Ladakh 2013 11n12d

Ladakh Rustic Ramble Safari

11 Nights and 12 Days
4 N Leh, 1 N Manali, 1 N Keylong, 1 N Sarchu, 1 N Uley Tokpo, 1 N Nubra, 1 N Kargil, 1 N Srinagar

Best Time - June to Sep 

Tour Code: Ladakh-11n12d

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Day 1 Arrival Chandigarh and transfer to Manali - Arrive at Manali and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Manali L/D

Day 2 Manali Rohtan Pass Koksar Keylong Lahaul Spiti - Depart Manali early in the morning our first halt is Marhi A barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to 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. Visitors can drive upto Marchi below Rohtang with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce. Once we cross the Rohtang Pass Border we are in the barren Himalayas with the landscape completely changing Khoskar is the first village and gateway to Lahaul Overnight stay in Keylong BF/L/D

Day 3 - Keylong Darcha Jispa Sarchu - Keylong to Sarchu - 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. Sarchu is the last inhabited point in Himachal Pradesh on the Manali-Leh route- which is regarded as one of the highest highways in the world. Arrive in Sarchu and check into your Camp.  Overnight in Camp BF/PKDL /D

Day 4 Sarchu Nakeela La Changla Pass More Plains and Reach Leh - Sarchu to Leh, depart in the morning at dawn. Our Journey through Nakeela and Lachlangla Pass  16617 feet, Reach Pang by afternoon lunch break at Pang, enroute. More Plains (Biggest and Highest Plateau on
Earth on Stretch of 42 Kms), Taglang La Pass (2nd Highest Motorable Road in the World at A Height of 17,585ft) & reaching Upshi, from here the road follows the Indus River, passing villages with there terraced Fields and neat- Whitewashed houses. On a way one notice the ruins have an ancient Fort or palace or the distant glimpse of gompa on a hill. And at last reaching Leh .Over night in Leh BF/PKDL /D

Day 5 Excursion to Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue. Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyal.Hemis is one of the largest and richest Gompas of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world. Later in the evening we drive back to hotel Overnight in Leh BF/PKDL /D

Day 06  Khardungla K Top Nubra Valley- Tour of Khardungla Pass 18832 Ft , Nubra Valley and Hundur Sand Dunes  –  Drive 120 Kms 4/5 Hrs ( Temperatures below Freezing point at Khardungla Pass) ensure to carry heavy winter clothes as most of the time this pass has snow. Khardungla is the World's highest motorable road at 18832 feet above sea level. At Khardungla pass the snow capped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. The road then passes through a bridge laid on Glacier which finds its way in Guinness Book of world records , Drive through the Valley which is extremely beautiful for photography.Nubra Valley is the Oasis of Ladakh as you see some colourful trees in this region. Later reach your camp  visit the Sand Dunes if lucky you will get the sight of the Two Hump Bacterian camels, enjoy time at  the Sand Dunes of Nubra valley spread across Hundur Village . Over Night at the camp BF/PKDL /D

Day 7 Nubra Valley to Leh - After breakfast proceed to Diskit monastery which is 515 years old situated on hill top giving panoramic view of the valley. Later we will visit Singhu Point (Indus River where all the Singhes pay holy bath) and Stok Museum. The Stok Palace and Museum is around 200 years old. The Palace and Museum at Stok is a showpiece for the royal tankhas, royal crown, dresses, coins, precious stones and turquoise head dresses. Return back to the hotel for dinner overnight stay at the hotel in Leh. BF/PKDL/D.

Day 8 Pangong Lake and Chanla Pass - An  early start to the day for our visit to Pangong Lake at a distance of 155 kilometers. This beautiful turquoise coloured is worth its drive and time. Half of this beautiful lake is under Chinese occupation. This visit to the lake involves crossing of Changhla pass. Packed lunch. Drive back to leh evening free time in Leh market and back to the hotel for dinner. Overnight in Leh Hotel BF/PKDL/D.

Day 9 Alchi Uleytokpo Basgo Palace, Likir Monastery, Magnetic Hill - Leh Alchi Ule (4 hrs). After breakfast drive to Indus River. Rafting for 4 to 5 hours optional cost and sightseeing points Basgo Palace, Liker Monastery, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, Visit Alchi Monastery and evening free at the camp. Overnight in Uleytokpo BF/PKDL/D.

Day 10 Moonland Lamayuru Maitrey Buddha Kargil - Ule Alchi - Kargil 06 Hrs. Sightseeing tour of Moonlandscape, visit Lamayuru). The Oldest Monastery of Ladakh Giant Statute of Maitreya Buddha in Mulbekh Check into your hotel in Kargil Overnight Kargil BF/PKDL/D.

Day 11 Kargil - Drass Sonamarg - Srinagar (7 to 8 hrs) by 5am proceed to Srinagar via Drass. The second coldest inhabited place in the world. Experience the splendid view of Kargil famous peaks Tiger Hill and Tololing Peaks. At Vijay Smarak we shall pay homage to the martyrs of the Indian Army. Arrive at Srinagar by afternoon. Rest day for free to do your own activities. Overnight in Srinagar House Boat BF/PKDL/D.

Day 12 Drop at Srinagar Airport (flight cost not included) BF.
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