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Nubra Valley – Ladakh

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Nubra Valley is one of the MUST VISIT places in Ladakh especially if you are visiting for the first time. Nubra Valley is among the sub-districts in Ladakh, located in North East side having Diskit Village as the its main headquarters. Diskit is situated about 120 odd KMs from Leh town which is the main capital of Ladakh district. The Shyok river, a tributary of Indus river, meets the Nubra or Siachen river to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakorum Ranges. The ultra wide landscapes, humongous mountain faces, lovely trails, wide variety of colors and musical Shyok river flowing midst the valley will take your breath away at first sight. Since, it is near to the Line of Actual Control, one need to get Inner Line Permit to visit Nubra Valley. You can get more details on Inner Line Permits here: Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh. Starting May 2014, Indian Tourists does not need Inner Line Permits for Nubra Valley. Read more about it here

The major attraction of a trip to Nubra Valley is going over the so called or hyped, highest motorable road, Khardung La Pass Being at lower altitude than Leh at an average altitude of 10000 Feet or 3048 Mtrs, Nubra Valley is an ideal place to fit into the acclimatization schedule of your Ladakh trip once you reach Leh. Climbing to very high altitude of Khardung La from Leh and then sleeping at low altitude of Nubra Valley DOES HELP tremendously in acclimatization. Thus, apart from the magnificent vistas on offer, Nubra Valley has a hidden advantage with respect to acclimatization as well which will eventually help your trip be more successful. No wonder, if you are missing on this part of Ladakh on your trip, you are almost missing out on the heart of the Ladakh trip.

The India Gate – But In Ladakh Near Khardung La Pass …
The India Gate - But In Ladakh Near Khardung La Pass
The Beautiful Landscape of Nubra Valley…
The Beautiful Landscape of Nubra Valley
A Gateway to Heaven — Nubra Valley???
A Gate of Prayer Flags in Nubra Valley
Location

Diskit, the main headquarters in Nubra Valley is located about 120 KMs from Leh town of Ladakh district.

Altitude

Nubra Valley has an average altitude of about 10000 Feet or 3048 Mtrs.

Season for Traveling to Nubra Valley – Ladakh

In January to March, Nubra Valley remains mostly in cold conditions with very few options to stay open to welcome guests. In April types, some guest houses starts to open up but food does remain an issue at many places. You have to rely on home stay options and home cooked food only. You can see apricot flowers blooming all over Nubra Valley in April. Then comes May, June, July and August which is the peak tourist season and you can find mostly all accommodation options open with full staff and support.

Come September and early October, the tourists starts to reside as cold starts to set in and accommodation starts to pack up too. According to me, this is by far the best time to visit Nubra Valley to see full glory of burning colors of Ladakh with clouds hovering like candies in the blue sky. The colors are purely magical at this time of the year and with less number of tourist comparatively, you get better deals at hotels and you enjoy more. After second week of October up to December, mostly all the accommodation options packs up except the small guest houses or home stays and some hotels. However, the situation of accommodation options in Nubra Valley in winters as well is not that bad as compared to Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes, where only few home stays run with very basic facilities.

Light and Shadows Play in Nubra Valley…
Light and Shadows Play in Nubra Valley
Blooming Beautifully… The Apricot Flowers…
Blooming Beautifully... The Apricot Flowers at Hunder Village...
How to Reach Nubra Valley – Ladakh
Route from Leh to Nubra Valley

Below is the most general route to Nubra Valley from Leh that most people usually follow. You can reach in about 5 – 6 Hrs depending upon the number of break you take in between and of course at Khardung La. Do try to ensure you do not stay more than 15 minutes at Khardung La as you will start to get hit with AMS because body cannot cope up with that high altitude, so quickly in the trip, for that long. Anyways, the route to Nubra Valley from Leh along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

LehKhardung La Pass (40 KMs) – Khardung Village (34 KMs) – Khalsar (23 KMs) – Diskit (19 KMs) = 116 KMs

You can cover Diskit & Hunder on the first day to Nubra Valley from Leh irrespective of the fact where you are staying between these two places. Then, you can plan to cover Sumur & Panamik while you are returning from Nubra Valley. So, if you are one of those who prefer relaxing vacation and do not want to rush through places then, I will suggest make a three day trip to Nubra Valley. Of course, I assume your body has been acclimatized properly by staying for couple of nights in Leh before attempting to climb Khardung La pass and come over to Nubra Valley. If you are short on time then you can just make a two day trip covering Diskit, Hunder, Sumur and Panamik on the flow of travel to and from Leh.

Do not forget to refill petrol/diesel at Leh petrol pump as there used to be a fuel pump at Diskit but never seen that in working conditions. So, better tank up at Leh only before making a dash out to Nubra Valley.

A Lovely Trail at Hunder…
A Lovely Trail at Hunder Village
The High Alitiude Camel Safari…
The High Alitiude Camel Safari
Preferred Vehicles

The higher ground clearance vehicles are preferable and 4×4 ones generally not required. However, quite a few people do it in hatchbacks and sedans as well which depends upon your skills to drive and road conditions at the time of travel.

Suggested Itinerary for Nubra Valley – Ladakh

Generally, at least one night stay is preferable to truly witness the mesmerizing beauty of Nubra Valley. Of course, one night stay will help you ride the Bacterian Camels over Sand Dunes of Hunder around sunrise and sunset (ie cooler conditions) that increase the charm of your vacation to further extent. Most people, generally do:

Day 1 | 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 2 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh

  • Sumur has a Samstanling monastery to check out nearby
  • Panamik has hot water springs and a sacred Yarab Tso lake
  • Overnight at Leh

You can add a day to your schedule for a trip to Nubra Valley and go ahead to visit Turtuk, about 95 KMs from Diskit. Turtuk has been opened recently in 2010 for domestic tourists and in 2013 for foreign tourists. It is an amazing place, quite different from the rest of the landscape in Nubra Valley and have a different affinity of culture too.

