The Discover Ladakh itinerary is a perfect way to be introduced to the stunning beauty of this Trans Himalayan region. The weeklong trip has been designed to cover and explore the best bits that Ladakh has to offer. We start the trip by crossing one of the world's highest motorable roads Khardung La on our way to Nubra Valley, which lies to the north of Leh and was once the gateway to the ancient Silk route. The valley has vast alluvial plains and bacterian camels, which roam the sandy banks of the Shayok River. We then leave for the high altitude lake of Pangong Tso which manages to mesmerize every single time you visit it. We head back to Leh from the Lake and then leave for a rafting experience on River Zanskar. With visits to nearby monasteries and adventure sports coupled with the beauty of the unspoiled landscape , this trip will leave you reminiscing about its stunning views.
On this holiday we will be constantly at an altitude of more than 3500m. Therefore, it is essential that you acclimatize well in order to make the best of the week. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatization. There is fair bit of travelling to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A fair level of fitness is always helpful.
Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30am from Leh Airport to the group hotel is provided. The first day is reserved for acclimitization and you will be advised to rest, eat and keep yourself hydrated as much as possible. A short walk around the city to Leh Palace in the evening can be organized.
We will make an early start after tea and breakfast to catch the morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery. Affiliated to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is situated on a hill in Thiksey village and is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. We then leave for Nubra Valley by crossing and making a quick pit stop the high motorable pass of Khardung La( As it is only your second day, we would not advise a stop of more than 15-20 minutes on the pass). We reach Nubra Valley late afternoon and check in our hotel/resort for Lunch. The evening can be spent walking the sand dunes, exploring Diskit Monastery and Hundar village.
After tea and breakfast, we set out for the high altitude lake of Pangong Tso. The stunning drive with the changing landscape is a thrill to experience. We reach the lake by late afternoon and you will have the evening at leisure to explore the lake shore.
After a leisurely breakfast, we head back towards Leh crossing another high pass Chang la. After checking into our hotel in Leh, we head to Shey after lunch for rock climbing and rappelling.
Option: If you do not want to do rock climbing and rappelling, then we can stop at Sindhu Ghat and Shey Palace while on our way back to Leh.
After a late breakfast, we will leave for a 2 hour drive to Chilling along the River Indus. We will stop at the confluence at Nimoo Village for a while. We reach our campsite for the day and get ourselves comfortable in the tents. There are numerous trails near the campsites the guide will then take you for a hike after lunch in the nearby trails. We come back to camp by tea time and evening will be at leisure in the camp.
Another beautiful day and we get ready for rafting on Zanskar river. Expert guides will take you on the river as you raft for two hours while all the your luggage will be packed in the car waiting for them at the confluence. After lunch, we then head to Alchi Monastery. After we have explored the monastery, we move ahead to reach our destination Leh. On the way we can stop at Magnetic Hill and reach Leh by evening. Before we check into our hotel we will visit the Shanti Stupa to get a glorious view of the Leh valley at sunset.
After an early breakfast we will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport. If you want to extend your stay to visit Tso Moriri and Tso kar please contact our staff.