Offbeat Leh Road Trip (8N/9D)
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Set amidst the epic Himalayas at an altitude of 11400ft, Ladakh is a rustic and heavenly beautiful travel destination. Also known as 'Land of High Passes' it is enclosed with hash brown mountains, snow-clad high peaks, cold deserts, and massive glaciers that will surely make you awe-struck. During our journey of 9 Days in Leh we will be witnessing the iconic Magnetic Hill, the turquoise coloured Pangong Lake, the confluence of two mystical rivers, ancient and awe inspiring monasteries , the highest passes and few beautiful villages.
So, pack your bags to explore one of the most enthralling destination of India and bring back home some beautiful souvenirs of endless memories .
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The flight to Ladakh is absolutely scenic. Arrive at Leh by 10am. You get a birds-eye view of the entire city and the layers of snow-clad mountains . You will feel a drop in the temperature the minute you land at the Leh airport, which is also one of the highest airports in the world. Collect your bags and check in to your hotels.
Today’s day is extremely important for acclimatisation, so try to stay indoors as much as possible and try not to exert yourself. Take a stroll through the colorful Leh market during the day, and if possible, try to walk till Leh Palace and Namgyal Monastery. The colorful flags fluttering in the air and the view of the entire city from Namgyal Monastery is not to be missed. Drink plenty of fluids during the day to help you with acclimatization and prepare yourself for upcoming adventure.
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Today we spend the day exploring the vibrant capital of Ladakh, Leh. Leh is a powerhouse of beauty and culture. The market and the streets hustle and bustle with both tourists and locals alike. The local cuisine is lip smacking and there are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that can be explored.
Roaming around the city and nearby will help you get acclimatize with the weather and high altitude. We will take you for a drive on Srinagar-Leh highway where you can seek blessing of Guru Nanak Dev at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib , find the illusion of magnetic hill for yourself and witness the confluence of Indus and Zanskar. We will also be visiting Hall of Fame , a museum constructed by the Indian Army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending the motherland in the Indo-Pak wars. The Hall of Fame museum is located on the Leh-Kargil Road, about 4km from the city of Leh.
Luxury Tents/ Private Rooms at a Boutique Homestay
Today post breakfast, we check out of the hotel & we start our journey to Nubra Valley through Khardungla, which is amongst world's highest motor able roads at 18,832 feet above sea level (highest pass is Umling La, passing through Umlingla Top in Ladakh region at a height of over 19,300 feet) . At Khardungla pass the snow capped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. Gateway to the remote Nubra and Shyok valleys, the mountain pass holds a strategic significance as it enables supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Khardung La offers astonishing views .
Arrive at Hunder by Afternoon. Later we explore the Diskit Monastery; which was founded in the 14th Century, and is one of the largest of the Buddhist Monasteries.
The village of Hunder is situated like an oasis amidst the cold desert of the Nubra Valley . The gorgeous silver sand dunes are located at an altitude of 4000m and are bounded by snow-capped mountains. It is home to Bactrian Camels. Hunder lies on the ancient silk route, once an important international trade route. Today it is one of the most strategic points located close as it is to the Siachen Glacier, the world highest battle ground between India and Pakistan.
Luxury Tents/ Private Rooms at a Boutique Homestay
Turtuk is located approx 80km from Hunder and takes about 3 hrs. We start our day trip to Turtuk after early breakfast today.
Turtuk is the last village to which travel permits are issued for tourists in Nubra valley. Located at an altitude of 9846 ft , it is inhabited by the Balti people of Tibetian Decent. The Beautiful village of Turtuk is located at the edge of Shayok valley which is part of Nubra valley. Untill 1971 Turtuk was part of Baltistan which was under control of Pakistan. The interesting story that goes around Turtuk by elders is about how one day when they went to bed in night they were in Pakistan and when they woke up they were part of India. To enter Turtuk you have to cross a wooden bridge on top of a river , surrounded with apricot trees, this village is certainly one of most beautiful and colorful villages in our route.
We plan to return back to our homestay in Hunder by evening.
Lakeside Cottage Stays
Today we start early for the most awaited part of the trip, the beautiful Pangong lake. The road from Hunder to Pangong Tso (Tso means Lake in Tibetan) takes about 5 hours and goes alongside the River Shyok till Shyok village. Pangong Lake is situated at a height of 14,270 ft above sea level and is said to be one of the highest saline water lake in the world. Lying almost on the Indo-Chinese border, a part of it falls in India, while the other is in China. The beauty of the lake is such that it has been a cinematic backdrop for the popular movie, 3 Idiots. In fact, there is a 3 Idiots Point in the area, where the famous yellow scooter from the movie's climax is stationed. The lake is about 5 km wide at its broadest point and about 134 km in length. The Pangong Tso Lake is a breeding ground for different types of birds, including migratory ones. During the summer, the bar-headed goose and Brahminy Ducks are commonly spotted. Fishe such as False Osman and Kunar Snow Trout are found in the lake.
Today we spend the night at beautiful campsite beside lake.
After sunrise, we enjoy breakfast at camp with view and check out . Today we drive to Tsomoriri via Hanle.
Pangong to Tsomoriri is approx 300km drive and one of the most breathtaking routes in the entire journey.
Hanley is the site of the 17th century Monastery of the Drukpa Kagyu and is famous for world's highest astronomical observatory.
It is considered the best place for star gazing. Based on permits we get , we will try for overnight stay in Hanle .
Tso Moriri lake is a brackish lake fed by springs and snow-melt from the mountains. It is situated at an altitude of 4,530m on the Changthang plateau of Union Territory of Ladakh. The lake also known as Lake Moriri or Mountain Lake is the largest high altitude lake that lies entirely within the boundaries of India. It is 26 kilometres in length and 5 kilometres in width at its maximum. The lake is part of the Ramsar Wetland sites and hence it is also known as Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.
Geographically, Tso Moriri is located in one of the remotest area of India which is inhabited by the Changpa nomads of Ladakh
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After sunrise, we enjoy breakfast at camp with view and check out . Today we drive back to Leh. Reach Leh by afternoon, check into hotel and relax. Tsomoriri to Leh is approx. 220 km and takes 6 hrs .
You can spend evening at local market .
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And it's already time to say good bye to your fellow travellers and this magical land.
After breakfast, we will drop you at the airport to take your flight out of Leh.
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The joy of traveling is to wholly immerse yourself into the story of the place that you travel to and we at TGE Travels bring nothing less than that on the table. Our well thought out itineraries give a deeper insight into the culture and history of a place by getting our travelers closer to the local communities, their customs, cuisines and lifestyle. And it goes without saying that we are the queens of finding offbeat locations, stays and activities which we bring out in all our itineraries. TGE stands for The Great Escape and a trip with us is like pressing the “Escape” key from the mundane routine to an exciting and cherishable travel experience
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Established in the year 2016, TGE travels was founded by Reetu Yadav and Jamila Kapasi, two expert mountaineers who had more than 6+ years of experience in mountaineering and the outdoors. TGE Travels is infact one of the rare travel and outdoor companies wholly owned by women with a vision of adding more women leaders in the unconventional outdoor leadership roles. What started as just a trekking company, TGE Travels has evolved into a more wholesome style of traveling by adding experiential traveling as one of its primary services. Our team at TGE Travels are a bunch of travel experts who want to add a meaning to your excursions. We are a strong unit of on ground team leads, backend supports and partner vendors who work cohesively to make your trip smooth and memorable.
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Even before Corona, we have firmly believed that traveling in small groups is the best way to form connections and gain experiences. Now more than ever, we are committed to limiting the group size. Our travelers might meet as strangers but we ensure that they leave as friends.
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What makes TGE Travels awesome are our team leads. They are the reason why our travelers choose to travel with us again and again. Full of energy and enthusiasm, our team leads are the ones who bring the whole group together. Their energy bounces off our travelers and within no time, the entire group forgets that they were just strangers just sometime ago. But of course, our team leads are also very skilled in handling any situation and ensuring the trip goes as smoothly as possible.
