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Ladakh Tour

16 Days
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Leh Itinerary – 16 days

Day 1: Arrive Leh

Leh lies at the latitude of 3500 m, so it is very important that you get proper rest before doing any activity. Visit Leh bazaar and surroundings in the afternoon.

Day 2: short walk around Leh for acclimatization

Today we can visit the old part of Leh town and walk around to visit small Buddhist temples and ancient buildings. It is an acclimatization, so we will take it easy and nor tire ourselves.

Day 03: Leh – Upshi – Tso Moriri (215 kms/7-8 hrs)

We will leave early in the morning today to drive along Indus River into the Rupshu Valley. It will be a nice wilderness drive up to Tsomoriri Lake. We will be visiting Shey Gompa, Thiksey Gompa and Hemis monastery. Later return back to the hotel/guesthouse for an overnight stay. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey Gompa was built in the beginning of 17th century AD by Deldan Namgyal. One of the major attractions in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue located inside the Dresthang Gompa. Thiksey Gompa is located close to Shey and is about 17 kms from Leh. This monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order. Hemis monastery is about 45 kms south of Leh. It is one of the most famous and largest monasteries in Ladakh. This beautiful monastery belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17ʹTh century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Arrive at Tsomoriri by late noon, check-in at the camp. In the evening relax and enjoy an overnight at the tented Camp in the Karzok village by lake side. Karzok is the only village and one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh. Overnight stay at Tsomorari.

Day 04: Tso Moriri Lake – Tsokar Lake:

After breakfast in the morning, we visit Karzok monastry and then we will drive to Tsokar Lake via Puga by covering 75 km long stretch in about 3-4 hours. Tsokar Lake (4485 m) is also known as the White Lake because of salt deposits around it. It is about 45 km northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake. Tsokar is so salty that salt extracted from its margins are still sold all over Ladakh. Overnight stay at Tsokar.

Day 05: Tsokar Lake – Tanglang La Pass – Leh

After breakfast in the morning, we will drive you to leh. We reach the Manali-Leh highway and countinue driving down towards Leh via Tanglang la (5415 m), the 2nd highest motorable road in Ladakh. En route, we will drive and passes through many beautiful villages of Rumptse, Gya, Miru and Lato. On arrival in Leh, check into the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 06: Drive to Photoksar 4000 (5-6 hrs)

After breakfast, we jump into our jeeps and head for Photoksar, start point of our trek and one of the most picturesque villages in Zanskar. On our way to Photoksar we pass Spitok Gompa and Basgo, a 500 year old World Heritage Monument situated spectacularly above the Indus, if we have time, we'll stop for a visit. After driving for about 5 hrs we reach Wanla and visit its ancient monastery, built on a mountain top flanked by two shattered tower remnants of a now-destroyed 14th-century fortress. After visiting the Wanla Monastery we continue towards Photoksar on a recently built dirt road that crosses over the 4900 m Sirsir La and winding down to the village. 

Day 07: Photoksar – Base of Singe La 4500 m (5- 6 hrs)

After crossing the small pass of Bumiktse La (4200), we enter into the broad and lush Photang valley. A gentle trail leads us through this enjoyable landscape, where the villagers keep their yaks and horses grassing. One of the most fascinating things about the Zanskar trek is the ever-changing landscape. Every time you turn a corner or cross a pass, a new world will appear in front of you: the deepest gorges, the greenest fields, the majestic Zanskar River giving formations and life. Slowly we ascend towards our camp at the base of Singe La.

Day 08: Base of Singe La – Gongma 3840 m via Singe La 5090 m (5-6hrs)

A gentle ascend leads to Singge La, meaning the “Lion Pass.” The last few hundred meters are steep, but the top of the pass presents a rewarding view. From the pass a steep descend for few hundred meters. We follow the trail high above the Zanskar River, the mountains having taken a greener and gentler formation, before ascending gradually to Kiupa la (4400 m). From the pass the trail down is steep zigzag to the village of Gongma.

