The western Himalayan Jeep Safari
Roof Top of the World
(Manali to Leh through the five highest Mountain Passes Road in the World)
Region: Manali, Lahaul, Sarchu, Pang, Rupshu (Ladakh), Khadung-La and Leh.
Season: First Week Of June to Mid October
Max. altitude: Khardung-La (5580m.) Tanglang-la (5360m.) Lachalang-LA (5065m.)
No. of days: 06 days.
High passes: ‘Over 06 strenuous stages Rohtang, Baralacha -la, Namkila pass above Takh, Lachalanga-la, Tanglang-La, Khardung-La.
Distance: Manali -Jispa 138km., Jispa - Sarchu 113km., Sarchu - Pang 50km., Pang - Leh 176km.Leh-Khardung-La 80km and Local in and around Leh 100km.
Total distance: 656 km.
Gradient: In the beginning its about three hours drive up to Rohtang Pass and one gets acclimatized easily generally easy Jeep Safari over five Western Himalayan high passes. Difficulties are not there, of course ups and downs.
Grading: A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed for this Himalayan Jeep Safari and a one-day acclimatization's at Manali is recommended.
Special interest: Excellent view for photographers, ideal place for nature lovers, best spot for adventure lovers, rich Monasteries, Buddhist art and culture.
The Manali-Leh Route
Nowhere else in the world can the traveler find such splendid diversity of mountain scenery as in the Himalayas, ‘the Abode of the Snows' and unforgettable way to enjoy this diversity is to travel up the road from Manali to Leh.
From the land of the Gods to the rooftop of the world.
The Manali-Leh road weaves in and out amongst the mighty snow clad peaks of the western Himalayas over a stretch of nearly 475kms. The road is open from IST week of July to mid September every year, depending on weather conditions. Let's begin with Manali in Himachal Pradesh once called ‘Devbhumi' the land of the Gods. It is easily accessible by air and road from Delhi, Chandigarh, /shimla and Pathankot. Against the dramatic setting of dazzling snow-bound peaks. Green and idyllic Manali glows like some rare emerald. The tumbling, sparkling waters of the river Beas, where one can fish for trout, the luxuriant apple orchards, the whispering forests, all add to the magic of Manali. Destination Leh: Today this small town (altitude 3506m.) is the gateway to the wonderous world of Ladakh and its unique landscape.
The name Manali is derived from the world ‘Manualaya'meaning ‘Home of Manu' (The power giver), the saint who gave the world the written laws for the first time.
Manali is located in the upper Kullu valley, at an altitude of 6000ft. (2050m.), and is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Himachal Pradesh.The place is famous center for adventure sports like Skiing, Heli-Skiing, Para-gliding, River-rafting, Trekking and Mountaineering.Manali is also a launching pad for treks and expeditions in Dhauladhar range, Pir Panjal range, Lahaul, Zanskar and Ladakh regions.
The Lahaul, the Himalayas can be seen in all there mighty splendor. The valleys lie at a height of 2745m.above sea level. The barren landscapes oasis vegetation and dazzling mountains are magnificent. The Lahaul is also a fascinating area for Buddhist art and culture. The people of the Lahaul have their small Mongol eyes; prominent cheekbones and cheerful smiles give visitors an enthusiastic welcome.
India's link with the exotic past, when lengthening caravans plied the ancient' Silk route' and lingered long at Leh to rest, to buy, to plan, or just to visit. What Hong Kong is to the Far East Leh, was in the so ancient times, to central Asia. In the north lay the Lhasa, the holy city, in the west is Baltistan and Kashmir and to the south lays Himachal Pradesh.
Situated at the apex of a triangular plateau formed by the Indus at an altitude of 3368m.it is a small town of narrow intersecting lanes and Main Street leading to the old palace of the Rajah (King) of Ladakh.
Day to day description:
Day 01: Manali - Jispa (3142m.) 8hrs. Drive over Rohtang Pass (3970m.) to Lahaul valley, along the Chandra River to Keylong is the district headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti and through the valley of Lahaul, finally to campsite Jispa. It has new Monastery on the left bank of river Bhaga, built to commemorate the auspicious the 18th KALACHKRA initiation by His Holiness the DALAI LAMA in July 1994.Overnight stay in the camp at Jispa.
Day 02: Jispa - Sarchu (4253m.) 5hrs.drive through Darcha, Patsao, Zingzing Bar and over Barlacha-La (4892m.) pass, which is one of the most dangerous pass among other, passes on the way to Leh. And one can see one of the most excellent panoramic views of the high rising/sky touching mountains is likely C.B., K.R. (range) and Mulkilla mushrooming mountains massif. And also just on the top of Baralacha- La is having a lake Suraj Tal a source of river Bhaga surrounded by C.B.mountain ranges and gradual descent down through Kalung sarai to Sarchu. Overnight stay in the campsite at Sarchu.
Day 03: Sarchu - Pang (4630m.) 4hrs.drive through two high passes are known as Namkila and Lachalang -La (5065m.) and second one just above the Brandy bridge. After Sarchu drive in a curving all the way up to PANG and mountains are without snow/cold desert. And one can see a mountain goats and Ibex in a herds along the roadside. Overnight in the camp at Pang.
Day 04: Pang - Leh (over Tanglang-La 5360m.) 6hrs. Drive through Pang/More extensive plains of the Kyang Chu Thang, which is completely 25 km.flatten straight road up to Devring (4500m). On the plains one can have a chances of tiny colonies of Marmots and the wild herds of Kyung- a ship- like animal (Yak). After the plains a small Gref settlement at Devring is reached, before the breathtaking climb up to the mighty Tanglang-La (5360m.) begins. At Devring point the road goes right up to the pass in a horizontal way and at the foot of the pass Kyang Chu Thang can be seen. At the top of the pass a tiny temple and a few prayer flags flutter in the strong winds that are peculiar of this pass. This is the highest pass and second motor able in the world on the way. After that drive all the way down to Ramsey, an oasis surrounded by barren craggy hills is the first village on the way to Leh and the last village towards the Manali. From Ramsey the whole valley of the Leh region starts and road goes along the river. Finally reaches, in the Himalayas to the mysterious land of Lamas (Monks), the capital-"The Moon land" Ladakh-Leh.Overnight in hotel at Leh.
Day 05: Leh to Khardung -la (5580m.) that is the highest motor able road in the world. It is 39km.from Leh. Just below the pass is " check post ". Get your passport checked and have a great view of Nubra valley and a sky touching mountains on the top of the Khardung-La. Overnight in hotel at Leh and half day free. Whether some one likes the tour to Khardung-La one can undertake or not need to be undertake? Jeep Safari Concluded.
Day 06: Sight seeing in and around Leh. In the morning visit Hemis monastery that is 45km.from Leh It is one of the reaches Gompa in this region. Built by the inveterate royal architect, Singe Namgyal, after subduing Baltistan, Purig, Zanskar and Spiti in 1620,the Hemis, lies in a side valley, not visible at once, but looms suddenly a mass of splendid architecture, on a green hill, its white washed walls gleaming white, its brightly colored and fluttering flags a brilliant splash against the blue sky. Enroute to Leh visit Tiksey situated on a splendid hill top perch, overlooking the green valley of the Indus, is the 12 storeyed Thiksey Monastery 800 years old. In the monastery there are 60 Lamas /Monks and a few nuns / Chomos and visit Shey and Shankar monastery. After noon free and overnight in hotel.
Day 07: Departure from Leh to Delhi by air and it takes only 02hrs. to reach Delhi.