Ravishing Ladakh!

Ladakh, India

Dotted with stupas, surrounded by majestic Himalayas, located in the Indus river valley and blessed with beautiful lake – Leh and its surroundings have been well captured in this 6 day trip to the ‘Land of High Passes’.

Book now and experience Ravishing Ladakh in just 6 days!

Places Covered: Leh, Khardongla Pass, Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Alchi, Pangong Lake

Package Highlight: 6D/5N

Leave your busy schedule behind and embark on this week long journey to Leh Ladakh - the enigma of life strikes you amidst the majestic Himalayas. These are not just words but pure experiences one ought to encounter! I bet you, the first thing you do as you get off the air-plane is to click-click your camera away! Mind you - this is just the start.

The first day you will spend doing nothing but acclimatize yourself. It is very essential unless you want to remain altitude sick for the entire trip. The next day you will venture out for some local sightseeing around Leh by visiting the beautiful and old Alchi monastery, stopping at the Magnetic Hill where you will experience your car move upwards against the gravity!! Also halt at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers near Nimmu, visit the interesting Gurudwar Pathar Sahib and the Hall of Fame. The next day you will go on a "not to be missed" trip to Pangong-Tso driving through Chang-la the 3rd highest motorable road in the world. Camp overnight, on the shores of this stunning lake and return to Leh next day visiting the Hemis monastery en-route.

Drive to the world's highest motorable pass - "Khardund-La" an exhilarating experience!! On return to Leh visit the white domed Shanti Stupa which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. At Leh be lost in its serenity, awestruck by its natural beauty that could leave you longing for more!!

We are confident that Ladakh would leave you spell bound and even before the end of the trip you would have already started to plan your next holiday to Ladakh. Ladakh. the place and people have this magical effect ! - Go Explore!

Places Covered

  • DAY 01: LEH ARRIVAL & ACCLAMATIZE
  • DAY 02: LEH - SHAM VALLEY - LEH
  • DAY 03: LEH - PANGONG TSO LAKE
  • DAY 04: PANGONG TSO LAKE - LEH
  • DAY 05: LEH - KHARDUNGLA PASS - LEH
  • DAY 06: LEH - DEPARTURE

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 01:LEH ARRIVAL

On your arrival to Leh by morning flight you will be transferred to your hotel by one of our representatives. Today you will spend the complete day resting to acclimatize to the high altitude of Leh (11,500 ft / 35 00 mtrs). A day's acclimatization is very much needed and recommended to avoid any altitude sickness during your entire trip.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight stay at your hotel in Leh

DAY 02: Excursion to Sham Valley

After your breakfast drive to Alchi monastery one of the oldest and most significant monasteries in Ladakh. Enroute visit Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, and confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. Once at Alchi spend time seeing the wooden architecture of this monastery that dates back to 1020 AD. Interact with the monks for first hand detail of this place. After having seen Alchi head back to Leh stopping on the way at the Hall of Fame museum. This army museum holds several artifacts from the Kargil war and various equipments/kits required to survive this treacherous region of India. You will be spellbound to know what it takes to protect our country.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight stay at your hotel in Leh

DAY 03: LEH - PANGONG LAKE

After breakfast begin your drive to Pangong Tso which falls on the Indo China border. Enroute you can visit the Shey Palace and Thikse Gompa, one of the most picturesque monastery in Leh. The drive to Pangong will take you across some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ladakh driving through Changla Pass (3rd highest motorable road), the journey is made more beautiful by the small streams that run along the road, lush green pastures where you can see horses, yaks and pashmina sheep grazing. Arrive at the lake and check in to your camp. Walk by the shore of the lake see the numerous prayer stones that have been put by people and view the beautiful sunset.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight stay at your camp at Pangong

DAY 04: PANGONG LAKE - LEH

Wake up early this morning as you do not want to miss the sunrise at Pangong. Just be watchful while you are admiring the first set of sunray that come over the mountain beyond the lake, you don't miss the mystical view that these rays create on the mountains behind you. After having your breakfast and spending some more time at the lake start your leisurely drive back to Leh. En-route visit the Hemis monastery, one of the biggest and important monastery in Leh.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight stay at your hotel in Leh

DAY 05: LEH - KHARDUNGLA PASS - LEH

Today - head to the Khardung-la top to have a magnificent view of the surrounding valleys. The Khardung pass (La) is considered to be the world's highest motorable road at an altitude of approximately 18,600 ft. The pass is of great strategic importance to India as it is the main supply line to Siachen, India's highest army base. This is the highest point in the world where Maggie is cooked and served. Apart from clicking photos of the breathtaking view you might also want to savor a maggie here. After spending some time here return back to Leh and relax. In the evening take a small round trip to Shanti Stupa for the beautiful sunset view over the entire Leh Valley.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight stay at your hotel in Leh

DAY 06: LEH - DEPARTURE

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight for onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

End of your tour! Return home with sweet memories.

