Good Hotels or Accommodation options near Pangong Tso – Ladakh

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First and foremost, extreme apologies for not posting any article in last two weeks, was stuck deeply in official commitments :cry: 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 250 per person and goes well beyond Rs 3000 per person depending upon comfort and facilities they offer. Pangong Tso lake is a remote place and though accommodation options are good in number but fairly limted 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 ;) ).

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 person 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 30 KMs from Pangong Tso, where you will find 4-5 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.

UPDATE from 9th July 2014
Please note that this article is from 2012 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.

Hotels or Accommodation options in/around Pangong Tso Lake
    • Padma / Gongma / Sasoma Guest House – Home Stays at SpangmikMostly, every house in Spangmik 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.

      • Price Range: Rs 300 – 400 for a double bedroom / Rs 150 – 200 per person
      • Contact: ??????
      • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
      • Category: Cheap / Economic / Home Stay

       

    • Camp Watermark – Spangmik, Pangong Tso: Very much recommended, comfortable luxury tented accommodation with attached western toilets, own electricity source. Moderate rates as compared to others. Dormitory style Dhabha tents also available at cheaper price.
      • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 for dorm tents without meals / Rs 2000 – 2500 for luxury tents without meals. Ask for special 12-15% discount for readers of DoW blog or refer my name.
      • Contact: info@offbeatescapes.com, bookings@offbeatescapes.com
      • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
      • Category: Moderate (dorm tents) / High (luxury tents)

       

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

[UPDATE, 20-02-1013]: Camp Watermark is now run by its owner Stanzin Chhopsel only and Camps of Ladakh DO NOT have any deal with him. Along with other OTA, they have also tied up with Offbeat Escapes who offer special discounted rates to readers of DoW. So, stay away from the bookings of Camps of Ladakh & its booking mess as they run a company with same name “Mountain Trails” which is run by Stanzin as well by same name. Also, they might give you some other camp in the name of this recommended Camp Watermarks saying that it is full. It has happened to some of the readers who have sore experience of their booking mess. So, stay away from Camps of Ladakh bookings.

  • Pangong Camp Resort – Spangmik, Pangong TsoThis 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 2500 – 4000 for a double bed room with meals
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
    • Category: Very High

     

  • Eco Huts – Lukung, Pangong TsoComfortable luxury tented accommodation with attached western toilets. Dormitory style Dhabha tents as well as room based accommodation also available, own electricity source. Mostly run full, very high prices (about Rs 3000 including all meals) but OK to stay. Dormitory based tents are a bit cheaper, in the range of Rs 400 to 600 without meals.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 400 for dorm tents without meals / Rs 2000 – 3500 per person for rooms/luxury tents including all meals
    • Contact: Mr. Muthup Namgial: 09419177658, 09906981777, +91-1982-257030, 01982-253010
    • Location: Lukung Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
    • Category: Moderate (dorm tents) / Very High (luxury tents)

     

  • MarTseMik Camping Resort – Spangmik, Pangong TsoComfortable 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. Dormitory style Dhabha tents also available at cheaper price.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 500 for dorm tents without meals / Rs 2000 – 3500 for luxury tents with meals
    • Contact: Mr. Muthup Namgial: 09419177658, 09906981777, +91-1982-257030, 01982-253010
    • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
    • Category: Moderate (dorm tents) / Very High (luxury tents)

     

  • Other dormitory style dhabha tents and campsThere 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 200 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 250 – Rs 3000
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Spangmik Village, Pangong Tso – Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / High / Very High

     

  • Dothguling Guest house, TangsteBollywood blockbuster movie – 3 Idiots Fame!! Recommended. Nice, clean and large rooms. Clean western as well as ladakhi style toilets, hot water in buckets. Read complete review here
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 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, TangsteOK to stay. Clean room. Clean western as well as ladakhi style toilets, hot water in buckets. Gas powered heater and average food. Read complete review here
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 800 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.
  • 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, 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 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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281 Comments

  1. Parth Jain on

    Hi Dheeraj !

    Must say, Excellent job with the blogs ! Quite helpful. I am planning to visit Ladakh during September end and have 4 days once I am acclimatized. Planning to cover Nubra valley with night stay and then Pangong and Taklang La Pass. Can you guide me with the itinerary for the same ? Given I start on Day 2 afternoon from Hunder, will I make it to Pangong the same day ? ALso, how should I plan to cover Tsokar and near by ?

