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Treks in ladakh >> Indus Valley Trek

Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destination covered: Delhi - Leh-Basgo-Alchi-Likir -Pobe La trek-Yangthang-Ang-Wanlah-Lamayuru -Leh-Delhi


Day 1: Delhi-Leh
Transfer to Delhi airport (at your own) to catch flight to Leh
Begin your tour
Arrive into Leh

Welcome to Vardhman's "Indus Valley Trek"!
On arrival in Leh, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Full day rest to acclimatize yourself. Evening go for a brisk walk to stretch your body.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2: Leh
Proceed on a tour of Leh city, including its Seventeenth century palace and Gompa.
Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda) : Shanti Stupa/Japanese peace pagoda is build by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head monk Nakamura with the help from the organization and local people. It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird eye view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks. Architecturally it has the Japanese touch with small clean rooms on the side for mediators and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.
Sankar Gompa & Village : A relatively modern monastery, it is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and served as the residence of the late head priest-Kushak Bakula. A number of gold icons are to be found here.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3: Leh
On the day 3 of your tour tour proceed to explore Shey, Thiksey, and Hemis Gompas, the spiritual heart of the Indus Valley.

Hemis Gompa: It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of Thankas, including one that is the largest in existence. Hemis gompa is believed to have been established in 1630 by Lama Tagstang Raspa and built by Palden Sara under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal on a site previously sanctified by the construction of a cave hermitage dating from the 12th century. This monastery is the oldest one in the area belonging to the Kargyu school. The Gompa is a unique example of a monastic complex of this period which manifests in its structure the geomantic principles which underlie religious constructions of this type.
Thiksey Gompa : 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
Shey Palace And Gompa : Shey palace with its remarkable statue of Buddha and panoramic views of Indus valley. Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4: Leh
Today proceed on a tour of Stok palace, home of the hereditary rulers of Ladakh, and Spitok gompa.
Stok Palace & Museum : The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.
Spituk Monastery: The Spituk Monastery of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. Towering over a conical, the 3-chapel monastery dates back to the 11th century, when it was founded century by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. He was the one to introduce a monastic community here. When a translator, Rinchen Zangpo, came to this place, he said that an exemplary religious community would develop there. This statement led to the naming of the monastery as Spituk, meaning Exemplary.
Later in the evening come back to the hotel in Leh for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5: Leh-Basgo-Alchi-Likir
This morning after breakfast proceed toward Likir. Enroute visit Basgo, Alchi and Likir Gompa.
Basgo : It is situated about 40 kms west of Leh, along the way to Srinagar. The castle known as Basgo Rabtan Lhartsekhar is situated there on a hill of clay. It is known for its castle ruin and the adjoining royal temples spectacularly located on the rocks. The complex of buildings includes a ruined fortress dating back from 15th century as well as two large temples and a shrine.
Alchi Gompa : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
Likir Gompa : Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
Reach Likir and stay overnight in camp.
Overnight: Camp

Day 6: Likir- Pobe La trek-Yangthang
On the day 6 of your tour start trek over over Pobe La (3,550 m above sea level) (3,550 m above sea level) to reach Yangthang. Reach Yangthang and check into your Camp for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Camp

Day 7: Yangthang Sightseeing
This morning after breakfast trek to Rizong gompa and then after visiting Rizong Monastery trek back to Yangthang for an overnight rest.
Rizong Monastery: Situated at a distance of approximately 73 km from the town of Leh. Built by the great Lama Tsultim Nima, it dates back to the year 1831. Approximately 40 monks reside in the Rizong Gompa of Ladakh, which belongs to the Tsongkhapa Order. The successive reincarnations of Lama Tsultim Nima and his son, Sras Rinpoche, serve as the incumbents of the monastery. The inmates of the Rizdong Monastery of Leh Ladakh are permitted to have only religious robes and books with them.
Overnight: Camp

Day 8: Yangthang- Sermanchan La and Lago La-Ang
This morning after breakfast trek over Sermanchan la (3,750 m above sea level) and Lago la (3,750 m above sea level), to reach Ang. Reach Ang and check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9: Ang-Wanlah
Today after breakfast trekking first to Temisgang and then, over Bongbong la (3,630 m above at sea level), to Khaltse. Reach and you will be directly drive to Wanlah by our representative. Overnight stay will be in the camp at Wanlah.
Overnight: Camp

Day 10: Wanlah-Lamayuru
On day 10 of your tour, trek from Wanlah, over Prinkiti la (3,725 m above sea level), to Lamayuru. Check into your camp as soon as you reach there. Lamayuru is known for the oldest and splendidly set 10th-century Lamayuru monastery and also has man-made caves, carved out of the mountainside.
Lamayuru: Situated on a drained lake the monastery at Lamayuru is known for its scenic beauty. The monastery is the oldest in Ladakh, dating before the 10th Century, and is built on a sacred Bon (the pre-Buddhist religion) site. Lamayuru used to be an asylum for criminals, though not any longer! is situated at a distance of approximately 127 km to the west of Leh. The legend associated with this monastery goes that at the time of Sakyamuni (the Historical Buddha), nags (holy serpents) used to live in a Lake at the present day Lamayuru's valley. It was the prediction of the Bodhisattva Madhyantaka that the lake would get drained out, making the place for the construction of a monastery. It is further believed that in 11th century, Mahasiddhacharya Naropa, Indian Buddhist scholar, meditated for many years in a cave in Dukhang, still seen today.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight: Camp

Day 11: Lamayuru -Leh
This morning after a lesiurely breakfast drive back to Leh. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Rest of the day free for relax, go shopping, in the evening see cultural show of Ladakhi songs and dances.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12: Leh-Delhi
In the morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival you will be met and transferred by our representataive to your hotel. Relax for a while and then proceed to explore the City.
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 13: Delhi
This morning after a leisurely breakfast transfer to Delhi International airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and pleasant memories of your "Indus Valley Trek" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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