Leh – Alchi, Likir, Uleytokpo – Dha Hanu – Lamayuru – Pangong – Tsomoriri – Leh (7N/ 8D)
Arrival at Leh Airport, transfer to Hotel at Leh (3524 mts/ 11560 ft). Breakfast & relax. It is very important to get acclimatized to the rarefied high altitude Ladakh. In process to do so, walk to the Shanti Stupa late in the afternoon to obtain excellent view of entire Leh town down below. Take an easy half hour walk to Sankar Gompa which is daughter embellishment of Spituk monastery and residence of Abbot of Spituk. Evening visit is recommended as Sankar Gompa is open the evening and is kept well lit. O/n Hotel.
Distance – 80 kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 6 hrs.
Visit Phyang Monastery, situated 15 kms west of Leh, established in 1515 belongs to Kagyu sect (Red Hat). Point of interest is 900 years old museum. Basgo which is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Proceed to Likir (3500 mts/ 11550 ft). (Period: 11th century). The name Likir is derived from the word Lukhgil (coiled snake) as the site appears to be encircled by two great serpent spirits - Nanda and Taksako. Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region with100 monks in residence. The Gompa has affine collection of Thanka's some of which are now housed in its museum. As you drive up to the monastery, a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the many impressive sights in Ladakh. We drive and cross the River Indus and reach Alchi (3100 mts/ 10200 ft), (Period: 11th century). The complex of temples located within the village of Alchi is the most celebrated of Ladakh's monasteries. It is one of the earliest existant monasteries in Ladakh built by Lodan Shorab and Tsulkhrim Od, disciples of Rin-chen Zangpo. The complex consists of a group of five temples, as well as a number of chortens scattered around the complex. The Dukhang and the Sumstek are the most significant of the complex. The Dukhang lies at the far end of the complex and is entered through a finely carved wooden archway and a door richly embellished with wood carvings depicting the five Buddha's. The other significant temple in the complex is the three tiered Sumstek, entered through a small portico supported by a superbly carved wooden archway showing an influence of Kashmiri traditions. Reach Uleytokpo by early evening. Relax in the ambience of ethnic resort & camp. O/n camp at Uleytokpo.
Distance – 83 kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 6 hrs.
After Breakfast, Leave for beautiful drive to the land of the Dard people of Dah Hanu, who are nominally Buddhist but also worship their own Pantheon of gods called Bon Chos. Main attraction of this tour are its people of Drokpa community who have an Indo-European appearance in contrast to the predominant Tibeto-Mongol inhabitants of most of Ladakh. They are very few in numbers but they have preserved their racial purity down the centuries. Dha and Hanu are two villages situated in the Dhahanu valley, about 163 km northwest of Leh in Ladakh. Being at a lower altitude, Dha and Hanu are warmer than Leh. Drive through the beautiful villages of Kaltsey, Domkhar, Skurbuchan and Achinathang. O/n stay in Guest house or Camp.
Distance – 209 kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 10 hrs.
After Breakfast, Relaxed morning and walk around Dha hanu, leave for Lamayuru. Lamayuru (3500 mts/ 11550 ft), this beautiful ancient monastery is the main seat of Drikung Kagyu (Red Hat) tradition in Ladakh. One of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, it has a population of around 150 permanent monks residents. Lamayuru is host to two annual masked dance festivals. Besides its history, Lamayuru attracts travelers and trekkers for its lunar landscape. After visiting Lamayuru, proceed further to Leh. Sojourn at Rizong Monastery (Gelugpa or Yellow Hat). It is situated at the top of a rocky side valley on the north side of the Indus. It was established in 1831 by Lama Tsultim Nima under the Gelukpa order, at Ri-rdzong. There are 40 monks in the monastery. The monastery is also called “the paradise for meditation” and is noted for its extremely strict rules and standards. Reach Leh by late evening. O/n Hotel.
Distance – 170 kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 8 hrs.
Leave early after Breakfast. Drive to Pangong Lake. Start with Shey monastery (Appx 3400 mts) is 15 kms South of Leh on Manali highway. Shey village was summer retreat for Kings of Ladakh. Monastery built in 1655 has giant copper with gilded gold statute of seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Thikse monastery (Appx 3600 mts) is 15thcentury gelugpa sect (Yellow Hat) monastery, 19 kms from Leh, noted for its resemblance to Potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet, is largest in central Ladakh. This 12 storey complex houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, thangkas, wall paintings etc. Main attraction is 15 mts tall image of maitreya Buddha. This route proceeds past the picturesque villages of Shey and Thikse, and turns into the side-valley of Chemrey Sakti. The Ladakh range is crossed by the Chang-la (5360 mts/ 17800 ft) which is one of the easier passes remaining open for much of the year even in winters. Visit Tangtse, just beyond the foot of the pass, with an ancient Temple. Pangong Lake, situated at an altitude of (4350 mts/ 14350 ft), is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly 3 to 4 kms at its widest point, and over 140 kms long, and bisected by the international border between India and China. Dinner & O/N stay at Camp.
Distance – 235 kms, Journey and Sight-seeing Time – approximately 8 hrs.
After Breakfast, Check out and drive to Tsomoriri. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the entire Ladakh region and permit to travel is required from concerned authorities in Leh. The permits are issued to domestic tourists only. The exciting part of today’s trip is the drive along most of 40 kms of amazing Pangong till Khaktse. Divert towards chushul, drive over Rezang La to Mahe Bridge. Cross bridge at Mahe and drive through Umbu bush valley past Puga sumdo. Reach Tsomoriri by evening. O/N stay at guest house or camp by the lakeside.
Distance – 240 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 8 hrs.
Tso-moriri (4595 mts/ 15160 ft) is the largest in size (28 kms long and 5/6 kms in width) and highest brackish wetland in cold desert eco system of trans-himalayas of Indian subcontinent. It is the breeding and nesting abode of globally threatened bar-headed goose, Black necked cranes, Browm headed Gulls, pin tails and Brahmini ducks. Enjoy the beauty of the place. Leave by afternoon, drive through Korzog village with its 400 years old monastery, past Tsokar lake (4530 mts/ 14850 ft) known for its size and depth (7 Kms long and 2 Kms wide), is a fluctuating salt lake, Debring, Tanglangla (5328 mts/ 17580 ft) and reach Leh by late evening.
Early departure for Airport Transfer. Board flight for return journey.
Cost Per Person on Twin Sharing basis
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Our Price Includes
1.) 3 overnight stays at Leh in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
2.) 1 overnight stay at Uleytokpo in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
3.) 1 overnight stay at Camp Skurbuchan in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
4.) 1 overnight stay at Pangong in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
5.) 1 overnight stay at Tsomoriri in Deluxe Room with Bed Tea, Breakfast & Dinner.
6.) Local Transfer from Airport to Hotel and vice-versa.
7.) Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary by exclusive AC cab.
8.) All taxes.
Price does not include
1.) Meals other than those indicated above, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls & expenses of personal nature.
2.) Entrance/ Guiding charges in Monuments, Adventure Sports, Joy rides, travel and health insurance.
1.) The tour cost is subject to change without prior notice.
2.) Hotels : Subject to availability at the time of making reservation