Nubra Valley Ladakh | Sightseeing and Travel Guide

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Nubra Valley is one of the MUST VISIT places in Ladakh especially if you are visiting for the first time. It is among the sub-districts in Ladakh, located in the North East side having Diskit Village as its main headquarters.

Video – Nubra Valley Sightseeing Places

Diskit is situated about 120 odd KMs from Leh town which is the main capital of Ladakh district. The Shyok river, a tributary of Indus river, meets the Nubra or Siachen river to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakorum Ranges.

Complete Travel Guide of Nubra Valley in Ladakh
Complete Travel Guide of Nubra Valley in Ladakh

The ultra-wide landscapes, humongous mountain faces, lovely trails, a wide variety of colors and musical Shyok river flowing midst the valley will take your breath away at first sight.

Since it is near to the Line of Actual Control, you need to get Inner Line Permit to visit Nubra Valley, both as an Indian and foreigner.

Nubra Valley in Ladakh

The major attraction of a trip to Nubra is traveling over the so-called or hyped, falsely claimed highest motorable road, Khardung La Pass. Nubra Valley is an ideal place to fit into the acclimatization schedule of your Ladakh trip once you reach Leh because it is at a lower altitude than Leh, at an average altitude of 10000 Feet or 3048 Mtrs.

Please note that climbing to a very high altitude of Khardung La from Leh and then sleeping at a low altitude of Nubra Valley DOES HELP tremendously in acclimatization.

Thus, apart from the magnificent vistas on offer, Nubra Valley has hidden advantage of acclimatization as well, which will eventually help your Ladakh trip be more successful. No wonder if you are missing on this part of Ladakh on your trip, you are almost missing out on the heart of your Ladakh trip.

The India Gate - But In Ladakh Near Khardung La Pass
The India Gate – But In Ladakh Near Khardung La Pass …
The Beautiful Landscape of Nubra Valley
The Beautiful Landscape of Nubra Valley
A Gate of Prayer Flags in Nubra Valley
A Gateway to Heaven — Nubra Valley???

Location

Diskit, the main headquarters in Nubra Valley is located about 120 KMs from Leh town of Ladakh district.

Altitude

Nubra Valley has an average altitude of about 10000 Feet or 3048 Mtrs.

Best Time to Travel

Similar to what we learned about the best time to travel to Leh Ladakh, in the months of January to March, Nubra Valley remains shut down in cold snow conditions. Only a few options are available to stay and open to welcome guests.

In April, some guest houses start to open up, but the food does remain an issue in most places. You have to rely on homestays or guesthouses and home-cooked food only mostly. You can see apricot flowers blooming all over Nubra Valley in April.

Then comes the months of May, June, July, and August, which is the peak tourist season in Ladakh. You can find all accommodation options open with full staff and support even in Nubra Valley during these months of the year.

Come September and early October, the tourists start to reside as the cold starts to set in and accommodation starts to pack up too. In my opinion, this is by far the best time to visit Nubra Valley to see the full glory of the burning colors of Ladakh with clouds hovering like candies in the blue sky.

The colors are purely magical at this time of the year and with fewer tourists comparatively, you get better deals at hotels, and you enjoy more. So, you kill two birds at once.

After the third week of October up to December, mostly all the accommodation options pack up except the small guest houses or homestays and very few hotels. However, the situation of accommodation options in Nubra Valley in winters as well is not that bad as compared to Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes, where only a few homestays run with basic facilities.

Light and Shadows Play in Nubra Valley
Light and Shadows Play in Nubra Valley
Blooming Beautifully... The Apricot Flowers at Hunder Village...
Blooming Beautifully… The Apricot Flowers…

How to Reach Nubra Valley – Ladakh

Let us check out the details on how you can reach Nubra Valley from Leh.

Route from Leh to Nubra

Below is the most general route to Nubra from Leh that most people usually follow. You can reach in about 5 – 6 Hrs depending upon the number of breaks you take in between and of course at Khardung La.

Do try to ensure you do not stay more than 15 minutes at Khardung La as you will start to get hit with AMS because the body cannot cope up with that high altitude, so quickly in the trip, for that long.

The route to Nubra Valley from Leh along with the distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Leh – Khardung La Pass (40 KMs) – Khardung Village (34 KMs) – Khalsar (23 KMs) – Diskit (19 KMs) = 116 KMs

You can cover Diskit & Hunder on the first day, irrespective of the fact where you are staying between these two places. Then, you can plan to cover Sumur & Panamik while you are returning from Nubra Valley. So, if you are one of those who prefer relaxing vacation and do not want to rush through places then, I will suggest you make a three day trip to Nubra Valley and include Turtuk in the plan too.

