Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway

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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

Conclusion

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. Hi Dheeraj,

    As my dates are close, please help me with the final one, this is how i am planning

    24th June – Leh to Nubra valley (Night stay in Hunder/Diskit)
    25th June – Nubra valley to Leh
    26th June – Leh to Pangong Tso (Night stay in Pangong tso)
    27th June – Pangong tso to Leh

    I know i am in tight schedule, but, need to work it pout in these 4 dyas.

    Where i need ur help is
    1. Can we go and come back in same day from Nubra valley/Hunder/Diskit ?? So day i can have first day for Leh only.
    2. Should i do Leh to Nubra/Hunder/Diskit to Pangong Tso to Leh in three days ?? In this case also i can manage to have first day for Leh itself.
    Or is it fine to stick with the above mentioned plan of mine ??

    Please help me with this 🙂

    • Do first day rest in Leh in case you are going by road to Leh, in case flying you need two days of rest at least. In next 3 days do, Leh – Nubra Valley, Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso, Pangong Tso to Leh.

      • Thank you very much for your response Sir Ji 🙂
        Will stick to this plan, however there is another issue going on Manali with rented bikes, i have heard that they are not let pass HP vehicle beyond Sarchu, my dates are pretty close and i am very afraid because i am not getting any clear information on this.
        Could you please help me with this, if you have any concrete information, i have no other option accept to take bike from Manali 🙁

  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    As usual, always Dow Community before taking every new trip.

    Planning for the following trip in the first week of July and requires your inputs

    1) Day 1 – Flying to Leh from Delhi, rest of the day rest for acclimatization.
    2) Day 2 – Local Sightseeing in Leh
    3) Day 3 – Leh to Pangong Tso and stay at Pangong Tso
    4) Day 4 – Pangong Tso to Leh stay at Leh
    5) Day 5 – Leh to Nubra Valley stay at Nubra Valley
    6) Day 6 – Nubra to Leh and stay at Leh
    7) Day 7 – Leh to Kargil Stay at Kargil
    8) Day 8 – Kargil to Srinagar, Stay at Srinagar
    9) Day 9,10 – Srinagar, Pahalgam. Please suggest.

    • Thank you KRJ 🙂

      Plan looks OK but major edit is that you MUST do Nubra Valley first and then Pangong Tso, Hence, swap those days and it should be good. Also, if you are not aware you need Inner Liner Permit for Leh – Ladakh again starting this year.

  3. Naman Gupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are going to Leh from delhi via manali and returning back from the same route. We are taking self drive ecosport from delhi with us. Can you please let me know the itenaray since we have less number of days. We are leaving on 9th June night and will return to delhi on 18th morning.

    Since this year there is no clarifications on the ROHTANG PASS PERMIT AND INNER LINE PERMITS (Online process is still not matured enough). APPRECIATE UR HELP IN DESIGNING BEST ITENARAY FOR US . Please note that we dont want to explore manali. And not much idea of what we should cover in ladakh (Pangong so, nubra or Tso moriri, Hanle).

    We are in complete confusion because getting inner line permit may ruin our full one day.

  4. Rajesh Hota on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Amazing insights, i have been reading all the feeds for 4 hours now, i am excited. Need one answer from you, since i am thinking of going to Leh via Delhi-Manali-Leh starting on 10 of june-2017- Return via Kargil-drass-srinager route. Is it the right time, also is it feasible to drive down by HYUNDAI ACCENT ?? pLEASE HELP !! if the roads are good

  5. Gaurav Sood on

    Hey Dheeraj Ji,
    Great work at Devil on Wheels community, I have been referring your website to plan my visit to Kaza (in 2014) and now to Leh. It is of great help to travelers. Keep the excellent work up.
    We live at Shimla and did Shimla- Rampur-Nako-Kaza(2 days)- Losar- Sissu-(Keylong)-(Manali) -Mandi -Shimla tour with our kids in 2014. We had a bit of AMS(little breathlessness) at Nako only and rest of the tour was fine.
    This time around we plan to visit Leh from 7th July 2017 to 17th July 2017 in our own Duster-AWD (2016 model).
    I have an official meeting in Leh from 10th July afternoon to 13th July, 2017. We want to travel from Shimla to Leh via Manali. Need your help in planning this. This time around it will me and my wife only. I am just not able to make up my mind to where to stay on first night- Manali? Sissu? Jispa? ( Jispa seems to be too long a drive from Shimla). Can you kindly advice the journey from Shimla to Leh, so that we start on 7th and reach Leh by morning/afternoon of 10th July? Is it advisable to travel alone on the route?

    Also we plan to visit Nubra valley and Pangong Tso like Leh-Nubra-Pangong Tso-Leh- can this be done in two days with a night stay at Pangong Tso?

    Looking forward to your advice
    Regards

    Gaurav Sood

    • Thank you Gaurav !! Do it like Shimla to Solang Valley (7th), Solang Valley to Jispa (8th) and then Jispa to Leh (9th). Since, you been to Spiti, you will find more vehicles on this route 🙂

      You will need at least three days for Leh – Nubra – Pangong Tso – Leh trip.

  6. Dhawal Patel on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all thanks for the efforts you put in for making our planning so easy.

    We are planning for 10 day trip to Leh from Manali and following is the Itinerary i have made:

    Day 1: Manali or Solang Valley
    Day 2: Manali to Jispa
    Day 3: Jispa to Leh
    Day 4: Leh Local
    Day 5: Leh – Sham Valley – Leh OR Leh – Nubra Valley – Leh
    Day 6: Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
    Day 7: Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
    Day 8: Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
    Day 9: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
    Day 10: Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali

    Following are my Questions:

    1) We are planning the trip from 14th July 2017 to 23rd July 2017, Is this the right time to visit Leh? Will we get rain around this time?

    2) We will be renting Bikes from Manali.. In older comments i read that bikes rented from Manali can not be used to travel in or around Leh – Ladakh. Is it true?

    3) For Day 5 what should we choose Sham Valley Or Nubra Valley. Is it even possible to cover Nubra Valley in 1 day? If not is Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Leh a better option?

    4) For Day 7, instead of coming back to Leh from Pangong Tso Lake, is going to Hanle and than Hanle – Tso Moriri (Day 8) a good option?

    5) Are there any changes we can make to this Itinerary (other than increasing the no. of days :P) so that we do not miss out must visit places.

    • Below are the replies:

      1. Yes, the dates are fine to travel
      2. Yes, this is true. You will have to pay twice for riding bikes in Ladakh and keeping Manali bikes parked in Leh
      3. I will highly recommend that you add one day or else go to Nubra Valley and then take direct desolated route to reach Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley and then come back to Leh from Pangong Tso. Skip Sham Valley
      4. Keep it less tiring and come back to Leh

  7. Hello Dheeraj!

    I sometimes wonder how you are able to manage and keep-up with so many requests and queries on your blog and give the latest updates and the most relevant responses.. You are awesome that-ways! The content on your blog is extremely useful!

    An bunch of us (Late 20’s and early 30’s) are traveling to Leh mid July and have an interesting debate on what is the best thing to do considering the climate/rains and acclimatisation and your suggestions and advise will really help us make that decision. Our real intent was to do the Manali – Leh route.

    Options:

    a) Manali – Jispa – Sarchu -Leh (3days)
    Start from Manali to halt at Jispa (as per your recommendations) on day 1 followed by a halt at Sarchu on day 2 (Higher Altitude) and head to Leh on day 3.
    Do we increase a day at Jispa? Are there better things to do?
    Will this route be okay – this is the most suggested route.

    b) Manali – Jispa – Leh (2 Days)
    How feasible is the travel if we skip a halt at Sarchu? Will it help us any with the acclimatisation?

    c) Leh – Manali
    Land at Leh and rest for 24-36 hours and begin the trip visiting places and travel down to Manali.
    (Although not my preference as there is always a different excitement and thrill to reach the end destination on any adventure / expedition compared to starting from the endpoint – this was a tip suggested on one of your posts)

    Your feedback will really help! Looking forward to your inputs. Best,
    Sreyans

    • Sreyans, thanks a lot for your warm words of appreciation !! 🙂 🙂

      It keeps the fuel running.

