Get Ready to Roll: Delhi & Ladakh
Trekking, Biking and Cultural Holiday
Day 01: Depart Home
Day 02: Arrive Delhi
Day 03: Delhi to Leh
Day 04: In Leh
Day 05: In Leh
Day 06: Leh - Rumtse - Kyamar
Day 07: Kyamar – Mandalchan La – Tisaling
Day 08: Tisaling –Shibuk La – Pangunagu
Day 09: Pangunagu – Riyul/Tsokar Lake
Day 10: Riyul/Tsokar Lake – Polo Kongka(4920m) – Puga Sumdo
Day 11: Puga Sumdo - Namshang La- Korzok Village
Day 12: Korzok Village–Namshang La – Mahe Bridge – Chumathang
Day 13: Chumathang to Hyamnya
Day 14: In Leh
Day 15: Leh (Early Fly) - Delhi
Day 16: Depart Home
Day 01 – Depart Home
Day 02 – Arrive Delhi - Half day Delhi sightseeing.
Arrival in Delhi. Our representative will receive you at Airport and assists you with a smooth transfer to the hotel. Check in to your hotel and post lunch proceed for the halfday sighseeing of Delhi. Later in the evening drive back to hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel
Halfday Sightseeing: Jama Masjid, Old Delhi Area, Red Fort, India Gate, President House and Parliament House.
Day 03 – Early morning flight Delhi to Leh. Free time to acclimatize. Overnight Hotel.
Wake up early in the morning to get transferred to Delhi Airport to board your flight to Leh. Our representative will assist you with a smooth transfer to the Airport. You will also be provided with packed breakfast. On arrival at Leh, you will be welcomed by our another representative and he will assist you with a smooth transfer to the hotel. On arrival check in to your hotel and remaining time for leisure to acclimatization at higher altitude. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04 – In Leh, Sightseeing.
After having leisurely breakfast proceed for the full day sightseeing of Leh. Enjoy visiting some of the ancient monateries of Ladakh region. Later in the evening drive back to hotel for overnight stay.
Sites for day sightseeing : Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery and Shey Monastery.
Day 05 – Local sightseeing/Oracle visit or attend some monastery festival (depending on the date we finalise). Overnight Hotel.
After having leisurely breakfast proceed for the full day sightseeing of Leh along with Oracle visit in Sabu Village. Later in the evening drive back to hotel for overnight stay.
Sites for day sightseeing: Stakna Monastery, Stok Monastery and Spitok Monastery
Stakna Monastery: The Stakna monastery lies at a distance of 25 Kms from Leh on the left bank of the river Indus. The monastery formed part of the one of the many religious estates offered to the great scholar saint of Bhutan called Chosje Jamyang Palkar in about 1580 AD by the Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial who had invited him to Ladakh. The monastery was built on a hill shaped like a tigerâ€™s nose and so its name was given as Stakna. The most important image in the monastery is that of the sacred Arya Avaloketesvara from Kamrup (Assam). There are about 30 monks in residence. The successive reincarnation of the Stakna Tulku act as the incumbents the monastery and they continue to fulfil the fine responsibility of upholding the teachings of the Dugpa order. The branch monasteries attached to Stakna are those of Mud and Kharu and that of Stakrimo, Bardan and Sani in Zanskar.
Stok Monastery: Stok Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 15 km to the south of the Leh town. It dates back to the 14th century and was founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus. Stok is a subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa and belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism. As you enter the verandah of the monastery, you will come across bright friezes, depicting the Guardians of the Four Directions. The Dukhang of the monastery was repainted, not a long time back, and displays a rich collection of banners and thankas.
The left-side wall is adorned with the images of Vajrapani (Vajra-in-Hand) and Avalokitesvara (Lord of All He Surveys), in his four-armed manifestation. At the same time, the right-side wall stands proud with the images of Sakyamuni (the Historical Buddha) and his two disciples, Amchi (the Buddha Medicine), Tara (the Saviouress) and Nangyalma. There are two thrones inside the Dukhang. The central one has been reserved for the Dalai Lama, while the one on its right is for the head lama of Stok Monastery.
Spitok Monastery: Spituk Monastery, also better as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery in Leh. The site of Spituk was blessed by the Arhat Nyimagung. Founded in the late 14th century as See-Thub (‘Exemplary’) Monastery, impressive Spituk Gompa is incongruously perched overlooking Leh’s airport runway around 5km from town. Multiple mud-brick buildings tumble merrily down a steep hillock towards Spituk village on the Indus riverbank. The courtyard below the gilt-roofed Skudung Lhakhang leads to a colourful dukhang (prayer hall) containing a yellow-hatted statue of Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), who spread Gelukpa Buddhism. A Buddha statue across the same room supposedly incorporates a very odd relic: Tsongkhapa’s nose-bleed. On the very top of the gompa hill is a three-tiered latho (spirit shrine) and the small Palden Lamo temple hiding veiled Hindu-style deities and festival masks in an intimate rear section.
Oracle visit at Sabu Village: It is a type of a spiritual healer. The oracles also can foretell one’s future. There are oracles which are associated with different monasteries. There are also oracles in villages that are mostly concerned with healing of ailments. Sabu village is on the outskirts of Leh. Here you can see the oracle and the oracle perfomance, these centuries old culture and science deals with healing and understanding the cause of problems due to the spirits.
Day 06: Leh (Drive) - Rumtse (70 Kms, 03 Hours approx) – Rumtse (Trek) – Kyamar (4380m) (around 5 hrs). Overnight Camp.
