Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air

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I see a lot of queries which keep coming up from people directly flying to Leh – Ladakh and have about 7 – 8 days in hand to explore various places in Ladakh. Looking at the requests of some many avid readers of the blog and so many like minded travellers seeking guidance for their tour to Leh – Ladakh by Air, I would like to sketch below one of the most common itinerary for it. This itinerary covers all three major tourist destinations of Ladakh including Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake and Tso Moriri Lake.

Flying directly to a high altitude place like Leh (3500+ Mtr) can cause serious issues sometimes if proper care is not taken to combat Acute Mountain Sickness. Hence, one must always be aware of importance of Acclimatization and tips to help acclimatize to some extent before venturing to further high altitude. When you fly to such high altitude place like Leh you must give your body a chance to acclimatize a bit before actually getting started with the trip. That is the precise reason why road journey to Ladakh is more fun because it allows your body to gradually increasing the altitude and hence, acclimatize to the raising altitude day by day, especially the Srinagar – Leh Highway. But, let’s look at how one can combat most of the AMS issues with very basic tips and can enjoy his/her Leh – Ladakh journey for about 8 – 9 days.

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8 – 9 Days Itinerary for Leh Ladakh by Air

Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)

  • Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
  • Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
  • Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
  • After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa.
  • If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
  • Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
  • Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
  • Overnight at Leh.

Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits

  • For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here Inner Line Permits are not required for these places for Indian Nationals, starting May 2014.
  • Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
  • Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
  • Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
  • Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
  • Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
  • If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
  • Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
  • Overnight at Leh.

Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Deskit – Hunder

  • Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Deskit.
  • On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La. DO NOT stay more than 10-12 minutes.
  • Deskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari.
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and at Khardung La.

Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh

  • Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs.
  • Overnight at Leh.
  • About 7-9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between.

Day 5 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake

  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
  • Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between

Day 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
  • Overnight at Leh
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between

Day 7 | Leh – Hemis – Tso Moriri via Chumathang

  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the way towards Tso Moriri.
  • Cover Korzok Monastery.
  • Overnight at Korzok or Tso Moriri.
  • About 7-8 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between.

Day 8 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh

  • Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh.
  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the way towards Leh.
  • Overnight at Leh.
  • About 9-10 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between.

Day 9 | Rest Day OR Sham Valley Tour

  • Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR
  • Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib OR
  • Overnight at Leh.

Those who have 8 days in hand, can make a Day trip to Pangong Tso as below but that makes it a bit rushy / hectic.

Day 5 | Leh – Chang La – Pangong Tso – Chang La – Leh

  • Make a Day trip to Pangong Tso via Chang La Pass.
  • Overnight at Leh.
  • About 8-9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between.

Additional Points:

  • For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here.
  • For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2014-15 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.
  • Any doubts related to budget of the trip?? Don’t worry, check: How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

Request everyone that instead of putting up the comments below, please start an itinerary advice thread in the forums so that it can be replied in more structured manner as well as more people can get benefit from the replies by reading existing threads.

Here is the link: DoW – Himalayan Travel Community | Ladakh Itinerary Advice

Conclusion

I hope this plan or itinerary for Leh – Ladakh when traveling by Air will be useful for travelers planning their journey, at least for the first time. I will look forward for any queries or doubts or valuable suggestions and inputs you have and would love to discuss about your custom plan as well in comments section.

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  1. Thanks Dheeraj for a super awesome blog. It is very very informative and super helpful and for first timers it is like a a one-stop-shop 🙂

    Can you please help me with a couple of queries on the suggested itinerary :

    a. Can we do a Sham Valley tour on Day 2 on the suggestive itinerary ?

    b. I only have 7 days in hand, do you think if the below itinerary is doable:
    DAY 1 Leh
    DAY 2 Leh (OR Sham valley (if you suggest it is doable)
    DAY 3 Leh to Nubra
    DAY 4 Nubra to Pangong (is it advisable considering road conditions and safety – we are a couple travelling via taxi)
    DAY 5 Pangong to Leh
    DAY 6 Leh to Tso Moriri
    DAY 7 Tso Moriri to Leh

    Our travel dates are Oct 3- 10 and we are flying in to Leh.

    Thank you!

    • Thank you Ashish, glad it is helpful.

      1. If you are feeling well and be in your limits, do not exert much, you can try Sham Valley on Day 2. Just don’t exert much.
      2. Nubra to Pangong Tso is open now, so taxi driver will be able to take you on that route. It is always recommended to wait for few more vehicles at Agham village and travel in a group on th desolated route.

      Rest looks fine. Also, please bear in mind that both Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri will have cold and windy nights, go with proper clothing.

      • Thanks a lot Dheeraj for your reply. Really appreciated.

        Would you also have an idea on the taxi costs for this itinerary. I went through your article on taxi rates list and suggestive drivers (again a very helpful one, thank you!). But since Oct is not a peak tourist season, so I expect a good bargain. I contacted a few drivers and best quote I got was for 30K for an Innova/Xylo for the above itinerary. Do you think it is a reasonable quote for this part of the season? Please let me know.

        Thanks again.

