Trans Ladakh: Srinagar – Leh
Ladakh is famed for its high passes, brackish water lakes, a stunning lunar landscape, a Buddhist culture warped in time, deep blue endless skies, and a landscape that is larger than life. It is an adventure seekers paradise. This tour takes us over the Himalayan range from the lush green valley of Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir to the arid high mountain desert of Ladakh. The dramatic changes in the landscape are best enjoyed on this road journey. The journey takes us over some high passes, such as Zojila Pass, Namike La & Fotu La. Once in Leh, we explore different facets of this region including Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Alchi, Lamayuru.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
- The epic journey from Srinagar to Leh via Zojila Pass.
- Visiting the serene and quaint old monasteries.
- Visit to the heavenly Nubra valley and ethereal Pangong Tso.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Moderate
- Maximum Altitude : 5602m/18,380 ft.
- Tour Duration : 09 Nights
- Ex-Destination : Start – Srinagar; End – Leh
- Reporting Time & Venue : 14:00 hrs at Srinagar Airport
- Dispersal Time & Venue : 10:00 hrs from Leh Airport
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 08; Deluxe Tented Campsite – 01
- Food Plan : Leh – Bed & Breakfast basis; All Other Places – All meals included.
- Travel & Transport : Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Estimated Tour Cost per Person : INR 49,950/-
- Requisite Group Size : 20 Pax
Accommodation & Food
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CP – Bed & Breakfast basis;
MAP – Breakfast & Dinner basis.
Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Complimentary Sack & Cap.
- Inner line permit fees.
- Monument visit fees as per itinerary.
- One experienced Tour Leader from “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.
- Goods & Service Tax at 05%.
- Travel to Srinagar & back from Leh.
- Camera 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”.
Arrival in Srinagar (1585m/5200 ft.); Drive to Sonmarg (2700m/8859 ft.; 90 km; 3 hrs)
Reporting time at Srinagar airport is 14.00 hrs. We drive to Sonmarg. Check into hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Sonmarg.
Sonmarg – Kargil (2704m/8872 ft.; 136 km; 6–7 hrs)
Today we cross the famed Zojila pass, the movement on this is restricted by the movement of the military convoys. We climb over Zojila Pass and then pass the Dras War memorial. It was built to commemorate the victory of “Operation Vijay” in July 1999 and in honor of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Kargil war. The Museum displays photos of Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars; miniatures of the mountain-scape of Jammu & Kashmir; official Army emblems; archives of war documents and recordings; and captured Pakistani war gear and equipment. Kargil is an outpost which gained prominence in the recent war there. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kargil.
Kargil – Lamayuru (3510m/11,516 ft.) – Themisgam/Nurla (3260m/10,696 ft.; 131 km; 3-4 hrs)
After breakfast we depart for Lamayuru. We visit the Lamayuru Monastery, one of the largest and oldest gompa in Ladakh. The monastery is very striking with its position on top of a beautifully eroded crag, complete with rock pinnacles and caves giving it a fairy tale look. We continue our drive to Themisgam which is approx. 1 hr further. On arrival we check in a hotel and rest for the day. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Themisgam/Nurla.
Themisgam/Nurla – Alchi - Leh (3500m/11,484 ft.; 93 km; 2-3 hrs)
Post breakfast, we drive to visit Alchi Monastery. Standing on the banks of river Indus, the monastery is also known by the name of Alchi Choskhor. The significance of the monastery also lies in the fact that it is the only one that has been built on a flat ground. The monastery complex has three major shrines: the Dukhang (Assembly hall), the Sumtseg and the Temple of Manjushri, all dating from between the early 12th and early 13th centuries. The artistic and spiritual details of both Buddhism and the Hindu kings of that time in Kashmir are reflected in the wall paintings in the monastery complex. These are some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh. We then proceed to see the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers at Nimo. Post lunch, we continue our drive to Leh, enroute seeing the “Magnetic Hill” and “Gurudwara Pathar Sahib”. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh - Full day sightseeing
This day is for taking in the sights of Leh. 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. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewellery and artefacts, 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 – 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 hotel in Nubra Valley (Hunder).
Excursion to Turtuk (82 km; 2-2.5 hrs one-way)
Post breakfast, we drive on the trade route till the India’s last village ‘Turtuk’, on Tibetan border. Because of the lower altitude, a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grains are grown, creating an impression of abundance. There is 20 minutes’ walk & climb from road end to the village. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nubra Valley (Hunder).
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 - 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 and enjoy the hustle bustle and sights and sounds of the bazaar, shopping for curios and gifts. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Early morning, drive to Leh airport, make sure have a window seat so that you may enjoy the stunning landscape of Ladakh as you head back to the plains.
End of arrangements…
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Meals will be organized in hotel or tourist class restaurants.
This tour is recommended for people with a good level of physical fitness. We do not recommend this tour to people with chronic problems like epilepsy and those related to blood pressure or heart or diabetes.
Permits & Documents
- The permits to visit Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake are processed once you are in Leh. It’s mandatory that all the participants carry a valid photo id., (Driving License, Voter Id., Passport or Adhar Card) for issuance of permits and 2 passport size photographs.
- For accompanying children above 12 yrs (who do not have a Passport or Adhar Card), it’s mandatory to carry the School Id. Card/College Id. Card along with 02 passport size photographs.
Hand Baggage is not allowed on Leh – Delhi flight.
- Day temperatures average between 20ºC – 25ºC and night temperatures can average between 10 ºC – 15ºC
- Pangong Tso – night temperatures can drop to below 5ºC.
- However, the temperatures would vary a lot depending on the season and altitude.
This tour is a high-altitude tour and the maximum height gain will be approx. 5602m. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can be caused due to high altitudes. The AMS may be avoided by taking precautions on high altitudes, please read the document carefully. The high altitude can cause Acute Mountain Sickness and may lead to serious critical medical conditions such as cerebral or pulmonary edema.
The weather can change dramatically causing rain, thunder storm, flash floods, cloud burst, snow fall and severe drop in temperatures, causing severe physical hardships.
- Flights in Leh sector are subject to weather condition, so it is advised that, you should book your return international flight 2-3 days after your expected date of arrival in New Delhi.
- Vehicles in Ladakh are not at disposal. Any additional transfers or pick up drops are to be settled at actual.
- The vehicles in Ladakh are hired from Leh union hence there is a possibility of change of vehicles everyday however we will try for the same vehicles.
Our effort is to give a clear idea about the various aspects of the tour, to avoid any misunderstanding during the tour. We request you to please read the General Information, Booking Conditions, Travel Information for Ladakh, AMS Note and Kit List.