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Adventures of Ladakh

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  • Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
  • 22-30 June, 2019
  • 10-18 August, 2019

“The land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or our best friends would want to visit us.”
– a Ladakhi saying

Ladakh, a place so explored yet unexplored, is the dream of every adventure seeker who adores some roughness and a lot of beauty. Positioned at an average elevation of more than 11000 feet, Ladakh is known to be the land of high passes. It’s a cold mountain desert with rugged roads, clear blue skies, magnificent landscapes, postcard-perfect serene lakes, vast plateaus, hilltop monasteries, rustic houses, snow-clad mountain peaks, and verdant valleys that surprise us with a splash of vivid green patches.

Let’s embark on a lifetime adventure to this heaven on earth, and open up our heart to a new road while taking a deep breath. More than landscapes, the bright smiles and the warm hospitality of Ladakhi people make a visit to Ladakh an unforgettable experience, and we shall forever be haunted by the beauty of the prayer flags waving in the air, smiles of monks, eternal silence in the monasteries, and countless cups of butter tea.

Trip Highlights

1. Suraj Tal: Located at an elevation of 15900 feet, Suraj Tal is considered as the third highest lake in India. Positioned in the close vicinity of Baralacha Pass, it is also the meeting point of the roads leading to Spiti, Ladakh, and Zanskar. Surrounded by rugged but snow-covered mountain peaks and graced with green emerald waters, Suraj Tal is a refreshing break for the travelers driving from Manali to Leh.

2. More Plains: It’s a beautiful stretch of 40 km on Manali-Leh highway flanked by mountain ranges on both the sides. The beauty of More Plains is that the road is completely plain for 35 km even in such a high altitude mountain terrain before it again begins to rise to Tanglang La.  A journey through more plains is surreal, blessed with breathtaking views, and a lifetime one.

3. Tanglang La: Standing at the height of 17582 feet, Tanglang La is one of the highest mountain passes in the world. A bit swayed away from the main highway; it offers a breathtaking view with ample vegetation on both the sides. We will take a quick halt here to absorb the beauty of the pass.

4. Gata Loops: Gata Loops is probably the second name for the adrenaline rush on Manali-Leh Highway. These loops are the series of twenty-one steep hairpin turns leading to the top of a very high mountain pass named Nakeela. The average altitude of Gata Loops is 15302 feet. They are famous for the adventurous ride through them; picturesque location and the ghost stories weaved around them.   

5.Magnetic Hill: Located at a distance of 30 km from Leh city, on Leh-Kargil highway, is a small stretch of road that is believed to be defying the concept of gravity. The magnetic hill seems to be pulling the stationary vehicles upwards. If one parks their vehicle in the designated area on the highway, it can be seen to be moving at 20 km per hour with engines being entirely off. Let’s unravel the mystery behind this – science or supernatural?

6. Pathar Sahib Gurudwara: Beautifully tucked between rugged and rustic terrains, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara was built in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to Ladakh region. It’s located at an altitude of 12000 feet, and 40 km from Leh city. The Pathar, translated to stone in English, has a legendary story behind it which we shall learn during our visit to the place.

7. Sangam Valley:  The confluence of Indus and Zanskar river is breathtaking beyond words. The muddy color of Zanskar can easily be distinguished from the emerald green Indus River at the even at the convergence point. One can overlook this magical beauty from the highway, and it’s a perfect place to sit, relax and click photos.

8. Alchi Monastery: Renowned as the oldest Buddhism learning centre in Ladakh, Alchi Monastery was built between 958 and 1055. The monastery complex is divided into four portions which have monuments constructed at different times. All the structures are adorned with minutely carved paintings and intricate woodwork which never fail to captivate the visitors. 

9. Khardung La: Located at an altitude of 18380 feet, Khardung La is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. It’s also a high mountain pass (La in Tibetan stands for a pass) connecting Leh city to Nubra and Shyok valleys. It was built in 1976 but opened to general public in 1988. Riding Khardung La has been the dream of every Himalayan rider. Not to mention that this pass is crucial to India as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.

10. Diskit monastery: Built in 14th country, Diskit Monastery is the oldest surviving monastery in Nubra Valley. Beautifully tucked on a hilltop right above the floodplains of Shyok River, it can be easily recognized even from the far because of the stunning 106 feet tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. The monastery also runs a school for the Tibetan kids in the region.

11. Bactrian Camel:  Bactrian Camel, mainly found in Central Asia, is one of the endangered camel species. These are double humped camels that make them unique, as compared to their single hump Arabian relatives. It’s is an incredible species as it can adapt to all kinds of harsh environments, from dense snowfall winters to scorching desert summers. Not to mention that Bactrian Camels were a lifeline of ancient silk route. We are going to have a close-up encounter with them during our visit to Nubra Valley.

