Great    Himalayan    Jeep    Safaris

  • Tour Code : Great Himalayan Jeep Safaris
  • Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Routes: Manali, Keylong, Sarchu, Shanti Stupa, Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, Kargil, Srinagar.

 

Day 01: Delhi - Manali (550 Km 10-12 hrs):
Pickup by Toyota Inova vehicle from Delhi Domestic airport and travel by surface from Delhi to Manali en route viewing tea gardens. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight Hotel in Manali.

Day 02: Manali - Keylong (147 kms / 6-7 hrs):
Travel from Manali to Keylong, en route crossing over Rohtang Pass (13.055ft)) and a few villages in Lahaul valley like Sissu, Gondla and confluence of Chaanra & Bhaga rivers at Tandi. This route would provide you views of mountains, several streams, waterfalls and hanging glaciers. Rohtang Pass remains closed from November to June due to heavy snow and cuts off the Lahaul Valley from rest of the world! On arrival check in hotel. Afternoon, hike to Khardong village and Monastery. Evening free to explore the tiny town of Keylong. Hotel: Deykit * or Snowland*.

Day 03: Keylong - Sarchu (95 kms / 6 hrs):
Today is a very long day and we start very early. Travel by surface from Sarchu to Leh over Lachang La (5,065 m/16,613ft) and Tanglang La (5,360 m/17,580ft, the second highest motor able pass in the world!). En route also visit Thiksey monastery, one of the most imposing monasteries in the Indus valley. The monk’s quarter’s stretch right the way along the hillside beneath the main assembly hall. The library at Thiksey is supposed to be one of the finest in Ladakh and a multi - denominations Gompa has recently been constructed - proof indeed of the continuing vitality of Buddhism in Ladakh.

Day 04: Sarchu - Leh (233 kms / 8-9 hrs):
Today is a very long day and we start very early. Travel by surface from Sarchu to Leh over Lachang La (5,065 m/16,613ft) and Tanglang La (5,360 m/17,580ft, the second highest motor able pass in the world!). En route also visit Thiksey monastery, one of the most imposing monasteries in the Indus valley. The monk’s quarter’s stretch right the way along the hillside beneath the main assembly hall. The library at Thiksey is supposed to be one of the finest in Ladakh and a multi - denominations Gompa has recently been constructed - proof indeed of the continuing vitality of Buddhism in Ladakh.

Day 05: Leh: Excursion Spituk - Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa:
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk Spituk monastery which was founded by Od Lde, in the 11th century AD. In those days the Gompa belonged to the Kadampa School but Gelukpa order was introduced during the region of King Dragspa Bum ilde, when Lama Lhawang Lotus restored the monastery. Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch: Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting the Sanker Gompa, which is towards the north of the Town, it has an impressive). Later visit Shanti Stupa, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.

Day 06: Pangong Tso - Leh (160 km one-way):
Post breakfast visit the lake and after spending some time we drive back to Leh.. Upon arrival we check in at our pre-arranged hotel. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at the hotel. In the late afternoon drive back to Leh. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Leh - Nubra (126 km) (4200m/ 5-6hrs. Drive):
After breakfast drive to Nubra Valley the road to the Nubra Valley goes through the highest motorable pass in the world at Khardung La (5602m) The Pass is almost permanently covered in fog and snow, On arrival in the Nubra valley Nubra means green used to be on the trading roué connecting Tibet with Turkistan, and was the navy of Turkisatn which invaded it several times. Also know as the Valley of flowers, Nubra has always been well cultivated and fertile, with the best climate in Ladakh, so grains and fruit, such as apples and apricots, have always been plentiful. Ninety per cent of Nubra's population is Buddhist. Overnight stay at the Deluxe Camp.

Day 08: Nubra - Leh:
After breakfast drive to Leh over the Khardungla pass.On arrival check in hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure or one can explore the beauty of Leh on their own.

Day 09: Leh to Alchi - Lamayuru monastery - Kargil (230km / 8-9 hrs):
Today after early breakfast, we are driven on Srinagar highway to visit Alchi monastery one of the oldest monasteries which was founded in 11th centaury and the only monastery situated on low lands along the bank of River Indus. This monastery differs from the rest as it has a mixture of Kashmiri and Tibetan Arts. Mulbekh: There are two gompas on the hillside above the village of Mulbekh. As in other villages, it is wise to Enquire if the gompa is before making the ascent. Just beyond Mulbekh is a huge Chamba statue, an image of a future Buddha, cutting to the rock face beside the road. It's one of the most interesting stops along the road to Kargil. overnight in Kargil.

Day 10: Kargil - Srinagar (204 Km):
Drive the taxi toward Srinagar, by passing the Zoji-la and picturesque Sonamarg, entering to the Kashmir valley. Drass : Drass 3230 metres, 60kms west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar, are a small township lying in the centre of a valley of the same name. It has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world by virtue of the intense cold that descends upon the valley along with repeated snowfall during winter. Winter temperature is sometimes known to plummet to less than 40 degree Celsius. During the spring and summer, however the valley around the township becomes very picturesque as the gently undulating hillsides turn into lush green pastures splashed with a variety of fragrant wild flowers. Its inhabitants are mainly of Darad stock, an Aryan race believed to have originally migrated to the high valleys of the Western Himalayas from the Central Asian steppes. They speak Shina which, unlike the Tibetan-originated Ladakhi dialects spoken elsewhere in Ladakh region, belong to the Indo-European linguistic family. Their ancestral sport, Horse Polo, which the Darads play with particular zeal, resembles our modern polo. The Drass vallley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh. For centuries its inhabitants are known to have negotiated this formidable pass even during the most risky period in the autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snowbound and is subject to frequent snow storms, to transport trader's merchandise across and the to help stranded travelers to traverse it. By virtue of their mastery over the pass they had established a monopoly over the carrying trade during the heydays of the Pan-Asian. A hardy people enduring with fortitude the harshness of the valley's winter, the inhabitants of Drass can well be described as the guardians of Ladakh's gateway. Overnight in houseboat at Srinagar.

Day 11: Old City by Shekara West of Srinagar:
After breakfast we will take shiekara and local sightseeing or (do own activities). Option shopping day. Overnight houseboat.

Day 12: Houseboat - Srinagar airport:
Transfer to Srinagar airport and fly back to Delhi for onward destination.

Note

Group Rate on request: Minimum 10 rooms to be consider as group.