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Sangal – Leh Drive-cum-Trek

Trek Code 02  : Sangal – Leh Drive-cum- Trek :

Day 01): Delhi – Sangla-Sangla is known for its beauty and greenery; it is in the Kinnaur District which is a border district, located in the southeastern part of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 250 km from the capital Shimla and is situated on National Highway No.22, which is also called the Hindustan-Tibet Road. Kinnaur holds three of world’s grandest mountain ranges-the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya, and the Dhauladhar-and the famous 4,573-meter-high Kinner Kailash mountain by whose side is the seventy-nine foot vertical rock formation that resembles a Shivalinga and changes color as the day passes.

Day02): Sangla–Kalpa

Kalpa: There are about 77 villages in the Kinnaur district and Kalpa is one of the biggest of them, once a favourite haunt of Lord Dalhousie.  In front of Kalpa is an impressive view of the Raldang Kailash massif directly across the Sutlej river. There are almost no urban centers. Rechong Peo is the headquarters of the Kinnaur district. It is placed at an altitude of2670 meters, and offers a fine view of theKinnerKailash..

Day 03): Kalpa – Tabo (Lahaul & Spiti)(135 kms/6 hrs Drive)
The largest district in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti, is a vast area of high mountains and low valleys. It is bounded by Ladakh to the north, Tibet to the east, and the Kullu valley to the south. The district is named after its two subdivisions, which are distinct and separate regions, despite of their topographical and cultural similarities. The altitude varies from over 6,500 m in the high peaks to 2,740 m, where the Chenab River makes its exit from the region. The Lahaul region is at an altitude of 3000–3900 m, the air is much rarified and there are heavy snowstorms between September and May. Nevertheless, since the rains here are very scanty, it is an ideal place for trekkers, especially in the months between June and September. The Spiti valley is connected to Lahaul through the 4500-m Kunzam pass. Beyond the reach of the monsoon, the valley sees little rain in summer, when the sun is strong, and the nights cool. The Spiti valley has around 30 monasteries and is often referred to as “little Tibet.”

Tabo Monastery: It is situated at village Tabo at a height of 3280m lying in the Spiti valley near the Tibetan (Chinese) border just north of the Satluj River. The Tabo Gompa is the largest monastery complex of Buddhist religion. This has been declared as a protected monument. It was built in A.D. 996 by Ringchen Zangpo and has been declared as the place where the current Dalai Lama will retire. Its sculptures, stucco images and wall paintings are similar to the Ajanta–Ellora paintings. It was founded by the members of the dynasty of the kings of western Tibet. These royal lamas were the patrons of the Tabo monastery and also were the key figures in the establishment of the Tibetan culture in the Indian borderlands and transmission of Indian Mahayana Buddhism to Tibet. A thousand years ago Tabo served as a meeting place between two cultures, according to the Blue Annals (BA, 335) Indian pundits (experts) came to Tabo to learn Tibetan. Here also the team of Tibetan and Indian scholars conducted the laborious process of translation.  It is the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India having its original decoration and picture program intact. The ancient monastery compound is defined by a wall, which separates it from the modern monastery buildings and the village. It has total of 9 temples, four decorated stupas and cave shrine paintings dating back to 10th 11th century (main temple), 13th-14th centuries (stupas) and from 15th to 20 Centuries (all other chapels).

Day 04): Tabo – Kaza 61 kms/ 4 hrs Drive)
Drive to Kaza on the way visit Dhankhar Monastery.
Dhankhar Monastery is 7 km from the turn-off at Schichling on the Tabo –Kaza highway situated at a height of 3370m. The Dhankar Gompa was built nearly 1000 years ago and has seen many upheavals in its history, from being the capital of Spiti to that of a jail.. Around 1 km away is a new monastery, which is worth a visit In the local parlance a “Dhankhar’ is a fort and that is why this monastery once was a fort. Perched high over the valley, it is a superb example of Spiti’s traditional architectural skills. It was once the castle of the ruler of spiti, the Nono and today it is a repository of Buddhist scriptures in the Bhoti script

Kaza:  the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti, is situated on the left bank of the Spiti river at an altitude of about 12,500 ft. above msl. The village is overlooked by steep ridges.

Day 05): Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber Village – Kaza(44 kms/2 hrs Drive)
Ki Monastery: Situated in Spiti about 11 kms from Kaza was founded by Dromton (1008-64 A.D), the founder of the Ge-lug-pa sect in the 11th century. On the left bank of the Spiti River the Ki Gompa (4116)  is regarded as the largest and the oldest monastery in the sub-division.  Thousands of devotees from all over the world here attended the Kalachakra ceremony which was performed in August, 2000 by His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Kibber is 11 km from Ki Gompa, and is the highest settlement in the world (4205 meters) with a motorable road and electricity. The Ladarcha festival held here each July attracts Buddhists from all over the world.

Day06): Kaza–Keylong97kms/10hrsDrive)
Keylong is the headquarter for the district, a quaint village once one of the important stops on the erstwhile trade route between India and China/Tibet. Overnight at hotel.

Da07): Keylong–Sarchu(4253mts/13950ft)(115Kms/4–5hrs)
After morningrbreak fast drive to Sarchu. Keylong to Sarchu. 115 Kms road moves flat till Jespa and Darcha, 05 Kms distance between both, from Darcha the road again begins a steady climb to the Baralacha Pass (4800 Mt). . On this day you could get the glimpse of the magnificent Mulkila range of mountains on the right and climbing up from Darcha and Patseo one begins to slowly see the green slopes giving way to Stark Tibetan Landscape. This is region bordering the Rupshu region of Tibet and the nomadic people and their sheep. Overnight at Camp Sarchu Heights at the altitude of 3900 Mts.

