About The Listing
Type of Trip : Road Trips
Level : Medium
Location : Leh and Ladakh
Duration : 12 Days 11 Nights
Trip Start : Chandigarh
Trip End : Chandigarh
If there has to be a vacation with everlasting memories, it has to be LADAKH Road Trip! Steep curves, Snow-caped peaks, Burning sun, Freezing winds and a destination so colorful that comes straight out of the world of fantasies. Presenting “Boundless Himalayan Drive” a 12 days road trip, starting from Chandigarh and passing through highest motor able passes of the world before culminating in Manali.
Note: It’s a self drive expedition, so own SUV or MUV will be needed.
Day 01: Chandigarh ‐ Manali.
Day one starts from Chandigarh at 7.00 am and you will move in a convoy with a lead car in the front and sweep car at the end of the convoy. Every vehicle will have numbers and stickers so that they can identify each other. Breakfast and lunch on the way at some good dhabas /restaurants, followed by bio breaks and photography sessions on the way. You will reach resort by 3.00 pm and relax. Evening is meant for refueling, all will go to the fuel station nearby to fill tanks as well as Jerry Cans to carry tomorrow for the most adventurous trip to Ladakh valley. After vehicles its time to refuel yourself with early dinner and day will end at 10.00 pm.
Day 02: Manali ‐ Jispa.
From Manali you will leave early morning at 5.00 am, Crossing Rohtang is always been a challenge and due to heavy tourist season you will try crossing Rohatang at early hours. You drive across the Rohtang pass to Jispa, a small village on the banks of Bhaga River (a tributary of Chenab) in Lahaul region. This is the best place to acclimatize for high altitude. On your way to Jispa, vehicles will be refueled at Tandi which is the last fuel station before Leh. The overnight stay will be at the hotel, located on the banks of the Bhaga. While travelling to Leh JISPA is the ideal place for overnight stay to acclimatize your body for high attitude. Jispa is an oasis of tranquility it is situated at the height of 10,890 feet and is around 140 Kms from Manali. Night halt will be at Hotel Ibex Jispa.
Day 03: Jispa ‐ Leh.
It's going to be a long day as you will leave from hotel at 4.30 am. The road beyond Jispa follows the picturesque Bhaga River across Baralacha La pass and Sarchu. Sarchu is on the Himachal Pradesh‐Jammu & Kashmir border. En route to Sarchu you will pass the Surajtal Lake. Along the way you will cross Zanskar range and climb‐up the Gatta Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends carved into the mountain side and then pass Lachung La and Nakee La passes, Pang & more plains and the Tanglang La pass as well. Enroute to Leh you can stop at the Thiksey, Shey and Hemis monasteries. Night stay will be at Spic N Span.
Day 04: Leh.
This is a rest day in Leh that can be used to soak in the rich local culture & heritage and to visit some of the monasteries of importance to the region.
Day 05: Leh ‐ Pangong Tso Lake.
You will drive from Leh to Pangong Lake. Pangong is a saline water lake on the Line of Actual Control (60% of the lake is under Chinese control) between India & China. Overnight stay will be at a campsite. Explore the beauty of Pangong which means "exclusive cavity" or simply Hollow. Pangong Lake is bisected by the International border between China and India. It has an area of 780 Sq.Km divided between India and China. The glaciers and snow capped peaks in the Pangong range add to the scenic beauty of the Lake. Tonight you'll be relaxing at Camp Martsemik La Pangong.
Day 06: Pangong Tso ‐ Leh.
On day six you will return from Pangong Tso to Leh. Evenings are free to do shopping and sightseeing. Night stay will be at Spic N Span.
Day 07: Leh ‐ Hundar.