  2. Hey Dheeraj,
    Thanks for your advice.itz a family trip my brother is an asthma patient and mom also feels un easy in cold weather . I m flying from mumbai to leh on 31st August. Taking rest a whole day.Day 1: Leh
    Arrival Leh by morning flight and transfer to the hotel. After welcome drink take a complete rest for acclimatization to the height altitude of Leh (3500 mtrs). In the late afternoon drive to the city for an orientation walk in the markets‚ followed by
    Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    Day 2: Leh- Shey – Thiksay – Hemis – Leh
    The morning is at leisure for adjustment to the height altitude and rarefied air Ladakh. After leisurely, visit Shey, Thiksey monastery, Hemis
    Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    Day 3 Leh –Nubra vally
    After early breakfast, leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong – la (alt: 18,380 ft. – highest motorable pass in the world). After descending in the valley, drive on to Hunder and check into fixed camp. Post lunch, you can enjoy the ride of double hump Camel on Hunder sand dune.
    Dinner and overnight in camp.

    Day 4 : Nubra Valley – Leh
    In the morning drive to Deskit (Headquarters of Nubra) and visit Deskit Monsatery. Later, drive back to Leh, reaching in the late afternoon. Rest of the day to explore the markets.
    Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
    DAY 5: Leh – Pangong Lake.
    After Breakfast Leave to Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short drive takes you to the western shore of the lake. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 144 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “INDO CHINA BORDER”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable.
    Dinner and overnight in the camp.

    DAY 6: Pangong Lake – Leh
    Leave Pangong Lake after breakfast and retrace the road to Leh across the Changla Pass. Upon reaching Karu, drive across the Indus and visit Hemis Monastery, the biggest and most famous monastery of Ladakh, and then return to the highway for onward journey to Leh, en-route visiting Thiksey Monastery.
    Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    DAY 7: Leh – Delhi.
    Early morning transfer to the airport taking the fights back home this the plan we booked tour package precautions and measures should be taken for asthma patient he is just 10 years old

  3. Aditya Mishra on

    Hi dheeraj,

    Thanks for the blog. I am planning for a trip on august end as follows:
    Day 1 – delhi to leh, leh to kargil as it is on lower altitude
    Day 2 – Kargil to leh
    Day 3- Leh to Nubra
    Day 4 – Nubra to Pangong
    Day 5 – Pangong to Moriri
    Day 6 – Moriri to Sarchu
    Day 7 – Sarchu to leh
    Day 8 – Back to delhi

    Kindly suggest if i should go to kargil on bike or should rest in leh. or if any change is required?? Thanks in advance.

  4. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to do leh from 17th aug. to 24/25 aug

    Planned as below, please suggest for better itinerary.
    17 aug – flight to leh, early morning. Rest full day
    18 aug – magnetic hill, gurudwara pathar sahib ( do add which can be covered)
    19 aug – leh to nubra
    20 aug – nubra to leh
    21 aug – leh to pangong
    22 aug – pangong to leh
    23 aug – leh tso moriri
    24 aug – back to leh
    25 aug – fly back to delhi

    Please suggest for nubra to pangong directly and pangong to tso moriri. Can it be done

    Prashant

  5. somnath2912 on

    dada our itinerary is day 1 leh by air in the morning, full day rest. day 2 mo ve towards nubra and stay. day3 pangong and stay day 4 moriri and stay day 5 back to leh. day 6 leh sight seeing. day 7 towards kargil stay at lamayuru. day 8 srinagar. day 9 fly back. is this ok? we have package tour for 6 persons from leh to srinagar. any alteration or suggestion will be appreciated .

  6. Hi DHeeraj,

    I have already asked a lot of questions , i just have 10 days left for my trip. I would like to modify the above itinerary liitle bit.

    1. Instead of coming back to Leh from Hunder, How about heading directly to Pangong tso ?

    2. Instead of heading back to Leh from pangong Tso why noy head directly to tso moriri?

    I read the respective articles but I want to know the conditions of those roads in 2017, May be you can help. Thanks.
    Ranga

    • 1. The shorter road from Hunder to Pangong Tso via Shyok river was closed due to massive landslide, no idea when it may open. The longer route via Wari La has a couple of troublesome spots.
      2. You can head directly but the road conditions are bad and the route is longer and hectic. If you have time why not go from normal routes.

      • Rangarajan on

        Thanks very much for the feedback. Guess I will take the normal route then.
        Please allow to add one more question,
        I dont have a jacket or other safety gears. Can I buy them in leh ? Are here shops where I could buy jackets , other safety gears ? Or should I buy before reaching there ? Thanks

  7. Shailendra Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a visit to Leh – Ladakh for 6-7 days in mid Aug 17 with my family including my 5 yr old son.

    The itinerary is

    Day 1 – Land in Leh, acclimatize, if comfortable market visit.

    Day 2 – Local sightseeing around Leh, visit monasteries , rest.

    Day 3 – Visit Nubra valley, stay at Nubra

    Day 4 return to Leh (here can we utilise this time and visit some place nearby ???)

    Day 5 – Visit Pangong Tso, Stay at Lake side camps

    Day 6 – Return to Leh (here can we utilise this time and visit some place nearby ???)

    Day 7 – Return back home.

