Embark on a trip to ‘The Land of High Passes’ with our 8 days Splendor of Ladakh tour. Blessed with the paradisiacal beauty, Ladakh is a dream destination for every adventure enthusiast. Dotted with ancient monasteries, forts, palaces, lakes, high altitude mountain passes, and hills. You will explore the popular monasteries such as Alchi Monastery, Shey Palace, Thiksey, Hemis Monastery, and Spituk Monastery. Visit Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and Turtuk, which is the last village before Indo Pak borders.
This trip is for every kind of traveler including solo travelers, friends, families, and couples. You will be provided with swift transfers from the airport, comfortable stays in your choice of resort or hotel, a sightseeing tour of the popular attractions, and delicious meals. This tour is customizable and you can modify the itinerary as per your requirements. Listed below is the day-wise description of the ‘Splendor of Ladakh’ tour for your kind perusal.
Marvel at the architecture of Alchi Monastery
Visit Magnetic Hill and Sangam
Enjoy the view from Khardung La Pass
Indulge in Camel Safari in Nubra Sand Dunes
Soak in the spiritual aura of Diskit Monastery
Interact with locals and learn the stories at Turtuk
Enjoy camping at Pangong Tso
Take a tour to Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, and Hemis Monastery
Day 1 Arrival in Leh
Our tour representative will meet you at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh, which is situated at an elevation of 3,500 m above sea level. You will have an assisted transfer to the hotel. Complete the check in formalities and unwind. The rest of the day is for acclimatization. Ladakh is situated at a high altitude and the air pressure is less so it is important to get acclimatized.
In the evening, you can take a stroll nearby the resort or visit the local market. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Day 2 Leh – Uleytokpo/Alchi (66 km / 1hrs 30min)
On the 2nd day of the Ladakh trip, after having breakfast, complete the check out formalities and proceed for a trip to Uleytokpo or Alchi. En route, you will visit Magnetic Hill, which is also known as Cyclops Hills. This point defies the phenomenon of gravity. Park your vehicle there and enjoy the magnificence of nature while witnessing the vehicle going upward. Also visit Sangam, which is a confluence point of Indus and Zanskar River. Enjoy some time there amidst the serene environs and then head towards Alchi. On arrival, you will have an assisted transfer to the hotel. Complete the check in formalities and relax. Freshen up and then visit the Alchi Monastery, which is located on the bank of the Indus River. Renowned as the oldest monastery in Ladakh, Alchi Monastery is divided into four separate settlements with monuments that are dating back to different times. The paintings in Alchi Monastery are some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh.
By afternoon, return to your hotel in Alchi after the sightseeing tour. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. You can visit the nearby market or enjoy the natural setting of the town.
Savor the scrumptious dinner at the hotel and have a restful night in your room.
Day 3 Uleytokpo/ Alchi - Leh
Wake up to a beautiful day and have a delicious breakfast. Pack your bags and complete the check out formalities. Proceed for Leh by road and en route visit Rizong Nunnery, which is perched in the rocky hilltop north of Indus River. The frescoes of Dharmaraja and other deities are all around the monastery. The statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha is the main attraction of the assembly hall, as well as the idols of other deities, giving the hall a completely sacred atmosphere. The holy chamber, Thin-Chen shrine, etc have many other idols and all together create the harmonic serenity inside the monastery. Also visit Spituk Monastery, which is an 11th century Gompa known for its giant Kali statue. There is also a museum in the monastery that has a wide collection of ancient masks, antique arms, other icons, and numerous thangkas (Buddhist paintings) that makes it an important attraction in the Gompa.
After a sightseeing tour of the monastery, proceed for Leh. Visit the Military Hall of Fame, which is a museum constructed by the Indian Army to commemorate the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending the country. There is a section named OP Vijay Gallery, which is situated on the upper floor of the museum and here you can see the various kinds of weapons used in the Kargil war, along with the various other arms and ammunition that were captured by the Indian Army during the war.
Then proceed towards Leh Palace that is located on the top of the hill. This nine storey palace complex depicts the glorious past. You can see the collection of artifacts here and get glimpses of the bygone era. Afterward head towards Shanti Stupa, which is a white-domed stupa situated on the top of the hill in Changspa. This is an abode of peace and serenity in Leh. Enjoy the stunning view of the whole city from the top.
Later, head towards the hotel and complete the check in formalities. Spend the rest of the evening at your own wish. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Day 4 Leh – Nubra Valley (125 km / 5hrs 30min)
Wake up early, after having breakfast complete the check out formalities. Hit the road to visit the Nubra Valley. Enjoy the morning drive to Nubra Valley and en route take a halt at Khardung La Pass. This is one of the highest motorable passes in the world. Enjoy the majestic beauty of the valley from the top of the Khardung La Pass and click some pictures as reaching here is an achievement on its own.