From Leh you drive to Nubra Valley, the road to which passes through Khardung La Pass, which was once the highest motor able road in the world. Nubra valley, just south of Siachen glacier, separates the Ladakh & Karakoram ranges of Himalayas and is a high altitude desert with scant vegetation. Historically, this was an important trade centre with Central Asia & East Turkestan. In Hundar one can see people with startling blue eyes, auburn hair and rosy cheeks which according to local lore are descendents of a Greek tribe. Nubra is home to several 17th century Gompas including 132 year old Samstanling Gompa & Chamba Gompa. Diskit monastery located on a hill is the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra. Next to Hundar are several kilometers of sand dunes and one can enjoy a camel ride on the near extinct two humped Bactrian camels. With approximate driving day of 5 hours your day comes to an end, overnight is planned at Desert Himalaya Resort or Mystic Meadows Camp.
Day 08: Hunder ‐ Leh.
Its day eight, after breakfast you start from Hunder in your 4x4 to Leh. As the day progresses you will reach Leh and halt in hotel for a much needed rest.
Day 09: Leh.
Day nine is a rest day. As you spend whole day relaxing and shopping. Your overnight is planned at Spic N Span in Leh.
Day 10: Leh – Jispa.
You will leave little early and reach back to Jispa. On your way you will stop at for bio and refreshments. You will reach Jispa by the evening. Night halt will be at Hotel Ibex Jispa.
Day 11: Jispa ‐ Manali.
A long day indeed – as you cover a lot of ground today. You will be taking Leh-Manali highway and try reaching Manali by evening via Rohtang Pass. The moment you left Jispa, grass-covered mountain slopes with the numerous tiny purple, pink and yellow flowers mixing magically with the green gives you company all along. By the evening you will reach Manali and relax in your hotel rooms.
Day 12: Manali ‐ Chandigarh.
It’s your last day of this exuberant road trip. After breakfast, with lots of thrilling memories and new found friendships you leave for Chandigarh.
Who else is going?
- Twin Sharing accommodation.
- Inner line permits.
- Local guide.
- Medical assistance.
- Service crew and equipment's.
- Accidental insurance coverage (Rs.2,00,000) including hospitalization benefits.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Tips & gratuities.
- Child 6-12 Years 15000 (extra).
- Child Above 12 years 20000 (extra).
Terms & Conditions
The charges paid will be refunded on cancellation of “Boundless Himalayan Drive” by the Organizers due to some unforeseen natural events. The charges will not be refunded for any other reason.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. Is it mandatory to bring my own vehicle?
Its a self drive expedition so it is mandatory to bring your vehicle, preferable SUV or MUV. Toyata Fortuner, Mahindra Balero, Tata Safari, Toyota Innova are some of the vehicles which are ideal for this road trip.
2. What preparations do I need to make in my vehicle before I decide to sign up for Boundless Himalayan Drive?
Make sure that your vehicle is properly serviced. As for tyres, get aligned and balanced by an authorized service station. If they are worn, change them before the trip, as the rough road conditions can shred worn tyres. The whole point of the driving holiday is to enjoy the drive. Take frequent breaks, enjoy the scenery and keep yourself hydrated. It will be a holiday of a lifetime.
3. Do we get High Altitude Sickness in Ladakh? What are the symptoms and how we get acclimatize?
On roadtrips to Leh and Ladakh, body get enough time to acclimatize because of gradual ascend. However, Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS can strike anyone. The most common symptoms of AMS are lack of sleep, loss of appetite, dizziness, irregular breathing, etc. It is highly recommended to consult your doctor and take preventive medicines before embarking on this journey.
4. What are the medicines one should carry?
We would recommend you to consult your general physician on this.
5. What if my vehicle get stuck in Leh?
We will be traveling well prepared and will have all required tools and Toe-ropes to pull any vehicle which gets stuck.
6. How many people are allowed per vehicle?
Depends on the vehicle you are bringing. Just make sure that its a long journey and you need to be comfortable seated.
7. Are children allowed on this trip?
Yes, children are allowed on this trip. However, seperate charges are mentioned for the different age groups:
- Child 6-12 Years 15000.
- Child Above 12 years 20000.
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