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Itinerary for My Zanskar Trip in September – 2012

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The countdown has begun and so as my preparation for the upcoming adventure trip to Zanskar and Suru Valley Finally, I will be landing up in Zanskar after long wait in life but I assume it will work out well since I am not distracted to include anything else rather just Suru and Zanskar Valley over 9 days. Zanskar is one of the most enchanting and scenic valley with landscape and culture identical to Ladakh. This Fall/Autumn I will be flying to see some beautiful orangish colors of this wonderland where besides regular sightseeing of SrinagarKargil Highway I would be witnessing a mighty Glacier so close to eyes for the first time in life, named Drang Drung Glacier I would also be going over the lovely Penzi La Pass that connects Suru Valley with Zanskar Valley, visiting the breathtakingly located Rangdum Gompa and Zang La Fort at Padum I will also try to explore the unexplored Phugtal Monastery which is uniquely located into the cliffside like a honeycomb and considered as one of the remarkable sites in whole Zanskar Valley but of course if time permits and we are able to do this trek in available three days. In the last, would also give a shot at a road less travelled, the Umba La Pass route that directly connects Sankoo to Drass and will finally end the trip at Srinagar from where I will be flying back home.

I will be coming back with loads of information to share with you all and of course the lovely pictures and a longish Travelogue 🙂 … Again the list of things to carry has proved its worth in my packing. Wish me luck and pray that I have a successful trip to Zanskar 😀 …

My Zanskar Trip Itinerary – 2012
Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar and then Srinagar – Sonamarg (79 KMs) – Zozi La (107 KMs) – Drass (144 KMs) – Kargil (202 KMs)

  • Early morning flight to Srinagar (reach 7 AM) and then by road to Kargil via Zozi La pass
  • Kargil War Memorial at Drass
  • Tiger Hill view from a road side Dhabha while having lunch
  • Arrange permits/bookings for PWD Rest Houses at Rangdum/Padum/Parikchik (if possible else be on your own)
  • Overnight stay at Kargil (PC Palace)
Day 2 | Kargil – Sankoo (42 KMs) – Panikhar (67 KMs) – Parakachik (98 KMs) / Rangdum (138 KMs)

  • Have breakfast either at Kargil or Sankoo
  • The rock carved Maitrey at Kartse Khar
  • Explore Panikhar is a must and enjoy the scenic beauty around
  • Excellent views of Nun – Kun from Parakachik
  • Trek down to river and relax for a while on the way
  • Overnight stay at Parakachik or Rangdum (J&K Tourism Bungalow)
Day 3 | Parakachik – Rangdum (40 KMs) – Penzi La (67 KMs) – Padum (157 KMs)

  • Rangdum Gompa is a MUST DO which is about 5 KMs from Rangdum
  • On the way see and click some lovely pictures of Drang Drung Glacier
  • Spot some wildlife including Marmots as well on the way to Penzi La
  • Explore some small lakes on the way to Penzi La
  • Some time at Penzi La with pictures
  • Beautiful Stod River join us after descend from Penzi La
  • Overnight stay at Padum (J&K Tourism Bungalow / Mark Hotel)
Day 4 | Padum – Stongde (15 KMs) – Zang La Fort (32 KMs) – Karsha (62 KMs) – Padum (74 KMs)

  • Explore local sightseeing in Padum including Sani, Stongdey and Karsha monasteries, Zang La Fort
  • An old monastery situated in the nearby village of Tsa-zar, midway between Stongde and Zangla
  • Karsha monastery: Evening visit for nice view of Padum village
  • Stonge monastery: Morning visit for better views
  • Zang La Fort: Ahead of Stongde and offers some scenic wide views
  • Padum – Tungri (17 KMs) – Zongkhul (37 KMs) – Need a 4×4 but do check if it can be done
  • Overnight stay at Padum (J&K Tourism Bungalow / Mark Hotel)
Day 5 | Padum – Raru – Enmu – Ichar – Dorzong – Purne
Day 6 | Purne – Phugthal – Purne
Day 7 | Purne – Ichar – Raru – Baradan Monastery (Lungnak Valley) – Muney Monastery – Padum

