Travel Guide for Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh

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Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

Pangong Tso lake in Changthang region of Ladakh has emerged as one of the most wanted places to visit among domestic tourists in recent times especially after the Bollywood blockbuster "3 idiots". Now, in India one can see a lot more movies and advertisements being shot around this mesmerizing lake. This slat water, beautiful ocean like lake is about 5 KM wide at its broadest point and about 134 KM long with about 60% of the length extending into Tibet. During winters the lake freezes completely, which itself is a great experience to witness if you have seen the other colors of the lake. Being very near to the Line of Actual Control, one need to get Inner Line Permit to visit Pangong Tso. You can get more details on Inner Line Permits here: Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh. Starting May 2014, Indian Tourists does not need Inner Line Permits for Pangong Tso lake. Read more about it here

The beautiful multi shades of blue color offered by this lake along with a picturesque landscape around gives this place an extremely romantic feel as shown in Bollywood film songs. However, sitting behind the TV/LCD it looks so but in actual reality the place is extremely harsh and difficult to survive especially in winters. There is only one cemented accommodation available around the lake and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find. The lack of oxygen makes survival difficult if your body is not properly acclimatized to its high altitude and hence, one need to plan his/her journey extremely carefully to make it acute mountain sickness free vacation.

Magical Blues of Pangong Tso
Magical Blues of Pangong Tso
Location

Pangong Tso lake is located about 170 KMs from Leh town of Ladakh district.

Altitude

Pangong Tso lake is one of the high altitudes lakes of India at a staggering altitude of 4350 Meters or 14270 Feet.

Season for Traveling to Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

In January to March, Pangong Tso remains mostly frozen, extremely cold conditions with no options to stay around the lake. In April types, it starts to melt and starts transforming into the beautiful multi shades of blue colors off the shores. Then May, June, July and August is the peak tourist season and they generally flock the shores of the Pangong Tso lake. In this summer period, a large number of birds can also be seen around the lake including the most common  Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks.

Come September and early October, the tourists starts to reside as cold starts to set in and accommodation tents starts to pack up. According to me, this is by far the best time to visit Pangong Tso to see full glory of beautiful shades of blue color. The colors are purely magical at this time of the year and with less number of tourist comparatively, you get better deals and enjoy more. After second week of October up to December, all the accommodation packs up and the only nearest place you can stay is either in some home stay with basic facilities to fight the harsh cold or in some guest house at Tangste with more better facilities to fight the cold. If sun is shining and you do not mind the hard cold winters, then also you can make a day trip to Pangong Tso from Tangste to see magical shades of blue color at this lake.

How to Reach Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh
Route from Leh to Pangong Tso Lake

This is the general route to Pangong Tso that most people take to visit this ever beautiful lake in Ladakh. You can reach in about 5 – 6 Hrs depending upon the number of break you take in between. The route along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Leh – Karu (36 KMs) – Sakti (10 KMs) – Chang La (34 KMs) – Durbuk (32 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 171 KMs

You can cover Thicksey, Hemis and Shey monasteries while going through this route. This route provides the best road conditions among all other routes. So, if you are one of those who prefer relaxing vacation and do not want to rush through places then, I will suggest make a two day trip to Pangong Tso lake via this route from Leh. Of course, I assume your body has been acclimatized properly by staying for couple of nights in Leh and spending a night or two in Nubra Valley before attempting to sleep near Pangong Tso. If you are short on time then you should make a day trip to Pangong Tso via this route only, being best in road conditions, so fastest among all.

Route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Lake

Many of the domestic tourists are short on leaves and also do not want to miss the opportunity of sunrise/sunset at Pangong Tso by making a day trip. Hence, when they visit Nubra Valley (always recommended for better acclimatization) first most of them seek some route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso directly without going back to Leh. For all such people, there exist two routes from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso:

Nubra Valley – Wari La – Pangong Tso

This route goes via mighty Wari La pass, one of the most remotest passes of the Ladakh region and takes about 11-12 Hrs again depending upon number of interim breaks you take. The route is long and rough and hence require you to leave very early from Nubra Valley, so that you reach Pangong Tso (Lukung or Spangmik) before sun goes down. If you are planning via Wari La route then keep confirming from the BRO posts that come by to check the road conditions ahead. It is extremely remote region and you will hardly find any tourist or vehicle going past by you. Hence, in case required, help would be long to find. You need to mention Wari La on your permit form in order to under take this route. The route along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Diskit  – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Tangyar (11 KMs) – Wari La (28 KMs) – Tathok (25 KMs) – Sakti (4 KMs) – Chang La (34 KMs) – Durbuk (32 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 243 KMs

Do not attempt this route in early season because, first it might not be open being low on priority for BRO and second roads are not stabilized in early season. So, being remote again help might be hard to find. You also need to carry spare fuel from Leh to cover about 425 – 475 KMs because many a times the petrol/diesel is not available at Diskit, Nubra Valley petrol pump and you will be covering Leh – Nubra Valley – Wari La – Pangong Tso – Leh without any other petrol pump.

