Manali to Leh Car Tour

Cross mighty mountain passes in a car trip from Manali to Leh and Ladakh



- Bus to Manali and return flight from Leh are not included in the above price.
- Please ensure you are physically fit and have no respiratory problems. Ladakh is a high-altitude mountain destination and you will need to acclimatise at least one day in Leh.
Explore the Greater Himalaya with a car trip from Manali to Leh and Ladakh

Cross some of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world. Get to view fantastic Himalayan mountain ranges and snow-covered peaks. Explore high-altitude deserts and experience Buddhist culture in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh.

Ladakh, in Kashmir, is home to many Himalayan treasures. Buddhist monasteries, breathtaking Himalayan scenery, high-altitude deserts, high mountain passes and crystal clear Himalayan lakes, all come together in this magical mountain land. Take a journey to this amazing land with a car safari from Manali, in Himachal Pradesh, to Leh, in Ladakh.

Day 01: Arrival in Manali
Day 02: Manali - Rohtang Pass - Jispa
Day 03: Jispa - Baralachha Pass - Sarchu
Day 04: Sarchu - Lachulungla Pass - Morey Plains - Tanglangla Pass - Upshi - Leh
Day 05: Leh sight-seeing
Day 06: Leh - Khardungla Pass - Nubra Valley
Day 07: Nubra Valley - Leh
Day 08: Leh - Pangong Lake
Day 09: Pangong Lake - Leh (with Indus Valley sightseeing through Shey and Thiksay)
Day 10: Lower Indus Valley sightseeing (Magnetic Hill, Indus-Zanskar Sangam, Alchi), back to Leh
Day 11: Depart from Leh by flight

Day 01: Arrival in Manali

Arrive in Manali by bus, car or flight. Check into your hotel and rest and prepare for your tour. Explore Manali town later in the day with visits to Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monastery and Vashisht hot springs.

Day 02: Manali - Jispa

Wake up early, grab some breakfast and begin our great Himalayan journey. Today we climb over the Rohtang Pass (4000m) and cross over from lush green forests in Kullu Valley to the bare and mighty mountains of Lahaul Valley. The Rohtang Pass, 51km from Manali, is a beautiful mountain pass and we negotiate many hairpin bends on our way to the top. The tarmac is mostly smooth and this is a nice and easy drive, but with a steady climb up of almost 2000m straight up to the Pass. There is a beautiful view on top and we stop for pictures. There is a short but rough track down from the Rohtang Pass to Khoksar village in Lahaul Valley. This is the beginning of your most awesome Himalayan motor adventure - no crowds, strong, beautiful mountains and bare, mighty mountains all around. Enjoy a nice, lazy drive to Jispa, a pretty little village in Lahaul Valley. Celebrate the first leg of your great Himalayan journey with dinner in Jispa. The best part of the drive is yet to come!

Day 03: Jispa - Sarchu

Today we begin our journey into the Greater Himalaya. We will leave all greenery behind and begin our drive over one of the greatest mountain passes in the world - the Baralachha La (5000m). This is the gateway to the roof of the world. You will feel like a great mountaineer, except that you are doing it all from the relative comfort of a car. The mountains get taller, the views more spectacular. We climb over the Baralachha early in the afternoon and negotiate a few rocky stretches before we reach the flatlands of Sarchu - the border area between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. We reach our campsite in the afternoon - there is no civilisation here, only camps, and high-alitude grasslands. We camp out under the stars at 4200m, with a million specks lighting up the night sky. This is one of the high points of the drive, with many more still up ahead!

Day 04: Sarchu - Leh

Wake up early, enjoy a hearty camp breakfast and get back on the road. A few kilometres out of Sarchu camp we cross the border check post into Kashmir. Now we are in Ladakh! This is all high-altitude mountain terrain, with desert grasslands and strange but beautiful mountain shapes all around. The landscape keeps changing and we cross over yet another mountain pass - the Lachulung La - and enter the spectacular Morey Plains. 48km of open grass lands, a stretch of high-altitude flatland at an average alititude of 4600m above sea level. Toward afternoon we cross the second-highest motorable mountain pass in the world, the Tanglang La (5400m). We can see many ranges in deep Himalayan mountain territory in the distance. Many traders must have traveled this way in ancient days, all the way to Central Asia and China. We enter the Indus Valley at Upshi and drive down the Indus river to Leh. By late afternoon we check into our hotel in Leh, freshen up and relax a bit. It is time to celebrate our great Himalayan journey over four of the mightiest mountain passes in the world. And the greatest is yet to come!