You can also check the most common and very well balanced itinerary for whole Leh – Ladakh region covering all major tourist destination including Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway, at the below link: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh

Beautiful Deskit Village in Nubra Valley
Beautiful Deskit Village in Nubra Valley
106 Feet Tall Lord Buddha at Deskit – Nubra Valley
106 Feet Tall Lord Buddha at Deskit - Nubra Valley
Accommodation Options at Nubra Valley – Ladakh

For a comprehensive list of accommodation options or hotels or camps in Nubra Valley, check the link here: Good Hotels or Accommodation in Nubra Valley – Ladakh

Places to visit in Nubra Valley – Ladakh

You can visit following places in Nubra Valley and may be I will try to explain them in detail in some other article just to maintain the brevity of this article.

  • Diskit: Diskit has a monastery which is largest and oldest Buddhist monastery in Nubra Valley and houses a 106 feet tall Maitrey Buddha statue. There is Lachung Temple as well which is quite close to monastery.
  • Hunder: Hunder is famous for its sand dunes and double humped bacterian camel safari.
  • Sumur: Somewhere between Sumur and Kyagar, you can visit Samstanling monastery.
  • Panamik: It has hot water springs and a sacred Yarab Tso lake nearby the entrance of the village.
  • Turtuk: Recently opened for tourists in 2010, Turtuk offers a much different landscape and cultural orientation than rest of the Nubra Valley. You can see apricot trees loaded around the entire village with views closer to Karakorum range. If you have time, a MUST VISIT place in Nubra Valley.
First View… Yarab Tso Lake near Panamik in Nubra Valley
Sacred Yarab Tso Lake near Panamik in Nubra Valley

Sacred Yarab Tso Lake near Panamik in Nubra Valley
Medical Facilities in Nubra Valley – Ladakh

Diskit Village which is the headquarters of Nubra Valley has a hospital where you will be able to get basic medical aid and treatment.

Food Joints near Nubra Valley – Ladakh

Most of the time you will be eating out in Hotels or Camps or Guest Houses or Home stays you will be staying. However, there are dhabhas or eating joints at Khalsar and Khardung villages where people generally stop for lunch while on the way to or from Leh.

Phone Signals at Nubra Valley – Ladakh

BSNL Postpaid Connection does work like a charm in most parts of Nubra Valley with some loss of signal at few places though.

Petrol Pumps near Nubra Valley – Ladakh

Do not forget to refill petrol/diesel at Leh petrol pump. Update 2016: Things have improved and the petrol pump at Deskit, Nubra Valley is mostly found in working condition now a days even in winters.

ATMs near Nubra Valley – Ladakh

You will not find any ATMs in Nubra Valley and hence, it is always better to carry cash from Leh (the only place where you find ATM in Ladakh) itself.

Conclusion

It is a great place to visit and I am sure if you visit Ladakh, this one surely is not the place you would like to exclude from your plan. I hope the above information will be useful for your upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip.

Please feel free to post any queries or doubts you might have in planning your trip to Nubra Valley place in the comments section below. If you have been to Nubra Valley, kindly share your thoughts and other information you might feel will be worth sharing with other fellow travelers and prove helpful to them.

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  1. Gagan samra on

    Hello Dheeraj, can you please let me know where I should stay in Nubra? In Hunder camps or in sumur? Which area is more picturesque?

  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    we are planned a circuit after going through your resourceful blog, from Srinagar – Sonamarg – Kargil – Leh – Khardungla – Nubra – Panamik – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk – Khaltse – Agham – Shyok -Tangste – Spangmik – Chusul – Hanle – Manali
    travel date – 10th July to 22nd July, mode – RE classic 350, no. of people – 6, no of bikes – 4(2 personal & 2 friends) now in th final stage of closing things ,I have few more queries here,
    1. What all places i need to mention while obtaining an ILP? it would be really helpful if can you list that down for the above circuit to avoid any disappointments later at checkposts.

    2. How should i plan the Nubra to Pangong in your opinion?
    Day1: Khardungla – Nubra – Panamik – Sumur – Diskit -Hunder – Turtuk(Stay)
    Day2: Turtuk to Pangong
    OR
    Day1: Khardungla – Nubra – Panamik – Sumur – Diskit – Hunder(Stay)
    Day2: Hunder – Turtuk – Hunder – Pangong
    Or any better suggestion

    3. How should i plan my exit from Hanle?
    Hanle – Tso Morriri – Tso Kar- Pang -Sarchu OR Hanle – Tso Kar – Pang – Sarchu OR any better suggestion? We dont mind skipping Tso Morriri, if we have time or fuel constraints, if not then we would love to visit that as well. Also Staying at Pang would be fine as ar as altitude is concerned?

    4. What is the current status of Diskit petrol pump(i’ve read it is mostly out of fuel) and next pump would be at Tandi.

    • Below are the replies:

      1. You need to mention: Nubra Valley, Pangong tso, Tso Moriri, Chusul, Tsaga, Loma, Nyoma, Hanle, Man, Merak
      2. Skip Sumur, Panamik and Turtuk. It will be too much no point running on road only. Do Hunder – Deskit only on first night, then do Hunder / Deskit to Pangong tso
      3. Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Tso Moriri on Day 1, then on Day 2 Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Pang – Sarchu
      4. It is mostly in running condition now a a days

      • Thanks Dheeraj bhai for your opinion,
        1.So I dont need to mention all the small, small villages apart from whats mentioned above e.g.(Terith, Charasa, Tiricha, Murgi falls enroute panamik as i can see on G maps) so do I need to mention these & only the major stops will be fine??

        2. had read on DOW only about the beauty of TURTUK and I would not want to miss it, though I can skip sumur and Panamik, if you advise. We can add a day more here, if required, we have 2 spare days in our iternary. I need your expert opinion here whether we should utilise that spare day over here or its not worth.

        3. Can we do it in 1 night stay, like skipping tso morriri and directly reaching pang on day 1 & then Pang to Manali on day 2?

        4. Ok great!

        • One more thing to it, though off the hook & crazy but still i am going to through this at you,
          In our entire circuit, which is Srinagar – Sonamarg – Kargil – Leh – Khardungla – Nubra – Panamik – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk – Khaltse – Agham – Shyok -Tangste – Spangmik – Chusul – Hanle – Manali,
          are there any opportunities where we can experience glaciers, somehow??

