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. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi circuit. Will the itinerary be suitable?

    Day 1: Leave Delhi for Patnitop. Overnight at Patnitop
    Day 2: Patnitop to Kargil
    Day 3: Kargil to Leh (Overnight at Leh)
    Day 4: Leh to Nubra Valley (Overnight at Nubra Valley)
    Day 5: Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso (Overnight at Pangong Tso)
    Day 6: Pangong Tso to Hanle (Overnight at Hanle)
    Day 7: Hanle to Sarchu (Overnight at Sarchu)
    Day 8: Sarchu to Manali (Overnight at Manali)
    Day 9: Manali to Delhi

    Some more details
    We will be a group of 8-10 people and will be taking own cars. (However experienced drivers will be driving)
    All of us are aged 27.
    We would not like to spend heavily on accommodation. approx 500-700 per night will be great and no problem in twin-triple or even 4 sharing rooms if there are any.

    As per my estimates

    Daily Food will be around 1000 max. 9k
    Accommodation (at 750 per night) 6k
    Tolls and Fees 1k max per head
    Fuel and Driver Cost as incurred.

    So Delhi to Delhi should be 16k per head + car expenses

    Is there anything I am missing out like
    1) Are permits needed at any of thee places?
    2) Are private cars not allowed at any of these places?
    3) Any reason to not do a road or any alternate route you would suggest.

    We have 9 days in hand. So please do help us in getting this sorted out.

    • Hi Sayanta,

      The above plan is too rushed, does not take care of acclimatization. With that large group, someone may fall ill as the probability is high in large group. Permits are required, there is no rest in between and I am not sure if you have ever taken such hectic trip.

  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks a lot for your very informative website for ladakh first timers like me.

    Please find below our itinerary and let me know your suggestions.
    We have booked zoomcar for the entire trip and plan to hire bike at leh.
    Also considering no peak season we are not planning to book any stay now. We’ll explore once we reach there.
    Is it risky not to plan stay in advance?

    Date Start End Distance Approx travel time in hour [w/o break]/per google map Stay Places to see Remarks
    DAY 1 14th sept Chandigad Pathankot 235 4.5 Stay at Pathankot Need to check for stay
    DAY 2 15th sept Pathankot Srinagar 331 7.5 Stay at Srinagar Gardens & Shikara ride Need to check for stay
    DAY 3 16th sept Srinagar Kargil 202 4 Stay at Kargil War Memorial at Drass Need to check for stay
    DAY 4 17th sept Kargil Leh 217 4 Stay at Leh Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu Need to check for stay
    DAY 5 18th sept Leh Leh 0 Stay at Leh Local sight seeing if possible “DAY FOR ACCLIMATIZATION. Collect bikes, fill petrol in bike and jerry cans.
    IMP: Get all required permissions”
    DAY 6 19th sept Leh Hunder 127 3.5 Hunder/ diskit “Khardung La
    tallest lord Buddha statue
    sand dunes and bacterian camel safari” Need to check for stay
    DAY 7 20th sept Hunder Leh 127 3.5 Stay at leh “monastery
    hot water springs” Need to check for stay
    DAY 8 21st sept Leh Pangong 225 5 Stay at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung) On the way Hemis/Thicksey/ and Shey Need to check for stay
    DAY 9 22nd sept Pangong Leh 225 5 Stay at Leh On the way Hemis/Thicksey/ and Shey Need to check for stay
    DAY 10 23rd sept Leh Tso moriri 220 5 Stay at Tso moriri Need to check for stay
    DAY 11 24th sept Tso moriri Sarchu 228 7 Stay at Sarchu Need to check for stay
    DAY 12 25th sept Sarchu Manali 223 7 Stay at Manali Need to check for stay
    DAY 13 26th sept Manali Chandigarh 309 8 Need to check for stay
    Total [approx] 2669 64

    Thanks again.

