Ultimate Manali to Leh Jeep Safari
Embark on this epic journey from the foothills of greater Himalayan touristy town, Manali surpassing five of the highest motorable mountain passes and entering the incredible Leh & Ladakh region with spectacular sights and amazing views. The mesmerizing journey, the people and the beautiful landscape of Ladakh will never cease to inspire and take your breath away.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeGuided Tours, Heritage, Road Trip
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Ladakh, predominantly a Tibetan-Buddhist locale is a beautiful, high altitude area of mountain deserts in the Himalayan mountain splendor. Also called the ‘Land of High Passes’, it is known for its soaring mountains, pristine valleys and a vibrant cultural life.
It is the highest mountain plateau in India and spans across the Great Himalayas, Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River Valley. Ladakh’s ethnic composition consisted of Mongoloid and a mixed Indo-Aryan population of Mons and Dards.
The land, the air and its atmosphere has a peculiar charm to it. A whiff of it is enough to soothe your soul and enrich your senses. Its awe-inspiring natural beauty is clear evidence, that it is breathed and blessed by the Gods themselves.
The incredible Ladakh tour package from the day of the departure will keep you on your toes with spectacular sights and amazing views. The mesmerizing land of Ladakh and its beauty will never cease to inspire and take your breath away.
During this tour, you will have a chance to explore Leh city, Sham region, Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso Lake over the course of 6 days and 5 nights.
This tour will let you bask in the glory of the upper Himalayas whilst discovering the Indo-Tibetan culture predominant in the Ladakh region.
- Overnight journey from Delhi/Chandigarh to Manali in Semi Sleeper AC Volvo
- This is a Group Trip so all accommodation & stay arrangements will be on sharing basis in cozy & comfortable Homestays/Hotels in Leh and in deluxe camps in Nubra and Pangong Tso.
- Buffet Meals, on all days of the trip starting from Manali to Leh, along with AM/PM Tea/Coffee
- All Camps available with attached toilet and hot water facility
- Transfers on SIC basis (Tempo Travelers) from Manali to Leh
- Lockers & Wash and Change Facility
- Stay on Twin, Triple or Quad sharing basis (based on package selected)
- Experienced & Professional Guides
- Forest Entry and necessary Permissions
- First Aid & Oxygen Cylinders (on request)
- No airfare or any private / group additional transportation arrangement other than that mentioned in the Inclusions above, or extra over and above the package plan.
- Return transportation / airfare from Leh to Home city.
- Cost of Flights or Transportation or Personal travel
- Travel insurance, any expenses towards medical exigencies and other emergencies, however all help will be provided for any medical exigencies, if any.
- Potter for Personal Luggage
- Personal expenses towards tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
- Any other cost not mentioned in the inclusions.
- Unforeseen handling costs due to weather disturbance, landslides, political unrest.
For Delhi / Chandigarh Participants
- This is a Fixed Departure Tour, therefore you will need to report at the Delhi's – RK Ashram Terminal latest by at 04:30 PM.
- Alternately for those of you joining us from Chandigarh will need to report at 10:30 PM on your selected reporting date.
Off to Manali from Delhi / Chandigarh
Your 12 hours Journey begins today!
- Your trip starts with an exciting overnight journey to Manali from Delhi & Chandigarh in a Volvo Bus. This is one of the best mode of travel to Manali.
- Delhi to Manali is approx 540 Kms, and it takes around 12 to 13 hours to reach Manali from Delhi. (Distance from Delhi to Chandigarh is 230 Kms around 5 hours and Chandigarh to Manali is 310 Kms around 7 to 8 hours).
- The Volvo normally takes a halt for Dinner near Chandigarh and another stop, early morning just before Manali for a hot cup of tea.
- As you sip your tea, you can already see the snow clad mountains and cool breeze blowing across your face. Welcome to The Valley of Gods, Himachal Pradesh.
Arrival at Manali
Welcome to the Valley of the Gods
- Welcome to Manali, your reporting point at the Base Camp Manali. (Maximum Height Gained 6,610 Ft/2050M).