        • Replies below:

          1. No need to mention all villages, it will cover. Nubra Valley covers them all.
          2. Yes, I will suggest Turtuk only if you can add a day. In such a case do it like Leh to Turtuk directly, then next day by afternoon come to Hunder/Deskit and stay overnight, next day leave for PAngong Tso from Hunder/Deskit
          3. Hanle to Tso Kar / Pang is fine too if you want to skip Tso Moriri. Then Pang to Manali can be done if you leave early in the day. It will be around 12-13 Hrs drive. Pang only has dorm tent accommodation.

        • ok but I mean actual glaciers & not snow alongside roads, if that what you’d assumed from my query. Say for e.g. Siachen glacier, if we can extend our journey from Panamik or Turtuk & can trek to say just touch the leftovers of glaciers lying beneath the Mighty Siachen. I know it sounds crazy but Siachen is just for the reference, I know civilians cannot go there just like that but there are many glaciers in Ladakh which I am sure are not seasonal and Stands tall for the entire year just like Siachen.

  3. Pranav dubal on

    Hi dheeraj. Lovely writeup. I am travelling to Leh in last week of June. I plan to stay 2 nights in leh and then 3rd day bike it to nubra valley. Is it a good time to go on bike? Then I am returning back after spending a night in diskit to Leh and then next day plan to bike it to pangong tsi where i plan to call it a night. Are roads okay this time of the year?

    • Yes Pranav, it should be a good time to visit Ladakh and Nubra Valley by end of June. Roads are mostly OK except few bad patches around Khardung La and Chang La passes.

  4. Hi,
    Brother i have planned to visit leh from jammu,Its a family tour. Total 20 person in this tour.
    I think tempo traveller is the best choice,and its budget friendly. is it ri8? what vechile u suggest for comfort nd budget friendly?
    2nd question which month we are planned for this tour,specially Leh. When actual open srinagar leh highway? Cold season its not possible for the total tour,but we are trying to go little bit cold condition and looking snow all over,is it possible? pls suggest the month brother.
    3rd, pls give me suggest one good tempo traveller driver number, its a first trip for us in leh nd its family tour. so little bit worried.
    I share my tour plan,pls suggest its ok or any other changes done. if possible for u suggest day wise best itinerary for the tour.
    1/ Jammu (Arrive) to katra (By evening)
    2/ After Vaishnomata darshan, Night stay Katra
    3/ After Breakfast Go to pahalgam, night stay
    4/ Pahalgam sightseen
    5/ Pahalgam to Srinagar (local,dal lake etc)
    6/ Srinagar local sightseen & own lesiure.
    7/ Srinagar to Gulmarg
    8/ Srinagar to Kargil via Sonamarg (night stay Kargil & Drass)
    9/ Kargil to Leh ( running Sight seen)
    10/ Leh Local
    11/ Leh to Nubra valley
    12/ Leh to Pangong Tso
    13/ back to kolkata by Air
    ** pls suggest its ok? and anything missing place for visit leh ladakh,pls help me.

    • Replies below:

      1. Tempo traveller is OK to travel with complete group
      2. If snow you want, then go in June
      3. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2017 – 18 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      I will suggest you skip Kashmir and focus on Ladakh only else no point rushing so many places You should spend at least 2 days in Nubra and Pangong tso each. things dont look good in Kashmir, so take a calculated risk of traveling to places in Kashmir.

  5. Brother i have planned to visit leh on 31st May to 06th June with my wife and two kids of age 17 & 13 yrs.-

    – What vechile i have to hire for four ?
    My plan :
    31May : Rest in leh (reached by morning flight)
    01 June: Leh to Nubra Valley over Khardung La
    02 June: Nubra Valley to Leh
    03 June : Leh to Pangong Tso
    04 June: Pangong Tso to Leh
    05 June: Leh to Tso Moriri (can i go there with my family or any other place, is it is not so rick)
    06 June: Tso Moriri to Leh
    07 June: Fly back

    Is it ok? Pl. suggest.

    • Hey Atul,

      I will suggest that you have at least two days of rest in Leh for acclimatization as one day is no enough. Then do two day trips to Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley and skip Tso Moriri to make it less hectic. Now, with one day left you have two options, spend one day more in Nubra to visit Turtuk Village or spend that day in Leh to visit Sham Valley (Alchi, Likir)

  6. Hello Dheeraj and Fellow members,

    I would like to know the status of fuel availability in Diskit. Can people traveling this year post an update on this please.

    My plan around Nubra – Pangong is as follows
    14-July: Leh to Diskit/Hundur (Which is economic/scenic to stay?)
    15-July: Diskit/Hundur – Turtuk – Diskit/Hundur
    16-July: Diskit/Hundur – Khalsar – Warli La – Chang La – Spangmik (Wr is economic/scenic to stay?)
    17-July: Spangmik – Leh
    18-July: Rest day

    Do you advice any changes to these 5 days Dheeraj?

    • Hunder is more economic to stay. As per people traveled in March, Deskit had fuel availability and petrol pump was open at that time as well. So, I see no reason to be not functional in summers. But, will keep an eye on it.

      Try to go via shorter route of Agham – Shyok in case you can find some company ont he route at Agham village.

      • I was planning to take the shorter Agham – Shyok route. However I saw in your map (http://devilonwheels.com/wp-content/uploads/Images/TravelBasics/dow-ladakh-map.jpg) that this is a difficult route and high GC is needed. I’m not sure if our group of 4 will be able to do this, we have a novice rider with us. Also I read somewhere that Wari La route is scenic.

        Our group would help each other and definitely look for other riders taking this route. Do you think this route is better then Wari La?

        • It indeed is a shorter route, there are couple of sections on this route which a bit tricky but if you guys can help your fellow rider, it makes sense to be on path of agony for a shorter time 🙂 …

  7. Hi
    We are travelling on 14 June with kids 7yr 8yrs to Leh. Just wanted to know how the weather is , as there was snow fall till lat this year.
    Can we find any snow at Pangong or Nubra Valley.
    Should we carry heavy woollen or not.

