Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition: The Suru & the Zanskar valleys in Ladakh are adorned with a number of majestic mountain peaks but it is the Nun Kun Massif which dominates the skyline and remains the focus of mountaineering in this region. The twin peaks of Nun (7135m) and Kun (7077m) are the highest in the Zanskar range. The two peaks are separated by a snowy plateau of about 4km in length. Pinnacle Peak (6930m) is the third highest mountain in this group. We aim to climb Kun which was first climbed by Italian mountaineer Mario Piacenza in 1913. It was only 58 years later that the mountain was successfully climbed again by an Indian Army Expedition. A 7000-er / 23,000 footer, Kun is a magnificent mountain & a formidable undertaking. The six day trek going over Kanji La is the best way to acclimatize for this high altitude climb. The climbing route includes a complex glacier approach, high angled snow slopes and a sharp ridge to the summit. At just over 7000m, the effect of high altitude is a significant factor, as is the remote location and possibility of extreme weather.

Trip Duration: 26 days

Grading: Demanding

Places Visited: Delhi, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar

Highlights: One of the highest mountain in the Zanskar Range in Ladakh. A perfect mountain to make a transition from 6000m to 7000m. Acclimatization trek through Kanji Valley.  A night in a houseboat at Dal Lake in Srinagar at the end of the Tour.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi, expedition briefing at IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation)
Day 2: Fly Delhi-Leh (3500m)
Day 3-4: Acclimatization & Sightseeing in Leh (3500m)
Day 5: Drive Leh to Kanji Village (3850m)
Day 6: Trek to base of Kanji La (4400m)
Day 7: Cross Kanji La (5,250m) and camp (4200m)
Day 8: End trek at Rangdum (4040m) and drive to Shafat / Gulmatongas (3650m)
Day 9: Sort out equipment and trek to Chasme (3995m)
Day 10: Trek Chasme to Base Camp (4300m)
Day 11-22: Climbing Period, Set up 3 camps above Base Camp (C1- 5300m, C2-6000m, C3-6300m)
Day 23: Trek Base Camp to Shafat (3650m)
Day 24: Drive Shafat to Kargil
Day 25: Drive Kargil to Srinagar
Day 26: Fly Srinagar to Delhi

Contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to expect: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be adequately prepared to deal with them.

Temperatures: High mountains usually generate and attract their own weather making it impossible to predict. Ladakh in general lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and is completely dry & arid region but in the last couple of years due to inexplicable weather changes it has witnessed
Intermittent rainfall too. We should be prepared for the worst of the weather conditions.

The best part about climbing in the summers is that we have a lot of daylight, right from 5am to about 7pm. Be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions from -20 deg C in the nights, to hurricane force winds, to bright sunshine intensified by high altitude. This wide fluctuation in temperatures makes it especially important to bring everything on the equipment list.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude star ts to become a concern a nd one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly g et used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without a ny aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the summit bid.

Our trip leader s are widely experienced in these matters related to acclimatization & altitude sicknesses and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, y ou should seek the advice of y our doc tor or a specialist. We are always ready to give adv ice on this subject.

What to carry : Right from the start of the trek we would expect everyone to carry atleast 10-12 kgs so one doesn’t get weighed down at the higher altitudes. Apart from carrying rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. its recommended that everyone carry their sleeping bag, mattress and their thick jackets too. The idea is to get used to carrying a slightly heavier backpack which everyone needs to ca rry above Base Camp . So all you need is a 70-75L back pack and a duffel bag to go with the porters. A day pack would come in handy for your road tr avel. In y our main bag , pack similar things such a s clothes, washing thing s, camping equipment, climbing equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in y our bag. Your main bag should be a tough one with a lock, it would be carried by a porter. Once we leave the ABC we will have no porter support and one would be carrying one’s own clothes/sleeping bags/toiletries etc. Since every gram of what you are carrying matters on a climb like this its important to use your discretion while picking up equipment for this trip. For instance – one could have a super heavy duty sleeping bag meant for -25 deg C but it could easily weigh a kg more than a good -10 deg C bag. Pack your things needed for the climb in y our back pac k and see how much it weighs. It would feel thrice as heavy on the mountain. At the time of booking, we would be sending you a detailed checklist of things to bring.

Route : The expedition commences from Delhi. From there we fl y North to Leh , the capital of Ladakh in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. We spend the first three day s at Leh to do our first stage of acclimatization. A three days trek over Kanji -La brings us to the upper Suru valley where we have the Nun Kun massif. After crossing the Suru river it is 2 easy day’s walk to the Base Camp. Above Base Camp we would be setting up three more camps on the mountain. On the summit day we start the climb on the South East Ridge and finally get on to the East ridg e to get to the summit. We would be fixing 1000-1200m of ropes on our route between Camp1- II & between Camp III & summit. A small team of sherpas would accompany the expedition t o haul up the gear on the mountain and offer camping support a t the hig h camps.

Level of Climbing Skills needed : A fierce determination and a burning desire to climb the mountain are the essential pre -requisites for joining this expedition. One must have done a few high altitude treks and must have climbed some glaciated peaks above 6000m. One needs to be familiar with walking in snow and ice and must have a good standard of fitness. You should be familiar with Ice Axe arrest and crampon skills, the use of ascenders (jumar ) and descenders, and how to use your particular harness.

Pre-trip Conditioning: We suggest that you begin your training program at least 2 months prior to departure. Being physically ready is more important than years of climbing experience. Any form of aerobic training, such a s running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to g o on long hikes or climbs with a heav y pack a couple of times in a week. S inc e mountains are not eas ily accessible to most of us, climbing stair s with heavy backpack is recommended. Begin with a light pack and wor k your way up to approx. 50% of your body weight. At the time of booking, we would be sending you a training schedule to help you reac h high fitness levels for the climb. If you are not prepared, you may not be allowed to continue the climb.

