List of things to carry when you go on trip

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There are so many of us who likes traveling to the core of our souls and keep on visiting new, beautiful places every now and then. Sometimes the plan arises out of no where and you have no time to think about contents of the luggage for the trip. Most of the time in these cases, we forget one or more essential things to carry while going on a trip. You can imagine a situation where you need to rush and search desperately for a small thing such as soap where even a tissue paper would have come handy ;).

Since luggage is most common among any kind of traveler, it would be great to always have a list of things to carry on a trip, in store for yourself. It would certainly be extremely handy when the plans are abrupt and come out of nowhere, leaving no time for packing the luggage. I have tried to compile a comprehensive list of thing to carry while I go on a trip and feel could be helpful for each one of us traveling to various places.

Basic Travel Kit
  • Itinerary Printout (at least 2)
  • Travel Guide / Map Print Out (at least 2)
  • At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Pen and a small Diary
  • Bag locks (2 or more)
  • Backpack or Carry bag
  • Extra spectacles with cover
  • Spectacles cover
  • TORCHLIGHT
  • Small Scissor
  • Watch
  • Swiss Knife
  • Power bank – Extremely useful in case short on electricity, which will be the case mostl
  • Hand Sanitizer (Dettol, Lifebuoy) – Recommended
  • Sunglasses – Recommended
  • Multi-Plug – Recommended for remote areas
  • Small water bottle, say 500 ml
  • Match Boxes or Flint or Cigarette Lighter
  • Couple of candles
  • Plastic Bags / Plastic Zip Lock Bags
  • Twist-ties, safety pins
  • Novels or two
  • Pens, pencils, colors, crayons, chocolates, toffees for distribution among local children
Are you planning to carry Laptop to Leh – Ladakh or high altitude? If yes, please do read the article to protect and safely use it: Carrying Laptop to Ladakh or High Altitudes
Eateries
  • Chocolates, toffees, chips, chewing gums, mouth freshener, dry fruits etc.
  • Pre-cooked food if possible
Camera Kit
  • Camera with bag
  • Camera Charger and its cable
  • Camera Battery
  • Camera Cleaning Kit including Lenspen
  • Tripod
  • Filters
  • Remote Release
  • Photography Handbook
  • Extra Camera Battery, if possible
  • Extra Remote Release Battery, if possible
  • Extra memory cards, if possible
Toiletries
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Toilet Soap
  • Shampoo Pouches according to the schedule or a small shampoo bottle
  • Tissue Papers
  • Face wash if required but common for girls
  • Hair Oil
  • Deodorants
  • Moisturizing Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Cologne Talc
  • Comb
  • Small Mirror
  • Feminine Hygiene, if required
Shaving Kit
  • Shaver / Razor / Trimmer
  • Shaving Blades ( If possible keep some extra blades)
  • Shaver Brush
  • Shaving Foam or Cream
Clothing Kit
  • Clothes as per the schedule
  • Towels
  • Socks
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Slippers
  • At least one light jacket
Are you going to Leh – Ladakh and confused in carrying type of clothes? If yes, check the link: Tips for Carrying Clothes for Leh – Ladakh Trip
Air Travel
  • Air-ticket Printout (if flying with e-tickets)
  • Credit/Debit Card photocopy both side from which booking was made — Don’t forget to strike of CVV number
  • Authentication Letter if someone else’s Credit/Debit Card
Mountains Must Haves
  • Digital Thermometer (Optional)
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Hats / Caps
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing including woolen socks (Severe Cold / Snow)
  • Woolen Hand Gloves (Severe Cold / Snow)
  • At least 2 pairs of thermal.
Trekking Must Haves
  • Mountains Must Haves
  • Hard Wooden Stick (Also handy in snow for the grip)
  • Rain / Snow Protection Gear like Rain Coat / Rain Suit
  • Hats / Caps
  • Gaiters for snow or water
  • Water Bottles (Snow trek needs more water than we think)
  • Trekking Shoes
Beach Must Haves
  • Hats / Caps
  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF 50 or greater) or  Sunblock
  • 2-3 Extra Shorts,
  • An extra slipper and extra towel for back pack
  • Thin single bed sheet – if not interested in beach shack / bed always
  • Lip Guard with sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved over shirt and a thin pair of pants as night gets a bit cold at beaches
Medicine or First-aid Box

Disclaimer– Well medicines listed here are just my suggestion as it suits me and you shall always consult your doctor before taking any of these.

