How to make a Ladakh Trip in 9 Days

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Ever since domestic tourism has boosted exponentially in Ladakh, the urge to make a Ladakh trip in 9 days or less by domestic tourists can be seen everywhere over the Internet. Of course, mostly due to the lack of leaves or lack of approved leaves from office, we, domestic tourists are not left with any other choice than to make a short and hectic trip to such a heavenly place, Ladakh.

So, in today’s article I will talk about how can you make a Ladakh trip in 9 days. I will share a common itinerary with you in case you are looking out to plan such a trip to Ladakh.

Of course, if you have more days you should always plan a trip to Ladakh at least with 12-15 days in hand in order to enjoy the beauty of the Ladakh and feel the nature at its ever best in trans-Himalayas.

You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days at Most Common Itinerary for Leh Ladakh. However, if you are really short on time and do not have any other option then you may go ahead with below Ladakh itinerary of 9 days.

Q1. Is it possible to make a trip from Delhi to Leh in 9 days?

Possible yes, needless to say, it will be hectic and you will mostly be running from one place to another. Also, when you have just 9 days in hand, you will not be able to cover all the places in Ladakh. The Leh Ladakh itinerary mentioned in this article does not include traveling on Srinagar Leh Highway as well because with lack of days in hand. I have tried to keep a balance of best places to experience in Ladakh in 9 days.One of the many bridges in Ladakh

Ladakh Trip in 9 Days | Most Common Itinerary

Before we check the itinerary in detail, I will like to tell you that it will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi with stopovers at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi with stopovers at Sarchu/Jispa/Keylong, Manali. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization, which is a must to avoid AMS issues for rest of the trip.

You are then left with just 1 day in which you cannot do much than to either make day trip to Khardung La or you make a day trip to Pangong Tso. So, in the below itinerary I have suggested traveling from Manali Leh Highway in order to save another day which can be used for sightseeing in Ladakh to at least see a couple of places in Ladakh.

So, you can follow Delhi to Leh 9 days plan as mentioned in the article below.

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
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Need a plan to make a Ladakh trip in 9 days?

Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization

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.
Suraj Tal, as seen while traveling to Ladakh from Manali
Suraj Tal, as seen while traveling to Ladakh from Manali

Leh Ladakh 8 Day Itinerary

Well, if you are one day short and want to make a trip to Leh Ladakh in 8 days from Delhi, then, as you see in above itinerary, you can skip either day trip to Nubra Valley or Day trip to Pangong Tso. This will save you one day. DO NOT skip the acclimatization day in Leh as it is important to not further get in trouble.

Leh Ladakh 10 Day Itinerary

If you have one more day and want to make a Leh Ladakh trip in 10 days, then you can do a three day trip to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso from Leh by taking the direct route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso.

Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder

  • Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
  • On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
  • Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and at Khardung La

Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Shyok village / Wari La route – Pangong Tso

  • Take the direct route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso either via Shyok village or Wari La pass whichever is open.
  • In the last couple of years (as of 2018), the direct route between Nubra Valley – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso has been stabilized a lot. It is not that desolate in the season anymore as it used to be a few years back. 
  • A lot of people do this route nowadays, so it should be fine for you to do that route as well. Just enquire at Agham village on the safer side or wait for a couple of cars to tag along on the route.
  • Overnight at Pangong Tso.
  • About 6-10 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and route you take between Shyok and Wari La.

Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey, and Shey on return to Leh
  • Overnight at Leh
  • About 6-7 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between

Leh Ladakh Itinerary 12 Days

Now, if you have couple of more days at hand then you can add Tso Moriri lake to your 12 days Leh Ladakh itinerary after continuing from the 10 day plan as mentioned above. When you make a trip to Leh Ladakh in 12 days, you can also consider visiting Turtuk when in Nubra Valley. This is how you can add Tso Moriri lake in the plan. 

Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang

  • Cover Karzok Monastery
  • Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
  • About 7-8 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between

Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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
  • About 11-12 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Views of NH1D near Leh
Views of NH1D near Leh

Conclusion

I hope the above common itinerary of Ladakh trip in 9 days will help you in case you are looking out for the same answer and are suffering from most common things in Indian offices “lack of leaves or approved leaves” 🙂 🙂 …

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Like I said, any Ladakh road trip less than 9 days is not at all worth making the trip unless you want to just be in the car or bike, touch a place, crash in bed and then move to another next morning. So, in order to make best use of your money and your leaves, make sure to have at least 9 days or more to make a Ladakh trip.

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  1. Comments section gets closed in 90 days. You can follow me on Instagram and ask your travel questions in a direct message on Instagram too. I also conduct a weekly Q&A session every Saturday evening on Instagram, so see you there !!

