LEH PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
|Title||Mountain walk/ Home stay/ Cultural tour/Wild life/ Nomad Life|
|Duration||16 Nights / 17 Days|
Ancient monasteries of the Indus Valley
Interaction with the local people of beautiful villages of Ladakh
Experience the Ladakhi lifestyle
Brackish water Lake
Ladakh Nomad Life
ARRIVE NEW DELHI
Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to you hotel. Day at your own on request you can do half day sightseeing in Old Delhi.
DELHI – LEH (3,500 M / 11,550 Ft) – BY FLIGHT – AIRPORT DRIVE LIKIR / 52 KM / APPROX 2 HRS
After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. On arriving Leh Airport our representative & the guide will meet you at the Airport & drive to Likir.
After & hour drive we will stop on Leh – Srinagar highway in Nemo to take a quick tea or refreshment. We continue our drive to Likir on arrive day at rest, overnight homestay.
LIKIR – YANGTHAN (3,600 M/ 11,810 Ft) – TREK /APPROX 4 ½ HRS WALKING TIME
This Morning after your visit of Likir monastery you commence your trek on a jeep track as it winds down to the river, over a bridge and up to the Pobe La (3,550 m/ 11,650 ft), leaving behind all the greenery and entering an arid moonscape. From here you can either continue on the jeep track or, to avoid its twists and turns, take the steep, slippery short cuts down to the next section of the road. The green fields and trees of Sumda (3,470 m / 11,390 ft) soon come into view. As you come parallel to the village, leave the jeep track and take the path leading down to the river on the left. This path junction is clearly marked by prayer flags and a cairn. Cross Saspol Tokpo on a wooden bridge and walk up through a lush pasture beneath the village. The trail heads uphill to a chorten and prayer flags, and then skirts around the left side of the village to begin the ascent of s dry barren valley. It is a long climb (45 –60 mins) among desolate surroundings, but eventually you join a jeep track leading to the top of Charatse La (3,650 m / 11,980 ft).
Thereafter the jeep track descends gradually to the prosperous looking village of Yangtang. Here you have wonderful southerly views over the village to the Zanskar Range beyond. Overnight stay in a home stay.
DAY 04: YANGTHANG – HEMIS SHUKPACHAN (3,600 M / 11,810 Ft) – TREK / APPROX 3 HRS WALKING TIME
From Yangtang the route descends to the tree-lined Wuleh Tokpo, crosses it on a bridge and then, between stonewalls, climbs the other side of the valley. You soon leave all signs of the village behind as you begin to ascend. As it climbs, the route keeps cutting across the corners of the jeep track to which you re running parallel. This is an alternative route for those who find the climb too steep, but it is much longer. This brings you to Sermanchan La (3,750 m / 12,300 ft).There are views down to the beautiful village of Hemis Shukpachan from the Pass. The trail enters the village through the fields, drops steeple down to cross the Akheur Tokpo and emerges above the Gompa overlooking beautiful pastures. Hemis Shukpachan is a wonderful tranquil village with a small Gompa overlooking beautiful pasture.
Overnight stay in home Stay.
HEMIE SHUKPACHAN DRIVE LAMAYRURU ENROUTE VISIT TEMISGAM VILLAGE
From Hemis Shukpachan the trail rises gently over arid ground until you reach a small Pass (3,710 m /12,170 ft). The path drops steeply away in front of you and you look across the valley at the pink and mauve coloured mountains ahead; the trail can just be made out as it zigzags up the steep mountainside in the distance. Head right from the Pass and drop down to the stream bed where you pick up a path heading off to the right, rather than the one that goes straight down the valley. Traverse across the slope to the base of a short but steep climb. The path winds up the precipitous mountainside to Meptek La (3,750 m / 12,300 ft). Walk along the ridge on your left for magnificent views across to the south side of the Indus Valley. The trail descends steadily along a dry stream bed to the village of Ang (3,200 m / 10,500 ft). The village gets more prosperous and fertile the further west you travel along this route. Ang is a fine example, with its beautiful fields and trees. The trail crosses the river on a bridge and then turns downstream along the right bank. Follow this down the valley where it soon becomes a more substantial jeep track which takes you all the way to the large spread out village of Temisgam (3,200 m / 10, 500 ft). Temisgam is the largest most prosperous village on this trek. Set amongst fertile fields and spreading orchards there are some fine examples of large, whitewashed Ladakhi homes. As a result of the division of Ladakh in the 14th – 15th centuries, the lower kingdom was controlled from Basgo and Temisgam. Little remains of its glorious past; the castle is in ruins but there are still two temples, which can be visited, on the hill behind the village.
Overnight stay homestay.
LAMAYURU – EXCURSION TO THE VILLAG OF DHA HANU
After breakfast, discovered the Drokpa community considered the last line of the valley Aryans. The Indo-Aryan people retain its physical characteristics through the centuries. Their culture and religious practice are very similar to that of the Pre Buddhist religion.
Evening return to Lamayuru for dinner & overnight at hotel.