Of course, I assume your body has been acclimatized properly by staying for a couple of nights in Leh before attempting to climb Khardung La pass and come over to Nubra Valley. If you are short on time, then you can make a two-day trip covering Diskit, Hunder, Sumur, and Panamik on the flow of travel to and from Leh.

There is a direct route between Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso as well and people have started using that route to travel directly to Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley nowadays.

As of 2016, the fuel pump at Diskit is mostly operational even in winters.

There are several bus services that run within Nubra Valley and multiple buses are present running between Leh and Nubra Valley. You can always refer to the detailed Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Services schedule and timetable.

A Lovely Trail at Hunder Village
A Lovely Trail at Hunder
The High Alitiude Camel Safari
The High Altitude Camel Safari

Preferred Vehicles

The higher ground clearance vehicles are preferable and 4×4 ones generally not required. However, quite a few people do it in hatchbacks and sedans as well. But, it depends upon your skills to drive and road conditions at the time of travel when you take a hatchback or a sedan.

Suggested Itinerary for Nubra Valley

Generally, at least one-night stay is preferable to witness the mesmerizing beauty of Nubra Valley truly. Of course, one night stay will help you ride the Bacterian Camels over Sand Dunes of Hunder around sunrise and sunset (i.e., cooler conditions) that increase the charm of your vacation to a further extent. Most people, generally do:

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 Samstanling monastery to check out nearby
  • Panamik has hot water springs and a sacred Yarab Tso lake
  • Overnight at Leh

You MUST add a day to your schedule and go ahead to visit Turtuk, about 95 KMs from Diskit. Turtuk was opened in 2010 for domestic tourists and in 2013 for foreign tourists. It is an amazing place, quite different from the rest of the landscape in Nubra Valley and houses a different affinity for culture too.

Beautiful Deskit Village in Nubra Valley
Beautiful Deskit Village in Nubra Valley
106 Feet Tall Lord Buddha at Deskit - Nubra Valley
106 Feet Tall Lord Buddha at Deskit – Nubra Valley

Accommodation Options at Nubra Valley – Ladakh

I will not go into the details of them as you can always refer my comprehensive list of Good Hotels or Accommodation in Nubra Valley.

Places to Visit in Nubra Valley

You can visit the following places in Nubra Valley for your 2-3 day trip from Leh. I will try to explain these places in detail in some other articles to maintain the brevity of this article.

  • Diskit: Diskit has a monastery which is the largest and oldest Buddhist monastery in Nubra Valley and houses a 106 feet tall Maitreya Buddha statue. There is Lachung Temple as well which is quite close to the monastery.
  • Hunder: It is famous for its sand dunes and double-humped bacterian camel safari.
  • Sumur: Somewhere between Sumur and Kyagar, you can visit the Samstanling monastery.
  • Panamik: It has hot water springs and a sacred Yarab Tso lake nearby the entrance of the village.
  • Turtuk: Opened for tourists in 2010, Turtuk offers a much different landscape and cultural orientation than the rest of the Nubra Valley. You can see apricot trees loaded around the entire village with views closer to the Karakorum range. If you have time, a MUST VISIT place in Nubra Valley.

Warshi – Tyakshi Villages

Now we as Indian tourists can also travel up to Warshi village in Nubra Valley which is ahead of Panamik on the way towards Siachen Base Camp.

You can hence cover Yarma Gompa & Yarma Gonboo monasteries if you like to visit them, which falls upon this route. The route goes like Panamik – Taksha – Sasoma – Warshi, which is about 39 km ahead of Panamik. As per Nubra Valley permits, you do not need any special permits for this route as well. Siachen base camp is still out of sights for permissions to civilians.

From the Hunder side in Nubra Valley, you can travel all the way up to Tyakshi village ahead of Turtuk from where you can see the Indo-Pak borderline.

Sacred Yarab Tso Lake near Panamik in Nubra Valley
First View… Yarab Tso Lake near Panamik in Nubra Valley

Medical Facilities

Diskit Village has a hospital where you will be able to get basic medical aid and treatment.

Food Joints in Nubra Valley

Most of the time you will be eating out in Hotels or Camps or Guest Houses or Homestays you will be staying in. However, there are dhabhas or eating joints at Khalsar and Khardung villages where people generally stop for lunch while on the way to or from Leh.

