||Leh City Airport
||Leh City Airport
||Breakfast, Dinner, Unlimited, Jain Available
||June to early Sep
||Cold, Very Cold, Rainy, Windy, Dry, Humid
||Beginners, Experienced, Family, Couple(s)
||Standard, Deluxe, Premium
Arrival at Leh airport, Check in at Hotel
The very exciting beginning of the journey ahead starts today when you have travelled to Leh in the flight from your city.
Observing the tall, snow clad mountains of the Himalayas from the little window beside the seat of your airplane will surely make you wonder how it is going to be when you land in the heavenly region of Ladakh.
You've travelled from above a high altitude from the sea level or plains of India to one of the highest regions in India. It is noticeable that the oxygen level has changed drastically from 70% - 80% in the air to a whopping 4% to 7% as you land at the Leh airport.
A thing to keep in mind is that it’s not easy for your body to cope up with such thin air and low levels of oxygen to function as it has been when you were in the city or when you travel to other hill stations.
Which is why it is important for you to relax at the hotel today and get acclimatized. Your Lunch and Dinner will be arranged here today so your body gets the rest it needs to acclimatize at a height of 11,000ft from Sea level in Leh city, the capital of Ladakh.
Sightseeing in and around Leh Today, after having a delightful breakfast in the morning we will proceed to visit the following places-
- Sangam - Indus (Sindhu) and Zanskar river confluence
- Gurudwara Pathar saheb
- Magnetic hill
- Shanti Stupa- It is one of the 7 Buddhist Shanti Stupas in the world.
- Leh Palace- This former royal palace overlooks the town of Leh and is surrounded by peace and beauty.
- Hall of fame- The place to feel proud, this museum was built in the recognition and acknowledgment of the Indian Army.
After we are done with the day, we will come back to our Hotel and spend the evening in leisure.
Overnight stay at Leh.
Leh to Kargil via Alchi, Lamayuru
Today, we start in the morning and proceed for Kargil from Leh. On our way we'll en route Alchi, Lamayuru.
Alchi is a village located on the banks of the Indus river. The village houses the oldest monastery of Ladakh, the Alchi monastery. This monastery is a monastic complex and the views from it are splendid.
After spending some time over here, we will move towards Lamayuru.
In Lamayuru we will visit the Lamayuru monastery which is one of the oldest and largest of Ladakh and is also known as the “place for freedom” and the moonland of Ladakh.
Overnight stay at Kargil
Kargil via drass to Leh
After exploring Kargil, it is time we explore some western regions of Ladakh like Drass.
Drass is known as the coldest place in India where civilization can be found. After exploring Drass and its regions nearby, we will return from Kargil/Drass to Leh.
Again if the time permits, we can opt for rafting in this lag of the journey.
Leh to Nubra valley
Today, we will start in the morning and travel to Hunder from Leh. On our way, we will en route Khardungla, Diskit. In Diskit we will visit the Gompa Monastery, the maitreya Buddha statue, the sand dunes and Nubra Valley.
- Diskit Gompa Monastery- The Diskit Monastery, also known as the Diskit Gompa houses very popular ancient monasteries. The monastery is also home to a huge Maitreya Buddha statue which is built atop it.
- Maitreya Buddha Statue- This gold plated statue is huge and faces directly towards Pakistan. The statue has been painted in different colours and one cannot stop adoring its beauty.
- Sand dunes- The sand dunes of Diskit are the only place where you can see the astonishing Bactrian Camel. A Bacterial Camel is such that it has double humps and looks majestic. Also known as the Mongolian camel, the species respectively have faced extinction and are now back in nature.
- Nubra Valley- Also known as the Valley of Flowers, Nubra valley is where nature has gifted beauty the most. One cannot imagine to be seeing a valley so dry full of colourful flowers. Not only is Nubra a treat for the nature lover but it also a treasure box for the curious mind.
Overnight stay in Camps at Hunder.
Hunder to Turtuk and back
Today, we start from Hunder and en route Turtuk before we head back to Hunder. On our way we will visit-
- Thang (0 point - LOC if the army permits)- The LOC village.
- Thoise - The Air Force airport
- Bogdang- Medium sized village located in Nubra which gives glimpse of culture, people and lifestyle into the lives of Gilgit and Baltistan.
After we come back to Hunder, we will have our dinner and spend the evening in leisure.
Overnight stay at Camp in Hunder
Hunder to Pangong via Shyok
Today, we will move towards Pangong via Shyok.
We will enroute Spangmik which is a village of just 7 families to reach Pangong. After that, we will enter the Changthang region of eastern Ladakh.
Overnight stay at homestay/camp/cottage in Pangong (depending on package selection)
Pangong to Leh
Today, we will travel back from Spangmik to Leh. On our way, we will visit a few places that will bring a smile on our faces and probably shoo away our tiredness.
