This program is designed to introduce the visitor, in the shortest possible time frame, to the amazing Ladakh region with its majestic mountain ranges & deep valleys, smiling people, rich culture and the living heritage of some of the centuries-old hilltop monasteries.
Day-1 Arrive Leh (Alt: 11500 / 3505 M) - Acclimatization / Orientation
Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel. After welcome drinks / breakfast, take complete rest for acclimatization to the high altitude. In the late afternoon, visit the city centre and take leisurely walk through the main market for general orientation. Wind up the tour with a visit to the Shanti Stupa , a prominent landmark perched upon a hillock commanding panoramic views of the valley. Overnight at Leh.
Day-2 In Leh: Glimpses of the Indus Valley / Approx.80 kmsround trip / 3-4 hours
After breakfast drive to visit the dramatically located Thiksey M onastery , a major Gelukpa foundation dating from the 16 th century. Returning from Thiksey, you may walk up the hill to SheyPalace where the main attractions are the two gigantic copper-gilt statues of the Buddha installed during the 17 th century. Thereafter, you may visit the Druk Padma School (3-Idiot's Rancho School), if interested.
Post lunch, drive to visit Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers), en-route visiting Hall of Fame (museum of military heritage ), GurudwaraPathar Sahib & Magnetic Point. Overnight at Leh.
Day-3 In Leh: Excursion to Pangong Lake / 140 kms /one way / 5-6 hours one way
After early breakfast leave for Pangong Lake via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft. / 5486 meters-3 rd highest motorable pass in the world). Pangong Lake (alt:14,500 ft.), largest brackish water lake of Asia, is4-5 kms wide and about 135 kms long of which about two-third portion lies on the other side of the Indo-China border. After sightseeing at the lake, drive back to Leh, reaching by the evening. O vernight at Leh.
Day-4 In Leh: Excursion to Khardongla / 39 kms - one way / 4 hours round trip
After breakfast proceed on an excursion to Khardong-La (alt: 18,390 ft. / 5602 M), highest motorable pass in the world. The pass offers spectacular views of the Zanskar range across the Indus Valley in the south, and the Saser massif in the north. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the markets on your own for shopping etc. Overnight at Leh.
Day-5 Depart Leh: Transfer to Airport
Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.
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