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We have spent endless hours brainstorming on itineraries to bring out the unique stories of the place that we travel to. Not only that, while designing any itinerary our team personally travels to the location to identify experiences and off beat locations. We try to provide the best experience within the timeframe and budget and that has made us popular as one of the more thought driven travel itinerary planners.
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We select our accommodation partners meaningfully. Our stays should have a story to tell. This encourages us in going beyond the standard hotels and instead delving into a wide range of accommodation options where we can choose from authentic homestays, which to us is one of the best ways to learn about the culture of a place, to beautiful resorts that are situated at the perfect picturesque locations to boutique hotels that are elegant and charming.
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Just like our accommodation partners, we give a lot of importance in choosing the right transport partners. Most of our journey is on road and we ensure our travelers are comfortable in the vehicle. Our drivers become a part of the group and it's amazing to see how our travelers treat them as just one of their own.
When it comes to bike trips or Scooty trips, we ensure the two wheelers are well serviced and maintained. Apart from that we always have a support vehicle with us throughout the journey
Food is an integral part of our itineraries. Hence all meals are planned in advance allowing our travelers to taste the unique cuisines of the regions that they travel to. We encourage our travelers in trying out local delicacies but never hesitate to deliver something comfortable immediately if the local food does not suit their palette.
We firmly believe in responsible tourism. Apart from the standard no littering policy, we encourage our travellers to be sensitive to the local communities.
It's always a pleasure travelling with TGE! The one thing I love most is their attention to detail, which ensures that your trip is a memorable one. Travelling with TGE is a wholesome experience, you see the larger more iconic places with no compromise on the little things. Travel with them if you want to interact with the people of the place, eat their food, in short experience their lives. These guys do a superb job of making everyone comfortable and everytime I travel with them I make beautiful bonds with all the other travellers. I would 100% recommend TGE to everyone who has the travel bug. It doesn't get better than this! ☺️❤️
I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape
Shravan Kumar Poshetty
Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
Clarity n flow of communication:-5/5
Comfort in Mode of Travel:-5/5
Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
Its not over yet, you will be pleased to meet the gifted souls from remote villages who are manifested in their respective disciplines like Rogan Art (Hon’le prime minister himself have gifted one to Barack Obama), Wood Art and Bell Art, Textile etc.
You will get to eat the delicious food made out of love from the local (A1 class food).
Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
Their intact affirmative relation and proper delicacy in their execution makes then unique.
My best friend is much impressed with their proceedings and that makes me much happier than ever.
Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
Way to go TGE team!!!
Kumar Tarur Parameswaran
Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
TGE means immersive experiential travel and what you get in return and come away with are unforgettable lifetime memories.
Looking forward to many more tours with TGE. Reetu and Jamila pull your collars up. Way to go! You will go miles!
The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
• Accommodation at all locations on Double/triple sharing basis
• Complimentary Dinner on Day 1 in Leh
• on MAP basis at Hunder, Pangong and Tsomoriri. On CP basis at Leh
• Transfers to/from the Leh Airport
• Private Vehicle for Sightseeing ( Innova/Tempo Traveller)
• Experienced Driver
• All Inner Line Permits for Pangong, Nubra and Tso Moriri
• Bonfire whenever possible
• Oxygen Cylinder and First Aid Kit
• TGE virtual guide support
• Airfare or transportation to Leh
• Personal Beverages of any kind.
• All meals not mentioned in inclusion section.
• Personal Expenses of any kind.
• Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
• RTPCR Test
• 5% GST
THINGS TO CARRY
- Photo ID proof
- Hand Sanitizer and mask
- Comfortable clothing (Leh has warm summer days and cold nights)
- Warm jacket and thermal wear.
