Zanskar Valley and Ladakh

Ladakh and Zanskar Off Beat Safari – 16 Nights and 17 Days 


Jul 19 to Aug 1 (Leh) / Aug 5 (Delhi)

Srinagar / Kargil / Zanskar Valley Padum / Rangdum / Suruvalley / Alchi / Leh / Pangong / Nubra / Tsomoriri  / Tsokar / Sarchu / Manali

 An Adventure, A Journey An Experience like no other..




Summary of the trip
July 19, 2014 –  Day 01 Srinagar
Transfer . O/N Srinagar Hotel
July 20, 2014 – Day 02 Srinagar – Drass – Kargil
Safari to Kargil. O/N Kargil. (B, PL, D)
July 21, 2014 – Day 03 Kargil – Padum (Zanskar)
Kargil – Zanskar Safari. O/N Padum. (B, PL, D)
July 22, 2014 – Day 04 Padum (Explore Zanskar)
Overnight stay at the camp. (B, PL, D)
July 23, 2014 – Day 05 Padum – Rangdum via Suruvalley (Explore Zanskar)
 Overnight stay at the camp. (B, PL, D)
July 24, 2014 – Day 06 Rangdum – Kargil
Zanskar to Kargil. Overnight at Kargil. (B, PL, D)
July 25, 2014 – Day 07 Kargil – Lamayuru - Leh
After early breakfast Safari via Kargil - Lamayuru - Leh 
 O/N Leh (B, PL, D)
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July 26, 2014 – Day 08 Leh Culture Tour 
Excursion to monasteries  ..Explore  Leh local Town. O/N Leh. (B, HL, D)
July 27, 2014 – Day 09 Leh – Nubra Valley
… Deskit and Hunder Village. O/N Hundur (B, HL, D)
July 28, 2014 – Day 10 Nubra Valley – Leh
.. O/N Leh (B, HL, D)
July 29, 2014 – Day 11 Leh – Chang la - Pangong Lake  (4 to 5 Hrs one way)
Enjoy Pangong Lake  changing colours of lake, amazing landscapes during Sunset and Sunrise
… . O/N Pangong (B, HL, D)
July 30, 2014 - Day 12 Pangong to Leh
Pangong to Leh Safari.. Evening free for yourself
July 31, 2014 – Day 13 Leh – Do you own thing.. Rest Day
 at Leisure by exploring Leh local Town. Soak yourself in Ladakhi atmosphere, this may turnout to be the most memorable day..
O/N Leh. (B, HL, D)
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Aug 1, 2014 – Day 14 Leh – Day 13 Tsomoriri Lake
O/N Korzok. (B, PL, D)
Aug 2, 2014 – Day 15 Tsomoriri Lake – Tsokar – Sarchu
Arrive in Sarchu and check into your Camp.  O/N Sarchu Campsite. (B, PL, D)
Aug 3, 2014 – Day 16 Sarchu – Manali
Overnight stay at Manali.
Overnight at Hotel BF/PKDL /D
Aug 4, 2014 - Day 17 Manali board Overnight bus for Delhi
Check out of hotel after breakfast, local exploring.
Overnight in Volvo Bus BF
Aug 5, 2014 – Day 18 (Arrive at Delhi End of Tour)

Details of Total Ladakh and Zanskar Experience

July 19, 2014 – Sat Day 01 Srinagar
Arrival at Srinagar at your time and transfer to Hotel.
O/N Srinagar

July 20, 2014 – Sun Day 02 Srinagar – Drass – Kargil
Morning After breakfast leave for Kargil, by visiting Sonamarg (Known As Meadow of Gold), Drass Village (2nd Coldest Inhabitated place in the World) Enroute have a magnificent view of Kargil war Famous Peaks (Tiger Hill, Tololing) pay a visit to Vijay Smarak a place to pay a tribute to soldiers who laid their lives for us in Kargil War in 1999, reach Kargil hotel by evening.
O/N Kargil. (B, PL, D)

