Good Hotels or Accommodation options near Pangong Tso – Ladakh

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Other articles in this series on Preferred Hotels or Accommodation options in Leh – Ladakh –

First and foremost, extreme apologies for not posting any article in last two weeks, was stuck deeply in official commitments 😥 Now coming back, in this fourth article of the series – Good Hotels or Accommodation options near Pangong Tso Lake, I am enlisting down some of the preferred places to stay around Pangong Tso lake – Ladakh which range from Rs 700-800 per person at home stay and goes beyond Rs 5000 for a camp or room for two depending upon comfort, meal plan and facilities they offer. Pangong Tso lake is a remote place and though accommodation options are good in number but fairly limited to tented accommodation or home stays. You can refer the list of below guest houses or hotels or camping resorts compiled after reading various resources/reviews of many people over Internet mainly IndiaMike and BCMT forums (as said earlier, of course, I cannot stay in all of them 😉 ).

Blue Hues of Pangong Tso …
Blue Hues of Pangong Tso

Most of these places are ideal to stay and offer decent comfort and facilities which a family may require but as I said earlier you need to compromise on certain things if budget is a constraint in your travel. You need to keep in mind that Pangong Tso lake is a remote place and one cannot expect all the luxury in the world even after paying Rs 3000 per night. At Pangong Tso, getting a place to stay with attached toilet is a luxury in itself ;)…

At Pangong Tso Lake, if you want to stay near the banks of the lake then tents are the only option for you. Otherwise, there are several options available in Sapngmik and few at Lukung which are very near to lake (about 150-200 Mtrs) with full view of it from the rooms. If you do not prefer to stay in tents and want attached western style toilets then there is only one cemented rooms hotel at Pangong Tso (highly priced), leased by JKTDC and named Pangong Camp Resort where you can get such rooms. Otherwise, Tangste is the place for you, about 34 KMs from Pangong Tso, where you will find 2-3 guest houses having rooms with attached toilets. Homestays available at Spangmik does offer ladakhi style rooms but most of them have shared toilets or toilets outside the house.

LAST UPDATED: 4th June 2016
The article has been updated to match the current prices of most of these hotels or campsites or homestays for the year 2016.

Hotels or Accommodation options in/around Pangong Tso Lake
    • Padma / Gongma / Sasoma Guest House – Home Stays at Spangmik: Mostly, every house in Spangmik village or Man – Merak village acts as home stay and all offer similar facilities at similar and very cheap price range. But, excellent views for the price you pay per night 🙂 … There are clean toilets, some of them western too but not attached. No hot water in most of them but to save 1500 buck you can of course quite bathing for a day in such cold conditions :lol:. Basic food as prepared for other ladakhi family members too. No electricity.

      Padma guest house offer a great view of Pangong Tso right out of your room’s window. Sasoma is a good one and so as Gongma guest house. There is no way to book them in advance as there is no connectivity and you need to reach there and book the room for you.

      • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom. Some include meals too.
      • Contact: ??????
      • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
      • Category: Cheap / Economic / Home Stay
    • Himalayan Retreat – Spangmik, Pangong Tso: recommended, comfortable and tented accommodation with attached western toilets, electricity source for limited period.
      • Price Range: Rs 3500 for tents with two meals (MAP) after special rates for DoW.
      • Contact: info@offbeatescapes.com
      • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
      • Category: Moderate / High

       

Himalayan Retreat – Spangmik, Pangong Tso provide SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES to all the readers/followers of the DoW Website through our Destination Specialist / Sponsor – Offbeat Escapes. In order to avail the discounts, you can use the online booking form at the link: Book Here

  • Himalayan Wooden Cottages: Very much recommended in case you do not prefer tents or camps. I stayed there in DoW Mega Meet 2013 in September and in that biting cold it was such great relief to stay in these wooden cottages rather camps to beat the chilling winds. They had running water and western toilet. About 8-10 cottages were there offering nice view of Pangong Tso lake and within decent price range too. Decent food and limited electricity backup for food. In the last couple of years, they have come up really well.
    • Price Range: Rs 3500 – 4000 for a double bed room with two meals (MAP). Ask for special 25% discount for readers of DoW blog or refer my name.
    • Contact: 09716507246 or info@offbeatescapes.com for email
    • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
    • Category: Moderate
  • Himalayan Wooden Cottages – Spangmik, Pangong Tso have also agreed to provide SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES to all the readers/followers of the DoW Website through our Destination Specialist / Sponsor – Offbeat Escapes. In order to avail the discounts, you can use the online booking form at the link: Book Here

