Most Common Itinerary for Leh Ladakh

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On request of some many avid readers of the blog and so many like minded travellers seeking guidance for their tour to Leh – Ldakh, I would like to sketch below one of the most common itinerary followed by many of Leh – Ladakh lovers including me which covers all three major tourist destinations of Ladakh including Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake and Tso Moriri Lake. The itinerary also covers Srinagar – Leh Highway as well as Manali – Leh Highway, so it is apt for those looking forward to cover the entire circuit.

I have started from Srinagar side because it gives at least two benefits, if not more. First, the body gets better acclimatized due to gradual ascent by the time you reach Leh and when you return via Manali – Leh Highway, hence less chances of getting stuck with Acute Mountain Sickness (more info on AMS here) and more enjoyment of views on Manali – Leh Highway. If you start via Manali – Leh Highway then most of the terrain runs over 4000 Mtrs of altitude and by the time you reach such altitude your body is not properly acclimatized. Hence, many people fall sick on Manali – Leh Highway despite covering in 25:75 ratio (Manali – Keylong, Keylong – Leh) in terms of distance. Secondly, you save one day as Tso Moriri and Tso Kar Lakes can be adjusted once you start towards Manali from Leh. This way you are not required to return to Leh from Tso Moriri to go towards Kargil or Srinagar. For now, these two reasons are good enough to start your journey from Srinagar side 🙂 …

14 Days Itinerary for Leh Ladakh
Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
  • Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop
  • About 12-13 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
  • Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
  • Overnight at Srinagar
  • About 8-9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
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
  • About 8 Hrs drive, depend upon the traffic movement at Zozila and breaks you take in between
Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
  • Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
  • On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
  • Overnight at Leh
  • About 9-10 Hrs drive, , depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
  • To know the about the places to visit in/around Leh, 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 Inner Line Permits are not required for these places for Indian Nationals, starting May 2014.
  • 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
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and at Khardung La
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
  • About 7-9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
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)
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 9 | 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 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 Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
  • Overnight at Leh
Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
  • Cover Karzok Monastery
  • Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
  • About 7-8 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
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
  • About 11-12 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
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
  • About 11-12 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and of course the mess at Rohtang Pass
Day 14 | Manali – Delhi
  • Return Home
  • About 13-14 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
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
  • 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.
  • In Srinagar you can also visit Floating market > Shalimar Garden.
  • For cheap and moderate budget accommodation or hotels in Leh – Ladakh you can refer the links here and here respectively.
  • 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 queries on travel plan 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 of itinerary for Leh – Ladakh 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. Hitesh Kumar on

    Hi, We, five friends, are planning for Leh-Ladakh trip for 15 days from Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi route on May 13, 2017 to May 27 or 28, 2017. It will be road trip on 3 bikes. Would need the suggestion on following;

    1. Will it be good time to go?
    2. Should we take above mentioned route or should choose Manili-leh-srinagar route?
    3. What would be the cost for the trip?

  2. Ashish Sinha on

    Hi everyone

    I am Ashish. We were planning a 8 days trip to Leh. We r family of 04 self wife two kids one is 5 year and other is 01 year. Trip is in march. Cannot be away from home for more thn 8 days. Kindly advice

    Regards

  3. Juzar Kachwala on

    Hi there Dheeraj,
    Great work you are carrying out with helping us out with your best experience. I am planning my ride with a friend and my wife, we are two bikes and the journey is long. I have prepared a detailed itinerary and we wish to go via the srinagar leh up and come down by leh manali road down. We are planning to leave by the May 24th which would mean that the srinagar leh highway would be open positively and by the time I finish my itinerary and start returning hopefully the leh manali highway should be open too. Its a wild guess and am hoping that the risk works out in my facour. If you would be kind enough to just read out the itinerary and see if the route is feasible with me carrying about 5 ltrs of spare petrol, along with a 14 ltrs tank and considering an average of 30kmpl. Similar would be the other bike that would be going with us. Considering the fact that there are no petrol pumps at Pangong ckt and while returning via tso moriri.
    Also could you guide us as to if there are any accomodation options available at these overnight locations and if I just go and search for one will I be able to get them, as I am very much flexible with home stays and am going on a certain budget of 1 lac for me and my wife and about 60k for my friend.
    Your valuable inputs will be very helpful.
    May God Bless you and may you continue to inspire us all for the forthcoming future. I’ll pray for you always… 🙂

    DETAILED ITINERARY:

    Day 1 : Mumbai – Udaipur – 724 km
    Overnight stay.