    Lastly, I will have no vehicle to myself. What would be my modes of transport ?

    Thanks in advance,
    Parth

    • Parth, if you have just 4 days after couple of days of acclimatization at least, then best is you make 2 day trip to Nubra Valley and 2 day trip to Pangong Tso. Also, ensure that night at Pangong Tso will be quite cold.

  2. Hi Dheeraj,
    I would first like to congratulate you for running such an amazing blog. I happened to read it while I was searching for camps/Hotels at Pangong, and i need not mention, but yes you are doing an amazing job. I read your blog and almost got a clear picture of all the camps available at Pangong. I have raised a booking request for the Camps Water Mark :) after reading your reviews. Thanks.

    Also I would appreciate if you would go through the itinerary planned by me for Leh and suggest me any kind of amendments or places I have missed on. I’m travelling with my husband from 16th to 23rd September (7N/8D)
    16th Sept – Arrive at Leh 8:30 am, check in and rest, get passes made (which required) and hire bike.
    17th Leh – Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, magnetic hill to lamayuru, then back to leh and rest
    18th Leh – Pangong Lake, stay over night
    19th start early from Pangong to Tos moriri lake and back to leh
    20th Leh to Nubra valley, stay
    21st Back to leh and rest
    22nd Leh local markets and around leh.
    23rd flight back to Delhi.

    • Hello Simar,

      Thank you for the kind words. I will not advice you above plan. First two days MUST be complete acclimatization as below to make successful inroads to health issues not hitting back the adventure holiday you are seeking:

      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

      Then next two days should be your Nubra Valley trip which will help you acclimatize to sleep at Pangong Tso after that. First nubra Valley trip should be done and then Pangong Tso as per acclimatization and not letting you hit with AMS.

      Last day you can make a trip to Sham Valley.

      Regards
      dheeraj

  3. There is one more resort near Pangong lake which is “Pangong Inn”. Can you give use information about that ?

    • No information I have about Pangong Inn. Few good properties to stay at Pangong Tso recently are Himalayan Wooden Cottages and Himalayan Retreat, I have got good positive feedback from many readers.

  4. Anand Ganu on

    Sir, You have provided very useful information. Thanks for that. In July 2007, we drove from Mumbai-Srinagar-Leh to Mumbai, in our Tata Indica Diesel. We are going to repeat the route , starting Mumbai on 18Aug 2014. The vehicle we have is Honda city. I request you to give me detailed information about present road condition on the route. I understand that ‘Permit’ to travel to Pongong lake is not more required. Kindly confirm. We are 2 couples average age 58. Is it possible for you to let me know your contact phone number. Regards

  5. Hii,

    I am travelling to Leh in the month of Sept of 6 days. 22 sep to 27 sep. Effectively we have 6 days. We are 4 to 5 of us and our focus is to cover those places which are less common and not over-crowded. We would like include some adventure activities like rafting, para gliding camping and covering a few valleys. All of us are coming for the 1st time. Request you to pls suggest what should we focus on.

    Thanks

  6. I also want to know, is it a good idea to go spite valley after 15- 20 august from leh because I am getting mixed reviews for the weather condition & route condition.
    Thanks

    • Megha, are you making a trip to Leh – Ladakh? How many days do you have and also for Spiti after Ladakh, how many days do you have? It will help me better guide.

      • I have entire august to wander around in that are, I have not made any fix itinerary also, I am just thinking to go with the flow.

        • Good Megha, then it is fine. Well, apart from Baralacha La – Keylong and then too Chota Dhara, rains will be very less in Ladakh as well as Spiti. Road conditions between Kaza and Keylong remains as is all round the year but avoid coming back from Kinnaur Valley which is horrible in monsoons. Hence, come back to Manali from Kaza after exploring Spiti Valley and exit from Manali.

  7. Hi Dheeraj
    As there is option of pitching our own tent around nabura valley, Is it also possible around Pangong lake & tso morir. I am a girl solo traveller carrying tent along with me. I would like to pitch it where ever possible depending on safety & possibility. I am not in rush to run from places to places so I’ll spend more time at every place but I am really not getting clear idea for tent pitching in ladakh. I am reaching leh in first week of august.

    Thanks

    • 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.

  8. Camp Watermark – The worst camp ever seen. No warm water, no proper cushions, no quilts. People operating the camp are decoits. Charged Rs 1500 for one hour bonfire. Bad food. No proper cutlery to have meals. No warm water to take bath. Toilets have just standing space. They are operating on lease model on a local’s land and giving him peanuts. We did second day at Himalyan Retreat and they charges just Rs 300 for an hour of bonfire. Himalya has proper printed towels, cutlery, good dining hall and excellent food.

