The Motorbike Safari to the Tsomoriri Lake is one of the most interesting of all the safaris in Ladakh. The 5-day safari goes along rivers, small streams, remote villages, blue lakes and high passes. Tsomoriri Lake is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world.
Day 01: Delhi - Leh
Early morning transfer to domestic airport to board flight for Leh (3505 mt). Met upon arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. Day rest for acclimatization. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Leh
Morning proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. Visit to Shey Palace -The ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery has a huge copper-gilted image of Sakyamuni and the large silver lamp burning in front of the statue. Visit to Thiksey Gompa which is actually a complex of buildings on a crag rising in tier upon tier above the village. The monastery was dedicated by His Holiness Dalai Lama in 1980 and houses an immense image of Maitreya Buddha. Ride further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyall, Hemis is the is one of the largest and richest gompas of Ladakh. Visit Stok Palace and Museum - the Royal residence of the King of Stok, the museum has a rich collection of Ancient Ladakhi artifects which includes old Thankas, precious stones, arms and armoury, the Queens necklace and the crown of the King of Ladakh among others. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Leh
Morning proceed to visit Sankar Gompa, Shanti stupa and Leh Palace. Afternoon free to explore the market. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Leh/Chumathang
Morning ride to reach Chumathang (3965 M) by covering 140 kms. This place is known for its famous medicated hot water springs where people from various parts of Ladakh come for releiving their pains. Enroute ride past beautiful villages of Nurnis, Kery and Kadgam. The motorbike ride through this part of the Indus valley is quite flat without much uphill or downhill drive. Arrive and overnight stay in tents.
Day 05: Chumathang /Sumdo
Morning ride to Sumdo, a wide open village . Enroute stop at Mahe Bridge from where the road crosses to the south bank of the river by a bridge; it then follows the unmetalled road through Puga stream up to join Sumdo village. The ride from Mahe to Sumdo follows a narrow mountain gorge through green bushes. Upon arrival in Sumdo check in at the camp and later visit the monastery of Sumdo which is famous for its well preserved paintings. Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 06: Sumdo/Korzok
Morning ride to Korzok (4,572 mt) the only village near Tsomoriri Lake. The safari from Sumdo to Tsomoriri is one of the most interesting as it goes through sandy deserts & rocky paths. After slowly zigzaging up to the Namshang-La, the drive follows a smooth descent and ride past the isolated Thasang Tso - a small torquoise lake which appears like an emarald of a queen's necklace. Little before Tsomoriri Lake ride past a small green valley of wild Marmots locally known as Phya. Arrive at Korzok village and check in at the camps. Afternoon explore Korzok: Situated at 15,000 ft (4,572 mt), its the only permanent settlement in Rupshu region with an approximate population of 500 people. The few barley-fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. Visit Korzok Monastery with its dimly lit prayer halls. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 07: Korzok
Day free to explore the Lake area and the village. Tsomoriri Lake: The clear blue lake is one of the most breathtaking fresh water lakes in Ladakh. The lake is considered sacred by the locals. The Lake is surrounded by beautiful peaks like Mt. Mentok and Mt Kharlung on the right side and Mt Kurchu and Mt Lungser on the left side. The Lake is a breeding ground for numerous species of birds like Bar Headed Goose which is found in abundent, Great Crested Grebe, the Brahmini duck etc Overnight stay at the camps.
Day 08: Korzok/Tsokar
Morning ride to reach Tsokar via Puga by covering 75 kms in 3-4 hours. Tsokar lake 4485 mt is also called as white lake because of salt deposit around it. It is approx 45 kms northwest of the Tsomoriri lake. Tsokar lake is so salty that salt extracted from its margins are still sold all over Ladakh. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 09: Tsokar/Leh
Morning ride to Leh via Thukje Gompa. Join Manali-Leh highway and ride down to Leh via Tanglang-la (5224 mt.) the 2nd highest motorable road in Ladakh. Enroute ride pass beautiful villages of Rumtse, Gia, Meeru. Arrive Leh and check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10: Leh
Day free at leisure for independent activities. Evening proceed to see Folk dances of Ladakh which shall be arranged on the spot. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Leh - Delhi
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.