Nubra Valley – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso

This route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso goes via Shyok Village and is on the cards to be opened in the year 2012. It is much shorter than the Wari La route, takes about 6-7 hrs from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso and hence will save more time and energy. But, again there are some nasty landslide prone stretches on this route which BRO has found hard to tackle and stabilize a road through it. In the year 2010, few of the people did make it through this route but around flashfloods time the whole route was washed-off again. As per BRO, they might throw open this route via Shyok village in this year that is 2012 and it will be a great relief for the tourists, at least having less time on hands. You need to mention Shyok Village on your permit form in order to under take this route. The route along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Diskit – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Shyok Village (48 KMs) – Durbuk (18 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 175 KMs

You also need to carry spare fuel from Leh to cover 350 – 400 KMs because many a times the petrol/diesel is not available at Diskit, Nubra Valley petrol pump and you will be covering Leh – Nubra Valley – Wari La – Pangong Tso – Leh without any other petrol pump.

Route from Tso Moriri Lake to Pangong Tso Lake

There exist a route between Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso as well and in most general cases, you will always be doing it from other way around that is from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri because you can exit Ladakh from Tso Moriri towards Manali – Leh Highway after visiting Pangong Tso without coming back to Leh and secondly, Tso Moriri is higher than Pangong Tso so as per acclimatization schedule you must stay near Pangong Tso before spending night at Tso Moriri. However, for the informational purposes you can go to Pangong Tso from Tso Moriri directly via the remote and ever beautiful Changthang region. The drive between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is one of the most beautiful drives in whole Ladakh region. You need to mention all the places mentioned in the route below on your permit form in order to under take this route. The route along with distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Tso Moriri (Korzok) – Sumdo (53 KMs) – Mahe (10 KMs) – Nyoma (25 KMs) – Loma (22 KMs) – Tsaga Village (23 KMs) – Tsaga La (20 KMs) – Chusul (33 KMs) – Kakstet (24 KMs) – Merak (4 KMs) – Man (12 KMs) – Spangmik (9 KMs) = 235 KMs

Though highly unlikely but if at all you are doing in this order then you also need to carry spare fuel from Leh/Upshi/Karu to cover about 600 – 700 KMs because you will be covering Leh -Tso Moriri – Nyoma – Loma – Pangong Tso – Leh without any other petrol pump.

Preferred Vehicles

The higher ground clearance vehicles are preferable and 4×4 ones would definitely be helpful especially between Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso as well as Nubra Valley – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso route. However, quite a few people do it in hatchbacks and sedans as well which depends upon your skills to drive and road conditions.

Suggested Itinerary for Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

Generally, at least one night stay is preferable to truly witness the mesmerizing beauty of this blue colored salt water lake. Of course, one night stay will help you watch sunrise and sunset over the picturesque landscape and increase the charm of your vacation to great extent. Most people, generally do:

Day 1 | 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 2 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
  • Overnight at Leh

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

Accommodation Options at Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

For a comprehensive list of accommodation options or hotels or camps around Pangong Tso lake, check the link here: Good Hotels or Accommodation options near Pangong Tso – Ladakh

Medical Facilities near Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

The nearest basic medical health center is at Tangste Village about 50 KMs from Spangmik village and 34 KMs from Lukung village. You can get basic first aid including Oxygen doses at some of the tents/camps, I guess.

Food Joints near Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

Being a remote place, you will either be eating in the home stay at Spangmik Village or at the camps/tents you might be staying overnight.

Phone Signals at Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

You will not find any phone or mobile signals at Pangong Tso lake.

Petrol Pumps near Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

Nearest Petrol Pump is at Karu about 135 KMs from Pangong Tso and comes on the way to Pangong Tso from Leh. I will suggest that you top-up the fuel from Leh itself and then drive/ride up to to Pangong Tso.

ATMs near Pangong Tso Lake – Ladakh

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

Conclusion

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

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  1. omker mahalanobish on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my wife are planning to visit Leh during 29 Sept – 03 Oct.
    We have thought of the following itinerary :
    Day 1: Reach Leh. Take rest or local sight-seeing by foot.
    Day 2: Local Leh sight-seeing by a cab (mainly the monasteries and/or the Leh palace).
    Day 3: Diskit, Nubra. Stay at Nubra.
    Day 4: Nubra to Pangong. Stay at Pangong.
    Day 5: Pangong to Leh.
    Please share your views regarding the above itinerary.
    Also, is it possible to book a cab for the entire trip after reaching Leh itself ? Will it be comparativey cheaper ?

    • The plan posted above is completely doable. Yes, you can book the taxi on the spot. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2017 – 18 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      • omker mahalanobish on

        Thanks a lot for your input Dheeraj. Just wanted to clarify, whether it is advisable to stay at Hunder instead of Nubra on Day 3 and then continue from Hunder towards Pangong on Day 4.

