If the mountains call out to you often, then allow Beyond Himalayas to take you on a journey, to the utopia of Ladakh. A trip designed to awaken all your senses by the aesthetic beauty of the endless scenic mountain views and crystal clear lakes. The topography of Ladakh lends itself to the road trips that take you through the raw and simplistic landscape that captures your heart.
Witness as the Zanskar river merges into Indus, the vast emptiness of Pangong Tso Lake; hued in green and azure surrounded by textured mountains, the mesmerizing walks in the Sham Valley making the silent land so endearing. Visit the oldest monasteries of the Indus Valley to uplift your spirit and reconnect with the joy within. Explore the city of Leh, where landscapes and old-world architecture come together to tell a story woven across time. Immerse yourself in the captivating surroundings of Nubra valley, whose striking beauty and ethereal landscape will never fade from your memories. From short treks to rides on the double hump Bactrian camels and riding the tides whilst river rafting, this trip ensures an unforgettable experience of heaven on Earth, Leh.
We will receive you at the airport in Leh. The flights usually land by 11:30 am and you will drive straight to a beautiful local hotel. Spend the day acclimatising while you observe the simple life of Ladakhi folks in the midst of serene landscapes. In the evening you can explore the Leh market buzzing with life. Under the awe-inspiring eighth storey Leh palace, the market place gives a taste of cultural fusion.
After breakfast we embark on our first day tour to the enchanting Sham Valley. We begin the tour at Hal;l of Fame(War memorial museum) a site that holds relics to the Indo-Pak, Indo - Sion wars that have taken place in the region to the latest Kargil war in 1999. We will proceed to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, visit the gravity defying Magnetic Hill and Indus confluence. Drive back to Leh town and spend the evening exploring the local market. Drive to Shanti stupa in the evening for sunset.
Like all the overland drives around Ladakh, this drive will take you through picturesque landscapes, mountain passes, river valleys, and sparse mountain settlements. Through the mighty Khardungla top (Highest motor-able road in the world at 18300 feet above the sea level), drive towards the Indo Pakistan border region of the mesmerising Nubra Valley. Upon reaching Nubra valley, we will visit the 100 Ft Buddha statue and have a glimpse of the Karakoram ranges far below the valley. In the cold desert sand dunes, enjoy the double hump camel ride. Dinner at the campsite.
Today we will leave for Pangong Lake from Nubra valley through Shayok. On reaching Pangong Lake we will check in the campsite and spend the day enjoying the beauty of the lake. After evening tea and snacks, we will take a little walk by the vast emptiness of Pangong Tso Lake, hued in green and azure. Wrap up the day absorbing the silence of the place and dinner.
As the early sun dawns into the stillness of the Pangong Lake, one should make most of it. We will take a walk by the serene lake soaking in the divinity of the simple life of the locals and discover its many stories. Early afternoon, we will leave back for Leh. On the way, we will visit Thiksey monastery and Rancho, the famous three idiots movie school. In the evening, spend time buying souvenirs and gifts fir the family and friends back home.
STAY THROUGHOUT IN 3 STAR HOTELS AND CAMPSITES
ALL ACTIVITIES MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY
TRANSFERS THROUGHOUT THE TRIP
ALL PERMITS AND PASSES
FIRST AID AND OXYGEN CYLINDER FOR NUBRA AND PANGONG
TRAVEL, LUGGAGE & MEDICAL INSURANCE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TAXES
CHANGES TO YOUR ITINERARY
For your best interest, sometimes it might have to make necessary alterations to your holiday itinerary. Where practical, we will advice you before you depart from your hometown, although occasionally we may be forced to make changes en route. We will keep you informed at all times.
MOUNTAIN FLIGHT DELAYS
Bad weather in mountainous regions can cause flight delays. These problems mainly happen in Ladakh region of India. If the delay is extended it may be necessary for us to re-route the trek and tour, perhaps to an area more readily accessed by road transport. We do not accept responsibility for charges incurred as result of flight delays and missing international flight connections. However, we will make every effort to assist you.
INHERENT RISKS OR DANGERS
You understand and accept that your proposed tour may expose you to levels of physical exertion to which you may not be accustomed to or be exposed to inherent dangers when traveling through remote areas which may be subject to, among other things, unfavorable political, physical, health or climatic conditions. By agreeing to use our services, you accept these dangers and unfavorable conditions.
You must purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes a provision for helicopter rescue when you pay your deposit.
YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS
We strongly recommend that you visit your doctor and dentist before your holiday. You must ask your doctor about current inoculation requirements. Full details of pre-existing medical conditions must be forwarded to us when you book. Older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a letter from your doctor clearing them for the trek and Beyond Himalayas Pvt. Ltd. reserve the right to check these documents prior to confirmation of tours and treks
A valid passport is required for all tourists. The passports must be valid for minimum of six months from the start of journey, with at least two clean pages per country to be visited.
A valid visa is required for the entire destination. You should always consult your doctor or nearest travel clinic for the latest information on recommended health precautions, both vaccination and malaria prophylaxis.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Extensive medical kits are carried on all trips. In addition, medical oxygen and Portable Altitude Chambers are carried as a precaution on high altitude treks and climbing expeditions. All meals on trek are prepared specifically for your group to strict hygiene standards, and sterile washing facilities are provided.
Sickness from altitude can affect anyone. Serious problems are avoided by building in rest and acclimatization. For normal symptoms a drop in altitude, or time in portable acclimatization chamber, leads to quick recovery.
All trips are graded. There are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Mountaineering categories.
Travel insurance that includes helicopter evacuation is highly appreciated
Client over sixty are required to complete a medical and personal travel history questionnaire. Persons under sixteen can join specified family departures and private groups.