  • ORS or ORS-L Tetra Packs at least 5 in number
  • Pain Relief Spray
  • Pain Relief Cream or Gel
  • Betadine – Antiseptic cream
  • Savlon or Dettol – Antiseptic solution
  • Combiflaim or Flexon – Pain Killers
  • Crocin or Paracetamol – Mild Fever
  • Avomine – Relief from Dizziness, Motion Sickness and Vomiting
  • Digene – Relief from Flatulence, Indigestion, acidity (mild)
  • Zinetac 150mg – Acidity or gastric problems (only if severe)
  • Eno Sachets – Quick Gastric Relief
  • Entroquinol – Relief from Loose motion (mild)
  • Metrogyl – Relief from Loose motion (high)
  • D-Cold Total or Vicks Action 500 for cold
  • Pudin Hara for stomachache
  • Crepe Bandage – 2 (for fractures)
  • J&J Band-Aid Fast Heal Wash proof – Long, Square and circle patches
  • Cotton and Dressing Bandage
  • Becosules for vitamin B-complex and sometimes energy
  • Eye Tone for soothing eyes
  • Nasivion for blocked and dry nose
  • Ongoing Regular Medicines, if any

I feel a cross check of luggage with this list before leaving, would be helpful to many of us in reducing the chances of forgetting some small things while we go on a trip. This way we can enjoy the trip without worrying over the availability of some item in the town or trek 🙂 we check-in. This list may not be perfect for each one of us but at least we can tweak it according to our pickings and save that in our archives for future trip references.

You are most likely invited to keep adding your valuable thoughts suggestions for the list of items things to carry while going on a trip. This way we may end up making it a complete comprehensive list for all of us and others seeking this kind of a list. Do provide your suggestions in the comments section below.

Disclaimer– Again to remind you that medicines listed above are just my suggestion as it suits me and you shall always consult your doctor before taking any of the above medicine.

Article Last Updated on 1st November 2014

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  1. Bro this is Arul from Bangalore … I an my friends have planned to go there next year … We have a RE HIMALAYAN & RE THUNDERBIRDs .. suggest me which month should we go an wat all should we carry …. how much money per person an we are 4 people.. do the needful bro ..

      • Ladakh bro … We have planned for 20 to 25 days as we do not have much idea about it .. from Manali to Srinagar how many days it will take an which month should we visit an wat are the places to visit … How much money should we carry ..

        • For 25 days, you can follow below plan:

          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
          — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
          — Overnight at Srinagar

          Day 3 | 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 – Padum
          — Head straight to Padum

          Day 5 | Padum Local Sightseeing
          — Enjoy Zangla, Stongde,

          Day 7 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
          — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
          — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 8 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
          — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 9 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk
          — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Turtuk
          — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          — enjoy the culture in the Turtuk Village
          — do mention Turtuk on the permits

          Day 10 | Turtuk – Hunder
          — Spend whole day at Turtuk and reach Hunder by evening
          — Overnight at Hunder

          Day 11 | Hunder – Deskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur/Kyagar
          — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
          — Enjoy drive upto Panamik, visit Yarab Tso Lake and back to overnight stay at Kyagar or Tiger or Sumur
          — Enjoy walks in Hunder, Deskit, Sumur villages for the last 3 days

          Day 12 | Sumur/Kyagar – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 13 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour
          — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 14 | Leh – sham Valley
          — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
          — Overnight at Alchi

          Day 15 | Alchi – Dha/Hanu Villages
          — Do mention Dha Hanu Villages on the permits
          — Enjoy the local culture at Dha Hanu Villages

