Leh – Ladakh | Sample Itinerary 2

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Here is a sample Leh – Ladakh Itinerary for 11 days covering Tso Moriri and Nubra Valley along with Srinagar – Leh Highway as well as Manali – Leh Highway. I have excluded Pangong Tso lake because if you want to do it then you can do it as a day trip only and exclude Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes with 11 days in hand else add one more day.

Day 1 | Delhi – Patnitop
    • overnight at Patnitop
Day 2 | Patnitop – Srinagar
    • Enjoy the Shikara ride in Dal Lake
    • overnight at Srinagar
Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Kargil
    • overnight at Kargil
Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayaru – Leh
    • Visit Lamayuru Monastery, Redzong monastery
    • Visit Magnetic Hills
    • overnight at Leh
Day 5 | Leh and Local Sightseeing
    • Arrange Inner Line Permits. To know more about Leh Ladakh inner line permits visit the link: Details on Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh
    • Local sightseeing including Leh Palace, Main Market, Shanti Stupa, Hemis, Thiksey and Samstanling monasteries
    • overnight at Leh
Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Diskit (Nubra Valley)
    • Visit Diskit old and new monastery including the tallest Buddha statue
    • In the evening you can go for double humped camel ride at Hunder
    • overnight at Diskit. I have stayed at Hotel Sten Del which was very nice.
Day 7 | Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    • Visit Sumur and Panamik and finally return to Leh.
    • Panamik has hot water springs and Sumur has a nice monastery.
    • overnight at Leh
Day 8 | Leh – Upshi – Chumathang – Tso Moriri
    • overnight at Tso Moriri, Karzok
Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Pang – Sarchu
    • Stay overnight at Sarchu
Day 10 | Sarchu – Manali
    • overnight at Manali
Day 11 | Manali – Delhi
    • overnight at Delhi

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  1. Hi I’m planning for leh from my hometown jalandhar,punjab (29-sept-2016… solo trip)….. This is my first motorbike tracking (pulsar 150) …. so pls suggest me about my route,budget,cloths n else n please mention about fuel station and bike repairing centre…… n if anyone interested for leh on the above mentioned day so pls reply ……. and contact me (sarbjeetsinghparmar@gmail.com )
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    • You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      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

  2. Hi I’m planning for leh from my hometown jalandhar,punjab (29-sept-2016… solo trip)….. This is my first motorbike tracking (pulsar 150) …. so pls suggest me about my route,budget,cloths n else n please mention about fuel station and bike repairing centre…… n if anyone interested for leh on the above mentioned day so pls reply ……. and contact me (sarbjeetsinghparmar@gmail.com )

    • You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

  3. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am going to Leh from 27th September to 5th october 2014. We are a couple going there. Kindly help me in planning my itinerary.
    I’ll be reaching Delhi on 26th September @ 23.50 hrs. On return from Delhi, I have a flight to catch on 5th October @4.50pm.
    I have 2-3 plans in mind.
    Plan 1:
    27th Sept: Delhi – Srinagar – Kargil (night stay).

    28th Sept: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh.
    29th Sept: Leh sight seeing.
    30th Sept: Leh – Khardung La – Panamik – Sumur –Diskit – Hunder – Leh.
    1st Oct: Leh – Pangong Tso Lake
    2nd Oct :  Pangong Tso Lake – Tso Moriri
    3rd Oct: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu- Keylong
    4th Oct : Keylong- Manali – Chandigarh
    5th Oct : Chandigarh – Delhi
    Alternatively Take flight from Leh -Delhi on 5th October and spend the extra day in Nubra valley.

    Option 2 :
    27th Sept : Delhi – Leh Flight. Leh Sightseeing.
    28th Sept: Leh – Khardung La – Panamik – Sumur –Diskit – Hunder – Leh
    29th Sept : Leh – Pangong Tso Lake
    30th Sept :  Pangong Tso Lake – Tso Moriri
    1st Oct : Tso Moriri – Leh
    2nd Oct : Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
    3rd Oct : Kargil– Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg- Srinagar
    4th Oct : Rest Day @ Srinagar / Reserve day
    5th Oct : Srinagar – Delhi.

    Kindly give us your valuable remarks. If you have any suggestion for change of itinerary please let me know.

    My idea is to cover 4 areas namely sham, nubra, pangong & Tso moriri + leh local sightseeing and want to travel thru road in either phase of journey.