    • Pangong Camp Resort – Spangmik, Pangong Tso: This is the only cemented building near Pangong Tso which is leased by JKTDC. It has attached western style toilets and hot water is available too but in buckets. Rooms are clean, food and services are good but very high prices. Runs almost booked always and many a times overly booked, so check twice if you book it.
      • Price Range: Rs 3500 – 4000 for a double bed room
      • Contact: ??????
      • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
      • Category: High
    • Eco Huts – Lukung, Pangong Tso: Comfortable luxury tented accommodation with attached western toilets. Own electricity source. Mostly run full, very high prices (about Rs 3000) but OK to stay.
      • Price Range: Rs 3500 – 4500 per person for rooms/luxury tents
      • Contact: Mr. Muthup Namgial: 09419177658, 09906981777, +91-1982-257030, 01982-253010
      • Location: Lukung Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
      • Category: High (luxury tents)

       

    • MarTseMik Camping Resort – Spangmik, Pangong Tso: Comfortable luxury tented accommodation with attached western toilets, own electricity source. Run by same owner who runs Eco Huts at Lukung Village. Mostly run full, very high prices for luxury tents.
      • Price Range: Rs 3500 – 4500 for luxury tents
      • Contact: Mr. Muthup Namgial: 09419177658, 09906981777, +91-1982-257030, 01982-253010
      • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
      • Category: High (luxury tents)

       

    • Other dormitory style dhabha tents and camps: There are many camping/tents options available at Pangong Tso running from Lukung Village till Spangmik Village apart from the above mentioned names. The prices start from Rs 500 – 600 and goes well above Rs 3500 depending upon the luxury, comfort and services like attached toilets, hot water, all meal plans etc.
      • Price Range: Rs 500 – Rs 4000
      • Contact: ??????
      • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
      • Category: Economic / Moderate / High / Very High

       

    • Dothguling Guest house, Tangste: Bollywood blockbuster movie – 3 Idiots Fame!! Recommended. Nice, clean and large rooms. Clean western as well as ladakhi style toilets, hot water in buckets.
      • Price Range: Rs 1000 – 1500 for a double bed room
      • Contact: 01981-201156, 09469726914 – Tashi, 09469188966 – Tsering
      • Location: Tangste Village – Ladakh / Opposite health centre
      • Category: Economic / Moderate

       

    • Yakmik Changla Guest House, Tangste: OK to stay. Clean room. Clean western as well as ladakhi style toilets, hot water in buckets. Gas powered heater and average food. I stayed there in 2012 and found it quite comfortable.
      • Price Range: Rs 1000 – 1500 for a double bed room
      • Contact: +91-9469567990 or +91-9469726902 (Tsering Mutup Yakmik) at Tangste for Yakmik Changla Guest House bookings
      • Location: Tangste Village – Ladakh
      • Category: Economic / Moderate

       

    Other Tips for Hotels or Accommodation near Pangong Tso – Ladakh
    • In off/late season (late September types or early October), it will be difficult to get accommodation at Pangong Tso as most of the tents pack up. The only option in that case will be home stays at Spangmik village and hotel/guest houses at Tangste village. Homestays at Spangmik may turn out less comfortable than hotel/guest houses at Tangste with respect to some facilities like lack of western style and attached toilets with many of them. Always advisable to carry your own Sleeping bags at least in case you prefer more hygiene over being happy go lucky types.
    • In peak season, since Pangong Tso has only one cemented building with western style toilet that is Pangong Camp Resort (leased JKTDC accommodation) it might be difficult to get any rooms if you do not pre-book it. Of course, if its budget suits you 😉 … Otherwise, try your luck with costly tents or extremely cheap homestays at Spangmik village.
    • If you want to stay right on the banks of Pagong Tso, then there is no option and you can stay near the lake then the only option will be tents. Otherwise, for me best bet would be to try some homestay in Spangmik village of course with a little pain of no bathing for a day and no attached toilets.
    • If you are not short on time or visiting in off season months of biting cold then it is always a better idea to stay at Tangste before planning to stay at Spangmik or Lukung near Pangong Tso. It really helps in acclimatization of your body before you sleep at the high altitude of Pangong Tso (Spangmik/Lukung)
    Conclusion

    I hope you find the above list of hotels or accommodation options near Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh useful for your upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip. If you happen to know any updated contact numbers or missing contact numbers of these hotels or any other nice and good option of stay near Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh, kindly leave a comment as it will be helpful to others fellow travelers as well. If you have ever stayed at any of these hotels, please share your experience with us too.

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442 Comments

  1. shreyas Macwan on

    Once again I am back to bug u..but some genuine issue..

