Overview

Ladakh Explorations & Expeditions are our favorite series of events of the year! It gets exciting every year as we keep adding on some extra adventure! This time we witness the culturally and visually vibrant Hemis Tsechu Festival. We will be riding our Royal Enfields on those long serene roads and completely off roads with views you will never see anywhere else; camping in the wilderness and dancing around the campfire; and creating everlasting memories! It is definitely an adventure of a lifetime! ____________________________________________________________________________________

Riding difficulty – Moderate (Depending on the season & water level on the road)
Riding days 7 days (Day 3 - Day 9)

Average riding duration 6 to 7 hours every day
Average riding distance – 120 to 150 km every day

Main Attractions  Lamayuru Monastery, Sonamarg, Drass, Leh-Manali Highway, Diskit Monastery, Pangong Tso,  Tsomoriri, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Mahe Bridge, Tsokar, Tso Kyogar, Sarchu Border, Moore Plains, Gata Loops, Zing – Zing Bar, Hanle.

Passes & Altitude – Zoji La(11,578 ft), Khardung La(18,379ft), Rohtang Pass(13051 ft), Baralacha La(16400 ft),  Lachulung La(16,600 ft)
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The costing is as follows:

Royal Enfield Double sharing (500cc) - Rs. 37000 per person
Royal Enfield Solo riding (350cc) - Rs. 39500 per person
Himalayan Double sharing - Rs. 39500 per person
Himalayan Solo riding - Rs. 42500 per person
SUV - Rs. 35000 per person

10 Nights 11 Days 2nd - 12th July 2019
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Bike, helmet and fuel for riders (Day 3 evening to Day 9 midday)
  • SUV / TT from Srinagar to Manali for the entire route
  • Stay from Day 1 (Srinagar) to Day 10 (Manali) in comfortable Swiss Tents & homestays
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Utility Support vehicle & Motorbike Mechanic for the entire tour
  • Environmental Fees and Inner line permits
  • Oxygen Cylinder & First aid Kit

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Transportation till Starting point and back from End Point
  • Lunch and Snacks/Beverages
  • Entry Tickets of Monuments and  Monasteries
  • River Rafting expenses
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc
  • Anything other than above mentioned inclusions
Highlights
  • Ride on one of the highest motorable road in the world and conquer the highest motorable passes in the Himalayas
  • Test your riding skills on the off roads of Ladakh and enjoy the adrenaline rush!
  • Explore the sheer scenic beauty of Snow covered mountains throughout the journey
  • Mesmerize the bird's eye view of Leh city from the Shanti Stupa
  • Devour the best Momos at Khardungla canteen (Highest motorable pass)
  • Sip hot and refreshing lemon tea at Changla canteen (Third highest motorable pass)
  • Behold the sight of stunning Pangong Lake which is famous for changing colors 
  • Capture the mountainscapes, desertscapes and riverscapes altogether into your lens
  • Ride the Bactrian Double Humped Camel through the white sand dunes in Nubra Valley
Itinerary

Day 1 – Srinagar to Kargil via Zojila pass
Day 2 – Kargil to Leh via Lamayuru + River Rafting
Day 3 – Acclimatization in Leh
Day 4 – Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardungla
Day 5 – Nubra to Turtuk to Hunder
Day 6 – Nubra to Pangong Tso via Shayok
Day 7 – Pangong Tso to Hanle via Chushul
Day 8 – Hanle to Karzok (Tsomoriri) via Mahe Bridge
Day 9 – Karzok (Tsomoriri) to Sarchu via Tsokar
Day 10 – Sarchu to Manali
Day 11 – Manali to Chandigarh

Note: Upon the request of the clients, we customize the itinerary to include/exclude travel to Srinagar or Manali side journey. The cost will vary accordingly.


DETAILED ITINERARY 

Day 1 – Srinagar to Kargil via Zojila pass
Today we sit back and enjoy the Srinagar Highway in SUV / Tempo Traveller .First day of our journey will be around 200 km. Once you reach the Zojila pass, you are going to have an amazing view of the mighty Himalayan Mountains, which makes the drive worth. We will visit the famous Kargil War Memorial which was built in the memory of the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army. We will reach Kargil by late evening. Stay at Guesthouse in Kargil.