    Thanks for your help.
    Cheers, Joy

    • Hi Joy,

      I will suggest something like below to you if you can plan to fly out of Leh. October is not really a good time to Travel on Manali – Leh Highway. Also, most of the camps and stay options at Tso Moriri will be wrapped up by mid september, so you have to fit in with home stays there. Same is the case with Pangong Tso.

      27th Sept: Delhi – Srinagar – Kargil (night stay).
      28th Sept: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh.
      29th Sept: Leh sight seeing and acclimatization
      30th Sept: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      1st Oct: Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Leh
      2nd Oct : Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      3rd Oct: Leh – Tso Moriri
      4th Oct : Tso Moriri – Leh
      5th Oct : Leh – Delhi

      Regards
      dheeraj

  4. ANYONE WHO WISHES TO JOIN IN (WITH HIS VEHICLE) IS MOST WELCOME. will have a lifetime of experience.

  5. I have been going thru your advices on the delhi-srinagar-kargil-leh-manali-delhi. will be doing this route from June 15 2013 to June 23 2013. i would like to keep June 22 or 23 as rest after i arrive in delhi. that comes to clear 14/15 days. kindly advise a suitable itinerary with buffer days.

    I have gone thru other travelers blog about completing in a sedan (esteem/maruti 800 etc). I HAVE A FORD IKON 1.4 TDCI (in good shape)and would very much like to do this once in a life time adventure with my wife and daughter (i am 53 years and have done bit of traveling in india and abroad). wish me good luck and revert back fast.

    • You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

  6. Vaibhav Sinha on

    Hello Sir,
    I am planning to go leh of laddakh in month of august with few friends, But i have a problem, I am 27 yrs old, and i am suffering from mild hypertension(140/90mm Hg) usually. Just i wanted to know if is it safe to go there on high altitudes.

    Thanks & Regards

    • Vaibhav, I may not be the right person to make a comment on it. Please consult your doctor for the same and feel free to get in touch with me over concerns/doubts related to planning the trip to Ladakh 🙂

  7. Hi
    I am planing to go leh Laddakh by Avenger 200 in september from delhi Is it Okay.please tell me Is there any issue to Go leh Laddak by avanger 200 Model(2009).

    • Hi Lavi,

      I do not think so that you would have much trouble, just make sure you drive cautiously and alot of people have done this route on avenger. September is when the roads start to improve as well once rains reside the region.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a 15 days trip to Leh. After going through few Sample Itinerary i have started the plan. Can you please let me know if Delhi-Srinagar (843 kms i guess) is doable in one go i.e. without hault at Patnitop??

    • Hi Abhijeet,

      Nopes buddy it is not advisable to do Delhi – Srinagar in one day. It will take about 16-17 Hrs to reach Srinagar from Delhi if you attempt that. So, I will not say not doable as few of my friends have done it but actually not advisable 🙂 … If you have 15 days in hand and you plan to do the whole circuit from Srinagar to Manali covering Leh Ladakh then I will suggest you do something like –

      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 | 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 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 12 | 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 13 | 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 14 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return
      Day 15 + 16 | 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.
      2. In Srinagar you can also visit Floating market > Shalimar Garden.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hello Dheeraj,

        Thanks a ton for all your help. You have done the 90% of the planning, u ROCK. The only reason for travelling the entire Delhi-Srinagar in one day is, we have to cover the Zanskar region (i.e., Kargil-Rangdum-Padum) too. And if I am not wrong it will add up to another two days in the plan.

        Do you mind sharing your e-mail ID?? So that i can share the list of places I wish to visit in Ladakh.

        Also, is it true that the vehicles with tourist number plates are not allowed for sightseeing in Leh, is it the same for Zanskar region??

        • Hi Abhijeet,

          My pleasure buddy. If you want to include Zanskar then you may need atleast three more days to actually feel the region apart from running over the places. It will be very hard and long drives if you try to do it in two days. Also, Zanskar is so beautiful that 2 days can never do justice, not even 3 but yes 3 days will be atleast relaxing. If you cannot manage then I will suggest to leave out Zanskar or leave some places in Leh – Ladakh. If you are OK with tight schedules, long drives/days then I will suggest the itinerary accordingly including Zanskar. Let me know how many days you can spare, what will be the mode of transport, what time of year are you planning and how many people?

