Ladakh, the land of high passes, is famous for its immaculate mountain beauty and rich culture. With its picturesque landscapes, cold blue waters and mystifying passes, it is truly every explorer’s paradise. Enfolded by snow-capped mountains, it is a tourist destination that has gained huge popularity. Opting our incredible Ladakh tour package can be the perfect opportunity to explore this wondrous land.
No. of Days: 6nights/7days (Leh to Leh)
Places Covered: Leh (1night) – Sham Valley (1night) – Lamayuru Monastery – Leh (1night) – Nubra Valley (1night) – Hunder – Diskit – Pangong Lake (1night) – Hemis Gompa – Thiksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh (1night)
Day 1: Leh: Arrive at Kushok Bakula Airport in Leh. On a clear day the flight to Leh is quite sensational. From one side of the aircraft you can see the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum at a distance and from the other side you can see Nun Kun massif. Transfer to a hotel in the city on arrival. Leh is at an high altitude and the body needs time to acclimatize. So, have some relaxing time in the hotel after arrival. Sip in some tea and have a nice lunch.
Towards the evening visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Leh Market. Have a nice Ladakhi dinner. Overnight in Leh.
Day 2: Leh – Sham Valley: Check Out from the hotel and start for Sham Valley – a drive of nearly four hours. Start the drive along the Leh – Kargil highway. On the way, stop at Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, nestled deep in the Himalayas. Drive some 4km further and you can reach Magnetic Hill where laws of gravity are defied.
Drive further on the highway to reach the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers. Just before you reach Saspul, you take a detour to visit Likir Monastery, one of the most active monasteries in the region. A colossal image of Maitreya, installed out in the open here, is a real attraction.
Resume the drive along the River Indus afterwards to reach Uletokpo. En-route you can choose to visit Ridzong Monastery. After all these visits drive a little further and check into a camp hotel. Have a nice dinner and Overnight at the camp hotel.
Day 3: Sham Valley – Lamayuru – Leh: After breakfast, head for the 11th Century Lamayuru Monastery. On the way you should not escape the mesmerizing moon landscapes, named so because these look similar to the land formations as seen on the moon.
Lamayuru is located along the plain valley with mountains surrounding it on all sides. Have a look at the monastery. Start the return journey to Leh. First significant sight on the way back is that of Alchi Gompa complex. Dating back to 11th Century, this complex of temples is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries. Drive straight from Alchi to Leh. Check into a hotel on arrival. Have a nice dinner and retire to your room for a comfortable overnight sleep in the hotel.
Day 4: Leh – Khardungla – Nubra Valley:
After breakfast, head to Nubra Valley, situated at a distance of around 120km – a drive of around five hours to reach. The route to Nubra Valley passes through Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world at 5,602m (18,390 ft) and around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif.
Resume the journey afterwards and reach Nubra Valley, popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. Nubra Valley is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000ft. above sea level.
Check into a camp hotel in Nubra Valley. Walk around the small villages and interact with the locals. You can choose to visit a Ladakhi home. Have dinner at the camp hotel. Overnight in Nubra Valley.
Day 5: Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso: After an breakfast at the camp hotel, go to Hunder where you can ride a double humped Bactrian camel on the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. It is amazing to see sand dunes at this altitude.
Drive to Diskit, headquarter of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Diskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery, magnificently situated on a hilltop facing the entire Valley. After a visit to monastery start the drive to Pangong Tso.
Check into a camp hotel on arriving at Pangong lake. Have a nice dinner at the camp hotel. Overnight at Pangong Camp hotel..
Day 6: Pangong Lake – Leh: Go for a stroll around Pangong Lake, the brackish water lake with a width of 5-6km and a length of around 130km. Two-third of this lake lies in China.
Have your breakfast and start from Pangong towards Leh. You may visit Hemis Gompa and Thiksey Monastery, an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. Also visit Shey Palace, the ancient capital of Ladakh. While returning you can stop at the village of Tangtse for a cup of tea before climbing Changla Pass (5486m). Slowly descent down and reach Leh. Check into a hotel on arrival. Overnight in Leh.
Day 7: Leh – Onward Destination: Check out after breakfast to go to the airport to catch your flight for onward destination.
Best Things To Do During Your Trip
- Attend an early morning prayer at a Buddhist monastery
- See the colourful Cham (masked and costumed dance) performed by the Buddhists
- Go on a trek to explore the heritage of the region
- Drive along the narrow and rocky terrains
- Take an adventurous Camel ride
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