Manali-Leh-Manali

Duration: 10 days
Season: Mid June to September
Region: Kullu – Manali , Lahaul and Ladakh
Maximum altitude: 5578 Mts. (Khardug La)

The Itinerary

Day 01: Manali (2050 Mts.)

Arrive Manali, check in a hotel. Local sightseeing of Manali in the evening. Visit Hadimba temple, Tibetan Monetary and Manali town. Overnight in a hotel at Manali.

Day 02: Manali – Keylong/Jispa over the Rohtang Pass (3978 Mts.) – 115 Kms. 5/6 Hrs

The road from Manali onwards is maintained by the Army and remains through barely four to five months because of heavy snow. Though the road up to Leh is on a rugged terrain, yet the 51km long patch up to Rohtang Pass is through the lush green mountains. After crossing the Pass on the Pirpanjal range, the road descends upto Khoksar and crosses the Chandra river. From here onwards the road is constantly on the bank of the river upto Tandi, the confluence of rivers Chandra and Bhaga. the river gets a new name-Chandrabhaga from Tandi and flows via Kishtwar in Jammu further to Pakistan. The drive is spectacular one gets the pleasure of driving on a trans-Himalayan landscape. After Tandi the road crosses river Bhaga and starts winding upto Keylong (3350 Mts.) It is the administrative headquarter of Lahaul and Spiti district. Overnight in a hotel at Keylong/ Jispa.

Day 03: Keylong/Jispa – Leh (3505 Mts.) – 322 Kms. 10/11 Hrs

Since today’s drive is the longest and over four high altitude passes it has to start early in the morning. The drive upto Suraj tal, source of river Bhaga is almost along river Bhaga, Occasionally gaining height and again coming back on the river bed. The route passes through Darcha and Patseo, and gains height upto Baralacha Pass (4891 Mts.) through Zing-zing bar. Baralacha Pass is on Greater Himalayan range. After descending the Pass barren landscape becomes positively lunar, dusty plains covered with scattered boulders stretch into the distance but the long patch of greenery of Sarchu reminds the existence of greenery in the world.

After a drive on long leveled and straight road, we cross a rivulet and enter into Ladakh. There after a climb on 21 hair pin bends brings us on Nakeela Pass (4915 Mts.), the Lachungla Pass (5066 Mts.) After about 90 kms. Drive including 50 kms on more plains, we cross Tanglangla Pass (5445 Mts.)The drive has wonderful and awesome barren and unparallel beauty. Later we meet the meandering river Indus at Upshi (3380 Mts.). From here onwards this river gives constant company upto Leh (3505 Mts.). The Indus is historically and geographically one of the great rivers, from which Name of our country India is derived. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

Day 04: Local sightseeing – Leh

Leh is the headquarter of Ladakh. Ladakh is a land like no other bounded by two gigantic Mountains ranges—-the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. It is famous for its colorful festivals held in Buddhist monasteries. The main attractions of   these festivals are dance-drama enacted by Lamas donning colorful robes.  Leh has number of historic monuments starting with the 9 storey Leh palace built in 17th century. Shey Palace – about 15 kms. from town was built about 550 years ago as the old summer palace of kings of Ladakh. It has a temple housing 3 story high Budha statue. This 12 meter high statue is the largest golden statue in Ladakh. It is made of gold and gilded copper sheets. Thikse Monastery – 17 kms. from town. About 500 yrs old monastery is built on hill above the Indus and has the largest contingent of monks. On the way vist Sindhu darshan and Stok Palace. Enjoy the evening at Shanti Stupa overlooking the beautiful Leh town. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

Day 05: Leh – Pangong lake (4267 Mts.) –  Leh :  154 Kms. 4/5 Hrs one way

Today’s drive takes us across beautiful villages of Shey and Thikse.The Ladakh range of mountains is crossed at Changla Pass (5475 Mts.) Pangong lake at 4267 Mts is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. A narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly 6 – 7 Kms. at its widest point and over 130 kms. long is bisected by International border between India and China. Back to Leh in the evening. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

Note : You can opt to stay overnight in a camp at Pangong Lake adding an additional day to your itinerary ( additional charges ) before finalizing your tour programme .

Day 06: Leh  –  Nubra  ( Deskit 3048 Mts.)– 150 kms. 5/6 Hrs

The drive from Leh is over the world’s highest road Khardungla Pass (5578 Mts.)The view

from the Pass is amazing. One can see all the way south over the Indus valley, peaks and ridges of Zanskar range and north to the giants of Saser massifs. Nubra is along the foot hills of the great Karakoram range. The main village of Nubra valley is Deskit (3048 Mts).From Deskit one can visit Hundar an area of rolling sand dunes, their contours apparently solid yet liable to shift with every gale. A safari can be undertaken on Bactrian double humped camels (at an extra cost), available at Hunder. Overnight in a hotel at Deskit/ Hundar.

Day 07: Nubra – Leh 150 Kms. 5/6 Hrs

Drive back to Leh. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

Day 08: Leh – Sarchu (4290 Mts.) 255 Kms. 8/9 Hrs

After an early breakfast we check out from the hotel and drive to Sarchu over Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft. At Pang you can stop for lunch and continue driving to Lachungla pass (5066 Mts.) and  Nakeela Pass (4915 Mts.). Upon arrival in Sarchu we check in at Camp for overnight.

Day 09: Sarchu – Manali (2050 Mts.) 222 Kms. 8/9 Hrs

Today we start our journey to Manali via Baralacha Pass (4891 Mts.), Keylong & Rohtang Pass (3978 m). Manali, Located in the most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. Upon arrival we check in at our hotel. Evening at leisure to explore the area on your own and overnight stay at the hotel

Day 10: Depart Manali

Check out after  breakfast. The programme concludes here.

Note: Programme schedule can be changed due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Vehicles used as:

  • Scorpio/Xylo/Innova/Tavera

Cost includes:

  • All travels by Innova/Xylo/Scorpio as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels/camp on twin sharing basis on MAP Plan as per the itinerary. (Rooms with breakfast and dinner only)
  • Permit fee where ever applicable.
  • All applicable taxes

Cost does not include:

  • Transportation to reach Manali and back to your destination. However, arrangements of travelling can be made on request.
  • Any airfare.
  • Tips for hotels / driver etc
  • Camel ride in Nubra valley
  • Any accidental, emergency, travel or medical Insurance.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Beverages or drinks of any sort, including soft drinks or bottled / mineral water.
  • Any charges to visit monument/ heritage buildings and photography or camera charges.
  • Any transportation charges or transfers which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any charges for a manual or helicopter evacuation, hospitalisation in case of a medical emergency or the like.
  • Unforeseen expenses beyond our control due to natural calamity / road block/ mechanical failure if any / uncertain strike / political disturbance etc.