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The Karakoram Expedition Tour

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While touring the country, you will have a vivid experience of mesmerising lakes, lofty mountains, and magnificent monasteries like no other! Explore the vibrant Buddhist gompas near Leh and the natural wonders of the Karakoram country with our 7-day tour package. On the trip, you will get a lasting memory of echoing locations in Ladakh, like the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers, a UNESCO world heritage site, the astounding Nubra Valley, and the serene Panamik, renowned for its hot springs in a cold location like Ladakh. With us at Max Holidays, you will get a chance to glance at one of the most enormous Buddhist statues and explore the wonders of Sham Valley. So what are you waiting for? Make your booking now!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Leh (3500 m) and drive to Sham Valley (3100 Mts)

    Upon arrival at the capital of Ladakh, Leh airport, you will be escorted to the vehicle to start your journey to the Sham Valley. The trip passes through the intersection of two different rivers, the Indus and the Zanskar rivers. The destination is pretty high in altitude, but the bypass through Sham Valley is at a lower altitude than Leh; it will help you adapt to the high-altitude climate of the land, allowing you to have a seamless experience on the trip. For the rest of the time, you will stay in the Sham Valley and, if you want, can stride around. In the evening, you will be returning to your hotel in Uleytokpo for an overnight stay so that you can start your thrilling tour.

    Highlights : Beautiful drive through Indus and Zanskar Rivers, High passes and mountains

    Meals : Breakfast

    Distance Covered : 75 kms/ 2 hours

  • Day 2: Drive back to Leh via Lamayuru, Alchi and Basgo

    After breakfast, we will visit one of the oldest and largest monasteries. The Lamayuru monastery, also known as Yuru Gompas, is in Ladakh. The place is famous for a festival called Yuru Kabgyat. More than 150 permanent monks reside in the monastery, situated on the Srinagar-Leh highway, 5 kilometers east of Fotu La, at around 11,520 ft (3,511.3 m). The next item on the list is through the lower Shyam Valley to Alchi Monastery. This Buddhist monastery is a monastic complex situated in Alchi village. The Alchi Gompas is also a part of three villages that constitute the Alchi group of monuments, renowned for its design. After that, we will visit the Basgo Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes three temples: Chamchung, Chamba Lhakhang, and Serzang Temple. All of these sanctuaries are dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha. Then, we will move towards Nimu village to glimpse the Zanskar River merging into the Indus River. After the exploration, we will return to our lodge for dinner and relaxation.

    Highlights : Most popular monasteries, scenic drive, Basgo Fort

    Meals : Breakfast

    Distance Covered : 115 kms / 3-4 hours

  • Day 3 : Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass

    We will begin our day with a quick breakfast. After that, we will drive towards Nubra Village and traverse via the highest motorable road in the world, 18,380 feet—the Khardungla Pass. The drive will continue until we reach the Hundar village. At the destination, you could get a chance to see the gompas on the hilltop, which are around 500 years old. After that, we will be sightseeing at the Diskit Gompa- founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod in about 1420 AD during the reign of King Dragspa. About 100 monks reside in the gompa, and a festival called Gustor takes place. In the Hundar village, you will get the time to do some fun activities like hopping in double-humped camels for camel rides and strolling through the dunes (please note that any charges applied for this activity are not included in the trip price.

    Highlights : Drive through the second highest motorable roads, 500 years old Gompas

    Meals : Breakfast

    Distance Covered : 160 kms / 4-5 hours

  • Day 4 : Panamik Hot Spring, Samtanling Monastery, Sumur Desert

    After breakfast, we will move towards Sumur village to see the Samstanling monastery in Nubra village. The monastery was founded almost 140 years ago and is home to more than 50 monks. Then, we will visit the Panamik Hot Spring, a popular tourist attraction. People say the hot spring contains a high amount of sulfur and has many medical properties. A hot spring in a breezy region like Ladakh is a rare phenomenon. After this, we will relax by the lakeshore and enjoy a refreshing time as the sun sets. As the day ends, we will return to the Hundar for an overnight sleep.

    Highlights : Hot Spring, Sumur Village, Two Humped Camel

    Meals : Breakfast

    Distance Covered : 60 kms one side / 2 hours

  • Day 5 : Drive to Leh via Hundar Village, Disket Monastery

    Today, we will visit the Diskit monastery from Hundar. The location offers a unique view of the Nubra Valley. You might also get a glimpse of the Maitreya Buddha statue, which is around 106 feet tall and just below the monastery. The gompas is situated at around 10.308 feet, 15 km from the Khalsar Panakil route. In the evening, we will drive back to Leh via the Khardungla Pass and stay there for a night.