      Options:

      a) Manali – Jispa – Sarchu -Leh (3days)
      I do not recommend night stay at Sarchu even after a night stay at Jispa because realistically your body can never acclimatize to the altitude of Sarchu while traveling to Leh from Manali. Most nights are always worst in Sarchu in such cases too.

      b) Manali – Jispa – Leh (2 Days)
      This is the second best option to travel Manali – Leh Highway from Manali to Leh and best in case you are traveling in that direction only.

      c) Leh – Manali
      If you fly to Leh, do ladakh sightseeing including Nubra and Pangong Tso, the body is much more acclimatized to tackle the high altitude of Pang and Sarchu. So, in this case after a night stay at Tso moriri, you can make a night stay at Sarchu to split the Manali – Leh journey.

      Also, don’t worry, Manali – Leh Highway journey is itself a destination 😉

      • Dheeraj, Thanks again for your suggestions. We have taken your advise and re-done the itinerary. Please let us know if this looks good and suggest the right towns/villages to halt after day 6. Also anyother suggestions that will make this itinerary better.

        Kept the day 1 for Acclimatization
        The next two days is for travel in and around Leh.

        Day Date Start End
        1 14-Jul Leh – Leh
        2 15-Jul Leh – Leh
        3 16-Jul Leh Leh
        4 17-Jul Leh – Turtuk
        5 18-Jul Turtuk – Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder)
        6 19-Jul Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso
        7 20-Jul Pangong Tso – TBD (please suggest)
        8 21-Jul TBD – Hanle
        9 22-Jul Hanle – Karkoz (Tso Moriri)
        10 23-Jul Karkoz – Sarchu
        11 24-Jul Sarachu – Jispa
        12 25-Jul Jispa – Manali

        • It looks very good but a little tweak I will suggest as following:

          1 14-Jul Leh – Leh
          2 15-Jul Leh – Sham Valley – Leh
          3 16-Jul Leh Turtuk
          4 17-Jul Turtuk – Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder)
          5 18-Jul Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) – Leh
          6 19-Jul Leh – Pangong Tso
          7 20-Jul Pangong Tso – Hanle
          8 21-Jul Hanle – Tso Moriri
          9 22-Jul Tso Moriri – Sarchu
          10 23-Jul Sarchu – Jispa
          11 24-Jul Jispa – Manali
          12 25-Jul Buffer day that can be spent in Hanle, Pangong Tso or offbeat Tso Moriri lake.

  8. Hey,

    Please tell me if my plan is practical.
    1. Is it too hectic?
    2. How can I book the various cabs. (Manali to Leh and Leh tours)

    18th June : Manali – Jispa
    19th June : Jispa to Leh
    20th June : Leh to Nubra
    21st June : Nubra to leh
    22nd June : Leh to Pangong
    23rd June : Pangong to Leh
    24th June : Leh
    25th June : Fly back

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    Your blog has wealth of information and truly useful for avid travellers. Request your comments on the following tour schedule that we have already booked in July

    Day 1: Local sightseeing in Manali
    Day 2:Manali to Sarchu
    Day 3:Sarchu to Tso Morori
    Day 4:Korzok village
    Day 5: Tso Morori to Hanle
    Day 6: Hanle to Pangong
    Day 7: Pangong to Leh
    Day 8: Leh
    Day 9: Leh to Turtuk
    Day 10: Turtuk to Leh
    Day 11: Leh to Delhi

      • Thanks a ton for that quick response and your help to the community means a lot! And the action is taken, we have already requested our tour organiser for requisite change.

        By the way, does DoW organise any sort of tours to Ladakh?

        • PLEASE note Devil On Wheels is a Travel Platform to share information with fellow like minded travellers for FREE. There are some people who do sell tours and run commercial things with same or similar names like ours with few spelling changes. Please BEWARE of such copy cats using our name to disguise fellow travelers, as they use our name or similar name to fool people for their own commercial purpose and in the past we have heard tons of complaints about them from the people who got confused in entities and ended up trips with them.

          We at Devil On Wheels Travel Platform offer sufficient information we possibly from route to maps to hotel details to day by day plans and other advises that one need to make a successful Himalayan trip including Ladakh, Himachal, Uttarakhand or North-East thoroughly. This will save you a lot of money and hassles too which you can use to buy something good for you or to help the ones in need in Himalayas 🙂 🙂

  10. NIRAJ KUMAR on

    Hii Dheeraj

    I found your blog really helpful. I am planning to travel to leh on my bike in july this year. I am planning to go from chandigarh to leh, however i will have to return by flight. Are there packers and movers services available so that i can get my bike shipped back???

    • Niraj, I have never heard about any such service that can bring your bike back from Leh to Chandigarh. Most of the packer services operate up to Srinagar. You can check with Gati or SafeExpress.

  11. Dinesh Bhagat on

    Hi ! Deeraj by giving very important details of each & every of leh , pangaong, it is a great valuable information is being provided by you. As a those who are travel worm, it is a dream to visit the place of heaven of course leh. I one again thank you by giving valuable information about the said places. Could u provide the local non government buses that ply within the cities of leh as well the buses whiich goes to nubra valley also provide me economy hotels or villagers room rents as available near pangong tso lake.

    Lastly I say you are fabulous by sharing the information through your devil on wheels.

  12. Hello Guys..
    Nice blog.. Good job.. Thank you so much for the information. It’s a great post…I love travelling and want to travel all over the world. Explore new places, adventurous things and many more. And photographs are just amazing. Keep writing !!!

    • Manali – Leh is open but snowfall has started now. Tourists have been cautioned by the authorities for avoiding traveling on Manali – Leh road as it can be quite dangerous now.

  13. Hi All,

    My friend is currently in Leh. He went on his newly purchased bullet but now it creating issues.
    And keeps on shutting down. Hence he is not able to continue with his bike.
    Could someone please help in case knows any tow service that could tow his bike to nearest railway station so that he could bring bike back to delhi.

    Its urgent. Kindly help. Thanks in advance.

  14. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am big fan of DOW now.
    I have completed my bike ride from Chandigarh – Manali – Leh – Manali – Chandigarh.

    First of all thank you very much Dheeraj for all information you provided. I would urge to other guys, if you are not well prepared or
    if you have any doubts regarding journey, DOW is the place. Its like one stop shop for all information. 😀

    I would like to share few experiences. Actually I dont know where to post so posting within comment, if you wish you can move it to proper place and just update me with link.

    1. Since we went in August, So I would like to tell, guys, weather was detoriorating. At Sarchu, since it was raining, temperature drop to sub zero (As confirmed with locals, since I didnt had thermometer 😀 ). So be prepared for that.

    2. Medicines, as Dheeraj always suggests, do carry Diamox, and ORS. This had became most important intake after food for us 😀

    3. Since weather was extreme, at tanglang la we faced same sub zero temperature and it was raining, so do carry cloathing in layers.

    4. Shoes: I had raised query too, for this. Based on experience I suggest, if you are travelling in rainy, just carry gum boots. and extra pair of socks. and normal chappal to use when at day halt and at colder places carry woolen socks.
    I had carried DMS shoes, but gum boots were the best since we had to cross lots of water streams.
    Please note, in water streams socks do get wet. since water comes from top of boot, so carry extra pair since we were in bone chilling weather.

    Also one mistake we had done was our gum boots were not too long. it was just above ankles and below calf. I recommend get longer ones since, in water streams water used to drop in from top. so it was worst for us.

    5. Gloves: I am not a regular rider, so I did not have expensive gear. I would recommend if you have normal mesh gloves, then carry extra medical gloves, which doctors use. when it is raining, you can wear it inside mesh gloves.

