Leh Ladakh the land of high altitude passes in India. Ladakh is also known for barren lands and cold temperature, it offers you the beauty of snow-capped peaks, massive huge shimmering blue lakes like Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. Ladakh lies at an altitude from 9000 feet to 25170 feet, there is lot to explore in, the Indus & Zanskar River flowing between the valley, ancient monasteries, large stupas, sand dunes, as the first rays of the sun hits the mountains the monks blow their large copper trumpets from the rooftops of the monasteries. It has a very authentic Ladakhi culture which they celebrate in a various religious ceremony. Monasteries interior are filled with unique and antiques arts and sculptures, the great Himalayan range which connects Tibet, china with Leh Ladakh. Ladakh today is one of the most remarkable adventure travel destinations and it can be divided into three main areas for trekking and adventure activities Zanskar famous for Chadar Trek and Kayaking, White Water Rafting with Padam as its central point; the area around Leh for its traditional markets and the Nubra/Shyok Valleys of the Eastern Karakoram.
Highlights of Leh Ladakh
- Pick up from Leh airport and drop at hotel
- Leisure day around the Leh city ( Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Gompa, Statue of Buddha)
- Explore the day at high altitude passes & Shimmering blue lakes ( Chang la, Pangong, Changthang village)
- Move towards Valley through highest motorable road & last civilian point ( Nubra valley, Khardung la, Shyok river, panamik, hunder )
- Explore the monasteries and day at leisure ( Diskit Monasteries )
- After breakfast transfer back to Leh airport
Leh Ladakh Tour Details in brief
- Activities: Backpacking Trip, Photography tour & Road Expedition
- Location: Leh-Ladakh
- Duration: 8 Nights and 9 Days
- Starting Cost@ : Rs. 24,434 + 5% GST. (per person)
Day One - (Srinagar)
Arrival at Srinagar airport, meeting with our representative transfer to the Hotel. Afternoon Shikara ride on the Dal Lake, visiting floating market. Overnight at Hotel.
Meals - Dinner
Day Two - (Srinagar - Sonmarg - Kargil)
Leave Srinagar early morning for breakfast at Sonamarg. The drive to Sonamarg is through the Sindh Valley which presents yet another spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2730 m, Sonamarg (the meadow of gold’) has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh River that meanders through the valley abounds with trout and Mahaseer. Sonamarg is the base of a major trek that passes along several mountain lakes – Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. Sonamarg is also the take off station for the drive to Ladakh across the Zojila, a major pass in the Great Himalayan Range, through which the Srinagar-Leh Road passes. Continue drive to Kargil (2650 m). Over crossing Zojila pass (3530m), witness the gradual change in the landscape from a green valley to a high altitude cold desert as you move ahead. Just before reaching Kargil, visit the 1999 Kargil War Memorial. Overnight at Kargil.
Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day Three - (Leh- Lamayuru- Magnetic Hill)
After breakfast, start the breathtaking drive towards Leh over the barren terrain via Namik-La (3760m) and Fotu-La Pass (4147m). En route visit the giant Maitreya at Mulbekh, Suru Valley (Mulbekh Chamba is a 9-metre-high rock sculpture), the lunar landscapes and Lamayuru which has the oldest monastery in Ladakh. Enroute pass the confluence of Indus – Zanskar Rivers and the effects of Magnetic Hill (Defiance of the law of gravity). Visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Hall of Fame Museum and reach Leh in the evening. Overnight in Hotel.
Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day Four - (Leh - Hemis - Thiksey - Shey - Shanti Stupa)
Take a short sightseeing trip around Leh. Some Places to visit:Hemis Monastery: Hemis Monastery is situated in the foothills of Indus at a distance of 45 km from Leh; the monastery has access to motorable roads. Travelling to Hemis monastery itself is a thrilling experience and the surroundings make the journey a memorable one. It is the wealthiest monastery in India and famous for its rich collection of ancient remnants like the statue of Buddha made of copper,
stupas made of gold and silver. Monastery also has sacred Thangkas, murals and various artifacts. Thiksey Gompa: 19Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite. Druk White Lotus School: Also known as Rancho School – 3idiot. The school was damaged in August 2010 when cloudbursts caused flash floods that washed mud and boulders into many school buildings. The Bollywood star Amir Khan made a special effort to lend a helping hand. Shey Palace and Gompa: Situated on a hillock 15Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here. Shanti Stupa: Built by the Japanese government in 1995 and inaugurated by H.H. Dalai Lama of Tibet. Enjoy panoramic views of Leh and surrounding areas of Indus valley from here.
Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day Five - (Pangong Tso - Changla - Changthang)
After an early breakfast, we leave for Pangong Lake through Chang La pass (5486 Mtrs). The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of it’s running the other side of the “INDO CHINA BORDER”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted
more tourists from all over the world. Overnight stay in Swiss Camp.
Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day Six - (Chang La - Leisure Day)
Drive back to Leh (150 kms - 5 hrs). Enroute take a short halt at Changla Pass to enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea. Head to Leh after seeing Chang La and reach hotel by late afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day Seven - (Nubra Valley - Khardung La - Panamik - Diskit - Hunder)
Post Breakfast head out to Nubra Valley via the world’s highest motorable pass - Khardung La. Stop by at the world’s highest café – catch a quick snack and tea and the customary photo shoot. As you continue towards Nubra, you will drop altitude and reach a region that is the most fertile in Ladakh. The drive between Khardung La and Nubra alongside the Shyok river is our favourite. The landscape is stunning, as you follow the Shyok river. Take Lunch halt at Khalsar. En-route visit the village of Sumur which is situated across the Shyok and Nubra Rivers, this picturesque village is famous for the 150-year-old Samstanling Monastery. Founded by Lama Tsultim Nima, the monastery houses 70 monks.
Built on a hill, the Gompa overlooks the valley and has a rich collection of gilded statues, murals and thangkas. Also, visit Panamik, the last civilian point before entering the Siachen Glacier & Battlefield area. View the small Hotspring at Panamik and drive to Hunder. The 7km stretch between Diskit and Hunder is marked by sand dunes which is a surprising sight at high altitude. Ride the unique double-humped Bactrian camels. Check-in at Camp. Overnight in Camp.
Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day Eight - (Diskit - Leh)
Leave early morning after breakfast drive to Diskit Monastery. Diskit Monastery, the largest and the oldest surviving monastery in Nubra Valley. Drive continues, reach Leh early afternoon. Day free for shopping/leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day Nine - (Leh)
Bid farewell to the enchanting and breath-taking mountainous and rugged terrain of Ladakh, as you transfer to Leh Airport for your onward flight home.
Meals - Breakfast
1-Participant with medical history like cardiac, respiratory should consult with doctor before signing for trip.
2-Please carry your own personal medicine required.
3-People on sleeping pills, painkillers, sedative, antihistamines are prone to Active Mountain Sickness while sleeping please consult your doctor before the trip
Cost (Per Person in INR)
41,952 + 5%GST
28,900 +5% GST
24,434 + 5%GST
46,916 + 5%GST
33,800 +5% GST
29,398 + 5%GST
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Pangong Tso (1Night)
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Desert Oasis Camp / Similar
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What is included in the tour
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in above mentioned hotels.
- All transport costs ex- Srinagar upto Leh including Inner Line Permits for Restricted Areas (If any).
- Breakfast & Dinner every day during the tour (no breakfast on day 1 of the tour and no dinner on the last
- day on the tour).
- 1 hour Shikara ride on Dal Lake with floating market (Max. 5 persons per Shikara).
- Airport Transfers at Srinagar & Leh.
- All taxes
What is NOT included in the tour
- Additional / personal use of vehicle.
- Any personal expenses, room service and special orders, mineral waters, non-alcoholic beverages, tips,phone calls, laundry etc.
- Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, Monasteries, etc.
- Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above specified itinerary.
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors
- beyond control.
- Anything not specified in the inclusions.
- Camera fees, guide charges
- 60 litre back pack
- 1 pair of thermal
- 2 pair of woollen socks
- 1 heavy jacket
- Sun glasses
- Neck warmer
- Cold cream
- Medical kit
- Personal toiletry kit
- Carry dry snack or energy bar
Are Leh and Ladakh same?