    • Hi Priya,

      Yes, you should carry woollens in June for Ladakh trip. You will find snow on the way to Pangong tso and Nubra Valley at Chang La and Khardung La pass respectively.
      Nights and morning will be cool, passes will be cold and Pangong Tso nights/morning will be a bit cold.

  8. Hi Dhiraj we are 20 people and we are planing ladakh trip in sep our trip will start from srinagar on 13 sep.Trip will follow as below
    14 sep at kargil
    15 sep at leh
    16 sep at leh (rest day)
    17 sep at nubra valley
    18 sep at pangong lake
    19 sep at sarchu
    20 sep at manali
    Is this okay according to you and one doubt is can we travel from nubra valley to pangong lake in one day we will do our journey by royal enfield please reply.

    • Hi Anant,

      You will need permits and yes you can take the direct route to reach Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley. However, the route is desolated but in big group it is OK. The itinerary is a bit hectic without enjoying rest especially towards the end. Leave early from Pangong Tso to make it to Sarchu or better halt at Pang

      • Thank u for your quik response dhiraj you and dow are doing a great job very thankful to you keep it up and what kind of permits we will require and from where we can apply it? And is der any difficulty in getting the permits??

        • The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
          For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

  9. rupesh taunk on

    hi dheeraj ji
    we have 27 members on 27 seater bus to planned, to visit leh on 1 june from jammu srinager kargil, leh 3 days , 2 days nubra, 1day pangong ,1) can we direct go to sarchu from pangong. 2) on this day all roads will opened or not. 3) today i know that this year inner line permit is compulsory for indian as well as foreigners also. and fee are approx 1000 to 1100 for indian , is it true or not plz confirm . 4) leh to manali road are open or not on 9 june from pangong to sarchu & 10 june sarchu to manali.

    • Hi Rupesh,

      This year there is too much of snowfall and Manali – Leh is expected to open by the second week of June. Plying heavy vehicle on it may not be conducive, so better postpone the trip by couple of weeks.

      Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again (those who missed before)

      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only). For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

  10. Salman bhajjuwala on

    Me and my friend planing to visit leh on april 20th. And we are hiring bike. And planing to go leh to nubra valley via khardung La road. So Road are good in april? And weather? And what abt nubra to pangog lake and Man. Is it okay on bike?

    • April is still almost winter like conditions and due to snow on roads to high altitude places over passes, army does not allow to travel by bike over there.

  11. Hi,

    How will the lakes (Pangong and Tso Moriri) be in mid May? Frozen / semi frozen / only water?

    Thanks.

  12. Hi Dheeraj!

    Thanks for the amazing writeup.

    I am planning a trip to Leh around June end – July with my wife (from Srinagar to Manali). This would be my first visit.

    Can you please help me with the itinerary, my plan is for 12-13 days and i want to cover the Nubra valley and Hanle (not Tso Moriri).

    • Hello Manik,

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh. Any special reason you dont want to visit Tso Moriri, you can add a day or skip buffer day to visit Hanle from there to Tso Moriri and follow the rest suggested in the link

      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 leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2016 – 17 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      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

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip including basic medical kit, clothing, must haves etc. at the link here: List of Things to Carry for Leh – Ladakh trip.

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

      • Thanks Dheeraj for your reply.

        Tso Moriri i have heard that the roads are not good and i will be travelling with my wife and as such would not have a group travelling with me.
        Please let me know if it is doable for a first time visitor travelling without a group?

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am travelling to Leh Ladakh for 10 days in June. We are 2 couples.

    Considering June is the peak travel season for Leh, I wanted to confirm if booking accommodation in Nubra valley, Pangong lake, Kargil(few places we plan to cover) would be possible on the spot or should we do beforehand. The only problem with booking beforehand is that we have heard that based on certain factors, the trip might not get executed as we plan in Leh, like some of the ways might be closed for some reason on the day we plan to travel.

    Please let me know your expert comments on what would be the better way of managing accommodation at various places. I know taxis are quite easily available. So I am a little less worried.

    • Hi Priya,

      Yes, the risk of uncertainty is always part of Ladakh trip. If you are OK to search few places and is not in particular planning to stay at a place or choosy for a place to stay, you should be able to find one or other accommodation in Ladakh. In case you are open for small home stays, then for sure you will get some option with less search 🙂

      So, it is matter of convenience over taking the risk of searching few places.

  14. Dhaval Lakkad on

    Hello Sir,

    I am planning to visit leh in month of june. The plan is as mentioned below.

    20th June : Leh to Pangong (overnight at pangong).
    21st June : Pangong to Nubra (Overnight at Nubra)
    22nd June : Nubra to Turtuk and back to nubra (Overnight at nubra)
    23rd June : Nubra to panamik and back to leh (overnight at leh).

    We are total 9 couples and we will be travelling by innova car and some bikes.

    My doubts are:
    1) If we leave from pangong at 12pm on 21st June, then by what time we can reach to Nubra?
    2) One day trip to Turtuk is possible from nubra?
    3) Any permit required to visit Turtuk?
    4) Nubra to Panamik to Leh on 23rd June …. Possible?
    5) Can we omit Panamik (is it worth to visit?)

    Thanks and Regards,
    Dhaval Lakkad

    • Hi Dhaval, Do you mean you have 4 days for ladakh trip and you want to spend like that?? Please DO NOT undertake such a plan else you may end up in hospital for the first night itself.

      How many days you have in hand in total and from where to where?

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    I will be in Ladakh for trek from 20th to 26th Aug, and then I have free time from from 27th Aug to 02nd Sep (3rd Sep is my return flight to Pune Leh-del-Pune)
    As per your experience, I request you to suggest me itinerary outline so that I can plan my trip.

    we are total of 3-5 in the group

    • Sebastian, you should be able to visit following

      27: Leh to Nubra Valley over Khardung La
      28: Nubra Valley to Leh
      29: Leh to Pangong Tso
      30: Pangong Tso to Leh
      31: Leh to Tso Moriri
      01: Tso Moriri to Leh
      02: Rest day in Leh
      03: Fly back.

  16. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Is there any capping limit that SDM provide certain number of permissions per day ? Otherwise how rush is controlled ? I heard from you earlier that you have to cross Rohtang by 6 AM in May/June time when the road just opens up. Nowadays this is not the case. Right ?

