This adventure will take you from the scorching heat of the North India plains to the interior regions of the Mighty Himalayan Deserts of Ladakh. We will pass through the highest motor able Passes of the world with snow walls, picturesque locations, scattered and remote villages. Where one encounter incredible, gentle, easy to interact, outgoing, and helpful, hard-working, God-fearing, people of this region. Savor legendary hospitality of the natives of this region.
The excellent uniformity of the three primary colors of the topography of the Ladakh are brown earth, chocolaty mountains, and white snow topping. The sight of a flock of sheep and mountain goats in the background of glacial streams coming down from the gigantic mountains is a treat to the eyes. Spirituality in ancient monasteries, fantastic sunrise, and colorful sunsets, starry nights for stargazing, light and shadow dance on the mountains, a symphony of crashing waves of the mighty rivers with crystal clear aqua blue water, against the imposing backdrop of grand Himalayan Ranges, unique Tibetan oriented culture, Moon land like topography, photographer’s paradise, abundant wildlife, heaven for ornithologist, unique, Colorful festivals, pristine, shimmering high altitude lakes, double hump Bactrian camel safari in dunes, traditional music, and dance forms, local cuisine, rugged barren mighty mountain ranges to meadows, lakes, gardens and fruit orchards of Kashmir. This adventure has got something for everyone, whether an ardent traveler or a honeymooner, but not for chicken-hearted.
Departure from Manali and the Trip Calls off at Srinagar.
As per schedule
On this day, we will move from Manali to Keylong/Jispa early in the morning through Atal Tunnel.
Jispa: This place is at the altitude of 3200 meters on the way to Ladakh. People going to Ladakh make night stay at this place for their onwards journey on the bank of Bhaga River, originating from Bara Lacha Pass. The sound of the flow of the river is quite soothing in the silence of the wilderness.
Overnight stay will be in Jispa/Keylong
On this day, we will move from Jispa to Sarchu, which is also a halting place on the way to Leh. The splendor of barren and remoteness of this adventurous drive is an epic of excitement, awe-inspiring, and full of unmatched landscapes.
We will stop at Suraj Taal (Lake) for a brief session of photography. The road is a continuous ascent with several hairpin bends up to Bara Lacha Pass. Admire the 360 degrees fabulous views from Bara Lacha Pass at the height of 4892 meters. Continue the descent to Sarchu, our night halt.
Suraj Taal: The Lake of the Sun God is the third highest lake in India and is the source of Bhaga River at the height of 4800 meters, just below Bara Lacha Pass. The lake with its crystal clear greenish water, breath takings surrounding views with the silence of wilderness is just awe-inspiring with authenticity. It qualifies for a photo-shoot session for happy memories.
Bara Lacha Pass: The pass act as a boundary between Lahaul district in Himachal and Leh District of Ladakh. Ice walls, ice tunnels with a serpentine black strip of road, where ever one can look out will find snow everywhere. The misty landscape, rustic surroundings, unspoiled, authentic environment, and photogenic surroundings are some of the highlights of this adventurous location.
Due to its high altitude, one should be very careful about AMS and drink a lot of water to remain hydrated throughout this adventure. Overnight stay will be in camps.
Sarchu: At the altitude of 4400 meters, this will probably be the highest place on earth where one had spent the night with a cold breeze, perfect for star gazing at the camping site. In some way, it is similar to Ladakh and around 240 km from Leh, the capital of Ladakh.
Generally, travelers rushed to Leh from Jispa. Still, at Adventure Delight, we strive that our guests appreciate the Icy winds, changing surreal landscape, high mountain passes, twisting road with numerous hairpin bends, crystal clear lakes at their own speed. All these experiences are not possible if we drive straight to Leh from Jispa. Moreover, the sunrise in the morning is spectacular from the Sarchu campsite.
On this day, we will be crossing high mountain Passes like Nakee La 15,547 feet, Lachang La (16,600 Feet), and Baralacha La (17,469 feet). The journey is full of excitement and amazement, with rugged mountains, snow-clad passes, and scenic topography. We will make a brief halt at all the passes on the way for photographic sessions of your memorable adventurous journey. At Tanglangla, due to scarcity of oxygen causing breathlessness, we will have a brief halt. The spectacular rock formations will greet you with their majestic splendor on the descent from Tang-lang-La towards Leh. It will be a long journey, and we will be reaching Leh in the evening.