    Highlights : Hundar Village, Cold Deserts, Disket Monastery

    Meals : Breakfast

    Distance Covered : 160 kms / 4-5 hours

  • Day 6: Leh Monasteries visit

    Today will be the most memorable part of the trip and offer an experience like no other. After an exquisite breakfast, we will drive through the Indus Valley to visit the Shey Palace and the Gompa. The site is located in the hilly region, 15 km upstream of the Leh, once home to the royal locals. Driving further, we will visit the Thiksey Gompa. The monastery consists of several temples and stupas of Buddha; the site is also known as the Mini Potala Palace. Next on the list is the Hemis gompa, one of Ladakh's biggest and most renowned gompas. Every year, a festival is held here to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Padma Sambhava. The monastery is mainly divided into two parts. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as a “green room” by the dancers during the festival, and the temple is known as Tshogkhang. Then, we will visit the Stok Palace and Museum, where we will see ancient objects like weapons, precious jade, and porcelain. Later, return to the hotel and enjoy your last night in Ladakh.

    Highlights : Shey Palace Gompa, Stok Palace & Museum

    Meals : Breakfast

    Distance Covered : 40 kms / 3-4 hours

  • Day 7 : Departure from Leh

    It is time to say goodbye to Ladakh's stunning mountains, lakes, and greenery. We will be dropping you off at the airport! Fly with long-lasting memories of the northern tip of India.

    Meals : Breakfast

What’s Included

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Accommodation on double sharing basis as per the details given above

Meal Plan API (Breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner)

(01 NAC Innova upto 06 pax, 01 NAC Tempo Traveller from 7 to 12 pax) as per the itinerary.

English Speaking Guide

Travel insurance not included in the package

Air Fare/Train Fare and all entry fees at sightseeing spots.

Any Personal Expense Occur during the trip

Trip Reviews

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Julia Zimmermann | United States of America

13 Aug 2018

I am an adventure enthusiast and a nature level, thus, I found North India to be a perfect place to fulfil all of my cravings to visit the places of my choice. I travelled to Ladakh and also did biking through its motor-able passes. I was stunned to see the lifestyle of people living here! Thanks Max for this trip.

  • 4.5

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Nadia Keller | Germany

23 Sep 2022

I am an adventure enthusiast and a nature level, thus, I found North India to be a perfect place to fulfil all of my cravings to visit the places of my choice. I travelled to Ladakh and also did biking through its motor-able passes. I was stunned to see the lifestyle of people living here! Thanks Max for this trip.

  • 5.0
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Mr. Simon Schmid | Switzerland

09 Oct 2022

Hello Sanya, hope you are doing great. It was such a wonderful trip and thanks to you for arranging it so well. Starting from arriving in Cochin till our departure, everything was so well organized. Exploring scenic places such an Munnar and Thekkady, staying on houseboat, spending time on white sand beaches was just few highlight of the trip. Our driver Ramesh is a down to earth person with so much of patience. We will definitely come back to India and in our wish list, next place would be visiting Ladakh on bike which I hope you do organize.

  • 5.0
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Sivakrishna Gopalan | Chennai India

08 Apr 2023

We are in contact with Max Holidays for the last 17 years and have done many trips with them. They are one of the most professional set of tour operators, working under a good system in their office. The team is awesome as they are capable of dealing with almost every situation. Not only Rajasthan, Ladakh, Sikkim but we also travelled with them to Mt. Kailash in 2018 where we felt their strength to perform in adverse conditions. Hats off to their efforts and kudos to the team of the Company.

  • 5.0

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Nikhil Patel | USA

19 Apr 2024 Awe-Inspiring Ladakh Adventure! The Ladakh tour with its breathtaking landscapes and serene monasteries left me spellbound. Each day brought new marvels, from the mystical Pangong Lake to the ancient Thiksey Monastery. The local guides were knowledgeable, adding cultural depth to the journey. A must-do for any adventure seeker
  • 4.5

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Sophie Dubois | France

19 Apr 2024 Enchanting Ladakh Expedition! Ladakh's rugged beauty and Tibetan influence stole my heart. The tour was a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility, with visits to stunning Nubra Valley and the magnetic hill. The accommodations were cozy, and the local cuisine was a delightful surprise.
  • 4.5

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The Karakoram Expedition Tour

Travel Style

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Duration

07 Days

From
US $840
per person on twin sharing
6 reviews
Start Point

Leh

End Point

Leh

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