    Regards,
    Santosh

    • Abhishek Kumar on

      Hi Santosh,

      I thought I would share my thoughts. Hope you don’t mind as I know you have asked for Dheeraj Ji’s inputs here! I am taking the liberty to express my opinions here!

      1. I am also traveling during this time to Ladakh (look at the below post for my plans, I am starting on 16th from Noida) and I have booked the stay for the entire trip as I did not want to shell out extra money + search for stay there (although that might turn out to be cheaper as you can bargain). The main reasons for my decision are as follows:

      a. Looking at various hotel booking website like MMT and booking.com, it seems that there would be people traveling on that month too and rooms/stay options are flying off the shelf and getting expensive by the day!

      On the flip side, if you go for a home stay kind of arrangement, then you can definitely check them out when you reach there but I am more comfortable knowing that I have stay booked.

      b. When I look at your plan, everything seems to be in perfect order apart from your planned stay @ Sarchu which might not be advisable as most of the camps/cottages would close down by that time and then there would be very limited number of options available. The reason for this as per the camp owners is that it starts getting very cold out there around last week of September and sometimes the weather also gets very bad! I personally talked to 2-3 camp/cottage owners and all of them said that they would wind up the camping latest by 15/16th of September.

      Hence, I had to change the stay from Sarchu to Jispa which is further down and stay options there are easily available.

      You can reach out to me @ iabhishekkumar@gmail.com for any comments that I have put above!

      Cheers!

    • Hi Santosh,

      In general, if you are OK with basic guest houses and home stays, there will not be any issue at all for booking on the spots. Your plan is well laid and comfortable. As Abhishek pointed in September, Sarchu camps starts to pack up and few properties remains. Nowadays road conditions are much better and Leh – Jispa can easily be done in a day. Since you are not booking in advance, take the decision to stay at Sarchu and Jispa on the day or a day before.

      • Dheeraj ji,

        I have following questions…
        1. After after Pangong & Nubra is done with local bikes we plan to take our selfdrive/zoomcar to Tso moriri… then Jispa and back to Chandigarh via Manali. Will there be any problem if we take zoomcar to Tso moriri?
        2. Can we take Zoomcar to Hanle?
        3. Can we take Zoomcar to Turtuk?

        Thanks a lot.

        Regards,
        Santosh

  3. Abhishek Kumar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    So here is what my Ladakh trip looks like… starting on 16th September and ending on 30th September.

    Day 1: Noida – Patnitop (Overnight stay at Patnitop)
    Day 2: Patnitop – Sonmarg (Overnight stay at Sonmarg)
    Day 3: +++ Rest Day at Sonmarg + Sight Seeing in Sonmarg & Gulmarg +++ (Overnight stay at Sonmarg)
    Day 4: Sonmarg – Kargil (Overnight stay at Kargil)
    Day 5: Kargil – Leh (Overnight stay at Leh)
    Day 6: +++ Rest Day at Leh + Sight Seeing in & around Leh +++ (Overnight stay at Leh)
    Day 7: Leh – Nubra Valley (Overnight stay at Diskit)
    Day 8: Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso Lake (Overnight at Pangong Tso Lake)
    Day 9: Pangong Tso – Leh (Overnight stay at Leh)
    Day 10: Leh – Tso Moriri Lake (Overnight stay at Korzok)
    Day 11: Tso Moriri – Jispa (Overnight stay at Jispa)
    Day 12: Jispa – Manali (Overnight stay at Manali)
    Day 13: +++ Rest Day at Manali + Sight Seeing in & around Manali +++ (Overnight stay at Manali)
    Day 14: Manali – Noida
    Day 15: Buffer Days
    Day 16: Buffer Days

    Do you think that this plan looks good? I am assuming that I have taken enough breaks in between for the body to acclimatize to the conditions up there! Let me know if there are any changes that you want to suggest!

    I would also welcome any feedback from fellow members here!

    Thanks and Regards,
    Abhishek

    • You should use your buffer days and plan for Leh – Nubra – Leh in two days and then Leh – Pangong Tso – Hanle – Tso Moriri – Jispa direct trip. Rest your plan is very nicely laid out.

