How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

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Every now and then I keep getting queries on the budget for Ladakh trip, so I guess a post around it will be helpful for many looking forward to prepare or analyse the budget of their upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip in 2012 and years to come ;). To be very frank, the budget of any trip including Leh – Ladakh depends a lot upon person to person and the taste + comfort he/she prefers. Leh – Ladakh is such a place where you can get varied stay options depending on your choice of comfort, preference, conditions and circumstances :D. The variety may range from Rs 100 stay at some Dhabha tent to Rs 250-500 stay at low cost hotel/homestay to Rs 700 – 1500 at medium cost hotels to Rs 3000 and above for hotels that offer much more comfort etc.. The same thing applies for food as well and depends what you want to eat (Pizza or Dal Bhat or Roti+Dal Fry or Maggie / Veg. Non-Veg. etc.) and more importantly where you want to eat and drink :)… But, in any case I would try to sketch a basic average budget analysis on Leh – Ladakh trip based on the choice of accommodation and food which majority of people opt.

Interested in making a budget trip to Ladakh?? Go on and read the article: 5 Tips for a Budget Trip to Ladakh
UPDATE from 9th July 2014
Please note that this article is from 2011 and you need to factor in the rates by 10-12% increment every year done by Leh – Ladakh Hotels and Guest Houses. Some prices you will see inline as those hotels, guest houses might have been updated in later years in the list. Same applies to Taxi Prices as well. So, consider about 20% increment of the prices in taxis listed below, till date: July 2014

Given below is a basic itinerary for Leh – Ladakh tour ex. Delhi (without any buffer days) covering all major tourist destinations of Leh – Ladakh and followed widely by many travelers including me :). We will be analyzing or finding the budget or costing for this Leh – Ladakh tour as a part of our exercise… You can roughly guess for yourself that for a similar trip or based on your point of interest, what will be the approximate cost or budget for your custom Leh – Ladakh trip. An example itinerary for Leh – Ladakh covering almost all basic tourist places –

  • Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu/Patnitop
  • Day 2 | Jammu/Patnitop – Srinagar
  • Day 3 | Srinagar – Kargil
  • Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
  • Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
  • Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit
  • Day 7 | Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
  • Day 8 | Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
  • Day 9 | Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh
  • Day 10 | Leh Rest Day or Sham Valley Tour around Leh including Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu
  • Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
  • Day 12 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains (Manali – Leh Highway) – Pang – Sarchu
  • Day 13 | Sarchu – Manali
  • Day 14 | Manali – Delhi

So, you can see for our sample Leh – Ladakh itinerary we have taken 14 days (without any buffer days). You can add/remove modify it according to your needs and of course the budget outcome will depend a bit on that but I guess that is very much trivial to say :). Also, consider that while traveling alone the cost of accommodation and transportation is bound to increase and while traveling in large evenly balanced groups it will surely decrease. As of now, I will also assume that you guys are two in number so that budget can be calculated on twin sharing basis.  Now, to analyze the budget on the above or any other itinerary, we can categorize the budget in two major parts described below –

Food + Accommodation + Miscellaneous

If you are living in an average budget hotel with decent comfort and are traveling in a group (at least 2 in number) then the average cost per day for food, accommodation and other misc. things like toll, permit fees, entry fees to monasteries etc. comes about Rs 500-700 per day. This trip will need about 14 days at the very least, so roughly you will be spending some Rs 7000 – 10000 per person for food, accommodation and other misc. expenditures. Again, 500-700 figure could be low budget for someone and little high for the others depending upon choice of stay and food or other activities you plan to do. Example, if you dine at a dhabha tent then the cost of meal would come out to be around Rs 50-70 only per person and the same meal if you take at a restaurant at Changspa road in Leh then you might pay Rs 150 – Rs 170 per person or may be more 🙂 or furthermore in some high end restaurant the cost will go up much more… Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian also matters with respect to food pricing, so take that too into account. Same thing applies for the miscellaneous activities and here I have considered only which are unavoidable such as toll, permit charges, entry fees, snacks etc. If you are going for paragliding, rafting, shopping etc. then that will surely be something additional for you.

Hence, if you are going with the budget hotel having decent comfort, taking decent quality food and including only mandatory miscellaneous charges then you may need to shell out Rs 7000 – 10000 per person for the above Leh – Ladakh itinerary of 14 days.

