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We will pick you up from Leh airport at 3500m, and escort you to the hotel in a car. Today just take rest and acclimatize yourself for the high altitude and low oxygen level. In the evening, take a stroll to the town of Leh. Sleep overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Today we will explore some of the monasteries around Leh. After breakfast, we’ll visit the monastery and palace of Shey. The gilded copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha here is a must see. Later we’ll visit the Potala palace resembling monastery of Thiksey and then the Hemis Monastery, the largest monastery of Ladakh. In the evening enjoy sunset and city view from Shanti Stupa.
Today we start our journey to Kargil. On the way, after a ride of 65 km, we will visit the 10th century-old Alchi Monastery, a jewel of colors and forms the ancient Gandhara arts statues and wall paintings. Later we reach the unearthly moon-land hills of Lamayuru. Drive further along beautiful fields of barley and apricot trees to finally reach Kargil. Stay overnight at the Hotel in Kargil.
Drive to Rangdum is through the beautiful Suru Valley. Suru valley differentiates the valley of Zanskar from the rest of Kargil. We ride through the valley with barley fields on both sides of the road. We reach the village of Rangdum, a group of 3 hamlets separated over a varied distance with the Rangdum monastery as its crown on a hillock. Stay overnight at one of our solar homestays.
After a healthy homecooked breakfast, trek along the road to reach the Rangdum monastery, an important temple of Zanskar. Built in the 18th century, the monastery belongs to the Gelugpa order of Buddhism and home to some 40 monks. After the visit to the monastery walk to the nearby villages to explore the distinct culture of the Zanskari people. Stay tonight at your cozy homestay.
Today we will drive towards Kargil. After a few hours of drive from Rangdum, we enter into the Suru valley, where you will enjoy the view of massive Nun and Kun peaks and the Parkachik glacier. There are many other unnamed glacier peaks on the way. By noon you will be at Kargil the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. In Kargil stay overnight at Hotel.
Today is the last day of the journey. After breakfast, riding some half an hour en-route visit the monastery and the nine meters tall statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha at Mulbekh. Ride for 3 hours to reach Likir monastery the splendid Dharma Wheel Gompa. Our 7-day journey finally comes to an end as we reach back to the hustle-bustle of Leh town.