      • Abhishek Kumar on

        Hi Dheeraj Ji,

        Any specific reason why you would recommend doing Leh – Nubra – Leh? I was thinking that I could do Nubra and Pangong Tso Lake in one go and then come back to Leh before exiting out from there and covering Tso Moriri….

        Please let me know!

        Thanks and Regards,
        Abhishek

        • It will ease out the trip and you will enjoy more with Leh – Nubra – Leh in two days. You will fuel up and then best will be to do Leh to Pangong Tso, Pangong Tso to Hanle and Hanle to Tso Moriri, finally exit to Jispa from Tso Moriri

        • Abhishek Kumar on

          Hi Dheeraj Ji,

          So I took your advice and have added a day in between to return to Let from Nubra Valley and then proceed towards Pangong Tso Lake next day. I guess that would be the best approach for me considering that this is my first trip to Ladakh.

          Thank you very much for your advice!

          Cheers!

  4. Thanks a lot for your wonderful work.really your suggestion and planning are fantastic. We are 3 above 45 reach Leh by flight on 27th september and back from srinagar on 5th October. Pls suggest itinerary. wants to visit best of ladakh and kargil.it will be our 1st and last visit of ladakh. We want to see the villages of ladakh closely.how is TSOGSTY.can I get home stay there??we want budget trip.Pls reply.Thanks in advance

    • I see you have 9 days at hand, you can follow something like below:

      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 hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 5 | Leh – 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 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

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

      Day 8 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 9 | Fly back

  5. Thanks a lot for your wonderful work.really your suggestion and planning are fantastic. We are 3 above 45 reach Leh by flight on 27th september and back from srinagar on 5th October. Pls suggest itinerary. wants to visit best of ladakh and kargil.it will be our 1st and last visit of ladakh. We want to see the villages of ladakh closely.how is TSOGSTY.can I get home stay there??we want budget trip.Pls reply.Thanks in advance

  6. Hi,
    I am planning to go to Leh-Ladakh on Aug 14th- Aug 25. I have prepared 2 sample itinerary . Would you please go through them and suggest if any changes need to be done

    —— Itinerary 1———–

    Aug 14 : evening flight to Delhi, stay at Delhi
    Aug 15 : renting bikes from Delhi, move to Chandigarh
    Aug 16 : Chandigarh to Solang
    Aug 17 : sightseeing in Solang Valley, Solang – Jispa
    Aug 18 : Jispa -Leh
    Aug 19 : leh sightseeing, permit, stay @ Leh
    Aug 20 : Leh-Khardung La- Diskit-Hunder-Leh
    Aug 21 : Leh-Pangng-Leh
    Aug 22 : Leh-Sonamarg
    Aug 23 : sightseeing in Srinagar
    Aug 24 : Srinagr – Jalandhar
    Aug 25 : Jalandhar- Delhi

    ———– Itinerary 2 ———-
    Aug 14 : evening flight to Delhi, stay at Delhi
    Aug 15 : renting bikes from Delhi, move to Chandigarh
    Aug 16 : Chandigarh to Solang
    Aug 17 : sightseeing in Solang Valley, Solang – Jispa
    Aug 18 : Jispa -Leh
    Aug 19 : leh sightseeing, permit, stay @ Leh
    Aug 20 : Leh-Khardung La- Diskit-Hunder-Leh
    Aug 21 : Leh-Pangng-Leh
    Aug 22 : Leh-Taglang La-Sarchu
    Aug 23 : Sarchu-Manali
    Aug 24 : Manali-Chandigarh
    Aug 25 : Chandigarh-Delhi
    Aug 26 : evening flight

    Is it ok to go with this plan ?? We wish to return via Srinagar but if any issues there at that time we will return via Manali

  7. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning for a similar trip starting from Chandigarh from sept 29-oct8. Is it a good time to visit? Will the roads(kargil-leh) be open during this period?

