Trans-Himalayan Jeep Safari (Manali – Leh – Srinagar)
June 10 to June 22, 2012or Extention till June 24, 2012
Not just a typical tour, a complete Journey that takes you across three distinctly different cultures and high altitude mountain terrains, some of the highest motor able passes in the world, highest mountain ranges in the world, highest salt water lakes, high altitude planes.. A complete once in a life time adventure.
Manali, Keylong, Darcha, Baralacha La, Sarchu, Leh City, Thiksey, Hemis, Khardung-La, Nubra Valley (Hundur Sand Dunes, Diskit, Panamik, Bacterian Camels), Pangong Lake Camping, Alchi Monastery, Sangam, Halll of Fame, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Lamayuru, Mulbek, Kargil, Drass, Sonmarg, Srinagar..
June 10, 2012 (Sunday) – Day 1 Manali Arrival
June 11, 2012 (Monday) – Day 2
5:30 am Depart Manali Early morning, few minutes after start immediately after we are outside outskirts of Manali our vehicle start passing through high altitude topography passing through forest have a rich growth of Birch, Fir and Spurce. The landscape begins to change as we near our first halt, Marhi a barren landscape offering extensive views of the valley and the mountains. We proceed to Rohtang Pass 3790 M (over 13000 feet) is most popular with visitors, being one of the highest road points and gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. Pass remains closed during winter due to heavy snow from November to May end.
After crossing Rohtang Pass border we are in the Barren Himalayas above to tree line with the landscape completely changing Khoksar is the first village and gateway to Lahaul.
(Will add lot more information of the entire route between Manali to Keylong).. do keep reading..
Night stay at Keylong Hotel BF/PKD L/Dinner
June 12, 2012 (Tuesday) – Day 3 (Keylong Darcha Jispa Sarchu – Keylong to Sarchu – Enroute..
Darcha 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. The valley broadens out from Darcha. The altitude of Darcha is about 3500 meters, which makes it an ideal base camp for acclimatization. Darcha is the jumping off point from treks to Padum over the Shinkun La or Baralacha La and Phirtse la and for treks or mountaineering expeditions to Leh and peaks of Chandra Bhaga series. However no tourish bungalow or rest house facilities are available on either side of the nullah. A police check post is also there. Darcha is the last village where one can see sparse growth of trees. Beyond Darcha hardly any trees can be seen on either side of the highway. Landscape start looking desolate and absolutely barren. Glance at JISPA. The beautiful spot is 22 km away from Keylong and 4 kms ahead of Ghemur. The Village is situated at the junction of two nullahs with the main river Bhaga. Jispa has a very large dry river-bed, a rarity in Lahual. Jispa is a new tourism centre coming up with the monasteries of Yarji and Photang where his Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the Kal Chakra Sermon a few days back to the Buddhist all over the world. The mountaineering institute of Manali has a sub centre here for adventure tourism. Sarchu is the last inhabited point in Himachal Pradesh. On arrival at Sarchu check into your campsite tents..
June 13, 2012 (Wednesday) – Day 4 Sarchu Nakeela LachangLa More Plains – Leh
Depart in the morning at dawn. Our journey throught Nakeela and Lachlangla pass 16,617 feet, reach Pang by afternoon lunch breaks at Pang, enroute More Plains (Biggest and Highest Plateau on Earth on Stretch of 42 kms), Taglang La Pass (2nd Highest Motorable Road in the World at height of 17,585 feet) and reaching Upshi, from there the road follows the Indus River, passing villages with their terraced fields and neat-White Washed Houses. On the way one notices the ruins have an ancient Fort or Palace or the distant glimpse of gompa on a hill. And at last we reach Leh.
Overnight in Leh Hotel BF/PKDL/D
June 14, 2012 (Thursday) – Day 5: Tour of Hemis, Thiksey Shey Monastery 3 Idots School Campus Sindhu Darshan
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to visit Hemis Monastery situated 45km west of Leh; Hemis is the largest and wealthiest monastery in Ladakh. From Hemis, you are driven back taking the same route to visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hillock with formidable views of Indus valley. Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of the Maitreya and is also know for its (Drukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. After that we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. 3 Idots School Campus Sindhu Darshan visit.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Hotel in Leh. BF/PKDL/D
June 15, 2012 (Sunday) – Day 6: Tour of Pangong Lake
It is the highest land locked lake (155 Kms One way from Leh 5 hour drive each way). After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla Pass 5486 meters. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 meters). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometre at its Widest point and over 130 km long, it is bisected by the interenational border between India and China. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists though the lake and its surrounding is under army surveillance. Enjoy the landscape in the backdrop on the Lake. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and scenery is unforgettable.
