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Himalayas: Manali to Ley

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The ultimate mountain-driving expedition! And the ultimate Buddhist pilgrimage. Starting in Solang Valley up through Rohtang Pass and along the enchanting River Chandra with wonderful glacier and mountain views, Buddha statues and ‘Free Tibet’ signs everywhere. The highway to 16,500ft Baralacha-La provides the most breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas with meadows set amongst the snow-capped peaks. Up and down mountains, along Lachung-La Pass and its stunning canyon.

Special reference to Thasang Tso – a turqiose lake labelled ‘emerald of a queen’s necklace’. The medicinal hot springs at Chuma-Thang are an essential stop, before Leh and the Indus Valley with the Leh king’s Shey Palace.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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I went to Everest Base Camp and was going to Annapurna this past April/May. I can tell you that I found good prices in Kathmandu. I went shopping with my guide though and he seemed to get good deals. I think he rents-out sleeping bags. You can get them in Pokhara too, but you will find a bigger selection in Thamel. this means you can get better deals and will be able to talk them down on the price. It is a Nepali custom (I read in a guide) to bargain. It is fun. You will have no problems wih the weight on the plane. My bag was a bit big, I have a hard time traveling light.

I did hire a guide and he took care of hiring a porter. He works with trusted people. I can recommend my guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and most of all looked-out for my safety. He seemed to know just about everyone in Kathmandu and many, many guides and people on the mountain. Because Sanjib knows so many people he was constantly getting updates from up the mountain, or down the mountain. It was great to travel with a guide that has so many established relationships. I found him by chance through a travel forum and then got references from him. That is, I emailed past clients. In no time, I received emails from Italy, Germany and the U.S. singing this guy's praises, so that is how I went about finding my guide. I found the price very reasonable and I liked the fact that you do not pay until you get there, so you avoid the big down payments and the advance payments as well. I was happy to travel solo. Traveling in a group is great, but for sure, you will not get personalized attention. You can meet a lot of people at the tea houses, or as you go along the trek you will become familiar with others "going your way." You can contact Sanjib Adhikari at

I am sure he will be happy to provide you with references. Let me know if you have more questions and enjoy!!!

The Leh Ladakh region is extremely beautiful and even more beautiful is the drive to reach there from Manali and Srinagar. The latter was the route that was primarily in use till the time militancy hit the Kashmir region. Subsequently, the Manali Leh gathered more popularity. For information on how to reach Leh or the manali leh route, visit

its leh...not was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,Northen India....around 1050 kms from delhi via manali

where is ley

which part of the country

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Ley is in Northern India.

Is it exspensive? how much are guest houses and treaks, roughly?

how much is it going to cost me?

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