- Upon your arrival at Manali (probably around 9AM), our representative will meet you at the Manali Volvo Stand and escort you to the hotel. Please check-in to the hotel & relax. You can get fresh & proceed for a hearty breakfast.
- Today is a easy day so enjoy your visit to Manali.
- The day is at leisure, go sightseeing or try local food. Post-noon, enjoy sightseeing, River Crossing, Rock Climbing and Rappelling or rent a bike to ride by the river beas and explore Old Manali.
- You can also visit the famous Hidimba Temple and Manu Temple or go visit the famous Vashisth Hot Springs.
- Delectable dinner and comfortable overnight stay.
Start for Jispa via Solang & Rohtang Pass
Crossing Rohtang Pass and Beyond
- We hope you had a good night sleep as today, after breakfast, you will be beginning your journey onwards, towards Ladhak.
- Drive from Manali to Jispa after breakfast via the famous Rohtang Pass.
Rohtang PassRohtang Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 m, (13051 ft.) It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is around 51 kms. from Manali. The word “Rohtang" in the local language means “pile of corpse” due to many people dying on the pass while trying to cross it, due to bad weather. Day trips from Manali to Rohtang Pass are quite popular during the tourist season, with tourists usually heading back to Manali in the afternoon.
- Thankfully the tourist traffic almost vanishes as soon as you cross Rohtang, except for those travelling ahead to Keylong or in the Spiti direction.
- Manali to Jispa is approx 140 kms and a 5 to 6 hours journey usually takes almost the entire day, due to bad road conditions ahead of Rohtang.
- Interestingly, the only official Indian Oil petrol pump on the Manali-Leh highway is at a village called Tandi (3080 m / 10,100 ft) just 22 kms before Keylong. Almost all the vehicles driving ahead towards Leh get their tanks filled up here.
- While the driver is getting his tank full, you should step out and take pictures at the sign-board as a keepsake.
- Jispa is a village in Lahaul and located 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha along the Manali-Leh Highway, on the Bhaga river. There are approximately 20 villages between Jispa and Keylong.
- On reaching Jispa, check-in to your hotel and freshen-up. After a hot tea with mixed pakoras, try walking down to the Bhaga river before sunset. The entire valley around the place is very beautiful. Don’t forget to take your gloves and warm cap as it will get quite cold on your way back to the hotel
- Delectable dinner and comfortable overnight stay.
Journey to Leh
Travel to Leh & Ladhak
- Start your drive from Jispa to Leh after breakfast.
- This drive will be one of the most memorable rides of your life as you will be passing thru unbelievable landscapes, biggest plateau Shyang Chu Thang, 21 road turnings (the 21 Ghata Loops), countless small and big monasteries. Most significantly, you will be crossing 4 of the world’s highest passes - Baralacha La (5030 m, 16,500 ft), Nakee La (4769 m, 15,675 ft), Lachung La (5059 m, 16,600 ft) and Tanglang La (5328 m, 17,480 ft).
Tanglang La PassTanglang La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5328 m, (17,480 ft.). The pass is believed to be the 2nd highest motorable pass in the world, but that is not correct. It is 70 kms ahead of Pang crossing over Mori plains. There is a holy temple and a number of sign boards to help you out where one of the sign boards give details about the altitude of the pass and the other tells that from the pass, Leh is around 111 kms. Travellers normally stop for a picture as well as pay their respects at the holy temple. Surprisingly, it is the residence of the nomadic Changpa herdsman who can be seen herding their cattle and goats around the Pass.
- And yes, whenever and wherever you wish to stop for a picture, please request your driver as we assure you that this journey will be worth capturing for a long long time.
- On reaching Leh, check-in to your hotel and freshen-up. It would be late in the evening when you arrive in Leh so best is to take rest or step outside and explore the local market nearby to your hotel.
- Again, don’t forget to take your gloves and warm cap as it will get quite cold on your way back to the hotel
- Dinner and comfortable overnight stay at your hotel.