Mode of Transportation

On a trip to Leh – Ladakh, the major cost comes out to be for taxis or transportation or fuel depending upon your mode of transport. Using public transport inside Leh – Ladakh is a challenge as frequency of such vehicles are very poor and based on their schedules you may require 18-20 days to complete the above trip 🙂 … So, in Leh – Ladakh, travellers mostly commute either by private hired taxis or shared taxis run by tour operators or by finding travels partners and sharing the cost with them or riding rented bikes or ultimately self-drive on their personal bikes or cars. All these options will present you different costing of the trip. Let’s look each one of them below to get an idea of the total cost for a Leh – Ladakh trip.

Self-Drive Private Vehicle

You will be traveling about 3300-3600 KMs for above Ladakh trip. So, if your bike gives mileage of about 30 KMPL on an average in hills + plains then you are looking for about Rs 8000 – 9000 for fuel roughly. Similarly, you can calculate if you are driving the car. Just keep in mind that in hills your car will give much lesser mileage than in plains. So, calculate accordingly and divide them among the people traveling in car to calculate per person cost. It is difficult to travel to Ladakh with a pillion on a bike, so cost is calculated singularly above.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling to Ladakh by self-drive mode of transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 8000 – 9000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 15000 – 19000)) as the total cost for the entire trip.

Self-Drive But Rented Vehicle

Here, cost of fuel would be same as for a self-drive private vehicle calculated above but you will be adding the cost of bike/car rent as well. Usually, you get a decent bike in good condition at around Rs 1000 – 1300 per day depending on the make and model of the bike you rent. So, the cost of rent only comes out to be around Rs 13000 – 17000 considering if you get some discount. Adding the fuel cost as calculated above, the cost here becomes approximately about Rs 21000 – 26000.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling to Ladakh by self-drive rented bike mode of transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 21000 – 26000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 28000 – 36000)) as the total cost for the entire trip. If you are interested to know more details or tips on how to hire the bikes in Manali / Leh, kindly check the link here.

Privately Hired Taxi in Leh

The taxis outside the Leh are not allowed to roam in Leh – Ladakh and you are always required to hire taxi that belongs to Leh only. So, I am considering the case when you will be hiring the private taxi in Leh only and to reach Leh you will be using public transport. It may be the case that you are coming in privately hired taxi from outside Leh or may be flying directly to Leh etc. but here I will assume that you have used public transport such as train to reach Jammu, JKSRTC buses to reach Srinagar and then to Leh, HPTDC buses to reach Manali from Leh and further to Delhi. Also, I will assume that on Day 12 you will be going to Leh from Tso Moriri since in public transport you cannot travel directly from Tso Moriri to Manali. This means one extra day being spent in Leh – Ladakh making it 15 day trip. I am again assuming you are 2 in number… I will break down the private taxi cost and other transport cost for the entire trip as below –

Day 1 – Day 4 (Leh – Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh) = Rs 2000 – 2500 per person
Day 5 (Leh Local) = Rs 1500 / 2 = Rs 750 per person
Day 6 – Day 7 (Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Leh) = Rs 6931 / 2 = Rs 3465 per person
Day 8 – Day 9 (Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh) = Rs 6757 / 2 = Rs 3378 per peson
Day 10 (Sham Valley) = (Rs 2000 – 2500) / 2 = Rs 1000 – 1250 per person
Day 11 – Day 12 (Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Leh) = Rs 9369 / 2 = Rs 4685 per person
Day 13 – Day 15 (Leh – Keylong – Manali – Delhi) = Rs 3200 per person

Considering about 10-12% discount on the rates of Leh Taxi Union after bargaining, total cost comes out approximately to be Rs 16500 – 17500 per person when traveling two in number. This cost per person will come down if there are more people traveling with you to a maximum of 6. Why 6? Because one Scorpio taxi can accommodate 6 persons with ease :), anything more than that you need to hire two taxis.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling by privately hired taxi in Leh and reaching Leh in public/shared transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 16500 – 17500) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 23500 – 27500)) as the total cost for the entire trip including  1 day added to travel between Tso Moriri – Leh.

