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Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram Himalaya, it is a high-altitude desert located at the western edge of the Tibetan plateau. Its awe-inspiring landscape has been modified and sculpted into its spectacular shape by wind and water over the millennia.
The moon-like scenery is extraordinary: stark and barren but interspersed with isolated settlements of green oases full of swaying poplar trees, apricot orchards and cultivated farmland.
Despite the rugged terrain and high altitude, the people of Ladakh exhibit a natural joie de vivre and their customs and lifestyle are a continuum from the past.The vibrancy and colour of their cultural traditions can be seen in the many local festivals that take place all through the summer.

Trip Highlights:
- Paragliding in Manali - start the trip on a high!
- Cross the famous Manali-Leh highway and some of the world's highest roads.
- Visit the Magnetic Hill, Indus-Zanskar Confluence and the Alchi monastery.
- Stay at camps in Sarchu, Turtuk, and by the lake at Pangong Tso.
- Visit Khardung La, known to be one of the world's hghest motorable roads.
- Drive deeper into the Nubra Valley than ever before to the village of Turtuk!



 

 

  Itinerary:    

   
 
Day 1: Delhi – Manali
(Distance: 565 km, Travel Time: 12-14 hrs, Elevation: 2,050m/6,726ft)
 
Departure from New Delhi in the evening on board a Deluxe Coach to Manali. Overnight bus journey.
 
Day 2: Explore Manali
 
Manali is located at the northern end of Kullu valley. 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. Start the day with paragliding near the Solang Valley, rest of the evening at leisure to explore the town.
 
Day 3: Manali – Rohtang – Keylong – Jispa – Baralacha La – Sarchu
(Distance: 51km/64km/30km/43km/42 km– 230km; Travel Time: 8-10 hrs;
Elevation: Rohtang– 3,978m / 13,051ft, Keylong– 3,350m/10,991ft, Jispa– 3,182m/10,439ft, Baralacha La - 5045m /16,551ft, Sarchu – 4,290m/ 14,075ft)
 
The toughest part of the journey, the drive from Manali to Leh. The highway is open only between June and September when snow is cleared from the road by the Indian Army. It connects the Kullu valley, 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.
 
Day 4: Sarchu – Lachulung La – Tanglang La – Leh
(Distance: 54km/81km/109km– 244km; Travel Time: 6-7 hrs;
Elevation: Lachulung La – 5,059m / 16,598ft, Tanglang La – 5,359m / 17,582 ft, Leh – 3,505m/11,500ft)
 
Depart early morning from Sarchu. Crossing over the picturesque Lachulung La, More Plains and Tanglang La, we arrive in Leh by late afternoon. Relax after the long journey or walk around Leh town in the evening.
Note: Those opting to fly in directly would me met upon arrival at Leh by our representative and assisted to the hotel to be joined by the group.
 
Day 5: Around Leh – Patthar Sahib – Magnetic Hill – Confluence - Alchi
(Distance: Patthar Sahib – 25km; Magnetic Hill – 3km; Confluence – 7km; Alchi – 25km)
 
Leh, the capital city of Ladakh is a historical transit point for caravans of the bygone Silk Route, and still looks and feels like a trading post of the ancient past. After a leisurely morning here, we drive to the Patthar Sahib Gurudwara, the magnetic hill and the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers.
Then we drive across the Indus to Alchi, nestled in a secluded, tree-lined spot, it harbors an extraordinary wealth of ancient wall paintings and wood sculptures, miraculously preserved for over 900 years inside five mud-walled temples. Head back to Leh by the evening.
 
Day 6: Leh – Chang La – Pangong Tso
(Distance: 78km / 82km – 160km, Travel Time: 5-6 hrs;
Elevation: Chang La – 5,425m/17,800ft, Pangong – 4,250m/13,943ft)
 
Drive to Pangong Tso – a high altitude lake in the Ladakh Himalayas. It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet. Two thirds of the length of this lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. Along the way we traverse the high Chang La, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors.
 
Day 7: Pangong Tso– Leh
(Distance: 164km, Travel Time: 5-6 hrs)
Elevation: Leh – 3,505m/11,500ft)
 
Drive back to Leh over the scenic Changthang ranges. Reach Leh by the afternoon, evening at leisure.
 
Day 8: Leh – Khardung La – Hunder – Turtuk
(Distance: 37km / 90km / 90km – 217km; Travel Time: 6-7hrs;
Elevation: Khardung La – 5,602m/18,380ft, Hunder – 3,245m/10,646ft)
 
Driving from Leh, we climb quickly to Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes, and then to Hunder in the Nubra Valley, famous for its unique landscapes with desert like sand dunes and double humped bactrian camels. We then drive deeper into the Nubra Valley, crossing the world's highest airstrip at Thoise to Turtuk which has only recently been opened to travellers.
 
Day 9: In Turtuk Village
 
The highlight of this trip, the remote village of Turtuk, which was once a part of Baltistan, is open to travellers. Besides the amazing scenery, there is an ancient fort and a monastery, springs with healing properties and pearls to be picked up in the mountains. The area boasts of rare wildlife: marmots, ibex and the elusive snow leopard. We spend the day exploring the area and stay at the Turtuk Holiday Camp, a brand new property surrounded by Apricot orchards.
 
Day 10: Turtuk – Diskit – Leh
(Distance: 98km / 119km – 217km, Travel Time: 6-7hrs)
 
Heading back over the Khardung La we drive back to Leh. En route we stop at the Diskit Gompa dating back to the 14th century.
 
Day 11: Leh – Fly Out
Airfare not included.
 
Transfer to the airport to catch the early morning flight back to New Delhi. Pick up and transfers from the airport on arrival can be arranged on special request.

















 
         
  Package and Pricing    

- 11 Days - Drive In and Fly Out - INR 35,600/- per person

- 8 Days - Fly In and Fly Out - INR 26,700/- per person

Economy options also available. Please use the contact form below to get details.


Inclusions:
 
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in comfortable hotels in Leh.
- Accomodation on twin sharing basis in deluxe camps in the Nubra Valley and at Uleytokpo
 
- Meals: Breakfast only in Leh.
- Meals: All meals – Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner during stay at camps in Nubra Valley and Uleytokpo.
 
- All transport in Ladakh by SUV’s (Scorpios/Xylos/Innovas)
- Trip leader for the entire duration of the trip.
- Airport transfers for arrival and departure.
- Inner Line Permits and Wildlife fees for restricted areas.
   
Exclusions:
- Any Airfare
- Personal expenses like laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, entrance and camera fees, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
 
- Any Insurance
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
   
 
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