Best of Leh - Ladakh
The land of high passes awaits you this autumn; look forward to adventure, relaxation and some of the most beautiful sights you'll ever see! Get the best experience of Leh- Ladakh with this well-organized fun trip.
Destinations Covered: Leh – Shey palace – Thiksey monastery – Khardong La - Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa - Rancho school- Hemis monastery- Leh Palace- Leh market- Sham valley, Nubra valley & Pangong lake.
Grade: Moderate Driving
Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport is one of the world’s highest operated airports at 3500 meters above sea level. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun in Zanskar valley. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to hotel for check in. This day is for rest and leisure to acclimatize followed by welcome tea or coffee at the hotel. You will then visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa & Leh market in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: Leh – Excursion to Sham valley(35- 40 KMS one way 4-5HRS) [1st Oct]
After breakfast drive towards western part of Ladakh along the Indus river on Leh – Srinagar highway. Start sightseeing with Hall of Fame (Museum founded by India Army) near Leh which is definitely worth a visit for every Indian, and proceed further to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib founded in the 15th century, nestled deep in the Himalayas, drive ahead another 5 km for Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further driving through a picturesque landscape, you will reach the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River. After visiting above places the group drives back to Leh enroute Spituk Monastery, Built in 11th century during the region of Gragspa ‘Bum-lde, the monastery use to follow Kadampa school of Buddhism until 15th century where Gelukpa school of Buddhism was started and is still in practice with Gelukpa order. Overnight at hotel in Leh.
DAY 03: Leh–Nubra Valley Via Khardung LA 18,380 FT. (120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS) [2nd Oct]
Drive to Nubra Valley after breakfast. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (the highest motorable road in the world) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,380 ft, 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. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival in Nubra you will check in at the camp / hotel in Hunder for overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. A visit to a Ladakhi home can be arranged. Overnight Stay at the camp or hotel.
DAY 04: Nubra Valley – Leh (120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS) [3rd Oct]
After an early breakfast, check out from the camp and drive to Hunder where you have the opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Between Hunder and Diskit you come across sand dunes beside the road. Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road are rocky mountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains. On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town 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, lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire Valley. Later drive back to Leh in the late afternoon via Khardungla Top. On arrival at Leh you will return to the hotel. In the afternoon you can rest and relax. In the evening you can stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping.
DAY 05: Leh to Pangong Lake – 13,930 FT. (160 KMS / 4 - 5 HRS – ONE WAY) [4th Oct]
Full day trip, after early morning breakfast the group will leave for Pangong Lake and en route visit Thiksey morning pooja, where one can see the monks on their daily routine through Changla pass (17,586 ft), world’s third highest motorable road. After 2 hours of drive you reach Changla pass, stop for a short period for photography. Drive ascending towards Pangong, reach Tangtse where you can relax for a cup of tea/ coffee. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 13,930 feet. This famous high altitude Lake of Pangong is 5- 8Kms wide and over 140 Kms long with 30 % in India and 70% in China. This large, serene lake forms a brilliant color variation including deep blue, dark green, turquoise,etc. After spending some time at lake drive back to Leh via same route. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06: Pangong lake to Leh (180 KMS / 5-7 HRS) [5th Oct]
Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of the lake and later drive back to leh en route visiting Hemis monasterya, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyut Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Drive further to Leh and stay hotel for the night
DAY 07: Departure (FLY OUT). [6th Oct]
After an early morning breakfast transfer to domestic airport to catch the flight to your city. Fly back with the sweet memories of Ladakh.
Traditional welcome at the hotel with welcome drinks (hot tea/coffee /Kahwa) on arrival.
06 Nights accommodation in Leh on twin sharing basis as per the itinerary with breakfast and dinner.
Environmental and red cross fee.
All meals in Nubra Valley & Pangong Lake.
Return to airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours by non-Ac Car
Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours / extra meals ordered
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
The services of vehicles is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
Guide fee, camera fee & any monument entrances | medical & travel insurance
Any changes you may choose to make during your tour | additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc
If you cancel 10-14 days before departure, 30% amount will be refunded.
If you cancel less than 10 days before departure, no amount will be refunded.
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
NH 1D, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101