Chamba Camp, Thiksey – Ladakh : Quintessential Ladakh – 07 Nights

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(Open only from May to October)

Embark on a nomadic journey in canvas luxury. Unfurl the centuries-old culture of Ladakh, exploring the fascinating monuments, quaint monasteries enriched with ancient art forms, fairs and festivals. Be part of the region’s unique rituals – enjoy the ancient sport of Polo, brought to Ladakh in the 17thcentury by the Royals. Try your hand at archery set amidst the most dramatic and breath-taking landscape. Raft on the gentle Indus River, stop for a delicious picnic lunch at the most picturesque hamlet. Experience Ladakh in all its splendour at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey (in the Leh Valley) brought to you by ‘The Ultimate Travelling Camp’.

A land of varying landscapes, from white deserts to blue lakes, ice-capped mountains to lush valleys, Ladakh – like a dream captured in a snow globe, is a wildly beautiful milieu set between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. Located in a valley just north of the Indus River is Leh – the capital of Ladakh, a region often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’. The centuries-old culture of this picturesque capital city finds expression in its monuments, monasteries, oral literature, art forms, fairs and festivals.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the traditional game of Archery
  • Witness beautiful night sky, filled with “Milky – way Galaxy” at Nubra
  • You will be guests at a magical early morning, prayer ceremony at Thiksey Monastery
  • Watch a colourful sunset from Shanti Stupa overlooking the Old City of Leh

General Inclusions

  • Guided excursions as specified in the tour programmes.
  • Still camera fees (not professional) as applicable.
  • Arrival and departure transfers by an AC Innova from Leh airport.
  • Accommodation in Executive Suite / Luxury Suite / Presidential Suite Tent.
  • All meals, including tea/coffee and soft beverages served in the camp restaurant.
  • Butler Service: Shared butler service for Luxury Suite Tents| Exclusive butler service for Presidential Suite Tent.

General Exclusions

  • Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, special beverages etc.
  • Professional still and video camera fee
  • Pre or post tour accommodation and any other tour extensions
  • Any optional tour mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Goods and services tax of 18% shall apply on the total billing of all bookings. Subject to change without prior notice.
  • Taxes not mentioned in the package inclusions and insurance
  • Gratuities to service staff including local guides and drivers

Day 1Arrive at Leh, Check into the Chamba Camp, Thiksey

This morning, following your arrival into Leh, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your residence – Chamba Camp, Thiksey. Soak in the serenity of the surroundings as you are accorded a traditional Ladakhi welcome. You will be then accompanied to your well-appointed Luxury Tent after your check-in formalities at the Reception Tent is completed.

There will be no activity on your day of arrival as it is medically mandated that you relax and undergo minimal exertion to enable you to acclimatize to the rarefied oxygen levels at this high-altitude. The Excursion Specialist at Chamba Camp, Thiksey will meet with you to discuss the itinerary suggested, help you plan your excursions and make changes if required, to suit your interests, choices and leisure.

You may take a stroll through the blessed hamlet of Thiksey and engage with the joyous local community and its pastoral lifestyle, immersing you to the scintillating peace and tranquillity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey

Day 2The Little Tibet experience

Today brings a late start, leaving the morning free for you to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and walk around the camp site, taking in the sights and the peaceful milieu where each tent opens out on to alfalfa pastures. Enjoy the view of the willow trees as the wind gracefully brushes the branches and the rustling sound of the poplar trees create an aura of unmatched beauty and serenity, making you unwind and relax.

Or, you may take an easy, invigorating walk in the vicinity of the camp through the lush farmlands of Nyerma, with insight into ancient knowledge of medicinal herbs, agricultural practices and religious life in the nunnery.

Return to the camp for your lunch.

This afternoon following lunch, you will visit the Leh City.

We then proceed on a gentle orientation tour of Leh. Our Leh City Heritage Walk ushers you to the labyrinth of by-lanes of Leh City under the gaze of the imposing 17th century nine storied Leh City Palace.

Our walk takes you through this last big frontier town where everything from daily needed rations, locally spun woollen clothing, rugs, yak fur and yak tail and ritualistic items can be sourced. The city boulevard presents a cauldron of shops which sell Pashmina shawls, stoles to Tibetan handicraft items. A few scattered curio shops also offer Tibetan silver jewellery and traditional Ladakhi jewellery set with turquoise, jade and emerald.

Your walk concludes near Chubi village where your vehicle will pick you up and take you to Shanti Stupa, perched upon a great vantage point over Leh, with spectacular views of this mesmerizing stone strewn landscape.

Optional Activities:

Séance with the Oracle: Drive to the Choglamsar village for a séance session with the village Oracle.
[Note: This optional excursion will be confirmed a day prior subject to the oracle willing to give an audience]

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey

Day 3Two Paths to Nirvana

An early morning start with tea and coffee followed by a visit to the Thiksey monastery, which stands about a kilometer from the camp. This beautiful monastery houses a two storey statue of the Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus and boasts of a spectacular view of the Leh valley. At the monastery, you will have the privilege to participate in the Buddhist morning prayer ceremony at sunrise.

Continue on a guided tour of the monastery, visiting the beautiful prayer room which has many handwritten and painted books as well as the temple dedicated to goddess Tara with her 21 images placed in glass-covered wooden shelves. You will also see small shrines devoted to the guardian divinities including Cham-Sing, the protector deity of Thiksey.

After a leisurely breakfast at camp, proceed to explore the jewel in the crown of the Drukpa lineage – The HemisMonastery :the biggest monastic institution of Ladakh, situated about 23 kilometers (45 mins) from Thiksey. Built in a secluded valley, the monastery belongs to the Drukpa School or the Dragon Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Explore the many interesting facets of this institution, established under the patronage of King SengeNamygal in the 17th century, where young lamas are taught literature, history, philosophy, yoga and tantra. The monastery halls are adorned with beautiful statues and mural paintings.

