Ladakh Backpacking Tour

Witness Azul Pangong Lake

Ladakh Backpacking Tour

Explore Only Baltic Village of India

Trans-Himalayan Tour

Leh– Dah hanu – Pangong – Tsomoriri -Hanle- Umlingla- Leh (12 Days)

Join this backpacking & experience the pure thrill of Ladakh. The tour starts from Manali and travel through the heavenly Manali – Leh highway to get to the heart of Ladakh. Witness the magical waters of Pangong Lake and devour the beauty of Nubra valley. Ride through the toughest passes of India & tick a destination off your bucket list – Umling La, the highest motorable road. Join a backpacking trip to live for.

Budget Hotel, Guest House, Swiss Tent

Accommodation

Backpacking, Adventure

Tour Type

Tempo Traveller/SUV

Mode of travel

1800 Kms

Journey

5–7 with drink and photo stops

Average daily travel hours

12 Days Total

Duration

Leh, India (IXL)

Fly in

Leh, India (IXL)

Fly Out

10 Person

Minimum Group

35 Person

Maximum Group Size

Tour Highlights

Why ride with Dream Riders

For Ladakh Tour ?

The best-rated tour operator

You deserve nothing less than the best of the adventure of life. We have a history of excellent service ratings in 13 years of journey. Since 2009, we have been constantly rated well across various platforms - TripAdvisor (5-star), Facebook (5-Star) and Google (4.9-star) with over 600 reviews. Why and how? Do check all the reviews and find out yourself.

Offbeat places in the itineraries

With us, you travel to hidden gems beyond the reach of regular tourists, offering a new destination/experience every year which stands out in the crowd. On this tour, we have covered everything in Ladakh and a destination at 19300 ft. We make sure that repeat clients find newness on the same tour by adding new experiences.

The X Factor

In the tours we conduct, nearly 30% of clients are either repeat clients coming for the second or third tour or are the clients who were referred by a friend/family who had travelled with Dream Riders. Why? X factor, indescribable in words. It can be warm hospitality, a friendly team or an extra mile effort to keep you safe etc. It is different for each individual. It is different for each individual. Travel with us once & uncover it yourself.

Pre-tour nurturing

Fail to plan and you fail to execute. The tours we conduct are not an everyday affair for travellers and needs proper planning and nurturing. We evaluate an adventure lover and set the right expectation. As the second step, we assist them through phone and email in shopping, packing and getting ready for the sudden shift to adventure. Lastly, we create an ice-breaking platform for the group before the tour.

Commit and Deliver policy

The terrain and locations we serve are harsh and remote. Roads and weather uncertainty challenge us every day turning basic amenities into luxury services. In such places, ethics make the core of our company culture. We believe in a transparent sales approach, no false commitments, and hence, we have learned to say no. We say 'no' to any service we can't provide on the terrain. In full disclosure, Hanle has little or no luxury at all.

Hospitality Experience at Hotels/ Camps

Travelling in the Himalayas is tough. What's tougher is finding the right host with the right hospitality on such altitudes. The stays are handpicked over the year who offer not only good infrastructure but excellent service too. So, after a tough day of the ride, you will relax and rejuvenate at these cosy stays. We will stay at a homestay with survival essentials at Hanle. The bathing facility, private room and toilet, room heaters etc. are not available at these mentioned places.

Expert Assistance and on Terrain service

- We don't like the concept of outsourcing. Our team consists of highly experienced riders and seasoned travellers. The Road Captain cum Tour manager has seasoned on different expeditions over years. He/ she will suggest the best ways to tackle different kinds of terrain. No need to worry about the quick Medical kit & Oxygen cylinder.