  17. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Many thanks Dheeraj for the reply. Couple of things more –

    1. Do I need to fill up forms at SDM office to get the permit or I need to do an application on white paper seeking the permission ?

    2. In May/June is it mandatory to cross Rohtang by 6 AM in the morning so that we need to start at 3 AM ?

    • Nilavra,

      1. AFAIK, you do not need any form. They provide you after verifying your documents, filling in the details and paying the fees.
      2. No necessarily as now the rush is not that mad after permit fiasco as it used to be in early days.

  18. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    I understand we need to be present physically at SDM office Manali to get permit for Rohtang cross. Can I get the permit same day ? SDM office is open all 7 days a week and what is the timing ?

    • On Sunday and holidays, SDM office is only ope for permits up to I think 10 AM – 1 PM. Mostly, you will be able to get the permit on the sme day in case you get in line early in the morning. Keep in mind that in May-June it will be complete mess with long queues but since you are planning in September that should not be much of an issue.

      • Nilavra Ghosh on

        Hi Dheeraj ,
        Can I get shared taxis easily available from Manali to Leh in June just after the road opnes up ? Do the shared taxis ply every day from Manali ? I know it will take you to Leh in a single day. I think it starts at 2 AM right ?

        Do I need to get permit from SDM office even for shared taxis ? If yes, then every single member in the cab should get permit from SDM right ?

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Thanks for your reply Dheeraj. Where from in Manali shall I find shared taxi ? At what time does it start from Manali and when it reaches Leh ?

          Can I get any shared taxi that will take passengers to Leh in 2 days instead of 1 day.

        • Manali taxi stand is where you find share taxis. Most of them start from 2 AM to 5 AM depending upon if they are 1 day or two days taxis.

        • Local shared taxis that cover Manali – Leh in two days are very few and difficult to find. You have to break it from Manali to Keylong local taxi and then Keylong to Leh local taxi

        • Nilavra Ghosh on

          Dheeraj ,
          One more thing…

          I heard there are HRTC buses that go to Leh from Manali apart from HPTDC buses. When do the HRTC buses start running – from July or immediately after the road opens up in June ?

          Where do I get schedule of HRTC buses published for this year ?

  19. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Can’t I never apply online permit to cross over Rohtang pass and go beyond ? Should we always seek permit from manali SDM office even in September/October ? Or Online permission is prohibited only for June/July when the road to leh opens up ? please confirm.

    Do we always need driver and vehicle details as you mentioned to cross over rohtang pass ?

    • Yes, you can’t now. You have to be present at SDM office to get the Rohtang Pass permit to cross oveer. The permit needs to be obtained anytime one needs to cross Rohtang PAss. Yes, you need Driver’s licence and Vehcile’s RC and PUC always.

    • Nilavra Ghosh on

      Dheeraj ,
      Many thanks for your reply. HPTDC declares bus schedule for Manali to Leh in May. Similarly when HRTC declares their bus scedule from Delhi to Leh ? and where can I get these ?

      Keylong to leh shared taxis are easily available and they run daily ?

      • Nilvara, as I suggested, they do not declare and it depends upon in the safe passage of heavy vehicles. As soon as BRO declares the safe passage of heavy vehicles on Manali – Leh road, they start it. Keylong – Leh shared taxis are not that common but still available though only few would be there.

  20. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheerak ,
    One more thing..

    If I want to go to Leh from Manali in September when the road is already open can’t I apply permit online in advance ? I saw one of your article that the permit can be applied online even for rohtang cross and go beyond but your latest post says I cannot.

    If I have to apply at SDM office at Manali can I get it same day ?

  21. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Thanks for your reply.
    Everytime I want to cross rohtang and go beyond do I need to apply permit at SDM office in Manali ? This is for June/July season only or for Sept/Oct as well ?

    Has this become a permanent rule now that anybody wants to cross over Rohtang and go beyond has to apply for the permit at SDM office ?

  22. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    How many days before can I apply permit for rohtang pass for manali to leh ? can i do it 1 or 2 months in advance. If I want to go in June just after the pass opens what time shall I apply for permit as I don’t know exactly when the road will open this year. What information do I need to apply for the permit online? Driver name/contact, car number etc are required ? If we need this info then how do I get this in advance because I will book car after going to manali

    • You cannot apply online permit for Rohtang Pass now to cross over it. It is only available to reach and come back, as online. You have to apply once you reach Manali at SDM office. You need DL, vehicle RC and PUC

  23. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Thanks for your reply. Two things –

    1. If I take private car from manali to leh drop in June just after the road opens this year when can I apply for the permit to cross Rohtang pass and go beyond ? Shall I apply for this online exactly 7 days before the pass crossing date or I can even apply one or two months before that ? Not sure when this year the road will open. May be June mid or june first week. So please advise when I should apply for the permit. I want to travel this road just after the road is opened by BRO so as to get lots of snow. What information I need to apply for the permit ? Driver name/contact or the number of the car which I will hire for the travel ? do i need these information for the permit ?

    2. If I go to deskit from Leh by shared car and then leave the car and next day morning can I find taxis easily from deskit taxi stand for a day trip to Turtuk ?

  24. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Leh to Nubra valley up to Turtuk is accessible in June 3rd week keeping snow condition in mind ?
    Is there any chance that road will be blocked due to snow June 3rd/4th week ?

    • Nilavra, these roads never close for the whole year, not even in winters. Snowfall, you know can happen any day in Ladakh, so, when it happens for the safety BRO does not allow the passage over Khardung La and Chang La and that’s only when you will have it closed temporarily till the weather clears or it is safe to cross the road.

  25. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Can I get private taxi reserved from Deskit for Turtuk for a day trip back to Deskit same day evening ? Cars are available in Deskit for this trip ? What will be the cost for this day trip from deskit to turtuk back to deskit in private reserved car and also shared basis ?

    do we need inner line permit for turtuk ?

    • How will you reach Deskit? You do not need inner line permit. You can take the same taxi that you will use to reach Deskit from Leh. IN case that is shared one, well, you can always pay taxi guys for Turtuk trip. The taxi should charge you around 4K for a day trip.

