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Explore Ladakh: Peaks and Lamas Back

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 for Acclamatization. O/N at Hotel/Guesthouse.

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 - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Nang village

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. Shey - The ancient capital of Ladakh,17th century copper gold gilted statue of historical Buddha Sakyamuni. Thiksey, the most beautiful Gelukpa monastery where the monastery boasts a 45ft Maiterya Buddha statue as one of its attractions. Hemis, The Drukpa monastery located on the other side of the river Indus is the biggest Drukpa Monastery and is well known for the world famous Hemis Festival and the auspicious Thanka Painting, opened to public once in 12 years attracting world over tourists. after pack/hot lunch drive back towards Nang village, a beautiful village, to be welcomed by the family of the Homestay for cups of Butter tea and traditional Ladakhi foods. O/N at Homestay at Nang village.

Sham valley 3 days home-stay trek begins. Physical Challenge: Easy

Day 04
Nang village - Yangthang ( 3hrs drive 4-5hrs trek)

We start the day early in the morning from Nang village, via Leh on the Leh-Srinagar Highway to visit the Likir Monastery.
After visiting the famous Likir monastery, the vehicle will drop us in the village, where we start our trek into the lovely Hills of the valley to reach the Yangthang village. The mountains views, Ladakhi people and culture - this is the begining but the end of the first day of the trek. O/N at Homestay in the village.

Day 05
Yangthang – Hemis Shukpachan Via Rizong (6-7 hrs)

After an early breakfast at the Homestay we bid good bye to our hosts and begin the new trekking day. today we start the trek alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Rizong monastery. It is worth visiting Rizong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has three main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and third with a large stupa. After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa= cedar or juniper). O/N at Homestay in the village.

Day 06
Hemis Shukpachan – Tingmosgam (4 hrs)

From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m. After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam . Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses. O/N at Homestay in the village.

Day 07
Tingmosgam - Lamayuru - Dha Hanu (5 hrs)

After a night at Temisgam, we drive still west-bound, to visit the oldest monastery of Ladakh, perched on a cliff-top, with the geography of the Moonland at its background, makes this place the most inviting place for the tourists. after a pack/hot lunch we drive back to the turn away from Khaltse town, along the river Indus, crossing various oasis villages to reach our homestay at Dha Hanu village. O/N at homestay in the village.

Highlights of Dha Hanu (Aryan-tribe village)

At the confluence of the rivers Shayok and Indus in the Kargil region west of Leh live a people known as Drok-pa. They are racially and culturally distinct from the rest of Ladakhis. Their religious practices more so resemble the animist practices of the pre-Buddhist religion Bon than that of Buddhism as practiced in the rest of Ladakh. One curious cultural feature is their abhorrence of the cow or any of its products. Their ancient traditions and way of life are partly preserved through their songs and hymns. One of these is a description of an ibex hunt and the ibex is specially sacred to them. Another recalls their migration from the Gilgit region further west in Pakistan, an event which must have occurred well before Gilgit came under the influence of Islam. Their language is said to be akin to that spoken in Gilgit and by immigrants from Gilgit settled in Dras south of Kargil. Their facial features, however, as well as their head and dress ornaments are the most striking and first noticeable as one encounters them. Whereas Ladakh’s population seems to be mostly of Tibetan origin, they are of pure Indo-Aryan stock, believed perhaps to have descended from the army of Alexander of Macedonia. Today they number around two thousand inhabitants settled in five villages.
Max Altitude: 3900m

Day 08
Dha Hanu

Today is a day for us to explore the villages and the culture of this part of Ladakh. Early in the morning after breakfast at the Homestay we take a long walk into the neighbouring villages. picnic pack lunch and walk back to the homestay to sit in the traditional kitchen to talk and give a helping hand in making dinner. O/N at Homestay in the village.