Tour Cost

Backpacking
Tour Type Vehicle Tour Cost
Backpacking Tempo Traveller/SUV 41000

Inclusion

• Twin/Triple sharing accommodation except Hanle (Swiss Tent, Budget Hotel & Guest House)
• Daily Breakfast and Dinner
• Entire travel as per itinerary by Tempo Traveller/SUV
• Experienced Tour manager (Minimum 8 travellers).
• Bonfire Activity Once during tour
• Inner Line Permit Fee
• All applicable toll, parking and driver charges of Tempo Traveller / SUV.
• Oxygen Cylinder and Basic Medical amenities
• Activities and Visits to make the experience truly Memorable

Exclusion

• Applicable Government GST Tax
• Your two-way travel to Leh Airport (IXL)
• Lunches on all days
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal Expenses (Snacks, bottled water, Juice, Porter Etc)
• Monument Entry Charges, Safari, Camel ride and tolls
• Anything not mentioned in Tour Inclusions
• Any Hotel,subsistence or other cost incurred prior to the official start date of the tour and after the official end date of the tour

Check Availability Before You Book

Ladakh Tour Departures

04 August to 15 August 2022 - Available
18 August to 29 August 2022 - Available
15 September to 26 September 2022 - Available

Day-wise itinerary as you witness the route

Backpacking Tour Route Details

Day 1 - Arrive in Leh

Leh Altitude - 6700 ft.

Welcome to the land of high passes and the land of moody weather. We request you to arrive at the Leh Airport before noon. Walk outside the arrival gate and meet the driver who will bring you to the hotel. For a good cause, we request you bring a thermos bottle or a reusable bottle. Avoid buying plastic bottles and save nature. Relax upon reaching the hotel and keep your body hydrated to adapt to the sudden altitude change. Our team will meet you in the evening for a brief tour orientation and group introduction. Afterwards, we will have our first dinner in the old desert. Overnight at the Leh Hotel.

  • Stay – Hotel/Guest House
  • Meals – None

Day 2 - Leh - Dah Hanu

Dah Hanu Altitude - 10100 ft.
After breakfast, we will ride on the Srinagar highways to a beautiful yet hardly touched valley of Ladakh. On the way to the Aryan Valley, you will come across Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic Hill & Zanskar - Indus confluence. After a smooth ride on the NH 1D for a while, you will ride on narrow mountain ledge roads along the Indus to the best-kept secret of Ladakh - the valley of the Descendants of Alexander the Great. Upon reaching the villages, feel free to explore the surroundings, farms and meet the Aryans. Overnight at Dah Hanu Camp.

  • Stay – Hotel/Guest House
  • Meals – Dinner

Day 3 - Dah Hanu - Kargil War Memorial - Kargil

Dah Hanu Altitude - 10100 Ft Kargil Altitude – 8800 Ft.

With the morning sunshine, explore the lushest green valley and the grain bowl of Ladakh. Meet the Brokpa community People (A small segment of Dard society) and understand their unique cultural practices - from food to weddings, from clothes to the way of life. Later, we will ride on the Srinagar highway. We will come across Batalik on the way. Spend time at the war memorial & listen to the glorious tales of the Kargil battle. Be amazed by the dashing presentation by the soldiers. You can buy memoirs/ merchandise at the memorial shop. Later, we will ride to Kargil. Overnight stay at Kargil hotel.

  • Stay – Hotel
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Kargil - Leh

Leh Altitude - 11500Ft
After witnessing a beautiful sunrise from the hotel, we will head to Leh city with a different route. The distance may seem far for a day ride but there is no exaggeration when we brand the route as the smoothest on this trip. The time will fly on the two-laned beautiful highway. Keep your soul free and your eyes watchful. Witness the beautiful and serene Lamayuru monastery while having lunch (one of the Largest in Ladakh). Later, enjoy the scenic landscape of the Moon land of Ladakh. Why name it moon land? Don't google it. Come and see with your naked eyes. We will explore a few more highlights of the route if skipped earlier. Overnight stay at Leh Hotel.

  • Stay – Hotel / Guest House
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Leh - Khardung La - Nubra

Leh Alt. - 11500Ft Khardugla Alt. - 18500Ft

After breakfast, get ready to climb the heights of Ladakh in the true sense. We say this as you will ascend almost 7000 ft in a short ride (within 40 km of travel). Enjoy the view of the valley and Leh while on the way to Khardung La. Please refrain from taking photos in the military areas. After taking the celebratory photographs on the top of Ladakh, we will travel to the movie worthy Nubra valley. On the way to Hunder, witness the huge Maitreya statue overlooking the valley and you. Overnight stay at Nubra valley campsite/cottage.

