DAY 01: Arrive in Leh
Arrival at Leh airport and transferred to the Hotel. Complete day for Acclimatize. Later evening visit to Leh Market, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. O/N Leh.
Meals : Dinner
DAY 02 Local Sightseeing in Leh:
Day sightseeing to the 800 year old Thiksey monastery and the huge Matriya Buddha statue, the famous Hemis monastery and museum and The Shey palace. O/N in Leh.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 03 Leh-Alchi – Dha Hanu:
After breakfast start early morning drive to Dha Hanu enroute visiting Lamayuru.
Lamayuru is around more further towards Leh – Kargil road. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phiyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. Dha-Hanu, is situated at an altitude of 10000 ft. It is the Land of the "Drok-Pa "an Indo Aryan race. Only two villages Dha & Biama are open for tourists. Their cultural and religious practices are totally different from the rest of Ladakh. Bon-Chos believe in an ancient Pre-Buddhist animist religion known as "Bon-Chos". These people abstained from bathing all their lives saying that “If you wash your self your luck goes away" but since the last few years this practice is beginning to fade away. It has much to offer to scholars in the field of Ethnology & Social Anthropology. Overnight stay at tented accommodation.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 04: Dha Hanu – Leh
Post breakfast we check out from the camp and start our journey back to leh en-route visiting Rezong Monastery : Rezong Monastery It is beautifully set in a valley, deep inside a gorge and the most isolated monastery in Ladakh. About 137 years ago Lama Tsultim Nima founded this Gonpa and monastic community was introduced with strict rules and regulations. Chulichan the Nunnery place is around one & half kms. further down the monastery, around 20 nuns reside at Chulichan, they provide food and clothes to the monks. Apart from above activities they perform prayers in the morning and evening. After Ridzong visit we drive back to Leh and check in at our hotel for overnight stay
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 05 Leh - Pangong Lake - Leh 280 Kms/ 10-11 Hrs:
After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft) through Changla Pass 17,350 ft, 3rd highest motorable road in the world. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of Pangong while appreciating the changing Colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Drive back to Leh by the same route. O/N Leh.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 06 Leh - Khardong-la pass (highest motor able pass):
Morning drive to Khardong-la to be on the world highest motor able pass, enjoy the beautiful scenic view of entire Ladakh range and Karakurm range drive back to leh, afternoon sightseeing around Leh Bazar.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 07 Departure Transfer :
Early morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight back to destination.
Meals : Breakfast
is dedicated to offer guest visiting Ladakh, the best possible price, service and insight of ladakh’s culture culinary and history. Ladakh is a land situated at 3500meters above sea level has a cold desert arid landscape, many travellers described it in various ways “The Moon Land” the last Shangrila and the land of lamas and monasteries. For more detail on ladakh See here>>
List of essential things one should carry for a trip to Ladakh.
Water is the most essential thing while traveling in Ladakh, since dehydration can further complicate health issues at such a high altitude. So make sure you are carrying at least couple of liter of water per person all the time and drinking at regular intervals.
Carry Diamox if you aren’t allergic to sulfur drugs (helps reduce some of the symptoms of AMS
) and medicines for headache, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup. You can find more detailed list for medicines here, First Aid Travel kit
. Sunscreen lotion:
UV rays at high altitude can be quite damaging to the skin, even during the harshest of winter, so don’t forget to carry a good quality sunscreen lotion eg. Lotus Herbal Sun Screen Lotion with rating of SPF30 or higher and apply it properly before going out in the sun.
As mentioned earlier, UV rays at high altitude can be quite damaging and this holds true for eyes as well. So having decent quality UV sunglasses (Fastrack ones are available for as little as Rs. 800) is quite essential, especially if you are traveling early in the season or during winter, when mountain passes have a lot of snow cover and sunlight reflecting from the snow can be even harsher!
Dry and cold weather of Ladakh will make your lips dry, which can get quite painful due to cracking and skin coming off, so make sure to carry a lip balm or Vaseline. Mustard oil:
Mustard oil can be used for moisturizing skin, putting it in your hair and for lubricating insides of nostrils, which can become quite dry and painful due to dry and cold winds of Ladakh. Glucose:
Carrying water mixed with Glucon C/D is a good idea while traveling at high altitude, as it provides instant energy on the move, when your appetite is likely to be reduced due to AMS and at the same time, doesn’t act as a diuretic, like most caffeinated energy drinks. Carry couple of small packs with you, which you can mix in water, at the beginning of the day. Chocolates, biscuits and nuts:
Carrying couple of chocolates, a pack of biscuits and few hundred grams of almonds, raisins and cashews is a good idea, as these provide instant energy and easy snack and don’t take up too much space. Those who love spicy food, make sure to carry pickle or sauce, since Ladakhi food is a bit bland. Other personal essentials:
Paper soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and toilet paper. You can also carry your shaving kit and face wash if you have the space and need for these and any other toiletries. Clothes:
In Ladakh it is best to dress in layers, since majority of coldness is due to wind chill and temperatures can change rapidly depending on the place, time and weather. Hence dressing in layers will allow you to add/subtract layers as and when needed. So make sure apart from your regular cloths, you are also carrying a sweater, gloves, cap (protect head and ears from cold winds), warm inners (especially if you are traveling in off season) and if possible, air/water resistant jacket. Documents and IDs:
It is essential to carry at least one government issued identity card and couple of photocopies of it, since it is needed while applying for inner line permit
