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 traveling 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 June to Mid September 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 Leh Ladakh Road Trip 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 1 : Delhi to Manali
Day 2 : Manali Arrival . Group Briefing - Day at Leisure
Day 3 : Manali to Jispa (138 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
Day 4 : Jispa to Leh (330 kms ,9 hrs drive)
Day 5 : Leh Sightseeing
Day 6 : Leh to Nubra (162 kms, 6 hrs of drive)
Day 7 : Nubra to Pangong (225 kms, 6 hrs of drive)
Day 8 : Pangong to TsoMoriri (225 kms, 7 hrs of drive)
Day 9 : Tso- Moriri to Sarchu (260 kms, 8 hrs of drive)
Day 10 : Sarchu to Manali (230 kms , 5 hrs of drive)
Day 11 : Reach Delhi early in the morning
For travelers opting for Delhi to Delhi package. We start from Delhi around 7 pm from RK Ashram metro station or Majnu Ka tila.
Reach Manali and check in to the hotel. Meet the Trip lead at the Hotel.
Today is an acclimatization day as we start our journey to the Himalayas from tomorrow. The guests are free to explore the town of Manali but are advised to not exert themselves too much. Hadimba Temple, Local market, cafe hopping in Old Manali are few of the things that you can explore in Manali.
Bike Introduction if travelling by bike.
Overnight stay in Manali.
Today we will start our journey and our road trip to the mighty Himalayas and the cold desert Leh. We start from Manali after breakfast and after crossing Madi, we reach Rohtang pass in about 2 hrs. You would like to stop at Rohtang pass for a click, but believe us there are a plethora of ineffable beautiful landscapes on your way ahead, where we will take pitstops. We continue our journey for Jispa after crossing Keylong.
Reach Jispa by afternoon, which is also our overnight stay.
Camp allocation. After freshen up, gather for a tea/ coffee, followed by Bonfire and Dinner at the campsite.
Start early Morning after Breakfast, to be on the grounds of Heaven on Earth, Leh. Leh is also known as the Cold Desert. Enroute we will come across beautiful landscapes of Baralancha-la, Tanglangla, Moore Planes & Upshi, the route most loved by Shutterbug community and we will be taking pitstops on our way.
For guests traveling by tempo traveler / SUV, if you are sleeping while traveling on this route means you are missing out on several beautiful landscapes because of the mountains feel different after every few kms. You will be amazed!! (This is also the longest route on the journey, we will be starting early and will reach by evening)
Dinner and Overnight stay at Leh.
A very Good Morning ! Today is our first morning in Leh. A place about which you definitely have heard a lot and always dreamt about. Leh it is! Dream come True. No matter where you are in Leh, you will always see a series of snow-capped peaks. Those are the Stok Ranges and the highest in them is the Stok Kangri Peak.
We gather at the Breakfast table and, later start for the Leh sightseeing tour. We start our tour by visiting Shey Palace, followed by Thiksey Monastery. Later move towards the confluence of Indus and Zanskar via Magnetic Hill and Pathar Sahab Gurudwara. If time permits, you can also have Langar at the Gurudwara itself.
Hall of fame & Shanti Stupa later in the evening. Don’t exert your body, if you are feeling tired at any time during the day.
Return to Hotel. Dinner and 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. You can also do ATV ride in Nubra, depending on the available time ( personal expense)
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 the silk route.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Nubra Camps/Hotel.
After Breakfast, proceed towards Shyok valley and then continue further till Pangong Tso, probably the most scenic place during the whole journey.
Pangong Lake is one of the most beautiful & scenic high altitude saltwater lakes. The beauty of this place is such that various Bollywood movies have been shot around this lake.
Another fact about the lake is that one-third of this lake is controlled by India & rest two-third lies under Chinese province. Check In to the campsite and later we will go for a stroll around Pangong Lake in the evening.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Camps in Pangong.
After Breakfast, check out from the camps at Pangong & proceed for Tso Moriri Lake. Tso Moriri is another high altitude lake in the Ladakh region and comes under Tso Moriri wetland sanctuary
Mighty mountains, snow-capped peaks, lush green fields and the deep blue water stretching to the horizon, Tso Moriri offers it all.
Overnight stay at Guesthouse in Tso-Moriri.
After Breakfast at Hotel, we start our journey by 8:00 am, to reach Sarchu in due time. Enroute we will be crossing across Upshi, Tanglangla, Moore Plains and will finally arrive at Sarchu.
We will be traveling through the same route which we took on Day 3 while traveling from Jispa to Leh, so you will have more time to click pictures. Reach Sarchu by evening
Overnight stay at Sarchu.
After early Breakfast, we will start our journey to Manali from Sarchu & cross our last pass of the tour, Rohtang Pass. We cross Madi and finally arrive at Manali by 5 pm.