  • Give a shot at a 3 Day Trek + Road Journey to Phugtal Monastery, one of the amazing sites in Zanskar Valley
  • Enjoy Bardan Gompa and Muney Gompa on the way or way back to Phugtal
  • Tsarap River flows here aside this trek and may have a magical feeling to it
  • Need to contact some local Travel agency for the same
  • Overnight stay at Purne (Camps) and Padum (J&K Tourism Bungalow / Mark Hotel)
Day 8 | Padum – Penzi La (90 KMs) – Sankoo (205 KMs)

  • A long run back to Sankoo Village from Padum
  • Enjoy any left overs while going towards Padum earlier
  • Overnight stay at Sankoo (PWD Guest House / J&K Tourism Bungalow)
Day 9 | Sankoo – Umba La – Drass (65 KMs) – Zozi La (102 KMs) – Sonamarg (130 KMs) – Srinagar (209 KMs)

  • Give a shot at the unexplored Umba La route on the way back
  • Overnight stay at Srinagar
Day 10 | Srinagar – Delhi By Morning Flight

  • Back to Sweet Home

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  1. dr.naushad on

    Excellent blog yaar…hats off
    Kindly help me as most probably would b 1st and last chance for me to discuss beautiful place called Laddakh.v r grp of 12 member.will b reaching Srinagar on 6th sept morning from Mumbai and return is 18th morning from leh Mumbai…guide us so DAT v can cover most things esp..sonmarg gulmarg pehlgam leh nubra pangong zanzkar and other beautiful places in such limited time

    • I see you have 12 days in hand and you can follow something like below:

      Day 1 | Reach Srinagar
      — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 2 | Srinagar – Pahalgam
      — Overnight at Pahalgam

      Day 3 | Pahalgam – Gulmarg – Sonamarg/Srinagar
      — Overnight at Sonamarg/Srinagar

      Day 4 | Sonamarg/Srinagar – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 5 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | 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 10 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
      Day 12 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

  2. Hey,

    I am visiting Leh by flight on 13 sept morning & leaving from Srinagar on 20th morning. Would like to cover leh,nubra,pangong & Zanskar & road trip leh to Srinagar. Can any1 suggest if its possible. As per internet Zanskar cannot be covered. But still if any professional could plan an itenary for us

    • Ankit, with 2 days going just in acclimatization and 2 days traveling to Srinagar, you can only make two day trip to Nubra Valley and two day trip to Pangong Tso. Zanskar Valley need at least 3 days From Kargil just to touch it and come back to Kargil without enjoying it.

  3. Hi Dheeraj,
    I’ll be on a spiti-leh-amritsar trip from 31st Jul-13th aug.
    On 31st i will have reached manali and start off with spiti. Im thinkin of spending approx 3 days in spiti.
    Thanks to you, last time i covered most of leh attractions however, missed the below which i want to cover this time. I have to reach amritsar on 12th Aug, first half without fail(train from jammu to amritsar). And then leave for mumbai on 13th by train.
    So kindly help me with the itinerary from 31st Jul-11th aug.
    Places i want to visit this time:
    Alchi, Likir, Lamayuru, Zanskar river rafting (a must), phugtal monastry (A must. Btw its a 3 days trek??!!), Drang Drung Glacier).
    And then i’ll head to srinagar, jammu n then off to amritsar
    I have a few questions: Do we still need to get inner permits? Cuz i read in TOI that we no longer need it in leh
    If im taking a taxi frm leh to all these places. Then it has to be a leh taxi right? But should i take a srinagar taxi frm kargil so that it costs less?