Leh and Ladakh are not the same, but they are closely related.
Leh is a city in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the largest city in the region and serves as the central hub for tourism and commerce in Ladakh.
Ladakh is located in the northernmost part of India, administratively divided into two districts: Leh and Kargil. Ladakh is known for its high-altitude deserts, rugged mountains, and unique culture. It is also a popular tourist destination for trekking, mountaineering, and cultural sightseeing opportunities.
So Leh is a city, and Ladakh is a region; Leh is a part of the region and serves as the central hub for tourism and commerce.
What is the precaution to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness?
Ladakh is situated at high altitudes, with less oxygen, and travelers face Acute mountain sickness (AMS), headache, nausea, dizziness, and heavy pressure on the chest.
There are a few things you need to follow to prevent (AMS)
A daily water intake of 4 to 5 liters is recommended.
Acclimatize your body by keeping it hydrated or being active.
Always keep your hands and ears open for better acclimatization.
Avoid wearing wet clothes.
Avoid sleeping during the day and do some activity or take a walk around the city.
Avoid smoking and drinking.
Intake of proteins and lots of carbohydrates
Diamox medicine (2 mg) to prevent AMS—please speak with your doctor about dosage. It has to start weeks before the trip begins.
The best medicine to avoid AMS is to drink lots of water and keep hydrated for better acclimatization.
If you suffer from AMS, the solution is to descend straight toward a lower altitude.
What are things to carry on a Leh Ladakh tour?
Here are some things to consider packing for a road trip to Leh Ladakh:
Pack several layers of clothing to keep warm, including a base layer that wicks away moisture, a layer in the middle that provides insulation, and an outer layer that is waterproof and windproof. Remember to bring warm accessories such as a hat, gloves, and scarf.
Footwear: Bring a pair of solid and waterproof hiking boots and comfortable shoes for driving and walking around towns and cities.
Personal hygiene goods It is crucial to remember to bring essential amenities such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, and hand sanitiser. You should also bring along any private prescriptions you require.
Include essential goods such as band-aids, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and any recommended medications in your first aid pack.
Food and water: Be sure to bring along some non-perishable food items like energy bars, dry fruits, and almonds in addition to water. Also, bring enough water with you, as it may be challenging to locate clean water along the trip.
Navigational and communication tools If you are in a precarious situation, it is essential to have access to a map, compass, GPS device, and satellite phone or two-way radio.
Flashlight or torch: You never know when you'll need one when it's dark.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm: Because the sun in Leh Ladakh can be intense, it is essential to protect yourself from sunburn by bringing along sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm.
Necessary paperwork, such as proof of identification, vehicle registration papers, insurance papers, and a permit, if applicable, should be carried out at all times. Be sure to have all relevant documents.
Due to the limited availability of ATMs and card services in the area, you should always carry sufficient cash with you.
Checking the forecast for the day, packing your bags accordingly, and being ready for anything that may come your way are excellent practices.
One 60- to 80-liter backpack or duffle bag to carry all your luggage
Can you bring kids on a Leh Ladakh trip?
Yes, bringing kids on a trip to Leh Ladakh is possible, but it's vital to remember that the area is at a high altitude, and the weather there may get chilly and dry. In addition, the site is remote, and many locations are difficult to reach. Thus, a vacation to Ladakh might not be appropriate for extremely young children.
Before organizing a vacation to Ladakh, it's crucial to consider the kids' physical and intellectual capabilities. Children should be in good health and withstand the dry, chilly climate. Additionally, it's critical to remember that altitude might cause altitude sickness. Therefore it's crucial to thoroughly acclimatize before partaking in any physically demanding activities.
It's crucial to keep the kids hydrated and monitor their health carefully when traveling. It's critical to arrange activities appropriate for the kids' ages and skills while also considering their interests.
Children might enjoy visiting monasteries, learning about the local way of life, shopping at the neighborhood bazaar, and taking in the area's breathtaking natural beauty, among other things, in Ladakh. Additionally, it's crucial to remember that some locations, such as high-altitude lakes, hikes, and passes, might need to be more child-accessible.
