Cruising through Ladakh

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Our 11-day trip is an extended version of ‘One Foot in Ladakh’, our 8-day itinerary.

Conceptualised just like the others, this is a flexible itinerary to help you make the most of your time here. We’ve combined both active holidaying and relaxation, so you get the best of both worlds.

Our tried-and-tested selection of routes ensures that you get to experience a quieter and more authentic side of Ladakh.

Read on to see what it’s all about.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: Acclimatise by the Indus

We receive you at the airport and transfer you to a quaint village just outside of Leh.

Spend your first day doing nothing as this is an important step towards acclimatising your body to the high altitude.

The next day, visit two historical villages on either bank of the Indus River, famous for their palaces, heritage homes, traditional lunches, and museums.

Day 3 & 4: Drive to Nubra

Cross the Indus Valley into the Nubra Valley, over one of the more well-known passes of Ladakh – Khardung La.

We skip the popular circuits of Diskit and Hundar and cross to the eastern bank of the Nubra River to a village famous for hosting merchants and caravans coming in from the Silk Route.

While here, embark on a full-day trip to a 500-year-old monastery, a petroglyph site, take a dip in a sulphur hot spring, and hike to a mythical lake.

Cap it off with a sunset by the dunes.

Day 5 & 6: Twin lakes of Changthang

Embark on spectacular drives through the vast Changthang plateau.

In typical Knowhere Travel fashion, we skip the touristy pockets of Pangong Tso and drive further to reach our camp.

The next day, drive through the Changpa heartland to reach Tso Moriri, as blue and majestic as its twin.

Day 7 & 8: Back into the Indus valley

Re-enter the Indus Valley via Chang La, another iconic mountain pass of Ladakh. Spend the night by the river in a comfortable guesthouse.

The next day is light and relaxed, ideal to rejuvenate after a few days of exploration. Take a long walk to the nearby monastery or just enjoy picnics by the Indus River.

Day 9 & 10: Enter the capital

There’s still a lot of fun to be had on the last leg of the journey.

In Leh, you’ll stay in a home tucked away from the main town.

Explore Leh by car or foot. Visit the Central Asian Museum, Leh Palace, and Shanti Stupa. We also recommend rafting on the Zanskar River.

Call it a night by visiting one of the bars or restaurants – we have some killer recommendations.

Day 11: Onward home

You’ve managed to see a fair portion of Ladakh on this holiday! But, there’s more, and we hope you can join us again.

Julley!

Accommodation

Stay in scenic, locally-owned guesthouses, camps, and cottages.

Guesthouse near the Indus

Stay in a guesthouse a stone’s throw away from a view of the majestic Indus river. Sleep in ultra-comfortable rooms and dine in a traditional dining room. The host is very friendly and will tell you about this little village, just 15-30 minutes from Leh.

Spend some time in the evening taking a walk to the riverside and use this time to acclimatise and rest.

Riverside cottages at Nubra

Our guesthouse in Nubra is comfortable, warm, and surrounded by vistas of the mountains on every side. Spend the evening at the glorious sit-out in the garden. You might meet other travellers. At night the stars come out to play. Count the shooting stars, there’ll be at least a few visible to the naked eye.

There’s a short walk to a very pretty dining area in the main house. Food is simple and delicious. For breakfast, have some fresh juice or hot coffee with your meal.

Tented camp at Pangong Tso

We’ve partnered with a tented camp accommodation well away from the crowds. Pangong Tso is a tourist-heavy region, so this was an important factor in our selection. The tents themselves are pristine and comfortable.

Of course, open the flap of your tent and the shifting blues of Pangong Tso will keep you in a trance.

There’s a common dining area with lots of healthy food options before you set off to explore the lake in all its glory.

Guesthouse in Tso Moriri

Stay in a quaint hotel in this remote village on the banks of Tso Moriri, another surreal lake in Changthang. You can walk to the lake, the nearby monastery, and visit the town on foot.

There’s a common dining area with healthy food options for a hearty meal.

Small hotel by the Indus

Spend a night near the banks of the Indus River. It is constructed using locally available materials like wood and offers bright rooms with views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Nearby attractions include Thiksey Monastery, Stakna Monastery, and Shey Palace.

Guesthouse in Leh

This is our favourite guesthouse in Leh! It’s situated on the outskirts of the town, but close enough that you can get to the market in 15 minutes. There’s a fabulous sit-out with books of all kinds. The hosts have decorated the guesthouse tastefully, and you’ll see all the markers of traditional architecture, but blended with modern amenities.

Pricing

For 2: INR 68,299 per person
For 4: INR 49,399 per person
For 6: INR 43,999 per person

Includes stay, most meals, transportation
(01 car), permits, and service charges.

5% GST extra.

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