    Will there be time for a short trek in these areas?
    Though i’ve been to nubra, but i’ve fallen in love with hunder. Is it possible to squeeze in hunder in the plan? Its ok if i can’t. But i don’t want to just rush to places.
    Also, can u share number for taxi drivers in zanskar?

    Kindly help.

    • Tripti, below is the itinerary that is coming for you with Spiti + Zanskar and is quite hectic too. You can clearly see that you cannot make both the places in stipulated time. So, you have to sacrifice one or the other thing.

      31st | Rest in Manali or Solang Valley
      1 | Solang Valley – Kaza
      2 | Rest Day in Kaza, visit Ki-Kibber in the evening
      3 | Kaza and do Langza – Hikkim – Komik
      4 | Kaza – Chandratal
      5 | Chandratal – Keylong / Jispa
      6 | Jispa – Leh
      7 | Leh – Kargil cover Alchi, Likir on the way
      8 | Kargil – Padum
      9 | Padum Rest Day
      10-12 | Phugtal Monastery Trek
      13 | Padum – Kargil
      14 | Kargil – Srinagar
      15 | Srinagar – Jammu
      16 | Jammu – Pathankot

      • Oh ok. So since spiti is not possible in 3 days, i guess i’ll go for zanskar.
        So i don’t have to halt at jispa, i can directly take a leh bus frm manali n save a day right? And no permits required for zanskar?
        Will i get shared taxi for/in zanskar? Because its only two of us, and we’ll prefer sharin cabs with others
        And on the spot accomodations r recommended if i take zanskar route?
        Can you pls share the taxi rates n accomodation options in zanskar?

        Thanks a ton!!!

        P.S.: Just for general knowledge, spiti also has shared taxi options?

        • Tripti, you need to halt at Keylong or Jispa any how because you cannot travel to Manali to Leh in one day in general. There are taxis that do cannon ball run but it is not at all recommended. So, halt at Keylong or Jispa and next day reach Leh. No permits are required for Zanskar Valley. You will get shared taxis upto Padum from Kargil which runs everyday on per seat basis. You can do on the spot accommodation. I stayed with Hotel Marq in Padum which is costly but good. Hotel Ibex is a bit economic. I do not have taxi rates for Zanskar Valley

  4. Partha Majumder on

    Hi Deeraj I am not to smart in write english.I want to go Manali to leh via Tso Moriri lake or Karzok.Can u advice me which type of car i will hair from manali which can visit me the desired route.please clear me in detail with approx fair of the car(Inova 7+1 seaters)

    • You should not do Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh because first the taxi from Manali will not be allowed to visit Tso Moriri. Even if you manage Leh taxi or going on your own, then you will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude so early in the trip and may cause some ugly AMS issues for you. Highly not recommended, because any help if required will be very hard to find in case you get hit with AMS.

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    It is excellent blog and usefull information.
    I am planning to visit Zanskar on 17th Aug. but I donot have following information.
    If you have following information please let me know
    1. In Saru and Zanskar region, can hire Taxi from Srinagar or it is mondatory to hire from kargil?
    2. Please provide me J&K tourist bungalow phone number from Sanku to Padum
    3. where can we get food in route?

    Thanks in advance.
    — Nishi

    • Hi Nishi,

      1. In order to visit Suru and Zanskar Valley, you need to first reach Kargil in any taxi, Srinagar or Leh based. Then in Kargil you need to hire a Kargil based taxi whose number is there on the given day as per taxi union for a drop till Padum. Then after reaching Padum, Zanskar Valley, you need to hire a taxi for local sightseeing and then this taxi will only be able to drop you back to Kargil

      2. Sorry, I lost that contact. But, you can get in touch with the office in Kargil and they will help you with it.

      3. Yes, you will be able to get food at Rangdum Village though will suggest to carry as much packed food as possible.


      • Thank You Very Much Dheeraj,

        1. I will reach to Srinagar via Flight, So 1st need to hire taxi from Srinagar to Kargil. 2nd Taxi from Kargile to Padum and 3rd taxi for local sight seeing perpose and that 3rd taxi only can drop back to Kargil. But If I wanted to go from Kargile to Leh, then will 2nd taxi can drop us?

