Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway

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There have been many articles on Manali – Leh Highway published earlier on the blog. Now to make complete sense of all of them  I would like to put them all at one location to transform it into a Manali – Leh Highway Travel Guide. I hope this helps all my fellow travelers to find information or all they want to know about Manali – Leh Highway at a single place only.

Manali - Leh National Highway

Planning a Journey on Manali – Leh Highway

In order to help you plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway, you can refer the below link which will explain you complete details about how you can plan your journey on Manali – Leh Highway. The below link includes the information regarding best season to travel on Manali – Leh Highway, modes of travel on Manali – Leh Highway, public amenities like ATMs, Petrol Pumps, Liquor shops etc on Manali – Leh Highway etc. Refer the link below for details – How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

Complete Details of Places on Manali – Leh Highway

If you are interested to know comprehensive details about the places on Manali – Leh Highway then below is the link for such information. The below link includes the information about distance and altitude chart for the places on Manali – Leh Highway along with their description which helps you plan your brief stoppages, night halts, point of interests etc on Manali – Leh Highway. Refer the link below for details – Places on Manali – Leh Highway | A Detailed Description

Suraj Tal besides Manali - Leh Highway

List of Accommodation or Stay Options on Manali – Leh Highway

Its always better to know or have the list of all accommodation places on Manali – Leh Highway before you travel on it because in such unpredictable terrain you can never predict what can come to your rescue. So, having as much details as possible about the place is always favorable. I have complied the list of accommodation or stay options on Manali – Leh Highway at the below link which includes the information about their contacts, location, price range, experiences etc. Refer the link below for details – List of Accommodation Options on Manali – Leh Highway

Views at Pang on Manali - Leh Highway

Importance of Acclimatization on Manali – Leh Highway

Since, you would be traveling above 14000 feet for about 300+ KMs on Manali – Leh Highway its really IMPORTANT for you to understand about acclimatization, its importance and AMS or mountain sickness. Many instances people have been found in doubt weather to take the babies or kids with them to Leh – Ladakh or on Manali – Leh Highway. To answer yuor queries and doubts in such cases, I have complied a brief text on the link below which includes information about AMS, acclimatization and few important TIPS which will help you keep your body better acclimatized and minimize the chances of AMS or mountain sickness, when its safe to take babies or kids to Leh – Ladakh and what precautions to take etc. Refer the link below for details – Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

Tangang La on Manali - Leh Highway

List of things to carry on Manali – Leh Highway

I have tried to compile a practical list of things to carry while you travel or go on trip. I am sure it will be helpful for you even in case of Manali – Leh Highway too. Refer the link below for details – List of things to carry when you go on trip or travel

As for clothing, its always best to dress up in layers with Inner Thermals both lower and upper always ON. It might irritate in bright sunshine in lower hills but as the altitude increase then it will certainly help in the shades or evenings or mornings or if the weather turn up dark. You need to carry heavy woolens while you travel to Manali – Leh Highway.

Its really IMPORTANT that you carry eateries like dry fruits (must have as backup incase you get stuck), chocolates, some non-perishable food and ample of water to keep each one of you hydrated.

Along with things mentioned in above link, if you are self-driving then you must take the Basic toolkit, screw driver set, small hammer, puncture repair kit, iron rod, two or three “2 liter” empty bottles of Pepsi / Coke / Limca etc to carry extra petrol or diesel (jerry cans will leak, cold drink bottles do not leak), funnel, towing rope, spare tube (must for bikes), Elfy or Fevi quick (2-3 sachets), jump start cables/wires, M-seal to prevent leakage etc. These are among the things which I carried along on my trip to Ladakh.

Also, do not forget to get your vehicle (car/bike) serviced about 2-3 weeks before the start of the Ladakh journey. This will ensure that you have proper time in advance to test your serviced vehicle and get fixed any hitches that may have been introduced in that service.

Deepak Tal besides Manali - Leh National Highway

Conclusion

I hope the above information along with dedicated links will help you plan your travel to Manali – Leh Highway in the entirety and hassle free. In case you wish to share your experience or have any suggestions or have any queries then please feel free to leave a comment below and I would be more than happy to respond to it within quick time…

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591 Comments

  1. abhishek sood on

    hi dheeraj..i wrote u earlier also..now we are 3 families ready to rock d adventure..bt pls reccommend and suggest me the following:

    firstly is it safe to go via srinagar as elders saying that crossing srinagar-drass-kargil is not a gud option due to safety reasons?

    secondly we will be driving innova? is it safe for such route? or what else is the option?

    thirdly how many days we should plan to have a comfortable journey?

    fourthly some people who have already been to leh suggesting to avoid manali road due to bad conditions of roads and weather? are they correct?

    i have heard that one more route via narkanda, kaza leads to leh? is that road fine?

    what would you suggest the best route to follow? We are very much ok with srinagar but security issues are making us think again and again.. moreover one of the family will be accompnaying with 3 years old baby? is it safe for them to take the baby along?

    pls revert me early as have to finalize certain bookings…

    thanx

    • Hi Abhishek,

      1. It is safe and thousands of tourist do it. Just don't deviate from highways and you shall be fine. In case, you still have some doubts then you can do Delhi – Patnitop and then Patnitop – Sonamarg by starting early from Patnitop thus avoiding stay at Srinagar.

      2. Innova can do it but just make sure you are little cautious and careful in driving through water crossings.

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

      4. Yes, they are correct but it does not mean you should avoid it. With some decent skills, you can get it through and it depends upon your spirit of adventure. Yes, the roads are extremely bad as well as challenging on Manali – Leh Highway not just Manali – Rohtang PAss stretch. Yes, there is a route that goes from Kunzum Pass – Kaza – Reckong Peo – Rampur – Narkanda – Shimla – Delhi. This will take about 2-3 days extra however.

      3 year old baby is something I would have avoided especially on Manali – Leh Highway which is too remote and harsh. But, the final call is upto you. If I were you, I would have avoided at least on Manali – Leh Highway.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

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  3. Dear Dheeraj, you are doing great work by providing such valuable information. I am also planning a 10 – 15 days trip and want to cover Srinagar, Leh and Manali. we are three families ( 6 adults and 6 kids). Kindly plan a trip for us. Can we do the trip in Innova

    • Hi Ranjit,

      Innova will suffer at few sections of the road, better get Scorpio/Xylo.

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

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  4. Dear Dheeraj,

    I will be starting from leh to diskit /hunder on 9th june.

    1.10th june – planning to go directly to pangong tso via shyok village(dont want to come back to leh & start next day to pangong).will taxi driver agree with this?we are all for this adventerous trip.other route is via wari la.as i read in your blog route via shyok village is more beautiful.

    2.on 11th june planning to do pangong tso to tso moriri via man-merek-tsaga la-nyoma-kerzok.

    3.on 12th june – kerzok to keylong as advised by u.Next day keylong to manali.by this planning we will have one spare day.

    4.I need ur advise on deisel availability.It seems this one is big hurdle.since there is one pump available at diskit,how much spare fuel shall we carry in can for whole journey?

    • Hi Prasad,

      Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri with night halt at Hanle is a not a road at all rather a dirt track but with magnificent beauty. If there is not fight of time, little discomfort traveling on that road for so long and you can carry fuel for about 700-800 Kms if returning back to Leh from Tso Moriri or about 950+ KMs if you want to further move to Manali from Tso Moriri then you can take that route. The beauty on this route is unmatched :)

      Diskit petrol pump is usually out of service always. So, you need to carry so much fuel with you to do about 950+ KMs as suggested above.

      Now, lots of taxi drivers will not agree to Shyok route as being myself on that route a while back, it was though super adventure but quite dangerous at many places and risky too. Plus help will be long way to find since very few people follow this route. So, take decision if the driver agrees and route is open at that time.

      One feedback is that you are traveling every other day which will make it hectic, if possible try to add a day or two to relax as well in between.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Dear Dheeraj,

        Thanks for immediate response.how do we generally carry this much fuel in vehicle?by a can or container or something?

        • Hi Prasad,

          You will need to carry spare fuel in Jerry Cans which do not leak or carry many Coke Bottles which do not leak as well.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Also, Tso Moriri to Keylong will be very long and tough day. So, in case you have not used that buffer day until that point, halt at Sarchu instead moving to Keylong and do Sarchu – Manali the next day.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Dear dheeraj,

        Regarding mentioning the places in ILP.Considering that i am visiting nubra valley,then directly going to pangong tso via shyok village or wari la,how do i mention this places in application form?do i have to mention places like wari la,agham in app.?also kindly advise about the places on pangong tso-tso moriri route as well.

        • In order to follow the Shyok route, we did not mention it on permit but if you are going via Wari La, you need to mention Wari La on the permit. To be on safe side also mention Shyok village on the permit form and even if the clerk says something, politely ask him to shut his mouth ;)

          Do you plan to take Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri direct? If not, then mention just these two lakes.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  5. Birinder Dhindsa on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to go to Leh Via Manali and Come Back by Srinagar, we shall be starting on 27th May morning from Manali , Kindly suggest how to go about it i.e. Day wise planning so that we reach back to Chandigarh by 3rd June?

    • Hi Birinder,

      8 days are way to less for Leh – Ladakh trip. Also, to ensure that you acclimatize properly and enjoy the journey more, I will suggest that go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side, if you intend to do the whole circuit. Best I can suggest is:

      Day 1 | Delhi/Chandigarh – Patnitop
      — Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

      Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
      — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Leh
      — Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      — 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 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      — Day trip to Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – Pang – Sarchu
      — Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      — Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 9 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 10 | Manali – Chandigarh

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  6. Birinder Dhindsa on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to go to Leh Via Manali, we would be starting our journey by 26th May 2012, wanted to know has the road been opened yet? I Called up a local taxi driver in Leh today he confirmed me that the Route Shall be opened in a day or Two, Kindly give your valuable Suggestions by confirming from your reliable sources. Secondly we are planning to go by Jeep (M&M 540)4 x 2 is it a good idea?