    Can you please confime –

    Is this comfortable with a 5 yr old boy. Further, can we do some addition if possible.

    Suggest some good drivers to hire the taxi to cater for the requirement.

    Regards.

    Shailendra Sharma

    • Hi Shailendra,

      Your plan seems fine to me. Just make sure you keep yourself hydrated for initial days properly. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      In general, it is fine to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any fitness level. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D.. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 5+ year child, I think he/she would be able to convey the uneasiness with little efforts. If you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

  8. Sir according to your suggestion and plan I have completed our spiti tour without any Hassel. This time me with my husband and brother planning to go ladakh.we wil reach leh27th sep and return manali by road on 4 the October. Ladakh is my dream destination and I want to visit important place of leh.I also want to visit kargil.my husband has some health issu o so don’t want hetric schedule.I want budget tour.please suggest me thanks in advance.

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    I can see your passion for this region and the sheer amount of effort you take to reply to each and every comment. Let me tell you people like you are very very hard to find!
    Having said that i have my own question to ask, i am planning a trip in August from 5th to 12th which means i have 7 nights and 8 days and i am travelling by Air to and from Leh. Below is what i have in mind:

    Day 1: Reach leh and rest!
    Day 2: Local sightseeing
    Day 3: Leh to Pangong Tso,overnight at Pangong Tso
    Day 4: Pangong to Tso Moriri, overnight at Tso Moriri
    Day 5: Tso Moriri to Leh, overnight at Leh
    Day 6: Leh to Nubra Valley
    Day 7: Nubra to Leh
    Day 8: Fly back

    Now i know this is a very hectic itinerary, but i really want to go to Tso Moriri and do not want to miss on Nubra Valley either. Do you think this is doable? Or should i skip one of these and rather travel to near by places from Leh which include the magnetic hill etc. What if i stick to this itinerary then i that case do i miss something by not visiting the nearby places?
    Also if i have to chose between nubra and tso moriri which one will you suggest?

    • Thank you, Rashi for the appreciation. I will not recommend the plan above and suggest the following:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain with taxi driver and you can refer the thread for a comprehensive list of drivers: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Make a Day trip to Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 7 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      You can also take direct route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso in case you have some company of vehicles to accompany on direct routes and reach Pangong Tso on Day 4, come to Leh on Day 5.

  10. Ravi Sinha on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    My itinerary for the month of Aug’17 for leh ladakh is as follows: –
    Day 1 Ahmedabad to Leh (By flight)
    > Checkin at Hotel & rest
    > Inner line permit procedure for Hanle
    > visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa
    > Overnight at Leh
    Day 2 Leh – Khardung La – Deskit – Hunder
    > stay overnight at Hunder / Deskit.
    Day 3 Hunder / Diskit – Khardung La – Leh
    > Overnight at Leh
    Day 4 Leh – Pangong Tso Lake
    > Come back to Leh and Overnight at Leh
    Day 5 Stay at Leh
    > Local sight seeing like Magnetic hills, Gurudwara, Prayers wheels, etc
    Day 6 Leh- Hanle via Nyoma
    > stay overnight at Hanle
    Day 7 Hanle- Leh
    > Overnight at Leh
    Day 8 Leh to Ahmedabad (By flight)

    What would be the approx. cost of taxi, if i cover all…?

  11. Hi Dheeraj,

    thank you so much for nice and inspiring itinerary.
    With my friend we plan to spend 14 days in Ladakh moving almost with rented bikes and to Leh we will be travelling by air. Please would you recommend what places we should extend your proposed itinerary posted above? What other places not covered by this itinerary we should add to see as many interesting places as possible.
    Thank you
    Ales

    • Hello Ales,

      I assume you are a foreigner so many direct routes between PAngong Tso to Tso Moriri and Hanle will be out of reach for you as foreigners are not allowed to travel on these routes. Hence, you can stick to the above plan and include Turtuk in Nubra Valley as a day trip or one night stay when you are visiting Nubra Valley. Very nice and quaint village. Then, if the time permits a two day trip to Dah Hanu villages as a bike ride will also be of fun where in you can include the Lamayuru as well. Let me know in case you need a detailed plan for 14 days but I will like to know that are you flying directly to Leh and flying our from Leh or doing road journey from Delhi – Manali or Srinagar?

      • Hello Dheeraj,

        thank you so much for your quick response. Each of your tip will help us much.
        Yes, we are European tourists and will have direct flight to Leh to avoid complications with outside Leh rented bikes.
        Of course if you could prepare some biker plan for 14 days for foreigners flying directly to Leh I would very appreciate. I assumed with protected area permit I could visit similar places as Indian tourists but as you are writing obviously not.
        Please then would you propose some itinerary for foreign bikers for 14 days taking in consideration all of restriction
        Many many thanks to you for help with itinerary and wish you nice day.
        Ales

        • Hello Ales,

          For a 14 day trip, you guys can do the following:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
          — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
          — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
          — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
          — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
          — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
          — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
          — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
           
          Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Protected Area Permits
          — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
          — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
          — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
          — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
          — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
          — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
          — Overnight at Leh
           
          Day 3 | Leh – Sham Valley Tour – Uley Topko
          — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
          — Overnight stay in tented camps at Uley Topko

          Day 4 | Uley Topko – Lamayaru – Ridzong Gompa – Uley Topko or Rest at Uley Topko
          — Leave for Lamayaru from Uley Topko in the morning after your breakfast at the camps.
          — Visit Ridzong Gompa as well if you like on the return and reach back in the evening.
          — Overnight stay in tented camps at Uley Topko

          Day 5 | Uley Topko – Leh
          — Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour
          — Overnight at Leh
          — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries.

