Ladakh Trek

Ladakh is a land like no other on the earth bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. In geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of t ...

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Trip Facts

Duration: 8 / 9 / 10 Days    |    Best Month: April - November    |    Trip Grade: Strenuous    |    Starting Point: Leh    |    End Point: Leh    |    Mode of Travel: Fly In & Out    |    Style of Trek: Hotel / Lodge

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Ladakh is a land like no other on the earth bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. In geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of the earth's crust as the Indian sub- continent pushed with irresistible force against the immovable mass of Asia. Its basic contours, uplifted by these unimaginable tectonic movements, have been modified over the millennia by the opposite process of erosion, sculpted into the form we see today by wind and water. Yes, water! Today, a high -altitude desert, sheltered from the rain-bearing clouds of the Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya, Ladakh was once covered by an extensive lake system, the vestiges of which still exist on its south -east plateaus of Rupshu and Chushul - in drainage basins with evocative names like Tso-moriri, Tsokar, and grandest of all, Pangong-tso.

Occasionally, some stray monsoon clouds do find their way over the Himalaya, and lately this seems to be happening with increasing frequency. But the main source of water remains the winter snowfall. Drass, Zanskar and the Suru Valley on the Himalaya's northern flank receive heavy snow in winter; this feeds the glaciers whose melt water, carried down by streams, irrigates the fields in summer. For the rest of the region, the snow on the peaks is virtually the only source of water. As the crops grow, the villagers pray not for rain, but for sun to melt the glaciers and liberate their water. Usually their prayers are answered, for the skies are clear and the sun shines for over 300 days in the year.

Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 2750m at Kargil to 7,672m at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus summer temperatures rarely exceed about 27 degree Celsius in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to minus 20 degree Celsius. Surprisingly, though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes; it is said that only in Ladakh man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time!

 

8 DAYS LADAKH TREK PACKAGE

Day 01: Arrive at Leh. Arrive at Leh airport by morning flight. (There are three flights to Leh operated by Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Air India). You will be met and assisted on arrival. Transfer to hotel. Whole day is free to acclimatize the body to the high altitudes. Overnight at hotel (Welcome drink on arrival).

Day 02: After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing of Shay palace, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries and the Stok Palace. O/N in hotel at Leh

Shey - Until the 16th century it was the royal residence, Kings of Leh were supposed to be born in the monasteries. This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maître Buddha (Buddha to come) in Ladakh. Erected in the mid 17th century, worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets with blue hair, it stands 17.5 meters high.

Thiksey - is an imposing monastery and one of the finest example of Ladakhi architecture. This Gompa is situated on the top of the hill and forms part of Gelukpa order. The 12-storey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings, there are sacred shrines and a many precious objects to be seen. The successive reincarnation of the Skyabje Khampo Ringpoche acts as in-charge of the monastery. The main prayer hall has a 15 mt high-seated Buddha figure.

Hemis Monastery - Is one of the richest, biggest and most famous gompa in Ladakh. Built in 1630, it belongs to the red sect. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held during summer in honour of their Guru Padma Sambhava's birth anniversary, every 12 years the thanka with his photograph is displayed - the largest in the world. The monastery houses silver chortens studded with precious and semi precious stones, an impressive library of Tibetan style books, large number of thankas, various images of Buddha and frescoes including the famous "Wheel of Life".

Stok Palace - The palace of the banished royal family dates back to the mid 19th century. The Palace museum has on display fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite thankas representing the life of the Sakya Muni Buddha. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, Armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain can also be seen here. The Royal family still continues to live here.

Day 03: After breakfast proceed for an unforgettable drive to the top of the world's highest motorable mountain pass Khardungla, at a height of about 18,380 Ft Enjoy unbelievable but true spectacular views of the snow covered Himalayas. Return by the afternoon. Afternoon free to explore the local markets on your own O/N hotel at Leh

Day 04: After breakfast drive to Alchi, enroute visit Basgo Palace and Likir Monastery. Arrive Alchi by the afternoon. Visit the monastery at Alchi; spend the afternoon exploring the village. Overnight Camp

Basgo - It was the seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It is here in 1680 A.D. that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year long siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts of Basgo are well worth a visit.

Alchi Monastery - On the banks of river Indus is Alchi gompa dating back to the 11th century. It is one of the largest and a famous monastery with a widely renowned collection of paintings. One of its walls features thousands of miniature-sized pictures of the Buddha. This monastery is maintained by the monks of Likir monastery and is no longer a place for active worship.

