Good Hotels or Accommodation in Nubra Valley – Ladakh

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In this third article of the series – Preferred Hotels or Accommodation options in Leh – Ladakh, I am enlisting down some of the preferred places to stay in Nubra Valley – Ladakh which are cheap budget (Rs 600 – 900) types as well as moderate budget (Rs 1200 – 2000) types accommodation and good for stay. So, if you are looking for a decent, clean and comfortable but moderate budget options of stay in Nubra Valley – Ladakh then you can refer the list of below guest houses or hotels compiled after reading various resources/reviews of many people over Internet mainly IndiaMike and BCMT forums (as said earlier, of course, I cannot stay in all of them 😉 ).

Hotel Sten Del at Diskit town, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Hotel Sten Del at Diskit town, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Most of these places are ideal to stay with family as well because they offer decent comfort and facilities which a family may require but looking out for moderate range budget accommodation options. However, if you are looking for an exceptional in-room service, finest linen, luxurious and ultra comfortable rooms in a hotel and that too for this price range and in such remote places as some villages of Nubra Valley then perhaps this list may not be for you or I shall say this place (Nubra Valley – Ladakh) is not for you. Well, you may find one or two such services too in the below guest houses but no certainty.

Nubra Valley is one of the hottest tourist spot in Ladakh and Diskit is one of the town which people generally make the base to explore rest of the Nubra Valley. The biggest reason of Diskit being so popular is that it offers better and varied amount of accommodation options when compared to the rest of the places like Hunder, Panamik, Sumur, Turtuk in Nubra Valley being its head quarters. No doubt, Hunder is also starting to become popular with more and more options coming up.

LAST UPDATED: 9th Feb 2015
The article has been updated to match the current prices of most of these hotels or campsites or homestays for the year 2015.

Good Hotels or Accommodation options in Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Below, I have segregated the list of good accommodation options or hotels available in Nubra Valley by the villages viz. Diskit, Hunder, Sumur, Turtuk, Panamik etc. These are the villages in Nubra Valley mostly visited by the travelers and tourists. You can easily refer to the section of village where you plan to stay overnight on your trip to Nubra Valley in Ladakh.

Hotels or Accommodation options in Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • Hotel Sten Del (Sangam Bar and Restaurant):
    Very much Recommended being one of the excellent stays in Diskit. Really comfortable, nice and cozy. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Tasty food, good parking space, running hot water. TV with DTH and most importantly nice little garden Bar. For my complete review read here.

    • Price Range: Rs 2500 – 3000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: +91-9419348223 (Mutup Namgyal), +91-9469702071 (Deepak), +91-1980-220196 or [email protected] for email
    • Location: Near Kharyok below Diskit monastery, Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Moderate / High
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  • Olthang Guest House
    Recommended as one of the nice stays in Diskit. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Parking space, Running hot water or in buckets.

    • Price Range: Rs 1000 – 1500 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Tsewang Norboo 919469176104, 01980–220025
    • Location: Near Kharyok below Diskit monastery, Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay
  • Sand Dunes Guest House
    Good place to stay, nice and clean rooms. Nice and cheap food too.

    • Price Range: Rs 600 – 900 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01980 – 220022
    • Location: Near Main Market, Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay
  • J&K Tourism Rest House
    Spacious, neat and clean.

    • Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate
Hotels or Accommodation options in Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • Yourdum Guest House
    Very much Recommended if you looking for a decent low cost option of stay though not that luxury & small but quite good. I stayed there on DoW Mega Meet 2013, loved the food, the humble people running it and little fresh garden. Decent parking space as well. Check my detailed review at the link here

    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: +91-1980-221114 OR +91-9469735827
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Cheap
  • Snow Leopard Guest House
    Very much Recommended. Nice, clean and spacious rooms with attached bathroom. Nice little garden.

    • Price Range: Rs 1500 – 2000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Dawa Norbu – +91-9469176759 / +91-1980-221097
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate
  • Galaxy Guest House
    Very much Recommended by a friend who stayed here. Nice, clean and comfortable rooms but only 4-5 of them with a little garden having nice views.

    • Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Stanzin – +91-9419885450 / +91-9797541101 / +91-1980-221054
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate
  • Goba Guest House
    Very much Recommended. Nice and clean rooms. Good for stay in Hunder.

    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Tsering Goba – +91-9469534590, 01980-221083, 01980-200021
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate
  • Milkyway Guest House
    Nice and clean rooms. OK for stay.

    • Price Range: Rs 600 – 900 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01980-221041
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic
  • Olgok Guest House
    Very clean rooms and not too old. Tasty food.

    • Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01980-221092
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay
  • Himalayan Guest House
    Good option of stay. Nice and clean rooms. Tasty food and a little garden.

    • Price Range: Rs 450 (Shared bath) – 800 – 1200 (Attached bath) for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr Ghulam Hussain – 09469177470, 01980-221131
    • Location: Hundar, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category:Cheap / Economic
Hotels or Accommodation options in Sumur, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • A O Camping Gardens or A O Guest House
    Recommended, if you stay in Sumur. Very clean rooms and tasty food. Great views and nice little garden.

    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 700 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01980–220050
    • Location: Sumur, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic
  • K-Sar Guest House
    Nice and decent place to stay with clean rooms.

    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: +91-9469291395
    • Location: Sumur, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic
Hotels or Accommodation options in Turtuk, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • Turtuk Holiday Camp, Turtuk
    Spacious, clean and comfortable tents, Nice and fresh food, Bathroom with hot running water and power backup.

    • Price Range: Rs 2200 – 2500 for a double occupancy
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Turtuk, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Moderate / High
  • PWD Rest House, Turtuk
    Good to stay but should be booked from Diskit or try your luck on the spot. Attached and clean baths.

    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Turtuk, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic
Other Tips for Hotels or Accommodation option in Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • There are lots of options in Diskit and hence, if really not required then you don’t prebook if you go in Aug/Sep in this region. You will get better bargain in that case.
  • There are less/few options of stay at Turtuk Village but there are lots of camping options available at Turtuk. So, you can bring your own tent and pitch it anywhere you like. It also gives you an upper hand to bargain with available options when you are not in mood to pitch it.
  • You can find contact of more hotels or accommodation options for Hunder and Diskit all ranging between Rs 600-1000 in the text file available for download here: [download id=”4″ format=”2″]

I hope you find the above list of hotels or accommodation options in Nubra Valley – Ladakh useful for your upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip. If you happen to know any updated contact numbers or missing contact numbers of these hotels or any other nice, cheap or moderate budget but good option of stay in Nubra Valley – Ladakh, kindly leave a comment as it will be helpful to others fellow travelers as well. If you have ever stayed at any of these hotels, please share your experience with us too.

In the end, again these hotels or guest houses are not for people who are looking for ultra luxury and comfort. In most cases, these hotels or guest houses will be suitable for a family as well and hence, they may be worth to look out…

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  2. Dheeraj vai, can I stay in Camps in Nubra(Hunder) in middle of September?? or should I try for some cemented property? Also want to know Shyok & chusul route will be open in September?

  3. Hi Dheeraj Bhai, are there any enfield workshops/ tyre puncture repair shops available in Nubra Valley?

  4. hello Dheeraj ‘
    I am planing to go leh on sept 2017. im traveling solo should i need to book room in leh?
    and i can get share taxi to go pangong tso , nubra valley and khardongla pass?

    • You are alone 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 the 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 meeting new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip.

      No need to book anything, plenty of options present where can get to stay.

  5. Plz suggest if I can travel to leh with 2 kids n being n asthma patient.all confused

  6. We stayed at Habib Guest House at Nubra Valley

    Habib Guest House
    Nice and decent place to stay with clean rooms, bathroom and hot water.
    Price Range: Rs 1500 for a double bedroom with dinner and breakfast for two
    Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    Category: Cheap / Economic

    Our transportation was arranged by Rigzin and he had clearly told us to blindly go to this place and he will take responsibility that the home stay, food, everything will be good. When he said that, we were sceptical should we stay here? But when we reached Nubra, there were hell a lot of billboards at one junction with the list of home stays. We decided to go with Habib Guest House no matter what, when we entered the Habib Guest House locality, we just fell in love with this place. The rooms were average, we had hot water wall the time. The Dinner and Breakfast was included in the room rent, food was awesome. The Butter Tea, I got to taste here for the first time in Leh. Lovely home cooked food. Only drawback with this place was the flies, which we found in all other places later on.

