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This road trip takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Ladakh, a land of fascinating colors, barren landscapes, and snow-clad mountains.

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    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the Leh Ladakh Backpacking Trip (8D/7N) – Copy.

    Hello Backpackers!

    Few places on Earth don’t need a lot of introduction.

    Situated at a height of 11000 feet above sea level in the rugged mountains of the Himalayas, Ladakh offers stunning landscapes and enthralling views for travelers.

    It’s tough to explain the beauty of Ladakh. The extreme chill of the place is well complemented by the warmth of the Buddhist community here. A road trip to this dreamland will thrill and captivate you to its Monasteries, naked snow-clad Mountains, cold Desert, gravity-defying Hill, pristine Valleys, fast-flowing Rivers, and the best of all: a combination of the highest motorable Pass with insanely stunning Lake.

    This backpacking road trip takes you to all the famous, important attractions of Leh Ladakh as well as offbeat places. At the same time, will give you time to get acquainted with the high altitude and lack of oxygen. With Leh as a base, we will explore places like Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, and Hall of Fame to start with. We will then head towards northern attractions like Nubra Valley, Hunder, and Diskit. We will then move towards the most famous crowd-pullers overlooking eastern borders like Khardung La, Pangong lake. After a night’s stay and experiencing magical sunrise in the changing colors of Pangong, we will move to offbeat and the road less taken places like Tsomoriri, Tso Kar and Puga hot springs. 

    We will end the trip by exploring places in Sham valley like Magnetic hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Sangam valley which is famous for its highest river rafting point.

    Land of an ancient civilization and captivating people, Ladakh is both alluring and awe-inspiring. Nicknamed ‘Little Tibet’, this sparsely populated, absolute gem of a destination with it’s incredibly sweet and friendly locals is a treat to backpackers.

    It’s time to witness the clear blue skies. It’s time to marvel at countless stars. It’s time to dream. It’s time to live it. All at the same time.

    Come join Muddie Trails in this incredible journey to the Roof of the World.

    Highlights of the Ladakh Trip:

    • The Out of The World: Pangong Lake
    • The dreamy Nubra Valley
    • The most beautiful Tso Moriri Lake
    • Hunder: Desert in the sky, Double humped Camels
    • Diskit with giant Buddha statue
    • The fluctuating Tso Kar Lake
    • The gravity-defying Magnetic Hill illusion
    • Leh Shanti Stupa, City walk, Palace
    • Hall Of Fame: Every Indians pride
    • The serene Pathar Sahib Gurudwara
    • High motorable passes: Khardung La, Tanglang La
    • Sangam Valley with highest river rafting
    • Warm stay with Standard Guest Houses and Swiss Tents