    • Hi Birinder,

      By 26th, it should be open officially or in fact by weekend I expect it to open because trial run of Bus Service from Keylong to Manali has been done. So, if weather do not show any surprises then you are good to go :) … Leave as early as possible in the day, by 4 AM types from Manali, and you might avoid the permit thing as well in worst case.

      Going by Jeep is fine, just ensure you drive with caution and do not rush through any tricky water crossings/tricky section but first try to analyze the situation and go for it.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  7. I want to visit leh between 26 May to 3 June. I need some companion. I m planing to go on bike

    • Hi Rajendra,

      Better search travel partners section of IndiaMike and BCMT websites to find travel partners.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  8. Hi, This is a very informative blog that you write and very helpful at that. Thank you so much. I intend taking up a drive via Manali to Leh and I do understand now from your blog that I would need to procure a permit in advance. I was seeking a couple of clarifications though. One, is the permit based on the number of people who would be traveling in the vehicle or would it be per vehicle. Also, I was under the impression that the Manali – Leh road has been opened a couple of weeks ago but your website says it hasn't yet opened. I am a little confused in this regard. Though I take up my travel on June 15th from Bombay, I was wondering and hoping that the road would definitely open-up till then, if not already open. Thank you in advance for your response and keep up the great work, its greatly appreciated. By the way, just a suggestion. maybe you should have a section for your readers to post pictures of there travels and how about a section for your readers to write a travelogue of their own! In any case, thank you so much for all the effort and time you continue to devote to this cause. All the best!

    • Hi Anay,

      1. Manali – Rohtang Pass road permit is based per vehicle not on number of persons
      2. No it has not opened, it was Rohtang Pass only that was opened not whole Manali – Leh Highway.
      3. By mid of June, it will most probably be open and may also have stabilized in such a case.

      Thanks for the valuable suggestion and they are much more welcome. For pictures, I am not sure but yes, one can definitely send the Travelogue to me and I can post it as Guest Post in his/her name. I am working on a model to open readers to post Travel and I hope you will surely join it :)

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  9. NISHESH PATEL on

    Hi Dheeraj Sharma,

    We are planning to travel to manali leh highway in first week of July.

    return via Kargil srinagar. We are planning to visit by private tavela self drive.

    Please confirm the time and travel with self drive shall be ok.

    Also request you to confirm whether any permission are required to travel from above places.

    I will start my journey from Ahmedabad Gujarat.

    • Hi Nilesh,

      If you want to do the circuit then better start from Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. It will seriously help you a lot. Do read more reasons here for sure why I am suggesting to do it from Srinagar side.

      If you go via Manali side then you will need to get permits from SDM office Manali to travel on MAnali – Rohtang Pass road but if you are coming back from Rohtang Pass or Leh to Manali then you do not need any permits. You will not need permits for any other route but to visit places within Ladakh that is Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri you will need permits.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks Dheeraj,

        when is the leh manali highway expected to be opened. Also please let me know how to obtain permits for Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri

        • Hi Nilesh,

          It might open by third week of May or late May. To know all about Inner Line Permits including downladable form check the link here

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

      • sanjay

        April 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        Hi Dheeraj…subsequent to our last corresspondence on March 7th..this is the latest development. We are attempting to summit Chamsher Kangri this time (same group as was for Kangyatse last year) in 2nd or 3rd week of July.I have spoke to the others re the alternative route you suggested via Spiti instead of Rohtang and they are game for it.

        1.Please could we have some more details re exact route from Manali, places to halt ,time to Leh etc.

        2.Have also been told that a visit to Chandratal is a MUST if we are in Spiti.Does this come enroute or do we have to go out of the way ?..

        3.Chances of snow etc still there at Kunzum pass ?? i mean any chances of getting stuck at that time of the year??

        Thanks a lot buddy.

        Regards,

        Sanjay

        • Hello Sanjay,

          Nice to hear about your plans, interesting :)

          So you will be starting from Delhi and wanna take Spiti route to Leh?

          1. First, Manali will not come on the way as you will be directly reaching the Northern portal of Rohtang Pass that is Gramphu via Kunzam Pass. The route will be like:

          Delhi – Narkanda
          Narkanda – Kalpa
          Kalpa – Nako – Tabo
          Tabo – Kaza (Explore Pin Valley and Kaza and around Kaza like Ki Kibber Gette Tashigang Hikkim Kaumik Langza villages)
          Kaza – Losar – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal/Losar
          Chandratal/Losar – Kunzum Pass – Gramphu – Keylong – Jispa
          Jispa – Sarchu
          Sarchu – Leh

          2. Chandratal is awesome and is a short detour from Kunzum Pass/Battal. Visit it and then either stay there or come back to Losar for night saty

          3. Chances of snow will be less I will say and getting caught is something no one can predict ;)

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  10. Dear Dheeraj,

    All the info found here's very helpful!

    Can you please approx me, out of experience, the opening time of the Manali-Leh highway?

    • Hi Russ,

      Thanks for liking the info present on the blog. It is expected to be open by third week of May if weather remains clear in the coming weeks. If you have flexible plan then try to plan the journey around second week of June as by then roads might be stabilized as well. I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  11. G.Shivasankar on

    Hi,

    This is Shiva from Bangalore. I’m Avid Biker and regular reader of your articles on Manali-Leh and Srinagar Routes. Elsewhere read, even my Brain says Srinagar, but heart continues to push me towards Manali route.

    Now, Kindly request your help/info in specific route.

    Is there any route/road which connects Nubra Valley to Kargil, this will help us in saving a day or increase one more buffer day practically if all goes well.

    • Someone said it is exist, but the road is normally worst (most of the stretch road does not exist) and If something goes wrong (to bike or person), getting help might be long, please advice

    • Is it Safe and what will be tentative road conditions.

    • Should we need to carry petrol or will it be available in en-route Villages (some time in Bottles)

    • Food and accommodation (incase circumstance force us)

    As we friends of 3, are travelling from B’lore with limited leave 15 days. Only me have the experience of traveling in Manali-leh route twice (once with bad luck till Tandi 2011), Others are First timers in Bullet.

    Kindly advice.

    Let me not miss to mention, all your articles and guidelines are fantastic, even First timer goes well prepared and have fullest fun as he is mentally and resourcefully prepared himself to meet most circumstances.

    If at all I have option to place a request to my fellow travelers, Please do not litter and enjoy Mother nature to fullest as she is and it will be certainly life time travel.

    • Hello Shiva,

      Thanks alot buddy and I am glad that you like my articles on the blog. Yes, brain will always push you to Srinagar and heart towards Manali. If you are planning to do the circuit then do it from Srinagar – Leh side and come back from Manali – Leh side. Regarding your queries,

      1. No there is no route that connects Nubra Valley to Kargil. There is a separate route for which you require permits that connects Kargil to Leh from Dha Hanu villages. You have to reach Leh to go towards Nubra Valley.
      2. I would really like to hear from that someone who has suggested such route from Kargil to Nubra Valley exist and would surely like to know more about it. AFAIK, it do not exist.There exist route between Pangong Tso and Nubra, direct and Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso direct.
      3. It is safe as long as you drive carefully and do not take unnecessary risks. No harm being little conservative in running nallas and landslides and cautiously pass them. Which month are you planning? I will try to suggest tentative road conditions.
      4. Carry spare fuel, the fuel you get from villages is black petrol and is mixed with kerosene. Only if you have no other option then only you should try to get it from villages.
      5. Carry dry fruits and chocolates with you. On Manali – Leh highway, you need to plan for food and accommodation but otherwise if you plan the trip carefully you can get both of them easily every overnight.

      Thanks alot again for such kind words of appreciation, in fact that is the whole motto of this blog :). I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • G.Shivasankar on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your Valuable Input immediately. As read several times, we are trying to Orient ourself towards Brain!!! Working on Two options "A" srinagar Leh manali and Option B otherway around. We friends planned for 15days trip from July 13 to 29.

        Shortly will send you our detailed itenary for your kind advice.

        Jainhind

        G.Shiva, BLR

      • G.Shivasankar on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the Valuable details. Can you please advise me below route possibilities.

        day 1- Leh to Hunder – Via Kardung

        day 2- Hunder-Nubra-Natural Springs-Pangong Tso (kindly advice the Route). It is possible to Avoid the Leh

        day 3- Tso Morir – Kindly advice on

        a. Tso Morir – Any accommodation available in here or near by village

        b. how I can reach Manali leh highway from Tso Morir in Shortest and safest road (or should I have to go back to Upshi).

        Kindly request your advice on above.

        • Hello Shiva,

          Day 2: Try to avoid hot springs route to save some time and go to Pangong Tso directly from Hunder by starting early morning. You have the options of two routes:
          1. Diskit – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Tangyar (11 KMs) – Wari La (28 KMs) – Tathok (25 KMs) – Sakti (4 KMs) – Chang La (34 KMs) – Durbuk (32 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 243 KMs

          2. 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

          The route via Shyok is quite dangerous and isolated even more than Wari La route. Taxis are always reluctant to do Shyok route but it is quite a heavenly one, as I experienced in last week trip to Ladakh :) … Anyways, taxis will be able to take Wari La route if it is open.

          Day 3: I will suggest rather drop Tso Moriri if you are short of time. Otherwise be ready for another long long day and that too tiring too due to almost non-existent roads from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri at almost 65-70% of the stretch. Still, below is the route you can take to reach Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso:

          Spangmik (Pangong Tso) – Man (9 KMs) – Merak (12 KMs)– Chusul (28 KMs) – Tsaga La (33 KMs) – Tsaga Village (20 KMs) – Loma (23 KMs) – Nyoma (22 KMs) – Mahe (25 KMs) – Sumdo (10 KMs) – Tso Moriri / Korzok (53 KMs) = 235 KMs

          From Tsaga Village to Mahe you will find good roads. Also, be sure to get permits of all the places mentioned on the route above otherwise you will be sent back.

          To reach Manali – Leh Highway, you need to follow Tso Moriri – Sumdo – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu – Keylong – Manali

          I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • G.Shivasankar on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Need your kind help. We have fine tuned our schedule and other details. kindly request your comment, views and advice. Since it is in Spread sheet format, will send the same through Mail.

