To keep the wheel spinning, Sathya needed an adventure that would lift their spirits and rejuvenate them completely. Therefore, he went on an adventure trip to Ladakh with his friends and what transpired afterward was absolutely breathtaking.
Just like any normal working adult, every now and then, my daily routine would feel a bit dull and cumbersome. To escape that feeling of monotony, I often packed my bags on a weekend and travel to a new place where I enjoyed being the company of a new culture, people, and destination.
For a few years, my friends and I wanted to plan a big and memorable vacation together. Ladakh had been on our bucket list for long and things finally aligned perfectly for us to go on an adventure trip to Ladakh.
Details about our adventure trip to Ladakh
I got familiarized with TravelTriangle while I was researching on Google about Ladakh tour packages. They offered me packages with the itinerary I was hoping for at very competitive prices. It felt reassuring that I could choose one amongst multiple itineraries offered by various travel agents.
Trip Cost: INR 1,50,500
Trip Duration: 7 nights 8 days
Agent Name: The Roomie
Inclusions: Return bus tickets – Delhi to Manali, accommodation, transfers, sightseeing, meals, and taxes
Exclusions: Flights, lunch, and entry fee charges
After winding up the booking formalities, my friends and I started reading blogs about Ladakh on TravelTriangle for some useful information. I knew a few people who had been to Ladakh, and they gave us some crucial advice that came in handy for our adventure trip to Ladakh.
Upon their recommendation, we didn’t take a direct flight to Leh and opted for a multi stop journey via Delhi, Manali, and Sarchu so that our bodies could adapt to the massive change in altitude. Our trip began with a flight to Delhi and immediately following that with an overnight bus journey to Manali.
Day 1: A fascinating multi-stop journey via Manali and Sarchu
After a tiring 14-hour bus journey, we arrived in Manali at 8 am. We caught up with the driver who was assigned to us for our adventure trip to Ladakh. Without much delay, we started on our journey to Sarchu.
On the way to Sarchu, we stopped at Rohtang Pass which was completely covered with snow. Seeing the clouds pass below our eye line was definitely an amazing experience we wanted to kick start our adventures. The road journey was so beautiful that we couldn’t help but stop the car at a couple of places to capture the mind-blowing landscape.
In the evening, we finally arrived in Sarchu and checked into the Himalayan Camp. That day. we couldn’t walk around much in Sarchu due to the low oxygen levels and the trouble we faced breathing. Living at an altitude of 14,070 ft. was definitely something that took time getting used to.
Day 2: Exploring the heart of the Ladakh region
The next morning, we started our journey from Sarchu to Ladakh. The journey was adventurous since the roads weren’t too smooth and we had to cross a few places that had water going in full flow across the road. As expected, we came across a lot of bikers and cyclists who were also on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip to Ladakh.
We stopped at the small village of Pang for lunch and refreshments. From Pang onwards, the roads were better and our journey got easier. The next stop for us was the daunting Lachulung La that stood at over 16,000 ft. We quickly clicked some pictures, admired the view, and moved on towards Leh. We started feeling light-headed and dizzy a few moments after we left from Lachulung La.
Around 5 pm we reached Leh and checked into the Hotel Gongma. After a warm welcome from the hotel staff, we decided to rest in our rooms for the evening and get some much-needed rest for our weary bodies.
Day 3: Gorgeous sightseeing in Leh
Thankfully, we woke up the next morning sans a headache and fully rested for a day of sightseeing on our adventure trip to Ladakh.
We began with a visit to the Shanti Stupa– a famous Buddhist temple and some shopping in the local markets. In the afternoon, we went to the Magnetic hill where we saw the unique occurrence of cars and objects going uphill on its own. We finished our sightseeing with a trip to the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib temple.
Afterwards, we returned to the hotel for the evening for a delicious meal and a good night’s sleep
Day 4: Passing by Khardung La – the highest motorable road in the world!
The next day we checked out from Leh and moved towards Nubra valley. During our journey, we stopped for a while at Khardungla pass- the highest motorable road in the world! At 17,500 ft., we witnessed a rocky mountain pass that was fully covered by snow.
Later on, we moved from the steep and arid mountain ranges of Ladakh to the cold desert of Nubra valley. We were amazed by seeing the stark transformation of the landscape on our adventure trip to Ladakh.
In Nubra, we checked into the Double Humped Camps and proceeded for camel ride and archery. Afterward, we returned to the campsite in the evening as the sun set on yet another amazing few days of travel.
Day 5: The beautiful Pangong lake – worth the journey!
This morning we departed from Nubra Valley to the city of Leh. Thanks to the traffic and it being a government holiday, it took us a few hours extra to arrive into Leh.
We checked in at around 12 pm, freshened up, and started our journey to Pangong Tso Lake. The journey might have been long and never-ending but after getting a first glimpse of the lake, we fell in love with it. We fondly stayed there for more than an hour taking in the gorgeous view.
Some of my friends also got their pictures clicked on the famous scooter in the movie 3 Idiots. Later, we returned to the hotel in the evening to get some much-needed sleep for the day.
Day 6 & 7: Unwinding in Leh
This was a leisure day on our adventure trip to Ladakh. We woke up early morning to see the sunrise by sitting on banks of the lake. We played again in the water and started our journey to Leh. We stayed in the same hotel in Leh
On the seventh day, we checked out from leh and traveled back to Sarchu. We didn’t stop anywhere as we were so tired and asked our driver to take us directly to the hotel. At night, there were a few health concerns as a few of my friends suffered from vomiting and breathing issues at the camp.
Day 8: A small bump in the road back home
The last day of the trip was a bit of a roller coaster ride. We checked out of Sarchu and began our journey to Manali.
We didn’t face any problem during the whole trip, but, on the final day our car tire got punctured and luckily we had a spare. Thankfully, we reached Manali in time at 4 pm for us to board our bus back to New Delhi.
After coming back from this adventure trip to Ladakh, I found myself enjoying things I earlier took for granted. Traveling to awesome places like Ladakh definitely helped me add a perspective of what was truly worth cherishing ie my friends and the trust we have amongst ourselves.
As far as Ladakh was concerned, I couldn’t get enough of that place. It’s a kind of a destination where you could come 4-5 times and still be amazed by the beauty and stunning landscape.
- That incredible sense of achievement after reaching Pangong Lake.
- Health concerns on the penultimate day added a blip to an otherwise harmonious vacation.
A vacation filled with adventure is all you need. Book your Ladakh tour package and experience the thrill of visiting Leh-Ladakh!
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