Magical Ladakh

Trip Duration:     07 Nights / 08 Days (EX DELHI)

Trip Style:          Overland Journeys

Highest Alt:        5200 mt

Area:                    Ladakh , Jammu & Kashmir

Trip Dates :          07 – 14 June 2014    

Overview

This trip to Leh is a slow paced tour that gives you an insight into the Ladaki culture. Ýou will discover the amazing land of many passes and Buddhist monasteries, cross over the highest mountain pass of Khargung La into the mountain desert of Nubra valley. Drive to the beautiful turquoise Pangong lake through Chang La. The trip ends with an adventure spurt of a rafting session down the Zanskar river.

Highlights & Itinerary

DETAILED ITINERARY

 

Day 01   (07 June)                         DELHI / LEH                               Flight                         

In the morning board flight from Delhi to Leh. You will be met on arrival by our representative, for a transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. We suggest that you take it easy and not try to exert yourself. Due to sudden change in the altitude you might have a heavy head…

In the evening you can take a walk to the nearby local market.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Meal Plan: B/fast ( in flight) + Dinner only

 


 

Day 02   (08 June)                LEH                                   

Full day sightseeing tour. Shey Palace: Shey is a small town in comparison to Leh. It is located around 15km to the south on the main highway heading in the Manali direction. Shey Palace was built in early 17th century AD by Deldan Namgyal as a memorial for his father, Singay Namgyal. The palace houses a three storey copper statue of Buddha Shakyamuni.Overlooking the Shey palace are the ruins of the fort built by the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Spalgigon. Shey also has a very large scattering of stupas all across it’s landscape.

Stok Palace Museum: 17 km from Leh. The Palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and Jewellery of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Sakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain too can be seen here.

Interact with a local family at Stok and have Lunch with them.

Meal Plan : B/fast + Dinner

 


 

Day 03  (09 June)                   LEH / PANGONG LAKE          DRIVE 175 km

After an early breakfast we Leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Pangong Lake, is situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m) and 1/3rd part of the lake lies in China. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at a Lake side camp.

Meal Plan:  B/fast + Dinner

 


 

Day 04    (10 June)                                 PANGONG / LEH

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh. Arrive Leh by evening.

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 Meal Plan: B/fast + Dinner


 

Day 05  ( 11 June)          LEH / KHAUDUNGLA PASS / NUBRA VALLEY

Take a spectacular drive over Khardungla Pass (18,390 ft), the world’s highest motorable pass and enter into the northern frontier of beautiful Nubra Valley ( meaning the valley of flowers), with high mountains where the average altitude of the valley is 10,000 ft. Its attractions are the great monasteries, white sand dunes and ride on double humped camels. We have an entire day to explore this valley

We reach Hunder Village through a gorgeous stretch of sand dunes. This is where we will camp tonight. The main attractions in this area are the Bactarian Double Humped Camels. This is the ancient Silk route and these animals were abandoned by the traders. Successive generations have procreated over centuries. This evening we enjoy camel ride over the Sand Dunes. This is a high mountain desert country with fertile dots of land in between.

Check-in at Tented camp for the night.

Meal Plan : B/fast + Dinner 


 

Day 06 ( 12 June)     NUBRA VALLEY / LEH                 DRIVE 145 kms           

Morning after breakfast visit Samstanling Monastery then retreat back to Leh. Once again we’ll drive via Khardungla pass the World Highest Motorable road.

Samstanling Gompa: Samstanling Monastery was founded by Lama Tsultrim Nima and Monastic community was introduced as Rezong Gompa. About 50-60 monks are residing at this 132 years old monastery..

Rest of the day is at leisure for your independent activities.

Meal Plan: B/fast + Dinner


 

Day 07  (13 June)               LEH (Rafting at Zanskar)    DRIVE: 40+40 Kms           

Drive to Chilling, starting point of a thrilling White water Rafting trip along the Zanskar River

(grade III – IV). The trip ends at Nimoo, from where we return back to Leh.

Evening at Leisure. This is the day to catch up on your shopping. Think about people who are in your thoughts and who ‘deserve’ souvenirs from this magical destination.

 

Meal Plan: B/fast + Lunch (packed) + Dinner

 


 

Day 08 ( 14 June)                               LEH / DELHI

Board the morning flight back to Delhi.

Meal Plan :        Breakfast only

 

Trip Notes

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

  •    Please carry your ID cards with you, as you’ll need them at the inner  line.
  •    Organized trip means we follow a fixed itinerary although there could be a bit of flexibility.
  •    Travel Light ! A duffle bag is what we suggest… !
  •    Ladakh is still developing and its tourism infrastructure is not that big. A spirit of adventure and a flexible, open-minded attitude will help   you make the most of this tour.

 

ACCLIMATIZATION (ONE SHOULD BE AWARE) 

  •      We’ll be crossing some high altitude passes in our journey to Leh and  It’s important that you don’t exert yourself for first couple of days and get    acclimatized  properly.  Drink lots of water !
  •     Prevention: Consult your doctor and confirm if you can take Acetazolamide tablets like Diamox – Carry them with you.

  

DELAY & UNEXPECTED HINDRANCE

   It is possible that a route change may become necessary due to

inclement weather, inaccessibility through the mountain passes due to heavy  snow, condition of the trail and physical fitness of the clients, political  restrictions and other cause beyond human control

 

MEDICAL & FIRST AID

This tour goes into the Ladakh region , where government hospital is available at Leh only.  But through the safari very basic professional medical help will be available. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in good health and physically & mentally fit to join the trip.

The tour guide, though not qualified medically, has done first aid course from NOLS (national outdoor leadership school), UK and is competent to give first-aid if and when required. In case you have an existing medical condition, like heart problem or disability you must  consult your doctor before making a booking with us.

 

FITNESS

Most people in reasonably good health should not have any problems with most of the activities through the tour.  But general good health and better immune system will help your body to get acclimatized well and allow you to enjoy the high altitude passes and lakes without being totally fatigued.

  

LODGING

Pangong: Stay in campsite in tents with attached bath.

Leh:   Grade ‘A’ hotel close to the market area.

Nubra Valley:  Stay in campsite in Swiss cottage tents with separate bath.

 

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