          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
          — Overnight at Deskit or Hunder

          Day 7 | In Nubra Valley only
          — Enjoy the walks in local villages and cover sightseeing of Panamik and Sumur.
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Deskit or Hunder

          Day 8 | Day visit to Turtuk Village from Hunder or Deskit

          Day 9 | Hunder / Diskit – Khardung La – Leh
          — Visit Shanti Stupa in the evening
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | 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 11 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 12 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          — Cover Karzok Monastery
          — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

          Day 13 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
          — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 14 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping
          — Overnight at Leh

          Always Happy to help for the Himalayas 🙂

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  12. Hello dheeraj,

    We are 4 adults,3 females and 1 male and will be reaching leh by air. What do you suggest about renting a taxi? Should we hire a single taxi for our whole trip or should we hire one taxi at a time for individual place? And we are not much interested in sharing taxis. So do you think it would be safe considering we are only 4 in no. Plus there are 3 females and only one male? Our main concern in safety.

    Looking forward for your suggestion.

    Thanks

    • You should hire the whole taxi for the trip at once because the driver will also charge you per destination basis only. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2017 – 18 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      Ladakh is one of the safest places on earth 🙂

  13. Hello !

    I plan to travel in kashmir by bycicle. Could you pls tell me which is the beste season? Probably ist best to fly from europe via Delhi to Srinagar. As I red, it is best to start in Srinagar.
    Do I Need Camping staff for Srinagar-Leh-Manali?
    How is the political Situation in Srinagar and on the Highway to Leh?
    Thanks a lot
    susan

    • Hi Susan,

      You are pretty much right. Best is to reach Srinagar and then carry on to Leh – Ladakh and come down Manali – Leh Highway. However, are you carrying your own bike with you? If not, best will be to land in Leh, take few days of rest and acclimatization and then ride the bike in Ladakh.

      Except one or two unlucky incidents, in the recent pasts things have been quite in tourist areas and tourists are allowed to travel freely on the tourist spots.

      • Hello again

        Thanks for your replay. It is very Kind.
        Yes I will bring my own MTB and would like to start in Srinagar. I also bring my own camping-gear. Thinks is good to have it.
        Which would be the best month to start in Srinagar?

        • Good morning.

          Ok September will be good also for me. As I would like to spend more than 4 weeks, is it wise to come in August or stay still mid-october?
          Could you recommend me any hostal in srinagar, where People who cycle meet? I might travel on my own. Is this a Problem on the road between Srinagar and Leh? Red there are many solders near the road.
          Thanks

        • Well, August is in general monsoon but towards the end of August it gets cleared up. I will last week of August is still OK.

          The situation in some parts remain tense in Kashmir valley and in general highways are unaffected. Soldiers are present o keep a check on the situation. You can read all the updates about the conditions and situation on Srinagar – Leh Highway at the thread: http://devilonwheels.com/india/road-status-conditions/srinagar-leh-highway-status-2017-2018-t5264-230.html

          where people who are traveling keep posting their updates

  14. Tukuna Patro on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I’ve been following each one of your posts regarding Ladakh trip and dared to plan a trip this July, with my wife. Thanks a lot for your time, effort and passion. My plan goes like this,

    July 1st:- Fly to Leh, take rest.
    2nd:- Leh sightseeing
    3rd:- Leh – Nubra valley – Turtuk
    4th:- Hundar/Turtuk to Panggong via Wari-la
    5th:- Panggong to Leh
    6th:- Leh to Tso-Moriri
    7th:- Tso-Moriri to Leh
    8th:- Rest day / Sham Valley Tour
    9th:- Fly back to Hyderabad

    Please answer couple of questions.
    1) Is it enough to get permit for the following 3 circuits 2 days each?
    Id-2(Khardong, Khalsar, Trith upto Warsi and Yarma Gonbo, Disket, Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang, Tyakshi in
    Nubra Sub-Division)
    Id-3(Upshi, TsomoRiRi/Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division)
    Id-5(Kharu, Changla, Durbuk, Tangtse, Lukhung, Spangmik, Man-merag(Pangong Lake) in Nyoma
    Sub-Division)

    2) Will it be fine traveling Turtuk and staying overnight there and traveling to Panggong from Turtuk?
    3) Can we get accomodation at Turtuk/Hundar, Panggong and Korzok without prebooking?

    Thanks again.