  2. Hi Dheeraj,
    Looking through lot of websites and finally found this one. Even though it is very late, your inputs might help us. We are a couple flying directly to leh. Landing on 11th of July, spending a day there. Then on 12th July traveling to nubra Valley staying there and going back to leh on 13th July. 14th July going to pangong starting there and cooing back to leh on 15th July. Will this plan is easy to execute? Also please help us in places to visit along the way to nubra Valley and pangong.

    • I will highly recommend that you make at least two days stay in Leh for better acclimatization and then move to 2 day trips to Nubra and Pangong Tso each. In case you have just 5 days only, then make a direct route to Pangong tso from Nubra to save that day. But first two days must be as per below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | 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

  3. Aniruddh naik on

    HI Dheeraj
    What is the condition of Nubra Valley – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso road is it compatible for going by motorcycles . or we should take the wari la route

    • Last I heard the road was blocked last week. The road conditions are bad to average. I will recommend checking the conditions after reaching Agham village and then taking a decision.

      • Hi Dheeraj

        I am just home after travelling through Nubra-Shyok-Pangong Tso. The road is officially closed but we went ahead. Except for 2-3 occasions when we had to get off the vehicle and put in some stones in the mud to get going, the road is totally fine.

        You would have first obstacle based on the status of July 4,2017, about 23 KMs before Agham village and then another 2 after 10 Kms from it.

        Thanks

  4. Axel Roche on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all, thank you for all your helpful advice !
    I have planned to visit Ladakh from the 2nd of July till the 8th and I have some questions.

    1. On the 3rd of July, I’d want to visit the Hemis monastery during the festival, is there a bus from Leh to go and return in one day ?

    2. I have planned to rent a bike and visit the Nubra Valley for 2 days and stay one night in Diskit before coming back in Leh, is 2 days enough to do that ?

    3. I booked a night in Spangmik on the 6th but I don’t know yet how to reach Spangmik from Leh. What is the best option to go there when you are travelling alone ?

    Thank you again, and I hope you will be able to answer my questions.

    Axel

    • Please find my comments below Axel:

      1. Not really on a daily frequency, you may need to rely upon shared taxis running from Leh during festival time or hiring a bike or private taxi.
      2. Yes, two days is fine to cover Nubra Valley. Just stick to Hunder and Deskit only and skip other places of Nubra Valley to have a relaxing ride.
      3. You can either opt for a shared taxi of tourists which would be available through agents or banners/flyers posted in cafes or restaurants in Leh. Or else take the rented bike as you are already doing Nubra on rented bike.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    Your well researched inputs are highly helpful for travellers like us and makes a great deal of difference when so many doubts are dispelled. We have resorted to your pages again and again during our course of planning.

    We are a group of 7 travelling to Leh via srinagar during 29.07.2017 to 06.08.2017.

    Our Itenerary, which seems little different from all others we came across, is as follows:

    Day 1, 29.07.2017: Reach Srinagar by noon. Check into Hotel and explore some local attractions of Srinagar.

    Day 02, 30.07.2017: Morning After breakfast leave for Kargil, by visiting Sonamarg, Zodjila pass, Drass Village, Kargil war Famous Peaks (Tiger, Tololing) from Vijay war memorial hall site, reach Kargil by evening. Overnight stay at Kargil.

    Day 03, 31.07.2017: Morning after Breakfast leave for Leh, enroute visit Mulbek, Giant Living Buddha Sculpture on Rock Mountain, Lamayuru Monastery of Ladakh and enjoy the view of Moon Landscape. Reach Alchi, visit Likir Monastery, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Kali Mata (Temple of Guardians in Spituk monastery) and Hall of Fame museum. Also visit Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers)Reach Leh by evening. Overnight stay at Leh.

    Day 04, 01.08.2017: After Breakfast do local sightseeing at Leh by visiting Hemis, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace,Stok Palace Museum and visit to Shanti Stupa.. Overnight stay at Leh.

    Day 05, 02.08.2017: After Breakfast leave for Tso moriri via Tso Kar covering Chumathang hot springs, Mahe and Puga Sumdo. Overnight stay at Tso Moriri.

    Day 06, 03.08.2017: After breakfast leave for Pangong Lake via Noma, Lyoma and Chusul . Enjoy the color changing lake and the sun set on the banks of lake. Overnight stay on the banks of Pangong Lake.

    Day 07, 04.08.2017: Early morning enjoy the view of Sun rise on lake. After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Chang La and Wari La. Arrive at Hundur by late afternoon. Explore Deskit, Sumoor, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight stay at Nubra Valley.

    Day 08, 05.08.2017: After Breakfast visit Turtuk and Deskit Monastery while heading back to Hunder and drive back to Leh by crossing Khardungla Pass. Overnight stay at Leh.

