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Ladakh - A Landscape that Breathes

31 Aug - 08 Sept, 2019 | INR 27000 per person

Trip Details

Overview

Ladakh is known for its magnificent landscapes, snow-capped mountains, color changing lakes, deep lush valleys, Buddhist monasteries, the people, festivals and rituals. Get set to visit one of the most beautiful places on earth!


You are about to witness the pristine beauty of this mesmerizing land – do star gazing under the night sky, take a ride in the highest motor-able road in the world, test your photography skills by clicking incredible pictures.


Get first-hand experience of the Ladakhi way of living, eat fresh organic food, enjoy Ladakhi music and dance. Get to be a part of the Ladakhi culture. Take a walk into the narrow lanes of the hamlets, and into the homes and the hearts of the locals.


We try to remain secluded from the mainstream touristy places, beyond the routine. So leave all your tensions and worries behind, come and have an experience of a lifetime. 

Itinerary

Day 01 | Fly to Leh (-/-/D)


Arrive at Leh and head to the home-stay for rest. Leh, the capital of Ladakh is situated at a height of 11000 feet above sea level. Your body requires acclimatization at such high altitude. Relax as much as you can. Later, in the evening we take a stroll in the Leh market. We return to our home-stay for overnight stay.


Day 02 | Leh – Uleytokpo (B/-/D)


This morning, we drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh - Kargil Highway to Uleytokpo. En-route visit the Hall of Fame - a glorious museum constructed and maintained by the Indian army in memory of the brave soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars. We also visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib - built and maintained by the Indian army, Magnetic Hill - which is known to defy the law of gravity, Sangam- the Confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers, Likir Monastery - the 11th century monastery known for its 75 feet statue of Buddha. Drive to Uleytokpo or Tingmosgang for overnight stay en-route visiting Ridzong Monastery. 

                   

Day 03 | Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Alchi – Leh (B/-/D)


Today, we visit Lamayuru, one of the largest and oldest monasteries in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monk’s resident. One can enjoy the picturesque views of the Moonland, a landscape similar to that on moon from here. We also visit Alchi Monastery - the most beautiful Gompa of Ladakh.


Day 04 | Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley (B/-/D)


After breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung Lathe Highest Motor-able Road in the World at 18,390 feet, around 39 km from Leh. After a brief halt at the pass, we continue our drive to Nubra Valley, popularly known as the valley of flowers. To the north of the valley lies Siachen Glacier while the iconic Karakoram Pass and Sasser Pass are located on the north-western side. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 feet above sea level. 


We visit the Diskit Monastery, one of the largest and oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Built in 1420 AD, the Gompa is placed on a hilltop and belongs to Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. One can capture the beautiful views of Karakoram Range from the monastery. But the main attraction of Diskit Gompa is the 32 meter high statue of Maitreya Buddha placed on a small hillock close to the Gompa. The statue overlooks the valley, facing down the Shyok River and is a striking example of skilled craftsmanship. 


We then drive to Hunder where we witness the goofy looking Double Humped Bactrian Camel amidst the wide expanse of white sand dunes of the high altitude desert with snow-capped mountains on the horizon. 


(Though a camel ride is possible, we do not recommend it as an ethical travel company). Overnight stay at Hunder.


Day 05 | Nubra Valley – Leh (B/-/D)


Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Then, we start our return drive to Leh via Khardungla Top and check in to the home-stay / hotel by evening. Take a stroll in the market or just relax in the room.


Day 06 | Leh (B/-/D)


Today is a free day. You can rent a bike and explore Leh or stay indoors and relax! Hike to visit Shanti Stupa - Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop that gives panoramic view of snowcapped mountains &/ Leh Palace – a former royal palace overlooking the town of Leh. Spend your time reading some interesting book or play some board games or do some souvenir shopping … the options are absolutely yours. 


Day 07 | Leh – Thiksey – Pangong Tso (B/-/D)


 Today we proceed for one of the most beautiful & scenic, salt water Pangong Tso Lake at Spangmik via Changla Pass (17350 ft). En-route, we visit the Thiksey Monastery which belongs to red hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. 


Pangong Lake at 14,270 ft above sea level is 6-7 kilometer wide and over 134 km long, bisected by the international Indo-China Border. The beauty of Pangong is just unimaginable and you would want to capture it into your cameras and eyes from every angle. Various Bollywood movies have been shot at this lake. Experience the peace and silence that you had been craving for, just by looking at the color changing lake. Have the evening at leisure around the lake and overnight stay at the camp or guest house. Stars seem so close to you at night here that you feel like raising your hand to touch them. Overnight at Pangong Tso.


Day 08 | Pangong Lake – Hemis – Leh (B/-/D)


Wake up early for the mesmerizing sunrise from behind the mountains. Spend some quality time at Pangong Lake. After breakfast, we start on our return journey to Leh. En-route visit Hemis Monastery, the richest and the largest monastery in Ladakh (the museum here in Hemis is a great source of information on the ancient Himalayan Buddhist culture and spirituality). Overnight at Leh.


Day 09 | Bid Adieu (B/-/-)


Transfer to the airport for our return journey. Tour ends. Return home with the fond memories of the trip. Juley!


The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like.

This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change.

Trip Dates

Start Date: 31stAugust 2019 (Tour begins at Leh)

End Date: 8th September 2019 (Ends at Leh)

Trip Cost

INR 27000 per person (ex-Leh)


  • The trip will have a maximum of 14 members (13 participants + 01 facilitator). Pls invite your friends to join. 
  • Suitable for singles / solo travelers / small group of friends / couples
  • Suitable for members between the age group of 16-55 years. We do take members above 55 years too based on their physical fitness.

Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS


  • Accommodation for 8 nights / 9 days on double / triple sharing basis depending on the room size in home stays / guest houses / camps. Married couples get a separate room.
  • Meal starts with Dinner on 1st Day and ends with the Breakfast on the 9th Day, as mentioned in the Itinerary (at our place of stay).
  • All transfers / sightseeing trips by Non-AC SUV or Tempo Traveler depending on the number of participants. Not at disposal.
  • Permit charges, Toll charges & Parking Fees
  • Guide charges, wherever applicable
  • All applicable taxes & service charges


EXCLUSIONS


  • Air-fare / Rail-fare
  • Food / Snacks other than mentioned above
  • Entry Fees in places of interest 
  • Motorbike / Bicycle rental
  • Camera charges
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, packaged drinking water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc.
  • Any extra expenses due to delays arising from bad weather & circumstances beyond our control
  • Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’.

Booking Procedure

Please confirm your participation by paying INR 5000 (Non-refundable Booking Fee**) to book your seat. Rest to be paid 30 days before the tour start date. Pls write to us at unusualescapes@gmail.com for our Bank Account Details to transfer the Booking Fee (or) pay via Google Pay at 9052220466. Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive your Booking Fee.


** If you can find anyone else to replace you, there’ll be NO cancellation charges. We will then refund your money in full.


Pls write to us for cancellation conditions and other queries.

~ TRAVEL QUOTE ~

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” -- Jack Kerouac