Return to camp for lunch

The rest of the evening is at leisure, allowing you time to soak in serenity of your beautiful camp location.

Optional Activities:
Ride with the Wind – Wari La: After an early morning breakfast you will be driven to one of the most scenic passes in Ladakh – the Wari La(5,300 mtrs /17,384 ft)- which is also the world’s fourth-highest motorable road. This pass connects the two most exotic and most travelled valleys in this trans-Himalayan region.You get a breath-taking view of the Nubra valley, which lies beyond the pass, as well as the many villages dotting the Indus valley.

A hot lunch in the outdoors here is truly magical.

After a short safety briefing after lunch, you will then cycle down the best track thatthe Ladakh Himalayas has to offer. The road criss-crosses its way down the mountain side into the green oasis of Shakti village, where we will end our cycling trip.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey

Day 4Drive to the Nubra Valley

Following breakfast this morning, your exciting journey continues through some of the region’s most awe-inspiring and dramatic landscapes, passing through the Khardung La Pass (5570 mtrs / 18,381 ft.), considered to be the highest motorable road in the world. From the pass one gets to see the Nubra Valley and rich agricultural lands interspersed with poplar and willow trees, giving the landscape a lush green look. Following a packed lunch in the village of Khardung continue onwards driving past the famous sand dunes of Nubra, arrive at the village of Diskit.

Your arrival at Chamba Camp, Diskit comes as a delightful oasis after your adventurous drive. Our camp here is inspired by the aesthetics of safari camping and equipped with every modern comfort to pamper your senses. Rest yourself on your own private deck and breathe in the tranquillity of the serene water body reflecting the high mountains and cloudless blue skies. Be at leisure as the wind whispers fables of the famed Silk Route and the mighty mountains boast of stories untold. Loose yourselves to the peaceful pleasures of solitude.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Packed)& Dinner

Overnight at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey

Day 5The SumurExperience : Yarab Tso – The Hidden Lake and Camel Safari

After a sumptuous breakfast, we drive to the picturesque village of Sumur located across the Shyok and Nubra Rivers.

You can also supplement this with a rafting on the shimmering Shyok River.

You can also opt to drive towards the most northern road on the Saichen Glacier route and then hike towards the hidden lake – Yarab Tso – which is one of the high altitude and sacred lakes in the Nubra Valley. It holds crystal clear holy water, secluded within a rocky terrain.

We then whisk you to experience local life and be privy to the special initiative by the Women’s Alliance of Nubra. These hard working women have collaborated to come together in activities like handicrafts, documentation of natural and oral history along with traditional performing arts.

You can opt for a delectable farm lunch (At additional cost): A lovely drive through the farmlands of Sumur brings you to a traditional local farm which promises you delectable promises of a sumptuous homely lunch.

Visit the house of the Kalon family which allows you a glimpse into their rich historicity of this region.

This evening, we usher you for an adventurous ride on the double hump Bactrian camel on the sand dunes of the Hunder cold desert. Relive the dreams and glories of the merchants, mercenaries and monks as they trudged these very sands in search of Gold, Glory and God in the days of yore.

Optional Activities:
Shyok River Rafting: The mighty Shyok flows down in all her glory from the famed Rimo Glaciers in the Karakoram Range to meet the blessed land of abundance in the wide Nubra Valley. Come be a part of this magic as you paddle down the thrilling whirls of the river’s rapids.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Day is at Leisure OR Optional Excursion to Turtuk

Soak in the solitude and serenity of our camp location amidst the whispering winds of the sand dune of Diskit and hear of lost stories of the bygone Great Game played out in this frontier wilderness.

Optional Activities:
Turtuk: Following an early morning breakfast, embark on an adventurous journey driving through spectacular landscape into the realms of the Balti dynasty, to the quaint village of Turtuk. Enjoy exploring this frontier hamlet admiring the traditional houses, called “nangchung’’, unique traditional kitchen implements and savour the delicious apricots grown in the region.

Following a packed lunch, return to the homely comforts of your luxurious tent in Diskit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at Chamba Camp, Diskit

Day 7Nubra Sojourns and return to Leh through Wari – La

After an early morning wake up call, we drive you up towards the Diskit Gompa. Perched on a hill in the village of Diskit and considered to be the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley, it belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

It is a sub-gompa of the Thiksey monastery and has a statue of the Cho Rinpoche “the crowned Buddha” in the prayer hall, a huge drum and several images of fierce guardian deities. An elevated cupola of the monastery depicts a fresco of the Tashilhunpo monastery of Tibet.

Start the day with a special prayer high up near the towering Maitreya Buddha.

Return to the camp for a hearty breakfast and after breakfast get ready for your journey back to Leh Valley through picturesque landscape traversing through Wari – La (5,300 mtrs / 17,384 ft) the fourth highest motor able pass in Ladakh. En route, enjoy seeing the shepherds graze their pashmina goats, stop for photograph of the scattered villages. Not to be missed is spotting the famous yaks grazing in the meadows along the streams.

NOTE: If Wari-La is closed due to any local conditions, then the drive will be back through Khardung-La.

On arrival into the Leh Valley, check into the Chamba Camp, Thiksey.

Rest of the evening is at leisure to relax and unwind in the luxurious environs of your camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey

Day 8Bid farewell to the land of the lamas

Today you bid farewell to the enchanting and breath-taking mountainous and rugged terrain of Ladakh as you proceed on your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at Chamba Camp, Thiksey