You should always carry your own water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !! 🙂 🙂

Phone Signals in Nubra Valley

BSNL Postpaid Connection does work like a charm in most parts of Nubra Valley with some loss of signal at few places though.

Petrol Pumps

Do not forget to refill petrol/diesel at Leh petrol pump. Update 2016: Things have improved and the petrol pump at Deskit, Nubra is mostly found in working conditions nowadays even in winter. Do not forget to check my article on petrol or fuel availability in Ladakh.

ATMs

You will not find any ATMs in Nubra Valley and hence, it is always better to carry cash from Leh (the only place where you find ATM in Ladakh) itself.

Sacred Yarab Tso Lake near Panamik in Nubra Valley
First View… Yarab Tso Lake near Panamik in Nubra Valley

Conclusion

Nubra is a must have a place to visit, and I am sure when you visit Leh Ladakh, this one surely is not the place you would like to exclude from itinerary of Leh Ladakh trip. I hope the above information will be useful for your upcoming trip to Ladakh.

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  2. Wow Deeraj! I am amazed looking at you taking the effort to answer every single question. Your tons of information is very helpful. We are planning for a trip to Ladakh may be end of August or sometime around September 10th. Which dates would be the best?
    Also we do not have Turtuk in our itinerary as we are planning the trip through tours and travels.Would I be missing anything big ?
    Thanks much!

    Regards,
    Divya

  3. Nicky Sidhwani on

    Are there people stuck in Nubra Valley and Pangong because of heavy rains or bad condition of roads.

    We are planning to fly to Srinagar on 26th July and will reach Leh on 28th July with a halt at Kargil on 27th July.

    Should we go ahead with the plan or it is best suited to postpone..

    • Nicky, Ladakh is a rain shadow region and does not get much affected by rains. Sometimes landslides happen but that gets cleared and cannot be predicted.

      • Nicky Sidhwani on

        Thanks a lot for your quick reply Dheeraj..

        Actually our plan is fixed.. Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Nubra – Leh – Pangong – Leh – Sonmarg – Srinagar..12 Day Trip.. All bookings etc are done.,

        I got a call from a friend who is currently in Srinagar unable to reach leh because the route is closed at Sonmarg saying conditions are really bad here, people are telling him even if he reaches Leh, it is raining very heavily there and there have been some landslides even on routes to Pangong and Nubra from Leh and people are stuck there too. He is planning to return from Srinagar as he has not been able to reach Kargil in 3 days because authorities not allowing him to take that route..

        So I am concerned whether I should reach on 26th July or cancel my trip..

        Please let me know if there is a way to get the latest update of whats happening over there I couldn’t find anything on the Internet.

        • Nicky, apart from the landslide on Srinagar – Leh route, I am not aware of any landslides or heavy rains in Ladakh. Srinagar – Leh road is supposed to either open today or tomorrow as well.

  4. Hello,

    First, great blog, full of information.

    We are planning a trip, well, starting Saturday.

    We arrive in Leh by plane on Sunday, and will begin our tour of ladakh region with Nubra valley.

    I read in your post that it is a good place to acclimatize.

    Would it thus be wise to leave for Nubra on the next day after arrival?
    And maybe rest there
    Or is it too early?
    Or should we even go right away?
    although I imagine we’ll be exhausted from the flights (from France).

    We will go with shared taxi and manage on our own.

    Thank you

    • Hello Tim,

      It is better you go over to Sham Valley and stay at Alchi next day of the arrival, that will help you more rather scaling 18000 feet on second day itself. Then you can come to stay at Leh and free to move to Nubra and then Pangong Tso.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  5. Koustav Mallick on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    we (me and my wife) is planning for leh, laddakh, khardung la, in either end of August or beginning of September this year. we will take our hatchback (swift).
    can you please suggest me the itinerary? we have 12 days max for this trip.

    Also is it doable with hatchback? we have been to Kapla, Chitkul and few other places in our car.
    but really worried about this one 😉

    kindly advice shall we go from manali to leh-laddakh or from jammu side, or from manali to leh-laddakh and return via jammu?

    also can we expect snow in this time?

    expecting your kind response.

    Regards
    Koustav Mallick

    • Koustav, without much worries, 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: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway Or Spiti Valley via Manali Or Ladakh, please refer the link: FAQ | Can I do Leh – Ladakh / Spiti / Manali – Leh trip in Hatchback or Sedan? for more details.

      • Koustav Mallick on

        Dear Dheeraj,

        many thanks for your kind response. The details are awesome.
        i have also registered myself.

        can i expect some snow in khardungla (not snowfall) as i am visiting end of august or begining of september, since my first time to leh-laddakh so very excited.