Mental Preparation: Besides being physically fit and having climbing skills, you need to have the proper attitude and mental discipline. You will need to b e willing to work hard day after day, with few comforts. You may need to dig deep into y our reserves after a long day of climbing in bad weather to help set up camp, help a team member, or help with cooking at high camps. We would be melting snow to make water at high camps (7-9 days) and will have basic food to survive on. For every tent we would have butane gas with a burner each and people would be expected to make their own water and food (noodles / soup etc) in bad weather conditions. This climb is a s much about mental ability as it is about physical ability. 7 -9 days on the mountain would be very demanding but high motivation ca n overcome most of the difficulties. Waiting out storms and bad weather is quite difficult, especially at high altitude. Everyone must learn patience and relax!

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks till Base Camp. On high camps each tent pair is expected to melt snow to make its own water and do some basic cooking. We will have a team of sherpas assist us with cooking at high camps. You could bring things which you enjoy eating – chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

Equipment List : At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and equipment required for the climb.

Documentation & Photograph : Each climbing member would be required to fill a Bio -Data form and provide us 4PP size photographs along with a copy of Passport for various permits. Each climber would also be required to sign an indemnity .

Medical Examination : Expedition members would be required to get a thorough medical examination from a doctor. The information would be treated with full confidentiality and would assist the Expedition Leader in decision making on the mountain.

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek: A classic trek offering a climb to a spectacular 6000m peak. Stok range lies on the southern skyline of Leh, the capital of Ladakh and Stok Kangri is the highest mountain on it. During the first three days set aside for acclimatization we visit the colorful monasteries of Shey & Thiksey and drive up to Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motor able passes. Having acclimatized we set off on our 3 day trek to Base Camp through the Rumbak village and over the Stok La. The climb up to the summit is technically straightforward and safe of any objective dangers. On the summit bid, we cross the glacier and then climb sleepily on to the south ridge, from where it is an exposed walk right up to the summit. It’s a challenging climb even for the fittest of climbers and is a great introduction to Himalayan mountaineering.

Trip Duration: 11 days

Grading: Demanding trek /Easy climb

Places Visited: Leh, Stok valley, Khardung La

Highlights: Perfect introduction to himalayan climbing. No previous climbing experience required. Buddhist monasteries and Leh. Khardung la (5570m), highest motorable Road on Earth.

Quick Itinerary:
Day 1 Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Day 2 Sightseeing around Leh
Day 3 Leh – Khardung La (5570m)- Leh. 5hrs
Day 4 Drive Leh to Zingchen (3385m). Trek to Rumbak (3880m). 4hrs
Day 5 Trek Rumbak to Chorten Chang (4250m). 6 – 7 hrs
Day 6 Trek Chorten Chang to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m). 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 7 Rest at the base camp
Day 8 Climb Stok Kangri (6153m) and return to Base camp. 12 – 15 hrs
Day 9 Spare day – Stok Kangri climb
Day 10 Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh. 6 – 7 hrs trek, 1 hr drive.
Day 11 Fly back to Delhi from Leh

Contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to expect on Stok Kangri Climb: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concern on this trip and we must be adequately prepared
to deal with them.

Equipment: For this trip you will need the following: Plastic double mountaineering boots or well insulated, 4-season mountaineering boots, crampons with front points, trekking poles, climbing harness, a couple of carabineers’, 4-season sleeping bag (at least 0 deg C), walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket or similar, down jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, daypack, head-lamp, water bottles, sun cream. A more detailed packing check list will be provided with your confirmation of booking. There are many equipment rental shops in Leh and we will assist you to pick any mountaineering gear you may need. Budget on spending atleast ` 3000 as rental for all mountaineering gear needed for the trip. Leh also has a lot of shops selling outdoor/camping gear. Things like trekking poles, headlamps, trekking trousers, fleece jackets etc can always be bought cheaply in Leh.

Temperatures: Ladakh lies north of the Great Himalayan Range and is hence unaffected by the monsoon clouds which shed all the rain
on hitting the Himalayas from the south. On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down in the valleys would be around 25°C, with night-time lows being around 15°C. At our highest camps, the night-time temperature could fall as low as minus 5°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh usually has very stable weather from June to September. However mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude Consideration: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatised properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without any aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the summit bid.

Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage allowance: You would need to have two bags for the trip – the main baggage & the day pack. Your main baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals and it should not weigh more than 15 kgs. You would be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you an easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than plain day packs. Its a good idea to have slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the summit afternoon. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

Level of climbing skill needed: You do not need any climbing skills for this trip, good physical & mental fitness is the only pre-requsite. Stok Kangri is classified as a trekking peak and is a straightforward climb. Having experience of trekking in the Himalayas or to altitudes of 3500m would help. Climbs in the month of July sometimes encounter deep snow and some ice which is normally easier to climb on than climbing boulders & scree. Snow & Ice on the mountain would mean that climbing shoes, climbing harness, crampons & gaiters would come into play. The entire climbing kit can be hired in Leh.

Pre-trip conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least a month before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with heavy backpack is recommended At the time of booking, we would be sending you a training schedule to help you reach high fitness levels for the climb.

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favourite snack or some power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

First Aid: Accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced
in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List: At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and equipment required for the climb.

Documentation & Photograph: Each climbing member would be required to fill a Bio-Data form and provide us a scan of the PP size photograph along with a copy of Passport for various permits. Each climber would also be required to sign an indemnity form.

General Information

Language: Ladakhi is the local language in the region. English is taught in all secondary schools and institutions of higher education. You will find that a lot of people speak English, so you will not have any problems buying souvenirs or ordering in restaurants etc.

Joining arrangements and transfers: Leh airport is connected by direct flights from Delhi. In winters there are 2/3 flights every morning and it flight duration
is about 75mins. Since the flights are all early morning you might want to arrive in Delhi a day earlier. Do let us know if you would need help with finding accommodation in Delhi. You MUST provide our office full details of your flights, so that we can arrange your Leh Airport transfers.