    Himalayan Wooden cottage ,pangong ishave bookings on 15 oct..it means they are working…and have free rooms on 12/10/2016 (my date)..

    now when i called thier delhi office (9716507246)…they said ” pangong mai bahot thand hogi sab bandh hai mat jao”…and when i called on their other number at Pangong lake itself (at 9469534870) some lady picked up and said yeah we are working and bookings mil jayega..I insisted to get me confirmation on mail, she said “mail nahi mil raha hai…but SMS kar do”

    Now what to do in this case…talking with that lady is not clear due to accent and network issue..I am ready to pay immediately if they can give confirmation (also interested in 25% discount offred to DOW readers (We read almost all your article …hurrreay we are qualified for that discount)

    Now please suggest what can be done in this situation …do u happen to have any number of real owner of this place with who i can talk …take bank acc number and get a written confirmation after paying…

    • Shreyas, you can talk to them again, refer my name that you had a word with me and tell them you are OK with cold conditions on your own risk. Gaurav will be the name of the guy in Delhi. He should be able to give you the booking with written confirmation over email since they are operational almost up to mid of October.

  2. shreyas Macwan on

    Dheeraj ji….

    your blogs are lifesaver…wow wow wow…

    MarTseMik Camping Resort – Spangmik, Pangong Tso operates till 15 oct..
    We booked one night for 12/10/2016 and paid 30%

    things are started working for us…booked at LEH…booked at Pangong…

    Working on jispa..

    thanks a lot again..

    • Cool, Ibex and Padma lodge might be working in Jispa. Also, it will be better in case Himalayan Wooden cottages are open, you stay in them. Camps will be too cold in October.

  3. Shailendra Mahida on

    Hi. Thank u fr the response on my previous question. I dnt knw hw u get the time but keep up the good work. Can u tell me if it is advisable to carry a tent for a bike trip to leh.will i be able to put tents at Pangong, Nubra etc. Or use it incase of emergency? I wl be traveling frm 2nd july to 17 and want to understand if it wl b a good idea to carry a tent. It weighs 3-4 kgs. Please let me know

  4. Chintan Ghiya on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for your support in making sure that people who go to Leh are well informed and have contingence plans. I needed your help with a few things. I will be traveling to Leh from 30th Septemeber to 9th October. We are a group of 3 people and are planning to have a night stay at Pangong & Tso Moriri lakes. I wanted to check if accomodation would be available there during that time and if this route can be covered on Bike. I will be taking the Pangong Tso (Spangmik) – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Kiagar Tso – Tso Moriri (Korzok). Do i need ILP for these? If plan to go to Hanle, will i be able to find a place to stay as i will not be able to go to Tso Moriri the same day. I also wanted to check if I can take the short cut from Chusul to Mahe through Kakasang La pass road on a bike. Any tips, pointers or experiences would be extremely helpful.

    • Chintan, for sure there will be cold conditions during that time of the year especially nights will be very cold. Pangong Tso will have Himalayan Wooden Cottages running but Tso Moriri will only have home stays running, no camps or hotels. You need to take the ILP for the above mentioned route and still army can send you back from Tsaga or Chusul checkpost. DO NOT go from Kaksang La route, it has only stones, sharp stones on the road and you may end up with a puncture in no mans land.

      • Chintan Ghiya on

        Dheeraj, any particular reason that army might send me back from there and if they do, is there any other route that i can take to get to Tso Moriri?

        • Yes Chintan, it is quite common for army at the Chusul and Tsaga checkpost to send people back though this year reports are far less, only one or two here and there. But, you cannot rule out if you are one or two those 🙂 … The reason is security, if they deem fit, they allow else they send you back. Do not get into a fight there, you can politely request them to let you pass in case they do not agree.

  5. Jake Morrissey on

    Quick question- is the road from Leh to Pangong safe to travel on motorcycle in late June?

  6. Hi Dheeraj

    I have booked my flight tickets, I will be arriving at LEH on 01 July 16 at 0600hrs and departure is on 11 July 16 at 0900hrs.

    So my total stay is for 10 days. We are two family (Total of four adult and two kids of age 03yrs).

    Request you kindly advice how to go about the Leh Trip.

    • Below is a 8 day plan in which you can add couple of days of rest as and when required:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain with taxi driver and you can refer the thread for a comprehensive list of drivers: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Make a Day trip to Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 7 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour
      — Overnight at Leh
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.

      • Hi Dheeraj,
        I had pinged on a different thread about my solo trip to Leh in october. I just saw this plan and wanted to know how much of it would be possible in october between 11 and 22? And mostly by shared taxis or buses or a non geared 2 wheeler.
        I am reaching leh by flight on 11th.. early morning. Planning to stay in and take rest and then next a little here and there depending in how I feel. 13th may be khardungla by rented non geared two wheeler… Not able to decide on further plan.. could you please help.. 🙂

        PS: can’t change the dates 🙁 is there anyway to reach manali by road after 19th?

        Thank you so much for all your articles and prompt replies.. 🙂

        Regards,
        Rachana

  7. Debjyoti (Kolkata) on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Leh-Ladakh between Oct 10 to Oct 16 and want to visit Leh, Pangong and Nubra. Can you please help me the likely temperature during that time of the year at each of the places (max and min temperature).
    Also let me know whether it will be appropriate to visit Pangong Tso from Leh ( ie Leh-Pangong-Leh same day trip) or from Nubra (Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Leh, ie three day and two night trip with 2 night stay at Nubra)

      • So I can consider that the temperature in leh and nubra vally will be more. Will it give good photography opportunity in October.

