Ladakh and Zanskar Valley Sample Itinerary

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Day 1: Gurgaon – Chandigarh – Manali
  • Overnight stay at Manali
Day 2: Manali – Jispa
  • Overnight stay at Jispa
Day 3: Jispa – Sarchu
  • Overnight stay at Sarchu
  • Since have experience with Diamox, its pretty much preferred as earlier
Day 4: Sarchu – Pang – Leh
  • Overnight stay at Leh
Day 5 & 6: Leh & and local sight-seeing around
  • Spend initial days around Leh to get proper acclimmatization and rest to resume the big journey again.
  • Sightseeing will include Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Main Market, Hemis Gompa…
  • Sabu Village, Stakna, Matho, Stagmo, Thiksey, Shey Palace, Spituk are other that can be covered within these two days.
  • Stay at Changspa road, very lively or prefer Shanti Stupa road.
  • Day 5 will also require arrangements of inner line permits from Leh DC office.
Day 7: Leh – Sankar – Khardung La – Khalasar – Diskit – Hunder – Diskit
  • Its better to do Nubra Valley first and then head for high altitude lakes. I know by spending 6-7 days body will be acclimmatized to greater extent but I prefer doing Nubra first personally.
  • Visit Diskit Monasteries and tallest Buddha statue.
  • Enjoy double humped came ride in the evening at Hunder.
  • Stay over night at Diskit.
Day 8: Diskit – Thoise – Turtuk – Thoise – Diskit
  • Go for drive to Turtuk and come back by evening to stay at Diskit.
  • Thoise is the air strip, I guess highest
  • Stay over night at Diskit
Day 9: Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khalsar – Agham – Tangyar – Wari La – Chang La – Dubruk – Tangtse
  • Panamik has hot water springs and Sumur is famous for the monasteries.
  • This will be a bit long so split suggested. Either split it in two days by overnight stay at Sumur and resume rest of the part next day.
  • Stay over night at Tangste
Day 10: Tangste – Lukung – Marsimik La – Lukung – Spangmik/Pangong Tso
  • Overnight stay Spangmik/Lukung
Day 11: Spangmik/Pangong Tso – Man – Merak – Kakstet – Chushul
  • Overnight stay at Chusul????
Day 12: Chushul – Tsaga La – Loma – Dungti – Fukche
  • Ahead Loma towards Dungti – Fukche civilians not allowed I guess
  • Overnight stay at Fukche??? I guess you will need army camps for the stay
Day 13: Fukche – Demchok – Fukche
  • Civilians not allowed I guess
  • Overnight Fukche??? I guess you will need army camps for the stay
Day 14: Fukche – Dungti – Loma – Hanle
  • Overnight stay at Hanle???
Day 15: Hanle – Kyon Tso – Chumur – Tso Moriri / Karzok
  • Overnight stay at Karzok
Day 16: Tso Moriri / Karzok – Sumdo – Chumathang – Leh
  • Overnight stay at Leh
Day 17: Leh – Phyang – Pathar Sahib & Magnetic Hill – Nimmu – Basgo – Saspul – Likir – Alchi
  • Overnight stay at Alchi
Day 18: Alchi – Rizong – Khalsh – Lamayru – Khaltse – Dhumkar – Skurbuchan – Hanu – Dha
  • Overnight stay at Dha??
Day 19: Dha – Batalik ( Signal out post at Hambothing La, near Batalik) – Kargil
  • Overnight stay at Kargil
Day 20: Kargil – Shergol – Mulbekh – Kargil – Suru valley – Sanku – Panikhar
  • Overnight stay at Panikhar
Day 21: Panikhar – Tangole – Parkachik – Rangdum
  • Overnight stay at Rangdum
Day 22: Rangdum – Pensi la – Abrang – Ating – Sani – Padum – Bardan – Padum
  • Overnight stay at Padum
Day 23: Padum – Stongde – Tsa Zar – Zangla – Padum
  • Overnight stay at Padum
Day 24: Padum – Sani – Ating – Pensi la – Rangdum
  • Overnight stay at Rangdum
Day 25: Rangdum – Kargil – Khaplu – Drass – Mina Marg – India Gate – Zoji la – Sonamarg
  • Overnight stay at Sonamarg
Day 26: Sonamarg – Srinagar
  • Overnight stay at Srinagar
Day 27: Srinagar – Khana bal – Banihal Pass – Ramban – Batote – Patnitop
  • Overnight stay at Patnitop
Day 29: Patnitop – Kud – Udhampur – Jammu – Pathankot
  • Overnight stay at Pathankot
Day 30: Pathankot – Gurgaon
  • Back Home :)….

Above is an itinerary covering most places in Leh – Ladakh and Zanskar Valley. I guess its a first draft for Sudhir Kochhar who wants to do it the entire Ladakh and Zanskar Valley in his Skoda Yeti 4×4… Since, it needed special space being such vast I thought of creating post of it.