    Day 09, 06.08.2017: Transfer to the airport and fly back to Home.

    Wanted to confirm with you if this is okay and not cramped or not doable as we have planned in consultancy with a local contact that we were referred to (Mr. Arif Khan, tour operator/ driver).

    Further, we have booked accomodation at Srinagar and Leh so far. Is it okay to not go for advance booking at the other locations, namely, Tso Moriri, Pangong, Hunder and rather rely on spot booking as any uncertainity of weather/road may render a change in the itenerary.

    How would be the road conditions in Pangong to Agham trip via Wari La? We are travelling by Xylo.
    How cold it would these locations be(for packing related concerns) during our travel time i.e. July 29th to 6th Aug?

    • Hi Kajori,

      This is not how Ladakh trip is planned. You must follow the acclimatization schedule to some extent by doing Nubra, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri in that sequence only. So, please reverse that leg. You will also needs inner line permits in Leh as well.

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the reply.

        As I have mentioned we planned like this only when advised by a local tour operator else our itenerary was like:
        Leh Local
        Leh- Nubra- Leh
        Leh-Pangong Leh

        However, as regards acclamatisation, please correct me if I am wrong:
        Leh Altitude: 11480 feet
        Tso Moriri Altitude: 14836 feet
        Pangong Altitude: 14280 feet
        Nubra Altitude: 10000 feet.

        So if one can go directly from Nubra to Pangong, Let to Tso Moriri is even lesser of a difference in altitude.
        Moreover, we are giving 2 days for Srinagar to Leh and further 1 more day at Leh for acclamatisation.
        Is that not enough?

        Please guide.

        • Please drop that tour operator in that case as he is not even knowing basic principles of acclimatization. You may have ended up in hospital after spending the night at Tso Moriri directly.

          No its not enough. High altitude starts around Kargil and then as you move beyond Kargil. So, about 36 hrs are required for acclimatization in Leh. Hence, you must rest the night you reach and next night in Leh only. Then do Leh to Nubra, Nubra to Pangong and Pangong Tso Tso Tso Moriri in that very sequence.

          Even after using the above schedule it is not possible to acclimatise properly and people face issues because even this change in altitude does not comply with acclimatization rules.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning for family tour 4 adults + 1 child 6 years age and have following itinerary in mind.

    Tentative Start Date : 12-Jun’17

    Day 1 & 2 @ Srinagar : 2 Night – Extrusion for Gulmarg & Paragliding at Harwan Dhara Srinagar (Excl. Fees for paragliding)

    Day 3 :Srinagar Kargil : 1 Night Stay at Kargil

    Day 4 : Kargil to Leh : 1 Night Stay at Kargil

    Day 5 : Leh to Nubra Valley : 1 Night Stay at Nubra Valley

    Day 6 : Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake : 1 Night Stay at Pangong Lake

    Day 7 : Pangong Lake to Sarchu : 1 Night Stay at Sarchu

    Day 8 : Sarchu to Manali : 1 Night at Manali

    Can you provide your feedback on this itinerary is doable? I don’t want to return back to leh after visiting Nubra Valley or Pangong lake instead continues moving one place to other.

    Also can you suggest tour agents to organise this.

    • Hey Purvesh,

      Considering you are traveling with family the plan above is very hectic and it does not even include a day of acclimatization and rest in Leh before moving to Khardung La. Road from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso is quite desolated, so make sure you have company to tag along before you take this route as any mechanical failure will mean, you are stuck there and help will be no where to find.

      If you are looking for competitive and customized Ladakh tour and packages, you can connect with info@offbeatescapes.com as most of the readers in the past couple of years have had very good feedback about them and especially their transparent policies along with being there with you all the time in need. So, we trust them the most. You can refer my name or DoW to Gaurav, the guy who runs it. He knows us very well and should be able to offer some special rates being a DoW Member. You can just refer him the DoW Community Member Username in such a case or screenshot of this reply here.

  7. Hey Dheeraj,
    Firstly thank you so much to you for putting all the information together here in DoW. We made our draft plan for the upcoming leh-ladakh trip with the help of DoW & other sites. So thanks once again for such kind help.

    We have some doubts regarding our plan/trip. At the beginning I will share our plan:-

    24th Sept:- Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil

    25th Sept:- Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
    — Covering Lunar Landscapes, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
    — Overnight at Leh

    26th Sept:- Leh Local Sightseeing + Monastery + Acclimatization

    27th Sept:- Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
    — Covering Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit

    28th | Hunder / Diskit – Panamik – Pangong Tso Lake
    — Panamik has hot water springs
    — Overnight at Pangong Tso Lake

    29th Sept:- Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
    — Overnight at Leh

    30th Sept:- Leave Leh.

