5

Difficulty Level : Moderate

16 Days

12-29 PAX

5019m

June to September

Fixed Departures :


Kullu to Kangra

199000/-

Add ons:

Cliffhanger


This self-drive Himalayan safari is an exhilarating journey that that will take you on paths less travelled and also test your mountain driving skills. Over two weeks you will drive 2,500 kms through some of the remotest, least explored and pristine regions of the north-western Indian Himalayas. Some of the roads you’ll be negotiating are not even there on Google Maps at the time of writing this. The drive via Shinku La from Himachal to the Zanskar region of Ladakh and the one from Kishtwar in J & K to Killar in Himachal are challenging and sure to get the adrenaline pumping. For those looking for a challenge, Cliffhanger Safari is for you!



Tour Highlights


  • Drive on remote roads and trails

  • Cross high mountain passes. Shinku La, Sach Pass, Singe La and Sirsir La

  • 5 exclusive and comfortable camping nights

  • Picnic lunch at the spectacular Gombo Rangon

  • Drive from Himachal to J&K and back to Himachal

  • Explore the local attractions in Gemur, Srinagar and Padum, Kargil

  • Stay on a houseboat in Srinagar



Day Wise Tour Plan and Itinenary


Total distance: 90 km
Starting Altitude: 1900 m | Highest Altitude: 3300 metres | Resting Altitude: 3300 metres

We start off with a drive from Manali to Gemur. We go past Solang to enter from the South Portal of the Atal Tunnel and emerge in the starkly different landscape of Lahaul to eventually reach Jispa/Gemur. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax and acclimatize. There is an option for an evening stroll to the riverside.

Overnight at: Gemoor Khar or similar

National Highways

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 3-4 hrs

Driving distance: 0 km
Starting Altitude: 3300 m | Highest Altitude: 4890 metres | Resting Altitude: 3300 metres

It’s a day for acclimatisation. You can either drive till Baralacha La Pass to acclimatise before progressing further to high-altitude areas or spend time walking around Gemur, observing the unique culture of the region.

Overnight at: Gemoor Khar or similar

National Highways

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 0 hrs

Driving distance: 100 km
Starting Altitude: 3300 m | Highest Altitude: 5019 metres | Resting Altitude: 3800 metres

It’s the first remote and demanding drive of this trip. We go over the 5019 m Shinku La pass into the Zanskar region of Ladakh. It is a tough drive for the most part on what is at best, a road trail meant only for a 4 x 4. The landscapes are rugged and desolate but spectacular. We have a picnic lunch at grounds of Gombo Ranjan before moving on to Purne – a hamlet perched above the confluence of the Lingti and Kargiakh rivers.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

Mountain Roads / Trail

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving Time: 6-7 hrs

Driving distance: 70 km
Starting Altitude: 3800 m | Highest Altitude: 3800 metres | Resting Altitude: 3350 metres

We start the day with a morning hike of about an hour and a half each way to Phuktal Gompa – perhaps the remotest and most spectacularly located monastery in the Indian Himalayas. Later, we drive to Padum – the administrative capital of the Zanskar region.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads / Trail

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving Time: 5 hrs

Starting Altitude: 3350 m | Highest Altitude: 3500 metres | Resting Altitude: 3350 metres

Today we drive around in this stunning region and see other ancient and gloriously poised monasteries and settlements: Karsha, Stongdey and Bardan.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 195 kms
Starting Altitude: 3350 m | Highest Altitude: 4950 metres | Resting Altitude: 3500 metres

We make our way out of Zanskar on another remote road trail. We drive via Zangla, where we see the ruins of an ancient fort and cross Singe La (4950 m), Wanla and Sirsir La to meet the Leh – Srinagar Highway near Khalsi. We then drive for about 20 mins to reach Lamayuru (don’t forget to visit the majestically poised ancient gompa here).

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads & Trails

Difficulty Level – Hard

Driving Time: 9-10 hrs

Distance: 103 kms
Starting Altitude: 3500 m | Highest Altitude: 4108 metres | Resting Altitude: 2676 metres

After a leisurely breakfast we drive to Kargil and enroute visit Mulbekh (see the 30 ft high statue of the Maitreya that’s been carved out of a limestone cliff). Later, we visit the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian and Kargil Trade Artefacts.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: 160 kms
Starting Altitude: 2676 metres | Highest Altitude: 4100 metres | Resting Altitude: 2676 metres

Today we drive for 3 hours through the exquisite Suru Valley. The valley extends all the way till Penzi La – the source of the Suru River, and it is one of the most fertile and green valley in the Greater Himalayan region. We return to Kargil for the night.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 5 hrs

Distance: 202 kms
Starting Altitude: 2676 metres | Highest Altitude: 3600 metres | Resting Altitude: 1585 metres

We drive via Drass and over Zoji La (3500 metres) to enter the evergreen valleys of Kashmir. As we drive through the beautiful valley, we pass Sonamarg and descend to Srinagar. Upon arrival we have the option to take a relaxing sunset shikara ride on the serene Nageen Lake.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving Time: 8-9 hrs

Distance: NA
Starting Altitude: 1585 metres | Highest Altitude: 1585 metres | Resting Altitude: 1585 metres

We start the day early with a morning shikara ride to the floating vegetable market. After breakfast we drive to Yusmarg – the Meadow of Jesus; an offbeat, pristine and exquisitely beautiful locale. Once back in Srinagar we take a trip to the Pari Mahal and Chashm-e-Shahi and a visit to Shankracharya Hill for panoramic views of Srinagar and its lakes. You also have the option of visiting the local market.

