Backpacker Himalayan Safari (7 Days)
This trip starts in the plains of India. The road enters the hilly area at Bilaspur and later travels following the Beas River. As it nears Kullu, the valley opens onto a wonderful vista of open fields and apple orchards. Near Manali it gets wilder and rougher, but the real adventure begins as soon as you cross the Rohtang pass. The terrain changes together with the people, cultures and religions. The entire drive is full of changing colours and you will indeed appreciate the endurance and openness of the human heart!
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• Experience the most spectacular and colourful road trip in this side of the world – it will indeed help you to appreciate the endurance and openness of the human heart
Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary.
|Trip Length:||7 Day(s) 6 Night(s)|
|Tour Departure Dates:||Every day|
May to Mid September (when the Rohtang pass is open for traffic)
|Type of Transportation:||Private car and overnite bus with semi reclining seats|
|Type of Accommodation:||Budget class hotel in standard room with private bathroom and comping in tents|
Child age: No special child rate, adult rate applicable for child aged 12 and above
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Accommodation: Accommodation at budget hotels in Manali and Leh. Camping or hotel at Keylong and Serchu.
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• Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
- Locations Visited:
- Delhi, Manali, Hidimba temple, Naggar Castle, Keylong, Sarchu, Darcha, Baralacha to La, Leh
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- End City:
Day 1: Delhi - Manali
(Driving time: 13 - 14 hours approx.) Today you will take the overnight bus to Manali (2,050m) (with A/C). The bus stops along the way for dinner and breakfast. Overnight in Bus.
Day 2: Manali
Arrive in Manali around morning or by the noon. Check in to a pre-booked Hotel. Our representative will meet you at the bus station and escort you to the hotel. Day at leisure. You may explore the local bazaar on your own. Over night at hotel.
Day 3: Manali
Today includes a full day city tour including a visit to the Naggar castle, Roerich Art gallery, Hidimba temple and the hot springs at Vashist. The evening hours are free to walk around the Mall Road - the hub of Manali town. Try your hand at bargaining for some new ‘antiques’ at the Tibetan bazaar!
Day 4: Manali - Keylong
(Driving time: 5 - 6 hours approx.) Today you will start the day by driving past the beautiful green alpine country of the Kullu valley to the top of the 3,980m Rohtang pass. From here you will descend to reach Koksar for a brief tea halt and registration of passports. You will continue to the town of Keylong, headquarters of the district of Lahaul and Spiti. Keylong is a rich town where people earn a living by exporting peas and apricot to the other parts of the country during summers. It is also a very green area. The rest of the evening is free to explore the local market. You can also walk to the Khardong Gompa (3 hours round trip).
Day 5: Keylong - Sarchu
(Driving time: 6 hours) Today you will drive to Darcha - another police check-post. From here, you will ascend gradually to the spectacular double pass of the Baralacha-La at 4,800m. After Baralacha-La, we descend to the settlement at Bharatpur. The drive from Bharatpur to Sarchu is through spectacular plain valleys. Explore Sarchu on your own. Note that this is one of the coldest places for an overnight on your trip. Sarchu is located at the border between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
Day 6: Sarchu - Leh
(Driving time: 8 - 9 hours approx.) This morning, you will enter the state of Jammu and Kashmir - you will notice the change in the scenery from green valley’s to barren, rugged mountains. Keep ascending through the Gata Loops to another high pass called the Lachchalung La at 5,100m. From Lachchalung La we descend to Pang, another tented colony sprouting only in the summers when the road from Manali to Leh opens. You will eventually ascend to the second-highest navigable road in the world - the Tanglang-La (also spelled TakLang-La) (5320m). After the pass, you will cross the beautiful villages of Rumtse, Gya and Lato. Scientists claim that Lato is the site where the two landmasses of Gondawana land and the Asian continent merged during the great shift. From here, it is a short and beautiful drive to Leh. You will arrive late in Leh and check in to a pre-booked hotel (1 night only).
Day 7: Leh
The day is at your leisure. The trip ends here. Around midday you may take an orientation walk through the bazaar. In the evening you may visit the Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace - located within walking distance, on your own.
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