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Ladakh high passes and Lakes

Ladakh high passes and Lakes

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This is unarguably the finest way to visit Ladakh: you get to see all the high altitude lakes and unique landscapes (except Zanskar) that the region has to offer. This tour will take you from the dramatic landscape of Himachal and then after crossing of Keylong, Jispa and Sarchu you will enter in the land of Monks/ Himalayan Desert . Which has a variation of different nature magic which will be always in your memory after the tour also. During your entire journey you will be crossing world’s highest motor able passes and high altitude crystal clear blue water lakes.

13 Nights / 14 Days

Tour Plan

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DAY 1: REACH MANALI (2050 M) OR SOLANG (2600 M)

Board a morning flight from Delhi to reach Kulu Airport around 8AM. Drive 1 ½ hrs to reach Manali. • Board the morning Kalka Shatabdi to Chandigarh or take a morning flight from Mumbai. Reach Chandigarh around noon. Drive 320 km / 9 hrs to reach Manali at night. • On the previous evening board a Volvo Coach from Delhi & reach Manali in the morning. • On the previous night board Himachal Express travel overnight by 2/3 AC to reach Kiratpur Sahib at 0600 hrs. Drive 230 km / 7 hrs to reach Manali in the afternoon. • Leave at dawn from Delhi and drive 570 km/13 hrs to reach Manali by late evening. Stay overnight in a hotel in Manali/Solang
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DAY 2: MANALI - JISPA (3150 M) 140 KM / 7 HRS

Leave after an early breakfast and drive across Rohtang to the starkly barren landscape of Lahaul and Ladakh. Reach Jispa by early evening. Avoid strenuous activity but go for a short acclimatization walk. Stay overnight in a campsite & lodge besides the Bhaga River.
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DAY 3: JISPA - SERCHU (4253 M) 84 KM / 3.5 HRS

Leave Jispa after a leisurely breakfast; drive past Suraj Tal and over Baralacha La to reach Serchu in the afternoon. Stay overnight in tents at a campsite. Please note: the combination of high altitude and the cold winds that set in by late afternoon, can make you fall sick if you spend too much time outside the tents – please avoid this.
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DAY 4: SERCHU - TSO MORIRI (4520 M) 235 KM / 9 HRS

Leave after breakfast, negotiate the hair- rising Gata Loops - 21 back–to-back switchbacks. Cross Naki La (4740 M) &Lachalung La (5060 M). Leave the main highway at Mangzul and drive via Tso Kar and over Polo Kongka La (5030 M) to reach Tso Moriri by evening. Stay overnight in tents/rooms at a resort in Korzok overlooking the lake.
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DAY 5: TSO MORIRI - LEH (3505 M / 11500 FT) 226 KM / 7 - 8 HR

After morning Tea/Coffee go on an hour’s hike to a nomadic settlement of the Changspa and get a peek into their unique and timeless lifestyle. Check out after breakfast and do a picturesque drive over Mahe Bridge, all along the Indus to reach Leh by early evening. Stay overnight in a hotel/resort in Leh or its outskirts.
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DAY 6: LEH - VISIT SELECT GOMPAS, MONUMENTS & VILLAGES IN LEH VALLEY

Visit Shey, Thiksey&HemisGompas. Later enjoy a Ladakhi meal at a traditional home in Stok Village. Late afternoon and evening at leisure in Leh – see the palace & walk around in the bazaar.
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DAY 7: LEH - NUBRA VALLEY AT DESKIT/HUNDER (AVG. ALT. 3048 M) 140 KM / 5 HRS

A stunning drive over the mighty Khardung La (5602 M) brings you to the verdant Nubra Valley. Do a ride on the double-humped Bactrian Camels in Hunder and spend sunset at a vantage point near DeskitGompa. Stay overnight in a hotel in Deskit or in tents at a campsite on the sand dunes of Hunder.
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DAY 8: DESKIT / HUNDER - TURTUK 90 KM / 3 HRS

Post breakfast drive further north, past the Thoise airstrip to Turtuk - a part of the Balti region of Pakistan till it was annexed by India during the 1971 war. Have a traditional Balti lunch and spend the rest of the day walking around in the village and interacting with the warm & hospitable locals with cherubic European looks- the kids are especially adorable. Overnight in tents at a campsite.
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DAY 9: TURTUK - LEH 215 KMS / 8 HRS

