Long Breaks | 5 nights
Have breakfast and lunch at your hotel. Again, rest and sleep are the most important things to acclimatize. In the afternoon, go on a half-day guided private sightseeing tour of Leh.
Return to your hotel for dinner.
First visit the 17th century Hemis Gompa, located in a craggy red-rock canyon and hidden in green foliage. This is the spiritual centre of the Drukpa Buddhists. Then drive on to Pangong Tsu (or Lake) (154km/5hrs) via Chang La Pass, the 3rd highest motorable road in the world at 17,400feet. Drive along Pangong Lake, take photos, breathe in the fresh air, and experience some of the most iconic landscapes of Ladakh. Stay in a comfortable tented camp overnight.
Places: Leh & Pangong Lake | Activities: See the Hemis, Thiksey and Shey monasteries; explore the Leh Bazaar and the Old Palace; camp on the shores of the azure blue Pangong Lake
All of the lakes that make up Ladakh, Zanskar and Tibet share a common ancestry – the ancient Tethys Sea which once separated the landmass of the Gondwana Continent with Asia. When the two continents collided to create the mighty Himalayas, jaw-dropping aquamarine lakes were formed. And Ladakh’s pride is the remote Pangong Lake – a stunning palette of blue against the Himalayan backdrop. On this trip, you combine the history and monasteries of the Indus River Valley with an intrepid overnight camping trip to Pangong, climbing one of the world’s highest passes – the Chang La. Most trips to Pangong are done in day, which leave you exhausted because of driving fatigue and steep ascents and descents. On the other hand, an overnight stay at Pangong Lake, leaves you well-rested and makes for a photographers dream – every play of the sun and clouds lays out a different picture to capture in your lens.
Depart Chennai by an evening flight to New Delhi. Transfer to a B&B and stay overnight in Delhi.
Fly early morning from Delhi to Leh. Transfer to your hotel in Leh. The next day and a half is critical to enjoying the rest of your holiday in Leh. Ladakh is at an altitude of 11,500 feet. That’s really, really high, and the air here is really, really thin. Drink lots of water and sleep it off. You’ll be itching to go out and explore, but resist it, stay put and sleep, and you’ll have a much better time. Have lunch and dinner at your hotel. Sleep through-out the day and night.
Solos & Couples | Visit May - September | Fly to Leh
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi. Spend a few hours in Delhi and catch an evening flight back to Chennai
With this itinerary you are free, if you prefer, to arrange your own domestic flights. Milesworth can tailor make your journey to suit you, as our tours are based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together by air and chauffeur driven car. Throughout your tour experienced representatives and knowledgeable local English or foreign-language guides, where appropriate, will assist you.
Drive back to Leh via the monasteries of Shey and Thiksey. Visit the stunning Thiksey Gompa, located on a large rocky outcrop with layered white-washed buildings. This is Ladakh’s most photographed sites and one of its biggest monasteries. Lastly, stop at Shey, the former summer capital of Ladakh, and an attractive green oasis. In the evening go exploring in Old Leh town with its shops and pick up Ladakhi artefacts & craft.