    What you see in pictures of camp water mark is not at all what you get there.

    • Are you sure you went to Camp Watermark?? If true, I will talk to the guys personally about it. BTW, not sure if you know but I think that Himalayan Retreat you went is also from the same guy, Stanzin, AFAIK but low cost model. So, such contrasting things are hard to believe. And I have stayed with them couple of years ago and it was very very good in comparison to all other camps. I will pass this review to Stanzin and see about it. Please do post some pictures you have of Camp Watermark in such state. This is concerning and if found true will remove it from the list.

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 8 and planned to visit Leh Ladakh through the covering Spiti Valley. Just need your advise. We have planned for 18 days, so it is possible to cover the Spiti valley and Leh Ladakh in 18 days. Also, we are planning to pitch our own tents instead of hotels or home-stays. I would really appreciate if you could suggest me a short route plan and places where we can pitch our tents without any interruption. Lastly, I am sorry for the Parvati valley (Clean Kasol) event. Actually, I was in trouble due to some personal issue otherwise…………….

  10. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all i would like to say that you and your team is doing such great job… looks like u people are himalayan king who has info about each & every corner. We are planning to go to Leh in september end so i was searching for hotels and suddenly saw DoW..i read almost all sections and mesmerised/shocked/surprised by seeing all info in details & instant replies. Really awesome specially for people like us(who does not have any knowledger of that place)..hats of to you.

    We(Me and my husband) are planning to visit Leh on September. Please have a look on iternary and let me know whether its fine or not.
    16 Sep- Delhi to Leh via Flight early morning so will have time for sight seeing like Leh Palance ..
    17 Sep- Leh-Nubra Valley-Leh via Taxi
    18,19,20 Sep- Trekking from Spituk to Stok(Will reach Leh on 20th)
    21 Sep- Leh-Pangong-Leh
    22 Sep- Back to Delhi via flight

    Will it be fine or very hectic, also let me know hiring a bike for local sight seeing is fine or not.

    Any input will be helpul.

    Thanks in advance..

    Nuri

    • Thanks a lot Nuri for such kind words… I am glad DoW is proving helpful for people traveling to various corners of Himalayas.

      You have 7 days in hand and I will advice you against taking the trek rather enjoy the places in Ladakh at ease. You can follow below travel plan for your ladakh trip for 7 days:

      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 – 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 | Fly back

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Really thanks for your reply and efficient informations.Will definitly visit the places suggested by you :)… I have missed 1 point in earlier comment. Till what time we can visit Leh as our trip might postpond to October. So will it be possible to visit in October mid/end?

        Regards,
        Nuri

        • Nuri, October mid or end is not a good time to visit Ladakh as most of the restaurants are closed, hotels too close. Camps at the lakes pack up. So, in case you can be OK with all these lack of facilities, then it should be fine. And, you must avoid Manali – Leh Highway that late in the season.

  11. kuldeep singh on

    Mr.Dheeraj Sharma ,we are travelling to Leh-Ladakh from 2/09/2014 to 06/09/20149(5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS)REACHING 8.00AM on 2/09/2014 and leaving 9.00AM on 06/09/2014 by air.kindly guide us about hotel stay .sight seeing.thanks

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    One question. We plan to do Keylong to Pangong Tso, in one day. Do you think it is doable? Also, which route would be the best? We are a group of 16 in 3 vehicles as part of a social awareness rally. Thanks.

    Regards

    • Not at all suggested and in fact very difficult to do it. 16 in 3 vehicles is large group and not just one there is a possibility of many falling down to AMS. Please take it easy. Rest in Leh for couple of days before.

      • We have a stay at Chandratal followed by either Keylong or Sarchu. Then onwards to Pangong Tso. I hope AMS would not be an issue since we would be well acclimatized travelling through the Spiti valley for 3 days before Keylong/Sarchu… Is the route too long though??

        • oops, my bad brother. Sorry. Yes, in that case you will be acclimatized to some extent. I will advice to have a night at Pang/Sarchu before sleeping at Pangong Tso because Keylong will be too low between two nights. Your body do loose acclimatization of high altitude with each night spent at lower altitude. Still, Keylong to Pangong Tso is a big big ask to do. Better try Pang to Pangong Tso or at least Sarchu to PAngong Tso.

