Ladakh Break(5 Nights)

Leh, Nubra Valley, Leh

for Family Traveller

Holiday Overview

Pangong Lake (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2010)
Pangong Lake (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2010)
Pangong Views - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
View from Spituk - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
Enroute to Basgo - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar
View of Leh from Shanti Stupa - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar
View from Thiksey - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar

Ladakh Break is a short break itinerary to Ladkah covering browing through three of the most popular destinations of Ladakh i.e. Leh, Nubra Valley (High Attitude Desert, Greenery) and Pangong Lake (High Altitude Desert).

  • Visit ancient monasteries of Leh (Shey, Thiskey and Hemis)
  • Experience stunning views from Shanti Stupa
  • Drive through Mountain Passes of Khardung La, Wari La and Chang La
  • Explore Nubra Valley's high altitude Desert
  • Day Excursion to Pangong Lake from Leh
  • Enjoy ethnic Tibetan dining at Leh

Leh(2) - Nubra Valley(1) - Leh(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive Leh
  • Day-2 In and around Leh
  • Day-3 Leh to Nubra Valley via Khar dung La
  • Day-4 Return to Leh Via Wari La Pass
  • Day-5 Pangong Lake Excursion
  • Day-6 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Leh - Shanti Stupa (5.00 kms), Sindhu Bank (10.00 kms), Shey Monastery (15.00 kms), Thiksey Monastery (19.00 kms), Khardungla Pass (39.00 kms), Hemis Monastery (45.00 kms), Pangong Lake (128.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Leh Departure - Leh
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Those looking to relax a bit at the end of the trip may extend into Uley (Riverside Orchard area of Ladakh). Here one can pursue adventure activities such as Rafting.

  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)

Leh(2) - Nubra Valley(1) - Leh(2)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive Leh Arrival at Leh (10500 ft asl). Take it easy for rest of the day to acclimatise with high altitude climate.

Day-2 In and around Leh After breakfast, proceed to explore ancient monsteries around Leh (Shey, Thiskey and Hemis). You return for Lunch in afternoon and in Evening visit Shanti Stupa for stunning views of the Leh Town.

Day-3 Leh to Nubra Valley via Khar dung La Depart early (8:30 AM) to drive to Nubra Valley (Known as the Valley of Flowers and the warmest region in Ladakh) via Khardungla pass (One of the highest motorable passes). En route, admire the spectacular views of the never ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Khardungla Pass (18,390 feet). After stopping briefly at Khardungla and North Pullu (Riverside area with views of Snow capped mountains), proceed to Nubra. Enjoy camel Safari in the evening.

Day-4 Return to Leh Via Wari La Pass Morning visit to Diskit Monastery and thereafter Return to Leh via Wari La Pass again for stunning views of the region. Evening spend some time at the Leh market for Souvenir shopping / ethnic dining.

Day-5 Pangong Lake Excursion Depart early 7 AM to undertake Pangong Lake excursion (15000 ft asl 150 kms - 5 hours - One way). Route is via Chang La Pass and offers stunning views. You spend about an hour around the lake before returning late evening.

Day-6 Departure Departure from Leh

Detailed Sightseeing

Leh :

  • Shanti Stupa - Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist stupa on a hilltop near Leh built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

  • Sindhu Bank - Sindhu Ghat is situated at 10 km up stream the Indus River from Leh near the Shey monastery. It is a peaceful river bank offering excellent views of the area around.

  • Shey Monastery - The Shey Monastery and the Shey Palace complex are located 15 kilometres south of Leh on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past

  • Thiksey Monastery - Thikse Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat sect at 19 kms and is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. The monastery is located at an altitude of 11,800 ft asl and is a 12-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

  • Khardungla Pass - Khardung La (17582 ft asl) is one of the worlds highest motorable passes at 39 kms from Leh. Khardung La offers spectacular views and is kind of must visit for any traveller to Leh.

  • Hemis Monastery - Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, located at 45 kms from Ladakh. The monastery existed before 11th century and was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in early June.

  • Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake is an high altitude lake visited ex-Leh (128 kms). The lake is 134 kms long and max 5 km wide. Pangong drive from Leh is most spectacular via Changla pass and staying overnight at Pangong Lake is nothing short of an experience. Pangong area is also renowned for bird watching as its a nesting grounds for migratory birds like Bar headed Geese and being considered for a Ramsar site.

Destination Overview

Leh - Leh lies at altitude of 10500 ft and the region basically is a high altitude desert and home to ancient monasteries, offers some extreme weather and exceptional views.

Nubra Valley - Nubra Valley (120 kms from Leh) is known for being the high altitude desert area having sand dunes and the double humped camels.

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  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)

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Ladakh Experience

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  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)

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Ladakh Break is one of the popular options in April-May and October when Pangong Lake accommodations have not opened or its too cold to stay overnight there.

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