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.
Driven for around five to six hours from Leh over the Chang La Pass (5300m or 17,384ft) and onto to Pangong Lake (4420m/14,500ft). After a lunch by the lake shore, continue on by road for four to five hours to the Shayok River Camp (3000m/9840ft), which is the starting point of your river journey. Though we will use river rafts, the water here is not more than grade two rapids, which does not qualify as white water rafting.
Places: Leh, Shayok & Nubra Valley | Activities: Explore Leh Bazaar & the Old Palace; lunch at Pangong Lake; Grade 2 beginner rapids on River Shayok, camping by the river; discover Nubra
Start your amazing Ladakh river adventure with some sedate acclimatization and exploration of Leh. Then drive over the Chang La Pass, past the stunning Pangong Lake to the beginning of your real adventure. The Shayok River Valley was one of the traditional Silk Routes across the Karakoram into Central Asia, where traders would use rafts made of animal skins to cross the river. You can be among a very privileged few anywhere in the world to trace this route by river into the mysterious and remote Nubra Valley by rafting on the River Shayok – a pioneering trail as scenic as is dramatic. The river cuts through a wide valley between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges and takes you through incredible scenery of high altitude desert, snow-capped peaks and dramatic rock formations. The river spills you into the surreal Nubra Valley with its hidden monasteries, quaint hamlets, fruit-laden orchards, and Saharan sand-dunes!
On the Shayok River journey, accommodation will be in imported dome tents with inflatable mattresses with good quality linen, pillows, duvets and blankets. There will be a dining tent and two communal western style loos as well as two shower tents and a sink with running water per tent. The simplicity of accommodation will be made up for with a very high standard of food and service.
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 15th Jun - 15th Sep | 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.
Board the raft for your first days rafting. The first part of the trip takes you through incredible scenery of high altitude desert, snow-capped peaks and dramatic rock formations. Stop for a picnic lunch by the side of the river. Further to another two to three hours of rafting, you will stop at your second camp (3280m/10758ft) in the Nubra valley near the village of Deskit. Deskit is famous for its sand dunes that are far more reminiscent of the Sahara than the Tibetan plateau and come complete with a resident population of the double-humped Bactrian camels. The camels are left over from a time when the Nubra valley was on a major trade route to Central Asia and for those who want a camel ride, this can be arranged.
After breakfast you will continue rafting to Hundar, before driving back to Deskit monastery for a visit. You will then begin the four to five hour drive back to the Indus valley and after you have driven over the world’s highest motorable road, the Khardungla (5385m/17,662ft) you will arrive in Leh in the late afternoon.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi. Spend a few hours in Delhi and catch an evening flight back to Chennai