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Extreme Zanskar and Ladakh lakes via new Route (“Shinku La)”

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 Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Manali – Jispa
  • Day 2: Jispa – Purne(Via Shinku La Pass)
  • Day 3: Purne To Padum (Zanskar)
  • Day 4: Explore The  Zanskar Valley (Padum)
  • Day 5: Padum To Rangdum
  • Day 6: Rangdum To Lamayuru
  • Day 7: Lamayuru To Leh, 140km 
  • Day 8: Leh relax and explore
  • Day 9: Leh- Khardungla Pass – Nubra Valley
  • Day 10: Hunder To Spangmik (180 kms)
  • Day 11: Spangmik To Tso Kar lake
  • Day 12: Tso Kar lake To Jispa 200km
  • Day 13: Jispa To  Manali  back Home

 

About

Highlights – Our Ladakh Tour was founded after our 15 years of experience with motorcycle expeditions to Ladakh. The route is full of unexpected surprises, undiscovered routes and unmapped territories. This route is the “Holy Grail” of all the ways leading to Ladakh because of its anonymity. This is very challenging tour which requires experienced riding skills, a sense of adventure and flexibility due to the extreme weather and road conditions.

 This Route covers around 2000 kms and massive altitude variations. The roads range from meandering smooth tarmac roads to gravel, sand and mere dust.

 We will take you toa mystical “river journey” to wild Zanskar Valley, hidden in the remotest reaches of the Himalayas. After Crossing Jispa , we enter into, beautiful scenery and hard rocky roads to Purne ,while crossing Shanku-La (5100m). Purne is rightly called as the “Gateway to Himalayas” and the eventual destination is Padum. From Padum the journey transcends to Rangden which is a rugged valley with towering mountain view. Post that there is a steady climb to Penzi La pass (4,400 m). We’ll be passing enormous glaciers on our way into the valley.

 After exploring Zanskar, get to know the highlights of the Indus Valley. Finally we touch the mighty Khardung-La, the highest pass in the world, at 5,605 meters!. This is the first tour to take you on 15 extremely high Himalayan passes – we’ll be hitting altitudes of over 5,000 meters five times and crossing through two highest passes in the world! The route covers all of the highlights of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Ladakh, as well as the three most beautiful Himalayan lakes situated on the border region of Tibet , with all the lakes at an altitude of 4500 meters. We’ll spend 15 days on the road in Ladakh.

Including;-

  • Accommodation for 14 days on twin sharing basis at clean comfortable rooms& tents.
  • All meals for 14 days
  • Detailed idea of the local cuisine and the culture
  • Backup Jeep full way
  • Experienced Guide full way
  • Border entry fee with all inner line permits to restricted/protected areas.
  • Experienced mechanic with spare parts.
  • Experienced doctor and medical backup with oxygen (O2) & AMS pack.
  • LWR Stickers for your Jeep, motorcycle, helmet more.
  • All trip photos.
  • Things to carry list and a map
  • Royal Enfield 500 cc / Himalayan 410cc Bike /Suzuki Gypsy 4×4 for trip. (Fuel Extra)
  • Pick up and drop from the airport IXL (But in Group )

Excluding;-

  • Stay for extra days ( but we will manage to book it for you)
  • Extra food consumed outside the place of stay
  • Bike /Jeep/Cab rent ( if any )
  • Fuel of Bike/Jeep.
  • Domestic Air flight ticket ( But we will manage to book it for you)
  • Any damage/fine/ cost.
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals, starters (alcoholic, mineral, soft drinks, aerated drinks) etc.

Extra guide fee, camera & video fee ,tips, insurance, laundry and phone calls.

LET’S HAVE FUN.

 Detailed Itinerary :

 

Day 1: Manali – Jispa

Boarding and Lodging at 3142 m

Distance covered –  147 Kms

Pass Crossed – Rohtang Pass (3,978 m)

 

Start your overland journey and drive to Jispa. This high-altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range, connects the densely fertile and green Kullu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali slowly winding up mountain roads till Rohtang Pass (3,950m) which connects Kullu to Lahaul valley. On entering Lahaul valley we see a distinct ethnographic change as the Hindu influence being replaced by the Buddhist culture. Continuing the drive to Jispa via Keylong. overnight stay at Chandra River side Swiss camps  with warm meal along with bone fire.