    Connectivity: Only BSNL worked here without internet, though GPRS would be displayed :).

  7. Hello Dheeraj,

    This is very informative and useful for anyone who is planning to do Leh-Ladakh trip. Many thanks to DoW…

    We are 5 people planning Leh-Ladakh trip between June17-June30 2017. We are coming on our own, not taking any packages.

    We would like to know the availability of hotels in Leh, Nubra, Pangong and Tso Moriri in that period. Shall we easily get them or it will be too crowdy at that time? What is better approach? – Booking hotels in advance or we go there and choose. Please guide us. Thanks.

    • Thank you Vishnu. It will surely be crowded at that time of the year. If you are a bit choosy on sleeping over at places, I will recommend to book in advance in Nubra and Pangong Tso while Leh you can search on the spot as there are many options. Otherwise, if you are OK to sleep in home stays, then , well even searching 4-5 places upon reaching should be fine.

  8. Hi All,

    I went to Nubra valley in 2016 September. I would like share my experience with one of accommodation Nubra Valley (Hunder).

    Pleasant and friendly home stay with lovely host. Accommodation includes food and stay. He charge us 500 person.

    Padma home stay
    Hunder, Nubra Valley
    Mobile: #9469449199

  9. Hi DHeeraj,

    We are planning a small trip to Leh – Ladakh from 8th – 13th Oct. We will be reaching Leh via flight from Delhi on 8th Oct early morning and have our return flight on 13th morning.

    Can you please suggest a doable itinerary for the planned dates??

    We were hoping to cover few places in Leh including other famous points like Pangong Tso, Nubra valley, Khardungla pass etc ….we are a group of 3 guys and we will be renting bikes in Leh.

    Would really appreciate a reply….Thanks in advance


  10. Hi, We are 7 of us on a trip to Ladakh & our itinerary is as below:-

    Day 01: Srinagar – Sonmarg – Kargil (en route visit Sonamarag, Zogila Pass, Drass , Vijay smarak (Museum of Kargil war))
    Day 02: Kargil – Leh (en route visit Mulbekh, Namikla Pass, Fotula Pass, Lamayuru, Moonland, Confluence of Sindhu/Indus and Zanskar rivers, Magnetic Hills, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Hall of Fame)
    Day 03: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
    Day 04: Hunder – Turtuk
    Day 05: Turtuk – Leh (en route visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Leh Monastery)
    Day 06: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Pangong Lake via Changla Pass
    Day 07: Pangong Lake – Hemis – Leh
    Day 08: Leh – Keylong / Jispa
    Day 09: Keylong / Jispa – Manali

    Is this itinerary fine?
    Do you suggest one day stay in Hunder & one another day in Turtuk? or stay in Leh on Day 03 & cut down Nubra to one day?
    Which is the best option to stay near the lake in Pangong?

    Pls suggest

    • I will ideally suggest that you either add an extra day OR drop a day from Nubra and rest/acclimatize in Leh before heading to Nubra Valley. There are many options available now in Pangong Tso, you can walkin and choose.

  11. Any idea how is Apple Nubra Camp ?
    Which place is better to stay….Diskit or Hundar.. ? We are there in Nubra valley for one night.

    Nitin M

  12. Nikhil parwal on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Me and my friend is planing Leh for 7nights and 8 days from 18th April to 25th April… What are the places we can cover in this limited time frame and what should be the best itenary!!! Just through your blogs and and other information we have made a rough itenary like
    Day 1 – 18th April – morning landed to Leh and rest for the whole day to accimlaised
    Day 2 – 19th April – heading towards nubra valley and overnight stay
    Day 3 – back to Leh
    Day 4 – Leh local sightseeing
    Day 5 – Leh-pangong-Leh
    Day 6 – rest and local sightseeing
    Day 7 – Leh – Tso moriri- Leh
    Day 8 – fly back to Delhi

    Please give your valuable suggestions, to make our trip most memorable.

