Day 1: Leh
Take a flight from Delhi to Leh (flight is not included in tour price) over a stack of snow-topped mountains for a large part of journey. Pray for a clear sunny day for a stunning view! This day is entirely dedicated to acclimatizing the body to the altitude of 3524 meters / 11,562 ft.
Leh is the capital town of the Himalayan district of Ladakh, and falls in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India. A former stop on the silk route, which cut across the vast Afro-Eurasian landmass, the unassuming town still has an unquestionable allure about it. Being a backpacking hub for decades, Leh and the surrounding areas have an exquisite mix of a Bohemian vibe and a diffident rustic environment. Experience the best of both in the small cafes bursting with different nationalities and international cuisines along with the contrasting local life, steeped in simplicity and strong Buddhist leanings.
Today you can plan your own day. We recommend to explore on foot and stroll to the Leh palace, which overlooks the town from its perch on a small hill. The 17th century palace is a perfect place to get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the region. The Japanese Shanti Stupa, is another sightseeing spot worthy of your time. Take the steps rather than the road to get that blood pumping; that panoramic views from here will be even more rewarding after that little trek.
It is imperative for us to get the body used to the rarified air of the mountains before we hit the pedal.
Day 2: Leh
We warm up with a short ride to Spituk monastery and later do white water rafting from Pheyo to Sangam today. This day takes you past stunning mountainous landscape of Ladakh. We visit the majestic Spituk Gompa along the way and then cross the majestic Indus river – the cradle of one of the world’s greatest civilizations before looping back to Leh.
You can also take this day to acclimatize further for your trip ahead.
Distance cycled: ~ 30km/18mi (optional)
Day 3 & 4: Sakti
Today, we ride to Stakna past the famous Thikse monastery to Sakti. The Stakna Gompa (Buddhist monument/monastery) is a treasure trove of cultural heritage. Also known as the ‘Tiger Nose monastery’, Stakna stores invaluable artifacts and paintings from late 16th century.
It’s gradual ride to the Sakti after a small infusion of culture yesterday. Time to rest well and gear up for some serious climb ahead!
Next day, we shuttle to Pangong Lake. Admire the unmatched beauty all around before shuttling back to Sakti.
Day 5 & 6: Nubra Valley
We take a shuttle to the top of Wari La pass and then ride to Hunder. The topography changes dramatically from washed out browns to the lush green meadows dotted with black yaks. Soon you hit the cusp of the Shyok and Siachen Rivers that flow through a vast sandy valley. Scant vegetation, a snaking black river seemingly diving the Tibetan plateau give Nubra a dramatic topographical edge over the other destinations in Ladakh.
Hunder, one of the largest villages of the Nubra Valley, is a picturesque settlement where you can see small stands of apple orchards and locals busying themselves over farmlands.
En-route, we visit Diskit monastery. Diskit is the oldest and largest Gompa of the Nubra Valley and has many legends attached to it since it was built in the 14th century. Another intriguing sight that cannot be missed is Hunder, the land of sand dunes. It is intriguing to see double humped Bactrian camels here.
We take the next day as rest day in preparation for the trek ahead.
Distance cycled: ~ 50km/30mi
Day 7-12: Nubra Valley Trek
We spend the next 6 day on a trek from Hunder, the land of sand dunes, to Leh. Hike past gorges, meadows and through Lasermo La (5,400m), a snow bound pass connecting Nubra and Indus Valleys.
Day 13: Leh
We drive to Leh today.
Day 14: Shuttle to Leh Airport
If you are still up for another day ride then ahead to Khardung La (highest motorable pass in the world).
The trip closes as we provide transfers to Leh airport for your onward journey.
*with shuttle – short transfers.