Long Breaks | 6 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.
Transfer to the Nubra Valley (120km/5hrs) via the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world. The pass is located about 90 minutes north of Leh on a steep ascent. As you descend northwards towards Khardung Village, the most awesome panoramas of the Shyok and Nubra Valleys unfold before you. Arrive at your retreat and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Places: Leh & Nubra Valley | Activities: Explore Leh Bazaar and the Old Palace; discover sand dunes and fruit orchards in Nubra; visit Thiksey & Shey monasteries
Explore the Nubra Valley - one of India’s most remote high-altitude destinations, and certainly one of its most other-worldly. Getting here is half the excitement – climbing over the highest motorable road in the world. Descending to the rushing rivers of the Nubra & the Shayok, you are faced with some of the diverse landscapes – soaring snow-laden peaks coming crashing down glacial and rock slopes onto a barren desert of Saharan sand-dunes dotted with herds of feral Bactrian camels – a remnant of the role of the Nubra Valley in the ancient Silk Routes to Kashgar. Combine two nights of the Nubra Valley with a relaxed (and acclimatized) exploration of Leh and the monasteries of the Indus River Valley, to give you a gentler, in-depth experience of Ladakh.
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
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.
Wake-up early in the morning for a mystical dawn puja at a 19th century gompa. After breakfast, drive to Diskit and Hundur. At Diskit, skip the main town and explore Old Diskit located 1.5km south of town, with its derelict mansions, old stupas and the 17th century Diskit Gompa. Then drive to the sleepy little village of Hundur, where there are a series of photogenic sand dunes and marsh-filled ponds surrounded by a lunar-landscape and herds of Bactrian camels.
After breakfast, depart for Leh via the Khardung La Pass (120km/5hours). Arrive into Leh for a late lunch. In the late afternoon, visit the monasteries of Shey and Thiksey. Visit the stunning Thiksey Gompa, located on a large rocky outcrop with layered white-washed buildings. Lastly, stop at Shey, the former summer capital of Ladakh.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi. Spend a few hours in Delhi and catch an evening flight back to Chennai