Day One: Arrival in Leh
Settle in at Guest House. Short excursion to the central market near the PoloField beneath the Royal Palace. Lunch on a rooftop restaurant overlooking the valley. Relax and acclimatize at Guest House. Dinner.
Day Two: Explore Leh climbing to the Shey Palace
Walk to the Changspa to climb to the Japanese Stupa above Leh. Walk through the Changspa to the Women’s Center for Chai to see what their projects are and to learn about women’s lives in a Buddhist high altitude culture on the banks of the Indus. Return to the upper Chanspa for dinner with a local family.
Day Three: Monastery Tour
Day Four: Excursion to Nubra Valley
Journey up over the highest motorable pass in the world, the Kardung La. Visit Diskit on the way to Hundar and the vast sand dunes to go on a short Bactrian camel ride through this high altitude desert to camp in a local village near the Afghan border. Drive back to Guest House in Leh the next morning.
Day Five: Travel to Pangong Lake from Leh
Drive along the shores of the expansive Pangong Lake bordering China. Stop for ultimate photos in the changing patterns of light as the day passes. Camp in safari tents on the shores of the lake with sumptuous dinner at sunset. Make our way slowly back to Leh in the morning, visiting villages and monsteries along the way.
Day Six: Rest day in Leh with time to explore
Take the day to explore Leh, it’s craft and street markets. Possible visit to the local shaman. Have lunch in a local restaurant with momos and barley soup, Indian sweets for desert. Check on local festivals. Chai in one of the rooftop restaurants before dinner.
Day Seven: Hike to Rumbuk
Hike to the valley of Rumbuk through pristine valleys along rivers where it is possible to spot Snow Leopards and Blue Sheep. Stay in Robuk overnight, hike up to Yurutsi Monastery for lunch. Hike out to be picked up along the Indus River. Dinner in Leh.
Day Eight: Short trip to Chushot
Travel to Chushot to visit the Bactrian Camel Preserve then walk back to Changlomsar crossing the Indus River to the yoga retreat center there and either stay for the class or head back to the Guest House in Leh for dinner.
Day Nine: Early breakfast, transport to airport