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Ladakh Explored: Leh, Alchi & Nubra Valley

12 days from $3,510pp

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    Places visited:

  • Delhi
  • Leh
  • Alchi
  • Nubra Valley
  • Explore the monasteries around Leh, and admire their stunning locations.

  • Drive to the top of Khardung La, one of the world's highest driveable passes.

  • Ride a camel through the high altitude dunes of the Nubra Valley.

  • See the life of the monks who live at 4,000m.

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What our specialists say...

A voyage to the far flung corners of India, where the country reaches up into the Himalaya. Based around the city of Leh, capital of the former kingdom of Ladakh, this high altitude trip introduces you to monasteries and monks, roads that climb past glaciers over the highest passes in the world and sandy deserts on the valley floors. Drive through one of the world's highest pass to the Nubra Valley, visit local monasteries and magnetic hill- a striking optical illusion.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Delhi
  • Leh
  • Alchi
  • Leh
  • Nubra Valley
  • Leh

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Delhi

Delhi

You will be met by our representative with a sign and taken to your private vehicle with your driver. You will then be driven to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight - perhaps take a dip in the pool, or maybe even head into Delhi for a look around.

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Day 2 Leh

Delhi , Leh

You will be collected from the hotel by your driver and driven to the airport for your flight from Delhi to Leh. On arrival, you will be met and driven to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to acclimatise, although we'd recommend visiting Shanti Stupa at sunset. This white Buddhist monument sits at 4,267m (13,999 ft) and commands excellent views over the city.

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Day 3 Leh

Leh

The day is at leisure to assist with acclimatisation. If you feel active, there are plenty of things to explore within easy walking distance of your hotel. A walking tour can be arranged on the day if you want to get out and about.

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Day 4 Leh

Leh

Today you'll explore the area to the south east of Leh thoroughly, including the major monasteries. Visits to Thiksey, Shey and Hemis are included and there is also some stunning scenery to view. Should you be interested, the monks pray every day in Thikse at 6am - despite the early start, this is a worthwhile experience.

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Day 5 Alchi

Leh , Alchi

You are driven westward along the Indus Valley to Alchi where Rizong Monastery can easily be seen en route. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, this area is incredibly isolated and it is fascinating to see the how the lifestyle of the monks is adapted to the remoteness. On arrival in Alchi, the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 6 Alchi

Alchi

Today is spent exploring Alchi and the ancient Buddhist history of the area. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 7 Leh

Alchi , Leh

Drive back to Leh and view the sights that may have been missed en route to Alchi, such as Basgo and Magnetic Hill - a geological feature that creates an optical illusion.

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Day 8 Leh

Leh

Today is spent exploring the surroundings of Leh, including visits to Stakna, Matho and Stok. These monasteries enjoy end of the world locations, surrounded by towering peaks - ideal for some meditation.

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Day 9 Nubra Valley

Leh , Nubra Valley

A long drive over the locally claimed 'world's highest pass' takes you to the Nubra Valley. The drive takes several hours but includes a stop at a picturesque restaurant and several long stops for photos. The signs at the top proclaim it to be 5,602m, but not only is this probably an exaggeration, there are also several other roads which vie for the title. Whatever the truth, this is one of the highest roads you'll find and a breathtaking experience in every way.

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Day 10 Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

Today is spent exploring the Nubra Valley, including an excursion to Diskit and a camel ride in the sand dunes of Hundar. It will feel positively tropical down at 3,000m and a complete contrast to yesterday's glaciers.

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Day 11 Leh

Nubra Valley , Leh

You are driven back to Leh, again over the high pass. The journey should take less time as there will be fewer stops, but will still take five to six hours, and there will be plenty of time to admire the views.

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Day 12 Return home

Leh

You will be collected from the hotel by your driver and driven to the airport for your flight from Leh to Delhi. You will continue to the international terminal in time for your international flight.

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