Day 09
Dha Hanu - Basgo - Alchi - Leh

After an early breakfast we bid goodbye to the hosts and leave back to Leh. Enroute visiting Alchi monastery, the only monastery in Ladakh built on flat ground, well known for its peerless wall paintings and to visit to the old Castle of Basgo, 16th century copper statue of future Buddha-Maitreya and huge clay statues and lots of fresco to be seen here. O/N 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 require 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
Nubra Valley - Leh

Excursion around Nubra and drive back to Leh from the same route. Overnight in Leh.

Day 12
Leh

Leisure time at leh. interested people can go for the rafting.

Day 13
Chumathang hotspring - Tsomoriri lake - Nomad area

Drive to Tsomoriri Lake, which is situated at an altitude of 4511m above sea level; with an area of about 140 Sq.km.It is the southern most and one of the largest lake in Changthang region of Ladakh, India. The lakes remain frozen in the winter from December till March. Its forms a huge enclosed basin fed by two main streams, one from the north side and other from south –west. This creates extensive areas of wetlands and sheltered bays with small islands. These wetlands form the prime habitat for breeding waterfowl including the globally threatened, Black-necked crane and the Bar-headed goose. The third stream, which enters the lake from the west, has formed a fertile alluvial plain, below the village of Korzok , one of the highest inhabitants to be cultivate in the World. Overnight at Homestay or Guesthouse.

Day 14
Tsomoriri lake - Tsokar lake - Wildlife Wacthing

The shadows of the surrounding mountain and the varying depths of the water give the Tsomoriri most amazing hues of blue and green, alternating between jade and turquoise emerald and an unbelievable indigo.
The nomad people are most outstanding feature of this area, that they can be seen moving from one place to other grazing herds of goats, sheep and yaks. Changpas pass their days with their animals and move with their flocks, their only wealth, from pasture to pasture according to changing season. Their flocks, their yaks, and goat's hair furnish the raw material of which they make their ropes, their clothes and shoes. All day long men and women are busy milking, churning the milk into butter, making ropes, weaving mats and other fabrics and repairing their tent. These people have been completely beyond the pale of all civilizing influences. Even towards the fag end of the twenty first century, they actually belong to a primitive pre-historic age. Overnight at camp.

Day 15
Tsokar via Taklang pass - Leh

After excursion at Tsomoriri lake drive Tsokar, which means white lake because of the evaporates found on the margins of the lake. Tsokar, an area of about 20 sq.km, is situated at an altitude of 4530m above sea level and about 160 km southeast of Leh. In the Rupshu Valley of Ladakh region. It situated between the Zanskar range in south-west the Ladakh region in the north-east.

Tsokar is also called salt lake, as in ancient time local Changspa extract salts out of it and it is surrounded by extensive areas of fresh and saline marshes and wet meadows, which host a varieties of water birds, including Black-necked crane, great crested grebe, Bar-headed goose and Tibetan Wild Ass- Kyang, great Tibetan Sheep-Nayan and Gazelle are found in this area. And late afternoon drive to Leh. Overnight Hotel at Leh.

Day 16
Leh - Delhi departure

Early morning drive to Kushok Bakula airport.

Peaks and Lamas

 

Highlights of the tour:

  • Length of tour – 14 days with 03 days trek.
  • Physical challenge of trek - Easy
  • Home-Stay experience almost throughout the tour.
  • Visit the only Aryan tribe village in Ladakh.
  • Sham valley trek amidst the apricot orchard villages.
  • Visit two lakes, Tsomoriri and Tsokar lake.
  • Take a dip at Chumathang hot springs.
  • Visit the nomads of Changthang.
  • Chances of spotting wildlife including the en-dangered black-necked crane.
  • Drive on the world’s first and second highest motorable pass, Khardongla pass (5,600 m) Taklangla pass (5,400 m)
  • Camel ride on the double humped Bactrian camel at Nubra sand dunes.
  • Drive through the moon landscape at Lamayuru.
  • Visit Ladakh’s most famous and largest Hemis monastery.
  • Chances of touching snow!

 

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