July 21, 2014 – Mon Day 03 Kargil – Padum
Early Morning leave for 9 Hrs Drive to Padum (Zanskar) where you can Have a Magnificent View of Nun Kun & Dran Drung Glacier. And Enroute Rangdum, Pentse la Pass. Reach Padum by Evening. O/N Padum. Padum(3505 m) is the present day administrative headquarters of the region. With a population of nearly 1500, Padum can be described as the most populous settlement of Zanskar, otherwise a very scarcely inhabited valley.
O/N Padum. (B, PL, D)
 
July 22, 2014 – Tue Day 04 Padum
After Breakfast leave for Full Sightseeing of Karsha, Stongdey & Sani. Back to Padum by evening. O/N Padum. After a leisurely breakfast visit Karsha Gompa. The Karsha Monastery of Ladakh is situated in the Karsha village of the Zanskar region. The full name of Karsha, the largest monastery of Zanskar, is Karsha Chamspaling. Phagspa Shesrab, the translator of Zanskar first founded this monastery. The monastery, as it stands today, was the result of the efforts of the Teacher, Dorje Shesrab. It was under him only that the monastery flourished and prospered. Shesrab Zangpo of Stod was the one to introduce the Gelukpa Order in the Karsha Gompa of Leh Ladakh.
Overnight stay at the camp. (B, PL, D)

July 23, 2014 – Wed Day 05 Padum – Rangdum via Suruvalley
Drive to Rangdum (12,000ft) and check-in at a camp. The farthest and the most isolated part of the Suru Valley, Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier encrusted Rocky Mountains on the other. Situated 130 kms South- east of Kargil, it falls midway between Kargil and Padum. Due to its remoteness from inhabited parts either of Suru or Zanskar, the areas wild beauty is almost haunting, while its isolation is near perfect even as the unpaved Zanskar road traverses its length.
Overnight stay at the camp. (B, PL, D)

July 24, 2014 – Thu Day 06 Rangdum – Kargil
Morning after breakfast we will drive back to Kargil.
Overnight at Kargil. (B, PL, D)
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July 25, 2014 – Fri Day 07 Kargil – Lamayuru - Moonlandscape - Leh
Morning after Breakfast leave for Ule, enroute visit Mulbek a giant Buddha Sculpture on Rock Mountain, Lamayuru, the oldest Monastery of Ladakh and have a magnificent view of spectacular view of Moon landscape. 
Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. Dinner at Hotel in Leh. Evening free time at Leisure. O/N Leh (B, PL, D)
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July 26, 2014 – Sun Day 08 Leh – Local Culture Tour
Morning after breakfast leave for Half day excursion to Thiksey Gompa and; Shey Palace. Back to Hotel by Lunch time and spend time at Leisure by exploring Leh local Town.
O/N Leh. (B, HL, D)

July 27, 2014 – Mon Day 09 Leh – Nubra Valley
After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft) Arrive at Hundur by Afternoon. Rest of the day, Post lunch free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village.
O/N Hundur (B, HL, D)

July 28, 2014 – Day 10 Nubra Valley – Leh
After Breakfast visit Deskit Monastery and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Reach Leh by afternoon. Evening free time at Leisure to explore Leh market.
O/N Leh (B, HL, D)

July 29, 2014 – Day 11 Leh – Changla - Pangong Lake (4 to 5 Hrs one way)
After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft., it is the third highest motorable road in the world. Arrive Pangong lake it is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of Pangong Lake while appreciating the changing Colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. 
Enjoying the magic of Sunset and Sunrise at Pangong
 
O/N Pangong Camp (B, HL, D) 


July 30, 2014 - Day 12 Pangong to Leh via Changla
Return Safari Pangong to Leh Evening free for yourself
O/N Leh (B, PL, D)

July 31, 2014 –  Day 13 Leh – Local Sightseeing
A day for yourself, do your own thing, set your own agenda, this may be what you may require to complete the experience in the fast paced action thriller of Ladakh Safari

O/N Leh. (B, HL, D)
End of Part One.

