Day 01: Arrive in Leh
Arrive at Leh airport by morning flight from Delhi.
This flight is one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day
from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2,
Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that
you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arrival
you will be transferred to your hotel. You would take a little time to settle
in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New
Delhi to over 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old
town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating
city. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 02: In Leh
After breakfast full day sightseeing to the massive
Tibetan Buddhist Gompas of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. A few kilometers up the Indus
is Shey, the ancient capital, with its palaces, temples, and vibrantly colored
murals, cleaned and restored in the mid 1980’s. Later we drive to visit the
fortress styled monastery of Thikse. Afterwards, we drive to visit the Hemis
monastery. This monastery is known to be the most famous and rich Buddhist
temple in the entire region. The Murals and frescoes here date back to 17th
century. After we explore the sacred monastery, we drive back to our hotel in
Leh. In the evening, we will spend some time roaming around the markets.
Overnight at your hotel.
Day 03: Leh to Nubra: (130 km / 4-5 hrs drive)
We will drive to Nubra valley in the morning, driving
over the highest motored pass in the world. The exciting journey through
serpentine roads leads us to the Khardungla Pass at an awesome height of 5550
meters. We stop at the pass to admire and click some photographs of the
fantastic view, before driving down into the Nubra valley. The valley is
situated on an old caravan route at the confluence of the Shyok and the Nubra
rivers. We drive to our fixed camp resort
and later drive to visit the charming valley, of Deskit – the tiny
capital of Nubra. The capital is marked by a single file of shops that are put
up on the main road. We will visit the Deskit Gompa, perched on a rocky spur
above the village, with a commanding view of the entire valley. From Deskit we
will drive to Hunder past an area of sand dunes and get aquinted with the
famous Bactrian camels. This small population of shaggy double-humped animals,
which in the old days, were used as pack animals on the Central Asian trade
routes are now used as riding animals in the high deserts. In the late
afternoon we will drive to the camp. Overnight in camps.
Day 04: Nubra to Leh: (130 km / 4-5 hrs drive)
We will drive back to Leh, driving on the same route and
crossing the Khardungla pass yet again. We arrive at Leh in the afternoon and
settle for the day at our hotel.
Day 05: Leh to Pangong
After early breakfast drive for a visit of Pangong
Lake via Chang La pass. The drive takes you through spectacular, amazing
scenery, with breathtaking views of the snow covered Himalayas. The Lake is the
highest (4267M) salt-water lake in the world, situated along the India / China
border. It is about 130 Km long and 5-6 Km wide. The Chang - chenmo range
surrounding it from the north provide a spectacular backdrop to the blue and
green expanse of its brackish water. Later drive back to Leh. Overnight Hotel.
Day 06: Departure
After breakfast drive back to the airport for your flight
to any onward destination.