Day 2: Manali: Arrive in Manali at 9 am, leisure day in Manali, chill out at hot spring waters in Vashishtha Village, hang out at various cafes in Old Manali, or just chill by a lonely stretch of the Beas river.
Day 3: Manali Jispa: After breakfast leave for Jispa (56 hours drive via Rohtang Pass, where landscape changes from lush green Manali side to arid, rugged peaks of Lahaul & Chandra Valley). The afternoon is free to explore. Night rest at guest house in Jispa.
Day 4: Jispa Leh: Today is one of the longest days of the trip wherein we cross the high altitude passes of Baralachala & Lachangla, then the mighty Skyangchu thang (Biggest & highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42 Kms). After crossing the mighty Tanglalng la we start descending towards the Indus Valley. We will checkin to the Guest House in Leh by late evening. (Those joining the group by flying into Leh today, will be transferred to the hotel.)
Day 5: Leh: : One of the biggest and most famous festivals of Ladakh opens today at Hemis Monastery watch Cham dances. Later discover the monasteries of Indus Valley including Thiksey, Shey. Spend the evening discovering the local culture of Leh. Overnight at Leh.
Day 6: Leh Nubra Valley (Khardung La): Journey towards the ancient Silk Route via the highest motorable road on earth (Khardungla 18384 feet). Visit the famous Deskit Gompa of Nubra Valley. Walk on the sand dunes and ride the double humped camel (Bactrian camels brought to Ladakh by ancient Silk Route traders). Night Stay in Nubra.
Day 8: Leh- Pangong Tso: Discover the myriad colours and shades of Pangong lake. Leave Leh in the morning and cross the third highest motorable pass (Changla) on earth. Spend good 34 hours by the great Pangong, 2/3rd of which lies inside the China border. Overnight at Camps by the Pangong Lake.
Day 9: Pangong Tso Leh: Wake up calls by the migratory birds this morning. Indulge in the walk beside the lake or go for your photography splurge. Arrive at Leh in second half. Evening free. Overnight in Leh .