Day 1: Srinagar (day at leisure)
You will be brought from the airport directly to the houseboat in Srinagar. In Srinagar we are staying on Houseboats on Nigeen Lake. A perfect way to start a road trip-relax by the lake, head out for a shikara ride and just take in the views of Jahangir’s fort from the houseboat.
Driving distance: 7 kms
Driving time: 45 mins
Day 2: Mulbek, Kargil, Drass, Tiger Hill, Srinagar
Another eventful day ahead with an early start from Srinagar, will take us to Kargil, Drass(the second coldest inhabited place in the world), Tiger Hill and then to Shargol.
Driving distance: 240 kms
Driving time: 8-9 hours
Stay: NunKun Camp
Day 3: Mulbek to Leh via Lamayuru, Magnetic Hill
Post breakfast we head out for our road trip to Leh. Our first stop is Lamayuru Monastery in Sham Valley and our final stop is Leh. You will be seeing magnetic hill and the river Indus meet Zanskar in the Sangam. Travel distance: 200kms
Travel time: 8 hrs
Day 4: Leh
The hotel in Leh is located at a 10 minute walk from the market, very close to the Shanti Stupa. It is surrounded by lush greenery on all sides and has a river flowing just across a small field from it.
The day is at leisure. You can relax, acclimatize to the sudden change in height. For those who want to explore a little bit more, you can head to the market place and also visit the Shanti Stupa or the Leh Palace. Leh city has plenty of cafes which serve food from all corners of the world. Try some, like some, hate some-the adventure would have just begun
Stay: A hotel in Leh
Day 5: Leh, Khardungla, Diskit Monastery, Nubra, Camel safari in Hunder
We leave Leh post breakfast for Nubra Valley near the Karakoram ranges. We pass Khardungla Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 18000ft. We cross that to go to Nubra valley. In Nubra we will be staying in a guesthouse. Nubra Valley-The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachen River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. above the sea level. The main attraction in this area is the Bactarian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel) around sand dunes.
Travel distance: 130kms
Travel time: 5 hrs
Stay: Home-stay in Hunder
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Nubra To Turtuk
Head out to explore the beautiful village of Turtuk, 3 hours away from Nubra. Turtuk was a Pakistani village up to the 1970’s and was open to tourism only in 2010. But the beautiful landscape, the apple orchards, the crystal clear streams will make it more than worth your while.
Travel distance: 50 kms
Travel time: 2.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8: Leh, Pangong Tso
Early next morning set off for Pangong Tso via Changla Pass. You will also visit Thiksey and Shey Monastery. Chang La is the second highest motorable road in the world and we will be passing by the ChangLa temple, which is often covered in snow and prayer flags. We will be staying at camp, in Swiss tents there.
Day 9: Return To Leh
We return to Leh after spending the morning by the Lake. We come back to our home-stay, explore the markets for some buys and have our dinner together in a café that we all liked best!
Travel distance: 120kms
Travel time: 5 hrs