Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days Places to See: Delhi - Chandigarh - Manali - Rohtang Pass - Tandi - Jispa
- Darcha - Pasteo - Baralacha - Pang - Rupshu - River Gya - Leh - Delhi DAY
01 - Arrive Delhi
International flight to Delhi, Transfer to hotel.
DAY 02 - Delhi - Chandigarh(242 kms.)
Late morning drive to Chandigarh. Evening sightseeing of city. Founded as per
the designs by the famous French architect Corbousier. The city grown to symbolise
Modern India and has earned for itself, and deservedly so, the acronym of the
DAY 03 - Chandigarh - Kullu - Manali(312 kms.)
A ten hour bus journey through the hilly landscape of Himachal Pradesh, take
us to the Kullu valley, alongside the river Beas, to Manali (altitude 2000 mts).
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04 - Manali
Bikes to be assembled with following exploration tour around Manali and possibility
of acclimatization. Manali is situated at an altitude of 1,829 mtrs. in Himachal
Pradesh. Manali is the centre of flourished orchard industry. Visit temple of
Goddess Hadimba, built in 1553 A.D., situated in cedar forest and then drive
to old Manali along the Beas river to spring of Vashist.
DAY 05 - Manali - Rohtang Pass (50 kms.)
Today we leave Manali towards Rothang Pass, through mixed forest, past the last
village. Situated about 50 km from Manali town, at an altitude of 4, 111 mtrs.
on the highway to Keylong. This is the only pass which provides the access to
the Lahaul Valley. Camp below the pass, on 3,000 mts..
DAY 06 - Rohtang Pass - Tandi (72 kms.)
Through green alpine meadows, the road is winding up to the pass of 3, 960 mts.
If monsoon permits, we should have a spectacular
panoramic view. To the north one can see the glaciers of Lahul & Spiti as
well as the barren mountains of Ladakh; to the south the green woods of Kullu
valley. We enjoy the 1,000mts. descent to the village Khoksar, passing green
meadows where the Gaddis grazing their sheeps, goats & cows. Bike along
the Chandra river we reach Tandi, today's camp. Situated at the junction of
the rivers Chandra and Bhaga, now called river of Chenab.
DAY 07 - Tandi - Keylong - Jispa(37 kms)
Today we cross the Tibetan-Buddhist cultural border, reaching Keylong. Buddhist
Monasteries in the vicinity of this former capital of Lahul. In the afternoon
we have to strain our calf muscles again to reach our camps at Jispa.
DAY 08 - Jispa - Darcha - Paseto
Past Darcha with its great river landscape (here the Zanskar trek starts), we
reach Pasteo. It is only a short day, however, the last possibility to further
DAY 09 - Paseto - Barachala Pass(80 kms.)
The Baralacha Pass, our first key point on the tour, is ahead of us. We have
to cover 4,392 mts. today; an ascent of 1,400 mts. has to be vanquished. The
landscape around us turns more barren having passed the tree line. The pass
is junction of two caravan routes and the end of our crossroad. Three rivers
rise on this flat pass, Chandre,
Bhaga and one of the source river of Zanskar, flowing north to the Indus, which
we will follow now. An exciting descent via Sarchu, the border to Ladakh. It
took us 80 Kms. To this camp.
DAY 10 - Baralacha Pass - Nikli Pass - Pang(78 kms.)
Narrow winding road leads us to Nikli pass (5,050 mts.), continuing down alpine-like
valley. On the pass many stone manis remind of past caravans. Crossing the flat
high altitude valley we reach the 5,065 mts. high Lachulung-La. We cycle down
into a bizarre gorge until we reach Pang at the second tributary of the river
Zanskar called Zara Chu- river. Our camp will be here on 4,500 mts.
DAY 11 - Pang - Rupshu
A small ascent we have to overcome to reach the more plane, being on 4,700 mts.,
a dry high altitude desert, typical for the arid Rupshu. Only Changpa nomads
are living here with their yaks, goats and sheeps, grazing at an altitude up
to 5,600 mts. We see their tents from yak hair or we meet them while they change
their grazing grounds hidden in the bends of this oversized hilly landscape,
only on the tops covered with snow. The Changpa nomads still transport the salt
by using their goats to all corners of Ladakh. The lake on Tsokar has no discharge,
however, the connection to another small lake feeds it with fresh water. This
is the native place of the almost extinct Kyang, the wild Donkey formerly populating
the highland of the Rupshu & Tschangthang. Also geese as well as the Tibetan
laughing gull are living here. The lake is a few kilometers from our camp. DAY 12 - Rupshu - River Gya(92 kms.)
We are now only separated from the Indus valley by the Taglang-La (5,303 mts.).
Starting in Debling (4,800mts.), the road reaches the pass, sees as a thin at
the mountain slope. The daring bends of the old caravan path follows us alongside,
which are boarded by Chorten and Mani walls. The ascent is easy. After 3 hours
we are rewarded with a gorgeous view of the mountain range to the north, the
Karakourm & the descending road down to the Indus valley. We cycle downhill
for 50 Kms. Our camp is in the romantic narrow gorge, dug by the river Gya after
the longest stage of 92 Kms.
DAY 13 - River Gya - Hemis Monastery
The narrow Gya gorge releases us towards the vast Indus valley, cross the river,
Tibetan & Ladakhis call "Singhi-Chu", rising from the muzzle of
the lion near the distant holy mountain Kailash. Cross the Indus and reach the
Hemis monastery via another steep ascent of 30 Kms., hidden in the mountain
valley famous for mysterious mark dances to visit today. The camp will be close
DAY 14 - Hemis Monsatery - Leh(44 kms.)
The last stage of 44 Kms. To
Leh: We cycle through the Indus valley with its green fields, willows and poplars,
suspended by desert of sand and rubble and white washed Chorten enclosures,
towards the most typical Ladakhi monastery of Tikse. It overlooks the vast plan
of the Indus valley & the view from the roof of monastery is impressive.
Past Shey, the old capital of Ladakh, with the previous residence of the Royal
family and the stone relieves of the 5 Dhyani Buddha's we last not least we
arrive in Leh (3,500mts.).
DAY 15 - Leh
Morning is for resting. Around lunch we meet for sightseeing of Leh and the
immediate vicinity on foot. Cameras not to be forgotten for the fantastic view
from the fortress of Namgial Tsemo to the snow covered Stok Kangri range beyond
the desert like Indus valley.
DAY 16 - Leh - Khardung la - Leh
Today we conquer the 5,602 mts. high Khardung La. Considering the past training.
This pass should not be too tough. We will have to power for 4-5 hours in the
thin air and will eventually be rewarded richly not only by the view but also
by the fact that this is the highest point one can reach on wheels. The Kef
experienced by the descent 40 Kms and 2,000 mts. in the altitude will be unforgettable
DAY17 - Leh - Phyang - Spituk - Leh
Jeep tour to the adjacent monasteries Phyang and Spituk., Evening free.
DAY 18 - Leh - Delhi
Morning return by flight to Delhi, Transfer to hotel. Evening return flight
for onward destination.