    6. Most important mistake I had done. Dheeraj always suggested, we cannot wait on tops for more time. Actually thing is due to some reason, we had to wait for long at tanglang la top, since some of our team members were lagging behind. My mistake was since I was tired so, I tried to take a nap at some place on top. That was my mistake.
    Although by gods grace, it didnt turn up too worse, but i did got nausea. luckily other people came and we immediately climbed down. SO DO NOT TRY TO SLEEP ON TOP even though you have plenty of time. It was most idiotic thing I did. I admit.

    7. At pangong, there was huge landslide, luckily our group leader was in touch with base team, so we got all updated info. I suggest be always in touch of support team or else in touch of locals they might have all info. coz few days before of our journey to pangong, the landslide happend, it was very huge, we heard that
    road was closed for 4 days. Thus I request you to stay in touch with any or your support system.

    These were key points we faced. rest experiences are same as all other people. So I sum up with my experience.
    Hope so I am not forgetting anything, If I recollect, will surely update info.

    Meanwhile you can check my short timelapse video which I made during journey. Hope you like it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDxHiusHWkY

    Also for more pictures from ladakh journey please visit following page.

    https://www.facebook.com/HiddenEye2016/

    Once again Thanks Dheeraj for all information you provided. I’ll definitely recommend this site only for any leh-ladakh tourist.

    All the very best for other riders. It is most amazing, surreal place you would ever visit. No matter when you visit, it will always be best. You’ll just fall in love with Ladakh.

    Its a MUST DO journey. so GO FOR IT. Cheers. 🙂
    Warm Regards,
    Swapnil.

  15. Dheeraj,
    I am a big fan of your DOW . I am planning to go on September last by bike .check my schedule and let me know your valuable comments

    DELHI – SHIMLA 1 (stay at shimla)
    SHIMLA – HIDIMBA 3 ( stay at Hidimpa)
    HIDIMBA – PRASHAR LAKE 4
    PRASHAR LAKE – KASOL 4 (stay at kasol)
    KASOL – KULLU 35 KM 5
    KULLU – MANALI 40 KM 5
    MANALI – SOLANG VALLEY 5 (stay at solang)
    SOLANG VALLEY – LEH 7 (stay at jispa,leh)
    LEH – TURTUK 8 ( stay at turtuk)
    TURTUK –LEH 9 ( stay at leh)
    LEH – PANGONG LAKE 10 ( stay near to lake)
    PANGONG LAKE – CHANDRATAAL 12 (stay at jispa ,chandra taal)
    CHANDRATAAL – KULLU 13 (stay at kullu)
    KULLU- DELHI 15

  16. Parthasarathy B on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    planning to do Delhi – Leh between Sep 2 and Sep 11. We are still in dilemma, if we should go with
    1. delhi-jammu-sringar-leh-manali-delhi (or)
    2. delhi-manali-leh-manali-delhi …

    We are more inclined to do option 1, but is it doable with present Kashmir valley curfew in place ???

    We will be reacing Delhi (from chennai) by 2 AM on Sep 3rd (saturday). We have already booked zoomcar Ecosport for the whole duration. We would be starting from Delhi around 4 AM.

    If we cannot do Srinagar – leh, then we gotta do manali leh. We would be reaching manali by night on sep 3. Would it be possible for the agents to collect permit for us on sep 3rd (as we get to kno Abt car reg number by early morning) to cross rothang on sep 4th ?

    Do we need to have leh booking confirmation , even if we get permit thru agents ?

    If agents can’t help us, can we get permit on sep 4th (being Sunday) and to cross rothang on same day ?

    Any reply for our queries wud be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • No you do not need any booking but it is better to carry some email conversation with some hotel so that in case required you can show them in SDM office in Manali. Vinod (our core member), who is in Leh, met a group today who came from Srinagar last night. According to his update, situation is abit better but no one can ascertain the risk and comment on assurance of safety. As per them, it is fine to travel now. Better talk to your driver who will pick you up from Srinagar and leave Srinagar to Sonamarg as soon as possible.

      You can wait for couple of days and call up hotel in Srinagar to asses the situation. Do not discuss what happened and why happened with any local up there in Kashmir including the driver.

      • Parthasarathy B on

        Thanks for the quick reply Dheeraj. There is one small change ,,,, there are no drivers to hire ,,,, we are doing self drive (zoomcar) trip from Delhi. 🙂

        • I hope you know outside rented cars including self drive ones are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh and you will have to hire the local taxi again.

  17. Hi Dheeraj
    It’s me Firaz from Bangalore. We infact 3 couples planning a trip to Leh Ladakh (honeymoon trip) which has to include at least 2 day sight seeing at Manali. For this we have only about 12 days in our hand. On day 1 early morning we ll be reaching Delhi ( by flight) and we ll be taking zoom car ( Xuv or Scorpio) to start our journey. Please give us ur valuable options so that I can make this trip a memorable one as we ll be leaving by this Friday from Bangalore.

    • Firaz, first of all, Ladakh is a adventure travel destination not honeymoon travel destination. Be prepared for surprises and hiccups mentally. My general suggestion is not to mix honeymoon with adventure but still if you want to make it well, you may follow below plan. Unfortunately, you can only use the self-drive rented cars including Zoomcar (black number plate and yellow number plate) just to enter Leh and exit Leh from Srinagar – Leh Highway or Manali – Leh Highway but you cannot use them for any kind of sightseeing within Leh – Ladakh to places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. For sightseeing within Ladakh you will need to hire a Ladakh based taxi. Please refer the link from the post for the personal experiences: http://devilonwheels.com/india/himalayan-travel-guides/topic2618-10.html#p22017

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

      Day 9 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      — Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 10 | 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

      Day 11 | Manali rest day

      Day 12 | Manali – Delhi

      • Thanks for the prompt reply. Yeah sure for the sight seeing in Ladakh am planning to use the taxi drivers from ur list.i will be parking the zoom car at hotel itself. So once I reach Ladakh I will strictly follow up ur plan. Pls let me know wat will be the taxi fare if we plan to all the places you mentioned in the plan in Ladakh. I guess we will be opting for Innova or aria.

        • Two day trip to Nubra and two day trip to Pangong Tso will cost you around 20K and take about 2.5K for local sightseeing in Ladakh.

  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    Is it advisable to take Manali – Leh trip alone on rented bike, I am planning to start my journey on 24th August.
    Do we have any other folks(Groups) here starting from Manali – Leh on 24th Aug. Is it advisable to take rented bike for rounded trip. Please suggest better options for me.

    Please provide your valuable comments.

    Thanks in advance,
    Vishnu

    • Vishnu, many people do it every year on rented bikes. You can check the DoW Travel Calendar from manin menu to see if other people are doing it and looking for company on the road.

  19. Hey Dheeraj,

    I think the whole mountain lovers society across the world must appreciate what you have going on here on DoW. I need an advise on the following itinerary.

    Day 1: September 17th: Arrive in Manali. Take a rented Enfield Bullet 500 cc and leave for Jispa. Stay the night at Jispa
    Day 2: September 18th: Jispa to Leh on bike. Arrive in Leh in the evening. Stay overnight at Leh.
    Day 3: September 19th: Local Sightseeing in Leh on rented local motorcycle as Manali bike is not allowed in Leh
    Day 4: September 20th: Leh to Khardungla, Nubra Valley and back. Stay overnight at Leh. On Local motorcycle
    Day 5: September 21st: Leh to Pangong: Stay the night at Pangong: Local Motorcycle
    Day 6: September 22nd: Pangong to Tso Moriri: Stay the night at Tso Moriri: Local Motorcyce
    Day 7: September 23rd: Tso Moriri to Leh: Stay at Leh
    Day 8: September 24th: Leave for Manali: Stay at Sarchu
    Day 9: September 25th: Arrive in Manali.

    Now this is my third trip to Leh. I did the first one in a hired taxi from Manali in 2011 with 8 friends and then another one for Zanskar Chadar trek (successfully completed) in 2014 February (temperatures -5 to -30 degrees). This info is just to highlight I am aware of the contingencies and dangers en route Leh or I must say in Himalayas. I am seasoned trekker in the Himalayas so to say.

