Land at Srinagar and get a transfer to your homestay. Settle in and soak in the sun in the family lawn. Then head out to explore the city. The old city, the neighboring markets and a quintessential Kashmiri meal is a must! That’s the plan in Srinagar as we gear up for the road trip ahead!
Another eventful day ahead with an early start from Srinagar, will take us to Kargil, Drass(the second coldest inhabited plc in the world), Tiger Hill and then to Shargol village near Mulbek where we are camping now.
Day 3: Mulbek to Leh via Lamayuru and Alchi Monastary
Post breakfast, we head out for our roadtrip to Leh. Our first stop is Lamayuru Monastary in Sham Valley and then the oldest monastery of Alchi and our final stop is Leh. Leh is a beautiful city, nestled in the Indus Valley. The Shanti Stupa and the Leh Palace form a formidable backdrop to the city and the roads that leave the city lead you to Srinagar in one direction and Manali in the other. Leh welcomes you with a warm glass of Ginger Honey Lemon tea and it takes very little to fall in love with this city.
Get to Leh and relax at your stay, allow your body to acclimatize to the sudden change in altitude. In Leh you will be staying in a comfortable hotel on Chang Spa Road away from the main market. It is closer to the Shanti Stupa and gives you some great views of snow-clad peaks. Experiences: Settle into Leh. Do local walks, a great day to acclimatize
Head out to the beautiful Nubra Valley. The winding climb of Khardungla, a lemon tea at the canteen there and a downward descend to Nubra, where you will pass the sand dunes of Hunder. Valley, snow, peaks, frozen rivers and desert on one single day. Need we say more? Stay in an organic campsite in Hunder and go to catch the sunset at the dunes of Hunder. Experience: Pass Khardungla, which at 17580 is the highest motorable road in the world, Live in an organic camp in Nubra, go to the sand dunes of Nubra Valley and catch sunset there. We are staying in a traditional homestay in Nubra with basic facilities. The stay experience is provided to give you an insight into Ladakhi life, their food and culture and their way of life. Please do not expect urban comforts.
Turtuk is a village that opened up to tourism only in 2010. A tiny hamlet 12kms from the border, it offers some great insight into the village life of Ladakh. The gorgeous landscape will bowl you over, and you spend the day with village hikes, and just exploring the terrain on your own.
A five hour drive and a visit to the monastery of Thiksey, you will pass by Chang La Pass to reach the great Pangong Lake. The blues of the lake will leave you stumped; the beauty is legendary and rightfully so. Stay in a campsite on the banks of the Lake. Swiss Tents will welcome you and the view from your room will just be the lake.
Experience: Camping on the banks of the Pangong Lake
We start our journey to Manali. We will be covering the dist of 475 km over 2 days. We will be doing this journey via Baralachha Pass (16,500 ft) and Tang La Pass (17,585 ft. We pass by the Gatta Loop, Pang, Sarchu and finally reach Jipsa which is the first town in the Lahaul valley that we encounter. Stay: Swiss tents in a campsite
Though the distance is just 138kms, the traffic at Rohtang is a regular factor and landslides are quite common. Barring that, there shouldn’t be any other delay. We reach our stay at Old Manali and also explore the beauty of this quaint little town higher than the more crowded, more tourist-centric Manali.
Driving distance: 138 kms
Driving time: 6 hrs+traffic snarls at Rohtang
Stay at Old Manali at an inn famous for housing backpackers. Rooms on twin-share and triple share