Manali Ladakh Trekking

Manali the mistress of Himachal is one of the key destinations for adventure seekers who love trekking and hiking. The other sought-after destination when it comes to adventure is Ladakh. If you wish to cover both- Manali and Ladakh in one outing, then go to Manali Ladakh Trekking route. The highway between Manali and Ladakh are surrounded by the Himalayas and Karakoram Range. It is further divided into Zanskar range which is a part of the great Himalayas while Ladakh range is a part of Karakoram Range.

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Manali comes first and as already mentioned is part of Karakoram Range. It is located between Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range and is a peaceful city located in Beas River Valley at a height of 2050 meters. Manali further leads to Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Lahaul, and Spiti. It further leads trekkers to Beas Kund, Hampta Pass, and Baralacha Pass and to further heights of Chandertal Lake and other rugged mountain peaks. One can look at, and get absorbed in the traditions, culture, religious dances, and folk music of Manali.

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From here, you can move to Ladakh which is a part of the great Himalayan range. Travelling by road from Manali to Leh-Ladakh offers visit to some of the world’s most famous peaks and passes, stunning cold deserts, grasslands and snow-covered mountains. It also allows you to explore a variety of wild animals and birds, some of which are exotic. You can travel from Manali to Sarchu which is a 230 km road trip. From Sarchu, you can proceed to Leh which is 260 km by road. On the way, you will cross Gata Loops, Nakee La, Lachulung La, Pang Tanglang La, Hya, Upshi, Karu and finally, Leh. After resting in Leh for a day or two, you can proceed to discover Ladakh region.

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The best time to travel from Manali to Leh is from August to September if you want to travel during winters. If you are planning a summer road trip then June to August is the best time. You can hire a taxi or go by Manali-Leh bus service or you can travel in a group on bikes. Bikes can also be rented from Manali.   

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Things to Keep in Mind

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Things to Keep in Mind
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-Special permits are required in Ladakh for trekking in the Indian Himalayas. 
-This strenuous trek can be reached up to 4470 m, and it requires better fitness. 
-Do not exert much; avoid walking too fast on wet stones.
-Approach guide, if required.
-Do not disturb monastic at prayer.
-Take permission before taking snaps.
-Do not touch sacred artifacts.
-Avoid drinking, smoking and drugs or spitting in the premises of monastery.
-While trekking in Ladakh, make sure that you do not dirty the surrounding places and camping sites.
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Things to Carry

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-Walking stick 
-Binoculars and camera
-Sleeping bag
-Hiking shoes 
-Woolen clothes 
-Water, juices, snacks
-Electric Torch
-Medical kit
-A good compass
-An extra pair of clothes

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Leh Palace

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Leh Palace

One of the fascinating palaces, Leh Palace is set on the edge of a hill. It is one of the major attractions that one should visit during the Ladakh tour. Built in the 17th century, the nine-storied palace was the home of the royal family. It houses Ladakhi branch. 

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Stok Palace

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Stok Palace

The elegant Stok Palace of Ladakh is one of the main attractions in Ladakh. It's a four storied palace & stands above terraces studded with whitewashed farmhouses. Built in early 19th century, this has been an official habitat of Ladakhi royal family.

The palace comprises of some remarkable collection of antique objects. The main attraction of this palace is its Thankas.

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Spituk Monastery

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Spituk Monastery
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Located about 18 km from Leh, Spituk monastery is placed on the hilltop near Indus. Spituk monastery was set up in 11th century. It belonged to Kadampa School. In the 11th month, the local people celebrate the festival called Spituk.

For more information you can check out the 15 Best Monasteries in Ladakh

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Hemis Gompa

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Hemis Gompa
The prominent monastery which has the feature of being the most affluent monastery of Ladakh. It was built by the first avatar of Nawang Gyatso. One of the major festival of Ladakh called Hemis is celebrated here.

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Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake
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Tso Moriri Lake is surrounded by mountains. Set at a height of 14000 ft, this lake is set near Korzok village.
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Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

Pangong Tso is a lake that you should not miss when you are in Leh. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ladakh. This endorheic lake that runs near the Himalayas is a visual beauty of its own might. Located on the Sino-Indian border, you can camp near this lake. The lake is extremely blue during the daytime.

When you see Pangong lake, you will be able to see the various blues and greens in the water. The place looks like paradise, and you must visit this spot at least once in your lifetime. Camping around Pangong lake is also quite popular among tourists and visitors.

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How to Get There

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By Air:  Indian Airlines and Jet Airways have regular flights to and fro Leh. Leh airport is linked with important cities like Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh. 

By Road:  Regular state transport bus services run between Srinagar and Leh and Manali and Leh. If you do not prefer travelling by bus, the alternative available is jeeps. 

By Rail:  Jammu is the closest railway station and is 734 km from Leh. From here Trains take two days to reach Leh.

