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Manali to Leh Road Trip – 9 Nights/10 Days

About the Road Trip

Want to take a road trip that will always be etched in your mind as a wonderful memory? Manali to Leh Road Trip is something to die for. Just imagine, travelling through the crisscross terrain surrounded by breathtaking views. It’s something that will remain in your heart forever.

The colourful monasteries, snow-covered mountain peaks, steep curves, ice-cold winds, and the burning sun makes the journey seem like it has come straight out of a fantasy world. Avid photographers wait throughout the year for Rohtang Pass to open so that they can go on this unforgettable trip that takes you through the steep curves of Keylong, followed by delightful riverside camps in the middle of mountains at Jispa, and stunning roads of Baralancha La.

Once you are in Leh, it will take you a moment to believe such heavenly beauty is surrounding you. Just relax and allow your body to get acclimatized to the sudden change of altitude while letting your mind realize that you’re finally here. You can even visit the Khardung La, and feel proud to be standing at the highest motorable pass in the world.

From monasteries to historic museums showcasing priceless antiques and ancient artwork, there are so many things to see and explore in Leh. You may even bump into polite students from various parts of the world studying Buddhism. Some other tourist attractions are rafting, cycling, trekking expeditions, and riding a bike. After leaving this panoramic region, the world wouldn’t be the same as this magical place that you witnessed yourself for 10 days. Take this road, leading to a new unseen world, for a lifetime of memories with your family or friends.

Manali to Leh Road Trip Detailed Itinerary (9N/10D)

Day 1

On arrival at Manali, our representative will pick you and take you to your pre-
booked hotel in Manali. At the hotel, you have to proceed with check-in and have
dinner. Enjoy your overnight stay to get started the very next morning.

Day 2

Manali to Jispa
After having a hearty breakfast, you’ll proceed from Manali to Jispa via Rohtang Pass
(12,000+ feet altitude), Keylong (10,000+ feet altitude), and Baralacha Pass (15000+
feet altitude). You’ll reach Jispa by late evening for an overnight stay in camps.

Day 3

Jispa to Leh
This morning, after breakfast, move to Leh through Lachung La (16,617 feet altitude),
Skyangchu Thang (it is the highest and biggest Highest plateau in the world of
approx. 42 km) and Pang. During this journey, you’ll witness scenic sights on the
Manali-Leh Highway. It is indeed one of the best experiences and considered to be
the most beautiful highway in the world. After crossing the Tanglang La Pass, move
through the Indus Valley to reach Leh by evening.

Day 4

Leh Sightseeing

On day 4, after breakfast, you have time to relax and go sightseeing.


While driving to Sangam, en route Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. Later, visit the breathtaking Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers.

The Sangam (confluence): As mentioned before, it’s the Confluence of the Zanskar and Indus Rivers in Ladakh at Nimu. The Indus River flows through Ladakh while being a constant companion of travelers during this trip. It is also a lifeline of Ladakhi people, as the region receives only two to three inches of rainfall throughout the year. From the point of confluence, the waters are named as Indus River in this region.

Magnetic Hill: It is a unique place in the world where you’ll notice movement in a car in on a steep mountain even when its engine is off. This phenomenon sounds unbelievable until you witness it yourself.

Gurudwara Pathhar Sahib: It is a stunning Gurudwara made in the loving memory of Guru Nanak. It is situated around 25 miles away from Leh and rests on 12000 feet altitude above sea level. It was built in 1517 for commemorating the visit of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikh faith, to the Ladakh region.

Hall of Fame: It is another must-visit place in this region. It is constructed by the Indian Army to remember the heroes that fight for the nation. You will find biographies and memorabilia of eminent defense personalities, along with images and weapons used during the Kargil war. There are also some belongings of enemy soldiers who died at the war site.

Day 5

Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La Pass
The next morning, proceed to another beautiful place of this region – the Nubra Valley. To reach the valley, you need to cross the world’s highest motorable road, Khardung La Pass.

Khardung La Pass (at 18,380 feet above the sea level): It is not frequent that one gets to pass through a road at the altitude of 18,380 feet. This is only possible when you’re at Khardung La Pass, which means the ‘Pass of Lower Castle.’ Located on the way to Nubra valley from Leh, this is the highest motorable road in the world. You can click pictures here with the signboards put up by the Border Roads Organization.

Upon arrival at Nubra Valley, you can relax in a camp or hotel for a while and then proceed to White Sand Dunes at Hunder. If you’d like, you may even enjoy a camel ride while moving amid the dunes.

Nubra Valley, also called the orchard of Ladakh, offers magnificent views of the surroundings that you can witness standing on a pleasant carpet of wild lavender post-monsoon season.

After the sightseeing, you can get back to the hotel or camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso
After breakfast, this morning will take you on a journey to Pangong Lake. Firstly, you’ll visit Diskit Monastery and then proceed to Pangong via Shayok/Warila. Pangong is a picturesque lake and a major attraction of the Leh-Ladakh valley. This location has also been used for film shootings and also known for the pristine waters in the middle of the glorious mountains. This long and narrow lake is the major tourist attraction and it lies in the neighborhood of well-known Chushul Mountains. The lake has mirror-calm water that’s clear and extremely cold. This place is also a breeding ground for different bird species.

In the evening, you’ll be served dinner at the camps and later you can snooze thinking of the heavenly beauty you witnessed today.

Day 7

Pangong to Leh
This morning will again begin with a filling breakfast at the camps. Thereafter, it’s time to proceed back to Leh. Upon arrival in Leh, enjoy the evening while relaxing and noting down your most memorable experiences in a diary.

At night, enjoy your dinner and good sleep at the hotel.

Day 8

Leh to Jispa
After early breakfast, check out from the hotel and move to Sarchu through the Tanglang La Pass, which is the world’s second-highest motorable road at the altitude of 17,585 feet. At Pang, you can stop by for lunch and then continue driving to Lachung La.

Upon arrival in Jispa/Sarchu, check-in at the Camp for dinner and relaxing overnight stay.

Day 9

Jispa to Manali
This morning, your journey will start back to Manali via Baralacha Pass (4890 meter), Keylong (3350 meter), and Rohtang Pass (3978 meter). Manali is one of the most beautiful places in Kullu valley while spreading its allure on either side of the pleasant Beas River. Kullu was formerly known as Kulanthpitha, which means ending of the habitable world. There is also a striking ‘Silver Valley’ at the banks of river Beas. This valley in the Great Himalayas runs north to south of the river Beas, adding exquisite charm to the natural surroundings.

Upon arrival at Manali, check-in at a hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10

After breakfast, it’s time to bid goodbye to beautiful landscapes and snowy mountains of Manali. We will start journey to our home with a head full of unforgettable memories.

What are you waiting for?