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Kashmir/Himalayas Explorer

Trip Facts

Prices from:On request
Accommodation:Hotels, camps, guest houses, house boats, home stays
Max. Participants:No limit
Min. Participants:2
No. Of crew:1
Vehicle type:SUVs
Duration:Days–30, Nights–29
Meals:Breakfast X 29,Lunch X 29, Dinner X 29

Departure date: On request (This trip can only be booked between July to October)

Trip Map

Overlanding, Trip Map
  1. Great Indian Himalayas
  2. snow capped mountains
  3. Worlds highest Motorable road
  4. Houseboat stays
  5. Kargil war famous peaks
  6. High Mountain passes
  7. Buddhist monasteries
  8. High altitude lakes
  9. Food cooked nowhere else
  10. Himalayan hospitality
  1. Jammu (Trip starts)
  2. Srinagar
  3. Gulmarg
  4. Pahalgam
  5. Sonmarg
  6. Kargil
  7. Sham valley
  8. Leh
  9. Nubra valley
  10. Turtuk
  11. Pangong Lake
  12. Tso Moriri Lake
  13. Tsokar
  14. Jispa
  15. Manali(Trip ends)

This itinerary is for adventurous people looking out to explore Himalayan Mountains like never before. You will be roughing it out with some of the most experienced mountain people seeing and experiencing things, sights, culture, ideas, beliefs, food which very few lucky people get on earth. This trip is suitable for solo travellers or a group of friends looking for something new and adventurous.

Day 01: Arrival Jammu
Arrival from Jammu airport / railway station upon arrival and transfer to hotel.. Overnight at Jammu

Day 02:  Arrive Jammu–Srinagar
After Breakfast proceed to Srinagar (294 Km / approx 7 Hours). Upon arrival in Srinagar we check in at our pre-arranged Houseboat or hotel for Overnight Stay.

 Day 03: Srinagar (Excursion to Shankracharya Temple & Mughal Gardens)
Post breakfast we take a sightseeing tour of Srinagar (Lake City) visiting Shankracharya Temple & Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure) &Shalimar Bagh (Garden of Pleasure). Overnight at Houseboat.

 Day 04:  Srinagar – Gulmarg (56 km/2 hrs)
This morning you will be transferred to Gulmarg, Meadow of Flowers.  Situated at an altitude of 2730 meters, full day at leisure to take the leisurely walks on the lush green meadows of flowers with a backdrop of the snow capped mountains. Dinner & overnight in the Gulmarg.

 Day 05: In Gulmarg (Local sightseeing & Overnight stay)
Begin a short tour, boarding the Gondola cable car system (the 08 minutes ropeway). Descend back to Gulmarg after an hour and later indulge in some horse-riding. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 Day 06: Gulmarg – Pahalgam (140 km/4½ hrs)
Today you will be transferred by road to Pahalgam. Valley of Shepherds. Enroute you will have a rare opportunity to visit the Saffron fields. Also visit Avantipura Ruins & Anantnag Sulphur Springs enroute. Arrive and proceed to your hotel, Dinner & overnight at the Pahalgam.

Day 07: Pahalgam
After Breakfast, Visit to Chandanwadi (at your own cost), The snow Point (14 Km) at your own cost or enjoy pony ride at your own cost, Return back to Pahalgam, rest of the day at leisure to explore the countryside and enjoy leisurely walks through the pine forest along the River Lidder.  Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.(Chandanwadi sightseeing will be not included)

 Day 08: Pahalgam–Srinagar (94 km/3 hrs)
This morning is at leisure. Later today you will be transferred back to Srinagar, rest of the day at leisure for shopping or shikara ride to Floating Market for shopping (Cost not included), overnight in the Houseboat

 Day 09: Srinagar to Sonamarg
After breakfast, drive to Sonamarg. Cross the town of Kangan, Mammar, Gagangir. Once you reach Sonamarg, take a 3 hour walk or horseback trip to the Thajwass glacier. After return, visit the small town market. Overnight stay at the hotel in Sonamarg

 Day 10: Srinagar to Kargil
After Breakfast Drive to Kargil - En route Jozilla Pass, Drass Village (2nd Coldest Inhabited place in the World), Kargil war Famous Peaks. Reach Kargil by evening. Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 Day 11:  Kargil To Sham Valley (Via Lamayuru)
Post breakfast we drive to Uleytokpo / Tingmosgang enroute visiting Lamayuru, Belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. After visiting Lamayuru we proceed further to Uleytokpo enroute visiting Ridzong Gompa, known as the paradise for Meditation. Upon arrival in Uleytokpo or Tingmosgang. We check in at our Camp for overnight Stay.

 Day 12: Sham Valley (Excursion To Lamayuru) (60 Km / 1½  Hrs One Way)
Post breakfast you proceed to the 11th century Lamayuru Monastery enroute visiting the mesmerizing Moon Landscapes (you will believe why the name of this area is Moonland. Exactly the same formations of Land are visible as on the moon), Lamayuru is spectacularly located along the valley plain and surrounded by mountains on all sides. The monastery has gradually expanded over the years and newer structures have been built around a large courtyard.

 Day 13: Sham Valley to Leh Via (75 Km / 3 Hrs)
Post breakfast we check out from Camp and first visit the Alchi Gompa. The complex of temples located within the village is the most celebrated of Ladakh’s monasteries and dates back to the 11th century. After Alchi you proceed to Basgo, which lies astride the road to Leh. The jagged skyline of the ruins of the 15th century capital of Ladakh dominates the village of Basgo. Finally you arrive back at Leh for an overnight stay at your Hotel.