Day 2 – Kargil to Leh via Lamayuru + River Rafting
Post early breakfast, we start our journey to Leh. Enroute we visit the Moonland of Ladakh – Lamayuru Monastery. Then head to Nimmo Village for rafting expedition. We wash off all the dust from our crazy journey by plunging into the waters of Zanskar River! We will go on a crazy rafting expedition which you will surely cherish .Then reach Leh by late evening. Stay at Guesthouse in Leh.

Day 3 – Acclimatization in Leh
This day take a rest in guest house for acclimatization. Later in the afternoon, post Lunch go around the town to Shanti Stupa & Leh Palace and Local market for some shopping. Stay at Guesthouse in Leh.

Day 4 Leh to Nubra valley via Khardungla
Our ride starts with us conquering the mighty Khardung La (the World's Highest Motorable Road at a height of 18,380 ft). Riding further downhill, we enter the heart of Nubra valley. It is an amazing experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. The ride along the Shayok River to enter Hunder sand dunes is a treat for the eyes. We will visit the oldest and largest monastery, Diskit monastery enroute Hunder in Nubra valley. Once we arrive at our campsite, we get refreshed and head out to explore the sand dunes.

Like an oasis amidst the cold desert, Hunder Sand Dunes are beautiful beyond imagination. Located at an altitude of 4,000 meters, the desert is cut across by a gentle stream and the beautiful countryside. With such stunning landscapes against the backdrop of the snow-clad mountains, the Hunder Sand Dune looks nothing less than a fairy world. At the Sand Dunes, you can go on a safari on the Bactrian camel. Stay at Guesthouse/ Campsite in Hunder.

Day 5 Nubra to Turtuk to Hunder
Around 80km further north from Hunder (Nubra), we reach a beautiful village which was part of former Baltistan. Turtuk is one of the last unexplored places in Leh - Ladakh and village still retains the pristine with very hospitable local people. We return to Hunder same day. Stay at Guesthouse/ Campsite in Hunder.

Day 6 Nubra to Pangong Tso via Shayok
Today’s route is actually a shortcut road to reach the famous Pangong Tso via Shayok through rough and rocky terrain and in between water streams. The first glance of the alluring Pangong Lake and its blue waters is enough to leave a lasting impression on your mind. Our campsite for the night, which is our personal favourite, is by the lake itself at Spangmik – 20 km away from the shooting point. Stay at Camp/Guesthouse in Spangmik

Day 7 – Pangong Tso to Hanle via Chushul
This will be the most scenic ride of the entire trip although the entire stretch is off road. From Spangmik, we will head towards Mann and Merak. We grab our lunch at a small village Chushul and then reach our next destination – Hanle. This is where the Indian Astronomical Observatory is located. Stay at Camp/Guesthouse in Hanle

Day 8 – Hanle to Karzok (Tsomoriri) via Mahe Bridge
We depart from Hanle post breakfast and reach one of the highest lakes in the world via Mahe bridge. Although much smaller than Pangong Tso, it looks more majestic. With less tourists visiting this place, it makes the places all the more beautiful. We reach campsite by later afternoon. Stay at Camp near the Lake in Karzok

Day 9 – Karzok (Tsomoriri) to Sarchu via Tsokar
This day of a journey we will cross Tsokar and Moore Plains. Tso Kar known for its size and depth, is a fluctuating salt lake situated in the Rupshu Plateau and valley in the southern part of Ladakh. As we will travel ahead towards Moore Plains, the mountain slopes turn into a palette of colours. We will witness the exquisite views of this stretch which is going to prove, this is the most tranquil part of the trip. Our next destination is Sarchu and we reach there by late evening. Stay at Guesthouse/Campsite in Sarchu

Day 10 – Sarchu to Manali
We will depart early in the morning and cross the Ladakh border to enter Himachal. We will travel through Sarchu (Border of Himachal & J&K states), the well-known Gata loops (Loops of the haunted), Lachulung La, Baralacha La, Zing Zing Bar. Enthralled Gata Loops start at 15,302 feet and 21 loops take you down to altitude of 13,780 feet. This road have been created out of nowhere to get human access via road to most improbable of places. The tough roads of Manali and yet beautiful valleys and scenic view is going to spell bound you! We will reach Manali by late evening. Thus your Ladakh Odyssey comes to an end with lots of new memories and experiences to take back.

Day 11 – Manali to Chandigarh
Depart from Manali to Chandigarh.

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