The rusty, bumpy motorable road, connecting Ladakh remains operational between May and October. Reasons are obvious!!! For the rest of the season, the traveler’s delight remains clad with nature’s blessing – the beautiful snow. That’s the reason; Ladakh is also called as the ‘White Desert’.
Why to go?
There are things in abundance in the lap of Ladakh to witness, experience, and explore. Monasteries, gompas, stupas, lakes, villages, valleys, sand dunes and passes to name a few that will remain etched in the memory of the visitor for long.
Attractions of the expedition
Leh City, Kargil, Pangong Lake, Lamayuru Village and Monastery, Tsomoriri Lake, sand dunes at Hunder, Khartungla Pass, gompas, stupas and Nubra valley.
Monasteries and stupas
Shey, Thiksey and Leh monasteries to name a few will keep your brain engaged with the rich culture and heritage of the striking region. Gompas, and stupas will compel the visitor with an inclination for history to ponder over – who made it possible?
Pangong Lake, offering soothing panorama to your body and soul will leave you in awe. Take a break on the bank to live the awesome moment. The stunning beauty, landscape of the lake makes it one of the most sought after spots among the visitors. Organize camp here; cherish every moment, indulging in camp fire, funny pranks and games.
Village exploration adds another appealing point in your tour itinerary. Pay a visit to a village like Lamayuru to immerse absolutely in the rich culture of the Ladakhi people, away from the hustle and bustle of cities.
Traversing via bumping, rusty roads engulfed with stunning hills renders an experience of lifetime to riders. Ride through the Khardungla pass, the highest civilian motorable road in the world and feel the pleasure to be among the rare.
What to do?
There are activities galore to do in the picturesque Ladakh region. Camping with campfire, mountaineering, group riding, and environment photography among others will keep you engaged in the hilly terrain. Based on your team’s requirement, you can plan and organize team games.
Itinerary – Nine nights and ten days
Depending on your time, you can plan your expedition to explore Ladakh. A ten-day plan is recommended to witness the nature’s gift, the stunning Ladakh:
Day 1 Arrival in Manali, Hotel check in
Reach the venue; take your adorable bike with you to acclimatize with the terrain.
Day 2 Manali – Jispa (150 km)
Starting from Rohtang Pass, you will begin your day two on a high note. Witness the natural beauty navigating through Lahaul Valley, snow clad mountains will keep you glued with their innocence. On the way, relish the country cuisines.
Day 3 Jispa – Pang (150 km)
En route to Pang from Jispa, you will come across Baralachha Pass, located at a height of 5,000 meters. Sarchu, the border line dividing J&K with Himachal will also mesmerize you with its natural flora and fauna.
Day 4 Pang – Leh (ride 150 km)
The highlight of the day four will definitely be Tanglang-La Pass, the second-highest motorable mountain pass in the world, its located at the height of 5,300 meters. Thiksey and Shey monasteries will compel you to explore while heading for Pang. Experience to cherish forever!
Day 5 – Leh
Day 5 will keep you engrossed with the beauty, culture, and heritage of Leh. Explore the streets, heritage; relish the mouthwatering Ladakhi cuisines throughout the day.
Day 6 Leh – Pangong Lake (ride 149 km)
Pangong Lake will be your first attraction on day 6. Every moment experienced, and enjoyed there would linger in your memories for time immemorial. Afterwards, you will come across Chang La, located at an altitude of 5,500 meters. Army check-post at Tangse will be another attraction for the day.
Day 7 Pangong – Leh (ride 149 km)
Wake up early in the morning, get ready to head backwards – Leh. Reach the city of Leh via tried and tested route. Enjoy rest of the day again exploring unexplored parts of Leh. There’s so much, you wouldn’t give-up. The historical Leh Palace could be visited again.
Day 8 Leh – Sarchu (ride 215 km)
Sarchu lies in between Manali and Leh. Drive safe, negotiating bumps, potholes and explore Sarchu.
Day 9 Sarchu – Manali (ride 215 km)
Drive through the Rohtang Pass via treacherous Lahaul ranges. Mini rivers will offer soothing landscape to your eyes. Take a break en route to relish the cuisines. Enough photogenic things to be captured in your camera, uncover the lens to grab.
Day 10 Manali
With Manali your tremendous 10-day expedition comes to an end. Time spent, things explored will stay forever with you.
So, what are you waiting for!!! If you are fond of exploring nature, why don’t you explore the beautiful Ladakh. You will cherish it forever!!!