    • Nikhil, PLEASe take complete two day rest in Leh. Move Day 6 to Day 2 and then continue the way you have planned. Please keep in mind that April will be quite cold in Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri and very limited options will be open during that time

  13. Plan review for september 1st week.9N
    Day1:- leh airport to leh hotel.
    Day2:- leh to sam valley night stay @leh
    Day3:-leh to nubra night stay @nubra
    Day4:- nubra stay
    Day5:-nubra to pangong night stay @pangong
    Day6:- night stay pangong
    Day7:pangong to tso morir night stay @tso morir
    Day8:- evening trip to tso kar night stay @tso kar
    Day 9:- tso kar ro leh night stay leh.
    Day10:- fly out from leh

    –Please review and let me know if any changes require

  14. connectingsouls on

    hI , I plan to travel solo and might go for a shared taxi. In such a case, where should i stay-Nubra or Deskit. Will the taxi guy entertain request of different tourists wanting to stay at different place.

    • No they will in general decide a common pickup point based on the number of people of a common place. If more people are planning to stay at Hunder then be it the place else Deskit will be the place

      • connectingsouls on

        Okay, so then I cant prebook any hotel/guest house at any of these places and will have to check with different guest houses only on the day of travel .


  15. Karan Bir on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Thanks for all the replies. It’s great and amazing that you reply to each post. Thanks again for all the useful info. As for my trip, here is a background:

    Day 1 (11 July) : Hit Manali
    Day 2: Manali to Jispa
    Day 3: Jispa To Sarchu
    Day 4: Sarchu to Leh
    Day 5: Rest in Leh
    Day 6: Leh to Pangong
    Day 7: Pangong to Leh
    Day 8: Leh to Nubra
    Day 9: Nubra to Leh
    Day 10 and 11: In Leh, local sightseeing
    Day 12: Flyback to Delhi

    We are two couples and have rented bikes from Manali. Following are few queries haunting my mind:

    1) How is the road condition now (in July) for Manali-Leh highway? Are the roads a lot slippery?
    2) Read about some undertaking needed. Can we obtain this on 11th July (day 1) itself? We have done all bookings and hence it is crucial to leave on Day 2.
    3) I know out trip is relaxed but can you suggest some changes if applicable. Day 10 and 11 that we spend in Leh, how can we utilize them effectively?
    4) How are ‘Camp Whispering waves’ (in Pangong) and ‘Nubra Ethnic Camps’. Tripadvisor shows them as excellent, your feedback will be helpful.
    5) I have been reading around and know of things to carry, etc. but still it will be great to have your comments on schedule/any other thing you’d want to share.

    Thanks in advance

    • Hello Karan,

      1. It is OK to travel, there are some bad patches but more or less fine.
      2. Yes, you need take the undertaking to cross Rohtang Pass. Please read: Rohtang Pass Rules & Restriction of Vehicles – Demystified
      3. It should be possible that you must avoid Sarchu for the night sleep as yoru body will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude. Then do Nubra first and then pangong tso
      4. Never stayed with them so cannot comment.


  16. Hi,

    We are planing to do a Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Nubra-Pangong Tso-Tso Moriri-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar
    We bought a tent along with sleeping bags, where are the places where we could camp?
    I heard they wont let us camp in deserted areas cause the army guys wont let us. And i know there are no camping sites till Leh, So where could we fix our tents for the night? Kindly give us some links regarding this info if possible

    • Vaisakh, You can pitch your own tents anywhere but I will suggest you pitch them at a place where there are some dhabha tents put up by locals or where other camping guy pitch theirs or somewhere near some house in village or in their garden/lawn. All you will need is to gently ask them (villagers/dhabha guys/camping guys) for permissions. Most likely they will allow, other wise negotiate for small little tip or move on to some other such place nearby. This will give you sense of security too.
      But, keep in mind that camping at the lakes both Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is not allowed as they are under Ramsar site. Hence, you need to pitch these camps away from the lakes where either other camps are there or at near by village.

