A trip to Leh, India’s cold desert, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Spectacularly beautiful with mighty mountain passes, breathtaking beauty in the barrenness of the landscape and a slice of adventure with stays in tents pitched at the most picturesque locations. If you want to truly explore Leh, the road is what you take to…
The 473 km Manali – Leh Road is open for about three months in the year from early July to September. For much of its length, it passes through areas so barren that it is entirely void of habitation. The first major pass on this road, the Rohtang pass (13,000 ft / 3,978m) that is crossed soon after departure from Manali, cuts through the Pir Panjal
Range of the Great Hi-malayas. After crossing Rohtang Pass one enters the Lahoul district, which has a typically trans-Himalayan landscape. Once Lahoul was a part of Ladakh, which is why you find Lahouli houses are built in the Tibetan Ladakhi pattern, out of sun-dried bricks. Beyond Keylong, the main town in Lahoul district, the road follows the Bhaga River up towards its source, passing a few more villages. Thereafter it hairpins up to the Baralacha-La (16,050 ft /4,892m), which is a tri-junction, with a trail from Spiti also joining in from the southeast. This is the crossing of the Great Himalayan Range, the watershed between the Indus and the Chenab. You camp en route at Sarchu. An hour after leaving Sarchu you negotiate 21 hairpin bends known as the “Gatta Loops” which take you from an altitude of 4210 M/ 13,780 Ft to a height of 4667 M / 15,302 Ft.
The next day you traverse barren landscape, which becomes
positively lunar with dusty plains stretching into the distance. Driving through grand, dramatic scenery you arrive at Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At Leh, you will be spending your time sightseeing in the Indus Valley. There will be time to interact with local people, take photographs and experi-ence village life in the Himalayas. Your trip will take you to
Nubra Valley, a place where once caravans passed through on the ancient Silk Route.
The trip culminates with a trip to the renowned Pangong Tso lake. A journey along this trans -Himalayan route takes you through some awesome countryside. The lush verdant hillsides with picturesque waterfalls around Manali, through a gorge where every bend on the road gives you eye-catching intricate patterns on the rocky escarpments, majestic rocky mountains of changing colors from that of brown burnt
toast to various shades of purple depending on the sunlight, snow-capped peaks in the horizon and over some of the world’s highest motorable passes – all this unfolds before you as you progress along the way….
After Arrival in Manali stay in Guesthouse on triple sharing basis.
Manali to Jispa
Pickup from Manali and drive through JISPA (ELEVATION 3200 MTS) is a village in LAHAUL
Jispa is located 20km north of Keylong.
Overnight stay at Jispa in the tents.
via Leh Manali Hwy
After breakfast drive to Tsomiriri Lake via Tso Kar lake (salt lake). Tsomiriri is also known as “Mountain Lake”, is a lake in the Ladakhi part of the changthang plateau. The Lake in at an altitude of 4522 mtrs above the sea level and is also known as the largest high altitude Lake.
Overnight stay at Tsmomiriri Lake in the camps.
After breakfast tighten up your shoelaces to drive from Tsomiriri to Leh. Leaving the Tsomiriri Lake behind, you enter a narrow valley of
sheer rocky mountains on either side. The river runs downstream along-side the road. The jaggedness of the rocky faces gives them intricate designs. Sometimes these designs make them look like an awesome fortress
on the skyline with steep parapets.
After reaching Leh
IN LEH – PLACES OF INTEREST:
Leh and surrounding towns and villages have a lot to offer to travelers in the form of ancient Gompas, Mosques and Palaces.
Shanti Stupa: One of the newest of Leh’s religious monument, Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist order in 1985. The white colored structure of Shanti Stupa is decorated with traditional Buddhist paintings.
Located only a couple of kms from Leh’s Fort Road, Shanti Stupa offers fantastic views of Leh city.
Ancient Leh Palace: Towering over the city of Leh is the former residence of Ladakh’s royal family, Leh
Palace. Built in 16th century this 9 story Palace still looks fantastic and offers a panoramic view of the city.
Above the palace on the Namgyal Tsemo hill are the remains of an old fort built in the 16th century by then King of Ladakh, Tashi Namgyal.