          Yes, it is true that you will not be allowed to take vehicles with tourist number plate anywhere in Ladakh for sightseeing purposes and in Znaskar there are lot more complications to this rule where after you reach Padum you cannot even use the taxi of Leh or Kargil district, which leaves you with two taxis at the end of day in Zanskar 😀 … Quite confusing, but true!!

          You must have already got an email from my email account, if not please check your spam. Anyhow I will mail you again.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  9. @lazysuperstar — You can follow the below plan –

    Day 1 and 2: Ahemdabad to Jammu by Train

    Day 3: Jammu to Srinagar by JKSRTC Bus

    Day 4 and 5: Srinagar – Kargil – Leh by JKSRTC Bus

    Day 6: Leh and Local Sightseeing

    — Arrange Inner Line Permits. To know more about Leh Ladakh inner line permits visit the link: Details on Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

    — Local sightseeing including Leh Palace, Main Market, Shanti Stupa, Hemis, Thiksey and Samstanling monasteries

    — Arrange for Shared Taxi from the Main Market or from any tour operators by sharing your plan with them. Private taxis will be too costly.

    — Keep the next day reserved in case you do not find any shared taxi

    Day 7 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Diskit (Nubra Valley)

    — Visit Diskit old and new monastery including the tallest Buddha statue

    — In the evening you can go for double humped camel ride at Hunder

    — Overnight at Diskit or Hunder

    Day 8 | Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh

    — Visit Sumur and Panamik and finally return to Leh.

    — Panamik has hot water springs and Sumur has a nice monastery.

    — Overnight at Leh

    Day 9 | Rest day at Leh and finalize shared tourist taxis for Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri from tour operators or hotel agents or taxi stand at Leh.

    — Also, book your tickets for Leh – Manali HPTDC Bus service

    Day 10 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso

    Day 11 | Pangong Tso – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

    Day 12 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang

    Day 13 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Leh

    Day 14 | Leh – Sham Valley Sightseeing and rest at Leh

    — Sham Valley includes, Alchi and Likir monasteries, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Gurdwara Pather Sahib, Indus and Zanskar Confluence at Nimmu.

    — You will get private taxi for about 1500 to tour this day

    Day 15 | Leh – Sham Valley Sightseeing

    Day 16 + 17 | Leh – Keylong – Manali by HPTDC Bus which also includes accomodation and dinner at Keylong in the ticket price of Rs 2000 per person

    Day 18 + 19 | Buffer Days

    Well, the budget for Ladakh trip or any trip depends on person to person and taste which they prefer. Ladakh is such a place where you can get varied stay options depending on your choice of comfort and taste ranging from Rs 100 stay at Dhabha tent to Rs 300-400 stay at low cost hotels to Rs 5000 and above. The same thing applies for food, it depends what you want to eat and where you want to eat. If living in an average budget hotel, the average cost per day for food, accommodation and misc. while going in the group comes about 400-700 per day. Your trip will need about 20 days at the very least, so roughly you will be spending some 9K-14K per person for food, accommodation and other misc. expenditures. Again, 400-700 figure could be low for someone and high for the other depending upon choice of stay and food or other activities you plan to do. I hope this helps. While traveling alone the cost of accommodation is bound to increase though and not to forget that one must add miscellaneous charges like bike maintenance and service, shopping, inner line permits etc. Now, major cost will be for Taxis/Transportation or Fuel. For you tour, if you will manage seats in the tourist shared taxis within Leh Ladakh and use public transport to get in/out to/from Leh then you are looking for about 9K-11K figure mark. So, overall you will be looking at around 18K – 22K budget.

    I hope this helps.

  10. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for valuable inputs. Some general queries on my new itiny.

    am planning this with RX135.

    Day 1 – Delhi to Chandigarh 15-Aug – By train

    Day 2 – Chandigarh to Manali 16-Aug – 285kms – Bike Starting

    Day 3 – Manali to Keylong 17-Aug – 117kms

    Day 4 – Keylong to Sarchu 18-Aug – 105kms

    Day 5 – Sarchu to Leh 19-Aug – 253 kms

    Day 6 – Leh and local sightseeings 20-Aug

    Day 7 – Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Diskit (Nubra Valley) 21-Aug – ???

    Day 8 – Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh 22-Aug – ???

    Day 9 – Leh to Pangong Tso 23-Aug – ???

    Day 10 – Pangong Tso to Leh 24-Aug – ???