Reference Books and Maps

Books:
• Leh and Trekking in Ladakh. Charlie Loram.
• Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. Weare. (L.Planet). • The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.
• Ladakh, Crossroads of High Asia. Janet Rizvi.
Maps
• India – 150K Ladakh and Zanskar Tekking Maps. Editions Olizane. Scale: 1:150,000

Responsible Travel: We believe that along with the privilege of traveling in the wilderness comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. Indus Trips completely believes in the “take only memories, leave only footprints” philosophy and is very particular about leaving campsites and trails cleaner than we found them

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek: Ladakh really is a “Little Tibet”. Although Tibet is politically part of China today, Ladakh, like parts of Nepal, is situated on the Tibetan plateau. Ladakh has many Tibetan refugees who fled Tibet with the invasion from China. The daunting height of the Himalaya adds to its isolation, even today the main road routes to Ladakh remain closed for more than six months of each year. Until 1979, there were no regular civilian flights into Ladakh so from October to June the region was completely cut off. Today, it is full of amazing sights – strange gompas perched on soaring hilltops, dwarfed by snow capped mountains, the barren shattered looking landscapes splashed with small, brilliant patches of green and ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls. But most of all it is notable for its delightful people – friendly as only Tibetans can be and immensely colorful. One of the most popular trek in Ladakh – it is a perfect combination of beautiful transhimalayan landscape with ladakhi villages. There are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife.

Trip Duration: 09 days

Grading: Moderate trek

Places Visited: Leh

Highlights: Trek along the Markha river. Confluence point of Zanskar & Indus rivers. Buddhist monasteries & the Leh.  Spectacular views from kongmaru la

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Day 02: Monastery visits in Leh (3500m)
Day 03: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m) 4-5hrs
Day 04: Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m) 5-6hrs
Day 05: Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m) 5-6hrs
Day 06: Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m) 3-4hrs
Day 07: Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo(3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m) 6-7hrs
Day 08: Drive Shang Sumdo to Leh. 2-3 hrs
Day 09: Fly Leh to Delhi

Please contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to Expect: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be adequately prepared to deal with them

Temperatures and Climate: Ladakh lies north of the Great Himalayan Range and is hence unaffected by the monsoon clouds which shed all the rain on hitting the Himalayas from the south. On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down in the valleys would be around 25°C, with night-time lows being around 15°C. At our highest camps, the night-time temperature could fall as low as minus 5°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh usually has very stable weather from June to September. However mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000 m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without any aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized.

Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage Allowance: You would need to have two bags for the trip – the main baggage and the day pack. Your main baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals and it should not weigh more than 15 kg. You would be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you an easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than plain day packs. It’s a good idea to have slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the summit afternoon. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

Pre-Trip Conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least a month before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with heavy backpack is recommended.

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favorite snack or some power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

First Aid: First aid accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List: At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and other checklist required for the trek.

Ladakh Festival Tour

Lahakh Festival

Lahakh Festival

The Ladakh Festival – 4 days

Leh, the former Kingdom of Lakakh sits on the rugged Himalayan plain with Buddhist monasteries perched on soaring hilltops, shattered looking landscapes splashed with small but brilliant patches of green and ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls. Join us to experience the colour and festivity of the annual Lahakh festival whilst discovering the sights of this magical city.

Stok Guru Tsechu FestivalFebruary/March3 – 4 March 2020
Matho Nagrang FestivalFebruary/March8 – 9 March 2020
Saka Dawa FestivalMay/ June17 June 2019 5 June 2020
Sindhu Darshan FestivalJune12 – 14 June 2019 12 – 14 June 2020

Tour Plan:

Day 1: Flight from Dehli to Leh

Friday. Delhi – Leh. Early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. Flight prices do vary and when booked in advance cost less. Flights can be booked with us or independently. Upon arrival to Leh onward transfer to your guesthouse where the remains of the day can be spent at leisure.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane

Leh is the capital of the former Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh that now sits in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The region is a vast highland desert sitting at 3524 metres above sea level, lying between the Karakoram and the Himalayan ranges characterized by a desolate moonlike landscape and snowy peaks. The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. The 28 000 residents of the the city are predominantly Buddhists and accordingly, Leh is the very much the heart and soul of Buddhist culture in the region. Overnight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 2: The Ladakh Festival & city sightseeing tour

This morning the monastic festival of Leh comes to life with the rhythm of drumbeats and dance. The streets and alleys are blazing hues of every color and pulsate with life. Gathering at approximately 8am we take our spots to watch the inauguration procession of village people making their way down the mountain passes to the city wearing their finest gold and silver ornaments and exotic turquoise headdress.

Lahakh Festival

In tow with the procession we’ll arrive to the main market area of the city where the celebration continues on a grand scale with various cultural troupes and village contingents participating in full ceremonial costumes or traditional Ladakhi dresses singing songs and performing various dances to the tune of village folk music. As the parade arrives at the Polo ground participants break into a variety of folk and popular dances, presenting the best samples of the region’s performing arts and sporting events including archery and polo. Traditional Mask Dances of the monasteries can also be seen with monastery lamas wearing their ritual regalia in accompaniment to their elaborately decorated masks dance in slow, languorous movements to the rhythm of cymbals, flutes and trumpets. This is a truly amazing sight.

Lahakh Festival

It also may be possible to watch a polo match of the ‘Ladakh Festival Cup’ comprising of various polo teams in the region (subject to festival scheduling). Here in the western Himalayas the game is played in its original form with fewer rules and frenzied crowd involvement.

This afternoon offers a guided sightseeing tour of the town, dominated by Sengge Namgyal’s, nine storey palace. Sengge Namgyal a Buddhist and known as the Lion King was the King of Ladakh from 1616 to his death in 1642. His legacy lives in the many monasteries, palaces and shrines of Ladakh that were built under his reign. This grand nine story stone structure is one of the most captivating architectural ruins of the region. Built in traditional Tibetan style it sits on the foothills of the barren landscape. Constructed in the 17th century as the residential palace for the King to mark the reunifying Upper and Lower Ladakh, it showcases excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture with its colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.

