Ladakh trip September 2017

Travel QuestionsCategory: Ladakh & Zanskar ValleyLadakh trip September 2017
VARUN asked 1 week ago

Hello Dheeraj,
My wife and I are planning a trip to Ladakh this September 2017 and have followed the budget itinerary suggested by you with the only difference that we plan to fly in and out of Ladakh due to time constraints.. However, when we shared our plan with few of the drivers recommended by you, they have given us a price quotation much higher than what we expected according to this itinerary… As we are budget travelers, we were looking at a 8 day trip to Ladakh(5 days tour, 2 days complete rest, last day fly back to delhi) in mid range vehicle like Scorpio… Please find our itinerary below and can you please kindly help us figure out what should be the total cost of our package (on traveling) according to you as we wish to negotiate further with them?
17th September, Sunday: Day 1- early morning flight to Leh ; whole day rest
18th September, Monday: Day 2- Sham Valley Tour (Magnetic Hill, Sangam at nimmu, Hall of Fame Museum, Spituk Monastery) with Likir monastery and Lamayuru Monastery
19th September, Tuesday: Day 3- Leh Local Sightseeing (Shanti Stupa, Stok Palace, Leh Palace, Leh Market)
20th September, Wednesday: Day 4- Nubra valley and back (Khardung La, only Hunder and Deksit Monastery) and back to leh
21st September, Thursday: Day 5- Rest for full day or Hemis, Thiksey and Shey Monastery
22nd Spetember, Friday: Day 6- Pangong Lake , back to leh
23rd September, Saturday: Day 7 – Tso Moriri and Tso Kar, back to leh
24th September, Sunday Day 8- flight to delhi
Awaiting your reply eagerly,
Best Regards,
Varun

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8 Answers
prodhar answered 1 week ago

Day 7 – Leh to Tso Moriri &Tso Kar and back to Leh! Possible? How long will be the journey?

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DHEERAJ SHARMA answered 1 week ago

As per the taxi union rates of year 2017-18 (http://devilonwheels.com/leh-ladakh-taxi-rates-2017-18/) following is the break up
Srinagar – Leh in 2 days = 18400
Leh Local sightseeing = 2500-3000
Leh – Nubra Valley 2 Day = 10566
Leh – Pangong Tso 2 Day = 10301
Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Manali 2-3 days = 29056
Leh – Manali 2 Days = 21588
Leh – Pangong Tso 1 Day = 8653
Leh – Nubra Valley 1 Day = 8053
You can usually get about 10-15% discount on these taxi rates after getting in touch with the driver directly. 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.

Do two day trip to Nubra Valley and Pangong tso each. You are a couple and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in the worst case, you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo

Day 7 is not possible.

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Varun D answered 1 week ago

Hello Dheeraj, Thank you for your reply… we plan to fly out of leh on 24th Sept.. Hence, we have to return to Leh after visiting Tso Moriri.. In case of Nubra Valley, due to time constraints, we want to cover only Hunder and Deskit, not Sumur and Panamik in a day’s trip… Is this possible to be done without exertion?
As Day 7 is not possible, is it possible to go Tso Moriri on the 6th Day,stay overnight and return on 7th Day from Tso Kar to Leh.. in this case, we will visit Pangong on the 5th day which we had earlier kept for resting..
Also, can you please suggest that if we drop Tso Kar from our plan then is it possible to do Tso Moriri on day 7 and return to Leh on the same day?
Thanking you in anticipation,
Varun

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Varun D answered 1 week ago

Hello Dheeraj, I just happened to read one of your threads that mentioned about the recent change in the inner line permit rule for Indians.. Do Indians need to get a permit before visiting Pangong, Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri.. can the driver/hotel arrange for the same or do we need to take care of the same…Can you advise how much does the permit cost on each circuit..?

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DHEERAJ SHARMA answered 1 week ago

These are few plans that I can recommend. First one provides best comfort and easy trip

17th September, Sunday: Day 1- early morning flight to Leh ; whole day rest
18th September, Monday: Day 2- Sham Valley Tour (Magnetic Hill, Sangam at nimmu, Hall of Fame Museum, Spituk Monastery) with Likir monastery and Lamayuru Monastery
19th September, Tuesday: Day 3- Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley (Hunder, Deskit)
20th September, Wednesday: Day 4- Nubra valley and back to leh
21st September, Thursday: Day 5- Leh – Pangong Tso
22nd Spetember, Friday: Day 6- Pangong Lake – back to leh
23rd September, Saturday: Day 7 – Rest day in Leh
24th September, Sunday Day 8- flight to delhi

OR

17th September, Sunday: Day 1- early morning flight to Leh ; whole day rest
18th September, Monday: Day 2- Sham Valley Tour (Magnetic Hill, Sangam at nimmu, Hall of Fame Museum, Spituk Monastery) with Likir monastery and Lamayuru Monastery
19th September, Tuesday: Day 3- Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley (Hunder, Deskit)
20th September, Wednesday: Day 4- Nubra valley and back to leh
21st September, Thursday: Day 5- Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
22nd Spetember, Friday: Day 6- Leh – Tso Moriri
23rd September, Saturday: Day 7 – Tso Moriri – Tso KAr – Leh
24th September, Sunday Day 8- flight to delhi

OR

17th September, Sunday: Day 1- early morning flight to Leh ; whole day rest
18th September, Monday: Day 2- Sham Valley Tour (Magnetic Hill, Sangam at nimmu, Hall of Fame Museum, Spituk Monastery) with Likir monastery and Lamayuru Monastery
19th September, Tuesday: Day 3- Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley (Hunder, Deskit)
20th September, Wednesday: Day 4- Nubra valley – Agham – Shyok/WariLa – PAngong Tso (take whichever route is open between Wari La or Shyok village)
21st September, Thursday: Day 5- Pangong Tso – Leh
22nd Spetember, Friday: Day 6- Leh – Tso Moriri
23rd September, Saturday: Day 7 – Tso MOriri – Tso Kar – Leh
24th September, Sunday Day 8- flight to delhi

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DHEERAJ SHARMA answered 1 week ago

Varu, Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits is required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been announced in April 2017. 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. Page 1 is Protected Area Permit applicable for foreigners. Fill in Page 2, 3 for Inner Line Permit applicable for Indians, got to DC office in Leh and submit the application with valid Photo ID nationality proof and pay the required fee of Rs 400 + Rs 20 x number of days you will be in Ladakh.
Inner Line Permits are again required from this year (April 2017) for Indians and they can be applied online. Use the link: Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online. Once applied, take the print out and pay the fee at Tourist Info Center in Leh or DC Office in Leh.

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VARUN answered 2 days ago

Hello Dheeraj..Thank you so much for all the information…. this has been really very helpful… Also we worked out our plan according to your suggestion with only one exception of staying 1 night in Pangong(due to a previous bad experience of AMS at Pangong)…
Thank you once again…
Best Regards,
Varun D
 

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DHEERAJ SHARMA answered 2 days ago

Great best wishes for the trip, I will look forward to your trip updates back here so that others can benefit from your details. Please try to post them once you are back !!

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