    Day 11 – Leh to Kargil 25-Aug – 200kms – 5hrs

    Day 12 – Kargil to Srinagar 26-Aug – app 240kms – 6hrs

    Day 13 – Srinagar 27-Aug

    Day 14 – Srinagar to Delhi 28-Aug – 884kms by BUS

    Delhi to chandigarh by train

    Chandigarh-leh-srinagar by bike

    Srinagar to delhi by bus [hoping till now]

    1. Day 7, Day 8, Day 9 and Day 10

    How many kms it will be and app time of travel assume road conditions it takes to travel.

    2. Can u suggest some nice good stay place with senere and more cost effective in leh, if ur aware?

    3. Any permits to be taken for leh-kargil-srinagar route?

    4. Hope the dates are fine with respect to climate conditions?

    Thanks,

    • Hello Rocky,

      If you can manage to start from Srinagar – Leh Highway that would have been the best bet. First it will give you chance to acclimatize better, second it will help you ease the Rohtang Pass mess as descending will be much easy for you, third you will enjoy Manali – Leh Highway with lots of ease and without altitude sickness, fourthly you can fit Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes as well in the itinerary. I will highly recommend going that way else do carry clutch plates, clutch wire, brake wires and other basic spares with you while going from Manali – Leh Highway.

      Now, coming back to the queries –
      1. Day 7 = 125 – 135 KMs / 5-6 Hrs, Day 8 = 195 – 205 KMs / 8-9 Hrs, Day 9 = 170-180 KMs / 6-7 Hrs, Day 10 = 170 – 180 KMs / 6-7 Hrs
      2. Stay either at Oriental Guest House or Shanti Guest House. Check Shanti Guest House, Leh | Hotel Review
      3. No permits required for Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil – Srinagar route. You need permits for Leh – Batalik – Kargil – Srinagar route though, if you are going via Batalik.
      4. Yes, dates are fine buddy, you will enjoy the trip. Just book these two hotels in Leh in advance as they mostly run full for the season.

      Also, while coming back from Pangong Tso you can cover, Hemis, Thicksey and Shey as well inabout 20-30 odd KMs or may be less.

      I hope this helps. Try reversing the route and we will try to fit Tso Moriri as well. Also, I will not suggest the night at Sarchu, try to do Keylong/Jispa – Leh in one day to avoid AMS. Let me know for any doubts or queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  11. Ethan Said via Email:

    Thanks Mr.Dheeraj…
    I don't have any words say thanks to you,in todays day to day life situation no one having any time to give advises to any one & you have given your valuable time…I'm really Thankful to you from the core of my heart..
    I'm planning to go Leh by May – June ' 2012..I'm from Jamshedpur and I want to start from my home town with my AVENGER 220,which I have purchased on last February..
    I don't have any plan to ship my bike to Delhi / Chandigadh..I want to cover the entire journey by that bike only..Is it possible to cover the entire journey by AVENGER 220,although It don't have Kick start option..
    I'm having total 20 – 22 days to complete my journey on that time..
    Now can you tell me the entire route map & budget too….
    Regards,
    Ethan

    • Hello Ethan,

      Thanks for such warm appreciation, it is just passion and kind words like these from my fellow travelers who keep me going in taking out time to pen down what all I know.

      I am really sorry, since I have never been to Jamshedpur so I may not be the right person to talk about Jameshdpur – Delhi route. You can check the below link to get more details exact route to follow between Jamshedpur and Delhi.
      http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-travel-querie

      I assume that you would b covering Delhi – Jamshedpur and Jamshedpur – Delhi in total 6 days, 3 days for each direction. This leaves you with 14-16 days for your Ladakh trip. This is what I suggest for the same –

      Day1,2,3 | Jamshedpur to Delhi

      Day 4 | Delhi to Patnitop/Jammu

      Day 5 | Patnitop/Jammu to Srinagar

      Day 6 | Srinagar to Kargil

      Day 7 | Kargil to Leh

      Day 8 | Leh Local Sightseeing including Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Main Market.

      — Arrange Inner Line Permits for Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar

      — Read more about inner line permits on the link : http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per

      — Get bike checked and fixed if any glitches found.

      Day 9 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley starts) – Hunder/Diskit

      — Visit Diskit monasteries in the afternoon and go 7 KM ahead to Hunder which is famous for double hump camels and sand dunes.

