Ladakh Road Trip - 11 Days
What is included in the tour
All Inner line permit for restricted areas.
Accommodation on Double sharing basis in hotels/camps mentioned or similar.
Daily Breakfast and Dinner
Xylo / Tempo Traveller for the group.
An Oxygen Cylinder 24X7 in the car in case of an emergency.
All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals not mentioned under inclusions
- Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks etc.
- Any entrance fee to the monastery and monuments.
- Travel Insurance
- Any other item which is not specified under cost inclusions.
- GST @ 5%
Airfare and Airport Transfers
Day 1 - Arrival at Leh and Acclimatization.
Arrive at Leh airport or at Leh bus stand by yourself and check into the Hotel that we have booked for you. You are advised to take good rest for the day to get properly acclimatized and adapt to the new environment and elevation.
Later, in the evening you can visit the nearby destinations within the Leh town like the Leh Palace - known as ‘Lachen Palkhar’, Shanti Stupa, located on a hilltop near Changspa, reaching the top you will see the beauty of whole Leh town. And the Leh Bazaar, from where you can get everything required for the trip and also shop for souvenir and local products.
Overnight stay at Leh.
Day 2 - Leh - Aryan Valley
After breakfast at the Hotel, we will start our drive to Dha Hanu, also known as the Aryan valley. This is because the people residing in these villages are believed to be the last remaining Aryan race and have distinct facial and physical features from rest of Ladakh, they are also culturally quite different from the rest of Ladakh. The route is along the Leh-Srinagar Highway up to Khaltse and diverts from there to follow the road alongside the Indus river. Along the way, we will visit several sightseeing places like Hall of Fame museum, which was built in the name of those martyrs passed away in Kargil war, and also visit Magnetic hill and Sangam, (Confluence of Zanskar & Indus River).
Overnight stay at Aryan Valley.
Day 3 - Aryan valley to Kargil via Batallik
In the morning after taking breakfast at the camp/guesthouse, explore the Aryan village of Dha Beema and gain insights about this unique valley. Later we will drive further west along the river Indus up to Batallik sector, which is very close to the border and among the least taken routes. From there on, we will further ride towards Kargil, the second biggest town in the Ladakh region to reach by evening.
Overnight stay at Kargil.
Day 4 - Kargil - Leh via Lamayuru
Today we will drive back to Leh. We will follow the Srinagar-Leh Highway, also known as NH1D, the roads are mostly wide and well-laid tarmac but consist of innumerable hairpin bends through mountains and beautiful villages. Along the way will visit some of the most renowned monuments of Ladakh like Lamayuru monastery, one of the biggest and oldest monasteries of Ladakh. We will retrace the same route after Khaltse and reach Leh by evening.
Overnight stay at Leh.
Day 5 - Ride from Leh – Khardung La (5602m) – Hunder (4000m)
In the morning after breakfast at the hotel. We will drive northward from Leh to Nubra valley, which is considered one of the most scenic valleys in the entire trans-Himalayan region. The valley boasts a unique landscape with sand dunes, lush green oasis and snow peaks, along with beautiful monasteries and villages. We will be crossing the Khardungla pass (18,380ft), considered the Highest all weather motorable pass in the world. The Pass has become a dream destination for bikes and adventurous souls from all across the world, we can click some photos, grab a hot tea from the cafeteria and start riding towards Nubra valley. We will drive past the North Pullu check post, and through the narrow roads and blind curves to reach Diskit in the afternoon. We will visit the Diskit monastery, and the Maitreya Buddha statue which ideally sits atop a small hill overlooking the valley, the view from there is incredible.
Further, we will drive to the Hunder Sand dunes, which is among the most visited place in Ladakh and also enjoy the camel ride. Nubra is the only place in India where these camels exist.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Nubra
Day 6 - Nubra - Turtuk - Nubra
After breakfast in the morning at the camp/Guesthouse, we will drive to Turtuk sector, formerly a part of Baltistan and administered by Pakistan until 1971 before India liberated the region. The Turuk and adjoining villages are resided by Balti ethnic peoples, who are culturally different from Leh. We will explore the villages and drive back to Hunder by evening.
O/N stay Nubra.
Day 7 - Ride from Nubra – Pangong Tso (4350m)
Today we will drive to the world famous Pangong lake, probably the most famous attraction of Ladakh. It is the largest brackish lake in Asia and the largest overall at this altitude. The road from Nubra to Shayok is very less taken but has to be one of the most scenic trails for motorbiking. There will be some water crossings and offroad stretches which will make it more adventurous and fun.
Once reaching Pangong, we will further ride along the length of the lake towards the Merak, which is ideally the last point up to which a foreigner can go. We will stay at our resort at Merak overlooking the Pangong lake.
Day 8 - Drive from Pangong Tso (4350m) to Hanley
Early morning, enjoy the sunrise at the Pangong lake while sipping a warm cup of tea, we will then have our breakfast at the Camp and start driving towards Chushul, the place known for the Sino-Indian war of 1962. We will further cross the Tsaga-la and then to the Loma bend. We will get to explore the Changthang plateau and nomadic life of the locals in the region. We will arrive at Hanley village in the evening and explore the Hanley village and visit Hanley Monastery. Overnight stay at Hanley.
Day 9 - Hanley - Tsomorriri
Early in the morning, we will have our breakfast at the Guesthouse start driving towards Loma bend. We will then divert towards Sumdo and head to Tsomorriri lake via Sumdo and Nyoma village. We will get to see some scenic villages along the way in Rupsho, followed by some offroad trails to reach Tsomorriri. Tsomorriri is the large lake with wetlands reserves surrounding the lake. Numerous migratory birds and wildlife throng the region during the season. Close to the lake is the scenic village of Korzok and the monastery of Korzok.
Overnight stay at hotel/ Camp.
Day 10 - Tsomirriri - Leh
Today, we'll start early from Tsomorriri lake and further drive via Polokongka-la (16207ft) towards the Tsokar lake, which is known for the salt deposits, rich wildlife and birding spots. We will also encounter the hot springs and sulphur deposits at the Puga valley. The roads will be a mix of patchy tarmac and off roads amidst flat stretches. We will turn right from Debring, and head towards Leh crossing through Taglang La - one of the Highest passes in Ladakh and drive through Rumtse, Gya and Upshi before reaching Karu. Reach Leh by evening.
Overnight stay at Leh Hotel.
Day 11 - Departure / Checkout
In the morning after having breakfast, check out from the hotel and leave for the airport or Taxi stand to return back home.
You can ask us to arrange a taxi to Manali/Srinagar or you can choose to stay more days and explore.
The Ladakh road trip ends with lots of memories and adventures.