Do you want to go to the lands beyond the Himalaya? A place where there are lakes so blue and clear that you can see the reflection of mountains. Drive to treacherous heights through high motorable passes in Khardungla Top and ride on the back of double humped camels in Nubra Valley. Visit beautiful monasteries as you spot rare migratory birds, Snow leopards and such natural beauty that leaves you mesmerized and in awe. Experience Introspection coupled with an adrenaline rush as a magnetic hill pulls your car and colorful prayer flags rustle in the wind.
Highlights of Tour :
- Manali – Leh Drive – One of the most beautiful drives in the world
- Drive through Rohtang Pass (13050 feet)
- Pangong Lake – Get lured by the turquoise blue waters of the Pangong Lake
- Drive to Khardung La – the highest motorable road in the world at 18380 feet
- Desert safari on double humped Bactrian camel at Nubra Valley
- Leh Town – Visit Shanti Stupa, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and more!
- River Rafting and other activities
- Kargil – Visit the Kargil War Memorial
- Camp stays
- Enjoy the scenic beauty of the heavenly Srinagar
Reach Jammu and start the ride to Srinagar. You can save this day and keep it as buffer day if you ship bikes directly to Srinagar and fly out to Srinagar as there is nothing much good about the Jammu – Srinagar ride. Overnight stay at Srinagar.
Day 02 : Srinagar – Sonamarg – Drass – Kargil
Start from Srinagar early if you want to spend a couple of hours around Sonamarg. Srinagar – Sonamarg (80 KMs), Sonamarg – Zoji La – Drass (65 KMS), Drass – Kargil (55 KMS). Overnight stay at Kargil.
Day 03 : Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
Start early from Srinagar to visit the places on the route from Kargil to Leh. Depending upon the time you can visit maitreya at Mulbekh, Lamayuru monastery, Redzong monastery. Overnight in Leh.
Day 04 : Leh Local Sight Seeing + Arrange Inner Line Permits
Cover places around Leh town which includes Leh Palace, Leh Main Market, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Sankar Gompa, Namgyla Tsemo Gompa, Spituk etc depending upon the time on hand. You need to arrange the Inner Line Permits for Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar, Dha, Hanu. Write all these places on the inner line permits form. For more details regarding how download the inner line permits form, how to process the application faster, documents required and other details please check the link: Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh
Day 05 : Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder / Diskit
Enjoy a cup of soup at Khardung La top and do not forget to take pictures along the sign board of highest motorable road. Visit Diskit old and new monastery including the tallest Buddha statue in the noon. In the evening you can go for double humped camel ride at Hunder which is just 7 KMs ahead. Overnight at Diskit or Hunder.
Day 06 : Buffer Day OR Hunder / Diskit – Turtuk – Hunder / Diskit
Either keep this day as buffer day or make a day trip to Turtuk. Visit Hunder Monastery as well on this day if you like. Overnight at Diskit or Hunder.
Day 07 : Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
Sumur has a nice monastery named Samstemling Gompa I guess. Panamik has hot water springs. Overnight stay at Leh.
Day 08 : Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso
You can visit Hemis Monastery while going towards Pangong Tso from Leh. Overnight stay at Pangong Tso.
Day 09 : Pangong Tso – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
You can visit Thicksey Monastery and Shey Palace while coming towards Leh from Pangong Tso. Overnight stay at Leh
Day 10 : Leh – Sham Valley Sightseeing – Alchi / Uleytokpo / Leh OR Relax in Leh town
Visit Sham Valley on this day or relax in the Leh itself if you feel tired. Start early in the day to cover as much as possible in Sham Valley. Sham Valley includes, Alchi and Likir monasteries, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Gurdwara Pather Sahib, Indus and Zanskar Confluence at Nimmu.
Day 11 : Buffer Day OR Alchi / Uleytokpo – Dha and Hanu Villages – Alchi / Uleytokpo / Leh
You can keep this day as buffer day or you can visit the remote and beautiful Dha and Hanu Villages. If you plan to cover Dha and Hanu villages make you sure you applied their permits i.e. wrote their names while applying the inner line permits. Depending upon the time spent in the day you can either opt for overnight stay at either Alchi, Uleytokpo in tents or come back to Leh in night.
Day 12 : Alchi / Uleytokpo / Leh – Leh – Upshi – Chumathang – Tso Moriri
Visit Tso Moriri and from there you can start the journey back to Manali and further towards Delhi. Overnight stay at Tso Moriri. VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you tank up full at Leh and then at Upshi again. You will need to carry spare fuel to cover more than 550+ KMs as there will be no petrol pump for this much distance. Hence, tank up at both Leh as well as Upshi and carry spare fuel with you keeping in mind the mileage of your bike so that it can cover 600 KMs with tank full plus the spare amount you are carrying with you. Next petrol pump will come at Tandi on Manali – Leh Highway.
Day 13 : Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
Cover Tso Kar lake on your return journey. If you are carrying spare fuel with you then start from Tso Moriri else you will be starting from Leh on this day. Overnight stay in tented accommodations available at Sarchu. Bargain hard with different tented colonies.
Day 14 : Sarchu – Baralacha La – Darcha – Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
You will be covering Baralacha La Pass, Suraj Tal just as you descend from Baralacha La, Deepak Tal as you reach Patseo. Reach Manali by evening for the overnight stay.
Day 15 : Manali – Chandigarh / Ambala / Delhi
Start journey from Manali to halt either at Chandigarh / Ambala / Delhi. I guess at either of the place you can transport your bikes back to Bangalore.