LOVE LADAKH

14 Nights/15 Days

Our most complete itinerary gives the opportunity to experience the the cultural intrigue of Ladakh, its wildlife, its stunning vistas and most tranquil lake without having to rush.

From ₹1,02,000 per guest in Double Tent. 

From ₹1,23,500 per guest in Double Cottage.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Tsomiriri Lake

- Nubra Valley 

- Turtuk

- Alchi Monastery

- Thiksey Monastery

This itinerary is indicative and its price approximate. We tailor each to our guests' interests and send a final price.

The final amount includes all accommodation at The Indus River Camp, accommodation elsewhere, breakfast and dinners at The Indus River Kitchen and at all other locations, SUV transport to and from each destination with a trusted driver as well as necessary permits for each guest.

At The Indus River Camp we believe in transparency and no hidden charges. We charge 8% commission on all costs for the organisation and preparation of your itinerary. 

If you would like a price cost breakdown or a stripped down version of this itinerary, please email us at theindusrivercamp@gmail.com.

You will be collected from the airport and we will welcome you at camp. 

 

Relax and acclimatise on the porch of your tent, listening to the river and looking out at the Himalayan vista.

 

Take a guided tour of the 42 acre grounds. ​

Enjoy a campfire under the stars​ and discuss the details of your holiday with our trip specialist.

DAY 1

Witness early morning prayers in Thiksey monastery.

Track along the Indus River to  Matho monastery, where restoration work on 600 year old thangkas and manuscripts is being carried out by a local and international team. 

Visit the double humped Bactrian camels in our village of Chuchot Yokma

DAY 2

Experience Ladakh's capital Leh in a day, starting with a trip to the Central Asian Museum that details Ladakh's connection to the Silk Route.

Move through Leh Old Town to a restaurant that offers innovative takes on traditional Ladakhi food. 

Visit recommended shops for local handicrafts, pashmina shawls and jewellery.

DAY 3

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DAY 4

Ascend to the  Khardung La pass and descend into the  Nubra Valley to the village of Sumur.

Drive along the sand dunes via Samstanling monastery to Yarab Tso, known as the secret lake of Nubra Valley, hidden behind a jagged rock that juts out from the sand dunes. 

 

Spend the evening in a partner property in Sumur with charming cottages and a spa.

DAY 5

Visit Diskit monastery and look out across the valley aside its towering, 30 metre high statue of Maitreya Buddha. 

Drive along the sand dunes until you reach the village of Hunder.

From Hunder, a mini hike (3 hours roughly) is available that takes you through a natural garden up to a stupa with stunning views of the valley.

Settle down at a partner property in Hunder within its relaxing, organic vegetable garden. 

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DAY 6

The village of Turtuk has a unique Balti identity and was opened to foreign tourists in 2010. 

You will take a guided tour through the village, exploring the culture, eating freshly picked apricots (season permitting), looking out at K12 amidst the Karakoram range. 

Enjoy the unique hospitality from the people of Turtuk and return to Hunder by the evening.

Return to camp via the spectacular Khardung La route.

Enjoy a relaxing evening at camp beside a bonfire and take a look at the Milky Way through our camp telescope. 

DAY 7

Enjoy an unhurried, leisurely day at camp. Explore the grounds, take a dip in the river or read from our diverse library.

If you're after more adventure, we can arrange all manner of activities last minute: rafting, bicycling, motorbiking, birdwatching amongst others. Check out our activities page.

In the evening, visit Ladakh's only fine dining restaurant with a 9 course menu, using locally sourced and foraged ingredients.

DAY 8

Drift and paddle along the Zanskar river, that cuts through a steep valley of multicolour flagstone.

Rafting is available in different grades from 1 to 4. Whichever grade you choose, the scenery is equally remarkable.

DAY 9

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Follow the Indus river downstream to Nimmu and eat lunch at a restored heritage home to witness traditional Ladakhi architecture.

Drive to nearby Alchi to view the village's exquisite and well preserved 11th century murals.

Return to camp via Likir with its monastery tucked beneath the mountains and visit the village's potter who uses ancient Ladakhi techniques to make ceramics.

DAY 10

Trek into the high altitude Hemis national park along the river Zingchen to the village of Rumbak.

Blue Sheep and Ibex are frequently spotted along this route. If you are lucky, you might even spot the elusive Pallas Cat.

Stop for chai and lunch in a remote Ladakhi home for a taste of rural hospitality.

DAY 11

We organise a day out that combines bicycling, culture and trekking, alongside our partners, Unexplored Ladakh, the only specialist bicycling agency of Ladakh. 

Drive to Hemis monastery in the morning and trek up the little known 13th century Gotsang meditation cave where, for centuries, monks have been spending months alone in meditation. 

Bicycle back to camp around Stakna monastery. Pass through barren landscape and through the green, ancient village of Chuchot back to camp where a picnic lunch will be prepared for your arrival.

DAY 12

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DAY 13

Begin early with a drive to Tsomiriri Lake, winding through Ladakhi villages, barley fields, nomadic camps, hot springs, purple mountains and areas rich with wildlife. 

Settle down at our preferred camp to watch the sunset change the colours of the lake and mountain. 

