Adventure Associates

One of the best ways to experience the stunning panoramas, rich history and Buddhist culture of the Indian Himalaya is by travelling overland.

With roads allowing access to some of the remotest parts of Ladakh for only four months of each year, we cross high mountain passes and traverse rugged landscapes to explore a stunning wilderness punctuated by ancient monasteries, turquoise lakes and rustic villages.

Travelling along the Manali – Leh highway on our way to Leh, where we take in the splendours of Shey Monastery, Thikshey, and Hemis before journeying across the world’s highest motorable pass, the Kardung La (5359 m), to the remote Nubra Valley. From here we continue our journey by road to Kashmir, one of the most beautiful regions of the Himalaya, where we spend two nights aboard houseboats on Dal Lake, an unforgettable vista set beneath the snow capped ridges of the Pir Panjal range to the west and south, and the Himalaya range to the east.

  • Explore the Kashmir Valley, Nubra Valley & Ladakh from Manali to Leh
  • Ancient monasteries including Shey, Thiksey, Hemis & Lamayuru
  • Travel along the world’s highest motorable road and cross the Kardungla Pass (5359m)
  • Sightseeing in Delhi, Manali, Leh & Srinagar
  • Accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels including the Oberoi Delhi & Grand Dragon in Leh
  • Two nights onboard a luxury Sukoon houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir
  • Himalayan panoramas of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges
  • Travel in private comfortable 4WD vehicles, 3 guests per vehicle


14 August 2021 – 29 August 2021

DURATION 16 days/15 nights
PRICES per person

AU$7,990 twin share 

AU$10,440 single 


GROUP SIZE 4-12 Guests
Adventure Associates Escort
Local English speaking guide
All Accommodation
All Meals as specified
All transfers, sightseeing, boat trips, domestic flights and touring as indicated
Bottled water
Entrance fees sightseeing tours/park entry fees
All currently applicable service charges and taxes
International air-tickets and taxes
Guide gratuity
Excess baggage on any flight
Vaccination costs
Passport or Visa fees
Travel Insurance
Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry
Any other meals or sightseeing not specified in the detailed itinerary

Additional information

DestinationKashmir, Ladakh

Day 1

Join Delhi

Welcome to India! On arrival you will be met by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to the 5 star Oberoi Hotel


Day 2


After a leisurely breakfast we embark on a sightseeing day in Delhi. As a complete contrast to the old, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever-changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate. In New Delhi we will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 metre high tower dating back to the 13th century, and Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. We will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars and experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub continent. In Old Delhi we pass the famous Red Fort, surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. Overnight Oberoi Hotel. B


Day 3

Delhi to Chandigarh (260km)

After breakfast we begin our drive from Delhi to Chandigarh. Located on the edge of the Siwalik Hills, the outermost rim of the Himalaya’s, Chandigarh was made the capital of the state of Punjab in the 1950’s after the old capital of Lahore became a part of Pakistan.

On arrival we will explore the Nek Chand Rock Garden, often described as a fantasy land, the garden is filled with objects created by Nek Chand, a former roads inspector who worked for the Chandigarh engineering department. There are hectares of sculptures and objects made from ceramics, electrical wires and bits of machinery. The work has received international acclaim and is lauded as nonmainstream ‘outsider’ art. Chand is still often found in his gardens, and is happy to speak to visitors about his works. Afterwards we travel to the outskirts of Chandigarh to visit Sukhna Lake. Overnight Marriott Hotel. B


Day 4

Chandigarh to Manali (295km)

After breakfast we set out for a fairly long day of travel. We expect the drive to Manali to take approx. 8 – 9 hours, however the views are breathtaking as we follow the winding road through gorges and ascend toward the mountains. Upon arrival we check in to the Manu Allaya Hotel. B,D


Day 5

Manali (1970m), & the Kullu Valley

The Kullu Valley is one of the most picturesque areas in the west Himalaya and is surrounded by snow capped mountain ranges, alpine meadows and conifer forests. Manali is a trading town, and important gateway for travellers entering Ladakh. Today we explore the town and Hadimba Temple. Overnight Manu Allaya Hotel. B,D


Day 6

Manali to Keylong (3440m) (126km)

After breakfast we continue along the Manali – Leh Highway to the fertile Bhaga Valley. Keylong is the administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the only town between Manali and Leh and the obvious place to break our journey for the night. Overnight Tashi Delek Hotel. B,L,D


Day 7

Keylong to Sarchu (4290m) (110km)

Sarchu (also known as Sir Bhum Chun), is a tented camp along the Leh-Manali Highway, which sits on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir). It is situated between Baralacha-La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at a considerable altitude of 4,290 m. Overnight deluxe camp. B,L,D


Day 8

Sarchu to Leh via Taglang La (5328m)   (230km) (260km)

Today we cross the Taglung La (5328m). The pass is nestled high in the Zanskar range, it is truly spectacular and one of the highlights of our trip. Nestled in a side valley north of the Indus, Leh is dominated by the nine story Leh Palace, and the old town is a labyrinth of alleyways and traditional old houses. On arrival we check in to our hotel. B,L,D


Day 9

In Leh

Following breakfast we take the day to explore the spectacular monasteries of the Indus Valley.