          Day 16 | Dha/Hanu – Leh
          — Overnight at Leh
          — Enjoy local Leh

          Day 17 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik)

          Day 18 | Pangong Tso Lake – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Tsaga Village – Loma – Hanle
          — Mention all the places of this route as mentioned above on the permits and Nyoma as well
          — Overnight at Hanle

          Day 19 | Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Korzok / Tso Moriri Lake OR Hanle – Chumur – Tso Moriri Lake
          — Overnight at Tso Moriri lake

          Day 20 | 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 21 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
          — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          — Overnight at Jispa

          Day 22 | Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          — Overnight at Manali

          Day 23 | Manali – Delhi
          — Return home

          Day 24 + 25 | Buffer Day

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • 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

          For the list of good restaurants in Leh – Ladakh or eateries or food joints where food is enjoyed by many travellers including me, you can check the link here: List of Good Restaurants in Leh – Ladakh | Restaurant Reviews

          To know about AMS and acclimatization including the tips to combat AMS, please DO READ: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

  2. Hello Dheeraj,

    Nice blog.
    Almost cleared my doubts while checking your blog, but some things in mind.

    Trip: Delhi to Leh.
    Date: 28 August to #rd September.

    We are planning to travel through Car (Grand I10) and will hire 1-2 bikes from Manali.

    1. Is it good time ?

    2. Will Grand i10 be fine or we may stuck somewhere ?

    Thanks in Advance,
    Sahil

  3. We two are travelling to leh from 20th aug to 25th aug, where should we go first nubra or pangong on 21st aug??
    As this is monsoon season, travelling from leh to which destination (nubra/ pangong) is safe by bike ??

    • Yogesh, how are you planning to reach there? Are you flying in? If yes, you need two days of complete rest in Leh. Then make two day trip to Nubra and one day trip to Pangong Tso

  4. Hi Dheeraj,
    Good to read to many wonderful suggestions. I am looking forward for your help in planning my itenary.
    I have booked flight to leh for 8th oct and return flight from leh for 12th oct. So I have 4 days to plan in Leh.
    Would you please suggest how should we best utilize these 4 days. We are 2 people.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Abhay, in just 4 days in hand you can take first two days rest in Leh for acclimatization and Leh local on th second day. Then in remaining two days you can make a day trip to Khardung La and day trip to Pangong Tso. Since, you are going in October, the snowfall happens. Check the weather before going to Pangong Tso as in case it snows, the Chang La pass may cloose and you may miss the flight.

  5. Hi, i’m from Malaysia. me and my friend will visit srinagar and ladakh for 2 week this mid of September.

    we haven’t anything yet. we will fly to Delhi and delhi to Srinagar and by road back to Delhi.

    The plan is travel from kashmir area and move to leh by road. then down to Manali till delhi.

    we are planning to rent a royal einfield from Srinagar to Leh. can i rent the bike at srinagar and drop it at Leh?

    • Currently, situation is not that good to travel from Srinagar side and recommended to not make any plans through that route. You dont want to be stuck in a curfew. Better either go from Manali side or book direct flight to Leh from Delhi and come back Manali route.

      • Thanks for reply.

        but i bought the ticket to Srinagar from Delhi. i will fly to srinagar on 15th Sept. i did some research, some said its ok to travel from srinagar to kargil and to leh in sept.

        we haven’t book anything in srinagar, kargil, leh or manali. is it possible to buy the bus ticket on the spot in srinagar, leh and manali. i will plan bus from manali to delhi. or take train to delhi. but i checked no direct train to delhi from manali.

        thanks

        • yeeenn, there is a curfew going on/off in Kashmir and situation is not that good up there. It is not recommended to travel from Srinagar side at present at least. Things might change in one month but you should keep a tab on news of curfew situation in Kashmir.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,
    I’m planning for a solo ride from delhi to Srinagar to leh and ladakh. I’m traveling during August mid or Sept first week. Please tell me the route/itinerary. I can afford 15-20 days.. I’ll be taking a flight from Bangalore to Delhi/Srinagar, and then on bike.. please suggest..

