ARRIVAL, ACCLIMATISATION & EXPLORATION IN AND AROUND LEH
First 2 days are planned with the sole intention of getting everyone acclimatised well. First day we will almost do nothing but sit in the hotel and sip on tea/coffee this is done to ensure that we acclimatise well as this is the most important component of this adventure trip. On Day 2 one can choose to do their own thing. Today one can go on a sightseeing trip or check out the local market or just relax at the hotel. If required we can make arrangement for the sightseeing trips. Please get in touch with the trek leader for the same. We will be staying in a good quality, neat and clean hotel with all basic amenities in Leh on the first 2 nights.
Leh To Sham Valley
Enjoy an early morning breakfast , then head out on the Leh – Kargil Highway along Indus river visiting Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, the magnetic hill where it is said at a particular spot, a vehicle moves against the gravity uphill with the engine turned off . Drive further and you will reach the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. Later visit Likir and Ridzong monasteries, both of which are ancient having dramatic landscape. If you are up for it, you can choose to hike up the hill to reach Ridzong monastery. By evening reach sham valley and stay overnight in tented accommodation.
Sham Valley To Leh Via Lamayuru
Today Drive back to Leh post breakfast. Enroute visit Lamayuru monastery which is worth a visit for its beautiful mural paintings and for the breathtaking views one gets to have of the entire Indus valley. The drive to the monastery is exquisitely beautiful as you pass by the moonland famed to have similar land formations as found on the Moon. You will also visit Alchi Monastery before you reach Leh. In the evening spend some time exploring the nearby local markets and return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Leh – Chumathang – Tsomoriri
In the morning leave for Moriri Lake, visiting Shey & 3 Idiots Rancho School on the way. Further driving through a picturesque landscape will take you to Thiksey, an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting these monasteries we drive on towards Chumathang, which is famous for medicinal hot springs. Further short drive crossing a bridge and a few local villages will lead you to Moriri Lake. located at 14,000 ft. Recently opened to foreigners , Moriri Lake is also the breeding ground for numerous species of birds, like the bar headed goose, crested grebe, the Brahmini duck and the brown-headed gull. Upon arrival we check in at our camp for overnight stay .
Trek Skarchen To Hunder Dok
Breakfast at hotel. A two hour walk in the gorge leads us to the Wachan village crossing. From here the trail climbs up and leads us up to the village of Dok yongma from where the trail to the village Hunder Dok is well defined and passes through spectacular lush green barely fields. Hundar Dok is almost a hidden Village and nobody would realize that such a big Village could exist somewhere inside when you start trekking. The narrow Nubra gorge just opens up to this massive Village with farmfields of barley, wheat and potatoes. There is a path that runs through the middle of the Village dividing the Village and the farmfields into 2 halves. One of the houses mans a DSPT phone connection which could be used for making calls. Overnight stay at Camp.
Leh– Nubra Valley Via Khardung La
Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La famed to be the highest motor-able pass in the world . From the pass one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra by Ladakhi people. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our camp in Hunder for overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. Spend the night at the camp.
BASE CAMP - STOK KANGRI
We will start very early from the base camp with our head lamps showing us the route for a couple of hours till the sun breaks out. From the base camp there is a steep climb to the ridge just above the camp and this will set the tone for the climb to come. From the first ridge we move to a big glacier which we negotiate carefully and from here we find our way up to the final ridge which will lead us to the summit. The final stretch is quite steep and the thin air makes it even more challenging. This is a very interesting though tiring stretch as we move through a typical high altitude terrain which has boulders, scree laden ridges, glaciers and high snow capped mountains all around. The summit rewards us with wide open views of the Karakoram and Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird's eye view of the Indus valley and the Leh city. The climb to the top will take anywhere between 6 to 8 hrs while the return trip will take us around 4 hours. Overnight in tents
Leh to Tso Moriri | Tso Moriri to Korzok
Relish breakfast at your lodging, and then journey to the high-altitude lake of Tso Moriri. On the way, drive past Chumathang – a town famous for its therapeutic natural hot springs. Tso Moriri is one of the largest high-elevation freshwater lakes in the country. Numerous animals including Tibetan wolves, snow leopards, Tibetan sheep, black-necked grebes, bar-headed geese and brown-headed gulls are found in the lake or in its vicinity. On reaching here, stroll, take pictures and appreciate Mother Nature. Thereafter, travel to the village of Korzok, which is near the water body, for an overnight stay.
Pangong Lake To Leh
Morning is at leisure to capture the beauty of the lake one last time and later we drive back to Leh. On the way we visit Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Check in to the hotel in Leh as you reach back for an overnight stay. In the evening you can stroll around the market place for individual activities.
Departure from Leh
After checking-out from the hotel, travel to the airport to board your onward flight