Trans Ladakh: Manali – Leh
Mid June – September
This tour takes us over the Himalayan range from the southern lush green valley of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh to the arid high mountain desert of Ladakh. The dramatic changes in the landscape are best enjoyed on this road journey. The journey takes us over some high passes, such as Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, Nakee La, Lachulung La & Tanglang La. Tanglang La is the second highest motor able pass in the world. Once in Leh, we explore different facets of this region including Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
- Amazing landscapes dotted with quaint monasteries & some ethereal lakes.
- Heavenly Nubra valley and stay on the tranquil and serene Pangong Tso.
- Journey over some of the highest motorable passes offering fabulous views.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Moderate
- Maximum Altitude : 5602m/18,380 ft.
- Tour Duration : 11 Nights
- Best Season : Mid Jun. – Sep.
- Ex – Destination : Start – Manali; End – Leh
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 08; Deluxe Tented Campsite – 02; Tented Camp – 01.
- Food Plan : Leh – Bed & Breakfast basis; All other places – Breakfast & dinner included.
- Travel &Transport : Transfers and sightseeing in small vehicles.
- Leh – Bed & Breakfast basis;
- Solang / Manali, Jispa, Nubra Valley & Pangong Tso – Breakfast & Dinner basis.
- Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
- Complimentary Sack & Cap.
- Permit Fees.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to Manali & back from Leh.
- Monument visit fees.
- Camera Fees.
- Camel ride in Nubra Valley.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, drivers, guides etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road
- blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “CostIncludes”.
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Arrival in Manali; Drive to Solang (2560m/8400 ft.; 13 km; ½ hrs)
Arrival in Manali. Pickup from HPTDC Bus Stand, travel to Solang / Manali hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Solang / Manali depending upon the package.
Solang – Acclimatization day
Today post breakfast we can take a walk to Solang village. We can also walk upto Anjani Mahadev waterfall. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Solang.
Solang - Jispa (3200m/10,500 ft.; 144 km; 6-7 hrs)
Post an early breakfast we hit the road soon the lush green Kullu valley gives way to bushes and smaller plants as we cross the tree line and reach the famous Rohtang Pass at 3978m/13,050 ft. the entry to the Lahaul Valley. At Rohtang we walk around and acclimatize by taking a photography break at the zero point. Now the descent to Lahaul valley begins. The windward side changes to the lee ward side and the shift in landscape is dramatic. Green is replaced by barren hillsides and we pass fields of barley, peas and potatoes. From Koksar we drive along the Chandra River and pass the beautiful hamlets of Sissu and Gondla. Tandi is situated at the confluence of Chandra &Bhaga Rivers. This is a beautiful side excursion in a pristine and peaceful valley. Also we spend more time at 10,000 ft. giving our bodies time to acclimatize. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Jispa.
Jispa - Leh (3500m/11,484 ft; 367 km; 10-11 hrs)
The next day we drive from Jispa, we come to Darcha the last village that we encounter on this route before entering the Ladakh region. We are now in the arid zone and barren is slowly turning to desert. We visit Deepak Taal and SurajTaal and do the customary acclimatization / photography session. Then the high pass of Baralacha at 4892m/16,050 ft. we repeat the process and then we motor down to Sarchu. Sarchu is a plateau, practically a no man`s land at an altitude of 13,954 ft., located between the Baralacha La in the south and the Lachulung La in the north. Here the deep gorge and colors make for an altogether fascinating landscape worth photographing. Continue our drive to Leh. The ever-changing scenery keeps us looking out. We are to cross three more passes today. Nakee La (4747m/15,574 ft.), Lachung La (5059m/16,600 ft.) and Tanglang La (5325m/17,469 ft.). Nakee La famous for its succession of 21 Gata Loops, sharp switchbacks on the road we descend down the Nakee La and come across Whisky Nullah and climb up to Lachalung La and reach the vast Pang plateau, this stretches on all sides seemingly endless offering us a 360 degrees’ view of arid mountains. We take a break in one of the many interesting Parachute converted tents for some tea and stretch and acclimatize. After ascending and descending 2 high passes it a great experience to drive on flat land for 42 km. The odyssey continues and we hit the winding road to cross Tanglang La at an impressive altitude of 5325m/17,469 ft. and get out to acclimatize, walk around, take pictures. From here we are to enter finally into the famed Indus Valley. The drive from Rumptse to Upshi is a spectacular drive as we can see many colors in the mountains. By evening we reach Leh. Overnight stay in hotel at Leh.
Leh - Half day sightseeing
This day is for taking in the sights of Leh and to use this as an opportunity to acclimatize further. We visit Stok Palace, Shanti Stupa and Hall of Fame.