Day 05: Leh sight-seeing
After breakfast we go out into Leh town. Leh used to be the capital of the kingdom of Ladakh. The city-scape is dominated by the old and impressive Leh Palace, the ruins of which are perched atop a short hill overlooking the main bazaar. The palace is undergoing a steady restoration project and you can take a walk through it and imagine how the kings of old lived here centuries before, when the Silk Route ran through the bazaars of Leh, with traders traveling all the way from China, through here, on their way to ports on the Arabian Sea.
You can take a stroll through the modern version of this bazaar, with present day traders selling everything from dry apricot, Ladakhi almonds and other types of dry fruit, Ladakhi woolens and traditional yak wool handicraft. You can also find good quality trekking and hiking gear, rucksacks and hiking boots and other types of outdoor equipment in the bazaar.
Towards evening we climb up to the Shanti Stupa and gather under the giant statue of the Buddha to watch the sunset drop over the Ladakh Range, with Stok Kangri Peak clearly visible before us.
Day 06: Leh - Khardungla Pass - Nubra Valley
Today we begin our drive into deeper Himalayan territory, to Nubra Valley. We cross Khardungla Pass late in the morning, stopping at the top to take pictures and enjoy the panoramic Himalayan view. Khardungla (5602m), is the highest motorable mountain pass in the world and is the highest point of our tour. Nubra Valley lies along the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road and used to connect northern India to western China. We find sandy deserts with twin-humped Bactrian camels here. We can even take a ride on them before we check into our campsite accommodations, with dinner under the stars.
Day 07: Nubra Valley - Leh
We drive back to Leh today, stopping along the way to take pictures. We get into Leh by evening and enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Day 08: Leh - Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake is the largest brackish water in Asia, and two-thirds of it lie in China. We drive to the Lake today, 120km from Leh. This is a drive up the Indus valley and we reach the lake by afternoon. These are the real Himalayan highlands, with the waters of the lake stretching far into the horizon. Camp out under the stars and dream of highland mountain landscapes.
Day 09: Pangong Lake - Leh (with Indus Valley sightseeing through Shey and Thiksay)
We begin our drive back to Leh, Today will be a busy day, a cultural experience while we stop along the way to see the many Buddhist monasteries and ancient Ladakhi forts of the Indus valley - Shey, Thiksay and Hemis.
Day 10: Lower Indus Valley sightseeing (Magnetic Hill, Indus-Zanskar Sangam, Alchi), back to Leh
This day we tour the lower part of the Indus Valley, driving westward from Leh along the highway that goes all the way to Srinagar. There are many sights along this stretch of the Indus river - the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers at Nimmo and the ancient monastery at Alchi that provides a rich Buddhist cultural experience.
We drive back to Leh in the evening, wth a quick tour through the bazaar to stock up on Ladakhi souvenirs for friends and family back home.
Day 11: Depart from Leh by flight
Wake up early, and prepare for the spectacular return flight over the Himalaya. The plane takes off from Leh airport and we get a fantastic bird's eye view of the Ladakh range and the Karakoram Range. You can spot Stok Kangri peak and the Nun & Kun peaks from up here. This will, most probably, be the most memorable flight you have ever taken.


- Manali (Celebrity Inn / A-Star Regency / similar)
- Jispa (Padma Lodge / Hotel Yak / similar)
- Sarchu (Dorje Camp / Red Rock Camp or similar)
- Leh (Hotel Charu Palace / Hill town / similar)
- Nubra Valley (Hotel Stendal / similar)
- Pangong Lake (Himalayan Retreat Camp / Wonderland Camp)

- Assistance upon arrival by our Manali office representative
- All transfers between bus station / hotel / airport by non-AC taxi
- Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) upon arrival by hotel
- Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis
- Daily breakfast and dinner in hotel / camp
- All sightseeing and tours as per programme
- Transportation by non-AC Toyota Innova / Xylo / Tempo Traveler
- Protected area permit and wildlife fees to visit restricted areas in Ladakh
- Bus/taxi fare to Manali
- Return airfare from Leh
- Any kind of bus or rail fare
- Personal and medical insurance
- Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, phone call etc
- Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, mineral, soft or hard and starters)
- Monastery entrance fees, camera fee, and monument guide services
- Anything not specifically mentioned under Inclusions list above
- Adventure activities like rafting, camel safari, mountain biking, motor biking etc
- Extra nights in hotel due to ill health, flight cancellation or any other reason
- The service of vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the itinerary
- Extensions of tour programme or diversions in the tour itinerary for any reasons eg. due to bad weather, road closure, breakdown or any natural calamities
- Cultural Program in Leh: Rs. 9000 per program
- Camel Safari in Nubra Valley Rs. 500 per person (15 min. fun ride)
- English speaking monastery guide Rs. 2000 per day
- Monastery entrance fees @ Rs. 25 to Rs. 50 (per monastery or monument)
- Camera charges @ Rs. 50 to Rs. 100 (per monastery or monument)

Optional: River Rafting (sharing basis):
A) Rafting on Indus River @ Rs. 1700 pp (Spituk to Nimoo)
B) Rafting on Zanskar River @ Rs. 2000 pp (Skorpoche to Nimoo)
C) Rafting on Zanskar River @ Rs. 2200 pp (Chilling to Nimoo)

- Prices valid from 01 April 2017 to 31 October 2017
- Prices valid for minimum 2 - 10 people traveling together in one vehicle
- Check-in / check-out time at all the properties would at 12:00 hrs (noon)
- Early check-in at all the properties would be subject to the availability at that time
- All the above mentioned rates are per person rates on twin sharing basis
- Child cost is on the basis of sharing room and bed with their parents
- During off-season the Pangong Lake journey will be done in a one-day excursion from Leh
- Journey can be arranged from Delhi / Chandigarh railway station or airport at nominal extra charges
- The above rates are applicable for resident Indian citizens only