 Day 14: Leh
Morning at leisure to explore the destination on your own & evening Visit to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa & Leh Market. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

 Day 15 :  Leh–Excursion To Monasteries (50 Km / 02 Hrs–One Way)
Post Breakfast we proceed for Indus Valley Monastery Starting with Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, Thiksey Monastery an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village, Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh, 3 Idiots Rancho School &Sindhu Ghat. After visiting above places we drive back to Leh. Evening at Leisure to explore the city on your own. Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel

 Day 16:  Leh–Nubra Valley via Khardung La 18,390 Ft. (120 Km / 4–5 Hrs)
Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 M / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level.  Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. A visit to a Ladakhi home can be arranged. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
Day 17: In Nubra Valley–Turtuk
Today we will drive to Hunder–Turtuk. The new area for tourist and the last villages of Nubra toward end to Pakistan Border. Visit Turtuk and Bokdhang Villsges.drive Overnight at Turtuk Camp.

 Day 18: Nubra Valley–Leh
After breakfast, Drive back to Leh via Khardungla pass. Overnight in Leh.

 Day 19: Leh to Pangong Lake (140 km / 4–5 Hrs–One Way)
After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake enroute visiting Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh &3 Idiots Rancho School & further 5 Km driving through a picturesque landscape we reach Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting above two monasteries we drive further towards Changla Pass 5486 M. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong Lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Km wide and over 133 Km long with half of its running the other side of the "Indo China Border". One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp near Pangong Lake. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.

 Day 20: In Pangong Lake
Day at leisure to explore the destination on your own. Overnight Stay in camp.

 Day 21: Pangong Lake To Leh (140 Km / 6 Hrs)
Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Drive further to Leh and check in at our hotel for Overnight In the evening you can stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping.


 Day 22: Leh
Day at leisure to explore the destination on your own. Overnight Stay in Leh Hotel

 Day 23: Leh–Chumathang–Tsomoriri (240 Km / 06–07 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Korzok (230km).You along the Indus River up to Mahe Bridge. On the way you can see many beautiful villages of Changthang valley, Hot Sulphur Spring at Chumathang and many Nomadic Camps with their domestic animals like Pashmina Goats, Yaks and Sheep. The Tsomoriri Lake is 23 km long and 10-15 km wide and the panoramic view of the Lake is amazing with Turquoise coloured water. Dinner and overnight stay at Camp in Tsomoriri

 Day 24: In Tso Moriri lake
Morning after breakfast have a spectacular view of Tso Moriri Lake, The whole day you will be occupied with sightseeing around the Tso Moriri Lake. The morning will start with a visit to Korzok village and the afternoon will be spent around the Lake. Dinner will be had in the tents, where you will retire for the nigh. (4590m). Dinner and overnight stay at Camp in Tso Moriri

 Day 25: Tsomoriri to Tsokar (80 Km / 3 hrs)
In the morning visit Korzok village with its houses and its Gompa appearing like a mirage. The few barley fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world. Late we check out from our hotel / Camp and drive to Tsokar, The nomadic people Changpas are most outstanding feature of this area. They can be seen moving from one place to other grazing herds of goats, sheep and yaks. Changpas pass their days with their animals and move with their flocks, their only wealth from pasture to pasture according to changing season. Their flocks, their yaks, and goat's hair furnish the raw material of which they make their ropes, their clothes and shoes. All day long men and women are busy milking, churning the milk into butter, making ropes, weaving mats and other fabrics. These people have been completely beyond the pale of all civilizing influences. Even towards the fag end of the twenty first century, they belong to a primitive pre-historic age, The Drive is scenic and Tsokar Lake is one of the best. Upon arrival in Tsokar you check in at our pre-arranged Camp for overnight stay.

 Day 26: Tsokar – Jispa
After breakfast today there is a drive almost 140 km crossing the pass we go downhill for a while and once again begin the climb for another pass The Lachu Lung La (5000m). Then a short halt at Pang for tea and some refreshments, after crossing the border between Himachal and Jammu & Kashmir at Sarchu, we drive straight to the foot of Nakeela Pass (4740m) then drive up hill on gata loops up to Nakeela. En- route we get superb view of the surrounding coloured mountains. After the pass we arrive at Bharatpur, here we will stop for a breather and some hot Chai before continuing on for Jispa (Overnight Stay in Jispa)

 Day 27: Jispa to Manali (162 Km)
Today we start our journey to Manali via Keylong (3350 m), & Rohtang Pass (3978 m). Manali, Located in the most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 km. long and about 2 km wide. Upon arrival we check in at our hotel. Evening at leisure to explore the area on your own and overnight stay at the hotel

 Day 28: Local Sight Seeing of Manali Town
Arrival at Manali, after breakfast, proceed to half day city tour visiting Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisht Temple and Tibetan Monastery. Evening free for roam at your own. Overnight stay at Manali hotel.

 Day 29 : Manali–Kullu–Manikaran (85 Kms.)
After early breakfast, full day excursion visiting Manikaran (Hot water springs) enroute Kasaul and Kullu–Shamshi (A Famous industry for Kullu Shawl). Overnight stay at Manali hotel.

 Day 30: Depart Manali (Fly Out)

We will have our last trip meeting and the trip ends here. There are luxury buses plying on various routes from Manali.

  1. 3 Meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  1. Twin sharing for hotels, hostels, resorts and homestays
  2. Single sharing for hotels, hostels, resorts and homestays (only if extra single supplement charge paid)
  1. Fully equipped transfer & safari vehicle
  2. Accommodation as specified
  3. All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  4. All ground transportation
  5. Domestic flights if required in the itinerary
  6. Meals as indicated
  7. Services of two crew
  1. Visas
  2. International flights
  3. Travel insurance
  4. Airport transfers
  5. Sleeping bag
  6. Sleeping mats
  7. Optional activities
  8. Drinks, tips