        • Compartively only, more or less it is cold conditions in October as winters starts to set in. Yes, it will give good photography opportunity as tourists wont be much during that time

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    Wanted some advice from you about accommodations in Pangong.
    I am planning to visit Leh in September and will be spending one night in Pangong on the 14th.
    What type of accommodation would be available/best at that time of the year according to you? I wanted to stay in a camp, but have heard most pack up by then, and even the ones available do not have proper staff/ service.

    Thanks!
    Saurabh

  9. drivenhike on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Scrolling through your posts takes me back 30years when I was around Kargil (Shargole) and Leh. AM planning revisit after 30yrs. Tentative itenary:
    26/08- Overnight Srinagar
    27/08- Srinagar- Shargole
    27/08- Shargole Monestary- Urgian Rzong
    28/08- Shargole- Leh
    29/08- Acclimatization
    30/08- Leh- Nubra
    31/08- Nubra- Pangong
    01/09- Pangong- Tso Moriri
    02/09- Tso Moriri- Hemis
    03/09- Hemis – Leh
    04/09- Leh out
    Any suggestions on the above.

    Just wanted to share- I booked with Pangong Inn and with off season discount came to around same as offered by many tented accommodations. In addition they agreed for rescheduling in case or direct Nubra- Pangong travel issues. Hopefully due to less snow the route should not give problem but u cant predict about nature.

    Thx

  10. Hi Dheeraj Sharma, my girlfriend and I will be going to Leh from Singapore in July. We will have approx 15 days. Please advice on our itinerary. Was thinking of cutting a day from Manali or Delhi to have more time in Leh/Ladakh

    Day 1 Delhi – Srinagar
    Local sightseeing, shikara ride & garden. Stay in boathouse

    Day 2 Day trip to Pahalgam/Sonamarg/Gulmarg

    Day 3 Leave for Leh on shared taxi/bus. Overnight at Kargil

    Day 4 Arrive in Leh

    Day 5 Local sightseeing in Leh, arrange for foreigner permits (need clarification on this)

    Day 6&7 Rent local bikes or shared taxi to Nubra (Hunder, Diskit, Sumur & Panamik) Overnight at Hunder. Depart for Leh.

    Day 8&9 Trip to Pangong Tso (Overnight at Spangmik) Depart for Leh

    Day 10 Leh to Manali

    Day 11 Manali local sightseeing

    Day 12 Manali – Delhi

    Day 13-15 Delhi

    Cheers!

  11. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning for a ladakh tip in August, on over return journey we are planning to visit rishikesh for bungy jumping.
    so i want to know is there any bus sevice available to travel directly to rishikesh from manali.
    If yes, is pre-booking needed for that.

    or if you any alternate option to do so.

    after rishikesh we have a plan to reach delhi, visit agra and then fly back to mumbai.
    we will be reaching Manali on 10 th aug and we have return flight on 16 aug from delhi.

    Thanks,
    Mayur.

  12. Rishi Raj on

    Hi Dheeraj, we have booked ourselves at the Pangong Inn, which claims to be the only cemented accommodation at the Pangong Lake. I do not see this particular name coming up here. Can you please suggest?

  13. JITENDRA ROUT on

    Hello
    Day 1 manali to jeepsa
    Day 2 jeepsa to tsomori
    Day 3 tsomori to leh
    Day 4 leh sightseeing
    Day 5 leh to nubra
    Day 6 nubra to pangong
    Day 7 pangong to leh
    Day 8 leh to airport

    7 people
    15000 per person including accomdtn brfst dinner.sightseeing with xylo.2 nights in tent rest in basic guesthouses.
    Is it a good deal.

    • Hi Jitendra, you will fall sick and ill of AMS if you follow the above plan. You should do it

      Day 1 manali to jeepsa
      Day 2 jeepsa to Leh
      Day 3 Leh rest day
      Day 4 leh to nubra
      Day 5 nubra to leh
      Day 6 leh to pangong
      Day 7 pangong to leh
      Day 8 leh to airport

      • JITENDRA ROUT on

        Thanks Dheeraj for your advice. We wanted to cover all the places .Will our trip be worth and complete without tsi mori.Is it the most beautiful place or there is no problem if we skip the place. Shall we find good and budget accomodation near pangong lake.

  14. Hi Dheeraj

    Thanks for all the useful information, has helped me a lot in planning my trip. Just wanted to let you know that I tried booking the Himalayan Retreat – Spangmik, Pangong Tso at the rates mentioned by you via offbeatescapes but they say that these prices are outdated and quoted INR 5000 (MAP) for the same.