Leh Palace leh ladakh

Above Leh Palace, on Namgyal Tsemo (Victory Peak) overlooking the town, are the ruins of the earliest royal residence at Leh a fortress type structure built by King Tashi Namgyal in the 16th century. In the bazaar the main sites to visit are the Jokhang, the new main Buddhist temple built in the 1980s by the Ladakh Buddhist association and an imposing mosque reflecting a mixture of Islamic and Tibetan architecture that accommodating more than 500 worshippers dating from the late 17th century situated opposite each other.

jokhang temple

Visits will also be made to Sankar Gompa to view the image of Avalokitesvara, inset with turquoise and shown with 1000 heads, arms and feet and 100000 eyes, Shanti Stupa – built to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and inaugurated by his holiness the Dalai Lama in 1985 and Stok Palace – a museum where in the Sengge Namgyal family heirlooms and relics are displayed. Overnight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 3: Shey and Thiksey Monestories, Hemis Gompa

Today offers guided tours of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries.

Shey Monastery

Shey monastery situated on a hilltop, 15km from Leh, was the summer palace of the royal family of the region. The monastery houses a two storey high-seated image of Buddha cast from copper and covered with gold leaf. It is also believed that Kings of Leh were born here in the monastery.

Thiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey monastery is situated on a hilltop and the views of the green Indus valley from its rooftop are splendid. This monastery has a number of chambers full of statues and stupas. Courtyard murals are bright and this imposing structure is in many respects a replica of Potala Palace in Lhasa.

Hemis-monastery-ladakh

Hemis Gompa is the biggest and wealthiest monastery in Ladakh which contains a large number of gold statues, stupas and thangkas, one of which is reputed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited once every 12 years. Overnight – Leh & Ladakh

Day 4: Leh to Delhi by flight

Leh – Delhi. Early this morning (dictated by flight times) we transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi (booked independently in addition to our tour cost) arriving at approximately 8:30am you will be transferred to the international airport for your connecting international flight.

Opt to extend your stay and explore the sites of Delhi. Additional tour accommodation is available in Delhi should you require. You may another of our tours that starts today, upon arrival to Delhi from Leh you will be transferred to your start hotel for the commencing of your new tour.

Glimpses of Ladakh Tour

Leh Palace leh ladakh

Ladakh is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. The stark mountains; the moody sky; the sparse yet mesmerizing meadows; the whimsical rivers; the exotic lakes; and the challenging high altitude passes – you have to be in Ladakh to get intoxicated by all these shades of nature. The roof of India, Ladakh is unparalleled land that honestly requires no introduction. Ladakh tours have emerged out as the new favorite among both kinds of travelers; the ones who travel often, and the ones who do it less but do it in style. It doesn’t matter if you are an adventure junky or someone who travels with their whole pack for the experience, Ladakh has something for everyone. Our Glimpses of Ladakh Tour is for those who have only a few days to spare and yet want to experience the stunning beauty of Ladakh.

Itinerary: Leh – Spituk – Alchi – Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Leh

Duration: 4N/5D

DAY 01 : ARRIVAL LEH
Arrival at Leh airport and transfer to the Hotel.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane

Full day is t leisure to acclimatize yourself because of high altitude of Leh as it is 3500 Mtrs above the sea level. In the evening you will be visiting Leh Bazaar.

Leh-Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

Overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 02 : LEH
Full day excursion to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. It is quite interesting to visit the Thiksey monastery early in the morning to see “praying ceremony”. Also visit one of the biggest monasteries of Leh “Hemis”.

thiksey-monastery-ladakh
thiksey monastery ladakh

On the way back visit Shey Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 03 : LEH – SPITUK – ALCHI – ULEYTOKPO ( 80 KM, 3 HOURS )
After breakfast in the morning leave for Uletokpo camping which is one of the most beautiful camping in the Ladakh region. En-route visit Spituk Monastery.

Alchi-monastery
Alchi Monastery

Continue drive to visit Alchi monastery. It is the only monastery in the Ladakh on flat ground. By the lunch time, you will reach Uletokpo.

In the Evening, enjoy sitting on the bank of river coming down from the Ridzong side. Overnight stay at camp.

DAY 04 : ULETOKPO – LAMAYURU – LEH ( 180 KM, 6 HOURS)
Leave Uletokpo and drive towards Lamayuru via Khaltsi. Which is the oldest monasteries of ladakh region. This monastery was founded in the 10th Century.

lamayuru-monastery
lamayuru monastery

Late afternoon drive back to Leh for overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 : DEPARTURE
Early morning transfer to Leh airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Enchanting Ladakh Tour

nubra valley

nubra valley

Dramatic mountains & landscapes, vibrant cultures & rich Buddhist heritage make Ladakh a popular holiday destination. Ladakh is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. The stark mountains; the moody sky; the sparse yet mesmerizing meadows; the whimsical rivers; the exotic lakes; and the challenging high altitude passes – you have to be in Ladakh to get intoxicated by all these shades of nature. The roof of India, Ladakh is unparalleled land that honestly requires no introduction.

Nubra Valley is at 150 km north from the main town of Leh and it a high altitude desert with stunning landscape. There are several ancient Gompas and palaces which are famous tourist attractions. The nearby villages are a great way to enjoy the beautiful view of the valley while taking a stroll. Moreover, The 32- meters high statue of Maitreya Buddha is the landmark of the valley and a famous tourist attraction too.

Pangong Tso Tibetan for “high grassland lake”, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. Due to the briny water, the lake does not support aquatic life other than some ocean bugs called crustaceans by oceanographers. Pangong lake is home to many migrating birds in summer, and one can witness numerous ducks and gulls “surfing”.

Our Enchanting Ladakh Tour covers the most stunning locations, monasteries, gompas and palaces which deliver a truly memorable holiday experience.

