Land of High Passes SUV Tour (21D/20N)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Ultimate
Min Group Size Small Group
Ladakh is a word that translates into high passes and this region that lies between the Himalayas and Karakoram range has some of the highest motorable roads in the world reaching up to 18,000 feet. With our Ladakh SUV tours, you will experience the best stays and most fun-filled routes across this region.
Srinagar is literally heaven on earth and one visit to this city will ensure that you fall in love with it. Shimmering lakes with gondola like boats, Mughal era gardens, a lively community of people, and a cuisine full of rich fragrant spices – this is what awaits you in the city of Srinagar.
Located in the Zanskar range of the Himalayas is the small town of Kargil, which shot into prominence during the Kargil War between India and Pakistan. Home to the world’s highest battle, this picturesque town has much more going on! Rock cut buddha statues, gorgeous abandoned villages, amazing viewpoints, pristine lakes, and lovely people make Kargil a must-visit destination.
Leh is the epicenter of tourism in the Ladakh region and this small village has grown into a full-scale city, thanks to media features and Bollywood movies. It is now the gateway to popular destinations like Nubra valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri.
Once a remote village, Nubra Valley is now a major tourist attraction thanks to its lovely sand dunes and Bactrian Camels. This beautiful valley consists of small villages, each with its own characteristic.
Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri are high altitude lakes located close to Leh city. Surrounded by bald, brown mountains the lakes, with their azure blue waters make for a stunning sight, especially for landscape photographers. While Pangong Tso is located at an altitude of 13, 900 feet, Tso Moriri sits at 14,800 feet.
**All tariffs are per person**
Total miles for this adventure ~2,000
Driving Days – 16
Road Conditions – Mix of tarmac, broken tarmac, and dirt roads
SUV’s we provide
- Stay for all dates on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast and lunch on all dates
- Tea, coffee, snacks, cold drinks, packaged water throughout the tour
- Driver charges
- Services of English speaking Moto Overlanders guide(s)
- Cost of SUV rental and fuel
- All transfers
- Any permits and road tolls
- Goods & Services Tax for all services rendered
- Single room accommodation – $800 per person
- Children less than 7 years old – $1,000 per child
- Your flights, visas, etc.
- Dinner and any additional meals
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Single room accommodations
- Alcohol, cigarettes and personal items
- Early check-in or late checkout at the hotels
- Camera/video fee, entry fee at monuments
Arrive in Delhi
The first day of the tour is for you to reach Delhi and check in to your hotels. Today you will spend time with your tour leader who will answer any questions you might have and introduce you to the tour.
Stay in Delhi
After a hearty breakfast, you will take a small trip around the city to get used to the traffic in India. It will be an interesting experience as you figure out the road rules, unsaid rules, and dynamics of our roads. After your driving experience, we have lunch and then you have the rest of the day to yourself. You can choose to rest, travel around the city or go shopping. But we recommend you to rest as much as possible.
Delhi to Chandigarh
The journey begins as we leave for Chandigarh early in the morning. It’s going to be a hot day as we travel mainly through highways, stopping for breaks in between. Unless it’s a weekend, we should not encounter a lot of traffic and the journey time should be around 5 hours. We stop for lunch on the way, or in Chandigarh post which we check into our hotel. During the evening, we can explore the city or head to a watering hole.
Chandigarh to Jammu
Departing from Chandigarh, we head to Jammu, the largest city in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Located by the Tawi river, the city is popular for the Hindu pilgrimage site of Vaishno Devi situated close by.
Jammu to Srinagar
We depart Jammu and head to heaven on earth – Kashmir. Located between the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal mountains, Kashmir is blessed with natural beauty, lip-smacking cuisine, and views of snowcapped mountains. Srinagar will be out pit stop en-route to Ladakh with plenty to see and experience.
Stay in Srinagar
Explore the popular sites in Srinagar like the beautiful Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Char Chinar, local markets, Pari Mahal, and many more interesting places. Indulge in local Kashmiri cuisine known for its rich taste, mesmerizing aroma and salt tea!
Srinagar to Kargil
The climb begins as we head towards the Ladakh region with the first stop being Kargil. Kargil was a strategic point during the Kargil War between India and Pakistan and a visit to the Kargil War Memorial on the way is a must-do!
Stay in Kargil
Kargil is a mix of high-altitude deserts, lush green landscapes, and rolling mountains. We travel to explore an abandoned, war-torn village, drive across beautiful glacier-fed lakes and sit by the rivers in a serene rustic setting.