  26. Sreeraag Mohan on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    After seeing your post and numerous others online about Turtuk, I’m planning to visit this beautiful place. How can I reach Turtuk from Diskit and how much would it cost? Also, how can I get back to Leh after an overnight stay at Turtuk?

    I’m a solo backpacker so please suggest the most economical mode. 🙂

    • Mohan, Turtuk is 90 KMs from Deskit and hence, after spending night at Deskit or Hunder you can take a shared cab next morning to Turtuk and take some evening cab back from Turtuk for Hunder or Deskit. This way you can make a day trip to Turtuk. Shared local cab should cost you about 100 bucks for the seat. In case any taxi is going in the morning from Turtuk to Leh then spend overnight at Turtuk and reach Leh by evening.

  27. Fess Stone on

    We are 2 people doing the Chadar hike from January 7 to 15. We have not bought our plane tickets so we are still flexible but would like to visit Nubra Valley after our hike. I am having difficulty finding out about tours/guesthouse/transport/costs to visit at this time. Can you please give me recommendations of any guides/guesthouses/drivers? Do you think it is worth visiting this time compared to the summer because I have a feeling it will be a lot more expensive? Thanks for the blog!

    • Hello Fess,

      The taxi charges will be same around 10K for a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley. Many home stays or small guest houses will be operational during that time including Galaxy Guest House and Goba Guest Houses. Olgok hotel sometimes is also open but not 100% sure.

      It is not expensive than summers for sure and Ladakh offers a unique beauty in winters 🙂

      • Fess Stone on

        Ok cool I even saw Galaxy on booking.com so I know we can reserve the room and think we will just search for the ride when we get to Leh. Thanks for the quick reply!

        • Yes Fess, that wll be better choice. Also, keep in mind even if you book the place it will not guarantee you the booking as these small guest houses or home stays run on their own will and like to be free will still under this age of digitalization 😉

  28. I am going for chadar trek from 28 jan-5feb.I wl be reaching leh on 27 jan morning.Is it possible for me to go to nubra valley the same day i.e. 27 jan and return on 28 mrng(cz actual trek will start on 29 jan) or instead I should wait and get rest and leave to pangong on bike/car.Though in case of pangong we are not planning to stay there in night cz few options r available there!!
    i have been to pangong last yr in aug.so wat do u suggest wat shud we do.pangong or nubra?

  29. Hi Dheeraj,

    You have mentioned in a post that Monday or Tuesday in winters Khardung La remains closed. Is there any possibility that road remain closed in Monday/Tuesday in the first week of September. Please let me know…

  30. Hi Dheeraj,
    I would be travelling with my wife to leh on 29th July. We will travel to Nubra valley on 31st July and will take one night halt. Is it safe to travel with her from leh to nubra valley/ pangong lake on bike? what would you suggest for travelling car/bike? Because I am not aware of road conditions and weather conditions.
    Thanks in advance..!!

    • Aalok, if you havent ride bike in such high Himalayas and are not experienced with it, I will not suggest taking a bike up there rather you may do Leh local sightseeing on the 30th July just to have experience of a bike ride.

  31. Brother,we are a group of 4,planning to visit manali n leh from delhi on july 8th. We have to be back in delhi by july 18th morning. Pls suggest a brief plan which includes major attractions considering that we depend on public transportation mainly.
    Thanks for the help in advance

  32. Hi Dheeraj,

    How much does a 2 day tour to Nubra valley and a 2 day tour to Psangong lake cost by shared taxi (including stay) from Leh (for a solo traveler) ?

    Thanks

  33. Hi Dheeraj, after I land in Leh on 1st week of July 2016, I plan to hire a bike on rent and visit Nubra/Hunder and stay overnight and return to Leh next day. Is riding alone any risk in this route, also do I need to carry extra fuel to Nubra?
    Thanks for the info so far on this article.

  34. Hi,

    Where would you recommend to stay for the night in Nubra in terms of the location and convenience for a two day trip from Leh to Nubra. Diskhit, Hunder or Sumur?

    Thanks,
    Ram

  35. Gyanendra Singh on

    Dear Dhiraj ji,
    I am planning to come to Leh along with my wife in Aug. by air. We have planned the following way with the help of information available on your sight.
    Day1: 0715 hrs. Arrival Leh, Rest at Leh and acclimatisation
    Day2: Local sight seeing at Leh
    Day3: 1000 hrs. Departure for Nubra Valley, Sight seeing at Nubra Valley and Night halt at Nubra Valley
    Day4: Sight seeing at Nubra Valley, Night halt at Nubra Valley
    Day5: 1000 hrs. Departure for Pangong Lake, Sight seeing at Pangong Lake, Night halt at Pangong Lake
    Day6: 1000 hrs. Departure for Leh, Night halt at Leh
    Day7: 1100 hrs. Departure from Leh
    Kindly advise if the above is ok or it requires some improvements please.
    Thanks a lot and best wishes,
    Gyanendra Singh

  36. Hii dheeraj,

    I will be on 10 days trip of leh in early july.
    I want to know that can i book the package for leh in advance or can i do bookings for pangong ,tsomoriri and nubra after reaching leh.
    What you suggest.

      • Goodmorning Dheeraj,

        Actually i want to know accomodation at leh,nubra,pangong & Tsomoriri during peak season month like July are packed or we easily find accomodation at these places without prior booking.
        i have booked a hotel in Leh and after reaching there i will plan my trip which i have made like overnight stay at nubra,pangong & tsomoriri.And do all my bookings for these places from leh once i reach there.But the only doubt in my mind is about not finding accomodation at these places.

        Kindly Guide me.