Built on a green hillside surrounded by spectacular mountains, Hemis is the biggest and the most important monastery in Ladakh. It was built in the 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. Hemis is the headquarters of the Drukpa order and all the monasteries throughout Ladakh are administered by it. This wealthiest monastery contains gold statues and stupas decorated with precious stones and many priceless old Thankas.


Thiksey, one of the most imposing monasteries belonging to the 15th century, stands on a crag overlooking the flood plain on the east bank of the Indus. The monastery belongs to the Elugpa order (Yellow sect) and is a 12- Storey Monastery painted deep red, ochre and white with typical tapering walls. There is a 15m high Buddha figure at the entrance of the new temple. The layout of the monastery complex resembles the Potala palace in Lhasa.


On the east bank of the Indus River sits the beautiful Shey Monastery. Up until the 16th century it was the royal palace. There is a 17.5 m high blue haired Maitreya Buddha of copper, brass gilded and studded with precious gemstones.

In the late afternoon we will return to our hotel, the rest of the day us at your leisure. You may chose to walk to the nearest market at your own pace or spend some time relaxing at the hotel. Overnight Hotel Grand Dragon. B,L,D


Day 10

The Nubra Valley via Kardungla Pass (5359m) (120km)

Today we journey across the world’s highest motorable pass, the Khardungla Pass (5359m). On the other side of the pass lies the Nubra Valley. Known also as the ‘Valley of the Flowers’, this region is blessed with a climate conducive to producing crops of grains and fruits, with apricots and apples in plentiful supply. 90% of the population is Buddhist, and the area has a distinctively Central Asian feel.  Our destination is the village of Diskit, and we should arrive by afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore Diskit and Hunder Villages. If time permits we may also take a camel safari in the sand dunes between Diskit and Hunder Village. Overnight deluxe camp. B,L,D


Day 11

Nubra Valley to Leh (120km)

After breakfast we take time to explore Diskit Monastery, there are around 100 monks in residence and the Monastery is more than 500 years old. In the afternoon we return via the Kardungla to Leh. Overnight Hotel Grand Dragon. B,L,D


Day 12

Leh to Kargil (215km)

En-route to Kargil we take time to visit Alchi Monastery, and the beautiful ancient Monastery of Lamayuru. There are approximately 300 monks registered under the administration of this great monastery. Have your camera at the ready, as this is one of the most picturesque monasteries in the entire Indian Himalaya. On arrival to Kargil we check into D-Zojila Residency. B,L,D


Day 13

Kargil to Srinigar (205km)

After breakfast we continue to Srinagar via he Zojila pass (3528m) en-route visit Sonmarg (2740m). Sonmarg means ‘meadow of gold’ and this region is a trekker’s haven boasting challenging trek routes, frozen turquoise lakes and impressive glaciers. On arrival to Srinagar we board our houseboats for two nights. B,D


Day 14

In Srinigar

Srinigar is the summer capital of the Kashmir Valley. The old city is a labyrinth of alleyways and mosques, and has a distinctly Central Asian feel. Dal Lake lies to the east, and is a complex maze of waterways. Each morning at dawn, a flotilla of Shikaras paddle out into the backwaters to form a floating market where mainly fresh produce and flowers are bought and sold. Beyond the lake is the Moghul Gardens another highlight of a visit here. Kashmir is also famous for its distinctive embroidery and carpets, and there are great shopping opportunities to be had in some of the tourist emporiums in the town. Today we explore Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Sankracharya Temple, and in the evening we take a boat ride on Dal Lake. Overnight houseboat. B,D


Day 15

Fly Srinigar to Delhi

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Delhi. This evening we enjoy our final group dinner together. Overnight Oberoi Delhi. B


Day 16

Delhi, trip concludes

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for onward arrangements. B


How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 500 per person deposit.

Deposit required per person: AU$500 per person
Balance due: 75 days prior to departure
If booking within 74 days of departure: Full payment must be made.

Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.


Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

More than 100 days prior to departure AU$250 per person
Between 99 and 75 days prior to departure Full loss of deposit per person
Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure 75% of tour cost per person
On or within 30 days prior to departure No Refund

If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.


Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
September 17, 2018

Thanks for organising a great trip!
Our guide Pankaj and driver Jaigdip(?) Singh were excellent and took great care of our comfort and safety on the eventful trip from Chandigargh to Manali, providing us with plenty of water and snacks.
Their concern and courtesy arranging my ‘washroom’ needs was much appreciated!
All the scenery was magnificent and Ladakh well worth our wait and the travel there.
The roads and the traffic was a great lesson in courtesy and safe vehicle management by all drivers.
The steady acclimatisation in travelling by car no doubt contributed to our not experiencing any altitude/mountain sickness problems.
All the hotels while obviously very varied we found good and enjoyable – the Sten-Dal in Diskit particularly so.

September 18, 2018

I also wanted to thank you again for everything, it was a great tour and thanks to your (and Vikas) effort everything went smoothly. Great organisation!

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