- Comfortable Shoes (you can carry slippers to wear at hotel/homestay)
- Personal medication if any
- Sunscreen and cap for the day
- warm cap/socks for evenings
- Power bank (you will be on the road everyday)
- Water bottle (We don't encourage buying plastic bottles)
HOW TO REACH
By Air (Recommended)
The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located in Leh. This airport is just 3.8 km away from the main city. It is well connected with many international airports in India like Delhi and Mumbai.
From Jammu and Kashmir or from Manali, if you're planning to approach Leh in a bus, get ready for an adventurous bumpy ride. It’s got what it takes to become the ride of a lifetime and will take at least 4 days (starting at New Delhi).
Policy and Terms
20 days before the event start date: No Refund
20- 40 days before the event start date: 50% Refund
Before 40 days of the event start date: 75% Refund
Note: The above charges are calculated on the total trip cost and not the booking amt.
You can send any cancellation request to [email protected]
Question: Is Covid Certificate Required?
Answer: Yes, 72 hrs negative covid certificate is compulsory to enter Leh.
Question : What are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness and how can we prevent it?
Answer : Leh is located at a high altitude - nearly 11,000 feet above sea level. As one climbs higher, the amount of oxygen in the air begins to fall, so our body needs time to adjust it. Few symptoms of AMS are:
Loss of appetite
Here are few things to keep in mind once you reach Leh.
If you taking a direct flight make sure to rest for atleast a day.
Keep yourself well hydrated
avoid drinking and smoking
avoid any strenuous activity and if possible stay indoors on first day.
Question : Do I need to take Diamox or any other medication for AMS before arriving at Leh?
Answer : No
Question : How will the weather be in summers?
Answer: May to August, temperature range (16°C in day to 3°C in night).
Days are hot as it is high altitude desert , and nights get chilly
Question : Is it recommended to bring kids to this trip?
Answer : We don't recommend kids below 6 yrs for group trips. Kids more than 6 yrs are most welcome to join us provided they are fit (no prior medical condition specifically breathing related) and can endure weather conditions.
Question : Which mobile network service is good in Leh?
Answer : The best network in Ladakh is BSNL followed by Airtel
Question : What is local cuisine of Ladakh?
Answer : Vegetarian: Tsap Thuk , Thud, Sku, Thukpa, lotus root
Non-vegetarian: Tigmo, stew, Momos, Tabaq Naat
Question: What is the average cost of meals not included?
Answer: On an average a meal can cost between Rs 200 - Rs 300 per person
Question: What is the room sharing basis?
Answer: All our rooms are on double sharing basis.
Question: Can I get a room to myself?
Answer: Yes. Subject to availability. Please contact us for costing for the single occupancy room
Question: Are you open to customization?
Answer: YES, If you want us to design a customized itinerary for you and your family/friends, reach out to us at [email protected] or Call us at 7899218201/9110302881
Question: Where is the nearest hospital facility available?
Answer: Leh Town has fully equiped govt hospital facility available.
Question : I have asthma, can I travel to Leh?
Answer: We have had many participants in the past who suffer from asthma and have travelled to Leh with us and not faced any complications. However, it is important that you check with your doctor before signing up for any high altitude trip.
Question: I'm above 60. Can I join this trip?
Answer : Age has never been a a factor for us. But you need to understand the demanding nature of any road trip. You will be traveling and spending a lot of time in the vehicle, the roads in certain stretches might be bad & bumpy and the weather could be a challenge for some senior citizens too. However, if you are up for the adventure, we are here to ensure we make the trip as comfortable as possible for you.
Question: What happens if there is a another lockdown or I am covid positive on the departure date?
Answer: If there is another lockdown, either in the entire country or in your departure city or in Leh & Ladakh, we will refund in credits the entire amount paid by you less irrevocable losses ( if any)
If you are covid positive on the departure date and show us the covid positive certificate, we will offer you credits less irrevocable losses ( if any) and a flexible date change which you can use for any other future departure dates or any other TGE travels trips
We would also advice you to book the Flexi Plus scheme or a Zero Cancellation Fee scheme for your flights which hardly charges a little more than the normal airfare but secures your amount completely.