It means that we will not provide a car with driver on that day because it is not needed. Indeed, on that day, you will need a car only for a very short distance.
For the transfer from Leh airport to the city centre, you do not need to book a taxi in advance. Leh airport is only 4 kilometres from the city centre and you can easily find a local taxi (dedicated to airport transfers) directly at the airport; a prepaid taxi from Leh airport to the city centre costs approximately ₹ 600.
If you still want us to arrange airport transfers for you, send us an email with your flight details.
The visit of Leh (Main Bazar, Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shanti Stupa) can be done on foot or you can get a local taxi on the street.
It means that we will not provide a car with driver on that day.
For the transfer from the city centre to Leh airport, you can get a local taxi on the street. If you still want us to arrange airport transfers for you, send us an email with your flight details.
This 7D/6N tour package will take you through the most spectacular scenery in Ladakh. During the first 2 days, you will visit the top attractions of Leh and the Sham region (the part of the Indus valley located west of Leh). This includes the Magnetic Hill, Sangam, the Sikh temple of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and the monasteries of Basgo, Alchi, Likir and Spituk. Then, you will explore wild and off-the beaten-track areas of Ladakh during an adventurous 4-day road trip. This road trip starts with driving over the Khardung La (the highest motorable pass in the world) to reach the picturesque Nubra valley where you will see the Diskit gompa, Hunder sand dunes and Sumur village. The next day, you will follow the Shayok river and drive to the lovely turquoise Pangong lake. On day 5, from Pangong, you will head south along the Chinese border. It’s a long and tough drive through the Changthang region via the remote Tsaga La pass to reach the beautiful Tso Moriri lake at an altitude of 4,530m. Here, you can meet the nomads and learn about their way of life. About 80 km north of Tso Moriri is the Tso Kar lake where you might spot the majestic black-necked crane. You will go back to Leh via the Taglang La pass (5,328m) and you will visit two of the most important monasteries in the area: Hemis and Thiksey.
If you have more time in Ladakh, you could also visit Lamayuru with its lunar landscape and Turtuk as in The Grand Leh-Ladakh Tour Package.
See other 7-day itineraries.
Arrival in Leh, acclimatization & visit
Day 1: Leh
Indus valley to Alchi (1-day tour)
Day 2: drive from Leh to Alchi monastery and back to Leh
Nubra valley, Pangong, Tso Moriri (4-day tour)
Day 3: drive from Leh to Nubra valley
Day 4: drive from Nubra valley to Pangong lake
Day 5: drive from Pangong lake to Tso Moriri lake
Day 6: drive back to Leh via Hemis monastery
Departure from Leh
Day 7: departure from Leh
For more details, check out this Leh-Ladakh interactive map.
|Day 1:||Leh airport - Leh (Main Bazar, Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shanti Stupa)|
Night in Leh
This morning, take the scenic flight to Ladakh, the “roof of the world”. It takes approximately 90 minutes to fly from Delhi to Leh. Upon arrival at Leh airport, take a car to the city centre and check into your hotel. Leh, the main city of the region, is located at an altitude of 3,500 metres above sea level. Today, you need to acclimatize to the altitude and you should avoid any strenuous activity. Go out to a restaurant for lunch and try local specialities to get a taste of Ladakh.
After lunch, take a stroll through the narrow winding lanes of Leh’s old town until you reach the imposing Leh Palace that was built by the king Sengge Namgyal during the first half of the 17th century. Walk through the maze of dark mud-brick corridors and stairways to the palace’s roof to enjoy a fine panorama of the old town. From the palace, there is a steep path to the Buddhist monastery of Namgyal Tsemo. The gompa was built during the 15th century at the summit of the Namgyal peak. It is surrounded by thousands of multi-colour prayer flags flapping in the wind dominates the whole valley and it is a famous landmark in Leh. The monastery enshrines an 8-metre-high statue of the Future Buddha. In the evening, head to the Shanti Stupa and contemplate the breathtaking bird eye view of the Leh as the sun sets behind the mountains. The stupa was built 30 years ago by Japanese monks as a symbol of purity and peace. Its two-level structure is decorated with colourful paintings and carvings depicting scenes from the Buddha's life. After sunset, walk back to the Main Bazar where you could sip a cup of Ladakhi tea (salted tea with yak butter). The lively market where woman in traditional outfit sell vegetables is great place for people watching. Just opposite of the State Bank of India building, the Gompa Soma is small Buddhist temple hidden in a quiet courtyard. Nearby, the Jama Masjid dating from the 17th century is the largest mosque in Ladakh.
|Day 2:||Leh - Magnetic Hill - confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers - Basgo - Alchi - Likir - Gurdwara Pathar Sahib - Spituk - Leh|
Night in Leh
This day tour takes you to the west part of the Indus valley which is also called “Sham”. This area of Ladakh is at the same elevation as Leh so it is good to go there at the beginning of the trip for acclimatation. After 30 minutes drive from Leh along the iconic Leh-Srinagar road, you arrive at the Magnetic Hill. Here, you can witness a bewildering phenomenon when you see your car with engine turned off and in neutral gear starting moving uphill. Strange magnetic force or optical illusion? See it and make your own conclusion! Next, contemplate the natural wonder known as Sangam (“confluence” in Sanskrit) where the Zanskar river flows into the Indus river. On the way to Alchi, visit the Basgo gompa and the ruined mud-brick fortress which was the residence for the king of lower Ladakh until 1470. In Alchi village, you can have lunch in one of the garden restaurants. The Alchi monastery is one of the top attractions in Ladakh. The gompa dates back to the 11th century and it houses the most exquisite murals. Tucked into a side valley, the Likir monastery rises above the village and the barley fields. This is one of the most important Gelugpa gompas and it is easily recognizable by its 22m-high statue of the Future Buddha adjacent to the whitewashed buildings. While driving back to Leh, make a stop at the Sikh place of worship Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Spituk monastery.
