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. Soham Kundu on

    I’ve planned to visit Leh-Ladakh in this June. The itinerary is as follows.
    Day 1: Jammu – Srinagar(Overnight stay)
    Day 2: Srinagar- Sonmarg- Drass- Kargil(Stay)
    Day 3: Kargil- Lumayuru- Alchi- Likir- Leh(Stay)( including all the sight seeing on road)
    Day 4: Leh (Local Sight seeing Shey- Thicksey- Stok- Hemis)
    Day 5: Leh- Khardung La- Deskit- Hundar (stay)
    Day 6: Hundar- Sumur- Panamik- Khardungla- Leh (stay)
    Day 7: Leh- Chang La- Pangong Tso( Overnight stay at Tented Accommodation)
    Day 8: Pangong Tso- Upshi- Chumthang- Hanle(stay)
    Day 9: Hanle – Mahe- Moriri Tso(Stay)
    Day 10: Tso Moriri- Tso Kar- Sarchu- Darcha(Stay)
    Day 11: Darcha- Keylong – Manali(stay)
    Day 12: Manali stay( Buffer day)
    Day 13: Manali – Chandigarh

    Q1)How is the itinerary?
    Q2)I contacted a travel agent. He gave us an approximate cost of the trip & that is Rs 25000/- (excluding train fare) per person for a group of 6 persons. The whole trip will be completed by car(Innova or Travera). Is it OK?

  2. Parth Mehta on

    Dear
    It is indeed a great help that you are providing to the prospective travellers having ambiguity in minds. Thanks a lot for your support and good work. We are a group of 8 friends planning a trip from manali to leh(one way only) on bullets on 12/06/2015. We propose to hire 6 bullets as two of us are not very much experienced of riding a bullet at this heights.
    1.Whether it is advisable to hire only 6 bullets for 8 persons, 2 persons riding along with pillion driver?? If yes then

    2.What shall be the one way cost of bullet per day from manali to leh?(We know that the per day cost ranges between 800-1500 Rs. But that takes into account returning the bullets at manali.But we are not getting back at manali)
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Thanks a lot Partha. Pillion does issue a kind of trouble and you will need to travel light in such a case or may be put the luggage which is n ot frequently used in other bikes. Also, keep changing the pillions in case required. Having said all that, there are hundreds of people who do bike ride to Ladakh with a pillion every season and many of them are couples.

      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

      Since, this is the first time rule is getting implemented no one is sure what will happen or what will not. I personally feel larger groups will be targetted more than smaller groups or individuals.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

    • Also, 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.

  3. Dear Dheeraj Sharma, Belated new year wishes to you and to your family..
    My question would be long but i think you are the right person to get the answers about my leh trip :)
    we are a gang of 3 members and we are planning to go next year during june month, but i am really in confusion whether to rent a bike in delhi or whether to send our bike through train. And what about the expenses cost if we rent a bike or if we take our own bike ? but we must go it’s our dream place dheeraj bai, But we are really in confusion to choose own bike V/s Rent bike.. And mainly we have 150cc bikes! i have read read some articles also even 150cc bikes can reach top hill stations around leh.. please suggest us for this,
    1. About 150cc Bikes
    2. own bike V/s rent bike
    3. Expenses cost for own bike and Expenses cost for rented bike ( we are planning to start our road trip from delhi )

    • Hello Sandesh,

      Happy new year :)

      In case you have doubt regarding renting a bike I will suggest that you read: How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle which will give you a fair understanding of the bike rental v/s own bikes.

      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

      Since, this is the first time rule is getting implemented no one is sure what will happen or what will not. I personally feel larger groups will be targetted more than smaller groups or individuals.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

      If you plan to carry your own bikes in train then in that case please read: How to Carry your Bike in Train to Ladakh or Himalayas?

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  4. Hi Deeraj,

    Hope you are doing good.

    We are a gang of 8 and planning for Leh- Ladakh and near by places by Royal-Enfield. Our plan is only for 1 week. Kindly suggest what is the best tie to travel so that we can apply the leave accordingly.

    Kindly prepare us the plan for above information and share with us. and also it would be good if you are some bikers information if you are having.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Vishwa

    • Hello Vishwa,

      A happy new year to you and your family !!