Kargil to Leh
The drive takes us further into the mountains as we head out of Kargil crossing small villages on the way. The green landscapes of Kargil change into the brown hues of the water-deprived high-altitude deserts in the Leh region.
Stay in Leh
A rest day to get used to the altitude and reduced oxygen levels as Leh city is located at an altitude of 11,400 feet. This day should be utilized to catch up on rest or to explore the city.
Leh to Nubra Valley
One of the most difficult stretches as we cross the might Khardung La pass standing at 17,500 feet! You will travel through mountain terrain, narrow dirt roads, rocky stretches, slush and ice as we cross the mountain pass to go down to the Nubra Valley.
Stay in Nubra Valley
Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk, and Thang are the popular sights around Nubra valley and the day will be spent exploring these villages. If time permits, we also take a ride on double humped Bactrian camels in the Nubra desert.
Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Lake
From the deserts in Nubra valley, we travel to Pangong Tso Lake – a mystical emerald blue lake located near the China border. The glacier-fed lake lies at an altitude of 13,900 feet and our stay is in campsites next to the Holy Lake.
Pangong to Leh
A journey back to Leh will give us a shot pit stop before we head to Tsomoriri, a pristine mountain lake located in the Changthang Plateau. The distance from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri is quite long so Leh serves as a stopover destination.
Leh to Tsomoriri
Located at 14,800 feet it is the largest of all high-altitude lakes in India. This is one of the most scenic drives in the Leh region and you will be traveling through the dry, desert belt for the most part. Stay will be organized in campsites next to the lake or at homestays in the nearby villages.
Tsomoriri to Sarchu
228 kilometers and 8 hours – this is what it will take for us to drive from Tso Moriri lake to Sarchu, a small village on the Leh Manali highway. This is a major halt point on the way back to Delhi and lies a little before the treacherous Rohtang Pass.
Sarchu to Manali
Rohtang Pass with an altitude of 13,000 feet is one of the most difficult mountain passes to pass through. The pass is full of rocky roads, slush, melting snow and this makes it difficult to navigate through. We travel slowly and carefully as we navigate the mountain terrain before heading down into Manali.
Stay in Manali
A well-deserved rest day, especially after crossing the mighty Rohtang Pass. Take the day to rejuvenate or drive around Manali town.
Manali to Chandigarh
From the mountains and valleys, we travel back into the flatlands of Chandigarh as we near the end of the trip. This stop in Chandigarh serves as a layover on our way back to Delhi.
Chandigarh to Delhi
Time to get back to Delhi and we check out of our hotels in Chandigarh after breakfast. After lunch on the way, we reach our Delhi hotels in the afternoon. The bikes will need to be returned today. If you are flying out, we drop you to the airport. Else we can take you around for shopping.
Depart from Delhi
This is the last day of the tour. After breakfast and post check out, we will escort you to the airport.
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Every tour is personally delivered by both our trip leaders, who will be your tour guides and trip leaders respectively. Here is an intro to our team
Our partners have options of Toyota Innova, Mahindra XUV, Renault Dusters, Mahindra Marazzo.
We encourage our guests to experience the local cuisines of the destinations we travel to. In remote areas, we might not get options for eating different cuisines. We will ensure you get wholesome, tasty and hygienic food wherever we go. If you are from outside India, here’s a guide to get you going.
Ladakh is a mountainous state, so most roads are a bit narrow with no dividers. The road condition will be a mixture of tarmac, dirt roads, and rocky roads due to the weather conditions and altitude. But you will love traveling through the state as its ever-changing landscape is stunning, with plenty of sights to see.
Well, we will provide you with bottled water throughout the tour.
We try to blend in homestays, hotels, and resorts in each destination to balance comfort with the local experiences. All your accommodations will be clean, hygienic, comfortable, and safe.
While traveling, we should have access to public toilets/hotel toilets. But there will instances where there are none and you will have to answer nature’s call in nature.
Different countries and companies have their own policies, but you should pick one that covers you for your entire period of travel. The policy should also cover you for riding motorcycles, unexpected curtailment of the holiday, medical expenses arising overseas, loss or damage to luggage, & property and personal liability claims against the participant and emergency evacuation. We highly recommend this for foreign citizens.
We carry a basic first aid box with us and encourage you to carry your own medicines as well. In case of an emergency, we take you to the closest available medical center. We would also request you to share any pre-existing medical conditions and allergies if any with us.
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