Zanskar Manali Padum Hanle Tsomoriri Manali

11 Days

Overview

Over the years a lot of new roads have been developed in the Himalayas and lots of new passes have opened up for motorable vehicles, areas which earlier could only be reached by trekking in the mountains. This trip Overland Umling La takes us through Zanskar and to the Worlds Highest Motorable pass at 19300 Feet and crosses over 12 Mountain passes all above 4800 meters in altitude in the Himalayas On this trip you can expect new tracks, passes and highlights never before offered on an organized tour. This is the first tour to take on 10 extremely high Himalayan passes – you’ll be hitting altitudes of over 5,000 meters multiple times and travelling over some the highest passes in the world! The route covers all of the highlights of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh, as well as the Four most beautiful Himalayan lakes in the border region to Tibet – all at altitudes of more than 4,500 meters.

Itinerary

Reach Manali at leisure and check in at the hotel pre-booked for you, the Team will meet you at the hotel in the evening.
Overnight in Manala.

After breakfast and briefings we start our journey towards Jispa, The route takes us over Rohtang La pass (3,978 m) subjected to getting permission to cross the pass. If we do not get the permission then we take the Atal Tunnel to reach Sissu.

After Rohtang Pass Koksar (1st village of Lahaul) Sissu (3100m), where every spring and autumn wild geese and ducks halt here on their way to and from Siberia. Cross the river Chandra Bhaga at Tandi (2573m). Finally, reach Keylong (3359 m) which is the headquarters of the Lahaul region. Rudyard Kipling said of the region that “Surely the God live here this no place for men.” Later continue towards Jispa (3,200 m). The village incorporates a helipad, a post office, and a monastery.
Overnight at Jispa

Post breakfast we check out and drive to Padum, en-route we cross Darcha, Deepak Tal from where we go up towards Shinkula Pass ( 5091 Meters ) and then cross Gombo Rangjon Mountain on our way to Padum.
Overnight at Padum.

After early breakfast we start our drive towards Lamayuru this is the new route to Lamayuru from Padum and the journey takes us through some new roads ( unmetalled ) over Zang la, Singe La, Fotoksar Hanupata to reach Lamayuru.
Overnight at Lamayuru.

Morning visit the monastery in Lamayuru, later drive to Leh, enroute visit Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, places of interest. Evening in Leh for leisure.
Overnight at Leh.

After breakfast drive to Pangong, en-route cross Chang la Pass & Durbuk to reach Pangong.
Overnight stay at Pangong.

After breakfast, we drive towards Hanle depending upon permission our first priority is the road through Neyoma which is an dirt track for most of the time or the road through Chumathng which is a bit longer but metalled. Reach Hanle by evening. Spend the evening star gazing in Hanle. Hanle is one of the best places for star gazing in the world and even has an ISRO Observatory.
Overnight at Hanle.

There are two routes to reach Umling La from Hanle – the tougher one is from Photi La pass which is an dirt trail and gravel road. The other option is to go through Ukdungle which is an easier route. The area around Umling La is an high altitude area so the road up to the pass is an gentle trail and their are no deep gorges / valleys or narrow mountain roads to be taken. Post visit return back to Hanle.
Overnight at Hanle.

Drive towards Tso Moriri which is an high altitude salt water lake. In route we cross Kyun Tso, Nidar, Nyoma, Mahe, Sumdo, Tso Kiagar to reach Tso Moriri.
Overnight at Tso Moriri.

After breakfast, you will start the drive to Sarchu from Tso Morari. On the way we cross Punga Sumdo Hot spring and Tso Kar Salt Lake. Stop for some pictures at Nakeela, Lachung La, Gataloops. Reach Sarchu by evening.
Overnight stay at Sarchu

After breakfast drive towards Manali, en-route cross Baralacha la Pass to reach Darcha then on to Jispa, Keylong, Sissu and finally cross the Atal Tunnel to Reach Manali. End of tour in Manali.

End of tour.

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Zanskar Manali Padum Hanle Tsomoriri Manali