        2. NP Dheeraj. Do you have address or contact No. of Kargil J&K tourist office?

        3. Thanks, sure will take it.

        4. Do you have taxi union rate for this year for zanskar trip?

        Thanks in advance…. 🙂
        Nishi.. 🙂

        • Hi Nishi,

          1. There will be plenty of taxi available at Kargil for a drop to Leh. in fact you can ask any Leh based taxi driver as well to come and pick you up. That ways you will be able to do sightseeing including alchi, Likir as well on the way to Leh.

          2. Can you please reply over email to the comment, I will share his contact over it.

          4. Sorry don’t have rates of taxis for Zanskar Valley.


  6. Dear Dheeraj,

    With a lots of help from you, we have almost finalized our itinerary to ladakh. I would like to brief it here again:
    30-5-14: reach leh via flight from jammu,
    31-5-14: acclimatize and rest
    1-6-14: leh to Nubra, stay at diskit
    2-6-14: nubra to leh, leh overnight
    3-6-14- spare
    4-6-14: leh to pangong tso
    5-6-14: panong tso to leh

    6-6-14 to 8-6-14: Spare

    9-6-14: flight to jammu
    Now these spare days were kept earlier to accommodate a 3 day trek but after you suggested that as its our first tour to ladakh,hence better to avoid any kind of trekking. So, now would you suggest that we should include zanskar valley? I at least want to see the frozen river. if we can accommodate zanskar, we will drop tso moriri. Or what do you suggest in these 3 days? any wildlife excursion?

    Please note that we are not taking road route to or fro leh.I need your advise. Hope your trip to spiti was rocking.

    Thanks once again,

    • Hello Pooja,

      Well, Zanskar Valley needs at least 4-5 days and I see you have just two days. Why not include Tso Moriri lake? It is beautiful indeed. And Zanskar River remains frozen in winter months only, not summers 🙂 …

      Yeah, Spiti trip was just amazing 🙂


  7. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Thanks for your reply. If I go to Zanskar in 1st week of June what do you think ? Also what’s your best time in June for Kargil to Padum considering safe journey and also probability of getting snow ? Will 1st week be fine assuming that the road will open early like previous year? I just want to avoid monsoon because of bas road condition in Zozila after rain so want to go early.

    • I feel June should be fine and you will see plenty of snow around that time. Yes, Monsoon shall be avoided and I will suggest even till 15th of June there will be snow up there, so it shall be good enough till then. And, above all please stay tuned here or DoW Community – Road Updates and Conditions forum to check the status of roads.

  8. Nilavra Ghosh on

    Hi Dheeraj ,
    Last year I heard Kargil-Padum road opened in April.Even in 2012 it opened in April. I doubt how this is possible when it opens generally after mid june. Is this true ? When do you think this year it will open to cross Penzila and reach padum ?

    • Nilvara, yes last year it did open early but not sure about 2012. Even when the roads are opened that early their conditions are not pretty safe. So in case you are into adventure then only try in May else go for it in June only IMHO.

  9. Suprita jha on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Is it possible to reach the Drang – drung glacier and return to leh in two days.If possible pls tell the route because I am more interested in enjoying the beauty of the glacier and the zanskar river.Is it comfortably possible to see/enjoy the glacier beauty from a closer point or it is from a distance on the way?If I hire a taxi from the Kargil taxi union upto PENZILA TOP will that serve my purpose.I will b travelling in 2nd week of july2013.
    Thankyou so much for your help.Waiting eagerly for ur reply.