Overnight at: Hotel

Tarmac Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 230 kms
Starting Altitude: 1585 metres | Highest Altitude: 3800 metres | Resting Altitude: 1638 metres

After breakfast we drive towards Kishtwar and then onto our final destination and campsite for the day, Gulabgarh. This upland by the Chenab River is on the eastern extremities of Jammu that border Himachal Pradesh. Known as the land of sapphire, saffron and shrines, this region is incredibly beauteous – lofty glaciated mountains, corrugated meadows, and dense conifer forests. Home to two national parks, this area is also known for its rich wildlife.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving Time: 10-12 hrs

Distance: 125 kms
Starting Altitude: 1638 metres | Highest Altitude: 3000 metres | Resting Altitude: 3000 metres

Today we head back to Himachal from J&K. Of all the drives thus far, today’s is the demanding one. Most of the route is a winding road trail of gravel & sand, carved into the side of a cliff with a sheer drop of a couple of thousand feet on the other side. It gets trickier because of the rocky overhangs that prevent a view of oncoming vehicles. We finally emerge in the beautiful, undisturbed and sparsely populated Pangi Valley of Chamba. We reach Sural Battori, the last village in the Sural Valley at an altitude slightly more than 3,000 metres. Overnight stay in mobile camp.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

Mountain Roads & Tracks

Difficulty Level – Hard

Driving Time: 6-7 hrs

Starting Altitude: 3000 metres | Highest Altitude: 3000 metres | Resting Altitude: 3000 metres

It’s a day to unwind and relax. We take a walk around Sural Bhatori, a hidden gem, that offers majestic views of the mountains with hundreds of cattle grazing in the open meadows. Enroute we will also find a cluster of homes and small villages that are equally beautiful.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

NA

Difficulty Level – Easy

Walking time: ‘As you wish’

Driving distance: 90 km
Starting Altitude: 3,000 metres | Highest Altitude: 4,414 metres | Resting Altitude: 2000 metres

Today we move from rugged Sural Battori to Bairagarh, 30 km downhill from Sach Pass. The first 60 km or so is the last ‘tough drive’ of this trip as it involves going over the Sach Pass, the final high mountain pass you will negotiate in this journey. We will spend our final night at an exclusive camp set up at Bairagarh.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

Roads - NA

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving time: 5 hrs

Driving distance: 113 km
Starting Altitude: 2000 metres | Highest Altitude: 2000 metres | Resting Altitude: 1800 metres

Today we move to our final destination of our journey, Dalhousie. It’s an easy drive down to Dalhousie via Tissa. A perfect place to celebrate the conclusion of an epic journey.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving time: 5 hrs

We bid goodbyes and hope to see you soon on another adventure.



What's Included


Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 15 nights at hotels and camps as mentioned.

  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 16.

  • 01 Welcome Dinner in Manali at Roots Café & Stay.

  • 01 farewell Dinner in Dalhousie.

  • One 'Lead car' with driver with a Walkie/Talkie and extraction tow rope etc.

  • One 'Sweep car' with driver with Walkie/Talkie and extraction tow rope etc.

  • Two Tour Managers who will be with group. One each in the Lead and Sweep cars.

  • One Walkie Talkie per vehicle.

  • 05 nights of Complete camping arrangements including the services of experienced cook, kitchen staff, mountain tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, chairs, tables, mattresses, Sleeping bags / Blankets & other basic camping gear etc.

  • Camping charges where applicable.

  • Comprehensive first aid kit with Oxygen cylinders.

Exclusions

  • Any not mentioned in the inclusions

  • Taxes

  • Gratuities and tips

  • Personal travel and accident insurance

  • Porterage, personal clothing/gear, laundry, telephone, and any other expense not included above.

  • Any additional expenses in case of strikes, road blockades or any act of God.

  • Still / Video camera fee (Wherever applicable)



Is This For Me


Do long and remote road trips excite you? Are you looking to explore the Himalayas in a unique and adventurous way? If yes then this one is for you. The Cliffhanger takes you on a 15-day road-trip across Himachal and Kashmir. Done with a group of like-minded people, the tour promises to give you memories to last a lifetime.



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FAQs



Once you have decided on a tour, all you need to do is shoot us an email or call us and a member of our team will guide you through the booking process. You can either choose to make a full payment upfront or in instalments as per our BOOKING CONFIRMATION RULES.
Domestic clients
Indian nationals or people residing in India having an Indian bank account can transfer money to our account and share the proof of that transaction to confirm their booking.
International clients
If you reside outside India, then you need to write to us and we’ll follow up with an e-mail with a link to make the payment online. Once the payment is confirmed you’ll be ready to embark on your Nomadic Himalayan experience with us.
The refund for your booking depends on when you cancel your booking. Please look at the refund rules for details.
In case you are unable to join a fixed departure trek that you have booked but do not want to cancel then don’t worry. We understand that sometimes circumstances force us to change our plans and in such a scenario we can try to adjust you in the next batch for the same trek at no extra cost. However, this would be subject to availability and us reaching the minimum required number to run a tour.
If you want to change your booking and join a different trek route/plan it can be done if spots are still open. Also, if the new trek is cheaper than the one that you had initially booked, there’ll be no refund; however, you will have to pay the difference if it is priced higher than your original booking.
We can make adjustments of up to a few days before or after scheduled departure depending on the availability of the team, support staff and our trekking calendar. Contact us to know more.
Yes you can. We always do our best to accommodate any demands and customisations. While small personal needs can always be accommodated, we also need to take into consideration if the customisation affects the other people on the tour. If it’s a single group that makes up the whole tour then normally we can amend and customise as needed but if multiple groups or solo trekkers make the group then the entire group will be considered before we can agree to make any customisations affecting others.
Last minute changes to departure dates is not something that can be usually accommodated as the wheels for running a group are set in motion much before the actual departure. Also, some of our treks are planned in sync with our cycling groups in the case of combo tours so last minute changes are tough. However, we can always arrange for things like different/separate arrival and transport for you to start the trek if needed. You will need to inform us in advance and there will most likely be an additional cost involved.
  • Accommodations and meals as per the tour-specific itinerary.

