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  • Zanskar Laddakh Nubra Valley
  • Zanskar Laddakh Nubra Valley
  • Zanskar Laddakh Nubra Valley
 

Zanskar, Ladakh, Nubra Valley Sep 2016

18 Days: Delhi- Srinagar – Kargil – Rangdum – Padum- Karsha – Tongde – Mulbek – Lamayuru – Alchi – Basgo – Leh – Hemis – Nubra Valley- Delhi

From Sat 03rd Sep to Tue 20th Sep 2016
17 Nights/18 Days

Accompanied by Yves Bourgeon

Yves Bourgeon

Yves Bourgeon

Yves Bourgeon went to Laddakh for the first time in 1975. He has accompanied trips since 1980. Passionate about India where he has been working as a guide for the past forty years, he has studied the different spiritual traditions, with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa for Tibetan Buddhism BKS Iyengar and Kaivalyadhama Center for Yoga and SNGoenka for Vipassana meditation. His professional experience in accompanying trips were also quite diverse in starting with New Frontiers to diversify then with Apsara, Ananta, Equinox (Switzerland). He also collaborated to build and support long stays in India for the "Religions Sciences Department" at UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal). Yves speaks Hindi.

 

Day 01 Saturday, September 03

Arrival in Delhi On arrival welcome and transfer to hotel near the airport. Delhi the Capital of the Republic of India is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a necropolis. Located on the banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi has witnessed the rise and fall of many cities over the last five millennia.

Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 02 Sunday, September 04 - New Delhi - Srinagar by flight

  • 11:00 AM the flight to Srinagar.
  • 01:20 PM arrival in the capital of Kashmir.

First visit of the city with the famous Mughal gardens of Shalimar (moonlight) built by the lake by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Noor Jahan and gardens of Nishat (pleasure) built by Asif Khan.

Installation on a house-boat, these boats were created in the early 20th century that the British can enjoy the beautiful scenery and the cool climate.

Overnight on the houseboat.

 

Day 03 Monday, September 05 - Srinagar - Sonamarg - Kargil 204 km, 7h drives

Mountain road, our first stop will be at Sonamarg for lunch, if the fishing was good we can enjoy trout.

We spend our first pass at over 3 000m, the Zojila 3 528m, a good way to acclimatize to the altitude. We cross the village of Drass, the second coldest place in the world to be occupied year-round, but we are in summer and the cold is gone.

Overnight in Kargil.

 

Day 04 Tuesday, September 06 - Kargil - Rangdum 107 km, 6h drives

Drive south on the banks of the River Suru. The road is in relatively good condition until Sanku (about 100 km) and a sometimes chaotic track, sinking towards the Nun Kun (7084m) that is discovered to Panikar. The show is great, with peaks over 7000 meters which bar the horizon to the south. We cross the Arrival Rangdum Gompa, where we visit the monastery founded in the seventeenth.

Night in fixed camp.

 

Day 05 Wednesday, September 07 - Rangdum Gompa - Padum 140 km, 7h drives

Road south to Pensi La, pass at 4400 m, following the Doda valley to the capital of Zanskar: Padum (3570 m). Installation for three nights in a lodge, simple but clean. Discover the sumptuous site Karsha, del'écoleGelugpa, founded in the tenth century. With thirty buildings and about 150 monks, it is certainly the most important in Zanskar. The valley view at sunset is superb.

Overnight in Padum.

 

Day 06 Thursday, 08 September - visit to the valley – Mune - Bardan 2h drive

Road jeep to the high valley of the Tsarap. Stop Ichar Bridge. Then walk we go to visit the village, beautiful oasis nestled on a rocky outcrop. Boasting thirty houses this village was once fortified to protect against South invasions. About 200 residents live here year round and fight against nature to protect their crops of barley, peas, cabbage and potatoes. Despite some exodus since the arrival of the road, this authentic village is still today a miracle of humanity at the heart of this high desert. On our way back we stop to visit the old monasteries unsung Mune and Bardan. Return to the lodge and visit the Gompa Pipiting and famous Chortens surrounding and date of the Kanishka era (2nd cent.).

Overnight in Padum.

 

Day 07 Friday, September 09 - Karsha - Zangla - Tongde 3 h drive and 2 h walk

Zangla road to where we baladons to the castle and to the nunnery. Walk through the village of Zangla. On the way back visit the monastery of Tongde.

Overnight in Padum.

 

Day 08 Saturday, September 10 - Padum - Sani - Phey -Rangdum 140 km, 7h drives

We leave to Rangdum. At Sani we take the time to visit the village and Gompa. Phey stop for a nice stroll through the village and up to the nunnery. Rangdum arrival in late afternoon.

Night in fixed camp.