If by any chance you plan to hire a private taxi to Travel on Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway then the cost will go much more higher because charges for Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh in a private taxi are about Rs 10500 and Rs 17000 – 18000 respectively. If you are less in number, like 2 in this example, it is always suggested to travel in public transport such as shared taxi, JKSRTC buses, HPTDC buses on Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh Highways 🙂

Wondering if there is any cheap mode of hiring private taxi to Leh – Ladakh from Manali or Srinagar???? I will say Yes as well as No For more details, read the article here: Cheap private taxi to Leh – Ladakh | A Myth or A Reality?

Shared Taxis or Public Transport or Travel Partners (in group)

Assuming that if, instead of hiring private taxi in Leh – Ladakh you plan to travel by shared taxis run by tour operators or join with other travel partners to share the cost or you yourself are about 6 in number then you are looking at about Rs 10000 – 11000 approximately. If you further plan to travel only by public buses then this figure as well will go down further considerably. However, at the same time you may be required to stay for longer period adjusting to the schedule of these public buses which means increase in lodging + food cost.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling shared taxis (or public transport or along with travel partners) in Leh and reaching Leh in public/shared transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 10000 – 11000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 17000 – 21000)) as the total cost for the entire trip.

Conclusion

If I look at above scenarios or example the of course, it may not be the case every time that you will be hiring the bike from Delhi only. There can be cases where you will travel to Leh – Ladakh by bus or public transport and then hire the bike in Leh to ride other places. Similarly, you may travel to Manali in public transport and then hire bike from Manali etc. There could be similar other cases as well like flying directly to Leh etc. I have tried to cover many general cases here and we can surely discuss custom cases in the comments section below, if you like. Otherwise, if you are looking them at individually and day by day then you will be able to calculate the cost estimate for any such custom combination with fair ease 🙂 …

I will look forward for your queries or doubts in the comments section below and to know your perspective/tips of cost analysis for Ladakh trip as well. Kindly share your valuable thoughts/feedback/inputs etc here with many other fellow travelers.

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  1. Ajinkya Arjun Parab on

    +Hey Dheeraj Ajinkya Here from Pune me nd my Friends are planning Ladakh tour by Tempo traveller total 14 are there any suggestion we have booked 7 flight mumbai to Srinagar nd 21 delhi to Mumbai what we can do please let me know…

  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    The information provided is very helpful for novice like us to kick start our plan to the heaven on Earth. I tried to create one from your posts. If you could please help to evaluate the pricing/rate that I come up with. We are a group of 4 person. I am trying to fit this itinerary in my budget which is crossing Rs.50,000. Could you please shed some light on where the pricing I specified needs to be revised and by how much. It will be a big help.

    Leh – Ladakh Trip August 2016 – D2

    Day 1 : Tuesday 2, 2016 (Mumbai to Srinagar)

    Flight : Rs. 7,055

    Sightseeing : Rs. 2000

    Accomodation : Rs. 2000

    ————————————————————————————————————
    Indigo 2-Aug Mum Sri 10.35 13.2 7,055.00 makemytrip
    Book a hotel for overnight stay on BoatHouse Dal Lake.
    Do Sightseeing around viccinity of Dal Lake
    1. Shakarachyra Temple
    2. Pari Mahal
    3. Shalimar Bagh
    4. Shikara ride
    5. Book Shared/Private Taxi for Leh
    6. Boathouse stay Dal Lake

    Day 2 : Wednesday 3, 2016(Srinagar – Kargil : 7-8hrs)

    Travel : Rs. 4000 (Srinagar to Leh)

    Accomodation : Rs. 2000 (Kargil)
    ————————————————————————————————————
    *** Srinagar – Sonamarg [85 Kms] ***
    1. Begin Journey to Leh
    2. Take a break and eat at Sonamarg

    *** Sonamarg – Zoji La – Drass [62 Kms] ***
    1. You will be driving up the first high altitude pass on this road, Zoji La located at 11,640 ft
    2. Visitors are required to register themselves before crossing the pass
    3. Hotels in Drass are pretty cheap and you can find a room for as low as Rs. 300 for the night.

    *** Drass To Kargil [58 Kms] ***
    1. This is where most people traveling on this road halt for the night so finding a hotel wouldn’t be a problem, but finding one in a budget could be quite a task.
    2. Located on the road from Drass to Kargil is the Drass War Memorial, built in the memory of soldiers killed in the 1999 war. It is a must visit for every passing Indian.
    3. Take a halt

    Day 3 : Thursday 4, 2016 (Kargil to Leh : 9-10hrs)

    Accomodation : Rs. 3000 (Leh)
    ————————————————————————————————————
    *** Kargil – Mulbek – Namika La – Fotu La – Lamayuru [110 Kms] ***
    1. Around 40 kms from Kargil is the small village of Mulbek. The chief attraction of this village is the 9 Meters statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha, carved out of solid rock. no Photos allowed.
    2. Next is the 2nd high altitude pass on this route, Namika La, located at a height of 12,198 ft.
    3. Another 40 odd kms from Namika La is the 3rd high altitude pass, Fotu La, located at 13,479 ft.
    4. Descent from Fotu La will take you to the village of Lamayuru, which is famous for one of the oldest Gompas. Take a break here for a visit to the Gompa and click some photos.

    *** Lamayuru – Hangro Loops – Nimmu – Leh [125 Kms] ***
    1. After Lamayuru is the ascent of Hangro Loops. Be very careful while driving here as these 18 loops are very steep and sharp.
    2. From Hangro it is a straight run to Leh with a quick break at the village of Nimmu to visit the famous Gurudwara Patthar Sahib.
    3. Reach Leh. Book your stay.

    Day 4 : Friday 5, 2016 (Leh or Sham Valley Tour)

    Leh Local Sightseeing : Rs. 2000

    Sham Valley Tour : Rs. 2000
    ————————————————————————————————————
    1. Leh Local Sighseeing – Shanti Stupa.
    2. Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping or you can do tour to Sham Valley
    3. In order from Leh – Gurdwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Zanskar and Indus River Confluence at Nimmu, Ruins of Basgo Palace and Basgo Plains, Alchi
    Monastery and Likir Monastery – a must do.

    Day 5 : Saturday 6, 2016 (Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder : 5-6 Hrs)

    Tour : Rs. 5000 (Day 5 & 6)

    Accomodation : Rs. 2000 (Diskit)
    ————————————————————————————————————
    1. Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
    2. Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

    Day 6 : Sunday 7, 2016 (Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh : 7-9 Hrs)

    Accomodation : Rs. 3000 (Leh)
    —————————————————————————————————————————————
    1. Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
    2. Overnight at Leh

    Day 7 : Monday 8, 2016 (Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake : 5-6 Hrs)

    Tour : Rs. 5000 (Day 7 & 8)

    Accomodation : Rs. 2000 (Pangong Tso Lake)
    ———————————————————————————————————————-
    1. Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
    2. Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

    Day 8 : Tuesday 9, 2016 (Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh : 5-6 Hrs)

    Accomodation : Rs. 3000 (Leh)
    ———————————————————————————————————————————-
    1. Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
    2. Overnight at Leh
    3. Make arrangements to Reach Leh Airport.

    Day 9 : Wednesday 10, 2016
    Flight : Rs. 11,173

    ————————————————————————————————————
    JetAirways 10-Aug leh mum 8.2 12.45 11,173.00
    Back to Mumbai

    Total per Person
    # Unit Type Price
    1 Flight – Mum to Srinagar 7,055
    2 Tour – Srinagar 2,000
    3 Accommodation – Srinagar 2,000
    4 Travel – Sringar to Leh 4,000
    5 Accommodation – Kargil 2,000
    6 Accommodation – Leh 3,000
    7 Tour – Leh/Sham Valley 2,000
    8 Tour – Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder 5,000
    9 Accommodation – Diskit 2,000
    10 Accommodation – Leh 3,000
    11 Tour – Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake 5,000
    12 Accommodation – Pangong Tso Lake 2,000
    13 Accommodation – Leh 3,000
    14 Flight – Leh to Mumbai 11,173
    Total 53,228

  3. Dheeraj,

    A query here my friend. Iam planning by road trip from gurgaon to leh.
    1. Is Maruti Ciaz diesel hybrid a good option? (Considering few obvious underbelly hits even with ground clearance of 170mm)
    2. If yes to the above question, then which route is least hurting for the above mentioned vehicle?
    3. If travelling in private car, then can we do the site seeings locally by own vehicle?

    Thanks n Regards
    Avinash

  4. vaibhav kumar chaubey on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I and along 4 guys are planning for bike trip from manali to leh but i am bit confuse about booking bike over the phone or online as i have read many reviews of bikerentalsmanali.com should we go for online booking and we should book when we will reach to manali. I am confused we will get bike there or not as we are going in first week of july ( on session) so possibility of getting bike there if we don’t book bike online.

      • Hi Dheeraj,
        We are just worried about the availability of rented bike as we are going leaving leh from manali by 1st july. You think we could get rented bike that time please suggest

        • I will rather do a journey in a taxi than on a bike which I booked over phone without testing it out. It is better to complete the journey rather being stranded in the middle of no where.

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning for a trip from Leh in May last week. We will be going till Srinagar by flight and then plan to do Srinagar-Leh-Chandigarh by road – Total duration is around 8 days. I have few questions:
    1. Can we get a taxi for Srinagar-Leh-Chandigarh ? If Yes, then what will be approx. cost?
    2. Can we get a taxi from Leh-Chandigarh and can it covered in 2 days (Day1 – Leh to Keylonmg and Day2 – Keylong to Chandigarh) ?

    Thanks

    • Peeyus, you have to change the taxi in Srinagar, Ladakh and then Manali. Local taxi union rules apply in Ladakh which bans outside rented taxis for sightseeing in Ladakh

  6. Hello everyone,

    We’re a group of five planning to visit the ladakh region this june. We’re gonna start from Delhi and reach Leh via road and plan on taking a rental car from Delhi. We’re thinking of staying in the region for 5days or so and plan to cover Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and few others and would like to rent a bike for atleast one of the locations. Kindly mention us the breakdown of costs incurred for local food, transport, accom in the process and state taxes and toll charges enroute and inner line permits. Thanks in advance

  7. delakshyae on

    Dheeraj sir,
    Please tell can we travel to kinnaur valley on maruti k10. Is this car fit to road conditions.

    • Well, there will be few under belly hits but if you drive with caution, you can manage it without scratching the under belley. Of course, drive slow as the roads are not that good in Kinnaur Valley.

  8. Hii dheeraj,
    We are a group of four friends wanna travel to leh by rented bike please suggest me the best route and how many days should it would take??? As we are college student so what would be the minimum cost per head including stay and rented bike??

    • Hi Vikas,

      Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

      This year as per reports, rule is going to be stricter. Manali rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days Manali bike is parked in Leh and Leh bike is rented, they will charge 50% of the rent of the bike. So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops

      The one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali. Be sure if you are ready to make that investment or not or if at all it is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike.

      I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for bike trip to Ladakh or any other part of Himalayas at the link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This will help you cover almost all your queries related to bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas.

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

  9. Hi,

    I am planning to travel leh ladakh in August, if there is any biker group travelling at that time pls lemme know

  10. Nikhil popli on

    He dheeraj
    Wanted ti kniw Bikes rented from Srinagar are allowed for sight seen in leh.

    • hi deeraj,

      We group of four including two gals and two guys are planning to go leh ladhk road trip on 6th aug from delhi. Most of the people are saying its better go with a people of 8 or above, Because in case any mechanical issues in the bike , people wll be there with us to atleast check and help. Is it necessary to go with a group of more people, we wont get mechanical assistance in case of any engine failure or some issues. Please guide on this.

      note : we are from bangalore coming to delhi on 6th aug, planing to take rental self drive bike for 15 days trip 6th – 22 th of august.

      Reagrds,
      deepak

      • Hi Deepak,

        I am not sure about that 8 figure and how logical it is to say like that. If anyone wont know how to fix the bike, what is the use of big group? Anyways, you have two bikes at least so if one gets stuck at least the other ride to safety. Yes, you should have a bike checkup done and that is the risk you always take while traveling to such places like Ladakh. It is always good to plan for such situations but not rely your plan that they will surely happen. So, I will suggest that you travel to Leh and travel back from Leh in some taxi or bus but when you are in Ladakh for sightseeing purpose you plan to rent a bike from Leh and do sightseeing within Ladakh on rented bikes.