      7 days are not enough for a trip to Leh – Ladakh by road. It takes 4 days to reach Leh by road from Srinagar side and 3 days from Manali side. I will suggest add some days in case you want to enjoy a trip to Leh – Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma
      PS: Sorry for the late reply, I was on a trip to Kumaon, Uttarakhand for the last 8-9 days.

  5. I am arriving to LEH from Delhi on 8th of May early morning and returning on 15th early morning. Can you please me a good itinerary ?

  6. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am a planning for trip to Leh with my cousin in July mid. We planning to start road trip from Amritsar to Leh via Manali and to end at Srinagar.

    I knw trip from Manali does not help to get acclimize, but as we starting road trip from Amritsar would it still be a concern? Also we will be staying at Manali over night and thn head rowards to Saruchu/Jaspa for another night stay to get well aclimize with weather.

    Further itineary is not yet decided if you can help us with the same. Also we planning this trip on our own, so should we book hotels in advance from Mumbai itself or can we think of homestay as an alternative. If we thinking abt home stay is thr any way to pre arrange/ confirm stay before we reach thr so that we dont want to waste much time in searching a stay. If you can share contacts for the same or suggest how should we plan.

    Also can you tell us as we goin on our own what are misc expenses we will hv to bare like in terms of hiring a car we will hv to bare a tolls nd permits so how much would toll and permit cost a rough estimate. Also if u can list down the activities we can enjoy like river rafting etc and how much they cost approx.

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Hi Jatin,

      Yes Jatin, Amritsar will not help you in acclimatization, even Manali will not help. If you reach Manali, stay at Solang Valley which helps in acclimatization and then next day better to stay at Jispa and finally do Jispa to Leh a long drive in one day to avoid sleeping at Sarchu or Pang. You can hold up hotels and do on the spot booking which will help you be flexible as well as save you a lot of money as well. 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

      Rough estimate can be drawn from the article above based on the category of commute you will be having with you.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  7. hello dheeraj… first of all well done brother… you are really helping a lot of people here..
    i have plans of going to leh and nearby areas in September 5th to 25th next year.. i have heard that we need permits to visit the inner areas. as i am very keen to visit every possible village and Valley. so please can you guide me about the process and time involved to get all these permits. please please respond as soon as possible.

  8. ARGHA GOSWAMI on

    hii, i am argha. we (frnz) have already planned to visit ladakh in middle of june. if u ppl know bout the route from manali to leh & entire package for 5 ni8 & 6 days from leh to leh den plz leave a mail in my mail id.

    • Argha, DoW is a travel information platform where you can find everything related to traveling to Ladakh or other parts of Himachal and Uttarakhand. However, we do not conduct any tours and if you looking for some packages, you can check with info@offbeatescapes.com who had quite a good review and moderate budget packages as per the readers here for the past couple of years.

      Also, 5-6 days is not sufficient for a road trip to Ladakh. You need at least 11-12 days to make a road trip to Ladakh in some or the other way.

  9. Atanu Majumder on

    Hiiiii,, I want to visit leh ladakh in the july 2015.
    I have planned the route like-
    Leh – Nubra – Pangong – Tso moriri – Leh.
    Is the route possible or is there any comfortable route between nubra to Pangong and pangong to Tso moriri ?
    If so kindly tell me the approximate care fare for the above route..

    • Soumen Das on

      Hi Atanu…I have also planned in july 2015…and the places r same ….If u want, u can join us..I am also looking for travel partner….

      • SUMANTA PAUL on

        Hi Soumen,

        I am also looking for travel partner. We (me & my wife)are two & I am also planning in June end or July.

        • Soumen Das on

          HI SUMANTA ,

          we are also 2 me & my wife.
          I start the journey from kolkata to Srinagar on 14th july 15.

          If possible try to manage this date.
          U can contact me at
          soumen.das.43@gmail.com

  10. hi,

    i m planning for road trip to ladakh by road with my own car from Delhi in 1st week of January 2015. Would request you to please guide on this as I’m totally new. There will be children also.

  11. Hey!

    I am planning for a bike trip to Leh from Delhi in season of 2015. Delhi-Manali-Leh-Manali-Delhi, is this route is ok??