Overnight at Pangong Lake Camp.
June 16, 2012 (Saturday) - Day 7 Pangong Lake - Chalgla Pass - Leh
Safari back from Pangong Lake to Leh, crossing Changla Pass (Third Highest Motor-able Pass in the World)
June 17, 2012 (Sunday) - Day 8 Ladakh Festival
Day Dedicated for Ladakh Festival
June 18, 2012 (Monday) – Day 9: Tour of KhardungLa Pass 18832 feet. Nubra Valley and Hundur Sand Dunes.
Driver 120 Kms 4 to 5 hours Khardungla is the World’s highest motorable road at 188832 feet above sea level. At KhardungLa pass the snow capped peaks and the mountain view are amazing. The road then pases throught a bridge laid on Glacier which finds its way in Guinness Book of World Records, Drive through the Valley which is exteremely beautiful for photography. Nubra Valley is the Oasis of Ladakh as you see some colourful trees in this region. Later reach your camp visit the Sand Dunes if Lucky you will get the sight of Two Hump Bacterian Camels, enjoy time at the Sand Dunes of Nubra Valley spread across Hundur Village.
Overnight at the camp BF/PKDL/D
Situated on a hill top giving panoramic view of the valley later walk around the town of Diskit which has a small village market. Giant Budha Statue. Proceeed for the tour of Samsthaling, Panamik, Yaraptso Lake along with the splendid view of the Karakoram Himalayan Rage.. Samsthaling is situated on the mount side just above Sumur. This was the route taken by the trade caravans, and Panamik, the last village on this circuit, was at that time a busy centre, the last major settlement before the caravans proceed back to Leh cross the Khardungla pass once again and reach Leh.
Overnight at the Hotel in Leh. BF/PKDL/D
June 20, 2012 (Wednesday) – Day 11: Moonland Lamayuru Maitreya Buddha Kargil 6 Hours.
Sightseeing tour of Moonlandscape, visit Lamayuru, the oldest Monastery of Ladakh Giant Statue of Maitreya Buddha in Mulbekh. Evening stroll in Kargil Market street, checkout bakeries in Kargil/ Apricots.
check into your hotel in Kargil Overnight in Kargil. BF/PKDL/D
June 21, 2012 (Thursday) – Day 12: Kargil – Drass – Sonmarg – Srinagar (7 to 8 hours)
5:00 am proceed to Srinagar via Drass. The second coldest inhabited Place in the world. Experience the splendid view of Kargil famous Peaks Tiger Hill and Tololing Peak. At Vijay Smarak we shall pay homage to the martyrs of the Indian army. Arrive Srinagar by afternoon. Rest day for free to do your own activities. Evening Shikara Ride at Dal Lake.
Overnight in Srinagar House Boat. BF/PKDL/D
June 22, 2012 (Friday)
Transfer to Airport..
KASHMIR EXTENTION **Checkout of House Boat Transfer to Hotel
Mughal Gardens, Shankara Charya Temple
Evening Walking Trip to
Evening Shikara Ride in Dal Lake
Overnight at Srinagar BF/PKDL/D
June 23, 2012 (Saturday)Day Trip to Gulmarg
Overnight at Srinagar BF/PKDL/D
June 24, 20212 (Sunday)Transfer to Airport
Tour Includes: (Manali - Leh - Kashmir)
This is an escorted trip, by group leader who has traveled across Himachal, Ladakh and Kashmir.
Assistance upon arrival and departure
Stay in Hotels, Tents, and House Boat on Twin OR Triple Sharing Basis
Food as per hotel menu (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Return Transfers Airport or Bus Stand; Site Seeing as per Planned Program by Non AC Scorpio / Tavera / Sumo Grand equivalent.
30 minutes shikara ride in Dal Lake
Inner Line Permits to restricted area
Cost does not includes
Train Fare (We can help U in booking the same)
Volvo (Delhi-Manali - We can help U book the same along with the group)
Items of any personal nature such as drinks, tips/ gratitude, food ordered that is not part of package
Extra hotel nights due to flight cancellations
Extra expenses incurred due to mishandled luggage
Extra expenses due to act of God
Any thing is not included is excluded
Call/ SMS for Camp Fee: +91-9821081566 / Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration against 100% Advance.
Volvo tickets from Delhi to Manali cost approx around Rs.1300/-.
Flight tickets from Srinagar to Mumbai or Delhi