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Ladakh is a land like no other. Surrounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain goes, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it is a high‐altitude desert situated at the western edge of the Tibetan level. Its awe‐inspiring scene has been altered and etched into its breathtaking shape by wind, what’s more, water throughout the centuries.

The moon‐like landscape is unprecedented: unmistakable and fruitless however sprinkled with separated settlements of green desert springs brimming with influencing poplar trees, apricot plantations, and developed farmland.

Regardless of the tough territory and high elevation, the individuals of Ladakh show a characteristic joie de vivre what’s more, their traditions and way of life are a continuum from an earlier time; these well disposed and delicate individuals will all add to make your visit to this dazzling territory both interesting and important.

The dynamic quality and shade of their social conventions can be found in the numerous nearby celebrations that happen all through the summer.

Whatever you do here you can make certain of an amazingly remarkable magnificent involvement with one of the most mind‐blowingly lovely places on earth. Ladakh’s rich Buddhist legacy is in plain view during the yearly religious celebrations at the various Gompas that rule the zone.

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Roosted high up in the mountain edges, these charming medieval religious communities, encompassed by rippling supplication banners, are as yet places of dynamic love and hold treasure troves of sublime curios, pictures and old frescoes.

Brief Itinerary of Ladakh Itinerary via Manali

Day 1 – Arrive Manali

Day 2 – Manali – Sarchu

Day 3 – Sarchu – Leh

Day 4 – Leh

Day 5 – Leh- Turtuk

Day 6 – Turtuk – Sumur

Day 7 – Sumur – Pangong

Day 8 – Pangong – Leh

Day 9 – Fly Out

Detail Itinerary of Ladakh Itinerary via Manali

Day 1: Manali

  • solang-valley-manaliManali is located in Kully valley at the bank of Beas river and is the Base of our Leh Ladakh Road Trip.
  • On arrival, check-in at the hotel and enjoy the view of Beas flowing at ease away from the hustle-bustle of the town.
  • Meet your hosts there and get warmed up for an Epic Road Trip.

Day 2: Manali – Rohtang – Keylong – Sarchu

  • 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. It connects the Kullu valley to Lahaul-Spiti and Ladakh.
  • Distance: 51km/64km/40km = 155km. Total Travel Time: 12-14hrs.
  • Elevation: Rohtang – 13,051 ft., Keylong – 10.991 ft., Jispa – 10,439 ft., Baralacha La – 16,551 ft., Sarchu – 14,075 ft.

Day 3: Sarchu – Lachulung La – Tanglang La – Leh

  • The second and the last leg of the gruelling but scenic and rejuvenating road trip. Depart early in the morning, crossing the More Plains and the scenic Tanglang La to arrive in Leh by the early evening.
  • Distance: 90km/54km/81km/109km = 334km. Total Travel Time: 10-12hrs.
  • Elevation: Lachulung La – 16,598 ft., Tanglang La – 17,582 ft., Leh – 11,500 ft.

Day 4: Leh and Around

  • lehLeh the capital city of Ladakh is a verifiable travel point for parades of the past Silk Route, what’s more, despite everything closely resembles an exchanging post of the antiquated past. It is an unavoidably open and intriguing region, including two striking religious communities, a royal residence, a mosque, and endless thin, abnormal rear entryways alluring the inquisitive guest.
  • To walk around Leh, taking in its sights, sounds, and a pleasantly‐manageable populace of only 10,000, is to encounter what author Andrew Harvey called “The Peaceful Life”. The town is as yet ruled by the now destroyed Leh Palace, the previous home of Ladakh’s regal family. It additionally plays host to a social move that appears each night.
  • A relaxed day in Leh town visiting nearby monasteries. The evening can be spent exploring the streets of Leh town and lounging at the cafes.

Day 5: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Turtuk

  • Early in the morning, we cross Khardung La known as one of the world’s highest motorable passes and then dive into the Nubra valley the sand dunes at Hunder.
  • We also stop at Diskit Gompa on the silk route on the way to Hunder.
  • The highest of this trip, Turtuk, a remote village, which was once part of Baltistan. There is also an ancient fort and a monastery. We spend the day exploring the area and stay at camps.
  • We can see Pakistan and Karakorum Range from this village. Before 1971, this village was in Pakistan.
  • Distance: 202kms. Total Travel Time: 6-7hrs.
  • Elevation: Khardung La – 18,380 ft., Turtuk – 9,846 ft.