    How much days should I count for this trip, Also I am planning this trip with my girlfriend, so is it safe with a girl on bike with luggage? Or do you wants to suggest me something?

    please respond back.

    • 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.

  12. Shailendra Mathur on

    Hi dheeraj, first of all a bigggggggg thanks to u bro for sharing every in and out related to leh ladakh trip, i am planing to go to leh ladakh next year, and i just want to know which is the best time to go there and also i m planing to go there by my own vehicle (swift)) so i just want to know can i make it with my vehicle or should i take sharing taxis and public transport and also i wil be driving from jaipur and can i make it in 15 days, including nubra valley and diskit. Your help will be very much appreciated.

  13. Jitendra Sahoo on

    Hi Dheeraj. Thanks for this website. I am planning for Leh Laddakh tour on last of Sept’14 for an about 10 days by road. Can you tell me how can we cover the sights and how much should be my budget. Plz reply. We are two friends for this tour.

    • Jitendra, firstly it is like season end at that time of the year. So, very less people will be available for taxi cost sharing which is otherwise very costly. Arent you getting any package? Do you know how to riede?

    • Jitendra Sahoo on

      Hi, Actually i do not have any idea on it. What ever i know, that’s through internet. So, plz suggest. I am a govt employee. So, the holidays are very rare. Thats why i have preferred this time. Plz help for this tour.

      • Jitendra, taxi cost ranges from 8K for one place to 12 K for Tso Moriri for example. Hence, for a single person the tour will be very very expensive. You can either book a package for yourself if available or else first find some 2-3 travel partners to share taxi cost. Since, it will be late season hence people will not be around there for taxi sharing readily in Leh. So, dont take that risk.

    • Hello,
      WE are also travelling in Leh in Sept 4 to 9. we are also two people. We can share cost if our dates matcehs with each other.
      Please reply

    • Tejus behl on

      @Jitendra sahoo-
      Hi…This is Tejus Behl from delhi.. even I m planning to go to ladakh.. The question is ‘are you still going to leh inspite of floods in j&k region?

  14. Hi,

    I and my wife planing to visit leh ladakh in june end or july 1st week in 2015 for 10-11 days.

    1) Starting from Srinagar- kargil
    2) kargil-leh(Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu)
    3) Rest Day
    4)Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit
    5)Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    6)Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
    7)Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh
    8)Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang.Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
    9) Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
    10)From Leh fly back.

    I have some queries:

    1) Which time is better june 1st week, july end, 1st week, july end .Dont want to go in any festival time.
    2) Want to travel sharing basis.
    3) What will be the cost for total trip.
    4) Cost for car only sharing basis?
    5) Cost for Car ,fooding and accommodation combine ?

  15. Dear dheeraj.
    first of all a big salute to your attempt. it seems me like an atm dispensing infromation as per the need.
    i am also planing a trip to leh , my idea is to buy a RE THUNDIR BIRD from delhi and start the riding (solo) . and take the bike back to kerala by train. Is it safe to buy used bikes from delhi if yes what will be the price for models 2012 onwards. any suggestion on dealers.
    thanking you
    anees

    • Anees, this is quite unusual. Why do you want to buy a bike. You can hire a bike from Delhi and take it to Ladakh and get back to Kerala and hire bike in your home town. Or else you can buy bike in Kerala and then carry it in Train, make a trip and carry back in train.

  16. Hi Dheeraj

    We are two members planning a bike trip from delhi to leh & leh to delhi. We are arriving delhi by august 15 5:30pm and return flight at 24th august 2pm. we are bringing our own bike from coimbatore. Is it possible to cover the trip in these days.. Can u suggest the itinerary for this trip.. we have to put our bike in train from delhi to coimbatore before our flight on 24th august

  17. KAPIL SHAMI on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    i have 150cc Hero Extreme, sleeping bag and my own tent.i want to go ladakh from Delhi. Dheeraj u suggest in itinerary day: 1 delhi to jammu, is it possible around 600 km within a day on a bike
    and i want to ask u that own tent is safe from wild animals and robbers or not if yes then where can i use it in my itinerary
    day:1 Delhi to Ludhiana
    day:2 Ludhiana to Jammu
    day:3 Jammu to Srinagar
    day:4 Srinagar to Kargil
    day:5 kargil to Leh
    day:6 stay in leh
    day :7 leh to pangong tso
    day :8 pang to leh
    day :9 leh to tso Moriri
    day :10 moriri to sarchu
    day :11 sarchu to manali
    day :12 manali to ludhiana
    day :13 ludhiana to delhi
    2 days reserve
    suggest me any change if i m incorrect

    • Kapil, robbery wise Ladakh is all safe brother. Regarding Camping, 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.