  2. Sagnik Dakshit on

    Hello sir.
    Like you have appropriately mentioned we all have a dearth of time. I am planning my trip from leh to leh so which time would be more advisable sept 27 to oct 1st week 2017 or may 1st week 2018?
    This is the only time of the year i can make time.
    I would like to tour tso moiri and pangong and khardung la by bike. Which time would be advisable if it by a bike or by a rented car as i am not habituated to riding 800kms in a week dont know if i can pull off the entire trip on bike so keeping the option of rented car of a part of the tour!!
    You immediate aid would be appreciable considering the fact that if its october 1st week i have to male booking immediately.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Sagnik,

      If you are planning to fly to Leh and then make the trip, you can do so like below:

      Day 1,2: Rest in Leh and acclimatize
      Day 3,4: Two day trip to Nubra Valley and it will cover Khardungla
      Day 5: Travel to Tso Moriri from Leh and then either come back and stay at Chumathang OR if you OK with cold conditions, then stay in home stay at Tso Moriri lake itself.
      Day 6: Come back to Leh
      Day 7: Fly back from Leh

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Sagnik Dakshit on

        So which month would be preferable may or oct 1st week for biking? Are bikes and hotels available in oct?
        I was thinking of staying in pangong as 5th sept is a full moon night. If you could suggest a good camp!
        Thank you for your feedback

        • 27, 28 Sept: Rest in Leh and acclimatize
          29, 30 Sept: Two day trip to Nubra Valley and it will cover Khardungla
          1st Oct: Travel to Tso Moriri from Leh and then either come back and stay at Chumathang OR if you OK with cold conditions, then stay in home stay at Tso Moriri lake itself.
          2nd Oct: Come back to Leh
          3rd Oct: Rest in Leh
          4th, 5th Oct: two day trip to Pangong Tso
          6th Oct: Fly back from Leh

          You can stay at Himalayan Wooden Cottages at Pangong Tso

  3. Hi Dheeraj

    At first place I would like to say Thank you so much for your articles on Leh Ladakh. I am so impressed by this site. No other website has such detailed information. This site has actually helped me plan my first trip to Ladakh. I have selected hotels as well basis your other articles.

    But I am a little confused on this 9 day iternary.

    [ ] Day 1 Mumbai to leh by flight
    [ ] Day 2 at leh
    [ ] Day 3 leh to nubra
    [ ] Day 4 nubra to leh
    [ ] Day 5 leh to pangong
    [ ] Day 6 pangong to leh
    [ ] Day 7 leh to tsomoriri
    [ ] Day 8 tsomoriri to leh
    [ ] Day 9 at leh
    [ ] Day 10 leh to mumbai by flight

    Help required:
    1. Spending too many days at leh, can i break journey to some other places or places in the iternary while travelling to nubra, pangong and tsomoriri etc

    2. My friends have suggested me to goto sham valley, Lamayuri and Fatula Pass. How and where do i include them

    3. I also need to do river rafting which day should i do that and from which location

    4. Can i start my trip from day 2 or i stay calm and relax at Leh only. Like visit Sham valley or something. Prople have suggested to not travel first two days if I am travelling by flight.

    5. I need to include one more place as i will be there for 9 nights.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Thank you, glad to be of help. Below are my inputs
      
1. Well, I will suggest spending one more day in Nubra Valley and visit Turtuk. Then you can take direct route to Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley. The saved day can be used for Turtuk.
      2. On Day 9 go and visit Sham Valley and river rafting which happens in Sham Valley only
      3. Refer 2
      4. Keep for rest, Day 2 so that you enjoy rest of the trip thoroughly and without worrying about health at all. No point taking risk when you have ample of time.

  4. vinod kumar on

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Thanks for reply i want know that in march 2017 it possible we went nubra to pangoan lake direct with going leh. i call many driver ( DOW listed) nobody (driver) agree to direct nubra to pangoan lake. pls advice what to do.

    • No Vinod, during that time of the year Wari La will be closed due to snow and Agham – Shyok route may be open but people do not take it being alone. In case of mechanical failure, there wont be any help on offer. So, please take a calculative risk and I will suggest to avoid it

  5. vinod kumar on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    Could you please advise has that is possible nubra valley to paragon lake in last week in march 2017

    • Yes Vinod, both Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso route remains open all round the year barring few days of heavy snowfall or in case heavy snowfall happens on the day of travel. Otherwise routes are kept clear of any blockades.

  6. That post was amazing and It was really nice Information for traveling It is such a fantastic post I really really like it
    Thanks for Sharing
    Great post

  7. Dear Dheeraj,

    Could you please advise how to go Leh-Manali-Delhi by road? Is there any public transportation? And how long does it take?

    Thank you.

  8. celden margarico on

    greetings from the philippines…i would like to travel to your wonderful country this month of sept…ill arrive in amritsar on sept 13 at night and begin exploring on the 14th…ill leave india from delhi on the 28th……i have around 15days….ill be visiting leh ladakh and beyond and probably taj mahal….from amritsar i would like to go to srinagar and go to leh but some said its not safe to travel somewhere in JK since there is ongoing tension…is it true.?????..so i guess ill just go to manali and enter leh that way…..i would like to enter leh/ or leave leh from delhi thru a flight but its very expensive….however the flight from srinagar going to delhi is way cheaper and considering leaving leh f going to srinagar to catch a flight, but im still concerned about secuirty issues is srinagar….and also i really wanted to go to phuktal monastery in sanzkar…the photo of the place i saw on the internet seems really awesome…can i do it all with the time i have in india??????

  9. Goutam Vaishnav on

    Hello i m goutam vaishnav i need a taxi from srinagar airport to leh for 3 person. we will reach there on 11th aug by 3 pm.plz let me know all the details.on my contect details.
    Goutam Vaishnav

    [email protected]

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