Take overnight Volvo from Manali to Delhi
Reach Delhi by 8 am in the morning
Transporation in Tempo Traveller from Manali to Manali
Delhi to Delhi ( Volvo from Delhi to Manali and return)
Breakfast and Dinner during the entire trip. 16 meals in Total- Starting from Day 2 Dinner, Day 3 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 4 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 5 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 6 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 7 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 8 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 9 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 10 Breakfast
Accommodation on Twin/ Triple Sharing Basis
Stay in the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary.
Inner Line Permit for Nubra, Pangong and Tsomoriri
Experienced Trip Lead.
Trip lead will be having Oxygen Cylinder and Medical Kit
Experienced and adept driver with knowledge of local area and terrain
Interstate tolls, parking and fuel included
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
The Company shall not be liable for damages/ charges incurred by travelers if any of the following reasons apply:
Natural disaster, war, civil unrest, and alteration or cancellation of tour itinerary due to such causes.Accidents during transportation or accommodations, damage by fire.Orders of either Indian governments or immigration regulations, isolation resulting from infectious diseases, and tour itinerary alteration or cancellation owing to such causes.Accidents occurring during travelers' free activities.Food poisoning.Theft.
Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions or Itinerary
No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date
59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
No Show . No refund.
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.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Down Jacket /Main Jacket
Thermals (Upper & Lower)
Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
First Aid Kit
Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
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.
India’s own Moonland “LEH LADAKH “ is the high desert city in the Himalayas. Ladakh is the largest of 10 provinces of Jammu & Kashmir and also considered as “ Heaven on Earth”. Ladakh is home to the world’s highest motorable roads, remote trekking trails, aesthetically pleasing and peaceful monasteries, traditional Tibetian culture , Ladakhi delicacies, calm and sparkling lakes,majestic peaks, glorious valleys,glaciers,rejuvenating hot springs,river rafting and the local markets.
Leh Ladakh known for its remoteness and is connected via two roads - Leh-Srinagar National Highway and Leh-Manali road. The roads are accessible mainly during the months of March to October and are frequently closed due to avalanches and snowfalls in the passes. There are a total of 113 villages out of which 97 are motorable. Khardungla Pass is one of the world’s highest motorable roads at 18,350 feet Leh Ladakh has air connectivity too via Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport which is also one of the highest airports.Leh Ladakh is a dream come true destination for every traveller out there it’s high altitude and difficult accessibility also makes it one of the most adventurous yet peaceful tourist destination.
THE MUST VISIT PLACES OF LEH LADAKH:
Jispa is a remote village in Lahaul which attracts a large number of tourists every year.
It is located 70 km North of Keylong and 7 km South of Darcha along the Manali Leh Highway and Bhaga River.Jispa is a very famous campground and break destination for travellers going to Leh Ladakh via road. The nearest airport is Kullu Manali airport(180 km). Jispa is known for its folk museum,local market and monasteries. Travellers camping in Jispa must experience beautiful sunrise and the colourful sunset to know the ultimate beauty of the village.
Medicines, Umbrella, torch, extra winter wear, sunglasses are some essentials to pack in your luggage when travelling to the village as the weather keeps on changing due to the high altitude..
The best time to visit Jispa is from June to September.
Leh is a high desert city in the Himalayas and is the capital of Ladakh. Leh is at an altitude of 11,562 feet and is connected via Leh Srinagar National Highway and Leh Manali highway, The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. Leh was initially known as a stop for trading caravans and has gained massive popularity amongst the tourists over the years. It is known for its Buddhist Monasteries, Trek trails, Massive 17th century Leh Palace, extraordinary scenic beauty, rugged mountains, Shanti Stupa, old town’s bazaar and the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River.
Some essentials to get ready for a trip that will give you a lifetime experience of joy and adventure.
The best time to visit is from June to September.
Nubra Valley is a Tri-armed Valley located to the North-East of Ladakh and Diskit is the capital of Nubra valley which is about 150 km from Leh. Nubra Valley is an extraordinary valley surrounded by the majestic Himalayas and is known for Shyok & Nubra Rivers, Panamik Village, Yarab Tso Lake, Buddhist Monasteries, Sand dunes, Double Humped camel safari, Samstanling Monastery, Punamik(Hot water spring) and a 100ft tall Maitreya Buddha statue. It's a must visit while on a trip to Leh Ladakh.
Pangong Tso is a High Grassland Lake at an elevation of 14,270 feet above the sea level which makes it the Highest Salt Water Lake and has an Endophoric Basin. It is located in the Changthang Region of Eastern Ladakh surrounded by various trekking and campsites.Pangong Tso extends to almost 160 km of which one third lies in India and two thirds in China. The lake freezes during winters and is known for change in colours appearing blue, green and grey at different times of a day. Pangong Lake has been a major tourist attraction of Leh Ladakh for a long time and has also been seen in the movie 3 idiots. The serenity of Pangong Tso is the wraveller's paradise.
Tsomoriri is also known as Lake Moriri or the Mountain lake and is located in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau,J&K. Lake Moriri is 7 km wide and 19 km long. The Lake offers extraordinary beauty and is also known as a birdwatcher's paradise. Tso Moriri is home to a large number of migratory birds which include 34 species and 14 species of water birds like the Black necked Cranes and Brown headed Gulls. Tso Moriri is also famous for wildlife excursions.
