Day 01 / Arrival Leh (Alt: 11500 / 3505 M) - Acclimatization / Orientation with moderate sightseeing.
Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel. After take complete rest for acclimatization to the high altitude. After early lunch in afternoon, visit Shanti Stupa , located on a great vantage point overlooking the valley. Thereafter visit the 9-storey Leh Palace built by King Singey Namgyal in 1600 AD, a historic landmark which renders a unique heritage character to the town. Wind up the trip with a short walking tour of the main markets in the city centre. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 / In Leh: Visit Monasteries & Palaces / 110 kms / 4 hours
After breakfast, proceed to explore the Indus Valley attractions starting from dramatically located Thiksey Monastery a major Gelukpa foundation dating from the 16th century. Thereafter drive on to visit the 17th century Hemis Monastery, biggest monastery and principal seat of the Drukpa-Kargyut monastic order in the Ladakh region. On the way back from Hemis, you may walk up the hill at Shey to visit the Shey Palace where the main attractions are the two gigantic copper-gilt Buddha statues installed during the mid - 17th century. Thereafter, visit the Druk Padma School (Rancho School) at Shey, if interested. Before returning to Leh, drive across the Indus to visit the Stok Palace (Circa 1825 AD), present residence of former royal family of Ladakh. The main attraction here is the museum displaying the priceless collections of art & artefacts of the royal family. Overnight at Leh.
Day 03 / Leh- Lamayuru – Uleytokpo / Alchi – Likir – Sangam – Leh. (Full Day)
After early breakfast, drive down the Indus Valley all the way to Lamayuru (127 kms.), believed to be the oldest site where a monastery was founded during the 11 th century AD. Presently a major Brigung-Kargyut-pa foundation , Lamayuru monastery is famous for its dramatic setting with the ‘ Moonland' hills forming its backdrop. After sightseeing here, drive back on the Leh on the way back visit the 11th century Alchi Choskor, oldest surviving monastic complex of Ladakh and famous for its ancient wall frescoes and architecture – now a UNESCO listed heritage site. While returning to Leh, visit the 14th century Likir Monastery, where you can also view a recently installed colossal image of the Maitreya Buddha seated out in the open. Thereafter drive on to Leh, en-route visiting Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers), Magnetic Point , Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Hall of Fame (museum of military heritage). Overnight at Leh.
Day 04 / Leh- Khardongla - Nubra Valley / 125 kms / 4 hours
After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley , driving across Khardong-la (alt: 18,380 ft.), highest motorable pass in the world. Nubra Valley lies between the Karakoram & Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas, at an average altitude of the valley is 10,000 ft. Till closure of the trans-Karakoram trade route by the Chinese in 1949, Nubra Valley was a busy trade corridor on the Central Asian trade route network. Reach Deskit / Hunder in the afternoon and explore the area and the white Sand Dunes where you can also take a short camel Safari on the double-humped Bactrian camel found here (optional service). Overnight at a deluxe camp or hotel.
Day 05 / Nubra Valley – Khardongla - Leh / 125 kms / 4 hours
After breakfast, explore Deskit (headquarters of Nubra valley) and then drive up the hillside to visit the 15 th century Deskit Monastery dramatically located on a high rock promontory overlooking the valley. On way, you can visit the gigantic image of Maitreya Buddha (32 mtrs) seated out on a hillock which was installed in 2010. Later retrun to Leh via Khardongla, reaching in the afternoon. Overnight at Leh.
Day 06 / Leh-Tsomoriri / Korzok (15,070 ft.) / 220 kms / approx. 5- 6 hours
After early breakfast leave for Tsomo-riri Lake, driving upstream the Indus via Chumathang (hot Springs), Mahe Bridge and PugaSumdo, where the road bifurcates. The left side road leads all the way to Tsomoriri through dramatic mountain scenery. Tsomoriri Lake ( 28 km long & about 8 km wide) is the breeding ground of many rare migratory birds. The village & monastery of Korzok is the only settled population in the area, otherwise inhabited by scattered population of Changpa pastoral nomads. O vernight in camp or Guest House.
Day 07 / Tsomoriri-Tsokar (14,900 ft.)-Taglangla (17,582 ft.) –Leh/ approx 200 kms / 5-6 hours
After breakfast retrace the route till Puga Sumdo and then follow the left side road through the Puga Valley with its sulphur springs, at the end of which the road ascends the Polokongka pass (4920 mtrs). After descending from the pass, the road leads to Tso-Kar, a small salt producing lake system located in the Rupshu region. After sightseeing and lunch here, take the Manali-Leh road to return to Leh via Taglang-la pass, 2 nd highest road motorable road in the world. Reach Leh by the late afternoon / evening. Overnight at Leh.
Day 08 / In Leh: Excursion to Pangong Lake / 150 kms /one way / 5-6 hours
After early breakfast leave for Pangong Lake via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft./ 5486 meters -3 rd highest motorable pass in the world). Pangong Lake (alt:14,500 ft.), largest brackish water lake of Asia, is4-5 kms wide and about 135 kms long of which about two-third portion lies on the other side of the Indo-China border. After sightseeing at the lake, drive back to Leh, reaching by the evening. Overnight at Leh.
Day 09 / Depart Leh: Transfer to Airport
Today time come to say “Good Bye” to this fascinating land of Himalaya. After Breakfast you will be transfer to Airport. Tour ends with Sweet Memories (Please give us chance to serve you again).