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    1. Day 1 Arrival at Leh and acclimatize to high altitude
      • Altitude: 3600 meters (11600 ft)
      • Once you deboard your flight at Leh airport, we will arrange a taxi to reach our guesthouse.
      • Spend a relaxing day to get acclimatized to the high altitude of Ladakh.
      • It is highly advisable not to move around today as travelers may suffer from dizziness, headache, or acute mountain sickness (AMS). Note that acclimatization is an important part of every Ladakh trip.
      • You can still explore Leh market on foot in the evening if you wish, though its not recommended.
      • By evening or next morning, our operations manager will brief you about the incredible road trip of the next few days.
      • Overnight stay with cozy beds.
    2. Day 2 Around Leh - Shanti Stupa, Palace, Rancho School, Market
      • Altitude: 4275 meters
      • Start time around 9 to 10 AM.
      • Today we will explore Leh and the surrounding attractions starting with Shanti Stupa – Buddhist White Domed Statue located on a hilltop.
      • Leh Palace – a multi level Palace with a courtyard, museum and a gallery, located atop a hill with beautiful views of Leh town from the top.
      • We will also give a visit to Rancho School,  Sindhughat that are around 15 km from Leh town and spend quality time there.
      • Explore Leh market in the evening and shop for items needed for Ladakh.
      • Head to the guesthouse and rest for the night.
    3. Day 3 Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass
      • Max altitude: 5350 meters (17,800 feet)
      • Start time around 9 AM
      • Roadtrip to amazingly pretty Nubra Valley, known for its Ldumra (flower garden) via one of the world’s highest motorable passes called Khardung La.
      • Enjoy hot Kawa tea and Maggy noodles at the top of the pass.
      • Descend towards Diskit Monastery with 100 feet Future Buddha statue to get a stunning view of the valley.
      • The road to Nubra valley will continue towards international LOC, till the base camp of great Siachen Glacier (which we cannot go) which is well protected by Indian Army.
      • Stop by at Hunder which is also called ’Desert in the sky’ to witness double-humped giant Camels. Want more? Take a Camel joy ride and make those cool reels for your Instagram. Hunder is also famous for its adventurous ATV rides.
      • Explore sand dunes and reach our campsite of Swiss deluxe tents by evening.
    4. Day 4 Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake
      • Altitude: 4250 meters
      • Early morning start!
        Head out on a road trip to one of the prettiest places on Earth: “Pangong Lake”, driven by the free-flowing river Shayok at one end and giant mountains with amazing landscapes at the other end. You cannot help but keep your eyes out of the windows as we cross many streams and barren mountains special to Ladakh.
      • Enjoy the stunning view of Pangong Tso with the purest & bluest sky in the background, pose for those photographs you have been longing for.
      • Pangong is the only lake we share a border with China, with more than half in its control. You would have had a glimpse of it in the Bollywood 3 Idiots movie.
      • Experiencing a change in colors of the lake during the course of the day by spending time here is so relaxing to the senses.
      • Have long conversations for evening get together.
      • Rest in the Swiss tents of Pangong or Homestay at Tangste, which we would have booked based on availability.
    5. Day 5 Pangong to Tsomoriri
      • Altitude: 4522 meters
      • Start early morning picturesque view of Sunrise on lake followed by Breakfast at our stay.
      • Go on a long journey to Tsomiriri Lake fro pangong via following route: Man – Merak – Chushul – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Karzok.
      • Reach Korzok village by late afternoon, take a brief rest at our stay.
      • Visit the most beautiful fresh water lake – Tsomoriri – shore for sunset.
      • Get back to the guest house, finish Dinner and take good rest in the cozy rooms.
    6. Day 6 Tsomoriri to Leh via Thanglangla Pass
      • Altitude: 17800 feet above sea level.
      • Visit the Nomadic settlements early
        morning at ‘Dock’ but before do confirm
        if they are there via villagers.
      • Go on a road trip back to Leh via Tanglangla pass.
      • Take a pit stop at Puga hot springs and sip a hot tea.
      • On our way, we shall visit a very interesting salt water Tso Kar Lake.
      • Reach Leh guest house by late evening, chill out.
      • Have fulfilling dinner and rest for the night.
    7. Day 7 Sham Valley: Sangam, Rafting, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib
      • Head towards Sangam, the beautiful confluence of two mighty rivers: Indus and Zanskar. The Indus river originates from the Holi Mansarovar in Tibet, flows into Ladakh.
      • Sangam valley is also known as highest river rafting point in the world at an elevation of 11600 feet above sea level. Interested folks can indulge in adventurous river rafting on the ice cold waters of Indus river, if available at that time.
      • Give a visit to Hall of Fame – every Indian’s pride.
      • Head to Magnetic Hill – an optical illusion created by wondrous nature, where a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope because of the surrounding terrain.
      • Visit legendary Pathar Sahib where Guru Nanak Dev, founder of the Sikh religion, is believed to have conquered a demon. Spend some time in the warmth of Gurudwara built in the 15th century and sit down for a quiet meditation for few minutes.
      • Get back to Leh guest house and say goodbye to our driver who has been with us past few days taking us through most rugged routes.
      • Finish Dinner, and gather around for social gathering one last time at our stay.
      • Take good rest.
    8. Day 8 Return Home
      • You can check out of the guest house as per your flight timing and book a cab to Airport.
      • Take back memories of a lifetime. You will surely want to return to this magical place once again. But this first trip of yours will be etched in your memories forever.
      • Till the next time, say JULAY to Ladakh.
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    • Trip starting/ending point: Leh.
    • Tempo Traveler, Innova, Xylo or similar tourist vehicle
      (6 days journey)
    • Airport pick up (Day 1) and drop (Day 8) at fixed timings
    • Trip duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
    • Start time: 1st day, 10 AM and later
    • End time: 8th day, 8 AM and later
    • You may book Flights up/down to/from Leh.

    Choice of Bike for a day:

    • Interested travelers can avail a Bike Ride on Day 7 at extra cost.
    • 1000 INR for Royal Enfield-500 for dual rider, 1500 INR for solo rider.
    • 1500 INR for Himalayan for dual rider, 2500 INR for solo rider.
    • Petrol charges are self. It usually costs 200 INR.
    • Sangam valley, Rafting point, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib etc. are covered as per itinerary on Day 7.


    • Comfortable Standard Guest Houses / Hotels / Swiss Tents
    • 2 or 3 sharing rooms.
    • Leh 4 nights
    • Nubra 1 night
    • Karzok (near Tsomoriri) 1 night
    • Pangong (based on availability) or Tangste: 1 night
    • Note: You may get in touch with Organizers if you wish to see stay pictures.