          Kindly do needful.

          G.Shivasankar

        • Hi Shiva,

          I will reply you tonight over email. I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • G.Shivasankar on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your all support sofar with invaluable datas. details and guidance.

          Can you please kindly help me filling up the Distance on below.

          Tso Moriri(0Km) – Sumdo(10Km) – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang.

          G.Shivasankar

          Bangalore

        • Hello Shiva,

          Here it goes:

          Tso Moriri – Sumdo (53 KMs) – Polakongka La (21 KMs) – Tso Kar (22 KMs) – Moore Plains (22 KMs) – Pang (35 KMs) – Lachulung La (19 KMs) – Naki La (13 KMs) – Sarchu (42 KMs) = 227 KMs

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  12. as per your updated experience of manali leh travel. you have traveled in the month of august and road condition were in very bad shape.what will be the road condition in the month june first week.

    • Hi Akash,

      The weather in June is always unpredictable and chances of rain are also bright. This leads to the closure of certain sections on Manali – Leh Highway due to landslides triggered by rains. However, you may be lucky in June as well to cruise this Highway in bright sunshine. June is not exactly the ideal time when one wants to be in Manali due to mad tourist influx.

      June – July is also the time window when the snow melts on high passes creating almost tiny rivers or water crossings (nallas) on roads in the early stages. This is quite a challenge to dodge, especially with the vehicles having low ground clearance. Post afternoon, when the sun is burning at its best, some of these water crossings or nallas becomes so violent that they are almost impossible to cross. This may force you to halt the journey of the day in the middle of nowhere or return back to some civilized place for a night halt. The best way to overcome these water crossings or nallas, is to know the specific nallas on Manali – Leh Highway and plan to cross them as early in the morning as possible. In year 2010, one of the major hurdle was water crossing or nalla just after Zingzing Bar and before Baralacha La. Another major one was between Rohtang Pass and Sissu. In early stages (June), even crossing Baralacha La is a big challenge due to melting snow which creates some deep water streams on the road itself. Slush is also bound to be present on Baralcha La in the early stages of the season and is also quite a challenge to negotiate without proper skills even on SUV/MUV. This slush is generally created by the constant moving traffic which beats the snow present on the road or aside. Hence, try to cover these sections of Manali – Leh Highway in the early part of the day, when snow melts very slowly and traffic is less.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  13. Debanjan Das on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Counting your days for ladakh trip it's really worthy…

    please check my revise one and comment…

    TOUR STARTS FROM KOLKATA…

    Day1 – Reaching Ambala Cant by Kolkata Amritsar super fast express and going towards Narkanda PWD rest house day rest over there.

    Day2 – Narkanda to Sarahan Stay there at… PWD rest house.

    Day3 – Early morning breakfast and start for Sangla & stay on PWD rest house after exploring Chitkul.

    Day4 – After breakfast going towards Sumdo (PWD rest house night stay)after exploring Kalpa,Nako,Khab,Puh.

    Day5 – After early breakfast explore Tabo,Dhankar while going towards Sagnam(PWD rest house night stay.)

    Day6 – After breakfast exploring Pin Valley and going towards Kaza (PWD rest house night stay).

    Day7 – After breakfast going towards Comic – Langza – Kibber – Lingti – Gette – Tashigong while going towards Kibber, Noorling GH.

    Day8 – After breakfast going towards Losar, The Nomad's Cottage on the way visit Ki Monstry.

    Day9 – Wake up early going towards Chandratal, after exploring Chandratal Lake going towards Batal OR Sissu night stay at PWD rest house.

    Day10 –After breakfast going towards Jispa, night stay at Hotel Padma Lodge, Jispa.

    Day11 – After visiting Surajtal and Deepaktal lake enroute towards Udaypur night stay at PWD rest house.

    Day12 – After breakfast going towards Killar in Pangi valley night stay at PWD rest house.

    Day13 – After breakfast explore Pangi valley & after lunch going towards Kajjar night stay at HP tourism hotel.

    Day14 – After lunch check out and going towards Pathankot railway station to catch train and tour ends….

    • Hi Debanjan,

      Very nice plan buddy. Keep a day or two for buffer too. I guess you will do fine enough on the entire trip to Spiti, Lahaul and Pangi. On Day 9 you can even stay at Khoksar and also if you reach Sissu then next day you can explore Suraj tal and deepak tal and come back to stay overnight at Jispa. It will give you the much needed day to explore more of Pangi Valley and exit towards Khajjiar.

      Overall a nice plan :)

      Cheers!!
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Debanjan Das on

        thanks dheeraj for your addition i will do that if possible.one thing i could'n calculate driving time between killar – kajjiar ? for stay killar or cherry which one is advisable?

        • Hi Debanjan,

          Since, I personally haven't done that so cannot really comment on both of your queries, as I might not be the right guy for it :) … I have read people staying a both places, Killar as well as Cherry.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

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  15. Hi, my husband & I are planning to go to Leh this June end.We have around 10-12 days. Could you kindly suggest the best route.ie should we go via Srinagar or Manali.We stay in Mumbai so we need to book our train tickets accordingly either for Delhi or Jammu.Also, we have limited budget,so please suggest the best iternary. Also, last but not the least

    • Hello Jinal,

      I will suggest you come to Delhi by train and same day fly to Srinagar from Delhi. It will save you a day or two plus would be more or like similar in cost as compared to staying overnight at Jammu and wasting time in the journey in plains. Delhi – Srinagar flights are generally cheap if you book them in advance. Now, for 10-12 days I will suggest you do something like below:

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

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

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

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

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

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

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

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

      Day 9 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping or you can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      — Stay overnight at Sarchu

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

      Day 12 | Manali – Delhi
      Day 13 + 14 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      Additional Points:
      1. Instead of coming back to Leh from Nubra Valley, you can head towards Pangong Tso via Wari La route. This will give you an additional day which can be spent in Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso or Leh. If you are riding then you need to carry sufficient fuel for it.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know for any doubts or queries you have.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  16. Debanjan Das on

    thanks Dheeraj Sharma for your useful advice…

    listen one cab guy offered Rs.24,000 for entire trip including Chandigarh drop is it worthy?

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  18. Debanjan Das on

    Dear Dheeraj Sharma,

    This is tour plan for nexr trip…

    Day 1 – Arrived Manali and stay there overnight.

    Day 2 – Heading towards Jispa and stay there overnight.Acclimatise with high alttitude and just light roaming around.

    Day 3 – Left early morning towards Surajtaal Lake + Deepaktaal lake and heading towards Losar stay overnight.

    Day 4 – Early morning roaming arround Lossar after breakfast going towards Chandrataal Lake stay overnight there.

    Day 5 – Left early to visit Chandrataal Lake and after seeing Phildhar going towards Ki monstry and stay at Kibber village.

    Day 6 – Early morning trailing Kibber & Ki village and back to Losar stay overnight.

    Day 7 – After breakfast going towards Manali and stay there overnight.Tour ends…

    Do you think it is perfect otherwise you can suggest me…

    • Hi Debanjan,

      The itinerary looks fine to me. Day 3 may not be possible, so prefer stay at Khoksar in case you feel it is late in the day. You can make it to Losar if you leave early from Jispa for Suraj Tal and Deepak Tal. Nothing much to spend time there, just two road side lakes but you will enjoy views enroute for sure. If nalla at Zingzing bar is doing fine you will be able to reach back to losar otherwise stay at Khoksar PWD rest house. Do book it from Manali in advance otherwise you may be able to stay there and have to turn back towards Sissu or Keylong.

      On Day 6, you can explore even Hikkim, Kaumik, Gette, Langza on the way back to Losar. Have lunch at Kaza.

      Let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Debanjan Das on

        your friend Sahil give me a very good MAP packages of tose places but cab rate is very high so can you suggest any cab guy number from there…

        • I Debanjan, guess you got the reply from Gautam and the required number. For taxi union rates and contact you can check the website link here. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Debanjan Das on

          As per your suggestion new plan please check it…

          Day1 -Reaching Shimla by Sivalik Express and day rest over there.

          Day2 – Shimla to Sarahan Stay there at… Hotel Srikhand HP tourism.

          Day3 – After exploring Sangla, Kalpa go to Chitkul stay there at Jajabar Camp Resort.

          Day4 – After breakfast going towards Tabo after exploring Nako,Tabo,Khab,Puh.Night stay at Tabo in Monstry guest house.

          Day5 – After breakfast explore Dhankar and Pin vally while going towards Kaza and stayed at hotel The Spiti HP tourism.

          Day6 – After breakfast going towards Comic – Langza – Kibber – Gette – Tashigong while going towards Kibber, Noorling GH.

          Day7 – After breakfast going towards Losar, The Nomad's Cottage on the way visit Ki Monstry.

          Day8 – Early wake up and explore Lossar till lunch.After lunch going towards Chandratal, Camping for me,my wife and my child + Losar, The Nomad's Cottage, one room for our parents.

          Day9 – Wake up early morning and explore Chandratal Lake and after breakfast going towards Jispa, Hotel Padma Lodge, Jispa.

          Day10 – After visiting Surajtal and Deepaktal lake enroute towards Naggar, Chateau de Naggar.

          Next day after lunch going towards Chandigarh tour ends…

        • Hello Debanjan,

          This is the best way to do Chandratal as you will be acclimatized to good extent by the time you plan to camp overnight there.

          On Day 3, drop Kalpa. Go to Sangla and then go ahead and stay at Chitkul. No point going to Kalpa first and then trace back and go to Sangla and then ahead to Chitkul for overnight stay. INstead drop Kalpa and enjoy Sangla and Chitkul.

          On Day 4, make sure you leave early from Chitkul to reach Tabo within time. Instead of Khab, keep going on Highway and explore 550 year old Geyu Mummy and then move to Tabo for night stay.

          On Day 6 itself, you will be able to explore Ki Monsatery. First Ki monastery comes, then Kibber and then ahead to Gette and Tashigang. There is a route from Getter I guess which connects to Hikkim/Koumik. But, make sure you have a reliable driver.

