Ultimate Offbeat Ladakh Adventure : Aug 25th to Sept 2th' 2018
Take a journey into the mystical land of Ladakh, one of the last enclaves of Mahayana Buddhism which is most evident in Ladakh’s medieval monasteries: perched on rocky hilltops and clinging to sheer cliffs. This is a journey abounding with rich history, enduring culture, dramatic landscape and quaint villages. Visit high mountain passes of Khardung la, Chang la, Tannglang la and Baralacha la; sit by the serenity of crystal clear high mountain lakes of Tso Moriri, Tso Kar and Pangong Tso; feel the spirituality at centuries old monasteries of Hemis, Tiksey and Alchi; drive through some of the most dramatic mountain landscape in the world passing through dry arid mountains of different hues of brown and grey and shaped through centuries by wind and climate; visit Nubra Valley sand dunes for a ride on the double humped camels and stay at some beautiful locations from lake side tents to village home stays. On this journey we take little explored routes through dramatic landscape to make this offbeat adventure complete.
Cost: Rs 32500 to Rs 35000
Start Date: 25th Aug’ 2018
End Date: 2nd Sept’ 2018
Duration: 9 Days
Group Size : Min 5 / Max 15
Theme: Culture, Adventure, Experience, Offbeat
– High Himalayan offbeat drives through the most scenic route’s in Ladakh
– Stay at Himalyan Camps and Homestays
– Cross the high passes of Khardung La, Baralacaha La, Chang La, Tangalanag La and Rohtang
– Monastic tour around Leh
– Visit Tso Moriri, Tso kar and Pangong Lake
– Ride a double-humped camel in the sand dunes of Hunder in Nubra Valley
– Drive along the Shyok River, Pangong Lake and along the china border
Day 1 : Aug 25th : Leh
Arrive in Leh. Day to acclimatize and explore Leh town. Visit the market area and see the old Ladakhi ladies selling vegetables and fruits, taste some fresh apricots and dry fruits or try some kebabs from the Kashmiri men barbecuing them over hot charcoal. Later visit the Moti market and Leh palace and explore some Ladakhi food options for dinner. Overnight in Leh.
Day 2 : Aug 26th : Hemis – Thiksey – Shey
Today we have a full day monastic tour. Our first stop is Hemis Monastery, the largest monastery in Ladakh in terms of the number of monks staying there at any given time. Hemis is also especially important as it has many smaller monasteries in Ladakh which falls under the Hemis Monastery. Later we visit Thiksey Monastery, perched on a small hillock with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside from the top. While returning to Leh we visit Shey Palace ( the summer retreat of the former Kings of Ladakh ) and the War Memorial. Overnight at Leh.
Day 3 : Aug 27th : Leh to Nubra Valley
After breakfast, leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft), the highest motorable pass in the world. Northwards along the Nubra or Shayok river lie the villages of Hunder, Diskit, Sumur, Kyagar , Tirith, Panamik and few others which comprises the Nubra Valley. As we come down from Khardungla Pass we see the beautiful Nubra valley with the Shayok river flowing through it and green patches of fields and house, which looks likes an oasis amidst the dry mountain backdrop and sand dunes. Take an ATV ride in the sand dunes or camel ride on the double-humped central Asian Bactrian camels. Evening we walk through the quaint Hunder village with fields of wheat and apricots and small streams passing through them. Overnight at Hunder.
Day 4 : Aug 28th : Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake via Shayok
After breakfast visit the Diskit Monastery and the giant Buddha statue that overlook the valley. Later, we take the less used but extremely scenic route along the Shayok River. We pass through very little human habitation and few villages with the population in double digits. Crossing numerous streams along the way with no vehicle in sight for long distances this a real adventurous ride through the striking dry mountain topography of the higher Himalayas. We reach Pangong Lake and stay at Mekar village, away from the crowded area of Spangmik. Pangong Lake, a high altitude endorheic lake located at an altitude of 14500 feet above sea level. Enjoy the beauty of this crystal clear mountain lake, made even better by the surrounding landscape in the backdrop of the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Overnight at Merak.