Additionally, it's critical to be informed of any child-related local laws and ordinances and to confirm that the kids have all essential documentation, including a passport and visa, if applicable.
In conclusion, although it is possible to bring children on vacation to Leh Ladakh, it is crucial to take into account the kids' physical and mental capabilities and the conditions in the area and plan accordingly.
How do I reach Leh city?
Leh, the regional capital of Ladakh, is reachable in several ways:
By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, which connects to important Indian cities like Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu, and Mumbai, is the closest airport to Leh. You can take a cab or bus to go to Leh from the airport.
By Road: To get to Leh from Srinagar or Manali, take a bus or hail a cab. From Srinagar, the 434 km around two days drive from Srinagar to Kargil to Leh is on public roads. From Manali, the 473 km, around two days drive from Manali to Sarchu to Leh is on public roads.
By Train: Jammu Tawi Train Station, which has good connections to important Indian towns, is the closest railway station to Leh. Take a bus or hail a cab to go to Leh from there.
It's crucial to remember that the drive to Leh from Manali, in particular, involves crossing several high-altitude passes and can be difficult. Additionally, the route is closed throughout the winter due to a lot of snowfall.
A journey to Ladakh might not be appropriate for young children due to the area's remoteness and the difficulty of getting to numerous locations.
Before making travel arrangements, it is advised to verify the local weather forecast and make plans following it.
Accommodation facilities in Leh Ladakh?
Hotels in Leh Ladakh are designed with good architecture and good amenities. These rooms are furnished with Tibetan and Ladakhi designed with Proper washrooms. Most hotels offer MAP plans.
What kind of weather is expected on Leh Ladakh Tour?
The climate in Leh Ladakh can be very unpredictable during times of the year for various reasons.
The weather usually is temperate and pleasant during the summer months of June through September, with daytime temperatures ranging from approximately 20-25 degrees Celsius (68-77 degrees Fahrenheit). On the other hand, while it can get rather hot during the day, the nights tend to be much cooler.
In the winter, the temperature can drop to as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit), and it is not uncommon for there to be considerable snowfall. These conditions make it challenging to get to and from the city. Additionally, the days are shorter, and the sun shines less each day.
Rainfall in Leh ranges from light to heavy during the monsoon season, which runs from July to September. This type of precipitation can result in mudslides and flash floods.
Regarding tourism and activities that take place outside, the months of June through September are the ideal time to travel to Leh because of the pleasant climate during those months.
Vehicles used to travel around the Leh-Ladakh region
Several types of vehicles are commonly used for transportation in Ladakh, India:
Royal Enfield: The Royal Enfield motorcycle is a popular choice for visitors to Ladakh due to its ruggedness and ability to handle rough terrain.
Jeeps: Jeeps are also commonly used in Ladakh and are great for traveling on rough roads and in remote areas.
SUVs are also popular in Ladakh as they have good ground clearance and four-wheel drive, which is ideal for navigating the region's rugged terrain.
Buses are also an option for traveling to Ladakh but are primarily used for large groups.
Taxis: Taxis are also available in Ladakh but can be pretty expensive.
It's important to note that when planning a trip to Ladakh, it's best to check the current road conditions and availability of vehicles, as road conditions can change rapidly due to unpredictable weather.
ATM service in the Leh-Ladakh region?
There are ATMs in Leh, Ladakh, but their number and availability are likely to be limited. It is advised to plan ahead and withdraw sufficient cash before traveling to rural areas, as ATMs may not be easily accessible. Carrying cash and a debit or credit card is always a good idea.
About Hotels in Leh Ladakh?
Because Leh Ladakh is such a famous tourist destination in India, there are many hotels and resorts in the area from which to select. The following are some examples of popular choices:
The Grand Dragon Ladakh is a luxury hotel that can be found in the centre of Leh city. It provides guests with pleasant rooms and suites, a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool.
This hotel is located in the old town of Leh, and it provides guests with nice rooms and suites, a restaurant, and a terrace with views of the mountains in the surrounding area.
