Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway


There have been many articles on Manali – Leh Highway published earlier on the blog. Now to make complete sense of all of them  I would like to put them all at one location to transform it into a Manali – Leh Highway Travel Guide. I hope this helps all my fellow travelers to find information or all they want to know about Manali – Leh Highway at a single place only.

Manali - Leh National Highway

Planning a Journey on Manali – Leh Highway

In order to help you plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway, you can refer the below link which will explain you complete details about how you can plan your journey on Manali – Leh Highway. The below link includes the information regarding best season to travel on Manali – Leh Highway, modes of travel on Manali – Leh Highway, public amenities like ATMs, Petrol Pumps, Liquor shops etc on Manali – Leh Highway etc. Refer the link below for details – How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

Complete Details of Places on Manali – Leh Highway

If you are interested to know comprehensive details about the places on Manali – Leh Highway then below is the link for such information. The below link includes the information about distance and altitude chart for the places on Manali – Leh Highway along with their description which helps you plan your brief stoppages, night halts, point of interests etc on Manali – Leh Highway. Refer the link below for details – Places on Manali – Leh Highway | A Detailed Description

Suraj Tal besides Manali - Leh Highway

List of Accommodation or Stay Options on Manali – Leh Highway

Its always better to know or have the list of all accommodation places on Manali – Leh Highway before you travel on it because in such unpredictable terrain you can never predict what can come to your rescue. So, having as much details as possible about the place is always favorable. I have complied the list of accommodation or stay options on Manali – Leh Highway at the below link which includes the information about their contacts, location, price range, experiences etc. Refer the link below for details – List of Accommodation Options on Manali – Leh Highway

Views at Pang on Manali - Leh Highway

Importance of Acclimatization on Manali – Leh Highway

Since, you would be traveling above 14000 feet for about 300+ KMs on Manali – Leh Highway its really IMPORTANT for you to understand about acclimatization, its importance and AMS or mountain sickness. Many instances people have been found in doubt weather to take the babies or kids with them to Leh – Ladakh or on Manali – Leh Highway. To answer yuor queries and doubts in such cases, I have complied a brief text on the link below which includes information about AMS, acclimatization and few important TIPS which will help you keep your body better acclimatized and minimize the chances of AMS or mountain sickness, when its safe to take babies or kids to Leh – Ladakh and what precautions to take etc. Refer the link below for details – Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

Tangang La on Manali - Leh Highway

List of things to carry on Manali – Leh Highway

I have tried to compile a practical list of things to carry while you travel or go on trip. I am sure it will be helpful for you even in case of Manali – Leh Highway too. Refer the link below for details – List of things to carry when you go on trip or travel

As for clothing, its always best to dress up in layers with Inner Thermals both lower and upper always ON. It might irritate in bright sunshine in lower hills but as the altitude increase then it will certainly help in the shades or evenings or mornings or if the weather turn up dark. You need to carry heavy woolens while you travel to Manali – Leh Highway.

Its really IMPORTANT that you carry eateries like dry fruits (must have as backup incase you get stuck), chocolates, some non-perishable food and ample of water to keep each one of you hydrated.

Along with things mentioned in above link, if you are self-driving then you must take the Basic toolkit, screw driver set, small hammer, puncture repair kit, iron rod, two or three “2 liter” empty bottles of Pepsi / Coke / Limca etc to carry extra petrol or diesel (jerry cans will leak, cold drink bottles do not leak), funnel, towing rope, spare tube (must for bikes), Elfy or Fevi quick (2-3 sachets), jump start cables/wires, M-seal to prevent leakage etc. These are among the things which I carried along on my trip to Ladakh.

Also, do not forget to get your vehicle (car/bike) serviced about 2-3 weeks before the start of the Ladakh journey. This will ensure that you have proper time in advance to test your serviced vehicle and get fixed any hitches that may have been introduced in that service.

Deepak Tal besides Manali - Leh National Highway


I hope the above information along with dedicated links will help you plan your travel to Manali – Leh Highway in the entirety and hassle free. In case you wish to share your experience or have any suggestions or have any queries then please feel free to leave a comment below and I would be more than happy to respond to it within quick time…


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  1. parveen rana on

    hi dhreej can you guide me about snow chain for bike i am planing a winter ride to spitti velly a have Apache rtr 160

  2. Hrishikesh Chakraborty on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the valuable information in your blog. We are again planning for Ladakh, but this time we will start from Manali. We are planning to start our journey from Manali to Jispa on Monday 11th June 2018. Is that time good for clear sky, or do we get rain in between our journey?

    Your response is much appreciated and helpful for our planning.

      • Hrishikesh on

        Thanks for your comment Dheeraj. However will you able to inform us about the weather of that time, clear sky or cloudy. I know prediction about mountain weather is nearest to impossible, but please inform us about the trends.

        • It has already started snowing at high passes, cold has set in the high Himalayas. Skies usually are clear but occasional snowfall can always occur.

  3. Mahendra Karki on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Many thanks for providing all the information’s regarding ladakh trip.

    We planned our whole trip based on information on devilonwheels site and enjoyed the most with min. cost. We contacted Mr. Rigzin (driver) no. 1 in ur list of drivers for taxi service, he arranged taxi from Srinagar to leh ( 1 night stay in kargil ) and for leh sightseen, nubra valley and pangong visit. We were lucky to have Mr. Rigzin as driver from leh to khargungla, he is awesome driver, he jokes, he sings, he is a genuine heart person. He guides us the timing we shud leave nubra to reach pangong via leh as the direct route was closed due to landslide so we dnt miss our pangong stay.

    Again I want to thank you Mr. Dheeraj and Mr. Rigzin for making our trip memorable and unforgettable.

    Note: Kargil War Memorial (KWM) will be closed for visitors with effect from 22 to 26 July for maintenance purpose.

    Hope the above information helps others to plan their trip in case they dnt want to miss KWM.

    Mahendra Karki

  4. Dear Dheeraj,

    Thank you for your valuable information. Please share your valuable info on the below queries.

    1. How is the situation now with rented bike communication from Manali to Leh. We have already rented bkes from manali prior to this bike association issue that happened last week, which led to restrict manali rented bike to cross Sarchu.

    2. Is there any local bus services available to go Sarchu from Manali in Day-1 and to go Leh from Sarchu on Day-2. I have inquired about HRTC buses, but they go till Keylong and next day from Keylong to Sarchu.

    Thank you so much in advance.

    • Hi Ashuotsh,

      1. Renting bikes from Manali may not be the best thing now as Ladakh bike rental union has banned them to even enter. Best is to avoid renting them and rent bikes only in Leh.
      2. You cannot do from Sarchu, you have to use local transport from Manali to Keylong and then Keylong to Leh. Once you reach Leh, then rent the bikes. Sarchu is nothing but some camps pitched for overnight stay. There is no civilization or village there. Darcha will be the last village on the way to Leh from Manali side and then directly comes Rumtse after crossing Taglang la.

  5. Dheeraj,

    Will hiring a bike from chandigarh solve the purpose ?? I mean, can i drive chandigarh bike till Leh ??

    • No Nitin, there will be similar issues I believe midst all this tension. Best is to avoid taking an rented bike to Ladakh and hire/rent bike in Leh itself.

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