Post breakfast retrace you route past via Hunder- Deskit and over Khardung La to reach Leh by early evening. Spend sunset at Shanti Stupa for great views.
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DAY 10: LEH - PANGONG TSO (4260 M / 14000 FT) 150 KM / 5 HR

Leave post breakfast on a great drive over Chang-La (5,475 M / 17950 ft) to reach the grand Pangong lake by late afternoon.. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever changing blues and greens of the lakes brackish water. Stay overnight in tents at a campsite bang on the lake shore.
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DAY 11: PANGONG TSO - ULLEYTOKPO (3300 M) 215 KM / 7 HRS

Enjoy morning tea by the lake. Leave after breakfast and drive past Leh on the Srinagar Highway to reach Ulleytokpo in Sham Valley. En route stops at Hall of fame – Army Museum, Magnetic Point, and Nimmu- confluence point of Indus &Zanskar Rivers.
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DAY 12: ULLEYTOKPO - KARGIL (2820 M) 165 KM / 6 ½ HRS

Carry on your drive towards Srinagar, en route stop at Lamayuru to see the moonscape terrain and perhaps have a bite at the quaint cafeteria beside the ancient gompa. Carry on over Namika La &Fotu La to reach Kargil in the evening. Overnight stay in rooms at a hotel. OPTION: an interesting variant would be to leave the highway after Fotu La and drive via Chitkan to reach the Dha-Hanu region – check out the unique lifestyle & traditions of the Indo- Aryan Drokpas who inhabit this region. Later drive via the little explored & scenic Batalik sector to reach Kargil. Of course this route is longer at 220 km / 9 hrs but it is a really off-beat experience.
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DAY 13: KARGIL - SRINAGAR (1730 M) 203 KM / 7 ½ HRS OR KARGIL - SONAMARG (2740 M) 120 KM / 5 HRS

A great drive over Zoji La via Drass – the 2nd coldest place on the planet gets you to the verdant meadows of Sonamarg. Stop for a bite and carry on to reach Srinagar in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure in a houseboat on Nageen Lake. Also do a relaxing Shikara ride through sunset. OR spend the day (& night) relaxing in picturesque Sonamarg – the weather here would be much more pleasant than in Srinagar. Overnight stay in rooms at a hotel.
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DAY 14: SRINAGAR - FLY BACK OR SONAMARG - SRINAGAR - FLY BACK 83 KM /2 ½ HRS

Morning transfer to the airport in time to board your return flight to Delhi/Mumbai. OR Leave after breakfast from Sonamarg to be dropped at Srinagar Airport in time to board an afternoon return flight. PLEASE NOTE: this itinerary is also perfectly suited for those wanting to drive on their own. Of course in this case you’d drive about 8 hrs on Day 14 to Jammu, and on Day 15 you do an 11 hrs drive to reach Delhi.
Proposed Hotel:
DestinationStandardDeluxeSuper DeluxeLuxury
ManaliPark Residency/ Hamalayan BlissPrini Palace/Eutopia / Sarthak ResortManali Grand/Rohatang heights/Snow PeaksAllure Grand/Snow Flake
JispaPadma LodgePadma LodgePadma LodgePadma Lodge
SarchuGold Drop / Planet Himalaya campGold Drop / Planet Himalaya campGold Drop / Planet Himalaya campGold Drop / Planet Himalaya camp
TsomoririNomadic CampNomadic CampNomadic CampNomadic Camp
LehZizk Zik holidaysMahey RetreatLadakh Residency / Druk hotelSaboo resort / Ladakh Serai
HundarEdelwise campMagpai / Royal desert campStone Hedge campStone Hedge camp
TurtukMaha Guesthouse / CampMaha Guesthouse / CampMaha Guesthouse / CampMaha Guesthouse / Camp
PangongBlue Lake / Ibex cottagesBlue Lake / Ibex cottagesBlue Lake / Ibex cottagesBlue Lake / Ibex cottages
Ule / TemisgamNambraNambraApple orchidApple orchid
KargilCaravan SeraiZozila ResidencyThe KargilThe Kargil
SrinagarHouse boatHouse boatLuxury House boatLuxury House boat
CP:
Breakfast Included, MAP: Breakfast and dinner included, AP: All meals included
Includes:
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in given / similar category hotels
  • Meal plan MAP: Breakfast and dinner included
  • Transportation by Innova from Manali to Srinagar as per itinerary not at disposal
  • All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Guide for local sightseeing in Leh
  • All necessary permits
 
