Srinagar – Leh- Manali itinerary:
26 June: Srinagar – Mulbek via Kargil & Sonmarg (07 – 08 Hrs
Leave in the morning and drive to Kargil, road passes through the panoramic village reach
Sonmarg (2740 Mtrs). After Sonmarg most rough road and wet Zojila pass 3527 Mtrs
(Gateway of Ladakh). Continue drive towards Drass (The second coldest inhibited place
in the world) we stop here for tea and passport check. Another two and half hours drive
will take us to Kargil (2710 Mtrs) which has got its importance after opening of Ladakh for
tourists in 1974. Overnight at guesthouse, Mulbek.
27 June: Mulbek – Leh (07 – 08 Hrs
Leave in the morning full day drive to Leh. Today we have to ascend three passes this day
will be tiresome but panoramic too. We have to cross the highest pass (Fotula 13749 ft.) on
Srinagar Leh route. At lunch time we will be at Lamayuru oldest monastery. Continue drive
to next village Nimu a view of Zanskar river following into Indus. Finally we reach Leh 3500
Mtrs. Overnight at guest house, Leh.
28 June: Around Leh- Shanti Stupa – Namgyal Tsemo – Leh
After a leisure breakfast you will be doing short sight seeing around upper Leh. Shanti Stupa,
built by Japanese master in 1995, and inaugurated by H.H.Dalai Lama of Tibet, from here
you can have the panoramic views of Leh and surrounding areas of Indus valley. Namgyal
Tsemo or the Victory peaks as it is called is on the top of Leh and it was an ancient Castle
of Ladakh King Drakpa Bumde and Lehche Spakar or the Leh Palace is in nine storey built
in 17th century by Ladakhi famous King Senge Namgyal. Now it is taken care of by the
Archaeological Survey of India. Overnight at guest house, Leh.
29 June: Stok palace – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis
After breakfast leave by jeep to visit Stok royal Palace, the present home of royal family
of Ladakh and you can visit the most beautiful royal museum for ancient ornaments,
Jewelleries, Crown of the King and the queen. Shey – The ancient capital of Ladakh,
17th century copper gilted statue of historical Buddha Sakyamuni. Thiksey, the most beautiful
Gelukpa monastery where the monastery boasts a 45ft Maiterya Buddha statue as one of its
attractions. Hemis, The Drukpa monastery located on the other side of the river Indus is the
biggest Drukpa Monastery and is well known for the world famous Hemis Festival and the
auspicious Thanka Painting, opened to public once in 12 years attracting world over tourists.
Overnight at guest house, Leh.
30 June: Nubra Valley- Khardong – Khalsar – Disket – Hunder (05 –
Early morning drive to Nubra Valley, Of all the valleys in Ladakh, Nubra is the most
luxuriant and fertile lays North of Leh with the mighty Karakoram Range forming its
northern boundary and the Ladakh range on its south. The valley is lush green as far as the
eye can see with glaciated peaks all round it. The route from Leh takes the travel far over
the Khardongla pass (5,600 m) the highest motorable road in the world. The view from the
top is amazing. One can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless
peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range. Diskit is the main village of Nubra division with
Diskit monastery on a sheer rock cliff, built in 16th century. 7 km from Diskit is Hunder
village where the shaggy double humped Bactrian camel is found. Camel riding in the sand
dune between Diskit and under village could be really fun and more interesting in this region.
Overnight at guest house in Hundar village.
01 July: Hundar – Sumoor – Leh
After breakfast visit the famous Samstangling monastery, (132 year old, founded by Lama
Tsultim Nima). Later trace back the road that you came from. Overnight at guest house, Leh.
02 July: Leh – Pangong Lake (05 – 06 hrs)
Early morning drive to Pangong Lake. The Pangong Lake is 160 km from Leh, with
spectacular views, colourful mountains and the Changla pass. The scenic view of colourful
mountains throughout the journey makes your trip memorable.