    Thanks,
    Amit

    • Amit, the roads are open during that time but it starts to get cold especially in morning and night and plus the stay options are mostly winded up especially on Manali = Leh Highway. People do make the journey during this time but it has its own perils along with occassional snowfall.

  8. Hi Dheeraj
    Would like to know your expertise view as planning for my maiden drive to Leh. Is it worth enough to have a journey from Manali – Leh -Manali Aug 1st to Aug 10th. Is it safe as I will be having solo drive in my car??? Is it worth enough to plan a journey at this time of year ( Aug 1st to Aug 10). Or should I wait till next year and leave as soon as the road opens next year. Pls help me out

    • 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. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days. You can fit in plan I suggested in above para in this plan

      It is monsoon time in general up there in North and at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains. Landslides or slush or road blocks are pretty common in the month of monsoons but these landslides are cleared in a day or two unless there is a very major one. Having said that, rains does reach Ladakh nowadays but in general, it is overcast days or in form of light drizzles. I will suggest you also read my article on 10 Tips for a Trip to Ladakh in Monsoons.

      You can also refer to the link in our community: FAQ | Is Monsoon season good time to travel to Ladakh? for more details.

      • Dear
        I can even fit 12 – 13 days doesn’t matter but am bit confused about going in the month of august 1st. Is it worth enough to take this journey at this time or should I wait till next June. Because these trips won’t happen oftenly in life as am from Kerala. Requires lot of effort and plan that’s why I asked. Should I carry on with August 1st to 15th or Should I wait enough for June 2018??? Pls give your experienced feedback. Thank you

        • Sijas, you will sure be going through monsoon hassles. It is monsoon time in general up there in North and at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains. Landslides or slush or road blocks are pretty common in the month of monsoons but these landslides are cleared in a day or two unless there is a very major one. Having said that, rains does reach Ladakh nowadays but in general, it is overcast days or in form of light drizzles. I will suggest you also read my article on 10 Tips for a Trip to Ladakh in Monsoons.

          You can also refer to the link in our community: FAQ | Is Monsoon season good time to travel to Ladakh? for more details.

          I will suggest based on above articles and suggestions in them, you can easily make up your mind.

  9. Arun Prakash on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Thanks a ton for all the blogs..
    Me along with 2 friends planning to go to Manali-Leh-Ladakh-Sringar-Punjab strating this July 8th. I have worked out a rough itinery. Please suggest me any changes in this as we 3 are first timers and confused with the ride time and all.
    july 8 th-TVM -Delhi by flight-Manali by Bus
    july 9th- Manali local- Night stay at Solang
    10th- Solang- Jispa-Night at Jispa/Pang
    11th-Jispa- Leh- Night at Leh( reach by evening,obtain permit, bike for ladakh)
    12th- Leh-Nubra-Leh (visit hunder,sumur, panamik and back to leh) night @Leh
    13th- Leh- Pangong Lake(return and visit Hemis,Shey,Thicksey,Tsemo)-night @Leh
    14th-Leh to Srinagar ( Visit pather sahib, hall of fame, Lamayaru, pass Dras,Kargil and reach Srinagar-night @srinagar)(Confused whether we could ride this at a stretch or to take night halt at Kargil) pls advice.
    15th- Srinagar Local + Gulmarg- night @ srinagar
    16th- Srinagar-Pahalgam-Jammu (night @jammu)
    17th-Jammu-Pathankot-Punjab-night
    18th-punjab-amritsar-wagah-night @punjab
    19th-Chandigarh-Kerala
    reach kerala by 21st

    please help me if any corrections needed.

    • Hi Arun,

      I will suggest that you rest in Leh after reaching to Leh for at least one day. Then make two day trip to Nubra Valley and then one day trip to Pangong Tso. Then go over to Srinagar. this should be minimum plan even if it means dropping Kashmir places and others. Else it does not make sense for the trip.

