DAY 01: Manali – Jispa (140 Kms) 4 hrs 30 min drive
Reach manali by morning, and begin your journey to the roof of the world. You travel by a private cab and make a stop on the way, at Rohtang, to freshen up. Then head to Jispa where you stay overnight. You are requested to take rest for high altitude acclimatization. DAY 02: Jispa – Leh (335 kms) 9 hrs drive
In morning after breakfast, drive to Leh. On the route enjoy viewing the Deepak Tal, Suraj Tal, Sarchu Lahchungla, Morey Plains, etc. Reach Leh by evening and enjoy the breathtaking beauty around. Check into the hotel for overnight stay. DAY 03: Explore Shanti Stupa and Leh Rafting
After breakfast at the hotel, head to Shanti Stupa. Bask in the peace amidst this hilltop Stupa and revel in the panoramic view of the city. The drive further is one of the most spectacular journeys you will have. From the mountains formed by amalgamation of various types and textures of rocks to the dazzling Zanskar Valley, accompanying you all along the journey the white snow clad peaks, this route gives you an absolute picturesque landscape. Finally reach Leh and relish a delicious lunch at the hotel.
Enjoy the evening relaxing and rejuvenating and enjoy the night with bonfire, barbeque and tales of Rafting through the Grand Canyon of Asia.
You may want to enjoy the rapids of Zanskar River so raft away! Or take a guided heritage walk of the old Leh. DAY 04: LEH – Enroute Khardungla – “Nubra Valley”
After breakfast at the hotel, brace yourself for the splendid drive over the mighty Khardung La – the 2nd highest motor able pass in the world at a height of 5602 M/ 18,380 ft. Over the route, the road dramatically plunges, and Shyok and Nubra Rivers unfold magically. You move on via Diskit to reach the white sands of Hunder.
After freshening up, visit the Diskit monastery, which is believed to be the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra valley, and enjoy the sunset. Head back to the hotel by late evening.
You may visit the Turtuk village, which is the closest you can get to Pakistan from India. In order to that you will have to reach early or stay an extra day. Day 05: Nubra – Leh (215 kms) 8 hrs drive
Post breakfast, begin your journey for the day, exploring the various villages of Nubra Valley. Retrace your steps past Diskit, to go to Khalsar. Take a 25 kilometers drive towards Panamik and reach Sumur. Walk your way to the ancient Gompa. Don’t forget to packa lunch. Spend some time and then drive back over Khadung (check the spelling) La to reach Leh by early evening. A 38 kms drive from there takes you to the confluence point of two rivers- Indus and Zanskar.
The sunset is the perfect backdrop you can wish for. You can also visit the Hall of Fame – Army Museum, and head back to the hotel by late evening. DAY 06: LEH – PANGONG TSO (150 kms) 5 hrs drive
After breakfast, drive from Leh to Manali past Shey and Thiksey – the mound of earthen monastic dwellings, crowned by the Gompa. At Karu, which is a junction, you take a detour and start ascending to cross the Ladakh range over Chang-La (5,475 M / 17950 ft.) At the foot of the pass on the other side we reach Tangse village. The valley is blessed with a beautiful stream flowing through it, originating from the lake, giving a greenish tincture to the otherwise dry landscape around.
Apart from flora this area is rich in fauna too. You can see a lot of Himalayan Marmots around the area. However, the main attraction of this circuit is the grand Pangong Tso, which you would reach by early evening. The mesmerizing beauty and the fantastic view of Tso places it a league above anything you have seen so far.Stay overnight in safari tents by the lake shore.
You may carry cycles and pedal around the lake. You may also visit Chulsul village and Merak Monastery to look at a picturesque view of the lake. DAY 07: Pangong – Leh
After breakfast drive back to Leh. On the way back, visit the Thikshey and Hemis Monasteries. Later you may also indulge in a little photo shoot if you get a chance to witness the blessed sunset at the Lake. Overnight in Leh. DAY 08: Bid the fairy tale goodbye.