 

Day 09 Sunday, September 11 - Rangdum - Kargil 107 km, 7h drives

Still under the benevolence of Nun and Kun, we take the road which joins Kashmir. We will make a stop at the village of Parkachick superbly located opposite the gigantic twin peaks of Nun and Kun. Parkachik is the transition zone between the Buddhist world and the Muslim world. Arrival at Kargil hotel late afternoon.

Overnight in Kargil.

 

Day 10 Monday, September 12 - Kargil - Mulbeck - Lamayuru 106 km, 5h drives Mulbek road to

top before the sculpture of Maitreya 7m high. Arrival and visit Lamayuru, amazing promontory whose beauty contrasts with the arid valley. According to legend it was built in the late sixteenth: the King, the victim of the revenge of a Naga after building a canal at Hemis Monastery, contracted a declared incurable leprosy! He was cured by a monk meditating in a cave on Mount Kailash. To thank him, the king had built Lamayuru and awarded him many privileges. Discover the village and monastery.

 

Day 11 Tuesday, September 13 - Lamayuru - Alchi - Basgo - Leh 125 km, 5h drives

Drive to Alchi, one of the most interesting sites of Ladakh (XI and XII): finely crafted paintings typical of Indo-Kashmiri art. One last stop to discover the fortress Basgo, ancient capital of Ladakh between the fifteenth and seventeenth, strategic site to control the caravans between the top and bottom of Ladakh.

Overnight in Leh.

 

Day 12 Wednesday, September 14 - Leh and its surroundings.

Route Departure for Matho Monastery, founded in 1410 by DorjeDukpa only Sakyapa influence monastery in Ladakh. Continue to Tiksey. Visiting this magnificent monastery complex with many statues and frescoes remarkably maintained. We will go to the bottom of the valley to the monastery of Hemis, the largest and richest of Ladakh, founded in 1630 on the way back we stop at Shey, the ancient citadel of the rulers of Ladakh.

Overnight in Leh.

 

Day 13 Thursday, September 15 - Leh - Diskit 135 km, 5h drives

From Leh, at 3515 m, the road rises in the clean desert landscape to the entire Ladakh. It will climb to La Khardong ("The" = cervix) which peaks at 5 652m, we just go through the highest road in the world. The view is awesome, the excessiveness of the Himalayan mountain ranges let the smug traveler. Diskit, the main town in the valley is protected by a beautiful monastery (the Gelukpa order) perched whose access is marked by 108 chorten. The city is located at the widest point of the Shyok valley at the foot of the mountain away from the river. The houses are scattered and streets are actually paths lined with large and tight thorny bushes to protect crops camels, donkeys, goats and sheep that live in total freedom. When China invaded Tibet in 1950, it has also invaded the desert region of Sinkiang north of the Karakoram. All these borders were suddenly closed and the caravans were en route remained blocked to return to the foot of the Karakoram. The beautiful Bactrian camels could never reach the Gobi desert, and rivers quiet days on the sand of the Nubra.

 

Day 14 Friday, September 16 -Diskit - Sumur - Panamik

It was the left bank of the Nubra valley.

Many houses scattered among fields of barley and wheat. Sumur is the first major town in the valley. Sumur has a large monastery that is a seminar for future monks of the valley, and hosts 60 young monks.

 

Day 15 Saturday, September 17 - Panamik

Walk 2h altitude up to 3300m above sea level, this hermitage monastery of the fourteenth century on the cliff in a clump of trees seeming to spring from the stone. Magnificent view of the valley and Siachen River.

 

Day 16 Sunday, September 18 - Panamik - Leh 150km, 6h drives

Return by the same route to Leh.

Overnight in Leh.

 

Day 17 Monday, September 19 - Leh - Delhi by flight.

Hotel near the airport. Flights are subject to depart of the climate; we took a safety day to account for frequent delays.

Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 18 Tuesday, September 20 - Delhi departure

Visit to the Indian capital.

Flight into the night to France.

End of the services

 

Our prices include

  • Flights New Delhi / Srinagar, Leh / Delhi.
  • The services of an English speaking guide.
  • All meals.
  • Total 17 nights & 18 days in Hotel, Lodge, Camps.
  • Entrance fees and tours as mentioned in the program.
  • Air taxes.
  • Tips.
  • Mineral water.

Our prices do not include

  • International flights aboard liner approved by IATA.
  • Beverages other than water.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Visa fees.
  • Insurance cancellation and repatriation.

Cancellation policy

  • At 90 days before departure : 10% of the amount of the advance paid.
  • 45 days before departure : 25% of the advance paid.
  • 30 days before departure : 50% of the advance paid.
  • 15 days before departure : 100% of the price.

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