  17. Raman Anurag on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Can you please take a look at the below mentioned itinerary and provide your expert comments.
    Car: Tata safari diesel, Haryana registered

    Day 1 (Aug 10): Delhi to Manali
    Day 2: Manali to Sarchu
    Day 3: Sarchu to Leh
    Day 4: Leh – Nubra Valley
    Day 5: Nubra Valley – Leh
    Day 6: Leh – Pangong Lake
    Day 7: Pangong Lake- Sarchu
    Day 8: Sarchu to Manali
    Day 9: Manali to Delhi


    1. Will getting a permit at Manali screw up the trip?
    2. Should we book accommodation at Nubra and pangong in advance?
    3. Any modifications to the plan?


    • Hi Raman,

      For permits for Rohtang Pass – Manali route, please refer: Rohtang Pass Rules & Restriction of Vehicles – Demystified

      Regarding the plan, it looks fine BUT please consider stay at Jispa instead of Sarchu while going from Manali to Leh because you will not be acclimatized to sleep at Sarchu and may hit with AMS. You can check on the spot in case you are OK with finding few places for stay and in worst case OK with basic home stays.


  18. Dear Dheeraj,
    i really appreciate your kind gesture to guide tourists,
    we are 4 guys travelling to Leh on mid of Jully, we are gong to hire taxi from manali to Leh and from Leh to Nubra valley and pangong Lake on Bike, is siachen preferable to go on bike from nubra valley?
    can you please suggest contact for bikes on rent?
    our journey ends at srinagar from Leh to srinagar which is preferable transportation?

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  20. Dear Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the useful blog write up and the list of hotels.

    We and my buddy (2 pax) will be travelling from Sri Nagar till Leh -Ladakh from 11th June till 17th June.

    It is his birthday treat and we are looking at spending one night in Nubra Valley on a camp stay and giving him an extraordinary experience. I have read many review and still not sure where will the best camp site to stay.

    I have shortlisted – Chunka Camp, Cold Desset Camp or Chamba Deluxe Camp. Can you please advice which would offer the best camping experience please.

    Furthermore costing wise, I have got a driver for this rates :
    Leh – NubraValley – INR 11177 ( Staying in Nubra)
    Leh – Pangyong Lake – INR 8653 ( Day trip)

    I really appreciate your help in advising us please.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Suresh, 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 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      Check with these drivers too for the rates as Nubra rates seems a bit high and does not have any discount.

      No idea about these camps.


  21. Hi,
    We are planning to do Leh -> Nubra Valley -> Pangong Lake -> Leh with 1 inova car and 3 bullets. Considering the distance and even carrying 10L petrol tanks per bike, Is this possible to do ? I am little bit worried on this part. Can you please throw some light on this.? Accordingly I have to book my accommodation.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Nitesh,

      Yes, you can do it Nitesh. Wari La route opens around late June but keep in mind that it is very desolated and no one will be there to help in case of any exigency. So, factor this risk out and it should be OK to do.


  22. Shantanu Kumar on

    Hey Dheeraj

    I am planning a trip to Leh along with 8-9 more friends in the beginning of july this year. I am a bit confused about the accommodation. Most of the itineraries I have seen mention 2 day trips from Leh to Nubra Valley or Pangong Tso with a night stay at these places. Now for this do I’ll have to book for single night accommodations in these places? And what about my hotel in Leh? Say I stay these for 2 nights then skip a night and then for 1 night and then again skip a night? Will I have to book the Leh accommodation for all 6-7 nights straight and pay for the nights I’m not staying there? Or can I book the Leh hotels with skipped nights in between?

    Please advice. Thanks.

    – Shantanu

  23. hello dheeraj..

    i read thru ur blog detailing accomodations available in leh.. thank u so much for the information..we 6 ppl are planin for leh trip this jun.. jun 14 to 28.. do we need to prebook hotels/homestays durin this time.. we dnt have any preferences for stay.. will dere be so much rush durin tis time tat we will end up with out a place to stay.. like at kargil, nubra valley, pangong tso, tso morri and other locations in usual leh itenary..?? can we go for spot bookings..?? pl advice..

