Leh road trip via srinagar 1st week of aug2017

Travel QuestionsCategory: Ladakh & Zanskar ValleyLeh road trip via srinagar 1st week of aug2017
Suma Joshi asked 4 months ago

Hi
We are a family of three( 2 adults & our 9 yr old son), planning to take a road trip to Leh from Allahabad, in the 1st week of August. The route we Hav planned is delhi-Jalandhar-Udhampur-Srinagar-draws-Leh. And then visit nubra, pangon tso, Zanskar(seems difficult, but we want to…). 
Return route is Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Udhampur-delhi.
following are my queries –
1. What are the must visit places in and around this route?
2. Trip dates are 4.8.17 to 21.8.17. Is nubra, pangong Tso and zanskar possible? 
3. Will we need heavy woollens like thermals, etc? 
4. Can we in any way find out the present road condition? (though I know roads are almost nonexistent in some patches)
5. How safe is it if we take our 1 yr old Great Dane with us on this trip? He is ok with travelling in the car. 
6. We wish to stay in Nubra, is that possible, if yes, can you suggest places where we can stay?
 
Thank you in advance! 

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2 Answers
suma joshi answered 4 months ago

Just got to know that one way traffic is allowed on alternate days from udhampur to Srinagar…. and there is a lot of traffic…..
please guide…

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DHEERAJ SHARMA answered 4 months ago

Below are the replies:

1. What are the must visit places in and around this route?
2. Trip dates are 4.8.17 to 21.8.17. Is nubra, pangong Tso and zanskar possible?

You can refer the below itinerary
Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
— Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
— Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
— If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
— Overnight at Srinagar

Day 3 | Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
— Enjoy the vistas enroute
— Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
— Overnight at Kargil

Day 4 | Kargil – Padum (Zanskar Valley)
— Head straight to Padum

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

Day 6 | Padum – Zongkhul Monastery – Penzi La Pass – Rangdum
— Start back and stay at Rangdum

Day 7 | Rangdum – Panikhar – Sankoo – Kargil
— Checkout rock carved statue at Khartse Khar

Day 8 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
— Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
— On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
— Overnight at Leh

Day 9 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
— To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
— For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
— Overnight at Leh

Day 10 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk
— Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Turtuk
— On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
— enjoy the culture in the Turtuk Village
— do mention Turtuk on the permits

Day 11 | Turtuk – Hunder
— Spend whole day at Turtuk and reach Hunder by evening
— Overnight at Hunder

Day 12 | Hunder – Deskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
— Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
— Enjoy drive upto Panamik, visit Yarab Tso Lake and back Leh
— Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
— Overnight at Leh

Day 13 | 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 14 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
— Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
— Overnight at Leh

Day 15 | 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.
— Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
— Overnight at Leh

Day 16 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
— Cover Karzok Monastery
— Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
 
Day 17 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
— Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
— Overnight at Sarchu or Pang
 
Day 18 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
— On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
— Overnight at Jispa

Day 19 | Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
— On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
— Overnight at Manali

Day 20 | Manali – Delhi
— Return home

To do it in 18 days, you can skip Turtuk and rest day in Leh after coming back from Pangong Tso or drop Zanskar Valley.

3. Will we need heavy woollens like thermals, etc?

Please read: Tips for Carrying Clothes for Ladakh Trip

4. Can we in any way find out the present road condition? (though I know roads are almost nonexistent in some patches)

You can check the road condition forum of our website: http://devilonwheels.com/india/road-status-conditions/?sid=0065ab47a1d0de845ad9e20f10d2f1c4

5. How safe is it if we take our 1 yr old Great Dane with us on this trip? He is ok with travelling in the car.

Sorry on this front.

6. We wish to stay in Nubra, is that possible, if yes, can you suggest places where we can stay?

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

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