Amidst starkly beautiful and majestic mountains, gradually merging into an oasis of green fields, Leh is situated on the banks of the Indus, at a height of 11,000 feet. Beyond the Kashmir valley lies Ladakh, the land of unsurmountable mountains, and fascinating Monastries. Ladakh is the abode of rare Kiang & highland Yak. Leh its capital city lies at the Tri junction of the historic silkroute from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India. For seven months a year, Leh airport is Ladakh's only link with the outside world.
Leh - Ladakh Tours offer great scope for undertaking adventure activities amidst landscapes of breathtaking, rugged beauty. Trekking possibilities include short, day -long walks up and down mountain slopes to visit isolated villages or monastic settlements, or across a ridge to enjoy the sheer beauty of the lunar mountainscape. The most popular and best established among these are trekking, mountaineering and river rafting. Or long , transmountain treks involving weeks of walking and camping in the wilderness.
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Delhi’s international airport by Discovery Full Circle Tours representative and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Transfer to the domestic airport to connect early morning flight for Leh. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. Leh the capital city of Ladakh since the 17th century was at one time a flourishing market town on the silk route to China. As Leh(Ladakh) is located at an altitude of 3500 meters the rest of the day is free for rest and acclimatization.
Today Discovery Full Circle Tours take you to tour of Shanti stupa and Leh palace and walk through the Leh Bazaar.
Leave early morning for Lamayuru visiting Ladakh's oldest Lamayuru monastery. After lunch drive back to Khalatse crossing the bridge over the Indus river and make a detour to visit the Drokpa village of Bema, home of the unique tribe of Indo-Aryan origin that has preserved not only its racial purity, but also its language, religious practices and cultural traditions. Overnight in a lodge in Alchi
Today Discovery Full Circle Tours take you to the 11th century Alchi monastery famed for its religious wall frescoes. Continue along the Leh highway stopping en route to visit the Likir monastery situated on a hilltop. On the way also visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, revered both by the Sikhs as well as by Buddhists alike. Further on visit Phyang monastery before driving back to Leh(Ladakh).
After breakfast in the morning drive to Spituk (8 kilometers from Leh). Our days trek will start from here at the Bridge over the Indus River around a kilometer far from the west of Spituk Village. Todays trek is on a easy trail to Zingchen. Night stay at the camp.
Morning after breakfast at the camp commence your trek over Stok La - 4900 - meter . Stok Pass is also well known as Namlung. Less than 2 hours uphill trek will take you to the to top of the Stok Pass. Stroll for some time in the East side for the camp ground to have your camp for the night. Rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the views available.
Breakfast and trek on easy trial down to Stok walking on the left bank of the river towards north. It will be easy trek on wide trail. On arrival at Stok visit Stok Palce and than drive to Leh.
Early morning leave for Nubra valley crossing Khardong-la pass (5605m), the highest motorable pass in the world. Enjoy panoramic views of the Indus valley and Zanskar mountains from the pass. Visit Sumur village and the picturesque Samstaling monastery. Overnight in a camp near Tegar village.
Nubra Valley Tour - After breakfast drive to Deskit with Today Discovery Full Circle Tours, the main village of Nubra valley. Visit the monastery that is located high up on the mountain face. Optionally, you may take a camel safari on the back of the double-humped Bactrian camels to Hundar (at extra cost and subject to prior booking only).
Drive back to Leh (Ladakh). Overnight at your hotel
Pangong Lake Tour - Leave Leh(Ladakh) after breakfast and drive over the Chang-la pass (5297m), visiting Tak-Thok the only Nyingmapa monastery of Ladakh en route. Drive on to Pangong Tso lake. Stop by this beautiful lake for a picnic lunch. Drive about 40kms to Tangtse village with a few shops and lodges. There is also an old gompa with inscriptions 1000 yrs old. Camp here for the night or stay in a local lodge.
Leave Tangtse after early breakfast driving back over the Chang-la pass, then take the diversion from Karu village to the well known Hemis monastery. This monastery belongs to the Brokpa order and is from the 17th century. The gompa has well preserved frescoes sharing the Kashmiri influence, a three storey statue of Padmasambhava and the largest thangka in Ladakh over 12m long. En route to Leh visit Thiksey monastery which has excellent artwork and great views of the valley and village. This Gelugpa gompa houses the two storey Maitreya Buddha in a separate temple. Visit also the Shey palace the former summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. The 12m Sakyamuni Buddha's statue made of gold plated copper is the largest in the region. Overnight at Leh.
Fullday at leisure in Leh(Ladakh) exploring its bazaars, visiting various handicraft showrooms, catching up on last-minute shopping etc; Lunch in one of the town's garden cafes. Evening, farewell dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Leh(Ladakh) airport in the morning to connect flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to your Hotel by representative of Today Discovery Full Circle Tours. Rest of day free to relax or last minute shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination.