Escape to the land of high passes

Manali - Sarchu - Leh - Pangong - Nubra - Dah hanu - Srinagar (11 Days)

Join this backpacking tour & experience the pure thrill of Ladakh. The tour starts from Manali and travel through the heavenly Manali – Leh highway to get to the heart of Ladakh. Witness the magical waters of Pangong Lake and devour the beauty of Nubra valley. Travel through the toughest passes of India & tick a destination off your bucket list – Khardung La, the highest motorable road. Join a backpacking trip to live for.

Budget Hotel, Swiss Tent, Guest House.


Backpacking & Adventure

Tour Type

1500 Kms


5–7 with drink and photo stops

Average daily travel hours

11 Days Total


Kullu, India (Kullu Airport, KUU)/ Delhi Airport (DEL)

Fly in

Srinagar, India (SXR)

Fly Out

15 Person

Minimum Group

35 Person

Maximum Group Size

Tour Highlights

Why ride with Dream Riders

For Ladakh Tour ?

Excellent Service Record

You deserve nothing less than the best of the adventure of life. We have a history of excellent service ratings in 13 years of journey. Since 2009, we have been constantly rated well across various platforms - TripAdvisor (5-star), Facebook (5-Star) and Google (4.9-star) with over 600 reviews. Why and how? Do check all the reviews and find out yourself.

Itinerary Beyond Just Bucket List

With us, you travel to hidden gems beyond the reach of regular tourists due to lack of limelight or infrastructure or any such reason. We design dynamic plans offering new destination/ experience every year which stands out in the crowd. We make sure that repeat clients find newness on the same tour by adding new experiences.

The X Factor

In the tours we conduct, nearly 30% of clients are either repeat clients coming for the second or third tour or are the clients who were referred by a friend/family who had travelled with Dream Riders. Why? X factor, indescribable in words. It can be warm hospitality, a friendly team or an extra mile effort to keep you safe etc. It is different for each individual. It is different for each individual. Travel with us once & uncover it yourself.

Valuable pre-tour nurturing

The tours we conduct are not an everyday affair for travellers. We evaluate an adventure lover and nurture you for the extremes. By setting the right expectation, we lay the foundation of the tour. As the second step, we assist them through phone and email in shopping, packing and getting ready for the sudden shift to adventure. Lastly, we create an ice-breaking platform for the group before the tour.

Ethics more than anything

The terrain and locations we serve are harsh and remote. Roads and weather uncertainty challenge us every day turning basic amenities into luxury services. In such places, ethics make the core of our company culture. We believe in a transparent sales approach, no false commitments, and hence, we have learned to say no. We say 'no' to any service we can't provide on the terrain.

Hospitality Experience at Hotels/ Camps

Riding on the Himalayas is tough. What's tougher is finding the right host with the right hospitality on such altitudes. The stays are handpicked over the year who offer not only good infrastructure but excellent service too. So, after a tough day of the ride, you will relax and rejuvenate at these cosy stays. We will stay at a homestay with survival essentials at Pangong. The bathing facility, room heaters etc. are not available.

Expert Assistance and on Terrain service

We don't like the concept of outsourcing. Our team consists of highly experienced riders and seasoned travellers. The Road Captain cum Tour manager has seasoned on different expeditions over years. He/ she will suggest the best ways to tackle different kinds of terrain. No need to worry about the quick Medical kit & Oxygen cylinder.

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Tour Cost

Tour Type Vehicle Tour Cost


• Twin/Triple sharing accommodation (Swiss Tent, Budget Hotel & Guest House)
• Daily Breakfast and Dinner
• Entire travel as per itinerary by Tempo Traveller/SUV
• Experienced Tour manager (Minimum 8 travellers).
• Bonfire Activity Once during tour
• Inner Line Permit Fee
• All applicable toll, parking and driver charges of Tempo Traveller / SUV.
• Oxygen Cylinder and Basic Medical amenities
• Activities and Visits to make the experience truly Memorable


• Applicable Government GST Tax
• Your two-way travel from Srinagar Airport (SXR) and to Manali
• Lunches on all days
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal Expenses (Snacks, bottled water, Juice, Porter Etc)
• Any spares consume during the ride
• Monument Entry Charges, Safari, Camel ride and tolls
• Anything not mentioned in Tour Inclusions
• Any Hotel,subsistence or other cost incurred prior to the official start date of the tour and after the official end date of the tour

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Ladakh Backpacking Tour Departures

Day-wise itinerary as you witness the route

Backpacking Tour Route Details

Day 1 - Arrival at Manali

Manali Altitude - 6700 ft.

You are at the right place for the adventure. Fly to Delhi / Chandigarh / Kullu Airport. Take a taxi ride or bus ride to reach Manali. Our team will assist you in your check-in at the hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you are free to wander the meadows if you wish. Please come back to the hotel in the evening for orientation and group meet up. Learn all about the road trip - the travel etiquettes, pitfalls, & rules followed by dinner. Overnight at Manali Hotel.

  • Stay – Hotel
  • Meals – Dinner

Day 2 - Manali to Sarchu

Sarchu Altitude - 14100 ft.
Wake up early & reach the parking to check if your luggage has been loaded in the vehicle. After breakfast, we will depart for Sarchu through Rohtang Tunnel. After crossing a 9 km long Atal tunnel, witness the sudden change in vegetation and the mountains. On the way to Keylong, witness the heart-shaped waterfall at Sissu. We will take a short stop at Tandi (Keylong) to fuel up for the next 350 Km. Weather conditions are very unpredictable in this region & may change momentarily. Many surprises wait for you while you on the way to Baralacha La(16,500 Ft). Be mesmerised by the beauty of Suraj Taal while you stand at the top. Overnight stay and dinner in swiss tents in the cold – windy desert of Sarchu.

