12 Nights / 13 Days
5,602 m/ 18,380 ft
June to September
Hotel – 7; Tented Campsite/Guesthouse – 4; Houseboat – 1
Solang, Jispa, Nubra, Alchi, Mulbekh, Srinagar – Breakfast and Dinner included; Leh – Bed and Breakfast basis
In non-AC Innova or similar
This tour takes us over the Himalayan range from the greens of Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh to the barren mountain desert of Ladakh. This journey is a must driving experience and takes us over high passes starting with famed and crowded Rohtang, Baralacha, Nakee La, Lachung La and Tanglang La. The road journey is covered in 3 days to help acclimatize to the high altitude conditions. In this tour, we discover Ladakh and its myriad offerings right from monasteries, to high pass – Khardung La, white sand dunes of Nubra valley and the spectacularly scenic Pangong Lake.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL MANALI. DRIVE TO SOLANG (2,480 m / 8,136 ft)
DAY 2: SOLANG TO KEYLONG/JISPA (3,978 m / 13,050 ft)
DAY 3 KEYLONG/JISPA TO SARCHU (4,253 m/13,954 ft)
DAY 4: SARCHU TO LEH (260 km)
DAY 5: LEH SIGHTSEEING
Hemis Monastery stands on the western bank of the Indus River. The monastery boasts of a very rich collection of ancient relics. The Hemis Monastery also serves as the venue of the annual Hemis Festival. Thiksey Monastery houses one of the largest Buddhist statues, the 15-metre-tall Champa, the Buddha of Future. Thiksey is one of the most frequently visited and most photogenic monasteries in Ladakh. About a hundred monks live here.
The Stok Palace is where the current royal family lives. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewelry and artifacts, including thangkas painted with colors derived from crushed precious stones. Also on display are the ceremonial head dresses or ‘peraks’ of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh. These headdresses are decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral and gold, making them an exotic sight.
We then visit Leh Palace, Hall of fame and head to Shanti Stupa which is a Buddhist white domed stupa on a hilltop in Changspa. We enjoy the panoramic view of the city at sunset. From here we can choose to leave the vehicles and walk down to Leh taking some quite back roads and into the Leh market to wander around at leisure. Overnight at Leh.