  • Refreshments and packed meals during cycling and trekking.

  • Potable/drinking water throughout. We care for the environment and discourage the usage of packaged drinking water.

  • Camping Equipment. (Group and personal).

  • Porters/mules to carry camping gear.

  • Porters/mules to carry your luggage on treks

  • English-speaking guide

  • Cook(s) for camps

  • First aid

  • All Transfers as specified in the itinerary.

  • Taxes.

  • Travel & accident insurancec.

  • Tips.

  • Alcoholic beverages.

  • Any snacks and beverages outside of what’s included.

  • Additional customisations or excursions outside the itinerary.

  • Bottled/Packaged water.

That depends on the nature of the request. Let us know what you need and we’ll do the best possible and give you a quote for the same.
A regular day in the outdoors and on a trail starts early. The day normally begins at 0600 with a cup of tea as we get ready and packed to leave by 0730 after a hearty breakfast. There will be some days that might need for an earlier departure like an early morning ascent to the top of a pass to cross a glacier. You will be informed of such things in the tour details and briefing.
Other than your day pack that you will carry on your own, Nomadic Trails – India will arrange for 12-15 kg of your luggage to be carried by our team depending on whether we have a porter or mule accompanying you on the trek.
Most treks involve you reaching altitudes in excess of 5,000 metres and you need to be prepared to handle that. You have to be prepared for bright sun during the day and plummeting temperatures at night (close to freezing at times). Normally, on a sunny day you will not need to worry as much about the cold as you would about be getting sun burnt.
Please note that Himalayan treks vary in terrain altitude and vegetation almost every day. From thick wooded forests, to alpine steppes to glacial moraine with rocks and scree the terrain varies as we gain altitude. Our packing list should be able to guide you with it.
Please refer our packing list
Slip, trip and falls
As with any other trek, there are the usual slip, trip and fall hazards that are present with walking on uneven trails, the best defense for that are your own personal standards and attention when on the trail. In some slippery or risky sections our team will lead the way, rig ropes and guide you as need be.

Cold
The weather at higher altitudes can get really cold, really fast. Be prepared to layer up and protect yourself in case of weather changes. The cold dry air can take a lot out of exposed skin and make it burn and peel rather easily. Extreme cases like frost bites etc are not a real risk during the summer treks that we conduct.

Altitude
This is the most real hazard with risks involved with it. On our part as operators we will take precautions to make sure that this risk is kept at a minimum. These precautions include but are not limited to, frequent oxygen level monitoring, oxygen cylinders on tour, acclimatisation days etc. However, every client needs to responsible enough to have gone through our to be aware of this hazard, follow the precautions and be able to recognise symptoms and inform us in time. In some cases we might ask a client to end his or her journey if we feel that is the best choice based on their inability to cope with high altitudes.
Sun – Make sure you cover your body as much as possible – full sleeve shirts, neck gaiters and sun cap are a must to avoid sun burns. Applying sun screen lotion of at least SPF50 is a great way to protect your exposed skin.

Wind – A windbreaker will protect you from the chilly winds. Cover your ears in the evenings. During walking breaks when on a trek ensure your body remains warm by wearing an additional jacket or windbreaker to prevent rapid cooling of your body.

Cold – Layering up is the best solution for cold. When the temperature starts dipping, start wearing layers of clothes. Base layer is a must at all times. T shirt, Sweater, Jacket and wind cheater is the way to go. Keep your feet, hands, ears warm during cold weather by wearing warm woollen socks, gloves, balaclava or a skull cap.
We provide high altitude camping equipment – Tents, Sleeping bags, mattresses, toilet tents, plates, spoons, coffee mugs, lanterns and anything else that might be needed for running the campsites.
Cardio fitness is key as trekking involves long walking days at high altitude. We strongly recommend a running fitness of 5Km in 30min. If running is not your thing we advise you to carry loads on your back and brisk walk for an 1 hour for several weeks leading up to the trek.

Strength training: you don’t need to be a professional athlete but some amount of strength and endurance building will definitely come in handy on a trek or any other outdoor activity. Core strengthening will be very useful to endure rigours long treks. Lower body workouts and exercises are also useful in ensuring that your ankles and knees are ready to take continued impact of variable intensity.

You can come for the trek without preparation, but you’ll ending struggling rather than enjoying what nature has to offer. Bear in mind that, we are there to guide you and provide all the facilities but the walking has to be done by you yourself. So little preparation will help make your trek more enjoyable.
We will cater to different dietary requirements with vegetarian options available for those who don’t consume meat. If you any other specific dietary requirement then we need to be informed in advance.

