Ladakh on Holiday
Duration: (07 Nights | 08 Days)
Day 01: Arrive in Leh & rest
Day 02: Explore Leh & Sham Valley
Day 03: Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
Day 04: Nubra Valley: Hunder to Sumur/Panamik
Day 05: Nubra Valley (Sumur) to Tso Pangong via Shyok River
Day 06: Tso Pangong to Leh via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
Day 07: Leh: Day at own leisure (No Transport)
Day 08: Leh Airport Drop
• Two Famous Passes: Chang La (17,585 ft.) & Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
• Leh – Srinagar Highway up till Sangam
• Leh to Nubra Valley via Shyok Route
• Leh (4N)
• Nubra Valley (2N)
• Pangong Lake (1N)
• Explore Sham Valley, Yarab Tso & Tso Ltak
• Famous Palaces & Monasteries
• Room category & accommodation as desired
• 04 nights’ stay at Leh with breakfast
• 02 nights’ 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
• Taxi service on Day 07
• 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 the vehicle apart from the suggested itinerary
Day One: On Top of the World
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: Being Local in Leh
Explore Leh & 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 from 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: Get High with Me
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. From here drive to the sand dunes at Hunder.
Here you can spot the world-famous double-humped camels, one of the rarest mammals, lounging on the desert. 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: Remember When
Nubra Valley: Hunder to Sumur/Panamik
After breakfast you’ll check-out and visit Sumur, a picturesque village around 42 km’s from Hunder on the other side of the valley. The village of Sumur is famous and also an important stop since the holy monastery, Samstem Ling Gompa is located close to the village. The Samstem Ling Gompa other than its spiritual importance is also known for its frescos and gorgeous silk Thangkas. The sand dunes at Sumur is also unoccupied compared to its counterpart in Hunder.
Later in the day take a short drive to Ladakh’s best-kept secret, Yarab Tso Lake. The lake is a sacred place for the local people and can only be approached by a short hike.
From here either drive down to Sumur for the night or drive to the hot sulphur springs at the village of Panamik which is the last destination for tourists travelling across Ladakh. Panamik is also the village that is nestled very close to the Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world.
Day Five: On Lake Time
Nubra Valley to Tso Pangong (13,943 ft.) via Shyok River
After an early breakfast, drive towards Tso Pangong via Shyok. This route goes via Agham – Shyok Village – Durbuk – Tangste to reach Pangong Tso. This is one of the most remote routes of Ladakh and it’s operational for only a few months a year.
The first glimpse of the tranquil, azure blue waters, and shaky lakeshore of Tso Pangong remains etched in the memory of tourists. Pangong Tso has the most crystal clear, cerulean blue waters ever seen. The Lake plays host to migratory bird families during mating seasons. Bar-headed Geese and Brahmani Ducks are two of the most prominently found birds here. The rare, endangered, and usually elusive Black-necked Cranes are also found here.
Pangong Lake lies only partially in India. Over 60% of the lake lies in China. Situated at an altitude of about 13,943 ft. Tso Pangong also holds the honour of being one of the highest brackish water lakes in the world. On 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: Every Corner a Story
Tso Pangong to Leh via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
After breakfast, take some parting shots with the lake. You will then head back to Leh via Chang-La pass (17,585 ft.). Chang-La pass is the 10th highest motor-able road in the world. 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 visit Thiksey Monastery. It is located on the top of the hill. It is very famous for its similarity with Potala Palace of Lhasa. This monastery is famous for pilgrim activities, architectural elements, sightseeing, and exploration. It is a twelve-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings, and swords.
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: Footloose in Ladakh
Leh: Day at own leisure (No Transport)
Take this day to explore the small lanes of Leh by foot, try bouldering, river rafting or just go shopping and 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. It is mixed in a large churn and known as Gurgur Cha, after the sounds it makes when mixed. 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 Eight: Julley Ladakh
Depart Leh: Transfer to Airport
In the morning, you’ll be dropped at the airport to bid Julley to this wonderful place.