valley we start with Diskyid (founded in the 14th century by Changsem Sherab Zangpo) Monastery located on a hilltop from where one have the panoramic view of Nubra valley, this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley and belongs to Gelugpa sect, Then we head to Hunder which is famous for its sand dunes and for (double-humped) Bactrian camels. O/N fixed camp

Day 6:Hunder - Turtuk - Hunder (3040m) 180kms

After breakfast drive to Turtuk, the last village on the road accessible by civilians. As you enter Turtuk, you will know what it means to be “frozen in time”. One of the gateways to Siachen Glacier, this village was captured by Indians Army in war of 1972 with Pakistan. Drive back to Hunder. O/N Nubra Valley. O/N fixed camp

Day 7:Nubra-Shayok-Pangong (4251m) 150kms

(in July & Aug sometime Shayok road remain closed due to increase of water in the river )
Morning after breakfast at leisure and later drive toward Pangong via shayok route. Evening free at pangong lake, enjoy changing colors of Lake during sunset & rise. Pangong is also the highest salt water lake in the world shared by Ladakh and Tibet. The views around the lake are extremely enchanting and soothing. Spot colorful birds on the banks of Pangong. Do visit the local village in the vicinity to know about the local culture. O/N fixed camp

Day 8:Pangong –Leh (3501m) Changla (5301m) 160kms

Start the day early before the sun is up. The mesmerizing sun rising over the lake and changing colour of lake is definitely one you would love to capture in your camera. Marvel at the blessed view. After having breakfast drive towards leh via Changla road and also visit Takthok monastery. The monastery came into existence when Guru Padma Sambhava visited this place and blessed it in the 8th century. The Gonpa was a meditation cave of Guru Padma Sambhava with footprints and many other signs, until the reign of King Tsewang Namgail, When Kunga Phunstog introduced monastic community . O/N hotel

Day 9:Leh – Tsomoriri Lake (4500m) 230kms

After breakfast, proceed to Tsomoriri Lake via Mahe Bridge. Then long wonderful drive from Leh to Tsomoriri gives us tremendous opportunities for photography. The changes in landscape are difficult to imagine. We pass through many typical Ladakhi villages. One stop at Chumathang for the picnic and visit the medicinal hot springs, continue drive to Tsomoriri lake which is breeding grounds for numerous species of birds. The Lake is 8Kms wide & 28kms long., Korzok is one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh. O/N fixed camp or hotel

Day 10:Explore Tsomoriri Lake

In the morning visit Korzok monastery (found in 1861 by Lama Kunga Lodos Nyingbo village with its houses and its gompa appearing like a “Mirage”. The few barley fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world and today you will visit the Korzok monastery and this is village where nomad people has concrete house, explore the village and walk around the lake or Possibility of a walk on the heights to embrace the landscape and increase the chances of seeing wildlife. O/N fixed camp or hotel

Day 11:Tsomoriri – Tsokar – Taklangla (5300m) – Leh (270kms)

Morning after breakfast, drive to leh en route visit Nomadic residential school in Puga . Hot spring of Puga is very famous among the Ladakhi and believes to be cure many diseases. In this valley you can see lots sulphur mines. Drive to Polokongka la (4950M) and then going down towards Tsokar. In this valley you might see wild animal like wild Ass, blue ship, Argali, and Marmots , drive continue through Taklangla , 2nd Highest motorable road in the world. Arrival at Leh by evening. O/N hotel

Day 12:Leh

Free time for personal activities. O/N hotel

Day 13:Leh-Delhi

Early morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight back to destination. tour ends with sweets memories.

For the more adventurous a drive to either Manali or Srinagar can also be arranged on request. The road journey is covered in two or more days with an overnight halt at either Serchu or Jispa, which lies on the Leh-Manali highway, or Kargil, which lies on the Leh-Srinagar highway.

Map

Includes
  • airport transfers
  • all Transportation by taxi (point to point basis only)
  • toll tax, parking fee and driver allowance
  • hotel on twin sharing basis.
  • meal plan on MAP
  • wildlife fee, red cross, Ladakh environmental fee and inner line permit
Excludes
  • any air ticket.
  • hotels & services in Delhi.
  • any extension tours.
  • anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”
  • items of any personal nature such as, Tip, travel insurance, Laundry and Phone Calls.
  • extra hotel nights
  • monument fee, camel safari and rafting
  • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
Essential Info

Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound tour experience. Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement (subject to availability). Please enquire at the time of booking.

Ladakh is very safe, tourist friendly and cheering place, but still you need to take care of some preparations which can make your tour even better and memorable: Carry headache, stomachache, anti-vomiting tablets with you. Please respect the culture of Ladakh. We are Providing world class services in the secluded place, which is similar to an oasis, is very difficult and challenging. Still we try our best to bring cheer on your faces.

Code of Ethics for tourists visiting Ladakh

  1. As a Guest – Respect local traditions- protect local cultural- maintain local prides. 
  2. While taking Photographs- Respect privacy-ask permission and restraint use of flashlight for photography and filming inside National Monuments and smoking and alcohol drinking is strictly prohibited 
  3. Respect Holy Place- preserve what you have come to see- never touch or remove religious objects- purchase and sale of antiques which is more than 100 years old is against the law and it attracts punishment under rules. 
  4. Keep stream water clean and avoid using pollutants such as detergents in stream and springs- if no toilets facilities are available- make sure are at least 30 Meter away from water source and Bury or cover waste.
  5. Giving to Children encourages begin- a donation to project like Health Centre or School is a more constructive way to help. 
  6. Visitors who value local traditions encourage local prides and maintain local cultures-please help them to gain a realistic view of life in other parts of the World. 
  7. The beauty of the place and loving kinds of the people may change you but please do not change them.

Drinking Water
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh. In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Ask anyone they will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.

We also suggest that you may like to bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar)

Weather
The above weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only – it does not reflect extremes of heat and cold. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30ºC/35ºC+) with cooler nights depending on the altitude (it can reach freezing point at some places in September). There is, however, the possibility of rain, and you should be prepared for this. The sun is very strong at these altitudes and some of the days on trek can be extremely hot.

Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

What to bring
Hiking trousers and shirts, warm jackets, pullovers and raincoat Good hiking shoes Flash light Sun hat/baseball cap Sunglasses, Lip balm Sun lotion cream and toiletries

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