Tanglang La: This is the second-highest motor able pass globally, with piercing chilly winds, resulting in freezing temperature but beautiful sights all around. Snow walls, snow tunnels, and all-white wherever one can see. one must carry sufficient warm clothes to withstand cold winds in minus degree temperatures. It is also advisable to have camphor to avoid breathlessness.
Overnight stay will be in Leh.
The Capital of Ladakh has many gompas. This day adventurers will be free to visit sites around Leh like Shey Palace, Patthat Saheb Gurudwara, and stroll in the primary Market or visit on foot old Leh City at their own pace. At the same time, Adventure Delight staff will get processed all the permits and permissions required to visit incredible destinations of Ladakh. Overnight stay will be in Leh.
After breakfast, we will proceed for Nubra valley crossing the highest motorable pass of the world, Khardung La (18380 feet). Halt at North Pullu, the base camp for Siachin Glacier for breathtaking landscape and photographic sessions. Visit Hundar, famous for the Bactrian camels with a double hump. Enjoy the ride at an extra cost. Visit Diskit Monastery and be amazed at its location. Then proceed to the camping site for an overnight stay.
Nubra Valley: It was part of the ancient silk trade route between India and China. The flat plateau, dunes, gigantic mountains backdrop of blue sky in the company of greenish waters of Shyok River the unique setting of this place is difficult to describe in words. Nubra Valley’s rugged mountains, stark slopes, and Shyok Rivers flowing beside is heavenly bliss for all adventurers and is a paradise for photographers.
Diskit Monastery or Gompa: It is a hilltop monastery facing Shyok River towards Pakistan. It has a Giant Buddha statue called Maitrye Buddha. Tibetan Buddhists believe in reincarnation. Hence this statue is of Future Buddha or Maitreya Buddha. The reason for its creation was to promote world peace and the protection of Nubra Valley.
The statue of Buddha is quite colorful and is a treat to the eyes and soul. Still, the sights from the top offer stunning views of mighty mountains, deep valleys, and especially the living rooms of the monks behind the statue cut out like steps from the mountain.
Overnight stay will be in Nubra Valley.
On this day we will move to Pangong –Tso. The high altitude lake at 4350 meters is a saline lake that completely freezes in winters. It is 134 meters long, and sixty percent of the same lies in Tibet. The waters of Pangong-Tso do not flow into an outer water body like a river or ocean. It is a self-contained lake with crystal clear water.
It is famous for its changing colors from blue, green, and red at different times. The sunrise and sunset are mesmerizing. In the morning, the color of the snow-capped mountains changes from white to blood red. In the evenings, the water of the lake sparkles like pearls and is a sight to behold.
The reflection of the brownish mountains with white snow on the top reflects in the blue waters of the lake. It is out of a world experience. Overnight stay will be at Pangong-Tso.
On this day, after breakfast and witnessing one of nature’s wonders, the sunrise, we will move for Leh. On the way, we will visit Hemis Monastery.
Chang La Pass: It is a high-altitude pass that we have to cross to reach Leh. It is 5360 meters high. It is snow-covered most of the time of the year.
One should not stay at the top for more than 20 minutes due to a lack of oxygen and can experience breathlessness. We will halt at this place just for a moment to take pictures for our memory and move to our next destination.
Hemis Monastery: It is on the hilltop at the Gateway town of Hemis Wild Life Sanctuary. It dominates the surrounding area. The priest of Nalanda Monastery in Bihar escaped the plundering army of the Turkish to this serene location in ancient times. It is the wealthiest monastery with a copper statue of Lord Buddha and Guru Rinpoche (The reincarnate of Lord Buddha) and stupas made up of gold and silver. It is a very well-maintained monastery that houses a museum. One can have a sight of rare Tankas with artifacts and ancient manuscripts. The top portions are the residence for the Buddhist Nuns, Chomaling, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding valley.
