The Leh Ladakh SUV Roadtrip (9D/8N)from
The amazing Leh Ladakh Road trip by an SUV
This road trip takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Ladakh, a land of fascinating colors, barren landscapes, and snow-clad mountains.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Easy to Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
Few places on Earth don’t need a lot of introduction.
Situated at a height of 11000 feet above sea level in the rugged mountains of the Himalayas, Ladakh offers stunning landscapes and enthralling views for travelers.
It’s tough to explain the beauty of Ladakh. The extreme chill of the place is well complemented by the warmth of the Buddhist community here. A road trip to this dreamland will thrill and captivate you to its Monasteries, naked snow-clad Mountains, cold Desert, gravity-defying Hill, pristine Valleys, fast-flowing Rivers, and the best of all: a combination of the highest motorable Pass with insanely stunning Lake.
This backpacking road trip takes you to all the famous, important attractions of Ladakh along with offbeat and less-known destinations. At the same time, will give you time to get acquainted with the high altitude and lack of oxygen. With Leh as a base, we explore the town by Bikes – places like Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, and Hall of Fame to start with. We begin the SUV road trip with Notheran attractions like Nubra Valley, Hunder, and Diskit. We then hit the Northern limits like Turtuk, Thang Last Village, and Pakistan Border. We then move towards the most famous crowd-pullers overlooking eastern borders like Khardung La, Pangong lake. After a night’s stay and experiencing magical sunrise in the changing colors of Pangong, we will explore few offbeat places – Kargil, Drass & Tso Kar Lake before ending the trip at Leh.
Land of an ancient civilization and captivating people, Ladakh is both alluring and awe-inspiring. Nicknamed ‘Little Tibet’, this sparsely populated, absolute gem of a destination with it’s incredibly sweet and friendly locals is a treat to backpackers.
It’s time to witness the clear blue skies. It’s time to marvel at countless stars. It’s time to dream. It’s time to live it. All at the same time.
Come join Muddie Trails in this incredible journey to the Roof of the World.
Highlights of the Ladakh Trip:
- The Out of The World: Pangong Lake
- World’s highest motorable pass: Khardung La
- The dreamy Nubra Valley
- Hunder: Desert in the sky, Double humped Camels
- Hilltop Diskit Monastery with giant Buddha statue
- The gravity-defying Magnetic Hill illusion
- Leh Shanti Stupa, City walk, Palace
- Hall Of Fame: Every Indians pride
- The serene Pathar Sahib Gurudwara
- Kargil – The Hunderman Village
- Drass – War memorial
- Tso Kar – The Shifting Lake
- 1 Day Bike Trip, 6 Days SUV Trip
- Warm stay with Deluxe Guest Houses and Swiss Tents
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- Day 1 Arrival at Leh
- Altitude: 3600 meters (11600 ft)
- Once you deboard your flight at Leh airport, you can take a taxi to reach our guesthouse and spend a relaxing day to get acclimatized to the high altitude of Ladakh.
- It is highly advisable not to move around today as travelers may suffer from dizziness, headache, or acute mountain sickness (AMS). Note that acclimatization is an important part of every Ladakh trip.
- You can still explore Leh market on foot in the evening if you wish.
- By evening, our operations manager will brief you about the incredible road trip of the next few days.
- Overnight stay with cozy beds.
- Day 2 Explore Leh by Bike
- Altitude: 4275 meters
- Today is one of the special days of the trip as we will explore Leh and the surrounding attractions by Bike!
- We shall drive to places like Shanti Stupa – Buddhist White Domed Statue located on a hilltop, followed by the Hall of Fame – a museum by the Indian Army in the memory of brave soldiers who fought wars to defend our country.
- Drive towards Sangam valley, the beautiful confluence of two mighty rivers: Indus and Zanskar. The Indus river originates from the Holi Mansarovar in Tibet, flows into Ladakh.
- Head to Magnetic Hill – an optical illusion created by wondrous nature, where a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope because of the surrounding terrain.
- Visit legendary Pathar Sahib where Guru Nanak Dev, founder of the Sikh religion, is believed to have conquered a demon. Spend some time in the warmth of Gurudwara built in the 15th century
- Head to the guesthouse and rest for the night.