Main Market: main market of ladakh offers travelers and locals a place to indulge in shop-ping, from internet cafes, to restaurants offering mouthwatering traditional and foreign cuisines, traditional ladakh handicraft
items, cloths, vegetables, so if you need some thing, chances are you will be able to find it in the main
The road journey from Leh to NUBRA VALLEY passes over KHARDUNG LA (the highest mo-torable road in the world) at 5602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the
Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh
between the Karako-ram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. The Shayok and Saichen Rivers drain Nubra. The flat part of the river is sandy & occupied by
green farms & myricaria. The villages look pretty with greenery, willow & poplar trees. Till partition Nubra Valley was one of the trade centers, the ancient famous Silk Route passed through this area.
Before proceeding to your camp at Hunder, stop to visit DISKIT MONASTERY perched on a rock overhanging next to a stream, which provides the source of energy used by mills in the area. The monastery is rich, full of thangkas,
magnificent giant statues, effigies of the Bud-dha and old mural paintings in which can be noted a multitude of influences. It was founded by Lama Sherab Zangpo of Stod around 1420 A.D. DISKIT is the main village or headquarters of Nubra Valley, which has a small market consisting of a row of shops.
After your visit to the monastery and shortly after leaving Diskit you will comes across sand dunes on the right of the road. Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is
indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road are Rocky Mountains that characterize the
Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains.
Overnight stay in Guest House at Nubra Valley.
Drive through Nubra Valley early in the morning after breakfast.
At 17,800ft it is also the second highest pass in ladakh that we will come across. Byond Changla superbly laid tarmac coupled with beautiful scenery awaits you. Our next big break will be at Tanksey a.k.a. Tangste;
Tanksey – Spangmik (Pangong Tso) (32 kms): Journey beyond Tanksey for most part is through fantastically laid tarmac and views, As we approach the lake, the sheer size of it starts becoming more apparent and as you final-ly reach its shores, you are filled with a sense of achievement cause you have finally arrived at the legendary Pangong tso (lake) which you had seen only in awe inspiring pictures posted by innumerable travelers who had made this arduous journey before you. Congratulations. You are here finally 🙂
Just pick up your camera and start shooting cos we are camping somewhere here and till tomorrow morning we’ll probably see a thousand changing colors.
Overnight stay in the camps.
Return from Pangogng to Leh.
LAMAYURU monastery in Leh (115 kms) 2 hrs 33 mins. Via Alchi, Gurudwara, magnetic hill, hall of fame.
Back to leh for overnight stay in Guest House.
Accommodation On Triple sharing Basis.
One night stay in Manali (no Meals stay only)
Meals Daily (Breakfast and Dinner) except the day in Manali.
One Backup car
One backup Bike with mechanics.
One Bike for 2 pax/ One Bike pp (on Different rates)
Inner Line Permit
One Oxygen Cylinder per group accommodation on Double/Triple sharing Basis.
Meals (Breakfast and Dinner)
One Backup car
One backup Bike with mechanics.
One Bike for 2 pax/ One Bike pp (at 36500/-)
Inner Line Permit
One Oxygen Cylinder per Group
Price inclusive of GST
Any kind of personal expenses or optional Tour other than those specifies in the Itinerary/Any kind of extra meals ordered.
Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone calls.
Any kind of drinks (Mineral, Aerated, Alcohol)
Cost incidental to any change due to Road Block, Bad weather, ill Health or any other factors.
This is a Group ONLY Tour.
Shirts / T-shirts, Trousers / Track Pants
Windproof jacket, Raincoat / Fleece
Thermal inner wear (upper and lower)
Woolen cap, Woolen gloves, Woolen socks along with extra pairs
Comfortable Riding shoes, gear, and Helmet
Cap / Hat, Sunglasses
Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
To book the Tour you need to pay at least 50% of the amount at the time of Booking.
Rest of the amount to be paid 10Days prior your departure otherwise the booking will be cancelled automatically.
Amount should not be paid in EMI.
If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
|1 night stay||Jispa (Camps)|
|1 Night stay||Tsomiriri (Camps)|
|3 Nights Stay||Leh (Guest House)|
|1 Night Stay||Pangong Lake (Camps)|
|1 Night Stay||Nubra Valley (Guest House)|