  7. hi dheeRaj bhai,
    my humble Request is,
    you must add and item in youR “Basic Travel Kit” list, and it is….

    “POWER-BANK”.

    it is mandatory now a days….
    and can be used in cell-phones as well as camera also.
    🙂

  8. Hi Dheeraj,
    I will going for bike ride to chandigarh – leh ladakh – manali – chandigarh. on 2nd august till 14 august 2016.
    1. Since these ride dates falls before 15 august, so any idea of what kind situation would be there?
    2. I am confused with shoes/boots I need to carry. I don’t have budget for professional riding boots such as cramster etc. Please suggest alternatives.
    3. Can I use desi gumboots in case of water streams, since I ll be going in august, so I can expect lot of streams(correct me if m wrong. 🙂 )

  9. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are 5 people and planning to Leh from Srinagar on bikes. We will reach Srinagar on 7th july and will start from Leh on 9th morning. Coming back to Srinagar on 17th morning. Please advise how we can plan so that we can utilize these days properly.
    thank you

    • You can follow following plan:

      Day 1 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 2 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 3 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 5 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 7 | Tso Moriri – Leh

      Day 13 | Leh – Srinagar

  10. I m planning for ladakh leh trip with my friends in Xuv
    Pleaseeee suggest me some do’s n don’t
    N luggage we should carry
    we r staying In camping tents
    N is it safe?? Via srinagar road

  11. Shikha Saini on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my husband travelling from Delhi to Leh-Ladhak. Request you to guide us on below mentioned points:

    Departuer Date:- 01-07-2016 to 08-07-2016
    Departure Time:- 2:00 AM

    1. Complete Action plan for 8 days.
    2. Is there is any issues if we have learning license.
    3. Can we drive in Swift VDI–2015 Model.
    4. Single check list of items we must carry with us.
    5. Total tentative trip cost.
    6. Places not to miss out.
    7. Additional advise from you.

    Regards,
    Shikha Saini

    • Hi Shikha

      I am also planning a road trip(Mahindra XUV) to leh with my wife in 1st week july. Please contact me on whatsapp(9876720499)

      Regards
      Vikas

    • Hi Shikha, It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi with stopovers at Sarchu, Manali. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. Are you sure you want to make this trip?

  12. Hi deeraj,

    You’ve been doing wonderful job by guiding unexperienced people like us.

    Please note i am planning to go leh via manali route on 23rd june and need to finish it in 8 days. I want to travel in fortuner automatic. Kindly advise.
    1. Do you think that automatic vehicles can handle this journey.
    2. I will be with my wife and two daughters (7 yrs old and 13 yrs old) . Is the journey safe for younger one.
    3. Why srinagar-leh route considered much safer than manali- leh route.
    4. Can you please provide me suggested places to stay in the way.

    Regards/kamal

    • It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side with stopovers at Jispa, Manali and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil . This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have just 8 days.

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    Pleas let me know if we can go for a short trip of 4-5 days (one way) or half way and back to Manali.. please advice and contact back on mail ID given. (for 2 couples).

      • We are planing for a road trip in Manali for 3-4 days from 6 to 10th July. on 11th we have to join our offices. We would be reaching there by 6th July late morning or near by.

        We ( 2+2) want to go for a road trip from Manali to Keylong /baralacha la pass/ sarchu or as far as possible.
        If possible, one way to leh in this time frame. so we can book our return flight from Leh or vice versa. (First Leh to Manali – one way)

        Please help us in planning a road trip which can suit our time frame. i also sent you mail.

        • Satyam, you can travel in this way

          6th July – Reach Manali, spend sometime and stay at Solang Valley
          7th July – Take a bus or taxi for Leh and night halt at Jispa
          8th July – Start at 5 AM and reach Leh in evening
          9th July – Rest in Leh and acclimatize
          10th July – Go to a day trip to Khardung La or if feeling well, go for a day trip to Pangong Tso, keep in mind chances of feeling sick will be high for Pangong Tso
          11th July take 5 AM flight to Delhi and join office a little late

        • Thanks For your suggestion Dheeraj.

