Ladakh Overland Safari

Introduction

Far Horizon takes you to the lands beyond the Himalaya. Ladakh is a place where there are lakes so blue and clear that you can see the reflection of mountains. Drive to treacherous heights through high motorable passes in Khardungla Top and ride on the back of double humped camels in Nubra Valley. Visit beautiful monasteries of Leh and Alchi as you trek through pristine little towns cherishing glimpses of the lives of mountain folks and such natural beauty that leaves you mesmerized and in awe. Experience Introspection coupled with an adrenaline rush as a magnetic hill pulls your car and colorful prayer flags rustle in the wind.

Highlights

  • Hiking tour from Old Manali to Solang Valley, a firsthand glimpse into the lives of mountain folks.
  • 4 wheeled drive over the spectacular passes of Rohtang, Shingo La, Baralacha La, Lachung and Khardungla.
  • Drive along the Tso Kar & Tso Moriri lakes with camping in Tso Moriri with panoramic alpine views.
  • Visit the Nubra Valley and the beautiful monasteries in Leh and Alchi.
  • Enjoy the charm of Old and New Delhi

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    Delhi

    After clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel.

    Thereafter, arrive at the hotel and check-in.

    Overnight at the hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 Delhi to Manali

    Manali

    Fly Delhi – Kullu (Bhuntar) & drive to Manali (Approx. 34 Miles / 55 kms / 2 hours’ drive)

    Early morning, check-out from the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight to Kullu.

    On arrival at Kullu (Bhuntar) airport, our representative will meet & assist you for your transfer to the hotel.

    Today afternoon, visit the Hadimba Temple.

    Lunch & Dinner on own

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Manali

    Manali

    Half day hiking tour from Old Manali to Solang Valley

    Today, after an early breakfast set-off for a half day hiking tour from Old Manali to Solang Valley.

    An easy trail that starts from the Manalsu Bridge in old Manali, meandering along the bank of Beas River, leading you through the villages of Goshal, Shanag and Burwa to get you to Solang Nala.

    From the very beginning of the trek you will get a promising perspective of the magnificent snow covered peaks, so seemingly close and so obviously remote. As you walk by, on the left you can study various rocks in their rich varieties and forms. On the right, across the river you will get an overview of Vashihst Village.

    You will get a firsthand glimpse into the everyday lives of the mountains folks. Traditional wooden houses, women weaving, women working in fields of wheat, potato, peas and apple orchards, ,men pasturing cattle, old women sitting and talking and older men playing cards. You will find the old with the new as you pass through these villages, how slowly but steadily modernization is taking over these small hamlets. Isolated Goshal with its wooden houses hardly resembles with the well-constructed mansions and fancy jeeps parked in Burwa.

    A friendly Namaste can get you invited for a cup of chai (Tea)! As you get closer and closer, the scenery becomes more and more spectacular leading you to the adventure hub of Manali- Solang Nala! Solang Nala is popular with adventure sport enthusiasts as it offers activities including skiing, paragliding, ATV rides and zorbing etc. The trek can be completed in 5-6 hours.

    Notes:

    Reporting time: - 08:00 AM

    Duration Approx.: 5-6 Hours

    Max. Elevation: 2500 Meters Approx.

    Difficulty level: Moderate

    Thereafter, return to the hotel en-route visiting Old Manali and Vashisht.

    Dinner on own

    Overnight at the hotel (B, Packed L)

  4. Day 4 Manali – Rohtang La – Keylong – Jispa

    Jispa

    (Approx. 88 Miles / 140 kms / 6–7 hours’ drive)

    Leave Manali after an early breakfast as the path carved by your journey leads you to the Beas watershed where you will climb and cross the first high pass of your journey, the Rohtang La pass (12960 ft.) The bustling town of Keylong greets you as you pass through it to reach Jispa where you may spend the rest of the day relaxing after the long journey.

    Arrive & check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel (B L D)

  5. Day 5 Jispa – Shingo-la – Jispa

    Jispa

    (Approx. 31 Miles / 50 kms / 3–3 ½ hours’ drive – One way)

    Shingo-la is a mountain pass in India, on the border between Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

    There is a shallow lake or pool 20m below the pass. The pass is on a long-distance footpath linking Zanskar and Lahaul, used often by locals and trekkers alike. For trekkers it is one of the technically easiest 5000m passes in Indian Himalayas, involving no glacier trekking or steep climbs. There is snow on the pass all year round, although in the summer only a small stretch of snow has to be passed.

    There is an official sign proclaiming height of the pass as 16,615feet. The height indicated by various trekking website varies from 4900 to 5100 meters.

    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel (B L D)

  6. Day 6 Jispa – Sarchu

    Sarchu

    (Approx. 69 Miles / 110 kms / 5 hours’ drive)

    After breakfast, proceed to Sarchu.

    The view is absolutely breathtaking as you wind your way through the region to Leh. Baralacha La, the most picturesque of the high passes you crest en route is certainly the glory of the place.

    Arrive & check-in to the Tented Camp.

    Overnight at the Tented Camp (B L D)

  7. Day 7 Sarchu / Tso-Moriri

    Tso-Moriri

    (Approx. 109 Miles / 175 kms / 9–10 hours’ drive)

    After breakfast, depart in a 4x4 vehicle for the lake of Tso-Moriri (4725 m) through the Lachung Pass (5060m), and to the lake of Tso Kar. This beautiful White lake is famed for the high quality salt that rings its edges.

    Arrive & check-in to the Tented Camp.

    Overnight at the Tented Camp (B L D)

  8. Day 8 Tso-Moriri

    Tso-Moriri

    After breakfast, embark on the exploration of the spectacular area surrounding Tso-Moriri. You will visit the Karzok Gompa (monastery) during your tour and are also given the option of taking an exciting afternoon hike.

