Ladakh, Kashmir & Zanskar on Oddroad. Visit Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong, Sham Valley, Kargil town, Rangdum, Padum, Srinagar.

Ladakh, Kashmir & Zanskar
16 Nights/17 Days
by Mountain Trails

Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong, Sham Valley, Kargil town, Rangdum, Padum, Srinagar

Ladakh meaning "land of high passes", an apt name for this heaven on earth. This district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south. This would no doubt be a trip of a lifetime. It's a breathtaking experience to witness this wonderful land. The region includes the Baltistan valleys, the Indus Valley, the remote Zangskar, Lahaul and Spiti and the Nubra valleys. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called "Little Tibet" as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh. It is one of the few remaining abodes of Buddhism in South Asia. Leh is the second largest town in Ladakh after Kargil.

Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond set like a jewelled crown, changing its hues with the seasons - always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flow down into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated by lily-laden lakes. The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valley’s cool environs in summer.

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Day 1 - Arrive in Leh

Arrival Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the Most Sensational Flights in The World. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.) Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize followed by Welcome tea or Coffee at the Hotel.

Evening Visit to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa & Leh Market. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2 - Excursion To Monasteries

Post breakfast we visit Spituk Monastery, Built in 15th century during the reign of Grags ‘bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags and also visit Hall Of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army.

Post lunch we take a sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh, Leh Palace is one of the most captivating architectural ruins that attract the attention of the tourists almost immediately with its majestic setting at the edge of the Namgyal hill and overlooking the town and at once looks like a reminiscent of Lhasa's Potala Palace.

Day 3 - Leh–Nubra Valley Via Khardung La 18,390 Ft. (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)

Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 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. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level.

Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. A visit to a Ladakhi home can be arranged.

Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Day 4 - Nubra Valley – Leh (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)

After an early breakfast we check out from the Camp and drive to Hunder where you have opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Between Hunder and Diskit you come across sand dunes besides the road. 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. On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Diskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery, lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire Valley.

Later we drive back to Leh in the late afternoon via Khardungla Top. On arrival at Leh you will check in to your Hotel. In the afternoon you can rest and relax.

Day 5 - Leh To Pangong Lake (140 kms / 4 - 5 Hrs – One Way)

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake enroute visiting Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh & 3 Idiots Rancho School & further 5 Kms Driving through a picturesque landscape we reach Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting above two monasteries we drive further towards Changla Pass 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of 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 situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the 'Indo China Border'. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp Near Pangong lake. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.

Day 6 - Pangong Lake To Leh (140 Kms / 6 Hrs)

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh enroute visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Drive further to Leh and check in at our hotel for Overnight.

In the evening you can stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping.

Day 7 - Leh To Sham Valley (92 Kms / 4 Hrs)

After breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. Enroute visiting Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River, Just before Saspul a road to the right takes you for your visit to the Likir Monastery, Likir is one of the most active monasteries in the region. As you drive up to the monastery a recently installed colossal gilded image of the Maitreya out in the open is one of the most impressive sights in Ladakh.
After visiting the Monastery you continue your drive along the River Indus to or Uletokpo or Tingmosgang enroute visiting Ridzong Monastery, there is the option to walk up to the Monastery for those that wish to do so. Hidden at the end of a steep valley, the first view of the Monastery is dramatic.

After visiting above places we drive further and check in at our camp / hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8 - Tingmosgang To Kargil (Via Lamayuru) 143 Kms / 5 Hrs

Post breakfast you drive to Kargil enroute visiting the 11th century Lamayuru Monastery enroute visiting the mesmerizing MOON LANDSCAPES (you will believe why the name of this area is Moonland. Exactly the same formations of Land are visible as on the moon), Later Drive to KARGIL over Fatu-la (13,489 ft) which is the highest pass on Srinagar – Leh road.

Upon arrival in Kargil we check in at our Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 9 - Kargil To Rangdum (130 Kms / 6 Hrs)

Post breakfast, In the morning we drive towards Rangdum. Rangdum Village is an elliptical expanded plateau that is situated midway between Kargil and Padum. Located 130 km south-east of Kargil, in the beautiful Suru Valley in Leh District, Rangdum is surrounded by steep hills, pastures, streams and rocky mountains. Being the farthest region of the Suru Valley at an altitude of 3657 meters, it has evolved with a wild beauty. This isolated place is known for an old monastery, which is one of the most revered Buddhist places in Leh-Ladakh.

Upon arrival at Rangdum we check in at our Camp / Hotel / Guest House for Overnight stay. Rest of the day free for relaxation

Day 10 - Rangdum - Padum Via Suru Valley (131 Kms/5 Hrs)

Drive to Padum, Padum the capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, Padum (3505 m) is the present day administrative headquarters of the region. With a population of nearly 1500, Padum can be described as the most populous settlement of Zanskar, otherwise a very scarcely inhabited valley.

On way to Padum we visit Sani Monastery, of Ladakh belongs to the southern branch of the Drukpa Kagyupa School. It is situated approximately 6 km to the west of Padum. The entire Sani Monastery of Ladakh has been built in parts, each dating back to a different century. Upon arrival in Padum we check in at our Camp / Hotel / Guest House for Overnight stay.

Day 11 - In Padum (Excursion To Karsha & Bardan Gompa) Approx 5 – 6 Hrs.

After Breakfast leave for Full Sightseeing of Karsha & Bardhan.

