Glimpses of Ladakh
May – September
In this tour we fly down to Leh and explore the monasteries that dot the countryside soaking in the cuisine and culture. We cross over the world’s highest motorable pass Khardung La at 5602m/18,380 ft. and enter the picturesque Nubra Valley. We also explore the high-altitude brackish water lake of Pangong –Tso. A little bit of everything in one week!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Soft Plus
Group Size Small Group
- Culture, cuisine, monasteries, high pass, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso; all in one week.
- Visit the picturesque Nubra Valley.
- Overnight stay on the tranquil and serene Pangong Tso.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Soft+
- Maximum Altitude : 5602m/18,380 ft.
- Tour Duration : 06 Nights
- Best Season : May – Sep.
- Ex-Destination : Leh
- Accommodation (nights) : Hotel – 04; Deluxe Tented Campsite – 02.
- Food Plan : Leh – Bed & breakfast basis; Nubra Valley & Pangong Tso – Breakfast & Dinner Basis
- Travel & Transport : Transfers & sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Leh – Bed & Breakfast basis; Nubra Valley & Pangong Tso – Breakfast & Dinner included.
- Transfers & sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Complimentary Sack & Cap.
- Permit fees
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Leh.
- Cycling charges Khardungla to Leh (i.e. back up vehicle charges, cycle hire charges and helmets on returnable basis)
- Monument visit fees.
- Camel ride in Nubra Valley.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, drivers, guides, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
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Arrival in Leh (3500m/11,484 ft.)
Arrive in Leh and get a pick-up at the airport and drive to the hotel. The rest of the day is spent in acclimatization walks and an orientation walk in the markets of Leh. Overnight stay at Hotel in Leh.
Leh – Full day sightseeing
This day is for taking in the sights of Leh and to use this as an opportunity to acclimatize further. We visit Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery and Stok Palace.
Hemis stands on the western bank of the Indus River. The monastery also boasts of a very rich collection of ancient relics. The Hemis Monastery also serves as the venue of an annual festival, known as the Hemis Festival.
Thiksey houses one of the largest Buddhist statues, the 15-meter-tall Champa, the Buddha of Future. Thiksey is one of the most frequented and photogenic monasteries in Ladakh. About a hundred plus monks live here.
The Stok Palace is where the current royal family lives in Stok Palace. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewellery and artifacts, including thangkas painted with colors derived from crushed precious stones. Also on display are the ceremonial head dresses or ’peraks’ of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh. These headdresses are decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral and gold, making them an exotic sight.
We then visit Leh Palace, Hall of fame and head to Shanti Stupa which is a Buddhist white domed stupa on a hilltop in Changspa. We enjoy the panoramic view of the city at sunset. From here we can choose to leave the vehicles and walk down to Leh taking some quite back roads and into the Leh market to wander around at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh – Nubra Valley (3047m/ 9997 ft; 125 km; 6 hrs)
Back on the road this time towards Khardungla pass (5602m/18,380 ft.), the world’s highest motor able pass. After a photography session and acclimatization break on the pass we cross it and head towards Nubra valley. Nubra valley is sandwiched between the Karakoram Mountains to the north and the Ladakh range to the south, in between lie the Shyok and the Nubra Rivers. The villages of Nubra valley are scattered along these two valley floors. This is a beautiful region that once formed a part of the Silk route into Afghanistan. Because of the lower altitude a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grains are grown, creating an impression of abundance. We go to Hundar village and check into a hotel. After a late lunch the group sets off to visit the white sand dunes and if lucky one can take a ride on the double humped Bactrian camels. Dinner and overnight stay at Deluxe Tented Campsite in Nubra Valley.
Nubra Valley – Leh (3500m/11,484 ft; 125 km; 6 hrs)
After breakfast, the group sets off to visit the white sand dunes and if lucky one can take a ride on the double humped Bactrian camels. We have lunch at Hundar and then head to Diskit Monastery, right on the top behind Diskit Monastery stands a 106 ft. tall Buddha statue, the tallest in the Ladakh region. Return back to Leh. Overnight stay at a hotel in Leh.
We can organize for Mountain Bikes to cycle down from Khardung La to Leh at an additional cost.
Leh – Pangong Tso (4350m/14,272 ft.; 150 km; 4-5 hrs)
Today post breakfast we set off for Pangong Tso, the world’s highest brackish water lake – Pangong Tso, 134 km long and 5 km wide at its broadest point, spans two countries, India & China (2/3rd of the lake lies in China). The sun paints its various hues on the canvas of the surrounding mountains as we watch spellbound while walking on the shores of the lake. We are to spend the night in this magical setting and we check into our deluxe tented campsite and spend the evening watching the drama of light over water as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight stay at Deluxe Tented Campsite in Pangong Tso.
Pangong Tso – Leh (3500m/11,484 ft; 150 km; 4-5 hrs)
We get up early morning, experience the sunrise at Pangong Tso. Post breakfast, drive to Leh. We may stop at some villages’ enroute and explore them. Check in at hotel. Evening is free for leisure, we head out to Leh market and enjoy the hustle bustle and sights and sounds of the bazaar, shopping for curios and gifts. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
After Breakfast, drive to Leh airport for onward journey.
End of arrangements…
Accommodation & Food:
|Place||Classic Hotels or similar||Premium Hotels or similar|
|Leh||Mahey Retreat||Ladakh Serai|
|Nubra Valley (Hunder)||Royal Desert Camp or Karma Inn||Nubra Serai|
|Pangong Tso||Pradise Camp or Yak Camp||Pangong Serai (Superior Tent)|