(10 nights / 11 days)
Delhi - Leh - Likir - Yangthang - Hemis - Khardung lL - Delhi
This trek will take you to the Buddhist monasteries of Rizong, Liker, Alchi and Palace of Temisgam. Primarily a village-to-village trek and you will have a glimpse of some typical Ladakhi villages with fewer houses.
From the Plaines and heat of Delhi, within 01 hrs 15 minutes you land on one of the world's highest airfield 11,500 ft at a pleasant temperature of 15 to 25 C.
The one hour and fifteen minutes flight to Leh is a breathtaking experience, flying over the mighty mountain ranges of Himalayas and Zanskar. One always wish if the flight was longer
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
On arrival you will be met by a Group Tours to India representative and transferred to hotel, where we will be holding the rooms on ready occupancy basis. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 - Delhi
Morning excursion to the city included visiting Laxmi Narayan Temple - the Place of Gods, India Gate - the memorial to the soldiers who laid down their lives in the World War I., Parliament House. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi covering Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in Asia, Red Fort - the red stone magic, Gandhi Memorial - The memoir of father of the nation. Also enjoy the sound & light show in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 - Delhi / Leh
Transfer to the Delhi domestic airport for your flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Dep. 0540
Arrive 0655. Leh is situated among the hills on the north side of the Indus Valley. Upon arrival in
Leh, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Day complete rest to
acclimatize yourself to high altitude. Evening walk to Lehbazaar at a slow pace. You are
advised not to run or exert. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04 - Leh
Embark on a day sightseeing of Thiksey, Shey and Hemis monasteries with packed
lunch. Overnight stay at the hotel.
SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA: Located on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it served as the residence of the royal family. You can see a copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind.
THIKSEY GOMPA: 19 Kms from Leh, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most imposing Gompas. This Gompa houses several temples, containing images, stupas and wall paintings relating to Buddhism, which are exquisite.
HEMIS GOMPA: Located 40 Kms from Leh, Hemis Gompa is the best known, wealthiest and biggest of Ladakh. Its other claim to fame is that it is home to a major annual festival held here every summer to commemorate Guru Padma Sambhava's birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh, which is unfurled once in 12 years (nest in 2004) Built in 1630 during the reign of Singge Namgyal, the Hemis Gompa continued to receive patronage from different dynasties. It is divided into two, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as "green room" by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist "Wheel Of Life" (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel.
Day 05 - Leh-Likir
Drive from Leh to Likir (60 Kms.) on the Leh-Srinagar Highway. Pay a visit to the monastery. Overnight camp at Liker.
Day 06 - Likir to Yangthang (3,700M) 05:30 Hrs.
After taking breakfast at the camp, start the trek towards south through trail behind the monastery, amidst wheat fields. After a walk for 20 minutes, you come down to the rough motorable road to Hemis Shukpachan. Ignore the road and walk through the trail down the road along with Stupas westward.
As the easy ascent starts from here, you can go to the top of "Chagatse La" pass (3,700M). Again skip the road on your right and walk through the trail down and up to the road. From here you can glimpse a hamlet named Saspotse. Start walking towards the village leaving the road on your right hand side. You have to cross a river to reach the village. Take the trail behind the village through a small gorge, which leads you to "Phobe la" pass (3,849M). You can have the glimpse of Yangthang village from here.
After a walk for 10 minutes arrive at the camping site. The two camping sites; one near the school which has beautiful view of the village and the peak. The next one is near the river amidst poplar plantation.
Day 07 - Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan-Rizong (3596 M)-05 Hrs.
Take s short walk if you want to camp at Hemis Shukpachan village. You can also
walk up to Temisgam or village of Ang before Temisgam, which takes around 6-7 hrs. As
soon as you cross the river, the climb of the Phobe La (4,000 M) starts, which takes
around 01 hour to reach the top of the pass. After another hour or half you reach Hemis
Shukpachan, trek to Rizong. Drive back to Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel at Leh.
Day 08 - Leh: (Excursion to Khardung-la pass)
Excursion to Khardung-la pass; world's highest Motorable road. Afternoon at leisure to
explore the Leh town to buy souvenirs or individual activities. Overnight stay at the hotel at Leh.
Khardungla pass: The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardung La pass (The highest Motorable road in the world) 18,390 ft. around 39 Kms Away from Leh. There are two checkpoints on the both sides of the pass.
SOUVENIRS & SHOPPING IN LEH - In Leh you can buy Pashmina Shawls, handicraft Items such as Tibetan or Kahsmiri carpets, wooden masks, wall paintings, wooden dragons for wall hangings, Ladakhi wooden table carved and painted, etc. You can also buy Tibetan and Ladakhi artifacts from the Tibetan market or antique shops. You can also buy local apricot Jam or dry apricots.
Day 09 - Leh/ Delhi
Departure transfer to the Leh airport. Fly Leh-Delhi Dep. 0735 Arr. 0850. On arrival you will be met by our representative. Drive to Agra. Arrive Agra. Check in at the hotel. Later embark on a half-day city tour covering Taj Mahal, Red fort, Itmad-ud-daula's tomb. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 - Delhi
Afternoon drive to Delhi en-route visiting Akbar's Tomb at Sikandara. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Day free to relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 - Departure back home
Transfer to the International airport to connect flight for departure back home.