 

 

 

Day 2: Jispa – Purne(Via Shinku La Pass)

Boarding and lodging at 3870m

Distance cover – 90km

Passes crossed- ShankuLa 5100m

 

Leisurely drive over the scenic Shanku La Pass (5100 m). Plenty of stops to capture the scenic grandeur of this majestic landscape dotted with snow capped peaks and high altitude lakes before pass. After crossing the pass drive through hair pin bends and stop for tea at Khargyak river side at local Kitchen tent. After 6-8hours drive stay in tents or small home stay at Punre village at 3870m under clear sky with full view of milky ways

 

Day 3:-  Purne to Padum (Zanskar)

Boarding and lodging at 3670m

Distance covered – 50km in 4 hours

Pass Covered – None.

 

We will start our morning with early tea and quick bite and a small hike of 7km to Phuktal Gompa. It is 1000’s year old Buddhist temple. After a hike we will have afternoon meal and head towards Padum . Padum town is 4-5 hours easy ride with sightseeing on the way. Night stay at a clean hotel or guest house with hot shower and warm food and of course a chilled beer.

 

 

 Day 4:- Explore  The Zanskar Valley (Padum) 

 

Visit surrounding areas of Padum the only small town in Zanskar with a population of only 1,000 residents.. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Karsha monastery, a medieval oasis of peace and an important center of the Buddhist faith. We’ll be spending evening with bone fire , at an altitude of approx. 3,500m.

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Day 5: – Padum  to Rangdum ,

Boarding and lodging at 3660m

Distance covered – 110km / 6-7 hours

Pass crossed – Penzi La Pass 4401m

 

After a morning meal we start our trip for Rangdum. It is a very beautiful small village on the way to Kargil and Padum . We’ll be crossing Penzi La pass (4,401 m) and spending some time next to Statso/Langtso Lake with a grand view of Durung Drung glacier .Night halt at Rangum Village with clear sky and stars over the head.

 

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 Day 6 :- Rangdum To Lamayuru

Boarding and lodging at 3510m

Distance cover – 230km/7-8 hours

Passes  Crossed- Fotu La – 4108m , Namkila – 3700m

 

Descending through the valley towards beautiful Suru Valley under the nun kun mountains, we stop for refill and lunch stop at Kargil War Town. Moving over to Mulbike to the Big Buddha Statue Crossing the Namkila and Fotu La. We’ll reach the Lamayuru village which is popular for oldest monastery and tracking rout base camp, overnight stay with Moon land mountain view. As Lamayaru is known for its Moon Land view. Mountains of Lamayaru brighten and gleam in the light of moon.

 

 

Day 7 :- Lamayuru to Leh, 140km 

Boarding and lodging at 3500m

Distance cover – 150 km / 6 hours

Passes crossed – None

 

We’ll have the opportunity to witness the morning meditation in the monastery – an unforgettable spiritually enlightening experience. Next after a steep descent we reach the Indus Valley. On the way to Leh we witness the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. The 40 km along the wild Zanskar river to Chilling, a village of coppersmiths, is one of the most breathtaking motorcycle routes anywhere in the Himalayas! Finally we reach Leh.

 

 

Day 8 ;- Leh relax and explore

After breakfast drive up along the scenic Indus valley. Enroute stop over to visit the famous Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries.and local site seen as per

 

HALL OF FAME MUSEUM

The Museum houses information related to Leh culture, way of life, history, vegetation and animals found in this part of the world. Among other things one finds information on Zorawar Singh, the dogra ruler and his battles with king of Ladakh and the advances his army made in China. The top floor houses guns and equipment that have been seized by the Indian Army during its skirmishes with Pakistan Army. On display here are seized guns, grenades, passports, documents etc. Another section has been dedicated to the Siachin area which has on display apparel and equipment used by the Indian Army in the region.

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, is a beautiful Gurudwara sahib constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil road, 12000 ft above sea level. The Gurdwara was built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith.

During his lifetime Guru Nanak travelled to many distant places and one such place was Tibet. Guru Nanak is well respected by Tibetan Buddhists who consider him a saint; The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Buddhists in Tibet, has confirmed this in his discussions with some Sikh leaders saying that Tibetans revere Guru Nanak as a Buddhist saint under the name of Guru Gompka Maharaj.