|Day 3:||Leh - Khardung La - Diskit - Hunder (Nubra valley)|
Night in Hunder
Over the next 4 days, you will embark on the most adventurous jeep safari tour in Ladakh. After breakfast, head north towards the Khardung La pass, the world’s highest drivable pass (5,602 metres above sea level) that connects Leh to the Nubra valley. There is a great view of the mighty Karakoram mountain range from the pass. Drive down to the Nubra Valley (which means “the valley of flowers” in Ladakhi language) located at an average altitude of 3,100 metres and crisscrossed by the Nubra and Shayok rivers. Clinging to the side of a rocky hill, the 15th-century Diskit monastery is the largest gompa in the Nubra valley. Nearby, the 32-metre-high statue of Maitreya Buddha was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 2010. Next, drive 10 minutes to the small Hunder village that has little bit more than 1,000 inhabitants. Here, you can find hotels, guesthouses and homestays for the night.
|Day 4:||Hunder - Sumur - Shayok - Tangtse - Pangong lake|
Night at Pangong lake
Start the day with a camel ride across the spectacular Hunder Sand dunes. The double-humped Bactrian camels living here are a reminder that the Nubra valley lies along the old Silk Road connecting Central Asia to India. Next, visit the Samstanling monastery in the charming village of Sumur. From here, follow the small road along the Shayok river leading to Pangong. Located at an elevation of 4,250m, the stunning Pangong lake is a 140-km-long brackish lake spanning over the Sino-Indian border. Its pristine waters are surrounded by contrasting brown arid mountains. Pangong lake became famous in 2009 when it featured in the Bollywood movie “3 Idiots” starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
|Day 5:||Pangong lake - Tsaga La - Tso Moriri lake|
Night at Tso Moriri lake
Today is a long drive to go from Pangong lake to Tso Moriri lake. After passing through Chushul village, follow the rough road to Tsaga La pass that is located just 4 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Keep driving south along the India-China border and enjoy the stunning landscapes that can be seen in this remote part of Changthang. Tso Moriri lake is one of Ladakh’s most impressive natural site. The 26-km-long lake brackish lake is flanked by several peaks over 6,000m. It is the largest high altitude lake that lies entirely within the boundaries of India. Korzok, the only village on the bank of Tso Moriri lake, is located at an altitude of 4,350m and it is one of the highest villages in Ladakh. Here, you can meet the Changpa nomads who rear pashmina goats, sheep and yaks. Korzok village has various accommodation options, including homestays.
|Day 6:||Tso Moriri lake - Tso Kar - Taglang La - Hemis - Thiksey - Leh|
Night in Leh
This morning, drive to Tso Kar lake which is located 80 km from Tso Moriri. “Tso Kar” means “white lake” in Ladakhi. The white colour comes from the thick crust of salt surrounding the lake. The lake is a breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. You might have the chance to spot the iconic black-necked crane. Then, head towards Leh via Taglang La, the highest mountain pass on the Leh-Manali highway, at an altitude of 5,328m. After crossing the pass, when reaching the Indus valley, drive to the village of Hemis. Here, visit the Hemis monastery, the spiritual centre of the Drukpa order. The gompa is known as Ladakh’s largest and richest monastery. It has many temples and one of them houses an imposing 8-meter-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Next, stop at Thiksey monastery. Due to its architectural style, the gompa is often compared with the Potala Palace in Tibet. The monastery houses 10 temples. The main attraction is the 14-meter-high statue of Maitreya Buddha built to commemorate a visit of the 14th Dalai Lama. Follow the Indus river to the east for 20 km and you will reach the city of Leh.
|Day 7:||Leh - Leh airport|
All good things come to an end… It is time to bid farewell to Ladakh and fly over the majestic Himalayas from Leh to Delhi. This is, for sure, the most impressive flight in India.
This package is the combination of 2 tours:
|Xylo, Scorpio, Tavera||Sumo, Eeco Van, Qualis|
|Indus valley to Alchi (1-day tour)|
The tour package is arranged with a private taxi (the car is only for you and it will not be shared with other passengers).
The price includes:
✓ Car with Ladakhi driver
✓ Tolls and parking fees
✓ Driver’s food and accommodation
✓ Oxygen cylinder (optional)
The price excludes:
✗ Meals and hotels
✗ Inner Line Permit
Our dedicated team can assist you with your accommodations, permits and everything else you need.
For each individual tour/trip, click on the price corresponding to the desired car category in the above table and you will be redirected to the booking form.
For more details, check out How to book a tour package: step-by-step guide.
Inner Line Permit is required for this trip.
You need an Inner Line Permit during the tour to Nubra valley, Pangong lake and Tso Moriri lake on day 3, 4, 5 and 6. Therefore, you need a permit with a validity period of 4 days.
You can easily obtain an Inner Line Permit when you are in Leh and it takes one working day. We can help you to get it. More information about permits can be found on this page.