Itinerary: Leh – Alchi – Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake – Leh

Duration: 7N/8D

DAY 01 : ARRIVAL LEH
Arrival at Leh airport and transfer to the Hotel. Full day is t leisure to acclimatize yourself because of high altitude of Leh as it is 3500 Mtrs above the sea level. In the evening you will be visiting Leh Bazaar. Overnight stay at Hotel.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane
Leh-Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

DAY 02 : LEH
Full day excursion to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. It is quite interesting to visit the Thicksey monastery early in the morning to see “praying ceremony”. Also visit one of the biggest monasteries of Leh “Hemis”. On the way back visit Shey Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

thiksey-monastery-ladakh
thiksey monastery ladakh

DAY 03 : LEH – SPITUK – ALCHI – ULEYTOKPO (80 KM, 3 HOURS)
After breakfast in the morning leave for Uletokpo camping which is one of the most beautiful camping in the Ladakh region. En-route visit Spituk Monastery. Continue drive to visit Alchi monastery. It is the only monastery in the Ladakh on flat ground. By the lunch time, you will reach Uletokpo. In the Evening, enjoy sitting on the bank of river coming down from the Ridzong side. Overnight stay at camp.

Alchi-monastery
Alchi Monastery

DAY 04 : ULETOKPO – LAMAYURU – LEH (180 KM, 6 HOURS)
Leave Uletokpo and drive towards Lamayuru via Khaltsi. Which is the oldest monasteries of ladakh region. This monastery was founded in the 10th Century. Late afternoon drive back to Leh for overnight stay at hotel.

lamayuru-monastery
lamayuru monastery

DAY 05 : LEH – NUBRA VALLEY (125 KM, 5 HOURS)
After the breakfast at the hotel drive to Nubra Valley with lunch box along. The Nubra valley lies in the north of leh and is accessible over the Khardungla pass 5600 Mtrs which is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The valley is on the trade route from leh to Khangar via Samsar and Karakoram passed. Enroute visit Disket and Hundar monastery. On arrival check in at Camp for overnight stay there.

nubra-valley-leh
Camel Ride Nubra Valley leh

DAY 06 : NUBRA – KHARDONG LA – LEH (130 KM, 5 HOURS)
After breakfast at the camp, drive to Leh with lunch box along. En route stop at Khardungla Pass ( 5359 m ) – world’s highest motorable pass. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Chinese Central Asia. About 10,000 horses and camels used to take the route annually.

Khardungla-Pass
Khardungla Pass

Continue drive to Leh. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping and independent activities. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 07 : LEH – PANGONG LAKE – LEH (320 KM)
After the Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. third highest motorable road in the world. Arrive at Pangong the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Packed or Hot Lunch. Enjoy the beauty of lake on Banks of the Lake while appreciating the changing Colors of fascinating high altitude Lake.

Pangong Lake ladakh
Pangong Lake ladakh

Drive back to Leh by same route. Overnight stay.

DAY 08 : DEPARTURE
Early morning transfer to Leh airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Kashmir and Ladakh Tour

A picture perfect scene with snow clad-mountains, sparkling lakes with sailing shikaras, tuft of colorful tulips and steady houseboats inflate lungs of the onlookers. Kashmir, the northwestern province of the Indian subcontinent is a serene, scenic and sensual landscape that nurtures the valley as an ideal destination for holidays in Kashmir. A proud capital of the state, Srinagar invites all for a resplendent treat of sailing through the sparkling Dal Lake, a stroll through the gardens of Shalimar Bagh and seeking blessings at Jama Masjid and Shankaracharya Temple. Gulmarg, the land of ski resorts, carpets of flowers and quixotic ambiance invite you to experience nature at its best. It opens door for a world of adventure and priceless peace amidst the tranquil landscape that simultaneously inflates lungs with the onrush of adventure activities.

Dominated largely by long stretches of Scenic Mountains, the Valley of Kashmir covers an area of 224,739 sq km. The Great Himalaya range separates Kashmir from Ladakh. Ladakh is the highest altitude plateau region in India (much of it being over 3,000 m), incorporating parts of the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River valley. In Ladakh the nature has rendered a magical, unbelievable and fantastic landscape which is extremely breathtaking. The people are gentle and their culture is rich and colorful, centering around the beliefs and practices of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, the predominant religion.

This popular tour of Kashmir and Ladakh combines two of the most sought after travel destinations in the world and promises a magnificent travel extravaganza.

Itinerary: Srinagar – Gulmarg – Sonmarg, Kargil – Lamayuru – Alchi – Likir – Phyang – Leh – Nubra – Khardung La

Duration: 12N/13D

DAY 01: DELHI
Arrival at Delhi. Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel. Later start your exploration of India with a city tour of Old Delhi that includes visit to Jama Masjid, built in 1650 A.D. and the amazing Red Fort which was the seat of Mughal Empire for more than 250 years. Also enjoy shopping the ancient bazaar of Chandni Chowk. Then drive past the imposing India Gate, Parliament Buildings and President House. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport
Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid Delhi

DAY 2: DELHI – SRINAGAR (BY FLIGHT – 1 ½ HOURS)
Transfer to airport to catch flight for Srinagar. Arrival at Srinagar and transfer to Houseboat.

Srinagar is acclaimed to be one of the loveliest places in India, in terms of natural splendor. Set in the picturesque Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1730 meters, it is a tourist’s paradise. Afternoon enjoy Shikara (boat) ride at Dal Lake. which has, within its periphery, four enormous water bodies, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal, Gagribal and Nagin. The lake is not a flat, continuous mass of water, but an intricate labyrinth of waterways, that constitute a spectacular sight and an amazing locale to explore.

Overnight stay at Houseboat.

DAY 3: SRINAGAR
Half day tour of world famous Mughal Gardens, as the name suggests, built in the Mughal period is a marvel located in Srinagar. These gardens are beautifully decorated with bright flowerbeds, terraced lawns and well maintained cascading fountains. Visit Nishat Bagh (The garden of pleasure) and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love).

Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Houseboat.

