Ladakh needs no introduction. The de-facto synonym for adventure in India, Ladakh has been at the top of everyone’s go-to list. Rated as a top-class adventure and travel destination, Ladakh has something for everyone. From the highest motorable roads to the deepest lakes in the country. The Srinagar-Leh road and the Manali-Leh roads are one of the most challenging routes in the world that offer breathtaking views at each turn. You might run out of space on your memory card, but the majesty of the vistas of Ladakh is endless. Jeeps are the de-facto mode of travel. Our powerful and comfortable 4×4 jeeps ensure that your ride is comfortable and safe.
Relatively unknown to most people until 2005, Zanskar is a gem hidden far from the maddening crowds elsewhere. The people of the Zanskar valley are a happy and helpful bunch. Unspoiled by the crowds that throng Leh and other better known areas in Ladakh, Zanskar is a world in its own. With its distinct topography, sparse population and nearly no roads anywhere, Zanskar is a slice of heaven for any thrill seeker. A 4×4 jeep tour through the Zanskar valley gives you an experience to remember. See the majestic Drang-Durang glacier from the top of the Pensi-la pass. Get a birds-eye view of the world from the top of the Citadel at Zangla! Zanskar will change the way you look at off-road tours. With a challenging, remote, stark and bleakly populated terrain, Zanskar has loads to offer to even the pickiest adventure junkie.
Take this exhilarating trip best experienced with friends and family in a comfortable and powerful 4×4 jeep!
Group Size: 5 to 10 per group, first come first served.
Total Distance Covered: 2000- 2200 km.
Average altitude: 13,500ft
Maximum altitude attained: 18,500ft
Terrain: Challenging, but safe.
Thrill level: Extreme
Day 1:– Chandigarh to Srinagar, 670Kms.
Day 2:– Srinagar to Kargil (200km).
Experience heaven on earth as we cross the crown jewel of India, the spectacular Kashmir Valley. The mighty Zoji-la Pass (4300m) towers over the valley, the gateway to the land of passes- Ladakh. Drass is not only the world’s 2nd coldest inhabited place but a pit stop on our way to the Balti region, to the garrison city Kargil, the gateway to spectacular Zanskar valley. A hotel at the bazaar in Kargil (2,600 m) will be our home for the night.
Day 3:- Kargil to Rangdum, (130kms): We drive towards Rangdum through the beautiful, Suru valley – We’ll be leaving paved roads behind and will continue on a dusty track at average speeds of around 20-40 kmph. Ascending to the herdsman’s village of Parkachik, we’ll reach Rangdum by late afternoon.
Day 4:- Rangdum to Padum, (90km): We’ll explore and visit the tiny mountain monastery at Rangdum before beginning our ascent to the Pensi-La pass (4,401 m), the most outstanding viewpoint in the world. One look confirms this statement as the massive, grand and adjective-defying Drang-durang glacier looms into view at the top! Speechless, you continue towards Zanskar Valley and Reach the valley headquarters at Padum.
Day 5: We’ll explore Padum, the only town in Zanskar. Only around 1,000 people live here in the summers. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the ancient Karsha monastery, a medieval oasis of peace and an important center of the Buddhist faith. We’ll be spending the night in the best guest house in Zanskar, at an altitude of approx. 3,500m.
Day 6: – Padum (Zanskar Valley) to Parkachik (170km): Our return journey starts with a longer ride. We’ll be crossing Penzi La pass (4,401 m) and spending another night on a meadow near Parkachik Glacier.
Day 7:- Parkachik To Lamayuru, 190km. Descending through Suru Valley to Kargil, we’ll come across our first filling station in 550 km! Crossing the Fotu-La pass, we’ll reach the ancient Lamayuru Monastery, at an altitude of around 3,800m.
Day 8:- Lamayuru to Leh, (140km): We’ll have the opportunity to witness the morning meditation in the monastery – an unforgettable experience. Next, a steep descent to the Indus Valley. Our next track starts at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. These 40 exciting kilometers along the wild Zanskar river to Chilling, a village of coppersmiths. It is one of the most breathtaking routes anywhere in the Himalayas! We’ll be reaching Leh late in the afternoon.
Day 9:– Day trip to Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable road (110km). We’ll be reaching the high point of our tour – literally. 50 km on the road and 2,000m ascent to Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world. There’s nothing else like it! There will be time for relaxation and shopping in the evening.
Day 10:– Post Breakfast, we proceed for the Indus Valley Monastery tour including Shey, The ancient capital of Ladakh, Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a spur above the village, & Hemis Gompa – the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. We will also visit the Stok Palace & Sindhu Ghat.
Day 11: Leh to Sarchu, (255km): Post breakfast we check out of the guest house and proceed towards Sarchu, stopping enroute at the Tanglangla pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5350m. Overnight stopover at Sarchu (4253 m), bordering the states of Himachal Pradesh (Lahaul), Jammu and Kashmir (Ladakh). Upon arrival in Sarchu we check in at our tented campsite for an overnight stay.
Day 12:- Leh to Pangong tso lake (160km): Today, we’re going for serious altitude! It’s time to cross the truly breathtaking 5,360 mt high Chang-La Pass and follow a rough mountain road to the luminous blue-green magic of Pangong Tso lake. We’ll spend the night in a basic camp with a sweeping view across the lake to the Tibetan shore.
Day 13:-Pangong lake to Tso kar lake (210km): Time for some double-pass action! After crossing the Chang-La Pass, we reach Karu where we turn towards the Leh- Manali road and start the ascent to the second highest pass on this road- the Tanglang-la (17,585ft). We’ll take a small detour, cross the Debrung camp city and reach the white shores of the Tso-Kar Lake and camp overnight here.
Day 14:- Tso Kar lake to Jispa (200km). Post breakfast we drive to Jispa on Skyangchu Thang (The biggest and highest Plateau in India. It stretches for over 42 kms.). We arrive at the tent city at Pang and cross the twin Nakeela Pass/Lachangla Passes (16,617 ft). Through 21 Gata Loops we’ll enter the Sarchu plateau (4253 m), bisecting the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. After crossing the Baralacha Pass (4890 m), we enter the Lahaul Valley, and reach Jispa where we check in at our camp site next to a river, for overnight stay.
Day 15:- Jispa to Manali, (120km). We start our journey from Jispa to Manali and cross the district headquarters of the Lahaul Valley at Keylong (3350 m), Pass by Tandi (Where Chandra River Meets Bhaga River), Khoksar, and cross Rohtang Pass (13050 ft). We break for Tea at Marhi, We’ll be reaching Manali – the end of our tour – late in the afternoon.
All our packages come with:
- All Nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in standard rooms & tents (Patnitop to Manali).
- Meals: (Breakfast & Dinner), but Dinner NOT in major towns (Patanitop/Srinagar/Padum/Leh/Manali ) where you may prefer to have food of your liking.
- Inner line permits to restricted/protected areas.
- Monument & Museum entrance fees
- Medical & Mechanical backup vehicle with O2 & AMS pack.
Our packages do not include:
- JEEP booking cost/Rent/Fuel/Security Deposit.
- Extra luggage care vehicle cost shall be shared by group, as per requirement.
- Pay for lunch as per need.
- Any Kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals, starters.
- Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
- Any kind of drinks (Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, soft drinks).
- Extra guide fee, Camera & Video fee, Boat and rope trolley fee.