      Also, in general Delhi – Jammu is quite doable brother unless you are not really used to long drives. This is usual for most people.

      I will suggest to add couple of days and do Nubra Valley for 2 days after Day 6 before heading to Pangong Tso. this will make a complete trip to Ladakh.

  18. Hello Dheeraj,
    Thanks for your budget estimation.
    My parents are in 60’s and they want to visit leh-ladah. Though initially I have included Srinagar as well but we cut the plan as I thought it would be hectic for them.

    Now my plan is pune->delhi->manali->leh->delhi and the timing is 27th sept – 8th Oct.

    I am looking for cheapest but safe options. Is it advisable to book a package? Where as tour packages are too costly. How I can book leh hotels? Pre booking are chargng more. My budgets are arround 12/13k per person. Can you please suggest?

    Any other family want to join with us??

  19. Arpan Sur Chowdhury on

    Hi Dheeraj, we are a team of two from Kolkata and we are planning a visit to Leh-Ladakh. Can you suggest an itinerary for us that would take seven days, starting from Jammu and commencing at Jammu as well. The seven days exclude our travel to and from Jammu to Kolkata.

  20. Hi

    We are 10 in total and we have 10 days in hand (delhi-delhi) and we are unable to plan out our trip to leh-ladakh.. plz help us.. we have a max of 15000 per person as ou budget..

    plz espond ASAP.. thank u

    • 15K will be quite tight a budget for a Ladakh road trip from Delhi to Delhi. Also, It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway which will save a day where you can make a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley.

  21. SANDIP BARAD on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    we are group of 4 friends planning our trip from shrinagar to manali via leh by hiring bike one way. we have 13 days for shrinagar to manali. pls guide me to plan my trip and medium budget cost also.

    • SANDIP BARAD on

      I also wnt to ask you, is there any group or agencies arranged such type of tour? pls give me their detail also..

    • You can get bikes on rent in Srinagar as couple of bike rentals have come up in Srinagar too starting this year though I do not have any feedback on them since it is too early. Even if you rent bike in Srinagar, 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.

        • Best wishes for your trip. If possible, try and share your Himalayan experience with us at DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as Photo Tale or Travel Tale Or your reviews of the hotels/guest houses where you stayed or dhabhas/restaurants you ate food on your trip… All this might help others planning the similar trip too :) :)

  22. hi we are planning to visit ladakh and kashmir in sept.(sept26-oct6)
    we are a group of 5 people.
    can you pls help out in costing the schedule is stated below
    day 1:arrival in leh
    day 2:leh sightseeing
    day 3:leh-pangong lake-leh
    day4:leh-nubra valley
    day5:nubra valley-leh
    day6:leh alchi/uleytoko
    day7:uleytoko-lamayuru-kargil
    day8:kargil-sonmarg-sringar
    day9:srinagar sightseeing
    day 10:drop at jammu
    Please also suggest me what all I should plan for in my trip to leh ladakh

  23. Hi i am planning to visit ladakh with my friend as per below schedule, can you pls help out in costing or any good cost effective tour operator:
    29 Jul/ Day 1- Airport pick up and drop at guest house, pre-booked by us. Strictly recommended rest for full day to acclimatize.

    30 Jul/ Day 2- Drive to Likir and trek to Yangthang (3700 m), 1.5 hr drive and 5 hr walk.We will drive for 1.5 hrs to reach Likir, from where we will start the walk which goes parallel to a motorable road that ascends to Phobe La (3580m). From the pass, we leave the road to take a descending track leading to a gorge which finally takes us back on the road. At this point one can view Sumdo village with its few houses. We will leave the road again to climb up to Chagatse La
    (3630m) after crossing the stream on a wooden bridge.One starts seeing the Yangthang village where we camp for the night. O/N in local home stay

    31 Jul/ Day 3- Trek to Ridzong monastery and drive back to Leh.On this day, we will walk to Ridzong monastery (estd. Time 2 hrs), which is not too tough but a bit tiring. Rodzong is the only nunnery monastery in Ladakh. It’s a walk through the village descending to the stream from where one enters a narrow gorge that leads to the monastery, known for its monastic discipline. From here, we drive back to Leh, enroute visiting Alchi, Sangam, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pather Sahib. O/N in guest house in Leh.