Day08): Sarchu-Leh(240Kms/7–8hrs)                                                                                                              
A seven-eight hour drive Sarchu to Leh (240 Kms). Early morning drive to Leh gives you a feeling of being in the high Tibetan Plateau. One climbs a series of Galta loops consisting of 32 hairpin bends on the way up from Sarchu and come out in Pang valley. It is here that one can divert to the right and visit the huge high altitude lakes of Tsokar and Tsemoriri. This region also has rare wild life like the Tibetan wild Ass, wolf, and The elusive Snow Leopard, the black-necked Crane and Tibetan Snow Cock. Cross to the other side of the Pang, Tzanspo River to continue drive up to yet another plateau for a long traverse on the legendary Moore plains. The highest of the Tibetan Plateau at 4200 Mts. Continue driving Tanglang La (5280 Mts.) the second highest motorable pass in the world that commands breath taking views of the Zanskar range. A pleasant drive about 20 Kms brings you to the Ladakhi hamlet, Gya, heralded by prayer flags. After crossing few more villages one reaches the great Indus River. Further drive to Leh town, overnight at hotel.
Leh: Leh is the fascinating capital of the Autonomous Hill Council of Ladakh, also known as Little Tibet. The important monasteries to visit in and around Leh are Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk, Samkhar as well as the Shanti Stupa, Stok Palace and main Bazaar. The Leh palace dominating the town was the former home of the Namgyal Dynasty. The monastic festivals are very popular and Hemis, Phyang and Lamayaro festivals in summer are visited by lot of tourists who throng to see the Cham Dances.

Day09): Leh
visit of Hemis/Sheyand Thiksey monastery
Leave after breakfast for fullday visit of Hemis/Shey and Thiksey monastery.  Pack lunchwillbeserved.OvernightinHotel.

Hemis the position of Hemis monastery lying in a small isolated valley south of the Indus, belies its importance.  As headquarters of the Drukpa (Old Buddhist) order, it administers monasteries throughout the whole Ladakh – from the Industo the Zanskar valley and from the Markha to the Sumdah valley.  Hemis was established at the behest of Senge Namgyal in the early 17th century and since than has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family of Ladakh.  It provides monks as caretaker for royal monasteries at the Basgo, Leh and Shey palaces.

Shey – the former palace of upper Ladakh before Leh was established, this site commanded an important vantage over the Indus valley.  Since 1834 however, after the royal family moved to Stokh, much of the palace and fort fell into disrepair; even the marshland immediately below was once a clear lake.

Thiksey – one of the most imposing monasteries in the Indus valley, Thiksey was part of the original Delgupta order in the 15th century.  The monk’s quarter’s stretch right the way along the hillside beneath the main assembly hall.  The library at Thiksy is supposedly one of the finest in Ladakh and a multi – denominations Gompa has recently been constructed – proof indeed of the continuing vitality of Buddhism in Ladakh

Day10): LehLocalSight-Seeing

Leh Palace: The palace is a distinguished monument and a historical building.The nine- storeyed palace was built by the 17th century illustrious ruler of Ladakh Sengge Namgyal.

Jama Masjid: The historical mosque is situated in the heart of Leh town. It was built in 1666-67 A.D.consequent to an agreement between the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and then ruler of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal.
Spituk:The gompa stands prominently on the top of a hillock,8 Kms.from Leh,and commands a panaoramic view of the Indus Valley for miles.Many icons of Buddha and five thankas are found in 15th century monastery. There is also a collection of ancient masks,antique arms,and an awe inspiring image of Mahakal.
Phyang: The monastery is situated 17 Kms. from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road. It was built by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the 16th century A.D.and looks like a place from a distance. The gompa belongs to the Red Cap sect of the Buddhists. Hundreds of icons of Budha are kept on wooden shelves.

Day11): Leh–Alchi–Lamayuru(125Kms/3hrs)
After morning breakfast drive to Lamayuru on the way visit Alchi Monastery. It takes 2 and half hours drive.  On the way to Alchi one can see the great confluence of Indus and Zanskar River. Alchi monastery is build by the Great translator Ringchen Zangpo in 11th century.  He builds hundred temples and Stupas around Ladakh, Tibet and Spiti. And this monastery is one of thewell-preserved monasteriesof Ladakh.Lamayuru monastery was founded by Rinche Zangpo in the 10th century.  The spectacular setting of this gompa and its renowned collection of carpets, thangkas and frescoes has been attracting many people over a long time.

Day12): Lamayuru–Likir-Leh(125Kms/3-4hrs) In the morning breakfast drive back to Leh en-route visit Likir monastery. The 5th king of Ladakh Lachen Gyalpo builds this monastery After visit drive back to Leh for overnight stay at Hotel.

Day13): Leh-Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to the Hotel. What To Be Bring :- Good shoes, Warm Cloths, Rain Proof jacket, Two extra pairs of Cloths, Personal Medicine, Torch Light, Small knife, Camera(Optional), Sun Screen Lotion, Sun Glass, Small bag Day sack.

What To Be Bring :- Good shoes, Warm Cloths, Rain Proof jacket, Two extra pairs of Cloths, Personal Medicine, Torch Light, Small knife, Camera(Optional), Sun Screen Lotion, Sun Glass, Small bag Day sack.
Does not Include :-  Your Insurance, Air Tickets, Bus/Taxi Till Manali /Starting point, Donations, Personal Expanse, hotel stay .(on demand)

Note: – All Programs are subject to change due to Political reason, Natural Calamities, Serious Sickness, and special Reasons.

Cost Per person 150 US $


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