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Overland Himalayas – 12 Lakes & 24 Passes of Ladakh

Trip Rating


Days/ Duration

10 nights 11 days

Tour Style

Jeep Tours

Group Size

16 Max people


June to October



Meeting Point

Chandigarh / Manali

Skill Level



Hotel / Swiss Tent – Guest House



Starting From Heart



Over the years a lot of new roads have been developed in the Himalayas and lots of new passes have opened up for motorable vehicles, areas which earlier could only be reached by trekking in the mountains. This trip Overland Umling La takes us through Zanskar and to the Worlds Highest Motorable pass at 19300 Feet and crosses over 12 Mountain passes all above 4800 meters in altitude in the Himalayas On this trip you can expect new tracks, passes and highlights never before offered on an organized tour. This is the first tour to take on 10 extremely high Himalayan passes – you’ll be hitting altitudes of over 5,000 meters multiple  times and travelling over some the highest passes in the world! The route covers all of the highlights of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh, as well as the Four most beautiful Himalayan lakes in the border region to Tibet – all at altitudes of more than 4,500 meters.

The Best Road trip to Ladakh 

Highlight Location and place we cover

  • 12 lakes
  • 24 passes
  • 1550 Kms drive
  • Take the new road for Zanskar from Manali to Padum and Lamayuru
  • Drive by Mount Gombo Rangjon
  • Worlds Highest Motorable Pass – Umling La at 19300 feets.
  • During your stay you will stay in guesthouses, tents, and hotels.
  • Care of a guide and good company
  • Driving on Gravel tracks and offbeat locations
  • Large tracks of trip without mobile network




  • 1. Rohatang La – 3,978 m
    2. Shinku La – 5,091 m
    3. Murgum La – 4,397 m
    4. Netuke La – 4,280 m
    5. Kiupa La – 4,400 Meters
    6. Zang La – 3,981 m
    7. Singe La – 4,200 m
    8. Bumiktse La – 4,200 m
    9. Sirsir La – 4,808 m
    10. Chang La – 5,360 m
    11. Rezang La – 5,199 m
    12. Tsaga La – 4,635 m
    13. Thato La – 4,815 m
    14. Kakasang La – 5,436 m
    15. Hor La – 4,908 m
    16. Nurbu La – 4,690 m
    17. Umling La – 5,848 m
    18. Salsal La – 5,200 m
    19. Kyagar La – 4,705 m
    20. Pologongka La – 4,800 m
    21. Kanglajal – 4,908 m
    22. Lachung La – 5,019 m
    23. Nakee La – 4,740 m
    24. Baralacha La – 4,890 m

1. Deepak Tal (3,727 m )
2. Yaya Tso (4,820 m )
3. Mirpal Tso ( 5,436 m )
4. Pangong Tso (4,350 m)
5. Kyun Tso ( 5,000 m )
6. Chilling Tso ( 4,530 m )
7. Ryul Tso ( 5,000 m )
8. Lam Tso ( 4,400 m)
9. Kiagar Tso (4,522m)
10. Tso Moriri (4,595 m)
11. Tso Kar (4,620 m)
12. Suraj Tal ( 4,883 m )


Day 1 |  Reach Manali ( 280km/10 hours )
Reach Manali at leisure and check in at the hotel prebooked for you, the Team will meet you at the hotel in the evening.
Overnight in Manala.

Day 2 | Manali to Jispa ( 92 Kms / 3 Hrs )
After breakfast and briefings we start our journey towards Jispa, The route takes us over Rohtang La pass (3,978 m)  subjected to getting permission to cross the pass. If we do not get the permission then we take the Atal Tunnel to reach Sissu.

After Rohtang Pass Koksar (1st village of Lahaul) Sissu (3100m), where every spring and autumn wild geese and ducks halt here on their way to and from Siberia. Cross the river Chandra Bhaga at Tandi (2573m). Finally, reach Keylong (3359 m) which is the headquarters of the Lahaul region. Rudyard Kipling said of the region that “Surely the God live here this no place for men.” Later continue towards Jispa (3,200 m). The village incorporates a helipad, a post office, and a monastery.
Overnight at Jispa

Day 3 | Jispa to Padum ( 183 Kms / 8 Hrs )
Post breakfast we check out and drive to Padum, en-route we cross Darcha, Deepak Tal from where we go up towards Shinkula Pass (  5091 Meters )  and then cross Gombo Rangjon Mountain on our way to Padum
Overnight at Padum.

Day 4 | Padum to Lamayuru ( 210Kms / 8Hrs)
After early breakfast we start our drive towards Lamayuru this is the new route to Lamayuru from Padum and the journey takes us through some new roads ( unmetalled ) over Zang la, Singe La, Fotoksar Hanupata to reach Lamayuru.
Overnight at Lamayuru.

Day 5 | Lamayuru to Leh ( 115 Kms / 3 Hrs )
Morning visit the monastery in Lamayuru, later drive to Leh, enroute visit Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, places of interest. Evening in Leh for leisure.
Overnight at Leh.

Day 6 |
Leh  to Pangong ( 156 kms / 4.5 hours )
After breakfast drive to Pangong, en-route cross Chang la Pass & Durbuk to reach Pangong.
Overnight stay at Pangong.

Day 7 | Pangong Lake to Hanle  ( 160 km / 7 hours)
After breakfast, we drive towards Hanle depending upon permission our first priority is the road through Neyoma which is an dirt track for most of the time or the road through Chumathng which is a bit longer but metalled. Reach Hanle by evening. Spend the evening star gazing in Hanle. Hanle is one of the best places for star gazing in the world and even has an ISRO Observatory.
Overnight at Hanle.

Day 8 | HanleUmling La – Hanle
There are two routes to reach Umling La from Hanle – the tougher one is from Photi La pass which is an dirt trail and gravel road. The other option is to go through Ukdungle which is an easier route. The area around Umling La is an high altitude area so the road up to the pass is an gentle trail and their are no deep gorges / valleys or narrow mountain roads to be taken. Post visit return back to Hanle.
Overnight at Hanle.

Day 9 | Hanle – Tso Moriri (  150 Kms / 5 Hrs )
Drive towards Tso Moriri which is an high altitude salt water lake. In route we cross Kyun Tso, Nidar, Nyoma, Mahe, Sumdo, Tso Kiagar to reach Tso Moriri.
Overnight at Tso Moriri.

Day 10 | Tso MoririSarchu ( 228 Kms / 8 Hrs ) 
After breakfast, you will start the drive to Sarchu from Tso Morari. On the way we cross Punga Sumdo Hot spring and Tso Kar Salt Lake. Stop for some pictures at Nakeela, Lachung La, Gataloops. Reach Sarchu by evening.
Overnight stay at Sarchu

Day 11 | Sarchu to Manali ( 117 Kms / 5 Hrs )
After breakfast drive towards Manali, en-route cross Baralacha la Pass to reach Darcha then on to Jispa, Keylong, Sissu and finally cross the Atal Tunnel to Reach Manali. End of tour in Manali.

End of tour.

Thing to do extra

River rafting at Zanskar River
ATV drive ( in Leh / Nubra – on direct payment basis )
Double Humped Camel ride in Nubra Valley (on direct payment basis )
Authentic food explore
Midway Picnics
Spend a night under the stars
Meditation and yoga
Visit Buddhist Monetary visit

Food and Meal

Meals Included in the Tour – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Breakfast – Our daily breakfast will be at the hotels where we stay.

Lunch – Daily lunch will be at small midway joints or it will be an picnic Lunch at some places where our team will cook food for you and serve it hot.

Dinner – Our daily dinner will be at the hotels / Camps / Guesthouse where we stay. Dinner in Manali & Leh is not included in the package as there are lots of good local restaurants in both cities where you can go out and enjoy a meal.

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the bottled standard water that we will carry for you.

Type of stay

Deluxe Tour – Stay in Good Hotels / Homestays & Guesthouses

  • Manali – Hotel
  • Jispa – Camp
  • Padum – Guesthouse
  • Lamayuru – Hotel
  • Leh – Hotel
  • Pangong – Guesthouse / Wooden Cottage
  • Hanle – Guesthouse
  • Tso Moriri – Guesthouse
  • Sarchu – Camp

Premium Tour – Stay in Premium Properties / Best Available in area

  • Manali – Hotel
  • Jispa – Hotel / Homestay
  • Padum – Hotel / Guesthouse
  • Lamayuru – Hotel
  • Leh – Hotel
  • Pangong – Wooden Cottage / Camp
  • Hanle – Guesthouse Best Available
  • Tso Moriri – Guesthouse Best Available
  • Sarchu – Camp Best available.

Standard Tour – Stay in Good Hotels / Homestays & Guesthouses

  • Manali – Standard Hotel
  • Jispa – Standard Camp
  • Padum – Basic Guesthouse
  • Lamayuru – Basic Hotel
  • Leh – Standard Hotel
  • Pangong – Basic Camp
  • Hanle – Basic Guesthouse
  • Tso Moriri – Basic Guesthouse
  • Sarchu – Basic Camp

Getting there

Manali  is starting point of the tour, the team will meat you at the predefined time at the chosen venue.
For those coming from far away cities, we can make additional arrangements for accommodation / flight for you. ( charges applicable )


If you don’t like the weather in the Himalayas just wait for a few hours and it will change. The Himalayas are so high that they make their own weather, it can be bright and sunny and in a few hours it may get cloudy and cold.

It is very difficult predict the weather so you have to be prepared for it, in day time it can be bright and sunny and as the sun goes down the temperatures plummets in the higher mountains.

So you have to be prepared for days with bright sun shining, sudden guest of strong cold winds and very cold night.


  • can drive for five to six hours
  • extensive driving experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with driving on a variety of surfaces
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Including the package cost

  1. 10 Nights accommodation on Twin / Double sharing basis om good 3* Hotels / best home stays in sector.
  2. All meals Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner for duration of trip, as per above mentioned itinerary. Except meals at Leh and Manali City (Lunch and Dinner not Covered) as there are many eating options in Leh & Manali ( Lunches not included in Standard Tour )
  3. Guidance to best places for Meals at Pay N Eat ( if any).
  4. Accompanying Professional & Experienced Guide throughout the tour.
  5. Border entry fee with all Inner line permits to restricted/protected areas.
  6. First Aid Oxygen and AMS kit for each vehicle as per needs
  7. Things to carry list with Map.
  8. Walkie-Talkie sets for communication between cars
  9. Lead vehicle with basic mechanical Support throughout the trip.
  10. P.W.R goody Bag & car stickers.

Not including the cost

  1. Stay for extra days if any ( we can make bookings for you make bookings for you )
  2. Flights to the destination.
  3. Extra food Like Starters /Lunch /Dinner all over Pay & Eat ( if Any outside the venue) .
  4. Self Drive SUV for the tour.
  5. Fuel for the SUV.
  6. Any vehicle Damage /fine/ Insurance
  7. Extra guide fee, Camera & Video fee ,Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone
  8. Any activity apart from mentioned ones.
  9. Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather etc.
  10. Any medical expenses incurred during the trip or travel insurance
  11. Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
  12. GST on billing.


Cost of  Tour
Cost with Own SUV  Contact for details
Cost with seat share in SUV  Contact for details
Single room supplement  Contact for details

GST ( 5 % ) Extra on billing

Checklist 4×4 tour

Use this checklist to help you pack for your 4×4 trip!

Backpacking / Clothing 

  1. 1 / 2 Jeans
  2. 1 / 2 Cargo pant
  3. 2 / 4 Full sleeve shirt
  4. 3 / 4 T- Shirts
  5. 1 / 2  Sweatshirt / Sweater / Fleece
  6. 1 Warm Jacket
  7. Slippers / Sandals
  8. Night suit.( if u use )
  9. Raincoat / Poncho
  10. Cap / Hat / Warm Cap
  11. Warm Gloves
  12. Warm Muffler
  13. 2 / 3 Cotton Socks and Warm Socks
  14. Towel  ( lightweight )


Other items

  1. Sunscreen Lotion
  2. Lip Guard / Care
  3. Body Lotion
  4. Paper Soap
  5. Face Wash / Soap / Shampoo / Oil / Deo / Comb etc.
  6. Sunglasses
  7. Toothpaste / Toothbrush


For Your 4X4 / SUV / MUV

Before riding check your 4X4/suv/muv            ( Very Important )

(engine oil, all cables, all nut and bolts,  tire-tube, Coolant, Brake, Belts,Headlights, complete services  if you need etc.)


  1. Extra Engine Oil  ( 2 Litre )
  2. Extra  Tire’s Tube
  3. Extra Bulb
  4. Jerry Cans 20 ltr  For Fuel
  5. Complete Tool Kit
  6. Fevi quick / M-Seal
  7. Air Pump
  8. Jack
  9. Tow Strap / Tow Rope
  10. Fuel Siphon / Pipe
  11. Battery Jumper Cables
  12. Tire Patch Kit
  13. Duct tape
  14. Trapal ( Use to make various shelters as needed to protect your camp from sun or rain )
  15. Vehicle Papers ( Registration /  Insurance  / Pollution )


Camping Gear – Only if you want to camp some where on the trip not recommended for snow drive

  1. Tent  2 Man Ultralight   (Quechua )
  2. Sleeping Bag Ultralight  (Quechua )temp limit 5 ° C, 0 ° C
  3. Sleeping mat / Carry Mat (wildcraft )
  4. Pillow  (Quechua )If required
  5. Torch / Headlamp
  6. Knife / Camp Axe / Saw   ( Wood Cutting )
  7. Small Shovel ‐ This will be great for helping to manage your campfire
  8. Camp Chairs & Folding Table
  9. Canteen / Reusable Water Bottle

——————————————————————————————————————————————Please note: This list does not include everything, and you should check your own needs to make sure you pack everything for your personal health and well being while camping.


10 Nights / 11 Days



Tour's Location



Why are your tours so expensive?
Travelling in the Himalayas requires as lot of preparation and a lot of specialty equipment, this along with the cost of the highly experienced travelling crew and their vehicles increases the cost of the Expedition in the Himalayas.
Can you book a hotel for me?
Yes, sure we can book hotel stay for you for your pre and post tour days.
What is your cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/ unavoidable reasons we must be informed in written. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive mail in written and cancellation charges would be as follows:
• Once the booking is confirmed – 25% of the tour/service cost.
• 15 days prior to arrival – 50% of the tour/service cost.
• 07 days prior to arrival – 75% of the tour/service cost.
• Less than 72 hours or no show – NO REFUNDS
Can you send us the final itinerary before we book the tour?
Yes we always send the tour program before you book.
Note - as we travel in the Himalayas at time if necessary we have to make changes in the itinerary due to snow fall / road closure or any other natural calamity that is beyond our control.
Is basis first aid available with the team
The accompanying team carries with it basis first aid, Oxygen for emergency use

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