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Day 01
Delhi - Leh Arrival

After an exciting flight from Delhi to Leh . We receive you at Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport-Leh and transfer to Hotel/Guesthouse. Take complete rest for the day. Late evening take a walk around Leh Town or take rest at hotel for Acclimatize.

Day 02
Around Leh- Shanti Stupa - Samkar - Namgyal Tsemo - Leh Palace

Second day for the acclimitisation, you will be doing short sight seeing around upper Leh. Shanti Stupa, built by Japanese master in 1995, and inaugurated by H.H.Dalai Lama of Tibet , from here you can have the panoramic views of Leh and surrounding areas of Indus valley. Sankar Gonap is a small Gelukpa Buddhist monastery at upper Leh and it is the monastery of Head lama of Ladakh. Namgyal Tsemo or the Victory peaks as it is called is on the top of the Leh and it was a ancient Casstle of Ladakh King dRakpa Bumde and Lehche Spakar or the Leh Palace is in nine storey built in 17th century by Ladakhi famous King Senge Namgyal. Now it is taken care of by the Archeological Survey of India. Overnight hotel/Guesthouse at Leh.

Day 03
Stok - Thiksey - Hemis

After breakfast leave by jeep to visit Stok royal Palace, the present home of royal family of Ladakh and you can visit the most beautiful royal museum for ancient ornaments, Jewelleries, Crown of the King and the queen. Hemis, The Drukpa monasteries located in the deep gorge. Overnight hotel/guesthouse at Leh.
Markha valley 5 days trek begins. Physical Challenge: Moderate

Day 04
Spituk to Zingchen (4-5 hours)

After an early start from Leh, we will travel by jeep to Spituk, where horses will be waiting to carry our equipment. The trek will begin along an old jeep road into a parched and exposed region, so water and sunscreen are absolutely vital! After plodding through the shattered land for 3-hours, we will enter the lush Zingchen Valley , where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus. Further into the valley lies our campsite, in the two-house hamlet of Zingchen (meaning ‘big field’). The rest of the day may be spent relaxing, or even taking a dip in the stream. O/N at camp.

Day 05
Zingchen to Ganda La base (3-4 hours)

Today we will enter Hemis National Park, where we may be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of wild lives as diverse as the snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), arghali (great Tibetan sheep), blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare. After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge that will unveil the imposing Stok Range from time to time. Before reaching Rumbak, we will stop at a teahouse run by women from the village. After a warm cup of tea, we will continue through Rumbak, and pass by the house of Yurutse village, before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite, we can see a spectacular view of Stok Kangri and the whole of the Stok range. 

Day 06
Gandala base to Shingo village via Gandala 4900 m (4-5 hours)

After a light breakfast, we will begin our 2-hr ascend to Ganda La(mountain pass) (4900 m); views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you breathless. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep and marmots roaming the hills. After a short rest, we will make a gradual descent to Shingo village. O/N in camp at Shingo village.

Day 07
Shingo village to Skyu village (3 -4hrs)

Late in the morning after a leisure breakfast bid good bye to the family and continue to desend through the gorge and small willow groves to reach a huge valley opening of Markha! Trek continues to reach the Beautiful village of Skyu(3300), where we halt for the night at the Homestay here. Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle (once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar). After lunch and rest you can go to explore the village here. O/N at Skyu camp.

Day 08
Skyu - Chilling to Leh (2 hrs of trek and 2 hrs of drive)

After a lovely traditional Ladakhi Breakfast at the homestay, continue the trek route to Chilling Village, the last day of the trek. Just before reaching the vehicle waiting for you at Chilling Village the great River Zanskar is to be crossed using the rope-pulley. This is the dessert at the end of this trek! Drive from here to Leh, a spectacular drive along the Zanskar River, to reach the confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar rivers at Nimoo village. Drive further to reach leh for a good hot shower and dressed for a leisure walk in the town. O/N at guesthouse in Leh.

Day 09
Alchi - Lamayuru - Rigzon

After breakfast leave Resort/guesthouse to Rigzong- the mountain fortress, renowned for its strict observation of Buddhist rules and regulations laid by the Great Master-the Buddha and also visit one of the oldest nunnery-Chulichan. Lunch at Khaltse town and after that drive Lamayuru- the oldest monastery in Ladakh and after excursion drive back to Leh and night halt at hotel/Guesthouse at Leh.

Day 10
Nubra Valley- Khardong - Khalsar - Disket - Hunder -  Sumur - Panamik - Leh

Early morning drive to Nubra Valley, Of all the valleys in Ladakh, the Nubra is the most luxuriant and fertile lays North of Leh with the mighty Karakoram Range forming its northern boundary and the Ladakh range on its south. Two major tributaries of the Indus. The valley is lush green as far as the eye can see with glaciated peaks all round it. The route from Leh takes the travel far over the Khardongla pass (5,600 m) the highest motorable road in the world. The view from the top is amazing. One can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range. Diskit is the main village of Nubra division with Diskit Gonpa on a sheer rock cliff, built in 16th century; 7 km from Diskit is Hunder village where the shaggy double humped Bactrian camel is found. And camel riding in the sand dune between Diskit and Hunder village could be really fun and more interesting in this region.

Innerline permit is required to this side as it is Pakistan border and World’s highest Glacier Siachen is in this region. Overnight hotel/ resort/Camp/Guesthouse in Nubra.

Day 11
Excursion around Nubra.

Overnight hotel/guesthouse at Diskit/Hunder/Sumur.

Day 12
Nubra Valley - Leh

Excursion around Nubra and drive back to Leh from the same route. Overnight hotel/guesthouse at Leh.

Pangong Lake 
The Pangong Lake is 160 km from Leh, with spectacular views, colorful mountains and the Changla pass. The scenic view of colourful mountains throughout the journey makes your trip memorable.
The drive begins with the spectacular view of Thiksey monastery, famous for its architectural similarities with the Potala palace of Lhasa . The monastery covers an entire hill. Beyond this village, you will drive towards the Changla pass, leaving the Leh Manali road on your right hand side. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through it's winding roads passing through Sakti Village . Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse , where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the lake. The Pangong Lake view is dramatic, surrounded by colorful mountains and its reflection makes the lake beautiful. The color of the lake changes into different color throughout the day. The division of lake between India and China makes it different than the other Lake. Therefore you are not allowed to go beyond a certain point.

Day 13
Leh - Pangong Lake - Leh

Early morning drive to Pangong lake ( 7 hrs ). Lunch beside the Pangong lake. Enjoy the beauty of the salt lake. Spend time besides the beautiful lake and take walks near it. By afternoon leave for Leh. Reach Leh and spend the rest of the evening shopping and for relaxing with the sweet memories of Ladakh, calling you and your family again and again. O/N at guest house/hotel.

Day 14
Leh - Delhi departure

Early morning drive to Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport-Leh.

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Highlights of the tour:

  • Length of tour – 14 days with 05 days trek.
  • Physical challenge of trek - Moderate
  • Trek as high as 4,900 metres on Gandala pass on the Markha Valley trek.
  • Trolley crossing over Zanskar river.
  • Drive on the world’s first and third highest motorable pass, Khardongla pass (5,600 m) Changla pass (5,300 m)
  • Camel ride on the double humped Bactrian camel at Nubra sand dunes.
  • Visit Pangong lake, world’s highest brackish lake, in China.
  • Visit Ladakh’s most famous and largest Hemis monastery.
  • Chances of touching snow!

 

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