    Day 2 : Udaipur sightseeing and leisure activities.
    Ovrenight stay.

    Day 3: Udaipur – Delhi – 650 kms Start early morning.
    Overnight stay at Delhi.
    If reach early then can go for some outing or else just go back and sleep. 😉

    Day 4: Delhi – Amritsar 470 kms
    Overnight at amritsar

    Day 5: Leisure day at Amritsar, local sight seeing, go to the wagah border ceremony, and golden temple.

    Day 6: Amritsar – Patnitop 280 kms
    Overnight halt at Patnitop

    Day 7: Patnitop – Sonmarg 261 km
    Overnight at Sonmarg

    Day 8: Leisure day and sight seeing at Sonmarg, visit thajiwas glacier, krishna sagar lake and gadsar lake and pass…. Very good place to visit.

    Day 9: Sonamarg – Zojila Pass – Drass – Kargil 124 kms
    On the way visit the kargil memorial at drass, Once reach kargil you can see the mountain view point of the village from where you can view the whole city.

    Day 10: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh 215 kms leave early as it is a long ride and reach Leh by evening
    Overnight at Leh.

    Day 11: Leisure activities and registering of innerline permits for Leh riding from here onwards.
    Visit places like Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Sankar Gompa, Namgyla Tsemp Gompa, Spituk etc.

    Write the names of all the places that you are going to visit in Leh and around outskirts, like Turtuk, Hunder, Diskit, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley, Tso Kar, Dha Hanu, innerline permits. Most probably for us indians the inner line permits are not needed hence we need the self filled form along with the valid id card and nationality proof for the same.

    Day 12 : Leisure activities, and visiting the remaining places that you havent visited in Leh. Overnight in Leh

    Day 13: Leh – Spangmik Village – Pangong Tso.
    Leave early and reach early so that you get to see the nearby visiting places.
    On the way you can visit either Hermis, Thiksey or Shey Monestries either two of the above three, and one while the return journey.

    Day 14: Pangong Tso – Tangtse – Durbuk – Karu (for refuelling) – Khalsar – Diskit – Hunder – 257 kms.
    On the way visit the Changla La Cafe. And also enjoy the ride alongside the shyok river on the Pangong Lake road.
    Overnight at Hunder.

    Day 15 : One day trip and back from Turtuk. to Hunder. return journey 160 km, hence before leaving Hunder get the tank full and keep 5 ltr fuel reserve just in case.
    Overnight at Hunder.

    Day 16: Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardungla – Leh 207 kms
    On the way see the sumur Monestary, and visit the hot water springs of Panamik
    Overnight at Leh

    Day 17: Shyam valley tour. Leh – Sham Valley Sightseeing – Alchi / Uleytokpo 100 kms
    Overnight at Alchi or Uleytokpo.

    Day 18: Alchi / Uleytokpo – Leh – Upshi – Chumathan – Tso Moriri. 320 kms
    Overnight at Tso Moriri.

    Day 19: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
    Start early so that accomodation options are better at Sarchu.
    Overnight accomodation at Sarchu.

    Day 20: Sarchu – Baralacha La – Darcha – Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
    Overnight at Manali

    Day 21: Manali to Shimla 250 kms
    Ovrenight at Shimla

    Day 22: Leisure day at Shimla, sightseeing.
    Overnight at Shimla

    Day 23: Shimla to Jaipur : 630 kms Leave early to make the most of the day.
    Overnight at Jaipur

    Day 24: Jaipur to Mount Abu 500 kms
    Overnight at Abu

    Day 25 Leisure at Mount Abu

    Day 26: Abu to Mumbai. 758 kms Halt if required.

    • Juzar Kachwala on

      Hi dheeraj, would really like your inputs on the above querry of mine. Your help will be really appreciated.

      Thanks in advance,
      Juzar Kachwala

      • Hi Juzar, I am so sorry that I am unable to reply. Things are a bit messy but I assure you that I will reply over weekend to all pending queries including yours. Please bear for couple of days.

        • Juzar Kachwala on

          That’s fine Dheeraj. You have helped us all out a lot. Take your time and reply. Cheers…

        • Juzar Kachwala on

          Dheeraj my email id I used to register for he DOW community is juzar1@gmail.com if you could approve of the same I would be able to add my dates to the planner. Thanks in advance.