Excludes:
  • GST as applicable (5% as on today)
  • Travel to Manali and back from Srinagar
  • Personal expenses of any nature.
  • Train/Air fare
  • Guide, entry Charges, activity charges.
  • Unforeseen Expenses because of the weather conditions.
  • Excursion to Rohtang pass on direct payment
  • Cost of Insurance.
  • Any extra expense such as route change, Date change, Accommodation facilities, etc. incurred due to the unforeseen, unavoidable forced majeure circumstances during the tour.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in “Tour price includes”.
 
BOOKING CONDITIONS
All holidays advertised in our brochures and our website are operated by LiFEKINE Tours and TravelsPvt. Ltd.  (hereinafter called ‘the company’, ‘LiFELINE’ or ‘we’) and are sold subject to the following conditions:
Bookings& Deposits
  • The person making the booking (the ‘lead name’) must be 18 years old or over and possess the legal capacity and authority to make the bookings and accept the Booking Conditions and General Information on behalf of everyone in their group.
  • The tour booking will be confirmed only upon receipt of advance of 25% of the tour cost, along with completed Personal Information Form along with PAN CARD COPY.
  • 25% of the tour price to be paid 45 days prior to the date of departure
  • Balance 50% of the tour price to be paid 30 days prior to the date of departure
  • Late Bookings: Bookings made within 30 days of the departure date will be processed only on receipt of 100% payment.
  • All extra services and charges such as rail and air fares, transfers and transport, hotel and any other similar services which are not included in the tour cost will be confirmed only on receipt of 100% advance.
  • Your booking will be considered as confirmed only if there is no default in the above payment procedure.
 Please Note: For tours operated outside India, US Dollar or Euro price will be valid for Indian & Foreign Nationals. A contract will exist between “lIfeline Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd.” and the client only after we have received the payment in full and in accordance with the terms and conditions along with a completed Personal Information Form.
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The payment can be made either by Online transfer through NEFT, IMPS or cash, cheque , Demand Draft in favour of ‘LiFE LINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT. LTD..’ payable at Pune.
Payment can be made directly to our following bank accounts:
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Changes and cancellations
 
