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Best Time for this Tour is : Mid June - July - Aug - Sep.
Day 1 : Arrivall - Delhi
Meeting to Assist At Airport & Transfer to Hotel. O/n Hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi - Chandigarh - Manali - ( 1985M )
Morning train to Chandigarh Dep 0730 hrs Arr 1040 hrs. On arrival commence drive to Manali 7-8 hrs. On arrival check into Hotel. Dinner & overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 : Manali
After breakfast half day city tour, afternoon at leisure to explore this beautiful mountain resort on your own. Meals & overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 : Manali - Tandi
After breakfast commence drive 6 hrs to Tandi, a small village situated in the heart of Lahaul valley. The drive takes us over the mighty Rohtang pass (3998m). Lahaul valley is quite rocky & barren & totally opposite to the lush green Kullu valley. The people of this valley are mainly Buddhists & the local society still follows the ancient culture of Polygamy! On arrival set up camp, afternoon walk to the nearby monastery & visit villages. Meals & overnight camp.
Day 5 : Tandi - Keylong - Jispa(3100M)
After breakfast commence drive to Keylong the capital village of this valley, Keylong is a bustling village & a very interesting market. On the other side of the hill stands the most celebrated monastery of Lahaul called Khardung. After visit of Keylong a short trek to the monastery (good for the purpose of acclimatization) after visit return to Keylong & continue drive to Jispa, enroute visit yet another monastery called Gemur. Afternoon at leisure at Jispa to walk around the village & visit the Dalai lama's monastery. Meals & overnight at camp.
Day 6 : Jispa-Darcha To Chhalang Topko (3580M) Trek 5 Hrs
This trek starts from the Himachal region and ends in the Ladakh region. Darcha is a village in the Lahaul valley of Himachal region and is the gateway to the Zanskar valley in the Ladakh region. Trek to Chhalang Topko passing through two Himachal villages.
Day 7 : Chhalang Topko To Zanskar Sumdo / Ramjak (3750M) : Trek 4-5 Hrs
The trail gradually ascends till reaching the awesomely beautiful Zanskar Sumdo, which is the meeting point of two water sources. The river here was once dangerous to cross but is now made safe by a modern suspension bridge. The pack cannot cross on it and therefore must be unloaded so that they can swim through the river. This bridge is situated on the boundaries of Zanskar and Lahaul valleys and from here you entire the Zanskar valley. From here ascend a little further to reach Ramjak where you camp overnight.
Day 8 : Ramjak To Chhumiknakpo (4060M) Trek 5-6 Hrs
Trek towards the stream flowing from Shingo La Pass. The initial stretch towards Shingo La Pass has to be trekked very slowly, as the trail is steep and high altitude. A number of streams have to be crossed on the trail, which are extremely cold and have to be crossed very cautiously and slowly. The first campsite is a pasture called Chhumiknakpo.
Day 9 : Chhumiknakpo To Lakong (4400M) Over Shingo La (5100M) Trek 6 Hrs
The trail steeply ascends along a stream and then after further ascending across a snow-filled path, reaches Shingo La Pass. From the top of the Pass, there are spectacular views of the peaks of Ladakh. From this pass, the trail initially descends steeply down till the meadows of Lakong, which is a good camping site at the foot of the Shingo La.
Day 10 : Lakong To Kargyak (4060M) 5-6 Hrs
The trail descends along the wide Kargyak River, which is difficult to cross if there has been a lot of snow melting during the day, increasing the depth of the water. After crossing the river, continue down the valley past the beautiful sheer-sided mountain called Gumburanjon (5900m). Kargyak is the first and highest village in this valley. There are good campsites at this village.
Day 11 : Kargyak To Kuru / Teta (3950M) Trek 5 Hrs
The trail gradually descends and runs along little settlements. The houses in this region are very simple compared to the elaborate architecture found in other parts of Zanskar valley. The houses are built below ground level to keep them insulated during the long cold winter months. Trek along these little villages, till you Kuru or Teta. Both these villages have good camping sites.
Day 12 : Teta To Purne (3700M) Trek 4 Hrs
From here follow the Kargyak River down the valley till Purne village. This village has a good campsite and one can even take a side trip to Phuktal where the spectacular Gelukpa monastery is situated around a sacred spring that originates from a deep cave. It is a fantastic sight with the monastery buildings built on the face of a rock, while the temple is situated in the cave. Trek back to Purne after visiting the monastery and camp overnight.
Day 13 : Purne / Phuktal Monastery / Purne
After a leisurely breakfast commence excursion to the most famous & dramatic monastery of Phuktal. Return to camp for a late lunch. Afternoon to walk around the purne village & see the life of Zanskari people from close quarters. Meals & overnight camp.
Day 14 : Purne To Mune (3650M) Trek 6-7 Hrs
The trek gradually descends through this Buddhist region and you will come across a couple of Chortens on the way. So according to custom, always go from the left side of the Chortens, which are stone walls with religious inscriptions. Continue along the river until you reach the village and monastery of Mune. The friendly monks show you around the monastery.
Day 15 : Mune To Padam (3560M) 6 Hrs
The trek runs along the river until reaching the Bardan Gompas, which is one of the oldest Gompas of the region. The friendly monks will show you around the Gompas, which also houses a gigantic prayer wheel, which stands over three meters high. After visiting the monastery, trek down till Padum, which is only a little away. Camp overnight.
Day 16 : Padum To Kargil
Early morning drive to Kargil 10 hrs over the Pensila pass, enroute visit the Rangdum monastery. Arrival late in the evening to the comforts of a hot shower & a hotel bed. Dinner & overnight at Hotel.
Day 17 : Kargil To Lamayuru / Basgo
After breakfast drive towards Leh, enroute visit the historical site of Mulbekh. Later continue drive to Lamayuru. Visit Lamayuru monastery. In the afternoon drive further 3 hrs to Basgo village, the ancient capital village of Ladakh. The ruined castle & monastery towers above the village & the dramatic colours all around make this place into a real unique place. On arrival move into a local house. Evening is spent with the local family in the traditional kitchen & food is prepared by the family, the hospitality of local takes over as one gets lost in the dances & local chang( beer). Overnight at local house.
Day 18 : Basgo To Leh
Morning drive to Leh, the capital of Ladakh enroute visit Phyang & Spituk monastery On arrival check into hotel followed by lunch. Afternoon visit walk around Leh town, a walk up to the Leh palace. Dinner & overnight at Hotel.
Day 19 : Leh : Shey / Thikse / Hemis
Full day excursion to visit the most important monasteries of the Indus valley. Late afternoon return to Leh, rest of the day at leisure for shopping etc.
Day 20 : Leh
Morning half day white water rafting on the Indus. Afternoon return to Leh, rest of the day free for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21 : Leh - Delhi
Early morning transfer to Leh airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to Hotel. Day at leisure!
Day 22 : Delhi
Optional excursion to Agra(Not included in the tour cost) This is a emergency day due to leh / Delhi flight cancellation due to weather problems.
Day 23 : Departure Delhi
In time transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.
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