    After mentioning the DOW discount and a bit of bargain he has agreed for INR 3500. Not sure if your prices are outdated or he is trying to cheat me, had to book it either way because the other camps were apparently full. 🙁

    Just thought I should let you know. Thanks again!

    • Ananya, please ask him to provide the 20% DoW Discount agreed upon on 3500 for Himalayan retreat. Please show the screen shot of this message and if not agreed upon, we will be happy to remove the listing from here. I am sure there must be some confusion !!

    • Hi Ananya,

      I had a word with them and they told that since the owner has changed the rates for this year to 5000 they can’t get the Cost Price for it, so it wont be possible for them to offer anything less than it. I will update the prices in that case and also mention it does not seem to be economic range then 😀

  15. Anupam Gupta on

    Hi Dheeraj. I’m going to be in Leh soon and since I’m travelling solo, will be taking the bus from Leh to Pangong. Any idea where the bus drops? Does it go upto Spangmik? Still trying to figure out accommodation there. Any help on the guest houses?

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    Regards,
    Anupam.

    • AFAIK, it does go up to Pangong Tso, Spangmik village. Though I may be wrong too 🙁 … You will get lot of home stays in Spangmik village on arrival for stay.

  16. Explorer87 on

    Good evening devil on wheels. First of all, congrats for the great and helpful website, you’re helping me a lot with my planning!
    I just have one question regarding guest houses in Spangmik: do you think I could found a bed if I will simply show up in high season (August) ?
    I’m looking for a cheap accomodation, but i don’t want to risk to arrive in Pangong and not find where to sleep.
    Thank you in advance, keep on the great work!

    • Yes, there are plenty of options available now and in case there is not a big group with you, you should be easily able to find a stay up there at Pangong Tso. You may have to search 3-4 options though, which should be OK to you.

  17. anusetright on

    Hi I stayed in Himalayan Wooden Cottages in may end. the rooms are good and they have western toilet. I stayed for a good price. If you have bargaining skills you can get a unexpected deal:)

  18. Pranay Mohapatra on

    Hi Sir,
    Can we pitch our own tents on the banks of Pangong Tso ? Is it allowed to cook food near the lake? Food as in Maggi and Tea and simple stuff like that. Or if we can get food from nearby camps or homestays?
    Thanks,
    Pranay

  19. Hi team

    Thank you so much guys for making our trip more comfortable and easy . Your efforts are highly appreciated.
    I have one query regarding Pangong Lake .
    I will be visiting the Lake in the last week of July which I think is the best time to visit.
    I want to stay in tents for a night and now my question is
    Is there need to book the tents in advance ? If yes then how ?
    If no then how can I book the tents once I reached Pangong Lake and from where?
    Are the tents facility easily available??
    What is the best location in Pangong lake to stay in tents ?

    Thanks in advance

  20. hi dheeraj,
    is there any accommodation available at aghram, tyangar or sakti?
    as we are planning to travel through the wari la route from nubra valley to pangong tso lake.

    • Arun, there is nothing available at Agham, Sakti has a very very basic home stay. Try to at least reach Tagtse and take the route only if there are more than 1 vehicles in the convoy.

  21. Hi Dheeraj,
    I and my friends are visiting leh during mid of June we have booked our tickets to Delhi on 16th and return on 26th. We are planning for srinagar – leh – manali root. Srinagar – leh by taxi or bus ll hire bikes frm leh for site seeing in leh ladhak and leh to manali by bus or taxi.
    We are a group of 6 kindly help me with ur suggestions and etneary for Delhi -srinagar- leh manali- delhi in cost effective way.
    Thanks in advance for you reply.

    • Kumar, you an follow the plan like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
      — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 2 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 3 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 8 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh
      Day 10 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      — Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 11 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 12 | Manali – Delhi

      • Thanks for the reply Dheeraj.

        As I have to catch my return flight on 11th dat can I avoid overnight stay at leh on 9th day.
        Pls also suggest the options for lef – manali rout journey.

  22. Hii Dheeraj,

    We are planning a trip to Pangong and would like to stay for a night. We would prefer to stay in tents alog side the lake. Could you provide me some contacts for moderate budjeted accomodation at pangong?

  23. Hi Dheeraj , I visited Ladakh in 2015 May, wanted to update our experience on our stays.

    In Hunder we stayed at Galaxy guest house, Very decent place, Owner was very cooperative, We had some issues with hot water in the morning as there is only one solar but owner helped us with hot water (Not very hot but manageable)from there kitchen. Food was also very tasty.
    Verdict: Recommended.
    Tangstey: Dothguling Guest house, Tangste: Very much recommended. Rooms were clean and food was awesome, Host was very cooperative and helpfulI.I would definitely stay here next time. One of my best experience in Ladakh, It is very economical too and friendly to your pocket.
    Verdict: Highly Recommended
    Hanle: We stayed here for 3nights and two days in Padma Homestay: Rooms were decent enough, caretaker was friendly enough , , Food is ok.

