Leh Ladakh Trip With Turtuk, Tsomoriri (8D/7N)

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  • 8 Days, 7 Nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 3, Maximum 20
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Starting/End Location : Leh Airport

Overview

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Hello Backpackers!

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.

This backpacking road trip takes you to all the famous, important attractions of Leh Ladakh as well as offbeat places. At the same time, will give you time to get acquainted with the high altitude and lack of oxygen. With Leh as a base, we will explore places like Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, and Sham valley – Magnetic hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Sangam to start with. We will then head towards northern attractions like Nubra Valley, Hunder, and Diskit. We will then move towards the most famous crowd-pullers overlooking eastern borders like Khardung La, Pangong lake. After a night’s stay and experiencing magical sunrise in the changing colors of Pangong, we will move to offbeat and the road less taken places like TsomoririTso Kar and Puga hot springs. 

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 it’s 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 trip:

  • The Out of The World: Pangong Lake
  • The dreamy Nubra Valley
  • The most beautiful Tso Moriri Lake
  • Hunder: Desert in the sky, Double humped Camels
  • Diskit with giant Buddha statue
  • Puga Hot Springs or The fluctuating Tso Kar Lake
  • 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, Tanglang La
  • Sangam Valley with highest river rafting
  • Thiksey hilltop Monastary
  • Rancho School
  • Turtuk & Thang (Last village at Indo-Pak border)
  • Warm stays with Standard Guest Houses and Swiss Tents

Inclusions

  • Travel for 6 days (Tempo Traveler, Innova/Xylo or similar)
  • Stay for 7 nights on triple/double sharing basis (Standard guesthouses, homestays, and Swiss tents)
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners (Veg)
  • Inner Line Permits
  • Trip Captain (for group size more than 5)
  • 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.

Exclusions

  • Lunches
  • 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Leh and acclimatize to high altitude

  • 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, Sangam, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib, Hall of Fame

  • Altitude: 4275 meters
  • Start time around 9 to 10 AM after having Breakfast.
  • Today we will explore Leh and the surrounding attractions starting with Hall of Fame by Indian Army – every Indian’s pride.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stop by at 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.
  • Give an evening visit to Shanti Stupa – Buddhist White Domed Statue located on a hilltop.
  • 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 deluxe tents by evening.

Day 4 - Day trip to Turtuk, and the last village Thang

  • 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 Thang 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, see Pakistan side village through Binoculars.
  • After a late Lunch enroute, we will srart our trip back to Nubra valley.
  • Late evening, we can go for Double Humped Camel ride in case we missed on Day 3.
  • Get back to Nubra stay, wrap up after early Dinner.

Day 5 - Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake

  • Altitude: 4250 meters
  • Important note: Gear up for long and tough journeys next 3 days. Try to squeeze in as much rest you can in the form of short naps.
  • 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 or Guest House of Pangong or Homestay at Tangtse, which we would have pre-booked based on availability.
  • Dinner and rest.

Day 6 - Pangong to Tsomoriri via Puga Hot Springs

  • Altitude: 4522 meters
  • Go on a very long journey to Tsomiriri Lake from Pangong Lake taking following route: Pangong – Man – Merak – Chushul – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Karzok.
  • Spend quality time at Puga hot springs and marvel at the wonderful nature. This is a great place for the Social Media Reels too!
  • Reach Korzok village by late afternoon, check into our very basic stay.
  • Visit the most beautiful fresh water lake – Tsomoriri – wait for the sunset.
  • Get back to the guest house, finish Dinner and take good rest in the cozy rooms.
  • Nights are usually very cold at Tsomoriri/Pangong/Tangtse because of very high altitude.

Day 7 - Tsomoriri to Leh via Tanglangla pass, Thiksey Monastery, Rancho School

  • Altitude: 17800 feet above sea level.
  • Go on a road trip back to Leh via another high mountain Tanglangla pass.
  • (Optional, time & route permits) Visit a very interesting salt water Tso Kar Lake and sip a hot Tea.
  • Visit hilltop Thiksey Monastery with panaromic views of Ladakh landscapes. The artwork and the Buddhist prayer flags fluttering is mesmerizing.
  • Take a pit stop at Rancho School that got popular by 3 Idiots movie and pose for some pictures.
  • Get back to Leh guest house by late evening 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 on your Leh Ladakh Trip.
  • Good night!

