Leh to Tsomoriri and Tsokar12 Nights , 13 Days ( LDK/Mtb-O2 )
The mesmerizing beauty if the eastern Ladakh (Changthang) is no doubt is famous not only in India but also in the world. This is the place of Ladakh where you find hundreds of species of migratory birds and some rare wild animals, most of all the Nomads of Changthang.Best Time: July to Sept.
Highest pt.: 5303 mt. ( Taglangla Pass )
Day 1 : Arrival at Leh airport.Whole day rest for acclimatization.
Coming straight to the altitude of min 3,200 m from a much lower place can cause some health problems. So to avoid that, we suggest our guest to take complete rest for a day to get acclimatized. Later there will be a briefing of the program by the agent or by the company representative.
Day 2 : Sightseeing to Hemis and Stok Palace and after lunch, Checking of the bikes, Gears and equipments for Tour.
Second day is good to get out doing some sightseeing because you are already acclimatized. So we will start by visiting Hemis and Thiksey monastery at first and then Stok palace after a hot lunch at Chamba restaurant.
Day 3 : Leh - Upshi - Himya (85 Kms)
After an early breakfast we ride 47 Kms south east towards the small post at Upshi on the Manali Leh Highway. From here leaving the highway we continue due east towards the small village of Himya about 35 Kms where we camp for the night.
Day 4 : Himya - Chumathang (60 Kms)
After an early breakfast we start our ride to the village of Chumathang at 3965 meters. Chumathang is famous all over Ladakh and Zanskar for its medicinal hot springs that are reputed to heal all kinds of body pain. We set up camp near this village for the night.
Day 5 : Chumathang - Puga Sumdo (40 Kms)
The ride today goes through a spectacular landscape so typical of Ladakh till we reach the Mahe Bridge 23 Kms away. From here we cross over and ride 14 Km through a narrow green gorge to the village of Sumdo. We camp near the village. In the evening we explore the small monastery that houses several well preserved paintings and images.
Day 6 : Puga Sumdo - Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake)
After the breakfast we leave for the village of Korzok at the northern end of the spectacular Tsomoriri Lake.The 43 Km ride goes through vast shrub land surrounded by rolling hills that acquire fantastic hues and colours ranging from deep purple to crimson and desert brown with the traverse of the sun. We also pass a small turquoise lake - the Thatsang Tso. From here riding through shrub land populated with colonies of Marmots (Phya in Ladakhi) we reach the village of Korzok at 4572 meters on the northern lakeshore. We set up camp near the village on the shores of this fascinating lake.
Day 7 : Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake)
A relaxed day at the lake where we get to walk around this beautiful lake 24 Km long lake at an altitude of 4242 meters. During this season we get to see thousands of migratory birds gliding on the lake which include geese, duck while around the lake you can spot the resident species of white-winged redstart, robin accentor, Asian martin, white-throated dipper and finches.
Day 8 : Korzok - Tsokar.
After an early breakfast we head towards another breathtaking lake at 4485 meters, the Tsokar salt lake. We head back to the small village of Puga where we turn west to cross the Pologongka la at 4940 meters emerging into a vast plateau of stunted grass and shrubs. This vast plain sustains an amazing variety of wild life including the Kyang (Tibetan Wild Ass), the Woolly Hare, Tibetan Wolf, Red Fox, colonies of Marmots and Pica and the rarely spotted subtle Snow leopard. The bird life includes a number of resident species like the Himalayan Snow Cock, Common and Fork Tailed Swift, Sand and Eurasian Crag Martin and a host of others. The other very visible birds are the large lammergeyer and the Himalayan Griffon circling in the thermal currents high above.
Day 9 : Tsokar - Debring.
We ride through the vast pasture lands of the More Plains to reach Debring 4800 meters on the main Manali - Leh highway.The More plains is also the summer home of the nomadic Changpa shepherds whom you can spot with their large herds of sheep and goats in this plateau living out of their black yak skin tents. Debring lies below the Tanglang la and we camp here for the night.
Day 10 : Debring - Upshi (56 Kms)
We begin our ascent to the Tanglang La at 5303 meters the world's third highest motorable pass. From here the switchback road winds far down into the Indus Valley and 56 Kms later we reach the small village of Upshi. We camp in the oasis like Gya campsite set amidst a yawning canyon.
Day 11 : Upshi - Leh (55 Kms).
Today after breakfast we begin our ride through the spread out Indus Valley along the Indus River till we reach Leh by lunchtime.
Day 12 : Ret and souvenir shopping. Shanti Stupa visit for Sunset.
Enjoy free day before you leave by spending some quality time in the market.
Day 13 : Departure
Morning, transfer to the Leh airport for your flight to Delhi. It is a spectacular flight of one hour by around noon you reach to your Delhi hotel. If time allows, we can also organize a small sightseeing of the city.