Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !!

Tripoto
22nd Jul 2017
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Nubra Valley by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Nubra Valley by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Nubra Valley by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Nubra Valley by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Nubra Valley by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Nubra Valley by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Nubra Valley by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Leh by Sumesh Reddiar

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Srinagar - Leh Highway, Srinagar by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Indus River, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Marsimik La 5680 m by Sumesh Reddiar

Event : HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN, ROAD TRIP ON WORLD's HIGHEST PASSES(HIMALAYAS)

Best Season : Mid of June to Mid Oct Destination : Marsimik La, Ladakh(World’s Highest Motorable Passes)

Speciality : Riding her on World's highest passes(Himalayas)

Distance : almost 3000 km

Trip Date : Fix your own date for group not less than 6

Options : Instead of Coming back Via Kargil and Kashmir Valley,(As per the curent situation its not recommended)

- Leh to Manali Via Tsomoriri & Tsokar on to Leh Manali Highway

- To make it more exciting back from Leh via above route to Manali highway reach Keylong then to Shimla Via Spitti Valley

- Sach Pass, Pangi Valley will be even more exciting n grueling

Please Contact +91 9447702616 for above Itinerary.

(Below is the common Itinerary that is bit easy for amateurs)

Route : Chandigargh – Manali – Leh- Kashmir Valley

ITINERARY

These breathtaking highways are the real highway to paradises.. that can only be described when you are on your wheels on highest passes in the world.

One day prior, you need to reach Chandigarh & report us with your motorcycle, (it can take half a day to release your bike if it is in railway cargo, depends on how you negotiate with coolies & officer in charge) mechanic will check the bike & assist you with the maintenance for the trip, essentials riding kits like puncture repair kit, spare clutch cables & accelerator cables and some good carriers (to hold luggage) for the trip. Deadline for reporting with your bike or vehicle will be 6 p.m, those who come late will be considered as cancelled.

Those who don’t have bikes don’t worry you can get it for rent in Manali, Reach Manali from Chandigarh by your own even we can help you with the travels from Chandigarh. We have tie up with best rental providers(even SUV's are another option).

DAY 1: CHANDIGARH – MANALI 310KM/7 HRS

After breakfast a small briefing will be given by the senior rider, head to Manali. There is nothing much to explain in this route. 6 hours ride to Manali, Via Kiratpur Sahib NH 21. The roads are good but are of blind corners, hairpins and short straight stretches,in between you can see so many Apple estates, don’t ever dare to pluck one, seeing your hand 5-10 danes or shepherds will jump on you. Now your acclimatization to high altitude started. Option is take 20 km diversion before Manali , spend time and overnight stay in Kasol near Parvathi Valley or reach Manali by late evening. Over night stay in Manali.

DAY 2 :MANALI - JISPA (3150 M) 140 KM / 7 HRS

Morning you need to do all the paper work in Manali, permit has to be submitted in Rohtang pass check post. Those who wanted to rent a bike can check their bikes in the mean time. Have to leave Manali before 12 pm.

This is the day that you have been waiting for. You wake up early in the morning to ride on the world's highest road - the Manali-Leh highway. As soon as you leave Manali, after about 52 kms of continuous ascent amidst lush green Himalayan mountains and roadside streams, you reach Rohtang Pass, the jaws open from Rohtang pass through the steep curves of Keylong to the starkly barren landscape of Lahaul & Ladakh. Don’t forget Tandi is the only place in the Manali-Leh highway that has a petrol pump, its 32 km before Jispa. Reach Jispa by early evening. Avoid strenuous activity but go for a short acclimatization walk. Stay overnight in a campsite on the river side of Bhaga River.