Day 09: Gongma- Lingshed 4000 m (3-4 hrs)

From Gongma we climb up the gentle trail to the Margum la (4400m) from where we can see Lingshed an hour or so away. The monastery is founded by the Gelugpa order and gives home to around 60 monks. The village itself is spread out over a big area, enclosed in green fields of

Day 10: Lingshed- Lingshed Sumdo 4400 m (6-7 hrs)

We start the day walking down to the stream by the monastery and ascend gradually towards a big Chorten. From here the trail gradually ascends for 3 hours towards Barmi La (4650m). From the pass the trail down to Lingshed Sumdo goes through a wide valley before it enters a narrow gorge that open up by a nice and green campsite by the Oma Chu River. 

Day 11: Lingshed Sumdo- Dibling 4100 m (3-4 hrs)

We will start the day with some chilly crossings of the Oma chu River. It might be an idea to just keep the sandals on as the crossings take place frequently. In early August there might be a couple of more crossings, and the water level will be higher than later in season. A rope will therefore be helpful. After 2 hrs walk from Lingshed Sumdo we cross a bridge and continue towards the beautiful and green village of Dibling, inhabited by 14

Day 12: Dibling- Rusgog Do 4500 m via Pikdong La 5100 m (7-8 hrs)

We follow the beautiful valley leading towards Pikdong La for a couple of hours, going by a few doksas and grazing yaks before crossing a small river and starting on the climb of a steep section towards the pass. At the end the trail becomes more gradual and eventually reaches Pikdong La. There are great views from here of the surrounding peaks covered with glaciers. It’s an easy descent from the pass before walking out the valley and continuing to Spangbok, the base camp of Pikdong La at 4550 m. It’s possible to camp here, having an impressive glacier view. Otherwise one can continue further to the campsite at Rusgog Do, about 1 hr away. If the water level is high it is possible to camp before crossing the river.

Day 13: Rusgog Do - Kanji Base 4350 m via Kanji La 5270 m (6-7 hrs)

We follow the trail high above the river before it leads into a very narrow gorge. The trail becomes steeper and rocky as we climb further. It is approx 4 hrs strenuous walk on rubble to the top of Kanji La. From the top of the pass the trail descends for about 1 ½ hrs to the campsite of Kanji Base at 4350m.

Day 14: Kanji Base- Kanji 3900 m (4-5 hrs)

A couple of hrs hike leads to Kiang Do, the summer pasture for the yak herders from the village of Kanji. Depending on the water level the river coming down from the Tsomothang glacier has to be crossed a few times. Further down the valley we will cross the bridge leading to the village of Kanji where we will camp.

Day 15: Kanji- Leh (5-6 hrs drive)

From Kanji we drive to Heniskut and drive towards Leh while visiting the picturesque monastery of Lamayuru en route. Overnight in Leh. 

Day 16: Departure to Delhi:

Transfer to air port and fly to Delhi.

Cost for group of 6: USD $985 per person

Cost for group of 7: USD $930 per person

Cost for group of 8: USD $890 per person

Cost for group of 9: USD $840 per person

Cost for group of 10: USD $ 815 per person

Cost Include:

􀀀 Airport transfers in Leh

􀀀 A-Class hotel in Leh with breakfast on twin sharing for 4 nights

􀀀 Deluxe Camp in Tsomoriri with breakfast and dinner on twin sharing for 2 nights

􀀀 Tempo Traveller for tsomoriri Excursion

􀀀 Inner Line Permit

􀀀 Trekking (photoksar- kanji)

􀀀 Ponies

􀀀 Guide

􀀀 Cook

􀀀 Helpers

􀀀 Food (3 times a day)

􀀀 Tents(sleeping,kitchen,dining and toilet)

􀀀 Camping fee

􀀀 Sleeping Matt

Trip Facts

Trip Facts
Duration 16 Days
Best time to travel January to December
Trip Grade Easy
Departure Date Every Day
Trekking Hours 6-7 Hours
Starting Point Delhi
End Point Delhi
Mode of Travel Transport / Aeroplane
Group Size 2 to 20

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