        • actually, i will able to fix some of issues in bike if anything happens for the bike. But my concern , Is there any mechanical assistance we will get on the way if at we are facing see extreme issues. other than i am fine with group of four people.

          need to know where all we need to take halt and how many kilometres we need to cover per day or where to halt
          regards,
          deepak

        • No Deepak, very limited places have mechanics, only handful and that too at major pit stops. So, you should rely much on it I will say. If it is an extreme issue, it has to be fixed either in Leh, Keylong, Srinagar, Kargil or Manali. Apart from these places no place may be able to get your bike fixed with some really major issue.

        • Hi Dheeraj,

          We are planning to take rental bikes from Delhi. can you please suggest some. Also we need to know , if we take rental bikes from delhi, is there any problem with local bike rental guys in leh or manali or srinagar side.

          regards,
          deepak

        • Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

          To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

          This year as per reports, rule is going to be stricter. Manali rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days Manali bike is parked in Leh and Leh bike is rented, they will charge 50% of the rent of the bike. So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff.

          For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops

          The one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali. Be sure if you are ready to make that investment or not or if at all it is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike.

          I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for bike trip to Ladakh or any other part of Himalayas at the link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This will help you cover almost all your queries related to bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas.

  11. Nikhil popli on

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are group of 4 people coming to Jammu by train on 7may 2016 and planning to do onward journey to leh by shared taxi and taking halt kargil.What would be the traveling cost from Jammu to leh by shared taxi/pvt taxi.please suggest the best mode of travel on the basis of cost and comfort.and what would be condition of roads from Jammu to leh.

      • Nikhil popli on

        Is is possible to share some taxi drivers nos as we have now booked flight to Srinagar and will reach on June 4 .
        Also what would be the cost if we take a shared cab.

        • Yes, you will have to call up a taxi guy from Ladakh to pick you up from Kargil. 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.
          While going from Srinagar to Leh, you might need to work out few things as there have been some tensions now in taxi unions and to settle it out what they have done is that they have a transit point just before Fotu La while going to Leh from Kargil. All Leh taxis stop there and kargil taxis too. They exchange passengers and move back in respective directions. Leh taxis take passengers to Leh coming from Srinagar/Kargil and Kargil guys take passengers to Srinagar/kargil coming from Leh

  12. Hi, I am Anoop and I am planning bike [ Apache rtr 180, done with 2 free service and have done with 4500 K ] trip from Bangalore to LEH during August 2016 [ Aug 1- Aug 15, approx 14-15 ] days. I would be the solo rider from Bangalore. I have gone through most of the blogs and sites to see whats the best route/ how to plan / things to consider etc. Not in much of the sites have given details about the tier which is best suited for such a long distance ride. it would be of great great help by suggesting some best tiers which can cover 5000KM and kind of check list would be great.

  13. Hello dheraaj sir,we,4 friends planning a 14days trip from delhi to manali via srinagar leh route on july last week.please suggest me whether it is d good time to plan d trip,best mode of transportation 2 save time & better sightseeing.thanks & regards.

    • Hello Debraj,

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      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.

  14. Hi Dheeraj I just want to know you that camping is allowed in pangong lake or tso lake please suggest

  15. Piyush Soi on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are group of 5 and are planing a trip in June Mid, but we want this trip to be for 5-6 days from Manali. Here are some points which I wanted to confirm.

    1. We were planing to go Via Manali-Ladhak-Manali, so can we get rented bikes in Manali, if yes how much will be the price per day?
    2. How many days it usually take from Manali to reach to Ladhak and are there hotels or some place to stay on the highway if we want to take rest?
    3. Do we need to carry any food or we can find the same on the Highway?
    4. Do we need to enquire and make a booking for bikes in advance or we can directly book it from Manali?

    • Piyush, it takes 2 days to reach Leh from Manali and 2 days to come back and 1 day is required for rest in Leh. Are you sure you want to make this trip?

  16. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning a bike tour of leh from manali to Jammu via leh, we are 6 guys WD 3 Royal Enfield. We want to know about d expenditure and if der any permit is required to carry own bike, or any authorization paper from d owner(as 1 bike belong to my Frnd dad), permission from the govt..
    And what will b the expenditure if we join ur group WD our bike .
    Plz give d details of both type of tour conditions.