    1 Aug/ Day 4- Indus valley sightseeing, includes, Shey, Thiksey , Stok and Hemis Monastery. O/N in guest house.

    2 Aug/ Day 5- Drive to Pangong Lake. O/N stay in camps/ guest house.

    3 Aug/ Day 6- Drive back to Leh. O/N stay in guest house in Leh.

    4 Aug/ Day 7- Drive to Nubra Valley via Khardongla Pass. Enroute visit Deskit, Hunder sand dunes.Camel ride can be enjoyed here. Stay in camps/ guest house.

    5 Aug/ Day 8- Drive back to Leh via Samoor and Samstangling monastery. O/N in guest house in Leh.

    6 Aug/ Day 9- Leh city tour- includes, Leh palace and fort, Shey Palace, Shanti Stupa . Evening at leisure. O/N in guest house in Leh.

  24. Hello D,

    Help us in planning Leh Ladakh trip. Me and my wife.
    12th August from Mumbai to Srinagar Flight – Arrives Srinagar at 1PM

    20th August from Srinagar to Mumbai flight – Departs at 12.15 pm from Srinagar

    R’s
    Soumya

    • Soumya, you have 9 days at hand out of which 4 days will be used in Srinagar to Leh and Leh to Srinagar with night stop at Kargil. Hence, you are left with 5 days. One day rest in Leh for acclimatization and then make 2 day trip to Nubra and finally a 2 day trip to Pangong Tso.

  25. Hi Dheeraj,

    Very Informative writeup.
    We are group of 8 and planning for Leh in mid August.Based on the inputs given by you we have prepared a schedule .Kindly suggest any change if needed in the below plan.

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

    DAY 1 (08/15)REACH SRINAGAR .OVERNIGHT STAY IN SRINAAGR

    DAY 2 (08/16)| GO AROUND SRINAGAR OVERNIGHT STAY IN SRINAAGR

    DAY 3 (08/17)| SRINAGAR (EARLY MORNING) – SONMARG – ZOJILA PASS – KARGIL OVERNIGHT STAY IN KARGIL

    DAY 4` (08/18)| KARGIL (EARLY MORNING) – LEH OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 5 (08/19) | (REST– ACCLIMATIZE WITH LEH) LEH LOCAL SIGHTSEEING + HAVE LOTS OF WATER – SANTI STUPA + PALACE AND LEH MARKET OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 6 (08/20)| {WILL KEEP THIS MORE IN TERMS OF REST – THESE PLACES ARE NEARBY SO 4-5 HOURS TRIP} LEH – SHAM VALLEY – { KARGIL WAR MEMORIAL HALL OF FAME – PATHAR SAHIB GURUDWARA – MAGNETIC HILL (VEHICLE GETS PULLED UP IN MOUNTAIN)} – NEMO – LEH (GRAND DRAGON – RESTAURANT IN LEH!) OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEHR

    DAY 7 (08/21)| PANGONG: LEH – KHARDUNG LA – DISKIT ( NUBRA VALLEY ) – HUNDER/ DISKIT(RESORTS?) OVERNIGHT STAY IN HUNDER/ DISKIT

    DAY 8 (08/22)| 25 : HUNDER/DISKIT – SUMUR(MONASTERY) – PANAMIK (HOT WATER SPRING) – KHARDUNG LA – LEH OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 9 (08/23)| (REST) LEH LOCAL SIGHTSEEING + HAVE LOTS OF WATER OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 10 (08/24)| LEH – CHANG LA – PANGONG TSO – CHANG LA – LEH OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 11 (08/25)|{MONASTERY TOUR} LEH – SHEY PALACE (13 KM) – THIKSEY (19 KM FROM LEH) – HEMIS (45KM)– DALIA LAMHA STAYING PLACE – LEH OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 12 (08/26)|{DROP TO LEH AIRPORT

    Also we are in talk with some travel agency for the package from Srinagar to Leh (excluding the AirFare includes the sight seeing as per plan).
    PACKAGE COST: RS -24500 PER PERSON( MIN 08 PERSONS)
    COST INCLUDES: –

    ASSISTANCE UPON ARRIVAL BY OUR LEH OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE.