Package Inclusions:
  • Assistance upon arrival by our Leh office representative
  • All transfers between airport - hotel - airport
  • Welcome drinks (non - alcoholic) upon arrival by hotel
  • Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis
  • All sightseeing and tour as per programme
  • Transportation by Non AC Toyota Qualis / Scorpio or Tempo Traveller, option to upgrade at nominal cost
  • Protected area permit and wild life fees to visit restricted areas in Ladakh
Package Exclusions:
  • Airfare to and from Leh and airport taxes if any
  • Any kind of bus or rail fare
  • Personal and medical insurance
  • Any personal expenses. Room service and special orders. Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, mineral, soft or hard and starters)
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses like laundry, telephone calls, and incidentals
  • Monastery entrance fees, camera fee, and monument guide services
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Cost Inclusion"
  • Adventure activity like Rafting, Camel Safari, Mountain Biking, Motor Biking etc
  • Extra nights in hotel due to ill health, flight cancellation or any other reason
  • Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the itinerary
  • Extensions of tour program or diversions in the tour itinerary for any reasons eg. due to bad weather, road closure, breakdown or any natural calamities

Cancellation Policy:

  • More than 30 days prior to trip departure date: Rs 3000 per person/li>
  • 30 - 15 days before departure: 30% of tour cost
  • 14 - 07 days before departure: 60% of tour cost
  • Less than 07 prior to departure: No Refund 100% of tour cost
  • No Show : No Refund, 100% of tour cost

Accommodation Details

Luxury Accommodation
LEH: Lasermo / The Kaal / Namgyal Palace or similar
PANGONG: Wishpering Waves Camp or similar

Deluxe Accommodation
LEH: Hill Town / The Pangong / Munshi Continental or similar
PANGONG: Watermark Camp / Pangong Resorts or similar

Standard Accommodation
LEH: Hotel Two Star / Asia Hotel / Snow Lion Hotel or similar
PANGONG: Wonderland Camp or similar

Additional Information about the Destinations

Leh
Sigiriya Citadel

Leh the capital of the kingdom of Ladakh is one of the coldest deserts in the world (altitude 3500mt or 11,500ft). The area is bounded by two of the world's largest mountain ranges by height, the Himalayan and the Karakoram Range. Surrounded by alpine desert, dry barren landscape, historic Buddhist monasteries makes Leh an incredible sight to behold. Some of the most popular monasteries/monuments are Shanti Stupa, Hemis Gompa (the wealthiest, oldest and most important monastery in Ladakh), Thiksey Gompa, Stok Palace. Leh serves as an entry point to the Ladakh region and acts as the base camp to explore this region.

Pangong Tso
Budha Looking Over Kandy

Pangong Tso is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). The road to Pangong takes you through some of the most beautiful ravines with small streams flowing along the road. On the way you will see numerous mountain horses, yaks and pashmina sheep grazing the green grass along the brooks. This crystal clear lake is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet, 60% of the length of the lake lies in China and the actual line of control between India and China passes through the lake, you can still many bunkers created by the Indian army during the earlier wars with China. Do make sure to see the sunrise at shores of the lake if you stay overnight at Pangong. The lake completely freezes in winters.

The Do's & Dont's

Dos:

  • Take good rest on the first day at Leh to acclimatize
  • Pack comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Keep an extra set of clothes handy
  • Carry your camera, we are sure that you will have a field trip taking photos in this trip
  • Pack sunscreen lotion and mosquito repellent
  • Always carry an extra plastic bag to store waste, which can be later disposed into bins
  • Make sure you have all your travel documents on you, at all times
  • Try and pick up some phrases in the local dialect prior to undertaking the trip
  • Familiarize yourself with the itinerary, and gain some understanding of the culture to avoid any faux pas

Don'ts:

  • Don't venture out or exert yourself on your first day!
  • It's impolite to click pictures of tribal people without prior permission. Always ask
  • Don't forget to have a very good time

Good to know Ladakhi Words

  • Hello - Djule (Julley)
  • Yes - Yot
  • No - Met
  • How are you - rdemo ina
  • I am fine - kasa dju
  • Thank you - djule thugdzetche
  • How far is it - nyima tsam gorin?
  • Monastery - Gompa / kom gnier
  • Food - zachess
  • Water - tchu