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Treks in ladakh >> The Great Salt Lakes - Changtang

Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Destination covered: Delhi-Leh-Leh-Taglang La -Tso Kar-Nuruchan-Harlam Konka-Rajung Karu-Gyama-Korzok-Kiangdam- Skyurchu-Korzok-Leh-Delhi


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

Welcome to Vardhman's "The Great Salt Lakes- Changtang"!
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
Today Explore Spituk and Phyang gompas. Later in the evening drive back to Leh for an overnight stay.
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.
Phiyang Gompa : 17 Kms from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, it looks like a huge palace from afar, build by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century AD, it belongs to the Red Cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds of icon of Buddha and other gods are kept on wooden shelves.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4: Leh
Exlpoer Shey and Matho gompas and Stok palace, the home of Ladakhi royalty.
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.

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.
Matho Monastery: situated on the opposite bank of the Indus across Thiksey, Matho was established in the first half of the 16th century AD and has valuable collection of very old and beautiful Thankhas, some in the form of Mandalas. Its annual festival of Oracles in early march is an important event in Ladakhi religious calendar.
Later in the evening drive back to leh for overnight rest in the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5: Leh-Taglang La
In the morning explore Thiksey and Hemis gompas, two the wealthiest and most influential institutions in Ladakh.
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.
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.
Later in the afternoon drive to Taglang La. Reach and check into your camp at Tso Kar for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Camp

Day 6: Tso Kar-Nuruchan
On the day 6 of your tour start trek along the shores of Tso Kar and its freshwater neighbor, Startsapuk Tso, to reach Nuruchan, where there is a small and rarely visited gompa. Overnight stay will be in camp.
Overnight: Camp

Day 7: Nuruchan-Harlam Konka-Rajung Karu
Today trek over the Harlam Konka (pass) to reach Rajung Karu. Reach and check into your camp.
Overnight: Camp

Day 8: Rajung Karu-Gyama
Trek over the 5410 metre. Cross Kyamamuri La to reach Gyama. Reach and check into your camp for overnight rest.
Overnight: Camp

Day 9: Gyama-Korzok
Trek over the 5440 metre Yalung Nyau La to Korzok, on the northwestern shore of Tso Moriri, the "Mountain Lake". Reach Korzok and check into your camp for overnight rest.
Overnight: Camp

Day 10: Korzok-Kiangdam
Trek to Kaingdam.
You walk along the on the western shore of TSO Moriri, the "Mountain Lake" to Kiangdam, an expansive grassland on the southern shore. Reach and check into your camp for overnight rest.
Overnight: Camp

Day 11: Kiangdam
Full day free to rest at Kiangdam. There are many interesting valleys within an easy walk from camp.
Overnight: Camp

Day 12: Kiangdam- Skyurchu
On the day 12 of your tour trek around on the eastern shore to Skyurchu, at the base of impressive 6000 metre peaks.
Overnight: Camp

Day 13: Skyurchu-Korzok
Return to Korzok. On arrival check into your camp for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Camp

Day 14: Korzok-Leh
On the day 14 of your tour drive back to Leh. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for an overnight rest
Overnight: Hotel

Day 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 "The Great Salt Lakes- Changtang" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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