Juley - The magic word in LehYes, Let us warn you. Each time you say “Juley” when some local Ladhaki person offers you anything, you will be amazed to see the infectious smile on their lovely faces. You can say Juley (or Juleh) when you want to say hello, goodbye, thank you, how are you, nice to meet you and you’re welcome. So isn’t Juley the Magic word? Don’t believe us. Try it for yourself.
Relax & Explore Leh City
Rest Day in Leh
- This is the liesure day in Leh to explore in and around places in Leh.
- There are quite a few places in Leh town which you should absolutely visit during your day stay in Leh, today.
- The Khar which houses the Leh Palace Tsemo Castle and Namgyal Gompa on the same hills and Shanti Stupa built on a hilltop in Changspa region of Leh are two places one must visit.
Leh Main BazaarThe best place for shopping is Leh main baazar where you can have finest of cuisines and shop for variety of accessories, woollens and other memorabilia. Leh main bazaar is the busiest place in leh Ladakh.
- Incase you are interested, best way to explore Leh city is to hire a Royal Enfield motorcycle. It normally costs between Rs.1200 to Rs.1400 per bike per day. Petrol extra. Our Local Tour Manager in Leh will be able to assist you with arranging for a bike.
- Later in the evening do go out and explore the local market, but don’t forget to take your gloves and warm cap as it will get quite cold on your way back to the hotel
- Dinner and comfortable overnight stay at your hotel.
Desert Beyond Khardung La
It’s Khardung La Today!
- Today is the day when you will be passing across the Khardung La Pass - is one of the highest motor able road in the world (and certainly not the highest roads).
- At 5602 m, 18,380 ft. Khardung La Pass is just 40 kms from Leh city and quite visible, only if you ask a local person. The Pass is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.
- Everyone is excited to stop and take a picture in-front of the Khardung La board. Infant many a times there is a long queue of travellers waiting their turn for the picture in front of the board.
- And while others are busy with pictures, there is an excellent cafe - Rinchen Cafeteria when you are at Khardung La and you must try their Maggie and Masala Tea. There is a Souvenir Shop as well as a Goddess Durga & Lord Ganesh temple here.
- But please DO NOT STAY at the Khardung La for more than 20 - 25 minutes. It is not advisable due to high altitude and people do tend to feel a bit uncomfortable if they stay here too long.
A word of CautionThe Khardung La zone is prone to heavy mist, snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging and dangerous due to low visibility conditions. Our Tour manager will be able to advise you of the onward journey incase of any unwarranted situation. Please pay close attention to our Tour Manager and follow his instructions all the time. Do not travel this pass in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime.
Welcome to Nubra Valley
- Continue your journey onwards towards Diskit & Nubra valley.
- Diskit is one of the major towns in Nubra region. It is a popular destination for tourists and is situated around 118 km from Leh. Situated on the banks of river Shyok, Diskit has many home-stay and guest house options that are open throughout the year. The main market is a small place with a few tiny restaurants. Diskit Monastery / Gompa is also quite popular with the tourists and you will be visiting it on your way to Hunder. This is the oldest and the largest Gompa in the Nubra region with a giant 33 metre high Maitreya Buddha statue, facing Pakistan - as a symbol of peace. Established in 14th Century, it is associated with the Thiksey Monastery (situated near to Leh city)
- As you near the Hunder Town, you will see a sudden change in the landscape. The rugged mountains will gradually change into a cold desert.
- Check-in to your camp and fresh up. Later if you want you can drive to the Hunder desert. Do meet and take pictures with the double hump bactrian camels a symbol of Nubra Valley.
- Dinner and comfortable overnight stay at your camp.
Onward to The High Grasslands (Pangong Tso)
It’s Pangong Lake Today!
- After an amazing drive across one of the highest motor able road in the world yesterday, you will be once again be driving thru one of the most scenic and isolated parts of this region.
- Your destination is the famous Pangong Tso. - Lake in local language is called Tso.
- Today you will be driving mostly along the Shyok river till you reach Pangong Lake.