    Can you advise me on following questions besides any suggestions on the itinerary above:

    1. Is it advisable to reach Manali and then rent a bike ? Will there be a risk of not finding a bike in September and plan going boom?
    2. Should we ask a travel agent to arrange stuff in Leh in advance or plan things on our own? there are 2 of us on one motorcycle.

    Thanks
    Ambuj Tripathi

    • Thank you Ambuj. Sorry for delay, been stuck in many things lately at home and office.

      1. Not at all, you will find the bike then and there.
      2. Better plan things on your own to save good money for you. All info. you need to plan a ladakh trip is avaialble in DoW

    • as per my experience , going and coming back from Naubra valley on the same day will be challenge. our guru Dheeraj ji is saying ok , then all is fine

      • Hi Praveen,

        Well, if once does not have time, you are forced to suggest 🙂 … Ideally all the places in Ladakh deserve an overnight stay but when it comes to possibility, they can be done. People do a 12 Hrs journey of 340 KMs to Pangong Tso in a single day just to spend couple of hrs there only. Nubra is still 100 KM less than it. So, with 12 Hrs one can possibly do it.

        However, if you ask, if it is worth without spending a night or not. Then, yeah, I will not do it myself 🙂

  20. Hi, We are planing to reach Manali early morning on 12th August, Is it possible/advisable to start our journey to Leh the same day. Can the Pass be arranged easily? or should we make an advance appointment via call or mail if possible? please suggest/ provide some info.

    • Vaibhav, you will need to get the permit for Rohtang Pass which may require couple of hrs. Depending upon the weather, it will take at least 6-9 Hrs to reach your stopover at night at either Keylong or at Jispa. The problem is if you do not rest for first day and reach tired to Keylong/Jispa, you are more vulnerable to AMS on Manali – Leh Highway as next day you anyways have to start by 5-6 AM to reach Leh by evening.

    • hima theja on

      Mr. Vaibhav , this is hima theja , We too planned to reach manali on the same day , We planned our trip for 7 days from august 12-19 , Can you give me some info regarding the trip so that we can help eachother . call me 9916934668

        • hima theja on

          Thank you very much Mr. Dheeraj Sharma , Actually I wanna share my plan with you ..
          Bangalore – Delhi – 11-08-2016 morning 7:10 Am flight .
          Delhi – Kullu (Bhuntar) – 11-08-2016 evening 8:00 pm bus .(Assuming we reach kullu by 7:00 AM).
          Manali – Hidimba temple – Rhotang Pass – Jispa – Pangong -leh – Nubra – Sarchu – Manali .
          This is above trip of us , We dont know about the necessary places to be seen in the trip kindly let us know a plan . so that we will cover all the important places .

          Trip Duration is August 12th (Manali ) – August 19th (Manali ) . We are 6 members . call me 9916934668

  21. Siva Shankar P on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are group of 8 people.We are planning for manali – leh trip from, from july 11 – july 18. We are going to reach Manali on July 11th early morning and we have to catch the flight in Delhi on July 18th late night.

    And we are planning to rent bikes in Manali.

    Could you please provide us a brief plan what are all the places we can cover ?

    Thanks in advance

  22. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 5 member traveling to Ladakh on 15th of July. Here is our itinerary :-
    Day1 (15 July): Kolkata to Chandigarh via flight (Hire bikes for rent in CDG), Night stay at CDG.
    Day2 (16 July): Chandigarh to Manali (310 kms), Night stay at Manali.
    Day3 (17 July): Manali to Sarchu (240-250 kms), Night stay at Sarchu.
    Day4 (18 July): Sarchu to Leh (240-250 kms), Night stay at Leh.
    Day5 (19 July): Rest day at Leh , Local sightseeing.
    Day6 (20 July): Leh to Nubra valley via Khardungla (150 kms), Night stay at Nubra valley.
    Day7 (21 July): Nubhra valley to Leh (150 kms), Night stay at Leh.
    Day8 (22 July): Leh to Pangong Tso (140 kms), Night stay at Pangong Tso.
    Day8 (23 July): Pangong Tso to Leh (140 kms), Night stay at Leh.
    Day9 (24 July): River Rafting at Indus.
    Day10 (25 July): Leh to Kargil (210 kms), Night stay at Kargil.
    Day11 (26 July): Kargil to Srinagar (201 kms), Night stay at Srinagar.
    Day12 (27 July): Srinagar to Patnitop (184 kms), Night stay at Patnitop.
    Day13 (28 July): Patnitop to Pathankot (170-180kms), Night stay at Pathankot.
    Day14 (29 July): Pathankot to Amritsar (120-130 kms), Night stay at Amritsar.
    Day15 (30 July): Amritsar to Chandigarh (230 kms), Night stay at CDG.
    Day16 (31 July): Back to Kolkata from CDG (via flight).

    Can you please provide u the details if any permit we need get approved before traveling?

    • Tamal Pakray on

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    • Nitesh Menghani on

      I am taking the same ride, but I am starting on 13th JUL evening(Delhi to Chandigarh).
      As I am travelling alone, I was planning to take Srinagar route but after the recent mis-haps it will not be possible. Any idea if I can take the same ?
      If I take the Manali route only, do I need to take any permit from Manali ?
      Do you suggest me to stay at Sarchu or Jispa (if taken Manali route) ?
      I have kind of 11 days therefore missing on lakes and just covering Nubra valley, any other suggestions ?

      • Yes Nitehs, from Manali side you need Rohtang Pass permits to pass through rohtang Pass. You should halt at Jispa and then make a early morning trip from Jispa to Leh.

  23. Shashidhar Manchale on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my friend are travelling to Leh from Bangalore on 8th of July 2016. I have been following your blog from many months and wanted your advice on the Itinerary that I have prepared and if possible give your thoughts. Is it possible to get accommodation in Pangong Tso without booking in prior?
    I am awaiting for your response..

    Day 01- Bangalore to Delhi
    Day 02- Evening Delhi to Bhuntar Bus
    Day 03- Reach Bhuntar, stay at Kasol
    Day 04- Trek to Kheerganga
    Day 05- Buffer day : stay at Kheerganga
    Day 06- Kheerganga to Manali
    Day 07- Manali to Keylong
    Day 08- Keylong to Leh
    Day 09- Buffer day : Leh (Acclimatisation)
    Day 10- Leh-Khardung La-Diskit-Hunder (Bike ride)
    Day 11- Diskit-Panamik-Leh (Bike ride)
    Day 12- Leh-Chang La-Pangong Tso-Spangmik (Bike ride)
    Day 13- Pangong tso-Leh (Bike ride)
    Day 14-Leh sightseeing, Sham Valley (Bike ride)
    Day 15- Leh to Keylong(HPTDC Bus)
    Day 16- Keylong to Manali (HPTDC Bus)
    Day 17- Manali sight seeing, evening board bus to Delhi
    Day 18- Delhi to Bangalore

    Regards,
    Shashidhar

    • 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 4 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!!

  24. Mayank Upadhyay on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    When I started searching for Leh Ladakh expedition I found you website, which is just awesome. Would request you to please help us. We are planning a trip to Leh Ladakh in August last week. We will be a group of of around 6 members. The date will be mostly from 27th August till 4th September((days).

    We would like to travel via bike and cover the Delhi-Manali-Leh-Srinagar-Delhi route.

    Please assist us with the same. Feel free to connect on the below mentioned contact.

    Warm Regards
    Mayank Upadhyay
    mayank225267@gmail.com

    • It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side with stopovers at Jispa, Manali and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil . This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have just 9 days. 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

  25. gagan grewal on

    hello dheeraj
    i want to ask if ther is any type of permits needed to travel from leh to pangong nubra vally or tso miri ????
    can we do it in private car ????
    is it compulsry that the person should be ther in car on whose name RC is registerd ??

    • No Gagan, no permits are required to travel to these places if you follow regular routes and also if you all are Indians. Yes, this can be done in private car and yes the RC should be under the name of any person sitting in the car or his or her wife or father or mother.