    Doubts are:-

    1) We contacted Regzin bhaiya(all thanks to you for providing details). He is really kind enough while I was talking to him. He is so kind that he told he dont want any advance for the booking. That’s why I am worried (Note: I am not doubting him). How he can remember our dates?! He just told me to send a message; but how can he remember our plan which is far away!! please guide.

    2) We are planning to stay on the bank of pangong lake at Royal Camp as it looks most economical. Whether this decision is right? I mean is it recommended to stay at camp during the end of Sept? or it is better to stay in guesthouse? Our purpose is not to miss sunrise at pangong. So wanted to stay at camp rather than a guesthouse so that we can watch sunrise very easily, but temperature is worrying us. Please guide for a comfy stay near pangong so that we need not to travel 10-20 Kms to watch sunrise. looking for a clean & comfy(not luxury) & economy stay

    3) More or less we have finalsed our stay at leh which is Tukchu Guesthouse. But could not finalize stay at Kargil, Nubra & of couse Pangong. Please suggest some home stay kind near kargil & nubra. requirement is should be clean, hygiene but easy for pocket.

    4) If any changes is required in planning?

    Any further doubt will put here once it comes in our mind

    Cheers!

    • Hi Pralay,

      1. Mostly it is common with all drivers. They do not commit, you have to keep reminding them 🙂
      2. It will be cold in September but manageable. You can also try Himalayan Wooden Cottages being of plywood, they save a bit more from the wind.

      Few readers/members of DoW have suggested below options:

      Aaman Guest House (just 3-4 kms after entering Kargil check post), it was a homestay and stay and food was awesome.
      Daspa Guest House (confused it with other) near bypass bridge. Name: Mr. Gulam Mohammed; Mob: 09469730240. 
      Paradise Guest House in Kargil is a decent place to stay

      For Nubra, please read: Habib Guest House – Hunder, Nubra Valley

      • Hi Dheeraj,
        Thank you so much for your reply. Actually we are going as couple, so was wondering if Regzin bhaiya forgets & committed to other parties also or he forgets the rate at which he accepted. Again I am telling I am not at all doubting, so many readers feedback cant be just wrong. But its natural human tendency that he may forget the dates or rates. So on that case what will be solution? Do you think I can get other recommended cabies of DoW on spot there in september??

        Thnks for the Information of kargil

        Now, coming to pangong.. Do you think it would be great miss if we dont stay in a camp? I mean I do understand that its different experience, but don want to spoil the trip for any health issue!

        Cheers!
        Pralay

        • Yes Pralay, in such a case get the numbers of listed drivers printed with you and call them upon reaching Leh. Mostly it does not happen and to be very frank now a days Rigzin has 3 cars, he can’t drive them all so in case he is not coming he will send one of the car to you for sure. But, still carry the printout and you should be good. Yeah, I will say it is OK to miss on part of health issues. If you stay at Tangtse you can head back again in morning if required.

        • Hey Dheeraj,
          Finally made the deal final with Rigzin, & hoping for a great time. Dude can you please help us for the stay option in Kargil. Looking for a budget but clean stay. Most of the hotel range is Rs 2500-3000 & above for two(incl breakfast & dinner). is it possible for a stay at 1000-2000?
          Or else what do you say, shall we try to stay at drass??

        • Few readers/members of DoW have suggested below options:

          Aaman Guest House (just 3-4 kms after entering Kargil check post), it was a homestay and stay and food was awesome.
          Daspa Guest House (confused it with other) near bypass bridge. Name: Mr. Gulam Mohammed; Mob: 09469730240. 
          Paradise Guest House in Kargil is a decent place to stay

  8. Hi Dheeraj,
    Im flying from Mumbai to Leh on March 28th to April 4th this year. Im wondering what you think is good to visit in this time period. Id like to see one of the monastery(perhaps Spituk Gompa) and maybe visit Pangong Tso lake. Do you think this is possible? Is it easy to hire (and safe) to hire a taxi to take us to these places? Do you recommend anywhere to stay? I’m actually visiting from the UK, so this will be my first experience of India! Thanks for your help and advice
    Sunil

  9. Sachendra Pal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to cover Ladakh in the month of June. I have 2 questions and hope you are the best person to answer those,

    1) Will Pangong Lake be frozen in the month of June. I have few friends went last year in the end of june and they said that it was little frozen.

    2) From Pangong, i would be heading to Sarchu, so i need to stay somewhere in between, probably in Upshi or Rumste(Don’t want to go back to Leh). Do you know contacts in Upshi or Rumste?

    • Hi Sachendra,

      1. Not really, it starts to melt in May and gets mostly melted by June.
      2. Well, best will be if you want to stay on Manali – Leh Highway, you can easily reach now Pang considering good roads between Pang – Moore Plains – Taglang La – Upshi. So, try to head to Pang.

  10. Hi dheeraj
    My tickets for leh is booked for march 23rd and would be back by 29th. Am heading for Dha and hanu. Followed by pangong tso. Will the road to pangong be open during this period?