Day 6: Turtuk and Sumur

  • turtuk-villageStart the day by exploring the robust village of Turtuk.
  • One can also choose to go for a double-humped Mongolian camel ride. These camels now have become exotic species of the Indian Himalayan Range.
  • Head back to Sumur by lunch.
  • Distance: 98km. Total Travel Time: 3hrs
  • Elevation: 10,000 ft. Approximately.

Day 7: Sumur – Shayok – Pangong Tso

  • Drive to Pangong Tso, which is a high altitude lake in the Ladakh Himalayas crossing via Shayok village. Lake is 134km long and extends from India to Tibet. The road to Pangong Tso transverse the Chang La over 5,000m high.
  • Spend evening star gazing from verandas of your tents.
  • Distance: 78km/82km = 160km. Total Travel Time: 6-7hrs.
  • Elevation: Pangong – 13,943 ft.

Day 8: Pangong Tso – Chang La – Leh

  • pangong-tsoAfter spending at the shores of the beautiful Pangong, we head back to Leh.
  • Savor the beauty of Leh.
  • Distance: 82km/78km = 160km. Total Travel Time: 5-6hrs
  • Elevation: Chang La – 17,688 ft.

Day 9: Drop at the Leh Airport

  • As all good things come to an end, so as this amazing Leh Ladakh Road Trip.

 

Package Details – Leh Ladakh

Cost per Person:

  1. SUV/Traveller: ₹32,000
  2. Hire a bike: ₹36,000

Package Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on triple sharing basis in 3-star Hotels, Hostels, and Deluxe Luxury Camps.
  • Meal Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner included for the entire trip.
  • All transportation by Xylo/Tempo Traveller.
  • Inner line permit.
  • Local guides and trip leaders – their allowances, etc.
  • Airport drop.

Package Exclusions:

  • Any airfare.
  • Any snacks, beverages on the Highway while riding.
  • Expenses of sightseeing, adventure activity, personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic
    beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, gratuities, etc.
  • Any Insurance
  • Any expenses incurred due to delays owing to Force Majeure conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

Payments and Cancellations:

  • A minimum of 50% of the total on the confirmation.
  • Cancellation Charges:
  • 2 months before departure – No Charge
    29‐60 days before departure ‐ 25% of total
    ‐10‐28 days before departure ‐ 50% of total
    ‐Less than 10 days before departure ‐ No Refund

Guidelines for Leh Ladakh Road Trip

1. On Arrival please rest for 24 Hours, as you are making a trip to High Altitude and would require time to adjust.

2. Have a lot of drinking water or any sort of fluid (with the exception of liquor).

3. While visiting any Gompa, Please take a Lamas Permission for Photo or Video Shoot.

4. It would be ideal if you wear an appropriate dress while visiting Gompas.

5. For Females: No Open Hair, Short Skirts or any Short Dresses permitted at Gompa.

6. For Males: No Short Pants or Sleeveless permitted at Gompa.

7. Kindly keep Gompa Rules while visiting.

8. Adhere to the directions of your outing chief for safe riding.

9. Continuously put your wellbeing gears like cap gloves knee cushions riding glass while riding.

10. This ride isn’t for novice riders all things considered among one of the world’s hardest streets.

11. One must have a substantial Driving License without it the individual in question won’t be allowed to ride a bicycle.

Note: Please don’t neglect to take the recommendation of your Family Doctor before visiting Ladakh for any sort of prescriptions.

Recommended Medicines:

  • Avomine – For Vomiting
  • D Cold – Illness
  • Combiflam – Body Pain
  • Vicks Balm
  • Diamox(250mg) – For High Altitude/High Pressure.
  • Saridon – Headache
  • Personal Medicines if any
  • Glucon D / Electralpowder & Camphor
  • Bandage, cotton, Dettol, Betadine, Burnol, violin spray, crepe bandages, scissors.
  • Dependel M
  • Strepsils
  • Vicks inhaler

Essentials:

  • T-Shirts (preferably dry‐fits)
  • Track Lowers
  • Thermal Inners
  • Rain Suit
  • Sweat Shirt
  • Shorts
  • Riding or Rubber Boots (AVOID Brand New)
  • Sun Cap
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Sunscreen – minimum 50spf
  • Sunglasses or Riding glasses
  • Down Jacket
  • Personal medication – if any
  • Backpack – Large of Saddle Bags  – which can be easily fitted on bikes
  • Penknife
  • Socks – min. 5 pairs (Cotton and Woollen
  • Riding gloves and Riding gears

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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