    • Breakfasts & Dinners included.
    • Lunches are self-sponsored as we will be outside at that time.
    • How much you have to spend for good food?
      200 – 250 per meal

    Things to carry for the Trip:

    Basic Essentials

    • Tooth brush, paste, other toiletries
    • Small Bag (20-30 liter)
    • Backpack (50-60 liter)
    • 1 water bottle
    • Personal medical kit
    • Original ID Card (Aadhar, DL)

    Clothing Essentials

    • Thermal Wear
    • Jacket (Water proof)
    • Warm Inner-wears
    • 2-Gloves (1 Woolen, 1 Waterproof)
    • Track Pants, Full sleeve T shirts
    • Sweater for nights
    • Socks (Cotton or Woolen)
    • Rain Coat / Poncho (Just in case)
    • Handkerchief/towels


    • Cap/Hat
    • UV sunglass
    • Sunscreen SPF 50+
    • Lip Balm
    • Quick Dry Towels
    • Body Lotion
    • Sanitizer, Handwash for hygiene
    • Camera/Go pro (optional)


    • Crocin or Dolo 650 – ( Fever / High Fever )
    • Combliflam – ( Fever + Reduce Muscle Pain )
    • Zintac/Aciloc/Rantac/ Omez ( Acidity)
    • Allegra ( Allergy )
    • Disprin ( for headache, try not to use at high altitude. instead drink more water and rest. ** Symptom of AMS, DO NOT SUPPRESS )
    • Antibiotics ( Azithromycin) ( for infections. Do not take antibiotics when at high altitude. Descend if the problem persists)

    What’s next after booking your road trip:

    • Organizers will get in touch with you, or vice versa.
    • Once minimum number of people book this trip (at least 4 members), Organizing team will give a green signal to book your flights.
    • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 5 days before the event.

    Special Notes:

    • Ladakh is a high-altitude destination that may not suit everybody. Travelers are expected to carefully read and understand the Terms & Conditions that explain the complexities of this trip before booking.
    • Do your research on Acute Mountain Sickness.
    • Travelers are expected to come with an open heart, respect local culture, care towards the environment and climate change, and are willing to help each other.

    Seasonal Variations:

    • Jan to Mar (Winter): The extreme climatic conditions of Ladakh will make it inhospitable for visitors. Almost every corner of Ladakh gets covered with thick snow layers, which means all the routes to Ladakh are shut down.
    • April to July (Summer): As the snow starts melting, Ladakh gets prepared for the onset of summer, and along with it the tourists. By mid-May, Srinagar-Leh Highway reopens and acts as the best route to reach Ladakh.
    • Aug to mid-Oct (Monsoons): Even though it’s the monsoon season, Ladakh receives very less rainfall, with whatever little rainfall it receives being in shorts bursts of heavy downpour.
    • Mid-Oct to Dec (Winter again): As you can expect, most of the time it’s Winter in Ladakh because of the high altitude and geographic location in the heart of the Himalayas. There will be a sudden drop in temperature this time, as the land starts receiving snowfall. 
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Leh Ladakh Package InclusionsItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel by SUV for 6 days
      (Tempo Traveler, Innova/Xylo or similar)
    • Stay for 7 nights on triple/double sharing basis
      (Standard guesthouses, homestays, and Swiss tents)
    • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners (Veg)
    • Inner Line Permits
    • Trip Captain
    • Airport pickup/drop (fixed timings)
    • Double humped Camel ride at Hunder cold desert
    • 1 or more Bonfires (weather permits)
    • Oxygen cylinder
    • First aid kit
    • Once in a lifetime experience of visiting all places in Highlights section.
    Leh Ladakh Package ExclusionsItems that are excluded in the cost of tour price.
    • Lunches
    • Any entry tickets applicable for local places
    • Any kind of adventure activities
    • Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above
    • Any extra cost arising due to any change in the itinerary/stay/route on account of bad weather, traffic-congestion, landslides/roadblocks, natural calamities, political disturbances and/or any other factors beyond our control.

    Terms & Conditions:

    • No major health issues shall be present to the traveler like Asthma, respiratory problems, mental ailments, Heart issues, High blood pressure or any other special medical condition which may affect you and others during the trip
    • No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities!
    • We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel & accommodation.
    • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted
    • Absolutely No littering during our travels. We swear to protect our environment.
    • No alcohol & smoking during Treks & adventure activities. There would be separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at campsite/homestay for interested people
    • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
    • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety while traveling with Muddie Trails. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
    • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle that discharges Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.
    • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
    • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek
    • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
    • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by Muddie Trails.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date.
    • 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 29 to 15 days before the trip start date.
    • No refund/postponing within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
    • No refund/postponing request will be entertained on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip.
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