Day 01: Delhi
In the evening catch AC Volvo coach for Manali at 18:00 hrs. Overnight
Day 02: Manali
Arrive Manali by morning at 08:00 hrs. check into hotel. The day is for
exploration the nearby area or relaxed. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Manali Sarchu 4253 mts (225 kms/7-8 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Saruch via Rohtang Pass & Baralacha La.
This Journey is the beginning of our exciting and spectacular journey
through the mountains into the lap of the Himalayas. Overnight: Camp
Day 04: Sarchu Leh (245 kms/7-8 hrs)
Early morning drive to Leh gives you a feeling of being in the high Tibetan
Plateau. One climbs a series of Galta loops consisting of 32 hairpin bends
on the way up from Sarchu and come out in Pang valley. Cross to the other
side of the Pang, Tzanspo River to continue drive up to yet another plateau
for a long traverse on the legendary Moore plains. The highest of the
Tibetan Plateau at 4200 Mts. Continue driving Tanglang La (5280 Mts.) the
second highest motorable pass in the world that commands breath taking views
of the Zanskar range. A pleasant drive about 20 Kms brings you to the
Ladakhi hamlet, Gya, heralded by prayer flags. After crossing few more
villages one reaches the great Indus River. Further drive to Leh town, over
night at hotel.
Day 05: Leh Shey Thiksey - Hemis
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in
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 palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17Th
century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue
inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is
considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and
largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded
in the early 17Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery
cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani
walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 06: Leh - Tsokar - Tsomoriri () 8-9 hrs
Start early for Tsokar. On the way, you will pass Tanglangla, the second
highest motorable pass in the world and part of the Changthang plateau
called More Plains. After spending some time at Tsokar, head to Karzok which
is on the banks of Tsomoriri. Stay the night at Karzok.
Day 07: Tsomoriri Shakti (210 kms/7-8 hrs)
Explore the lake and surrounding areas. Look out for high altitude wildlife
such as Kyang (the Tibetan wild ass), bar-headed geese, snow fox etc.
Day 08: Shakti Pangong (95 kms/4 hrs)
Trace the route to Pangong Lake over Changla pass to the huge Pangong Lake,
2/3 of which lies in Tibet. Overnight stay at Spangmik on the banks of the
Day 09: Pangong Leh 4 hrs
Return to Leh. You can explore the Leh for the rest of the day.
Day 10: Leh - Phyang (3600m) by car (1h) and walk towards Taru (3700m)
We visit the Phyang monastery and continue onwards with a pleasant walk. A
short day necessary for our acclimatization.
Day 11: Taru - Taru La (4200m) - Nyemo (3700m)
The trail climbs steeply towards the first pass of the trek, and descends to
the Nyemo village.
Day 12: Nyemo - Nie (3800m)
The route traverses Basgo, dominated by impressive ruined fortresses. A
quite stricking succession of shortens, sanctuaries and a palace line the
Day 13: Nie - Likir (3600m)
We enter an arid and bare landscape. Visit of the Likir monastery, one of
the oldest in Ladakh.
Day 14: Likir - Yangthang (3600m)
The route goes through two low passes, the Phobe La (3700m) and the Charatse
La (3800m), opening to beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 15: Yangthang - Hemis Shukpachan (3600m)
En route, visit of the Ridzong monastery, which is set in stunning
surroundings and hidden amongst the hills. After a tiny
pass, we descend towards Hemis Shukpachan.
Day 16: Hemis Shukpachan - Temisgang (3700m)
This part of the trail has been carved out from the ochre rocks into a
balcony. We climb towards two passes at 4000m and arrive at Ang. Then on to
Temisgang, ancient capital of the Syham Kingdom, and its monastery.
Day 17: Temisgang - Lamayuru - Leh by car
En route, visit of the Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries
Day 18: Leh - Diskit via Khardung La
Early morning, drive from Leh to Nubra (7 hrs drive), The Nubra Valley lies
in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardung la (18,380 ft.) one
of the highest motorable roads in the world. The valley is on the trade
route from Leh to Khardung via Saser and Karakoram passes. Apart from
unparalleled trekking opportunities, the valley houses several Buddhist
monasteries such as Sumur (Khagar) and 350 years old Diskit Gompa famous for
its murals. From Khardung la, drive to the village of Khardung and then
through starkly beautiful countryside to the TCP at Khalsar where permits
have to be registered/checked. From here, one has to turn to the left of
Shyok River and drive for about 15 miles over a narrow steep road to Diskit
where one has to stay in camps.
Day 19: Diskit - Leh
After breakfast, drive downward Shyok River. An extremely rough and rocky
stretch of flat ground. Cross the river over a bridge and arrive at the
first village of Tirith. The road from here is extremely bad all the way up
to Panamiki. The scenery however is spectacular with the snow-capped
Karakoram Mountains in the background. The weather being much warmer in
comparison to the Indus Valley, vegetation is thicker with a variety of
trees and flowers. Visit the 150 years old Samasthanling Gompa at Bumur/Khagar.
It is a big complex of 7 temples including the Ricpoches room. Walk half an
hour from the gompa to Tegar village where there is another small gompa.
Walk through the village and explore the surroundings. Also a small lake
lies there. Later, transfer to Leh (106.8 miles). Dinner Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Leh Delhi
Transfer to the airport for the spectacular flight across the main chain of
the Himalaya to Delhi.
Trip & services end.