Leh Ladakh – Biking & Backpacking
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Few places in India are at once so traveler-friendly and yet so enchanting and hassle-free as mountain-framed Leh. Dotted with stupas and crumbling mudbrick houses, the Old Town is dominated by a dagger of steep rocky ridge topped by an imposing Tibetan-style palace and fort. Beneath, the bustling bazaar area is draped in a thick veneer of tour agencies, souvenir shops, and tandoori-pizza restaurants, but a web of lanes quickly fans out into a green suburban patchwork of irrigated barley fields. Here, gushing streams and narrow footpaths link traditionally styled Ladakhi homes and hotels that feature flat roofs, sturdy walls, and ornate wooden window frames. Leh’s a place that’s all too easy to fall in love with. Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enfold this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom. Picture-perfect gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries) dramatically crown rocky outcrops amid whitewashed stupas and mani walls. Colorful fluttering prayer flags share their spiritual messages metaphorically with the mountain breeze. Prayer wheels spun clockwise release more merit-making mantras. Gompa interiors are colorfully awash with the murals and statuary of countless bodhisattvas. Though threatened by a rapidly increasing number of visitors, Ladakh has much to teach the West regarding ecological awareness. Most Ladakhis are cash poor yet their traditional mudbrick homesteads are large and virtually self-sufficient in fuel and dairy products, organic vegetables, and barley used to make tsampa (roast barley flour) and chhang (barley beer).
Leave from Delhi at 06:30 P.M. (Day 0) and reach Manali next morning.
Check In to the hostel/hotel, freshen up & relax.
Post breakfast head for local sightseeing of Manali.
Places to Visit - Hidimba Temple, Jogni Waterfall, Vashisht Temple, Mall Road.
Old Manali Cafe Crawl
Collect your bikes & come back to the hotel by evening.
Dinner followed by a briefing for the next day & overnight sleep.
Day 2: Manali to Sarchu (230 kms, 9-12 hrs journey)
Wake Up early morning & after breakfast, check out.
Embark on the Leh-Manali Highway which weaves in & out amongst the mighty snow-clad peaks of the western Himalayas over a stretch of nearly 475 km.
Drive over Rohtang Pass(3970 m) to Lahaul Valley, along the Chandra river to Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti.
After having breakfast, explore the local village of Bir.
Drive through Darcha, Patseo, Zingzing Bar & over Baralacha-La(4892 m) pass which is one of the most challenging passes among other passes on the way to Leh and one can see excellent panoramic views of the high rising/sky touching mountains.
Just on the top of Baralacha-La is a small lake Suraj Tal, the source of river Bhaga surrounded by mountain ranges & gradual descent down through Killing Sarai to Sarchu.
Overnight stay in camps at Sarchu under million stars.
Day 3: Sarchu – Leh (250 kms, 7-8 hrs journey)
After breakfast at the campsite, head to Leh.
Once you start, you will instantly be greeted with Gata Loops (21 hairpin bends) at 4669 m. Enroute cross Nakee-La (4739 m) and then Lachung-La (5065m) just above Brandy bridge.
After a quick lunch at Pang, drive through the plains of the Kyang Chu Thang, which is a completely flattened straight road extending over 30 km.
On the plains, one has a chance of spotting tiny colonies of Marmots and the wild herds of Kyung - Yak.
After crossing Tanglang-La (5328 m, second highest motorable road in the world), continue your journey through Upshi, Karu and then finally Leh.
Check-in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Leh Local Sightseeing
Wake Up & have breakfast at the hotel.
Post breakfast head for the local sightseeing of Leh.
Places to Visit - Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Magnetic hills and Pathar Sahib Gurudwara.
Evening free for leisure and acclimatization.
Explore the local Leh Market and some cafes around.
Come back to the hotel by evening.
Dinner & sleep overnight.
Day 5: Leh – Khardung La – Hundar - Nubra Valley
After breakfast in the morning, head to Nubra Valley.
Enroute visit Khardung-La, the highest motorable road in the world at 5359 m.
Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas.
Check in to the hotel and visit the Sand Dunes(cold deserts of India), take a camel safari (self-paid).
Visit the Diskit village and the Monastery around.
Come back to the hotel by evening, dinner and sleep overnight.
Day 6: Nubra Valley - Shyok - Pangong Tso (6-7 hrs)
After breakfast at Hundar, start your journey to the famous Pangong Tso lake via the Agham and Shyok villages.
Pangong Tso which is perhaps one of the most amazing lakes in Asia changes its color 4 – 5 times a day.
The Pangong Lake or “lake of the great hollow” is considered as the largest lake in Asia. The water is clearer though salty.
The Crystal clear salty water shines in many shades of blue depending upon its depth. It literally changes shades of sunlight.
With a backdrop of mountains of various hues and colors, it is a sight for the Gods. At an elevation of 4300 meters, the air is cool even in summers at Ladakh.
Pangong Lake is about 4 km wide on average and at least 136 Km long. The extent of the known portion is, therefore, upwards of 250 square miles (400 sq km)
Reach Pangong Lake & check in to the campsite.
Dinner & sleep overnight.
Day 7: Pangong Tso - Chang-La - Leh City
Wake up early morning with a mesmerizing view of the Lake.
After having breakfast, head back to Leh Via Chang-la(2nd highest motorable road at 5360 m).
Reach by evening time and explore the local market/cafe’s since it will the last day in Leh.
Shop something for your friends/relatives back home.
Come back to the hotel by evening.
Dinner and sleep overnight.
Day 8 & 9: Leh – Jispa - Manali - Delhi
Wake up & post breakfast bid farewell to the Leh city.
Depart for Manali.
Overnight halt at Jispa.
Reach Jispa & check in to the camps.
Wake up early morning & post breakfast depart for Manali.
Reach Manali & depart for Delhi by evening.
Reach Delhi next morning(Day 10) with amazing trip memories.
Bike Rent for 8 days (For Biking Option)
Entire travel from Manali to Manali by tempo traveler/cab (For Tempo Traveler Option)
Stay for 8 nights - 1 night in hostel/hotel at Manali, 1 night in camps at Sarchu, 3 nights in a hotel at Leh, 1 night in a hotel at Hunder, 1 night in camps at Pangong Tso & 1 night in camps at Jispa on triple/quad sharing basis
A total of 15 meals - 2 meals Day 2 (B+D) + 2 meals Day 3 (B+D) + 2 meals Day 4 (B+D) + 2 meals Day 5 (B+D) + 2 meals Day 6 (B+D) + 2 meals Day 7 (B+D) + 2 meals Day 8 (B+D) + 1 meal Day 9 (B)
All inner line permits for the trip
All applicable taxes, toll & parking
Team Captain throughout the trip
An Oxygen Cylinder 24X7 in the car in case of emergency
Environment fee of INR 400/- to be paid directly by the travelers on reaching Leh.
Any kind of food or beverage that is not included in the package like alcoholic drinks, mineral water, meals/refreshments/lunches on the highway.
Any personal expenses like a tip to the drivers, entry to monuments/monasteries, camera/video camera charges, camel safari, river rafting, laundry, telephone bills, tips, etc
Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks etc. (to be borne directly by the customer on the spot)
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
Any damage to the bike except engine damage has to be borne by the client.