Delhi | Leh | Uletopko | Leh | Delhi
LADAKH, AN extension of the Gobi desert and Tibetan plateau, comprises some of the world’s highest and harshest terrain. Large stretches of stark high altitude deserts and ‘moonscapes’ makes this a forbidding landscape to view even from within the safe embrace of an aircraft – but there is also a strange beauty, an attraction that is almost addictive. At an altitude of 14,000ft, it is essential that you acclimatise yourself, if the rarified air is not to overwhelm you. Accommodation is simple, even basic, but comfortable. Driving out of the capital Leh, you are faced with the everchanging palatte of the mountains … unbelievable hues of purple and red that stand out in sharp contrast to snow-capped peaks. Scrub and rough tenacious ground cover do little to clothe the starkness. The land seems empty, until a faint tinkle of bells heralds the arrival of pashm goats, whose coat veilds the famous pashmina, followed by the nomadic herdsmen with their yak and sheep. The predominantly Buddhist region has Gompas (monasteries) clinging to mountaintops in what seem the most precarious locations.
ITINERARY - 09 NIGHTS/10 DAYS
DAY 01 ARRIVAL
Reception and welcome at New Delhi airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
DAY 02 DELHI
A day to visit the many sites that together make up the capital city of India.
DAY 03 LEH
Fly to Leh in the morning. A day to acclimatise to the change in altitude is essential.
DAY 04-05 LEH
Visit the Leh city and surrounding monasteries of Hemis, Thikse, Shey and the Stok palace.
DAY 06 LEH ~ ALCHI ~ ULETOPKO
Drive to Alchi to visit the monastery situated on the banks of the River Indus. After which you carry on to Uletopko to camp overnight.
DAY 07 ULETOPKO ~ LAMAYURU ~ LEH
After breakfast at camp leave for Lamayuru to visit one of the most picturesque monasteries in Ladakh. Drive back to Leh after
DAY 08 LEH
Full day excursion to Khardungla Pass at 5,260m the highest motorable pass in the world.
DAY 09 LEH ~ DELHI
Take the morning flight to Delhi. The day yours to explore or shop.
DAY 10 DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.