Duration: 8 nights- 9 days
About this tour
Blessed with several breathtakingly beautiful lakes, Ladakh is no less than a paradise on the earth. Ladakh is not without its share of natural, visual marvels and lakes are a big part of its humbling landscapes. Within the modest landmass it occupies, the Cold Desert of Kashmir has 3 beautiful lakes – Pangong Tso Lake, Tsomoriri Lake and Tsokar Lake – each more awe inspiring than the other. In fact, not many know that the Pangong Tso changes colours with every hour and turns from emerald green colour to varying hues of sky and velvet blue. These lakes offer a fascinating landscape that spellbinds the travellers and make it hard for them to return The best time to visit these lakes is in summers (May to July). During the winters, these lakes get frozen and become so solid that they are better used as roads. Ladakh Lake Tour takes the traveller to the calm and alluring world of lakes far away from the hustle and bustle of life. In addition, this tour also takes them to monasteries like Shey, Hemis and Thiksey.
Day 01: Leh Arrival
On arrival at Leh airport, our executive will be there to meet you and transfer you to your pre booked hotel/Guest house. Rest of the day is free for acclimatization to the high altitude of Leh (11,500 ft/ 35 00 mts). However, in the evening you can visit in the colourful market of Leh, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Leh to Shey to Thiksey to Hemis
In the morning, after breakfast, proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Starting with the shey Gompa, Thiksey Gompa and Hemis monastery. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey Gompa was built in the beginning of 17th century AD by Deldan Namgyal. One of the major attractions in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue located inside the Dresthang Gompa.Thiksey Gompa is located close to Shey and is about 17 kms from Leh. This one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas around Leh. It is an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village This monastery belongs to the Gelukspa and Hemis monastery is about 45 kms south of Leh. It is one of the most famous and largest monasteries in Ladakh. This beautiful monastery belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17′Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. After visiting these places, drive back to leh, dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 03: Leh to Pangong Lake
Today will be one of the most captivating days of your amazing Ladakh tour as you will be driven to the stunning Pangong Tso Lake after your breakfast. You will drive Pangong Lake through Changla pass (5,300 mtr, 17,586 ft) world third highest motorable road in the world. After 2 hrs of drive you reach to Changla pass, stop for a short period for photography. Drive ascending towards Pangong reach Tangtse where you can relax for a cup of coffee/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. This famous high altitude Lake of Pangong you can spend the day witnessing and revelling in its alluring charm and appeal! A treasure trove for the nature lovers, leisure seekers, honeymooners, shutterbugs, and other types of visitors, a visit to Pangong Tso Lake will get you close to Ladakh’s mesmerising beauty and appeal. Overnight in tented Camp.
Day 04: Pangong lake to Leh
During early morning, you can enjoy the most mystical views of the Pangong Tso Lake under the clutch of the mist and magic! Treasure these mesmerising views, you can also enjoy a photo-session around the lake. Later have breakfast and drive back to Leh. After arrival in the city will be followed by your checking-in into a hotel, where you can either spend the rest of the day at leisure or indulge in some individual activities followed by your overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 05: Leh to Likir to Alchi to lamayuru
After breakfast in the morning, we will drive to Lamayuru to see the magnificent confluence of Zanskar and Indus River. It is Situated on a drained lake the monastery at Lamayuru is known for its scenic beauty. The monastery is the oldest in Ladakh, dating before the 10th Century, and is built on a sacred Bon (the pre-Buddhist religion) site. Lamayuru used to be an asylum for criminals, though not any longer! En route, we will visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic hill, Likir Monastery and Alchi Monastery. In the evening, we will arrive at Lamayuru. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Lamayuru .
Day 06: Lamayuru to Leh
Today after breakfast in the morning, we will visit the Lamayuru monastery “according to popular tradition,” it was originally the foremost bon monastery in Ladakh; its name means sauwastika and is a popular symbol in bon for “eternity”. On reaching Lamayuru monastery be a part of the morning religious ceremony. Here one can have a soothing and spiritual experience among those warm and friendly monks. On the way back to Leh, we can visit Basgo monastery, which is famous for its statue of Buddha. An overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Day 07: Leh to Upshi to TSO Moriri
We will leave early in the morning today to drive along Indus River into the Rupshu Valley. It will be a nice wilderness drive up to Tsomoriri Lake. Tsomoriri Lake is around 240 kms away from Pangong lake. Drive upto Kharu and then upto the sweet water Tsomoriri Lake nestled at 4200m. on the way visit Chumathang Hot springs. Cross Mahe bridge and then ride towards Tsomariri Lake. One the way you can see the Himalayan marmots. It is also a popular breeding and nesting area for thousands of migrating birds. Arrive Tsomoriri by late noon, check-in at the camp. In the evening relax and enjoy an overnight at the tented Camp in the Karzok village by lake side. Karzok is the only village and one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh.