Leh Tsomoriri

Day 1: Arrive Delhi:
Met on arrival at international airport and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi - Leh    (Flight):
Early morning transfer to domestic airport to board flight for Leh (3505 Mt). LEH is the capital of Ladakh and is situated on the bank of river Indus. Met upon arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. Day rest for acclimatization. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Leh    (Drive):
Morning proceed to visit Sanker Gompa, Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. Afternoon free to explore the market. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Leh    (Drive):
Morning proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. VISIT: SHEY PALACE -The ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery has a huge copper-giltimage of Sakyamuni and the large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, THIKSAY GOMPA which is actually a complex of buildings on a crag rising in tire upon tier above the village. The temple was dedicated by His Holiness Dalai Lama in 1980 and houses an immense image of Maitreya Buddha in an unusual manifestation known as Chon-kor, most famous HEMIS GOMPA: Founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgayl, Hemis is the is one of the largest and richest Gompa of Ladakh. The two day festival of dance-drama in June July has given Hemis a particular reputation. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava and STOK PALACE AND MUSEUM: The Royal residence of the King of Stok, the museum has a rich collection of Ancient Ladakhi artifacts which includes old Tankhas, precious stones, arms and armory, the Queens necklace and the crown of the King of Ladakh among others. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5:    Leh – Tsokar Lake.    (Drive 240 km):
Enroute drive past beautiful villages of Nurnis, Kery, Kishar and Kadgam. These small villages which appear after every 5-10 kms turns the what looks like a lifeless planet into a colorful human life as you will find villagers working in fields, waiting for buses, children yelling at tourist and small schools assembling for morning prayer. Enroute stop at Mahe Bridge from where the road crosses to the south bank of the river by a bridge; it then follows the un-mettled road through Puga stream up to join Sumdo village. The jeep safari from Sumdo to Tso-moriri is one of the most interesting as it goes through sandy deserts & rocky paths. After slowly zigzagging up to the Namshang-La the drive follows a smooth descent and in distant drive past the isolated Thasang Tso - a small turquoise lake which appears like an emerald of a queens necklace. Little before Tso-Moriri Lake drive past a small green valley of wild Marmots locally known as Phya. From the tip of Tso-Moriri Lake drive along the right coast to reach Korzok village and check-in at the camps. Afternoon explore KORZOK: Situated at 15,000 ft (4,572 Mt.) it’s the only permanent settlement in Rupshu region with an approx. population of 500 people. The few barley-fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. Visit KORZOK MONASTERY with its dimly lit prayer halls. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 6:  Tsomoriri to Tsokar  75 Km.
Monring  explore the Lake area and the village. TSO-MORIRI LAKE: The clear blue lake is one of the most breathtaking fresh water Lakes in Ladakh. The locals consider the lake sacred. The Lake is surrounded by beautiful peaks like Mt. Mentok and Mt Kharlung on the right side and Mt Kurchu and Mt Lungser on the left side. The Lake is a breeding ground for numerous species of birds like Bar Headed Goose which is found in abundant, Great Crested Grebe, the Brahmini duck etc. Overnight stay at the camps.

Around 11 PM.  drive to reach Tsokar via Puga by covering 75 kms in 3-4 hours. Tsokar lake 4485 Mt is also called as white lake because of salt deposit around it. It is approx. 45 kms northwest of the Tso-moriri Lake. Tsokar Lake is so salty that salt extracted from its margins were still sold all over Ladakh. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 7: Tsokar - Leh    (Drive 130 km):
Morning drive to Leh via Thukje Gompa. Join Manali-Leh highway and drive down to Leh via Tanglang-la (5224 Mt.) the 2nd highest motorable road in Ladakh. Enroute drive passes beautiful villages of Rumtse, Gia, Meeru, which stands, like an oasis. Arrive Leh and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8: Leh:
Day free at leisure for independent activities and to browse through the colorful market for the last minute shopping. Evening proceed to see Folkdances of Ladakh. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 09: Leh - Delhi    (Flight):
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.