Cancellation or change on flight booking
In relation to flight bookings, please note that if the cancellation means that the airline charges a cancellation fee or if the change means that the cost of your booking has increased, you will need to pay such extra charges or costs in addition to our charges outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation.
The cancellation and amendment terms of flights are the applicable terms of the airline. You should contact the airline directly to cancel or make amendments to flights. Usually fares for low cost flights are non-refundable. In the event that you decide to cancel your low cost flight, our service fee and any amendment charges are non-refundable. If the reason for your cancellation is covered by the terms of any insurance policy you have purchased, you may be able to reclaim any applicable non-refunded fares or cancellation charges from the insurers.
Please note that flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your booking confirmation or e-ticket. If you plan not to take a flight as booked, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as a ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void.
If you wish to cancel your booking because you are unable to comply with the passport, visa and other immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary, the terms and conditions of the airline will apply and we accept no responsibility for any charges incurred.
Standard Cancellation Policy for Fixed Departure Tours
In the event of any cancellation by you, we would need a notification from you in writing. If we receive the cancellation notification from you before 45 days prior to the date of departure the 80% advance amount shall be refunded without cancellation charge for the tour. If we receive the notification in 0-45 days prior to the date of reporting, cancellation charges shall be levied as per the following terms:
  • Cancellation between 45 to 31 days before date of departure: 25% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 30 to 16 days before date of departure: 50% of tour price + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 15 to 10 days before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + cancellation charges for other services.
  • Cancellation between 9 to the day of departure: 100% of tour cost + cancellation charges for other services.
 Cancellation Policy for Package & Customized Tour: In case of change in the group size (partial cancellation) our standard cancellation policy will not be applicable. Due to cancellations revised cost will be quoted for the revised group size and the cancellation charges if any for any confirmed arrangements and services will also be charged. But if the entire group cancels the tour, the standard cancellation policy of Fixed Departure Tour will be applicable.
Alteration by You
  • If you wish to alter your tour booking and/or other accommodation and travel arrangements, you need to inform us in writing via email / letter. We will try our best to make the changes subject to feasibility and availability. However there will be an additional charge incurred as a result of cancellation of accommodation, transport arrangement and other services. We may charge at our discretion a service charge for changes made, to cover our administration cost.
  • If you wish to alter your booking after commencement of your tour, we accept no liability for any loss, damage or additional expense and cannot guarantee any refund or reimbursement of any expenses paid by you.
Refund
If you cancel your booking, you may be entitled to a partial refund. In addition to the cancellation terms and conditions of your Supplier(s), our standard fees will apply as may be outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation.
The refundable portion of your purchase price (if any) will be refunded to you once we have received the funds back from the Supplier(s). To the extent we are refunded by the Supplier, we shall pass this refund onto you. We are not responsible for a Supplier’s failure to pay a refund.
Alteration by ‘LIFELINE’:
  • It is unlikely that LiFELINE will make alterations in the tour. We plan the arrangements many months in advanceand may have to occasionally make alterations. If we need to make any major alterations in the scheduled itinerary before reporting date due to unavoidable circumstances, we will try and notify you as soon as possible. You will have a choice of either accepting or cancelling your booking in which case we shall refund you the advance received after deducting an administration fee of INR 5000/- per person for international tours and INR 3500/ - per person for domestic tours
  • In case of any extensions / changes in tour itinerary, after commencement of your tour, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, extra expenses at actual will be payable to “LiFELINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT.LTD.”
 
Cancellation by ‘LiFELINE’ & Refunds
  • “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to cancel a Fixed Departure Tour if the minimum numbers of persons as specified, do not book on that tour. We strongly suggest you not to make any non-refundable air bookings and other travel arrangements, till you receive a final confirmation from us minimum 30 days in advance.
  • “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to refuse or cancel any booking if we consider it necessary. In such cases, we shall refund all the money that you have paid.
  • Upon commencement of your tour, “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” reserves the right to refuse a member to continue the tour in case of misconduct or bad health or unfit to travel. In such cases, we shall not refund any money that you have paid.
  • Refunds will not be given for unused services on the tour.
 If cancellation or alteration by “LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.”  is caused by events including war or threat of war, strikes, civil strife, riots, terrorist activities, natural disaster, technical or political difficulties affecting air or ground transport, or events amounting to force majeure, this will naturally limit our liability. If such events occur before the date of departure, we will do our best to make alternative arrangements. If these arrangements are not acceptable, then we will make a refund, after deducting any cancellation charges imposed by any other suppliers providing the service component of the tour, plus an administration fee of INR 5000/- per person. 
Special Request:
We will try and fulfil your special requests, if any and will pass on the information to our associates and other service providers but do not guarantee that the requests will be carried out. 
Price and Service Variation:
“LiFELINE TOURS AND TAVELS PVT. LTD.” does not accept responsibility for any change in prices or variation of services as stated. All services and prices are subject to change without notice. 
Independent Arrangements & Claims against Third Parties
  • Any arrangements you make independently which do not form part of the tour are entirely at your own risk. Where you book any excursions or additional travel arrangements while on your holiday, we act only as your booking agent.
  • In case you are delayed in joining the group at Ex. Destination before the time specified, the group would continue as per the schedule. We will make our best efforts to make alternative travel arrangements so you can join the group as early as possible, but all the additional expenses for these arrangements will be charged additional and the payment needs to be done in our office or to the tour leader in cash on the tour.
  • If you, or any member of your party, suffer death, illness or injury while on holiday arising out of an activity which does not form part of your tour arrangements, we shall at our discretion, offer advice, guidance and assistance to help you in resolving any dispute or claim or grievance you may have against a third party.
 