  10. Kruthi Bhat on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am confused whether to prebook hotels or book hotels going there especially because we are 7 of us and will be staying at Hunder, Pangong tso, tso moriri, Hanle. We will be visiting in aug end.
    I have similar doubt on pre renting cab and bike or renting over there.
    Could you please advice me.
    Thanks!

    • Kruthi, if you are not too much fussy about places to stay and do not mind staying at small family run guest houses or home stays, there will not be any issue searching stays on the spot all over in Ladakh

  11. Kruthi Bhat on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am confused whether to prebook hotels or book hotels going there especially because we are 7 of us and will be staying at Hunder, Pangong tso, tso moriri, Hanle. Online rates seems very high as of now. We will be visiting in aug end.
    I have similar doubt on pre renting cab and bike or renting over there.
    Could you please advice me on this.
    Thanks!

    • Kruthi, if you are not too much fussy about places to stay and do not mind staying at small family run guest houses or home stays, there will not be any issue searching stays on the spot all over in Ladakh

  12. Hi Dheeraj

    I am planning to go with my family ( 2 adults and 2 child 7 year and 12 years ) in a self drive SUV for the 14 days iterinary mentioned above from Delhi on July or August 1st week. How is the current security situation throughout this journey. Is it safe to go with family now? Please advice

  13. Konark Singhal on

    Hi Dheeraj, thanks for all the good work you do for all of our benefit. Is there also an itinerary on the portal for Delhi-Manali-Ladakh-Delhi, where Manali to Ladakh is by road, and Ladakh to Delhi is by flight

    • Hi Konark,

      Please find the itinerary below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      — Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      — If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      — Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      — It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      — Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      — I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      — Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      — Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      — 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 – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

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

      Day 11 | Fly back

      • Konark Singhal on

        Thanks Dheeraj. We will hire a taxi from Manali and spend the night at Solang Valley. We plan to reach Manali around 1 PM on Saturday 23rd Sep and plan to start driving early on Sunday morning from Solang. We plan to not pre-book and go to the taxi stand on Saturday and negotiate and finalize.
        1. Will we have enough time to book a cab that day?
        2. Are there any permits we will need to take? Will the offices for that be open on Saturday afternoon?
        3. Are the drivers generally OK picking up from Solang valley?

        • Konark Singhal on

          Also, if we reach Manali early, say 7 AM, will it be possible to go to the taxi stand and book a taxi then? If not, it may make sense to come into Manali only around noon, because we want to book a taxi and then go and stay at Solang Valley

        • Replies below:

          1. Yes, you will have enough time to book the taxi
          2. No, in case of taxi the taxi guys has to arrange the permit for his taxi
          3. Yes, they will pick up guests from Solang Valley.

  14. Shreya Chakraborty on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Your posts are extremely informative for first-timers. So first of all, I owe you a big thank you!

    I will be going to Leh-Ladakh late September and my itinerary goes as follows:

    Day 1: Morning flight to Srinagar. Srinagar to Kargil. Night stay there.
    Day 2: Kargil-Drokhpa region-Kargil
    Day 3: Kargil-Padum
    Day 4: Sight-seeing around Padum. Night stay there
    Day 5: Padum-Kargil
    Day 6: Kargil-Leh
    Day 7: Sight-seeing around Leh
    Day 8: Leh-Nubra Valley
    Day 9: Nubra Valley-Pangong Tso
    Day 10: Pangong Tso-Tso Moriri
    Day 11: Tso Moriri-Tso Kar-Leh
    Day 12: Buffer
    Day 13: Fly out of Leh

    1. I wanted to know if Day 9 and Day 10 back-to-back will be too hectic, and if we should return to Leh from Pangong. Also, how long is the journey from Nubra to Pangong, because I really want to spend some time in Pangong.

    Some of us will be flying out on Day 13 itself, so if it’s not a big deal, we want to complete the trip within Day 12.