For those who eat Kosher/Halal, we can try and source it but we can’t guarantee the availability of Kosher/Halal meat. If either of these dietary restrictions applies to you, please let us know. We will offer suitable replacements for our Kosher/Halal customers for the duration of the tour.
The distances on our tours vary considerably depending on the trek that you choose. The description and walking times will be provided in the detailed itinerary of the trek that you will receive upon booking a tour with us. Since most of our treks are at altitudes in excess of 4,200 metres above sea level and in remote areas, the distances are mostly approximate. That’s why we mostly mention approximate walking times instead. The more important part is the terrain than the distance.
While the number of sets you will want to bring will depend on how long your tour is, we recommend long sleeves and long pants for best protection.
It depends on your tour. If your trek ends at the same point then we will be happy to keep your belongings while you are away. However, since most of our treks don’t end at the point of origin, we recommend that you carry only what you need for the tour. If you have to leave something behind and your trek ends at a different location then you will have to find a way to get back and pick it up. If you need our assistance to do the same, there will be additional cost involved. Get in touch with us to know more.
Yes. While most of the treks are over dry land, we will cross streams and rivers sometimes. For river crossings on our treks we’d recommend that you keep with you a pair of hiking/ walking sandals that you can quickly slip in and out of and keep your feet dry and warm in your trekking shoes for the remainder of the trek.
As we restrict our group size to a max of 6-10 people, we’d usually have one lead guide for the group. Besides that there will be support and kitchen staff that will accompany the group. The size and number of the support staff will depend on the size of the group and also on the trek. On trails where we can use pack animals we will not have any porters. Whatever the case may be, you can be rest assured of a positive ratio of staff to clients.
Our guide will be multilingual (Hindi/English/Spitian) to meet the requirement of the people comprising the group. However, expect the support staff and porters to speak Hindi.
Besides your daypack comprising of your water, camera and few small things that you’d like to keep on your person during the day, the porters will carry the rest of your main luggage. The porters normally carry about 15kg/porter and we recommend that you pack accordingly. Also, bear in mind that the luggage with the porters/ pack animals will only be available to you at the campsite.
We will have a minimum of 2 toilet tents at each camp. In the case of a bigger group we will have more than 2 toilet tents. For the sake of better waste management, we highly recommend that the guests use them and not defecate elsewhere around the campsite.). You can dispose of any feminine hygiene or sanitary products in the trash located at camp.

At meals and at the toilets in the camps, a hand sanitizer or hand washing gel will be available and you must use it to avoid getting sick.

Note: If you go to a bathroom or to a meal and find that, hand sanitizer or hand washing gel are low or out, please notify your tour guide immediately.
If you cannot hold it until you reach a campsite toilet, you may go to the toilet in an area of the jungle where no one can see you and far away from the river (at least 50 m). Please do not leave behind any toilet paper that you use (we can provide you with sanitary bags at the start of your trek; you can place used toilet paper in that bag). Please place any other feminine hygiene products in these sanitary bags as well. The sanitary bags must be disposed of at the rubbish bins at the campsite.
Only the necessities please. These include toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, insect spray, and necessary medications. Ladies, please bring any feminine hygiene products that you may need on the tour with you from home. There are VERY limited options in the local market here and almost no option while on tour. Please pack accordingly for emergencies! Some people might prefer to carry their own toilet paper too, personal choices.
We care for your safety and will ensure that you are completely secure be it during the trek or at campsites. When crossing slippery or risky sections during treks, our team will lead the way, rig ropes and guide you as need be.

Further, our tours are designed to ensure that the clients are suitable acclimatised to the altitude. We will hold frequent oxygen and wellbeing checks and also carry oxygen cylinders in case of an emergency.
We strongly support and promote the spirit of travel and welcome women trekkers in our groups. All our tours are group treks where we maintain friendly and safe environment. Our guides and trek leads are trained and sensitised to handle a diverse set of people. Feel free to reach out to our guides at any point of the tour.
Please declare all medical conditions that you may have, regardless of whether or not you may think it could affect you on the tour, so that our safety experts can advise if it will be safe for you to join our tours. Take note that our tours take place deep in the wilderness, far from medical clinics or hospitals and our team needs to be adequately prepared for your safety. We assure you that we will respect your privacy and keep your disclosures private (only necessary team members such as your tour guide will be intimated).
We carry a comprehensive first aid kit on all our tours. However, please carry any specific medication that you might need and give us any spare in case yours is lost or damaged. If you carry an Epipen or any serious medication(s), please inform us in advance.
Please bring any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications with you. Ours are just for use in emergency situations or if you run out. If you know that you need an anti-histamine or you regularly take an anti-inflammatory, please bring it with you. You should inform your guide of any medications you are taking/carrying. If you are on any serious medications, please bring a set of spares and give one to a member of the team in the event that you lose or damage your first set during the tour.
We recommend that you carry your own medical/accident insurance. Make sure that it covers the activities that you will be indulging in during your tour. In case you don’t have one, we can help you arrange one.
Anyone who isn’t fit enough to continue, or who poses a safety threat to themselves or others, will be removed from the tour. Nomadic Trails – India maintains the right to turn around any customer who doesn’t follow safety, conservation or trekking rules. There will be no refund for customers that are turned around and we will not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by customers (transportation, hotel, etc).
The best option would be to carry spare batteries, power banks or portable solar charging panels as there won’t be much opportunity to charge your devices/gadgets/cameras during the trek.
Please bring a camera as we will be witnessing some breathtaking as we take on the Himalayan trails. You could keep cameras and other gadgets in your daypack preferably within a drybag to prevent them from water/moisture damage.
Since our tours will take you to remote area deep in wilderness on most routes there will be scanty or no mobile network. When you have pristine natural beauty all around you, disconnecting from city life will be cake walk!


Why Choose Us




Personalised Care


To ensure that you have a holistic and unforgettable experience and to provide you with personalised care and attention, we limit our groups to 4-10 people.

Protect The Environment


To ensure that you have a holistic and unforgettable experience and to provide you with personalised care and attention, we limit our groups to 4-10 people.

Safety


To ensure that you have a holistic and unforgettable experience and to provide you with personalised care and attention, we limit our groups to 4-10 people.

No Hidden Costs


To ensure that you have a holistic and unforgettable experience and to provide you with personalised care and attention, we limit our groups to 4-10 people.

Self Operated


To ensure that you have a holistic and unforgettable experience and to provide you with personalised care and attention, we limit our groups to 4-10 people.

Qualified Staff


To ensure that you have a holistic and unforgettable experience and to provide you with personalised care and attention, we limit our groups to 4-10 people.



