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Ladakh

The Land of High passes

TREK FEE

Ladakh

Ladakh – lying in the Great Himalayas, the remote kingdom of Ladakh is often a world away from the remainder of India; when we talk about its landscape, people, culture, and tradition, it is way beyond in its charms, the road, and route opens to the work May to September, as during the winters it remains cut off from rest of the world due to heavy snow in its passes and path. In summer, Ladakh has much to offer and has the best enjoyable climate with stunning blue skies, snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, colorful festivals, Monks, and monasteries.
In this trip of 8 days, you have every bit to enjoy covering Leh, Shyam valley, Nubra Valley, to Pangong lake; there is much to learn and understand on this trip, meeting and interacting with locals knowing the hardship of life in the mountains, especially in winters when it becomes too harsh. Learning about its architecture, sculpture, monasteries, the life of monks and nuns, their education system, and more.
Experience of driving through the highest motorable road in the world and crossing the passes and streams at an altitude is another level of thrilling adventure experience, and enjoying the double hump camel ride in the dunes of Nubra is an ultimate and unique experience.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Leh (The capital city of Ladakh)

Today on your own, you will board our flight from Delhi to Leh and enjoy the best Himalayan view from your flight (for best views, one should choose to sit on the left side of the aircraft when flying from Delhi to Leh. At Leh airport, meet and receive Trekup India representatives and transfer to the booked accommodation. On arrival, check into the Hotel and spend the rest of the time at leisure, a full day at rest, as you have traveled from a relatively low elevation to a high altitude; therefore, to avoid altitude sickness, acclimatization is highly recommended. In the evening on your own, you can choose to go and stroll in and around the local market to understand the locals, some basic languages, and local cuisine.  

Overnight stay at Hotel                                                                          

Meal: Dinner Only. 

Day 02: Leh (Choglamsar Village, Spituk Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa)

This morning we have a full day to explore Leh. We will first visit Choglamsar, a beautiful village. It’s a breathtaking Tibetan refugee settlement that is known as a place for children as well as a handicraft center that is mostly devoted to weaving carpets. We’ll visit Spituk Gompa, founded during the eleventh century. It’s part of the Kadampa School, and later with time, it was absorbed by Dharmaraja Takspa Bum Lde Lama Lhawang Lotus, who brought to the stainless order that of Tsongkhapa in the region. The monastery’s museum boasts an impressive collection of ancient masks, antiquated arms, other icons, and Thangkas. We go through The Shanti Stupa, situated in Leh, symbolizing peace and harmony. On our next trip, we’ll visit Sankar Gompa. It is home to paintings and murals depicting protector gods from The Four Quarters of Heaven, the wheel of life, and the Old Man in Longevity Sakyamuni Buddha and his 16 sages, the Buddhas of benevolence, the 35. The murals portray an image of the Buddhist God of Compassion, the Avalokiteshvara, and Yamantaka (God of Death), The most impressive of which has 1000 heads, legs, and arms. There are about 20 monks at the Gompa. Evening we will stroll in the local market, mingling with locals and hopping into some local restaurants for a quick local snack (on direct pay). Later, return to the Hotel. 

Overnight stay at Hotel 

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner Only

Day 3: Leh -Alchi (3,250 M10 725 feet) By Surface about 70 kms / 2hrs - Themisgang via Surface/Approx. 1hr.

The following morning, we set out for Themisgang Enroute; we will stop to visit the Likir Monastery or Likir Gompa, a monastery part of the Gelugpa monastery, which is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism. It was established through an effort by Lama Duwang under the guidance of the fifth Lhachen Gyalpo, the five-time ruler of Ladakh, Lhachen Gyalpo. The complex is home to numerous shrines. There are currently around 120 Buddhist monks. We then travel to Alchi, which is the place where we go to visit Alchi Monastery. Alchi Monastery is said to be the most famous and oldest monastery in the Ladakh region. It is run and administered by the Likir monastery. The monastery’s structure was constructed at the time of the year 1100 AD and was built by Rinchen Zangpo, who is a translator. The legend says that 32 wood carvers and sculptures from Kashmir were hired to construct the Gompa. Then, we will travel to Themisgang. En route, we will also visit Pathar sahib Gurudwara and Magnetic hills. Evening at leisure. 

Overnight stay at Hotel                                                    

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner Only 

Day 4: Tingmosgang - Lamayuru - Leh by Surface 150 Kms 4-5 hours

In the morning, we’ll travel to visit Lamayuru Monastery or Yuru Gompa in the Kargil district on the Leh-Srinagar National Highway Road. It is considered one of Ladakh’s largest and oldest Buddhist monasteries. It is home to about 150 monks who reside there. It was initially composed of five structures dating from the past. The remaining four can be seen in the complex. Lamayuru Monastery is famous for its large collection of thangkas, paintings, scriptures, and statues of Buddha and other gods. After that, we will return to Leh on the way back. On the way, we’ll visit Rizong Monastery, also known as Yuma Changchubling, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect. It is situated at the summit of a mountain on the northern bank of the Indus, just east of Alchi gompa and Lamayuru. Lama Tsulim Nima founded the monastery in 1831. It is known for its strict rules and guidelines. It is frequently described as a ‘paradise’ to meditation. Rizong Gompa is home to approximately 40 monks from the Gelugpa order. The cave is located close to the monastery. Guru Padmasambhava was believed to be a mediator in this cave many years ago. Within 2 kilometers of the monastery is a nunnery called ‘Jelichun,’ called Chulichan, home to 20 nuns. After your visit then, drive to Leh. Evening at leisure. Stay in the Hotel. 