    • Suprita, if you leave Kargil by early morning you will be able to reach Drang Drung Glacier ahead of Penzi La Pass and come back to stay overnight at Rangdum. Then next day you can come back to Kargil or Lamayuru from Rangdum to reach next day to Leh. You have to hire it sayng Drang Drung because it is ahead of Penzi La Pass.

  10. Suprita jha on

    Can anyone provide me with the contact no of kargil jktdc tourist guest house and whats the procedure for booking

  11. thanks brother for such a wonderfull post .. . u rock !!
    can we do leh – drang durung glacier -leh in one day . and vil v able to get snow at drang drung glacier to play and touch and do we have road to take our quallis there pls reply . .?

    • Ayaz, there is a road which will take you near Drang Drung Glacier and then you need to trek below to reach its base. You will not be able to do it in single day rather it will take 3 days almost to do it and it you are ready for very very very long runs then as well at least 2 days are required.

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  13. how much the petrol (Bullet)expected k.m.) will cost want to explore evrything with start from delhi to manali leh exploring leh all the areas there then return through srinagar highway . nd thnks for replying all of us

  14. ranjeet singh sidhu on

    well we can have 15 – 16 days for the trip we want adventurous ride so pls suggest us we r thinking to go spiti first after then to manali leh highway . :/

    • Hi Ranjeet,

      15-16 days shall be good enough. You can start from Shimla.

      Day 1 – Shimla
      Day 2 – Shimla – Narknada – Kalpa
      Day 3 – Kalpa – Kaza
      Day 4 – Kaza
      Day 5 – Kaza – Kunzum Pass – Keylong
      Day 6 – Keylong – Sarchu/Pang
      Day 7 – Sarchu/Pang – Taglang La – Leh
      Day 8 – Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      Day 9 – Leh – Khardung La – Deskit/Hunder (Nubra Valley)
      Day 10 – Nubra Valley – Leh
      Day 11 – Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      Day 12 – Leh – Kargil
      Day 13 – Kargil – Srinagar
      Day 14 – Srinagar
      Day 15 – Srinagar – Jammu
      Day 16 – Jammu – Home

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any query or doubt.

      Dheeraj Sharma

      Dheeraj Sharma

  15. i want to explore ladakh with my bullet please suggest me manali leh or srinagar leh and why :/

    • How about doing the complete circuit? How many days you have in hand? Manali – Leh is more challenging and rough while Srinagar – leh is more romantic and soothing. Both are beautiful in their own sense.

      Dheeraj sharma

  16. swapnil k on

    Hello sir 🙂
    I returned from my ladakh tour 2 weeks back. I was just waiting for u to join network area after zanskar tour so that u can read my comment.
    First of all thanks a million for writing such fantastic blogs which provoked me to travel alone over bike 🙂 I visited Nubra, pangong tso, tsomoriri & Zanskar. Total 2597 km solo ride. Every place was heavenly beautiful & mesmerizing 🙂 even though I took big pain to drive on roads of zanskar but it was really fruitful 🙂
    Next time will take my patents over there 🙂
    I m waiting for your journey tales from your rocking tour of Zanskar 🙂

    Thanks again!
    Swapnil K

    • Hey Swapnil,

      It is extremely nice to hear from you buddy about the wonderful trip to Ladakh, was thinking of your tour sometime back.I am really glad that information present on my blog was useful for your trip and I am sure you must have enjoyed the road trip into Zanskar Valley as well. We had a an amazing experience though trip got curtailed by 2-3 days due to bad health and AMS issues. Nevertheless, really enjoyed there whatever time we had spent in Zanskar and Suru. Would love to check your pictures or log, if you plan to share it here on the blog 🙂


      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Swapnil K on

        I haven’t yet uploaded any pict anywhere but will definitely like to share with you soon. 🙂
        Also just to share some memories from Zanskar, till 17th Sep I was very upset with place due to poor road condition/ bike puncture & not so beautiful after visiting Pangong Tso or Tsomoriri.But snowfall on 17th night changed that place so dramatically, finally I concluded with Zanskar was the place where I suffered more & enjoyed most 😉 Penzi La was awesome in my return journey 🙂

