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The Ship of Desert, camel is not confined to the plains of Arabia or even Rajasthan only but it’s also one of the major modes of transportation in the cold deserts of Ladakh since ancient times. The double back bactarian camel was one of the most reliable modes of transport for habitants of Turk’s. Nubra Valley is known as Ldumra (the valley of flowers) which is situated in the north of Leh. The average altitude of the valley is above 10,000 ft. The main attraction in this area is the Bactarian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel), the sand dunes and monasteries.
Camel Safaris through Ladakh are one of the most memorable experiences possible in the Himalaya with a difference. You’ll soon get used to the rolling and wobbly movements of the camel while exploring fertile and lush apricot orchards, rugged mountain terrains, frozen desserts, and the remote villages of Nubra Valley.
These double-humped Bactrian Camels are used by the Central Asian traders in earlier times as the main mode of transport on the Ladakh-Yarkhand (Turkmenistan) trade route—an offshoot of the famed Silk Road. Today, Bactrian Camels have emerged as a favorite of travelers to meander through Nubra villages like Deskit, Hunder, and Panamic.
[/single_tab][single_tab icon=”Defaults-calendar” title=”Itinerary” tab_id=”1586517984008-3-05257-7e49f698-2c1f”][icon_timeline tl_animation=”tl-animation-slide-out”][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 01: Arrive Delhi:” heading_tag=”h1″]On arrival, you will meet with our office representative who will drive you to your hotel in Delhi for the overnight stay.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 02: Delhi to Leh flight:” heading_tag=”h1″]Your early morning flight from Delhi takes about 1 hr and 15 minutes and rises quickly from flat farmlands to snow-capped peaks. It soon becomes a “sightseeing flight” once you’re over the Himalayan Ranges, the mountains and glaciers poking through the clouds below. On arrival you will meet with our office manager and check into your hotel. Rest of the day is free to get yourselves acclimatize with the altitude and surroundings of Leh. In the evening, your guide will take you for a walk to explore few important areas, markets and life.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 03: Full day sightseeing of Leh:” heading_tag=”h1″]Today we proceed for Indus Valley
monastery tour. We start with a visit to Shey
, the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue. Then we visit Thiksey Gompa
, an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa
, founded in 1630’s by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyal. Hemis is one of the largest and richest Gompas of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world. Later we visit the Stok Palace
, the Royal residence of the King of Stok & the Museum that has a rich collection of Ancient Ladakhi artifacts including old Thangkas, precious stones, arms and armory, the Queen’s necklace and the crown of the King of Ladakh among others. In the evening, we reach our hotel in Leh.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 04: Leh to Hunder drive over Khardung La:” heading_tag=”h1″]We start in the morning to drive over the highest motorable road in the world KHARDUNG- LA (5,578 M). We’ll stop at the top for a view which includes the second highest mountain on Earth—K2. We enter Nubra Valley is situated along the river Shayok. The valley is covered with dense thickets of seabuckthorn – a thorny shrub which the villagers have previously used for fuel and fencing their fields but now has a great demand to make extremely healthy juice out of it. In the valley we reach to a small village of Hunder (3,048 M) during late afternoon and check into our camp for the night.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 05: Hunder to Diskit – Camel Safari:” heading_tag=”h1″]Morning we visit Chamba Monastery at Hunder and then start the Camel Safari on our shaggy, double-humped Bactrian camels along soft white sandy deserts with rolling sand dunes. Soon we reach Diskit which is the capital of Nubra. The sand dunes under the shining barren mountains offer a dream like situation and the beauty increases when small streams cross the sand dunes. The clean blue sky looks very close to the eyes as it is touching the mountains and the nice monasteries. The Chortens are very rough but beautiful and the prayers really sound being heard in such land of peace, silence and innocence. In the afternoon we explore Diskit Village including the monastery situated on a rocky spur above the village providing a commanding view of the valley. We spend the night in fixed camp.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 06: Diskit to Tigger drive and camel safari to Pinchimic:” heading_tag=”h1″]Tigger Village (3,146 M) is our destination in the valley for this day, we start in the morning by cars and visit Samstanling village, one of the most charming villages of Nubra. A visit to the monastery is surely a part of this visit where we can find chances to witness the rituals and interactions with monks and nuns. In the afternoon, we mount our camels for the short ride along the river to Pinchimic, another picturesque area of the valley. On arrival, we check into our tents for the night.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 07: Pinchimic to Panamic camel safari:” heading_tag=”h1″]Morning we start the last leg of our Camel Safari and travel to Panamic. On the way we visit a beautiful lake set between two small hills. On arrival, we explore Panamic Village. During the trade between Central Asia and Ladakh, Panamic was the last major settlement before the caravans crossed the Karakoram Range. Today Panamic is a sleepy village, with its people quietly working their fields. We visit the village thermal HOT SPRINGS locally reputed to have therapeutic healing qualities and reach back to our camp.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 08: Panamic to Leh drive/ 145 Kms:” heading_tag=”h1″]We visit to Ensa monastery this morning which is situated across the river and clinging precariously to the mountain surrounded by few trees. Return back and drive to Leh through Khalsar at Shyok valley, where the scenery is enchanting all around. After crossing Khalsar Bridge at Shyok River, we are about to leave Nubra Valley and climb up to Khardung Village and further to Khardung La top. Reach Leh and check into your hotel for the night.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 09: Leh” heading_tag=”h1″]FREE DAY[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 10: Leh to Delhi flight:” heading_tag=”h1″]Your guide will drop you to Leh airport for your flight to Delhi where you will meet our representative to drive you to your hotel. We take you out for half day Delhi sightseeing this day.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Day 11: Fly out:” heading_tag=”h1″]Timely transfer to international airport for your flight to back home.[/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline][/single_tab][single_tab title=”Inclusions & Exclusions” tab_id=”1586519190759-4-6f698-2c1f”]
– International airport to hotel in Delhi transfer by small coach/ medium or large cars as per the group size and back to airport after the trip
– Sightseeing/ monument visits as per the itinerary
– Transportation of cook, kitchen staff and safari guide office to office.
– Transportation of camping equipment and food.
Accommodation – city hotels with breakfast & remaining on full board
– Hotels as per the program
– Safari camps with all meals
– Gala dinner at Delhi with expedition mementoes/ souvenirs
– (01) Cook and kitchen helper (01)
– Safari guide/ Indian Escort/ Tour Manager (01) from Delhi- Delhi
– Local sightseeing/ city/ monument guide
– Camping tents for the members
– Alpine tents for cook+ helper and safari guide
– Cots, mattresses, quilts, blankets, bed sheets, pillows/ covers and hot water bottles
– Kitchen tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, stools, utensils, crockery and cutlery
– Toilet tents and toiletries including Western Commodes, hot water shower system, LPG gas cylinders
– Medical kit & oxygen cylinders for high altitude safaris
– Maps and directions
– Inner Line permits/ restricted area permits
– Air tickets
– Any kind of insurance of the clients
– Personal expenditures of the clients
– Helicopter rescue
– Cargo handling charges
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Any personal expenses which are not mentioned above