Leh Ladakh Trip with Turtuk (7D/6N)from
Leh Ladakh Trip with Turtuk by a Traveler/SUV
This road trip takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Ladakh, a land of fascinating colors, barren landscapes, and snow-clad mountains.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Easy to Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
Few places on Earth don’t need a lot of introduction.
Situated at a height of 11000 feet above sea level in the rugged mountains of the Himalayas, Ladakh offers stunning landscapes and enthralling views for travelers.
It’s tough to explain the beauty of Ladakh. The extreme chill of the place is well complemented by the warmth of the Buddhist community here. A road trip to this dreamland will thrill and captivate you to its Monasteries, naked snow-clad Mountains, cold Desert, gravity-defying Hill, pristine Valleys, fast-flowing Rivers, and the best of all: a combination of the highest motorable Pass with insanely stunning Lake.
With Leh as a base, we explore the town – places like Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, and Hall of Fame to start with. Them, we begin with Northern attractions like Nubra Valley, Hunder, and Diskit. We then hit the Northern limits like Turtuk and Pakistan Border. We then move towards the most famous crowd-pullers overlooking eastern borders like Khardung La, Pangong lake.
Land of an ancient civilization and captivating people, Ladakh is both alluring and awe-inspiring. Nicknamed ‘Little Tibet’, this sparsely populated, absolute gem of a destination with its incredibly sweet and friendly locals is a treat to backpackers.
It’s time to witness the clear blue skies. It’s time to marvel at countless stars. It’s time to dream. It’s time to live it. All at the same time.
Come join Muddie Trails in this incredible journey to the Roof of the World.
Highlights of the Ladakh Trip:
- The Out of The World: Pangong Lake
- The dreamy Nubra Valley
- Hunder: Desert in the sky, Double humped Camels
- Diskit with giant Buddha statue
- The gravity-defying Magnetic Hill illusion
- Leh Shanti Stupa
- Hall Of Fame: Every Indians pride
- The serene Pathar Sahib Gurudwara
- High motorable passes: Khardung La, Chang La
- Sangam – confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers
- Warm stay with Standard Guest Houses and Swiss Tents
- Day 1 Acclimatization
- Altitude: 3600 meters (11600 ft)
- Once you deboard your flight at Leh airport, we will arrange a taxi to reach our guesthouse.
- Spend a relaxing day to get acclimatized to the high altitude of Ladakh.
- It is highly advisable not to move around today as travelers may suffer from dizziness, headache, or acute mountain sickness (AMS). Note that acclimatization is an important part of every Ladakh trip.
- You can still explore Leh market on foot in the evening if you wish (though its not recommended).
- By evening or next morning, our operations manager will brief you about the incredible road trip of the next few days.
- Overnight stay on cozy beds of the Leh guest house.
- Day 2 Around Leh - Shanti Stupa, Sham Valley: Sangam, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib
- Altitude: 4275 meters
- Start time around 9 to 10 AM after having Breakfast.
- Today we will explore Leh and the surrounding attractions starting with Shanti Stupa – Buddhist White Domed Statue located on a hilltop.
- Head towards Sangam, the beautiful confluence of two mighty rivers: Indus and Zanskar. The Indus river originates from the Holi Mansarovar in Tibet, flows into Ladakh.
- Give a visit to Hall of Fame – every Indian’s pride.
- Head to Magnetic Hill – an optical illusion created by wondrous nature, where a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope because of the surrounding terrain.
- Visit legendary Pathar Sahib where Guru Nanak Dev, founder of the Sikh religion, is believed to have conquered a demon. Spend some time in the warmth of Gurudwara built in the 15th century and sit down for a quiet meditation for few minutes.
- Head to the guesthouse by late evening, finish Dinner and rest for the night.
- Day 3 Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass, Diskit Buddha Statue, Hunder Cold Desert
- Max altitude: 5350 meters (17,800 feet)
- Start time around 9 AM
- Roadtrip to amazingly pretty Nubra Valley, known for its Ldumra (flower garden) via one of the world’s highest motorable passes called Khardung La.