By Bike: Ladakh is the most popular biking destination ind india. You can start the journey from delhi manali, srinagar, delhi, or even Leh.

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11 July 2019
Excellent
We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life. It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there.
12 July 2018
Excellent
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey.
12 July 2018
Excellent
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey. We passed through all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Shivalik, Karakoram & Pir Panjal. The memories of “late night road journey from Jammu to Srinagar risking our life while crossing South Kashmir (Known for Terrorist activities), early morning (4 am) shopping at Awantipora, Dal Lake, Shankracharya Temple, Srinagar Market, Lunch @Lal Chowk, Eid Celebrations, Shalimar Garden, Noon & Kahwa Tea, Sonmarg, War Zone (Kargil, Drass &Batalik), Oldest Gompa Lamayuru, Rafting at World’s highest point (Zanskar river), Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Leh Palace, gruelling terrain & passes(Zoji La (3528 Mtrs), Namki La (3815 Mtrs), Fotu La (4108 Mtrs),World’s highest Motorable road – Khardungla (5359 Mtrs), Nakee La (4739 Mtrs), Tanglang La ( 5328 Mtrs), Bara-lacha (4890 Mtrs) & Chang La (5360 Mtrs)), Crazy bath in Pangong Tso lake (-4 °C), cute Marmot, Yak, Deer & Pashmina Goats at Changthang Wildlife sanctuary, snow-capped Karakoram Ranges, Sand dunes at Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, the Gata loops (22 hairpin bends) at 4190 Mtrs elevation on Pang – Sarchu road, Suraj Taal, Whiskey & Brandy Nallah, Picturesque Jispa, Hiking at 4350 Mtrs Himalayan ranges and driving alongside the rivers across the two states” are never gonna fade away !! Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip awesome & memorable one.
24 June 2018
Excellent
Your Destination would be a dream until you come out and step ahead to it and experience. Leh-Manali Bike ride is one such vibe which will resonate for many years to come. Here the journey was more scintillating then achieving those milestones and Thrillophilia ensured we had great time by organising it perfectly to last mile would like to thank Tarun and Chitransh. Tani and Amit who were our Tour Leaders were just amazing with their hospitality to the care taken through out the ride. Ride at Khardungla Pass, Gata Loops, Zing Zing Bar, Barlachala were just amazing.
07 March 2017
Excellent
Such an amazing bike ride, challenging but with thrill till the end. Make sure that you are prepared to prevent the cold, the rough wind, the altitude sickness etc because even the symptoms of sickness will affect your trip. Khardung La Pass is quite a challenging one, also there are different shorter and longer passes throughout the journey. The service was also nice, not many complaints. The guides will know the place better because they are doing it for long. But still keep the track of the route before you start the trip. The guide was nice to us, keeping everything coordinated. The accommodation and food were also flawless to me.
16 March 2020
Superb
The Thrillophilia team has surpassed all of my expectations! I was initially apprehensive about the Parang La trek because of the altitude and the difficulty, but Thrillophilia made sure I had no issue at all! Everything was taken care of, and the guide was just brilliant. For any further treks, Thrillophilia is my go-to website and the one I’ll always recommend!
21 January 2020
Excellent
Leh Ladakh's location had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ice sheet right in front of my eyes. but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme conditions. the food offered was very tasty. everything was perfectly planned by the thrillophilia team. Awesome experience !!
18 January 2020
Excellent
You will feel the true sense of the word FREEZE when you visit Pangong Tso. That said, the view you're experiencing is simply breathtaking. The sky and lake colors compliment each other absolutely. I saw so many shades of blue that day and the hue of the lake continued to change every hour. I think you might find the right words for a poet or writer to explain this phenomenon. Although no explanation is appropriate for this location, if you're fortunate enough, I'd suggest you'll have the chance to click with your camera on the ultimate images.
18 January 2020
Excellent
Most magnificent Indian Lake.. Any adventure & nature lover must once in a lifetime visit this place. I felt like I was entering a fantasy land when I saw the lake from a distance. The lake surrounded by mountains that look perfect looks like painted picture. This lake has different shades of colors. Blue sky, white snow and vivid water combine to make you forget everything. The lake is so serene, the water is so pure that you'd be afraid to touch it, so it could get polluted. The more you marvel at it the more it becomes beautiful.
18 January 2020
Excellent
I have traveled extensively in India over the last 1o years, and have always wanted to visit Ladakh. The scenic beauty is beyond words, it seems like the almighty chose this place to have it all, rocky crags, snow-clad mountains, rivers, hot springs and many more. And how can I miss Tso Moriri visiting this lake was a jaw-dropping experience when I reached there I was awestruck, Beautiful mountains, Sunshine, cool winds, and of-course the Lake. Mind-blowing experience. Thumbs up for the services provided in this tour by Thrillophilia.

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