    Verdict : Recommended

    Irfan Guest house LEH: It was terrible experience with Irfan guest house. Rooms were stinking and all bedsheets were dirty, bathroom doors were not even closing properly, I requested to change bedsheets and rugs but he changed them to other set which was even worse. Pathetic guy, before checking I had asked if he would provide hot water as I was travelling with my parents and in laws , he immediately said yes but next morning there was not even water forget about hot water ,I had to request him multiple times even for water for getting fresh. I requested for hot water for my parents and in laws , he denied it , I said my parents are quite old would need only one bucket, he said this is not old age home, I was like WTF . Then thought its better to update it in DOW community
    I also noticed everone out in guest house is angry as basic needs were also not provided by him.

    Verdict: Not recommended, Pathetic.

  24. Dear Dheeraj / Fellow travelers,

    I’m trying to find a camp who can provide a very comfortable stay (good beds + wind resistant tent) with good bathroom and obviously with a great view of the lake itself.

    I’ve got quotes from different camps, some of them has great reviews on TripAdvisor, some of them got good-decent reviews, some of them can’t find any reviews at all.

    Camp Redstart
    Royal camp Pangong
    Wonderland Camp
    Pangong Delight Camp

    Any feedback on these camps?

    Thank you,
    Balaji.

    • Sorry Balaji, do not know about these camps, must be some startup camps. I usually stay at Himalayan Wooden Cottages OR Camp Watermark and those are kind of fixed for us.

      • Thanks for your reply, Dheeraj.

        Since I’m bringing my young kids, which one do you suggest? View of the lake and gazing the stars during the full moon are our #1 priorities, followed by comfortable and clean beds. That’s the reason we are staying in Jun 20, which is a full moon day.

        By the way, if you remember from our other conversation, I’ve added Day 2 in my itinerary in Leh for local sightseeing/acclimatize.

  25. Hi Dheeraj

    We are planning our vacation around 10th May 2016 , we are coming from mumbai , so either from mumbai to leh by flight

    Please have a look at the detail below

    Plan 1

    Adult – 4

    Days : 8 to 10 days

    Date of Travel : 10th May 2016 OR 16TH May 2016

    1. Mumbai To Leh ( flight )

    2. Leh ( Hotel Stay ) – 2 days – ( Please advice where all we should go and visit )

    3. Nubra Valley ( Hotel Stay ) – 2 days – ( Please advice where all we should go and visit )

    4. Pangong Lake ( Camp Stay ) – 2 days – ( Please advice where all we should go and visit )

    Please also advice which other place we can stay and visit

    Some query

    1. How much car cost it will be ( Innova Car ) for all location

    please also let us know if you know or preffer car person whom we can hire

    2. Which are best hotel or camp ( Leh , nubra valley and pangong Lake )

    Plan 2 ( please advice if plan 1 is better or plan 2 is better )

    Adult – 4

    Days : 8 to 10 days

    Date of Travel : 10th May 2016 OR 16TH May 2016

    1. Mumbai To Srinagar ( flight )

    2. Kargil ( Hotel Stay ) – 1 night

    3. Leh ( Hotel Stay ) – 2 days – ( Please advice where all we should go and visit )

    4. Nubra Valley ( Hotel Stay ) – 2 days – ( Please advice where all we should go and visit )

    5. Pangong Lake ( Camp Stay ) – 2 days – ( Please advice where all we should go and visit )

    6. Leh To Mumbai ( flight )

    Please also advice which other place we can stay and visit

    Some query

    1. How much car cost it will be ( Innova Car ) for all location

    please also let us know if you know or preffer car person whom we can hire

    2. Which are best hotel or camp ( Leh , nubra valley and pangong Lake )

    Thanks in advance

    Viraj

    • Hello Viraj,

      I will suggest you below plan.

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 5 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
       
      Day 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR You can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Fly back

      You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2016 – 17 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

  26. Narayan Shirolkar on

    We are 5 friends visiting Pangong Tso in 2nd week of June. We wish to stay in tents, right on the banks of Pangong Tso. As close to the lake as possible.
    Could you please suggest some good places for that? Sorry if you have already answered this in some post!
    Also, it will helpful if you could provide me with your mail id where we can contact you.
    Thanks!

    • Narayan, you can refer to the article above as it list down referred camps too. No one camp on the lake shore as it is ramsar site and comes under wildlife protection act, so all camps are 500-800 mtrs away from the lake. They all are near to each other so 100 Mtr here and there does not matter much

    • Sanjay, it is too early to comment though Manali – Leh in general opens by end of May or June first week. This year with all the less snow all over in Himalayas, could surely be an exception with early opening unless it snows too much in March.

