Ladakh : “ The Moonland” Geographically on the Tibetan Plateau, located between two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas and Karakoram .It’s Tibetan culture which are cut off from the rest of the world for centuries has flourish and left very much untouched. It’s ancient monasteries carved high into the hillsides and it’s unspoilt villages have remained unchanged over the centuries. It’s unique sceneries, lush green river valleys, deep blue skies and colourful lifestyle of the people who live in harmony with its barren land. The average altitude varies from about 9000 ft in Kargil to about 12000 ft in Leh, above sea level. Peopled by a race related to Tibetian stock in culture,religion.language and features, it is also called “Little Tibet”
Ladakh: “ The Moonland” Geographically on the Tibetan Plateau, located between two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas and Karakoram .It’s Tibetan culture which are cut off from the rest of the world for centuries has flourish and left very much untouched. It’s ancient monasteries carved high into the hillsides and it’s unspoilt villages have remained unchanged over the centuries. It’s unique sceneries, lush green river valleys, deep blue skies and colourful lifestyle of the people who live in harmony with its barren land. The average altitude varies from about 9000 ft in Kargil to about 12000 ft in Leh, above sea level. Peopled by a race related to Tibetian stock in culture,religion.language and features, it is also called “Little Tibet”
Markha Valley Trek: The green oasis of the Markha Valley guarded by Kang Yatse 6400mts from east and Zanskar range from the south west. From any of the high points you can have breath-taking views of the Korakoram Saser Kangri peak (7670mts) Stok Kangri (6150mts) Kang Yatse 6400mts.and Nun Kun (7135mts.) Sculpted canyons, fantastic rock formations, medieval villages, Buddhist gompas and snow-peaks. The Markha Valley is one of the most popular treks in Ladakh. Its located close to Leh, the walking is mostly below 4000 metres with night stops around 3500 meters and has the best of Ladakh. This trek being in of Hemis NationalPark, there is always an opportunity of spotting rare species of wild animals.
I T I N E R A R Y
Day 01:Singapore/Delhi . Dep at 2.20 – 5 15 AM
Depart from Changi Terminal for Delhi SQ morning flight departure at 2 20 am flight. Arrive Delhi in the morning & transfer to hotel for fresh up & Breakfast. After short rest Same day morning flight from Delhi- Srinagar by Domestic flight. Srinagar, the Summer capital of Kashmir, which is located on the foot of Himalayan Mountains, where tourist enjoy living in Houseboats which are anchored on famous Dal lake. A Kashmiri warm welcome greets you on arrival from airport to jetty by car and after which transfer to Deluxe Houseboat by Shikara (Gondolas) After lunch at houseboat Cruise on Dal lake by Shikara visiting the Floating gardens, and Lotus gardens(summers) and cruise will go through back water canals of the lake.Dinner & overnight at Bostan Premium Deluxe Luxury houseboat.
Day 02:Srinagar-Gulmarg – Altitude 2699.6m- Srinagar- Altitude 1730m (B/L/D)
After breakfast enjoy an excursion to Gulamarg (Meadow of Flowers) at height of 8800 feet above sea-level. Here you will witness the natural beauty of the surroundings of Kashmir set out like a Doll’s Villa’e. Gulmarg used to be a favorite hunt of the British in Summer and you will find old fashioned hotels and shops in the village. Gulmarg has the the highest 18 hole Golf Course in the world and has developed into a Ski Resort during Winter. Enjoy tour of Gondola Ride from 8800 ft to 10 200 ft 1stphase.Return to houseboat for lunch, visit Shankeracharya Shiva temple situated 1000ftabove Srinagar city and commanding a magnificent view of town and some lakes around Srinagar later enjoy trip to Mughal gardens of Nishat (Garden of Pleasure) and Shalimar(Garden of Love) built by famous Mughal Emperors, also visit silk carpet weaving centre and other handicraft centers Look for pure pashmina while in Kashmir. Dinner and overnight stay at houseboat Premium Deluxe Luxury Houseboats.
Day 03 : Srinagar –Sonamarg–Kargil– Altitude2,704 m (B/L/D) Depart early morning after breakfast Kargil 203 kms wonderful trip up to Sonamarg (Meadow of Gold) at distance of 85 kms, situated at a height of 8900 feet above sea level. The distance will take about 3 hours drive up to Sonamarg which goes along the Sindh River. It is also known as the Sindh Valley Tour.The drive is very spectacular with beautiful sceneries along the way.enroute stop at Kangantown, an interesting small mountain town where mountain people from the surrounding valleys come down for trading. Once you reach Sonamarg you will feel like you are in the Swiss Alps.The meadows of Sonamarg have a spectacular beauty from the strewn with the loveliest of Alpine flowers,lots of fir and pine and silver birch trees.After lunch continue drive to Kargil 120 kms via Zojila Pass ( 3529 m ), a scenic drive all the way upto the Pass, after the crossing Zojila pass the landscape completely changes. Drive through Drass Town the second coldest habitant place in the world , enjoy some time exploring Kargil town and here you will see the people are different and these are of Dard Stock which are found in Baltistan region of western Himalayas.Dinner and Overnight at Hotel D’zojila.