        • 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

  37. Hi Dheeraj, excuse for my english, I’m from Argentina and I’m planning to go to Ladakh – Zanskar. Ire asking questions slowly because I have many doubts as I travel alone and I will not take an agency to better tailor the trip to what I want. I would tentative itinerary
    1- flight to Srinagar
    2 – Srinagar
    3- Srinagar – Kargil
    4- Kargill- Padum
    5- Padum
    6- Padum- Itcher -Cha
    7- Cha-Phugtal
    8- Phugtal – Purne- Padum
    9- Padum – Kargil
    10- Kargill- Leh
    11- Leh
    12 – Leh- Nubra Valley- Turtuk
    13- Turtuk -Leh
    14- Leh
    15- leh- Pangsong Tso
    16-Pangong Tso Moriri Tso (indirectly)
    17- Korzok – Keylong
    18- keylong -Manali – Dharamsala
    I can do Nubra valley with Diskit, Hunder and night in Turtuk? and the next day go a little village and return to Leh?
    it is possible to Korzok Spangmilk a day after dawn at Pangong? Korzok to Keylong in one day? And after Manali Keylong early to take a bus or taxi to Dharamsala after noon?
    the entire route in Ladakh Zanskar try to do it in shared taxis to go faster and stopping for pictures and monasteries of the roads, you see it possible traveling alone?

  38. Hi

    Me and my friends are planning for a Leh trip during mid September. I read in some forums and here about issue with self drive cars while travelling in Leh. What i wanted to know is
    1. are there any self drive cars available for rent in Leh that we can take to Nubra Valley
    2. OR we would have to take the local taxi from Leh
    3. OR we can drive on our self drive car which we would be driving from Manali.

    Appreciate your time to reply for this!

    Thanks.

      • Thanks Dheeraj.

        Do you know of any self drive car rental services in Manali which we can take up to Leh?
        Or is Delhi the only option.

        • There is no self drive car services in Manali. Also, outside rented cars (taxis as well as self drive rentals) are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh

  39. Hi Dheeraj,

    I have made a plan to Drive to Nubra, Overnight stay @Diskit and back to Leh next day. Looking at your posts i feel I should be covering Turtuk as well. As of now my plan reads
    Day 3: Drive to Nubra, stay at Diskit.
    Day 4: Back to Leh
    Day 5: Pangong
    Could you please tell me..
    1. How feasible is it to cover Turtuk while riding back from Nubra to Leh on Day4?
    2. If I stay @Turtuk on Day 4 (instead of Leh) is it advisable to Drive from Turtuk to Pangong on Day5?
    I am staying overnight @Pangong on this day and travelling back to Leh on Day 6 (overnight stay at Leh), Flight to Srinagar on Day7 noon.

    • Forgot to mention I am planning to ride by bike to Nubra.. So its gonna be
      1. Leh to Diskit (overnight stay), cover turtuk and back to Leh
      2. Leh to Diskit (overnight stay @Day3), ride to turtuk (overnight stay@Day4), ride to Pangong (over night stay@Day5), back to Leh on Day6..

    • Hi Rahul, the plan you have shared above seems alright to me but if you are a lone rider I wil not suggest that you travel the direct route to Pangong Tso from Nubra because in many miles there will be no help, in case required. So, only take a chance when you have a group to travel on that route. But, looking at the days in hand you are left with either skipping Turtuk or get hold of a group or taxis within Nubra who are traveling to Pangong Tso.

      Make sure you have sufficient fuel to make the trip too. You will have to carry extra fuel.

  40. Jasmine Kharkar on

    Hi Dheeraj, I am planning a 8 nights trip to Ladakh in early July this year, out of which 1 st night stay will be at kargil and So I have a few questions for you..
    1. After a 36 hrs acclimatising to the high altitude I am planning a trip to Nubra valley..is a one night stay enough or does it become too hectic. Most of the times on holidays you end up just travelling from point a to b and c and never relaxing and so I am asking this question. Also should I plan a days trip to PangongPangong Tso or an overnight stay
    2. Have you heard of Mystique Meadow earth homes in Hunder and how are they as I am planning to stay there
    3. how many days you require for sightseeing and acclimatising in Leh
    Under the circumstances will you please help me plan my days as I will be travelling by road from Srinagar.
    Regards and thanks
    Jasmine

    • Hi Jasmine,

      1. Overnight at Nubra Vally seems good to me. You must stay overnight both at Nubra and Pangong Tso
      2. Not really
      3. If you travel from Kargil, you should spend at least 1 day of rest in Leh before moving to Nubra Valley

      • Jasmine Kharkar on

        Dheeraj, thank u so much for your prompt reply…We r a group of 6 and we r in our mid and late 50’s n early 60’s and fighting fit.. But sometimes we end up being more on roads than enjoying the beauty and landscape and so this is how I have planned my itinerary..Please give your valued opinion.
        Day 1. Srinagar to Kargil
        Day 2. Kargil to Leh
        Day 3. Acclimatising n sight seeing in Leh
        Day 4. Head to Nubra valley n complete Hunder/ Diskit
        Day 5. Head to Panamik and Sumur n relaxing n night stay at Hunder
        Day 6. Start early morning for Leh and try to reach for lunch..rest of the day in Leh for completing sightseeing n just relaxing
        Day 7. Leh to Pangong Tso..with sightseeing on the way.
        Day 8. Back to Leh with remaining sightseeing on the way.
        Day 9. Back home

        Pls advice If I need to deduct any days. Also what’s the ideal time to start back from Nubra valley to be back in Leh for lunch.
        Thanks n regards

        • Hello Jasmine ji,

          Day 5, instead of making a trip to Panamik and Sumur, you should make a trip to Turtuk, which is very beautiful. Rest looks OK to me. You can in fact go overnight stay for Turtuk on Day 4, then on Day 5 by late noon return to Hunder and do sightseeing / camel safari at Hunder and next morning by early afternoon leave for Leh after visiting Deskit monastery

        • Jasmine Kharkar on

          Dheeraj, sorry to be troublesome but a last doubt.
          Do u mean to say that I should completely drop Panamik and Sumur from my itinerary…and instead stay one night in turtuk and one night in hunder..if it’s so beautiful as u say, i don’t mind travelling those extra 70 Kms.
          Thank u so much for your help

        • Yes Jasmine ji, there is nothing much in Panamik and Sumur which you will not see in rest of the parts of Nubra, so better skip a do relaxed way to Hunder, Deskit and Turtuk

        • Jasmine Kharkar on

          Thanks Dheeraj,,if in future, I have any more doubts, will definitely get in touch with you

        • Best wishes for the trip and if by chance you happen to be happy to spread smiles, please execute our initiatives of DoW Causes on your own when you travel there, in order to help the local community up there in remote Himalayas. You can check more details about them at: [url=http://devilonwheels.com/india/responsible-travel-f38/dow-causes-step-towards-responsible-travel-t358.html]DoW – Causes | A Step Towards Responsible Travel[/url] and can execute them on your own.