DAY 4: SRINAGAR – GULMARG – SRINAGAR (110 KMS, 5 HOURS)
Full day tour of Gulmarg which is one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. It is also popular for its golf course in summer season, the highest in the world and Skiing during winter season.

Enjoy the splendour of nature and the snowy mountains. You can have Gondola ride (cable car) from Gulmarg to Khalinmarg. In the evening return to Srinagar. Overnight at Houseboat.

DAY 5: SRINAGAR – SONMARG – KARGIL (225 KMS , 8 HOURS)
Leave in the morning and drive to Kargil. The road passes through panoramic village, Sonmarg (2740 Mtrs). Then drive through Zojila pass (3527 Mtrs) which is also called Gateway of Ladakh. Continue drive towards Drass (The second coldest inhabited place in the world) and stop here for tea and passport check. Another two and half hours drive will take you to Kargil (2710 Mtrs).

Kargil

After arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 6: KARGIL – LAMAYURU – ALCHI (175 KMS / 6 HOURS)
Morning departure for Leh. Today, you have to ascend three passes, so the day will be tiresome but panoramic too. First Buddhist village will be Mulbek. You have to cross the highest pass on Srinagar Leh route. At lunch time you will be at Lamayuru, Finally arrive Alchi which is the only monastery in ladakh on flat ground. This is also the largest and most famous of all of the temples and built by the great translator Ringchem Zangpo.

Alchi-monastery
Alchi Monastery

Overnight stay at Alchi.

DAY 07: ALCHI – LIKIR – PHYANG – SPITUK – LEH (80 KMS, 4 HOURS)
Morning departure for Leh and on the way visit Likir monastery which was founded in 14th century by Lama Dhwang Chosje, a great champion of meditation. Also visit Spituk and Phyang.

likir-monastery
likir monastery

Continue drive to Leh and after arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 08: LEH (MONASTERY TOUR)
Full day excursion to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. It is quite interesting to visit the Thicksey monastery early in the morning to witness the “praying ceremony”. Also visit one of the biggest monasteries of Leh “Hemis”.

thiksey-monastery-ladakh
thiksey monastery ladakh

On the way back visit Shey Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 09: LEH – NUBRA (DISKIT & HUNDER) (130 KMS, 5 HOURS)
After early breakfast at the hotel departure for Nubra Valley with lunch box along. Stop en route and visit Disket and Hundar monastery.

The valley is on the trade route from leh to Khangar via Samsar and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparraled trekking opportunities, the valley has several Buddhist Gompas. Visit Diskit Gompa which is 350 years old. Overnight stay in Camp.

DAY 10: NUBRA VALLEY
After breakfast visit Panamik village. The incredible thing about the village is the superb irrigation system built over decades, the system though rudimentary provides an effective means to channel precious water during summer to the homes as well as the fields. Return to the camp for Hot Lunch.

Afternoon visit Samtaling monastery in Sumur village. This monastery belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama’s branch.

Samtaling-monastery-in-Sumur-village
Samtaling monastery in Sumur village

In the evening come back to camp for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 11: NUBRA – KHARDUNG LA – LEH (130 KM, 5 HOURS)
After breakfast at the camp, departure to Leh with lunch box along. En route stop at Khardungla Pass (5359 m) – world’s highest motorable pass. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Chinese Central Asia.

Khardungla-Pass
Khardungla Pass

Continue drive to Leh and on arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping and independent activities.

Leh-Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 12: LEH – DELHI (BY FLIGHT – 1 ¼ HOURS)
Morning transfer to airport to catch flight for Delhi.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane

Arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Then start tour of New Delhi which is in complete contrast with Old Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains surrounding the imposing Government and State Buildings. Drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament Buildings and President House. Visit Qutab Minar, built in 1193 A.D. It is a striking medieval tower of victory of Persian architecture style.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar

Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 13 : DELHI
Transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Manali to Leh Motorcycle Tour

lamayuru-monastery

Have the thrilling motorbike safari tour from Manali to Leh which gives spectacular views of mountains, high passes, lakes, monasteries and much more. This Manali to Leh motorcycle tour covers the most scenic highway in the world, the 475 KM long Manali-Leh highway. Biking into and around Ladakh is the Holy Grail of biker-trails anywhere in the world. It also covers the pristine Pangong Tso, Nubra valley, and the three highest motor-able passes in the world. Relish delicious Ladakhi cuisines. Drive across Baralacha Pass, Rohtang Pass, Chang la and Tanglang La. Visit Shey, Thiksey and other Leh monasteries. Explore Jispa, Sarchu and Pang villages. Shopping and sightseeing in Leh.

Duration 12N/13D

Itinerary: Delhi > Chandigarh > Manali > Jispa > Tso Khar > Leh > Lamayuru > Alchi > Khardung La > Pagong Lake > Leh > Sarchu > Manali > Chandigarh > Delhi

Tour Plan

Day  01: Arrival Delhi

Meet and greet by our representative on arrival in India at international airport and transfer to hotel for installation.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Delhi = Chandigarh – Manali by surface (alt 2000 m.) (approx 310 kms/09 hrs journey)

Morning departure transfer with packed breakfast to catch the train to Chandigarh, on arrive at Chandigarh station then proceed Manali by private car. In the evening check in the hotel in Manali. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Manali – Jispa (alt 3400 m.) ( approx 129 kms/05 hrs)

After breakfast interaction with cruise staff, later we start our motorbike adventure on Royal Enfield to Jispa climbing over Rohtang Pass (3978 meters).

Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass

This would really turn out to be a challenge as the roads you will bike through are really bad and the weather conditions are also uncertain. Further pass through the Lahaul Valley where there are mountains capped with snow all around.

