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9 Nights / 10 Days
Availability : June - Sep
Chandigarh
Leh
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 20

Start your dream holiday drive from Chandigarh located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in northwest India to the Trans Himalayan region of Ladakh. Experience the drive to Manali in the western Himalayas and through picturesque valleys, passes and small villages. You will climb many high altitude passes on the way to Leh and beyond.

Tour Details

Start your dream holiday drive from Chandigarh located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in northwest India to the Trans Himalayan region of Ladakh. Experience the drive to Manali in the western Himalayas and through picturesque valleys, passes and small villages. You will climb many high altitude passes on the way to Leh and beyond.

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Assistance upon arrival at Chandigarh airport / station
  • Tea / coffee on arrival in hotel
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Meal plan: MAP (breakfast and dinner only)
  • Return airport transfers and sightseeing tours by non-ac vehicle
  • Inner line permit to restricted / protected areas and Environment Fee

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • GST @ 5%
  • Monastery Entrance fees
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours / extra meals ordered
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary. Vehicle not at disposal basis.
  • Guide fee, camera fee
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “package includes”.

Complementaries

  • Oxygen Cylinder for the tour
What to Expect

Most of Ladakh is at an altitude of more than 3000m so you need to get acclimatized before you can set out to travel. Your body needs to adapt to high altitude, as the higher you go, the air becomes rarified and the oxygen available for you to breathe becomes lesser. Even though your body is capable of adapting to ‘thin air’, you need to give it time to do so. This is what is called acclimatization.

  • Complete rest at the hotel to acclimatize to the high altitude region of Ladakh
  • Take short steps and stop if you are breathless. You may not be able to walk here like you do it back home
  • Always carry warm clothes while travelling, because weather in the mountains can change any minute
  • Do not venture out on the first day
  • It is advisable not to take bath or shower on the first day as you might catch cold due to the exposure. So, keep warm and cozy on first day and avoid bathing
  • Do not consume alcohol for the initial 2 days or your arrival in Leh
  • Smokers should avoid smoking on the day of arrival
  • Do not spend more than 10 minutes at high altitudes of Khardungla and Changla passes

We recommend Diamox medicine to counter the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness. However, PLEASE CONSULT DOCTOR before you start your course.

 

MEALS

Breakfast: 7:30 –9:30 AM / Lunch: 1 -3 PM / Dinner: 7:30 -9:30 PM

 

  • Buffet meals will be provided at the hotels.
  • The meals provided at hotel / Camps have a time schedule, please follow time to avail timely meals.
OTHER IMPORTANT POINTS
  • Heating will not be available at hotels
  • Hotels / Camps provide hot water from 6-8 AM and 6-8 PM only
  • Hotels shut the main gates at 11 PM
  • Remote areas have regular power outages. Don’t expect 24hrs electricity.
  • Extra bed at hotels will be mattresses
  • Vehicle provided will be as per the itinerary and not at disposal.
TRAVELERS ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
  • People with Heart disease / High BP / Obesity / Cervical and Spine problems / pregnant women are advised not to travel to Leh as they will face health problems while travelling.
  • Travellers’ must undertake the journey at their own risk
Itinerary

Day 1Chandigarh to Manali

Pickup from Chandigarh airport / station and start your road trip to Manali covering a distance of approx 300 kms on one of the most beautiful drives. Reach Manali by late evening and relax for the Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness –  Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty.

Day 2Manali to Sarchu (222 kms / 7 hrs)

Start your drive to Rohtang Pass that is located 51km from Manali, at an altitude of 3900 m for great views of beautiful snow-capped peaks and glaciers. After driving for some time, we will reach Keylong and Darcha Further ahead we climb the Baralacha La pass – located in the altitudinous sections of the Zanskar region, Towering at over 16,000 feet, from Baralacha La, you can see the three valleys that surround it. Driving ahead we reach Sarchu. Locally known as ‘Sir Bhum Chum’ it is located at an altitude of 14300 feet; expect the winds to be cooler than usual, but refreshing nevertheless! You are encompassed by picture-perfect scenic quotients. The sight of the majestic mountains overlooking you from a distance is equally thrilling; the experience is inexplicable and surreal.

Day 3Sarchu – Leh (251 kms / 8 hrs)

Leaving Sarchu, we climb the famous Gata Loops – it as a stunning region nestled in the Western Himalayas. Getting to this place and getting out of it is as thrilling as well. There are about twenty one winding curves along the road from Gata Loops. Adding to the adventurous sojourn is its high altitude. Once you get here, you do feel like being at 17,000 feet above sea level, given the crispness of the winds and diffused sunlight. As you travel along the hairpin bends and curves, feel the adrenaline rush of being challenged by the terrain.

After that cross Lachungla pass, Pang and the famous More plains stretching to almost 40 kms before you climb the one of the highest mountain passes in the Ladakh region, the Tanglang La pass is like a jewel in the crown on the Manali – Leh stretch. Claimed to be the second highest motorable mountain pass on the planet, your ascent from here is unceasingly upwards. It is like driving towards the clouds given that they are so close as well.

Day 4Leh

After a long drive you deserve a good rest, so enjoy your day free at the hotel to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. Evening visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Market.

Day 5Leh to Nubra valley (120 kms / 5 hrs)

After an early breakfast we drive to Nubra valley crossing Khardungla pass – the highest motorable road in the world at 18,380 ft. Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shayok River meets the Nubra or Siachen River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shayok River is a tributary of the Indus River. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 metres above the sea level. Visit the Diskit monastery and the Hunder sand dunes to enjoy a camel safari (optional). Check in and enjoy your evening at the campsite.

Day 6Nubra valley – Leh (190 kms / 7 hrs)

Drive back to Leh and relax for the day.

Day 7Leh to Pangong Lake (145 kms / 5 hrs)

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through the changla pass at 5486 mtrs. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m) is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km in length. It is bisected by the international border between India and China. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the camp near lake

Day 8Pangong Lake to Leh (145 kms / 5 hrs)

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of the lake and later drive back to Leh enroute visiting Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village & Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh. Drive further to reach Leh. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 9Leh - Alchi

post breakfast we drive on the Srinagar highway and start our Day by visiting the hall of fame – museum constructed by the Indian army, Gurudwara patthar sahib nestled deep in the Himalayas, which was built by the lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. further we experience the magnetic hill which defies the law of gravity. We stop at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers and drive further to Alchi monastery. 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop. We drive back to the hotel in Leh.

Day 10Depart Leh

Tour concludes. We thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to the domestic airport.

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