|Best Time||June - Sep|
|Routing||Arrival Delhi - Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Tsokar - Tsomoriri - Nubra - Lamayuru - Leh - Delhi Departure|
The safari takes off from the verdant green valleys of Kullu-Manali, skirts the mysterious valleys of Lahoul, climbs over the passes of Rohatang (3990m) Tanglang La (5112 Mts.) and Baralacha La (4891 Mts.) to the awesome vistas of the tableland of "Little Tibet". You drive across three major mountain ranges of-the Greater Himalayas, Zanskar and Ladakh-to the foothills of the highest mountain mass of the world, the Karakorams or Mustagh, embossing the world's second highest peak, K2 (8611 Mts.). In between high passes and gorgeous gorges you traverse the legendary Moore plains and the surrealistic steppes of Sarchu. Finally you will visit the Nubra valley and Monasteries at Leh.
DAY 01 :
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport New Delhi, meet to our representative, transfer to hotel for rest of the night.
DAY 02 :
After an early breakfast drive to New Delhi railway station, board train to Kalka, on arrival meet to our mountain guide and chauffeur later drive 280 kms / 7-8 hrs to Manali, On arrival check in hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 03 :
After breakfast full day local sightseeing of Manali city. Hadimba Devi Temple, Situated at a distance of approximately 1.5 km from the main Manali, Hadimba Devi Temple is also known by the name of Dhoongri temple. Surrounded by thickly wooded forests, it has a 4-tier pagoda-shaped roof, an intricately carved doorway and beautiful mythological sculptures. You can also ride a Yak here. Manu Temple, is located in the Old Manali and can be reached after a half-hour trek on the hill. It enshrines Manu, who landed and settled down in Manali, after the great floods and became the progenitor of human beings. Vashisht Baths, is a small village, situated on the bank of River Beas. It is famous for a splendid temple, dedicated to Lord Rama, and hot springs that are said to have medicinal properties. Naggar, 28 km from Manali, Naggar is famous for Naggar Castle, which has now been transformed into a heritage hotel; Roerich Art Gallery and Uruswati Mueseum that houses paintings of the famous Russian painter, Nicholas Roerich. Roerich Art Gallery, was a Russian who settled down in the beautiful hills of the Himalayas after the revolution of 1917. He was a gifted painter, who dreamt of unifying the world through art. Rest of the time strolling in the local market. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04 :
(3142 M / 147 Kms / 6-7 hrs Drive)
After breakfast start your overland journey and drive to Jispa. This high altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range, connects the densely fertile and green Kullu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali slowly winding up mountain roads till Rohtang Pass at 3,950M which connects the Kullu to the Lahaul valley. On entering the Lahaul valley we see a distinct change with the Hindu influence being replaced with the Buddhist religion. Continue drive to Jispa via Keylong. On arrival check in hotel rest of the time is leisure for walk in the local village. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 :
(4253 M / 75 Kms / 4-5 hrs Drive) :
After breakfast proceed to Sarchu via Baralacha Pass (4880 M). Plenty of stops to capture the scenic grandeur of this majestic landscape dotted with snow capped peaks and high altitude lakes. After crossing the pass drop down to the vast Sarchu plains. Dinner and overnight in tents. Rest of the time leisure.
DAY 06 :
After breakfast drive to Tso Kar. (Salt Lake), It is a day where we will cross a number of passes the first of which already being passed Bara Lacha La. After going up to Lachung La climb up the Gatta Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends carved into the mountainside and then after descending once again wind your way up the Lachung La pass (4985M above sea level). From here the road twists its way to Pangong through an amazing canyon with sheer cliffs and rocky outcrops looming up on both sides of the road. Drive to Tso-Moriri via Sumdo Tibetan refugee village. On arrival check in fix tent and rest of the time visit Karzok village and monastery.
DAY 07 :
Full day trek surround the Tso Moriri lake is also called as white lake because of salt deposit around it. It is approx 45 kms northwest of the Tso -Kar. Overnight at Tso Moriri (Karzok Village)
DAY 08 :
(3520M, (280 kms / 6-7 hrs Drive) :
Early in the morning drive to Leh via Sumdo & Mahe Bridge, the driving is the most interesting as it goes through sandy deserts & rocky paths. After slowly zigzaging up to the Namshang-La, the drive follows a smooth descent and drive past the isolated Thasang Tso - a small torquoise lake which appears like an emerald of a queen's necklace. Drive to Leh via Sumdo and Chuma - Thang (3965M). Enroute stop at Mahe Bridge from where the road crosses to the south bank of the river by a bridge; it then follows the unmetalled road through Sumdo village up to join Puga stream. The drive from Sumdo to Mahe follows a narrow mountain gorge through green bushes. Packed lunch en-route. Chuma-Thang is known for its famous medicated hot water springs where people from various parts of Ladakh come for relieving their pains. Enroute drive past beautiful villages of Nurnis, Kery and Kadgam The Jeep drive through this part of the Indus valley is quite flat without much uphill or downhill drive, a wide open village. On arrival at Leh check in hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 09 :
After breakfast drive up along the scenic Indus valley. Enroute stop over to visit the famous Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Later drive back to hotel rest of the time visit local market.