  26. Ashish Tiwari on

    Hello! I am travelling to leh ladakh from 12th to 24th July with 2 friends. This will be our first trip. We will be travelling via Chandigarh – Manali route and will return via Srinagar Would really appreciate suggestions :
    Places to visit in Leh Ladakh
    Activities to do
    Affordable places to stay as we would not pre book
    Places to rent bikes and rates
    things to carry
    Additional tips would be welcome !

    • Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      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.

      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.

  27. Sunil Khairnar on

    hello dheeraj,

    thank you for your valuable information becoz of which we successfully completed leh trip last year.
    this year we are again going der in july to explore turtuk and hanle via manali-leh route.
    please tell can we do campaing at hanle plains?
    also tell is there any road from jispa to phugtal monastery becoz we also want to go der..

    Thank you
    Sunil

    • Yes Sunil, you can pitch your camps in Hanle. There is no road from Jispa to Phuktal and that road is under consturction and has been made motorable up to Shinkoo La pass.

      • sunil khairnar on

        Thank you so much dheeraj.
        Manali bikes are not allowed in leh for sightseeing, so we are thinking that someone from leh provide us bike in manali so throughout our journey we ll use only leh bikes.
        So can please tell if there is someone from leh who provide us bikes in manali.
        I did contact with our previous frnd from leh but he is not sure that he ll able to provide us bikes on the same date.
        We are starting on 18th of july from manali.

        • No Sunil, it will not be possible unless you know really close whose bikes are coming to Manali by a group and he hands them over to you.

      • Sunil Khairnar on

        Thank you so much dheeraj for earlier information.

        We are going to complete this trip on our own bikes but two bikes have different owner, but we have all the proof and documents like driving license, PUC, bike registration document.
        Please suggest is it okay or we have to take something else.
        Sunil

        • Sunil, please carry them and if possible get an NOC done from Notary too to help your cause when confronted at checkposts. Do not get into the tussle if they dont agree, better handle the issue in a amicable manner.

  28. Chandrakant on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my friends travelling to Leh in last week of July. is this right time to travel ?

    We are going with my 4 years old Swift Dezire. we will start our journey from srinagar to Leh

    Return Journey from Leh to Manali.

    Do you think Dezire will sustain on both these routes ?

    Thank you.

  29. Hi DOW team/Dheeraj,
    Me and my friend visting Leh/Ladakh in 1st week of July 16 and we are planning to go by my won car Hyundai Grand i10.
    My quwations are..
    1) Is this time is good to travel by Manali-Leh &
    2) Is my car is comfortable on these roads.
    Please suggest

  30. Hi Dow we are planning to do srinagar to manali bike ride. Need ur guidance. We are plannjng to visit in first week of august.We have estimated cost with one of the travel organisers it goes like this

    1.
    30000 tour cost includig breakfast dinner breakdown vehicle mediclw support etc

    2.
    15000 bike transport from mumbai to srinagar.

    So my questions are..

    1. is the cost fine or shall we look for other sources

    2. how much it will be good as per current weather conditokn to travel alone.

    3. if we travel alone would reduce cost? Any ideahow much difference will be there?

    4. Is it worthy to ride in first week of august?

    5. I ve also checked ur status of snow on dow site. So do you find it good for riders?

  31. Pranav Gavande on

    Dear Mr.Dheeraj,

    your posts are much helpful and thanking you for sharing all the details.

    I am planning for Leh from Manali by taking bullet 350 on rent.We are two buddies and want to self ride on 1 Bike only.

    I Can start my journey on 19-6-16 9:00 AM from Manali so can you please provide Route,Halts for Manali-Leh highway.I have to back Manali by 28-6-16 9:00 AM.

    Which main points we have to cover in Leh?

    we planned to cover major points like Pangong Lake,Khardungla Pass,Nubra Valley,Magnetic Hill.

    Is it possible to ride Manali To Leh continuous without any halts if health support?
    Night Drive Is Possible? What problems we will face if doing Night or Continuous ride?

    please share valuable experience and give us some extra important instructions and precautions which helps us a lot because we are only two buddies are there on ride.

    I will study your above article also.

    Thanks In Advance.

    Kind Regards,

    Pranav Gavande

  32. Abhishek Tiwari on

    can you please tell me that when will the manali-leh highway will start. we are planning to go leh via manali on 21st May. Will it be possible

  33. Hi,

    We are planning a trip to Leh/Ladakh vai manali in July 1st week in XUV 500, so I want to know if we require any kind of approval for our vehicle?

    Thanks,

      • Thanks for the response Dhiraj!!

        However the link to get the permit on the site “http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu/” does not seems to work. Is there any other link to apply online?

        OR

        When we reach manali, is it possible to get the permit manually? Because i remember when i last visited manali, we got the permit while entering manali only . But we wanted to visit rohtang pass & come back same day so the permit was given accordingly. So same way any process of getting the permit to pass rohtang pass to leh/ladakh?

        Looking forward for your response!!

        Thanks

        • Yes, the link is not working currently. I hope when the road will open the link will start working. The proces has changed a bit from the last time of your visit. You should get anyhow the permit after reaching Manali, though not sure about same day or next day due to shortage of permits.

  34. Pranay Mohapatra on

    Brother, your site is the absolute best. It would cost me thousands if I hire a trip planner for such stuff.
    Wish to meet you someday and give my gratitude

  35. mohamedirshad on

    dheeraj,,,when will the roads open?can you give an approximate time period ?manali – leh and leh – kashmir..
    thank you

  36. Sandesh S on

    somewhere i found that leh manali road and rohtang pass is opened on 07.04.2016..! is it true Dheeraj ?

  37. Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all i would say your blog is awesome which give lots of knowledge and make easier to travel. I and along with 5 friends are planning to go for bike trip from manali for 9 days. We are bit confused 9 days are good enough for bike trip.? Where we should stop and give rest to our body? Could you please tell me how should we plan from day1 to day 9. It would be highly appreciated

  38. Nirmal Krishnamoorthy on

    Hi Dheeraj ,

    How are you, hope you are doing good and Great . I’m Nirmal Krishnamoorthy from Chennai . We two guys planned for Budget Road Trip Manali – Leh in month of Aug-16 , Following is the itinerary . Kindly need your suggestions and information’s

    12-Aug-16 – Friday Day 1 Chennai -> Delhi

    1. 7.00 PM – 7.30 PM – Should be in Airport
    2. 9.00PM – 12.00 AM – Air India AI-43
    3. 12.00AM-1.00 AM Airport – Friend home

    13-Aug-16 – Saturday Day 2 Delhi -> Manali

    1. 6.40 AM bus or 7.45 AM HRTC Bus – Smruti Samal friend home – ISBT Kashmiri Bus Stand
    Breakfast & Lunch on via route, if possible will finish breakfast and start from Delhi .
    2. 5.00 PM – Reaching Manali – After Check-in HOTEL and Snack covering Manali Mall Road
    3. 7.30 PM or 8.00 PM – Finishing Dinner and Good long Sleep

    14-Aug-16 – Sunday Day 3 Manali

    1. 8.00 AM – After Breakfast Starting from Room – Searching for Bike
    2. 10.00 AM to 12.30PM – Covering Hadimba Temple , Manu Temple , Solang Valley 1 adventure sport
    3. 12.30 PM – 1.00 PM – Lunch
    4. 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM – Solang valley – Vashith temple ( Hot water Spring) – Naggar castle
    5. 5.00 PM – 6.00PM – Naggar Castle to Hotel – local roaming after Snacks
    6. 8.00 PM – Dinner – Early to Bed – Need to Start early Next Day ( Checking Out )

    15-Aug-16 – Monday Day 4 Manali – Sarchu

    1. 5.00 AM – Starting from Room – Need to cross Rohtang Pass Toll to avoid Traffic
    2. 8.30 AM – Breakfast at Sissu , Packing Some lunch in Sissu or Tandi
    3. 9.00 AM – 10.00 AM – Sissu to Tandi – Fuel not available after Tandi – Refilling and getting it on 20ltr Can
    4. 11.00 AM – 2.00 PM -Tandi- Baralach La
    5. 2.30 PM – 4.00PM – Baralach La – Sarchu

