9 Days Picturesque Ladakh — Tso Moriri Unveiled
Picturesquely situated in secluded, breathtakingly beautiful Rupshu Valley, the high-altitude Tso Moriri Lake is fewer 250 kilometers southeast of Leh. Travelers can only visit with a permit. The saltwater Tso Moriri Lake is about 4,000 meters above sea level. Nomadic herders of goats, yaks, and cows live in the lake's vicinity.
Day 1 | Hotel
Upon arrival meet and transfer to hotel. Check into hotel and overnight.
Day 2 | B, L, D | Hotel
Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Morning transfer to airport and connect short (60 min) flight to Leh. During the flight you will have spectacular view of Ladakh Himalayan ranges. Upon arrival meet and greets, after that transfer to hotel. Welcome drinks check in and rest till lunch time to acclimatize.
You will have lunch in the hotel. After lunch your guide will bring you around to explore the main market of Leh and some locals market where local Ladakhi womens sale the vegetable with little basket in traditional dress. After that visit famous Leh Army Museum Evening back to hotel and have dinner. Overnight in Leh.
Day 3 | B, L, D | Hotel
Leh – Thiksay, Hemis and Stok – Leh
After breakfast start tour. We visit Hemis Monastery, 45 km from Leh and will take about 1.5 hrs drive. This is the biggest Monastery establishment in Ladakh situated in a canyon and at the base of mountain in a green patch of land in a small village of Chomoling where you will admire the rich, colorful frescos of the monastery. It was built in 1930 AD. The Museum near the main courtyard exhibits rich artifacts of the monastery.
After that you will travel back towards Leh on the same road , visit the Thiksay monastery which closely resembles the Potala Palace. It was founded in 1430 AD by Paldan Sherab (Nephew of Sherb Zangpo) The 12 storey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statuses, Thanksa and wallpainting. On the roof of the monastery one can see the whole valley of Ladakh.
After that drive towards Leh cross the Indus River at Choklamsar to visit the Stok Royal palace museum which is the present resident of the Royal family of Ladakh. It was built during the early 19th century which houses a small interesting museum displaying rich Royal artifacts. From the room of the palace once can have a panoramic view of the Stok village and Indus Valley.
After that drive back to Leh and have good rest. Evening dinner.
Day 4 | B, L, D | Hotel
Leh – Diskit (via Khardong La pass)
After breakfast start tour – Drive through the Khardong La Pass 5602m which is the Highest Motorable Road in the World. It was only recently opened for tourist’s accessibility. You will stop on the top of the pass when one cam can see the snow peak mountains and glacier. Have a cup of hot tea from the highest Cafeteria in the World.
This is an old route which used as part of the Legendary Silk Road which ran to Tibet, China Turkmenistan, behind the Khardong mountain pass. The Road opens up and you are met with the wonderful view of the fruitful green valley of Ladakh which are watered thanks to Shyok and Nubra waterways-this road was previously on the silk street and lots of Caravans weaved their way further to central Asia- the green Nubra valley was for centuries the resting spot for Camel and Yak caravaners- you will see apple, apricot and lots of mulberry trees in Hunder and other areas, Lamaism plays an important role in life in this area.
After that continue drive through Nubra valley to Diskit, total drive will takes about 4 hrs. Upon reaching check in Guest House. Late afternoon, optional: You can also enjoy the Becterian (Double hump ) camel in the sand dune between Hunder and Diskit village. Overnight at Diskit.
Day 5 | B, L, D | Hotel
Diskit – Leh
After breakfast visit Diskit Monastery, The Diskit monastery was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 14th century. The history of the Nubra Valley and the monastery could thus be traced from 14th century onwards. It has a tallest statue of Maitreya Buddha in Ladakh. After that visit Sumoor village and drive back to Leh. Upon arrival check in hotel. You will have your lunch.
Late afternoon visit Shanti Stupa for Sunset Tour. The stupa is located on the hill top of the Changspa locality in Leh, it was built in 1983 on the rock and inaugurated by HH Dalai Lam. From this stupa you can see the memorable sunset over the Leh Valley. After that back to Leh and some free time for shopping. Evening dinner.
Day 6 | B, L, D | Deluxe Camp
Leh – Tso Moriri Lake (4527m, 221km)
After breakfast start your adventure drive going through the Indus River, crossing many small villages and hamlets , Reach Natural Hot Spring at Chumathang. Visit hot spring and lunch.
After that continue drive and cross Mahay bridge after that you will be leaving the Indus valley and continue driving towards the Puga Sumdo settlement through the canyon and gorge from where you will be drive on the left side road until top of the Namshang la pass(4900 m) and drive further nearby the small Thachung Karo Lake. Rest for short tea break.
After that continue drive to Tso Moriri lake. This lake is also famous for Migratory Birds hatching place. Total drive will be about 8 hrs. Upon reaching check in into the Deluxe Tent. Late afternoon enjoy the magnificent view of thousands of birds flying across the lake. Overnight in Deluxe Camp.
Day 7 | B, L, D | Deluxe Camp
Tso Moriri – Tso Ker – Leh (230km)
Early morning you will see more different types of migratory birds flying around. After breakfast start your return adventure journey, first 43 km you will be driving on same road back until Puga Sumdo. After that you will cross the Puga Sumdo and driving through the different road. Passing via Sulfur gushing out from the ground and then drive ascend up until the Top of the Plokongka Pass(4940m) from the top of this pass you can see nice view of the surrounding mountain range.
After that drive downhill until a nomadic village & Tso Ker Lake (Salt Lake). This Lake is also famous for the Migratory birds. In the olden days the local nomads of the region used to produce salt from this lake. After that you will pass another high driving pass Taklangla Pass (5035 m). After that drive (8 hrs) will be zigzag road via small villages of Rumtse, Gia and Meru and join the Leh Nyoma highway to Leh. Upon arrival check in hotel and rest. Evening dinner.
Day 8 | B, L, D | Hotel
Leh – Delhi – Final Departure
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, meet and start tour around Delhi. Visit Indian Gate, President Palace and Red Fort. You will have lunch in the city center. Late afternoon free time for shopping and dinner. After dinner transfer to airport as per your flight.
Day 9 | B
Early morning arrive Singapore.
- Return domestic air ticket (Leh – Delhi – Leh) with all the taxes
- Inner line permit (application requires clear soft copy of passport by email on trip confirmation)
- All private transportation including airport transfers by A/C 4×4 Jeep
- 1 English speaking tour guide throughout the trip
- 1 night accommodation in Delhi in local 3 star standard hotel on twin or triple sharing basis
- 4 nights accommodation in Leh in local 3 star standard hotel on twin or triple sharing basis
- 1 night Guest House accommodation in Diskit
- 1 night Deluxe Tented camp experience at Tso Moriri Lake
- All the meals as per itinerary
- All the entrances fees for places of visit
- Return international air ticket with all the taxes
- India Visa (apply your own)
- Travel insurance
- All alcoholic and other beverages
- All personal expenses
- Liabilities of loss, theft and damages