Adventures in Ladakh
Duration: (06 Nights | 07 Days)
Day 01: Arrive at Leh Airport
Day 02: Leh: Excursion to Sham Valley
Day 03: Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
Day 04: Nubra Valley (Hunder) to Leh via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
Day 05: Leh to Tso Pangong via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
Day 06: Tso Pangong to Leh via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
Day 07: Leh Airport drop
• Two Famous Passes: Chang La (17,585 ft.) & Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
• Leh – Srinagar Highway up till Sangam
• Leh (4N)
• Nubra Valley (1N)
• Pangong Lake (1N)
• Sham Valley & Tso Ltak
• Famous Palaces & Monasteries
• Room category & accommodation as desired
• 04 nights’ stay at Leh with breakfast
• 01-night stay at Nubra Valley with dinner & breakfast
• 01-night stay at Tso Pangong with dinner & breakfast
• Transportation: All sightseeing tours by Non-Ac Innova as per the itinerary
• Leh Airport pick-up & drop
• Protected Area Permits (PAP)
• Fuel, driver allowances
• All applicable taxes
• Air fare
• Entrance fee for monasteries/palaces, etc.
• Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, mini bar charges, tips, portage, camera fees, room heater, etc.
• Any meals and services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
• Any expense incurred or loss caused by reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, natural calamities (landslides, floods), flight delays / rescheduling / cancellations, any accidents / medical evacuations, riots/strikes/war/road blocks, & force majeure events, etc.
• Medical insurance/travel insurance/oxygen cylinder
• Additional sightseeing charges or extra usage of vehicle apart from the suggested itinerary
Day One: Ladakh – A Dream Come True
Arrive in Leh (Altitude 11,500 ft.)
You will arrive at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (Leh Airport) which is nestled in the midst of The Mighty Himalayan Mountain Range. Leh Airport; one of the highest airports in the world is also considered to be one of the most scenic owing to its heavenly surroundings. It is encircled by immense golden brown, barren mountains which are truly a sight for sore eyes.
You will be warmly welcomed by Unplugged Life’s representative and transferred to your hotel in Leh City. The rest of the evening is for you to acclimatize yourself by casually strolling in and around your lodgings. Overnight stay at Leh City. The capital of Ladakh, at one time, was a major stop on the Asian “Silk Route”.
Day Two: What A View
Leh: Excursion to Sham Valley
Explore the gorgeous town of Leh and its beautiful stopovers. Most prominent among them is the Leh Palace. The ruins of this 350-year-old, 9 storey high Palace offer a breath-taking view of the city of Leh and its surroundings. Leh Market is starkly different to its metropolitan counterparts. The shops here are small, colourful, and vibrant. It has a rare mix of western and native cultures which is unique to itself.
Leh also boasts of a widely diverse population and shows its influences on its infrastructure. The Shanti Stupa, Jama Masjid, Zorawar Fort, Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and Magnetic Hill all lie within 25 km of Leh’s radius. Also, within this radius is the Indian Army’s Hall of Fame. It is a monument dedicated to the soldiers who served, and/or perished on the borders during wartime.
The Sangam (Confluence of rivers) between the ice-cold Zanskar and the mighty Indus is incredible to watch. It’s gushing blue waters put on a stunning display of power. Once you’ve absorbed in all these wonderful sights you will return to Leh and spend the night there.
Day Three: Adventure Time
Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
After an early breakfast, you’ll check-out & drive to super scenic Nubra Valley 10,000 ft. The road takes you through the world’s 11th highest motor-able pass, Khardung La (17,582 ft.) a place engulfed in fog and wrapped by snow-laden peaks. You will literally be on cloud 9 that day.
Descending from the high pass, you will drive through the barren beauty of Nubra Valley, with the aquamarine waters of Shyok River for company. On arrival, you’ll first visit Diskit Monastery. It is over 250 years old and is the oldest monastery in Nubra Valley. Next to that lies an imposing 100 feet statue of Maitreya Buddha, in its resplendent golden avatar.
Later, you can spot double-humped camels, one of the rarest mammals, lounging on the desert at Hunder. At night, step out of your cosy room and gaze at the sky. Ladakh is one of the best places to stargaze, thanks to the pollution-free environment.
Day Four: Live Your Story
Nubra Valley to Leh via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
After a lazy breakfast, you’ll check-out and drive straight to Leh. From here it’s a 110 km drive via Khardung La 17,582 ft. Upon arrival, you’ll check-in at the hotel and will have the rest of the evening to yourself.
You can explore the small lanes of Leh by foot, try bouldering, or just go shopping at Leh Market. You can try some local Ladakhi food which has much in common with Tibetan food, the most prominent foods being Thukpa (noodle soup) and Tsampa, known in Ladakhi as Ngampe (roasted barley flour). A dish that is strictly Ladakhi is Skyu, a heavy pasta dish with root vegetables. As in other parts of Central Asia, tea in Ladakh is traditionally made with strong green tea, butter, and salt.
Sweet Tea (cha ngarmo) is common now, made in the Indian style with milk and sugar. Most of the surplus barley that is produced is fermented into chang, an alcoholic beverage drunk especially on festive occasions.
Day Five: What A View
Leh to Tso Pangong via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
After an early breakfast, you’ll check-out and drive towards Pangong Lake 13,943 ft. via the Chang-La 17,585 ft. Chang-La is the 10th highest motor-able pass in the world. On the way your first stop will be Shey Palace, the palace, mostly in ruins now was built first in 1655. The Palace and adjoining monastery are situated on a hilltop and the Palace offers a breath-taking view of the valley below as well as of the Mountain range across the valley, where the colours of the mountains change with the altitude.
Later visit Thiksey Monastery. It is located in the Indus Valley. Thiksey Monastery is home to a beautifully sculpted sculpture of Maitreya (Future Buddha) as well as murals depicting the life of future Buddhas. From here you’ll continue on to Tso Pangong. Upon arrival you’ll check-in at the hotel/camp and spend the rest of the evening strolling around the lake, taking in the beautiful scenery.
Day Six: Another World
Tso Pangong to Leh via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
The magic of Pangong Lake lies in its changing hues, as the sun hovers over it. It is probably the bluest and the most crystal-clear lake you would have seen so far. It is home to many migratory birds, from ducks and geese to the rare and elusive Black-necked Crane. What will surprise you is that the lake lies only partially in India, its major chunk lying in China.
After breakfast, take some parting shots with the lake. You will then head back to Leh via Chang-La pass 17,585 ft. On your way back, you’ll first stop at Tso Ltak, an unexplored lake at 16,102 ft. situated on the foothills of Chang La. From here drive to Hemis Monastery which existed before the 11th century. It is one of the oldest and richest monasteries in all of Ladakh and is definitely a must-visit on your Ladakh Adventure.
Later stop at the Druk Padma Karpo School. This is the school we saw in the movie ‘3 idiots’. Rancho’s School. You’ll visit Rancho’s Café, a café just outside the school campus. You can have some crunchy snacks and coffee while enjoying the memorabilia from the movie that is kept in the café. From here, it’s a non-stop drive to your hotel in Leh, the rest of the evening is at your own leisure.
Day Seven: Good-bye Ladakh
Depart Leh: Transfer to Airport
In the morning, you’ll be dropped at the airport to bid Julley to this wonderful place.