Manali to Leh by Road

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  • Golden Triangle Tour with Kashmir
  • 11 Nights / 12 Days


Tantamount to heaven on earth, Kashmir is an extremely captivating destination of India. The Mughal Emperor Jehangir aptly said “If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here”. It is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir which is endowed with utter natural beauty. Its mesmerizing landscape looks like as if it’s a fairytale land with many wonders like snow-covered mountains, mesmerizing lakes, dazzling meadows, breathtakingly beautiful gardens blooming with flowers and much more. Whether you are a honeymooner, adventure enthusiast or leisure seeking traveller, Kashmir has everything to cater to your interests.

Trip Highlights
Duration 07 Nights / 08 Days
Routing Manali, Sarchu, Leh, Monasteries, Pangong Lake, Khardungla Top, Nubra Valley & Sham Valley
DAY 1 Manali to Sarchu (222 Kms)
DAY 2 Sarchu to Leh (255 Kms)
DAY 3 Leh – Nubra valley via Khardung La 18,390 Ft. (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)
DAY 4 Nubra Valley – Leh (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)
DAY 5 Leh To Pangong Lake (140 kms / 4 - 5 Hrs – One Way)
DAY 6 Pangong Lake To Leh (140 Kms / 6 Hrs)
DAY 7 Leh - Excursion to Sham Valley
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Manali to Sarchu (222 Kms)

Today we start our journey to Leh Stopping at Sarchu for a night. Today we cross Rohtang Pass (3978 m), Keylong (3350 m), Baralacha Pass (4890m) with overnight stopover at Sarchu (4253 m), border of the states of Himachal Pradesh (Lahaul) and Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh).

Upon arrival in Sarchu we check in at our tented campsite for overnight stay Ask Expert

Day 2: Sarchu to Leh (255 Kms)

Leave for Leh by early morning, through Nakeela and Lachangla Pass 16,617 ft. Lunch at Pang. After Lunch drive to Leh passing through Skyangchu Thang (Biggest and Highest Plateau on Earth on Stretch of 42 Kms), Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft and Indus Valley.

Upon arrival in leh you’ll met by our representative and check in at our Hotel Ask Expert

Day 3: Leh – Nubra valley via Khardung La 18,390 Ft. (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)

→ Post breakfast driven to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh.

From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival transfer to Camp / Hotel.

In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world.

A visit to a local Ladakhi home to know the culture living style.

→ Overnight Hotel/Camp – Nubra Valley (D) Ask Expert

Day 5: Nubra Valley – Leh (120 Kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)

→ After early breakfast driven to Hunder and enjoy the ride on a Bacterian Camel (Double Humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow-capped mountains on the horizon.Between Hunder and Diskit you come across sand dunes besides the road. Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road are Rocky Mountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains.

On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Diskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery, lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire Valley.

→ Later we drive back to Leh in the late afternoon via Khardungla Top.

→ Overnight Hotel – Leh (B, D) Ask Expert

Day 5: Leh To Pangong Lake (140 kms / 4 – 5 Hrs)

Post breakfast driven Pangong Lake en-route visiting Shey Palace; The ancient capital of Ladakh & 3 Idiots Rancho School & further 5 Kms Driving through a picturesque landscape Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village.

Continue drive to Changla Pass 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a lifetime photography session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, recharge yourself with a cup of tea.

Later drive to Tangtse for Pangong after crossing few small villages Changthang a surprise view of the Pangong Lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). Blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “Indo China Border”.

You will find yourself so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.

Overnight Camp – Pangong (B,D) Ask Expert

Day 6: Pangong Lake to Leh (140 Kms / 6 Hrs)

Post breakfast Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake.

Later driven to leh en-route visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Continue drive to Leh and transfer to hotel.

Evening you can stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping.

Overnight Hotel – Leh (B, D) Ask Expert

Day 7: Leh - Excursion to Sham Valley

After breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. And start our sightseeing with Hall of Fame (Museum Constructed by India Army) near Leh is worth a visit for every Indian, and proceed further to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River. After visiting above places we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Spituk Monastery, Built in 15th century during the reign of Grags ‘bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Evening at Leisure and Overnight at Hotel in Leh Ask Expert

Day 8: Leh – Delhi (Flight)

Transfer to airport to board the flight for home country taking back wonderful memory of Ladakh Holiday.

Tour Concludes: Exceptional Escapes Manager will assist you with your transfer to the airport for boarding onward flight. Ask Expert

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