Manali – Leh,MANALI
Trip Title: Manali to Leh Ladakh & Fly Out Type: Adventure + Culture + Scenic Beauty + high Altitude Lake Duration: 09 nights / 10 days Best Time: June to Mid Sep Grade: Moderate to Strenuous Maximum Altitude: 6726 Ft ASL / 17582 Ft) Trip Highlights: Manali Town, Rohtang Pass / Chandra and Bhaga Rivers, Keylong , Darcha, Baralacha –Pass , Sarchu, - Tanglangla - Leh city – Khardungla pass – Pangong Lake – Monasteries – Fort and Palaces – Alchi Lamayuru – Sham Valley . Manali: One of the most beautiful hill station in North nestled in north Himachal Pradesh. Lush green valley waits for your arrival. Your overland safari Mnalai to Ldakh begins very next day of your arrival in Manali to reach at Rohtang Pass ( 13000Ft Appox) which differ Lahaul valley & Spiti valley extreme North + North East of Himachal Pradesh and Manali valley. Descending down from Rohtang pass suddenly overall vegetation get change which will make you feel to enter in different world. Following the Chandra & Bhaga rivers this is recommended to stop at either Keylong which is the district headquarter of this region or bit further away to Jispa just before you ascend to baralacha Pass. Jispa onwards you will encounter the second pass called Bara Lacha Pass surrounds by heavy snow and offers an incredible view of Trans Himalayan ranges. Further drive to Sarchu a flat ground driving an altitude of around 4000meter above sea level will be another major attraction. Gradual climb to reach at Pang where you may find some seasonal tea shop and eat some food. Leh: one of the most beautiful city situated at an altitude of 3500 M ASL famous for highest high altitude airport an ethnic / Ancient and colorful city. Monasteries, fort and palaces, gateway to Silk route, Hub for Buddhist culture for red sect and yellow sect. lush green valley around river Indus and agricultural fields and business hub for this region. Much more to explore in and around Leh. Khardungla Pass & Nubra Valley: highest motorable pass in the world which make you feel being at the roof top of the world. This pass differ Nubra valley and Leh valley. border with Pakistan in north west and Tibet in north east. Nubra means valley of Flowers a silk route to Siachen Glacier and way to Pakistan. Lush green valley with two hump camel awaits for your arrival. Pangong Lake: one of the most beautiful high altitude lake in the north east of Leh city. Considered approx 150 long lake has around 25% in India and rest in Tibet. Changes its color as per the sun light and you may see the spectrum of its reflection from different angle. Approx 150 kms drive on the way worth visiting to see the silent witness of God’s creation. Alchi - Lamayuru Valley: Driving in the west following Indus river at the confluence of Zanskar and Indus river you may encounter some of other monasteries you will reach at Alchi which is only one monastery in Ladakh constructed in a flat ground. Further drive to Lamayuru Monastery you will encounter a strange formation of landscape called Moon Valley. A picturesque monastery belongs to centuries years old. Further drive takes to Fatu La you would like to stop at Mulbekh to see an image of Buddha Carved on a large stone. Kargil is the headquarter of this region and close to India – Pakistan border
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Day 01 :- Arrive Manali and overnight stay
Arrive Manali . Our Representative will meet at bus stand and will transfer you to the hotel. Day free at leisure to acclimatize, do last minute shopping around for the motorbike safari . Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 :- Drive from Manali to keylong (115 Kms)
On your bikes from Manali to Keylong proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road point and gateway to LAHAUL and SPITI valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November end to May end. Visitors can drive upto MARHI below ROHTANG with similar high altitude topography, forest of Birch, Fir and Spurce. Once we cross the Rohtang Pass (3980 m) and enroute crossing several villages of Lahaul valley like Khoksar, Sissu, Gondla and Tandi the confluence of Chandra & Bhaga Rivers. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening free to explore Keylong town. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 :- Keylong to Sarchu (107 Kms)
On your bikes from Keylong to Sarchu get prepared for the most interesting overland high altitude drive up to Leh. May take approx 10 hours. You will arrive at Darcha ( 3500 Meter) is situated at the junction of Yotche Nullah and the Zangskar chhu which takes off from the Shinkun la. Both these nullahs meet with the main river Bhaga at this place. This is the main point for the trek lovers wish to enter in Zanskar valley or up to Leh. Your drive from this place will take to BaraLacha Pass ( 1620 Ft) and further drive to Sarchu which is nearly the mid point of Manali Leh route. Check in at your Deluxe Camp and spend a beautiful evening at the High altitude camp.
Day 04 :- Sarchu to Leh
On your bikes from Sarchu proceed for Leh en-route crossing Nakeela and Lachalung-la Pass (16,617 ft.). Break for lunch at Pang and then drive on towards Leh passing through Skyangchu Thang (a vast plateau stretching for 42 kms) and then crossing Taglang-La (17,585ft) and driving through the upper Indus Valley. Reach Leh by evening. Your further drive will take you to Upsi by crossing river Indus and follow the highway up to Leh. Check in at your hotel and overnight stay
Day 05 :- In Leh ( day for city tour )
After breakfast ride your bikes to Nimo to witness the confluence of Zanskar & Indus River. Return to Leh enroute visiting Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 :- Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La Pass 138 km
Today we take a day to ride into the Nubra Valley. The route from Leh to the Nubra Valley is one of the most scenic in Ladakh making its way over the world’s highest motorable pass, the Khardung-La (5540m /18380ft), and into the picturesque Nubra Valley. Where the rest of Ladakh is arid and barren, Nubra blooms and blossoms in many colours. It is a small stretch of land between 3 and 5 km wide in the northern part of Ladakh nestled at the foot of the Karakoram ranges. Overnight in tents in Nubra Valley.
Day 07 :- Nubra Valley to Leh 138 km
Return to Leh by evening and shop in the Main Bazar in Leh, a fairly compact area, selling everything from papier-mache and pashmina to silverware and semi-precious stones. Bargaining is important – in most cases begin by quoting a price which is a third of what the shopkeeper has quoted. Overnight in hotel at Leh.
Day 08 :- Leh/ Pangong Lake (160 kms/ 6-7 hrs)
On your bikes leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft), through Changla Pass 17,350 ft., it is the third highest motorable road in the world. Arrive Pangong, which is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake. Overnight in camp.
Day 09 :- Pangong/ Hemis/ Thiksey/ Shey palace / Leh (185 kms/ 8-9 hrs)
After Breakfast drive back on your bikes to Leh, enroute visit Hemis, Thikse Monastery and Shey Palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 :- Transfer to airport
After breakfast you may join your post bike safari tour or check out form the hotel and your own arrangements