Pangong LakeSituated at roughly 4350 m, 14,270 ft. Pangong Lake is 134 kms long and extends from India into China. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.
- Check-in to your camp on reaching the Pangong Lake and fresh up.
- Do catch the sunset reflected over the beautiful lake as it changes its colours over the beautiful blue sky and bronze snow capped mountains
- There is also an Army base by the lake and a souvenir shop in case you are interested to buy something that would remind you of the trip.
- Dinner and comfortable overnight stay at your camp.
Return back to Leh
145 kms Drive back to Leh
- We suggest you get up early (preferably before sunrise) to photograph and capture the beauty of the lake during sunrise. It’s is indeed worth the effort.
- And once your done, come back to your camp for a hot tea and hearty breakfast.
- Pack your stuff as you will be driving back to Leh via Chang La pass (which is 3rd highest road in the world at 5362 m, 17,590 ft.
- Along the way you will be passing thru a bustling town of Tangste which has a few shops, hotels and guest houses. It is also a good place to stop for lunch or some snacks.
- Your journey will take approximately 7 to 8 hours and you will have adequate time to return back to Leh and plan your evening.
- On reaching your hotel in Leh, you can settle down and begin to download all the 1000s of photographs you have taken so far or simply have a hot shower, relax, or walk down to the Leh market to buy a souvenir for your loved one at home.
Return back to ManaliWe have seen that sometimes, people are keen to head back to Manali due to their other commitments. So there are quite a few private and public transport available from Leh that can take you back to Manali. Usually there are shared taxi (Tempo Traveller) from Leh market, going to Manali. It will cost you around Rs.2000 per seat while a private vehicle (Toyota Innova) will cost you between Rs.16,000 to Rs.19,000 depending on the driver. This journey will be done at a stretch and you will be covering most of the road during the night. If you leave Leh between 7 or 8PM you will be reaching Manali next afternoon between 3 to 4PM, just in time to catch the evening Volvo to Delhi.
In case you want to travel back by road to Manali and want out team’s assistance in arranging a seat for you, kindly inform us a day prior. Our local team in Leh will assist you to reserve your seat for overnight journey to Manali at an additional cost.
Return back with fond memories.
Your Trip beyond this Trip
- Depart from Leh or take another Epic journey back home.
- Today your Trip Ends with us.
- You will have the option to fly back to your home destination (if you have already booked your return flights). We can assist you with your Airport Transfers at an additional cost.
- Else you have two options to return back to your home destination. Our local team can arrange for the same, at an additional cost.
- Return back to Manali, via the same route that you had travelled to Leh
- Else you can travel ahead by road to Srinagar via a 1000 years old Lamaru Monastery (also called the Moon Land because of its close resemblance to moon surface), the iconic town of Kargil, Zozila Pass, Sonmarg and finally reaching Srinagar.
- On reaching Srinagar, you can catch an onward flight to your home town
- Via Public Transport Rs.2000 per seat.
- Via Private Vehicle Rs.19,000 per vehicle.
- However these rates, you will need to check locally
Option 1: Return back to Manali
Option 2: Travel to Srinagar
In case you want to travel back by road to Manali/Srinagr and want out team’s assistance in arranging a seat for you, kindly inform us a day prior. Our local team in Leh will assist you to reserve your seat for overnight journey to Manali at an additional cost.
- Your stay and accommodation will be on Twin sharing basis, preferably a family suite in Homestays or hotels.
- You can leave your luggage Safely at your hotel in Leh for onward journey Nubra & Pangong Tso and collect the same when you return.
- You will be staying in Deluxe camps at Nubra and Pangong Tso.
- Child below 5 Yrs of age will be complimentary.
- Child between 5 - 12 years will be charged 75% of the package cost (ie. Rs.20,000) and will be provided with an Extra Bed.
- Comfortable clothes
- Windproof jacket, Raincoat / Poncho
- Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
- Thermal inner wear (upper and lower)
- Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks along with extra pairs
- Raincoat / Poncho
- Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick sole
- Water bottle
- Cap / Hat
- Walking stick / Trekking pole
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Lip Balm
- Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Personal medication
- Personal toiletries
- Books, if required.
- Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; so please take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
- Pay heed to the tour guides and instructors in order to avoid any mishaps
- Follow the rules and guidelines of the local authorities.
- All bookings are strictly subject to availability and confirmation by payment of Non-refundable Advance.
- All payments to be made in advance.
- No Check-in to the Manali Hotel without full payment confirmation.
- No Check-in without valid Govt approved ID. Your id will be checked before Check-in.
- No pickup/drop will be made onroute. No detours will be made for picking up/dropping people.
- Departure time is given and is fixed. You have to report by that time. It's on you to update your status to trip coordinator. Anyone missing the check-in will not be entertained for refund etc and it will not be WeTrippy’s responsibility. We will try to call you twice before departure. Any phone not getting connected will not be WeTrippy’s responsibility.
- Timings are sacrosanct. Two times follow up will be done on phone. If we are unable to reach/we do not get a communication, we will be departing. No refund will be made for late arrival no matter what the reason for the delay is.
- We request not to travel with heavy luggage only light luggage or bags are allowed.
- Management shall not take responsibility of a missing items during trip, hence requested not to travel with too much ornaments, jewelry, cash and other etc.
- All our packages are ‘group packages’ and same services/items are applicable for each person in the group.
- Any meal, activity or service not availed by the participants will not be adjusted in the package cost and non-refundable under any circumstances.
- We do not allow drinking during the expedition. Anyone found drunk at the time of expedition will be refused entry and no amount will be refunded. WeTrippy also reserves the right to discontinue your trip at any point on the grounds of misconduct.
- We entertain only those persons at the campsite for whom the booking has been made. No additional persons will be entertained under any circumstances until communicated through email.
- We do not have any insurance policy covering the expenses for accident, sickness, loss due to theft or any other reason, guests are advised to seek such insurance arrangements in their home country. We shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the program or expenses incurred directly or indirectly due to natural hazards, accident, breakdown of machinery, equipment's, transport, weather condition, sickness, landslides, political closures or any untoward incidents.
- Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of participants etc. may dictate itinerary change. We reserve the rights to change any schedule in the interest of safety, comfort & general well-being.
- We reserve the right to revoke services of anyone not following the instructions of our guide during an activity. We reserve to right for cancellation in case someone misbehaves under influence of alcohol.
- Do not encourage or participate in littering in any form
- Do not disturb the local life in any form
- While visiting the religious sites dress modestly and accordingly
- Avoid roaming during the nights
- Monument entrances, rafting & camel safari charges are to be borne by individual.
- The following can be availed at extra prices as mentioned:
- Two hump camel ride at Nubra valley at sand dunes: INR 350 (15 mins) / INR 700 (30 mins)
- 1 Litre Packaged water bottle: INR 30 per bottle.
- Oxygen cylinder Rs. 500-700 per day in Leh.
- Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the journey. Local medical hospital services are available at Leh and Dixit (Nubra)
- Your trip takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
- Since you will be travelling through many local villages it’s advised to observe decency and respect the local customs as advised by your local guides and trek instructors, from time to time.
- Avoid taking pictures of locals if they are not interested.
Any member of the group, if found creating any indecency or misbehaving with any fellow member and or not observing or following the instructions of the tour guides / instructors, will be asked to leave the trip immediately at his own cost. No refund of any nature will be entitled to such member.
- Minimum 25% advance is required to block your booking. Balance 07-10 days prior to travel date.
- If travel date is between 10 days of booking date, then 100% advance is required to secure the booking
- If any cancellations are made before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
- Once you are booking with us, you will receive a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking.
- In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
- Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.
Manali is well connected to Delhi.
Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours (approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in
Since Delhi - Manali is a long journey, most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charges between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.
By Train / Railways
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms).
Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charges between Rs.700 to Rs.1,000 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charges between Rs.700 to Rs.1,000 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Kms. Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.700‐ Rs.1,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.