    • Barring few days of heavy snowfall BRO keeps all roads in Ladakh open. So, in case there is heavy snowfall around the days or on the day you plan to visit Pangong Tso, it will be closed else open.

  11. Hi Dheeraj

    Mid May it is off to Leh. Am still fine tuning the itinerary. Was wondering if it is possible to go to Pangong via Tao Mori and Chusul and approach Khardungla fro Pangong rather than the other way around. Is it doable in terms of roads and approach and also altitude?
    Leh to Tso mori
    Tso Mori to Pangong via Chusul
    Pangong to Khardungla
    Khardungla to Leh

    What would you advise?
    Best
    Gowri

    • Hi Gowri,

      As per acclimatization principal and general recommendations, you should start from Nubra Valley cover Khardung La and follow the route in direction from Nubra to Pangong Tso to Chusul to Tso Moriri. I recommend it only but in case you want to take a chance with acclimatization and OK to abandon the trip or miss some part in case you or any member fall sick, well, you may attempt it in that case.

      • Thanks Dheeraj. I get the point you are making. Our program is as below. Of course all depends on our coping ability and weather Gods ! I would like the itinerary to evolve as we go there and start to move .

        15th. Arrive Leh
        16th and 17th Visit Leh Palace,
        Shanti Stupa
        Leh Market
        Just walk around for acclmatiSation

        18th leave Leh for Lamayaru
        Visit Alchi enroute
        Stay at Lamayaru
        19th return to Leh

        20th Leave for Nubra valley
        Enroute Diskit Hunter and Panamik
        Stay there where accommodation available
        21st Leave for Pangong. Stay at Pangong

        22nd Leave for Tso Mori via Chusul and Chamantang
        22nd Stay near Tso Moriri
        23rd Leave Tso Moriri for Hemis via Tso Kar and Upshi
        Stay near Hemis
        24th Visit Hemis, Thikshey and Shey
        Return to Leh on 24th

        ( If sufficiently acclimatised and no health issues, then The programme from 22nd works other way round, that is Leh to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis etc. Number of days remain the same )

        25th Rest day at Leh
        26th Leave for Dharamshala via Srinagar
        Or
        Spend more time in Leh and leave for Chandigarh via Srinagar or Manali on 29th to catch flight to Mumbai on 31st from Chandigarh.

        We are flexible about remaining in Leh or moving on to Dharamshala. so please do suggest more options in Leh.

        Thanks and Best
        Gowri

        • Hi Gowri,

          I will recommend that you drop the Lamayuru options and on Day 3 start for Nubra Valley and do the days as below:

          Leh – Nubra Valley
          Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso via Agham Shyok in case you have vehicle company
          Pangong Tso – Hanle via Chusul, will need permits from Leh DC office
          Hanle – Tso Moriri
          Tso Moriri – Leh

          Then decide upon to spend remaining days either as day trip to Lamayuru or as Sham Valley trip or may be use that day to visit Turtuk in Nubra Valley

        • Thanks for the suggestion and will follow it. Makes sense.
          Turtuk is on the agenda.

      • Hello Mr Sharma,

        I am planning to go Leh , and visit Nubra , Pangong Tso , Tso Moriri, and other nearby places .
        I am going by april 18 to april 28 2017
        please advice is this time is ok, i know there will be cold weather.
        please suggest any hotel in pongong , moriri and nubra valley

        Thanks in advance

        prasann

        • Prasann, it will be too cold to stay overnight in Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri during that time of the year. I will recommend that you put up at Tangtse 34 KMs before Pangong Tso and Chumathang for Tso Moriri. You will easily find the hotel on the spot whichever is open as there will not be too many tourists.

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    I’m planning to travel for 9 days starting next Friday with 3 of my friends. Appreciate if you can give comments and provide necessary advice whether our planned itinerary is possible or not 🙂

    Day 1: New Delhi – Leh
    Day 2: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit Monastery – Nubra Valley – Leh
    Day 3: Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
    Day 4: Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
    Day 5: Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
    Day 6: Srinagar – Dal Lake – Nishat Bagh – Shalimar Bagh – Chasmashani – Pahalgam
    Day 7: Pahalgam – Aru Valley – Betaab Valley – Chandanwadi – Dabyan Valley – Baisaran – Pahalgam
    Day 8: Pahalgam – Jammu – New Delhi
    Day 9: New Delhi – Agra – New Delhi

      • Thank you for the info Dheeraj. We are planning to spend more time at Delhi then.

        By the way, is it doable for below trips? Can we do a day trip to both Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso Lake?

        Day 2: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit Monastery – Nubra Valley – Leh
        Day 3: Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

        • Nasri, it is highly recommended that you take ample of rest for first two days in Leh. Then you can make trip to Nubra and Pangong Tso. Both the above trip excluding monastery visit will require 12 Hrs of travel. Better to split them in two two days.