Lahaul Valley
Lahaul Valley

Enjoy mountain dinner of steamed momos and thukpa. Thukpa is a very famous traditional Himalayan soup which is made by mixing meat and vegetables.

thukpa dish
thukpa dish

On arrival at Jispa, Installation at hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Jispa – Tso-Khar (alt 4600 m.) (approx 180 kms/06 – 07 hrs)

Today, you will be leaving for the next destination, Tso-khar. When you leave from Jispa, you will enter the Greater Himalayan landscape. While you are on this route, you will see that the mountains are bigger on this part of the highway. Enjoy the view and later cross the Baralachha Pass (4850 meters).

Baralacha Pass
Baralacha Pass

From there, head towards Sarchu which forms the border line between Kashmir and Himachal. From there continue ride to Tso-khar climbing over Naki La (4877 m) and Lachalung-The first giant above 5000 m (5065 m).

Lachalung La
Lachalung La

Later lunch at Pang after lunch continue ride to Tso-khar en route you will ride the bike through flatlands and get into the mountain-range-horizon. Tso-khar is a place where you will witness a mix of different natural formations which are seen through the roads and sand.

Overnight at camp

Day 05: Tso Khar – Leh (altitude 3524 m.) – (Aprrox 150 km/04-05 Hrs)

The 5th day comes with a lot of challenges with more plain and get into the mountain-range-horizon. Cross the Tanglang-La Pass which is the second-highest motorable mountain pass in the world at the height of 5300 meters.

Tanglang-La-pass
Tanglang-La-pass

After crossing this pass, you will have to bike through well-maintained roads all the way to Leh. En-route you will get to see the monasteries of Thiksey and Shey which are set on the top of a hill.

thiksey-monastery-ladakh
thiksey monastery ladakh
Leh-Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

On arrival check-in at the hotel. Evening free to explore the Market of Leh. Overnight at hotel

Day 06: Leh – Lamayuru – Alchi (alt 3100 m.) – (Approx 174 kms/05-06 Hrs)

After breakfast we ride to explore some very unique landscapes of Himalayan region. A scenic ride through some fine rocky faces to visit the Lamayuru Monastery and Moonland en-route visit Nimmu; there we will witness the confluence of the Green Indus river and the brown Zanskar river.

lamayuru-monastery
lamayuru monastery

Afterwards ride back towards Alchi on arrival installation at hotel, Later visit the Alchi Gompa on the banks of the Indus. The monastery has lots of small Buddha statue in different form but the main attraction is the 1000-year-old wall paintings, Unesco heritage. In the evening free time to walk around the village.

Alchi-monastery
Alchi Monastery

Overnight at hotel

Day 07: Alchi – Kardunng-La – Leh (3524 m alt.) – (Approx 140 kms/06-07 Hrs)

After breakfast ride to Khardung la pass (5600 m), which is the highest motorable pass in the world 5600 m and has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Later ride back to Leh. Rest of the day free to explore Leh town. overnight at hotel

Day 08: Leh – Panggong-Tso Lake (alt 4298) – (Approx 147 kms/05-06 Hrs)

Early in the morning ride to the Pangong Lake which is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. The Pangong Lake situated at the Chinese-Indian border. The road takes us through picturesque villages. The Pangong lake is situated at an altitude of 4267 meters. From there, we get a view of the highest mountain peaks. Visit to the villages along the lake.

Pangong Lake ladakh
Pangong Lake ladakh

After this visit, you will cross the Chang La (5500 meters). Have a comfortable stay at night in the resort

Day 09: Panggong-Tso Lake – Leh (3524 m alt.)

Have your breakfast and get ready to head towards Leh en route you can visit Thiksey monastery.

Thiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery

On arrival in Leh check in at hotel. In the afternoon time at leisure to stroll down in the Leh town.  Overnight in the hotel.

Day 10 : Leh – Sarchu (alt 4200 m.) – (Approx 258 kms/08-09 Hrs)

On your bikes from Leh to Sarchu crossing over Tanglang La pass (5300 m), later more plane (45kms straight ride through the breathtaking valley). After lunch at Pang continue ride to Sarchu. On arrival in Sarchu by evening. overnight at Camp

Day 11: Sarchu – Manali (2000 m alt.) – (Approx 228 kms/08-09 Hrs)

On your bikes from Sarchu riding upto Baralacha Pass which is an entry into Lahaul valley.

Baralacha Pass
Baralacha Pass

We continue our descend crossing Zingzingbar, Darcha, Jispa and riding across Lahaul valley to Khoksar where after much needed tea break we start another ascend of our last challenge, The Rohtang Pass.

Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass

We cross the pass to enter the lush green Kullu valley ending our Motorbike Safari in Manali. We bid farewell to our companions The Royal Enfields, carrying fond memories & promise to meet again. overnight at hotel

Day 12: Manali – Chandigarh = Delhi by Train (altitude 250 m.)

After breakfast drive back with private vehicle to Chandigarh railway station to catch the train to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi railway station, where our representative will meet and take to you the hotel, Overnight at hotel

Day 13: Drop at Delhi International airport

Tour End

Cost

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Leh and Ladakh Motorcycle Tour

nubra-valley-leh

Duration:  12N/13D

Itinerary: Delhi > Leh > Alchi > Dha Hanu > Kargil > Lamayuru > Leh >  Khardungla > Nubra > Pagong Lake > Tsomoriri Lake > Leh > Delhi

On this tour we explore a world stuck in time. Unknown to the world at large, Ladakh opened its doors to tourism in 1970’s and has since awed travellers with amazing sights and a rich cultural heritage. Ladakh or the ‘Land of High Passes’ is a barren yet beautiful region located in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Sharing its east border with Tibet, Ladakh has Lahaul and Spiti to its south and the Kashmir valley to the west. This ultimate Leh and Ladakh Motorcycle Tour involves crossing over high-mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain and witnessing some of the most spectacular and picturesque landscapes in the world. Visit monasteries, sacred lakes, camp in the desert, feel the silence as you look at the sky and find a billion shimmering stars looking back at you. This tour is not just about thrills, it is a journey into the unknown. Come, discover an alien world of beauty and perfection – Ladakh!

