Arrive Delhi our company representative will meet you and welcome
you on your arrival at airport in Delhi and will assist you to check in the
hotel for overnight.
Delhi – Chandigarh 280kms Chandigarh is a first master plan city in
India. Morning drive to Chandigarh. Late afternoon you can visit Pinjore Garden
there. Overnight at hotel.
Chandigarh – Manali 282kms Morning drive to Manali. Manali is one of the
best hill station in India and one can experience here a mix culture of
Himachalie and Ladkhi people. Overnight at hotel.
Manali – Marrhi Nallah- 40 Kms. Manali, nestled on the foot of the giant
Rohtang Jot (Mound Of Skulls) on the bank of the Beas river, is an evergreen
area with Pine Deodar Trees surrounding the town. We will start early and cross
the Beas river over Manali town bridge in the middle of the market proceed to
Palchan the Army Check post. The Beas river flows on the left side of the road.
Passing through a small Hamlet town we take the first set of hairpin bends on
the Serpentine road on the road to Rohtang. Be prepared to a total contrast in
weather from the partly sunny Manali. There will be fog and mild rain. O/Nt
Marhhi in Camp.
Marrhi – Rohtang – Koksar – 38 Kms The 17 Kms to Rohtang jot is all
ascend. After a welcome cup of tea in one of the little Parachute cafes on the
Pass ride downhill till Koksar bridge. If the weather is clear there are some
scenic views of snow-covered peaks Glaciers in the far horizon. As we descend
there is change in vegetation, the tree line seems to be getting away from us
making way for small bushes. O/Nt Camp.
Koksar – Tandi – 37 kms We are in the foothills of the Pir
Panjal range. After crossing the check post follow the river flow till Tandi.
At certain points we will abandon the bank, climbing uphill but we will be
moving more or less along the river. In case the sun is out weather can be warm
Humid, but the nights will be cold being on the riverbank open area. We will
encounter some unmetalled stretches of road today after Koksar till Gondla,
cross a few mountain streams flowing over the road. O/Nt Camp.
Tandi – Keylong – Gemur – Jispa – Darcha – 40 Kms. At the confluence
point of River Chandra Bhaga cross the bridge proceed uphill to Keylong town.
Enroute is Gemur as we ascend the serpentine road into a gorge. Ahead lies the
Jispa hamlet town as we come out of the gorge descend downhill. The Ibex hotel
at Jispa is the last comfortable hotel till we reach Leh town. Its again a
green belt for sometime where you will see many shepherds and their sheep
scattered on the hillsides. We are almost in the Land of Lamas now. Infact
Keylong does support a small Gompa. After crossing Jispa one is definitely in
an isolated region in far horizon you can distinctively see the bareness of the
Higher Himalayan ranges. O/nt camping at Darcha.
Darcha – Patseo – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Keylong Sarai – 55 Kms.
Darcha can be considered the gateway to the Higher Himalayas as we cross the
bridge proceed on the hairpin bends uphill. Now it is going to be all ascend
till we come to the cantonment area of military garrison of Himmatnagar, Appx –
20 Kms ahead. For next 10 Kms we are into the flat area then down hairpin bends
of Patseo Zing Zing Bar as we move into the harsh terrain of the arid
mountains. The sun suddenly seems hotter than before and the atmospheric
pressure make the ride today a bit more challenging. But there are little signs
painted in yellow on the rocks – When the going gets tough the Tough get going!
- boosting our Spirits as we ascend the heights of the Baralacha Pass – 4892 M
Suraj Tal Lake. The Icy blue water the origin of the river at the top of the
bend that brings us closer to the Pass is a post for the road construction
worker toiling hard everyday to maintain the roads as best as they can under
the harsh conditions. It is time now for mountain river crossings. Twice we
will be in the middle of water. We will descend down to the gorge area of
Bharatpur, a small make shift Tentage accommodation area night halt for the
Truck drivers on their way with fresh supplies to the higher regions. O/Nt
Keylong sarai – Sarchu – 4253 M – Brandy Nallah – 35 Kms. The Day starts
with an easy ride on a flat road, downhill then entering a gorge descending to
the bridge connecting to the Sarchu Plateau. Cross over the bridge we move
ahead ascending a small uphill road making us move to the plateau area now
ahead lies another vast stretch flat ground with shepherds and their mountain
goats. There are a number of features of arid landscapes with some beautiful
scenery, a delight for photographers who are looking for high rise mountain
ranges, bearing water marks erosion of soil clearly indicating that the area
was under water a few million years ago. The area is sparsely green, the wind
is chilly fast blowing here. We are at the Traffic Check post, which is the
entry point into Ladakh. Another 20 Kms ahead on the base of the Gata loops
hair pin bends we will camp for the night at Brandy Nallah. The road though
metalled is very bumpy with flat stretches of barren land on both sides.
Brandy Nallah – Gata loops – Naki la – Lachungla – Pang – 62 Kms. After
an easy day yesterday we now move to scale the Gata loops, 23 hairpin bends
bringing us top of the mountain feature. We ride up hill, over an easy slope
only to cross the Naki La pass, descend down into the gorge to an isolated
military garrison area then ascend again to the height of the Lachulung la –
5065 M. After Naki La we are almost on an unmetalled stretch of gravelly road
all the way inside the gorge of Pang. O/Nt Camp.
Pang – More Plains – Tanglangla (Base Camp ) - 47 Kms . Eight
Kms uphill from the Bowl-like feature of Pang we come to the plateau area of
the More plains. Changpas, the Nomadic people who tend their yaks here and a
few wild asses are the only sign of life on this isolated and long road. This
belt not only barren but is known for fast blowing winds, sandstorms extreme
temperatures in the early morning and evenings. Fresh stream water can be
considered a scarcity in this area though you might find some isolated mountain
streams flowing down from the Tanglangla. The ride is easy going being a flat
plateau area, but the road, which stretches on ahead, is not as smooth as it
looks. There are tiny bumps all along! O/Nt Camp at the base of Tanglang La.
: Tanglangla – Rumtse – Gya – 50 Kms. We proceed early to scale the
Worlds second highest motorable pass, Tanglang la – 5,360 M. The ride for the
next 17 Kms is a challenge for even the fittest of riders, weather being cold
early in the morning, with gravelly stretches of the road consuming extra
energy, riding over the altitude of 17,000 Ft will be an acid test for the mind
Body. Reaching the top is a very satisfying experience then its all down hill
with smooth gradients till the base of the Pass. After crossing a small
mountain river it is time to find civilisation again! The Chortens along the
road in the villages announce our arrival in the heart of Buddhist culture. The
greenery changes the landscape, and the red coloured mountains surrounding us
and reflected in the river only add to the beauty as we hit Rumtse and Gya for
Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh – 70 Kms For next 20 Kms we ride on some
metalled unmetalled stretches of roads cross over the Upshi bridge across the
river Indus. The river originates in China crosses over into India somewhere in
the higher regions of these great Himalayan ranges. The road condition improves
considerably as we follow more traffic from the cantonment area local villages
going to Leh. Ahead lies the Thiksey Monastery the Chortens Garden before we
finally enter Leh Town. The ride is easy we can expect to reach Leh by evening.
O/Nt Hotel Leh
Depart Leh Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi and
board the flight for onward destination.