    Overnight at the Tented Camp (B L D)

  9. Day 9 Tso-Moriri – Leh

    Leh Ladakh

    (Approx. 138 Miles / 220 kms / 7–8 hours’ drive)

    After breakfast, advance to Leh (3500 m), the capital of Ladakh.

    You will reach your destination by late afternoon and spend the rest of the day relaxing and acclimatizing to the altitude. In the coming days this region promises to dazzle you with some of the most mesmerizing and incredible sights possible.

    Arrive & check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel (B L D)

  10. Day 10 Leh – Hemis – Thiksey – Leh

    Leh Ladakh

    (Approx. 38 miles/ 60 Km. / 1 hour drive – One way)

    Start your day with the visit to Hemis Gompa, the biggest monastery in Ladakh. Located 45 Km to the south of Leh, it is built on a green hillside surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and hidden in a gorge. The Monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order and houses monks of the Brokpa or Red Hat sect. One can see beautiful frescoes (paintings) on the walls and the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh, which is over 12 m in length. Within the monastery there are to be seen a copper-gilt statue of the Lord Buddha, various stupas made of gold and silver, sacred thangkas and many objects.

    The Monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630, who was invited to Ladakh by King Singay Namgial and offered a religious estate throughout the region.

    The monastic festivals of Ladakh are governed by the Tibetan calendar (luni-solar) and dance-dramas in the gompa courtyards are conducted. The performers are the lama monks themselves who wear colorful garments and often frightful, at times comic masks. The monks perform mimes representing various aspects of the religion, be it the progress of the individual soul and purification or the triumph of good over evil.

    We make our way towards the Thiksey Gompa – an impressive imitation of Lhasa’s Potala Palace dramatically perched on a slope overlooking the Indus Valley. Thiksey is the most beautiful of all monasteries in Ladakh, belonging to the Gelukpa order. The Gompa was first built at Stakmo by Changsem Sherab Zangpo of Stod. Later the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, Spon Paldan Sherab, founded the Thiksey Gompa on a hilltop to the north of the Indus River in 1430 AD. There are sacred shrines and many precious objects to be seen there.

    Later, return to Leh and spend time at leisure.

    Overnight at the hotel (B L D)

  11. Day 11 Leh – Nubra

    Nubra

    (Approx. 109 miles/ 174 Km. / 5 hours’ drive)

    Check-out after breakfast and drive to Nubra valley (approx. 5 hrs. drive) driving over the Khardungla Pass, this is the World's highest motor able road at 18832 feet above sea level. At Khardungla pass, the snowcapped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. The road then passes through a bridge laid on a Glacier which finds its way in Guinness Book of world records. Drive through the Valley which is extremely beautiful for photography.

    Arrive Nubra and check-in to your tented camp.

    Later visit the Samstanling Monastery.

    Overnight at the Tented Camp (B L D)

  12. Day 12 Nubra

    Nubra

    After breakfast, depart for an excursion to Diskit & Hundar villages. Visit the Hundar village & its small monastery.

    Later visit the Diskit Gompa.

    Thereafter, stop at the sandunes where you may find the double humped Bactrian camels.

    The valley is a photographer’s paradise.

    Overnight at the Tented Camp (B L D)

  13. Day 13 Nubra / Leh / Likir / Alchi

    Alchi

    (Approx. 149 Miles / 238 Km. / 8-9 hours’ drive)

    After early breakfast, drive to Alchi over the Khardung-La pass enroute visit Likir monastery.

    The Likir Monastery or Gompa is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh. The Monastery is located in Likir village and is believed to have been in existence since the 11th century. The Monastery is also known for the 75 feet statue of Buddha. The Gompa belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism which is also referred as Yellow Hat sect. It was founded by Tsongkhapa in the 15th century. After the visit drive on to Alchi (14 miles / 22 Kms/ approx. 45 mins)

    The village of Alchi is situated around 70 kms from Leh on the left banks of the Indus River. The main attraction in Alchi village is the Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa. The Alchi Monastery dates back to nearly one thousand years. There are five shrines in the Choskor temple complex which has some splendid wall paintings.

    Arrive and check-in to your hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B L D)

  14. Day 14 Alchi – Lamayuru – Basgo – Leh

    Leh Ladakh

    (Approx. 119 Miles / 191 Kms. / 6 hours’ drive)

    After breakfast in the morning we will go to Lamayuru whose monastery dates back to the eleventh century and was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa and belongs to the red cape sect. This monastery is home to more than 150 monks and houses a rich collection of objects, paintings, thangkas, statues, carpets and an impressive image of 11 heads and 1000 eyes depicting the image of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion who in his present reincarnation is the present Dalai Lama.

    This remote monastery is a favorite among photographers and travelers.

    Thereafter, we will visit Basgo, a complex that includes a fortress in ruins dating from the 15th century, two large temples and a small sanctuary.

    After visit continue drive to Leh.

    Arrive Leh, and check-in to the hotel. Afternoon is at leisure.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B L D)

  15. Day 15 Leh – Delhi

    Delhi

    After an early breakfast, depart to the airport to board the flight to Delhi.

    In Delhi, you may refresh yourself at the hotel and enjoy a tour of Old Delhi and a visit to the Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque.

    Also a tour through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Parliament House.

    Thereafter, a visit to the capital’s most striking monument, the 70 meter high Qutub Minar, looming majestically across the wide plains of Delhi will mark the end of your incredible journey.

    Lunch & dinner on own.

    Overnight stay at the hotel (B)

  16. Day 16 Depart Delhi

    Delhi

    Check-out from the hotel, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the Delhi International airport to board your flight to your onward destination.

    (B)

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