Ladakh tour – A blend of adventure and mysticism make for the unique allure of Ladakh, also known as India’s Little Tibet, which is among the world’s highest inhabited plateaus. Situated at more than 3,000 metres above sea level, it lies more than 600 kilometres north of New Delhi in the Jammu and Kashmir state. Also popular as Moonland for its outlandish landscape of vast barren mountains, the bluest of skies and beautiful lakes that change colour during the day.
LADAKH, the land of jagged peaks and barren landscape is at once alluring and awe-inspiring. Hidden behind this harsh and forbidding facade are an ancient civilization and a captivating people. With its unaltered character and overwhelming natural beauty, Ladakh beckons the more intense and adventurous of travellers. The awesome wilderness and magic can only belong to this great land of towering mountains and Buddhist simplicity. With the great Indus flowing right through Ladakh, the province is divided into Leh, the capital Nubra, Zanskar, lower Ladakh and Rupshu.
The many distinctive features of Ladakh are its uplands, craggy, barren cliffs and plateaus. Governed by a climate that provides about 50 mm of rainfall each year, Ladakh is cold and dry. A visitor, therefore, will be faced with a long and bitter winter of the frozen landscape but yet very beautiful, and a short, hot summer when the precious glaciers melt. The Ladakhi festival, which is organized on a large scale is a regular tourist event, which is held in Leh every year. It showcases the traditional dances, sporting skills and handicrafts with a lot of pomp and fanfare, and should not be missed. Ladakh offers excellent opportunities for adventure tourism.
You can go river rafting in the highest location for the sport in the world along the 26 km. stretch from Phey to Nimo along the mighty Indus River. Ladakh’s high altitude and mountains make it an ideal spot for paragliding, mountaineering, trekking and even skiing. Besides the astoundingly beautiful landscapes and the alluring wide open cold deserts, the other most fascinating feature of Ladakh.
Arrive at Leh airport and get transferred to your hotel. Post landing at Leh and some rest. The best way to avoid AMS is to acclimatize. As you arrive at Leh by air, keep a day free to simply acclimatize. Proper rest must be taken each day. Enough sleep, good food and no exertion will help your body get used to the heights, and low oxygen.
Tips for Better Acclimatization: • Increase the altitude gradually • Keep your body properly hydrated • Avoid sleep during the day • Avoid overexertion • Avoid tobacco and smoking and alcohol and other depressant drugs • Keep your body warm
NOTE – Only postpaid mobile networks work in Ladakh (Airtel and BSNL mainly).
Early morning drive to watch the turquoise waters of the Indus meet the muddy waters of Zanskar at the Sangam. Discover the impression on the boulder at the revered Gurdwara Patthar Sahib. Coming back towards Leh, you stop at the 11th century Spituk Gompa overlooking the mighty Indus. End this fascinating day with an inspirational visit to the Hall of Fame constructed in memory of Indian soldiers who have lost their lives in Indo-Pak wars. Later visit Shanti stupa and Leh market.
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 Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay.
With a long day of travelling ahead, begin with a hearty breakfast before heading on the 80-odd kilometres deeper into the Shyok valley. Stunning views of the river running parallel along the roadside with towering mountains ahead and rare patches of green fields make superb photographs.
India’s last major settlement, Turtuk, is predominantly Muslim-dominated but does have a couple of gompas overlooking the Shyok as well. Listen close as locals here speak the interesting Balti language that uses old Tibetan sounds no longer used in modern Tibetan. Stop for an authentic local lunch at this little hamlet and spend some time here before the journey back to Hunder.
After an early breakfast, we leave for Pangong Lake via Shyok. This is a less treaded off-beat route and connects Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake without the need of coming back to Leh through same old route. This offers some unique views of flash-flood plains. Reach Pangong lake by late afternoon and enjoy the stunning beauty of Pangong Lake.
Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of the lake and later we drive back to Leh en route visiting Shey and Thiksey Monasteries on the way. You will cross the third highest all-weather road at Chang La Pass. 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.
Tour concludes. Crazy Peaks thank you for your patronage and ensures a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.
Custom tour means you can pick-up any date of your choice and we will give you a custom quote on your group size. It also means that you can make any changes in itinerary, in services, hotels, anything, and we will help you craft a perfect adventure holiday for you!
Rs. 21,900 + 5% GST (for 06 persons)
Rs. 24,400 + 5% GST (for 04 persons)
Rs. 29,400 + 5% GST (for 02 persons)
LEH – HOTEL THE KAAL / similar
NUBRA VALLEY – HUNDER RESORT / similar
PANGONG LAKE – CAMP REDSTART / similar
– All Transport from Leh Airport to Leh Airport.
– 06 Nights Stay in Premium Hotels and Camps.
– Daily Breakfast & Dinner with a mix of local food tasting and cuisine.
– Oxygen Support in the vehicle.
– All Fuel, Parking, Tolls, Driver Charges.
– Travel Assistance to and fro Leh.
– Inner Line Permits for travel to Nubra Valley & Pangong Lake.
– Any entry/camera charges or fee.
– Personal Expenses.
– Tips or portages.
– Anything not mentioned above in inclusions.
– GST (5%)
Up to 30 Days:- 90% of program cost will be refunded.
Between 21 – 30 Days:- 60% of program cost will be refunded.
Between 20 – 11 Days:- 30% of program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days:- No refund.
Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations will have to be borne by the traveller.
Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or driver/team deem it necessary.
No show and trip changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.
Acute Mountain Sickness (happens due to the lower partial pressure of Oxygen at altitudes above 8,000 feet)
Symptoms – headache, muscle aches, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face; rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath with physical exertion, coughing, chest congestion, inability to walk or lack of balance.
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water, at least 2-3 litres a day. Drink a lot of water/juice/tea etc.
Abstain from alcohol and smoking.
Eat high caloric food.
Rest well at night.
Keep yourself warm and immediately inform team for any uneasiness.
Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey!
Travel light, TRY TO STAY UNDER 15 KGS
A main suitcase/backpack for all your items.
A small backpack of 20 litres is advised for daily necessities such as camera, sunscreen lotion.
CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:
3 light pants
4 shirts (including some with long sleeves, to protect yourself from the sun)
2 warm sweaters or jackets
Sun-glasses and Cap
Sport shoes and Sandals
1 pair of Thermals
Undergarments and Towels
1-litre canteen (flask) and a flashlight (don’t forget the batteries)
Some sweets and cereal bars
Warm cap and gloves
PERSONAL MEDICINE KIT
Bandages and special blisters bandage
Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm
Breakfast and Dinner are included in the program cost and usually, it is a mix of vegetarian Indian meals with eggs served. In places like Leh and Nubra where non-veg is available easily, it is a part of the buffet.
If you have any special requests, preferences, allergies, please inform us beforehand so that we can update the same to the hotel and try our best to match those wherever possible.
Yes, we need to get inner-line permits to go to Turtuk or for that matter even Nubra Valley and Pangong lake.
But do not worry, getting permits are covered in the program.
Turtuk is completely safe to go. The LOC is still a good few kilometres away and it’s one of the most awe-inspiring places to visit.
Just in case it is not safe, or any other part, we will not take you there and arrange an alternate site.
Depending on the group size, we use either Mahindra Xylo or Tempo Traveller for the tour.
The vehicles are chosen through a close-knit network ensuring that the driver is safe, experienced and friendly.
Toyota Innova is very less in number and in super high demand so it is either non-available and even if it is, due to repeated tours we do not get enough time to get it properly repaired or clean. Moreover, outside registered vehicles are not allowed to ply in Ladakh & registrations for new taxis is currently closed so we recommend a nice Xylo over Innova especially during peak season.