  • Stay – Swiss Tent
  • Meals – Brekfast,Dinner

Day 3 - Sarchu to Leh

Sarchu Altitude – 14100 Ft. Leh Altitude - 11500 Ft

Today, experience the new level of adventure – more unique topography & more altitude. After breakfast, enjoy the sceneries through the freezing-cold water crossings. Keep an eye on falling mountain rocks on the roads to the high altitude passes - Naki La (15,547 Ft) & Lachalung La (16,616 Ft). Later, we will take a brief stop at Morey plains, the most picturesque road stretch and only part of the Tibetan plateau in India. Later, you will climb to Tanglang La top sitting at 17582 Ft. Later, enjoy the brief journey from the mountain top to Leh with an unimaginably beautiful road. Overnight at Leh city.

  • Stay – Hotel
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Leh - Khardung La- Nubra

Khardung La Alt. - 18500 feet

We will ride on the road above 18000 ft, maintained by Border Road Organisation. Steep turns, low oxygen & weather unpredictability ranks the ride among the most challenging ride. Hold tight to your seat. We will make a photo stop at the top for a photo at the landmark board. We travel downhill towards Nubra Valley. We will make a stop at Diskit Monastery for prayers. Overnight stay at Nubra Valley campsite or guesthouse.

  • Stay – Camp Site
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Nubra - Turtuk - LOC - Nubra

Nubra Alt. - 10000 feet Turtuk Alt. - 10000 feet

It is the day when we explore an untouched destination - Turtuk; once a part of Pakistan until 1971. Take it as an opportunity to explore the culture and hardship of locals who live with these extremities. After, we head to the last Indo Pak border town – Thang. Do not forget to take a snap with the mighty K2 from the topmost point in Turtuk. Visit the Sand We will return to the Nubra valley in the evening.

  • Stay – Camp Site
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Nubra - Shyok - Pangong

Nubra Alt. - 10000 feet Pangong Alt. - 14000 feet

It is a day of making a way in mud & water crossings. The Shyok valley acts as a wind tunnel with its powerful winds, sometimes bringing micro Sandstorms and rolling stones. Few water crossings en route are so huge and challenging, nothing like you have seen before. Later, face hilly curves along the Shyok river. Overnight camp stays near the Pangong lake at Tangste or Spangmik.

  • Stay – Tent
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Pangong - Leh

Pangong Alt. - 14000 feet Leh Alt. - 11500 feet

We will start on the narrow road along the Pangong lake coast. You encounter numerous water streams on the road before you reach the next big thing - Chang La Pass. En route the mountain peak, you ride uphill on earthen and gravel roads to mighty Chang La (17,580 Ft). Catch the glimpse of Kang Yisay Peak of Hemis National Park. Overnight stay at Leh.

  • Stay – Hotel / Guest House
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Leh - Dah Hanu

Leh Altitude - 11500Ft Dah Hanu Altitude - 8800Ft
It is time to bid farewell to Leh. After breakfast, we will travel on the Srinagar highway to a beautiful yet hardly touched valley of Ladakh- the Aryan Valley. You will come across Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic Hill & Zanskar - Indus. After a smooth journey on the NH 1D for a while reach the village. Feel free to explore the surroundings, farms and meet the Aryans. Interact with them, shop local souvenirs, try the Brokpa traditional dress or try local liquor called 'Chhang'. Overnight at Dah Hanu Camp.

  • Stay – Hotel / Guest House
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Dah Hanu - Kargil

Dah Hanu Altitude - 10100Ft

With the morning sunshine, Meet the Brokpa community People (A small segment of Dard society) and understand the deep roots of unique cultural practices in the valley. Polyandry, Groom paying dowry, no dairy diet etc are just a few to mention. By the afternoon, we will leave for Batalik, famous for the daring hearts of Indian Armed forces and Ladakh Scouts in the Kargil war. Later, we will ride up to Kargil. Overnight stay at Kargil hotel.

  • Stay – Hotel / Guest House
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Kargil to Srinagar

Sonamarg with Srinagar Alt. - 5200 Ft

After breakfast, we will leave the Ladakh region and head towards Kashmir union territory. The actual line of control with Pakistan is close to Kargil. You will understand this when we take a pit stop at Kargil Memorial to pay tribute to martyr soldiers. Witness the peaks which applaud the bravery of the martyred soldiers from the war memorial. After spending quality time at the war memorial, we will test our endurance on the Zoji La Pass. Witness the second coldest village of Asia on the way. After crossing the mountain top, enter into Kashmir region and reach Sonamarg. With a sip of Kahwa at Sonamarg, we will leave for Srinagar. Overnight stay at Srinagar hotel.

  • Stay – Hotel
  • Meals Included – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Departure from Srinagar

Keeping in mind the strict and time taking security check at Srinagar airport, schedule cab to reach three hours prior to departure time. It's the day when we say bye to the beautiful city and the lovely people we met on the adventure. We will meet again on the next adventure. Till then, Julley!

  • Meals Included – Breakfast

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