13 Days | Biking 02 Days
Suitable for families with young children
Khardung La (5,602 M)
Highest point/ Max altitude
5-7 hours activity per day with steep uphill and downhill sections or high passes. Some days at high altitudes, good level of physical fitness recommended.
Ladakh is one of the most remote areas of India, lying to the north of the main Himalaya range on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Our exciting tour explores the region’s rich cultural and religious heritage, visiting centuries-old monasteries and traditional villages, while cycling and river-rafting will allow you to appreciate its extraordinary landscapes.
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From Delhi we’ll fly north to the Ladakhi capital, Leh. The city lies on a plateau at 3500m above sea level, so the first two days will involve gentle sightseeing in and around Leh, which will allow you to acclimatize to the rarefied high-altitude air.
We’ll travel by jeep to the stunning beauty of Tsomoriri (‘Tso’ means Lake in Tibetan) on the border with Jammu & Kashmir state. A two-night stay gives the opportunity to explore the lake and its surroundings to the full: marvel at the spectacle of its shimmering blue waters against a vivid mountain backdrop, the scene constantly shifting with the changing light.
After a trip to the fascinating Tibetan monastery at Hemis, there is a further encounter with wild Ladakh as we descend into the Nubra valley. We’ll explore this beautiful place by bike, visiting picturesque villages surrounded by greenery, and remote monasteries – with an optional camel ride for a different perspective.
Thrill-seekers will appreciate the following day’s amazing bike ride from Khalsar across the world’s highest motor- able road – a truly unforgettable experience, followed by a fabulous, freewheeling descent all the way to Leh. A final adventure takes us to the headwaters of the majestic Indus River for some exciting whitewater rafting. The tour ends with an overnight stay in Delhi. An optional visit to Taj Mahal can be arranged.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 1 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel for check-in
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi our KVT’s representative will meet and greet you there and would assist you at the airport, later board the vehicle and transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free for you to relax at the hotel.
DAY 2 - Leh
Early morning flight to Leh, arrive Leh and day free for acclimatization
This morning we will be transferred to the airport to board the early morning flight to Leh. This is an amazing flight which passes over the Himalayan Ranges with amazing views; which brings us to a fertile valley just to the north of the mighty Indus River. After this breathtaking flight over the Himalayas, we arrive in Leh and will be transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for acclimatization and in the evening stroll around in the market area. (3500m)
DAY 3 - Leh
Leh sightseeing, visit Shanti Stupa and Spituk and Phyang monasteries
Today morning after breakfast we proceed for the sightseeing trip of Leh; visiting Shanti Stupa which is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) located on a hilltop in Chanspa. This is built by Japanese monks to promote world peace. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. Then we head to Spituk Monastery located on Leh to Srinagar road on a hilltop from where one can have an amazing view of Indus River. It was founded in 11th century and a popular Spituk Festival also known as Gustor Festival takes place here. After this we move towards Phyang Monastery situated to the west of Leh; it was founded in 16th century and the famous Phyang Festival also known as Phyang Tseruk takes place here during the month of July / August. (3500m)
DAY 4 - Tsomoriri
Drive to Tsomoriri en-route visit Thiksey Monastery and hot springs at Chumathang
This day we drive towards Tsomoriri en-route we visit Thiksey Monastery located on top of the hill which holds the resemblance of Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet). The 12 storey monastery complex is the largest monasteries of Ladakh; the monastery contains stupas, statues, wall paintings, Thangkas and many other interesting things to watch. Then we continue our drive and on the way we stop at Chumathang lies on the banks of Indus River and visit hot springs there. We leave Chumathang continue driving towards our final destination; en-route we cross Namshang La then the beautiful salt lake Kyagar Tso after that we head towards Tsomoriri and reach there by late afternoon. We will be transferred to the village of Karzok which is the only human settlement and has a beautiful Karzok Monastery. Evening we relax in the tents. (4595m | distance: 240km)
Overnight Fixed Camp
DAY 5 - Tsomoriri
Day hike and exploration around Tsomoriri
Today we have full day to hike and explore the surroundings of Tsomoriri Lake; we start with the beautiful Karzok Monastery which belongs to Drukpa Lineage and home to 70 monks. The monastery was founded in 17th century and the Karzok Gustor Festival takes place here during the month of July/August. The monastery is located in Karzok village, where most of the inhabitants are changpa nomads. At an altitude of 4572 m, Korzok is one of the India’s highest permanent villages. Then rest of the day we can go hiking near by the lake and enjoy the beauty of the Tsomoriri. (4595m)
Overnight Fixed Camp
DAY 6 - Leh
Drive back to Leh en-route visit Hemis Monastery
Morning after breakfast we board the vehicle to drive back to Leh en-route we visit Hemis Monastery; it is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage. It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. The annual Hemis festival in which locals including the monks (Lamas) celebrates the birth anniversary of honoring Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) at the courtyard of Hemis Monastery. Afterwards we continue our drive towards Leh, reach there and check-in at the hotel. (3500m | distance: 260km approx.)
DAY 7 - Nubra valley
Drive to Nubra valley en-route cross Khardung La (5602m)
In the morning we have breakfast and start heading towards Nubra valley which is also known as valley of flowers where the Shyok River meets the Nubra River and makes a valley. The drive is quite interesting loaded with breathtaking views of snow-peak mountains range and it takes us to the world’s highest motor-able pass of Khardung La (5602m) which is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Here we stop for some time and then drive towards Nubra valley, late afternoon we reach there and check-in to the hotel. (3050m | distance: 125km approx.)
Overnight Guest House
DAY 8 - Nubra valley
Full day exploration by bike of Nubra valley
Today after breakfast we get our cycles and start exploring the Nubra valley; we start with Diskit Monastery located on a hilltop, this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley and belongs to Gelugpa sect (Yellow hat). After the visit we cycle towards Hunder village which is famous for its sand dunes and bacterian (double humped) camel safari; an optional camel safari can be arranged there. After spending some time we ride back towards Sumur and check-in at the hotel. (3050m | Cycle 75-80km)
Overnight Guest House
DAY 9 - Leh
Drive to Khardung La (5602m) then downhill bike ride to Leh
This morning we have breakfast and drive back to Khardung La (5602m), we reach at the pass and from here we cycle towards Leh. The ride will be downhill all the way to Leh, reach there and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon and evening will be free for us to explore. (Cycle 40km)
DAY 10 - Leh
White river rafting on Indus River
Today we have free morning after breakfast and in the afternoon we proceed for the white water rafting for 2-3hrs on the mighty Indus River. After rafting we return to our hotel and relax at the hotel.
DAY 11 - Leh
Day free in Leh
This day is free for us to rest or do a last minute shopping at Leh market.
DAY 12 - Delhi
Fly to Delhi.
Early morning we will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for Delhi, arrive Delhi airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. An optional sightseeing can be arranged or we can just relax at the hotel.
DAY 13 - Delhi
Today you will be transferred to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi to board the flight for back home.
Tour Map (Only key areas marked)
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