Kasauli-Goshaini-Manali-Keylong-Jispa-Tso Moriri-Tso Kar-Leh-Lamayuru-Alchi-Khardhung La-Nubra Valley
13 nights / 14 days
Best Season: June-September
High Mountain Passes: Baralacha Pass (4830m), Lachung La (5019m), Tanglang La (5360m), Khardung La (5606m).
The Manali-Leh road is open only for 4-5 months, between June and October, every year before the snows cover it up or wash away the road. This overland route had become an increasingly popular way to go to Leh. The advantage of the road route is that one sees an amazing panorama of nature‘s beauty and also gets gradually acclimatized to breathing in the high altitude atmosphere, which is a pre-requisite to staying at Leh. An unforgettable experience as the road traverses a variety of landscapes and one can hardly put the camera away. Along the way nature impresses with awesome mountain passes of 17-18,000 ft., long stretches of flat, cold desert without a trace of vegetation, amazing natural rock formations and deep gorges of the rivers Beas, Chandra, Bhaga and finally Indus. From the snow-clad mountains, when the snows melt, one sees beautiful waterfalls and gurgling crystal clear mountain streams. Along the streams and rivers are human habitations with pockets of rich cultivated green fields, fruit orchards and wild exotic plants used for preparing herbal medications.
Day 1: Delhi-Kasauli
Drive to Kasauli (7 hours). Rest of the day at leisure. Time free to explore this Himalayan town. Overnight in Hotel Ros Commons.
Day 2: Kasauli-Goshaini
After breakfast drive to Goshaini (9 hours). Arrive Goshaini in the evening. Overnight in Tirthan Orchard bungalow.
Day 3: Goshaini
Day free to enjoy the surroundings of a remote village of Kullu district. Walk towards the Great Himalayan National Park and afternoon downstream walk along river Tirthan. One can expect to see yellow-billed blue magpie, brown dipper, Asian brown fly catcher, jungle myna, Asian barred owlet, common kestrel etc. Overnight in Tirthan Orchards.
Day 4: Goshaini-Keylong / Jispa
After early breakfast, drive (9 hours) to Keylong / Jispa over the Rohtang Pass (3980 m). Reach Keylong / Jispa and check into hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Keylong / Jispa-Sarchu
After breakfast, drive (6 hours) to Sarchu over Baralacha Pass (4830 m). Arrive Sarchu in the afternoon. Evening at leisure. Overnight in tents.
Day 6: Sarchu-Tso Moriri
After breakfast, drive to Tso Moriri over Lachungla (5019 m). One can expect to see bar-headed geese, ruddy shelducks and other water birds breading here. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 7: Tso Moriri-Tso Kar-Leh
Travel to the lake in the morning across Polo Kongka Pass. As you enter the lake area, you may see black-necked crane, common redshank, lots of other waders and waterfowl. Tibetan wild ass, marmot, Stolizka’s mountain vole are mammal species that are seen commonly. Drive to Leh over Tanglang La (5360 m) to reach in the afternoon. Overnight in a deluxe tented camp, Mahabodhi Eco-resort (www.ladakhcamp.com).
Day 8: Leh
After breakfast, full day at leisure to explore Leh on own or visit Stok Palace, Shey and Thiksey monastery (optional). Overnight in the guest house.
Day 09 & 10: Alchi and Lamayuru
Overnight excursion to Alchi and Lamayuru to visit the monasteries and enjoy the landscape. Overnights in a guest house in Alchi or a camp in Ulektopo.
Day 11: Leh-Khardung La-Nubra Valley
After breakfast, drive to the highest motorable road in the world at Khardung Pass (5360m) and reach Nubra Valley by the afternoon. Evening at leisure. Overnight in a deluxe tented camp / cottages.
Day 12: Nubra Valley
Visit the desert area and the other surrounding of Nubra Valley. Overnight in a deluxe tented camp / cottages.
Day 13: Return to Leh today. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in a deluxe tented camp / cottages.
Day 14: Leh-Delhi
Transfer to airport for flight at 0735 hrs. Arrive Delhi at 0850hrs.