Duration: 5 days in Ladakh
Best time: May-November
Pangong Tso/Lake is located in the Himalayan Mountain Range on the Indo-China Border. It is about 4,250 m (13,900 ft) in altitude and 134 km (83.3 m) long. One of the most memorable features of Pangong Tso is its ability to freeze in the winter even though its a salt water lake. The flora ,or lack of it, is very unique to Pangong Tso. According to credible reports, the lake is devoid of both micro-vegetation and acquatic life, such as fish and crustaceans. However, the lake is an important breeding ground for migratory birds, including the Bar-headed geese and Brahmini Ducks.
Getting there: Pangong Tso can be reached in a five-hour drive from Leh, most of it on a rough and dramatic mountain road. The road traverses the third-highest motorable pass in the world, the Changla pass, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors. The spectacular lakeside is open during the tourist season, from May to September.
Khardung La Pass is situated 37 km by road from Leh. Its a rugged trip, with portions of the road paved and others primarily loose gravel. Khardung La Pass takes you to the Nubra Valley.
Indus and Zanskar River Confluence
Visit the confluence of Indus and Zangskar river via Sikh Gurudwara. This confluence results in the longest river in Pakistan and the third longest river, in terms of annual flow, in the region. It is often considered the life-line of Pakistan by the people. It provides the key water resources for the economy, specifically for the nation’s agricultural production in the Punjab province. The Indus River originates in the Tibetan plateau in the vicinity of lake Monsarovar, where it begins at the confluence of the Singe Khabab river and runs a course through Ladakh, then heads into Pakistan where it merges with Arabian Sea near Karachi.
DAY 1: Arrive in Leh, transfer to hotel, and acclimatize for the rest of the day. Local excursion to market, Leh palace, or Shanti Stupa.
DAY 2: Excursion to local monasteries including Shey Palace, Thiksay monastery, and Hemis monastery.
DAY 3: Leh to Pangong Lake to Leh (320Kms). Early morning departure with arrival around 12:00 pm. Pangong is the highest salted lake in the world. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the banks of Pangong while appreciating the changing colour and fascinating high altitude of the lake. Return to Leh. Meals included.
DAY 4: Visit to Khardung La pass, the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valleys. Then head to the Indus and Zanskar rivers confluence via Gurudwara Pather Sahib. Return to Leh. Meals included.
DAY 5: Return to Delhi with memories of Ladakh.
LAND COST: on request
- All accommodation in Delhi and Leh with breakfast.
- All monastery entrance fees, wild life fees and camping fees.
- English-speaking guide in monasteries and on the tours.
- All transportation from Delhi Airport pick-up to departure.
What’s not included:
- Medical and evacuation insurance
- Miscellaneous expenses and tipping to the staff
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and food in Leh and Delhi.
- International Air ticket to and from Delhi.
- A single supplement.
- Laundry and other services not mentioned in the package. If you need any arrangement, please let us know.
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