        Looking forward for an opportunity to drive my wheels with all the DEVILS in near future.

        Regards
        Koustav

        • Koustav, snow in abundance will not be possible only few remains will be present here and there. And regarding driving with devils, check out for the next year Mega Meet 2016 as this year further participation is closed due to large number of entries

  6. Do we need to get permission to move ahead from manali to leh with personal vehicle (1 car+ 2 bike) as well. and if this is the case how long is the waiting period to get this permission as we are planning to go on 27th of june.

  7. Shivam Bajpai on

    Hi,
    First of all thanks for helping everyone out here for planning their trip of lifetime .

    We are planning for a road trip from delhi . Please guide us, if you find any issues.

    18 July – Delhi to Manali ( Manali night stay)
    19 – Manali to Sarchu
    20- Sarchu to Leh
    21 Leh Stay
    22 Leh to Nubra and stay overnight
    23 Nubra to Leh
    24 Leh To Pangong LAKE and overnight stay
    25 Pangong to Leh
    26 Leh to Sarchu
    27 Sarchu to Manali

    Is weather fine at that time and where can we stay in Nubra and Pangong. Also can we reach Manali in one day from Leh.

    Thanks

    • Shivam, your plan seems good to go except one thing that it is better to stay at Keylong or Jispa while going from Manali to Leh as body is not acclimatized. You can stay at Sarchu while coming back.

  8. Hi Dheeraj
    Have been reading your website for last 2-3 days and its really very helpful.

    Me and my wife are going to Ladakh in July. July 16th (morning flight)- July 24th (morning flight). Flights are booked, now rest of the planning needs to be done – Stay, travel etc. Am not very keen on MMT, private tour operator etc.

    Day 1- At Hotel, acclimatize. Local market in the evening (may be travel booking for Day 2 and Day 3)

    Day 2- Local tour (Planning to take a bike, Is it okay to take a bike on 2nd day itself or should wait? from weather acclimatization point of view.)

    Day 3 & 4 – To Nubra (with your suggestion on most common itinerary to and Fro)

    Day 5 – At Leh again. May be part of Sham valley tour which we could have missed on Day 2. (Need suggestion on this though)

    Day 6 & 7 – Pangong (with your suggestion on most common itinerary to and Fro)

    Day 8 – Not sure what to do? Need suggestions.
    Day 9 – Departure in the morning.

    Few key question in my mind are, primarily being a first time traveler.
    1. A friend suggested that going to Tsomiri would be hectic even though possible with number of days. or something else along with Nubra or Pangong. Example somebody mentioned Tyakshi from Hunder as a day trip.

    2. A friend suggested me to book a hotel/ Guest house only for Day 1 or 2 and then book there only. Would you recommend that in July/peak season? Am not looking at luxury, but clean decent places from a couple point of view.

    3. Keen on staying at lake side camps in Nubra and Pangong. Should I book them for fixed dates in advance or book them from Leh or actually after reaching Nubra/ Pangong itself? I hear that there are many of them which really can’t be booked online so it’s better to go there, bargain hard and then book. Is there any risk of roads getting closed on a particular day due to weather and your prior bookings getting quashed?

    Is there a risk of not getting anything to stay, if we don’t book these camps/ tents in advance?
    What level of bargaining is possible at these stays?

    4. Hire bike for local/ sham valley, or book shared cabs to Pangong, Nubra in a day or two in advance at Leh itself. Hope that is okay?

    5. Planning to carry a jacket and couple of pullovers, does that sound fine of clothes are required in July?

    Regards
    Rahul

    • Hi Rahul,

      My replies inline:

      1. I will prefer us the day for yeah Turtuk or Tyakshi village too. Tykashi is ahead of Turtuk where stay options are available.

      2. I second that view too

      3. Nothing is lake side, all are lake facing as Pangong Tso is a wetland reserve so no camps can be set up lake side. Road can get closed anywhere in mountains and at anytime 🙂 There is no risk of not getting anything at all at Pangong Tso. You will surely get something or other 🙂

      4. Ride for a day in Leh and see how comfortable you are. It can be tricky I will say in case you have not ride before in mountains.

      5. Should be fine

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Thanks for a prompt reply. It actually takes away few first time Leh fears already.

