Manali-Ladakh Trek

Being one of the wanderers of the Indian Himalayan range you cannot escape from the natural expanse of Manali and Ladakh. The phantasmagoric landscape dotted with lakes offering a potpourri of heritage, cultural collage of varied tribes, galley of unique cuisine, wildlife and skyline like Roerick painting simply justifies the essence of the Indian Himalaya. Moreover, Manali Ladakh trekking takes you through some of the high altitude mountain passes, alpine lakes and remote villages, making the journey adventurous and quintessential. On the other hand, the ancient diorama of Buddhist civilization reflecting from the walls, manuscripts and chortens of several monasteries and gompas mark the most essential part of the journey.

Manali-Ladakh trekking tour starts from the popular hill station of Manali, which is at an elevation of 2,050 meters. From Manali a gentle trek over a lush green meadow takes you to Lamadug and moves through vivid forests till you step on to one of the remote villages, Riyali. The Manali Ladakh trek follows through Kali Yani Pass at 4,725 meters and continues down to Donku Thach alongside a stream. From Donku Thach the trail leads to Lamapar, which is one of the remote shepherd villages, and thereafter snakes through a verdant valley before reaching Dalmarhi. The trek slowly heads through the village of Barabhangal and a steady climb followed by a steep descent leads to Pannatu via Thamser Pass at 4,570 meters. The trail from Pannatu gradually heads to another remote village of Palachak followed by Biling before it leads off at Mcleod Ganj.

Best Time to Visit

There are several times which a laid down by the tour guides and locales for the tourists to visit this rough terrain of Lehn and Ladakh in order to have a smooth  ride and feel the natural beauty. One of the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh is on the starting of April and it gets extended till June. This is considered as one of the best time to visit these regions because the sky is usually clear and bright during this period besides the valley gets blossomed with a number of spectacular splashes of colours all around.

The time between July to August is not highly recommended by the travel agencies to tour Ladakh and Leh because of the number of landslides and cloud burst which this region tends to receive during those time of the year. In the month of September the chill starts to fall in these regions although the sun still keeps on shinning.

October is considered one of the best time for trekking in this rugged terrains. A lot of footfalls are expected during those time of the year in the hills of Ladakh and Leh by a lot of explores and trekking junkies. During the month of November to march the place gets extreme cold climate and is not preferred for visiting by tourists. However there are a few trekkers whose adrenaline rush makes them to explore this frosty region to during those time in order to get a filling of the frost bites and explore the frozen rivers

Leh and Ladakh have become of the most explored places by the tourists in recent times. There are many places which falls under the must visit place list of the travellers. Some of most popular tourist attractions of Leh and Ladakh are Pangong Tso, Chang La, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Sham Valley, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Hall of Fame. Among the other top attractions of Leh and Ladakh includes the Drass War Memorial in Kargil, Thiksey Monastery Hemis National park which is the home of the black necked crane, Kinag or the Tibetian Ass, Ibex among some of the most popular endangered species. The rugged terrains of Leh and Ladakh although mostly popular for trekking expedition and biker’s paradise has proven to be an idyllic honey destination as well for the lovely newlywed couples. Some of places that get covered in the honeymoon packages for Leh and Ladakh are the Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Sham Valley. Leh and Ladakh is populated with Buddhist and Muslim population. Mostly the eastern part of Leh and Ladakh are tourist attractions which are populated with Buddhist population. Among the rocky outpost stands tall the whitewashed stupas and the colourful monasteries with their coloured prayer flags which are seen floating in the breeze.

The regions of Leh and Ladakh can also be captured by road from Manali. The Leh –Manali highway stretches for a length of 490 kms. This highway is opened for only four and a half months during the summer season of May –June and during the time of October. This highway connects Manali valley to Lahaual and Spiti Valley and Zaskar Valley in Ladakh. The distance between Manali and Leh being of 474 kms. This distance from Manali to Leh cannot be captured by any flights, trains or buses however you can cover this distance on a bike or you can break the journey by taking a taxi from Manali to Keylong then opt for a State Transport Bus to Leh.

Another way of reaching your destination on time is to take a bus from Manali to Jammu and then take an Air India flight from Jammu to Leh. The road trip from Manali to Leh usually takes two days or more than that depending upon the number of halts and road conditions. The places to stop for overnight halts while taking this route are at Jispa and at Keylong town. The Leh – Manali road consists of a lot of obstacles which can come in the form of glaciers, landslides bad condition of roads all these can play  a spoil sport in your travel path. The best time bring that of May-June when a lot of tourists visit the Rohtang Pass as much of the pass remains snow clad even during the summer. A lot of travelling happens in this part of the regions by bikers on group.

