Cycling Tour Ladakh
Duration : 08 Days / 07 Nights
Destinations Covered : Leh - Durbuk - Lukung - Pangong
Lake -Tangtse - Changla - Hemis - Leh
Day 1: Leh - Durbuk (approx. 110 km)
Begin your tour
Arrive into Leh
Welcome to Vardhman's "Cycling Tour Ladakh"!
arrival at Leh airport/Hotel, you will be met and transferred
by Vardhman's representative to Durbuk. Located at an altitude
of 13,500 feet above sea level, Durbuk is a block bordering
India and China in Leh ddistrict.
Visit enroute Chemra and Thak Thok Gompas. Upon arrival check
in at your Camp for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Durbuk - Lukung (approx. 100 km)
This morning drive to Lukung. Bypass village Tangtse- Covered
with mountains and breathtaking scenery, Tangste is ideal
for long mountain walks. Pangong Tso is a nearby attraction.
An excellent location for trekking enthusiasts, which is at
the base of the gorge leading to Phirtse La.
Upon arrival check in at your Camp.
Day 3: Lukung - Pangong Lake (approx. 60 km)
Drive via Spangmik village at the bank of Pangong lake. Upon
arrival check in at your camp near Pangong Lake.
Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake: A lake in the Himalayas situated
at a height of about 4,250 m and is 134 km long and extends
from India to China. Two thirds of the length of this lake
lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3 mi) wide at its broadest
This lake is the highest in Ladakh and is famous for colorful
stones and wild flowers (in summer months).
4: At Pangong Lake
Explore the area, drive and trek along the lake. It is a once-in-a-life
Day 5: Pangong Lake - Tangtse (approx. 90 km)
Today drive back upto Tangtse by crossing over a pass. There
are beautiful sites for photography. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 6: Tangtse - Changla
On the day 6 of your tour drive to Changla. Enroute visit
Changla: For most part ascent is steep and initially roads
are in good condition. Of all the passes one encounters in
Ladakh (barring Marsimik La), Chang La is the steepest and
due to bad roads at the final ascent it is also the toughest,
no wonder it is called "The Mighty Chang La".
At 17,800ft it is also the second highest pass in ladakh that
you will come across. Once you reach the summit, you will
be greeted by the Indian Army troops who are stationed here
to acclimatize to high altitude, before they are posted in
worlds highest battlefield, Siachen. There is a temple
on top of Chang La pass, called Chang La Baba ka Mandir, as
well as a cabin built by the army where you can warm up yourself
while chatting with the soldiers.
Day 7: Changla - Hemis - Leh
This morning after breakfast drive back to Leh. Upon arrival,
check into your hotel. Later visit Ladakh's largest monastery-Hemis
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.
Day 8: Leh
In the morning transfer to Leh airport to board the flight
for your onward journey to back home with sweet and pleasant
memories of your "Cycling Tour Ladakh" escorted
by Vardhman Vacations.
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