Detailed Tour Plan

Day 01: Arrive Delhi International airport

Meet and greet by our representative on arrival in India at international airport and transfer to hotel for installation. Overnight at hotel.

Delhi International Airport
Delhi International Airport

Day 02:  Delhi to Leh by Flight

Early morning departure transfer to airport to catch the flight to Leh, On arrival, meet greet with our local representative and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for acclimatization. Evening free to independent activities in Leh market.

leh from aeroplane
leh from aeroplane

Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Leh to Likir to Alchi (approx 70 kms/02-3 hrs ride)

After breakfast interaction with cruise staff, later we start our motorbike adventure on Royal Enfield towards Likir, The Likir Monastery or gompa is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh district in India’s northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir. The monastery is located in Likir village is believed to have been in existence since 11th century. The original name of Likir monastery is Klu-kkhyil gompa. Besides being the oldest, the monastery is also known for the 75 feet statue of Buddha. About 62 m from Leh, Likir village located in Indus Valley is believed to be among the oldest villages of India. Likir means the Naga encircled. The monastery got its name as it is believed two serpent spirits –Nanda and Taksako – guard it. The gompa belongs to Gelugpa sect of Buddhism which is also referred as Yellow Hat sect. It was founded by Tsongkhapa in 15th century.

likir-monastery
likir monastery

Later continue ride to Alchi with following the Indus river, on arrival, installation at hotel. After freshen-up visit the world heritage the Alchi monastery: The monastery has lots of small Buddha statue in different form but the main attraction is the 1000-year-old wall paintings, Unesco heritage.

Alchi-monastery
Alchi Monastery

In the evening free time to walk around the village. Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Alchi to Dha Hanu (approx 110 kms/02-03 hrs ride)

Morning after breakfast ride to the world famous village Dha Hanu, this is a rural village up the vertical rock walls of the Indus Gorge. Walnut and apricot trees grow around huge granite boulders throughout the village. The mild climate also favours wine-grape cultivation and cherries. The harvest festival in July is a big happening with the villagers dressing up even smarter than usual, and of course lots of chang (local beer).

dha hanu village
dha hanu village

On arrival, installation at Camp.

Day 05: Dha Hanu to Kargil (approx 50 kms/01 hrs ride)

Morning proceed to Kargil over Hamboting La to reach the pristine & pristine Batalik sector.

Hamboting La
Hamboting La

Later continue ride to Kargil, on arrival, installation & overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Kargil to Lamayuru to Leh (approx 250 kms/04-5 hrs ride)

Proceed to Leh (10000 ft asl – 234 kms – 10 hrs). Enroute visit Mulbek (known for its huge Buddha Statue) and Lamayuru monastery (10500 ft asl – The oldest monastery in Ladakh). Enroute pass the confluence of Indus – Zanskar Rivers and the effects of Magnetic Hill (Defiance of the law of gravity). Visit Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, in the late afternoon reach Leh.

Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek
Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek
lamayuru-monastery
lamayuru monastery
confluence of indus and zanskar rivers
confluence of indus and zanskar rivers
Gurudwara Patthar Sahib
Gurudwara Patthar Sahib

Overnight at hotel

Day 07: Leh/ Khardungla/ Nubra

Early departure to Nubra Valley (10000+ ft asl – popularly known as the valley of flowers.) (125 kms – 5 hrs) enroute visit Khardung-la-pass (the highest Motorable road in the world – 17582 ft asl).

Khardungla-Pass
Khardungla Pass

Post lunch can explore beautiful village of Sumur & Hunder with a Visit Diskit Monastery. Evening Visit high altitude cold desert and Sand Dunes to enjoy a Bactrian Camel ride.

Samtaling-monastery-in-Sumur-village
Samtaling monastery in Sumur village
diskit monastery
diskit monastery
nubra-valley-leh
Camel Ride Nubra Valley leh

Later return to camp. Overnight at camp

Day 08: Nubra/ Wari La/ Pangong Lake (Approx 140 kms/ 06 – 07 Hrs)

Morning after breakfast ride to Pangong lake via Wari La pass , a high altitude pass in Ladakh region, situated at an altitude of 17,400 feet. It is one of those lesser known passes that are nowadays getting a lot of attention. On arrival at Pangong, installation at camp. Evening stroll down on the bank of the word famous Pangong lake.

Pangong Lake ladakh
Pangong Lake ladakh

Overnight at camp

Day 09:Pangong/ Tsokhar Lake (4485m) (Approx 220 kms/ 08 – 09 Hrs)

Morning proceed to Tsokhar lake, a salt lake system in the Rupsho plateau which is home of the Changa nomads and support many rare wild life species. On arrival installation at camp.

tsokhar-lake-in-ladakh
tsokhar lake in ladakh

Overnight at Camp

Day 10: Tsokhar/ Tsomoriri Lake (4500m) (Approx 75 kms/03 to 04 hrs)

Morning ride to Tsomoriri, It will be a nice wilderness drive up to Tsomoriri Lake. Arrive reaching  Tsomoriri by late noon, check-in at the camp. In the evening relax and enjoy an overnight at the tented Camp in the Korzok village by lake side. Karzok is the only village and one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh.

tsomoriri-lake
tsomoriri lake
Korzok village
Korzok village

Overnight at camp/hotel

Day 11: Tsomoriri/ Leh (Approx 225 kms/06 – 07 Hrs)

We will leave early in the morning today to drive along Indus River into the Rupshu Valley. In the afternoon arrive at Leh check-in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure or to visit the local market.

Rupshu Valley
Rupshu Valley

Overnight at hotel

Day 12: In Leh – Day at leisure

Day at leisure for relaxing in the hotel or walk around in the Leh town.

Leh-Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

We host a farewell to our companions The Royal Enfields, carrying fond memories & promise to meet again.

Day 13: Depart Leh by flight to Delhi, transfer to Leh airport 

Morning in time departure transfer to airport to catch the flight back to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel with private vehicle, later in the evening departure transfer to international airport to catch the flight onwards destination

Tour End

Cost

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