    Evening and Night Stay Tent in Sarchu – either booking or Own tent

    16-Aug-16 – Tuesday Day 5 Sarchu – Leh

    1. 8.30 AM – 09.30 AM – Sarchu to Gata loops – Starting after Breakfast and packing Something for Lunch and eatables from Sarchu -15 mins in Gata loops
    2. 09.45 AM – 11.45 PM – Gata loops to Moray Plains – 15 mins in Moray Plains
    3. 12.00 PM – 1.30 PM – Moray Plains to Taglang la Pass – 30 Mins in Taglang la Pass ( Finishing Lunch)
    4. 2.00 PM – 3.30 PM – Taglang Pass to Upshi – Refill Petrol in Upshi
    5. 4.00 Pm – 5.00PM – Upshi – Leh – Night Stay at Leh – Hotel Chk-IN

    17-Aug-16 – Wednesday Day 6 Leh-Nubra Valley

    1. 8.00 AM – 11.00 AM Checking Out hotel – Starting from Hotel- Leh palace , stok palace , Hall of fame , shanti stupa – Filling Petrol as much and refilling in Can
    2. 11.00 AM- 12.00 PM – Finishing Lunch
    3. 12.00 PM – 5.30 PM – Leh – Nubra Valley – Slow Reach with Photographs
    4. 6.30 PM – Night Stay at Nubra Valley
    Sand Dunes Guest House – Diskit or AO Camping Gardens or A O Guest House – Hunder

    18-Aug-16 – Thursday Day 7 Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake

    1. 8.00 AM Starting from Nubra valley after Breakfast – Packing for Lunch too with Snacks
    2. 8.00 AM – 10.30 AM – Nubra Valley – Agham ( Checking Route which one will be good , for safer side will take Sakti Route )
    3. 11.00 AM – 1.00 PM – Agham – Karu via Sakti – Finishing lunch in between and refilling Petrol in Karu and in Can
    4. 1.30 PM – 4.30 PM – Karu – Pangong Lake
    5. Night Stay at Pangong Lake tent – either booking or Own tent

    19-Aug-16 – Friday Day 8 Pangong Lake – Sarchu or Pang

    1. 8.00 AM Starting from Pangong Lake after Breakfast – Packing for Lunch too with Snacks
    2. 8.00 AM – 10.30 AM – Pangong Lake to Karu – Refilling Petrol
    3. 11.00 AM – 5.30 PM – Karu – Sarchu – If can’t make it Tent in Pang – Finishing lunch in between
    4. Evening and Night Stay and Dinner Tent in Sarchu – either booking or Own tent

    20-Aug-16 – Saturday Day 9 Sarchu or Pang Pang – Manali
    &
    Manali – Delhi

    1. 8.00 AM – Starting from Sarchu or Pang after Breakfast
    2. 8.00 AM – 12.00 PM – Sarchu to Tandi , If possible need to reach Manali as early as Possible
    3. 12.30 PM – 4.00 PM – Tandi to Manali
    Paying rest of the amount and returning bike in Manali, Packing something for Dinner.
    4. 6.00 PM – 6.30 AM – Bus – City Land Travels – Manali to Delhi – Night Travel

    21-Aug-16 – Sunday Day 10 Delhi – Chennai

    1. 6.30 AM – 8.00 AM – Will be in ISBT Delhi
    2. Noon Flight from Delhi – Chennai
    12.30 PM – 3.25 PM Air India AI-142 or 01.20 PM – 04.10 PM Indigo 6E-367
    3. 4.30 PM – 6.00 PM – Chennai Airport – Home

    Please let me know if any changes required in above itinerary . Below are my other queries :

    1. Is any specific type of tent required ?, we are having one which we used it for Stay in Forest . Can we stay anywhere on side of roads without any Trouble ?
    2. Is it ok , if two guys riding on same bike ? , does it make any trouble ?
    3. Day 8 and Day 9 Travel – Is it possible to take 8 hrs Journey within a day – Pangong Lake – Sarchu . On Day-9 we have to be in Manali for Bike return and Night Bus from Manali to Delhi
    4. List of Items need to be carried
    5. We like to hire a bike in Manali (Royal Enfield ) without any booking thru online , hope it will work . Is it ok ? , Places to hire good bikes ?
    6. Any Important places i missed out in the itinerary or i need to remove as per Timeline ?
    7. Is Zorping is available in Solang in month of Aug-16 ?
    8. Good and cheap Accommodation in Manali & leh ? In Nubra valley – Sand dunes hotel , In Pangong and Sarchu we have our own tent , Do we need to change , please suggest .

    Thanks in Advance,
    Nirmal Krishnamoorthy

      • Nirmal Krishnamoorthy on

        Yes , Dheeraj . Validation of itinerary from well known Himalayan traveler is good before we starting our Journey right ??? 🙂

        Though i read all blogs , it could be great if you are responding to those queries .

      • Nirmal Krishnamoorthy on

        Yes , Dheeraj . Its always good to get validated by Well known Himalayan Traveler 🙂 . Can you please confirm the itinerary , is any changes required .

        It could be great if those queries are answered , so that we will prepare our self well and get confidence before our dream journey .

        Thanks,
        Nirmal Krishnamoorthy

    • 1. Well, you will need a good sturdy tent to withstand the winds up there in Himalayas. 
2. Apart from a little discomfort, and travel very light, you should be fine. A lot of people do it.
3. Your whole plan is very rushy and hectic. We do not recommend at all sleeping at Sarchu while going to Leh, you are not acclimatising as well in Leh.
4. 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.
      6. As said, it is too much and quite hectic
7. I do not think so.
8. 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

      • Nirmal Krishnamoorthy on

        Thanks Dheeraj for list of things need to be carried and Hotels Sugeestions .

        As My plan is quite rushy and hectic , Can you please suggest better way to do it ?.

        We have only 9 full days to cover all this and why we cant stay in Sarchu ? .. On day 8 we try to make it to Sarchu , if its not possible we planned to halt in Pang . Please Clarify 🙁

        • It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 9 days. 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. Of course with just 9 days in hand it will continue to remain hectic but at least you can avoid causing AMS issues to yourself.

        • Nirmal Krishnamoorthy on

          Thanks for the plan Dheeraj . One final query ..

          We like to stay at Nubra valley and Pangong lake for one night respectively in Camps . Is it possible ?

  39. hi
    dheeraj
    i am planning to go manali to pangong tso lake by self driven taxi.
    is there any problem with self driven taxi ?
    delhi-manali-keylong-sarchu-pangong tso- and back to delhi on same route..

      • karnesh diwakar on

        Hi dheeraj
        Ok let me clear you brother.
        Last year in june i have visited Ladakh with your help via
        Delhi-srinagar-Ladakh. And back with same route. we missed leh manali route. as that time road was not stable. Due to frequent snowmelt and land sliding.
        So this time
        I wann go manali -Spitivelly(till kaza)-keylong-jispa-pangong tso lake- and return from same route.
        So suggst me
        I am taking XUV from zoom cars..

        • Karnesh, outside rented cars are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. Rest you can follow:

          Day 1 | Chandigarh/Ambala – Manali / Solang Valley
          Day 2 | Manali / Solang Valley – Kunzum Pass – Kaza
          Day 3 | Kaza – Pin Valley – Dhangkar – Dhangkar Lake – Tabo
          Day 4 | Tabo – Lhalung – Kaza and then do — Ki, Kibber, Gette, Tashigang
          Day 5 | Kaza – Hikkim, Komik, Langza circuit – Kaza and then go over to Chandratal for overnight stay
          Day 6 | Chandratal – Jispa / Keylong
          Day 7 | 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 8 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 9 | 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 10 | 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 11 | 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 12 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 13 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          — Cover Karzok Monastery
          — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

          Day 14 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Pang – Sarchu
          — Go over to Sarchu via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway
          — Overnight at Sarchu

          Day 15 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Manali
          — Overnight at Manali

          Day 16 | Manali – Back home

  40. sudhirbogra on

    Thank you so much Dheeraj ji for your valuable suggestions!! I really appreciate your help which you are giving to hundreds of travelers 🙂

    Sorry I could not get option to reply on your responses and accordingly thanking you in new post .. Thanks again!