          We want to for a bike ride. Is it possible? from Manali / Solang to Leh. Please also help with bike tariffs and other accommodation charges.

          Please share your contact no# so we can finalize all thing soon.

  14. Hi Dheeraj
    Amazing info !much needed at this time. We as a family going to Leh on 10 June from Jammu . Need certain inputs and advice as what all is required while going with kids aged 3years and 12 years .
    What is the weather condition there?
    Planing to spend the nights in camps there near lakes and NUBRA ?
    Any do’s and dont’s?
    Kindly suggest?
    Travelling by road Innova !!
    Meena

  15. Hii Dheeraj Sir, Kindly guide me most of all the places, sight seeing and night halt places and other important info that you want to share with me. I will be in Srinagar on 4th July’16 with one of my bestie and we have to be at Amritsar by 19 July’16. We want to start from srinagar sight seeing then we want to proceed towards Kargil and then to Leh. We will be travelling to Manali from Leh through road. Our only option of travelling will be share taxis and other roadway buses. Our Budget for 02 for this trip is approx 50k is it sufficient? If Possible also guide me the budget hotel to stay from where we can visit all those places around Kargil, Srinagar, Nubra Valley, Leh.
    Please assist me with this as i don’t have much time in hand.

  16. How are U guys?
    I’m pretty fresh right here on this board. Hope we’ll have great
    time together!

  17. Hi… Myself Ganesh… I have planned to visit manali to sarchu camping month of june with my girl friend… B’cuz I just have 4 days nli… Is that possible to drive doubles with all of these things in that roadways…

  18. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am plaaning a trip to leh ladakh from 7-14 june . Would like your insight on the weather conditions there around that time n what clothes and other necrssities i should be carrying. I would flying to leh from mumbai.
    Thanks.

  19. Gnanasekaran on

    I’m Gnanasekaran, from Chennai and like to have a road trip(with 4 friends) from Manali to Leh to Nubra Valley till Hunder(one-way).
    We planned to cover this road trip in 4 days, excluding our travel from Chennai to Manali and Leh to Chennai back. Can I get some itinerary? We like to do this trip on Aug 13-21 (9 days long week).

  20. Dear sir/ma’am
    Me and my some club members Planning to Visit Lahaul-Sipiti via chandigarh, shimla.on Royal Enfield’s
    From Jodhpur ( Rajasthan ) on 1st of june 2016.
    Please suggest me the things regarding that place

  21. Umakant Patil on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to visit Delhi – Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Pang Sarchu – Manali – Delhi from 22nd July. Iternary is the same you have me prepared (the most common one).
    Wanted to know what kind of weather can we expect around that time? Will it be raining a lot or more heavy water streams due to snow melt?

    Thanks

    • Umakant, rains does not matter once you cross Kargil and reaches Ladakh and same is applicable up to Manali. However, before that there shall surely be rains for which you should have some buffer days in hand.

  22. Rajveer Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Me and my Friends plan to visit Leh from 28th May from Manali Question is .
    1. Manali to leh road is open or Not ?
    2. Can we hire a bike in leh , nubra or pengon lack for one day ?
    3. What thing we must to carrying with us ?
    My tour itinerary is
    Day 1st :- Manali – Sarchu (222 km)
    Pick up at Manali hotel and drive to Serchu, driving across Rohtang Pass (13050 ft) and passing through Keylong, Jispa and Dracha and then cross the Baralacha Pass (16020 ft) to arrive at Serchu in the late afternoon. Overnight in fixed camp at Serchu.

    Day 2rd :- Sarchu – Leh (255 Km)
    After early breakfast leave for Leh en-route crossing Nakeela and Lachalung-la Pass (16,617 ft.). Break for lunch at Pang and then drive on towards Leh passing through Skyangchu Thang (a vast plateau stretching for 42 kms) and then crossing Taglang-La (17,585ft) and driving through the upper Indus Valley. Reach Leh by evening. Overnight in hotel.