Day 8 - Airport Drop, Return Home

  • Check out of the guest house as per your flight timing. We will arrange one time cab service to Airport around 9 AM 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.

What to Expect

About Trip:

This is a No-luxury, shared-model trip.
It involves standard/comfort local stays & travel.
It best suits for people who wish to socialize and prefer group travel.
If you wish to have privacy & luxury, then check out our Private Trips.
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Travel:
  • Trip starting/ending point: Leh Airport.
  • Tempo Traveler, SUV (Innova/Xylo/Ertiga), or Hatchback (6 days journey)
  • Trip duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • You may book Flights up/down to Leh from your city.

Airport Pick-up/Drop:
  • Pick ups (Day 1):
    > 8 AM
    > 11 AM
  • Drop (Day 8)
    > 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.

Stay:
  • Comfortable Standard Guest Houses / Hotels / Swiss Tents.
  • 2 or 3 sharing rooms based on final combination.
  • Leh 3 nights
  • Nubra 2 nights
  • Karzok (near Tsomoriri) 1 night
  • Pangong (based on availability) or Tangste: 1 night
  • Note: You may get in touch with booking team if you wish to see stay pictures.

Food:
  • 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.

Special disclaimer about Ladakh trip:
  • The journey from Pangong to Tsomoriri to Leh (Last 3 days) is long and tiresome.
  • Not everyone can feel comfortable with this journey. But since we are covering all best places of Ladakh within a week (Leh, Nubra, Turtuk, Pangong, Tsomoriri, Puga etc.), we don’t have another choice.
  • Because of the unpredictable nature of rough Himalayan terrain, one should expect road closures or diversions in Ladakh which may alter the order and/or places in the itinerary. The Operations Manager & Driver will take a call on the changes in itinerary when such situations occur. No special requests will be entertained.
  • The homestays at Tsomoriri are very basic.
  • You may book this trip only if you are fine with all the above points.
  • If you want a simpler trip, you may book Leh Ladakh 7D/6N private trip.

Before booking your trip:
  • Travelers are expected to carefully read and understand special scenarios presented by Ladakh along with “Terms & Conditions“, “Cancellation Policy” sections 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.

Seasonal Variations:
  • 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.

FAQ

Pickup/Drop Points

Airport Pick-up/Drop:

  • Pick ups (Day 1):
    > 8 AM
    > 11 AM
  • Drop (Day 8)
    > 8 AM

Things to carry

Basic Essentials

  • 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)

Clothing Essentials

  • 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)
  • Handkerchief/towels

Misc:

  • Cap/Hat
  • UV sunglass
  • Sunscreen SPF 50+
  • Lip Balm
  • Quick Dry Towels
  • Body Lotion
  • Sanitizer, Handwash for hygiene
  • Camera/Go pro (optional)

Medicines

  • 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.

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.

Terms & Conditions

  • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Travellers are not allowed to advice/instruct the Organizers (Driver or Trip Leader or Operations Manager) to change the itinerary.
  • Cooperate with the Organizers in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travellers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling and visiting all places in itinerary.
  • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Do not indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to self or fellow travelers.
  • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
  • Unexpected situations: In rare scenarios, we might not be able to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest/local authorities, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the Organizers will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip places altogether.
  • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the stays for interested people.
  • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help one another. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
  • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/Organizers, and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
  • Every traveler is expected to digitally fill & submit a liability/waiver form given by the Organizers before the trip. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Traveler

  • 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date.
  • 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 30 to 15 days before the trip start date.
  • An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
  • No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
  • No refund during/after the event.
  • No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip.

Cancellation by Muddie Trails

Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 3 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
We have 2 options in this case:
Option 1: Complete refund.
Option 2: Switch to any other long trip of the same dates or future dates. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.

Note: We do not recommend to book flight tickets until the trip is confirmed with atleast 3 travelers signed up.


Cancellation due to external factors

Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

In these scenarios:

  • No Refund is allowed.
  • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
  • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.
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