The Himalayan Dash 2017 will start from Shimla on the 31st of August and move through Sangla, Kaza, Jispa, Sarchu, Hundar & Pangong Tso before culminating at Leh on the 10th of September.
The itinerary is flexible with options to drive in the full 11 night expedition or exit after the 4th or 8th night.
Interested participants can Contact Us or send us the completed Registration Documents that are available on the site. Additional details are available in the Terms & Conditions available for download.
Day 0: Shimla
Participants to arrive at Chharabara, Shimla from their respective cities of origin at their own pace for the evening briefing and night halt at The Wildflower Hall (★★★★★), an Oberoi Hotels run property 13 Kms from Shimla rated as the 5th best resort in Asia. Try and arrive early to enjoy the property – check in starts from 1400 hrs.
Day 1: Shimla to Sangla
With an early start, we drive to Sangla in the Kinnaur Valley through parts of the old Hindustan-Tibet road. The night halt will be at Banjara Camp & Retreat. Located at a height of 2,700 mts, the Banjara Camp & Retreat is surrounded by towering mountains on all sides and is set on the banks of the Baspa River that surges through the valley. Approximate driving day of 8 hours.
Day 2: Sangla to Kaza
From Sangla, we drive to Kaza in the Spiti Valley. The overnight stay will be at Hotel Grand Dewachen, made with local mud walls and ceilings retaining the Spitian tradition. The hotel is situated in the desert yet beautiful location of the largest village of Spiti, Rangrik which is a tourist paradise and overlooks the barren desert mountains of Kaza. Approximate driving day of 7 hours.
Day 3: Kaza
This is a rest day in Kaza that is known for its colorful festivals and the ancient Sakya Tangyud Monastery.Some other tourist attractions in and around Kaza are the Key Gompa and Kibber village. Participants in the 4 night option will leave the expedition after this.
Day 4: Kaza to Jispa
From Kaza, we drive across the Kunzum pass to Jispa, a small village on the banks of Bhaga River (a tributary of Chenab) in Lahaul region. Though the next planned overnight halt is just 72 Km away, a halt at Jispa has been planned for proper acclimatization to high altitude. On our way to Jispa, we will be refuelling at Tandi which is the last fuel station before Leh. The overnight stay will be at Hotel Ibex, located on the banks of the Bhaga. Approximate driving day of 7 hours.
Day 5: Jispa to Sarchu
The road beyond Jispa follows the picturesque Bhaga river across Baralacha La pass. Sarchu is on the Himachal Pradesh-Jammu & Kashmir border. Enroute to Sarchu we will pass the Surajtal Lake. Overnight stay will be at the Goldrop Camp, the first camping halt for the expedition. Approximate driving day of 4 hours.
Day 6: Sarchu to Leh
After a relaxed day at Sarchu, an early start will take us to Leh. We will cross Zanskar range and climb up the Gatta Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends carved into the mountainside and then pass Lachung La and Nakee La passes, Pang & More plains and the Tanglang La pass as well. Enroute to Leh we can stop at the Thiksey, Shey and Hemis monasteries. Overnight stay will be at The Grand Dragon Ladakh (★★★★★). Approximate driving day of 8 hours.
Day 7: Leh
This is a rest day in Leh that can be used to soak in the rich local culture & heritage and to visit some of the monasteries of importance to the region. Participants in the 8 night option will leave the expedition after this.
Day 8: Leh to Pangong
From Leh we drive to across Chang La Pass to Pangong Tso Lake, a saline water lake on the Line of Actual Control (60% of the lake is under Chinese control) between India & China. Overnight stay will be at the Martesemik Camp. Approximate driving day of 5 hours.
Day 9: Pangong to Hundar
We will drive from Pangong Tso Lake to Hundar in the Nubra Valley. This valley, just south of Siachen glacier, separates the Ladakh & Karakoram ranges of Himalayas and is a high altitude desert with scant vegetation. Historically, this was an important trade centre with Central Asia & East Turkestan. In Hundar one can see people with startling blue eyes, auburn hair and rosy cheeks which according to local lore are descendents of a Greek tribe. Nubra is home to several 17th century Gompas including 132 year old Samstanling Gompa & Chamba Gompa. Diskit monastery located on a hill is the largest and oldest monastery in Nubra. Next to Hundar are several kilometers of sand dunes and one can enjoy a camel ride on the near extinct two humped Bactrian camels. Overnight stay will be at the Royal Camp. Approximate driving day of 7 hours.
Day 10: Hundar to Leh
Our final drive of the expedition, on which we return from Hundar to Leh across the Khardung La Pass, which was once the highest motorable road in the world. Overnight stay in Leh will again be at The Grand Dragon Ladakh (★★★★★). Approximate driving day of 6 hours.