Overnight stay at Hotel

 Meal: Breakfast & Dinner Only. 

Day 05: Leh-Nubra Valley Surface of 125 kms approx 5-6 hours (highest motor-friendly roadway) - Riding on Double Hump Camels in Hunder

After breakfast in the morning, we set off on a thrilling journey towards Nubra Valley crossing Khardungla Pass, which is 18360 ft above sea level. It is among the most motor-friendly passes in the world. We will also visit Diskit Gompa, created through Lama Sherab Zangpo in 1420 AD under King Dragspa’s reign. About 100 monks reside in the Gompa, a portion of Thiksey Monastery. After that, we’ll tour the Hunder dunes to meet and interact with the camel herders, communicate with them, and learn their daily routines. Then, we’ll take a double hump camel ride (on direct pay). The remainder of the evening is left to relax and enjoy leisure activities. 

Overnight stay at Hotel

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner Only.

 

Day 06: Hunters over Khardung La (5,602 M / 18,390 feet) (Khardung La 5,602 m 18390 feet) Pangong by Surface approximately 5 hours

In the morning, we will drive to visit Panamik, known because of its sulfur springs, then head towards Pangong Tso (lake), considered Asia’s most salty and largest lake. The majority of the lake is located in Tibet. The lake is about 80 miles (130 km) long and is 3 miles (5 km) at its largest point. It completely freezes in winter. There isn’t any marine life besides a few birds that migrate, like gulls and Brahminy ducks. Because this is a border area and border region, many points would be restricted from visiting and enjoying the glaciers and snow-capped mountains of the Pangong range. You can spend the night on the beaches of Pangong Tso.

Overnight stay at Hotel                                                    

 Meal: Breakfast & Dinner Only 

Day 07: Day 07 Pangong Lake - Leh by the Surface of approximately 145 Kms roughly 4 to 5 hours

Today, enjoy a nice delicious breakfast at your camps in Pangong, and after that, we leave for Leh via the Chang La pass (17388 Ft); on the way, we see Sindhu Ghat, famous for Sindhu Darshan Festival of Ladakh, on the banks of Indus River. Enroute to Leh, we will visit Hemis Monastery, 40 kms to Leh’s southeast, founded during the reign of Emperor Singge Namgyal in 1672 AD. The monastery is adorned with stunning art and a Statue of Lord Buddha, which are the important highlights. After that, we will also visit Thikse Gompa, located in a part of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect. The style of the largest temple in central Ladakh resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The complex, which spans 12 stories, consists of objects related to Buddhist art, like Thangka-inspired paintings, stupas, and statues of swords as well as other things. The building also houses the monastery. Later we’ll visit Shey Monastery, built in 1655, following the instructions from the Kings of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal (Lhachen Palgyigon). This structure, which is damaged, was constructed by the king in honor of his father’s passing, Singay Namgyal. The primary attraction at the center is the massive gold-plated and copper-plated statue of the sitting Shakyamuni Buddha. It is the second-largest statue in Ladakh. 

Overnight stay at Hotel 

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner Only. 

Day 08: Departure from Leh

Today morning well in time, we will be transferred to Leh airport to board your onward flight back home. 

No Accommodation

Meal Breakfast Only 

Trek Cost Inclusion

  • 07 Nights Hotel / Guest house / Swiss Camps accommodation on double sharing basis
  • Meals served during the trip will be on a MAP basis, i.e., Breakfast and Dinner Only (Starting with Dinner on day 01 and ending with Breakfast on Day 08). All meals will be on a fixed base menu.
  • Transportation per the itinerary from Day 01 till Day 08 (non-ac) in the mountains.
  • Environmental Fee of Ladakh 
  • Inner Line Permits for traveling to Nubra Valley and Pangong lake 
  • All Fuel Expenses for the vehicle 
  • Driver daily allowance 
  • All Toll Tax, Road Tax, and Parking Fee is included. 
  • 24×7 hours communication services 

Trek Cost Exclusion

  • GST of 5% will be added to the Invoice 
  • Any travel / Health insurance (Trekup India recommends you take your insurance)
  • Any additional meals such as Enroute Meals, Tea snacks, Lunch
  • Any Airfare to/from Leh (Trekup India will be happy to book it with additional cost) 
  • For medical expenses, do carry your medication 
  • Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, and mineral water.
  • Any still / video camera fee 
  • Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot 
  • Double Hump Camel ride in Nubra valley on direct payment on the spot 
  • Any Guide services – will be arranged by Trekup India on request at an additional cost. 
  • Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section

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