Press 'n' Media | Articles | Eco Codes | Maps | Careers | Sitemap
Mercury Himalayan Explorations (MHE)MHE Contact Bookmark and Share
Mercury Himalayan Explorations (MHE) About Us Trips at a Glance MHE Tour Photogallery MHE What's New

Manali to Leh Jeep Safari

Trip Highlights

Manali to Leh. The ultimate safari. Taking you across all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Pir Panjal and crossing the exciting Rohtang Pass. On through the barren coloured rock formations of Lahaul to the grand cross road pass of Bara lacha, which drops you into the high plains of Sarchu and onwards through the deep gash of the Chumkyal to the expanses of Pang where wild ass still roam and the shepeards of changspa can be seen with their herds. A timeless tableau evocative of the times of the marauding hoards of Chingez khan.

The lake at Tsokar is the breeding ground for Brahmini Ducks, black cranes, bar headed geese and many smaller birds, also see the whistling marmots basking in the sun and diving into their burrows at your approach.

From Tsokar you cross the Tanglangla pass at 5292 mts, making it one of the highest motorable passes. At each juncture of this journey the terrain changes and you find more and more awe in the amazing landscapes that you drive through.

It is a must do once in your life.

Route Chart

Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Tsokar - Leh - Delhi

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi - Manali (2050M/570Kms)

  • Reach Manali early in the morning. On reaching assisted by escort to the hotel, check into the hotel. Day at Leisure.
  • Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : Stay in Manali/Sight Seeing

  • Have your breakfast in the hotel. Post breakfast one can do sightseeing in and around Manali visiting Vashisht temple where there is hot water springs, Hadimba Devi temple of Mahabharat times, log huts, clubhouse and the Tibetan monastery
  • Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Manali – Jispa (3142M/147 Kms)

  • Have your breakfast in the hotel, start your overland journey and drive to Jispa. This high altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range connects the densely fertile and green Kullu valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali slowly winding up mountain roads till Rohtang Pass at 3,950 Mts. This connects the Kullu to the Lahaul valley. On entering the Lahaul valley we see a distinct change with the Hindu influence being replaced with the Buddhist religion. Packed lunch en-route.
  • Stop over at the Khardung Monastery, it is situated on the left bank of the Bhaga River, above the Khardung village facing Keylong. After this, trek 5 km till Keylong market, and take a walk through the small market. Your jeep will be waiting for you there. From there drive for Jispa.
  • Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Jispa – Tsokar (4253M/75 Kms)

  • Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast drive over the scenic Baralacha Pass (4880 Mts.). This scenic drive to the pass will give you an opportunity to see Himalayan lakes like Deepak and Suraj Tal and a myriad of Himalayan flora and fauna along the way. After crossing the pass drop down to the vast Sarchu plains at an altitude of 4200 m. Lunch en-route.
  • From Sarchu, the road flattens into a good straight stretch of 25km known as the Lingti Plains and then climbs through a 10 km stretch of amazingly circuitous hairpin bends known as the Gatta Loops. We once again wound our way up the Lachung La pass (16,600 ft above sea level). From here the road twists its way to Pang through an amazing canyon with sheer cliffs and rocky outcrops looming up on both sides of the road. We will ascend up to the Pang Plateau also known as the More Plains (15,700 ft above sea level). The desert is encircled by snow-capped peaks. We drive on the sandy plateau to just short of the village of Debring where we leave the main road and drive for 45 minutes on a sandy track to our campsite on the banks of Tso Kar.
  • Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 : Tsokar – Leh (105km)

  • After breakfast, drive to Leh. Packed lunch from the camp. After the plateau, we climb to the Tag Lang La pass (5292 Mts.). One of the highest motorable roads in the world this pass gives way to beautiful views of the Karakoram Mountains and the Ladakh valley. Descend till Rumtse and drive through the Indus valley to Leh.
  • Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 : Shey-Thiksey-Hemis (19km from Leh)

