Leh is a mountain region, giving you the glimpses of snow, icy waters, cultivated lands, hill people, monasteries, and Leh Palace. You need some time to get accustomed to the cold climate and high altitude. Hence, the first day is spent for leisurely activities, purchases, and a hotel stay for the night.
On day two, you’ll be covering some strikingly attractive Buddhist Monasteries (Gompa in Tibetan dialect, or Gumbas) such as Shey, Dresthang, and Thiksey. You will be taken to this place by a drive of 15 km. You’ll also visit Shey Palace and Hemis monastery and return to the hotel for the night.
Likir is a small village comprising of 218 households perched on the mountainous region. The construction of Likir Monastery dates back to the 11th century. In the 18th century, it was rebuilt along with a 25 foot tall gold covered Buddha statue.
On day four, you trek from Likir to Yangthang, walking along picturesque surroundings of rocky hills, sedimentary deposits, and patches of green shrubs. You will be walking on Phobe La and Charatse La, the two low passes measuring 3700 m and 3800 m, respectively, and come across the ravine and wheat fields. You spend the fourth night in your tent.
The fifth day is a journey covering Yangthang, Hemis Shukpachan, and Ridzong monastery. A small pass, beautiful hills, and lush greenery on the plains should prep you up for the surprises ahead! Ridzong monastery is considered the perfect place for meditation due to strict adherence to rules.
Discovering new terrains, experiencing the soil texture and color makes you realize, the world has more to it than what we see around our dwelling place. On day six, you start from Hemis Shukpachan, walking along the carved track traversing across ochre rock hills for miles towards Temisgang. Your destination is the capital of Sham Kingdom, where you’ll spend the night in a tent.
Day seven also gives you interesting sights of streams, grazing areas, and surprising animal population involving yaks, goats, and sheep. Don’t forget to capture the beautifully preserved murals of Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries in your camera before concluding your journey. The rest of the night is spent at a hotel in Leh.
After breakfast, you start your return journey and reach the Leh Airport.