Likir - The present gompa in Likir dates back to the 18th century. It contains huge clay images of Buddha and various old manuscripts. It also houses an interesting collection of Thankas, old religious and domestic costumes and implements etc.

Day 05: After Breakfast. Return to Leh; visit the monastery at Lamayuru enroute.

Lamayuru - has fascinating caves carved out of the mountainside. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promonotory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other gompa can match Lamayuru. O/N at hotel in Leh

Day 06: After early breakfast drive for a visit of Pangong Lake via Chang La pass (17,350Ft). The drive takes you through specatular, amazing scenery, with breathtaking views of the snow covered mountains- recalling your journey to the Alps of Europe. The Lake is the highest (4267M-14,500 Ft) salt-water lake in the world, situated along the India / China border. It is about 130 Km long and 5-6 Km wide. The Chang - Chenmo range surrounding it from the north provide a spectacular backdrop to the blue and green expanse of its brackish water. O /N Camp.

Day 07: After a leisure breakfast return to Leh. O /N in hotel at Leh

Day 08: Transfer to airport to catch your return flight to Delhi and fly back with sweet memories of Ladakh.Tour Ends.

 

9 DAYS LADAKH TREK PACKAGE

Day 01: Arrive at Leh. Arrive at Leh airport by morning flight. (There are three flights to Leh operated by Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Air India). You will be met and assisted on arrival. Transfer to hotel. Whole day is free to acclimatize the body to the high altitudes. Overnight at hotel (Welcome drink on arrival)

Day 02: After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing of Shay palace, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries and the Stok Palace. O/N in hotel at Leh

Shey - Until the 16th century it was the royal residence, Kings of Leh were supposed to be born in the monasteries. This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maître Buddha (Buddha to come) in Ladakh. Erected in the mid 17th century, worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets with blue hair, it stands 17.5 meters high.

Thiksey - is an imposing monastery and one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. This Gompa is situated on the top of the hill and forms part of Gelukpa order. The 12-storey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings, there are sacred shrines and a many precious objects to be seen. The successive reincarnation of the Skyabje Khampo Ringpoche acts as in-charge of the monastery. The main prayer hall has a 15 mt high-seated Buddha figure.

Hemis Monastery - Is one of the richest, biggest and most famous gompa in Ladakh. Built in 1630, it belongs to the red sect. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held during summer in honour of their Guru Padma Sambhava's birth anniversary, every 12 years the thanka with his photograph is displayed - the largest in the world. The monastery houses silver chortens studded with precious and semi precious stones, an impressive library of Tibetan style books, large number of thankas, various images of Buddha and frescoes including the famous "Wheel of Life".

Stok Palace - The palace of the banished royal family dates back to the mid 19th century. The Palace museum has on display fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite thankas representing the life of the Sakya Muni Buddha. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, Armour, weapons, precious jade and porcelain can also be seen here. The Royal family still continues to live here.

Day 03: After breakfast drive to Alchi, enroute visit Basgo Palace and Likir Monastery. Arrive At Alchi by the afternoon. Visit the monastery at Alchi; spend the afternoon exploring the village. Overnight Camp

Basgo - It was the seat of power of a branch of the Namgyal family. It is here in 1680 A.D. that invading Mongol and Tibetan armies were held in check over a three year long siege. Original 16th century murals and other arts of Basgo are well worth a visit.

Alchi Monastery - On the banks of river Indus is Alchi gompa dating back to the 11th century. It is one of the largest and a famous monastery with a widely renowned collection of paintings. One of its walls features thousands of miniature-sized pictures of the Buddha. This monastery is maintained by the monks of Likir monastery and is no longer a place for active worship.

Likir - The present gompa in Likir dates back to the 18th century. It contains huge clay images of Buddha and various old manuscripts. It also houses an interesting collection of Thankas, old religious and domestic costumes and implements etc.

Day 04: After Breakfast. Return to Leh; visit the monastery at Lamayuru enroute.

Lamayuru - has fascinating caves carved out of the mountainside. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promonotory overlooking the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other gompa can match Lamayuru. O/N at hotel in Leh.

