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The Best of Ladakh
A Camping Adventure in the Land of High Passes

Experience the best of Ladakh on this eight day journey across its diverse terrain. Camp under the stars, drive along scenic routes, enjoy picnic lunches in quaint little towns, raft along the rapids of blue waters, and revel in nature's untouched splendour. Uncover Ladakh's history and heritage through visits to monasteries, villages and farmlands and authentic local cuisine for the soul.

Note: We encourage responsible tourism. Practice these guidelines while on a trip!

Accomdations

Camps
Hi Altitude Nature Camp

Service Level

Upgraded
Luxury

Transportation

Private

Food

Vegetarian
Non Veg

Age

Max 70 years

Difficulty

Easy

Who is this tour for?

Solo Men, Solo Women, Young Age Couple, Middle Age Couple , Mixed Group, Family & Friends
Tour Map

Tour Experience

Enclosed in between the Himalayan and Kumaon mountain ranges, Ladakh is a region renowned for its natural beauty, with breathtaking landscapes ranging from green fields and valleys to barren deserts, and lakes of blue and green with mountain tops rising from the lands, a sight to behold!

  • Experience an early morning prayer ceremony at the Thiksey Monastery
  • Camp under the starts in luxury.
  • Watch a beautiful sunset from the Shanti Stupa, overlooking the Old City of Leh
  • Experience the traditional game of Archery
  • Visit and camp in the Nubra valley
  • A traditional local farm experience
  • Rafting on the Shyok river
  • Navigate through the Hunder desert on a camel
  • Discover the colourful streets of Ladakh on foot
  • Rediscover your love for the outdoors
  • Shop for handicrafts and souvenirs
  • Visit the biggest Monastic institution in Ladakh - the Hemis Monastery
  • Optional visit to the charming village of Turtuk, home of the Balti dynsaty.

*The price mentioned is for accommodation in a Luxury Suite Tent. For an upgrade, get in touch.

7N/ 8D

Departure: Fixed

You will be doing:

River Rafting
Bird Watching
Photography
Village Walk
Hi-Altitude Camping
Shopping
Camping
Local Interaction
Monastrey Visit

You will be experiencing:

Nature
Culture
High Altitude
Spiritual

Itinerary

1 Arrival in Leh

Welcome!

On arriving in Leh, a representative will escort you to your residence at Chamba Camp, Thiksey. After a traditional Ladakhi welcome, you can check into your Luxury tent and get settled in.

The rest of the day has no activities in store for you as it is medically mandated that you first get acclimatised to the low oxygen levels at this high-altitude.

After some rest, meet with the Excursion Specialist at the camp to discuss the itinerary and make slight modifications if required, to better suit your interests.

  • Leh
  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
19 km None
Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Camps, Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Hi-Altitude Camping, Photography, Local Interaction
Nature, Culture, High Altitude
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You can sleep in today, for we have a late start! You have the morning to yourself. Have an unhurried breakfast and enjoy the serene sights in and around the camp. Unwind amidst the willow and poplar trees as you listen to the calming sounds of nature.

If you're game, take a walk through the lush, green fields of Nyerma and get an insight into the age-old wisdom of medicinal herbs, agricultural and religious practices passed on over generations, at the nunnery.

After a delicious lunch at the camp, we set out to the Leh City for a heritage walk. Walk through the complex maze of by-lanes and narrow streets of Leh and uncover the wonders of the city. Stroll through the lanes downtown, where everything from daily necessities and woollen clothing to rugs, handicrafts and accessories can be found.

You can shop a little at the city boulevard which is lined with shops that sell Pashmina shawls, stoles, Tibetan handicrafts and silver jewellery and traditional Ladakhi jewellery studded with turquoise, glass, mother of pearl, emerald and jade.

End the day with a spectacular sunset at the Shanti Stupa.

  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
  • Leh
  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
34 km 5 km
None +
Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Camps, Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Bird Watching, Photography, Hi-Altitude Camping, Shopping, Local Interaction
Nature, Culture, High Altitude
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today calls for a really early start. After a quick cup of coffee or chai to do away with the morning blues, we head to the Thiksey monastery, a kilometre away from the camp. The monastery boasts of a two storey tall statue of the Maitreyi Buddha seated on a lotus. Participate in a Buddhist morning prayer ceremony as the sun comes up and take in the fantastic view of the Leh valley that spreads out down below.

After a relaxed breakfast at camp, we drive to the Hemis monastery and museum, a good 45 minutes away from the camp. Built in 1630, this monastery finds itself in a secluded valley on the Western bank of the Indus river and is the largest in Ladakh. It boasts of an impressive collection of Thangkas (Tibetan murals), Tibetan books, statues and stupas. The monastery belongs to the Drukpa branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Get a glimpse of the many features of this monastery where young lamas are nurtured and educated in philosophy, literature, history, yoga and more.