- Day 3 Nubra Roadtrip via Khardungla Pass
- Altitude: 5350 meters
- Roadtrip to amazingly pretty Nubra Valley, known for its Ldumra (flower garden) via the World’s highest motorable pass called Khardung La
- Enjoy hot Kawa tea and Maggy noodles at the top of the pass
- Descend towards Diskit Monastery with 100 feet Future Buddha statue to get a stunning view of the valley
- The road to Nubra valley will continue towards international LOC, till the base camp of great Siachen Glacier (which we cannot go) which is well protected by Indian Army
- Stop by at Hunder which is also called ’Desert in the sky’ to witness double-humped giant Camels. Want more? Take a ride and click those cool selfies.
- Explore sand dunes and reach our campsite of Swiss deluxe tents by evening
- Day 4 Turtuk Day Trip
- Altitude: 3001 meters
- Today we will go on a road trip to Turtuk which is one of the gateways to Siachen Glacier, making it a strategically important location. It lies on the bank of Shyok River.
- The little settlement of Chuthang with a population of just around 4000 villagers is the last northernmost village before Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).
- We can interact with very friendly locals and listen to their stories.
- Get back to Nubra and stay at a local homestay.
- Day 5 Nubra Valley to Pangong lake
- Altitude: 4250 meters
- Head out on a road trip to one of the prettiest places on Earth: “Pangong Lake”, driven by the free-flowing river Shayok at one end and giant mountains with amazing landscapes at the other end. You cannot help but keep your eyes out of the windows as we cross many streams and barren mountains special to Ladakh.
- Enjoy the stunning view of Pangong Tso with the purest & bluest sky in the background, pose for those photographs you have been longing for.
- Pangong is the only lake we share a border with China, with more than half in its control. You would have had a glimpse of it in the Bollywood 3 Idiots movie.
- Experiencing a change in colors of the lake during the course of the day by spending time here is so relaxing to the senses.
- Rest in the Swiss tents or Homestay after long conversations
- Day 6 Pangong to Tso Kar to Leh
- Altitude: 4550 meters
- Today we will go on a road trip to the offbeat side of Ladakh that many people are not even aware of. Tso Kar Lake is the smallest of the three high altitude alpine lakes in Ladakh (The other two lakes being Pangong and Tsomiriri).
- Tso Kar is situated in the Rupshu Valley at an elevation of over 14,700 feet. It is also known as the ”White Lake” because of the amount of salt that gets deposited on the banks of the lake.
- This place is also the home to many species of birds like the Black necked Cranes. The backdrop of green planes and snow capped mountains here is mesmerizing to say the least.
- After spending quality time at Tso Kar, we will head back to Leh for overnight stay.
- Note: Tso Kar Lake is a back up of Tsomoriri Lake as the Army isn’t giving permission for tourists to Tsomoriri because of China skirmishes. If we get permissions, we will head there instead of Tso Kar.
- Day 7 Leh to Kargil
- Altitude: 2676 meters
- Kargil needs no introduction to any Indian.
- Located just 11 km from the Line of Actual Control which divides India and Pakistan, Kargil holds strategic importance for India.
- Kargil is part of Suru valley (drained by Suru river a tributary of the Indus) that offers breathtaking views of the mountain range.
- Along with local attractions of Kargil, we will also visit the haunted ”Hunderman Village” that was part of Pakistan before 1971 war. Don’t forge to carry some chocolates for the kids in the village 😉
- Overnight stay at a guest house in Kargil.
- Day 8 Kargil to Drass to Leh
- Today we will head to the ”Gateway of Ladakh” – Drass Valley – located on the Leh Srinagar highway. Drass is known as the coldest place in India with temperatures going -30 degrees in winter.
- The most visited place in this northernmost part of India is ”Drass War Memorial” that reminds us of the sacrifices made by the Indian soldiers during the Kargil War.
- We will then take our journey back to Leh, explore the local market, shop for some goodies & sovereigns to take home. Say Bye to our driver.
- Overnight stay.
- Day 9 Return Home
- You can check out of the guest house as per your flight timing and head towards Airport.
- Take back memories of a lifetime. You will surely return to this magical place once again. But this first trip of yours will be etched in your memories forever.