    ALL TRANSFERS BETWEEN AIRPORT – HOTEL – AIRPORT BY NON AC TAXI WELCOME DRINKS (NON – ALCOHOLIC) UPON ARRIVAL BY HOTEL.

    ACCOMMODATION ON TWIN / DOUBLE SHARING BASIS.

    DAILY BREAKFAST AND DINNER IN HOTEL / CAMP.

    ALL SIGHTSEEING AND TOUR AS PER PROGRAMME.

    TRANSPORTATION BY NON AC 12 SEATER TEMPO TRAVELER.

    PROTECTED AREA PERMIT AND WILD LIFE FEES TO VISIT RESTRICTED AREAS IN LADAKH.

    Few concerns:
    1) Is the cost is justified or should we search our self.
    2) The Tempo Travel will be the safe option for travel(thinking about the route and as mentioned by you about the major hurdle being Zozila Pass)

    Please reply as soon as possible to finalize the bookings.

    Thanks,
    Ankit

    • Hi Ankit,

      The plan can be modified a bit by having 2 day trip to Pangong Tso instead a single day trip. Rest looks fine to me. Regarding the cost, it seems a bit on higher end considering your itinerary which does not have much. Will strongly suggest to check with info@offbeatescapes.com too for second opinion who have a good feedback from most of the readers in the past. They might be able to provide good rates, refer DoW or my name there.

      Tempo Traveler should be fine for above itinerary.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  26. Hello Dheeraj,
    all i can say is your soul that has remained in ladakh is doing what the real alive bodies in ladakh cant do. way to go!!!! i wish you the strength to keep replying and solving the queries of so many ppl.

    I’m planning to visit and stay at pangong lake on 6th and 7th sept. with my wife. I’ve found available tents for 8k for 2 days with full meals. What pricks me is the amount of money the taxi will take for a return trip to leh-pangong. Its a colossal 11k for 2 people. I couldnt find anything about taking a sharing cab one way, and after 2 days taking one from pangong to leh back. Do you think it is possible? assuming the taxi unions and the unspoken codes they follow? Please help. Thanks again. God bless.

    • Hello Sukrit,

      Ha Ha, yeah, really it never come back from there and I won’t like to come it back so that I can go back there again and again :) Thank you for all the wishes…

      Yeah, that is a trouble there. In general, you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself.

      The main problem I see here is that you are staying for two nights which rarely people do, hence even finding the group tours will be very difficult for you. However, I see a possibility where you book the seats for 2 days but travel only one side. In that case it can work out and save you some money. Else, there isn’t a likely option

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  27. We.. a gang of 8-10 ppl are planning to hire bikes from Srinagar to Leh and back for our trip..
    Please guide us and let us know your views about the plan given below..
    Any info about bike hiring services in Srinagar would be good..
    (most of us would be travelling 2 people on a bike..)

    Srinagar 26-Sep 6:00 Drass 26-Sep 18:00 Bike Friday
    Drass 27-Sep 6:00 Lamayuru 27-Sep 18:00 Bike Saturday
    Lamayuru 28-Sep 6:00 Leh 28-Sep 18:00 Bike Sunday
    Leh 29-Sep Break Monday
    Leh 30-Sep 6:00 Nubra Valley 30-Sep 18:00 Bike Tuesday
    Nubra Valley + Diskit? 1-Oct 6:00 Pangong 1-Oct 18:00 Bike Wednesday
    Pangong 2-Oct 6:00 Tso Moriri 2-Oct 18:00 Bike Thursday
    Tso Moriri 3-Oct 6:00 Leh 3-Oct 18:00 Bike Friday
    Leh 4-Oct 6:00 Kargil 4-Oct 18:00 Bike Saturday
    Kargil 5-Oct 6:00 Srinagar 5-Oct 18:00 Bike Sunday

    • Varun, though most of the things looks OK but how will you travel from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri in one day? Regarding Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route or Pangong Tso to Hanle, the permits to Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga or remote Changthang routes are being given by DC office in Leh at ON and OFF basis, so keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best if they start issuing the permits by the time you visit or issue you on your lucky day. Also, even if the permits are given then as well there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to cross Chusul Post or not because last year several such incidents happened and people with permits also had to return via same route. All this will mean that you will have to risk it for at least a day getting wasted if you are not allowed because there will be no guarantee until you cross Chusul and Tsaga post. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only via Leh which cannot be done in 1 day.