Day 05: After breakfast proceed for an unforgettable drive to the top of the world's highest motorable mountain pass Khardungla, at a height of about 18,380 Feet. Enjoy unbelievable but true spectacular views of the snow covered Himalayas all around. Return by the afternoon. Afternoon free to explore the local markets on your own. O/N at Hotel in Leh

Day 06: After early breakfast drive for a visit of Pangong Lake via Chang La pass (17,500 Ft). The drive takes you through specatular, amazing scenery, with breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains. The Lake is the highest (4267M - 14,500 Ft)) salt-water lake in the world, situated along the India / China border. It is about 130 Km long and 5-6 Km wide. The Chang -Chenmo range surrounding it from the north provide a spectacular backdrop to the blue and green expanse of its brackish water. Overnight Camp

Day 07: Breakfast at the camp and spend the morning exploring the area. Return to Leh by the evening. O/N hotel at Leh

Day 08: Halfday rafting trip on Zanskar river. Afternoon free for personal activities. O/N in hotel at Leh

Day 09: Transfer to airport to catch the flight for Delhi with sweet memories of Ladakh.Tour Ends.

 

10 DAYS LADAKH TREK PACKAGE

Day 01: Arrive at Leh. Arrive at Leh airport by morning flight. (There are three flights to Leh operated by Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Air India). You will be met and assisted on arrival. Transfer to hotel. Whole day is free to acclimatize the body to the high altitudes. Overnight at hotel. (Welcome drink  on arrival).

Day 02: After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing of Shay palace, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. O/N in hotel at Leh.

Shey - Until the 16th century it was the royal residence, Kings of Leh were supposed to be born in the monasteries. This Palace Monastery has the largest statue of Maître Buddha (Buddha to come) in Ladakh. Erected in the mid 17th century, worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets with blue hair, it stands 17.5 meters high.

Thiksey - is an imposing monastery and one of the finest example of Ladakhi architecture. This Gompa is situated on the top of the hill and forms part of Gelukpa order. The 12-storey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues; thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings, there are sacred shrines and a many precious objects to be seen. The successive reincarnation of the Skyabje Khampo Ringpoche acts as in-charge of the monastery. The main prayer hall has a 15 mt high-seated Buddha figure.

Hemis Monastery - Is one of the richest, biggest and most famous gompa in Ladakh. Built in 1630, it belongs to the red sect. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held during summer in honour of their Guru Padma Sambhava's birth anniversary, every 12 years the thanka with his photograph is displayed - the largest in the world. The monastery houses silver chortens studded with precious and semi precious stones, an impressive library of Tibetan style books, large number of thankas, various images of Buddha and frescoes including the famous "Wheel of Life".

Day 03: Leh- Spituk to Zingchen 3700 m (4-5 hours)
Our walk begins along an old jeep road on very dry and exposed land, so water and protection against the sun are important! After 3 hours the landscape becomes greener as we go into the Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the Indus. Our camp is in the small village of Zingchen, which means 'big field', where there are just two houses. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the view and maybe even a dip in the river.

Day 04: Zingchen to Rumbak 3900 m (3-4 hours)
Today we enter Hemis National Park, home to the famous Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), great Tibetan sheep (Arghali), red fox, Tibetan wolf, wild dog (dhole), Lynx, marmot and mountain hare. We start to climb gradually up to village of Rumbak.

Day 05: Rumbak – Stokla – Camp Site
In the morning after breakfast you will ascend the 4,900-m. Stok Pass also known as the Namlung La. If you are fit and have camped at the plateau just under the pass as all do, you should have no problem climbing up to the pass. One can climb steadily and made it in less than 1.5 hrs.

Day 06: Camp Site – Stok – Leh
Today is an easy day going downhill all the way. Follow the stream on its left bank as it heads north. The path is broad and easy. You will find willows and wild roses growing on islands in the middle of the stream which grows quite wide as you approach Stok. Visit the Stok Palace, residence of the king of Ladakh.

Day 07: After early breakfast drive for a visit of Pangong Lake via Chang La pass(17,500 Ft). The drive takes you through specatular, amazing scenery, with breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains . The Lake is the highest (4267M - 14,500 Ft)) salt-water lake in the world, situated along the India / China border. It is about 130 Km long and 5-6 Km wide. The Chang -Chenmo range surrounding it from the north provide a spectacular backdrop to the blue and green expanse of its brackish water. Overnight Camp.

Day 08 :Breakfast at the camp and spend the morning exploring the area. Return to Leh by the evening. O/N hotel at Leh.

Day 09: Halfday rafting trip on Zanskar river. Afternoon free for personal activities. O/N in hotel at Leh.

Day 10: Transfer to airport to catch the flight for Delhi with sweet memories of Ladakh.Tour Ends.

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