    • My answers below:

      1. YEs, permit wise you are fine in selecting the above places/routes.
      2. I will not suggest Turtuk unless you plan to add one day in the Nubra Valley or use 8th in Nubra Valley. Else Turtuk to Pangong Tso and Leh to Turtuk will make it quite hectic and less enjoyable.
      3. IF you are not particular about any place to stay, OK with basic accommodations as well, it is totally fine.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all I would like to commend you on such an incredible job on this blog. I am sure it requires an enormous amount of time and effort on your part. Not a small feat. So a big thank you ! I am sure countless people such as myself have benefited from your travel adventures. My husband and I are planning to travel to Leh-ladakh mid July and plan to fly to Leh since we do not have too many vacation days. The itinerary we picked is almost what you suggested but we would like to reduce one more day if possible. Can you suggest which would be the best way to do that ?

    Day 1 – Fly to Leh, stay overnight in Leh
    Day 2 – Local sightseeing, stay overnight in Leh
    Day 3 – Leh to Khardung La-Sumur-Panamik-sumur, overnight stay at Sumur
    Day 4 – Sumur-Diskit-hunder-Leh, overnight stay at Leh
    Day 5 – Leh – Pangong Tso Lake, overnight stay near the lake
    Day 6 – Pangong Tso – Leh, overnight stay at Leh
    Day 7 – Leh- Tso Moriri via Chumathang, overnight stay at Tso Moriri
    Day 8 – Tso Moriri to Leh, Stay at Leh
    Day 9 – leave Leh

    Can we somehow just do Leh to Diskit/Hunder and come back to Leh in just one day and skip Sumur/Panamik or would that be too much ? Not sure how else to reduce a day without missing out on any of the must visits.
    Another question we had was regarding the taxi driver ? We plan on trying to book a driver for the whole time if possible. Do they do that ? Also, what about the accommodations for the driver when we have the overnight stay ? Is that included in the rates you mention in another post or is it separate ?

    Thanks again for your time and efforts ! Best wishes,
    Supriya

    • Thank you for the kind words Supriya !! 🙂
      I will recommend that you take the direct route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Agham / Shyok or Wari La pass. Yes, you should skip Sumur, Panamik in lieu of it as there is not much to see as well at those places. Just make sure that you have some company at Agham village to travel to these desolated routes. Shyok route is shorter but bad road conditions, Wari La is longer, desolate but a bit better road conditions in comparison to Shyok route. Take a call then and there after talking to locals.
      This will give you the required one day to chop off.
      Yes, rates are included of everything but on humanitarian grounds there is no harm of asking your driver about the food and stay. 99.9% they will politely say no but it feels good to have always asked about the well being of more of a companion than a driver in such harsh/remote place. It is my personal view though completely, feel free to disagree 🙂 …
      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2017 – 18 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Thanks much for the quick response. So you think it is better to go from Nubra valley to Pangong Tso in one day (considering the roads might not be in good shape for that trip) as compared to reducing day by just coming back to Leh from Diskit on the very same day. Or is that because staying one night in nubra valley is more important for the acclimatization before going to Pangong Tso. Sorry just trying to make sure I understand. And I absolutely agree with you about making sure that the driver is comfortable for the trip and hence we wanted to be aware of how things are set up there 🙂 Thanks again. We are very excited for this trip 🙂 🙂

        • YEs Supriya, I feel this for both the points. I somehow feel more connected to Nubra Valley than the lakes as it offers many landscapes, so also prefer always spending one night in Nubra. And yes it also helps in acclimatization too plus keep your body less fatigued.

  16. Hi
    I am planning a trip with just my wife in first week of july. I am planning to reach leh by flight and then hire a bike to visit the various places like nubra , pangong, thicksey, and other places around . I want to know how severe can AMS be and what can be done bt it.also are there any cool treks that i can go to of a couple of day or so….thank yu….

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

    • yes the altitude for sure does matter. AMS is bound to set in however, there are a couple of things that must be done.

      1. You should take plenty of rest on Day 1 and drink plenty of fluids like Glucon-D, ORS Solutions, Lemon Tea, Black Tea, Juices, etc.. that keeps you well hydrated always. Eat food at its time even if your body does not feel like hungry but if it is time to eat you should eat. Even drinking dal should be good enough if you dont want chapatis at that moment.
      2. Do not exert too much nor sleep in the day. Try to rest with a couple of short slow walks only on Day 1. Keep a light jacket and shoes always on and in case it is overcast and cold, try to stay warm.

      That is it. However, if you take care of above two points, you should mostly be good.

  17. Umesh Jain on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for mentioning very detailed plan. I am planning to visit leh ladkh from 22nd July to 30th July. We are 2 couples and have planned half trip on bike and half through cab. Can you look into my itinerary and suggest your input to make it memorable trip for mine and my friend’s family.

    22nd July : Reach leh by flight local sight seeing in the evening
    BIKE TRIP
    23rd July : Excursion to Sham Valley towards Kargil Visit Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Drive to Magnetic hill, See picturesque landscapes at Nimmu village. Visit Likir Monastery.
    24th July: Towards Nubra valley and overnight stay at Nubra valley
    25th July: Leave Nubra valley towards Turtuk Night stay at Turtuk
    26th July: Start from Turtuk for leh and night stay at leh

    Trip through local Cab
    27th July: Start for pangong lake and stay overnight at pangong lake
    28th July Start from Pangong lake towards hanle and ovenight at hanle
    29th July Start from Hanle and back at Leh and rest
    30th Jul : flight to home

    Also, I am yet to done booking for Leh, Nubra, Pangong and Hanle.
    Highly appreciate your response.