Afterward, start your ride to Nubra Valley and in the afternoon you will arrive here. Visit Diskit Monastery, which is the largest and the oldest Buddhist Gompa in Nubra Valley. You can spot the enormous 106 feet statue of Maitreya Buddha from kilometers away, which is located here. The monastery houses murals, paintings, and frescoes of ancient times. You can also spend some time talking with the monks and learn about the history and culture of the region.
Then head towards Hunder Sand Dunes where you can enjoy the ride on the back of the Double Humped Camels that are known as Bactrian Camels. After partaking in the Camel Safari, you will have an assisted transfer to your pre-booked camp. Check in at the deluxe camp and unwind. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. You can take a stroll near your accommodation and enjoy the natural setting of this beautiful valley.
Overnight stay at the camp in Nubra Valley.
Day 5 Turtuk excursion (115 km approx)
On the 5th day, have a breakfast and then hit the road to visit Turtuk, which was once a part of the Baltistan region of Pakistan. In 1971, India captured the village during the war with Pakistan. The people of this village speak the Balti language as their ethnicity. This is the northernmost village of India which is situated on the bank of the Shyok River and an oasis of the K2 mountain range.
Explore this village during the visit and you can also interact with locals to listen to some of the interesting stories about the 1971 war and how India captures this strategic region of Gilgit Baltistan. You can also learn about the Balti culture and heritage during the village tour. Turtuk is renowned for its world-class quality of apricots and walnuts. You can buy the fruits and dry fruits directly from the farms. Take a walk to visit and you can also spend some time on the bank of the sparkling Shyok River.
After the sightseeing tour, come back to Hunder. The rest of the evening is at your leisure and you can spend your time at your own wish. Take a stroll near the hotel and enjoy the enchanting beauty of the region.
Overnight stay at the camp in Nubra Valley.
Day 6 Nubra Valley - Pangong Lake (240 km approx)
Greet the day with a beautiful smile and have a hearty meal. Pack your bags and complete the check out formalities from the camp to head towards Pangong Lake, which is a trans border lake situated at an altitude of 4,350 m above sea level. This is the world’s highest saltwater lake and extends to almost 160 km from India to China. The lake is also known to change colors, appearing blue, green, and red at different times of the day. The beauty of the lake cannot be described in words. En route Pangong Tso, you will cross some of the most beautiful villages of Ladakh namely Shyok, Durbuk, and Tangtse villages, which are located in the Changthang region of Ladakh.
On arrival, you will have an assisted transfer to the pre-booked camp. Complete the check in formalities and unwind. The rest of the day is at your leisure and you can enjoy the day as per your wish. You can spend your evening on the bank of the lake and witness the mesmerizing sunset. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake with your loved ones.
Savor the delicious meals and have a sound sleep in your cozy bed.
Day 7 Pangong – Leh (222 km / 5hrs 40min)
Wake up early in the morning and visit the lake to witness the majestic sunrise. Enjoy the early morning photoshoot at the Pangong lake. You can also spot some of the exotic species of birds at Pangong Lake as it is home to several species of migratory birds. Later, return to the camp and have a lip-smacking breakfast. Pack your bags and check out from the camp.
Proceed towards Leh and enjoy the enthralling beauty and en route you will cross Chang La Pass, which is among the highest motorable passes in the world. You can also visit the temple dedicated to the saint and offer prayers before proceeding on the journey to Leh.
Enjoy the breathtaking beauty en route. You will visit Shey Palace, which is located on a hillock and was an abode of the royal family till 1834 AD. The Shey Monastery is located 10 m high and houses a copper statue of Lord Buddha. The Gompa boasts of the largest victory stupa in Leh, After this, you will head towards Thiksey Monastery. This monastery is renowned for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Thiskey Monastery houses some of the popular structures inside the complex namely Tara Temple, Assembly Hall, and Lamokhang Temple.
After exploring the Thiksey Monastery you will visit Hemis Monastery, located on the bank of the Indus River. The gompa has a museum that houses a wide collection of Tibetan books, Thangkas, gold statues, and Stupas embedded with precious stones, weapons, carriers, and even a stuffed vulture pup. It is believed that the monastery has existed since the 11th century and it was reestablished in the 17th century. Proceed to Leh after the exploration tour of the monastery.
On arrival, you will have an assisted transfer to the hotel. Complete the check in formalities and relax. The rest of the time is at your leisure. You can visit the local market in Leh and buy some souvenirs for your loved ones. Also, enjoy the local delicacies.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Day 8 Leh – Delhi Departure (Flight)
Post breakfast, pack your bags and complete the check out formalities. You will head towards Leh Airport to board the flight for Delhi.