    Day 3th :- Drive to Nubra Valley
    Drive to Nubra over Khardungla Pass and explore Diskirt + Hunder sand dunes. Overnight stay at nubra valley

    Day 4th :- Drive to Pangong Lake Via Warila pass
    Early departure for Pangong Lake via Warila pass located on the Indo China Border), via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft). enjoy the beautiful evening and overnight stay.

    Day 5th :- Drive back to Leh
    After breakfast Drive back to Leh. Enroute explore Hemis + Shey + Thikse Monasteries
    Diner and overnight at the hotel

    Day 6th :- Leh – Jispa
    After breakfast drive back to Jispa and Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 7th :- Drive to Manali and drop

    Any other suggestion if you have please let me know i want to make this trip memorable.

    Regard’s

  23. Rajveer Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Me and my Friends plan to visit Leh from 28th May from Manali Question is .
    1. Manali to leh road is open or Not ?
    2. Can we hire a bike in leh , nubra or pengon lack for one day ?
    3. What thing we must to carrying with us ?
    My tour itinerary is
    Day 1st :- Manali – Sarchu (222 km)
    Pick up at Manali hotel and drive to Serchu, driving across Rohtang Pass (13050 ft) and passing through Keylong, Jispa and Dracha and then cross the Baralacha Pass (16020 ft) to arrive at Serchu in the late afternoon. Overnight in fixed camp at Serchu.

    Day 2rd :- Sarchu – Leh (255 Km)
    After early breakfast leave for Leh en-route crossing Nakeela and Lachalung-la Pass (16,617 ft.). Break for lunch at Pang and then drive on towards Leh passing through Skyangchu Thang (a vast plateau stretching for 42 kms) and then crossing Taglang-La (17,585ft) and driving through the upper Indus Valley. Reach Leh by evening. Overnight in hotel.

    Day 3th :- Drive to Nubra Valley
    Drive to Nubra over Khardungla Pass and explore Diskirt + Hunder sand dunes. Overnight stay at nubra valley

    Day 4th :- Drive to Pangong Lake Via Warila pass
    Early departure for Pangong Lake via Warila pass located on the Indo China Border), via Chang-la pass (alt: 17370 ft). enjoy the beautiful evening and overnight stay.

    Day 5th :- Drive back to Leh
    After breakfast Drive back to Leh. Enroute explore Hemis + Shey + Thikse Monasteries
    Diner and overnight at the hotel

    Day 6th :- Leh – Jispa
    After breakfast drive back to Jispa and Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 7th :- Drive to Manali and drop

    Any other suggestion if you have please let me know i want to make this trip memorable.

    Regard’s
    Rajveer Singh

  24. Vishvendra on

    Hi Dheeraj
    We are planning trip to Leh from Manali .
    Is there any food options available on the way.
    Do we need to take utensils and ration with us ?
    Dates of travel 4-14 June 2016

  25. Priti Shah on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 10 (all between 55 and 60), and are planning to travel Srinagar – Leh – Manali by road ( hiring cab) from 23rd august to 5th september 2016. What kind of weather should we expect?

    thanks for very useful and in detail information.

  26. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a trip to Srinagar-Ladakh in June end for 9 days and bak to Delhi the 10th day. And below are the major places we want to cover-
    Srinagar/Sonamarg
    Leh and nearby monastries
    Nubra Valley
    Pangong Tso Lake
    Tso Moriri Lake
    Zanskar Rafting
    Lamayuru Festival
    Could you please advise if we can cover all these places in this trip?
    Or it would be great if you can advise the best suitable itinerary for the same.
    Moreover, can you suggest how would be the weather there during these days?

    Thanks!

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        We will be flying out of Leh. To be more precise, we will be flying from Delhi to Srinagar by early morning flight. Then Srinagar to Leh by road and return from Leh to Delhi by early morning flight. So we have got complete 9 days in hand to explore starting from Srinagar.