    Thanks in anticipation!!

      • Umesh Jain on

        Thanks a lot Dheeraj.

        Can you suggest some places to stay in leh, Nubra, Pangong and Hanle..
        I m looking for stay in the range of 2000-4000 per night.

        Also, will i get rented bike in leh or i need to book in advance. Also for cab I have got the list of driver’s number from this website only. Should I book the same in advance or I can book after reaching leh.

        Regards,
        Umesh Jain

        • You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    2 years back you suggested a beautiful itinerary for me. I’m physically challenged but you removed all my fears about the trip. I had a wonderful trip in Ladakh with my friends. This blog was really useful. Keep rocking!!! 🙂

    Now Ladakh’s charm is tugging at me again, and I’m planning another trip with friends.
    This time I’m doing it by air. This is my planned itinerary during the last week of August.

    Fri 25th Aug – Land early morning in Leh by flight. Rest for acclimatization.
    Sat 26th Aug – Rest for acclimatization
    Sun 27th Aug – Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit, Hunder, Sumur, Panamik). Overnight at Hunder.
    Mon 28th Aug – Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Shyok (Khalsar-Agham-Shyok-Durbuk-Tangtse-Lukung)
    Overnight at Pangong Tso
    Tue 29th Aug Pangong Tso to Hanle (Spangmik-Man-Merak-Chushul-Hanle). Overnight at Hanle.
    Wed 30th Aug Hanle to Leh. Overnight at Leh
    Thu 31st Aug Board flight from Leh.

    I have 1-2 days extra to spare till 2nd Sept, if required.

    1) Where can I slot the extra days? Nubra or Pangong?
    2) Or is a trip to Turtuk worthwhile?

    Please let me know about the above itinerary. Do suggest changes if required.

    Thanks in advance, Dheeraj 🙂

    • Hey Sam,

      Good to re-connect and glad to hear that you had a wonderful trip !!

      Well, you have missed Tso Moriri in the plan. You can do Hanle to Tso Moriri and Tso Moriri to Leh. One day will be used there and the other day can be used by either resting in Leh or adding the day for Turtuk or going back to Leh from Nubra Valley and doing Leh to Pangong Tso to ease out things a bit overall. I will advice to keep that day as buffer for rest in Leh before you take the flight.

  19. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all, wonderful website. I need your feedback on a short air trip to Leh.

    I am thinking of June 1-4, 2017 flying into Leh from Delhi and back. I can possibly extend my time in Leh by another day or two to, say, June 6. I have read the blogs and realize it takes a day to acclimatize to the weather, etc., so I am not planning to pack in a lot of activities. Primarily local sightseeing, and maybe a visit to monasteries and lakes. Primary purpose of the trip is to clear the mind!!

    Do you have any suggestions? I realize the short trip is not ideal, but if it is an outright bad idea, then I will reconsider:)

    Thanks again!

  20. Please see my below plan. Please advise if this is feasible. I arrive directly in Leh on Aug 9th and leave leh on 19th Morning.

    August 9 Day 1 Leh – Rest day – Acclimatize
    August 10 Day 2 Leh – Rest day – acclimatize and local Sight seeing
    August 11 Day 3 Leh – Khardung La – Deskit – Hunder
    August 12 Day 4 Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    August 13 Day 5 Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
    August 14 Day 6 Rest day at Pangong So
    August 15 Day 7 Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
    August 16 Day 8 Rest Day at Leh
    August 17 Day 9 Leh – Hemis – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
    August 18 Day 10 Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
    August 19 Day 11 Leave Leh

    • Hi Ranga,

      Please keep the rest day in last because that will allow you a buffer as well in case you get stuck at Tso Moriri for any unforeseen reason. Rest looks pretty good. Also, rest day at Pangong Tso can be used as one more day in Nubra Valley to visit Turtuk. Not sure if you have any plan to rest at the lake but two days at Pangong Tso will give you enough and you may not need the extra thrid day.

  21. Hi Dheeraj ,

    Thanks and hats off for this wonderful blog , We have booked our flights from Delhi – Srinagar , srinagar to Leh , Leh to Delhi ( May 13 -22 ) . Now looking at conditions in J&K and highway status ( for May 16th – Srinagar – kargil – Leh ) we are rethinking of cancelling Srinagar .

    Please advise . What else option we have to reach Leh to Delhi ? is it via Manali only , then we end up 2-3 days in travelling .?

    • Apart from flying directly to Leh, you do not have any other option. Manali – Leh is expected to open in last week of May but inclement weather is not helping much.

