LEH / LADAKH, 26 Aug - 2 Sep (8 days)

#1 Aug 8th, 2012, 12:58
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Hey guys, I'm planning for a trip to Leh/Ladakh on the mentioned dates above. I'm travelling alone and would like to do some homestays, monasteries visiting, trekking, photography around leh/ladakh. Pace would be rather slow and chill. Key agenda is to meet like-minded people and get costs savings at the same time.

I'm in advertising; into photography, sports, diving, travel. Do well alone and in groups, adaptable and independent. Drop me a message if you're keen.

Tentative itinerary:

26 Aug: Arrive at 0630h; Acclimisation in Leh
27 Aug: Monasteries Tour - Shey Palace, Thiksey, Hemis Gompa, Sindhu Ghat & Stok Palace
28 Aug: Pangong Lake through Changla Pass
29 Aug: Nubra Valley through Khardung La, visit to villages and Ladakhi homes
30 Aug: Nubra Valley - Bacterian camel riding, sand dunes, Diskit
31 Aug: Sham Valley - River Indus on Leh, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic hill, Likir monastery, Tingmosgang or Uletokpo, check into a Fixed Camp, Ridzong monastery
1 Sep: - Lamayuru monastery, Alchi Gompa, Basgo, Leh festival (maybe)
2 Sep: Depart at 1020h

Itinerary is tentative and I'm open to changes. Suggestions are welcomed.

#2 Aug 10th, 2012, 06:17
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It's been a while since I was in Ladakh (Late 2010), but seeing as your thread remains unanswered and from what I have heard the regular (and more experienced) contributors are up to their ears with itinerary threads, I'll throw in my two cents.

28 Aug: Pangong Lake through Changla Pass
Do you plan to do this in one day?

Pace would be rather slow and chill
Well it wouldn't be if you tried that.

Apparently it is physically possible to do, but I for one would not recommend it. We did an overnight trip there with a home-stay at Spangmik village. Great hosts and we actually had a good amount of time on day 1 and day 2 in between the driving to soak up the atmosphere and explore the scenery.

Try to keep in mind, these drives especially the ones over passes, take a good half day and are energy sapping. This was one thing I greatly underestimated when I planned the trip. In theory you think, oh yeah 6 hour drive, but when you are doing them back to back, day after day, they take their toll. And we had a private jeep and driver just for the 2 of us.

1 Sep: - Lamayuru monastery
Each to their own, but we felt that the drive out here wasn't really worth it. There was a lot of roadwork en-route when we were there, so maybe it's quicker now. Hey, but if someone told me that before I went, I'd probably still go because some things you just have to decide for yourself. But consider it if the rest of your itinerary gets tight.

Good luck. And hopefully some more knowledgable posters can give more accurate and up-to-date advise.
#3 Aug 10th, 2012, 09:24
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thanks mate. realised it's a bit too ambitious hence changed my itinerary as such:

26 aug
- Apply permits
- Leh Market
- Overnight at Leh

27 aug
Monasteries Tour:
- Shey Palace
- Thiksey Gompa
- Hemis Gompa
- Shanti Stupa
- Sindhu Ghat & Stok Palace
- Ancient Leh Palace
- Overnight at Leh

28 Aug
Leh - Lamayuru / Uleytoko:
- Lamayuru Monastery
- Overnight at Lamayuru or Uleytoko

29 Aug
Lamayuru or Uleytoko - Leh:
- Lamayuru Monastery morning prayer session
- Alchi Monastery
- Sangam (the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers)
- Magnetic Pint
- Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
- Kali Mata (Temple of Guardians in Spituk monastery)
- Overnight at Leh

30 Aug
Leh – Phyang – Khardung La (40 kms): Summit photo taking, Tea-break
Khardung La – Khalsar (58 kms): Khardung Village
Khalsar – Diskit (20 kms): Diskit Gompa and its main deity
Diskit – Hunder (8 kms): Hunder Village, Camel riding, Sand dunes
Overnight at Hunder

31 Aug
Hunder – Sumur (40 kms): Samstening Gompa, Samur Village
Sumur – Panamik (20 kms): Panamik Village, Ensa Gompa, hot water springs
Nubra Valley - Leh
Overnight at Leh

1 Sep
Leh – Karu (45 kms)
Karu – Chang La (35 kms): Shakti Village, ascent for Chang La (5400m), Chang La Baba ka Mandir
Chang La – Tanksey (58 kms): Tanksey a.k.a. Tangste, lunch, shopping, internet
Tanksey – Spangmik (Pangong Tso) (32 kms): Spangmik Village,
Overnight at Spangmik

2 Sep
Spangmik – Marsimek La (42 kms): Phobrang Village, Marsimek La a.k.a. Marsimik-La a.k.a. Marsmik-La (highest Motorable pass in the world)
Marsimek La - Leh
Overnight at Leh

3 Sep
Leh – Upshi (55 kms)
Upshi – Chumathang (95 kms):*Indus River, hot springs, little to offer, lunch
Chumathang – Tso Moriri (Korzok) (60kms):*Wild life reserve, Tibetan wild ass (Kiang), marmots, red foxes and quite a few migratory birds, Korzok a.k.a. Karzok Village
Overnight at Korzok (few accommodation options)

4 Sep
Tso Moriri (Korzok) – Tso Kar (80 kms): Tso Kar wild life sanctuary
Tso Kar - Leh
Overnight at Leh"
#4 Aug 14th, 2012, 00:23
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How are you reaching leh. Are your dates fixed. I am also travelling to leh alone. But will be reaching mumbai to delhi by train on 26th august.
#5 Aug 14th, 2012, 22:40
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Hey mate, I'm reaching Leh by plane on 26th. Will be hanging around Leh for 2 days so we can still meet to discuss. PM me if you wanna discuss more. I can't seem to PM anyone of you here.
#6 Aug 15th, 2012, 22:51
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Your new plan is better. Two small things.

Phyang is not on the way to Khardong La and doesn't belong on that day.

The magnetic hill is just an optical illusion. Please do not believe the silly stories that there is a magnetic disturbance in the area.

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