  41. Hi Dheeraj
    I will be directly flying to LEH in Mid May and planning for 6N/7D trip including Nubra and Pangong lake. I assume there won’t be any issues travelling to Nubra by road via Khardung La Pass. How would be weather in Nubra and Pangong in mid May.

    • Hello Venki,

      Pangong Tso will be cold and Nubra shall be fine. Khardung Las and Changa La will have loads of snow 🙂 ..

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh by Air followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 9 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

      You can remove Tso Moriri from it and follow the plan up to Pangong Tso.

      • Oh that’s great and thanks for the quick response. The itinerary almost matches which what we had planned for 6N/7D. AMS is the only thing which is worrying me as i will be travelling with kids aged 11 and 8. Any special place you recommend for photography?

      • Hi Dheeraj . We are traveling to Leh on the 3rd of June. We fly in directly from Bbay. I have my kids with me ages 11,13 and 15. Our itinerary is 2 nights Leh, 1 night Nubra, 1night Leh, 1night pan gong lake and then back to Leh for a night. Please tell me if this sounds ok to you. Also, will my kids get to play in snow anywhere? What temperatures am I looking at, thus aiding me in packing for them appropriately ? What precautions should I take concerning health and safety for my family?
        Thank you so much.

        • Aarti, this sound OK to me but please read: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air

          They will find tons of snow on the way to Chang La and Khrdung La. But, please keep the play period no more than 15 minutes at such high altitude. Most of the time temparatures will be pleasant but will be very cold at high mountain passes and Pangong Tso lake will be quite cold.

        • Thanks Dheeraj. My kids are really looking forward to this trip! But I am quite worried now about the altitude sickness problems I have been reading up on. I have been told by friends that we have to apparently start taking some allopathy medication a few days before our trip. Do you know what these are and if they are safe for adults as well as children? A couple of people have also told me that homeopathy meds are useful to carry along. What is your advice on this? Also should we buy the portable oxygen cylinders when we land in Leh to have in case of any emergency ? Thanks and I really appreciate your advice and views .

      • Ohh!! So will we be able to bike through the pass to go to Diskit? Are the roads cleared of the snow frequently? And what time would you advise we should leave Leh for a comfortable and safe journey through Khardung La?

        Thanks in advance for your advice.

      • hi dheeraj, how safe is it to bring a kid along with me of around 4 years of age on the tour to leh-ladakh?

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

  42. Jaydeep Dey on

    Hello Dheeraj. That picture on fb used to share this post literally made me feel like packing my bags right away to relive that experience. Unfortunately i have to settle for a shorter and different trip, for which i need some advice.
    I am a solo traveling making a short budget trip to manali. I will be there on 26th afternoon/night (this month). I want to cove the spots at and around manali, including rohtang pass. I want to make it in 2-3 days. I needed advice on the list of spots and the way i can make it in as low budget as possible. Also taking into consideration of the current whether what kind of clothing will you advice.

    • Hello Jaydeep,

      Well, in just 2-3 days in hand, you can only roam around in Manali. Then you can travel to snow point of Rohtang Pass, may be at Marhi in the local bus. Then again at max. if you get time, go for a bus ride to Naggar Castle.

      • Jaydeep Dey on

        can you elaborate list of places around manali which i can cover in a single day. I will be reaching on 26th late afternoon or evening can u suggest a low budget hotel also.

        Thank You.

        • Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.

  43. Hi Dheeraj,
    Any idea on the climate & road conditions of leh – nubra i.e khardungla pass in april first & second week .

    • Smittur, road to Nubra Valley near Khardung La will be totally snowed out, climate will be cold for sure. However, BRO keep the traffic moving on the Khardung La road and Nubra Valley is kept connected all round the year.

  44. Dilip Vacha on

    Hi,
    I am planning to visit Leh during mid April 2016.
    Can i complete to and fro journey from Leh to Nubra Valley in a same day ?

    • Dilip, you need need to leave at 6 AM in order to do so and start your journey back from Nubra at 1 PM as BRO will not allow you to cross North Pullu late late afternoon. Also, on Monday or Tuesday in winters Khardung La remains closed

  45. Dear Dheeraj

    I am (Running 63 Years) an avid traveller and love to explore Himalayas in all possible places. I am a silent follower of DOW and quite enthused by reading the threads. I had my Heart By-Pass Surgery in 2010 and after that I travelled almost 5 times in different region of Himalayas.

    I would like to explore Ladakh during Sep’2016 and will like to follow your Srinagar-Leh-Manali Itinerary. Do you suggest any modification considering my age? If so then please suggest.

    • The most common itinerary fits most of the cases sir. You can take rest based on the fatigue levels I will suggest. May be couple of days of rest in Leh and then instead of 2 day trip to Nubra, make a three day trip including a day trip to Turtuk or just rest. similarly rest days can be added. However, in most cases it is quite balanced.

  46. Saurabh Kataria on

    Hi, Is there any way through which I can directly head towards Manali from Nubra Valley instead of coming back to leh and if yes could you please tell me the total distance and where to stay in mid….

  47. Brother i have planned to visit leh on 1st april.
    will the roads to nubra be open.
    will the camp on pangong lake be open during 1st week of april.
    Thanks

    • Yes, roads remain open all round the year barring few days of heavy snowfall. So, in case it snowfall heavily during that time, it will close else it will be open

      • So, you are sure I can take the Bus from Manali to Leh in the first week of April?
        and then heading to Nubra also by Jeep?
        Thank you

        • No Matt, Manali – Leh road will not be open in April. You need to fly to Leh and from there roads connecting to both Pangong tso and Nubra Valley you will find open unless there is a heavy snowfall during that time. The above reply is just for Leh to Nubra Road. Manali to Leh road opens around June.

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