  22. Nisarg Kapadia on

    SRINAGAR – KARGIL – LEH – PANGONG – LEH – NUBRA – LEH – KARGIL – SRINAGAR

    17th May: Reach Srinagar, Proceed to Sonmarg & Night Stay at Sonmarg
    Reach Srinagar & Proceed to Sonmarg. Relax the entire day. Night Stay at Sonmarg
    Meals: Dinner
    Hotel provided will be:

    18th May: Sonmarg – Kargil & Night Stay at Kargil
    After breakfast proceed to Kargil.Reach in afternoon and spend rest of the day relaxing. Night Stay at Kargil.
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Hotel provided will be: Hotel Zero Miles

    19th May: Kargil – Leh & Night Stay at Leh
    After breakfast, proceed to Leh via the world famous Srinagar Leh highway. Overnight stay in Leh
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Hotel provided will be: Dawa Guest House

    20th May: Night Stay at Leh
    After breakfast, proceed for a local sightseeing tour and visit Stok Palace, Hall of Fame (A museum developed and maintained by the Indian army) and Leh Palace. Overnight stay in Leh
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Hotel provided will be: Dawa Guest House

    21st May: Leh – Pangong & Night Stay at Pangong
    After an early breakfast, proceed to Pangong via Changla Pass (17,586 feet) and the third highest pass of the world. Pangong Lake is a salt water body of 120 km in length and 6 – 7 Km broad at the longest point. It is bisected by the international border between India & China (2/3 of the lake is in China’s possession). Visit the exact location of the famous movie “Three idiots” & enjoy outing along the banks of the lake. One really feels very close to nature at Pangong Lake with its scenic surroundings. On a clear sunny day, you can see seven color formations in the crystal clear salt water lake. Overnight stay in Pangong
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Camp provided will be: Wonderland Camp

    22nd May: Pangong – Leh & Night Stay at Leh
    After breakfast, travel back to Leh. En route take a short halt at Changla Pass to enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea. Visit Shanti Stupa and Leh market in the evening. Overnight stay in Leh
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Hotel provided will be: Dawa Guest House

    23rd May: Leh – Nubra & Night Stay at Nubra
    After breakfast, drive to Nubra Valley (Known as the Valley of Flowers and the warmest region in Ladakh) via Khardungla pass. This road is considered to be the highest motorable road of the world. En route, admire the spectacular views of the never ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Khardungla Pass (18,380 feet). After spending some time at Khardungla, proceed to Nubra. After Hotel check-in, enjoy camel Safari in the evening. Overnight stay in Nubra
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Hotel provided will be: Olgok Guest House

    24th May: Nubra – Leh & Night Stay at Leh
    After breakfast, visit Diskit & Hunder Villages and monasteries take a stroll around the place to see the life style of people living at the northernmost region of India. Drive back to Leh via Khardungla pass. Overnight stay in Leh
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Hotel provided will be: Dawa Guest House

    25th May: Leh – Kargil & Night Stay at Kargil
    After an early breakfast, proceed to Kargil. En route, visit Mulbek (known for its huge Buddha Statue) and Lamayuru monastery (The oldest monastery in Ladakh). Admire the confluence of Indus – Zanskar Rivers and the effects of Magnetic Hill (Defiance of the law of gravity). Visit Gurudwara Patthar Sahib & Kargil War memorial on the way to pay tribute to the Indian Army. It was in this very region in which the Indian Army fought and won the famous war of Kargil. Take some memorable snaps of Tololing, Tiger Hill and the war memorial in Drass. Reach Kargil in the evening. Overnight stay in Kargil.
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Hotel provided will be: Hotel Zero Miles

    26th May: Kargil – Srinagar & Night Stay at Srinagar
    After an early check-out, proceed to Srinagar via Srinagar Leh Highway. Notice the gradual change in the colours of the mountains as you travel to Kargil. Cross the Zojila pass & Zero Point. Overnight stay in Srinagar.
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    Houseboat provided will be: Deluxe Indian Houseboat

    27th May: Srinagar – Mumbai
    After breakfast checkout & proceed to Mumbai.

    This is our itenary and we are hiring 2 bikes and 1 scorpio from Srinagar throughout our journey.
    Kindly give feedback on our itenary and revert.Thank you

  23. Dheeraj, hii!

    My friend and I have finally received our Indian visa and our flights have been booked for Ladakh in May! We can’t wait to experience this majestic place and we have made a plan according with some help from a few members at Tripadvisor.

    12th May – Arrival at Delhi at 12 05 pm.

    13th May – Arrival at Leh at 7 am. Full Day rest.

    14th May – Leh to Sham Valley

    15th May – Sham Valley to Leh.

    16th May – Leh to Turtuk which is at the extreme end of Nubra Valley, overnight in homestay (don’t prebook).

    17th May – Post lunch start from Turtuk towards Dekit/Sumur in Nubra valley’ stay overnight in homestay/tent

    18th May – Early morning start from Deskit/Sumur towards Pangong via Shyok Village route.

    19th May – Pangong Lake to Leh. Thiksey or Hemis Monastery en route.

    20th May – Departure to home.

    We were looking for your feedback regarding this trip and whether this plan is feasible, given the distance and places we want to cover and how tiring it might be.

    Also, we had one last query, would it be better to visit Sham valley and be back in Leh in 1 day and then use the extra day to stay one more day in Turtuk?

    Looking forward to your response 🙂

    • The plan looks balanced and it does not make you travel too much except Leh to Turtuk, which is OK. You can do that too, there isn’t much in Sham Valley and it can easily be covered in one day.

      • Dheeraj!