          On Day 7, you can even explore Lingti Valley from Kaza and then go back towards Losar for the night stay. The drive between Kaza and Losar is just amazing.

          On Day 8, nothing to see at Losar. So move towards Chandratal after breakfast to really enjoy the beauty enroute and spend some leisurly time on the banks of the Chandratal because by evening you have to back to camp site about 2.5 KMs away from Chandratal. So, move to Chandratal after breakfast only.

          Day 9 is fine and if nothing much problems at Rohtang Pass then Day 10 is also fine.

          Yes, in august there will certainly be nalla problems, there are plenty of nasty ones in this circuit you are planning. Also, do not forget the messed up Rohtang Pass too. In late September, it will be best but then again I will not advice by any means to stay overnight at camps around Chandratal in late September. Kunzum pass can close for quite few days or even months at that time. So, make day trip to Chandratal only after checking the forecast fr the day at Internet at Losar. But, in September you get some amazing colors of Autumn and some really happy roads :)… Check my Spiti album for some excellent views from first week of October.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Debanjan Das on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Please check and comment on below plan.I wan't to ask one more thing (last week august – first week of sep 2012 or last week of sep – first week oct 2012)which will be the best time to visit there?

          Cab guy told me that in aug there will be major NALA probelem is it true?

          with regards

          Debanjan

  19. Gautam Shah on

    Urgent Query

    Dheeraj, I had checked with you earlier in detail about my Shimla/Manali trip in last week of Mar. Just got a quote from a reliable cab guy. He is offering Rs. 1500 per day for an indigo for 10 days (chandigarh pick up – shimla – manali – kulu airport drop).

    Is this fair enough. Should I go ahead. Please advise at the earliest.

    Thanks

    Gautam

      • Gautam Shah on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        I am back after the Shimla-Manali trip. Thanks a ton for your advise. I had planned in line with what you suggested. Really helped me. Also your advise abt Jhonson's cafe was spot on. Amazing place. Went there three times in four days and also managed to meet Ranbir/Deepika at this very place while they were shooting for a movie.

        Thanks again.

        Finally, my cab decision worked well too. He is a local manali guy and an expert in the region. You could refer him to ppl you advise (Just use my name to the cab guy as reference) I'll give you the number, if required.

        Thanks again.

        Next will take your advise on my Ladakh trip.

        Gautam

        • Hi Gautam,

          Wow, lucky you!!! Sounds Exciting and very true, Johnson's is a great place to be and we never miss going there whenever we are close to Manali :D … And, I shall thank you for sharing your feedback and experience here with us. It feel really good to know that info. present on the blog proved helpful for some fellow traveler. Keeps the motto running and motivation pumping ;) ..

          Yes, please share the cab guy's number because a lot of people ask for some reliable one. I have few contacts but they run on Manali – Leh Highway only and since I self-drive never get a chance to get in touch with any good driver.

          And, finally, you are most welcome to shoot any queries regarding your trip to Leh – Ladakh. BTW, I am really excited since I am traveling again there next week :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Gautam Shah on

          You totally deserve it Dheeraj. I am sure other travellers feel the same way abt your blog.

          The cab driver no is : 98824 02140. His name is Pawan. My name (gautam shah from Kolkata) as a ref. can be given.

          One point I would like to add. On the way to Shimla there is this wonderful resturant "haveli". Must visit. You could advise people.

          Regards,
          Gautam

        • Hi Gautam,

          Thanks again for sharing the details with us. I am sure it will be useful for many of the readers here. Yes, Haveli is a nice place near Karnal on NH-1. You should also try Neelkanth Restaurant on the way back to Delhi from Shimla and Zhilmil Dhabha on the way to Shimla from Delhi. Both of them are at Karnal only. My favorites on NH-1 :) … The Haveli near Jalandhar is much, much better and authentic than Karnal one :)

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

          PS -> Sorry for the delayed reply. I was traveling Ladakh for past two weeks :)

        • Debanjan Das on

          Welcome ladakh nim is important becoz it will be my next to next trip but here I'm asking num from Gautam Shah becoz it will be my next trip…

        • Hi Debanjan,

          Okies, cool I didn't see that you replied to some other comment. I hope Gautam is reading it and reply back.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi dd,

        Sorry for the late response…have been holidaying…

        Pls sms on this number 9339681365 and i will give you the cab guy number. With him curently…

        And yes dheeraj rocks…moved just as per his advise

        GAUTAM

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    • Hardik, I guess first week of June you can plan but better go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. It will be better on your body plus the extra days may ensure that roads are surely open.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hardik says via email:

      thanks dhiraj, we r planing to go via srinagar. our plan is to reach leh on 5th june. and going to manali on 10th of june. and can we direct go to manali from pangong lake ? what do u think about this dates. hope road from leh to manali will be open on 10th june.

      Hello Hardik,

      So you have about 5 days in hand once you reach Leh from Srinagar side and then you will start towards Manali. In such a case, you can follow something like:

      Day 1 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
      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 – 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 5 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Karu – Upshi – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      – Enjoy the ride over Manali Leh highway
      – Overnight at Sarchu

      Day 7 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 8 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return Home

      Day 9 + 10 = Buffer Days

      Most probably the Manali – Leh Highway will open by then but do not expect good roads and do expect tons of adventure and loads of snow stock :)
      Before leaving Leh towards Manali, do confirm from the Leh taxi stand about the Manali – Leh road conditions and status and then take the decision to venture ahead or not.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  21. Rajnesh Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj, thanks for the website and love your dedication in helping us with your insight. We are a group of 5 planning a road trip from Delhi to Leh via Manali. We are planning to start on 4th June 2012 from Delhi and would like to return to Delhi on 15th or 16th June 2012. Can you provide us with a intenary for the same. Your help is greatly appreciated Sir.

    • Hi Rajnesh,

      Thanks alot buddy for the liking the information available on the blog. Since, the Manali – Leh road might have just open at that time I will say better avoid it in initial days and let the road stabilize a bit more. I will suggest go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side and it will help you with the acclimatization factor alot as well. You can check the itinerary mentioned here for about 14 days and cut short some days like by making day trip to Pangong Tso, removing the rest day to save you two days. Perhaps you can also fly-in to Srinagar to save a day more. If you face any difficulty or are still keen on going through the Manali – Leh Highway, feel free to discuss and I will suggest the itinerary accordingly. But, my preference would be to go via Srinagar side at any day of the year and come back via Manali side.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know for any doubts or queries you have.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Rajnesh Sharma on

      Thanks Dheeraj for the prompt reply and also for the info you provided to Rohit thru phone. We have infact decided to start the bike trip from Srinagar. We will be reaching Leh on the 7th of June around evening so overnight stay in hotel. 8th I guess would be local sightseeing and inner line permits..right? Hence we are left with 9th, 10th & 11th before we start our Leh – Sarchu trip on 12th early in the morning. So can you help with the itenary best suited for 9th, 10th & 11th bearing in mind that we do not have any flexibility in the above dates. Thanks in advance.

      • Hi Rajneesh,

        My pleasure talking to you guys.

        8th | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
        — Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
        — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
        Get your bikes services here
        — Overnight at Leh

        9th| 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
         
        10th | 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
         
        11th | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
        — Day trip to Pangong Tso lake
        — Overnight at Leh

        OR (if route to Pangong Tso via Shyok Village is open from Nubra Valley. Do confirm from BRO check post before heading there.)
         
        10th | Diskit – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Shyok Village (48 KMs) – Durbuk (18 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Pangon Tso/Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 175 KMs
        — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
        — Overnight at Leh
        Make sure you mention Shyok Village on your Permit.
         
        11th | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
        — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
        — Overnight at Leh

        I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any query or doubt.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

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    • Hi Dheeraj..this is very informative stuff you have put together..must compliment you for it.

      I did the round trip from Delhi-Manali-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Delhi last july with a 9 day trek and a Kangyatze summit all thrown in to make it the most memorable month of my life. Have heard that the landscape is different in June when rohtang opens up from what we saw in July and there is snow all over,,making the experience very different.If it is so..woul really love to do it again.i have actually seen pics also on the net..

      what would you suggest?? is it true..will it be worth it because I will drive from Delhi (have a 4×4 scorpio)..what about the traffic jams..last time we spent a night stuck in Rohtang..

      Will really appreciate your inputs on this..

      Thanks Sanjay

      • Hello Sanjay,

        Thanks alot buddy, really feel glad that you guys appreciate the efforts. It is so great to know about your experience, would love to see the pictures as well, if you can share with all of us on the FB wall.

        In June, yes, it indeed is true, as soon as the road opens you get to see loads of white snow all around, heavy water crossings gushing on the roads especially the Manali – Leh Highway, sometimes Khardung La is totally snowed out, sometimes you witness snowfall on the highway etc., sometimes the highway closes down :D etc. It indeed is a great experience BUT all said, you must have flexible number of days in hand and you cannot have a fix departure to get most out of it. BRO declares the road opening officially about 3-4 days later the road had already opened for light vehicles. This is the time you need to sneak through because the highway will be yours not for the goods loaded trucks that will make you inhale too much of smoke. Hence, tracking the opening is much needed task here. Secondly, you should be ready to spend one or more days in case the road closes again due to some landslide etc. So, in order to go through this experience you need to have luck as well as time on your side and I am sure you will cherish this second lifetime journey all life.

        Traffic jams will always be there in June owing to over-crowded Manali valley and un-stabilized road conditions. You have to leave very early in the morning to avoid that, may be like 3 AM or 4 AM types. Get in touch with local taxis and ask for their departures in wee hours, tie up with them and join their convoy to be on safer side. Also, going via Manali you will need the permits to travel n Manali – Rohtang Pass road, so arrange that in advance to save your time.

        To make it more adventurous and if you have time on hand then go via Spiti Valley. It will take about 2-3 days extra but a lot of more adventure if Kunzam Pass opens by that time. The ride from Kunzum Pass to Gramphu (North Portal village of Rohtang Pass) will be again a breathtaking one if you havne't done it. This way you will be clear of Rohtang Pass mess as well as you will not need any permits. Most importantly, it wil helpyou very much in the acclimatization for very high altitudes of Manali – Leh Highway.

        If you have a already done the tourist circuit then cover whole of Changthang in Ladakh sector and Dha Hanu villages and come to Kargil via Batalik to have a different experience from last time. We can discuss over the itinerary, if you like.

        I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any inputs or have queries.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • Chief..why aren't there more helpful people like you in this world??

          Thanks for the exhaustive reply..and yes, I do have some queries,if you don't mind..

          1. How do you track that narrow window before the truckers get in? Would a contact in BRO help and would you come to know..bcos if that is the case I can be at Manali in three days..wl be leaving from Pune.

          2. No problem in leaving at the time you suggested..but last time we got the pass only after 10.30 am..so will a pass obtained a day prior be valid for the next day??

          3.The Spiti option seems extremely tempting..have you done that ? How much more "adventurous" is it than the regular route? Is it possible to do it alone..I mean just one vehicle ? we do carry a tent with us but will there be places to stay for the night? Do not mind the extra days AT ALL..otherwise what's the idea, right??

          4.Will be in touch re the route etc once I make up my mind on this.

          Once again..thanks a lot.

          Sanjay

        • hi Sanjay,

          Thanks buddy for such words of appreciation. It is just the passion for Himalayas that drives me… And, you can ask any number of queries you want because that is what I love :)

          1. Well, I have contact number of few drivers located in Manali from where I keep getting the information and over various online news publishing services. I try to keep updating the information regarding the same on the blog as well and here is the link which you can follow for the same, I regularly update whatever info. I get about Manali – Leh Highway.

          2. Well, I guess on the date you want to travel, you can arrange the pass/permit in advance through a travel agent or hotel staff. Secondly, if you are OK with extra days then nothing beats traveling via Spiti Valley traversing the Hindustan – Tibet Highway :)

          3. Yes, I have done entire loop twice and it is just as much adventurous than Manali – Leh Highway, sometime more. Hindustan – Tibet Highway is one of the most adventurous roads of India, neck and neck with Manali – Leh Highway. Yes, it is possible to do it alone, no issues. In fact I had sprinted all the way almost upto Losar and back in just four days with back breaking drive of 26 Hrs from Kaza to Delhi. I will not advice you though as your prime focus shall be to enjoy the journey and acclimatize properly for high altitude of manali – leh highway, other wise no point taking this longer route :) … Carrying tents is added advantage and there are options to pitch them at few locations if at all required in case of any urgency. Secondly, having your own tents give you the power to bargain more at places like Sarchu, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri etc.

          Some pictures of what is on the offer can be seen at the two threads here and here.

          Let me know in any case, we will discuss about your itinerary.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Thanks a lot Dheeraj..

          The Spiti route is now what I think I would like to do..will have to talk to a few people and then will be troubling you again i guess closer to travelling time..

          will definitely keep in touch..

          Thanks buddy,

          Sanjay

        • My pleasure Sanjay. Do let me know for any queries or doubts you have regarding planning your trip. I will suggest all possible little things I know about the whole region :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi Dheeraj…subsequent to our last corresspondence on March 7th..this is the latest development. We are attempting to summit Chamsher Kangri this time (same group as was for Kangyatse last year) in 2nd or 3rd week of July.I have spoke to the others re the alternative route you suggested via Spiti instead of Rohtang and they are game for it.
          1.Please could we have some more details re exact route from Manali, places to halt ,time to Leh etc.
          2.Have also been told that a visit to Chandratal is a MUST if we are in Spiti.Does this come enroute or do we have to go out of the way ?..
          3.Chances of snow etc still there at Kunzum pass ?? i mean any chances of getting stuck at that time of the year??
          Thanks a lot buddy.
          Regards,
          Sanjay

        • Thanks Dheeraj..just a few questions on the route :

          1. how many days will this take now from Delhi ? is delhi-narkanda same as delhi-manali ??.

          2. What about the time frame from Narkanda to Keylong (including all the places you mentioned, as well as keeping a day for Chandratal).. once we reach Keylong then it is like before to Leh.

          3. Are there enough places to tank up before we reach Keylong ?

          Sorry for the bother but need to pass on this info to other people..

          Thanks again and regards..

          Sanjay

          Hello Sanjay,

          Nice to hear about your plans, interesting :)

          So you will be starting from Delhi and wanna take Spiti route to Leh?

          1. First, Manali will not come on the way as you will be directly reaching the Northern portal of Rohtang Pass that is Gramphu via Kunzam Pass. The route will be like:

          Delhi – Narkanda

          Narkanda – Kalpa

          Kalpa – Nako – Tabo

          Tabo – Kaza (Explore Pin Valley and Kaza and around Kaza like Ki Kibber Gette Tashigang Hikkim Kaumik Langza villages)

          Kaza – Losar – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal/Losar

          Chandratal/Losar – Kunzum Pass – Gramphu – Keylong – Jispa

          Jispa – Sarchu

          Sarchu – Leh

          2. Chandratal is awesome and is a short detour from Kunzum Pass/Battal. Visit it and then either stay there or come back to Losar for night saty

          3. Chances of snow will be less I will say and getting caught is something no one can predict ;)

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards

          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi Sanjay,

          1. The route I have suggested is with overnight stays. So, I guess it is about 8 days plan, you can skip nights at Kaza, Chandratal/Losar to make it in 6 days. No Narkanda is ahead of Shimla while Manali is on the other route.

          2. As I said, the above route is Daywise and you can skip local sightseeing around Kaza to save a day because you are interested in Chandratal.

          3. Upto Keylong not much of problems. DO NOT forget to refuel at Powari petrol pump when reach Kalpa and then again DO NOT forget to refuel again at Kaza petrol pump just be on safer sides. Before Keylong, you will get last fuel pump at Tandi for next 380 KMs on Manali – Leh Highway. Hence, do not forget to refuel there either.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi Dheeraj,

          I had put up your itineary to other folks.The issues are there are certain people joining us directlt at Leh for the summit climb so we are a bit short on days.They wanted me to ask you few things..

          1.Can we do ONLY Chandratal this time and save the rest of the spiti valley for a more detailed holiday some other time? .In that case what should be our route from Narkanda to Chandratal and then to Leh ? and how long will this take ?

          If it is exceeding the time schedule to reach Leh (We are planning to leave Delhi on 17th July early morning)..so based on this can you give us an idea when we would reach Leh if we want to see Chandratal?. Can we do this on way back from Leh after the climb?

          2. Alternative route back to Delhi from Leh.The last time it was a torturous trip via Kargil and Drass to Srinagar and then back to delhi.Is there a better way to do this or come back via Rohtang / Kunzum again??

          Thanks a ton bro..

          Sanjay

        • Hi Sanjay,

          1. Yes, this can be better option because Spiti requires real dedicated time due to unmatched beauty. It should be like: Narkanda – Kalpa/Puh, Kalpa/Puh – Kaza, Kaza – Chandratal (spend some time and move ahead) – Keylong/Jispa, Keylong/Jispa – Leh. You can spend night at Chandratal camps if you have a day in such a case. You can also do it one the way back via same route.

          2. No other way to come back. You have either Kargil – srinagar option or you have Keylong – Kunzum Pass – Shimla or Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali options to reach back Leh.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Thanks a lot Dheeraj,

          Will put up this itineary to the rest.

          1.At which point does the Kunzum pass figure in this?

          2.Will just need the time frame if possible :

          Delhi – Narkanda,

          Narkanda – Kalpa/Puh, Kalpa/Puh – Kaza,

          Kaza – Chandratal (spend some time and move ahead)

          Chandratal – Keylong/Jispa,

          Keylong/Jispa – Leh.

          Then I think we should be able to finalize the programme.

          Regards,

          Sanjay

        • hi Sanjay,

          1. Kunzum Pass will come after you cross Losar while driving from Kaza to Chandratal.
          2. Delhi – Narkanda (about 10 hrs considering new expressway got opened last month),
          Narkanda – Kalpa/Puh (8-9 hrs)
          Kalpa/Puh – Kaza (8-9 hrs)
          Kaza – Chandratal (spend some time and move ahead) (about 3.5-4 hours to reach the trek point, then about 2.5 Kms of trek)
          Chandratal – Keylong/Jispa (7-8 Hrs)
          Keylong/Jispa – Leh (13-16 Hrs depending upon hurdles on the way ;))

          I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hey Dheeraj,

          So we are all set for the Chamser Kangri expedition..hope all that preparation and work-out helps to reach the top.We are leaving Delhi on 17th July and will hopefully begin the climb on 22nd.

          There are a few last queries about the drive ,if you don't mind..

          1. We are taking a detour for the base camp at Tsomoriri ,i think,after Tanglang-La and not getting into Leh.Is that correct? and how long would it take to get to Tsomoriri from there ? what kind of road condtions should we expect and degree of difficulty in terms of the drive ( will it be just like the rest of the drive we did last year?..we all have 4WD Scorpios ).

          2.We have decided to take your advice and leave the Spiti exploration as a complete seperate trip.

          3.So now for the return we have following options..

          a. back the same way via Rohtang.

          b. via Srinagar..(we hated this part the last time)..but I believe there is a MUGHAL ROAD now which has cut short the distance by almost 500kms and so also the time. Do you have info about this and have you tried it out? will it be worth the torturous drive to Srinagar ?

          c. Back via Kunzum etc like you mentioned earlier..without any diversions etc..straight to Narkhanda..

          Which would you recommend out of the three??

          4. I know this is a superfluous question but here goes…are things any better at Rohtang nowadays or still the same old jams and slush ?