12. Hundar Sand Dunes: A desert is probably incomplete it doesn’t have dunes, be it a cold mountain desert like Ladakh. Spread over an elevation of more than 13000 feet, the stunning sand dunes of Hunder look even more picturesque with the backdrop of snow-clad rugged mountain peaks. We will have an option to take a Bactrian Camel ride during our visit to Hundar Sand Dunes.

13. Pangong Lake: Pangong Lake doesn’t need any introduction to someone who has been wanting to visit Ladakh. Shimmering at an altitude of 14270 feet, and 134 km in length the lake is completely frozen during winter. Not to mention that 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. It’s a saline water lake and is known to keep changing colors. Be ready to spend a fairytale (cold though) night at the lake.

14. Chang La: Located at an elevation of 17590 feet, Chang La is one of the highest mountains passes and the highest motorable roads in the world. The mighty pass is guarded and maintained by Indian Army due to its proximity to Indo-China border. A drive through Chang La is going to give us an adrenaline rush. It’s covered with snow throughout the year.

15. Shey Palace: Shey Palace, graciously sitting on a mound along with a monastery in Shey Village, has only its ruins left now. It was first built in 1655 by the king of Ladakh as his summer retreat house as Shey is also the erstwhile capital of Ladakh. Shey Palace and Monastery are very exclusive as compared to the other ones we would visit during our visit.

16. Shanti Stupa:  The spectacular white-domed Shanti Stupa was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Monks to promote world peace as a part of Peace Pagoda Mission. It’s a 15 minutes hike to the top of the stupa, but the mesmerizing view from the above and a simplistic café located over there makes the pain of climbing completely worth.

17. Leh Palace: Leh Palace was built as a royal palace by the former king of Ladakh in the 16th century. Being a close resemblance to the Potala Palace in Tibet, it dominatingly overlooks the city of Leh. The rooftop of the palace provides a magnificent view of Stok Kangri Mountain and the Ladakh mountain range. It’s a nine storey building, tallest of that era, where the upper floors accommodated the royal family while the lower flowers were reserved as stables and storage rooms.

18.Hemis Monastery: The beautiful Tibetan Buddhist Monastery is located in Hemis village of Ladakh which is tucked on a mountain on the west bank of the River Indus. Founded in 1630, the monastery is home to the large number of religious treasures such as Thangkas, weapons, carriers,  tiger skins, skull vessels, swords and a stuffed vulture pup which are exhibited during festivals. 

19. SECMOL School:  Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) is a school founded in 1988 to reform the educational system of Ladakh. It’s a fully sustainable school focusing on self-learning and social innovation. Currently, almost forty students reside here from various socio-economic backgrounds. It’s brilliant to see that how kids practically learn green construction, harnessing solar energy, farming, water recycling, building compost toilets and many more eco-friendly concepts here. It was founded by Sonam Wangchuk (the real-life Phunsukh Wangdu from Bollywood movie ‘Three Idiots’) and a couple of Ladakhi youth. A visit to this school shall send you home back with some lifelong learnings.

20. Ladakhi Homestays:  Staying in a Ladakhi homestay is the best way to have a close-up interaction with the local folks and experience their culture. The smiles of the hosts and their heartwarming hospitality are one of the best souvenirs we’ll be taking back with us. The traditional architecture of houses, timeless lifestyles, and the cutely decorated rooms are going to give us the feel of an entirely different world.  


Day 1: Meet and relax in Manali

Meet the entire group and the group leader for introduction and orientation. Post that, we all are free to hangout anywhere, explore the market and cafes of old Manali or simply relax inside our hotel as today is a free day without any plans.

Please note that one needs to stay for minimum 15 hours to acclimatize before we start heading towards Jispa on Day 2. Hence, plan your arrival in Manali according to that.

Our group leader will depart from Delhi a day before reaching Manali. Majority prefers to join us from Delhi. You too can join us from Delhi. See below (the cost section for details).

Day 2: Manali to Jispa

Start driving towards Jispa at 6 AM
Stopover at Rohtang Pass
Lunch in Keylong
Arrival in Jispa

Overnight stay in a hotel in Jispa

Day 3: Jispa to Leh

Start driving from Jispa early in the morning
Suraj Tal
Baralacha Pass
More Plains
Taglang La
Arrival in Leh

Overnight stay in a homestay in Leh

Day 4: Visit SECMOL and In and around Leh

Breakfast in hotel
Shanti Stupa
Leh Palace
Shey Palace

Overnight stay in a homestay in Leh

Day 5: Leh to Nubra Valley

Breakfast in Leh
Khardung La
Diskit Monastery
Hunder Sand Dunes (Double humped Bactrain Camel Riding)
Visiting Shyok River