    • Harshal, june is peak season time and many places now a days gets booked well in advance. However, if you do not have anything particular hotel in mind and can look for some options of stay here and there (4-5 places) you should be able to get something.

  24. Hello Dheeraj,

    Thanks for ur prompt reply on the previous queries.

    I had read your pointers on Hotels, we are 7 folks (girls+boys) and would be at Leh, Nubra, Pangong Tos & Tso Moriri on June 20th onward. What do you suggest, do we need to book accommodation in adv. I guess for Pangong & Tso Moriri tents are available at the spot. Looking for your expert guidance.


    • Indranil, if you guys are fine with searching here and there may be 3,4 places and do not want any specific hotel for stay, then it is fine to go with on the spot bookings in season time.

  25. Firstly thank you so much for this kickass blog man. Hands down to you!
    I’m a very miser when in cokes hotel stays.
    can you suggest me a 9 day road trip to manali-leh road which should include zanskar, tso pangong(overnight), tso moriri should be a vital spots!
    also suggest where should I stay overnight when I take stops in between.
    your reply would be appreciated

    • Bhuvan, 9 days is too less to make a trip to Ladakh. It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      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

  26. Dr. Sujit Sen on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    We are five (two couple and a 8 years old kid) planning to travel in the month of May (Reaching Leh on 24th May morning and leaving Leh on 1st June morning) with below itinerary:

    Day 1: Arrival at Leh at 8am by flight from Delhi. Rest till lunch. After lunch local sightseeing at Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Leh market, Leh Palace. Overnight at Hotel.
    Day 2 & 3: Sham Valley Tour- Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery, Gurudwara Parthib Saheb, Moon Landscape, Basgo Palace, Indus and Zanskar Sangam, Magnetic Hill, Phyang etc. Overnight Stay at Uleytopko or Alchi camp or resort. Lamayuru Monastery etc. Suggest a better plan.
    Day 3 & 4: Nubra Valley Tour: Nubra valley via khardongla pass, Hunder and Diskit Village, Sand dunes camel ride, Diskit Monastery, Samstanling Monastery. Panamik, Sumoor. Overnight at camp. Suggest a plan.

    Day 5: Tso moriri Trip from Leh: Enroute Tso Kar. Over night at Tsomoriri resort.
    Day 6: Tsomoriri to Pangong Tso: through Mahe-Chushul-Kakste-Lukung. Over night at camp at pangong.
    Day 7: Pangong to Leh. enroute Hemis, thiksey gompa, Shey Palace.
    Day 8: Departure

    Planning to have a package from here (kolkata). We are traveling from Kolkata-delhi-Leh by flight. Since we have ladies and a kid, I want a comfortable jouney. Should we book a package from here or book hotel/camp from here and travel to those places after reaching Leh and book car/taxi?

    • Hello Dr. Sujit,

      Well your itinerary is fine up to Day 4. But, beyond that you should do it like a day trip to Pangong Tso and then two day trip to Tso Moriri. OR you can just do Sham Valley tour on Day 2, then do 2 day trip to Pangong Tso with spared day and 2 day trip to Tso Moriri.

      Regarding the route you have mentioned from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri, I will first advice you to read the risks and uncertainties associated with this route in the article: Tips for Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Direct Route

      Since, it is may, you can directly go there and book stay as well as taxi. However, it might be the case that you have to search a bit.

      • Dear Dheeraj,
        Thanks for your valuable guidance. Being a nature lover and interested in scenic beauties and wildlife, I have a few more queries-
        1. Beyond alchi in Leh-Kargil Highway, what to see beyond alchi say in Uleytopko and Lamayuru other than Lamayuru Monastery? and if we go upto Lamayuru, can we return to Leh in a single day?

        2. If we plan for a two day trip to Pangong Tso, what would be the itinerary? What are the places to see? Please suggest.

        3. Most travel agents say Tso moriri trip is expensive. Is it so?

        4. For a two day Nubra Valley tour, what else can we see?

        In the itinerary, on end of May, will we be able to see ice? ice covered mountains close by? or a place covered with ice? I like places covered with ice.

