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Ladakh Cultural Tour

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Ladakh Cultural Tour – 08 Days

Leh – Yangthan – Hemis Shukpachan – Lamayuru – Leh – Nubra - Leh


Leh, Ladakh - nestled in the mountains of Himalayas is one of the most scenic place on earth.

After a day of getting acclimatized to the prevailing weather conditions, the sojourn begins by visiting the ancient monasteries in Likir – situated on the hill overlooking the beautiful mountains.

The tour takes you to various beautiful villages in the region where you will experience the Himalayan culture and rural life. Starting from the the village Yangthan, the trail proceeds to one of the most beautiful village - Hemis Shukpachan filled with cedar trees. The trek also takes you through the apricot village - Ang, subsequently to Lamayuru, enroute visiting the historic village of Temisgam, where one can visit the monastery and the palace. Lamayuru has the largest and biggest Gompas in Ladakh. Experience the rich Buddhist heritage by visiting the prominent monastery and learn about their rich history.

Afterwards, we move to Nubra Valley which is one of the must visit places in Ladakh, especially for the first timer. While driving to reach Nubra valley, you will come across awe inspiring Khardungla pass, the highest motorable pass in the world. Nubra valley is the cold desert between Diskit and hunder also known as the orchard of Ladakh and was formerly called Ldumra which means the valley of flowers.

Day 01 Delhi to Leh (3500 M) – By flight

After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet!

Overnight will be at Leh

Day 02 Leh to Likir By road to Yangthan (3600 M) 52 Kms / Approx 2Hrs - Trek /Approx 4½ Hrs walking time

Today you drive out early for Likir Monastery, which is situated at the head of the village by the same name. The gompa is believed to date back to the 11th century. Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region.

Afterwards, commence your trek on a jeep track as it winds down to the river, leaving behind all the greenery and entering an arid moonscape. You can either continue on jeep track or trek down taking the shortcuts. Enjoy the scenic Himalayas throughout the day.

Thereafter, tour moves to the prosperous looking village of Yangtang. Here you have wonderful southerly views over the village to the Zanskar Range beyond.

Overnight stay will be in a home stay.

Day 03 Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan (3600 M) - Trek / Approx 3 Hrs Walking time

From Yangtang the route descends to the tree-lined Wuleh Tokpo, crosses it on a bridge and then, between stonewalls, climbs the other side of the valley

This brings you to Sermanchan La (3,750 m / 12,300 ft).There are views down to the beautiful village of Hemis Shukpachan from the Pass. The trail enters the village through the fields, drops steeple down to cross the Akheur Tokpo and emerges above the Gompa overlooking beautiful pastures. Hemis Shukpachan is a wonderful tranquil village with a small Gompa overlooking beautiful pasture.

Overnight stay will be in home Stay.

Day 04 Hemis Shukpachan to Lamayuru – Enroute visit Temisgam Village

Start from Hemis Shukpachan in the morning. Pass through various Himalayan villages on the way such Ang and finally reach the Temisgam viilage.

Temisgam is the largest most prosperous village on this trek. Set amongst fertile fields and spreading orchards there are some fine examples of large, whitewashed Ladakhi homes.

Overnight will be at homestay.

Day 05 Lamayuru to Alchi (3250 M) – By road / Approx 2Hrs to Leh – By road 70Kms / 2½ Hrs

On your return to Leh from Lamayuru, you will cross the Indus River as you drive uphill to Alchi to visit the Alchi Monastery. It is complex of temples located within the village and is one the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries dating back to the 11th century.

Alchi Gompa is the only monastery, built on flat ground. It is very famous for its paintings and architecture, which has an Indian and Kashmiri influence in them.

After lunch you will proceed to Leh, reaching there by the evening.

Overnight will be at hotel

Day 06 Leh – Over Khardung La (5602 M) to Hunder(4350 M) to Nubra Valley – By road /126 Kms / Approx 5Hrs

The road journey from Leh to NUBRA VALLEY passes over KHARDUNG LA (the highest motor able road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh.

From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range.

Overnight will be at Hotel.

Day 07 Nubra to Leh – By road / 5Hrs

Today we start our journey back to Leh taking back the same scenic route. Reach Leh in the afternoon. Evening, visit Shanti Stupa for sunset view.

Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 08 Departure Leh

Transfer to Leh airport for flight back home/onward journey with sweet memories of the tour.

TOUR ENDS!!!

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