Authority on the Tour:
By accepting the terms and conditions, you agree to accept the authority and decisions made by employees, group leaders, agents, suppliers while on tour. If in the opinion of any of these, your health or conduct appears likely to endanger the progress of a tour you may be excluded from the whole of, or a part of, the tour. In the case of ill-health we may make such arrangements as we deem necessary and recover the costs thereof from you. If you commit an illegal act we shall cease to have responsibility to or for you.
GENERAL INFORMATION
All holidays advertised in our brochure and our website are operated by “LiFELINE TOURS AND TRAVELS PVT. LTD.”  (Hereinafter called ‘the company’, ‘LIFELINE’ or ‘we’ or “LIFELINE TOURS”).
LIFELINE TOURS: ‘LIFELINE’ is one of the leading organiser of Holidays offering a wide choice of destinations, a variety of activities and of flexible duration. Our tours are designed for people who like holidays which are Leisure, offbeat, educational, special interest, agricultural and many different and interspersed by activities such as biking, photography, cycling, walking,  trekking , self driveor camping and for the past 14 years it has been our endeavor to surpass these expectations.
Our emphasis is on enjoyable, safety, comfort and a life full local experience. Our tours are designed to be accessible to all who are in good health and enjoy the outdoors. Of course we include the better known sights but we understand that you should have the flexibility to do your own thing. We therefore build in free time for you to either take part in optional excursions or to explore independently - an important part of any trip. We operate tours in small group sizes so that, we can give personalized attention, be flexible and have a lesser impact on local culture and environment.
You have a choice of joining our Group Departure Tour, choosing a Package Tour or customizing a tour as per your requirements.
GROUP DEPARTURE TOUR:
These tours are for people who would like to travel with likeminded people. On these tours, comforts are ensured wherever possible and travel experience is the prime objective. These tours are scheduled and announced on specific dates for fixed durations and prices through our brochure and/or on our website. The tour would operate only if the requisite number of people book on that particular tour. If a lesser number of people sign up for a particular tour, we may cancel the tour. The cancellation of such a tour will be announced at least 30 days prior to its departure date.
Reporting time & venue are specified in the Itinerary wherein the time limit for reporting at a particular venue is stated. The reporting venue can be at Hotel or at the Airport/Railway Station. In case of Hotels the reporting will be anytime on or after the time specified in the itinerary.
In case of the reporting venue being Airport/Railway Station the reporting time will be as specified in the itinerary as the entire group will assemble at the given time for further travel to your destination.
Dispersal time & venue are specified in the Itinerary wherein the time of dispersal at a particular venue is stated. Dispersal time in the itinerary should be considered as an expected time of dispersal and you should take into consideration delays due to traffic, breakdowns, etc. Further your return travel arrangements should take into account the flight reporting time.
PACKAGED TOUR: These are tours designed by us, which you can choose as per your dates, but the itineraries are fixed. The prices are quoted depending upon the group size. In a few regions, the choice of accommodation may be limited. We prefer accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis wherever possible, but at a few remote destinations accommodation isoffered only on a half or full board meal plan, giving us no other option. Please check the meal plan specified for the tour. These tours are not escorted by LIFELINE ‘Tour Leaders’.
Please Note: The nature of our tours takes us to far and remote areas, where at times the choice of accommodation is limited. A few hotels / Inns / resorts in such remote places may not be up to the standards and expectations that you have. These accommodations may not have room service, any television or intercom facilities, may have fixed timings for meals, no backup for electricity failures and the staff may not be trained and may lack communication skills. The above classification is just a guideline of what one should expect. In many package tours there could be a mix of accommodation due to limitations of availability. In case of any doubts please feel free to ask us for more clarification.
CUSTOMIZED TOURS: These tours are customized or designed for a particular group or individuals as per their dates and for the duration they want. The price would be quoted depending on the group size and the specified requirements. For such tours, we advise and make suggestions on accommodation, transport, itinerary, duration, various activities and many more details to add value to the experience. Such tours are not escorted by our Tour Leaders, unless specified. As a valued customer we will be sharing the first two itineraries free of charge. However, we would be charging a non-refundable fee [Tour Customization Fee] of INR 5,000/- for every two Itineraries that would be made henceforth. This amount will be adjusted against the final tour payment.
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