          Regards,
          Juzar Kachwala

        • Hey Juzar,

          I am sorry but it may have been marked as spam user and got deleted in teh approval process. You may need to create your user again and I will immediately approve it.

    • Hi Juzar,

      Thank you so much for the patience and as promised I will try to reply to best possible extent. Feel free to post any questions you may further have and I am sure I will reply this time much sooner with office/personal things settling a bit in life 🙂 🙂

      Yes, the timing of the plan is nicely balanced to have full adventure especially on Manali – Leh Highway with glimpses of being it frozen too. Since, you are flexible with home stays, you should not at all worry about the stay options and you should be able to get one or the other at all these places by search a bit. I am sure that shall be fine assuming from the fact that you are OK with home stays. Regarding fuel situation I will talk about based on days. Your budget is quite decent and should be OK to carry out this trip. Rest my inputs below:

      1. Things looks fine till Day 11, just that Udaipur – Delhi can be a bit stretch
      2. You will not need any permits for the places you have mentioned.
      3. You must do the trip from Day 13 by starting from Leh to Turtuk first that is Nubra Valley and then from there you should go over to Pangong Tso on Day 15 after night halt at Hunder on Day 14. On Day 15, return back to Leh from Pangong Tso. Deskit Petrol pump is open mostly now a day and rarely it is out of fuel else functional. So no worries on petrol on this circuit with spare fuel you will be carrying.
      4. Then till Day 20, it looks fine to me and quite balanced. Ensure to top up at Karu and carry spare fuel. For Tso Moriri to Tandi petrol pump.
      5. Rest I will recommend to skip Shimla as in summers it will be too hot and completely concrete jungle. So, nothing worth spending time rather spend time in Manali or in Kasol / Parvati Valley.

      Thank you so much for all the blessings, prayers and wishes… You made my day 🙂 🙂

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Juzar Kachwala on

        Hey there dheeraj,
        Thanks very much for your inputs.
        Just wanted to know if I am halting at these places. What are my budget options of home stays. Like will the rooms be available for 1000 bucks per night basis.
        Yeah the Jaipur to Delhi one sounds a lil stretched. Also the first leg of my ride. Mumbai to Udaipur. Thinking about cutting these into two pieces.
        Are there any good and trusted service centres in or near Delhi where I can get my avenger serviced. Cause even the official Bajaj service centres right here in Bombay are not totally trust worthy. I believe the date of me leaving from here i.e. 27th of May should ensure that I might have all roads almost open while my return journey.

        Also Dheeraj I wanted to add my dates in the calender so that some fellow riders could join me, but am unable to do so as my login has not been verified from the admin. Could you ask your admin department to approve of the same.

        And it’s a fact that this forum is the most viewed and read whenever first time riders like me and also experienced ones wanna go for any ride in the north especially Ladakh. So that goes without saying that your all the years ka hard work is paying off. Kudos and take care brother.

        Regards,
        Juzar.

        • Hello Juzar,

          Yes, you will be able to find the home stays, small guest houses easily around 1000 bucks on an averrage or even below it. It will be better that you take a bit rest in that leg. I am sorry on the trusted service center of Bajaj, it has been a decade since I used the bike now 😉

          Did you create the user in the DoW Community? If yes, it should be approved else let me know the email you may have used and I will try to search and approve it. Once approved, you can submit the travel calendar entry.

          Thank you for the warm words, I am glad that Devil On Wheels is worth the the travel community in India.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  4. Dear
    Am planning an all India drive from kerala and I would like to follow up leh and spity together as per your 15 day schedule mentioned by own car as am accompanied with one of my friend. But got some doubts as 1. July 10 to July 25th is the planned date Can we find good amount of snow at rothang pass and places we travel. Other option for this trip is May 5th to May 20th. Is it possible???? As we can’t make in the month of June as it is ramzan month for us. Please give us your valuable suggestions

    • Firaz, snow will not be in good amount but remains in July, mostly dirty. You may get some white snow around Baralacha La pass on Manali – Leh Highway. May 5-20 is not possible any how as the roads are not open by that time.

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    Awesome blog here! Have been hooked onto this site from a very long time. I am planning for a trip to Leh with my family & I have decided to take the Srinagar route & return via Manali. It’ll be four of us in a Ford Figo Aspire, driving all the way from Bangalore & thinking of doing this in the month of June. Is it possible to cover Leh & Spiti together in 15-18 days? Or is it too much? Also would love to visit the place when there’s still snow around. You think first week of June would be a safe bet? Eagerly awaiting your reply.

