Ever since the domestic tourism has boosted exponentially in Ladakh, the urge to make a Ladakh trip in 9 days or less by domestic tourists can be seen everywhere over the Internet. Of course, mostly due to the lack of leaves or lack of approved leaves from office, we, domestic tourists are not left with any other choice than to make a short and hectic trip to such a heavenly place, Ladakh. So, in today’s article I will talk about how can you make a Ladakh trip in 9 days. I will share a common itinerary with you in case you are looking out to plan such a trip to Ladakh.
Of course, if you have more days you should always plan a trip to Ladakh at least with 12-15 days in hand in order to enjoy the beauty of the Ladakh and feel the nature at its ever best in trans-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. However, if you are really short on time and do not have any other option then you may go ahead with below Ladakh itinerary of 9 days. Needless to say, it will be hectic and you will mostly be running from one place to another. Also, it does not cover all the places in Ladakh and does not include Srinagar – Leh Highway as well because with lack of days in hand, I have tried to keep a balance of best places to experience in Ladakh in 9 days.
Ladakh Trip in 9 Days | Most Common Itinerary
Before we check the itinerary in detail, I will like to tell you that it will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi with stopovers at Sarchu/Jispa/Keylong, Manali. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization, which is a must to avoid AMS issues for rest of the trip. You are then left with just 1 day in which you cannot do much than to either make day trip to Khardung La or you make day trip to Pangong Tso. So, in the below itinerary I have suggested to go via Manali – Leh Highway in order to save another day which can be used for sightseeing in Ladakh to at least see couple of places in Ladakh.
Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
- Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
- If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
- Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley
Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
- It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
- Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
- I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
- Overnight at Keylong/Jispa
Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
- Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening
- Overnight at Leh
Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
- To know the about the places in Leh 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 – Leh
- Leave very early morning at max. by 6 AM from Leh and cover Diskit and Hunder as Day trip from Leh
- 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 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
- Day trip to Pangong Tso
- Overnight at Leh
Day 7 | Leh – Taglang La – Pang – Sarchu
- Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
- Overnight at Sarchu or Pang
Day 8 | 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 9 | Manali – Delhi
- Return Home
Day 10 + 11 | Buffer days
- Keep some buffer day in case of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.
I hope the above common itinerary of Ladakh trip in 9 days will help you in case you are looking out for the same answer and are suffering from most common things in Indian offices “lack of leaves or approved leaves” 🙂 🙂 … Like I said, any Ladakh road trip less than 9 days is not at all worth making the trip unless you want to just be in the car or bike, touch a place, crash in bed and then move to another next morning. So, in order to make best use of you money and your leaves, make sure to have at least 9 days or more to make a Ladakh trip.