        • You can follow the below plan:

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

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

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

          Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Overnight at Leh

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

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

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

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

          Day 9 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley or Fly out
          — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
          — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
          — Overnight at Leh/Delhi

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        We will be flying out of Leh. To be more precise, we are flying from Delhi to Srinagar by early morning flight and then Srinagar to Leh by road. And will be flying back from Leh to Delhi by early morning flight again. So we have complete 9 days in hand to explore starting from Srinagar.

        • Thank you so much for your detailed itinerary Dheeraj. Is it possible to include either Zanskar rafting or Tso moriri in this plan? And how about the weather there during June end?

        • Tso Moriri needs an extra day but rafting you can do any day when you have time for 4-5 Hrs after reaching back Leh from Nubra or Pangong Tos

  27. shraddha watade on

    thank you so much for uploading such a needy information
    i surfed many sites but i cud’nt get such kind of information thank you once again….

  28. shraddha watade on

    thank you so much for uploading such a needy information
    i surfed many sites but i cud’nt get such i kind of information thank you once again….

  29. Hi im traveling srinagar leh Highway by road on may 10th but Highway status says closed, when will it open??

  30. Hey Dheeraj.
    I am all set to explore ladakh this mid may.
    but the bike is on my cousin name .
    Is there any kind of paper work needed to carry it or any other problem.
    I will be doing from Kashmir-Leh-Manali.
    I have all the papers.
    This is my personal bike but due to some reason it was registered on my cousin name.

      • Thanks Dheeraj.
        One of my relative from Kashmir told me to get just simple paper work,which should read- “that my cousin is allowing me to take his bike”.
        Btw i will be doing with pillion on duke 200.
        Its going to be typical as i am the only license holder.
        So any advices.
        Nd seriously boss…Hats off for your work.
        I have been planning almost my entire trip through DOW !!

        • It all depends bro, if you get caught and it is not your day, nothing will work. Otherwise, they may not even stop you. But, yeah do carry that paper.

  31. Hi Dheeraj,

    You are doing a excellent job. As your information and guidelines for a beginner’s like me is like a spoon feeding. You have explained everything in detail. Accidentally I came across your web page, but now I’m a fan of yours..
    And also decided to travel to leh on 10th MAY 2016. I’m traveling from Bangalore with my 3 more friends. I have a tata safari 2 wheel drive. Please suggest can I drive my vehicle there. And please suggest me the best iternary.

    Thanks in advance Dheeraj. Great job

  32. sandeep oberoi on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Must say, I have become a fan of your blog. We are travelling to Leh in the first week of June via Jammu ( Group of 7), from Mumbai to Jammu (by flight), will b sending our Bulls by Train prior and on 1st Jun’2016, will start our journey from Jammu. I have got the maximum infomationm however I am unable to find a exhaustive list of spares to carry during our ride. So far we have prepared the following list:
    1. Spanners
    2. Puncture kit
    3. Spare tubes
    4. Tool kit
    5. Air pump,
    6. Clutch plates
    7. Chain locks
    8. Chain lube
    9. Spark plugs
    10. Accelerator cable
    11. Clutch cable
    12. Brake cable
    13. Headlight bulbs
    14. Spare keys

    Any other thing which should be a part of spare/tool kit essentials?

    Appreciate your help.

    Regards,
    Sandeep Oberoi

  33. CJ Piotrowski on

    I’m planning a solo motorcycle trip from Delhi-Manali-Leh and back over the course of 3 weeks.

    Since I will be arriving from a long term motorcycle trip through Vietnam to Delhi, I would like to know the likelihood and average cost of buying/renting the following in Delhi:

    -Clothing discussed in below link (I’m 6’4” or around 196 cm tall)
    -(http://devilonwheels.com/tips-carrying-clothes-for-ladakh-trip/)
    -Tent
    -Gum Boots (Size 13 US/46 Euro/29.4 cm foot)
    -Riding/Hiking Boots (Size 13 US/46 Euro/29.4 cm foot)

    Should I buy/rent these in Delhi or just plan on buying/renting some in Delhi, the rest in Leh?