- Druk Padma Karpo- Also known as Druk White Lotus school, this school is located in a small village namely Shey. It was a part of the movie 3 Idiots and here is where Rancho studied. This school is no ordinary school as it not only teaches the syllabus but also teaches the life skills and caters to only the Ladakhi children.
- Shey Monastery and Palace- This monastery houses a 10 meter high copper statue of Lord Buddha. It was built in the 16th century AD and the views from the top of it is tremendous.
- Thiksey Monastery- Located on the top of a hill, Thiksey Monastery belongs to Gelukpa order of Buddhism. The monastery houses a temple and a few shrines. It also houses the most photographed and beautiful Maitreya Buddha statue.
- Stok Palace- Now converted into a heritage hotel, the palace houses a must-see museum that has a collection of artefacts and relics related to Ladakh's old monarchy. One can see ancient coins, royal seals & costumes, jewellery and photographs along with the royal family’s collection of thangkas, some of which are over 400 years old.
Overnight stay at Leh.
Today is buffer day. Today, you get the time to spend with yourself and your close ones without having to listen to anybody else. Shop around, hop on cafes and eat the tastiest meals, go bike riding or river rafting, do anything and everything that an explorer will do to take the charge of his/her trip. (All are optional activities and the cost of any activities/ rentals/ transport are not included in the package for today).
As we have come to know throughout this journey that Ladakh can be very moody, it is still too early for us to visit Ladakh while the weather has proven to be volatile and unpredictable. For instance, the moment you blink your eye to a picture perfect blue sky, you might open it to a harsh rainfall. Our ground team assures your safety and essential arrangements for stay and food throughout the trip and this one extra day can assure your safe returns with happy and great memories back home on the day your flights are booked.
It is for the buffer day that we can assure that you do not miss your flight back home tomorrow.
Overnight stay at Leh Hotel.
Departure from Leh
After having a mouth- filling breakfast today, our package will end at the Leh hotel. We will fly back home with great memories which we created during our time in the Himalayas.
- Warm clothes, gloves, good warm sweaters, jackets, inner thermal wear
- Windcheater/Raincoat, cap, sunglasses, towel, napkin, sanitary requisites
- small shoulder bag/backpack/day pack
- Non disposable water bottle (at least 1 litre), Torch, Spare batteries for torch, Shoes,
- Flip flops, Camera (optional), Dry snacks and munching, energy bars
- Sun cream, cold cream, moisturizers
- Personal medicines if any
- Smiling face and positive attitude
This one is VERY important. Here's the list
- Alcohol, smoke, Pan-gutka, Tobaco
- Wireless, Valuables and Jewelry (unless you can take care of yourself and you are responsible for it if you bring)
- Paper plates, Plastic disposable water bottles and other cutlery items
- Negative attitude and fear
- Accommodation as the package opted (note the names are to give you idea. Accommodation in the same is subject to availability at the time of booking or else alternative in same cost range will be provided.)
- Standard - Leh: Hotel lumbini, Nubra valley: Sky lark resorts & camps, Pangong: Attick camp, Kargil - Hotel Brown hills
- Deluxe - Leh: Royal Ladakh, Nubra valley: Elysium camp, Pangong: Pangong Eco Resort, Kargil - Zozila Residency
- Meals - Breakfast and Dinner at Accommodation (simple, veg, locally available and freshly cooked)
- Transport Tourist vehicle depending on your group size (vehicle like xylo/innova to tempo traveller)
- Reliable experienced local resident driver cum guide with intense knowledge of area, terrain, people and culture
- Driver charges, Driver accommodation, fuel, inter-state toll, Parking charges during the journey
- Transfers as specified in itinerary and vehicle on non-disposal basis
- Travel ticket charges from home to Reporting point AND End point to home ie Flight, train, bus etc..
- Meals other than specified (First day Breakfast and last day dinner, meals at Kaza and Manali(to cherish delicacies at the cafes) , all lunches - as they will be on the way to sights at Dhaba/restaurants)
- Camera fees, Monument entry charges, Rafting or other activities, Personal expenses, optional tours
- Room Service Fees, porterage charges, tips, phone calls, laundry, shopping or other personal costs
- Medicines, Travel insurance
- Cost arise due to any emergency, weather instability or political unrest or such unpredictable and uncontrollable situations
- Additional usage of vehicles to the sights not mentioned in the itinerary, market visits etc
- Any charges that are not mentioned in inclusions
Consult your family physician before visiting Himalayan High-altitude region, get some idea about your fitness and take their advice seriously to improve fitness level for this region.
Many Travel operators suggest some medicines to help your body adapt / acclimatize on such altitudes but some contents of the medicine may or may not be suitable for your body and result in allergic reaction, a situation none of us want to go through.
While all the above-mentioned locations are covered during the trip, weather conditions and prevailing circumstances may always influence the order of the above-mentioned route. With over a decade of us operating in this remote region, and with our trips remaining as organic and responsive to the vagaries of nature as possible, our itineraries remain flexible and adaptive.