DAY 3: JISPA - PANG (4253 M) 84 KM / 170 KM/ 5 HRS

This day with bad roads, streams, freezing temperatures, small mountain lakes and breathtaking landscapes. The whole Manali-Leh highway experience is about riding up and down from one high-altitude Himalayan pass to another. Ride past Suraj Tal over Baralacha La which illuminates you with the beauty to reach Sarchu in the afternoon. . Please note: the combination of high altitude and the cold winds that set in by late afternoon, can make you victim of AMS(Acute mountain sickess) or its called Altitude sickness if you spend too much time(Don’t Stay much time in Sarchu)

The best ride starts after Sarchu , negotiate the hair- rising Gata Loops - 21 hairpin bends that lift you to another 300 meter to be on the top of high altitude pass on this highway, Naki La (4740 M) & Lachalung La (5060 M) which is in the list of highest pass. Reach Pang by Evening. Overnight stay in Camp in Pang

DAY 4: PANG - LEH (3505 M / 11500 FT) 180 KM / 7 - 8 HRS

After a delicious Breakfast head to Leh. This route is the last leg of Manali – Leh Highway. After sublime rides through spectacular mountain terrain, cross Tanglang La – another highest pass(5355M) and a slow down descent to Rumste, the another proper village arrive, crossing a very large Army base to reach Chuchot Village, another 2 km deviation opposite to Chonglamsur on the bank of Indus River is our campsite which is 7 km before the busy city of Leh. After a delicious dinner(instead of Parathas and maagis). Overnight stay in the campsite.

DAY 5: EXPLORE THE ANCIENT CITY OF LEH

Today you take a breather from the grueling ride you have had. After a half day rest you explore various parts of Leh, such as the Namgyal Palace, Tibetan market & many. Later enjoy a Ladakhi meal at a traditional home in Stok Village. In between don’t forget to get the permit from Leh for Marsimik La(World’s highest motorable pass) What about 32 km long River Rafting in Zanskar river encountering rapid beasts...

DAY 6: LEH - HUNDER, NUBRA VALLEY(3048M) 140 KM / 5 HRS

A stunning ride over the mighty Khardung La (5602 M) brings you to the verdant Nubra Valley - a unique landscape of desert, rivers, snowcapped mountains and farms, now you feel like you are on heaven. Spend sunset at a vantage point near Diskit Gompa, reach Hunder late evening Stay overnight in a hotel or campsite at Hunder.

DAY 7 : HUNDER - LEH(3048M) 140 KM / 5 HRS

Hunder town in Nubra valley lies amidst big sand dunes and small streams.. Do have a ride on the double-humped Bactrian Camels in Hunder and spend some time in sand dune then ride back to Leh upon mighty Kardungla before afternoon.

DAY 8 : LEH - PANGONG TSO (4260 M / 14000 FT) 150 KM / 5 HR

Leave post breakfast on a great drive over Chang-La (5,475 M / 17950 ft) another highest pass to reach the grand Pangong lake by late afternoon. Pangong Tso, Pangong Lake is the largest brackish lake in Asia and is 134 km in length extended to Tibet and 2-3 km average in width. Situated at a height of 13940 feet, it is photographer's delight as the clouds and the sky make the colours of this lake change to different shades of blue. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever changing blues and greens of the lakes brackish water. Stay overnight in tents at a campsite on the lake shore.

DAY 9 : PANGONG TSO - MARSIMIK LA(5777M) (20KM) – LEH 180 KM/7 HRS

Enjoy morning tea by the lake. Leave after breakfast and ride another 30 km northeast via Phobrang encountering tough and loose tracks on the Chang Chemno Range on an elevation of 5681 metre is the world’s highest motorable pass, even if Kardung la(5602M) is widely believed to be the highest motorable pass, this pass is another 100 metre on the higher side. We are always thankful to BRO(Border Roads Organisation) for providing us access to kiss world's highest passes and we adore their creative sign boards, but ITBP(Indo Tibetan Border Police) are not far behind constructing this world's highest pass which is less than 20 km away from China where you can see 2 lane highways of China.

If you don’t want to become victim of AMS(Acute Mountain Sickness) because of Low Oxygen and freezing wind, don’t spend much time here, kiss the world’s highest pass, take few snaps and ride back to Leh upon Changla. Reach Campsite by late evening, have delicious dinner and over night stay in Campsite.

