Leh – Winter Wanderings
December – February
This tour combines the best of Leh and is an ideal tour for physically fit people. The views of the snow clad Leh valley and the surrounding peaks is unique. Our winter wanderings take us to the quaint old Lamayuru monastery, Khardungla the world’s highest motorable pass and gives us a brief taste of a short walk (trek) on the first day’s route of the famed “Chaddar Trek”, a fitting finale to an absolutely mesmerizing tour, brrr…
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Treks And Walks
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
- Heavenly Nubra valley and visit the tranquil, pristine and etheral Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri & Tso Kar Lakes.
- Amazing landscapes dotted with quaint monasteries.
- Extremely scenic route and travelling over some of the highest motorable passes in the world.
- Visit Hanley for its remoteness.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Moderate
- Maximum Altitude : 5602m/18,380 ft.
- Tour Duration : 11 Nights
- Best Season : Mid Jun. – Mid Sep.
- Ex-Destination : Start – Leh; Ends – Manali
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 05, Guesthouse – 02, Deluxe Tented Campsite – 04
- Food Plan : Leh – Bed & Breakfast basis; All other places – Breakfast & Dinner included.
- Travel& Transport : Transfers & sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
Leh – Bed & Breakfast basis; All other places – Breakfast & Dinner included.
Transfers & sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Complimentary Sack & Cap.
- Permit fees
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to Leh & back from Manali.
- Camel ride in Nubra Valley.
- Cycling charges from Khardungla Top to Leh.
- 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.)
We have pick-up at the airport and drive to our hotel. The rest of the day is spent in acclimatization walks and an orientation walk in the market of Leh. To aid acclimatization it is necessary to have plenty of water along with rest. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh – Half day sightseeing
This day is for taking in the sights of Leh and to use this as an opportunity to acclimatize further. We visit Stok Palace, Shanti Stupa and Hall of Fame.
The Stok Palace is where the current royal family lives. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewellery and artifacts, including thangkas painted with colours derived from crushed precious stones. Also on display are the ceremonial head dresses or ’peraks’ of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh. These head-dresses 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 - 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 and Thiksey Monastery.
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. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh – Hunder (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 at Hunder in Nubra Valley.
Hunder (Nubra Valley) – Turtuk (Nubra Valley)
After breakfast, the group sets off to visit the white sand dunes once again 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. Dinner and overnight stay at Tented Campsite in Nubra Valley.
Turtuk (Nubra Valley) – Sumur (Nubra Valley)
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Sumur.
Sumur (Nubra Valley) - Pangong Tso (4350m/14,272 ft.; 218 km; 8 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 - Hanle (3500m/11,484 ft; 251 km; 7-8 hrs)
We get up early morning, experience the sunrise at Pangong Tso. Post breakfast, drive to Hanley via Nyoma. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Hanle.
Hanle – Tso Moriri (4595m/15,076 ft.; 160 km; 6-7 hrs)
After breakfast we start our drive to Tso Moriri. Tso Moriri is a breeding ground for numerous species of birds. Chief among them is the Bar Headed Geese, found in great numbers, Crested Grebe, the Brahminy Duck (Ruddy Shelduck) and the Brown Headed Gull. The Tso Moriri Lake is 8 km wide and 28 km long. We visit Korzok village with its houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage. Dinner and overnight stay at a Deluxe Tented Campsite in Tso Moriri.
Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Jispa (3200m/10,500 ft.; 303 km; 11-12 hrs)
After breakfast, we drive to visit Tso Kar. Tso Kar means salty lake in local language and salt was extracted from this lake in earlier times. While passing through this route we come across Changpa Nomadic Tribes, Yaks, Wild Asses, migratory birds. We drive to Sarchu for lunch. After a brief walk to enjoy the spire formations along the Bhaga river we start for Jispa. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Jispa.
Jispa – Solang (2560m/8400 ft.; 137 km; 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, we drive towards Solang. The landscape changes dramatically and is replaced by barren hillsides, blue skies and the route is dotted with green fields of barley, peas and potatoes. Then, we exit from Lahaul Valley and we enter into lush green Kullu valley. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Solang.
Solang – Manali; Final Departure (13 km; ½ hrs)
After breakfast, we drive towards Manali. Final Departure
End of arrangements…
Accommodation: Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
|Place||Classic Hotel or Similar||Premium Hotel or Similar|
|Leh||Mahey Retreat||Ladakh Serai|
|Nubra Valley (Hunder)||Royal Desert Camp or Karma Inn||Nubra Serai (Luxury Tent)|
|Nubra Valley (Turtuk)||Maha Guesthouse||Maha Guesthouse|
|Nubra Valley (Sumur)||Rimo Hotel or Larimo North Camp||Rimo Hotel or Larimo North Camp|
|Pangong Tso||Paradise or Yak Camp||Pangong Serai (Superior Tent)|
|Tso Moriri||Nomadic Camp||Nomadic Camp|
|Jispa||Padma Lodge||Padma Lodge (Super Deluxe)|
|Solang / Manali||Hotel Iceland||Snow Peak Retreat or Negi’s Mayflower|