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This self-drive Himalayan safari is an exhilarating journey that that will take you on paths less travelled and also test your mountain driving skills. Over two weeks you will drive 2,500 kms through some of the remotest, least explored and pristine regions of the north-western Indian Himalayas. Some of the roads you’ll be negotiating are not even there on Google Maps at the time of writing this. The drive via Shinku La from Himachal to the Zanskar region of Ladakh and the one from Kishtwar in J & K to Killar in Himachal are challenging and sure to get the adrenaline pumping. For those looking for a challenge, Cliffhanger Safari is for you!

  • Drive on remote roads and trails

  • Cross high mountain passes. Shinku La, Sach Pass, Singe La and Sirsir La

  • 5 exclusive and comfortable camping nights

  • Picnic lunch at the spectacular Gombo Rangon

  • Drive from Himachal to J&K and back to Himachal

  • Explore the local attractions in Gemur, Srinagar and Padum, Kargil

  • Stay on a houseboat in Srinagar


Day 1

Manali - Gemur via Atal Tunnel


Total distance: 90 km
Starting Altitude: 1900 m | Highest Altitude: 3300 metres | Resting Altitude: 3300 metres

We start off with a drive from Manali to Gemur. We go past Solang to enter from the South Portal of the Atal Tunnel and emerge in the starkly different landscape of Lahaul to eventually reach Jispa/Gemur. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax and acclimatize. There is an option for an evening stroll to the riverside.

Overnight at: Gemoor Khar or similar

National Highways

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 3-4 hrs



Day 2

Gemur - Acclimatisation or local walks


Driving distance: 0 km
Starting Altitude: 3300 m | Highest Altitude: 4890 metres | Resting Altitude: 3300 metres

It’s a day for acclimatisation. You can either drive till Baralacha La Pass to acclimatise before progressing further to high-altitude areas or spend time walking around Gemur, observing the unique culture of the region.

Overnight at: Gemoor Khar or similar

National Highways

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 0 hrs



Day 3

Gemur to Purne Over Shinku La (Picnic lunch at Gombo Ranjan)


Driving distance: 100 km
Starting Altitude: 3300 m | Highest Altitude: 5019 metres | Resting Altitude: 3800 metres

It’s the first remote and demanding drive of this trip. We go over the 5019 m Shinku La pass into the Zanskar region of Ladakh. It is a tough drive for the most part on what is at best, a road trail meant only for a 4 x 4. The landscapes are rugged and desolate but spectacular. We have a picnic lunch at grounds of Gombo Ranjan before moving on to Purne – a hamlet perched above the confluence of the Lingti and Kargiakh rivers.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

Mountain Roads / Trail

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving Time: 6-7 hrs



Day 4

Hike Purne to Phuktal and back (3 hrs walk); Drive Purne to Padum


Driving distance: 70 km
Starting Altitude: 3800 m | Highest Altitude: 3800 metres | Resting Altitude: 3350 metres

We start the day with a morning hike of about an hour and a half each way to Phuktal Gompa – perhaps the remotest and most spectacularly located monastery in the Indian Himalayas. Later, we drive to Padum – the administrative capital of the Zanskar region.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads / Trail

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving Time: 5 hrs



Day 5

Padum – Local sightseeing


Starting Altitude: 3350 m | Highest Altitude: 3500 metres | Resting Altitude: 3350 metres

Today we drive around in this stunning region and see other ancient and gloriously poised monasteries and settlements: Karsha, Stongdey and Bardan.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 2-3 hrs



Day 6

Padum to Lamayuru over Wanla, Singe La and Sirsir La


Distance: 195 kms
Starting Altitude: 3350 m | Highest Altitude: 4950 metres | Resting Altitude: 3500 metres

We make our way out of Zanskar on another remote road trail. We drive via Zangla, where we see the ruins of an ancient fort and cross Singe La (4950 m), Wanla and Sirsir La to meet the Leh – Srinagar Highway near Khalsi. We then drive for about 20 mins to reach Lamayuru (don’t forget to visit the majestically poised ancient gompa here).

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads & Trails

Difficulty Level – Hard

Driving Time: 9-10 hrs



Day 7

Lamayuru to Kargil


Distance: 103 kms
Starting Altitude: 3500 m | Highest Altitude: 4108 metres | Resting Altitude: 2676 metres

After a leisurely breakfast we drive to Kargil and enroute visit Mulbekh (see the 30 ft high statue of the Maitreya that’s been carved out of a limestone cliff). Later, we visit the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian and Kargil Trade Artefacts.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 3-4 hrs



Day 8

Kargil - Excursion Suru valley


Distance: 160 kms
Starting Altitude: 2676 metres | Highest Altitude: 4100 metres | Resting Altitude: 2676 metres

Today we drive for 3 hours through the exquisite Suru Valley. The valley extends all the way till Penzi La – the source of the Suru River, and it is one of the most fertile and green valley in the Greater Himalayan region. We return to Kargil for the night.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 5 hrs



Day 9

Kargil to Srinagar


Distance: 202 kms
Starting Altitude: 2676 metres | Highest Altitude: 3600 metres | Resting Altitude: 1585 metres

We drive via Drass and over Zoji La (3500 metres) to enter the evergreen valleys of Kashmir. As we drive through the beautiful valley, we pass Sonamarg and descend to Srinagar. Upon arrival we have the option to take a relaxing sunset shikara ride on the serene Nageen Lake.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving Time: 8-9 hrs



Day 10

Srinagar: Local sightseeing


Distance: NA
Starting Altitude: 1585 metres | Highest Altitude: 1585 metres | Resting Altitude: 1585 metres

We start the day early with a morning shikara ride to the floating vegetable market. After breakfast we drive to Yusmarg – the Meadow of Jesus; an offbeat, pristine and exquisitely beautiful locale. Once back in Srinagar we take a trip to the Pari Mahal and Chashm-e-Shahi and a visit to Shankracharya Hill for panoramic views of Srinagar and its lakes. You also have the option of visiting the local market.