After an insightful experience, return to the camp for lunch.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
  • Thiksey Monastery
  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
  • Hemis Monastery
  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
50 km None
Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Camps, Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Hi-Altitude Camping, Local Interaction, Monastrey Visit
Nature, Culture, High Altitude
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, we pack up and set off for Disket village. The drive to the village is filled with scenic landscapes with mountains and grasslands. We pass through the Khardung La Pass (5570 m.) which is considered to be the highest motorable road in the world. The beautiful Nubra valley spreads out below, with green fields dotted with willow and poplar trees.

We stop at the village of Khardung, for a picnic lunch.

Post lunch we journey on, through the sand dunes of Nubra to Diskit.

We get settled in at the Chamba Camp, Diskit for the night. The rest of the evening is yours.

  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
  • Khardung La
  • Khardung village
  • Diskit
  • Chamba Camp, Diskit
132 km None
Chamba Camp, Diskit
Camps, Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Photography
Nature, High Altitude
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a delicious breakfast, we drive to the charming village of Sumur, situated along the Nubra river.

Another activity that you can opt for is a visit to the sacred Yarab Tso in the Nubra valley. Drive the northernmost road along the Saichen glacier route and hike a little to find this secluded lake amongst the rocky terrain.

The next activity for the day is a to immerse yourself into the local culture. Meet with the Women’s Alliance of Nubra , a group of women who have collaborated to bring to light traditional performing arts and handicrafts and to document their rich history and heritage.

We then drive through the farmlands of the Sumur village for a visit to a local farm for an authentic, local lunch, sure to leave a smile on you face. Gain some insight into the history of the lands at the house of the Kalon family.

The evening calls for an adventure amidst the sand dunes of the Hunder desert. Ride atop a double hump Bactrian camel and relive the days of yore of the merchants and mercenaries, monks and the common folk, as they ploughed through these very sands in search of Gold, Glory and God and Greatness.

After a long day, head back to Diskit for the night for some well-deserved rest.

  • Chamba Camp, Diskit
  • Sumur village
  • Hunder desert
  • Chamba Camp, Diskit
80 km None
Chamba Camp, Diskit
Camps, Hi Altitude Nature Camp
River Rafting, Photography, Village Walk, Hi-Altitude Camping, Short Treks, Local Interaction
Nature, Culture, High Altitude, Village Life
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an eventful few days, you deserve a laid-back day. Spend your time at camp, soaking in the serenity of the surroundings.

If you're game, you have the opportunity to participate in an optional excursion to the charming village of Turtuk.

Chamba Camp, Diskit
Camps, Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Photography, Village Walk, Hi-Altitude Camping, Local Interaction
Nature, Culture, High Altitude, Village Life
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today calls for an early start. After a quick cup of coffee or chai to do away with the morning blues, we head to the Diskit Gompa, the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the whole of the Nubra valley. Perched on top of a hill, this monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism. The prayer hall has a statue of the Cho Rinpoche or “the crowned Buddha”, and is decorated with images of deities. An elevated cupola of the monastery has a fresco of the Tashilhunpo monastery of Tibet.

We start the day with a prayer here, near the 100 foot Maitreyi Buddha statue.

We return to the camp for some breakfast before we begin our journey back to Leh Valley. We travel through the Wari La, a pass believed to be the fourth-highest motorable pass in Ladakh.

On reaching the Leh valley, settle into the Chamba Camp in Thiksey and enjoy the rest of the evening unwinding in the comfort of your camp.

  • Chamba Camp, Diksit
  • Wari La
  • Leh Valley
  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
140 km None
Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Camps, Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Photography, Monastrey Visit, Local Interaction
Nature, High Altitude
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bid farewell to beautiful Ladakh as you head home or onwards on your journey, after having enjoyed the serene and scenic landscape of the region, on this 7 day adventure.

  • Chamba Camp, Thiksey
  • Leh
20 km None
Breakfast

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Other Details

Inclusions
  • Arrival and departure transfers by an AC Innova from Leh airport.
  • Accommodation in Luxury Suite Tent or Presidential Suite Tent.
  • Personalised butler service.
  • All meals, including tea/coffee and soft beverages at the camp restaurant.
  • Guided excursions as specified in the tour programme.
  • Still camera fees (not professional) as applicable.
  • Other optional tours mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Goods and services tax (of 5%)
  • Taxes not mentioned in the package
  • Any transfers outside of the itinerary
  • Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities for the service staff, including local guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses (cigarettes, alcohol, telephone calls, etc.)
  • Professional still and video camera fee.
  • Pre or post tour accommodation and other tour extensions outside of the package.
  • Foreign nationals and NRIs must hold a valid visa.
  • The rates are subject to availability. During the festive season, the rates are subject to change, with a possible surge.
  • Please carry government issued IDs.
  • If you have any dietary restrictions, medical conditions or special requests, please notify at the time of booking.
  • The rights to alter any particular itinerary or excursion as a consequence of bad weather, political unrest, restrictions at the area of sightseeing, rests entirely with the Company
  • You must be in possession of a valid voucher/document which will be mailed to you upon receiving full payment, otherwise the stay will be refused.
  • While travelling, bear in mind to pack light and warm.
  • Be a responsible traveller. Avoid littering and any kind of damage to flora and fauna.
  • Pack basic medicines for conditions like a cold, fever, headaches.

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