Ladakh Zanskar Valley and Suru
Duration: 12 nights/ 13 days
Type : Monasteries, Nature, Home-stay
Ideal Season : Jun – Sep
Cost Starting from : INR 40000 per person
Explore Zanskar and Suru Valley in Ladakh
Come experience the Zanskar Valley and Suru Valley areas of the Ladakh region with our experienced and avid travelling guides of Make It Happen for a once in a lifetime experience. The Himalayan region is blessed with magical mountain monasteries where Buddhism and its peaceful embrace invite you to connect with nature and the rocky landscape and the people who call this place home. These scarcely inhabited valleys is where you will find some the most revered monasteries and settlements from the region.
On your finely curated adventure, you will have an opportunity to go white water rafting with expert guides, drive through epic landscapes and on the world’s highest motor-able passes, the highest at 5,600m, dare to dive into the chilly waters of the world’s highest brackish lake, Panong lake, camel-back riding and stay with locals and learn about the various mountain traditions.
• Explore the Suru Valley known for its steep hills, pastures, streams and rocky mountains.
• Explore Zanskar Valley, its monasteries, nunneries and rich Tibetan culture.
• Experience White water rafting.
• Drive on some of the world’s highest motor-able passes, Khardongla pass (5,600 m) Changla pass (5,300 m).
• Visit Pangong lake, world’s highest brackish lake in China.
• Drive through the moon landscape.
Day 1: Journey to Srinagar – Kargil via Sonmarg (07 – 08 hour drive)
Morning drive to Kargil, through panoramic villages to reach Sonmarg. Continue driving towards Drass where we stop for tea and passport control. We reach Kargil 2.5 hours later. Check in to the hotel for the night.
Day 2: Making our way to the mountains – Kargil To Rangdum (130 Kms / 6 hours)
Post breakfast we drive towards Rangdum, a village on an elliptical plateau situated midway be-tween Kargil and Padum. Stay at Rangdum.
Day 3: Travelling back in time – Rangdum – Padum Via Suru Valley (131 Kms/5 hours)
Drive to Padum, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar. With a population of nearly 1500, Padum is the most populous settlement of Zanskar.
On the way to Padum we visit Sani Monastery belonging to the a branch of the Drukpa Kagyupa. Stay at Padum.
Day 4: Day of Monasteries, an excursion to Karsha & Bardan Gompa (5 – 6 hours)
After breakfast a guided sightseeing tour of Karsha & Bardhan. The Karsha monastery of Ladakh is situated in the Karsha village. One can also see a nunnery called Dorje Dzong on a picturesque hilltop nearby.
We proceed towards Bardan Gompa, a 17th century monastery, 12 kms south of Padum. It stands on a rocky crag and belongs to the Dugpa-Kargyud monastic school. After visiting the monasteries we drive back to base camp. Dinner & rest at a local hotel.
Day 5: Arts and Buddhism, an excursion to Stongde & Zangla (6 – 7 Hours)
After an early breakfast we drive to The monastery of Stongdey, 18 kms to the north of Padum, as-sociated with the Yogi Marpa, Stongdey is inhabited by about 60 Gelukpa monks.
Next we drive further towards Zangla, at the end of the rough road from Padum. A ruined old castle, except for a small chapel on a hill awaits us there with another old monastery close by which has exquisite frescos to be taken in.
Day 6: Making our way back – Padum – Mulbek (261kms, 10 – 12 Hrs)
Post breakfast we check out from our camp & drive to Mulbek where we will have dinner & rest overnight at the guest house.
Day 7: Visiting the oldest monastery of the region in Mulbek – Leh (07 – 08 hour drive)
Full day drive to Leh where we will have to cross the Fotula pass. By lunch time we will be at La-mayuru, the oldest monastery of the region and back to Leh by sunset where we check in to our ho-tel for a much needed respite.
Day 8: Romancing royalty in Stok palace – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Shanti Stupa – Leh Palace (50 kms, 02 – 03 hour drive)
After breakfast we visit the Stok royal palace, the present home of royal family of Ladakh, with a royal museum which houses many interesting artefacts. We also visit Thiksey, Hemis each with myriad attractions. After lunch in Hemis, we drive back to Leh followed by an evening visit to the fa-mous Leh Palace.
Day 9: Making our way from Leh – Pangong lake (160 kms, 7 -8 hours)
Early morning drive to Pangong Lake, 160 km from Leh. The long but easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through Sakti Village. At the Changla pass we stop for the view and photos after which we drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tang-tse for Pangong you pass through a few small villages climaxing with a surprising but breathtaking view of the lake. We make an overnight halt at a deluxe camp.
Day 10: Leh – Chilling – Nimo rafting – Leh
Morning drive along the Leh Srinagar highway to Chilling rafting point. This rafting stretch is about 20 Kms on the Zanskar river, and takes approximately 2.5 hours to manoeuvre. The end point is at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. After lunch, we head back to Leh where en route we stop to visit the Magnetic hill.
Day 11: Camel riding in the Nubra Valley- Khardong – Khalsar – Disket Hunder
Early morning drive to Nubra Valley, one of the most vibrant and fertile valleys in Ladakh, with the Karakoram and Ladakh mountain ranges standing guard all around. The route from Leh crosses the majestic Khardongla pass. Diskit is the main village of Nubra division and 7 km away is Hunder vil-lage known for Bactrian camels where you have the opportunity get to be taken for a camel ride. We stay here overnight in Hundar village.
Day 12: Journeying back from Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru – Mulbek (205 kms, 07 – 08 hours)
Leave in the morning and drive towards Lamayuru. En route we visit the Alchi monastery, known for its wall paintings. We follow the river Indus till Khalsi, and drive further to reach Lamayuru. Stop for some lunch and visit the ancient monastery perched on a cliff. By evening we reach Mulbek village where we will rest overnight.
Day 13: Homeward bound – Mulbek – Kargil – Srinagar (235 kms, 07 – 08 hours)
After an early breakfast, we head on to Srinagar highway. After an hour’s drive we reach Kargil and continue towards Drass. The road ascends until we reach Zojila pass and then descends all the way passing through the panoramic villages. After Sonamarg, it’s a pleasant road until Srinagar.
Cost Starting from: INR 45000
Closest Airport : Srinagar (connected to all major cities of India)
Nearest Railway Station: Link Road Railway Station, Srinagar