Overnight at: Hotel

Tarmac Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving Time: 2 hrs



Day 11

Srinagar to Kishtwar to Gulabgarh (over Sinthan top)


Distance: 230 kms
Starting Altitude: 1585 metres | Highest Altitude: 3800 metres | Resting Altitude: 1638 metres

After breakfast we drive towards Kishtwar and then onto our final destination and campsite for the day, Gulabgarh. This upland by the Chenab River is on the eastern extremities of Jammu that border Himachal Pradesh. Known as the land of sapphire, saffron and shrines, this region is incredibly beauteous – lofty glaciated mountains, corrugated meadows, and dense conifer forests. Home to two national parks, this area is also known for its rich wildlife.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving Time: 10-12 hrs



Day 12

Gulabgarh to Sural Battori (Pangi Valley in Himachal)


Distance: 125 kms
Starting Altitude: 1638 metres | Highest Altitude: 3000 metres | Resting Altitude: 3000 metres

Today we head back to Himachal from J&K. Of all the drives thus far, today’s is the demanding one. Most of the route is a winding road trail of gravel & sand, carved into the side of a cliff with a sheer drop of a couple of thousand feet on the other side. It gets trickier because of the rocky overhangs that prevent a view of oncoming vehicles. We finally emerge in the beautiful, undisturbed and sparsely populated Pangi Valley of Chamba. We reach Sural Battori, the last village in the Sural Valley at an altitude slightly more than 3,000 metres. Overnight stay in mobile camp.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

Mountain Roads & Tracks

Difficulty Level – Hard

Driving Time: 6-7 hrs



Day 13

Sural Battori: Local walks


Starting Altitude: 3000 metres | Highest Altitude: 3000 metres | Resting Altitude: 3000 metres

It’s a day to unwind and relax. We take a walk around Sural Bhatori, a hidden gem, that offers majestic views of the mountains with hundreds of cattle grazing in the open meadows. Enroute we will also find a cluster of homes and small villages that are equally beautiful.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

NA

Difficulty Level – Easy

Walking time: ‘As you wish’



Day 14

Sural Battori to Bairagarh over Sachpass (4,414m)


Driving distance: 90 km
Starting Altitude: 3,000 metres | Highest Altitude: 4,414 metres | Resting Altitude: 2000 metres

Today we move from rugged Sural Battori to Bairagarh, 30 km downhill from Sach Pass. The first 60 km or so is the last ‘tough drive’ of this trip as it involves going over the Sach Pass, the final high mountain pass you will negotiate in this journey. We will spend our final night at an exclusive camp set up at Bairagarh.

Overnight at: Banjara Mobile Camping

Roads - NA

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Driving time: 5 hrs



Day 15

Bairagarh to Dalhousie


Driving distance: 113 km
Starting Altitude: 2000 metres | Highest Altitude: 2000 metres | Resting Altitude: 1800 metres

Today we move to our final destination of our journey, Dalhousie. It’s an easy drive down to Dalhousie via Tissa. A perfect place to celebrate the conclusion of an epic journey.

Overnight at: Hotel

Mountain Roads

Difficulty Level – Easy

Driving time: 5 hrs



Day 16

Dalhousie to ...


We bid goodbyes and hope to see you soon on another adventure.



Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 15 nights at hotels and camps as mentioned.

  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 16.

  • 01 Welcome Dinner in Manali at Roots Café & Stay.

  • 01 farewell Dinner in Dalhousie.

  • One 'Lead car' with driver with a Walkie/Talkie and extraction tow rope etc.

  • One 'Sweep car' with driver with Walkie/Talkie and extraction tow rope etc.

  • Two Tour Managers who will be with group. One each in the Lead and Sweep cars.

  • One Walkie Talkie per vehicle.

  • 05 nights of Complete camping arrangements including the services of experienced cook, kitchen staff, mountain tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, chairs, tables, mattresses, Sleeping bags / Blankets & other basic camping gear etc.

  • Camping charges where applicable.

  • Comprehensive first aid kit with Oxygen cylinders.


Exclusions

  • Any not mentioned in the inclusions

  • Taxes

  • Gratuities and tips

  • Personal travel and accident insurance

  • Porterage, personal clothing/gear, laundry, telephone, and any other expense not included above.

  • Any additional expenses in case of strikes, road blockades or any act of God.

  • Still / Video camera fee (Wherever applicable)

Do long and remote road trips excite you? Are you looking to explore the Himalayas in a unique and adventurous way? If yes then this one is for you. The Cliffhanger takes you on a 15-day road-trip across Himachal and Kashmir. Done with a group of like-minded people, the tour promises to give you memories to last a lifetime.


