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Ladakh: Srinagar to Manali

Ladakh is mesmerizing and we are still awestruck , despite having been there every year since our inception. It never ceases to inpire us, to humble us. It takes our breath away, each time. This year we plan to continue our love affair with the mountains and have designed a trip spanning the entire Ladakh circuit.

This year it’s your chance to join us on this adventure. It starts at Srinagar, moves over to the gentle mountains and valleys of Kargil; Mulbek then starts an upward incline to Leh. Nubra, Pangong and the many passes and monasteries in between. The adventure ends in the hills of Old Manali and you get book your plan out of Chandigarh. Get ready for a ride of a lifetime.

Trip essence: Roadtrip | local culture | monasteries|  camel safaris | white water rafting in the Indus-river side trails | villagewalks | photo walks | homestays | Yak cheese making.

Reach us at:  info@theblueberrytrails.com/8080122441 for customised Ladakh trip package.

 

Customise your trip

For those of you who are looking to getaway from the big city and want to do so with your friends or family, we could Customised Getaways just for you! Weekenders and Longer Getaways alike. Your stays, meals, experiences and travel are aspects that we look into while designing your trip. You can choose your options from below and design an awesome adventure for yourself. Your travel plans, your way with your group of adventurers.

Stay and Experiences (INR 38500)
Meals (INR 1200)
Activities
(INR 1500)
deals applicable for the trip
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Highlights of the trip:

  • A road trip in the Himalayan desert of Ladakh. Dizzying passes and fertile valleys, snow capped mountains and quaint villages will be your constant companion. Apart from an awesome set of co-travelers.
  • Offbeat curated stays like campsites in Mulbek, Pangong Tso and Jispa. With incomparable views. Blues of the Pangong or lush green alpine mountain slopes. Sights you cannot forget too easily, even if you try. Alternatively we stay in family run guesthouses in Leh, Nubra for a more local flavour to the trip.
  • Adventures like rafting, camel safaris, smaller nuances like yak cheese making in a local's home, or a talk about Tibetean medicine from a monk. Village walks, and river side trails. Experiences, experiences, experiences. Isn’t that what our trips are all about?
  • Architecture, monasteries, local culture: Whether it’s a cup of tea shared with locals or a quiet moment spend in a distant monastery watching a monk pray, whether it’s marveling at the bright colours that adorn these structures or wondering how they keep warm in the -50degree weather. Curiosity knows no bounds and ourdrivers will have answers to most of your queries if not all.
  • Dizzying passes of Khardungla, Baralachha, Zozilla, Chang La and many more. The passes range from 13000ft above sea level and top it off at 18380ft for Khardungla. Literally on top of the world

Day 1: Srinagar (day at leisure)

Land at Srinagar and get a transfer to your homestay. Settle in and soak in the sun in the family lawn. Then head out to explore the city. The old city, the neighboring markets and a quintessential Kashmiri meal is a must! That’s the plan in Srinagar as we gear up for the road trip ahead!

Driving distance: 11 kms

Driving time: 45 mins

Stay Homestay

Meals: None
 
Day 2: Srinagar-Mulbek

Another eventful day ahead with an early start from Srinagar, will take us to Kargil, Drass(the second coldest inhabited place in the world), Tiger Hill and then to Shargol village near Mulbek where we are camping tonight.

Driving distance: 240 kms

Driving time: 8-9 hours

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3: Mulbek to Leh via Lamayuru and Alchi Monastary

Post breakfast, we head out for our roadtrip to Leh. Our first stop is Lamayuru Monastary in Sham Valley and then the oldest monastery of Alchi and our final stop is Leh.

Leh is a beautiful city, nestled in the Indus Valley. The Shanti Stupa and the Leh Palace form a formidable backdrop to the city and the roads that leave the city lead you to Srinagar in one direction and Manali in the other. Leh welcomes you with a warm glass of Ginger Honey Lemon tea and it takes very little to fall in love with this city.

Stay: Beautiful hotel overlooking the mountains

Meals: Breakfast

Travel distance: 173 kms

Travel time: 8 hrs

Day 4: Leh

Get to Leh and relax at your stay, allow your body to acclimatize to the sudden change in altitude. In Leh you will be staying in a comfortable hotel away from the main market (but a short 10-15 minute walk away). It is closer to the Shanti Stupa and gives you some great views of snow-clad peaks.