  • Stay – Camp Site
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Nubra - Turtuk - Nubra Valley

Turtuk Alt. - 10000 feet Nubra Alt. - 10080 feet

After touching new heights on the previous day, ride to the farthest point in India. After breakfast, We will ride to the western part of Ladakh, the land of the last Baltis people in India. Turtuk was occupied and administered by Pakistan after 1947. India won back that land in the 1971 war. After visiting the only Balti village in India, we will travel to the Indo-Pak border. Take a glimpse of POK through binoculars while standing just 2 km from the fences. Later, we ride back towards Nubra Valley. After spending some quality time at the Nubra dunes and the Double Bactrian humped camels, we will head back to our accommodation enjoy the evening with a bonfire and dinner.

  • Stay – Camp Site
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Nubra - Shyok - Pangong

Nubra Alt. - 10080 feet Pangong Alt. - 14000 feet
Ride on one of the most treacherous and most challenging stretches of the journey. You will ride on two mountain ranges - the Karakoram and the Hindu Kush. Shyok river acts as the dividing line between them. The Shyok-Agham route to Pangong lake is famous for its time-bound water crossings and broken narrow roads on the edge of the mountains. Witness wild horses and Himalayan Marmot running around in grasslands. Our accommodation is at camps, approximately a kilometre from the Pangong lake. After freshening up, you should go to the scenic lake & witness the blue waters before the sunset. Overnight at Pangong.

  • Stay – Tent
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Pangong - Hanle

Hanle Alt. - 14100 feet

You start very early on this day. We will head towards the other side of Changthang Valley to witness the second-highest optical telescope in the world. After a photo session at Pangong Lake, we will endure long travelling hours. We will take minimal photo stops travelling through dirt trails till Loma. The dirt trail along the Pangong lake might be the toughest so far. In case of a road blockage, we will reroute to five additional ride hours. With a traveller’s attitude and chill we try to reach Hanle before Sunset. Overnight stay at dormitory at the remotest place. Please expect no luxuries.

  • Stay – Dormitory
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Hanle - Umling La - Hanle

Umling La Altitude - 19300Ft

We hope you enjoyed the cold first night in the beautiful harsh land with the bare minimum essentials. After breakfast, we will explore the Hanle valley. With a very short ride, you will ascend 1500 meters to reach the highest point of the ride at 19300 Ft. Cheer the moment posing with a smile at the highest motorable road in the world. Feel free to explore the small town which houses 300 residents. Overnight stay at Hanle.

  • Stay – Dormitory
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Hanle - Tsokar / Tsomoriri

Tsomoriri Altitude - 14800 feet

After witnessing the starry night at the Hanle, we leave for the Changthang plateau of the Rupshu Valley. You ride on the same road till Loma. You start travelling along the beautiful valley of the Indus River till Mahe. Soon after Mahe bridge, the road becomes fierce till the mountain top. The road becomes far more challenging after Kyagar Top until you finally reach the beautiful lake of the plateau, home to a wide range of biodiversity including migratory birds. If time allows us we continue to ride to Tsokar Lake. Overnight stay at homestay/tent at Tso Moriri (Karzok).

  • Stay – Camp/Guest House
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Tsokar / Tsomoriri - Leh

Tsomoriri Altitude - 14800Ft Leh Altitude - 11500Ft

With the beautiful view of the lake, we will depart for Leh. In the beginning, you will come across the same kind of challenges faced earlier - a dusty yellow dirt road with an astonishingly beautiful view. But after a short period, we will catch up with the comfortable two-lane highway to Leh. You will reach Leh without hiccups. Overnight at Leh hotel.

  • Stay – Hotel/Guest House
  • Meals Included – Breakfast,Dinner

Day 12 - Departure from Leh

It's the day when we say bye to the beautiful city and the lovely people we met on the adventure. Take cab to Airport in order to reach at least 1.5 hours prior to departure time. Julley! See you on the next adventure.

  • Meals Included – Breakfast

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