      — Do not forget to click pictures on world's highest motorable road, Khardung La

      — Overnigth stay at either Diskit or Hunder

      Day 10 | Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh

      — Sumur has a monastery and Panamik is known for its hot water springs

      Day 11 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake

      Day 12 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

      Day 13 | Leh Local Sighseeing which may inlcude tour to Sham Valley

      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar, Basg Palace, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

      Day 14 | Leh – Upshi – Chumathang – Tso Moriri

      — You need to carry fuel with you inorder to complete this journey of about 550+ KMs. You will get the petrol pump at Leh and then Upshi and then after more than 500 KMs that is Tandi on Manali Leh Highway. So, carry spare petrol with you depending upon the mileage of your bike with tank full. You have to take petrol for about 550+ KMs including the tank full.

      Day 15 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu

      Day 16 | Sarchu – Manali

      Day 17 | Manali – Delhi

      Day 18, 19, 20 | Delhi to Jameshedpur.

      The above itinerary is for 20 days where you can keep rest of the 2 days as buffer days, which is very important in early season. You can always use these buffer days for getting the bike serviced at either of the places viz. Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil , Leh, Delhi.

      Well, the budget for Ladakh trip or any trip depends on person to person and taste which they prefer. Ladakh is such a place where you can get varied stay options depending on your choice of comfort. The same thing applies for food, it depends what you want to eat and where you want to eat. Now, major cost will be for FUEL. You will be traveling about 4500-5000 KMs for a Ladakh trip, so if your bike gives mileage of about 35 KMPL then you are looking for about Rs 10-12K for fuel roughly. If living in an average budget hotel, the average cost per day for food, accommodation and misc. while going in the group comes about 400-700 per day. Your trip will need about 20 days at the very least, so roughly you will be spending some 9K-14K per person for food, accommodation and other misc. expenditures. Again, 400-700 figure could be low for someone and over high for the other depending upon choice of stay and food or other activities you plan to do. I hope this helps. While traveling alone the cost of accommodation is bound to increase though and not to forget that one must add miscellaneous charges like bike maintenance and service, shopping, inner line permits etc.

      Hence, for 20-22 days you are looking close to 25K – 30K mark as budget for your Leh – Ladakh trip.

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

      Regards,

      Dheeraj Sharma

  12. Hello Rocky,

    Please find my answers in the same order of your queries.

    1. Yes I guess it can be managed with your bike. Do it the other way round.

    2. It is Upshi – Tandi which is about 360 KMs. If you tend to do the Leh – Tso Moriri – Sarchu – Manali then keep the petrol for 550+ KMs for sure including the full tank.

    3. There will be plenty en-route as mentioned in the itinerary below. Zanskar Valley cannot be done as it will need atleast 3 days but yes I have added the Tso Moriri.

    4. If you are going by Vishal's plan then you have one buffer day with you. Also, if you add one more day then you have two buffers days. Now I advise you to go from Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. It will have many advantages like if you are unable to do the Delhi – Srinagar – Leh in three day then you can utilize the first buffer day in that because doing it in three days is a bit hectic. Secondly, you will not need to worry about acute mountain sickness and third with the other one buffer day in hand you can cover the Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes while you return to Manali. You may follow the below plan which is a bit at relaxing pace without any buffer days though. Incase you need one in between you can skip to visit Tso Moriri Lake and utilize that buffer day. Here is what I suggest for you —

    Day 1 – Ship bikes to Srinagar and then head to Sonamarg or stay at Srinagar only
    Day 2 – Srinagar/Sonamarg to Kargil/Lamayuru (Sonamarg – Lamayuru will be a bit long about 230 KMs but will give you time to do sight seeing on next day)
    Day 3 – Lamayuru – Leh Cover Sham Valley on this day and Lamayuru Monastery as well
    — Visit Indus and Zanskar Confluence at Nimmu, Basgo Palace, Likir Monastery, Alchi Monasteries, Magnetic Hills and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib – You can skip few of these places if you like to devote more much time at less number of places

    Day 4 – Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Diskit (Nubra Valley)
    — Get the permits done through the hotel you book as it will save time for you and you can head to scenic destination right away.