  • After breakfast drive up along the scenic Indus valley. Enroute stop over to visit the famous Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Packed lunch enroute.
  • Shey Palace & Monastery:
    This summer palace of the erstwhile King of Leh set upon a hill. The monastery itself has a 7.5 meter high, copper statue of a sitting Buddha, wrought in gold. This is the largest of its kind in the world.
  • Thiksey Monastery:
    19 Kms from Leh, Thiksey is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas of Ladakh. The Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. It has chambers full of statues, Stupas and colorful Tankhas.
  • Hemis Monastery:
    Situated just off the Manali-Leh Highway, Ladakh’s biggest and wealthiest monastery is situated on the Leh - Manali road. Its popularity stems from the annual festival held here in summer. The festival coincides with Guru Padma Sambhava’s (Buddha) birthday. It contains quite a few statues in gold and Stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a superb collection of Tankhas, including one which is supposed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited only once every 12 years.
  • Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 : Leh - local sight seeing

  • Our return to civilisation is a return to the friendly and charming city of Leh, the capital Ladakh. There is plenty of time to visit nearby monasteries as well as do some last minute shopping. Leh was at one time was a major stop on the Asian "Silk Route". A stroll along the main bazaar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazaar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.
  • Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 : Leh - Delhi

  • Post breakfast, transfer to airport for your onwards journey.


Extension: 2 Nights / 3 Days

Day 08 : Leh to Pangong Tso

  • Make an early start and drive east of Leh via Chang-la Mountain Pass (18,000ft/5,475m) to Pangong Lake, (4267m/14000ft.), 145kms/5 hours one way. The views all around Chang La are simply spectacular. Mesmerizing vistas with the changing hues of the waters of the lovely lake.
  • Overnight in deluxe tents.

Day 09 : Pangong Tso – Leh

  • The next day’s journey is basically a retracing of the route to Spangmik and its surrounding villages are home to a small population of nomadic Chang-pa, a race endemic to South East Ladakh and Tibet.
  • Overnight in hotel at Leh.

Day 10 : Fly out

  • Post breakfast, transfer to airport for your onwards journey.


Founded in 1982 as a partnership between Mercury Travels (Oberoi Group of Hotels) and legendary mountaineer of Everest fame Col. N. Kumar (Padma Shri Award, Arjuna Award), Mercury Himalayan Explorations was the first ever specialist adventure travel company in India.

Winner of the National Tourism Award for two years running (2004 and 2005) in the category of Most Innovative Tour Operator, today Mercury Himalayan Explorations runs the largest range of adventure trips in the country and continues to innovate with a passion for adventure, safety, comfort and service.

MHE has been rated by UK's Sunday Times among the travels worlds top fixer for adventure travel in India

Cost Includes

  • 02 nights stay in. Hotel May Flower or similar on twin sharing with MAP.
  • 01 night stay in Hotel Ibex at Jispa.
  • 01 night stay in camp Pastureland at Tsokar.
  • 03 night stay in Hotel Namgyal Palace or similar.
  • Transportation in a innova or similar from Manali to Leh,
  • Innova or Scorpio for the trip and sight seeing in Leh with Local Guide.
  • Transfer to the hotel in Manali.
  • Transfer to the airport by innova or similar in Leh.
  • Monastery entrance fee in Leh.
  • Inner permit and Ladakh entry fees.
  • Service tax

Cost Does not Include:

  • Any airfare, airport tax, visas fee,
  • Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to
  • drivers, guides, any beverages.

  • Insurance personal/Baggage/Medical.
  • Any increase in govt. service tax.
  • Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary because of natural forces like land slides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
  • Any medical, travel or evacuation insurance.
  • Any other service or item not specified above.
  • Any sight seeing in Manali
  • Payment Terms:

There would be a 50% advance to confirm the trip.
Balance 50% payment should be made 1 week prior to the trip.

Cancellation Charges:
  • Please note that any third party cancellation charges such as hotel bookings, transport, equipment rental, instructors etc would be solely borne by the client in addition to our cancellation charges.
  • Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
  • MHE reserves the right to change or modify the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. If any costs increase due to this change, the client will be asked to pay the additional amount on the spot.
Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
From confirmation up to 10 days prior to departure: 10%
9 - 7 days prior to departure: 30%
6 days - 48 hours prior to departure 75%
Less than 48 hrs or no show 100%

Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings

Tour Schedule Book the Tour Feedback

Trekking Skiing Climbing Wildlife Jeep Safari Fixed Departures & Up coming trips
Copyright © Press n Media Eco Codes Maps Careers Site Map