- Enjoy hot Kawa tea and Maggy noodles at the top of the pass.
- Descend towards Diskit Monastery with 100 feet Future Buddha statue to get a stunning view of the valley.
- The road to Nubra valley will continue towards international LOC, till the base camp of great Siachen Glacier (which we cannot go) which is well protected by Indian Army.
- Stop by at Hunder which is also called ’Desert in the sky’ to witness double-humped giant Camels. Want more? Take a Camel joy ride and make those cool reels for your Instagram. Hunder is also famous for its adventurous ATV rides.
- Explore sand dunes and reach our campsite of Swiss tents by evening.
- Day 4 Turtuk Day Trip
- Altitude: 3001 meters
- Today we will go on a road trip to Turtuk which is one of the gateways to Siachen Glacier, making it a strategically important location. It lies on the bank of Shyok River.
- The little settlement of Chuthang with a population of just around 4000 villagers is the last northernmost village before Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).
- We can interact with very friendly locals and listen to their stories.
- Get back to Nubra and stay at the camp.
- One of the nights (today or yesterday), we will try to arrange a Bonfire, based on weather.
- Have a hot Dinner and rest for the night.
- Day 5 Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso
- Altitude: 4250 meters
- Early morning start!
Head out on a road trip to one of the prettiest places on Earth: “Pangong Lake”, driven by the free-flowing river Shayok at one end and giant mountains with amazing landscapes at the other end. You cannot help but keep your eyes out of the windows as we cross many streams and barren mountains special to Ladakh.
- Enjoy the stunning view of Pangong Tso with the purest & bluest sky in the background, pose for those photographs you have been longing for.
- Pangong is the only lake we share a border with China, with more than half in its control. You would have had a glimpse of it in the Bollywood 3 Idiots movie.
- Experiencing a change in colors of the lake during the course of the day by spending time here is so relaxing to the senses.
- Have long conversations for evening get together.
- Rest in the Swiss tents of Pangong or Homestay at Tangtse, which we would have pre-booked based on availability.
- Nights are usually very cold at Pangong/Tangtse because of very high altitude.
- Dinner and rest.
- Day 6 Pangong Tso to Leh
- Altitude: 3600 mt
- Wake up early, go for a walk by the Pangong to witness the breathtaking spectacle of Sunrise at Pangong lake.
- Start driving back towards Leh by another route via Chang La Pass which is 17300 feet above Sea level.
- En route, stop at the famous Druk White Lotus School, featured in the blockbuster Bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’.
- Get back to Leh guest house and say goodbye to our driver who has been with us past few days taking us through most rugged routes.
- Finish Dinner, and gather around for social gathering one last time at our stay.
- Overnight stay in Leh.
- Day 7 Return Home
- Check out of the guest house as per your flight timing. We will arrange 2 rounds of cab to Airport as written in ”Basic Details” section.
- Take back memories of a lifetime. You will surely want to return to this magical place once again. But this first trip of yours will be etched in your memories forever.
- Till the next time, say JULAY to Ladakh.
- Trip starting/ending point: Leh.
- Tempo Traveler, Innova, Xylo or similar tourist vehicle
(5 days journey)
- Trip duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
- You may book Flights up/down to/from Leh.
- Pick up (Day 1):
> 8 AM
> 11 AM
- Drop (Day 7)
> 6 AM
> 8 AM
Booking Flight tickets:
- Our team can assist you in booking your flight tickets through an agent without any fees.
- Sometimes, there is a chance to get discounted price compared to online price.
- Comfortable Standard Guest Houses / Hotels / Swiss Tents
- 3 or 2 sharing rooms based on final combination
- Leh 3 nights
- Nubra 2 nights
- Pangong (based on availability) or Tangtse: 1 night
- Note: You may get in touch with booking team if you wish to see stay pictures.
- Breakfasts & Dinners included (All Veg).
- Lunches are self-sponsored as we will be outside at that time.
- How much you have to spend for good food?
200 – 250 per meal
Important notes about Ladakh:
- Ladakh is a high-altitude destination that may not suit everybody.
- Do your research on Acute Mountain Sickness.