        Swapnil K

        • Yes Swapnil, the weather changes there dramatically and one can expect a biggest beautiful surprise the very next day itself 😉 … Zanskar roads are always tough but yes, the beauty again is unmatched. But, still I feel, for me, there is no other place like Ladakh in this world!! Still, Ladakh scores much over than Zanskar for me being more harsh and barren but yet so beautiful than Zanskar, though just a personal opinion 😀


  17. Hemalatha Venkatraman on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    I find your site very useful. I’m thinking of going on a short visit to LEh-LAdakh in the month of Nov.. around 14th, say. A lot of people have been saying that all the passes would be closed and that we’ll get stuck in there. Could you please let know on those details as I’m not sure what to deduce? Thank you.
    Hemalatha Venkatraman

    • Hello Hemalatha,

      Yes, people are correct by that time the roads especially the Manali – Leh Highway gets closed officially and so will be Srinagar – Leh Highway. They remain open as long as weather supports them after the month of OCtober and BRO stops maintaining roads, also do not conduct any rescue or snow clearance jobs after October. It is not the right time to make a road trip. However, if you are OK with the cold conditions then you may visit Leh – Ladakh by flying in and out of Leh as most of the in-roads in Ladakh are kept open throughout the season.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Thank you so much Harshad, I am really looking forward to this trip 🙂 … Hope weather clears up by that time and we get to see some blue skies unlike my last trip 🙂


  18. All the best & have a safe trip.Wish I had more leaves ..I would have joined with you..

  19. Hi Dheeraj,
    M back to your page.My earlier plan to ride to Leh seems to be cancelling. So, I was just wondering if can join you at Srinagar (flying down there from Mumbai). Do you have seats left? I will be contacting you today evening on FB page…

  20. surinder gupta on

    At 62 is this 9 days trip possible ? Have done round trip in 2008 from mumbai-shimla-kalpa-tabo-kaza-manali-leh-alchi-kargil-shrinagar-dalhousie-chamba-amritsar-mumbai.
    If two of us join on your trip, what expense do we budget ? Thanks. All the best…

    • hi Mr. Surinder,

      Seems possible but that 3 day trek might be something of concern and the travel time too. Budget I am expecting around 18-20 K including airfare if there are 4 people or so in the group. Currently we are just two 🙂


      • surinder gupta on

        Thanks for info. If 3 days treck difficult at 62; can we two join u up at Shrinagar & b with u up to day 4 and then go on to Lehh-keylong-sarchu-manali-mumbai on our own.

        • Sure, you are most welcome to join in. Are you flying in to Srinagar or will be there before? Because our plan is to reach Srinagar by 7 AM flight (booked already) and same day leave for Kargil and then continue ahead with the plan towards Zanskar. The only issue might be the Day 1 and Day 3 trek if it is there because I have no idea how far road has been built, From Purne to Phugtal monastery and back can be done in 5-6 Hrs walk in a day. Even for us lot of things depend upon how local trek or travel agent respond to our 3 day trek wish. We will check then and there and may decide with plans ahead.

          I hope you would be OK with frequent breaks (photgraphy ones) in between and booking things on the spot. Though I am trying to get connected with Kargil Tourist Deptt. to book the Guest Houses.

          Please confirm if you wish to join and I guess you have one person more with you? I will have to stop looking forward for people to join us in that case 🙂

          Dheeraj Sharma

  21. Aartipawaskar on

    Hey dheeraj our tour was fantastic and v r heartily thankful to u for guiding us n giving the details…v followed wat u instructed n that is how v need not faced any obstacles…. Hope to c u soon guiding us if v plan some new destination…

  22. Hi dheeraj,
    i was wondering d approx expenditure of the trip, n if u r looking for people to join then, wil u arrange for the stay n travel z well, or v vil hav to tak care of our own. ??

