Ladakh : Manali Leh Srinagar

11 Days

Overview

MANALI-LEH-NUBRA-PANGONG TSO-KARGIL-SRINAGAR 

MAY – SEPTEMBER | MOTORCYCLE | FOUR WHEELER (SUV) 

One of the most dreamt and less travelled high altitude roads in India is none other than Manali Leh Road. Closed for most of the part of the year, when it opens, it opens the opportunity of unmatched coarse terrain adventure in the most unfriendly of the weather conditions. Touring will take road from Manali to Jipsa via Rohtang Atal Tunnel, covering many small villages and town finally reaching to Leh after crossing Sarchu Pang and four high altitude passes. If wished, the tour can be be extended to Nubra Valley till Turtuk and Pangong Tso till Tsomoriri via beautiful Hanle village then paying homage to our brave soilders at RezangLa. The features of the trip include never-before-seen culture and attachment of locals to their faith and way of life, however testing it may be. The bonus is the glimpses of wildlife and avifauna near the banks of rivers or lakes that are on this route. For first timers on such a trip, the transition from Manali to Leh becomes a memorable aspect of their mental travelogue. 

LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Note: Only Rucksacks/Backpacks allowed. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek. 

 

Key Destinations

  • Leh Palace: A former royal palace offering panoramic views of the city.
  • Shanti Stupa: A Buddhist white-domed stupa that provides stunning sunset views.
  • Thiksey Monastery: Known for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
  • Hemis Monastery: One of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in Ladakh.
  • Nubra Valley: is a high-altitude desert valley in Ladakh known for its sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Khardung La Pass: One of the highest motorable roads in the world.
  • Hunder Sand Dunes: Experience a camel ride on double-humped Bactrian camels.
  • Diskit Monastery: Features a 32-meter statue of Maitreya Buddha.
  • High Altitude Lake: Another beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, offering tranquility and picturesque views.
  • Alchi Monastery: Known for its ancient wall paintings and wooden art.
  • Likir Monastery: Houses a large statue of Maitreya Buddha and offers spectacular views. Lamayuru:
  • Lamayuru Monastery: One of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, set amidst moon-like landscapes.
  • Adventure Activities: Known for trekking, rafting, and exploring remote villages.
  • Phuktal Monastery: A remote monastery built into a cliffside.

Detailed Itinerary

On Arrival Pick from Manali Volvo Stand/Check-in at Hamptan Home / Hotel Mars in Manali.
-Welcome Drinks and Snacks followed by Meet the Team Session and briefing Session.
-After Lunch there will be Gear Check Routine and Basic How to Ride motorcycles on Mountains Session.
-Allocation of Motorcycles and Short Ride to Jana Waterfall just to get to used to with your Machines.
-Then by evening will go for a quick ride to Manali Mall Road for last minute shopping in case required.
-For SUV Travelers will take you to Jana Waterfall and then to Manali Market in case any souvenir shopping is needed.
Dinner will be served by 7 pm and travelers are required to have a quality sleep before hitting the road tomorrow.

Highlight: Freshly Cooked Hot Dinner, Peaceful and Clean Environment for a sound Sleep.

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

After an Early morning (7 am) Breakfast Check out from Manali, group will start there 1st leg of Manali-Leh Highway journey.

Highlights: Manali-Solang, Rohtang Tunnel, Tandi , Keylong , Jispa, BaralachaLa and Sarchu.

Inclusions: Camping, Breakfast and Dinner

After an Early morning (7 am) Breakfast Check out from Camp. We will start our last phase of Manali-Leh Highway journey which is going to be a long ride.
Destinations: Gata Loops, LachungLa, NakeeLa, Pang, Morey Plains, Tangala La, Karu & Leh.
Reaching Leh by 6 pm On Arrival Check-in at Hotel, complete rest & acclimatize.

Highlights: Crossing Magnificent Landscapes and riding on world highest roads.

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Note: If somebody needs to get their bikes checked that will be arranged next day and rider can rest.