Sarchu also known as the Sir Bhum Chun is an overnight stopover with tented accommodation on Manali-Leh Highway.It is located at the border of Ladakh & Himachal Pradesh in India between the Baralacha La to South and Lachulung La to the north. Sarchu is surrounded by exceptional beauty,views and the ideal destination to set up camps. Jispa(100km away),Keylong(110 km away) and Tsokar(115km away) are the nearby destinations that can be visited near Sarchu. Sarchu is the starting point to the Zanskar trek in Ladakh.
Keylong is the Administrative centre of Lahaul & Spiti, 126 km north of Manali and 120 km from Indo-Tibetian border. Keylong is the eminent stopover for bikers and adventurers. Keylong is famous for valleys, snow-covered peaks. Moving around Keylong between valleys is a wonderful feeling. While the mountains are pure white from October to April, become colourful during the rest of the months. There are many small monasteries and temples almost in each village available around Keylong. Kardang Monastery is a famous tourist attraction of Keylong.
Amazing life experience.
It was my first ever road trip. I came with lot of inhibitions but the Wravelers team made it easy for us to manage in those harsh weather conditions. Even before the trip started I interacted with Manu for smallest queries and he would patiently respond to each query. My experience had started even before we hit the road. They gave apt instructions and if followed no one would fall sick or have AMS. Managing over 40 people in one trip is no joke. I would never forget we have got food at 3am after traveling for over 10 hours at the hotel we stayed in Leh. Everything including Food, Stay and people were extremely well managed by the team. But I would like to give special mention to Shadab Ahmed who managed 2 tempo travelers all by himself. So many temperaments and so many people always make it difficult specially for the ones who manage. Every wrong thing often gets these guys in trouble coz they have taken the responsibility. But the way he handled each situation was commendable. Yes, not everything is always good there are always opportunities to learn and improve but due credit must be given where deserved. Giving up is the easiest way out but they were patient irrespective of the weather conditions or the situations. We had a successful trip back in a single piece with so many memories. Thank you team JustWravel for an amazing raw experience at such high altitudes. Looking forward to more such trips with you guys.
It was the greatest experience that I have ever had with any of the tour organizers. I had enjoyed my time with the JustWravel and the tour they organized was beyond my expectations. Our tour lead Shadab was very helpful and he made our trip a memorable experience.
whatta trip man! it was my first solo trip(ladakh) with jutwravel had an amazing experience...
Cheers to all Hyderabadi's :P such a great people ....
our trek leader Shadab Ahmed young and smart was very helpful and supportive,arrangements everything were amazing ..
Thanks to justwravel for making it possible to go along in a group of unknown people to unknown places and returning with knowing awesome people and also the handsome guide shadab for making this trip a wonderful memory ...
I would love to explore more with you(shadab) and team Justwravel.....
Such a memorable Leh Ladakh trip with Just Wravel! 9 days, 12 girls and one epic journey! Couldn't have asked more. Can't wait to gave a starry night on a different land with Just Wravel! Keep it up guys, you're doing an amazing work! ^_^
I came across this trip in Instagram !! And was all excited when my requirement well suited the itinerary.
Like we all say there s a first time for everything .. We travelled with just wravel for the first time and spiti it was ?!! , and believe me it left me a story teller !! I would like to thank Nishant who coordinated from the beginning till the end where he was very flexible with itinerary and dates so that all of us could make it upto this trip !
These guys are amazing they value your time and money , i am very happy that I had the best road trip of my life with my best buddies !
Special thanks to our lead who held the energy high all the time and made it a successful trip !
This was my first trip with JustWravel. Had gone for a customised 10 day ladakh trip starting from Manali and ending at leh. All arrangements including the stay, food, vehicle were very good. The driver was also very good. Completely satisfied with the trip and the arrangements. Thanks a lot for such a wonderful trip.
It's our first trip with u and we are so good memories with this trip which are remember in our lifetime.. Thanks for making this journey more beautiful..?
It's been great journey with you. It's memorable and lots of fun and happiness. As specially with manu and himanshu, without you and all this journey not completed.thanks being a part of this journey.
This trip was my first trip and had an excellent experience with justwravel . Food was too good everything was managed so properly facilities provided was just way more than expected . Guneet our organiser did an amazing job too. This trip was best memory
I had pleasure of experiencing Leh - Ladakh trip with JustWravel under trip co-ordinator Mr.Nishant ,accompanied by Mr.Arnav.It was an amazing experience .....not just the heavenly place but also the organization , guidance and hospitality shown by team JustWravel.It was surely value for money and these people made so much efforts to make the vacation memorable. Thank you so much .
My experience of Leh ladakh was awesome. Nishant and Arnav managed the complete trip so well and I enjoyed each and every moment of the trip. Thank you for making my first road trip so memorable. @Justwravel : waiting for more trips :)
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