These biking trips are sometimes self sponsored and on other times are sponsored by several multinational biking companies and by tyre brands to show the strength of their tyres. There are a scarce for fuel stations in this regions and the last being at Tandi before covering 365kms until you reach Leh. So it is suggested to full your tank and even carry extra fuel cans in order to embrace any kind of hardships. Similarly from travelling back from Leh to Manali travellers fill up their tanks to the brim from Leh. For emergency cases fuels are available at Sarchu and Pang. Ladakh is a semi desert area so days are filled with bright sunlight but nights are colder even during the summer. Light woollens are suggested during the day while tight heavy woollens for the night. There are many accommodations in the Manali and even in Leh and Ladakh regions. These accommodations are all well equipped with all the modern amenities which are required for a lovely and comfortable stay in these rugged terrains.

You can book these comfortable stays from any travel and booking site as well. There are also places for a traveller to shop in terrains of Ladakh. Like shopping for an intricately designed hand woven carpet designed by the Tibetan handicraft and jewelleries to pick from the Ladakh Art palace. There are also the Buddhist Thangka House which has a collection of unique thangkas and other ladakhi hats to shop for. Then there is Moti Market which is famous for its semi-precious stones and jewelleries available at a cheap price.

Things to Keep in Mind

-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.

Things to Carry

Riding Gears

1- Helmet with New visor
2- Riding Jacket with Thermal Liner/ Elbowguards
3- Riding Pant with Thermal Liner/ Knee guards
4- Riding Shoes/Army boots
5- Riding Gloves
6- Skull cap/bandana/balaclava
7- Riding Goggles (UV/Polarized)
8- Gum Boots

Documents / ID’s

1- Driving License
2- Original Registration Certificate
3- Motorcycle Insurance original and photocopy
4- PUC Certificate
5- Medical Insurance
6- Adhar card/Voter ID Card
7- List of important contacts
8- Map and itinerary
9- 8-10 Passport size photographs

Motorcycle Spare Parts

1 – Toolkit
2 – Spare motorcycle key
3 – Chain Locks
4 – Spare Sparkplug
5 – Clutch and Accelerator wire
6 . Tubeless puncture repair kit for tubeless tyres.
7 – Rear tyre tube and tyre irons and valve key for tube type tyres.
8 – Foot/electric pump
9 – Engine oil
10 -Electrical tape, m-seal and steel wire
11 -Front brake lever and Clutch lever
12 – Chain Spray
13 -Funnel to pour petrol
14 – Head light Bulb
15 – Fuse and M seal

Cameras and Gadgets

1 – Cell phone with charger
2 – Camera kit (with lenses) with spare batteries & charger
3 – Camcorder with charger
4 -Tripod and/or Shoulder pod
5 -Microfiber cloth and cleaning kit for cameras
6 – Enough memory cards for the trip
7 – Powerbank
8 – Extention box
9 – Torch

First Aid Kit

1- Cotton wool – 1 medium
2- Scissor
3- Bandage Gauze 
4- Diamox Tab 10(Acetazolamide) – Useful as a prophylactic for acute mountain sickness (AMS) and as an aid to acclimatization
5- ORS
6- Glucon D
7- Dettol
8- Band Aid Washproof 
9- Pain Spray/ Iodex
10- Betadene
11- Medicines : Digene, Vicks action 500,D cold,Crocin Pain Relief,Voveran SR 100mg – Relief from severe pain and Entroquinol – Relief from Loose motion.

Clothings

1- Thermal Inner wear (2 sets)
2- -20 Degree Gloves
3- 4-5 pair of underwear
4- 4-5 Shirts or T shirts
5- 7-8 pair wollen socks
6- 2 Pair jeans atleast
7- 2-3 Handkerchief
8- Raincoat and a warm jacket

Food Maggie/Buiscuits/cake/juices/Choclates and Dry fruits.

Toiletries

1- Toothpaste (small tube)
2- Tooth Brush
3- Liquid Soap or Paper Soap
4- Shampoo sachets 
5- Face wash
6- Cold Cream
7- Sunscreen Lotion SPF30 or higher
8- Shaving kit
9- Roll-on Deo or Spray
10- Washing Detergent soap or powder (small sachet)
11- Hair Oil

Camping Gears

1- Tent
2- Sleeping bag/ Warm Blanket
3- Sleeping matress

Bags and Others

1- Saddle Bag/ Big Rucksack Bag
2- Tank Bag
3- Tarpouline to cover your luggage or bike from Rain
4- 2 Jerry Cans of 5 lt to carry extra fuel
5- Spare Key
6- Carry enough money for the entire trip
7- MTNL or BSNL Post-Paid Connection with roaming is beast for ladakh
8- Bungee and Rubber Bands
9- Safety pins and 
10- Needle and Thread for unwanted tear off

Attractions

  • Leh Palace
  • Stok Palace
  • Spituk Monastery
  • Hemis Gompa
  • Tso Moriri Lake
  • Pangong Lake

How to Reach

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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