    • Amit, if you have your own bike and travel in the oppsite direction that is from Jammu to Leh to Manali, no permit will be required and you will acclimatize very well too. However, if you try to make it from Manali to Leh to Jammu, then you will need to arrange Rohtang Pass permits and also worry about AMS issues

    • Sandeep, due to inclement weather in high Himalayas, snow clearance operations are hampered and now it is expected to open around mid of April. The snow has been cleared through the Zojila pass and last heard, BRO was creating the edges to let the vehicles pass the oncoming traffic. Soon it will be opened for one way traffic.

  17. Hi Dheeraj,

    I’m flying into leh in April and will be working with an ngo for around 3 weeks. On my return, I want to go via manali. Will the leh-manali buses be operational in early May? If not, is there any alternative way to reach manali?

    Thanks!

  18. Hello Dheeraj,
    How r u??? We are a group of 5 college students planning to visit Leh in June. We will be following your Most Common Itinerary for Leh Ladakh. We will be reaching Jammu Tawi by train and Srinagar by bus from Jammu. We are planning to hire a private taxi (JK 10) from Srinagar all the way to Manali. (Manali to Chandigarh by bus and return train from Chandigarh)
    1) Is June a good time to visit Leh???
    2) Our budget for the trip is 25K per head. Is it enough??? We prefer basic accommodation and decent food and a private taxi from Srinagar all the way to Manali.
    3) what is the cost of private taxi from Srinagar all the way to Manali???
    4) For Day 10 of your itinerary what would you suggest out of the following???
    River Rafting from Chilling to Sangam
    Sham Valley tour
    Add one more day in Nubra Valley and visit Turtuk.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Karan,

      1. Yes June is a good time to vsit Ladakh
      2. Should be good enough I will believe with 5 optimized number of people with you to share the taxi cost.
      3. Srinagar to Manali will cost you around 60K, so 12 K per head for taxi and rest 13K should be OK for stay for 14 days if you opt for basic stays with double and tripple sharing.
      4.Add one more day in Nubra Valley for Turtuk. Most part of the Sham Valley you will be covering anyways while coming from Srinagar.

  19. KUNAL SOLANKI on

    I came across this website “pearladventures” and the trip from manali-leh and back got my attention. But they charge 52,000 per person. Obviously they also provide bikes, tour-guides and they travel in groups but still its almost double than the estimate discussed here. Can you share your opinion..

    • Kunal, If you are looking for bookings over phone and above kind of arrangement, you can connect with info@offbeatescapes.com as most of the readers in the past three years have had very good feedback about them and especially their transparent policies along with being there with you all the time in need. So, we trust them the most. You can refer my name or DoW to Gaurav, the guy who runs it. He knows us very well and should be able to offer some special rates being a DoW Member. You can just refer him the DoW Community Member Username in such a case or screenshot of this reply here.

  20. I want to do a bike trip to Leh this summer, anyone interested or if you know any group planning kindly do let me know.

    • It will be much better that you check the DoW Travel Calendar from the link in the Main Menu. There you can see about 300+ entries of the people planning their trips in this season and see if you can connect with the group. You can filter entries based on the preferences you have.

    • Yes inder I also waiting for open the leh highway what’s your for leh and when you going there please tell me

    • Hi
      When r u planning to go??? As some of our frnds are also planning , we are 6 people, BT we will start our journey from manali to leh den back to Jammu.
      We planning in mnth of Aug last week to see 1 week, date not yet fixed.

  21. Hi Dheeraj
    Have been following your blogs on the site which are informative and details oriented I must appreciate the gr8 effort by you,
    we are group of 4-5 guys planning to travel to leh -ladakh by srinagar highway and return via manali we would be arriving at jammu by train after that we intend to take a private taxi (innova)for rest of our journey we have 13-14 days can we also cover zanskar valley in this time what do u reckon should be our budget per person keeping in mind we are looking for decent hotels n and decent food as well another thing can we carry our own liquor to leh ladakh

  22. hello dheeraj,
    we are a group of 3-4 people & want to travel to leh – ladakh in our own car(small) in the month of June(or can you recommend the best time to visit).what would be the expense(budget), things to keep in mind and with us while travelling from Delhi. Road conditions,also any sort of restriction while travelling or self driving in leh ladakh. how many days trip it would be. and can we cut it short.

    • Hi Rohit,

      For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

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