      Also, alot of fuel will be required too on this route as there are no fuel pumps once you cross Karu towards Pangong Tso.

  28. Alpeshkumar Prajapati on

    Dheej sir, I have planing to visit leh by road… my own Tavera with my family… i have 3 year old baby.. it a advisible to take with me to visit leh… in first week of Augast 2014.
    I have my own ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET CLASSIC 350. THAN manali to leh trip by road. Any Army or other special permission is require for this trip.
    plz tell me..

    • Alpesh, It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 2+ year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

  29. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for all the information on Leh-Ladakh tour.
    Myself and my colleague are planning to visit Leh during September 2014.Altogether we will be having 15 days (this includes to and fro from Bangalore to Leh by Train). We are planning for Back Pack travelling and would like this to be a budget outing with normal accommodation , decent food without compromising on sight seeing places.
    We will be either hiring a Shared Taxi (or bus wherever possible) or a private taxi for the sight seeing at Leh-Ladakh.

    It would be great if you can kindly let us know the complete itinerary for the travel – like where to get a budget accommodation , what places to cover in order so that it wont eat up our travelling time).

    Note : We are travelling by train from Bangalore – Delhi – Leh – Manali – Bangalore

    If possible kindly email me the Itinerary.

    Thanks for your time and help !!

    regards
    Rajiv

    • is it possible to drive srinagar to leh in one go ? if i strt early morning ..can i make it by eod ?

      • It takes 16+ Hrs to do it and that too on high altitude region where your body will not be acclimatized and you will feel more exerted. It is doable BUT NOT RECOMMENDED

    • Rajiv, this means ex. Delhi you have 11 days. Right? You are two and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are :)

    • hello rajiv., even ill be traveling solo to ladakh from bangalore. ill reach delhi 2nd or 3rd -September. so if ur looking for travel partner i can join u guys!! let me know on Sagarlogos@gmail.com

  30. Dear Dheeraj,

    It was a fantastic post, but I am wondering, is 10 days will be enough to Ride to Leh from Manali and getting back to Manali from Leh. btw, we are planning to travel by End of Sep 2014 from Bangalore. We will transport our bike via train and we will start our ride from Manali.

    If you can provide an itinerary for 9-10 days, would be highly appreciated !! Many Thanks

  31. Govind Singh Dhami on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    please review the below itinerary and give your expert comments- thank you in advance.
    day 1 Hyderabad-Delhi Fly
    day 2 Delhi-Manali Road Bus/Train
    day 3 Manali-Jispa Road-bike day 4 Jispa-Tso kar Road-bike day 5 Tso kar-Leh Road-bike
    day 6 Leh-Acclimatize
    day 7 Leh-Nubra Road-car
    day 8 Nubra-Pangong tsoRoad-car
    day 9 Pangong tso-Leh Road-car
    day 10 Leh-Delhi Fly
    Delhi-Hyderabad Fly

    • Govind, you should avoid sleeping at Tso Kar so early in the trip as you will not be acclimatized properly for it and may lead to AMS issues. INstead use this day to make a relaxing 2 days trip to both Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso each.

      • Hey dhiraj. We r 6 people planning to go leh at the end of august . Just tell me.. is 3nit 4 days sufficient for the trip.

  32. Hi Dheeraj, have been reading your blog since the last an hour or so. Quite impressed by your selfless support to the people around you. Thank you so much for the piece of work you are doing. Am 100% sure that this blog would have helped a lot of people who are first timers to Leh and around. Unfortunately, I am still to be a first timer to Leh and around, but planning to be one soon. Have got answers to most of my queries except a couple of them. (1)Considering we are 2 families of 4 X 4 people where-in 2 are just 10 and 12 year old, rest all fully grown-ups:), what is a good time to visit this place. We also wish to enjoy Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Tanmarg etc. too.
    (2) What type of clothes should we carry?