Experiences: Settle into Leh. Do local walks, a great day to acclimatize

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Leh to Hunder via Khardungla

Head out to the beautiful Nubra Valley. The winding climb of Khardungla, a lemon tea at the canteen there and a downward descend to Nubra, where you will pass the sand dunes of Hunder. Valley, snow, peaks, frozen rivers and desert on one single day. Need we say more? Stay in an organic campsite in Hunder and go to catch the sunset at the dunes of Hunder.

Stay: Homestay

Experience: Pass Khardungla, which at 17580 is the highest motorable road in the world, Live in an organic camp in Nubra, go to the sand dunes of Nubra Valley and catch sunset there. We are staying in a traditional homestay in Nubra with basic facilities. The stay experience is provided to give you an insight into Ladakhi life, their food and culture and their way of life. Please do not expect urban comforts.

Meals: Breakfast| Ladakhi Dinner

Travel distance: 130 kms

Travel time: 6-7 hrs

Day 6: Hunder to Turtuk

Turtuk is a village that opened up to tourism only in 2010. A tiny hamlet 12kms from the border, it offers some great insight into the village life of Ladakh. The gorgeous landscape will bowl you over, and you spend the day with village hikes, and exploring the terrain.

Stay: Homestay

Meal: Breakfast| Dinner

Travel time: 2.5 hrs

Day 7: Turtuk to Leh

Drive back to Leh via Khardungla. Stop at the Diskit Monastary on the way, to enjoy the spectacular views that it offers.

Meals: Breakfast

Travel time: 8-9 hrs

Day 8: Leh to Pangong

A five hour drive and a visit to the monastery of Thiksey, you will pass by Chang La Pass to reach the great Pangong Lake. The blues of the lake will leave you stumped; the beauty is legendary and rightfully so. Stay in a campsite on the banks of the Lake. Swiss Tents will welcome you and the view from your room will just be the lake.

Experience: Camping near the banks of the Pangong Lake

Meals: Breakfast| Dinner

Travel time: 5.5 hrs

Day 9: Pangong Lake to Leh

Return back to Leh. If you haven’t visited any of the monasteries on the way to the Lake, you can do it on your way back.

Experience: Visit Hemis Monastary, visit local cafes for meals, try out different cuisines.

Meals: Breakfast

Travel time: 5.5 hrs

Day 10: Leh - Jispa

We start our journey to Manali. We will be covering the dist of 475 km over 2 days. We will be doing this journey via Baralachha Pass (16,500 ft) and Tang La Pass (17,585 ft. We pass by the Gatta Loop, Pang, Sarchu and finally reach Jipsa which is the first town in the Lahaul valley that we encounter.

Stay: Swiss tents in a campsite

Meals: Breakfast| Dinner

Travel time: 12 hours

Day 11: Jispa to Manali via Rohtang Pass

Though the distance is just 138kms, the traffic at Rohtang is a regular factor and landslides are quite common. Barring that, there shouldn’t be any other delay. We reach our stay at Old Manali and also explore the beauty of this quaint little town higher than the more crowded, more tourist-centric Manali.

Meals: Breakfast

Driving distance: 138 kms

Driving time: 6 hrs+traffic snarls at Rohtang

Day 12: Manali - Chandigarh

Leave Manali early to get to Chandigarh by 6pm to take flights out to Mumbai.

Meals: Breakfast

Driving distance: 350 kms

Driving time: 10 hrs

WHAT: Trip To Ladakh
WHEN:  June / July / August / September (12D/11N)
WHERE: Srinagar-Mulbek-Leh-Nubra-Turtuk-Pangong-Leh-Jispa-Manali-Chandigarh
HOW MUCH: Rs. 40,000/ USD 476 +9% service tax onwards (per person)
WHO:  info@theblueberrytrails.com / 8080122441  

Cancellation policy:

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Inclusions:

- Meals mentioned
- Internal travel (ex-Srinagar) by Xylo/Innova/Tempo traveler (based on group size)
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Sightseeing according to itinerary
- Local guide from Day 1 in Srinagar to drop in Manali on Day 11

Exclusions:

- Flight/ Train charges to Srinagar and return from Chandigarh
- Meals not mentioned
- Entry charges at museums, monuments, monasteries
- Personal expenses such as room service, tips etc.
- Any additional cost such as additional stay, extra days of transport etc. arising from change of travel plans due to weather conditions, landlsides, flight delays, strikes etc. which are beyond our reasonable control will have to be personally borne by the traveler.
- Things not mentioned in "inclusions"

*Please note: Activities are flexible and depend on availability

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