        • Hi Sujit,

          1. It all is for the natural beauty on that highway. There comes moonland, Rizong Monastery too on this route. You can do a single day trip, just start early in the day.
          2. 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

          3. In comparison to Nubra and Pangong tso, yes a bit expensive as distance is more and hence, charges of taxi are higher

          4. Day 1 | 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 2 | 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

          On the way to Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley, you will find plenty of snow 🙂


  27. Hi Guys!
    We are planning to travel in the month of April (first week) with below itinerary:
    Day 1: delhi – leh / fullday at rest
    Day 2: leh : city tour of shanti stupa, leh palace, samkar monastery,
    Day 3: Leh excursion to sangam of indus & zanskar river, magnetic hill, Military Hall of fame, spituk monastery
    Day 4: Leh – Nubra valley via khardongla pass, visit diskit monastery, 110ft statue of Maitreya Buddha, sand dunes
    Day 5: Nubra – Leh
    Day 6: Leh : day trip to pangong lake
    Day 7: Leh : local family visit for tea, stok palace, thiksey monastery, Hemis monastery
    Day 8: Leh – delhi
    Any recommendation will be of great help!
    Also we are a bit hesitant about freezing weather, any recommendation?

    • Tarun, your plan seems relaxed and well paced. First two days are curcial, so keep them as below and rest remains good to go

      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 with taxi driver and you can refer the thread for a comprehensive list of drivers: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali
      — 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

      • hey Dheeraj,
        Many thanks for your message and recommendations, we will certainly keep them in our view. Any idea about the wether during first week of April? I am following accuwether and it says partly cloudy and a bit of snow too? Has anyone seen Leh or sourrounding during this season? I’m sure visiting Leh during such season will have its own charm 🙂

        • Tarun, Weather starts to get a bit warm in April, lakes starts to melt too though it may not be completely melted by the time. It can snow too if weather turns bad one a day in April. All the routes will be open and you can easily do a day trip to Khardung La in April. You can read my travel tale from April starting from the article: My Never Ending Journey | Ladakh 2012

          It indeed is quite a different experience of Ladakh during this time of the year.

  28. anil mantry on

    dear Dheeraj
    was reading ur comments .
    I am not very techie.It was quite incidental that we have a plan to visit Leh 1st to 7th oct 14 n for this i was searching the net for information n came across clear some doubts
    1.Any effect of flood in Leh
    2.camping in Nubra in oct 3rd ok suggest some good hotel in nubra
    regards n thanks


    Dear Dheeraj,
    We are 9 of us planning a trip to Leh from 27th Sep to 5th Oct 2014 on moderate budget. Need your expert advice on this plan.
    Following is our plan. 27th – 7 of the 9 reach Leh ; Plan for permits & Visit Shanti Stupa / Bazaar
    28th – Other 2 reach Leh, Rest & Go round in Leh
    29th – Go towards Pangong lake (Stay)
    30th – Return to Leh
    1st– Leh to Nubra (Stay)
    2nd –-Nubra Valley to Leh
    3rd – Leh to Kargil (Suggest what to see enroute)
    4th – Kargil-Sonemarg-Srinagar Dal Lake
    5th – Srinagar –Shalimar/Nishath – Back to Hyderabad.

    Should we book hotels in advance?If yes, pl advice some.

    Should we engage a tour operator? If yes, pl advice some.

    • SUDHAKAR, it will be quite an tragic plan if you follow and may end up some of you in hospital. First of all you need to make a compromise out of two below

      1. You 7 stay one more day in Leh with 2 who joins late on 28
      2. You 7 take the risk of health of your friends and take them with you on 29th with you for further travel.

      Based on your choice, I will suggest you the plan but I will never opt for Option 2 here, personally as that risk could be life threatening too due to AMS.

    • Sameer Phatak on

      Hey Sudhakar,

      I agree with Dheeraj. Please keep in mind that Leh is at about 11,500 ft and at that altitude, the air is very thin. Hence, please get a rest of atleast a day before you venture into sight-seeing.