    Day 5 – Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    Day 6 – Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso
    Day 7 – Pangong Tso – Ticksey Moastery – Shey Palace – Leh
    Day 8 – Leh – Tso Moriri
    — But to do this you need to carry petrol for more than 550+ KMs
    Day 9 – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu
    Day 10 – Sarchu – Manali
    Day 11 – Manali – Delhi/Chandigarh and ship bikes back to Bangalore.
    Day 12 – Buffer Day
    Day 13 – Buffer Day

    The last buffer days can be used to stay in Leh on Day 9 to see local areas around Leh like Leh Palace, Spituk, Shanti Stupa, Leh main market and then start return via Tso Moriri on Day 10 and again keep one buffer day for rest of the journey.

    I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have any queries.

    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    I m planning for this Aug 17th to Aug 28th or 29th. I choosed ur plan mentioned below for Vishal.

    1. I have YAHAMA RX135. Is it okie to ride over there? Manali to leh to srinagar and shipping the bike to Bangalore from srinagar.

    2. What is the strech where you wont find any petrol pumps, is it 450 or 350 kms?

    2. Ppl told getting bike for rent in Manali cant be dropped in Srinagar. Is it true?

    3. I like scenery photography, not much on museum kind. Pls suggest some good places to visit eg. Pangong Tso.

    4. What is the route for route map for Tso Moriri – Tso Kar and Zanskar Lake? In case i have one day extra for this.

    Thanks in advance, ur so helpful to all.

    Cheers,

  14. Hello Ethan,

    Well, for how many days are you planning Ethan and what month? Do you want the budget for Manali – Leh only? Are you planning to ship your bike here in Delhi/Chandigarh? I would be able to reply you better once I know these answers.

    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  15. Ethan Mascarenhus on

    I'm from Kolkata.I'm planning to have a trip to Leh,coming year with Bajaj Avenger 220 cc bike. Is it alright.

    From Manali to Leh what will be approximate total expenditure.

    Please suggest.

    Regards,

    Ethan

  16. vishal sancheti on

    hi,

    i am vishal and planning for manali – leh- srinagar for 12 days trip. i am from maharashtra and taking my pajero on the route can u suggest me the iteniary for manali – leh- srinagar. we r planning on 25th july from delhi. we r six of them and one driver.

    • Hey Vishal,

      You can do like below —

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali
      — Try to reach Manali before 5 PM and rush to SDM office to get the permits or else arrange the permits for your vehicles in advance through hotel staff or ravel agent in Manali.

      Day 2 | Manali – Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Kelyong/Jispa – Leh

      Day 4 | Leh and Local Sightseeing
      — Arrange Inner Line Permits. To know more about Leh Ladakh inner line permits visit the link: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
      — Local sightseeing including Leh Palace, Main Market, Shanti Stupa, Indus and Zanskar Confluence at Nimmu, Basgo Palace, Likir Monastery, Alchi Monasteries, Magnetic Hills and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Diskit (Nubra Valley)
      — Visit Diskit old and new monastery including the tallest Buddha statue
      — In the evening you can go for double humped camel ride at Hunder
      — Stay overnight at Diskit.

      Day 6 | Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Visit Sumur and Panamik and finally return to Leh.
      — Panamik has hot water springs and Sumur has a nice monastery.

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso
      — Visit Hemis Monastery enroute

      Day 8 | Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Visit Thicksey Monastery enroute and Spituk in the evening on the return

      Day 9 | Leh – Lamayaru – Drass
      Day 10 | Drass – Srinagar – Patnitop
      Day 11 | Patnitop – Delhi

      Day 12 | Buffer day.
      — Well, keep one day atleast as buffer day which, if left unused, can either be used to ease out the last three days covering Leh – Srinagar – Delhi or can be utilized incase some day gets wasted in landslide or road blockage.

      Let me know if you have any queries. I hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  17. Hello Nitin,
    Dost 8 days are too less for planning a trip to Leh and that too in June. If you have some extremly important work planned after these 8 days I suggest you not to go on trip because in June weather is also unpredictable and you may get stuck or may need to abandon your trip in between as 8 days may not be sufficient. Doing in 8 days demands alot of risks like fighting with AMS for sure. I do not recommend it all as the consequences are very serious for AMS. If you just have 8 days then buddy take a flight and go to Leh. Road Journey is surely gonna cost you more time. But if you still like to go ahead this is what I suggest.
    Delhi – Solang Valley (DO not stay at Manali)
    Solang Valley – Jispa/Keylong (Do not go ahead towards Sarchu or Pang)
    Jispa/Keylong – Leh
    Leh – KTop- Nubra Valley (Arrange your permits through travel agent or hotel, so that this day can be saved else you won't be able to make it)
    Nubra Valley – KTop – Leh
    Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh (Its a lake not river)
    Leh – Keylong/Manali (if you can extremely stretch yourself, shared taxis also run from Leh at 1 AM and drop you at Manali this day)
    Keylong – Manali – Delhi (if possible for you guys)
    Also, your hired Qualis may be incompetent (I am not saying impossible but incompetent with local taxis and drivers) if you have done it from Delhi to achieve the above plan. Also, if the hired Qualis is taxi then you are not allowed to run it in Leh – Ladakh. You will have to hire another one in Leh – Ladakh
    Let me know incase you have any doubts.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma
     