- Till the next time, say JULAY to Ladakh.
- Trek difficulty: No trekking. This is a road trip.
- Max altitude of Road trip: Khardungla Pass at 18,000 feet above Sea level
- Trip starting/ending point: Leh
- Vehicle: Innova/Sumo/Ertiga/Tempo or similar tourist vehicle based on number of travelers
- You may book Flights between your City and Leh.
Things to carry for the Trip:
- Tooth Brush, paste, other sanitary things
- Small Bag (20-30 liter)
- Backpack (50-60 liter)
- 2 water bottles
- Personal Medical kit (if any)
- Original ID Card
- Thermal Wear
- Jacket (Water proof)
- Warm Inner-wears
- 2-Gloves (1 Woolen, 1 Waterproof)
- Track Pants, Full sleeve T shirts
- Sweater for nights
- Socks (Cotton or Woolen)
- Rain Coat / Poncho (Just in case)
- UV sunglass
- Sunscreen SPF 50+
- Lip Balm
- Quick Dry Towels
- Body Lotion
- Toilet Paper
- Camera/Gopro (optional)
- Crocin or Dolo 650 – ( Fever / High Fever )
- Combliflam – ( Fever + Reduce Muscle Pain )
- Zintac/Aciloc/Rantac/ Omez ( Acidity)
- Allegra ( Allergy )
- Disprin ( for headache, try not to use at high altitude. instead drink more water and rest. ** Symptom of AMS, DO NOT SUPPRESS )
- Antibiotics ( Azithromycin) ( for infections. Do not take antibiotics when at high altitude. Descend if the problem persists)
What’s next after booking your road trip:
- We will get in touch with you. After that, you may book your Flights/Train up and down.
- A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 2 days before the event
- You may discuss about the trek in the group and get prepared.
- Ladakh is a high-altitude destination that may not suit everybody. Travelers are expected to carefully read and understand the Terms & Conditions that explain the complexities of this trip before booking.
- Do your research on Acute Mountain Sickness.
- Travelers are expected to come with an open heart, respect local culture, care towards the environment and climate change, and are willing to help each other.
- Jan to Mar (Winter): The extreme climatic conditions of Ladakh will make it inhospitable for visitors. Almost every corner of Ladakh gets covered with thick snow layers, which means all the routes to Ladakh are shut down.
- April to July (Summer): As the snow starts melting, Ladakh gets prepared for the onset of summer, and along with it the tourists. By mid-May, Srinagar-Leh Highway reopens and acts as the best route to reach Ladakh.
- Aug to mid-Oct (Monsoons): Even though it’s the monsoon season, Ladakh receives very less rainfall, with whatever little rainfall it receives being in shorts bursts of heavy downpour.
- Mid-Oct to Dec (Winter again): As you can expect, most of the time it’s Winter in Ladakh because of the high altitude and geographic location in the heart of the Himalayas. There will be a sudden drop in temperature this time, as the land starts receiving snowfall.
- Travel by SUV for 6 days (Tempo, Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar)
- Travel by Bike for 1 day (Leh exploration)
- Stay for 8 nights on triple sharing basis
(Guesthouses, Homestays, and Swiss Tents)
- 8 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners (Veg)
- Permit for the restricted areas
- Once in a lifetime experience of Leh Ladakh (both famous and offbeat places)
- Pickup/drop from airport
- Riding gears if you need
- Any entry tickets applicable for local places
- Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above
- Note: Any extra Stay/Food/Travel/Miscellaneous expenses incurred because of getting stuck at a place due to natural calamities (like snow storm, land slides etc.) or political issues.
- No major health issues shall be present to the traveler like Asthma, respiratory problems, mental ailments, Heart issues, High blood pressure or any other special medical condition which may affect you and others during the trip
- No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities!
- We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel & accommodation.
- The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted
- Absolutely No littering during our travels. We swear to protect our environment.
- No alcohol & smoking during Treks & adventure activities. There would be separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at campsite/homestay for interested people
- Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
- Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety while traveling with Muddie Trails. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
- Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle that discharges Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.
- Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
- The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek
- Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
- Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by Muddie Trails.
- 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date.
- 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 29 to 15 days before the trip start date.
- No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
- No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip.