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Ladakh – Photography Tour

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Ladakh – Photography Tour – 13 Days

Leh – Yangthan – Hemis Shukpachan – Lamayuru – Leh – Tso-moriri – Tso Kar - Leh


It takes your breath away every time you plan your travel to this mesmerizing land of Ladakh. Blessed with picturesque landscape and awe-inspiring sights like white-washed Stupas, is a summer destination situated in the Indian Himalayan region.

This tour takes you to places like Yangthan, Hemis Shukpachan, Lamayuru,Alchi, Tso-moriri , Tso-kar and Leh. One can admire pictorial landscapes, experience Himalayan villages, explore the monasteries & lakes and relish sumptuous local cuisine & much more.

First day in Ladakh would be left ideal to get acclimatized to the high altitude conditions. Next day, visit some of the famous monasteries Leh such as Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk, Shakar as well as the Shanti Stupa, Stok Palaca. You can also explore the colorful bazaars.

Afterward, tour takes you Likir famous for its ancient monasteries.

The trail will then enters to the most beautiful village of Hemis Shukpachan famous for having plenty of 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. You will also get a chance to explore village of Dha Hanu , renowned as the “land of Aryans”

Heading to Alchi Gompa, which is the only monastery built on flat ground .It is located on the bank of Indus River and is a famous place for Buddhist worship and study center.

Last leg of the tour takes you to places like Tso-moriri lake which is one of the most breathtaking fresh water lake and Tso-kar, also referred to as “white lake” because of salt deposits around it. Tso-moriri Lake is home to numerous species of birds like Bar Headed Goose, Brahmini Duck etc. Here you can also admire Kyangs(Wild animals) and black necked crane which are found in abundant. Enjoy this scenic trip to Leh,Ladakh.

Day 01 Delhi to Leh (3,500 M / 11,550 Ft) – 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.

fied air. You may choose to stroll along the main bazaar - observing the varied crowds. When tired of strolling, one can step into any of the several restaurants; some of them located in gardens or on the sidewalks and serve local Tibetan, Indian and Continental cuisine.

Also walk to the Leh Palace & Sankar Gompa, which belongs to Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is a branch of Spituk Gompa, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk monastery).

Return to hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 03 In Leh – Visit to Thiksey (3,230 M / 10,569 Ft) – Hemis Gompa (3,450 M / 11,385Ft) – Stok Palace (3,650 M / 12,045 Ft)

You begin the day by visiting Thiksey Monastery, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect.

Continue your drive on a well mettle broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to Hemis Gompa, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh’s monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.).

After your visit to Hemis Monastery you drive to Stok Palace, which is the present residence of the former royal family of Ladakh.

Return to hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 04 Leh to Likir (3,500 M / 11480 Ft) – By road / 52 Kms / Approx 2 Hrs to Yangthan (3,600 M/ 11,810 Ft) - 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 05 Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan(3,600 M / 11,810 Ft) - 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 a home Stay.

Day 06 Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam – Trek/ Approx 4 Hrs

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 stay will be at homestay.

Day 07 Tingmosgang to Lamayaru (3,460 M / 11,418 Ft) – Approx 30 Km / 1 Hr

You drive from Tingmosgang to Nurla from where you turn right for Lamayuru along the main highway.

After checking in to your accommodation, proceed to visit the 11th century Lamayuru Monastery

Overnight stay will at your hotel.

Day 08 Lamayuru – Excursion to the village of Dha Hanu

After breakfast, discover the Drokpa community, considered the last line of the valley Aryans. The Indo-Aryan people retain its physical characteristics through the centuries. Their culture and religious practice are very similar to that of the Pre Buddhist religion.

Evening return to Lamayuru for dinner and overnight.

Day 09 Lamayuru to Alchi (3,250 M / 10,725 Ft) – By road / Approx 1½ Hrs to Leh – By road 70 Kms / 2Hrs

Return to Leh from Lamayuru. Crossing the Indus River you drive uphill to Alchi to visit the Alchi Monastery. It is complex of temples located within the village. 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 stay will be at hotel

Day 10 Leh to Tso Moriri to Korzok (15,075 Ft) – By road - 227 Kms / Approx 7 Hrs

On your way to Tso Moriri you cross over Namshang La (4800 M), which is a very wide pass. Shortly after crossing over you come across a small lake called Tangtse Karu. It is a small, brackish water lake at an altitude of more than 4000 metres above sea level.

Tso Moriri or “Mountain Lake” is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by snow-capped peaks. This valley is inhabited by a small-scattered population of “Changpas” who are nomadic shepherds. The area is rich in wildlife including the “Kyang” (wild ass), red fox, black necked crane and geese.

Overnight stay will be at Tsomoriri Camp & resort/Similar.

Day 11 Tso Moriri to Tso Kar(4485 M) - Approx 55 Kms / Approx 2½ Hrs

Rise early in the morning to capture some unforgettable snaps of the deep blue waters of the lake against the backdrop of Rocky Mountains of unimaginable hues. Later explore the surrounding areas of the Lake. The village of Korzok is besides the lake.

Afternoon you continue your journey to TSO KAR. The journey to lake is filled with breathtaking views. Tso Kar is also called “White Lake” because of the salt deposits around it. The waters are deep blue in colour and the mountains, like the rest of the Ladakhi landscape are of varying shades of brown and purple with snow-capped peaks.

Overnight will be at pastureland camp / Similar.

Day 12 Tso Kar to Leh – By road / Approx 145Kms / Approx 5 ½ Hrs

Commence your journey back to Leh. A 20 minutes’ drive gets you onto the Manali – Leh highway. On this route you cross over Taklang La (5260 M / 17, 582 Ft), the second highest motorable road in the world.

Day 13 Leh to Delhi By flight

Today on time transfer you to airport to board you flight to Delhi for your onward destination with sweet memories of the tour. TOUR ENDS!!!

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