  6. aquatarkus17 on

    thank you for you advice , but the last question if I do not mind the cost can one car that I take in Leh go to Korzok and then the same car go to Keylong and the next day in the same car go to Kaza or not are permit car of Leh go to Spiti?

    • No, you will have to take the car that goes to Tso Moriri, Korzok from Leh and then it will go to Keylong will be around 22K. Then from Keylong you will need Himachal taxi which will drop you to Kaza and charge you around 11-12K.

      This will be costly. I will suggest that you take two day trip from Leh to Tso Moriri and back to Leh. Then may be take shared tourist taxi to Keylong or HRTC bus to Keylong. Same is applicable to Keylong to Kaza, take either daily bus or shared jeep.

  7. aquatarkus17 on

    Hi Dheeraj, I need to ask you some questions. I am from Argentina and I want to go to India in September (13) of 2017, it will be my second time in India (the first I did the typical Rajastan circuit with a chauffeur with a car). My idea is to travel mainly Ladakh, Zanskar and Spiti in about 30 days (I will be a few days more but in other places in India). My queries are several, I travel alone, and I know that it makes everything expensive, I advise your advice in those cases to plan day by day to find companions in the trips or you advise me to deal with some of the drivers that you recommend and to see if later he finds companions for some travel and decrease the cost? Another question because I read English but I do not speak it practically and if I wanted to communicate with a driver that you put the phone would be impossible, you have some mail from some of them and they speak some English?
    I detail my plan, from Mumbai fly to Srinagar, two days, take some car shared to Kargill, the next day take another car to Padum, and another car there (law that you always have to take the local cars), travel the Surroundings and look for some guide or companion for the trek to Phugtal in 3 days returning to Padum, return to Kargill. Then take a shared car to Leh making some visits on the way, two days in Leh, then Nubra valley but with the night in Turtuk, return to leh, another day in the city touring, Then go to Pangong lake, night and my doubt because then I want to go to Tso Moriri, I return to Leh and the next day I go to Korzok or I go directly to Chumatang or Tso Kar and the other day Korzok and I arrive earlier and enjoy the day ? Then Keylong and from there I wish to go to Kaza for three nights and then for the 11th of October to return to Manali with some local car. The car I take in Leh to go to Pangong can take me from Keylong to Kaza or do I have to hire a car in Manali before I go to Keylong to take me? After Manali I follow Dharamsala, Amritsar, etc. And one last query is better to hire hotels on the web or the driver help me to look for some? Thank you and forgive so many questions.

    • Well, I will suggest that you should be relying on local shared taxis rather than talking to the drivers listed because they mostly are for private taxis which will be way costly for a single or two person. Not recommended at all. You direction of plan is good. Once you complete the Zanskar tour, come over to Ladakh and make a 2-3 day tour to Nubra Valley. Turtuk may or may be possible depending upon if you get the taxis or not to share cost. Then, make usual 2 day trip to Pangong Tso and return to Leh, then make two day trip to Tso Moriri and return to Leh. Take the Leh to Keylong HRTC bus service or some shared taxi and get over there. From Keylong there is a direct bus service to Kaza which runs 7 AM every morning. Spend 3-5 days in Spiti Valley cover local villages and Chandratal while coming back to Manali. You should refer: How to make a budget Ladakh trip by public transport
      and Chandratal Lake | Cheapest Ways To Travel There

    • I missed this, no need to book hotels through web for yourself. You will be traveling solo, best is to hunt some cozy home stays and live lives with the locals.

  8. Nishant Kumar on

    Hi,

    I am Planning 15 days trip to Leh Laddakh in Mid June 2017.
    I am trying to make Itinerary could please suggest your inputs in below Itinerary.
    Let me know where should i put rest day. as this plan is too hectic have to put rest day in between may be after Nubra or After Tso Moriri.
    Do you feel i should skip Suru Valley share your views on Itinerary.

    Day 0 – Leave from Delhi to Manali Reach Manali by Noon

    Take Booked Cab and Keep it for trip end.

    Day 1- Reach Manali, Rest local site seeing ,Basic Shopping for trip if forgot to bring anything.

    Day 2- Leave early morning from Manali to Jispa via Rohtang and Keylong night stay in tent river side (Jispa)
    [Distance is around 140km, trafic area till Rohtang Pass, Have fun at Rohatang]
    Places- Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa

    Day 3- Jispa to Pang via Baralacha La Sarchu(Lunch Stop) night stay in Sarchu or Pang.
    Spend Quality Time at Suraj Taal and Baralacha pass.

