Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations: Delhi - Leh - Thiksey - Khadungla - Nubra - Alchi - Lamayuru
Day 01: Fly Delhi - Leh (3445mtrs)
From domestic airport in Delhi for your trans-Himalayan flight to Leh. Upon arrival, you will be met by our company Executive, and transferred to your hotel. We recommend you relax and undergo minimal exertion to enable your selves acclimatize to rarefied air of this remote region ensconced in the high Himalayan plateau. In the evening, you will gather for dinner and meet with your guide.
Day 02 : Leh - Thiksey - Shey - Shankar Monsteries
Full day sightseeing of Thiksey, Shey & Shankar monasteries.
The Great monastery of Thiksey towers on a steep rocks at the periphery of an oasis on the right bank of the Indus. This monastery belongs to Elugpa order (Yellow sect). The layout of the monastery complex resembles the Potala palace in Lhasa.
Shey : the Shey palace also known as Khar Chung was built by Senge Namgyal in the beginning of the 17th century. It was erected on the ruins of an already existing castle. Shey monastery belongs to red hat order.
Shankar: this monastery belongs to Gelugpa order (Yellow sect) and was founded by the last Skushog Bakula as a branch monastery of Spituk during the turn of the century.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : In Leh
Today Local sightseeing of Leh visiting Kings Palace, Leh mosque and Shanti Stupa. Just walk around and visit the Baazars you would come across diverse cross section of inhabitants thay all are very polite and of assistive nature. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04 : Leh - Khadungla Pass - Nubra Valley ( 120 kms )
Leave after breakfast 5/6 hours drive (120 Kms) will take you to Nubra Valley, passing through Gangles villages the road than rises to reach Khardongla pass ( 5600 Mtrs) the worlds highest motorable road. The road then passes through a bridge laid on Glacier, which finds its way in Guiness book of world records. Check in at Camping and lunch at Camp. Afternoon short drive will take you to Panamic, which is famous for its hot sulphur spring. In the evening return back to the Camp. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 : Nubra - Sightseeing
After breakfast leave and visit interesting places of the Nubra valley visiting Sumur monastery, which is 265 years old. Diskit is the headquarter of the present administration set up of Nubra Valley but from the historical and tourist point of view diskit is famous for its 515 years old Buddhist monastery situated on a hill top giving panoramic view of the valley. Short drive will take you to Hunder to enjoy the sand dunes and bacterian camels. One can have Camel ride on the availability of the camels. In the evening return back to the Camp. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 06 : Nubra - Leh
Leave after breakfast and drive back to Leh by the lunchtime you will reach into the hotel. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon free for personal activities. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 07 : Leh - Full Day Hemis Festival
After breakfast proceed to visit the Hemis monastery for the festival.
Hemis Monastery: This is biggest and the most important monastery in Ladakh. It was built in the 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. Hemis is the headquarter of the Drukpa order and all the monasteries throughout Ladakh are administered by it. It also trains Lamas for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. The Monastery contains gold statues and stupas decorated with precious stones and many priceless old Thankas. Each year the Hemis Festival attracts more than its share of pilgrims & tourists. Held during the full moon in June, is a series of colourful masked dances performed to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums & long horns. Return back to Leh for overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 08 : Leh - Full Day Hemis Festival
Full day enjoy the fesitival activities and local souvenier shoppings. Dance with the locals, interact with the Lamas or enjoy shooting the show with your Camera. dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Leh.
Day 09 : Leh
Today visit Phyang & Spituk monasteries.
Phyang : lies away from Indus to the far right at the ridge between Nimu & Leh. Phyang belongs to red hat order and was founded in the 16th century by Kungda Grangs-Pa.
Spituk : the origins of which date back to the A.D 11th century, was built in its present form in the 15th century. Evening free to rest. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : Leh - Tsomoriri Lake ( 240 kms )
Early morning we drive to Tsomoriri Lake along the right bank of Indus river passing through different villages till Mahe bridge. From here drive along the rough dust road through Sumdo and Thatsang Karu Lake. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 11 : Tsomoriri Lake
After breakfast we walk to Korzok village to visit the monastery which is 350 yrs old belonging to the Yellow Sects and we can enjoy the spectacular view of the lake, then walk up to nomadic area. Overnight in Camps.
Day 12 : Tsomoriri - Leh
Morning leave back for Leh. Arrive Leh and check in at Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13 : Leh - Alchi - Lamayuru Festival
Morning after breakfast, proceed for local sightseeing of Lamayuru. Explore villages around the area. Lamayuru is an beautiful, nature endowed, little hamlet. The gompa completely overshadows the village and is the most famous and spectacular monastery in Ladakh. On the way also visit the Alchi Monastery famous for the 1000-year old wall painting, which make this visit more than worthwhile. Return to hotel / Camp for dinner and overnight stay.