After having breakfast drive to Rumtse. On arrival at Rumtse you will meet your trekking team and later start your trekking to Kyamar. The drive to Rumtse has wonderful landscape especially the colourful mountains around Gya Village. Rumtse is a small village located near the Leh-Manali highway just before the Tanglang La Pass. Kyamar (4383m) is a shepherd’s village. The trail leads through a valley from Rumtse after crossing two rivers. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 07 – Trek Kyamar – Kumur La (4770m) – Mandalchan La (4805m) – Tisaling (4820m) (around 6 hrs). Overnight Camp.
Morning after breakfast start your trek to Tisaling. The trekking to Tisaling is much more difficult than the day one trekking as there are two passes to be crossed - Kyamar La (4770m) and Mandalchan La (4805m). From the top of Mandalchan La the campsite at Tisaling is visible. There is a stream nearby the campsite. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 08 – Trek Tisaling –Shibuk La(4875m) – Pangunagu (4430) (around 5 hrs). Overnight Camp.
After having breakfast start your trek to Pangunagu . The camp sight for today takes us closer to the Tsokar Lake. To get to Pangunagu (4398m) we have to cross the Shibuk La (5016m). The ascent is not difficult and from the top of the pass the entire lake is visible. The campsite at Pangunagu has spring water. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 09 – Trek Pangunagu – Riyul/Tsokar Lake(4450m) (around 4 hrs). Overnight Camp.
After having breakfast enjoy last day of your trekking to Tsokar Lake. Walking from Pangunagu to Tsokar Lake is easy along the periphery of the Lake. The place is quite green, has some flowering plants and the water of the lake is crystal clear. Overnight stay at Camp.
Tsokar Lake: Tso Kar Lake is situated in the Rupshu Valley at an elevation of over 14,700 ft. It is also known as the White Lake because of the amount of salts that get deposited on the banks of the lake. The lake is also popular among bird watchers as the marshlands surrounding the lake is home to several rare species of birds. The common birds that are seen are Brahmni ducks, bar headed geese and great crested grebe. The main attraction, however, is the black necked crane. The black necked cranes, known for their fidelity, come to Tso Kar to lay eggs.
Day 10 – Bike Riyul/Tsokar Lake – Polo Kongka(4920m) – Puga Sumdo – (4300m) (around 55kms, around 5 hrs)Overnight Camp.
The day will be completely for Bike Riding. Our team will arrange to transfer our bikes from Leh to Tsokar. After having breakfast proceed for Puga Sumdo on your bikes via Polo Kongka . The distance is around 55 kms so if somebody does not feel to cycle all the way, we always have an option for the whole tour to jump back into our backup vehicle, which will be always following us. Our backup vehicle will always be able to accommodate 2-3 bikers. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 11 –Bike Puga Sumdo - Namshang La(4800m) - Korzok Village (Tsomoriri Lake) (4500m) (around 45kms, around 4 hrs). Overnight Camp.
After having breakfast start your ride to Tsomoriri Lake. The 45 Km ride goes through vast shrub land surrounded by rolling hills that acquire fantastic hues and colours ranging from deep purple to crimson and desert brown with the traverse of the sun. We also pass a small turquoise lake - the Thatsang Tso. From here riding through shrub land populated with colonies of Marmots (Phya in Ladakhi) we reach the village of Korzok at 4572meters on the northern lakeshore. We set up camp near the village on the shores of this fascinating lake. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 12–Bike Korzok Village(Tsomoriri Lake)–Namshang La(4800m) – Mahe Bridge – Chumathang (3950m) (around 75 kms, around 6 hrs biking). Overnight Camp.
After having breakfast start your ride to Chumathang, via Namshang La and Mahe Bridge. Chumathang is famous all over Ladakh and Zanskar for its medicinal hot springs that are reputed to heal all kinds of body pain. On arrival at Chumathang overnight in your tents .
Day 13 – Bike Chumathang to Hyamnya(3600m) (around 55km, around 4 hrs biking). Pick up from Hyamnya by vehicle and transfer to Leh (around 100kms, around 3 hrs). Overnight Hotel.
After having breakfast start for your last day of biking tour. Our destination will be Hyamnya which is around 55 kms from Chumathang and after that, remaining distance to Leh will be covered by jeeps which have come for us from Leh and will be waiting at the pickup point. Our biking team will arrange for the transfer of bikes to Leh. On arrival at Leh, check in to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14 – Free day in Leh. Overnight hotel.
The day will be free at leisure. Enjoy your day by visiting some local markets and buying Souvenir for your family and friends. Visit Tibetan Market which is an ideal place to indulge in shopping. The unconventional market where hordes of stalls offer handicrafts, antiques, and precious and semi-precious gems. The hand-spun rugs, shawls and carpets are among the highlights of this market. Located amidst beautiful surroundings that are characterised by distant snow-capped Himalayas and verdant forests, this market place is simply a must-visit!
Overnight stya at hotel.
Day 15 –Leh (Early Fly) - Delhi – In Delhi, Free Time – Late evening depart Overseas.
Wake up early in the morning to get transferred to Leh Airport to board your flight to Delhi. You will be provided with pack breakfast. On arrival at Delhi, our representative will receive you at Airport and assist you with a smooth transfer to the hotel. The day will be free for leisure. Later in the evening our representative will assist you with a smooth transfer to the airport to board your flight back to home.
Day 16 – Depart Home
Best time to visit: Mid June to Mid September