About The Listing
Type of Trip : Cultural Tour
Level : Medium
Location : Leh and Ladakh
Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights
Trip Start : Manali
Trip End : Leh
The scenic vistas and breathtaking beauty are not the only remuneration to accrue from a road trip to Leh. Besides the scenic vistas, you get to encounter incredibly friendly people and taste exotic cuisine. Not to speak of the pleasure of visiting quaint old monasteries and getting to see how the Buddhist monks live.
Day 01: Arrive Manali.
On arrival you’ll check in at Apple Country Guest House / Hotel Himgiri / Manali Villa Cottage. Manali, at the northern end of Kulu Valley, is a beautiful Himalayan hill station with an unbeatable location. The river Beas meanders through the town, surrounded by deodar and pine trees, tiny fields, fruit orchards and grassy meadows carpeted with wildflowers which give way to stunning views of lofty snow‐capped peaks. The friendly people of this area are famous for their unique sense of style, including men’s pill‐box caps with colorful geometric embroidery. Overnight stay will be at Manali.
Day 02: Manali – Rohtang – Keylong – Jispa – Baralacha – Sarchu (230 Km / travel time: 8 – 10 hours).
The toughest part of the journey, is the long drive from Manali to Leh. The highway is open only between June and mid‐September when snow is cleared from the road by the Border Roads Organisation. It connects the Manali valley and Kullu valleys to Lahaul ‐ Spiti and Ladakh. The highway crosses some of the highest mountain passes in the world and promises to be one of the most memorable and scenic experiences of all time. Overnight stay will be at Goldrop Camp / Mulkila Camp in Sarchu.
Day 03: Sarchu – Lachulung La – Tanglang La – Leh (244 Km / travel time: 6 – 7 hours).
Depart early morning, crossing the More Plains and the scenic TanglangLa to arrive in Leh by the afternoon. You could choose to relax after the long journey and acclimatize or walk around Leh town including a visit to Leh Market, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Leh Gompa. Overnight stay will be at Green Vila / Hotel Chube / Hotel Khazdan / Paul Guest House / Royal Plaza / Snow Lion / Cho Palace in Leh.
Day 04: Local sightseeing in Leh.
A relaxed day exploring Leh town, it will include visits to Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace, Hall of Fame, Sindhu Ghat and you’ll always have an option to explore Leh market in the evening.
Day 05: Leh to Nubra (135 Km / 5 hours).
After breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardong Pass (highest motorable road in the world, 18,380 feet). Arrive at Deskit by afternoon. Rest of the day you are free to explore Deskit, Hunder villages and enjoy camel safari in sand dunes (at own expense). Overnight stay will be at Hotel Snow Leopord / Chunka Camp.
Day 06: Nubra Valley (local sightseeing) and back to Leh.
As part of cultural tour, after breakfast you'll, visit Diskit & Hunder Villages and monasteries take a stroll around the place to see the life style of people. Drive back to Leh via Khardungla pass. Overnight stay will be in Leh.
Day 07: Leh To Pangong Lake (160 Km / 6 hours one way).
After an early breakfast, visit Shey, Thiksey, Hemis monasteries and Sindhu Ghat and then proceed to Pangong Lake (14,500feet), through Chang la Pass (17,350 feet), which is the third highest motorable road in the world (320 Kms.) Enjoy the beauty of lake on the banks of Pangong while appreciating the changing colors of the high altitude lake. Visit the exact spots where the famous Bollywood movie “3 Idiots” and “Jab Tak hai Jaan” was shot. Overnight stay will be in Pangong at Natures Nest Camp / Padma Guest House / Wonderland Camp.
Day 08: Pangong Lake to Leh.
After breakfast, travel back to Leh. En-route take a short halt at Changla Pass to enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea. Overnight stay will be in Leh.
Day 09: Depart Leh – fly out.
Transfer to the airport to catch the early morning flight back home. Make sure you reach the airport early to get the window seat to enjoy the landscape of Ladakh as you return.
- Tempo Traveller: ₹ 13,200
- SUV: ₹ 48,000
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per packages selected.
- Breakfast and dinner.
- To & fro airport transfers along with assistance at arrival in Chandigarh and drop to Leh.
- All transport by Non AC SUV Xylo/ Innova, with expert driver and guide.
- Inner line permit & environment fees where applicable.
- Professional tour manager overseeing the entire tour.
- Oxygen cylinders (1 per vehicle).
- Traditional welcome in Ladakh.
- Any airfare & train ticket.
- Travel / medical insurance.
- Any kind of personal expenses or optional tour / extra meals ordered.
- Monument entrance and camel safari charges.
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health and roadblocks and / or any factors beyond control.
- Any other item not specified.
Terms & Conditions
This is a guided road trip for a minimum group size of 6 people, single entries will not be entertained. Cancellation 30 days prior to departure: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) Cancellation 21-30 days prior to departure: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) Cancellation 14-21 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) Cancellation less than 14 days prior to departure: no refund.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. Do we experience High Altitude Sickness in Ladakh? What are the symptoms and how we get acclimatize?
On roadtrips to Leh and Ladakh, body gets 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.
2. What are the medicines one should carry?
We would recommend you to consult your general physician.
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