DAY 01 DELHI/LEH
Meet upon arrival at Leh airport and transfer to hotel. Day free for acclimatisation and individual activities.
DAY 02 IN LEH (EXCURSION TO MONASTERIES AND SINDHU GHAT)
Morning after breakfast sightseeing of Hemis Gompa, Thiksey Gompa and Shey Palace. Hemis is one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in Ladakh and houses about 150 monks; it also stages the annual Hemis festival. On the way back to Leh, visit the superbly situated 16th century, Thiksey Gompa, which is perched on a hill top. Last stop is the ruined Shey Palace, once the summer palace of the pre-Tibetan kings. The
palace monastery houses a large, bronze, blue haired Buddha statue.
Also visit Sindhu Ghat which is 10 Kms ahead the upstream Indus River near Shrey. It is one of the most peaceful river banks. Indus River or the Sindhu River initiates close to Mansarovar Lake and Mt Kailash in Tibet and then enters India and enters Pakistan by flowing through the Leh Valley
Later drive back to Hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 03 LEH / NUBRA (VIA KHARDUNGLA)
Early morning drive from Leh to Nubra (7 hrs drive). The Nubra Valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardungla (18,380 ft.) one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The valley is on the trade route from Leh to Kharga via Saser and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities the valley houses several Buddhist monasteries such as Sumur (Khagar) and 350 years old Diskit Gompa famous for its murals. From Khardungla drive to the village of Khardung and then through starkly beautiful countryside to the TCP at Khalsar where permits have to be registered/checked. From here one has to turn to the left of Shyok River and drive for about 24 Kms over a narrow steep road to Diskit
Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 04 NUBRA /LEH
After breakfast drive downward Shyok River. An extremely rough and rocky stretch of flat ground. Cross the river over a bridge and arrive at the first village of Tirith. The road from here is extremely bad all the way upto Panamiki. The scenery however is spectacular with the snow-capped Karakoram Mountains in the background. The weather being much warmer in comparison to the Indus Valley, vegetation is thicker with a variety of trees and flowers. Visit the 150 years old Samasthanling Gompa at Bumur/Khagar. It is a big complex of 7 temples including the Ricpoches room. Walk half an hour from the Gompa to Tegar village where there is another small Gompa. Walk through the village and explore the surroundings. Also a small lake lies there. Later, transfer to Leh (172 Kms)
DAY 05 LEH – PANGONG.
Morning after early breakfast drive towards east of Leh via Chang-la Mountain Pass (18,000 ft / 5,475 m) to Pangong Lake, (4267m / 14000 ft.), 145 Kms / 5 hours one way upto the shore of the lake and the first village, Lukung. Pangong Lake is 7 Kms at its widest point, and over 130 kms long, and is divided by the international border between India and China only one-third of it lying in India. Spangmik, the farthest point is about 7 Kms along the southern shore from the head of the lake. It presents a spectacular view of the mountains of the Chang-chenmo range to the north, their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish waters. Above Spangmik are the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range. The water of the lake is salty.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
DAY 06: PANGONG – LEH
Morning after breakfast drive back to Leh.
Rest of the day free.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
DAY 07 LEH/DELHI
After breakfast transfer to Leh Airport to catch flight for onward destination.