Ladakh with Umling La Pass
Duration: (07 Nights | 08 Days)
Day 01: Arrive in Leh & chill. Day for acclimatization
Day 02: Explore Leh
Day 03: Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
Day 04: Nubra Valley to Tso Pangong via Shyok River
Day 05: Tso Pangong to Hanle via Chushul/Tsaga La (15,206 ft.)
Day 06: Hanle to Teri Village via Umling La (19,024 ft.) & Nyoma
Day 07: Teri Village to Leh via Karu/Hemis & Thiksey Monastery
Day 08: Leh Airport Drop
• Drive over Khardung La (17,582 ft.), Tsaga La (15,206 ft.), Nurbu La (17,328 ft.), and the highest motorable road in the world Umling La (19,024 ft.)
• Leh – Srinagar Highway up to Alchi Village
• Visit Rezang La War Memorial along with famous Palaces & Monasteries
• Visit Indian Astronomical Observatory (the highest observatory in India)
• Leh (3N)
• Nubra Valley (1N)
• Pangong Lake (1N)
• Hanle (1N)
• Teri Village (1N)
• Room category & accommodation as desired
• 03 Nights’ stay at Leh
• 01-Night stay at Nubra Valley
• 01-Night stay at Tso Pangong
• 01-Night stay at Hanle Village
• 01-Night stay at Teri Village or Karu
• Meal Plan: MAP (Dinner & Breakfast included)
• Transportation: All sightseeing tours by Non-Ac Toyota Innova as per the itinerary
• Leh Airport pick-up & drop
• Ladakh Ecology & Environmental Fee
• Fuel, driver allowances, and all transport-related costs
• All applicable taxes
• 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: 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: Out of the Office
Explore Leh & Sham Valley
Explore the gorgeous town of Leh and its beautiful stopovers. The most prominent among them is the Leh Palace. The ruins of this 350-year-old, nine-story high Palace offer a breathtaking 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 their influences on its infrastructure. The Shanti Stupa, Central Asian Museum, Jama Masjid, Zorawar Fort, Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and Magnetic Hill all lie within 30 km of Leh’s radius. Also, within this radius is the Indian Army’s Hall of Fame with Sound & Light Show. 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. Its gushing blue waters put on a stunning display of power. Next up is Basgo Gompa & Palace. The palace is Enlisted among World’s 100 most endangered heritage sites by the US World Monument Fund.
Drive further to Alchi Petroglyphs. Between the street to Alchi and close to the Indus River are some big boulders with hundreds of probably neolithic to bronze-age (3000-1000 BCE) petroglyphs. They show ibex, snow leopards, hunting scenes, and humans.
Your last stop for the day is Alchi Monastery. The architecture of Alchi Monastery is of Tibetan style. The monastery complex has three major shrines – the Dukhang (Assembly hall), the Sumtsek, and the Temple of Manjushri. There are also chortens in the complex. 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 (Diskit/Hunder) via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
After an early breakfast, you’ll check out & head to Nubra Valley. The road to the Nubra Valley goes through the 11th highest motorable road in the world, the mighty Khardung La Pass (17,582 ft.). This Pass is almost permanently covered in fog and snow. However, the bone-chilling cold there is more than compensated by the unparalleled view that it offers, of the Ladakh mountain range. Descending down from Khardung La you’ll arrive in 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. You can spot the world-famous double hump camels here. These mammals are extremely rare and are found in merely a handful of places all over the world.
You can also go on an ATV ride on the sand dunes or try other activities such as go-karting & zip-lining (all on direct payment basis). Later check-in at the camp & spend the evening looking up at the skies. The pollution-free air of Ladakh offers ample opportunity for stargazing.
Day Four: This Is Some Vacation
Nubra Valley to Tso Pangong (13,943 ft.) via Shyok River
After an early breakfast, drive towards Tso Pangong 13,943 ft. via Shyok. This route goes via Agham – Shyok Village – Durbuk – Tangste to reach Pangong Tso. The first glimpse of the tranquil, azure blue waters and shaky lakeshore of Tso Pangong remains etched in the memory of tourists.
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-occupied Tibet.
In winter the entire lake freezes to the point where you can walk over it. Upon arrival you’ll check-in at the guest house/camp and spend the rest of the evening strolling around the lake, taking in the beautiful scenery.
Day Five: Far And Away
Tso Pangong to Hanle via Chushul/Tsaga La (15,206 ft.)
Today you will drive on one of the most scenic routes of Ladakh. The road goes parallel to the mesmerizing Tso Pangong until the lake takes a turn towards Tibet.
This route goes via Spangmik – Maan – Merak – Chushul – Regzang La – Tsaga La (15,206 ft.) – Loma Bend and Rhongo to reach Hanle.
On your way, you will stop at Rezang La War Memorial. It is the site of the last stand of the 13 Kumaon, during the Sino-Indian War in 1962.
The Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle is situated at an elevation of 4500m (14,763 ft.). It is the highest observatory in India and the 10th highest in the world. The site is deemed excellent for stargazing, you can actually see the Milky Way with your naked eyes. Along with the magnificent views, you can also get a free tour of the observatory. From Hanle Monastery one can get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Changthang Plateau.
Hanle will soon be known as India’s first Dark Sky Sanctuary. A dark sky sanctuary is an area, usually surrounding an observatory, that has distinct and clear starry nights.
Day Six: On Top of the World
Hanle to Teri Village via Umling La (19,024 ft.) & Nyoma
After an early breakfast, start the drive towards Umling La 19,024 feet via Nurbu La 17,328 feet. Umling La is located at the ridgeline between Koyul Lungpa and the Indus River. It is traversed by a road between Chisumle and Demchok, at an elevation of 5,798m (19,024 ft), making Umling La officially the world’s highest motorable pass.
Umling La pass is very near the Line of Actual Control between India and China-occupied Tibet. The border village of Demchok is only 25 km from Umling La top. The Line of Actual Control (LAC) passes along the southeast side of the village, along the Charding Nullah (also called Demchok River and Lhari stream) which joins the Indus River near the village. Across the stream, less than a kilometer away is a Chinese-administered Demchok village.
From Umling La top backtrack to Hanle and head towards Teri Village or Karu via Nyoma, Mahe Bridge & Chumathang. Chumathang is famous for its medical hot spring. Upon arrival, check in at your accommodation in Teri a beautiful hamlet of 31 households. Overnight stay at Teri Village.
Day Seven: Unplugged in the Himalayas
Teri Village to Leh via Karu/Hemis & Thiksey Monastery
After breakfast, you’ll head to Hemis Monastery & Museum which existed before the 11th century. Naropa, the pupil of the yogi Tilopa, and the teacher of the translator Marpa are connected with this monastery. It is one of the oldest and richest monasteries in all of Ladakh and is definitely a must-visit on your Ladakh Adventure.
From here, head to 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-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings, and swords. Later take a stop at Rancho School, Sindhu Ghat, Shey Palace & Monastery.
Shey palace and the monastery were built in the 16th Century AD. The monastery enshrines the Du-Khang with an almost 10-meter-high copper statue of Lord Buddha. The Shey palace was built by King Deledan Nagmyal and Shey Palace boasts of the largest victory stupa in Leh, the top of which is made of pure gold. The Shey Palace was the abode of the royal family till 1834 AD when they moved to the Stok palace.
After that, it’s a non-stop drive to your hotel in Leh. The rest of the evening is at your own leisure.
Day Eight: 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.