    (Pang is 50km away from sarchu leh side if we stay at pang will be good to cover next day
    as distance will be less to Leh Will Serve our purpose to brek journey in 3days)
    [Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar -Suraj Tal – Baralacha La –Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang]

    Day 4- Pang to Leh.
    [Pang – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu -Leh]
    Rest in Hotel and Acc to weather , Permit check if required any
    Local Leh market visit, enjoy local food

    Day 5 – Local sightseeing ,Acc to weather
    (Shanti Stupa, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Leh Palace and some of the popular monasteries such as
    Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Phyang Monastery and Spituk Monastery)
    Discuss with local people modify slight plan according to weather and situation

    Day 6 and 7 For Nubra Valley and Return to Leh

    Day 6 – Leh To Diskit/Hunder Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass (Night Stay Hunder- Tent or hotel have to check)
    Diskit(Monestry)
    Hunder(Nubra Gompa,Lachung Temple)
    Sand dunes of Hunder(Camel Safari)

    Day 7 – Sand dunes of Hunder Diskit To Panamik and Turthak and Return to Leh
    Sumur (Monastery can go if time permit) – Panamik(Yarab Tso and Hot Water Spring) –
    Turtuk(Know for different landscapes)
    Back To Leh (Stay in hotel Leh)
    Have to Plan such a way so that can come on time to Leh, can skip Turtuk.

    Day 8 – Leh To Pangong TSO
    Via(Hemis, Shey Palace Can cover any 1 or 2
    monastery while headed to Pangong as we will be coming from different route)
    Night stay in Pangong – Tent –
    Enjoye Sunset and next day sunrise.

    Day 9 – Pangong To Tso Moriri via Chusul and Korzok Monastery (Night stay in Korzok hotel or Tso Moriri Lake Side)
    Enjoye Sunset and next day sunrise – Long Drive and Roads are not good. Need proper route knowledge.

    Day 10 – Tso Moriri To Tso To Lamayuru Via Alchi Gompa and Likir
    Night Stay in Lamayuru Enjoye Night Gazing

    Sham Valley = [Cover Sham Valley (Alchi and Likir monasteries,Uleytokpo
    Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Gurdwara Pather Sahib,
    Indus and Zanskar Confluence at Nimmu)]

    Day 11 – Cover some part of Sham Valley and Move to Kargil from Lamayuru via Fotu la Stay in Kargil
    [Take Proper Rest – Can Skip few parts of Sham Valley if not on highway and will cover on day 14]

    Day 12 – Enjoye Kargil and Rangdum (Suru Valley) Night Stay in Suru Valley.

    Day 13 – Rangdum(Suru Valley) to Kargil or Mulbekh[Nigt Stay]
    [Take Halt and Enjoye Places in between]

    Day 14- Kargil or Mulbekh to Back to Leh Via Cover some part of Sham Valley
    [Visit Placs which left while going to Leh or Lamyuru to Kargil ]

    Day 15- Return to Delhi from Leh Airport

  9. Hello Dheeraj Ji,
    I am following your blog for the last one year. I must thank you for sharing all these important information.
    We are planning a trip to leh in june’17. Almost in all the itinerary you have suggested to take Srinagar route to enter leh and exit through manali. we are 2 families with 3 kids(12-13 years). But the current situation in Kashmir is not so good so we are not comfortable via Srinagar route.
    can we go via manali route? and exit leh -Delhi flight? Or entry Delhi -leh flight and exit leh -manali route?
    as we are planning the trip in mid june’17, I think Leh -manali highway will be open.
    I am following the above itinerary. So if i exclude Srinagar route the trip can be completed in 10 -11days.

    • I will suggest that you travel to Leh by flight in that case and come down Manali – Leh Highway by road. This will help you combat AMS issues that people suffer over Manali – Leh Highway and especially with Kids, it will be better options. I am not saying you will not suffer AMS issues when flying directly into Leh from Delhi, but you can contain those issues by being in Leh and hospital in the vicinity always in something goes wrong. Also, taking complete rest also helps which on a road journey is not possible. So, I will suggest you following itinerary:

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

      Day 5 | Hunder – Deskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — 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 Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

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

      Day 8 | 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 Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 10 | 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 11 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Jispa

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

      Day 13 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return home

      Day 14 | Buffer day or rest day

      You can skip Day 8 and Day 4 (Turtuk) in case you want to save two more days and do it in 11 days.