  27. Anup Upadhaya on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning my trip from delhi to Leh-Ladakh by flight in 31st march to 7th April2016, after acclimatize for two day in leh can we proceed to nubra vally via khardungla on 2nd april and over night stay in nubra vally, then back to leh on 3rd april and over night stay in leh. next day 4th april we are going to pangong lake and stay there, then next morning on 5th april back to leh up 6th, then 7th morning back to delhi by flight. please let me this period accommodation is available including car and how much cost(leh nubra vally one night stay and back leh and leh to pangong lake one night stay and back leh ?

    • Anup, plan looks OK except that you will not be able to sleep at Pangong Tso during that time of the year. Hotels will be closed, lake will be frozen. Better stay at guest houses in Tangste.

  28. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planing to go in April mid 2016. Would that be good season. I am planning for 6 days can you suggest the itinerary.

    • Hi Anil,

      Well, I will advice that you read: 6 Special Tips for a Winter Trip to Ladakh

      Secondly, there will be frozen lakes both Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri but cold will not be harsh at least in Leh. Yes, for Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso that the cold wil be harsh there. Also, hotels only start top open in april and tourist also start to get into the Ladakh. You can fly in and out of Ladakh only

  29. Hi Dheeraj, I’m plan to visit Pangong Tso in mid of March next year, are there any camp, home stay, etc which is near to the lake (walking distance) available?

    • Boon, nothing will be available at Pangong Tso during that time of the year. You need to stay at Tangste and please understand that it will be frozen, mostly everything around it will also be frozen.

  30. Dear deeraj …thanks for such exhaustive info for all. We family of three including 10 yr kid plan to visit leh bet 18th oct to 24th oct nd see nubra ..pongong pamanik among other places.. we want to avoid night stay without electricty …pl advise

      • Hi..dheeraj
        I had a querry , please reply.
        I am looking for accomodation in Pangyong and Tsomoriri in Nov (11-12th).Please suggest and help me with some contact no.
        Is staying at Spangmik & korzok possible?

        • It is not possible to stay in Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri during that time of the year. Making a visit in itself will be a quite commendable task. It will be harsh cold. May be you can try Tangtse or Chumathang respectively for stays to these places.

  31. Hey Dheeraj,
    This is by far the most comprehensive place for information regarding Leh.
    I was hoping maybe you could help me with this one query I have.
    I have only 3 days for my short vacation at Leh. I fly in from Delhi on Thursday night, and leave on Sunday night. I wanted to visit the Hemis National Park and Hemis Monastery. Is it advisable/doable for me to visit these places without spending time in Leh for acclimitization?

    Or must I spend a day at Leh before moving on to Hemis?

    Could you please help answer this? I intend to leave in 12 days.

    Thanks!

    • Thank you Kartik !! 🙂 🙂 ….

      There are no flights to Leh in night dear. So you have just Friday and Saturday which must be spent as rest days in Leh to acclimatize. You can visit Hemis monastery on Saturday but not Hemis national park as it is a trekking expedition.

  32. Hi Dheeraj,

    By any chance, if I’m carrying a tent along with me, can I camp anywhere in and around Pangong Lake?
    Thanks, already.

    • You can pitch your own tents anywhere but I will suggest you pitch them at a place where there are some dhabha tents put up by locals or where other camping guy pitch theirs or somewhere near some house in village or in their garden/lawn. All you will need is to gently ask them (villagers/dhabha guys/camping guys) for permissions. Most likely they will allow, other wise negotiate for small little tip or move on to some other such place nearby. This will give you sense of security too.
      But, keep in mind that camping at the lakes both Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is not allowed as they are under Ramsar site. Hence, you need to pitch these camps away from the lakes where either other camps are there or at near by village.

      For information on pitching your own camps in Leh – Ladakh, please refer our FAQ in the community: FAQ | Can I pitch my own tents or camps anywhere in Ladakh?

  33. Hi Dheeraj!!!

    Your posts are really very helpful.. Me n my frnz are visiting leh ladakh in September from 17th morning till 26th morning.. we are coming from Delhi to Leh by flight so no bikes.. We are a group of 7 .. Could you please suggest a brief per day plan from 17th to 26th September.. We’ll leave for manali on 26th morning. Also, we prefer 3 bikes and 1 scooty to travel within leh and ladakh since we are 4 girls nd 3 guys.. budget is also a concern so we would like to stay in guest house instead of luxury hotels.. Please suggest!!