      • Thanks much Dheeraj. Also Is any permit required if I am travelling from Delhi to Leh and returning through Manali per your given itinerary above? What about overnight stays options enroute or in places like Leh, Khardung La, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri etc? Is there any post of your suggesting this?

        • Ejaz, 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

          If you are traveling from Srinagar side or by Leh side towards Manali, you do not need any permits to visit normal tourist destinations in Ladakh being domestic Indian tourists, starting this year.

  33. Hey Dheeraj, thanks for all the info, big help, i am not sure if anyone has asked this i was too lazy to read all the comments but here it goes, i wanted to know the best possible itinerary where i can cover all the major portions in and around leh-ladakh, apart from that is it possible to hire bikes in delhi and start the trip from there? what would be the rent of the bikes (Enfields preferably) :) i was browsing an event in book my show and their departure was from delhi, not sure if they provided bikes, is it a good option participating in such events or should we plan ourselves? (budget wise which is a better option) and if you are aware of any such groups that organize these trips with bikes please inform, there should be something that i might be missing, i might recall and ask you, bare with me, thanks, big help… :)

    • Hey Sayed,

      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.

      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.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

      Planning trip yourself is always better budget wise. I will suggest before choosing the option for Package Tour, just have a read at the thread in our community: Package Tour v/s DYI or Customized tour to Ladakh

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  34. Venkatesh on

    Hi thanks for the informative blog…

    This is Venkatesh from Bangalore. Me n my frnd are planning to take a ladakh-leh trip. This wud be the first time we’ll be travelling to the place and we are thinking about taking a package trip instead. Can u guide us abt any budgetary but good enof/reliable organizers who organizes trips to this place. We are planning to spend abt 5 – 7 days at ladakh n leh (due to no. of leaves).

    Any info on suitable organizers wud be very helpful.

    Thanks in advance,
    Venkatesh

  35. Alankrita on

    Hi, we are a group of 9 people and are planning to go to leh ladakh from Srinagar.We reach on 5th of september 2014 to srinagar and then our return is on 14th september 2014 . Can ypu please guide us how to go about the trip?

    • Alankrita, you have ideally just 8 days for Ladakh trip and out of which 4 days will go away in traveling from Srinagar to Leh via Kargil and back the same way. Remaining 4 days can be planned as below:

      Day 1 | 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 2 | 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 3 | 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 4 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

    • Hi,
      We are also in Leh on 6th sept…have you already planned any sightseeing or inquired abt tent house in there.

  36. Sunita Jaswal on

    Hi Dheeraj, we are arriving LEH on 4th july Via flight..and return is on 9th july morning.. so we have days including the 4th.. We are two girls alone..kindly suggest the best possible itinerary for us… We surely want to Visit..famous monastries, pangong, nubra valley,TSo morirri, local leh market.. if possible a overnight camp at Pangong Tso ..

    • Sunita, you will hardly be able to make few places. Please be mentally prepared and take good care in intial days not to hit with AMS. Best you can do it:

      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 – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Fly back

  37. duration may also come down to 4 days. then, tell what place will be better to remove from list in a 4 day trip ??

    thanks
    regards

  38. hi ! very structured and good info. we 4 people are planning a trip in july end or august start to leh ladakh. we will reach leh by flight from delhi and will be spending 5 days there.and will take flight back on 5th evening/night.

    could you please
    1. give an itinerary so that we can cover maximum major places to see ?
    2. the cost of taxis ( which will be the best vehicle to hire and not a costly one ? )and accomodation and food ( accomodation and food just basic, not costly )? Overall what will be the cost of travel between places ( taki , etc) , food and accomodation for 5 days ? and is camping allowed on own ? dangers of camping ? or we have to hire accomodation only ?
    3. what kind of clothes and footwears to carry ?
    4. how far is rohtang from leh, is it possible to cover that too ? how much is it going to cost ?
    5. is it better to avail any tour package ?

    Thanks in advance !! awaiting a response.

    • Swati, 5 days are not at all enough for a Ladakh trip. And there are no night flights that run from Leh, only morning flights. 5 days you will not even feel the place as first two days are sought of complete bed rest in hotel to acclimatize your body to high altitude of Ladakh.

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