Ladakh is the eastern-most extension of the Tibetan plateau and is rightly called “the little Tibet”. For nine months in the year, it is cut-off from the rest of the world. Surrounded by snow-capped ranges, the high-altitude passes are impenetrable and vehicular traffic is only possible between June and September. During the rest of the year, goods and passenger traffic is dependent on air transport. With an average altitude of more than 3,000m, Ladakh’s inaccessibility and harsh environment has ensured that its unique character has been preserved for centuries and the region is one of the last remaining abodes of Tibetan Buddhism. Ladakh’s picturesque landscapes, clear azure skies and spectacular mountains make it a compelling adventure destination and a large number of trekkers, mountaineers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world come here to experience its incomparable beauty and other magnificent attractions.
This holiday offers a good mix of adventure activities possible around Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Combined with an overnight trek staying at a Ladakhi homestay for a night we have an exciting rafting trip on the Zanskar river and a biking trip in picturesque environs of the Stok village. We would also be visiting the famous Shey Palace & the Thiksey monasteries which every tourist visiting Ladakh does.
One could extend the holiday by doing excursions to Pangong Lake, Nubra valley or to the Tso-Morori Tshokar circuit.
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Day 01: Delhi to Leh (3,500m/10,500 ft)
Take the early morning flight from New Delhi to Leh. It is a short flight of about 75 mins, but offers great views, as we fly over the Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir To help acclimatisation, it is advisable to keep yourself hydrated and spend the day at leisure in and around your hotel. Overnight hotel in Leh
Day 02: Visit the monasteries in and around Leh, and local sightseeing
We spend the day allowing our bodies to adapt to the high-altitude and soak in the local culture. There is plenty to keep us occupied. We visit the Shey Palace and the Thiksey monastery and return to our hotel for lunch. In the afternoon there is an option of visiting the old Leh Palace. Leh also has a useful market and you could do some last-minute shopping and pick up some gear. Overnight hotel in Leh
Day 03: Drive Leh to Likir and trek to Hemisshukpachan (3720m)
The drive to Likir is short and it begins with an ancient monastery before we start walking to Yangthang. The trail goes parallel to a motorable road and later ascends to Phobe La (3580m). We can see Yangthang from Chagatse La (3630m) after crossing the stream. From here, it’s a short walk for about 2.5 hrs to the village of Hemis Shukpachen (3596m). We cross Tsermangchan La at 3750m and then the trail descends gently to Hemisshukpachan. Overnight Ladakhi homestay
Day 04: Trek Hemisshukpachan to Tingmosgang (3200m) and drive to Alchi
Intially the trail is gentle and after crossing the Meptak La pass (3720m) we descend to the village of Ang and further to Tingmosgang (3200m) which was once the ancient capital of Ladakh. The place is full of homestays and one can witness the ruins of the Palace. Later drive to Alchi where we visit the 1000 year old miniature paintings of Alchi monastery considered one of the best Buddhist paintings in the Himalayan region. Overnight Guest House in Alchi
Day 05: Day Rafting trip on the Zanskar river
Post breakfast we drive from Alchi to Nimu, the confluence of Zankar & Indus river. We drive 30 kms inside the Zanskar valley to Chilling the starting point of our rafting trip. Its about 3hrs of exciting rafting on Class III+ section of big volume Zanskar river. The water is ice cold ! Finish trip at Nimu where we have lunch on the banks of the river. Change into dry clothes & drive 1 hr to Leh. Overnight hotel in Leh
Day 06: Mountain Biking to Stok village
After collecting our biking gear from Leh we go for a 20km ride to Stok village. We visit the Stok Palace and have lunch in the Stok village. Post lunch we ride back to Leh via the Stakna monastery. Overnight hotel in Leh
Day 07: Fly Leh-Delhi
Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight back to Delhi.
Day 8 & 9: Extensions of two days each of Pangong Lake & Nubra valley available.
With both Pangong and Nurba it will be 11 days total trip.
LEH TO LEH
- - Airport pickup & departure transfers
- - Transport for Likir drop by a non A/C car.
- - All accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels, guest houses and home stay.
- - All meals on the trip.
- - Professional guide fee, rafting charges, bike charges with Support Vehicle.
- - All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.
- - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- - Delhi /Leh to and fro airfare.
- - Personal Trekking Gear and sleeping bags.
- - Items of personal clothing.
- - Expenses of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, camera fee.
- - Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Note -
1. Single Room for 4 nights in Leh during the trip can be booked at an additional cost of INR 11200.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of White Magic