LAMAYURUR – ALCHI (3,250 M / 10,725 Ft) – BY SURFACE APPROX 2 HRS – LEH – BY SURFACE 70 Km / 2 ½ HRS
On your return to Leh from Lamayuru you will take a short bifurcation to the right just before reaching Saspol. Crossing the Indus River you drive uphill to Alchi to visit the Alchi Monastery. It is complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. The complex consists of a group of five temples as well as a number of chortens scattered around the complex. The Dukhang and the three-tiered Sumstek are the most significant. It is the seat of the Ngri Rimpoche, an incarnation at present embodied in the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. Alchi Gompa is the only monastery, built on flat ground. It is very famous for its paintings and architecture, which has an Indian and Kashmiri influence in them. After lunch you will proceed to Leh, reaching there by the evening. Overnight stay at hotel.
LEH – OVER KHARDUNG LA (HT 5602 M) – HUNDER (HT 4350 M) (NUBRA VALLEY) – BY SURFACE – 126 KMS / APPROX 5 HRS
The road journey from Leh to NUBRA VALLEY passes over KHARDUNG LA (the highest motor able road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers.
Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road are Rocky Mountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains. Overnight hotel Hunder.
HUNDER – TURTUK – BY SURFACE – 92 KM / APPROX 3 HRS
Today we start our journey to the last Indian village on India – Pakistan border – Turtuk. Turtuk was captured by Indian army in the 1971 war from Pakistan. This village has a similar culture and language to Ladakhi. The religion of Turtuk is mostly Nurbakshi Muslim, some villages are Shia. Arrive trutuk by afternoon. Evening free to roam around. Overnight at home stay.
TURTUK – LEH – BY SURFACE – 210 KMS / APPROX 7 HRS)
After your breakfast, we drive to Leh back to Leh. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel in Leh.
LEH – TSO MORIRI – KORZOK (15,075 Ft) – BY SURFACE – APPROX 7 – 8 HRS
Tso in the Ladakhi language means a Lake. Tso Moriri is one of the most exciting places in Ladakh; some rate it better than Pangong Tso. A visit to Ladakh is incomplete without visiting Tso Moriri. It is a brackish water lake about 28 km long and 8 km wide at an altitude of 15,000 Ft above sea level. The complete area is considered as a protected wildlife sanctuary and special permits are required for the visit.
Tso Moriri or “Mountain Lake” is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by snow-capped peaks. This valley is inhabited by a small-scattered population of “Changpas” who are nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and work in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. The area is rich in wildlife including the “Kyang” (wild ass), red fox, black necked crane and geese. Overnight stay at home stay/ Camp.
Today you spend the day exploring Korzok. The village of Korzok is besides the lake. It is the Nomad Headquarters. A large meditation centre has also come up besides the lake a little ahead of the village. One can visit the ancient Korzok Monastery or take the opportunity to catch hold of some nomadic tribesmen to get a glimpse of their lifestyle. The true beauty of the region lies in its vast untamed space, wildlife & nomadic inhabitants. Brackish Tsomoriri lake is surrounded by snow-topped barren mountains. This unique habitat attracts many migratory water birds including brahminy kite and black-neck cranes and the rare bar headed geese. Hike along the lake. Overnight homes stay/camp.
TSO MORIRI – TSO KAR (4485 M) – 55 KM / APPROX 2 ½ HRS
Rise early in the morning to capture some unforgettable snaps of the deep blue waters of the lake against the backdrop of Rocky Mountains of unimaginable hues.
Afternoon you continue your journey to TSO KAR. You will be retracing your path till Puga Sumdoo from where you turn left. What catches your eye is that the large basin of the valley that you would be traveling through is absolutely white with salt deposits. About 4 km from Puga Sumdoo you suddenly start experiencing a very strong smell of sulphur. Immediately on the right of the road you will find large amounts of sulphur deposits with yellow rocks and the heat being generated by these sulphur springs is clearly discernable. An hours’ drive brings you to Polo Kongka Pass (4920 M). This is a long and wide pass and gives you the feeling of driving on a tabletop. The descent takes you through a deserted nomad village, whose houses now only have half-standing walls.
On getting to the bottom of this descent you get your first glimpse of Tso Kar also called “White Lake” because of the salt deposits around it. It is a small lake with the backdrop formed by a chain of snow peaked mountains. The waters are deep blue in colour and the mountains, like the rest of the Ladakhi landscape are of varying shades of brown and purple with snow-capped peaks. The banks are covered with salt deposits. The water of the lake is so salty that the salt that is deposited on its banks is sold all over Ladakh and Kashmir. A Nomad Headquarters (Samad Rockchen) is located next to the lake. Overnight in home stay/Camp.
TSO KAR – LEH – BY SURFACE – 145 KM / APPROX 5 ½ HRS
In the morning, you commence your journey back to Leh. A 20 minutes’ drive gets you onto the Manali – Leh highway. On this route you cross over Taklang La (5260 M / 17, 582 Ft), a signboard proclaims it to be the second highest motorable road in the world. On crossing over the pass the full force of the awesome stark grandeur of the barren mountains greets you. The near distance mountains are greenish – brown in colour, the middle distance ones are purplish – grayish & snow-capped peaks are visible in the distant. Descending from the pass the road gets you back in to civilization passing through picturesque villages with well-cultivated fields and finally meets the Indus River at Upshi. From Upshi to Leh you are back on the road on which you started your journey
IN LEH- VISIT TO THIKSEY (3,230 M / 10,569 Ft) – HEMIS GOMPA (3,450 M / 11,385Ft) – STOK PALACE (3,650 M / 12,045 Ft)
Today is at leisure, last day shopping and take back souvenirs back home. Overnight hotel
Today transfer you on time to Leh airport to board your flight back to Delhi.
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