Drives of Life: Srinagar – Ladakh - Manali

Drives of Life: Srinagar – Ladakh - Manali

This Himalayan drive is perhaps a less thrilling than the one from Manali in the initial part of it, but for sure you will enjoy it in much more better way by passing from lush green Kashmir and gradually we enter into Leh.

Itinerary

(10 nights 11 days)

  • Day 1: Arrive Srinagar
  • Once you arrive at Srinagar you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your elegant and comfortable Hotel where you’ll enjoy modern conveniences and good accommodations. Rest of the day is at Leisure.
  • Day 2: Srinagar – Kargil (3140 M) 205 km/7 -8 hrs
  • Post breakfast, drive on to Kargil via Sonamarg. You could stop here for a while to explore the area. Enroute have lunch on your own. Later resume the drive and move into starkly contrasting mountain desert terrain as you cross the formidable Zoji La (3529 M) and reach Drass where you may stop to have lunch & see some landscape features made famous courtesy the Kargil conflict with Pakistan in 1999- Tolo- ling, Mushkoo Valley & Tiger Hill. Carry on and reach Kargil by late afternoon/evening. Check into rooms at the hotel. Evening free to relax.
  • Day 3: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh (3505 M) 190 / 238 km in 7 - 8 hrs
  • Leave after breakfast on a drive over Fotu La (4107 M) & Namika La (3780 M) to reach the moonscapes of Lamayuru. Walk up to the ancient gompa and have your lunch at a quaint cafeteria next to the gompa. Later you reach Khalsar and carry on along the Indus all the way to Leh – stop en route at Nimmu (confluence point of the Indus & Zanskar), Patthar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Point and the Hall of Fame – Army Museum. Reach Leh by evening. Check into hotel rooms. Rest of the day reserved for rest & acclimatization.
  • Day 4: In Leh visit select gompas, monuments & villages in Leh Valley
  • Post breakfast, visit Shey Monastery & Palace and then the famous Thiksey Gompa. Drive back and before Leh take a detour over the Indus to reach Stok Village. Enjoy a traditional Ladakhi meal in a village home later see Stok Palace & Museum. Enjoy the rest of the day in Leh seeing the Palace & Bazaar. Photo ops: the gompas & the monuments, the Stok & Rimo range of mountains from various vantage points, at Stok Village, in Leh Palace and at the Bazaar.
  • Day 5: Leh - Nubra Valley at Deskit (avg. alt. of Nubra Valley is 3048 M / 10000 ft) (140 km / 5 hrs)
  • After breakfast, leave by 0800- 0830 hrs on a stunning drive over the mighty Khardung La (5602 M) into the verdant Nubra Valley. We reach the base of the valley at Khalsar. Have your Lunch. Here the road forks & the broad valley get divided into two distinct parts by the Shyok & Nubra Rivers. The RHS branch goes all the way to Siachen Glacier. We move on the other branch and reach Deskit Village in the afternoon. Relax for while and early evening we drive about 10 mins to reach the dunes of Hunder, here those interested can enjoy a ride on the Double Humped Camels. Be back in Deskit by 1630 hrs and reach the vantage point with a huge outdoor statue of the Sakhyamuni Buddha near Deskit Gompa to enjoy great sunset views. Stay overnight in the hotel at Deskit.
  • Day 6: Deskit – Leh (140 kms / 5 hrs)
  • Leave after a leisurely breakfast, and drive back via Khalsar & over Khardung La to reach Leh in the afternoon. On arrival check into the hotel and later have a sumptuous hot meal. Rest of the day free for leisure.
  • Day 7: Leh – Pangong Tso (4260 M / 14000 ft) 150 km / 5 hr
  • Leave after a leisurely breakfast on an incredible drive from Leh on the road to Manali past Shey & Thiksey. At Karu we take a detour and start ascending to cross the Ladakh range over Chang-La (5,475 M / 17950 ft). At the foot of the pass on the other side we reach Tangse. Stop to enjoy your packed lunch in the Ladakhi style dining area of a local home-cum- guest house. Later carry on your drive and reach Pangong by early evening. Check into a Safari Tents bang on the lake shore at a campsite. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever changing blues and greens of the lakes brackish water.
  • Day 8: Pangong Tso – Hemis – Leh 165 km / 5 ½ hrs
  • Enjoy your early morning cuppa & a spectacular sunrise by the lake shore. On the drive back to Leh, take a detour at Karu to see the glorious Hemis Gompa atop a hill in the periphery of the Hemis National Park. Reach Leh by late afternoon. Rest a while and leave for the bazaar to shop for Thangkas, Chunky antique Silver Jewelry with Turquoise embellishments, mementos, Apricots & apricot based beauty products… Spend sunset at Shanti Stupa for unforgettable views of Leh Valley & town. Bid your adieus as you enjoy a grand farewell dinner and reach your hotel in time to turn in for the night.
  • Day 9: Leh - Serchu 253 Kms 8 - 9 hrs
  • Post breakfast drive to Serchu. Drive through some amazingly stark terrain to reach the second highest motorable pass; Tanglang La. Carry on & reach Serchu in the evening. Check into tents on arrival. Photo ops: a series of 21 switchbacks called the Gata Loops just after the Serchu Police Post; the moonscapes after Pang; at Tanglang La.
  • Day 10: Serchu – Manali 271 km / 9 hrs
  • Leave after breakfast, on a drive over Baralacha La, past Jispa, Keylong & then over Rohtang La to reach Manali by late evening. Check into your hotel rooms on arrival.
  • Day 11: Departure from Manali by Volvo Bus or transfer to Bhuntar or Chandigarh to catch onward flight
  • After completing check out formalities be ready for transfer to the airport for your return flight home taking with you the memorable moments you had during your stay in Ladakh.
Booking

Features

Distance Covered

Distance Covered

1650 Kms

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude

Khardung La - 5602 M / 18380 Ft

Best Time

Best Time

Mid June - Early September

Permits

Permits

Not Required for Indians. For Non Indian guests- we will manage the same

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