and at certain places, to register at the check post. You should also carry your medical insurance card (if you have one), Map of Ladakh
, your printed itinerary, hotel reservation slips (if you have prebooked), couple of copies of your flight ticket (if traveling by air) and list of important contacts (useful in case your mobile phone stops working). Chargers for all the gadgets, cameras and mobile:
Need I explain this? Spare camera batteries:
Carry at least one spare set of batteries required by your camera, since in cold environment, batteries can die quickly. Car charger or battery bank:
If you are an avid smart phone user and planning to log your route on your favorite GPS App, then make sure you are carrying car charger or a power bank with at least 4000-5000mAH capacity to keep your mobile phone running throughout the day. 3 socket Belkin Surge Protector:
While it is a little large in size, 3 socket Belkin Surge Protector will not only keep your gadgets protected from power surges, but will also allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and at the same time, provide the crucial cable length to safely place your gadgets in rooms with idiotic power socket locations (sadly enough, many hotels have this). Enough memory cards to last you the entire trip
: Doesn’t matter if you are carrying a laptop or planning to burn CDs/DVDs at Leh, carry enough memory cards to cover your entire shooting duration in Ladakh. If needed, borrow from friends but don’t depend on laptop HDDs or worse still, virus infested cyber café computers to copy and save your photographs! Torch:
Not really needed if your mobile phone has one, but if in case it doesn’t, carry a small LED one. Money:
While my recommendation would be to carry enough cash you need, to avoid wasting time withdrawing cash, it may not be feasible for everyone. So please keep in mind that ATMs beyond Srinagar and Manali are only available in Kargil and Leh and they too are few with often long queues in front of them. Mobile phone connectivity:
Only post-paid mobile phone connections from other states work in Ladakh and even from these, only BSNL has presence beyond Leh. So unless you wish to be dependent upon STD booths, carry a BSNL/MTNL post-paid connection.
Hotels and camps we use for our packages
Hotel the Grand Dragon
The Zen Ladakh
Eco Poplar resorts
|in Nubra Valley
Mystic Medows Earth Home
Double hump camp
|in Pangong Lake
Mysitc Pangong Camp
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
♦ Meet & Greet at the airport by our representative
♦ Traditional welcome scarf and welcome drink at the hotel
♦ All local Sightseeing Transport & Airport drop/pick-up
♦ Wild Life fees & Red Cross fee
♦ Inner Line permit to visit restricted areas
♦ All our camps/hotel in Nubra Valley, Pangogng Lake and Tsomoriri are equipped with portable oxygen cylinder to use on emergency
♦ Transportation: Innova/Xylo car will be used for up to 6 person.
From 6-person to 10-person mini coach 10-seater (with push back seats) will be used.
All our drivers are friendly, well experienced for mountain driving well spoken in Hindi language and basic englsih ( can use as your guide and assistance anytime)
Accommodation on twin/double room sharing basis as per the Itinerary, in our handpicked listed category hotels & camps with Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.Most of our hotels are on a walking distance from the Leh main market. Our camps in Nubra are in best locations and in Pangong, just by the lake. Meals can be served as you prefer (veg/non-veg)
TOUR PACKAGE DOESN'T INCLUDES:
♦ Any Kind of Airfare (Domestic/International)
♦ Monument & Museum entrance Fees
♦ The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
♦ Ladakh entry fee (if any applicable)
♦ Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Aerated)
♦ Cost of incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks, bad or any other factors that's beyond our control.
♦ Extra Meals Ordered Laundry, Phone Calls
♦ Optional tours, Travel insurance, travel visas and all personal expenses.
♦ Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
♦ Any items not specified as included.
♦ Vehicle & Seat & Capacity:
Innova/Xylo/Scorpio ( Max-6 person including children)
Maxi Cab: ( Max-12 seats including children)
♦ CHILD POLICY
Infants: (up to 2-3- years): free of cost (Air-fare may applicable please check airlines child policy)
Children above 4-year upto 12-year will be charged for extra bed or same bed sharing basis
♦ PAYMENT POLICY:
To book the tour, you have to deposit 15% to 20% of the total tour cost per person as a token advance, 50% of the tour cost has to be deposited 30 days before commencing the tour. Rest of the 50% will be collected on arrival.
♦ CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancelation stage-1 : 31 or more days prior to departure 15% of package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation
Cancelation stage-2: 22 to 30 days prior to departure 35% of package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation
Cancelation stage-3 :15 to 21 days prior to departure 50% of package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation
Cancelation stage-4 : within 15 days prior to departure 100% of package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation
♦ HEALTH & FITNESS: Please read carefully our AMS/mountain sickness guide mentioned on the Main page TAB area. Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board car and buses. Footprints Adventure requires a written notification prior to booking (by mail) if you have any physical, emotional or mental conditions that may require professional attention during the course of your tour. If you require any special equipment such as a wheelchair you are responsible for providing this on extra cost. Certain elements of our itineraries may not be wheelchair accessible and we cannot guarantee access or wheelchair assistance at our destinations. We reserve the right to decline a potential participant if, in our opinion, they have the potential to affect the health, safety and enjoyment of other participants. Please familiarize yourself with potential travel, health and safety risks in the regions you wish to visit, prior to booking your tour. Please read carefully our AMS/mountain sickness guidelines mentioned on the Main page TAB area before you begain you tour. We are unable to accommodate for women past their 6th month of pregnancy & senior citizen above the age of 80yrs.
River Rafting (on any free half day) per person