The Karsha Monastery of Ladakh is situated in the Karsha village of the Zanskar region (9 km long link road, across an iron bridge over the Stod river). Built picturesquely along the steeply rising mountainside above Karsha village, the monastery can be seen from far. After visiting Karsha we proceed further towards Bardan Gompa is a 17th century Buddhist monastery. approximately 12 kilometres south of Padum, in Zanskar, Ladakh, northern India. Bardan Monastery of Ladakh, standing atop a rocky crag, belongs to the Dugpa-Kargyud monastic order and was one of the first monasteries of this sect to be established in Zanskar. The monastery also ran several smaller hermitages in the area.

After visiting above monasteries we drive back to our Camp. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Camp / Guest House / Hotel.

Day 12 - In Padum (Excursion To Stongde & Zangla) Approx 6 – 7 Hrs

After an early breakfast we Drive to The monastery of Stongdey lies 18-km to the north of Padum, on the road leading to Zangla. An old foundation associated with the Tibetan Yogi, Marpa, Stongdey is now the second largest monastic establishment of Zanskar, inhabited by the resident community of about 60 Gelukpa monks.

After visiting above monasgtery we drive further towards Zangla, Lying deep in the northern arm of Zanskar at the end of the 35 km. Long rough road from Padum, Zangla was being ruled by a titular king till his death a few years back. After visiting above monasteries we drive back to our Camp. Dinner & Overnight stay at the Camp / Guest House / Hotel.

Day 13 - Padum – Rangdum Via Suruvalley (131 Kms/5 Hrs)

Post breakfast we check out from our Camp & Drive to Rangdum. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.

Day 14 - Rangdum - Kargil (130 Kms / 6 Hrs)

Post breakfast we check out from our Camp & Drive to Kargil. Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 15 - Kargil To Srinagar

After early Breakfast by 6.00 am drive to Srinagar passing through Drass, the second coldest inhabited Place on earth and you can have spectacular view of Kargil War famous Peaks Tiger Hill and Tololing Peak. Pay a tribute to Vijay Smarak, dedicated to Indian Soldiers who laid their lives for us during Kargil War in 1999. Arrive Srinagar by Afternoon. Rest of the time for own activities. Overnight at Houseboat.

Day 16 - In Srinagar

Post breakfast we take a sightseeing tour of Srinagar (Lake City) visiting Shankaracharya Temple & Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure) & Shalimar Bagh (Garden of Pleasure). Overnight at Houseboat.

Day 17 - Depart Srinagar (Fly Out)

Tour concludes.

Mountain Trails thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.

Stay Options

City / No. of Nights Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
Leh / 2 Green Ladakh / Noble House / Or Similar Hotel Mandala / Pangong Hotel / Holiday Ladakh / Lingzi Hotel / Mahey Retreat / Or Similar City Palace / Nature Residency / Lharisa Resorts / Lasermo Hotel / Hotel Rafica / Or Similar The Grand Dragon Tsemarang Eco Camp
Nubra Valley / 1 Snow Leopard Or Similar Olathang Hotel Or Similar Nubra Ethnic Camp Larji Resorts Nubra Ethnic Camp Larji Resorts
Leh / 1 Green Ladakh / Noble House / Or Similar Hotel Mandala / Pangong Hotel / Holiday Ladakh / Lingzi Hotel / Mahey Retreat / Or Similar City Palace / Nature Residency / Lharisa Resorts / Lasermo Hotel / Hotel Rafica / Or Similar The Grand Dragon Tsemarang Eco Camp
Pangong / 1 Whispering Waves Or Pangong Inn Whispering Waves Or Pangong Inn Whispering Waves Or Pangong Inn Whispering Waves Or Pangong Inn
Leh / 1 Green Ladakh / Noble House / Or Similar Hotel Mandala / Pangong Hotel / Holiday Ladakh / Lingzi Hotel / Mahey Retreat / Or Similar City Palace / Nature Residency / Lharisa Resorts / Lasermo Hotel / Hotel Rafica / Or Similar The Grand Dragon Tsemarang Eco Camp
Sham Valley / 1 Hotel Moonland (Lamayuru) West Ladakh Camp (Uleytokpo) Alchi Resorts (Alchi) West Ladakh Camp (Uleytokpo) Alchi Resorts (Alchi) West Ladakh Camp (Uleytokpo) Namra Camp (Temisgam)
Kargil town / 1 Hotel Siachen Caravan / Sarai / Hotel Green Land / Or Deluxe Camps Hotel Siachen Caravan / Sarai / Hotel Green Land / Or Deluxe Camps Hotel Siachen Caravan / Sarai / Hotel Green Land / Or Deluxe Camps Hotel Siachen Caravan Sarai Hotel Green Land Or Deluxe Camps
Rangdum / 1 Nunkun Camp Or Similar Nunkun Camp Or Similar Nunkun Camp Or Similar Nunkun Camp Or Similar
Padum / 3 Guest House Or Similar Guest House Or Similar Guest House Or Similar Hotel Omasala Or Kailash Hotel
Rangdum / 1 Nunkun Camp Or Similar Nunkun Camp Or Similar Nunkun Camp Or Similar Nunkun Camp Or Similar
Kargil town / 1 Hotel Siachen Caravan / Sarai / Hotel Green Land / Or Deluxe Camps Hotel Siachen Caravan / Sarai / Hotel Green Land / Or Deluxe Camps Hotel Siachen Caravan / Sarai / Hotel Green Land / Or Deluxe Camps Hotel Siachen Caravan Sarai Hotel Green Land Or Deluxe Camps
Srinagar / 2 Standard Houseboats Deluxe Houseboats Deluxe Houseboats Super Deluxe Houseboats

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Per Couple Rs 86150 Rs 89300 Rs 92550 Rs 104900
Extra person Rs 28000 Rs 31250 Rs 33100 Rs 43300
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