7 Day Itinerary for an Leh Ladakh Trip

Leh is the principal town of Ladakh district. It is now a Union Territory of India and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in India. The roads are blocked up for six months because they are high above the ground. The roads are usually open in May, June, July, August and September. After the film Three Idiots Jab Tak Hai Jaan, June to August has been the most popular season.

As the Leh-Ladakh season is just around the corner, I have created a 7-day Leh Ladakh Itinerary that covers most of the major attractions. This itinerary can be used as a guide for anyone who plans a trip to Leh Ladakh.

Day 1

You can start your journey to Leh-Ladakh package by landing at Leh Airport in the morning hours. You can quickly get to your hotel and make yourself at home.

It is important to acclimatize in order to be able to fully enjoy your trip. It is tempting to explore the city. But, all you need to do is to control your excitement and stay in your room.

Day 2

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out to Sanchi Stupa for a spectacular view of Leh. Tsemo Fort is your next stop. It can be seen from almost anywhere in Leh.

Tsemo (Victory) Fort was built in the 16th century. It is a short climb to Chenrezi Lakhang’s ruins. The structure can be seen from all parts of Leh. This fort looks like a crown at the top of the Palace Ridge.

A number of worship flags can be found in this small, but crumbling palace. It is located directly beneath it. Tsemo Gompa is a Tsemo monastery that consists of two temple buildings, one of which is Maitreya Buddha’s eight-meter-high gold-faced statue.

You can enjoy a delicious Ladakhi meal at one of the many restaurants on the market before you head out to Leh Palace which is a recreation of Lhasa’s Potala Palace. The Leh Palace is a nine-story structure made of dun color against the backdrop of the high Himalayas. It looks more like a painter’s muse. It is simple in its simplicity, made mostly from mud, wood, and rocks.

It also contains a wealth of traditional costumes and crowns, thangka painting, and impressive traditional ornaments. Leh Palace’s best feature is the terrace, where you can gaze out over Leh, Stok Kangri and the Zanskar range.

Spend the afternoon at the Hall of Fame. This museum was built and maintained by India Army to honor the memory of soldiers who died in the Indo-Pak wars. The section dedicated to a soldier’s death in Siachen Glacier is one of the most fascinating.

If time allows, do some shopping in the city if you feel like it. This includes your Leh sightseeing for Day 2 of the Leh Ladakh tour package Itinerary.

Day 3

Crossing the Khardung La Pass is a highlight of any trip to Leh – Ladakh. It was built by brave men from the 201 Engineer Regiment of the Indian Army. On 27 August 1973, the road was made accessible to vehicles. Khardung La Pass, at an elevation of 18,380 feet is the gateway to Shyok Valley and Nubra Valleys.

Khardung La can be reached by road from Leh in 39 km. The first 24 kilometers, up to the South Pullu checkpoint are paved. The road is mostly made up of loose rock, dirt and occasionally rivulets from snowmelt, about 15km beyond the pass.

The road runs from North Pullu to the Nubra valley. There are a few spots where there is rock or washouts.

Enjoy a cup or two of hot tea at Khardung La’s Highest Cafeteria. The maximum time you should stop at the top is 30 minutes. Once you’re done clicking photos and eating, go to the souvenir shop.

Also, the Indian Army maintains a shop that sells souvenirs such as coffee mugs and beer mugs. They also have decorative plates, caps, and tee-shirts. All of them are with me.

Cross Khardung La Pass to make your way towards Nubra valley, Diskit Monastery and Panamik. Panamik is known for its hot springs and it is also where civilians can travel towards Siachen. Everybody has seen a camel once in their lives, but it is rare to see a double-humped one.

You can see the endangered Double Humped Camels at Hunder Sand dunes. This will be a highlight of your Leh Ladakh 7-day trip.