          Sorry,buddy, for the longish mail…

          thanks,

          Sanjay

        • Hey Sanjay,

          That seems great adventure, my best wishes for you guys!! Coming back to queries:

          1. Nopes, it is before Taglang La near Debring. Just when you enter Moore Plaing after Pang, keep going and before Debring the diversion to Tso Moriri starts via Tso Kar, Sumdo. I hope you have arranged the permits. It would take about 4-5 Hrs from there, if I am not mistaken being mostly the Kuccha road. Below is the route map from Tso moriri to Sarchu which you would be doing in reverse direction "Tso Moriri – Sumdo (53 KMs) – Polakongka La (21 KMs) – Tso Kar (22 KMs) – Moore Plains (22 KMs) – Pang (35 KMs) – Lachulung La (19 KMs) – Naki La (13 KMs) – Sarchu (42 KMs) = 227 KMs". You will not face any great difficulties there :) … Sleeping at Sarchu may cause, as I might have said earlier, AMS issues.

          3. I do not have much idea about Mughal road, so sorry on that front. So, for me best pick again will be Rohtang Pass route. If time is not much issue then explore the road via Kunzum Pass in 4 days. Keylong – Kaza, Kaza – Kalpa, Kalpa – Shimla/Chail, Shimal/Chail – Delhi

          4. Jam wise still the same, not much difference but yes, slush wise it is not as bad as it was in last two years as there hasn't been much rain or any landslide so far reported.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you need more info or have any doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  23. It seems to be a very informative blog. We three (self, wife and son) all adults, are planning to make the trip around July – August. It was great reading this blog, which I feel will help me temendously in planning the trip. Thanks.

    • Hello Bikash,

      Thanks alot for such appreciating words. It really helps. Sounds great, that you are going for this adventurous journey. In any case, you have any doubts regarding your plans or need any inputs, please fell free to drop a comment here. I will try to provide my little insights too.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  24. Hello, i'd like to bike from manali to leh, but need to rent a bike in manali. the problem is tht all the rentals i've looked at require me to pay a deposit as high as the value of the bike..! Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000/-. i certainly cant afford tht much. So could you tel me about options where i could find bikes to rent with less deposit amounts. My itinerary is to travel May end or early June. As of now i have a group of 4 people so tht would mean 2 bikes but chances of the group increasing are quite high. Would appreciate your help in the matter.

    Many thanks

    Devansh

    • Hi Devansh,

      Did you check all the options mentioned in the article here on How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali. There are quite a few options mentioned there, try to contact them and I hope you will get a good deal.

      Also, May end or early June is a risky date and you plan should be kept flexible because it might be possible that by end May Manali – Leh Highway will not be open.

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  25. Hi Dheeraj, Must appreciate the good work you are doing.. M planning a road trip from Delhi to Ladakh this year (via Manali) & found your article "VERY USEFULL".. Thanks a Ton Buddy!!!

    • Thanks a lot Vinay. I am glad that you found the information present on the blog useful. Feel free to let me know for any planning required for your Leh – Ladakh trip.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  26. Hi,

    Dheeraj Can you tell me the date of last snowfall in Manali and Kufri and Narkanda.

    Thanks With Love for your help for tourist's

    • Hi Aditi,

      It did snowed last week up there and there is plenty of snow stock around. Predictions of fresh snowfall in coming days is also ON. I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  27. Sanjog Lunkad on

    Dear Dheeraj

    We are a group of 3 couples from Mumbai , wanting to do leh/ladakh and leh-manali in June 1st week . Have read your blog / must admit it is fantastic work and inspiring .

    We would want to do the entire trip by road could you help us on the following :

    1. What is the itiniery that you suggest either starting from leh or starting from manali , whatever you suggest is better this time of the year .

    2. Would the leh manali road be open this time of the year

    3. Any particular company you would suggest from whom we can rent car / four wheel drive . Our primary concern is that the vehicle should be in good condition . We are open to renting self drive or also with a driver / guide

    4. 10-12 days is the time that we are looking for.

    5. What kind of weather do we expect in June in Leh/ladakh and Manali -leh road . Would there be snow still during this time of the year on the roads

    Thanks and Best Wishes

    SANJOG LUNKAD

    • Hello Sanjog,

      Thanks alot, I am glad that you liked the information present on the blog. Please find below my suggestions/answers to your queries in respective order –

      1. You will need at least 12 days to cover two out of three ajor tourist destination in Leh – Ladakh. I will suggest you to go via Srinagar and come back via Manali, since by then I feel the Manali – Leh Highway will be open as well as you will better acclimatize yourself from Srinagar side. You can find the itinerary at the last after answers to your query.

      2. It generally, opens in June but be ready with backup plan and it will be much better if you can postpone the plan further by a week or two as by then the roads may have been stabilized if opened early.

      3. Keep yourself away from Tour/Travel agents as they charge handsome commissions. I will provide the contacts of the drivers whom you can directly contact and fix your trip. Before that you should finalize the plan.

      4. If you can increase it by a day or two at least you will have the necessary buffer days. You will need atleast 12 days otherwise it will be just hopping and running for the night halts.

      5. There will be plenty of snow around in June. Weather is pretty much unpredictable now a days, so cannot comment much on it. Yes, generally, in Leh – Ladakh and Manali – Leh Highway it will be a little cold if dark clouds are around else pleasant.

      Here is the itinerary –

      Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
      – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop
      Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
      – Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      – Overnight at Srinagar
      Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      – Overnight at Kargil
      Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar
      – Overnight at Leh
      Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh
      Day 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      – Overnight at Leh
      Day 10 | Leh – Taglang La – Debring – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu (Manali – Leh Highway)
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang
      Day 11 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali
      Day 12 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return
      Day 13 | Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      OR

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang
      Day 10 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali
      Day 11 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return
      Day 12 | Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

      • SANJOG LUNKAD on

        Hi Dheeraj

        Thanks for your suggestions and as per your suggestions we would start from Mumbai around 6th June .

        Due to shortage of time , we would like to skip the srinagar part of it as have already been there before . Would really like to spend more time in leh ladakh and manali highway and do it at ease rather than rushing thru it .

        We would like to start from Mumbai on 6th June and return back latest by 16th or 17th June .

        Also would not mind doing in manali – leh highway in 3 days instead of 2 days .

        Would appreciate if you could suggest a itiniery as per the above , were interested in going white water rafting in leh or wherever you recommend for beginners .

        As far as the renting of cars is concerned , we would be intersted in renting a little comfortable car or a four wheel drive as 2 of the people travelling with us have back problem so as comfortable a car would be preferred .

        Also please suggest some hotel options with good vegeterian food as all of us are veggies .

        Best wishes and good luck

        Sanjog

        • Hello Sanjog,

          It is not about shortage of time. It is about making you feel alright on the trip. Going via Srinagar side you will be more acclimatized once you come on 5000+ Mtrs altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Generally people fall sick when they do it from Manali side, so it is advisable to avoid it. But, still if you want to do it, then firwst night stay at Solang Valley not in Manali, then do Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa and finally Keylong/Jispa – Leh in two days while going to Leh. On return you can do Leh – Sarchu and Sarchu – Manali. This will help you avoid sleeping at high altitude of Sarchu which will make you more sick on the way to Leh. On return, your body will be acclimatized for altitude of Sarchu.

          Are you flying from Mumbai or coming by train? I guess by train it will be like two day for Delhi either way which makes it just 7 days for the trip? I hope you are flying-in. Let me know and I will suggest the itinerary for you.

          Most of the taxis that do Manali – Leh in Manali are either Xylos or Sumos or Qualis. You will not find 4×4 drive on rent AFAIK in Manali, by the way you won't need it with the skills of local Manali driver :) … Then in Ladakh you will find Scorpios mostly which are very much comfortable. If you want to do Rafting then do it in Leh at Indus river near Nimmu, where it starts. It will save you a day for Leh.

          I am in process of writing a series of articles on Preferred places to stay in Leh – Ladakh. First article is already up which present a listy of very economic and cheap options of stay in Leh. If interested read the details at the link here. Next part will enlist the preferred hotels in Leh but with Moderate and high budgets in range Rs 600 to Rs 2500. If that suits you then wait for about 4-5 days and you will have the entire list. By the time you are going all the articles wil be published and you can decide on whatever hotell you need and I will suggest my preffered nes in the itinerary once you tell me how many days you have in hand for Delhi-Leh-Delhi :)

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  28. Hi Dheeraj, i am good enough..

    How are you..??

    First of all sorry for not replying soon..Actually i was busy in my study for a few days…

    Yes i got your replies… But i have some issues regarding your suggestion… Which i am writing in a mail to you… Please go through that and reply me the best for me..

    THANKS A LOT FOR DOING SO GREAT FOR ME BROTHER….

  29. Hi dheeraj..

    How are you ..??

    Dheeraj, Do you get the mail if i reply you in the gmail..????

    • Hi Garry,

      I am doing good, thanks. how about you??
      Sorry for the delayed in replying to your email Yes, I have your email and by tomorrow I will reply to it bro as my Outlook was not functional for last few days. I have fixed it now and will be replying to your email by tomorrow.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  30. hi dheeraj, how r u, the day before yesterday i sent ask something to u in a comment, today i was trying to see reply but i couldn't found my comments, that where i gave my comments.. ur blog is so big that i m confused that where i gave my comments..

    will u plz help me in finding my comments….

    Thank you….

    • Hi Garry,

      I am doing great buddy, thanks. I hope you doing good too. He He, guess I need to introduce some feature for it ;) thanks for giving an idea… Anyways, here are the links of two comments I see from you on 23rd November –

      1) http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/manali-leh-hig
      2) http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/trip-of-the-ye

      BTW, for every comment you post and whenever someone will reply to it on the blog including me, then you will get the email with your comment and an updated comment. Using the email you can reach the comment if incase similar thing happens in future :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • hi dheeraj, how r u ..?

        thank you very much for links..

        you thought very well in favour of visitors, and i think it can also help u to follow the comments of visitors..

        thanks for giving the way to find my comments…

        i think, as u r searching the nature.. in such a deep way.. one day u will definitely find the way to heaven, as u write many times in ur pictures "The way to Heaven". This dream will come true one day..