- Travelers are expected to come with an open heart, respect local culture, care towards the environment & climate change, and help each other.
Before booking your trip:
- Travelers are expected to carefully read and understand each and every point mentioned in “Basic Details” section and “Terms & Refund” section of Ladakh trip before reserving their spot for the trip.
- The complexities involved, and all important details needed for Ladakh trip booking and preparation are clearly mentioned in a transparent manner.
What’s next after booking your trip:
- Organizers will get in touch with you, or vice versa.
- Once minimum number of people book this trip (at least 4 members), Organizing team will give a green signal to book your flights.
- A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 5 days before the event.
Things to carry for the Trip:
- Tooth brush, paste, other toiletries
- Small Bag (20-30 liter)
- Backpack (50-60 liter)
- 1 water bottle (it’s important to drink plenty water and keep ourselves hydrated)
- Personal medical kit
- Original ID Card (Aadhar, DL)
- Thermal Wear
- Jacket (Water proof)
- Warm Inner-wears
- 2-Gloves (1 Woolen, 1 Waterproof)
- Track Pants, Full sleeve T shirts
- Sweater for nights
- Socks (Cotton or Woolen)
- Rain Coat / Poncho (Just in case)
- UV sunglass
- Sunscreen SPF 50+
- Lip Balm
- Quick Dry Towels
- Body Lotion
- Sanitizer, Handwash for hygiene
- Camera/Go pro (optional)
- Consult your doctor and carry medications necessary for fever, acidity, allergy, loose motions, travel sickness, vomiting and other common sicknesses that may occur while traveling to Himalayas and high altitude places.
- Note: To avoid basic ailments, it is advisable to drink plenty water to keep yourself hydrated, avoid alcohol, and get as much rest as possible during the nights of your Ladakh trip.
- Jan to Mar (Winter): The extreme climatic conditions of Ladakh will make it inhospitable for visitors. Almost every corner of Ladakh gets covered with thick snow layers, which means all the routes to Ladakh are shut down.
- April to July (Summer): As the snow starts melting, Ladakh gets prepared for the onset of summer, and along with it the tourists. By mid-May, Srinagar-Leh Highway reopens and acts as the best route to reach Ladakh.
- Aug to mid-Oct (Monsoons): Even though it’s the monsoon season, Ladakh receives very less rainfall, with whatever little rainfall it receives being in shorts bursts of heavy downpour.
- Mid-Oct to Dec (Winter again): As you can expect, most of the time it’s Winter in Ladakh because of the high altitude and geographic location in the heart of the Himalayas. There will be a sudden drop in temperature this time, as the land starts receiving snowfall.
- Travel for 5 days
(Tempo Traveler, Innova/Xylo or similar)
- Stay for 6 nights on triple/double sharing basis
(Standard guesthouses, Homestays, and Swiss tents)
- 6 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners (Veg)
- Inner Line Permits
- Trip Captain (for group size 5 or more)
- Airport pickup/drop (fixed timings)
- Double humped Camel ride at Hunder cold desert
- 1 or more Bonfires (weather permits)
- Oxygen cylinder
- First aid kit
- Once in a lifetime experience of visiting all places in Highlights section.
- Any entry tickets applicable for local places
- Any kind of adventure activities
- Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above
- Any extra cost arising due to any change in the itinerary/stay/route on account of bad weather, traffic-congestion, landslides/roadblocks, natural calamities, political disturbances and/or any other factors beyond our control.
Terms & Conditions:
- No major health issues shall be present to the traveler like Asthma, respiratory problems, mental ailments, Heart issues, High blood pressure or any other special medical condition which may affect you and others during the trip
- No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities!
- We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel & accommodation.
- The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted
- Absolutely No littering during our travels. We swear to protect our environment.
- No alcohol & smoking during Treks & adventure activities. There would be separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at campsite/homestay for interested people
- Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
- Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety while traveling with Muddie Trails. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
- Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle that discharges Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.
- Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
- The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek
- Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
- Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by Muddie Trails.
- 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date.
- 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 29 to 15 days before the trip start date.
- No refund/postponing within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
- No refund/postponing request will be entertained on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip.