Ladakh is also called "Little Tibet" as the people are mostly of Tibetan origin and maintain the culture that existed in Tibet before the Chinese invasion. You don't find that much difference in living standard in between tibet and in ladakh, they are much more similar regarding their culture, tradition, language, landscape and other day to day activities.
Day 1 : ARRIVAL IN LEH
Arrival in Leh upon arrival you will be assist by our local Rep. Transfer to hotel. Take complete rest for the day for acclimatization to the high altitude of Leh (11,500 ft/ 3500 mtrs). Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 : VISIT SHEY, THIKSEY AND HEMIS
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.
Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh,.
Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.
After covering these three monasteries we drive back to leh to our hotel for night stay
Day 3 : KEH, " SHAM REGION“, LEH 124 Kms/ 5-6 Hrs
After breakfast drive to Likir, Alchi Monastery, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Hall of Fame museum and Sangam (Confluence of Zanskar & Indus River). Alchi monastery has 1000 year old paintings of Buddha and other deities on a mandala structure building build by a famous Tibetan architect in 11 century, Basgo is on the way after Nimo know for its 400-yrs old castle. Likir monastery has a museum and a novice school, the view is magnificent from the top of monastery O/N Leh.
Day 4 : LEH “NUBRA VALLEY VIA KHARDUNG LA 18,390 FT. (120 KMS / 4 to 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 for Overnight stay at the Camp.
Day 5 : 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 is rockymountains 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 6 : EXCURSION 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 Km wide and over 133 Km 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. Later we drive back to leh and check in at our hotel for Overnight.
Day 7 : DEPARTURE TRANSFER
Tour concludes. Sherpa Heritage Tour & Treks thanks you for your patronage and ensures a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.