    2. Can I include Hanle in the buffer day (in case you advice me to not travel directly to Tso Moriri) as : Pangong Tso-Hanle, and then Hanle-Tso Moriri on the following day? Also, what are the procedures for getting the permit at Hanle?

    3. What are the places I can cover around Leh and Padum in the limited time that I have? (I prefer to travel on the roads less traveled, so feel free to suggest non-touristy places)

    Thank you in advance!

    • There is no point going for the Padum in just two days at hand, it will put you through treacherous journey just to sleep one night and come back again. Rather best you can do is Kargil – Rangdum (cover Penzi la), Rangdum – Lamayuru, Lamayuru – Drokpa region – Leh. The extra day now you have got is to be used to visit Hanle like Leh – Nubra Valley, Nubra Valley to Pangong tso, Pangong tso to Hanle, Hanle to Tso Moriri.

      • Shreya Chakraborty on

        Thank you so much for the feedback.

        In one of your blogs, I read that the conditions are more harsh at Rangdum and hence I opted to stay at Padum.

        If it’s not too inconvenient for you, can you share the places I can visit if I choose to stay at Rangdum and follow the route you suggested?

        Also, is it feasible to go from Pangong to Hanle to Tso Moriri in a day?

        We will be booking a cab for ourselves, so you can advice accordingly.

        • Yes, that is true but it does make sense if you have days in hand but for just 2 days going another 5 Hrs of a bumpy ride in a day is not advisable. LA Himalaya home stay has attached toilets too now at Rangdum, so facilities have improved there. When you stay at Rangdum, you can visit Penzi La Pass and the two lakes that comes on the way to it. Plus it is the nature and the journey which is enjoyable to Rangdum. Of course, Rangdum monastery too offers very nice views.

          Pangong tso to Hanle = Day 1 and Hanle to Tso Moriri – Day 2.

        • Shreya Chakraborty on

          I am thinking of extending the stay at Padum to 2 days. Then what are the possible places I can explore?

          Also, if I have to choose between going to Tso Moriri or Hanle, which one will you advise?

          Again, thank you and my apologies for bothering you so much!

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    I’ve gone through the recent notification given by the bikers union. We are hiring delhi registered bikes for our ladakh trip. Will this be a problem?

    TIA

  16. Hello dheeraj!
    Some great work out here.. Solid info
    We’ve been planning ladakh since two years, we’ve already booked flight tickets so now working with itinerary
    We are transporting our own bikes to jammu and back from mandi and are a group of 8.. Please check the itinerary and comment!
    1) july14 hyd to jammu
    2) 15 jammu srinagar – sonamarg
    3) 16 sonamarg to Kargil
    4) 17 kargil to leh
    5) 18 leh
    6) 19 leh to nubra
    7)20 nubra to Pangong
    8) 21 Pangong to leh
    9) 22 leh to tso moriri
    10) 23 tso moriri to sarchu /jispa or keylong
    11) 24 sarchu to manali /kasol
    12) 25 buffer day
    13) 26 kasol malana rest
    14)27 Solang Valley manali rest
    15) 28 manali to mandi – bikes transport – delhi at Nyt
    16)29 delhi to hyd

  17. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to hire a Private vehicle(White Number Plate) in Delhi(The driver is the owner) for our ladakh trip. Will there be any problem with the taxi unions in LEH if we do so.

    TIA.

    • Jitesh, as long as you all can share the same story in case someone talks about that whose car is it, who owns it and is he a friend or not, it should be fine.