Shey Palace & Monastery

This summer palace of the erstwhile King of Leh set upon a hill. The monastery itself has a 7.5 meter high, copper statue of a sitting Buddha, wrought in gold. This is the largest of it’s kind in the world.

Thiksey Monastery

19 Kms from Leh, Thiksey is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas of Ladakh. The Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. has chambers full of statues, Stupas and colorful Tankhas.

 

Hemis Monastery

Situated just off the Manali-Leh Highway, Ladakh’s biggest and wealthiest monastery is situated on the Leh – Manali road. It’s popularity stems from the annual festival held here in summer. The festival coincides with Guru Padma Sambhava’s (Buddha) birthday. It contains quite a few statues in gold and Stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a superb collection of Tankhas, including one which is supposed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited only once every 12 years.

Leh Palace overlooks the LadakhiHimalayan town of Leh, modelled on the Potala palace was built by KingSengge “Namgyal in the 17th century, but was later abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid-19th century. The royal family moved to Stok Palace. Leh Palace is nine storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, the stables and store rooms were in the lower floors. The palace, a ruin, is currently being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. The palace is open to the public and the roof provides panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas. The mountain of Stok “Kangri in the Zanskar mountain range is visible across the Indus valley to the south, with the Ladakh mountain range rising behind the palace to the north.

 

 Day 9:- Leh- Khardungla Pass – Nubra Valley

Boarding and lodging at 3500m

Distance Cover – 150 km /6 hours

Passes crossed – Khardungla Pass ( 5360m)

 

After 50 kms on the road and 2,000 meters ascent we reach Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world. After a brief stop in the rarified mountain air for a photo, we’ll descend quickly to the arid Nubra Valley, which until recently was a restricted military zone due to the nearby Pakistani and Chinese borders. The breathtaking views from Diskit Gompa, remote oasis villages and rugged river landscapes are views to be cherished.

 

 

 Day 10: Hunder to Spangmik (180 kms)

Distance cover – 180 km

Boarding and lodging  at 4350m

Pass Crossed – None

 

Today we drive to Pangong Lake , which is 134km long with 60% part of lake shared with Tibet China and 40% in Indian borders. Very interesting drive all along Suru river till Tangsey army base. A grand view of lake with color changes every minute as the sun and clouds move. Overnight stay at lake side in camps and admirethe natural serene grandeur of  the lake.

 

 

 

Day 11;- Spangmik  to Tso Kar lake

Distance Cover – 240km /7 hours

Boarding and lodging at 4530m

Passes crossed – Changla Pass – 5350m, Tanglangla Pass – 5328m

 

Post Breakfast we start early to cross two highest passes on the Ladakh plate, Changala pass and Tanglaanla pass. After crossing Changal Pass we enter in Shakti Valley and stop at Karu for a brief while. Now we drive on Leh – Manali highway towards Manali. After Thangla Pass we have entered in Morri plains. The Lake is located at 4590mnear a small village of Thukje Upon arrival we take small walk at Lake and check in at our camp.

 

 

 Day 12 ;-Tso Kar lake to Jispa 200km ;-

 Distance covered – 235km /8 hours

Boarding and lodging at 3200m

Passes Crossed – Kangla Jal La , Lachunla Pass , Nakila Pass , Baralacha Pass

Post breakfast we check out and drive to Jispa crossing the biggest and highest plateau on Earth , a  vast stretch of 42 Kms then we reach at  Pang (biggest and highest plateau on Earth After Pang,we head towards Sarchu on the way we cross 3 passes and 21 gatalups. At Sarchu stop for rejuvenation and head over to Baralacha pass before Jispa Town. Post the arrival in Jispa after long Journey relax next to bone fire with warm food and hard drinks

 

Day 13:- Jispa  to  Manali  back Home

Distance covered – 140km covered in 5 hours

Boarding and lodging at 2050m

Pass Cross – Rohtang Pass – 4050m

 

After breakfast we ride from Jispa  to Manali  over Keylong.from Sissu to Manali. Crossing the Rohtang Pass ((4050 m) and descending down to Marhi, Gulaba, Kothi and finally reaching Manali. Journey ends with beautiful memories with party, bonfire and lots of good music and booze.