        • Two questions. One, could you give a rough idea of distances in terms of time from Batal to Sarchu/ Pang. Two, distances from Sarchu/ Pang to Pangong Tso in terms of time as well as better route on the latter leg keeping in mind the fact that we are driving Scorpios. Thanks.

  13. pradeep malhotra on

    Does the following road is open by 25th June, 2014 –
    Diskit – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Shyok Village (48 KMs) – Durbuk (18 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 175 KMs

  14. Nida Hussain on

    Hi All,
    We arr visiting Leh-Ladakh in June 2nd week. We will be at Pangong on 17th June. It seems Camp watermark & Whis Waves is booked in that period. We are going ahead with Camp RedStart. Has anyone ever stayed there? Any more options close to the lake?

    • Not sure about that one, but I stayed at Himalayan Wooden Cottages last September and they were also very decent and of course had the luxury of wooden cottages to beat the cold :D

  15. Satnam Singh on

    Dear Dheeraj,
    I am amazed at this site.It is an invariable encyclopedia of J&K and Himachal.I don’t know even my village like this bhaji, where I have lived half of my life. Kudos.
    And how promptly you reply to everybody.This doesn’t look like work of a single man. Its religious zeal. And thanks for replying to my email.
    Here is the itinerary that I have drawn for myself after spending 5 hours on your site. Remember I am coming with city bred children(6 and 8yrs)who are very averse to anything hectic. Infact incapable of anything hard.
    9.06.14 Day 1 — Arrive in Leh by air. Stay there.
    10.06.14 Day 2 –Stay in Leh. Local sight seeing.
    11.06 Day 3– Khardung la by motorcycle and back in Leh by night.
    12.06 Day 4 –Leh–to Nubra Valley. Overnight at Hunder/ Diskit by taxi.
    13.06 Day 5– Back to Leh for night.
    14.06 Day 6–Suggest someting where travel is 2-3 hrs.

    15.06 Day 7– do

    For leh Pangong Tso lake you mention “8-9 hours” . Is this 9 up and 9 down? Won’t be possible for kids. Suggest somethign lighter.

    As I have to book accomodation yet, can I have your number, if u don’t mind pl. And call you for 4-5 minutes.
    Let me know if I should carry woolens. Light or heavy?
    Is there any security to be deposited while renting mobikes?
    Thanks a lot
    Satnam Singh
    Amritsar

    • Hello Satnam,

      Ha Ha ha, same here. I cannot suggest anything to do in Delhi :D

      9.06.14 Day 1 — Arrive in Leh by air. Stay there.
      10.06.14 Day 2 –Stay in Leh. Local sight seeing.
      11.06 Day 3– Leh – Sham Valley tour on bike. Alchi, Likir, Magnetic Hills, Pathar Sahib ji.
      12.06 Day 4 – Leh – to Nubra Valley. Overnight at Hunder/ Diskit by taxi.
      13.06 Day 5– Back to Leh for night.
      14.06 Day 6– Leh – Pangong Tso in a taxi
      15.06 Day 7– Pangong Tso to Leh

      It will take 5-6 Hrs to reach Pangong Tso from Leh depending upon breaks you take.

      Yes, do carry heavy woolens with you as passes and lakes will be very cold. Some motorbike rental do ask for security but depends upon various factors. For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  16. Neha Bhargava on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We, a group of 8, are going to Leh in July 1st week for 10 days and our program is completely overlapping with the Kalchakra pooja. So it will be very crowded and everything will be costly. I have few questions for you:
    1. We are planning to take dorm tents in Spangmik. I contacted the above mentions people but they said that they do not have dorm tents. Local people only put these dorm tents and cannot be booked in advance. So should go ahead without booking? Other deluxe tents are very costly.
    2. Can you refer some good but cheap guest houses in Jispa to stay for a night?
    3. Also should we book the cabs before going there or take a risk of hiring cabs there (might be available at cheaper rates)?
    Thanks,
    Neha

    • Hi Neha,

      1. In that case, only option is to rely on the spot bookings.
      2. Cheapest and good is Jispa Journeys. I think even Padma Lodge earlier used to be cheap has changed rates now. If you are on further budget than Jispa Journeys then better go to Keylong and stay at guest ouse, say Nalwa Guest House on the road.
      3. Taxi will be hardest to find, in fact I doubt will be available. Do BOOK this in advance with a kind of guarantee. This means you will have to pay more but I don’t think you have any choice.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  17. Dharani Kiran on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Firstly thanks for the Info.
    We (3 couples) are planning a trip to Leh in September, Will be reaching Leh on 14th Morning and would be returning from Leh on 17th Morning. It would be of great help, if you can help us plan our trip for the 3 days.

