5 NIGHTS /6 DAYS
DAY 01 DELHI/LEH
Meet upon arrival at Leh airport and transfer to hotel. Day free for acclimatisation and individual activities.
DAY 02 INLEH EXCURSION TO MONASTERIES
Morning after breakfast sightseeing of . Hemis Gompa, Thiksey Gompa and Shey Palace. Hemis is one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in Ladakh and houses about 150 monks; it also stages the annual Hemis festival. On the way back to Leh, visit the superbly situated, 16th century, Thiksey Gompa, which is perched on a hill top. Last stop is the ruined SheyPalace, once the summer palace of the pre-Tibetan kings. The palace monastery houses a large, bronze, blue haired Buddha statue. Later drive back to Hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 03 LEH – PANAGONG – LEH
Morning after early breakfast drive towards east of Leh via Chang-la Mountain Pass (18,000 ft / 5,475 m) to Pangong Lake, (4267m / 14000 ft.), 145 kms / 5 hours one way upto the shore of the lake and the first village, Lukung.
PangongLakeis 7 kms at its widest point, and over 130 kms long, and is divided by the international border betweenIndiaandChinaonly one-third of it lying inIndia. Spangmik, the farthest point is about 7 kms along the southern shore from the head of the lake. It presents a spectacular view of the mountains of the Chang-chenmo range to the north, their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish waters. Above Spangmik are the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range. The water o the lake is salty.
Later drive back to Leh for overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 04 IN LEH
Morning free. Afternoon visit Shanti Stupa built by Japanese, Shankar Gompa is associated with Spituk Gompa and serves as the residence of the Head Lama. The monastery has Dukar Lakhang with a Dukar figure, a most impressive representative of Avalokiteshvara complete with 1000 armes (All holding weapons), and 1000 heads. The painting of the walls is worth seeingLehPalaceis to be visited by foot as it is situated on a hillock. It was built by Sengge Namgyal it is a 9-storey Palace, A building in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, said to have inspired the famous Potala in Lahsa.
Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
DAY 05 IN LEH
After breakfast drive to KHARDUNG LA (THE HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD IN THE WORLD) AT 5,602 M / 18,390 FT, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over theIndusvalley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. The views from the top of the pass are amazing. Return to the hotel on time for lunch. In the afternoon you can stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 06 LEH/DELHI
After breakfast transfer to Leh Airport to catch flight for onward destination