  13. Rahul Goyal on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I am planning to Visit Leh during 6-11 Oct 2016 with a friend of mine. We shall be flying to LEH and then doing road trotting. Please suggest an Itinerary for the time period. I intend to visit the following places:

    Nubra Valley
    Khardungla Pass
    Magnetic Hill
    Monasteries in Leh
    Pangong Lake
    and Possibly Kargil is Possible.

    May kindly suggest the accommodation. If needed, we can stretch the tour by one more day.

    • Hi Rahul,

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR Sham Valley tour OR Fly back home
      — Overnight at Leh
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

  14. Hello Dheeraj,

    I am planning a trip to Leh. Request if you can help clarify a few queries around the same:

    1. Is the time between 25 Sep to 15 Oct, 2016 (8 days between the provided date range) fine for travel, I mean as per the weather.
    2. I want to bring along my 5 yr old son, is it ok for children to make this trip. What challenges can I face.

    Best Regards

    • Anuj, I hope with 8 days in hand you are planning to travel by air to Leh and coming back the same way. Road trip will be very difficult in just 8 days. The sooner you plan, the better it will be as it is end of season by that time.

      • Hello Dheeraj,

        Yes, I am planning to travel by air both ways. Any pointers on point 2. Is it ok for children to travel.

        Best Regards

        • In general, it is fine 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 5+ year child, I think he/she would be able to convey the uneasiness with little efforts. 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!!

        • Rahul Goyal on

          HI Anuj, I am Planning to Visit Leh during 6-11 Oct. Will be taking flight from Delhi to Leh and return via same. Pls confirm, if u got some info that if the lake shall be open during the time ? Pls contact at my mail rahul.goyal018@gmail.com.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    I plan to take shared taxi from Leh to Pangong Tso and stay overnight there. Next day, travel back to Leh.

    My question is Am i able to get shared taxi from pangong tso back to Leh?

    May i know what is cost for one way shared taxi?

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

    • You are alone/couple and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are 🙂

  16. Is that posible to make Protect Area Permits (PAP) and ride alone in Ladakh? cuz I have information for do PAP must have at lease 2 travellers,

    thank you

    • Print, this year onward, the rules has been eased and as an individual as well you can apply for permit and ride alone. The rule is in effect AFAIK as it was introduced in last month. If not, you can walk to any travel agent in Leh and he will club you with other groups and hand over the copy of the permit to you as well. Then you can ride alone. But, I think you should be able to get the permit alone as well with this new rule.

  17. Deepak Singhal on

    Dear Dheeraj ,
    I am planning to reach Leh on 8th sep 2016 at 7.15 Am with my wife.
    My return flight is on 12th morning .
    Will you please advise some nice itiniary as wish to visit the famous lake also.
    But we will like to go as per ur advice.

    • Deepak, wish you had more time so that you can enjoy the trip. With just 4 days in hand I can only suggest below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Leh
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La

      Day 4 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      • Deepak Singhal on

        Dear Dheeraj,
        Thnks for your reply.
        will you advise to go to Pangong Tso on day 3 and come back to Leh on day 4.?
        Further , can u suggest some good hotel ( 2k to 3.5 K / day or some good home stay as we have in southern India) ?
        regards
        Deepak

        • 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

        • Deepak Singhal on

          Dear Dheeraj,
          Thnx for ur reply.
          But we have only 4 full days there. 5th we have to back.
          Hence we have to chose either of the two.
          please advise accordingly.
          Regards
          deepak

        • Already suggested you the plan. In case you have to choose between Nubra and Pangong tso, since you will not be acclimatized to sleep at Pangong tso, I will say go for Nubra Valley

  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to leave for Leh from delhi on 25th August 2016 by flight.
    So my Plan is like…

    Day 1:- Reach leh morning and rest, arrange for bike, stay overnight.
    Day2:- Start for Khardung-la and Nubra valley and stay overnight.
    Day3: Nubra valley to leh back.
    Day4:- Leh to Pangong tso and stay overnight.
    Day5:- Pangong Tso to Leh.
    Day 6: Leave early morning for Hanle Village. (It will take 5-6 hours to reach Hanle I guess or maybe more than that) stay over night
    Day7: roam around hanle and go to observatory and stay overnight.
    Day 8:- Ride back to leh.
    Day 9: take rest and Roam around leh.
    Day 10:- Leave for delhi early morning..

    Can you please let me know the if this plan will work or it needs modifications.
    And what would be the approx. cost of this trip like rental bike 350cc bullet, accomodation,fuel, misc expenses…. (excluding flight tickets). and I am travelling alone, becoz couldn’t find the partners (friends couldn’t join due to there personal reasons).