      Also, my advice would be to do local sight-seeing on day 2. You can schedule Pangong on the 3rd day.

      Feel free to catch us for any questions.

    • Sameer Phatak on

      Hey Sudhakar,

      I agree with Dheeraj. Please keep in mind that Leh is at about 11,500 ft and at that altitude, the air is very thin. Hence, please get a rest of atleast a day before you venture into sight-seeing.

      Also, my advice would be to do local sight-seeing on day 2. You can schedule Pangong on the 3rd day.

      Even i landed in Leh in July and was able to enjoy the place because i took complete rest on day 1 and and kept my sightseeing to minimum on the second day. IMO, please follow Dheeraj’s advice (it helped me a lot in my trip)

      Feel free to catch us for any questions.

  30. Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for all the help you are providing to Leh tourists.
    We are two couples travelling to Leh for 6 days from 11th Sep to 16th Sept which also includes a half marathon race on 14th sept. I am planning my trip like this, your valuable suggestions are needed for guiding me in this journey:

    11th Sept: Reach at Leh via flight, accimatize and rest for the whole day
    12th Sept: Ride on bikes to Pangong Tso, Overnight Stay
    13th Sept: Ride back to Leh and local sightseeing.
    14th Sept: Half Marathon Race at Leh from 6.00 AM to 10.00 AM, after that ride to Nubra Valley via Khardung La in the afternoon. Overnight stay.
    15th Sept: Cover local attractions of nubra valley like panamic valley, hunder etc. Ride back to Leh, stay at Leh
    16th Sept: Fly back home in the morning.

    Please also suggest whether it is a good time of the year for night stay at nubra and Pangong Tso???

    • Hello Ashish,

      It is a kind of invitation to hit AMS… Better plan would be like below:

      11th Sept: Reach at Leh via flight, acclimatize and rest for the whole day
      12th Sept: acclimatize and do some light local sightseeing as Shanti Stupa and hall of Fame.
      13th Sept: Ride to Khardung La and Back the same day
      14th Sept: Half Marathon Race at Leh from 6.00 AM to 10.00 AM. In case you are feeling well after couple of hours of rest due to fatigue in Half Marathon, do Sham Valley bike trip covering Alchi and Likir.
      15th Sept: Day trip to Pangong Tso in case you are feeling well.
      16th Sept: Fly back home in the morning.

  31. Sameer Phatak on

    Hey Guys,

    During my recent visit to Nubra, i stayed at the Organic Tents (

    The place was really very good and the hotel management was very helpful. To top this off, there are tons (and i literally mean tons) of apricots up for grabs for us. A badminton court and a machan are all that you require for a beautiful gateway.

    They also provide wifi with a good speed (although i’d advise to stay away from it since Nubra as a place can be enjoyed onlyafter you disconnect yourself from the daily chores.)

    Please feel free to catch me in case you need any more info.



  32. Pramod Dixit on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I thank a lot for my entire trip beeing successful (shall write up in a suitable page with more details).

    Here, regarding the Accommodation options in Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh, we stayed in Siachen guest house, next to sten del, and the owner – norphel is running from his own house, is very clean, good and the hospitaity was simply good.

    Actually, we were 8 of us who were stuck in khadung village as one of our bike (apr 2014 model with 7000km on the Odo) did not star at all (hired from soma adventures). Then Norphel was travelling from leh to diskit found us to be in problem and offered a drop – which we accepted since we neeeded it badly. On the way, he explained us about him and offered us 4 rooms at 2000 (500 / 2 bed room) which otherwise stated from 800 / room. He got to know that we starved from noon (khardung la) and were tired toeing the bike, he called up his guesthouse and got the food prepared at about 11PM so that our dinner would be ready by the time we reach there.

    Though the food is little on the expensive side, (500/- for a breakfast, lunch and dinner), it is fine considering the difficulty in procurement, unlimited quantity, quality and just 4 months of business / year)

    |The rooms, toilets, kitchen were clean and hospitality was great.

    We (I on behalf of 8 of us) highly recommend this place to any tourist visiting Diskit.

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