Overview

Ladakh ("land of high passes") is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.

Historically, the region included the Baltistan (Baltiyul) valleys (now mostly in Pakistan), the entire upper Indus Valley, the remote Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti to the south, much of Ngari including the Rudok region and Guge in the east, Aksai Chin in the northeast (extending to the Kun Lun Mountains), and the Nubra Valley to the north over Khardong La in the Ladakh Range. Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti regions to the south, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyul regions to the west, and the southwest corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram Pass in the far north. Aksai Chin is one of the disputed border areas between China and India. It is administered by China as part of Hotan County but is also claimed by India as a part of the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In 1962, China and India fought a brief war over Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh, but in 1993 and 1996 the two countries signed agreements to respect the Line of Actual Control.

Itinerary
Day 1
Arrival at Leh Airport. Transfer to hotel
Acclimatization day

GOAIR flight at 8:30am Terminal 2 Delhi. Reach Leh by 10am. Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Leh. Once you reach, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Take the remainder of the day to rest and get acclimatised to the place. Since you are reaching an altitude of 4000mtrs approx from 200 mtrs in just one hour’s time, you may be excited and would want to explore everything very first day. However your body needs to get acclimatized to such height and climate. We sincerely suggest that you rest on the first day for body acclimatization. Enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel. (Hotel Auspicious)

Day 2
Local sighseeing for better Acclimatization
Leh hall of fame Gurudwara Magnetic Hill

Wake up to a beautiful chilly morning. Go for a walk (optional). In the morning, after breakfast, drive to Sangam (Confluence). En route visit Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. Visit Confluence of Zanskar and Indus River. The Sangam (Confluence): Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers lies in Ladakh at Nimu. The Indus runs through Ladakh all along by your side serving as a constant companion and you feel a sense of respect for this lifeline of the people of Ladakh, especially since Ladakh experiences rainfall of only 2 to 3 inches throughout the year. Both Indus and Zanskar Rivers merge with each other as if they had flown all along just for that purpose. From this point on, beyond this Confluence of the two, the waters are regarded as the Indus River. Magnetic Hill: Can anyone ever imagine the movement of a vehicle up a steep mountain with its engines off? Reach Magnetic Hill to experience this phenomenon which sounds unbelievable. Gurudwara Pathhar Sahib: Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a beautiful Gurudwara constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil road, 12000 ft above sea level. The Gurudwara was built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith. On your way back, visit Ladakh Hall of fame. Hall of Fame: Hall of Fame in Leh is a must-visit for every individual of India. This is constructed by the Indian Army. You will find memorabilia, eminent defence personalities’ biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. (Hotel Auspicious).

Day 3
KhardungLa & Nubra
Leh - Nubra Valley

Early morning proceed to Nubra Valley via the World’s Highest Motorable road (5602 mts) - Khardung-la Pass. Khardung-la Pass (18,380 ft above sea level): It is not very often that one gets to drive on a road at an altitude of 18,380 feet. That is where the Khardung-la Pass, or the ‘Pass of Lower Castle,’ is located on the way from Leh to the Nubra Valley in Ladakh. It is the highest motorable road in the world as signs put up by the Border Roads Organization proudly proclaim. Arrive at Nubra Valley and proceed for a visit to the White Sand Dunes at Hunder. You can also enjoy a camel rides here (the camel ride is on direct payment basis). Nubra Valley: Popularly called the orchard of Ladakh, Nubra Valley offers a graceful view of yellow and pink wild roses in summer and a carpet of wild lavender in the post-monsoon season. You will definitely be overwhelmed to see the Bactrian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel) around sand dunes. Thereafter, check-in at the Swiss comfortable camp or hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Have a pleasant dinner and overnight stay at the camp or hotel.. Overnight camping with Bonfire and music (Camp - Hunder Sarai or Similar)

Day 4
Nubra & Turtuk Village
TurtukVillage DayTrip- Sand Dunes - Star Gazing at night (Optional tours available)

Claimed by Pakistan after the end of British rule in 1947, Turtuk was annexed to India in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani war, when the province of Baltistan was partitioned between the two countries. As a military border, it remained closed to outsiders – even other Indians – until locals, weary of their long isolation, petitioned for the remote, scenic valley to open up. As curious visitors, drawn by Turtuk's geopolitical allure, began to trickle in, they found themselves in one of India’s last rural idylls (Camp - Hunder Sarai or Similar)

Day 5
Pangong Lake via Shyok
Early morning drive to Pangong Lake

In the Morning after breakfast drive to to Pangong Lake on the Indo China border. Enroute you will cross Changla Pass, the third highest motorable road in the world. Pangong Lake: Pangong Lake is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 miles) long and extends from India to Tibet. Around 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 miles) wide at its broadest point. The size of the lake is best inferred from the probable etymology of its name, Pangong, which means extensive concavity. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. The long and narrow lake lies in the neighbourhood of the famous Chushul Mountains. The mirror-calm water is cold, clear and extremely salty. The lake is a breeding ground for a variety of birds. In the evening, head back to the hotel in Leh Enjoy a pleasant dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. (Lonnnggg drive) (Hotel Auspicious).

Day 6
Sightseeing Day-Biryani-Homestay Experience
Visit the 3 famous points & eat biryani at a hidgen gem

The next morning after breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery. Hemis Monastery: The Hemis monastery located 40 kms from Leh is the wealthiest, best-known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. Within the monastery, there are to be seen a copper-gilt statue of the Lord Buddha, various stupas made of gold and silver, sacred thangkas and many objects. The monastery, said to exist even before the 11th century, was re-established by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630. Belonging to the Drukpa sect, this Tibetan monastery has a very colourful and attractive architecture. Afterwards drive to Thiksey Monastery for a visit. Thiksey Monastery: The Thiksey Monastery is situated at a distance of approximately 18 kms from the town of Leh. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thiksey Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was situated on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River. It has a 15-metre-high statue of the Maitreya Budhha, the largest such statue in Ladakh. After these visits return to Leh and you will be dropped at Leh Market/hotel for Lunch (on direct payment basis). A night with a local family (Homestay/Resort) Day 7

Day 7
Relax/ Free day / Buffer Day
Hiking Shopping Bonfire Drinks

Day for hiking and local shopping, Bonfire and few local drinks. Post lunch, you will leave for a sightseeing tour of the Shanti Stupa. Shanti Stupa: Shanti Stupa of Ladakh is located on the hill-top at Changspa. It can be reached quite easily from the Fort Road. The Stupa was constructed by Japanese Day 8 Goodbye Ladakh

Day 8
Goodbye Ladakh
Leh - Delhi

Time to say Goodbye to Ladakh & to the group ! GOAIR 11.30am departure. Reach Delhi around 1pm. Say goodbye and leave with beautiful memories.

Inclusions
  • Airfare (Delhi to Delhi) Meeting point is Delhi Airport Terminal 1D
  • All 3 star accommodation in Leh
  • All meals
  • All transportation in Leh
  • Rafting as mentioned in the itinerary
  • GST
  • Outdoor Leader from Team Jugni throughout the trip from Delhi to Delhi
  • All entry tickets
  • 2 nights in Nubra Valley (Camping or Resort)
  • 1 night (Ladakhi homestay experience)
Exclusions
  • Any thing not mentioned in the Inclusions
  • Optional tours
Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • Booking amount & Tickets: (Non Refundable)
  • 60 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
  • 45 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour / service cost
  • 30 days prior to arrival: No Refund
Safety

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.

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