The Stok Palace is where the current royal family lives. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewellery and artifacts, including thangkas painted with colours derived from crushed precious stones. Also on display are the ceremonial head dresses or ’peraks’ of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh. These head-dresses are decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral and gold, making them an exotic sight.
We then visit Leh Palace, Hall of Fame and head to Shanti Stupa which is a Buddhist white domed stupa on a hilltop in Changspa. We enjoy the panoramic view of the city at sunset. From here we can choose to leave the vehicles and walk down to Leh taking some quite back roads and into the Leh market to wander around at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh – Full Day Sightseeing
This day is for taking in the sights of Leh and to use this as an opportunity to acclimatize further. We visit Hemis Monastery, Thikshey Monastery and Stok Palace.
Hemis stands on the western bank of the Indus River. The monastery also boasts of a very rich collection of ancient relics. The Hemis Monastery also serves as the venue of an annual festival, known as the Hemis Festival.
Thiksey houses one of the largest Buddhist statues, the 15-meter-tall Champa, the Buddha of Future and located strategically, today; Thiksey is one of the most frequently visited and most photogenic monasteries in Ladakh. About a hundred monks live here.
The Stok Palace is where the current royal family lives in Stok Palace. The museum at the Stok Palace has an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, weapons, jewelry and artifacts, including thangkas painted with colors derived from crushed precious stones. Also on display are the ceremonial head dresses or ’peraks’ of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh. These headdresses are decorated with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral and gold, making them an exotic sight.
We then visit Leh Palace, Hall of fame and head to Shanti Stupa which is a Buddhist white domed stupa on a hilltop in Changspa. We enjoy the panoramic view of the city at sunset. From here we can choose to leave the vehicles and walk down to Leh taking some quite backroads and into the Leh market to wander around at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh - Nubra Valley (3047m/9997 ft; 125 km; 5-6 hrs)
Back on the road this time towards Khardungla pass (5602m/18,380 ft.), the world’s highest motor able pass. After a photography session and acclimatization break on the pass we cross it and head towards Nubra valley. Nubra valley is sandwiched between the Karakoram Mountains to the north and the Ladakh range to the south, in between lie the Shyok and the Nubra Rivers. The villages of Nubra valley are scattered along these two valley floors. This is a beautiful region that once formed a part of the Silk route into Afghanistan. Because of the lower altitude a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grains are grown, creating an impression of abundance. We go to Hundar village and check into a hotel. After a late lunch the group sets off to visit the white sand dunes and if lucky one can take a ride on the double humped Bactrian camels. Dinner and overnight stay at Deluxe Tented Campsite in Nubra Valley.
Hunder (Nubra Valley) – Turtuk (Nubra Valley)
After breakfast, the group sets off to visit the white sand dunes once again and then head to Diskit Monastery, right on the top behind Diskit Monastery stands a 106 ft. tall Buddha statue, the tallest in the Ladakh region. Dinner and overnight stay at Tented Campsite in Nubra Valley.
Turtuk (Nubra Valley) – Leh (208 km; 6-7 hrs)
Post breakfast we start for Leh. Post lunch at Khardung village we reach Leh.Evening free to explore the Leh market. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh - Pangong Tso (4350m/14,272 ft.; 150 km; 4-5 hrs)
We leave early and set off for Pangong. The road offers some unexplored and beautiful landscape. Pangong is the world’s highest brackish water lake. It is 134 km long and 5 km wide spans two countries, India & China (2/3rd of the lake lies in China). The sun paints its various hues on the canvas of the surrounding mountains as we watch spellbound while walking on the shores of the lake. We are to spend the night in this magical setting and we check into our deluxe tented campsite and spend the evening watching the drama of light over water as the sunsets. Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Tented Campsite at Pangong Tso.
Pangong Tso - Leh (3500m/11,484 ft; 150 km; 4-5 hrs)
We get up early morning, experience the sunrise at Pangong Tso. Post breakfast, drive to Leh. We may stop at some villages’ enroute and explore them. Check in at hotel. Evening is free for leisure, we head out to Leh and enjoy the hustle bustle and sights and sounds of the bazaar, shopping for curios and gifts. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Leh; Final departure
Post an early breakfast we head towards the Airport to board the flight for onward journey.
End of arrangements…
Accommodation: Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
|Place||Classic Hotel or Similar||Premium Hotel or Similar|
|Solang / Manali||Hotel Iceland||Snow Peak Retreat or Negi’s Hotel Mayflower|
|Jispa||Padma Lodge (Swiss Cottage)||Padma Lodge (Super Deluxe)|
|Leh||Mahey Retreat||Ladakh Serai|
|Nubra Valley||Royal Desert Camp or Karma Inn||Nubra Serai (Luxury Tent)|
|Pangong Tso||Paradise Camp or Yak Camp||Pangong Serai (Superior Tent)|