Day 5 : Aug 29th : Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri Lake
After breakfast leave for Tso Moriri. We drive through the less traveled road from Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri Lake along the border of China passing through the villages of Chushul and Nyoma. These isolated stretches of roads are where you have the posibility of seeing the wildlife of the higher Himalayas. If you are lucky you will see Kiang ( Tibetain Wild Ass ), Bharal ( Blue Sheep ) and the Himalayan Ibex. Later passing through makeshift houses of the Pashmina sheep herders and taking in the mesmerizing topography we reach Karzok village, on the banks of the Tso Moriri Lake. Its a beautiful lake and the few who have had the chance to see it, say it’s more beautiful than Pangong Lake. Experience staying in a Himalayan village home stay overlooking the serene Tso Moriri Lake. See the simple life in Karzok village, visit the monastery, rest, relax and savor the surreal beauty of Tso Moriri located at 4600 meters above sea level in the Chumthang Valley of Ladakh. Tso Moriri is also a wetland conservation reserve and many migratory birds come here and if you are lucky you can see kiang ( wild ass ) and red fox. Overnight at Karzok village.
Day 6 : Aug 30th : Tso Moriri Lake to Sarchu via Tso Kar
After breakfast, we set off to Sarchu. On the way, we pass through Tso Kar, where you can spot migratory birds and salt pans.Later we drive through the beautiful More plains and Tanglang La to reach Sarchu. Overnight tent camping at Sarchu.
Day 7 : Aug 31st : Sarchu to Manali
On our last leg of our journey, we drive from from Sarchu to Keylong via Baralacha Pass and Rohtang pass. See the mountains literally change colors from the many shades of brown to different shades of green, as we descend towards Manali and the vegetation thickens over the mountains. Overnight at Manali.
Day 8 : September 1st: Manali to Delhi
You have the morning and afternoon free to explore Manali. Evening you take a night volvo bus to Delhi.
Day 9 : September 2nd : Departure
Drop in Delhi.
– 2 Nights stay at Leh, 1 Night stay at Hunder, 1 Night stay at Merak , 1 Night stay at Karzok , 1 Night stay at Sarchu , 1 Night stay at Manali
– Breakfast on all days
– SUV for all tours and transfers
– Tso Moriri, Pangong and Nubra Valley Permits
– Bus ticket from Manali to New Delhi
– Taxes and Service charges
– Flight Charges
– Any extra excursions and tours other than mentioned
– Entry tickets & Camera charges at sightseeing points ( wherever applicable and not mentioned above )
– Camel Ride, ATV Ride
– Dinner & Lunch
– Other than mentioned
- Stay will be in Standard category hotels , Bed n Breakfast places and tentc camping with good reviews on double/twin sharing basis.
- Indian food is available at all places. Western food available at Leh.
- Breakfast ( Included ) will be Indian / western breakfast at most places
- Private SUV for Airport transfers
- Private SUV for all travel within Ladakh
- Permits are required for Pangong Lake, Khardung La Pass, Tso Moriri and Nubra Valley. You should carry an identification with you to make the permits.
- Rs 1500/- Discount ( For our regular travellers )
- Rs 1000/- Discount ( For 2 to 4 person booking together )
- Rs 2500/- Discount ( For 5 or more people booking together )
For this trip
This is an adventurous road trip for people interested in experiencing life in the Ladakh Himalayas and exploring places where few travelers have gone.
For all our trips
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What is the typical group size?
We believe that a small group is can enjoy the journey better and have closer interactions with the group members, therefore, we restrict our group size to a maximum of 15. Group size typically between 5 and 15. Our travelers are friendly, open-minded, well traveled and we have a good gender mix on our tours.
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