Around Leh- Shanti Stup/Samkar/Namgyal Tsemo/Leh Palace Second day for the acclimatization. Take a short sightseeing trip around upper Leh.

Highlights: Around Leh- Leh Palace, Stakna Monastery, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara , Magnetic Hill , Zanskar Confluence Point, Hall of Fame, Fort and walk to Shanti Stupa.

Note: Different Motorbikes will be given in the evening for rest of your 3 days Leh Ride.

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast (7 am) group will Start their journey with limited luggage for Nubra Valley via KhardungLa, Diskit Monastry ,Hunder then till Turtuk . Spending evening at Hunder Sand Dunes and enjoy the bacterian double humped camel ride and ATV rides on the sands.

Highlights: Riding on World highest Motorable Pass-KhardungLa & then getting into the beautiful Nubra cold desert valley-Diskit/Hunder.

Inclusions: Camping, Breakfast and Dinner

After a delicious breakfast, drive towards Turtuk. Turtuk is the last outpost in India after which the Pakistan-controlled Gilgit-Baltistan begins and is one of the gateways to the Siachen Glacier.The place is culturally, linguistically, and historically different from what you’ve seen till now in your Ladakh holiday as it falls under the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Even the landscape is different with dramatic narrow valleys and steep mountains, unlike Central Ladakh and Nubra.

Highlights: A hitherto untouched side of Ladakh, nestled in the Karakoram range, lies a village by the name of Turtuk

Inclusions: Camping, Breakfast and Dinner

After Early Morning Breakfast, will start for PangongTso, our plan will be not going to KhardungLa and Leh again ,So we will take a detour from Khalsar and via Agam-Shyok Off riding will be reaching Tangtse and then to PangongTso.

Highlight: Let off road a bit- will be taking an alternate route for Pangong riding along River Shyok

Inclusions: Camping, Breakfast and Dinner

After Lazy Breakfast and spending some quality time at the lake, group will start their backward journey towards Leh by 11 am. Reaching Leh by 4 pm. Leh Sight Seeing:- Leh Sight Seeing (Shey Palace & Thiksey Monastery).

Highlight: Riding on World 3rd highest Motorable Pass-Chang La & then getting into around Leh Sightseeing. Reaching Leh by evening.

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Early Morning Check out from Leh and start for Kargil.
Wake up & post breakfast depart for Kargil.Enroute we will cover Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pathir Sahib and Confluence of river.From Leh, Lamayuru is approximately 125km that passes through Nimmu and Hangroo Loops. Reach Kargil by evening & check in to the hotel.

Highlight: Drive from Lamayuru to Kargil via Fotu La, Namika La and Mulbek.

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Wake up early morning and post breakfast depart for Srinagar.
On our way to Srinagar first comes Drass, the Coldest inhabited place in India & often called as the Gateway to Ladakh.Then we’ll head to Sonmarg over Zoji La, and will continue to Srinagar. Reach Srinagar by evening, check in to the houseboat/ Hotel, Dinner & sleep overnight.

Highlight: Kargil War Memorial, Sonmarg over Zoji La.

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Lazy Morning Check out from Srinagar Back to Home.
Meals: Breakfast Only.

TOUR ENDS HERE…Let’s make Good Memories

Includes/Excludes

Inclusions

  • Stay for 10 Nights at hotels/Camps on Double/Triple/Quad sharing.
  • All meals mentioned as per the itinerary
  • Bike Rent for 09 Days (Srinagar to Manali) (For Biking Option)
  • Fuel for the bike as per itinerary
  • Entire Travel from Srinagar to Manali by SUV| Tempo (For Non Biking Option)
  • Mechanical Backup. First aid kit. All inner line permits for the trip
  • Riding Gears - Helmet, Gloves (It is recommend to carry out own gears)
  • Volvo transfer from Manali to Delhi .Team Captain throughout the trip
  • Driver Night Charges, Toll Tax, Parking Charges, etc.
  • RE mechanic with spare parts and minor repairs (Puncture & Cables)enroute.
  • An Oxygen Cylinder 24X7 in the car in case of emergency (We recommend you to bring portable oxygen with you)

Exclusions

  • Anything not mentioned in itinerary. Unspecified Meals. Any Entry charges or Monument Fee, Room heater charges.
  • Any Personal expenses/Tips/ Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.
  • Extra days stay/food at any place during the tour because of bad weather or road blocking due to snow.
  • Any damage to the bike must be borne by the client. GST (5%) is applicable extra.