    Thanks in Advance.
    Shaurya

    • You must have two days of rest in Leh before going over Khardung La to Nubra Valley. So, please plan first two days of acclimatisation in Leh. Rest seems OK. Leh to Hanle will take about 9 Hrs easily. You should add Tso moriri as well from Hanle.

      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

  19. Hi,

    I am planning bike trip with couple of my friends Leh – pangong tso , pangong tso – leh, leh – Nubra valley, nubra valley – leh (4 days)

    Which is better ? first pangong tso lake or Nubra valley ?
    Can some one suggest good bike rentals contacts in Leh?

    This willbe of great help

    thanks,

  20. Mukesh Popli on

    I have planned fr 7 days tour with my wife.
    1. Delhi to leh via flight and check in the hotel and rest
    2. Leh local market, gurudwara pather sahib, megnatic hill etc
    3. Pangong lake and return to leh
    4. Nubra valley and stay there
    5. Return to leh via khardungla pass
    6. Explore leh and near places
    7. Return flight to delhi

    I have some questions in mind, need advice
    1. Round trip to pangong lake is doable or not ? Is there any adventure to explore at pangong ??
    2. Should I get taxi from leh to nubra valley and at what cost. Or is there any other mode of transportation ??
    3. I need bullet on rent while exploring Leh, should I get the same from leh ?

    • Hi Mukesh,

      You should alter as below:

      3. Leh to Nubra Valley
      4. Nubra Valley to Leh
      5. Leh to Pangong Tso
      6. Pangong Tso to Leh

      1. Just enjoy the nature as suggested above
      2. Cost of two day trips above for both will be around 20K
      3. Yes, you can hire the bike in Leh

  21. Hi Dheeraj

    I am planning a 7 day trip to leh by flight in mid july.
    1st day – Leh local
    2nd day -going to pangong and return
    3rd day nubra
    4th day return from nubra
    5th day -tso moriri
    6th day -return from tso moriri
    7th day return flight

    Is this proper? and should i stay 1 night at pangong or nubra i am confused in that.
    Is overnight bike driving safe from leh to pangong and return.?
    I am a solo traveller and planning to do a bike journey to pangong and nubra.
    I have no booking at tsomoriri so i will get a good camp at a cheaper rates like 400-500 reaching der ??

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Nihar,

      I will request you to drop Tso Moriri, first two days rest and then followed by two day trips to Nubra and PAngong Tso. Else you will fall sick the way you have planned your trip.

  22. Jake Morrissey on

    Hey there, I’m planning on traveling to the area soon and had a quick question. Is the road from Leh to Pangong Tso safe to travel on a motorcycle in late June? Thank you!

  23. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are 6 of us planning to travel in this September, our plan is as below. Need your suggestion on this
    Day1 Friday -Bangalore to Delhi reaching Delhi by 11pm then travel towards Manali
    Day2 Saturday-Reaching Manali and over night stay
    Day3 Sunday -Manali to Jipsa, over night stay in Jipsa
    Day4 Monday- Jipsa to Leh over night stay in Leh
    Day5 Tuesday- Leh to pangong lake, night stay in pangong
    Day 6 Wednesday – leave early morning from Pangong to Leh then to Nubra valley via khardungla pass over
    night stay in Dikshit
    Day 7- Start early from Dikshit to Leh then to Kargil on same day night stay in kargil
    Day 8- Kargil to Gulmarg night stay in Gulmarg
    Day 9-Gulmarg to Srinagar night stay in Srinagar
    Day 10 -Flight to Bangalore
    Is this plan looks practical? Traveling from Pangong lake to Leh then to Nubra valley?
    and next day from nubra to Kargil?

    Please let us know ur view on this. We will be booking private taxi for travel

  24. Hi thank you for so helpful information. Please could you suggest if we should really cover Tso morari lake? We are going for Leh ladakh via a tour operator for 10 days (Delhi-Sri nagar-Leh Ladakh-Manali-Delhi) but to cover Tso morari lake he is asking for additional day plus 17k and we are already tight on time.

  25. Hi Dheeraj,

    Google maps has much shorter distance times to the ones you’ve stated. For example Nubra Valley to Spangmik via Wari La is 5 hours 40 minutes and 233 kms. I’m assuming they’re incorrect? How long would it take on a motorcycle? Also what is the condition of the Shyok village route nowadays? We’ll be going in early July. We dont have a complete itinerary yet but at this point it’s basically Amritsar – Jammu – Srinagar – Day off – Kargil – Leh – Day off – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake – Continue on down to Manali. How does this look to you? The distances for each of these legs online are all roughly 4-5 hours. is this correct? Thanks.

    • Yes Alex, they are. Google does not take into account the roads/dirt tracks and speed on it and some part of sightseeing too. I have included a realistic number which is normal when we drive/ride on these trecherous routes.

      Cars and motorcycles does not matter much as the speed is more or less the same, may be 10% here and there. Shyok village route is OK but you should be careful and not venture in there without any other vehicles

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