  10. Anirban Biswas on

    Dear Sir,

    I appreciate your effort in maintaining such well informed site.

    I am planning family trip to Ladakh in 2017. There will be 3 family-total 9 members including 3 kids of age 10-12 years. Which will be the best month to travel considering less tourist flow?
    Is it advisable to approach Leh by Del-Leh-Del flight? In that how much duration should we keep?

    In case of road trip, whether it would be safe to travel with kids? How long will it take? Which road to follow- From Srinagar side or Manali side?

    It would be extremely helpful if you answer the above.

  11. Rajat Tyagi on

    Hello,
    I am following your blog from past 6 months and I must admit that nothing has left uncovered about trip to Himalayas.
    I am planning trip in June’17 from Delhi to Ladakh via Srinagar and coming back via Manali.
    Can you please help me in planning trip within 10 days?
    Delhi-Srinagar-Manali-Delhi while covering major visiting sites. I am not at all interested in monasteries but in Natural beauty.

    • Hi Rajat,

      With 10 days in hand, I must say it will be a bit hectic trip with running and moving every other day. You can follow the plan like below:

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

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

      Day 5 | Leh Local 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 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

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

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

      Day 10 | Manali – Delhi

  12. Julley Dheerajjee ,

    We have successfully came back from our ladakh tour with lots of wonderful memories.

    Thank you very much 4 help us to execute such wonderful tour . also I would like to say thanks Mr. SONAM , Mr. Rigzin , Mrs Solpon and all people of ladakh for their hospitality and cooperation .

    I will share some photos in DOW facebook page.

  13. Sreenath V on

    Greetings Dheeraj!
    Reached back safely, of course after a few twists and turns of plan 😀
    Thank you for the guidance.

  14. Greetings Dheeraj ji ,
    A very nice and detailed blog . Me (girl) and my brother are planning to go ladakh from 10 oct by bike , Would it be safe via manali leh highway and return from the same rout as, we are totally avoiding srinagar route .
    Will the rohtang pass safe and hospitable on going and returning ??? and is it ok to go alone there ?

    as kargil drass are excluded , could u please suggest the itinerary for major destinations
    Thank you …

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you very much for sharing all these valuable information on your blog!

    I’ve booked a flight to Srinagar for the 12th September 2016 a couple weeks ago. Starting in Srinagar, I planned to follow your suggested route via Leh back to Manali by bus or shared taxi… I’m travelling on my own. I have 4-6 weeks to spend in the north of India before heading to Nepal, if weather and overall conditions in this region allows. Beside Srinagar-Leh-Manali-route I consider visiting Shimla, Dharamasala and Chandigargh.

    However, I’m struggling at the moment what to do cause of the situation in Srinagar… is it advisable to travel to Jammu and Kashmir region at all at the moment? Is it possible to start from “Srinagar-side” without going to Srinagar itself and avoiding the critical areas?

    Thank you very much in advance! I’d be happy and appreciate any recoomendation/advice in terms of what to do, where to start and what route to follow for the 4-6 weeks I have from next week on.

    Cheers, Julian

    • Julian, well, I will not recommend at all to travel from Srinagar side. Please avoid it. Go from Manali side and come back from the same route. You have 4-6 weeks, I can recommend you the flow and you can take it as your own:

      1. You should make two day trip to Leh from Manali as body will not be acclimatized. Fist night halt will be Keylong if you will go by bus else Jispa if you take tourist shared taxi. DO NOT take a taxi or tempo traveller which halts at Sarchu, you will not be acclimatized to sleep at it.
      2. Rest and acclimatize in Leh, get the protected area permits.
      3. Move to Nubra valley and explore Hunder, Deskit, Turtuk villages before coming back to Leh
      4. Move to Pangong Tso and spend a day or two
      5. Move to Tso moriri and spend a day or two
      6. In between (3-5) you can opt to visit Alchi, Likir, Lamayuru, Kargil, Drass sector as well based on days you have in hand and preference of trael.
      7. Finally take the bus back to Manali from Leh.
      8. Once you reach Manali, spend couple of days and move to Dharamshala by direct bus from Manali. Spend few days in Dharamshala and return.

      Shimla has nothing but concrete buildings like a concrete jungle, better avoid after visiting all such beautiful places 🙂

    • Julian..please let me know hows the situation in srinagar just in case you fly there..thanks..

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