  34. irfan qureshi on

    hi dheeraj,
    after acclimatize for one day in leh can we proceed to pangong lake on bike. Actually we have planned to visit nubra on the next day and return to leh and on the next day to pangong on bike. is that a good plan.
    07-09-2015 for acclimatize
    08-09-2015 to nubra on hired vechile and same day return or may be next moring.
    09-09-2015 to pangong lake on bike. (if we return leh on same day from nubra)
    10-09-2015 to pangong lake on bike.( if we return to leh on next moring 9-9-15 from nubra and night stay in leh)

    • No Irfan, it is a recipe of disaster in the making. First two days of landing in Leh from air must be complete rest. Then move to Khardung La or Nubra Valley day trip and finally day trip to Pangong Tso can still be planned.

  35. Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all a huge thanks and thumbs up for this website that you maintain. This is the best source of information on Ladakh.
    I a planning to visit Ladakh in August 2015, and to Pangong Lake for 2 nights around 15th August. Will I have to book early over the internet\phone or will i get accommodation after I reach Spangmik and search around?
    Thanks in advancce for your reply.

      • Thanks for the reply Dheeraj. I would always prefer searching a place because that way I can search for cheaper options. My worry is would there be accommodation available during mid August in Leh, Pangong, Nubra and Tso Moriri if I just land there without any booking?

        I would hate to spend the nights in the car. 🙂

  36. Gulap Chakma on

    Hi Dheeraj ! Your articles are really appreciable ,kindly accept my sincere thanks for all the necessary information you are providing to lots of travelers. N of course, I do have a couple of questions which I think, u may be able to answer me. I am planning to arrive in Leh by air from Delhi only to visit Pongong lake and if possible Nubra valley too in October end this year. Since there is no connectivity to book in advance, how can I be sure that I will get room after reaching there in Spangmik village for homestay? Please tell me if I have to make day trip to Pongong in case I don’t get homestay accommodation ,at what time shall I have to return from there? It is because,u have suggested in other article to leave Leh as early as 4 am to avoid being stuck in passing a river which becomes enlarge due to snow melting & becomes clear at 8 pm. Also tell me if it is possible to make a day trip to Nubra valley which means I will leave Leh in morning and return back in evening . I have 3 days only in hand & I don’t want to waste a single minute in Leh trip. I have been to high altitudes in Gulmarg,Sonmarg,Baltal, Sikkim & Arunachal Pradesh,so I don’t think I will have altitude sickness. Please drop your suggestions for my trip.

    Thanks again in advance.

    • Hi Gulap,

      You can easily get stay in October at Pangong Tso as October is not a season time. First two days have to be rest only and acclimatization in Leh. I hope you have days thse 3 after acclimatization.

      • Gulap Chakma on

        Hi Dheeraj ! Thanks for your reply. I didn’t get full answers to my questions. Anyways, no problem , I am consulting directly to the tour operators for comparison of prices,package ,etc. I have been already benefited by the information provided by you. Actually I have only 3 days in overall. So I wanted to avoid rest. One of tour operator even rejected me to pick directly from airport to Pongong saying that he is not responsible for any happenings to my health due to high altitude problem. So this is really annoying & disappointing to waste a day or couple of days in the name of acclimatization. Still I am trying if I can get someone to carry me directly to Pongong after taking full medical precautions. I love adventure and I believe one has to take risk to explore adventure. If anything has to happen, that will happen anyways in form of natural clamity,body problem even after having rest for 3 days. I appreciate that you are making people aware of this acclimatization but my case is exceptional because I don’t have time and I am not scared to face any problem.
        Thank you.
        Keep ur job going…

        • Gulap, please for god sake follow what the first tour operator suggesting to you !! He is right. If you do not acclimatize then you can DIE as well going directly to Pangong Tso. AMS can be FATAL. Understand that please. Acclimatization is just not for namesake, there are reasons to it and you are not a superman 🙂 .. It is fatal to go to Pangong Tso on Day 1 or Day 2 of your travel and I even never recommend Day 3 too.

        • Gulap Chakma on

          Sure Dheeraj! I have no option other than cancelling this trip this year. I have rather planned to visit Gurudongmar lake @ 17000 ft in Sikkim. I thought Ladakh is a very good place but it is proving poisonous only because of time wastage on account of rest. Will try to visit some other year ….

  37. ankit14794 on

    “At Pangong Tso Lake, if you want to stay near the banks of the lake then tents are the only option for you.”
    Would it be a good idea? Are tents available there? what would it cost us?

  38. Setu Desai on

    Hi Dheeraj I really like this website and read this often as I am planning my trip to Kashmir-Leh-Ladakh in September but I have a problem, This website is really annoying as it does not allow text selection or right clicking as sometimes people might just want to select a word of the article and do a google search for it. Even when someone want to navigate to a link in your article they can’t right click and open the tab in new window as the right click doesn’t work. Can you guys get this fixed, apart from that this is a great source of information and really like the work you are doing.

    • Sure Setu, will see what can be done for it. Lot of our hard work is copy pasted and then promoted as those nerds own content and pictures. It is just a measure to stop such people. Anyways will take your feedback into consideration.

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