FAQs

What is the best time to visit Ladakh?

The best time to visit Ladakh is from May to September when the weather is pleasant and the roads are open.

 

How to avoid altitude sickness?

Acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. Spend the first couple of days in Leh to adjust.

 

Are permits required for Ladakh?

Inner Line Permits are required for certain areas like Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, and Tso Moriri. These can be obtained in Leh.

 

What is local currency?

Indian Rupee (INR). ATMs are available in Leh, but it’s advisable to carry cash when travelling to remote areas.

 

What transport for local travel?

Rent a bike, car, or join a tour group. Taxis and shared jeeps are also available for local travel.

 

What are the Culinary Highlights?

Momos: Steamed or fried dumplings filled with vegetables or meat.

Thukpa: A hearty noodle soup with vegetables or meat.

Butter Tea: Traditional tea made with yak butter, salt, and tea leaves.

Skyu: A traditional Ladakhi pasta dish made with root vegetables and meat.

Apricot Jam: Made from locally grown apricots, often enjoyed with bread or pastries.

 

What are the Cultural Etiquette?

Dress Modestly: Especially when visiting monasteries and religious sites.

Photography: Always ask for permission before taking photos of people or inside monasteries.

Respect Local Customs: Ladakhis are friendly and hospitable. Respect their traditions and practices.

 

What activities and experiences can I enjoy?

Trekking: Popular treks include Markha Valley Trek, Chadar Trek (frozen river trek), and Stok Kangri Trek.

Motorbike Tours: Rent a Royal Enfield and explore the rugged terrain of Ladakh.

Rafting: White-water rafting on the Zanskar River.

Cultural Festivals: Attend local festivals like Hemis Festival, Ladakh Festival, and Losar (Tibetan New Year).

 

List of Essentials:

-Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

– Full Sleeves Shirts / T‐shirts, Track Suit / Trekking Pants

– Windproof jacket of decent quality preferably with a hood, Raincoat / Poncho

– Fleece Jacket, Thermal inner wear (upper & lower).

– Woollen cap/ gloves/socks & regular socks (3‐4 pairs)/skullcap.

– Good Ankle Length Boots. – Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

– Sun glasses, Lip Balm, Personal toiletries,Sunscreen Lotion, Torch / Flashlight.

– Medicines, if requiring any specific medication.

– Day pack, Carry rain cover for your bags.

 

NOTE:

 

– In case you are planning to put your bag on a Backup vehicle or at Roof top carrier please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or get a good beating  and get slightly damaged so don’t get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

In case of any change in the plan/route due to unavoidable situation decision of tour guide who will be leading your tour will be final and best one as per the situation as my team is well trained to overcome most of the situation but are well experienced to give you the best possible safest solution. Just have little Patience and have trust in our executions.  

-We are not responsible for any mishappening, due to weather conditions, natural disaster, any kind of accident, etc.

-This will be a flexible tour which depends on the live weather conditions so trust us we will provide the best in the worst case.

-Charges and trip plans could vary during bad weather conditions or if the tour is extended due to weather or some other mishappening.

-A proper schedule with timings will be conveyed to you at the time of briefing. Everyone needs to follow the instructions for a better & safe tour.

 

Our Travel Code:

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organized wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasize on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on.   Acclimatization & high altitude sickness this is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatization basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatize properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatized there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatization. Our trekking guides will assist you on this.

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Ladakh : Manali Leh Srinagar