Ladakh Explorations & Expeditions are our favorite series of events of the year! It gets exciting every year as we keep adding on some extra adventure! This time we witness the culturally and visually vibrant Gustor Festival. We will be riding our Royal Enfields on those long serene roads and completely off roads with views you will never see anywhere else; camping in the wilderness and dancing around the campfire; and creating everlasting memories! It is definitely an adventure of a lifetime!
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1 Arrival at Srinagar. Transfer to Kargil Day 2 Kargil to Hemis Shukpachan Day 3 Hemis Shukpachan to Leh. Day 4 Acclimatization in Leh Day 5 Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardungla Day 6 Nubra to Turtuk to Hunder Day 7 Nubra to Pangong Tso via Shayok Day 8 Pangong Tso to Sakti via Changla Day 9 Sakti to Sarchu Day 10 Sarchu to Manali Day 11 Manali to Chandigarh
Bike, helmet and fuel for riders
Stay in the guest house and Swiss tents
Dinner and Breakfast
Mechanic and support vehicle with an oxygen cylinder and first aid kit
Environmental fees and Inner Line Permits
Pick up from Srinagar Airport and Drop to Leh Airport
GST- 5% extra
Transportation till Starting point and back from End Point
Entry ticket of Monasteries & Monuments
Lunch and Snacks/Beverages
Items of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc
Day 1 - Arrive at Srinagar Arrive at Srinagar airport and get picked up by our representative. Start your Zanskar Valley journey on beautiful NH1 and enjoy the Srinagar Highway in SUV / Tempo Traveller. First day of your journey will be around 200 km. Once you reach the Zojila pass, you are going to have an amazing view of the mighty Himalayan Mountains, which makes the drive worthwhile. You will visit the famous Kargil War Memorial which was built in the memory of the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army. Reach Kargil by late evening. Stay at Guesthouse in Kargil.
Day 2 - Kargil to Rangdum After morning breakfast leaves Kargil towards Rangdum. At a distance of 130kms from Kargil on Padum road is an isolated place in the Himalayan wilderness of the Suru valley. From Kargil onwards, the road condition starts to deteriorate, from the asphalt road to dirt trial and from Rangdum onwards it continues all the way upto Padum. You will visit 18th-century monastery perched picturesquely on a top of a hillock in Rangdum. Stay at Guesthouse in Rangdum.
Day 3 - Rangdum to Padum/Sheila Without any delays in the morning, you roll down towards Sheila village in Padum region for about 110 km. The road starts ascending towards Pensi La (14000 ft) - the highest point between Kargil to Zanskar. After crossing the Pensi La pass you start descending and reach the place where you can see the Drang Drung Glacier in full glory. There is no other sight in India where you can watch such a huge glacier in touching distance, so close that you can even go down a bit and lay your hands at it. Reach Sheila village by evening. Stay at Guesthouse in Padum/Sheila.
Day 4 - Padum to Stongdey Gustor festival and Zangla to Padum Zanskar offers stunning landscapes, Gompas, forts and tall multi-hued mountains.Today is the one of the most exciting days as you get to witness a Gustor Festival which is celebrated remembering the victory of good over evil, at this largest Geluk-pa (Yellow Hat) monastery that is located on the slopes of Zanskar Mountains, right high above the Padum plain. During the festival, a Black Hat Dance is performed. Later proceed to Zang La Fort which offers some scenic wide views of Zanskar Valley. You can spend some time at the waterfall at Sheila village while coming back from Stongdey. Stay at Guesthouse in Padum/Sheila.
Day 5 -Padum/Sheila to Rangdum Today you get back on the road towards Rangdum.The farthest and most isolated part of the Suru valley, Rangdum (3657 m) is surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier-encrusted Rocky Mountains on the other. Stay at guest house in Rangdum.
Day 6 - Rangdum to Kargil Post breakfast, leave Rangdum towards Kargil. Enroute, along with the towering glaciers, you can see the deep blue coloured twin lakes – Stat Tso and Lang Tso. You will find yourself surrounded by beautiful glaciers, small lakes & cute marmots. The road travels along the side of Suru River with Nun Kun glaciers at its backdrop. The twin peaks of Nun and Kun, around 23,000 feet high (Around 6000 feet short of Mt. Everest) are the highest in the Zanskar range in Ladakh. Stay at Guesthouse in Kargil
Day 7 - Kargil to Leh Post early breakfast, start your journey to Leh (11480 ft) which is at the distance of 210 km. We stop at Moonland of Ladakh - Lamayuru for lunch and visit Lamayuru Monastery. Post lunch, visit Confluence point of Indus and Zanskar River, Magnetic hill and Hall of Fame enroute to Leh. Reach Leh by evening. Stay at Guesthouse in Leh.