    – Sudhir Kumar

  41. sudhirbogra on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am reading multiple articles on DOW community for last 2 months and I want to say that you have explained multiple trips very accurately and professionally. I really want to thank you for placing such an informative & educative posts related to Leh-Ladakh. I am also planning to visit Leh via Manali with my 3-4 friends near around June end to 1st week of July-2016.

    I have got many queries 🙂 and need your expert advise on these, so that I can make this trip as one of my memorable trips in my life 🙂 🙂

    Snow? – Do you think we will able to see snow (not necessarily on the road, but may be few step away from the road) if we travel between June end and July 1st week?

    Permits? – How permits can be obtained well advance in time if we are travelling by rented bikes & car? Or with our own car & two rented bikes from Manali? Because we cannot apply for permit till the time we have vehicle registration number. We do not want to take any vehicle on rent without seeing it and that can be done after reaching Manali. Also I have seen somewhere that online permits are not valid?

    Limitation of vehicles? – Do we still have any limitation for self-driven cars along with rented bikes? I have read multiple articles from DOW sites and I got confused now. At some places it says we shave some cap on vehicles (Petrol & Diesel or public transport/taxies/private vehicles) and at some placed it says all vehicles are banned except for Govt buses. Please provide your valuable suggestion on this topic.

    Bikes & SUV on rent? – I have seen people renting bikes from Manali, do we have some options for SUV type cars on rent from Manali?

    Flooding nallahs issues? – Do you think we will face flooding nallahs issue during that time?

    Plan itinerary from Manali to Manali of 7 days: – Can you please help us planning our travel from Manali-Leh-Manali with 7 days in hands?

    Budget (via one car of mine and 2 two-wheelers rented from Manali or one SUV rented from Manali along with 2 Two-wheeler):- I have Ford Classic (Old Fiesta) car, do you think it will be safe to drive this sedan from Manali to Leh? Please suggest about generic budget if we opt rented car & bike.

    I am eagerly waiting for your response ..

    – Sudhir Kumar

    • Thank you Sudhir, glad you loved our info. on Ladakh. Sorry for delayed reply, things are a bit hay way here 🙂
      1. Most of the passes will have snow by June
      2. No permits required if all are Indians and you doing journey from Srinagar to Leh to Manali direction.
      3. All that stuff is valid if you do trip from Manali to Leh to Srinagar but like I said if you do Srinagar to Leh to Manali, no permit or hassles.
      4. No, you cannot use rented bikes or cars inside Ladakh for sightseeing purposes.
      5. Yes, key is to start early no late than 7 AM every day
      6. 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.
      Now since you doing it from Manali side, you need to get the permit done in Manali which will waste a day for you in case you are unable to get it online.

      • sudhirbogra on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you so much for your reply. I understand you must be busy in celebrating HOLI! BTW Happy Holi!!

        Can you please suggest something on renting an SUV from Manail? We can use that SUV to reach Leh-Ladakh and for return from Leh to Manali. We will rent another bikes from Leh for local site seeing purpose.

        Another concern for Budget: – Budget (via one car of mine and 2 two-wheelers rented from Manali or one SUV rented from Manali along with 2 Two-wheeler):- I have Ford Classic (Old Fiesta) car, do you think it will be safe to drive this sedan from Manali to Leh? Please suggest about generic budget if we opt rented car & bike.

        Thanks again for guiding thousands of visitors visiting Himalayas 🙂

        – Sudhir Kumar

        • sudhirbogra on

          Hello Dheeraj,

          Two more things, I just now read your 9 days itinerary, it does not show TSO Moriri anywhere. Is this a place which we can cover while returning from Leh to Manali ?

          2nd thing, I could not find Pangong Tso on map. Is this place at China boarder?

          Please suggest .. Thank you so much!

          -Sudhir Kumar

        • To get an idea of the routes in Ladakh along with distances, you can refer: DoW – Maps of Ladakh | Nubra Valley & Changthang. Keep in mind that, the remote routes are isolated and completely off track with almost no roads. Better stick to traditional routes in case it is the first trip to Ladakh.

          Yes, you do not have sufficient number of days in hand to including the Tso Moriri. You need one more day to add Tso Moriri.

        • Thank you Sudhir, happy holi to you too 🙂 🙂

          Do you want taxi or looking for self drive SUV rent? If self drive SUV rent, better take from Delhi itself.

          For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
          How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

          For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

          You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

          Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

          7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

  42. hi dheeraj,
    we are a group of friends who are planning to visit leh via manali during mid may tentative in our own private bikes and some rented bikes too.Can you guide on what all things too carry,are any permits required,how much budget we should keep in mind and any other valuable suggestion from your side.

    • Hi Varun,

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      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.

      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

      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.

      Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

      This year as per reports, rule is going to be stricter. Manali rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days Manali bike is parked in Leh and Leh bike is rented, they will charge 50% of the rent of the bike. So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops

      The one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali. Be sure if you are ready to make that investment or not or if at all it is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike.

      I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for bike trip to Ladakh or any other part of Himalayas at the link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This will help you cover almost all your queries related to bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas.

  43. Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for your efforts to run such extremely useful site.
    We are 7 people (3 couples, 1 bachelor) planning bike trip from Manali to Leh in early June on 4 bikes.

    We are still in basic stage of planning. Need your expertise if it will really be worth the money spent:
    1. Our plan is to make 1st halt at Keylong/Jispa, Second at Sarchu and Reach Leh on 3rd day.
    2. Can’t afford lot of risk as female members accompanying. So thinking to carry a mechanic and a support vehicle for our luggage as per your suggestion.
    3. Drop the bikes at Leh. Do sightseeing by local taxi in Leh and head to Srinagar by another taxi.

    My questions for you;
    1. You mentioned cost of one bike is ~1300 rs per day. For 3 days, it shall be ~4k one way. Then why do they charge 12k for just return?
    2. Any idea about cost of mechanic and support vehicle?
    3. I see you recommend doing Srinagar-Leh-Manali rather than my plan. I somehow feel going from manali to leh will have novelty factor as the terrain changes completely with first sights of snow. Whereas having already done Leh sightseeing, it may not feel as special to drive from Leh to Manali. I may be completely wrong, as I have never travelled on these roads. What are your thoughts on this aspect? Is Leh->Manali travel equally exciting as Manali-Leh?

    Thanks
    Tejas

    • Hello Tejas,

      1. They need to tow the bike in a tempo or someone will go there and ride your bike all the way back to source. All these roads does have risk involved too and frankly speaking it is fine to me if someone gives you that luxury.
      2. Cost of mechanic per day is around 2000-2500, support vehicle is much as taxi only, charged may be 10-15% less the actual taxi.
      3. The article: 5 Reasons to choose Srinagar – Leh Road over Manali – Leh Road, have enough compelling reasons to make the trip from srinagar – Leh highway side, rest still people go otherwise and make successful trips to Ladakh. I never prefer it though.