DAY 10: LEH - KARGIL (2820 M) 211 KM / 7 HRS

Enjoy morning tea by the lake. Leave after breakfast and drive past Leh on the Srinagar Highway to reach Ulleytokpo in Sham Valley. En route stops at Hall of fame – Army Museum, Magnetic Point(Do park your bike at magnetic point and check the power of nature) and Nimo - confluence point of Indus & Zanskar Rivers. En route stop at Lamayuru after a descent through Hangro Loops, the 18 hairpins are fast yet sharp loops with steep gorges, ride carefully here. At Lamayuru to see the moonscape terrain and perhaps have a bite at the quaint cafeteria beside the ancient gompa(There are many Gompa in this route). Carry on over Namika La & Fotu La to reach Kargil in the evening. Kargil – the name itself bring goose bump to every Indians ‘Kargil War’, so many brave men sacrificed their life to safe guard this scenic beauty around under control. Overnight stay in a hotel. OPTION: an interesting variant would be take a deviation from highway after Fotu La and drive via Chitkan to reach the Dha-Hanu region – check out the unique lifestyle & traditions of the Indo- Aryan Drokpas who inhabit this region. Later drive via the little explored & scenic Batalik sector to reach Kargil. Of course this route is longer at 220 km / 9 hrs but it is a really off-beat experience. This can be done considering majorities opinion.

DAY 11 : KARGIL - SRINAGAR (1730 M) 203 KM / 8 HRS OR KARGIL - SONAMARG (2740 M) 120 KM / 5 HRS

After 50km & a few kms before Drass is the Drass war memorial, built in the memory of fallen soldiers in the 1999 Kargil war and a must visit for every traveler passing through this route !! A drive over Zoji Lawhich is one of the toughest pass in whole trip with continuos rock slides, muddy track(Don’t worry BRO will be there to assit) to reach Sonamarg. Stop for a bite, marvel the beauty of Sonamarg and carry on to reach Srinagar in the afternoon. Journey from Sonamarg to Srinagar will take you to magnificent vista of Kashmir, known for. Rest of the day spend in Kashmir valley. OPTION: spend the day & night relaxing in picturesque Sonamarg – the weather here would be much more pleasant than in Srinagar. Overnight stay in hotel.

DAY 12: SRINAGAR – JAMMU 294KM/5 HRS

After Breakfast ride another 294km on Jammu & Kashmir NH 1A , through the famous Jawahar Tunnel that connects Jammu with the Kashmir Valley across the Pir Panjal Range falls en route. Reach Jammu by late afternoon. Jammu is also known as the "City of Temples" owing to the number of historical temples and domes of old mosques located within the city. Overnight stay in hotel.

DAY 13 : JAMMU - DELHI 589KM/10 HRS

All the bikes has to be send by Cargo in train and we will be busy whole day in railway station till the departure. Even you can book to your place if trains are available. Even you can fly from Jammu,those who want to ride, another 350Km to Chandigarh

Those who have hire bikes can leave the bikes in Srinagar and fly from there.

OPTION(SPITTI VALLEY): To make it more exciting back from Leh via above route to Manali highway reach Keylong then to Shimla Via Spitti Valley

Even those who are interested in only Spitti Valley can join us on Aug 4th from Keylong

The Itinerary is as follows after reaching Keylong

Keylong – Chandratal- Kaza (190km/ 8 hrs)

Early morning check out hotel and drive to Kaza enroute 55 km to chandratal lake ,Losar village and also over Kunzum Pass encounter scenic beauty of Spitti Valley.Overnight in Kaza.

In Kaza – visit Ki Monastery and Kiber village

Morning visit the Ki monastery, 12 kms from Kaza. This centuries – old gompa is a labyrinth of rooms and corridors – and at one time also acted as a fort. It houses valuable Thangkas and offers a panoramic view of the area. Also visit Kibber at 4205 m has the distinction of being the highest permanently inhabited village of the region. Overnight at guest house in Kaza.

Kaza to Tabo (50 km/4 hrs )

Later drive to enroute visiting Lalung and Dhankar Gompa. Don’t forget the heavenly beauty of Pin Valley. Arrive at Tabo. Overnight Stay.

Tabo to Kalpa (170 kms/ 8 hrs)

Morning visit Tabo monastery after breakfast drive to Kalpa located in backdrop of Kinner Kailash mountain range. enroute visiting Nako village beautifully located on banks of a small lake. Overnigt stay in Kalpa.