    • Hello CJ,

      I will suggest that instead of renting these things you should buy them and if not needed in future better donate them in the villages of remote Himalayas only because the rent of such equipments for 3 weeks will be almost equivalent to the buying prices of the product. Since, you will come to Delhi, you can visit Decathlon store in Noida or Gurgaon to get all these stuff. You will get your sizes too

      • CJ Piotrowski on

        I will buy then. Where can I get all my materials besides the overpriced decathlon store you just mentioned?

        • CJ, I thought we get the good quality stuff only at Decathlon store at reasonable rates because I never came across a shop selling good quality stuff at such rates in last 7-8 years of my travel experience at least around Delhi.

          But anyways, if you are looking forward to cheap stuff then when you visit Delhi, you can go to Gopinath Bazar in Army Cantonment area OR Sadar Bazar in Army Cantonment area where you will get this stuff too at lower price but quality will not be up to mark. However, I see one point since you have to use it only for few weeks, who cares 😉 😉

  34. Daniel Djukic on

    How well equipped are Leh’s trekking gear shops by now?

    Especially when it comes to quality/brand equipment… Particularly I’d like to purchase hiking shoes, or trekking pants when I arrive in Leh. I’d be very thankful if you could share your experiences here.

    Do you also have infos on gear rental – especially for sleeping bags? Available at what cost?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Hello Daniel,

      There are many shops in Leh main market offering camping and tent gear. Frankly speaking, I will suggest that you purchase the hiking shoes from places like Decathlon (Forclaz 500 Quechua) available near Chandigarh, Delhi/NCR area. Rest you can rent in Leh when you reach up there.

  35. Sujith A K on

    Hai Dheeraj, I am planning a trip to Ladakh on May 18th-30th. I have done some research and has also followed your website, and thanks for the help you are doing. Do you have any pdf’s of a comprehensive Ladakh Tourism Guide.?? Would be usefull during the trip.

    • No Sujith, we do not have any books. Its all there on the website. Though we will be launching our Mobile App for both Android and iOS later this month, which you can install and stay connected with us always 🙂

  36. Travelling from Shri nagar to Leh by road.,8th May 2016 for 8 days.
    Is Toyota Innova ok. Driver will come from Leh.
    Do I need to carry sleeping bag for tents at Panong.
    Do I need sallopetts ,warm boots ,heat pads.

    • Yes Innova shall be fine. There is no need to buy the sleeping bag if you dont have it else if you have it then you can carry. The biggest challenge will be sleeping at Pangong Tso which can be sorted by making a day trip to Pangong tso or sleeping at Tangste 34 KMs before Pangong tso which have gues houses with heater. If you have warm boots or trekking boots then better carry them.

  37. Hi,
    We have plans to drive from Shri nagar to Leh on the 8th of May 2016 Night halt at Kargil.
    Toyota Innova with a driver from Leh. Spend seven days touring around Leh.
    How cold will it be then?
    What shoes do you recommend. Do I need my sallopetts. Heat pads.
    Can one stay in a tent in Panong .do I need to carry a sleeping bag?
    Manu
    Y thanks

    • Hi Tripta, it will surely be cold at places like PAngong tSo and high mountain passes like Khardung La, Chang La, Zojila havign snow around them as you are making a early trip to Ladakh. You do not need any heating pads in case you are carrying sufficient number of heavy woolens. Pangong tso tents will not be up but Himalayan Wooden Cottages may be running by that time of the year.

  38. Hi, we will reach on 15 midday and leave 17 March. All girls who r going to enjoy just the beauty with trying our hand in skiing. What is the temperature like in that time? Could u please tell me if I need 1. thermals for both upper and lower, 2. Waterproof jacket and pant and gloves, . Also will gym shoes suffice? Or I need special shoes? Please reply.

        • So, you will just be able to reach Auli on 15th, 16th you will have it on your own. Just hike around and spend leisure time. Then next day you need to move back from Auli. There isn’t much else you can do with just 1 day in hand.

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