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Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days

  • dheerajsharma14 on #21574

    Now a days with raise in domestic tourists count in Ladakh, the number of days available for journey to this heavenly place is reducing day by day. The most common figure of days of days in hand with many domestic tourists is 9. I though it is better to put up a sticky itinerary for 9 days for Leh – Ladakh over Manali – Leh Highway, so that people with 9 days in hand can refer it whenever required.

    Here is the itinerary for 9 Days over Manali – Leh Highway covering Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso:

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

    Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Leh
    — Leave very early morning at max. by 6 AM from Leh and cover Diskit and Hunder as Day trip from Leh
    — 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 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
    — Day trip to Pangong Tso
    — Overnight at Leh

    Day 7 | Leh – Taglang La – Pang – Sarchu
    — Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
    — Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

    Day 8 | 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 9 | Manali – Delhi
    — Return Home

    Day 10 + 11 | Buffer days
    — Keep some buffer day in case of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

    OR, alternatively in case you want to have 2 days visit to Nubra Valley, which one should then:

    Day 4 | Leh, Inner Line Permits & then head to Nubra Valley immediately after permits as Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Leh
    — Skip, Leh local sightseeing and either get permits in advance OR in the morning and 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
    — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link: Inner Line Permits for Leh Ladakh
    — Overnight at Leh

    Day 5 | 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

    Rest from Day 6 onward, you can follow the same itinerary as in Plan A

    If you want any customization or deviation from above plan, feel free to ask any queries as New Topic in the Itinerary Advice -> Ladakh & Zanskar Valley Forum

    Anonymous on #27077

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Me & my hubby are planning for a Ladakh trip by this month 20th. We are interested for Manali – leh – manali by road and ur above plan seems to be perfect but we are just 2 of us as of now .. therefore can some more enthusiasts join us ?? …

    For such a plan which hotels would you suggest & how to move around from Manali & further..

    Pls advice..


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    Dheeraj Sharma on #27078

    Ananya, welcome to DoW-HTC Family !! :) :)

    What you can do is, book a seat in HPTDC semi deluxe bus for both of you from Manali to Leh and Leh to Manali journey. You are going as a couple and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in 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 :)

    For accommodation, list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the DoW-HTC Forum link: Hotels, Guest Houses & Home Stays in Himalayas -> Ladakh & Zanskar Valley

    Anonymous on #27079

    Thank u Dheeraj,

    Can you pls let me know which r d places in Manali & Leh to hire shared taxis for our trips..
    Thank you


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    Dheeraj Sharma on #27080

    For shared taxi in Manali, better go over to some Travel agent or even you can take HPTDC semi deluxe bus too to Leh to save the cost. In Leh, “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.

    You can find them either on Changspa road or Leh Main Market.


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    karthicnagaraj on #27081

    Hi Dheeraj,
    how much would it cost if we hire a share taxi for this round trip via manali to leh from delhi..i would like to know the fare for both ways: delhi-manali-leh-manali-delhi.
    Based on the fare we would a clearer picture as to how much it would cost for each one of us when we share it.


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    Dheeraj Sharma on #27082

    Karthic, very warm welcome to DoW-HTC !! :) :)

    For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link Leh Ladakh Taxi Rates 2013 – 14. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.


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    sumith on #27083

    Sir,as per ur itinerary is it possible to cover nubra valley(diskit and hunter) in one day?


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    aashish2137 on #27084

    @sumithmv wrote:

    Sir,as per ur itinerary is it possible to cover nubra valley(diskit and hunter) in one day?

    Hi [tag:3gc1hfww]Sumithmv[/tag:3gc1hfww], it certainly is though it gets a little hectic with close to 8 hours of drive time amid limited daylight.


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    aashish2137 on #27085

    [tag:22w0h80u]ShafatShamas[/tag:22w0h80u], please create separate threads for distinct queries. Your query has been moved to: post6091.html#p6091

    Please continue your discussion in the new thread. Old posts are deleted.


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    satyam on #27086

    same plan can be applied if we r going from bike from manali to leh… and how much will it cost for whole journey from manali to leh and how many days??( being students cant afford too much money as wel as time)


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    Dheeraj Sharma on #27087

    [tag:1nb9vqa1]satyam[/tag:1nb9vqa1], welcome to DoW Community !! :) :)

    This plan is for Manali to Leh and Leh to manali only. Bike rent cost form 800-1500 depending upon model, make and conditions of the bike, per day. Keep Rs 600-700 for food and stay per person per day. Rest it will be fuel.


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    satyam on #27088

    thannk u dheeraj sir… one more query is ,can we reach leh from manali in 3days by biking?? if yes then what should be the most suitable plan for beginners??? plz suggest me


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    aashish2137 on #27089

    [tag:31gbx7q6]satyam[/tag:31gbx7q6], yes you can. Infact you can do it in 2 days. The plan should be: Manali to Jispa, and Jispa to Leh.


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    Dheeraj Sharma on #27090

    Satyam, Aashish has suggested the two day plan which I feel you must follow while traveling from Manali to Leh. Your body will not be acclimatized to stay at places like Sarchu and Pang, hence while going to Leh it is not recommended to stay at these places. This helps you combat AMS and lesser health issues. While coming back you can actually break the journey at Sarchu. Leave 5 Am from Jispa to reach in time to Leh.

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