DAY 10 :
After leisure breakfast commence full day local monasteries sightseeing, visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa, Stok Monastery, Stok Palace and Local market. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 11 :
(120 kms / 5-6 hrs Drive) :
Early morning drive to Nubra. The Nubra Valley lies in the north of Leh and is accessible over the Khardung la (18,380 ft.) one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The valley is on the trade route from Leh to Kharga via Saser and Karakoram passes. Apart from unparalleled trekking opportunities the valley houses several Buddhist monasteries such as Sumur (Khagar) and 350 years old Diskit Gompa famous for its murals. From Khardung la drive to the village of Khardung and then through starkly beautiful countryside to the TCP at Khalsar where permits have to be registered/checked. From here one has to turn to the left of Shyok River and drive for about 24 kms over a narrow steep road to Diskit where one has to stay in camps.
DAY 12 :
After breakfast walk upto Diskit monastery to witness the Morning Prayer ceremony. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the monastery through a long scattered chortens. The Gompa is one of the highest point near the village belonging to the yellow sect (Gelugpa). Parts of the gompa, which houses 120 resident monks, are about 700 years old. The Dukhang has many statues, one of which holds the head and left arm of Turkish invader believed to be about 5000 years old. Return to camp for lunch. Later visit Hunder Gompa. This is a small gompa belonging to the yellow sect. It is set amidst innumerable chortens and has a huge impressive statue of Chamba in the main prayer hall. The gompa was built at the time when King Namgyal came here with his wife Gyal Khatun. Meals overnight in the camp.
DAY 13 :
After breakfast drive downward Shyok River. An extremely rough and rocky stretch of flat ground. Cross the river over a bridge and arrive at the first village of Tirith. The road from here is extremely bad all the way upto Panamiki. The scenery however is spectacular with the snow-capped Karakoram Mountains in the background. The weather being much warmer in comparison to the Indus Valley, vegetation is thicker with a variety of trees and flowers. Visit the 150 years old Samasthanling Gompa at Bumur/Khagar. It is a big complex of seven temples including the Ricpoches room. Walk half an hour from the gompa to Tegar village where there is another small gompa. Walk through the village and explore the surroundings. Also a small lake lies there. Later, transfer to Leh. On arrival check in hotel for overnight.
DAY 14 :
(165 kms / 4-5 hrs Drive) :
Morning drive to Lamayuru. En route visit Rizong Gompa, after visit Lamayuru Monastery, is situated in between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che, on a steep rock mountain. It lies at a distance of approximately 127 km to the west of Leh town. Lamayuru Monastery belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism and houses approximately 150 Buddhist monks. The monastery is made up of a number of shrines and also has a very rich collection of thankas and magnificent wall paintings. At the outset, the Lamayuru Monastery consisted of five buildings, out of which only the central one exists today. Every year the Lamayuru Gompa plays host a masked dance, which takes place on the 17th and 18th day of the 5th month of Tibetan lunar calendar. drive back to Alchi, en route stop for photos at Moon Land, on arrival check in hotel or fix tent for overnight. Later drive back to Alchi and visit en route Rizong Monastery. On arrival at Alchi check in fix tent or hotel. Alchi Gompa dates back to the year 1000 AD and was built by the Translator, Rinchen Zangpo. He even made a reference about the monastery in his biographies. It is written that he brought thirty-two sculptors and wood carvers from Kashmir, for the construction of the Alchi Monastery of Leh Ladakh. The monastery is sited at a distance of approximately 67 km to the west of Leh. One can easily see an Indian touch in this monastery, especially in the way its paintings have been made. Three sacred temples, with the main one being that of Rinchen Lhakhang at Lotsa Lhakhang, make up a major part of the Alchi Gompa of Ladakh. Overnight at Alchi.
DAY 15 :
(3-4 hrs Drive) :
Morning drive to Basgo en route visit Likir Monastery. On arrival at Basgo check in local house for overnight staty. Enjoy the local food, folk dance and local wine.
DAY 16 :
Morning proceed to Leh en route visit Phyang Monastery. On arrival at Leh, check in hotel rest of the time visit local market. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 17 :
Early morning take flight to Delhi, on arrival at Delhi domestic airport meet to our representative and transfer to hotel near by the airport, Rest of the time New Delhi sightseeing. After farwell dinner transfer to International airport. End the Services.
|Delhi||The Corus||Hotel Sangrila|
|Manali||Hotel Highland||Banon Resort|
|Jispa||Hotel Ibex||Hotel Ibex|
|Sarchu||Fix Tent||Fix Tent|
|Tsomoriri||Fix Tent||Fix Tent|
|Leh||Hotel Meridian||Singge Palace|
|Nubra||Fix Tent||Fix Tent|
|Alchi||Sumdupling Guest House||Fix Tent|
|Basgo||Local House||Local House|