You can stay the night in Hunder/Nubra valley

Day 4

After a hearty breakfast, start your return trip to Leh-Ladakh. Cross Khardung La top and enter Leh. This monastery’s USP is its 15-m tall statue of Tara Devi or Maitreya. This statue is almost two stories high and the largest in Ladakh bike trip.

A few minutes from Thiksey Monastery lies a charming little spot called Indus Viewpoint, or Sindhu Darshan. You can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and the fresh breeze on your face by going there. You will need to spend some time there, feeling the breeze and hearing the water rushing by.

After a long, tiring day, take some time to rest and then wake up the next morning ready for a new adventure.

Day 5

Start your day with a good breakfast. Once you reach the third highest pass, take some photos and enjoy a cup of tea or Maggi. Trust me, you won’t find Maggi and tea that taste as good as this one.

Cross Chang La Pass to head towards Pangong Tso Lake, which is 140 km from Leh. Pangong Tso, which is located at 4350 m high and nearly 130 km long, is the largest lake in India. The remaining lakes are in Tibet. Tourists will never forget the first sight of the serene, blue waters and the rocky shore.

You can see up to five different shades along the lake’s length if you are driving on its side during a sunny day.

You can stay the night at either one of the camps, or at one of the homestays in nearby villages Spangmik and TangTse.

Day 6

Take your return trip to Leh-Ladakh early in the morning. Stop by the Hemis Monastery on your way back. Hemis Monastery, also known as Hemis Gompa, is one of the most important monasteries because it was hard to reach and its remote location made it difficult for foreign invaders to stop from destroying it.

White Water Rafting on Zanskar or Indus is a great way to get an adrenaline rush while you’re returning from Hemis

Day 7

Go to Pathar Sahib Gurudwara to attend the langar given by the Indian Army’s Sikh soldiers. Help them as much as you can, and then go to the spot where you can see the confluence between Indus and Zanskar.

You can clearly tell the difference between the two rivers because one is muddy, and the other has a bit of bluish-green. If you’re in the area, be sure to take a look at Magnetic Hill, where your car can go uphill by itself when it is put into neutral gear.

 

Day 8

You have many wonderful memories and beautiful landscapes. It’s time for you to leave Leh.

Recommendations

  1. Tourists from all over the world visit Leh, so be sure to sample different cuisines such as Russian, Israeli, Tibetan and Tibetan.
  2. Things to Buy in Leh
    • Crockery inspired by Tibet
    • Souvenirs from Khardung La or Pangong Tso Lake
    • Chinese
    • Home decorative items (Tankha, paintings, giant fan)
    • Miniature prayer wheels
    • Tibetan prayer flags.
    • Leh – Ladakh Souvenir T-Shirts.
    • Sea Buckthorn Juice is a type of berry that is grown in Leh-Ladakh

Add-Ons

If you want to prolong your trip and enjoy the beauty of Leh Lavanda for a few days, there are many trekking options available in Zanskar valley. These short and long treks are available from a variety of tour operators that offer competitive pricing.

Bike enthusiasts have the option to rent a bike and ride all the way from Khardung La. You will find many garages that rent Royal Enfields due to high demand.

To learn more about the activities that can be included in the 7-day itinerary, you can visit our blog 5 Things to Do in Ladakh group tour.

Summary

Day 1: Arrive in Leh, and then rest for the day.

Day 2: Explore Leh City, Sanchi Stupa and Tsemo Fort. Leh Palace and Hall of Fame.

Day 3: Cross Khardung La Pass, head out to Nubra valley, visit Diskit Monastery, and see Double Humped Camels at Hunder. Panamik hot springs

Day 4: Return to Leh and then head out to Thicksey Monastery or Sindhu Darshan.

Day 5 – Chang La Pass. Be captivated by the sight of Pangong Tso Lake.

Day 6 – Leh via Hemis Monastery. Optional River Rafting near Karu

Day 7 – Magnetic Hill and Pathar Sahib Gurudwara.

Day 8 – You will leave Leh with many happy memories and take your flight.

The Perfect Trip to Leh Ladakh.

 

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