Day 04: Kargil – Leh-Altitude 3,256 m (B/L/D) After breakfast along with picnic lunch,we leave for Leh (230 km),enroute visit Mulbeck and Lamayuru Monasteries, Mulbeck this is high image of Maitry the future Buddha about 1400 years old built on huge rock.The image commemorate victory of Buddhism over Bonism and also to end the sacrificing of human and animal lives,onword proceed to Lamayuru,After crossing Namikala pass (3737 m) and Fotula Pass (4294 m),the highest point on Srinagar Leh road from the pass one can enjoy spectacular views of Karakoram mountain ranges ,arrive Lamayuru and proceed to monastery,the finest monastery in Ladakh,this about 900 years old and houses the image of Chanaric(The God of compassion and Mercy)of which Dalai lama is considered to be reincarnated.The paintings on the walls are the sketches of the Gods of Buddhist mythology.After lunch drive to Leh with a panaromic landscape and stop at Khaltse village the drive goes all along the Indus River. Arrive Leh Check in hotel and Dinner Overnight hotel Lasssermo.
Day 05 : Leh Altitude 3,256 m (B/L/D)
After breakfast visit various monasteries around Leh ,Shanker Gompa,it is a monastery of yellow sect of the Buddhism,it houses the image of Chanaric and various tankas and visit Shanthi Stupa and also visit Leh palace an Leh bazaar and visit Tibetian Market, Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
Day 6: LEH – SPITOK (drive) – ZINCHEN (3200 m) (Trek 4-5hrs) (B/L/D)
Leave Leh early morning by Jeeps and reach Spituk (1 hr). Visit the Spituk Gompa, built about 500 years ago. Start the trek from here by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the river Indus. The gorge section leads to the confluence of Indus and Zinchen. Camp near the village of Zinchen. Overnight in Tents.
Day 7: ZINCHEN – YURUTSE (3900 m) via RUMBAK (Trek 6 hrs) (B/L/D)
It’s a gradual climb from Zinchen to Rumbak. From here one gets fabulous views of the snow capped Stok Mountains. From here we move along the Rumbak Nala towards Yurutse. At Yurutse village you will find fields of barley and potatoes. Overnight in Tents.
Day 8: YURUTSE – SKIU (3100 m) via GANDA LA (Trek 6 hrs) (B/L/D)
A gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets one to the Ganda la (4900 M). From here views extend south to the Zanskar range and distant summits of the Himalayan range. This is followed by a long descent to Shingo village. From Shingo the trail heads into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu. At Skiu there is a confluence of the rivers coming from Markha valley and Shingo. Overnight in Tents.
Day 9: SKIU – MARKHA (3800 m) (Trek 7 hrs) (B/L/D)
It’s a very pleasant hike, up the Markha valley today with the trail crossing numerous streams. Markha is a quaint village with a deserted fort and a small village Overnight in Tents.
Day 10: MARKHA – THOCHUNTSE (Trek 6hrs) (B/L/D)
From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha is left behind. One will be required to cross the river several times as there are no bridges here. Hankar, en route, is the highest village in the Markha valley. Overnight in Tents.
Day 11: THOCHUNTSE – NIMALING (4700 m) (5 hrs) (B/L/D)
Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges. There are a series of mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kangyaze peak. Overnight in Tents
Day 12: NIMALING – KONGMARU LA (5150 m) – SUMDO (8 hrs) (B/L/D)
Today one will cross to the north of the Markha, climbing to the top of the highest of the three passes, the 5,306 M Kongmaru La, with its wonderful views from the top. There are snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo. Overnight in tents.
Day 13: SUMDO – HEMIS (Trek 5 hours hrs) Drive Leh (B/L/D)
Walk along the stream down to Hemis monastry,which is one of the oldest and richest monastery in Ladakh Hemis the Ladakh biggest monastery ,the Gompa contains quite a few gold statues and stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a super collections of tankas including the one which is supposed to be the largest Tanka in the existance and is exhibited once in every 11 years.Return in the afternoon to Leh visit check in hotel after shower and freshen up later Free to explore more of Leh Bazaar and enjoy shopping at local market and Tibetian market.O/nite hotel.. Dinner overnight stay in Hotel Lassermo.
Day 14: Leh /Delhi -Singapore (B/D)
After breakfast transfer to Leh airport for a spectacular mountain flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi meet at airport and later enjoy shopping at local bazaar and market at Janpath and Connaught Places room wil provided for wash and change and after freshen up later dinner at Chinese restaurant and there after transfer to International airport for flight to Singapore.
Domestic Air fare Del-Leh-Delhi
Accommodation as per above itinerary
All meals as per itinerary
All transfers and tours by Air con transport, Non Aircon Toyota Innova jeeps in Kashmir Ladakh ,airport assistance,
Private tours/ English speaking Guide
Entrance fees to all Monuments, all interstate taxes, inner line permits, and Government taxes.
A visit to Ladakhi Family
All Government taxes
Cost does not includes:
Airport taxes and airline fuel surcharge , India visa fee, personal travel insurance, Personal expenses, Tipping for guide and driver