A land of high passes

Stunning Desert

  Programme Duration : 10 Days

  Leh - 5 Nights, Diskit - 1 Night, Ulletokpo - 1 Night, Kargil - 1 Night, Srinagar - 1 Night




Arrive in Leh by flight, transfer to the hotel.
Thereafter free time to rest to acclimatize to the high altitude. In the late afternoon walk the winding medieval streets. Night halt at Leh.


After breakfast drive to Sidhu Darshan and visit to Shey Palace. Thereafter proceed to Thiksay monastery located on top of a hill, the monastery is an excellent example of Ladakhi architecture. Later continues drive to visit Hemis monastery. Later drive back to Stok Palace museum. Night halt at Leh.


After breakfast, drive to Pagong lake the biggest high altitude lake of Asia bu crossing another pass of Changla about 5270 mtrs.
Pangong Lake is the world’s highest brackish lake at 14,256 feet above sea level. The 160 kms. trip to Pangong Lake from Leh is one such experience. It begins with Thiksey village famous for its huge monasteries covering an entire mountain ridge. Beyond this remote village there is nothing but the extreme mountain ridge. Beyond this remote village there is nothing but the extreme mountain ranges for company. The topography throughout the journey shoots up so abruptly that they throw off all calculations of distance - what looked to be a ten-minute crossing easily required an hour or more. At times, it appeared as if so many of nature’s forces were warning us away at the steep slopes and uneasy bends and not to forget the great chunks of ice appearing static and frozen in time. At Darbuk village near Tangste Valley stood a chain of war memorials with Regimental Insignias in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-Chinese war of 1962. Some of the army bunkers and trenches are still in use. Villagers can be seen here along with their large herds of Pashmina sheep and long tailed yaks. The placid Pangong Lake is not just a tourists paradise but a geologist’s domain too and if one is to brush up with political history, the place is a melting pot of confusion and for sure it in no fun for the army in the biting cold to take care of the strategic landscape. Travelers enjoy the solitude for a day, zoom their cameras to shoot the black necked Siberian crane around the Mahe marshes which are the only breeding ground for these migratory birds. one third of the 150 kms. lake belongs to India. The remaining 100 kms. stretch of water belongs to China. The lake was once divided between Ladakh and Tibet as early as 1684 under the Treaty of Tingmosgang signed between the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, and the Regent of Tibet. As of today it is shared by India and China.
After enjoying the lake move back to Leh. Night halt at Leh.

4 After breakfast, drive to the mystical Nubra Valley over the exhilarating Khardungla Pass (5600 mtrs.), the highest point of your journey. The views from the top are spectacular; extending, to the south, across the Indus Valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range. To the north, the views of the mighty peaks of the Saser Massif are amazing. Continue driving up to Hundar where you will be receive and welcome drinks and later drive to the starting point or camel trek of Hunder and Diskit is home to a small population of Bactrain camels; these shaggy, double humped animals, were once used as pack animals on the central Asian trade routes. On camel back, pass through this dramatic high altitude desert, with its rolling sand dune and barren landscape, dotted with lush, green, river valleys. Night halt in a camp in Diskit.

After breakfast, set off on full day of sightseeing to Diskit monastery located on the top of Diskit village. Later drive to Samstaling monastery and the village of Samur. This is part of the old silk route and was used by trade caravans on their way to Panamik, the last village on this circuit. Panamik, now a sleepy village, was once a major trade centre for merchants. Later drive back to Leh. Night halt in Leh.


After breakfast, Visit the Shanti Stupa - peace seat of Japanese Buddhists, inaugurated by Dalai Lama. Ladakh Palace - Built by 16th century ruler Sengge Namgyal, which was badly damaged during Kashmir - Ladakh war. View of old town, Zansar mountains and Spituk Gompa (Gokhang). Night halt at Leh.


After Breakfast, drive to Alchi. Enroute visit Basgo Palace, Liker Monastery and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. Arrive Alchi by afternoon. Visit Alchi monastery and spend rest of the day free at leisure. Night halt at Alchi/ Uleytokpo.


After breakfast, time free to relax yourself.
After lunch leave for Kargil, enroute view spectacular view of Moon landscape, Lamayuru (Oldest Monastery in Ladakh) and Giant Maitreya Buddha at Mulbekh. Arrive at Kargil by evening. Night halt at Kargil.


In the very early morning, drive to Srinagar passing through Drass, the second coldest inhabited Place on earth and you can have spectacular view of Kargil War famous Peaks Tiger Hill and Tololing Peak. Pay a tribute to Vijay Smarak, dedicated to Indian Soldiers who laid their lives for us during Kargil War in 1999. Arrive Srinagar by Afternoon. Rest day free for rexation. Night halt at Srinagar.


Proceed to Srinagar Airport to board the flight for Mumbai.


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