Escape to the land of high passes

Srinagar – Dah hanu – Nubra - Pangong – Leh – Sarchu - Manali (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, Guest House, Swiss Tent


Backpacking, Adventure

Tour Type

Tempo Traveller/ SUV

Mode of travel

1600 Kms


5–7 with drink and photo stops

Average daily travel hours

11 Days Total


Srinagar, India (SXR)

Fly in

(Kullu Airport, KUU)/ Delhi (DEL)

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 or warm water 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
• Travel cost till Srinagar hotel and from 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 Srinagar

Srinagar Altitude - 5200 ft Expected temp – 8 C to 23 C

Arrive at Srinagar Airport and take a taxi to reach the mentioned hotel (verified prepaid taxis are available at the Airport). Once you check in at the hotel, feel free to explore Srinagar’s garden and markets. Come back to the hotel in the evening for orientation and group meet up. Learn all about the trip in orientation - the map, travel etiquette, pitfalls, & rules followed by Dinner. Overnight stay at Srinagar Hotel.

  • Stay – Budget hotel / Guest House
  • Meals – Dinner

Day 2 - Sonamarg - Zoji La - Kargil

Zoji La Alt. - 11600 ft. Kargil Alt. - 8780 Ft

After breakfast, we start the journey to Kargil. After getting through the police checkpoint at Sonamarg, we will head to Zoji La Pass. The road is designed to test your endurance and skills, witness the glacier once reaching the top point. Later, we head to Drass, the second coldest inhabited town in the world. While at Drass, it is a must to visit the historical war memorial & pay tribute. You will be surprised by the smooth road condition till Kargil. Overnight at Kargil hotel.

  • Stay – Budget hotel / Guest House
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Kargil to Dah Hanu

Kargil Alt. - 8800 Ft Dah hanu Altitude - 10100Ft

After breakfast, we will ride to explore the lushest green valley and the grain bowl of Ladakh. The ride is short yet stunning. While travelling to the Aryan valley, we will take a pit stop at Batalik. Does this name sound familiar? yes. Batalik was one of the prominent fronts where our Indian army fought and won the Kargil war against Pakistan. Upon reaching Dah Hanu, feel free to explore the small village of the descendants of Alexander the Great. Overnight camp stay at Dah Hanu.

  • Stay – Budget hotel / Guest House
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Dah Hanu - Leh

Dah Hanu Altitude - 10100Ft Leh Altitude - 11500Ft

With the morning sunshine, explore the lushest green valley and the grain bowl of Ladakh. Meet the Brokpa community People (A small segment of Dard society) and understand their unique cultural practices - from food to weddings, from clothes to the way of life. Later, we will head to Leh. The road at the beginning would narrowly sit at the edge of the mountains later turning butter smooth. We will come across a few highlights of the route - Magnetic hill, Zanskar - Indus confluence and Gurudwara Patthar Sahib while travelling to Leh. Upon reaching the city, feel free to take a city ride. Overnight at Leh hotel.

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

Day 5 - 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 even on a backseat. 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 6 - Nubra - Turtuk - LOC - Nubra (180 Km)

Nubra Alt. - 10080 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 dunes when we will return to the Nubra valley in the evening.

  • Stay – Camp Site
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Nubra - Shyok - Pangong

Nubra Alt. - 10080 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; Sandstorms and rolling stones are very usual crossings. 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 8 - 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 9 - Leh - Sarchu

Leh Alt. - 11500 feet Sarchu Alt. - 14000 feet

It is time to bid farewell to Leh. After breakfast, we will ride on the roads surrounded by colour changing mountains. With 30 Km uphill journey, reach the top of Tanglang La. Take selfies and click photos at the top. Soon after, we will continue our expedition toward Moray plains, the only part of the Tibetan plateau in India. Go crazy with lenses under the scorching sun on this high plateau. You head forward to the high altitude passes - Naki La (15,547 Ft) & Lachalung La (16,616 Ft). You will come across more road blockades, dirt trails, landslides, snowfall before you reach Sarchu. Overnight stay and dinner at the Camp.

  • Stay – Tent
  • Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Sarchu - Manali

Sarchu Alt. - 14000 feet Manali Alt. - 6500 feet

After breakfast, we will venture to the Himachal Side of the Leh- Manali Highway. Today you will witness the factors which establish Leh-Manali on the top list of an adventure lover. Along with the weather, the roads show no mercy; bringing numerous water-crossing, rocky sections and whatnot. Trust your driver. He will take you through this patch. You will be astonished by the beauty of the Suraj Tal and the valley from the Baralachla Pass. After Zing Zing Bar, you will glide through Jispa and Keylong’s smooth roads. With the new Atal tunnel, you should reach Manali in no time. When you reach Manali, check-in at the hotel , feel free to go out to a party in Old Manali. Overnight stay and the dinner will be at Manali hotel.

  • Stay – Budget hotel / Guest House
  • Meals Included – Breakfast

Day 11 - Departure Manali

It's the day when we say bye to the beautiful city and the lovely people we met on the adventure. You can check out from the hotel at the dictated time. We will meet again on the next adventure.

  • Meals Included – Breakfast

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