It is without any doubt a fantastic combination of spiritual experience and an exciting natural landscape, which leaves an unforgettable mark on every visitor.
Overnight stay will be in Leh.
On this day, we will start for the Kargil. On the way, we will briefly halt at Patthar Saheb, Magnetic Hill, Confluence of River Zanskar, and Indus. Lamayuru (The Moon Land) is also on the way to Kargil. Overnight stay will be in Kargil.
Patthar Saheb Gurudwara: It is a serene place and house of worship of Khalsa Panth proudly maintained by the Indian army with legendry hospitality. Irrespective of caste, creed, or religion, everyone gets Langar and Prasad.
Magnetic Hill: The surroundings of this place create an optical illusion as if the car is moving up towards the hill. It has got a beautiful landscape.
Lamayuru (The Moon Land): In the middle of Leh and Kargil trans Himalayan road lies this wonder of nature. It has got unique topography like the surface of the Moon, hence the name Moon Land. It feels like you are on a different planet. Just above the road is an ancient Monastery and is famous for its unique frescoes. From the top of the monastery, one can have a look at the entire unique landscape.
Overnight stay will be in Kargil.
We will move to Srinagar, the capital city of Kashmir, through Zozila Pass and Sonmarg. The barren brown mountain will give way to snow-covered mountains at Zozila Pass and ultimately to beautiful green meadows of Sonmarg of this photogenic Srinagar-Leh highway. We will be arriving in the evening at Srinagar. Overnight stay will be in Srinagar.
Zozila Pass: It is purely incredible, out of this world, daring, exhilarating, magnificent, and exceptionally photogenic at the altitude of 3528 meters.
Sonmarg: It is a historical trade outpost on the ancient Silk Route between India and China. The complete contrast between Ladakh and Kashmir is quite striking. Barren high mountains of High Altitude desert Ladakh giving way to green-carpeted meadows, tall pine trees, aqua blue crystal clear water, flocks of sheep grazing on the green fields of Kashmir. In the background of snow-capped mountains, a symphony of flowing Indus River adds to the charm of this exciting and fantastic destination which generates a surreal feeling.
Tourist are advised to book evening flight or transport from Srinagar, so that in the morning Mughal Garden and sunrise boat ride can be under taken.
Tour concludes. If informed in advance, we at Adventure Delight will be more than happy to make your further travel arrangements.
Available dates for Booking: June 11, 2022, May 14, 2022
Ans. It is the union territory in India bordering Tibet, Himachal Pradesh, and Kashmir.
Ans. There are regular flights to Leh from Delhi. By road, one can reach Ladakh via Manali-Leh (The capital town of Ladakh) and the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh route.
Ans. Nubra Valley is in the Union Territory of Ladakh in India. It is 150 km away from the capital city of Leh across the highest motorable pass of the world, Khardung-La.
Ans. Nubra valley is famous for Bactrian camels, Diskit monastery, dunes, colorful Shyok River, and gigantic mountains with light and shadow play. It is a paradise for photography enthusiasts and all tourists with myriad tastes.
Ans. The Pangong Lake lies around 220 km from Leh across Changla Pass on India China border. It takes about six hours to reach Pangong Lake from Leh. It is approximately 160 km long, and one-third of the Pangong Lake is in India, and the rest is in China. The altitude of Pangong lake is 4350 meters.
Ans. It is famous for its quality of changing colors at different times of the day. In the morning it looks blue, in the afternoon it looks grey, and in the evening it appears red. It is one of the highest saline water lakes in the world. During the evolution process of the Himalayas, saline seawater got trapped and without an outlet. It took the shape of a lake. Pangong Lake has no aquatic life because it freezes totally during winters and is a brackish water lake.
Ans. In comparison to Ladakh, Spiti Valley is small, but it bundles lakes, monasteries, wildlife, and spirituality in an immersive experience. In contrast, Ladakh is vast, and the villages are far apart. It is easy to interact with people in Spiti Valley. Due to the distant location of Ladakh villages, it is a little bit difficult to gain knowledge about their cultural way of life. But from the tourism point of view, both these destinations offer numerous attractions and have charm of their own.