Leh Ladakh Road Trip would be fun, right? Yes, Of course! Road trips allow you to experience and feel the place that you are traversing through from a completely different perspective. And amongst several road trips that take place in India, the Leh-Ladakh road trip stands out the most and is the most popular among the lot.
Who wouldn't like traveling to a cold desert? Everyone who likes to travel would nod in a yes. And here, we are talking about Leh-Ladakh, the landscape which is completely different from the rest of the country.
The journey towards Leh from Manali lets you look at the mesmerizing snow-clad peaks. You will see the minute changes in the landscape that takes place when you are moving towards Leh.
Other than mountains and vast stretches of land, there are other famous places in Leh-Ladakh for sightseeing. The 17th century Leh Palace lets you peep into their old-timey world along with a great view of the Ladakh mountain range.
There is also the Shanti Stupa, the Thikshey monastery, and Hall of fame for you to visit. Also, Wait for the time you get to visit the junction of the Rivers Indus and Zanskar, to see the colors merge which makes up for a great view. Pathar Sahab Gurudwara is another point that you must see and have the tasty Langar.
A visit to the Nubra valley along with the Pangong valley is a must for anyone travelling to Leh-Ladakh. The campsites in Leh-Ladakh are beautiful and they let you experience a stay in an area untouched by pollution and any urban kind of distraction. Also, Once these routes were used to be a major part of Indo-Chinese trade, which is great information to behold.
To visit Tso Moriri in Leh-Ladakh you need to cross difficult paths but on reaching you will find the best views of Ladakh. It lies in a conserved area, so its flora and fauna in Leh-Ladakh are something you should explore definitely.
Camping in Leh-Ladakh is a highlight of a trip as you get to see beautiful places and different terrains. On your way back to Manali you will get to camp at Sarchu which is a major halting point.
The best time to visit Leh-Ladakh is in Summer which lasts from April till June and the pleasant weather in Leh-Ladakh is perfect for a memorable trip during these months. As you will be going on a road trip, the last month for visiting Leh-Ladakh is September. The rest of the year, the highways remain closed because of snow and possible landslides and this period is marked as the closing months for Leh-Ladakh.
Some Popular activities in Leh-Ladakh are trekking and mountain biking and could be enjoyed from June till September. If you happen to visit on 12th or 13th June, do check out the Mask Dance Festivals in Lamayuru Monastery.
The special Frozen River Trek happens during January and February, to avail it you need to take a flight to Leh as normal routes are closed off during these months.
When you are in Leh-Ladakh do not forget to mix with the local people to know more about the culture in Leh-Ladakh. The trip allows you to have a look at the monasteries which are important as the main religion of Leh-Ladakh is Buddhism.
The reasons you need to check out the road trip to Leh-Ladakh in 2020 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Leh-Ladakh with Justwravel.
Day 0 : New Delhi to Manali (Volvo Travel,12 hrs)
Day 1 : Manali Arrival and Sightseeing
Day 2 : Manali to Jispa (138 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
Day 3 : Jispa to Leh (330 kms ,9 hrs drive)
Day 4 : Leh Sightseeing
Day 5 : Leh to Nubra (162 kms, 6 hrs of drive)
Day 6 : Nubra to Pangong
Day 7 : Leh to Pangong (225 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
Day 8 : Pangong to Leh (225 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
Day 9 : Leh to Sarchu (260 kms, 8 hrs of drive)
Day 10 : Sarchu to Manali (260 kms, 8 hrs of drive)
Day 11 : Overnight Bus Travel from Manali to New Delhi ( Volvo Travel,12 hrs)
You are advised to reach VOLVO stand by 6 pm to board overnight Luxury VOLVO to Manali.
Manali arrival and sightseeing.
Today you will be proceeding for onward journey from Manali. We are not giving you an overnight stay at Manali considering that you have limited time with you for the whole journey. Arrive at Manali by 7 am.
After freshen up, start your journey towards the mighty Himalayas, with the first move towards Jispa en route Rohtang La & Keylong. You may like to stop by Rohtang for a click, but believe us there will be a plethora of ineffable beautiful landscapes on your way ahead. Later you will cross Keylong before finally arriving at Jispa, your halt for tonight.
Overnight at Jispa.
Start early Morning after Breakfast, to stamp on the grounds of Heaven on Earth named as Leh. Enroute you will come across beautiful landscapes of Baralancha-la, Tanglangla, Moore Planes & Upshi, the route most loved by Shutterbug community.
If you are sleeping on this route means you are missing the most precious times of your life.
Overnight at Leh.
After Breakfast, visit Shey & Thiksey Monastery with Leh Palace. Drive towards the confluence of Indus and Zanskar, crossing Magnetic Hill. Visit Hall of fame & Shanti Stupa later in the evening as per the time remaining.
Don’t exert your body, if you are feeling tired at any time during the day. Overnight at Leh.
After Breakfast, move towards Highest Motorable Road of The World, KhardungLa Pass. Have a cup of Tea there, get yourself clicked with the Khardungla Signboard by BRO & proceed towards Nubra valley covering Deskit Monastery en route.
Check-in at Hotel/Camp, freshen up & later you can have a Double Hump Bactarian Camel ride. Don't forget to click this unique mammal, found in cold Desert. It was once used to carry the trade material on silk route.
Overnight at Hunder/Nubra Camps/Hotel
After Breakfast, check out from the camps & visit Deskit Monastery, Panamik via the confluence of Shyok & Nubra River across Sumoor.
Return to Leh by Evening. Overnight at Leh.
After Breakfast, check out from Leh & proceed for one of the most beautiful & scenic, Saltwater Pangong Lake at Spangmik via Changla Pass (17350 ft). Various Bollywood movies have been shot at this lake. One-Third of this lake is controlled by India & rest of the two-thirds lies under Chinese province.
Overnight at Camps in Pangong
After Breakfast, check out from Camps for the return journey to Leh. Enroute visit Hemis Monastery & 3-Idiots School.
Overnight at Leh
After Breakfast at Hotel, you are advised to depart from Leh by 8:00 am, in order to reach Sarchu in due time. Enroute you will come across Upshi, Tanglangla, Moore Plains, Sarchu, Baralacha-La, before finally arriving at Jispa.
This route is most loved by shutterbug community, for the amazing snow cladded landscapes & tortuous roads, one can come across.
Overnight at Sarchu.
After early Breakfast, start your journey to Manali via Keylong, (the administrative centre of Lahaul & Spiti district) & snowbedded Rohtang La.
Depart for Delhi by 5:30 pm VOLVO. (Overnight/ extended Stay on request)
Today you will arrive at Delhi, Majnu ka Tila by 8:00am. Your Tour ends here with everlasting memories of the trip.
Volvo bus tickets from Delhi to Manali and return
Transporation in Tempo Traveller from Manali to Manali
Breakfast and Dinner during the entire trip
Stay in the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary.
Stay on Twin/ Triple Sharing Basis
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Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
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Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
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Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
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Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
Hii so this was my first trip with justwravel I went to leh ladakh road trip with my sister and it was amazing. The trip was with full of adventures planned and unplanned and I met with lot of great People. Special thanks to sriharsha and rahbar for managing everything perfectly and being a friend to us. you guys are doing great job. Would love to join again .
I visited ladakh in August with Justwravel. It was a very properly coordinated tour with proper attention giving to safety and comfort of the travellers.
Rahbar, our lead was well informed and guided us very properly in all possible manner. I would highly recommend travelling with these folks. It will be a great experience. Cheers!!
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