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Quick Escape to Leh
Quick Escape to Leh
Duration 5 nights 6 days
Best Time Mid April – End Oct

This trip is ideal for those who don’t have much time on their hands but it covers the must-see locales in Ladakh including Nubra Valley & Pangong Tso.

    LEH (3500 M / 11500 ft)

    Day 1: LEH (3500 M / 11500 ft)

    Arrive at Leh airport by mid-morning.. Board waiting vehicle and get transferred to a resort. It is critical for acclimatization that those flying into Ladakh should not attempt any strenuous physical activity in the first 24 hours so the rest of the day is reserved to just relax in the hotel/resort enjoying the views from your room and the property. It is recommended that you do a short acclimatization walk of 15-20 mins in the evening.

    LEH

    Day 2: LEH

    After breakfast, visit Shey Monastery & Palace, Thiksey Gompa and then the grand Hemis monastery. Drive back towards Leh and take a detour at Choglamsar, across the Indus, to reach Stok Village. Enjoy a traditional meal in a three centuries old Ladakhi village home. Visit the Stok Palace & Museum and drive back to be in your resort by late afternoon. Freshen up and then go for a drive on the Srinagar highway for a look at Hall of Fame (Army Museum), Patthar Sahib Gurudwara, experience the curious phenomenon of the Magnetic Hill and also see Nimmu (the confluence point of Zanskar & Indus Rivers). Be back in your resort by late evening.

    LEH - Nubra Valley at HUNDER (average altitude 3048 M / 10,000 ft) 130 km / 5 hrs

    Day 3: LEH - Nubra Valley at HUNDER (average altitude 3048 M / 10,000 ft) 130 km / 5 hrs

    Post a leisurely breakfast start a stunning drive going over the mighty Khardung La – the 2nd highest motorable pass in the world at a mind blowing 5602 M / 18,380 ft. Then the road plunges dramatically into a whirlpool of bends, and later it gradually unfolds itself on to the base of Nubra Valley, along the rushing Shyok and Nubra Rivers. We reach Khalsar where we stop for lunch at restaurant and then move on to reach Hunder by late afternoon. Check into your hotel room, freshen up relax a bit and visit the famed dunes of Hunder. Enjoy a ride on the Double-humped Bactrian Camels, for a bigger adrenaline rush you have the option to hire an ATV and zip around on the sands. Later visit the monastery at Deskit, spend sunset at the viewing gallery – with a huge outdoor Buddha statue, right beside the Gompa. The views are quite wonderful. Be back at your hotel by late evening.

    NUBRA VALLEY - LEH 140 kms / 5 hrs

    Day 4: NUBRA VALLEY - LEH 140 kms / 5 hrs

    Leave after breakfast and drive back via Khalsar & over Khardung La to reach your resort in Leh for a latish but hot lunch (if you wish at Khalsar you could take a detour – towards Siachen, of about 3 hrs totally and visit Sumoor and the hot springs at Panamik). Rest of the day at leisure in Leh; you could head out to the Bazaar and also check out the Palace.

    LEH - Pangong Tso – LEH 150 km / 4 ½ hrs each way

    Day 5: LEH - Pangong Tso – LEH 150 km / 4 ½ hrs each way

    Leave early morning by say 0530 - 0600 hrs on the drive to Pangong. After crossing Chang La we will reach Tangse where we will stop for breakfast at a Ladakhi style restaurant cum guest house. Reach the lake around noon and spend an hour or two enjoying the magnificent vistas and driving by the lake shore. Later drive back, at Tangse we will stop for a latish but hot lunch; carry on and reach your resort by late evening.

    LEH - FLYOUT

    Day 6: LEH - FLYOUT

    Morning transfer to the airport in time to board your return flight.

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