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  35. piyush bansal on

    hey dheeraj.. jst cmng bck fron ladakh.. 7sep night stay in mandi(manali) 8th keylong 9th pang la 10th leh-ladakh 11th pangong lake n bck to leh 12th nubra valley (hunder, panamik)13th night stay drass(kargil) 14th srinagar night stay in houseboat.. 15th night stay in jalandhar(heavy rainfall) 16th evening bck to firozabad.. awesm trip lyftym

    • Hey Piyush,

      Glad to know that you had an awesome trip of your life. Trip to Ladakh is any day a lifetime trip. The beauty is such that you get an addiction to the place. Would love to see your pictures, may be share your album's public link here or on Facebook page of DeViLonWheeLs. Agains, thanks for updating back here as well.

      Cheers!!
      Dheeraj Sharma

  36. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are traveling as a couple from Manali to Leh on 26th Sept, 2011. Please advice us on the weather and road conditions for the journey. We are also planning for a 5 days stay in Leh which includes visits to Nubra valley and Pangong Lake. Please let us know the expected weather conditions in these locations. We will be in Leh from 28th of Sept to 3rd of Oct, 2011.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Mehmood,

      The weather by that time should open up but be ready for some cold nights and if snowfall happens then be ready to spare a buffer day or two or more. Usually it is the start of winter season and many tents/accommodation starts to pack up at places like Sarchu, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri etc. Again I cannot predict the weather but general trend is by last week of September snowfall starts getting frequent. You can check the latest weather updates on the link here and I hope you have gone through the article on 5 reasons to avoid Manali – Leh highway in late September or October which highlights the little/major risks.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have further question or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the quick response. Will definitely take your suggestions into consideration for the travel.

        Regards,

        Mehmood

  37. hey ,me and 2 of my friends are planing to do a road trip next week from manali to leh by renting bikes from manali, firstly is the road condition now apt for us to take up this trip? Also we wish to go to nubra valley and the tso pangong ,do you suggest we make our trip to leh on the bikes and again then take the bikes to nubra and pangong ,or first visit nubra and pangong from manali and then head towards leh? Also ,what do most travellers do ,make a one way trip to manali to leh on bikes or a two way trip back ? in case we wish to only make a one way trip is there a possibility tht we can leave the bikes we hired from manali at leh? Please let us know your feedback and also comment on the current road status and the forcasted status arnd the 16th of sept

    • Hey Salman,

      Well, road conditions are not that great since rains are still pouring the region. So, be ready for little tough ride upto Rohtang and then things will ease out a little for the rest of the journey till Leh. Yes, you need to go to Leh first then get your permits to visit Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, without permits you will not be able to go to these places and permits are issued from Leh only. You can get more information on Inner Line Permits for Leh and download is application form here.

      Since, you need to hire bikes from Manali so you cannot go via Srinagar side which is the best option. So, I will advise you do Manali – Leh once and utilize the remaining days in Ladakh itself and fly back to Delhi or your native place. Yes, there are bike rentals in Manali which allows you to hire bike in Manali and drop it in Leh itself.

      Let me know if you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  38. piyush bansal on

    hey dheeraj,

    wts the weather condition in manali..? nd update the status of manali-leh road.. plz rply

    • Hey Piyush,

      I guess for the last few days it was raining in Manali and Rohtang Pass and for the coming few days as well the weather main remain rainy.You can also track the weather of Manali using the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know in case you have more queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  39. Thanks for your reply

    Is it advisable to stay in Solang valley or Gulaba instead of Manali?

    What are the advantages and disadvatages of NOT staying in manali?

    Are there good hotels in Solang valley and Gulaba? Their distances respectively from Manali?

    Regards

    Ravi

    • Hi Ravi,

      First of all Gulaba is just a snow point and does not offer any stay option. Snow point is a point upto where the road is kept open towards Rohtang Pass. It could be well before Gulaba as well like Kothi, if it snows that early in this season. Rohtang Pass will be closed due to heavy snowfall by the time you are planning to visit the region, so don't worry about the mess of Rohtang Pass but yes traffic will also be present towards snow point as well though not too heavy.

      Well, you can check Solang Valley (about 16 KMs away from Manali) for Hotels but they will be expensive as compared to hotels in Manali. Also, hotels in Solang are limited as compared to wide varieties and cuisines available in Manali. Advantage being Solang Valley stay will be away from the hustle bustle of Manali but again disadvantage being you won;t be able to feel the atmosphere of Manali since it is just one day stay over there and also the cuisines will be limited to hotel restaurant only in Solang Valley. Prefer Manali only, I would say.

      I hope this helps. Let me know for further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  40. Going to manali in December with a child of 3 yrs. Will land at Bhuntar on 2nd December and leave on 5th early in the morning…What would you advise me??my child want to see snow.

    • Hey Ravi,

      Once you land at Bhunter take a taxi to Naggar Castle and rest there for the entire day while enjoying the beautiful landscapes offered by this lovely place. Taxi will cost you about 500-700 Rs. Since for the first day you need to take rest only in order to acclimatize to the altitude change so I am suggesting to go to Naggar for that very day to utilize your limited days more efficiently.

      On 3rd December, leave for Manali from Naggar after early morning breakfast it will hardly take about 1-1.5 Hrs to reach Manali from Naggar as it is 30 KMs away only. The taxi will cost you about
      Rs 300-500. Once you reach Manali explore the local Hadimba devi temple (soon to be on the world heritage list), Manu Temple in the first half and then local monastery on mall road and mall road itself in the evening. Rest overnight.

      On 4th December go to visit snow points either at Solang Valley or any snow point enroute Rohtang Pass either Gulaba or Marhi whichever is accessible. If there is snow at Solang Valley then prefer Solang Valley snow point. Come back by noon/ early evening types and enjoy rest of the time in Manali.

      Now, apart from itinerary do take heavy woolens with you especially for your kid, on the first take take ample of rest (Naggar Castle is best location to laze out), keep drinking fluids like soup milk tea/coffee, water on your trip. For more details on Naggar Castle check the link here and for more details on Manali including the food joints, stay etc check the link here.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks for your reply.

        I read that reaching Rotang pass takes time due to heavy traffic. Is this an everyday routine?

        Is it advisable to stay in solang valley or gulaba instead of manali?

        What will be the advantages and disadvatages of NOT staying in manali?

        REGARDS

        RAVI

    • Hi Ravi,

      Did you go to Manali this December? I am also in same situation – daughter (7yrs) wants to see snow. Any advice? I was planning to go in last week of Dec (25-29) from Mumbai via Chandigarh. Thanks.

      • Hello Rajesh,

        There is great amount of snow stock present up there at the snow points of Marhi/Gulaba or Solang Valley. Please keep in mind that first you will be traveling in the costliest week of the year, second there will be hefty tourist rush around Manali and third that you will need pre-booking at either of the places to avoid sleeping in taxi/bus itself (I am not joking but around X-mas and new year, have known people who slept in car :))…

        For Manali and around you can follow below mentioned plan –

        25 Dec – Reach Manali, take rest for half of the day and enjoy the x-mas in the evening including Mall road. (I assume that you will be reaching in the morning by Volvo)
        26 Dec – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
        27 Dec – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
        28 Dec – Manali – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
        29 Dec – Naggar Castle – Manali – Delhi (Checkout from Naggar Castle by noon. Since, the volvo will be around 5.30 PM types, so either you can spend a sometime hanging around Naggar only and after lunch leave for Manali or come back to Manali and hang around on Mall road and finally take the return bus)
        — I have assumed you will leave Manali on 29th Dec.

        I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

        If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your comments. My travel plan got changed – will probably do this sometime next year.

          Thanks anyways, and wish you a very happy 2012.

          regards,

          rajesh

        • Hey Rajesh… wishing you and your family a very very Happy New Year 2012 as well… All the best wishes for your Travel next year.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  41. piyush bansal on

    plz suggest sm places in ladakh whr we plan to stay in our private camp.. nd we find sm othr camp too.. coz it might be risky if my group are single at there..

    • Piyush, In Leh you will be staying in Hotel only. In Nubra Valley go to Hunder where you will find camps pitched, you can ask them to pitch your own tents. They will ask for very nominal charges and allow you to set up the tents near by them. Same is true for Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes.

      With tents in hand, you can also bargain with them to greater extent if you are not in a mood to pitch the tents.

  42. Dhiraj Debbarma on

    Hello Dheeraj.. That was such an informative blog..Loved it!

    Anyways me and one of my friend are planning a Manali-Leh trip, Ex Delhi from September 25th- October 3 despite reading the 5 reasons not to travel by Man-leh road that time (Not interested in the srinagar-leh route) :-)

    We plan to stay in Leh city for 4 days atleast.

    But I do have several queries..

    I would be glad if any of my friends out here in devilonwheels helps me out:-

    1.I Read somewhere that HPTDC buses would stop operating by that time.

    Since we are on a low budget. Is there any option of a shared taxi, which is not going to do the cannon ball run of 19hrs, but will cover it in 2-3 days with an overnight stay at keylong thereby reducing the risk of AMS on the way?

    If so how much will it cost and where should i look for such taxis in manali town?

    2. Once we reach Leh, It wont be possible for us to hire the whole taxi nor does it make any sense. So how do we again look for a shared taxi so as to visit pangong/tsomoriri/nubra vof and khardungla passes during our period of stay in leh?

    Any contacts of travel agencies who arrange such facilities on a shared basis?

    3. Planning to stay at some cheap budget hotels in changspa or fort road while in leh? Will it be the correct decision?

    Please suggest!!