Once you have decided on a tour, all you need to do is shoot us an email or call us and a member of our team will guide you through the booking process. You can either choose to make a full payment upfront or in instalments as per our BOOKING CONFIRMATION RULES.
Domestic clients
Indian nationals or people residing in India having an Indian bank account can transfer money to our account and share the proof of that transaction to confirm their booking.
International clients
If you reside outside India, then you need to write to us and we’ll follow up with an e-mail with a link to make the payment online. Once the payment is confirmed you’ll be ready to embark on your Nomadic Himalayan experience with us.
The refund for your booking depends on when you cancel your booking. Please look at the refund rules for details.
In case you are unable to join a fixed departure trek that you have booked but do not want to cancel then don’t worry. We understand that sometimes circumstances force us to change our plans and in such a scenario we can try to adjust you in the next batch for the same trek at no extra cost. However, this would be subject to availability and us reaching the minimum required number to run a tour.
If you want to change your booking and join a different trek route/plan it can be done if spots are still open. Also, if the new trek is cheaper than the one that you had initially booked, there’ll be no refund; however, you will have to pay the difference if it is priced higher than your original booking.
We can make adjustments of up to a few days before or after scheduled departure depending on the availability of the team, support staff and our trekking calendar. Contact us to know more.
Yes you can. We always do our best to accommodate any demands and customisations. While small personal needs can always be accommodated, we also need to take into consideration if the customisation affects the other people on the tour. If it’s a single group that makes up the whole tour then normally we can amend and customise as needed but if multiple groups or solo trekkers make the group then the entire group will be considered before we can agree to make any customisations affecting others.
Last minute changes to departure dates is not something that can be usually accommodated as the wheels for running a group are set in motion much before the actual departure. Also, some of our treks are planned in sync with our cycling groups in the case of combo tours so last minute changes are tough. However, we can always arrange for things like different/separate arrival and transport for you to start the trek if needed. You will need to inform us in advance and there will most likely be an additional cost involved.
  • Accommodations and meals as per the tour-specific itinerary.

  • Refreshments and packed meals during cycling and trekking.

  • Potable/drinking water throughout. We care for the environment and discourage the usage of packaged drinking water.

  • Camping Equipment. (Group and personal).

  • Porters/mules to carry camping gear.

  • Porters/mules to carry your luggage on treks

  • English-speaking guide

  • Cook(s) for camps

  • First aid

  • All Transfers as specified in the itinerary.

  • Taxes.

  • Travel & accident insurancec.

  • Tips.

  • Alcoholic beverages.

  • Any snacks and beverages outside of what’s included.

  • Additional customisations or excursions outside the itinerary.

  • Bottled/Packaged water.

That depends on the nature of the request. Let us know what you need and we’ll do the best possible and give you a quote for the same.
A regular day in the outdoors and on a trail starts early. The day normally begins at 0600 with a cup of tea as we get ready and packed to leave by 0730 after a hearty breakfast. There will be some days that might need for an earlier departure like an early morning ascent to the top of a pass to cross a glacier. You will be informed of such things in the tour details and briefing.
Other than your day pack that you will carry on your own, Nomadic Trails – India will arrange for 12-15 kg of your luggage to be carried by our team depending on whether we have a porter or mule accompanying you on the trek.
Most treks involve you reaching altitudes in excess of 5,000 metres and you need to be prepared to handle that. You have to be prepared for bright sun during the day and plummeting temperatures at night (close to freezing at times). Normally, on a sunny day you will not need to worry as much about the cold as you would about be getting sun burnt.
Please note that Himalayan treks vary in terrain altitude and vegetation almost every day. From thick wooded forests, to alpine steppes to glacial moraine with rocks and scree the terrain varies as we gain altitude. Our packing list should be able to guide you with it.
Please refer our packing list
Slip, trip and falls
As with any other trek, there are the usual slip, trip and fall hazards that are present with walking on uneven trails, the best defense for that are your own personal standards and attention when on the trail. In some slippery or risky sections our team will lead the way, rig ropes and guide you as need be.

Cold
The weather at higher altitudes can get really cold, really fast. Be prepared to layer up and protect yourself in case of weather changes. The cold dry air can take a lot out of exposed skin and make it burn and peel rather easily. Extreme cases like frost bites etc are not a real risk during the summer treks that we conduct.

Altitude
This is the most real hazard with risks involved with it. On our part as operators we will take precautions to make sure that this risk is kept at a minimum. These precautions include but are not limited to, frequent oxygen level monitoring, oxygen cylinders on tour, acclimatisation days etc. However, every client needs to responsible enough to have gone through our to be aware of this hazard, follow the precautions and be able to recognise symptoms and inform us in time. In some cases we might ask a client to end his or her journey if we feel that is the best choice based on their inability to cope with high altitudes.
Sun – Make sure you cover your body as much as possible – full sleeve shirts, neck gaiters and sun cap are a must to avoid sun burns. Applying sun screen lotion of at least SPF50 is a great way to protect your exposed skin.

Wind – A windbreaker will protect you from the chilly winds. Cover your ears in the evenings. During walking breaks when on a trek ensure your body remains warm by wearing an additional jacket or windbreaker to prevent rapid cooling of your body.

Cold – Layering up is the best solution for cold. When the temperature starts dipping, start wearing layers of clothes. Base layer is a must at all times. T shirt, Sweater, Jacket and wind cheater is the way to go. Keep your feet, hands, ears warm during cold weather by wearing warm woollen socks, gloves, balaclava or a skull cap.
We provide high altitude camping equipment – Tents, Sleeping bags, mattresses, toilet tents, plates, spoons, coffee mugs, lanterns and anything else that might be needed for running the campsites.
Cardio fitness is key as trekking involves long walking days at high altitude. We strongly recommend a running fitness of 5Km in 30min. If running is not your thing we advise you to carry loads on your back and brisk walk for an 1 hour for several weeks leading up to the trek.

Strength training: you don’t need to be a professional athlete but some amount of strength and endurance building will definitely come in handy on a trek or any other outdoor activity. Core strengthening will be very useful to endure rigours long treks. Lower body workouts and exercises are also useful in ensuring that your ankles and knees are ready to take continued impact of variable intensity.

You can come for the trek without preparation, but you’ll ending struggling rather than enjoying what nature has to offer. Bear in mind that, we are there to guide you and provide all the facilities but the walking has to be done by you yourself. So little preparation will help make your trek more enjoyable.
We will cater to different dietary requirements with vegetarian options available for those who don’t consume meat. If you any other specific dietary requirement then we need to be informed in advance.