Kalpa to Sangla (51 km/ 3 hrs)

Later continue drive to Kalpa located in backdrop of Kinner Kailash mountain range. Upon beautiful Kinnaur Valley. After arriving explore Sangla. Kamru Fort, Sangal meadow, Tibetan Wood carve centre is a must visit. Overnigght stay

Sangla to Sarahan (115 km/ 7 hrs)

After breakfast drive on Sangla valley to reach Saharam..en route visit remote villages of Rackcham and Chitkul villages. Overnight at camp.

Sarahan to Shimla (180 km/ 7 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive from Sarahan enroute Rampur to Reach Shimla. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Shimla to Chandigarh(123 km/4 hrs)

From Chandigarh fly back to your respective destination

PACKAGE PRICE -

Without Bike - 25,999/-

Package Price - With Bike - 44,999/-(considering the Leh and Manali bike rental associations rules and regulation)

Add another 7 days and Rs.10,000 to your budget for Spitti Valley

Only Spitti Valley package - 14,999/-

Payment Option: Credit/Debit Card, Cash, Cheque and Online transfer

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

 Highly experienced Leaders,

 Cost mention for Indian national only, for others cost may vary depending on local rules and regulations.

 Mechanics to assist.

 Memories to bring back home.

 Accomodation on sharing basis in Swiss Tents, Cottages, Homestay,Houseboats & Rooms.

 Dinner & Breakfast, along with tea & snacks. Will be buffet and Taali system.

 In remote places it wont be pre booked accomodation, because lack of connectivity, I have kept a tentative price.

 Access to amenities available at stay place, bonfire at every stay.

Stickers with catchy captions

Riding expedition Acheivement certificate.

PACKAGE EXCLUDE :

 Any personal expenses on the way & in stay place

 Any permit & toll charges, sight seeing

 Ordering Food at Resort or hotel on Alakate.

 Anything not mentioned above

 Local transportation

 Tube, Spare parts if required for repairing on the ride.

 Back up Vehicle.

 Saddle bags, Panniers, go pro and any extra fitting on request.

 Major breakage, participant has to bear the cost as well as pick up transportation.

Any transportation on personal request

 Dinner outside stay places, its any tourer tendency to try outside in cities like Leh, Srinagar & Manali.

Everything which is not included in Package.

THINGS TO BRING :

 All the tool kits for your vehicle along with First Aid Kit that showroom proides.

 Proper riding gears( Jacket, Gloves, boots & Helmet is must and whatever you

have)

 Rear view mirror in mandatory

 Adventure Gears like swiss knife, torch, portable axe, digger & whatever you have

 Warm & thermal clothes

 We recommend Sun screen lotion (SPF 40+) for those who are skin complexion

conscious.

 Rain Gears

 Valid driving license (Original + 2 Xerox copies) , Vehicle Registration (Original + 2

Xerox copies), Insurance Papers (Original + 2 xerox copies) , P.U.C Certificate –

Original

 Your Passport or Any Citizenship proof(Election ID, Adaar etc) for Indians.

10 Xerox Copies of your Pasport or Citizenship proof

 10 Passport size Photographs

OTHER CONDITION :

Booking has to be confirmed atleast 20 days before with 75% advance payment. 25% cancellation charges will be applied if you are cancelling in between. We expect every Adventurer to be humble towards Nature, localities and tribal. All our events are built on Teamwork methodology. Our instructor/Guide/coordinators presence in the event is to lead the event, make sure that things are going as per plan, schedule, and safety. In case of circumstance out of our control like, natural calamities, law and order situation, etc, may result in change in itinerary, additional booking of accomdation, transport, logistics, etc.. causing an increase in expenses, the additional cost thus incurred shall be borne by the participant.

Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Leh Manali Highway, Tibetan Colony, Manali by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
Photo of Highway to Heaven-Roadtrip on Himalayan Highest Passes in Ladakh region and Spitti Valley !! by Sumesh Reddiar
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Sumesh Reddiar - Tripoto .com Very good write up. But the pictures of Marsimik La which you have used in above article with watermark of # Adventure Unimited Bangalore is NOT yours or clicked by you. Original pictures is clicked by me and is posted at www.bcmtouring.com/forums/threads/dream-explore-discover-ladakh-zanskar-june-2014.58981/page-28 Have courtesy of giving credit to original picture owner at least. You can at least add "Picture credit Sajal Sheth" .
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