Overnight stay in a homestay in Hunder village

Day 6: Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake

Breakfast in Hunder Village
Shyok Village
Hemis Monastery
Reaching Pangong Lake

Stay in luxury camps (with attached toilets) at Pangong Lake

Day 7: Pangong Lake to Leh

Breakfast at Pangong Lake
Start driving towards Leh
Chang La
Arrival in Leh

Overnight stay in a homestay in Leh

Day 8: In and around Leh

Breakfast in homestay
Hall of Fame
Magnetic Hill
Pathar Sahib Gurudwara
Alchi Monastery

Overnight stay in a homestay in Leh

Day 9: The last day

Check-out from Leh hotel/homestay
Exchanging warm hugs and plans to keep in touch
Drive to Leh Airport

Trip Ends



34000 INR (from Manali to Leh)

First five seats available at 33000 INR

Please note that our group leader depart from a day before we are supposed to reach Manali. Majority of participants prefer to join our group leader and the members from Delhi itself. You too can travel with us from Delhi at additional costs.  We leave for Manali at around 6 pm on June 21/ August 9 in an HRTC Volvo bus. You can inquire us for that additional cost as it’s not included in the package. 


  • All transportation from Manali to Leh as per the itinerary
  • Stay in good hotels, guesthouses and a luxury camp for eight nights on twin sharing and same gender basis. Please note that in case we have odd number of participants, then in maximum one room, there will be triple sharing. Hence, we expect participants to be a little flexible. Couples will be given a private room. If you are friends traveling together and want a same room, please let us know in advance. :-)
  • Day 2: Dinner, Day 3-8: Breakfast and Dinner, Day 9: Breakfast
  • Cost of local guide wherever applicable
  • A 24/7 highly professional and friendly group lead throughout the tour
  • All permits


  • Cost of flight/ train/bus Travel from your native city to Manali
  • Cost of flight/bus journey from Leh to your native city
  • Entry cost to the monuments. Usually monasteries charge 20-25 INR per person. Hall of Fame charges an entry cost of 100 INR per person.
  • Lunches, any snacks or beverages except those given with the meals
  • Cost of Bactrian Camel ride
  • Any expense on any items/services which are personal such as driver tips, medicines, toiletries, sun protection creams, snacks, laundry, STD calls, etc
  • Any extra expenses incurred due to delays arising from bad weather conditions or any unanticipated or uncontrollable conditions
  • Any medical expenses, travel insurance or emergency expenses
  • Any other expenses of any nature not included in the INCLUSIONS section

Basic Info

1. The group size will be limited to 12 participants

 2. Ladakh is a high altitude region. Before traveling, we can never say if an individual is susceptible to altitude sickness or not, irrespective of the age. We usually advise to take a dose of Diamox two days before reaching Leh, but we also suggest to consult to your doctor if you need Diamox or not or any side-effects it might have on your body. 

3.We condemn the consumption of alcohol or smoking during the trip because makes the body dehydrate resulting in fatigue, headaches and breathlessness at high altitudes.  

4. All places in Ladakh region don’t have adequate medical facilities. As a safety precaution, we do carry an oximeter, oxygen cans and the first aid kit with us for any emergency case. We also give necessary insights to participants before the trip and during the trip so that they can take care of them. 

5. The camps which we have booked for you at Pangong Lake are luxury camps with proper beds, and attached toilets. Hence, you need not to worry about carrying any kind of bedding or sleeping bag. 

6. Please carry enough cash during the trip so that you don’t depend on the ATMs in Leh city or Ladakh region. Shops and Restaurants in that region don’t accept cards. However, you can use ATMs in Manali.

7. Please note our journey includes some places which have poor or no network reception. BSNL and Airtel are the best preferred operators for visitors. Only postpaid connections work in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. 

8. All the places you will be visiting during the trip have electricity, but power cuts don’t inform anyone before their arrival. Sometimes, they could be long. Hence, don’t depend on your gadgets during the trip. Let’s try to disconnect and get some peace.

Packing List

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Warm Clothes (including thermals, cap, gloves, socks)
  • Sunglasses/ Hat/ Headgear
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Any prescribed medication
  • Toilet papers during road journey
  • Sanitizer
  • Power Banks
  • Neck Pillow
  • Anti-Pollution Mask if allergic to dry winds and dusty roads

Cancellation Policy

• 60 days before the trip: 90% refund
• 60-41 days before the trip: 70% refund
• 40-21 days before the trip: 50% refund
• 20-11 days before the trip: 30% refund
• 10-5 days before the trip: 10% refund
• Less than 5 days before the trip: No Refund

Terms and Conditions

You need to follow these terms and conditions while traveling with Transforming Travels.

  • Participants will be respectful to the fellow guests, organizers and the hosts
  • Participants have to show a little degree of flexibility during the tour
  • It's the duty of participant to assess whether they are physically fit or not for the tour before joining it.

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