For those who eat Kosher/Halal, we can try and source it but we can’t guarantee the availability of Kosher/Halal meat. If either of these dietary restrictions applies to you, please let us know. We will offer suitable replacements for our Kosher/Halal customers for the duration of the tour.
The distances on our tours vary considerably depending on the trek that you choose. The description and walking times will be provided in the detailed itinerary of the trek that you will receive upon booking a tour with us. Since most of our treks are at altitudes in excess of 4,200 metres above sea level and in remote areas, the distances are mostly approximate. That’s why we mostly mention approximate walking times instead. The more important part is the terrain than the distance.
While the number of sets you will want to bring will depend on how long your tour is, we recommend long sleeves and long pants for best protection.
It depends on your tour. If your trek ends at the same point then we will be happy to keep your belongings while you are away. However, since most of our treks don’t end at the point of origin, we recommend that you carry only what you need for the tour. If you have to leave something behind and your trek ends at a different location then you will have to find a way to get back and pick it up. If you need our assistance to do the same, there will be additional cost involved. Get in touch with us to know more.
Yes. While most of the treks are over dry land, we will cross streams and rivers sometimes. For river crossings on our treks we’d recommend that you keep with you a pair of hiking/ walking sandals that you can quickly slip in and out of and keep your feet dry and warm in your trekking shoes for the remainder of the trek.
As we restrict our group size to a max of 6-10 people, we’d usually have one lead guide for the group. Besides that there will be support and kitchen staff that will accompany the group. The size and number of the support staff will depend on the size of the group and also on the trek. On trails where we can use pack animals we will not have any porters. Whatever the case may be, you can be rest assured of a positive ratio of staff to clients.
Our guide will be multilingual (Hindi/English/Spitian) to meet the requirement of the people comprising the group. However, expect the support staff and porters to speak Hindi.
Besides your daypack comprising of your water, camera and few small things that you’d like to keep on your person during the day, the porters will carry the rest of your main luggage. The porters normally carry about 15kg/porter and we recommend that you pack accordingly. Also, bear in mind that the luggage with the porters/ pack animals will only be available to you at the campsite.
We will have a minimum of 2 toilet tents at each camp. In the case of a bigger group we will have more than 2 toilet tents. For the sake of better waste management, we highly recommend that the guests use them and not defecate elsewhere around the campsite.). You can dispose of any feminine hygiene or sanitary products in the trash located at camp.

At meals and at the toilets in the camps, a hand sanitizer or hand washing gel will be available and you must use it to avoid getting sick.

Note: If you go to a bathroom or to a meal and find that, hand sanitizer or hand washing gel are low or out, please notify your tour guide immediately.
If you cannot hold it until you reach a campsite toilet, you may go to the toilet in an area of the jungle where no one can see you and far away from the river (at least 50 m). Please do not leave behind any toilet paper that you use (we can provide you with sanitary bags at the start of your trek; you can place used toilet paper in that bag). Please place any other feminine hygiene products in these sanitary bags as well. The sanitary bags must be disposed of at the rubbish bins at the campsite.
Only the necessities please. These include toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, insect spray, and necessary medications. Ladies, please bring any feminine hygiene products that you may need on the tour with you from home. There are VERY limited options in the local market here and almost no option while on tour. Please pack accordingly for emergencies! Some people might prefer to carry their own toilet paper too, personal choices.
We care for your safety and will ensure that you are completely secure be it during the trek or at campsites. When crossing slippery or risky sections during treks, our team will lead the way, rig ropes and guide you as need be.

Further, our tours are designed to ensure that the clients are suitable acclimatised to the altitude. We will hold frequent oxygen and wellbeing checks and also carry oxygen cylinders in case of an emergency.
We strongly support and promote the spirit of travel and welcome women trekkers in our groups. All our tours are group treks where we maintain friendly and safe environment. Our guides and trek leads are trained and sensitised to handle a diverse set of people. Feel free to reach out to our guides at any point of the tour.
Please declare all medical conditions that you may have, regardless of whether or not you may think it could affect you on the tour, so that our safety experts can advise if it will be safe for you to join our tours. Take note that our tours take place deep in the wilderness, far from medical clinics or hospitals and our team needs to be adequately prepared for your safety. We assure you that we will respect your privacy and keep your disclosures private (only necessary team members such as your tour guide will be intimated).
We carry a comprehensive first aid kit on all our tours. However, please carry any specific medication that you might need and give us any spare in case yours is lost or damaged. If you carry an Epipen or any serious medication(s), please inform us in advance.
Please bring any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications with you. Ours are just for use in emergency situations or if you run out. If you know that you need an anti-histamine or you regularly take an anti-inflammatory, please bring it with you. You should inform your guide of any medications you are taking/carrying. If you are on any serious medications, please bring a set of spares and give one to a member of the team in the event that you lose or damage your first set during the tour.
We recommend that you carry your own medical/accident insurance. Make sure that it covers the activities that you will be indulging in during your tour. In case you don’t have one, we can help you arrange one.
Anyone who isn’t fit enough to continue, or who poses a safety threat to themselves or others, will be removed from the tour. Nomadic Trails – India maintains the right to turn around any customer who doesn’t follow safety, conservation or trekking rules. There will be no refund for customers that are turned around and we will not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by customers (transportation, hotel, etc).
The best option would be to carry spare batteries, power banks or portable solar charging panels as there won’t be much opportunity to charge your devices/gadgets/cameras during the trek.
Please bring a camera as we will be witnessing some breathtaking as we take on the Himalayan trails. You could keep cameras and other gadgets in your daypack preferably within a drybag to prevent them from water/moisture damage.
Since our tours will take you to remote area deep in wilderness on most routes there will be scanty or no mobile network. When you have pristine natural beauty all around you, disconnecting from city life will be cake walk!