Chamba Camp Ladakh is a luxurious and environmentally friendly tented camp found in the Nubra Valley. It has both a restaurant and comfy tents for guests to stay in.
Hotel Indus is a comfortable and affordable option for those looking for a central location in Leh city. It provides comfortable rooms and a restaurant on the rooftop with views of the mountains in the area.
The Zen Ladakh is a high-end hotel that can be found in the Shey neighbourhood. It provides its guests with spacious rooms and suites, a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool.
The Snow Leopard Lodge is a cost-effective hotel in the Nubra Valley that provides guests with excellent rooms and a restaurant. The hotel's location is convenient.
Before booking a hotel reservation, it is wise to look at the establishment's reviews and ratings. In addition, if you want to be comfortable throughout the busy season, make hotel reservations as far in advance as possible.
What are the popular tourist destinations in Leh, Ladakh?
Magnetic Hill is a place in Leh where a powerful magnetic force is supposed to defy gravity by pulling vehicles uphill. This phenomenon has been attributed to the presence of a high magnetic field in the area, which affects the operation of engines and creates the illusion that vehicles are traveling uphill. Despite several scientific explanations, the true reason for Magnetic Hill's existence remains unknown, making it both a popular tourist destination and a source of local lore. By turning off their engines and allowing their automobiles to be pushed uphill, visitors to Magnetic Hill can see this unusual occurrence.
Nubra is a popular place for tourists to visit because it has beautiful scenery, calm lakes, and traditional villages. People can go on a camel safari on the sand dunes, see old monasteries, and eat the local food. The valley is also known for its hot springs, which are thought to have healing powers. If you are traveling to Ladakh, it is a must-see place.
Turtuk is well-known for its rich cultural history and welcoming locals, earning it a reputation as one of Ladakh's most picturesque and pristine villages. Tourists can wander the village's winding alleys and look at the old mud-brick homes, pick some fruit at the orchards, and take in the breathtaking vistas of the nearby mountains. Turtuk is also an excellent destination for experiencing and learning about authentic Ladakhi culture and cuisine (such as thukpa and momos).
Kargil war memorial
The Kargil War Memorial is a memorial that can be found in Dras, Ladakh. It was constructed as a tribute to the Indian and Pakistani service members who sacrificed their lives during the Kargil War in 1999.
River rafting is a well-liked kind of adrenaline-pumping activity in Ladakh. Visitors can enjoy rafting on the Indus and Zanskar rivers while being surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.
There are various gurudwaras in Ladakh, including the Guru Nanak Darbar in Leh and the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara in Kargil. Gurudwaras are places of worship for Sikhs, and Ladakh is home to a number of them. In addition to acting as sites of pilgrimage for Sikhs, these Gurudwaras welcome guests by providing them with both food and lodging. They are well-known for the spiritual and historical value they hold, and they make up a major component of the culture and heritage of Ladakh.
The month of April marks the beginning of spring and the apricot blossom festival, which is celebrated annually in Ladakh because of the region's famous apricot orchards. Both locals and visitors flock to this festival to celebrate the splendor of the outdoors. Visitors can enjoy the blossoming orchards, sample regional delicacies, and engage in cultural events all in one place during the festival. Experience the rich culture and breathtaking landscapes of Ladakh at the annual apricot blossom festival.
Ladakh is home to the endangered snow leopard, and there are many ways to protect wildlife there. Snow leopards are elusive and represent the rough beauty of the area. Poaching, the loss of habitat, and illegal hunting are all threats to the species, which needs to be protected. There are laws about conservation, projects to teach and raise awareness, and ways to get involved in the community. Ladakh's ecosystem depends on snow leopards, so it is important to keep them safe.
Ladakh's Diksit hamlet is famous for its historic monastery and Indus River setting. It's one of Ladakh's most beautiful and quiet areas, it's 11,000 feet above sea level. The village's Diksit Monastery is one of the region's oldest and most prominent. Diksit offers spectacular views of both the Indus River and surrounding mountains, a monastery, and Ladakh's rich culture. Hiking, river rafting, and other adventure sports draw tourists to the village.