  44. Hi! I am from the US but I have been living in a village near Dharamsala. Seeing Ladakh (Leh and Pangong Tso!) is my dream trip and a goal for me while I’m here and your blog has been so helpful! Unfortunately I don’t have much time or money to work with. We’d like to go in early/mid May (the end of our time living in India unfortunately). We were going to take the overnight train to Manali from Dharamsala and then hop on a bus when we get to Manali. We leaned that there is a bus that goes directly from Manali to Leh with stops for food and bathroom, as opposed to the one that stops in Keylong (that one would be difficult in terms of price and give us much less time in Ladakh itself). Then we would stay in Leh, perhaps do a night in the Nubra Valley, and then go do a night in Pangong Tso before heading back to Dharamsala the same way we came. Does that sound feasible in terms of AMS and road openings?
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Kyla,

      I will suggest that you read through: Top 10 Tips for a Solo Trip to Ladakh or Spiti Valley

      This will answer many of your questions. Mid May Most likely Manali – Leh Highway may not open but chances this year are high because of less snow. All depends upon the snow in coming weeks. So, you need to plan from Srinagar side. Dharamshala to Jammu to Srinagar to Kargil to Leh and then try to come back from Manali side in case it is open.

  45. Anand R Patel on

    hi
    i found it very useful

    i want to go to Leh-ladhakh between 15th may to 25th may of 2016.
    i want to know that whether roads from manali Rotang pass will be open.

    please let me know.

    • Anand, most likely Rohtang Pass will be open but on the other hand rest of the passes on Manali – Leh Highway will not be open. Usually the Manali – Leh Highway opens by end of May or early June and stabilizes for safe travel by mid of June.

  46. This sounds fab! We’ll work further on this and let u know if need more guidance.

    Thanks a ton for all your help as always 🙂

    Cheers!!

      • Hi Dheeraj

        We have finalized to fly from Mumbai to Delhi and Delhi Leh n same way back due shortage of leaves

        We’re planning to leave from Delhi on 24 Sept n fly back on 6th Oct.
        We would love to cover kargil, pangong tso, nubra and if possible then tso moriri as well.. Can you suggest the places we can and should cover? And the suitable routing for that too.. We’ll need help to hire vehicles within Leh as well..

        Thanks sooooo much in advance

        Best regards
        Nupoor Desai

        • Hi Nupoor,

          You have good amount of time considering you are planning to fly to Leh. Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air, is the plan you should refer and add the days of rest in between. Once you are done with aboove part you can make a two day trip to Kargil covering Lamayuru and Sham Valley on the way to Kargil and back to LEh in two days.

          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.
          While going from Srinagar to Leh, you might need to work out few things as there have been some tensions now in taxi unions and to settle it out what they have done is that they have a transit point just before Fotu La while going to Leh from Kargil. All Leh taxis stop there and kargil taxis too. They exchange passengers and move back in respective directions. Leh taxis take passengers to Leh coming from Srinagar/Kargil and Kargil guys take passengers to Srinagar/kargil coming from Leh

      • Hi Dheeraj

        we r back to bother you

        We have figured out itinerary as below. We will be staying at homestays recommended by you at most of the places.. Have already booked the Himalayan Wooden cottages for Pangong stay. We definitely want to stay at Goose homestay for a night but there is no way to connect with them.. Have sent several email messages through their webpage but no response.. We are now 9 of us and we may need all three rooms they’ve got ..from what I read on blog NJ o one had any contact number to reach them.. do you reckon any way at all to connect with them for prebooking?

        We will be staying at Khan manzil for leh stay and nubra we were thinking of booking on the spot (what would you recommend?)
        Our itinerary goes like this.. And obviously we’d follow your reccos here if you suggest any twice

        24 Sept Leh
        25 Sept Leh
        26 Sept Nubra valley
        27 Sept Nubra valley
        28 Sept Leh
        29th Sept Leh to Pangong
        30th Sept Pangong 
        1st Oct Pangong to Tsomoriri
        2nd Oct Leh
        3rd Oct Leh to Alchi to Leh (day trip)
        4th Oct Leh to Kargil
        5th Oct Kargil to Leh
        6th Oct Depart from Leh

        Looking forward to your suggestions

        Thanks in advance
        Nupoor

        • Hi Nupoor,

          You can land there at Tso Moriri and Nubra and book the home stays. Should be OK during that time of the year. Regarding plan:

          1. Go over to Turtuk on 27
          2. Why not add Hanle in it? You have ample of time. Do Pangong Tso to Hanle =, Hanle to Tso Moriri as mentuoned below

          1st Oct Pangong to Hanle
          2nd Oct Hanle to Tso Moriri
          3rd Oct Tso Moriri to Leh
          4th Oct Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru – Kargil, no need to come back to Leh from Alchi it falls on route to kargil
          5th Oct Kargil to Leh
          6th Oct Depart from Leh

    • Nupoor Desai on

      Hi Dheeraj

      We are leaving Mumbai on 23rd eve and be in leh by 24th morning.

      Our tentative plan is as below.. But I really want to cover Hanle.. And we have two people leaving on 4th ..do you think we can cover hanle in the midst of this before 4th?
      24 Sept Leh
      25 Sept Leh
      26 Sept Nubra valley
      27 Sept Nubra valley
      28 Sept Leh
      29th Sept Leh to Pangong
      30th Sept Pangong 
      1st Oct Pangong to Tsomoriri
      2nd Oct Leh
      3rd Oct Leh to Alchi (sham valley tour as per your blog) to Leh (day trip)
      4th Oct Leh
      5th Oct Leh
      6th Oct Depart from Leh

      Await to hear from you 🙂

      Best regards
      Nupoor

  47. Hiii Dheeraj

    I bugged you for our trip to tirthan in the year 2014.. And with your reco of Raju’s guesthouse in goshaini it turned out to be the most memorable trip ever.. We profusely thank you for that. We now seek help of your expertise To plan yet another memorable trip and this time it’s ladakh. We can travel anytime post July and can take out about 10 days Delhi-Delhi or Chandigarh-Chandigarh. We Want to take our Royal Enfield with us and others from the group would be hiring bullets from Chandigarh or Manali..we need ur advice on that too..

    Our queries are:
    1. The time to travel as per Your blog would be Sept-Oct because we would definitely want to avoid the super peak crowded travel times. What precautions do we need to take for travel around this time of the year.
    2. We r a total homestay lovers, so your reco’s for value for money homestays @ leh, nubra, pangong tso, tso. Moriri. Though we would love to stay @ on of those lovely lake facing camps that is if you recommend for the given time of the year.
    3. What routing do u recommend?

    We have never been to ladakh before so we r going to Take your advice word by word 😉

    DOW’s Help seeker
    Nupoor

    • Hi Nupoor,

      Good to know you had memorable time at Raju Bharti, it is indeed a wonderful place.

      1. July is also a good time just that tourist rush is at its peak and less discounts on hotels. Also in lower hills at time rains would be there but not much of a too much concern in July. Rest you are good to go. In case you guys are particular about the stays then book all in advance else book on the spot by searching few places.

      2. I am the home stay type too, so the listing having the home stays will perfectly suit you 🙂 … Check the stay options at all these places from the menu.

      3. Regarding route, firstly I will advice you to go from Srinagar side and come back from Manali side as it will help you acclimatize alot better

      Apart from all this, Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

      This year as per reports, rule is going to be stricter. Manali rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days Manali bike is parked in Leh and Leh bike is rented, they will charge 50% of the rent of the bike. So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops

      The one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali. Be sure if you are ready to make that investment or not or if at all it is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike.

      I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for bike trip to Ladakh or any other part of Himalayas at the link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This will help you cover almost all your queries related to bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas.

      • Thanks a lot for such detailed revert Dheeraj… Looks like we should ideally ditch the bike option for now.

        Do you have any contact details for a vehicle hire from srinagar-leh-Manali? We’ll see of we can hire bikes in leg for internal travel.

        In the meantime we’ll go through the homestay list options n zero down a few. Thanks soooo much!!

        • Nupoor, For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.
          While going from Srinagar to Leh, you might need to work out few things as there have been some tensions now in taxi unions and to settle it out what they have done is that they have a transit point just before Fotu La while going to Leh from Kargil. All Leh taxis stop there and kargil taxis too. They exchange passengers and move back in respective directions. Leh taxis take passengers to Leh coming from Srinagar/Kargil and Kargil guys take passengers to Srinagar/kargil coming from Leh

          You can hire the bikes within Ladakh from Leh and it will do for you.

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