    Thanks In Advance
    Dharani Kiran

    • Sorry Kiran, 3 days are way too less for a trip to Ladakh !! Better do not attempt it as you need at least 2-3 days for acclimatization in Leh only after flying in due to High altitude.

      • Dharani Kiran on

        Thank Dheeraj for your suggestion, we have changed the plan now and are planning to arrive Leh on 11th Sept & leave on 17th. Could you help us plan now.

        • Here you go:

          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 + Inner Line Permits
          — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
          — 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

  18. Srinivasan on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First i would like to thank you for all your great efforts in updating all the tour details in the website and also answering all our queries. Just by reading all the queries, we have almost cleared all our doubts in preparing for the trip. I am planning for a trip in the september to ladakh for 13 days and will reach srinagar by air and then take public transport to Leh. Will it be too cold to stay near pangong lake during the month of september (Sep-19 is the date). We have tried to contact offbeatescapes for room booking in pangong, he had advised to take cottage rooms instead of tent as it will be very cold by that time. Please let me know your expertise on this.

    • Yes, during September nights in Ladakh gets cold, especially at the lakes – Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri nights are pretty cold. In fact when I went last year we stayed at Himalayan Wooden Cottages only due to cold during night. I went there around 25th September. Of course, cottages will be better to beat the cold but it does not mean that tents are unbearable cold but cold of course than cottages.

      • Srinivasan on

        Dear Deeraj,

        Thanks a lot for your reply. We are 2 persons planned for a budget trip in the month of September this year and below is the planned itinerary.

        Your blog had helped me a lot in planning for the trip and almost gone through everything in detail and most of our questions answered just by reading the blog.

        Sep 13 – Chennai to Srinagar by flight and overnight stay in Srinagar
        Sep 14 – Srinagar to kargil by bus or shared taxi and overnight stay at kargil
        Sep 15 – Kargil to leh by bus or shared taxi and overnight stay at leh (Sia la guest house)
        Sep 16 – Local sight seeing in Leh (Sia la guest house)
        Sep 17 – Leh to nubra valley and overnight stay at Hinder (Snow leopard guest house)
        Sep 18 – Nubra valley to leh and overnight stay at leh (Sia la guest house)
        Sep 19 – Leh to pangong lake and overnight stay at pangong lake
        Sep 20 – Pangong lake to leh and overnight stay at leh (Sia la guest house)
        Sep 21 – Leh to kargil by bus or shared taxi and overnight stay at kargil
        Sep 22 – Kargil to Srinagar by bus or shared taxi and local sight seeing in Sringar
        Sep 23 – Rest day or if possible day visit to gulmarg and come back to Srinagar
        Sep 24 – Srinagar to Chennai by flight

        Do you think any change is required in the itinerary and if required pls help to highlight. Will change the plan accordingly.

        The stay in Leh and nubra valley are almost decided and got the confirmation from hotel as well.

        However i am not yet decided on Kargil and Pangong stay. Here are few questions needed your expertise on this.

        Questions:

        1. Could you pls suggest some good budget guest house in kargil as the hotels shown in internet are expensive. I am just looking for a stay and not bothered abt the luxury for a overnight stay in kargil

        2. Snow leopard guest house is charging 1200 Rs for Room only it seems to be fine. Do you think if we go directly and bargain, we can still get a better price in September month due to off season.

        3. Do you think it will be worth to stay overnight in Pangong in the month of september or we can just do a day trip and come back to leh the same day. Other option is to stay at a cottage due to extreme cold in september month.

        4. If you know some budget hotel in Srinagar it will be of great help.

        Thanks and Regards,
        Srinivasan.

  19. Hi Dheeraj,

    Great job indeed! Your blog is the Leh Bible :)

    I want to know how much time does it take to reach the lake from Tangste. If we start from Leh for Tangste in the morning and reach the hotel there at say afternoon, then can we visit the lake after raching and cheking in at Tangste? If yes, then we would return back to the hotel in the eve and make a night halt. Next day early morning again go to the lake, stay there till noon and then head back to Leh.

