Journey to Ladakh
It’s that time of the year again, when we pack our woolens and get ready to go to the mesmerizing land of Ladakh. We have gone there every year since the year of inception of The Blueberry Trails and still the beauty that surrounds us never ceases to inspire. It takes our breath away every time. We have designed this trip for you keeping in mind the local nuances and smaller experiences that the land offers. We try to stay away from the mainstream, beyond the usual circuits.
Highlights of the trip
Offbeat curated stays like campsites in Mulbek and Pangong Tso. With incomparable views. Blues of the Pangong or lush green alpine mountain slopes. Sights you cannot forget too easily, even if you try. Alternatively, we stay in a hotel in Leh, and a basic homestay at Nubra, for a more local flavor to the trip.
Adventures like rafting, camel safaris, village walks, and river side trails. Experiences, experiences, experiences. Many of them are guided and many more will be the ones you find along the way.
Architecture, monasteries, and local culture: Whether it’s a cup of tea shared with locals or a quiet moment spend in a distant monastery watching a monk pray, whether it’s marveling at the bright colours that adorn these structures or wondering how they keep warm in the -50degree weather. Curiosity knows no bounds and our drivers will have the answers to most of your queries if not all.
Homestay experience in Ladakh. Basic stays that give you an insight into the Ladakhi way of life. Their culture, their food, their culture and how they pass their days. Perhaps you can assist them in their day to day activities or learn their way of life from them.
Dizzying passes of Khardungla, Baralachha, Zozilla, Chang La and many more. The passes range from 13000ft above sea level and top it off at 18380ft for Khardungla. Literally on top of the world
This is how your trip looks
Land at Srinagar and get a transfer to your stay. Settle down and soak in the sun at the family lawn. Then head out to explore the city. The old city, the neighboring markets and a quintessential Kashmiri meal is a must! That’s the plan in Srinagar as we gear up for the road trip ahead!
Day 2: Srinagar to Mulbek
Another eventful day ahead with an early start from Srinagar, will take us to Kargil, Drass (The second coldest inhabited place in the world), Tiger Hill and then to Shargol village near Mulbek where we are camping tonight.
Experience: Kargil | Tiger hill
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3: Mulbek to Leh via Alchi
Get ready to reach Ladakh, the land of high passes and enchanting natural beauty, surrounded by the mighty Himalayas and the Karakoram Range.
A cold desert mountainous area, it draws one to its terrains and the long stretching treeless meadows. Amidst these picturesque locales are seated numerous villages and one among them is Alchi. Stop enroute to visit one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh in Alchi.
After Visiting Alchi move on wards to your stay in Leh.
Experiences: Alchi monastery
Day 4: Leh
Spend the day in Leh, relax at your stay, and allow your body to acclimatize to the change in altitude. In Leh you will be staying in a comfortable hotel away from the main market (but a short 10-15-minute walk away). It is closer to the Shanti Stupa and gives you some great views of the snow-clad peaks.
Experience: Settle into Leh| Local walks | Day to acclimatize
Day 5: Leh to Hunder via Khardungla
Head out to the beautiful Nubra Valley. The winding climb of Khardungla, a lemon tea at the canteen there and a downward descend to Nubra, where you will pass the sand dunes of Hunder. Valley, snow, peaks, frozen rivers and deserts on one single day. Need we say more? Stay in a homestay in Hunder and catch the sunset at the dunes.
Experience: Khardungla Pass| Sand dunes of Nubra Valley | Traditional homestay| The Ladakhi way of life and their culture.
Day 6: Hunder to Leh
Drive back to Leh via Khardungla. Stop at the Diskit Monastery on the way and enjoy the spectacular view that it offers.
Experience: Diksit monastery
Day 7: Leh
Start your day at ease, post lunch head out to explore the city of Leh. Sightseeing of following places:
• Shanti Stupa
• Leh palace
Also, you can opt to visit Zanskar river and try your hand at river rafting there. Visit a few monasteries on the way back.
Experience: Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Market & River rafting (Add On) Meals: Breakfast
Day 8: Leh to Pangong
A five hour drive will take you through Chang La and then to the great Pangong Lake. The blues of the lake will leave you stumped; the beauty is legendary and rightfully so. Stay in a campsite on the banks of the lake. Swiss Tents will welcome you and the view from your camp will be just the lake.
Experience: Camping near the banks of the Pangong Lake
Meals: Breakfast| Dinner
Day 9: Pangong Lake to Leh
Return back to Leh. Visit to Thicksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery and the local market.
Experience: Visit Thiksey Monastery| Hemis Monastery| Café culture in Leh Meals: Breakfast
Day 10: Leh
Fly out with beautiful memories of the trip!
Internal travel by Tempo Traveller
Sightseeing according to the itinerary
Meals not mentioned
Entry charges at museums, monuments, monasteries
Personal expenses such as room service, tips etc.
Any additional cost such as additional stay, extra days of transport etc. arising from change of travel plans due to weather conditions, landslides, flight delays, strikes etc., which are beyond our reasonable control, will have to be personally borne by the traveler.
Things not mentioned in “inclusions”