Known as the last Shangri La, Ladakh has its particular magnificence of India's amazingly beautiful landscapes including soaring mountaintops, significant valleys and captivating rivers. City marathons have always been adventurous but running the highest and one of the toughest marathons in the world with the scenic views pumping your adrenaline is something we all dream. Arrive a week before the marathon on 3rd September and enjoy the week acclimatizing and exploring Ladakh. From 4th to 7th september, visit the zanskar valley and white dunes of Nubra Valley, drive to high altitude Khardung La, and see the top attractions of Leh city before the final race day! If you’re a professional runner then the Kardung La challenge(72 KM) may entice you, it is the Highest Ultra Marathon in the World.
Well, you can stop dreaming now as we have designed 6N/7D Ladakh tour package for the fun-loving travellers and experienced runners to grab this challenging yet amazing opportunity!
Ladakh Marathon Date - 8th Sep'19 |
Last date of registration - 15th Jul'19 | For more info., visit https://ladakhmarathon.com/
date_range 6 Nights / 7 Days
Day 1: Arrive at Leh
Welcome at Leh airport from where you'll be transferred to hotel in private vehicle. Check-in at the hotel. Acclimatizing to the altitude is very important before doing any activity so we take rest till noon. In the afternoon, you can venture out to the city market for a casual stroll (No transport will be Provided for Market). In evening, return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Tip: At the height of 10,000 ft., oxygen level is dropped and carelessness can lead to AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). It is strictly advisable to rest and stay hydrated in order to acclimatize yourself. You can find the details here on how to prevent AMS -
Day 2: Local sight-seeing in Leh upto Alchi
Wake up lazy morning. Post breakfast and some leisure, we’ll head towards Leh - Srinagar highway. The drive further is one of the most spectacular journeys you will have. From the mountains formed by amalgamation of various types and textures of rocks to the dazzling Zanskar Valley accompanying you all along the journey, this route gives you an absolute picturesque landscape. Enroute, we’ll visit the famous Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Hill, Confluence point (Sangam), and Hall of Fame. We’ll continue our journey towards Alchi - Visit the Alchi Monastery (the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop). Return to Leh in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
*Optional - White Water River Rafting in Zanskar River (from Phey to Nimmo) - can be arranged if you want to (charges need to be paid on the spot).
Day 3: Leh – Enroute Khardungla – Nubra Valley (5-6 hrs. Journey)
In the morning after breakfast, brace yourself for the splendid drive over the mighty Khardung La – one of the highest motorable Pass in the world at the height of 5602 M / 18,380 ft. Over the route, the road dramatically plunges, and Shyok and Nubra Rivers unfold magically. You move on via Diskit to reach the white sands of Hunder. Spend some time on the white sand dunes here; do a ride on the Double Humped Bactrian Camels if you want to (on your own). Visit the Diskit monastery, which is believed to be the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra valley, and enjoy the sunset. Dinner and overnight stay in Nubra.
Day 4: Nubra to Pangong Tso via Shyok / Warila (5-6 hrs. Journey)
Post breakfast, we’ll continue our journey towards Pangong Tso via Warila / Shyok village. Enroute explore the mound of earthen monastic dwellings, crowned by the Gompa. The valley is blessed with a beautiful stream flowing through it, originating from the lake, giving a greenish tincture to the otherwise dry landscape around. Apart from flora this area is rich in fauna too. You can see a lot of Himalayan Marmots around the area. However, the main attraction of this circuit is the grand Pangong Tso, which you would reach by early evening. The mesmerizing beauty and the fantastic view of Tso places it a league above anything you have seen so far. Dinner and overnight stay at Pangong.
Day 5: Pangong Tso to Leh (Visit Shanti Stupa)
After breakfast and some leisure, drive your way back to Leh. Enroute we’ll visit the Sindhu Ghat and Thiksey monastery followed by Shey Palace and Druk White Lotus Rancho School. Reach Leh in the evening from where we'll head to Shanti Stupa - bask in the peace amidst this hilltop Stupa and revel in the panoramic view of the city. The sunset is the perfect backdrop you wished for. Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.
Day 6: Gear up for the Marathon (RUN LADAKH FOR FUN)
Wake up early morning. Reporting at NDS memorial stadium - we encourage our participants to walk to the start point for warm-up.
Reporting Time - 05:00 A.M. (latest)
Race Start Time - 06:45 A.M.
Distance - 7 K.M.
Return to hotel in private vehicle and have some rest. Evening is free to explore the lanes of Leh market (on your own). Dinner and overnight stay in Leh.
Note - Baggage Deposit facility is available at the starting point, and items can be collected back at the finishing point of the race.
2 Hydration & Aid stations providing water and energy drinks during the marathon
Route - Starting from the N.D.S. Memorial Stadium the route follows the Marathon course along the Leh-Manali highway till a little before the ITBP camp from we make a U-turn and retraces our steps to the starting point.
For more info., you can visit https://ladakhmarathon.com/races/07-km-run-ladakh-for-fun/
Day 7: Bid the Fairyland Good Bye
After a scrumptious breakfast, complete all the signing out formalities and cab will drop you at the airport. Board the flight and get back to home. End of trip.
Ø Accommodation for 6 nights in properties & room categories specified in the itinerary given above. Rooms on double sharing basis at all the locations.
Ø All ex-Leh transfers in (Xylo / Innova / Tempo Traveler - depending on the group size). All the sight-seeing and transfers as per the itinerary given above. Includes driver’s expenses, parking & toll charges and road taxes. Leh airport transfers included.
Ø Meas included: 6 Breakfast and 6 Dinner - veg only at all the locations
Ø Permits for Nubra valley and Pangong
Ø Wildlife fee and environmental fee in Leh
Ø Oxygen Cylinder in cab for Nubra and Pangong
Ø First aid Box in cab in case of any emergency
Ø All applicable taxes
*Note - package cost mentioned is valid for min. 4 adults traveling together
Meal plan: Lunch
English Speaking Driver
Camel ride charges in Nubra
Rafting charges in Leh
Marathon registration charges (you can do it online from the Ladakh Marathon website)
Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the programme, any extra running will be charges extra.
* Entry fee to monuments, monasteries, parks, etc.
* Medical expenses
* Personal tips, gratuities, laundry, etc.
* Any kind of recreational / adventure activity not mentioned in Inclusions
* Any kind of insurance
* Anything not specifically mentioned in Cost Includes.
* Any Change in plan or loss of property or life due to unforeseen conditions like landslides, roadblocks, curfew, Political Disturbance, etc.
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