        Thank you for your quick response 🙂 As you are saying the Leh to Turtuk part is quite long journey, I guess we’ll stay one more day in Turtuk and visit Sham Valley in one day.

        One last help, should we try to book a Jeep for the entire plan or book the jeeps like, one for Sham Valley, One for Nubra?

        Best Regards

  24. Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for your answer to my previous message.
    It might no be the best place for this post, but I was also wondering what would be the best way to arrange a 4 to 5 days trip from Leh in the Indus Valley mixing drive and trek. More precisely, we would like to visit the monasteries of the Indus Valley (including Likir and Lamayuru) in 2 days while spending half a day or a full day on the “baby trek”. Then we would head for a two days trek starting in Hinju via Khomze La and would return back in Leh by car.
    Thanks for your help,
    Yves

  25. Hi Dow,
    My trip in Ladakh in July is mostly inspired by this article. Thanks for this wonderful job.
    What would be your suggestion to share the taxi with other travelers for this whole trip? Hiring a taxi for only the two of us will be too costly…
    Best,
    Yves

    • Thank you 🙂 You are alone/couple and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip.

      • Thanks Dheeraj. So I understand that you advice us to see directly on site rather than trying to sort this out from home with an agency. Is it correct? Would you have a travel agent to recommend to organize shared taxi?

        • Yes, that’s correct. It will be much easier to bargain and there is no short of it. Regarding shared taxi, both main market and changspa road will be full of such hoardings or white boards looking for people for shared taxi.

  26. Shweta Singh on

    Hi Deeraj, we are 4 adults along with 2 kids travelling to Leh in September. I have planned the below itinerary…let me know is it fine or should i do sme changes-

    23sep- Arrival at Leh airport after lunch visit, Shanti stupa,Leh palace, Leh market.(over night in leh).

    24sep,-Leh to Kargil via Fotula pass, Namkila pass, Visit, Hall of fame museum, Guruduwara pather sahib, Magnatic hill, Sangam point indus & zanskar river confluence view, Lamayuru moon land view, Lamayuru monastery, Mulbek stone carving statue,(over night in Kargil).

    25sep- Kargil to Drass back to leh visit, Drass 99war memoriel museum, Tiger hill, Tololing hill.(over night in Leh).

    26sep- Leh to Nubra valley via Khardongla pass visit, Disket monastery, Hunder sand dunes double hump camel safari.(over night in Nubra hunder).

    27sep – Nubra hunder to Pangong lake via Shayok valley visit, Spangmik village, 3Idots shooting point.(over night in Pangong lake).

    28sep – Pangong lake to Leh via Changla pass visit, Hemis monastery, Ranchoo school.(over night in Leh).

    29sep – Leh to Tsomoriri lake via Mahe bridge visit, Chumathang hot spiring water, Korzok monastery village.(over night in Tsomoriri lake).

    30sep – Tsomoriri lake to Leh via Taglangla pass visit, Tsokar lake.(over night in Leh).

    1oct – morning departure

    • Hey Shweta,

      Your plan looks quite good to me. Please make sure that you have some company to travel with you on Nubra to Pangong Tso direct route because it is a very desolated route.

  27. Hi Dheeraj , we are a group of 5-6 people and planning to flying into Leh and then hire a taxi. Do you think the following itinerary is possible ?

    Day 1 – Fly into Leh
    Day 2 – Local Sight Seeing
    Day 3- Leh to Nubra Valley
    Day 4 – Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Lake
    Day 5 – Pangong Tso Lake to  Tso Moriri
    Day 6 – Tso Moriri to Leh
    Day 7 – Leh to Zanskar
    Day 8 – Rafting at Zanskar and back to Leh
    Day 9 – Fly back to Delhi

    • Hi Vidyun,

      I will recommend to ease out a bit. On Day 5, come back to Leh. Day 6 go to Tso Moriri from Leh and Day 7 come back from Tso Moriri. On Day 8 go for rafting in Zanskar river near Nimmu which is a day’s affair. Zanskar Valley is altogether different ball game which requires at least 4-5 days of travel from Kargil

  28. Hi Dheeraj,

    Is there an option for self drive?

    I was planning to have self drive for couple days when i would be in Leh/sham valley and hiring a taxi when travelling to Nubhra/Pangong .

    Please let me know.

    Regards,

    Sunny

    • Hey Sunny, the only option of self drive in Ladakh is to convince the driver to let you drive the car to some distance. Otherwise, self drive cars are not available for drive in Ladakh

  29. Hi,

    We are planning a trip to Leh in the third week of April (not a road trip).

    I have read a couple of articles which suggest that it may not be the best time, as the roads may not open, but what are your views? We may not be able to push our holiday. so if it is really not a good time to go, we will have to cancel it.

    Appreciate your suggestions.

    • Hi Aanchal,

      It is surely not the best time but a good time if you are OK with cold conditions and a bit struggle here and there on roads in case there is heavy snowfall during those days. Apart from that I have been to Ladakh in April, it was one of the best visits among all 7 🙂 … Roads within Ladakh remains open all round the year.= unless it snows on that very day or very heavy snowfall happens and then it closes for couple of days.

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