After early break fast we’ll drive through deep green coat of covered pine tree forest, sparkling rivulets and waterfalls sprouting out of the adjacent hills. The up-winding road with beautiful scenery as the drive brings us to travel across Rohtang Pass (3978 m) to reach Keylong at (3350 m) in Lahaul district and little further to Jispa for overnight camp on Bhaga river bed. Optional Bon-Fire.
After breakfast Ahead of Jispa, we’ll come across glacial waters and the fourth highest motorable pass in the world Baralacha La (4830 m), while the Alpine mountains gradually transforms to the lunar landscape, characteristic of Ladakh and we’ll reach the windswept Sarchu landscape at 4253 m. Today you’ll have great social time to meet people at campsites.
Sarchu – Upshi (205 Km)
After a pleasant stay at Sarchu we make an early start for the last leg of two highest mountain passes Nakee La (4905m) & Lachlung La at (5060 m), nearby is an incredible 20 km of switchback roads, including a spine-tingling 21 gata ‘loops’ or hairpin bends, on one side of the mountain. Further road take us down to the tea-house settlements at Pang (4660m), which is also the second highest BRO barrack on Manali-Leh road. 5 km ahead of Pang, ascend on dramatic series of gorges before reaching out along flattens valley of Moori Plane at an elevation of (4000m) stretched out for almost 36 kms. Challenge of today 2nd hightest motorable pass Taglang la with an elevation of 5328 mtrs will give us passage to the Indus valley which will give us first sight of greenery , small village & access to our night halt place Uptsi.
Upshi – Pangong Tso (140 Km)
After having an early breakfast, we will take you to east of Leh via Chang-la Mountain Pass (5,475 m) to the salty Pangong Tso- Pangong means hollow- is the highest lake in Ladakh at about (4300m), and is flanked by massive peaks over 6500m high. The lake is 150 km long but only 4 km widest. It extends almost in a straight line way into Tibet; in fact, only a quarter of the lake is in India. The view all around is mesmerizing vistas with the changing colors of the waters of the lovely lake.
Pangong Tso- Leh (170 Km )
After breakfast we retrace the journey over the “Paagal Naula” & Chang La we’ll be returning to Karu (Military cantonment area), driving little further on Upshi – Manali road to camp. Following the Manali- Leh highway, today for first time we’ll get a flavor of the history and culture of Ladakh. Explore Hemis, Stakna, Matho Tikse, Shey & Stok, the best known monuments around Leh and its palaces, museums & monasteries. Overnight we camp near Leh, in Changspa / Saboo.
Leh – Nubra (140 Km)
Today you will achieve one of your personal milestones to cross over the world's highest motorable pass,Khardung La, (5602 m). After a quick photo session at Khardung la we’ll proceed to Khalsar village from where Nubra Valley really starts, further road will take us down to Diskit village and finally to Hunder a pretty village, set among lots of trees and mingling streams, sand dunes, snow capped mountains and double humped Bactrian Camels. Overnight camp next to mingling streams, bon-fire.
Nubra – Leh – Nimoo(160 Kms )
After a pleasant stay at Hunder we’ll start early in morning to drive back to Leh, passing Khardung La once again. Drive further west of Leh near Nimoo is the junction of the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. Ahead of Nimoo on your left lies the Alchi monastery (3300 m). Overnight at Alchi. (We recommend stopping over at Alchi so that one can experience west Ladakh at leisure.