Beyond the Long Breaks | 8 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 & Nubra Valley| | 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; discover the secrets of the ancient Nubra Valley
A classic in-depth exploration of Ladakh with enough time spent to acclimatize in Leh. Explore the bustling bazaar of Leh, and explore the ancient monasteries of Thiksey, Hemis and Shey that dot the Indus River Valley. Then drive to the high-altitude saltwater lake of Pangong with its jaw-dropping aquamarine views, where you camp lakeside. Finally traverse the high passes onto the hidden valley of Nubra, once part of the ancient Silk Routes, and now a wonderful combination of desert, iced peaks, fruit orchards, and small rural hamlets. This is the essence of Ladakh – mystery, faith, friendly people, stunning scenery, and adrenaline-pumping mountain roads!
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 to 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.
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.
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.
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 evening go exploring in Old Leh town with its shops and pick up Ladakhi artefacts & craft.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi. Spend a few hours in Delhi and catch an evening flight back to Chennai