    Is this a practical plan? Will the taxi hired from Leh for 2 day trip cooperate for such plan ( the additional visit to the lake on 2nd day early morn)

    Regards,
    Debdatta

    • Thank you. Tangste is just 34 KMs from Pangong Tso, takes about 50 minutes. Your plan is practical but why do you want to stay at Tangste? Are you going early in the season? Better stay at Pangong Tso only if you are going after 15th May.

      • hai dheeraj bhai,

        plz suggest budget accommodation(hotels or home stays or small lodges} in kargil.

        • Brother, you can go with Greenland Standard rooms. They are around 800-900 types on the spot bookings else you can check the JK PWD rest house in Kargil too.

  20. Hi

    Just wanted to know if these tented accomodations provide any sort of heating in the rooms?

    Thanks :)

  21. ANSHUL WADHWA on

    Dear Dheeraj,,once again a great review,thanks,I am visiting pangong on 23rd june,i am travelling with my wife and 8 yr old daughter,will it be very cold at that time,considering the climate and acclamatisation concerns,is it a good idea to reach tangse by 5 pm,check in to pangong residency hotel,and then go to the lake next morning and spend a few hours there,or do you think it is comfortable enough to stay at the lake overnite,and enjoy its sunset and sunrise…
    thanks

  22. Hi,

    My name is Ramnath. I am planning for Chaddar Trek in Jan 2015. So, I will be vising Leh. I wanted to know what other places I can visit around Leh during that time. I have visited Pangong and Nubra Valley before but during Jan will the route to them be open? I dont mind visiting them again. Also, if they are not opened then what else can I visit around Leh for 2-3 days?

    • After acclimatization, you can surely take a day trip to Pangong Tso or two day trip to Nubra Valley based on the time on hand. But acclimatize well before you hit those places. All the routes within Ladakh remain open all round the year barring few days of heavy snowfall or pass closure.

  23. Vijay Choudhary on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Wanted to thank you for the useful information being provided by you on this forum.

    I am planning a trip to Leh/Ladakh in the last week of June. Please let me know the best options to stay nearest to Pangong Tso lake.

    Thanks

    • Komal, April is generally cold in Ladakh, very cold at lakes especially. Both lakes will be frozen and season actually will not have started yet. Very least tourist rush too.

  24. Hello Dheeraj
    I read your suggetions and hope these are helping ppls .may i know what should be the itenary of a small trip of 4 nights to ladhak .i wanna roam leh,pangong ,nubra..
    I will catch the flight from delhi (10-04-14 morning 6:15) and will come back on 14-04-14 morning

    • Nitin, for 4 nights to Ladakh I will suggest that you rest for first day, acclimatize and get permits. Next 2 days make a visit to Nubra Valley covering Diskit, Hunder, Sumur and Panamik. On last day, go with day visit to Pangong Tso.

  25. ALI ULLAH on

    I will arrive leh in the morning of 30/03/2014 and my departure will be in the morning of 02/04/2014, kindly suggest me hotel as well as tour for these three days.

    • Ali, just rest in Leh, do monastery tour on second day and may be on 1st April pay a visit to Khardung La and return. You can stay with Royal Heritage Resort or anyone suggested above in the list provided they are open.

    • hi dheeraj,
      i’ll be heading to leh from delhi on 10th may in mahindra thar and will return on 25th.Do i need to book hotel to stay at pangong for a night??
      can u plz suggest me an appropriate iteniary..

  26. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for this site, very informative.

    Please note the itenerary below and suggest if it is a good one :

    Oct 11 : Fly to leh and acclimatize
    Oct 12 : Head to Pang Gong and stay over night in any guest house as all the camps are closed (any guest house suggestions open in Oct?)
    Oct 13 : Head back and stay in leh
    Oct 14 : Head for a 3 day Trek (Lamayuru – Alchi)
    This is costing us Rs,15000 (Are we being over charged?)
    Oct 16 : back to Leh
    Oct 17 : Head to Nubra Valley and stay over night
    Oct 19 : Back to Delhi

    • Jinny, guess I am in time as of now :) … I will suggest the following changed plan for you

      Oct 11 : Fly to leh and acclimatize
      Oct 12 : Leh and rest and acclimatize
      Oct 13 : Leh – Nubra
      Oct 14 : Nubra – Leh
      Oct 15 : Head for 3 day trek
      Oct 18 : Day trip to Pangong Tso.
      Oct 19 : Back to Delhi

      PS: Sorry for delayed reply as I was traveling Ladakh for last couple of weeks.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

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