    • Hi Sachin,

      This is something which I posted yesterday on FB Wall of Blog’s FB Page:

      We have place for 2 or may be 1 more later depending upon the accommodation option. Below is the itinerary and you can go through it. Also,

      1. There might be lots of break (photo ones) in between every day, so those who do not feel good about breaking long journeys in between so many time, please consider it.

      2. Most things are not booked and will be done on reaching there only, so those who consider booking everything upfront, please consider this point as well. We will take on things as they come up on the trip.

      3. The 3 Day Trek is also there which might require us to stay in tents/camps overnight but that totally depends if we can do this trek in 3 days or not 🙂

      Considering average cost to be around 17-20k including airfare per person. Bookings are not done for anything and I believe in booking on the spot 🙂

      Dheeraj Sharma

  23. Samaresh Biswal on

    Dheeraj bhai happy journey kabhi hame bhi aap ke saath trip mein jane ka mauka di jiye

    • Bhai aap to hamesha hi welcome ho, posted the invite this time in the blog FB page too and aap to jab chalo saath mein tabhi le chalenge 🙂


  24. Himadri Biswas on

    Hi Dheeraj, all the best for your upcoming tour.Is there any chance of rain (heavy) during the month of September , please let me inform as I start my journey on 6th of sept. for 11 days.

    • Hello Himadri,

      Thanks alot. It does not look like there will be heavy rains but nothing is certain and light showers are does predicted in the coming week. Ladakh itself should not have much rain at all and even in worst case you might be facing heavy rains upto Baralacha La pass from Manali side and Kargil from Srinagar side.


  25. Debjani Ghosh on

    Your blog is very interesting..good effort friend..we r planning for ladakh on 9th September via manali leh route by our estilo vxi 2007 model with our 9 yrs old boy..we have 11 days for our plan ok..waiting for your valuable comments..

    • Hi Debjani,

      Thanks alot for liking the blog.

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

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

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

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

      For 11 days you can follow a plan like 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

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits (6th August)
      — Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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 10 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 11 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return home

      Day 12 + 13 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  26. Dheeraj,you have prepared a perfect itinerary….best of luck and come with lots of pics…

    • Thank you so much sir ji and I hope the plan works out well, especially for Phugtal Monastery trek and Umba La route 😉 … Really looking forward to see it since long 🙂

      Dheeraj Sharma

  27. Sir,

    Sorry to ask few more…….
    1. Padum – purne – phuktal – purne – padum seems to be short distance. Is it not possible to cover this in one day over bike…..?
    2.How do I will ensure my booking in J&K tourism bunglow…?

    • Hi Swapnil,

      1. It is a trekking distance buddy, there is no road ahead of Purne and even I think Ichar Village. So cannot be done.
      2. I do not have the contact info. right now but might get over weekend and share it with you.


  28. Sir does it exist is there really any route from sankoo to drass? If yes is it possible over bike?

    Swapnil k

    • Yes, Swapnil there exist a lonely route that goes via Umba La Pass to Drass and connects Sonamarg. But, do not have much details around it except that roads are extremely bad up there and it is rarely taken by anyone. I will be trying to explore it if possible.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  29. Amit Dhull on

    Perfect use of available 9 days..

    I have the numbers of Sankoo JK Tourism bunglow and of the Kargil Tourism office.Will share with you and they will get all your accomodation issues solved..

      • Chandra Shekhar Vijay on

        I wish I could join you. But it seems that my trip to Ladhak is almost final 🙂 so I won’t get more leaves from office.

        • Thanks alot Chandra, Ladakh plan also seems great for you and best wishes for your trip too brother. Have loads of fun and may be we will Travel some other time.

          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Chandra Shekhar Vijay on

          Thanks a lot Dheeraj for wishes. I will join you in your next trip for sure. 🙂

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