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  18. nitin tyagi on

    hello dheeraj…..

    We have 8 days for our tour to leh and we hired a Qualis .

    Can you tell me how we can manage/utilize these 8 days. We specially want to see nubra valley, pangong river. So please guide us so that we plan our journey and complete in 8 days.

    THanks

    Your regards

    Nitin tyagi

    • Yes Amol, because it was intentional for 11 days. You can cover Pangong Tso with 12 days in hand else with 11 days you need to have just a day trip without night stay at Pangong Tso. This plan is ex-Delhi.

  19. Hi Dheeraj Thank You very much for your valuable reply. if any other help need i will call You at tour time. My mobile service is IDEA POSTPAID is it work there in route

    • Sure, Hitesh. Idea not sure will work because I have tested Airtel and Vodafone only. Vodafone do not work in Ladakh and Airtel does but with poor connectivity. If IDEA had tied up with BSNL or Airtel it may work.

  20. Sribabu, Thanks for reading them I hope they were useful for you. BRO is targeting Manali – Leh to open in the last week May itself. I will suggest you go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side to give yourself a better chance. In any case, if the highway gets open you can stick to first plan itself at the time you leave. Going via Srinagar side also removes the chances of mountain sickness which is likely to happen when we go via Manali side.
    BTW, from 10th May, a three part series of articles will start on Manali – Leh Highway with second and third part to follow on 15th and 20th May respectively. I hope that will be more useful for anyone planning Manali – Leh Highway.
    Let me know if you need more details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  21. Hi Dheeraj:

    Have read your very insightful threads on Manai-Leh routes.

    I am planning a trip to Leh via Manali from Delhi on my 2X2 scorpio. Would you know when will Manali-Leh Road be open for traffic? Our plan is to start towards end of May (28/29). Please advise.

    Sribabu

  22. Hitesh Wrote:
    I am going with my own car self driving and my plane is ex – gujarat and in kashmir i want to cover all places as you suggested and also in ladakh want to see all beautiful places. and also hepling me how much fuel i have to carry with my car in manali-Leh Highway and how many petrol pump are on the way in that route. my car is Toyota Qualis. we are leaving from bhavnagar(Gujarat) may be on 5th of July. is that ok at that time? please tell me. and from manali how much days are to leh and what are timings of driving and Night halt is there any hotels or tent in that route and which place to stay in Night please tell me

    [ Reply ] – View Post: Manali – Leh Highway Status 2011 | Rohtang Pass May Open Soon

    1. There is only one Petrol Pump at Tandi 108 KMs from Manali on Manali – Leh Highway. Then you will not find any petrol pump for 365 KMs. Since, you will be coming back from Leh on Manali – Leh highway, you need to top-up at Leh and will be doing Tso Moriri Lake and from the lake you move further towards Pang on Manali – Leh highway without coming back to Leh. This way you will need petrol for about 700 odd KMs. Thus, it is important that you top-up at Leh petrol pump and let's say if your car runs for about 500 KMs in top up then carry fuel you car will take for completing about 250-300 KMs. DO NOT carry Jerry cans as they may leak. It will be good if you can carry two liters pepsi/coke pet bottles which do not leak.

    2. The time you are doing the journey is OK.

    3. As per the itinerary, you will be having only one night halt on Manali – Leh Highway at Sarchu where you will have tented accommodation option only. There are Swiss tents available at Sarchu as well with attached toilets.

    4. With limited time in hand you cannot cover Kashmir, even for completing Ladakh Pangong Tso you will need atleast one 1 more day although recommended is that you add two days to make it a comfortable plan with Pangong Tso lake.

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