Sudhir posted his intent and his base itinerary in the comments of the article: How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway . I hope Sudhir, this is the right place to discuss and spare the Manali – Leh Highway as is. This will help me better organize the information on the blog. We can discuss further on this post to fine tune it best to your needs.

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  1. mayur vyas on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    we are 70-80 people of group planning for Leh trip and here is my itinerary for leh tour i want some of you suggestions on that
    Day 1: Srinagar to kargil
    visit sonmarg and drass, night stay at kargiil
    Day 2: Kargil to Leh
    visit magnetic hill and gurudwara, night stay at Leh
    Day3: Leh
    Relax and light side scene of Leh
    Day 4:Leh
    Phey to Miso river raffting on indus river and side scene
    Day 5:Leh to Tso moriri to Leh back
    visit tso moriri and night stay at leh
    Day6: Leh to Pangong
    visit Pangong lake and night stay at pangong
    Day7: Pangong lake to sarchu(For manali-leh road)
    night stay at sarchu (please suggest other night stay option if better than this on manali- leh road)
    Day8: Sarchu to manali
    Night stay at manali tour end

    Now my queries on which i need your help is
    1) Do you find this itinerary good?
    2) Can we start our journey from opposite direction means from Manali side to Leh to Srinagar considering some faces of health(AMS) altitude issues. is it suggestive from your side??
    3) Can we skip tso moriri over pangong lake as they both are same type of lake??
    4) If you have any other suggestions for places that we should add or remove from itinerary
    waiting for your response
    thanks mayur

    • Hello Mayur,

      Well, are you still looking for reply on this one?

      70-80 😯 ?? Seriously man !! 🙂 🙂 …

      You should get this tour arrenged by some tour operator and above all your plan will land up few folks in hospital as it does not take care of acclimatization.

  2. Anil Kumar on

    Hello Dheeraj, Loving this site. I have planned my itinerary. Could you please guide me if this will work or not. We are four person and using Swift car. What will be condition of fuel (Diesel) availability?
    Day Date Start Stop
    Day 1 Saturday, June 11, 2016 Gurgaon Udhampur
    Day 2 Sunday, June 12, 2016 Udhampur Srinagar
    Day 3 Monday, June 13, 2016 Srinagar Mulbekh
    Day 3 Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Mulbekh Leh
    Day 5 Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Leh Leh
    Day 6 Thursday, June 16, 2016 Leh Hunder
    Day 7 Friday, June 17, 2016 Hunder Hunder
    Day 8 Saturday, June 18, 2016 Hunder Sumur
    Day 9 Sunday, June 19, 2016 Sumur Tangtse
    Day 10 Monday, June 20, 2016 Tangtse Pangong Tso
    Day 11 Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Pangont Tso Tso Moriri
    Day 12 Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Tso Moriri Sarchu
    Day 13 Thursday, June 23, 2016 Sarchu Manali
    Day 14 Friday, June 24, 2016 Manali Gurgaon

    • Hi Anil,

      Your plan is a bit ambitious I will say for first four days but doable if you OK with long drives. Instead of Sumur in Nubra better go over for a trip to Turtuk. all the details about the direct routes of Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri and Nubra to Pangong Tso along with tips and risks which they pose are detailed under the articles:

      Tips for Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Direct Route AND Tips for Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Direct Route

      Please read these articles and based on the details/risks highlighted, take a go-no-go decision.

      I will not suggest taking a swift on Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route as it might get stuck under sand with just a single lapse in concentration.

  3. I am planning to visit the Zanskar from 15th Sep to 30 Sep.

    I want few information about Zanskar.

  4. Hi Dheeraj,

    I read your most of the blogs and all are amazing and very informative.
    I am planning to visit the Zanskar from 15th Aug to 30 Aug.

    I want few information about Zanskar.
    1. How to go Zanskar from Leh or Srinagar(I will reach Srinagar on 15th Aug)
    2. Which is best route from Leh or Srinagar to reah Zanskar
    3. Where to stay(budget guest house) in route.
    4. can I get shared taxi or J&K buses to visit Zanskar
    5. Planning to go Leh also If I can visit zanskar from Srinager to Leh, Which route is best
    6. What is price rate for Buses or shared taxi and where can I get it

    Please advise me

    Thanks in advance.

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    Can you suggest hotels / guest houses to stay in rangdum and padum? We are there for a night each.
    We are unable to call up any of the hotels from here.
    Would it be advisable to reach leh and call them for accommodation? Is there any other way you think we can go about it? (approximate dates of stay are 21 st and 22nd aug.)


    • Hello Manasi,

      For Padum, check Hotel Marq and contact Mr. Aziz @ +919418002171/+919419219327 / +91-1983-245223/245071. He might be able to help you even with bookings for Rangdum. Rangdum does have a JK Tourism bungalow but that is booked from Kargil. So, please check with hotel Marq, if those guys can help you with Rangdum as well.

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

      Dheeraj Sharma

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