  18. Kruthi Bhat on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Have read almost all your blogs which are beautifully written and has helped us a lot in planning our trip to Ladakh. A big thank you 🙂

    We are 7 members arriving afternoon at Leh by air on 26th August and leaving Leh morning by air on 4th September. We have planned the trip as follows:

    Day1, 26th aug: acclimatization/local sightseeing plus permits
    Day2, 27th aug: Leh sightseeing
    Day3, 28th aug: Leh to Nubra Valley, stay at Hunder/Diskit
    Day 4, 29th aug: Nubra to Leh
    Day5, 30th aug: Leh to Pangong, stay at Pangong
    Day 6, 31st aug: Pangong tso to tso Moriri
    Day 7, 1st sept: tso Moriri to Leh
    Day 8, 2nd sept: Leh to Sham valley
    Day 9, 3rd sept: Not Yet planned
    Day10, 4th sept: Return home with great memories

    We plan to rent bikes for Leh sight seeing and sham valley tour. For rest we plan to hire a cab. I need your advice on following:

    1.Does this itinerary looks fine and how will it be in August end weather wise?

    2. Do cab drivers be ready to take the direct route to Pangong to tso Moriri? You have mentioned 2 routes in your earlier posts which are short distance wise and more scenic but has some problems and 1 which is longer(via Upshi). So could you please advise us on which is the best route to take.

    3. Can sham valley be covered on 2nd day if and only if we feel good? Or is it a risk? Because 3 of us will be leaving early i.e. on the 8th day, 2nd sept.

    4. We have one day which we haven’t planned yet so could you please suggest us places or activities that can be done..

    5. We read about Zanskar river rafting.. Is it worth experiencing during our visit time?

    Again thanks in advance. Happy travelling 🙂

    • Thank you Kruthi for warm words, glad these articles are helpful.
      My replies below
      1. Ladakh is rain shadow region and since you are flying in, it is fine. The plan should include Hanle from Pangong tso which will help break the journey and next day you can reach Tso Moriri.
      2. Yes, cab drivers will be ready
      3. If you sleep well, on Day 1, attempt Sham Valley on Day else keep it as is to relax.
      4. Hanle it should be.
      5. If you want to try rafting, then yes that is fine and can be clubbed with Sham Valley tour

      • Kruthi Bhat on

        Thank you Dheeraj for a prompt reply.

        As i mentioned earlier 3 of us will be returning home on Day8, 2nd sept.. So returning to leh on Day7, 1st sept becomes necessary.. So if we include Hanle in the existing plan, can Hanle-tso moriri – leh be done on one day(Day7) ? Or should we drop tso moriri? 🙁

        Also are there any nearby places apart from these which we could cover on bikes for the rest who will be staying back.

        Hope I am not confusing you with this query 🙂

        • In such a case you need to drop Tso Moriri or Hanle, will prefer dropping Tso Moriri as you are already visiting Pangong Tso. You can fit in Sham Valley for near by places to visit near Leh

        • Kruthi Bhat on

          Will make the changes as you suggested. Thanks again Dheeraj! 🙂

        • Kruthi Bhat on

          Hi Dheeraj,
          We are back from a wonderful, memorable trip to ladakh. Beautiful sky! Loved all monestries too they add so much colours, contradicting the landscape colours
          As the roads were open from nubra to Pangong tso we went there directly saving a day and visited tso moriri too! Thanks a ton for suggesting visit to Hanle. The journey to Hanle itself is the most beautiful one that i have witnessed. We camped at hanle and unfortunately received heavy rainfall same night. But we were prepared with mattress and sleeping bags so all went good. Had a wonderful experience.
          Would like to mention about Padma homestay near to which we had pitched our tents.. They were very kind and helpful, allowed us to use their washroom the next morning and even denied any money that we were offering.
          We also visited Turtuk village at nubra, had delicious apricot there. But only sad part over there is that children come running to u,pose for u to take their photos and then demand chocolate / 10rs. Some kids even pull your bags if u don’t entertain them..Initially we gave them chocolates but later they started gathering more children and started demanding money 🙁
          But overall it was a wonderful experience. Will try and visit ladak again.
          Thanks again!
          Kruthi 🙂

        • It is wonderful to know Kruthi that you had an amazing trip. Thank you so much for sharing the feedback as well but also on the side note sad to hear the story of Turtuk. Sonam Dorje rocks at Hanle !! One of the many humble and noble souls in Ladakh.

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