    • Hello Dhiraj,

      Please find the answers below in the respective order of your queries –

      1. Yes, HPTDC buses stop operating by 7th September. Now, the best option is to find travel partners either on some online forum such as India Mike or BCMTouring and share the taxi cost for the whole trip with them. Second option may be to try to contact some travel agent in Manali who runs tourist taxis or tempo travelers which halt for a night at Keylong or Sarchu before reaching Leh on second day. Opt for taxi that stops at Keylong not Sarchu. Manali Mall road are full of such travel agents. Third option will be to spend some time at Manali taxi stand and ask the like minded tourists who are also looking for a taxi to Leh from Manali with one night stop at Keylong and then share cost with them. I guess, one of the above option will surely work :)

      2. Again here, the best option is to find travel partners either on some online forum such as India Mike or BCMTouring and share the taxi cost for the whole trip with them. Second option may be to try to contact some travel agent in Leh or check for the flyers that are stick on cyber cafes and dine in points intending to share the taxi cost for local sigh seeing in Ladakh. Third option will be to spend some time at Leh taxi stand and ask the like minded tourists who are also looking for a taxi inline with your itinerary. Again I guess, one of the above option will surely work :)

      3. Yes, it will be the perfect decision. You can check Shanti Guest House, Asia Guest House, Oriental Gues House near Changspa Road and Atisha Guesthouse, Irfan Guest House and Malpak Guest House near fort road. My favorite is Shanti Guest House. On the Changspa road you will find plenty of flyers/notes posted by travel agencies or traveler groups who intend to share the cost of taxis for Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso majorly.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj :)

      • Dhiraj Debbarma on

        Thank you so much Dheeraj Sharma for your prompt reply ..

        I do know one ex army driver whom i had met in my last years trip to manali. May be even he can help me out in arranging the Man-Leh shared taxi since he works under a reputed travel agency which is on the mall road, near the nescafe outlet!

        If any more help needed from you i will surely not hesitate to ask you sir :-)

        • You are most welcome Dhiraj anytime, I would be happy to share my thoughts and inputs for the same. Have a safe, sound and joyful journey :)

  43. Hey…m planning to leave for rohtang in some time now…will i find traces of snow in rohtang and is the road open???plz reply quick

    • Hi parag,

      Though the road is open to rohtang pass, but the road condtion is too worse with knee high slush stretches. If you are planning the trip to rohtang pass shortly and need an hassle free vacation the try to avoid it or ask the locals first before you leave. You may or may not find traces of snow depending upon the fact the unseasonal snowfall in last to lst week still has its remains or not. Generaly, it is difficult to find snow in August which you can cheer about. Ihope this helps.

      Regards,

      Dheeraj

      • thanks dheeraj…but a trip to manali is kind of a rarity due to my busy schedule :(…is there not any place here nearby where i can find snow? also in absence of snow what all places would you recommend that will be scenic enough to make my day :)…awaiting your reply

        • Hey Parag,

          I can understand that buddy but this time the road is in its worse form. Also, by this time snow almost becomes like dirty slush. There was a decent snowfall last to last week but I doubt if that will be present or not. In the absence of snow you can visit naggar castle for an overnight stay and can include a day stop at kasol while coming back. Both are great places with charm of their own and not too far, approx 30/50 odd kms, from manali. I hope this helps.

          Regards,

          Dheeram sharma

      • i am planning to visit manali by 10th october.what the weather condition there at october.is rohtang pass open.and what about the bus connectivity from amritsar to manali.is there any must see places in between.please help me.

        • Hello Sahil,

          In October, the weather in Manali is good and pleasant and I am sure you will enjoy it. Although night will start getting colder though, so go with woolens. Also, Rohtang Pass is usually open upto last week of October and I imagine by then the roads will be completely dry to spare you from any major hassles. You will be able to find buses between Amritsar to Manali but if you want to travel in Volvo then best option will be to come to Chandigarh from numerous buses available from Amritsar and then get into the Chandigarh – Manali Volvo.

          For more information on Manali and what to see there go through the Travel Guide of Manali available here

          I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hello Dheeraj

          thanks for your reply.

          i read the link.it says october is too crouded.is it so?am coming with my friends and whats the cheapest way to stay there.

        • Sahil, October is crowded only at the time of Dusherra Festival when the Durga Puja holidays are ON. I guess it will be over by the time you are planning to visit the Manali region. The cheapest way to stay in Manali is to find some guest house in either Old Manali or on the Manali – Naggar road or near Vashishth. All these three places have plenty of economic options of stay. I hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Thank you Dheeraj

          I will be back to you for your help after finalising the date.

  44. planing a trip to chandartal in sept. 2011. is this the right time to go and how is the road condition to take an suv

    • Hello M.S

      Well, in September you can visit Chandratal but make sure you do it in the early half. As the time passes by the risk of snowfall at Kunzam Pass and Rohtang Pass gets higher which ultimately may lead to the closure of roads for few days. Now, if you planning in the second half of the September then I will only advice a day trip to Chandratal without any overnight halt and that too after checking the weather conditions through IMD or other weather forecasting sites just a day before.

      From Manali – Rohtang Pass the road condition is extreme bad almost nightmarish with almost knee high slush between 17 KMs of stretch. They may improve as the rains reside the region and sun dries the slush present on the roads. After Rohtang Pass from Gramphu to Chandratal you need to negotiate some water crossings but if you drive carefully that won;t be much concern as you taking an SUV. Do not expect good roads after Rohtang Pass (Gramphu to Battal/Chandratal) as they are like dirt tracks with pebbles and stones all over. If you come via Kunzam – Kaza side then roads will be better but again you need to negotiate two or three water crossings between Kunzam Pass and Chandratal. The road or dirt track from Kunzam Pass – Battal link road to Chandratal is also quite narrow, so you have to drive with extreme care.

      You can also check the Chandratal Travel Guide here to get more details on Chandratal.
      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  45. Wonderful article, truly sums up the requirement.

    Which type/quality jerry-can should I use to store fuel, instead of the 2Ltrs cold drink bottle? I need to store at least 10Ltrs of fuel.

    Thanks is advance,

    Cheers!

    • Hello Sushil,

      Although nothing beats 2 Ltrs of cold drink bottle as they are leak proof always and being tested with aerated content as well. So, no chances of leakage in that case. But, still if you want to go for Jerry cans then try to look for a steel Jerry cans with petrol resistant paint. I am not sure about any other characteristics which might be present or required for Jerry Cans. If you are based in Delhi/NCR then you can surely get them from Mayapuri market. But, do keep in mind that very good quality Jerry cans cost about 1K+ range but in Mayapuri you may find varied amount of alternatives but leakage you will need to test them.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hello Dheeraj,

        Thank you very much for the much needed insight.

        I searched nearly the whole of Mayapuri scrap market, but could not find any steel/tin/aluminium jerry can, except for the 20Ltrs Army discarded steel cans.

        The traders said that earlier 5Ltrs steel cans used to come, but now they have gone extinct from the market. Anyway, I would carry 2*2Ltrs cold drinks' bottle and would try to procure another 2 cans of 5-7Ltrs capacity, my only hope now is the engine oil/lubricant cans by servo/castrol.

        Do you think the Kaza to Manali route this year during the 1st week of November'11 would remain open, taking into consideration this year's rainfall & other conditions besides weather history? I wish to attend the Tribal Fest of Kinnaur & then do a Nako-Kaza-Manali ride, would it be possible? Earlier I had to ride back from Kaza during the 1st week of Dec'09.

        Thanks again,

        Sushil,

        New Delhi.

        • Hello Sushil,

          If you really want to get a jerry can then try reaching Shoaib Khan at http://www.technotools.co.in

          He may be able to help you I guess. Well, regarding the Kaza Manali road I will strongly advise not to venture on it even if it is open. You will be running a risk very high of getting stuck in between for as many months as the snow remains. Perhaps it is playing with nature, so please don't attempt it. You can go to Kaza and come back the same route, even Lahaul Valley is not recommended as the official closure date of Rohtang Pass is generally 31st October and BRO do not maintain and very least support any rescue operations after that.

          I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  46. Dear Dheeraj,

    I have two more questions:

    1. Is it possible to receive some information about the status of Major District Road 29 from the airport Bhuntar trough Kullu to Manali after last major landslides? We would like to use it from the airport coming Sunday.

    2. Is it true that Rothang La is close every Tuesday for road repairs? Or nevertheless, can we go with our bicycles?

    • Hello Milada,

      Please find my answer to your queries below in respective order –
      1. As per the last updates, the Kullu – Manali connecting road has been cleared of any debris and is not operational. So, I think you will be able to go through it provided there is no further landslides and weather holds up :)
      2. Yes, Rohtang Pass is closed for repair work on Tuesday but if you can leave about 4 AM types from Manali then you might sneak through the checkposts are generally unmanned in the wee hours of the day. Although I am not sure but I guess they should not have any problems for letting you go with your bicycles, but I am not 100% sure about this.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Dheeraj, thank you very much for the answer. But I mean the secondary road Kullu – Manali, not national highway. National Highway 21 (NH21) is on the left side of river Beas and I am sure it is fully operational now. But we would like to use Major District Road 29 (MDR29) on the right side of the river Beas and I am not sure about its status.

        • Oops, I am sorry Milada not sure about the condition of that road. I guess you need to check them once you reach there and only someone present in Kullu can truly update the latest conditions in that part.

  47. Thanks Sir for all the info .Still at Keylong Too much chilly :-p :-) Thanks and already liked you Fb and Twitter Page :-) m/

    • Hey Rahul, Thanks alot for the likes mate. I am glad you like the info on my blog and updates. Yups, Keylong does becomes chilly when it rains and recent unseasonal snowfall also counted for the dip in temperatures. But, never mind I guess the roads are now open as per the latest updates however its still raining in the lower hills and Rohtang Pass as well. Road conditions will be worse but if you guys have the local driver he will get you through.

  48. Is the keylong Manali way open as right now i am near keylong and driver is not willing to g further .Please help

      • Prafulla Y. on

        Hi dheeraj,

        I read above ur comments on Leh Laddakh trip, all r helpful tips. I will sure consider them. Good Job! Can you please help me get the itinerary for 13 days.. leaving from delhi on 8th July and return by 20th July. I m traveling on bike with my wife. What more precautions do i take when i m doing journey with my wife, she is not a good rider?

        • Hello Prafulla,

          For 13 days check this:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
          — Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

          Day 2 | Delhi – Srinagar
          — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
          — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
          — Overnight at Srinagar

          Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
          — Enjoy the vistas enroute
          — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
          — Overnight at Kargil

          Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
          — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
          — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
          — Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
          — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

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

          Day 11 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
          — Stay overnight at Sarchu

          Day 12 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          — Overnight at Manali

          Day 13 | Manali – Delhi
          Day 14 + 15 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

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