DAY 14

Wake to see the sun cast its first light on the lake.

Drive back to Leh via the vanishing Tso Kar lake and its re the huge salt deposits it is leaving behind as well as the surrounding wildlife of Black-Necked Cranes and wild horses. 

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DAY 15

After breakfast, we must say a sad goodbye and we will take you to catch your morning flight.

 

 

TSOMIRIRI LAKE​  

Tsomiriri is the highest altitude lake of India at 4,500 metres above sea level. 

At The Indus River Camp, we prefer Tsomiriri over Pangong as it's relatively unaffected by tourism. The lake is serene and without construction that would undermine its isolation. It has a varied wildlife of migratory birds, wild asses and Pashmina goats who are shepherded along high altitude by a community of Tibetan origin nomads. 

In July the nomads celebrate the Korzok Gustor festival in the monastery which gives a fascinating insight into their cultural mores, away from the more tourist focussed Ladakh festivals in and and around Leh. Expect extravagant masks, dancing and plenty of Chang (barley beer) drinking over the two evenings. 

Through the day, as the sun follows its arc, the lake's colour constantly changes from its turquoise base. Tsomiriri offers the isolation that all of Ladakh once promised. 

NUBRA VALLEY

Nubra Valley sits to the north of Leh, approaching the Pakistan border. Reaching Nubra means winding up a steep road to the  Khardung La pass (allegedly the highest 'motorable' road in the world) and then quickly down as if t were a rollercoaster. 

A giant basin is carved out by the Indus river and on all sides the Himalayas stand at an equal height like a vast, natural stadium. Sand dunes flank and colour the river and double humped Bactrian camels lurch clumsily across. Camels which are thought to have been left over from the armies of Alexander the Great and the nearby Silk Route. Above its capital Diskit, a 32 metre Maitreya Buddha statue and a monastery that clings impossibly to a cliff face preside over the entire valley. 

Diskit lacks the sense of isolation that the area deserves so we recommend that our guests stay in Sumur or Hundar which are slightly further along the valley amidst the sand dunes. On from Nubra Valley is the culturally intriguing village of Turtuk and the hot water springs of Panamik. 

TURTUK

 

A 3 hour drive from Hundar, Nubra Valley, takes you to Turtuk, on the edge of the Pakistan border. A small village, significantly lower than other parts of Ladakh, Turtuk  celebrates two harvests a year and is lush with greenery, apricot trees and barley. 

Turtuk only opened to foreign tourists in 2010 and has been isolate for many years before. As a result, the population has preserved its unique Balti culture. The locals are welcoming and incredibly photogenic - the King of Turtuk is known for giving visitors a guided tour. The residents are allegedly descendants of the armies of Alexander The Great. The Silk Route passed very close to Turtuk and K2 can be seen from the village. 

THIKSEY MONASTERY

 

Thiksey is a village 8km upstream from the Indus River Camp.

A whole village belonging to the monastery stacks up a crumbling hill face. The monastery perches above and houses a two-story statue of the Maitreya Buddha sitting on a lotus. The monastery boasts extraordinary views across the Indus valley towards Leh and towards Manali. 

Inside is a medley of stupas, thangkas (Buddhist paintings), swords and ancient artefacts. Thiksey is one of the most holy constructions in Ladakh.  Each sunrise it hosts morning prayers in the inner monastery that tourists can experience up close. 

A particular treat is to walk down to its base through the steep monastery village - a community of silence, interrupted only by the scattering of young, orange-draped monks in the periphery. 

ALCHI

 

Alchi and its monastery are 64km from Leh along the road to Srinagar. 

 

The monastery and village are charming but the principal attraction are the exquisite 11th century murals in the temple rooms below. The art is some of the rarest and best preserved of Buddhist art throughout the region.

Read here about the struggle that Alchi monastery faces in conserving and restoring the ancient art

If you are travelling to Alchi then a must visit is Alchi Kitchen. Ladakhi food has long been neglected and the owner of Alchi Kitchen makes fantastic local dishes in an open kitchen with fresh, Ladakhi ingredients to showcase Ladakhi home food to the world. 

SHANTI STUPA

 

Built in 1991 by a Japanese Buddhist, Shanti Stupa is a pristine white domed stupa that sits over Leh. It offers the most remarkable views of Leh and the Indus valley below when the sun sets and the mountains and city changes colour. 

Directions

From Leh:

Drive along the Leh to Manali road, cross the Zampa bridge in Choglamsar and take the first left into the village of Chuchot. Drive on for 1.5km and turn left, onto a street called Zainabya Chowk, 100 metres after passing the Imam Bara Mosque

From the Airport:

Drive into Leh from the airport and then continue with the above directions

From Manali:

As you approach Leh, turn left over the Shey bridge (in between Shey and Thiksey) and turn right into the village of Chuchot. Drive 6km on and turn right onto Zainabya Chowk, 100 metres before the Imam Bara mosque

Contact Details

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theindusrivercamp@gmail.com

+91-7051379442

Address:

Chuchot Yokma, Past Imam Barga

On The banks of The Indus River

Leh

Jammu & Kashmir

194101

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