The drive begins with the spectacular view of Thiksey monastery, famous for its architectural
similarities with the Potala palace of Lhasa. The monastery covers an entire hill. Beyond this
village, you will drive towards the Changla pass (5,300 m), leaving the Leh Manali road on
your right hand side. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding
roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session
and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving
Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can
have a sudden view of the lake. The Pangong Lake view is dramatic, surrounded by colourful
mountains and it’s reflection makes the lake beautiful. The colour of the lake changes into
different colour throughout the day. The division of lake between India and China makes it
different than the other Lake. Therefore you are not allowed to go beyond a certain point.
Overnight halt at Pangong Resort.
03 July: Pangong lake – Leh
After a leisure breakfast, drive back to Leh by the same route you came yesterday. Reach Leh
by evening. Overnight at guest house, Leh.
04 July: Chumathang hotspring / Tsomoriri lake / Nomad area ( 8 – 10 hrs)
Drive to Tsomoriri Lake, which is situated at an altitude of 4511m above sea level; with an
area of about 140 Sq.km.It is the southern most and one of the largest lake in Changthang
region of Ladakh, India. The lakes remain frozen in the winter from December till March.
Its forms a huge enclosed basin fed by two main streams, one from the north side and other
from south –west. This creates extensive areas of wetlands and sheltered bays with small
islands. These wetlands form the prime habitat for breeding waterfowl including the globally
threatened, Black-necked crane and the Bar-headed goose. The third stream, which enters the
lake from the west, has formed a fertile alluvial plain, below the village of Korzok , one of
the highest inhabitants to be cultivate in the World. Overnight at Camp, Tsomoriri.
05 July: Tsokar via Taklang pass – Jispa (11 – 12 hrs)
After excursion at Tsomoriri lake drive to Tsokar lake, which means white lake because
of the evaporates found on the margins of the lake. Tsokar, an area of about 20 sq.km, is
situated at an altitude of 4530m above sea level and about 160 km southeast of Leh. In the
Rupshu Valley of Ladakh region. It situated between the Zanskar range in south-west the
Ladakh region in the north-east.
Tsokar is also called salt lake, as in ancient time local Changspa extract salts out of it and it
is surrounded by extensive areas of fresh and saline marshes and wet meadows, which host a
varieties of water birds, including Black-necked crane, great crested grebe, Bar-headed goose
and Tibetan Wild Ass- Kyang, great Tibetan Sheep-Nayan and Gazelle are found in this area.
An hour’s drive from Tsokar, we hit the Leh-Manali high way. Drive further for about 7 – 8
hours and reach Jispa by evening. Over night at Jispa camp.
06 July: Jispa – Manali (05 – 06 hrs)
After early breakfast leave for Manali and drive through the beautiful uphill road towards
Rohtang Pass (3195mt). Reach Manali by evening and overnight at hotel, Manali.
07 July: Manali
Explore Manali the whole day. Overnight at hotel.
8-Jul Sunday Delhi
9-Jul Monday Delhi to Mumbai Train
Registration fee: INR 5000
Camp Fee: 35000
The above costing includes:-
1. All accommodations in Leh, Nubra valley and Mulbek at guest houses on twin sharing and on
MAP bases (bed, breakfast and dinner).
Accommodation at Pangong lake, Tsomoriri lake and Jispa in deluxe camping also on MAP
bases. Accommodation in Manali at ‘B’ class hotel also on MAP bases.
2. All transport from Srinagar till Manali drop (Scorpio/Quails/Tavera).
3. All Innerline permits and wildlife fee.
Does not include:-
1. Train fares
2. Accommodation in Jammu, Srinagar & Delhi
3. Travel from Jammu to Srinagar & Manali to Delhi
4. Alcohol of any type, soft drinks and mineral water.
5. Staff tips.
6. Monastery and monumental fees.
7. Any that is not mentioned under “includes”