Ladakh : Srinagar Leh Manali

10 Days

Overview

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

October | FOUR WHEELER (SUV) 

One of the most dreamt and less travelled high altitude roads in India is none other than Srinagar Leh / 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 Srinagar to Kargil via ZojiLa pass then to Nubra PangongTso Tso Moriri ten to Sachu Jispa Manali 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. 

Accommodations: 

Hotel | Swiss Cottage Camp Stay | House Boat

Manali: Himanshu Resort | Jispa:Hotel Yak | Leh: Hotel PrimRose | Nubra: Regal Himalayan | Pangong: World Attic Camp / Water Mark Camp / Mann Rigzin | Kargil:Hotel HiWay | Srinagar:Swan Houseboats

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).

– Woolen 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.

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. 

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.

 DISCLAIMER Fireballs Adventures takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Fireballs Adventures will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in Distt – Kullu Himachal Pradesh only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

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.
  • Pangong Lake: a high-altitude lake in Ladakh, is famous for its beauty and for splitting between India and China.
  • Scenic Beauty: Famous for its changing colors and breathtaking beauty.
  • Camping: Spend a night in camps by the lake for a unique experience.
  • Khardung La Pass: One of the highest motorable roads in the world.
  • Nubra Valley is a high-altitude desert valley in Ladakh known for its sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, and Buddhist monasteries.
  • 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 Monastery: One of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, set amidst moon-like landscapes.
  • Phuktal Monastery: A remote monastery built into a cliffside.
  • Adventure Activities: Known for trekking, rafting, and exploring remote villages.

Detailed Itinerary

Arrive at Srinagar Airport and reach Hotel/ Houseboat. Upon reaching Hotel/ Houseboat, you’ll be greeted by our representative.
Check In to the Hotel/ Houseboat, freshen up and relax. You can go for Shikara Ride on Dal Lake. You can explore Srinagar market for some shopping.
Dinner followed by a briefing for the next day & overnight sleep.

Highlight: Explore beautiful Srinagar in the evening.

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Wake up early morning and post breakfast depart for leh via Kargil.
Enroute visit Sonmarg.Then head towards Drass, the coldest inhabited place in India & often called as Gateway to Ladakh, via the Zoji La Pass.
After lunch break, continue your journey to Kargil.Drive from Kargil to Lamayuru via Mulbek, Namika La and Fotu La.From Lamayuru, Leh is approximately 125km that passes through Hangroo Loops and Nimmu.
Enroute we will cover Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pathir Sahib and Confluence of river.
Reach Leh by evening & check in to the hotel.

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

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner.

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

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast, we will be heading towards Nubra Valley.
Ride through the highest civilian motorable pass of the world, Khardung La Pass; spend some time at the Khardung La Top.
Ride to the Diskit Monastery for a brilliant view of Nubra Valley.
Stop at Hundar Sand dunes and Enjoy a double-humped Camel ride in the cold desert.
Enjoy your dinner and stay overnight at camps/cottages.

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

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

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and leave to visit the majestic Pangong Tso.
We will arrive at Pangong Tso in the late afternoon, the lake which is famous for having the most beautiful setting and changes its colors 4 to 5 times a day.
Enjoy your evening with the beautiful view of the Lake amidst towering snow-capped mountains.

Highlight: Experience Shyok to Pangong

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: Explore Leh Market and beautiful Journey

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

After an Early morning (7 am) Breakfast Check out from Leh. We will start our last phase of Manali-Leh Highway journey which is going to be a long ride till Jispa.

Highlight: Gata Loops, LachungLa, NakeeLa, Pang, Morey Plains, Tangala La, Baralachala,Sarchu and then Jispa

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

After an Early morning (7 am) Breakfast Check out from Manali, group will start for Manali via Atal Tunnel.

Highlight: Beautiful Leh Manali Highway

Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Wake up early morning and post breakfast Explore Manali then check out from Manali off to your Backward jourey to Delhi which will be 12-14 night Journey via Volvo Transit.

Highlight: Explore Manali and Drop at manali Volvo Stand

Inclusions: Breakfast and Volvo Stand drop

Reaching Delhi by 8 AM.
Inclusions: Volvo Transit

TOUR ENDS HERE…Let’s make Good Memories

Includes/Excludes

Inclusions

  • Stay for 09 Nights at hotels/Camps on Double.
  • All meals mentioned as per the itinerary
  • Entire Travel from Srinagar to Manali by SUV.
  • All inner line permits for the trip.
  • Volvo transfer from Manali to Delhi.
  • Driver Night Charges, Toll Tax, Parking Charges, etc.
  • 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 of Ladakh?

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

What transport options 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).

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Ladakh : Srinagar Leh Manali