Aug 1, 2014 – Day 14 Leh – Day 13 Tsomoriri Lake
Early morning after breakfast leave for Tsomoriri Lake via Chumathang (Hot spring) & Tsokar Lake, enroute visit Sulphur mines and arrive Tsomoriri Lake by afternoon. Evening walk around the lake to enjoy the scenic beauty.
O/N Korzok. (B, PL, D)



Aug 2, 2014 – Sat Day 15 Tsomoriri Lake – Tsokar – Sarchu
Early morning leave for leisure walk on the Lake and enjoy the beauty of Lake and Changing colors. Then drive to Sarchu. Sarchu is the last inhabited point in Himachal Pradesh on the Manali-Leh route from Himachal side - which is regarded as one of the highest highways in the world. Arrive in Sarchu and check into your Camp.
O/N Sarchu Campsite. (B, PL, D)


Aug 3, 2014 – Sun Day 16 Sarchu – Manali
Enroute Darcha is situated at the junction of Yotche Nullah and the Zangskar Chhu which takes off from the Shinkun La. Both these nullahs meet with main river Bhaga at this place. The valley broadens out from Darcha. The altitute of Darcha is about 3500 meters which makes it an ideal base camp for acclimatisation. Darcha is the jumping off point for treks to Padum over  the Shinkun la or Baralacha la and Phirtse la and for treks or mountaineering expeditions to Leh and peaks of Chandra Bhaga series. However no tourist bungalow or rest house facilities are available on either side of the nullahs. A police check post is also there. Darcha is the last village where one can see sparse growth of trees. Beyond Darcha not even a single tree can be seen on either side of the highway. Landscape starts looking desolate and absolutely barren. Glance at JISPA. This beautiful spot is 22 kms away from Keylong and 4 kms ahead of Ghemur. The village is situated at the junction of two nullahs with the main river Bhaga. Jispa has a very large dry river-bed, a rarity in Lahaul.Jispa is a new tourism centre coming up with the monasteries of Yarji and Photang where his Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the Kal Chakra sermon a few days back to the Buddhists all over the world. The mountaineering Institute of Manali has a sub centre here for adventure tourism.



We proceed beyond Keylong getting into heart of Lahaul Spiti Valley passing along Chandra and Bhaga Rivers as we reach Khoskar; from here we start ascending towards
Rohtang Pass 3790 Meter is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. We descend from RohtangLa to reach Marchi below here we start entering, forest of Birch, Fir and Spruce. Overnight stay at Manali.
Overnight at Hotel BF/PKDL /D

Aug 4, 2014 - Mon Day 17  Manali board Overnight bus for Delhi
Today after breakfast we checkout of hotel and leave the luggage at checkout counter, explore local market try local delicacies for lunch evening board bus at Manali bus stand for Delhi (Overnight on Volvo Bus)
Overnight in Volvo Bus BF

Aug 5, 2014 – Tue Day 18 (Arrive at Delhi End of Tour)

Inclusions
Hotel / Camping Stay on twin sharing basis
APAI plan – All Meals plan (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Transport in Non Ac Vehicle with Professional Himalayan Driver  till Srinagar as per the Itinerary  in Xylo/ Scorpio / Maxi Cab /Tempo Traveler
Inner line permits
Nature Fees

Not Included
Cost incurred due to any Emergency evacuation 
Cost of any Medical emergency
Any Extra cost Incurred due to Land Slides, Road Blockages , Weather Conditions, Personal Medical Conditions or Natural Calamities not controlled by us. 
Extra expenses incurred will be borne by the guest on actual
Any Mineral water , Any Aerated drinks, Beverages
Any Meals of personal order or any rooms service 
Any Meals ordered in restaurants / Dhabas during transit.
Does not include any travel / accident or any other type of insurance
Cost of Un Utilized resources will  not be refunded

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