        Just to clarify couple of points –
        1. So, its perfectly okay to just book for Day 1 or first 2 days at Leh and then go unplanned from there including Pangong and Nubra (book after reaching to respective places). Would be risky with my wife but still would take this risk to make the trip lil more adventurous 🙂

        2. And when you say stay at Turtuk or Tyakshi should I make it a 2 day trip towards Nubra or 3 day trip in this case ? How should I plan that?

        3. Apart from Shaam valley and Monasteries and local sight seeing, and doing Nubra and Pangong side, Is there anything different we can do if I have last day free.

        Am a avid biker otherwise.. can’t take my bullet from Mumbai as wife won’t let me plus number of leaves don’t allow 😉 ..hence thinking to hire for a day or two for local travel around Leh.

        Thanks!!

        • Hi Rahul,

          1. Yes, it is fine. At max. you need to check 3-4 properties to get a stay up there to the liking if you are not one of those TOO CHOOSY players 🙂
          2. You will need to make 3 day trip to Nubra as compared to yours two day. Day 1, Leh to Turtuk, Day 2 Turtuk and back to Hunder after visiting Tyakshi, Day 3: Hunder – Sumur – Panamik and Leh
          3. Best is to keep it for rest and sham valley only

          In that case while going to Nubra Valley in case you feel good and comfortable about the road conditions, take a bike for 2 day trip to Nubra Valley.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  9. This is extremely useful apart from the absolutely gorgeous photographs.

  10. Archana Kapoor on

    What a lovely place and what amazing pictures Dheeraj! happy to have discovered the devil 🙂
    Cheers, Archana

  11. HI Dheeraj..thanks for your amazing blogs…could get lot of imp info so far to plan our trip which is still in process.
    we are planning a road trip in our ecosport car along with another couple. main idea is to enjoy the drive.
    planning via leh-manali highway and coming back via srinagar leh highway..trip starts from delhi

    starting on 22nd june from delhi with respective overnight haults at bilaspur, manali, jispa, leh. reaching leh on 25th. we have four days in leh before starting back on 30th towards kargil.

    can u suggest the best itinerary so that we can cover as many places as possible in leh in the four days we have. since we have our car taxi hiring not an issue and accomodation in leh is being catered in army guest houses.

    plz suggest. waiting to hear back

    • Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      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: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      You can remove Tso Moriri and rest days to make it 11 days in case you do not have that much time in hand.

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    Would appreciate your advice on our itinerary of Leh 🙂
    Day 1: Reach Leh
    Day 2: Explore Leh
    Day 3: Head to Nubra Valley & overnight there
    Day 4: Back to Leh
    Day 5: Head to Pangong & overnight there
    Day 6: Back to Leh

    Hope this plan helps us to acclimatize well, before heading to nubra & pangong. So can we hire a pirate taxi to bring us to nubra or would you recommend getting a tour package? Also, will be need a permit before heading to pangong?

    Thank you very much!

    • Nuraini, given the days in hand, nothing much you can do than to follow above plan. Just ensure you rest properly and be hydrated properly in the entire stay up there and especially in first 2-3 days. In case you all are Indian Citizen, you do not need any permits for visiting Nubra Valley and Pangong tso now.

  13. Halo Dheeraj, it is nice to have info from you. Since I’m not Indian man, do I need a permit to enter Nubra Valley area? Actually, I will go from Leh to Pangong Lake through Kardhung La, Durbuk, Tangtse, Spangmik. Do I need to have any permit? Thanks

  14. Hi Dheeraj,

    Is it possible to do Hunder, Diskit and Turtuk in a 2-day trip from Leh? Or would it be stretching it too much.
    From what I have read about Turtuk, it sounds like a great place but I dont have an extra day.

    Regards,
    Anchit

    • Anchit, it will be quite a hectic journey of visiting Turtuk in just two days. It indeed is a great place. But with two days you will just be touching it and coming back.

  15. Shreya Roy on

    Hello Sir!
    You are doing a wonderful job. Came to know many details from your site.
    I am planning a trip to Ladakh in the month of September. Please check my plan and guide me accordingly.

    Day 1 – Arrive at Leh. Visit Local market in the evening. Night stay at Leh.
    Day 2 – Local sightseeing at Leh.
    Day 3 – Early morning drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass. Visit sand dunes, double humped camels, Diskit Monastery, 100 ft Buddha Statue. Where should I stay Diskit or Hunder? Please suggest.
    Day 4 – Visit Samstanling Monastery. Drive back to Leh. Night Stay at Leh.
    Day 5 – Drive to Pangong Lake. Night stay at nearby village. Please suggest cheap accommodation.
    Day 6 – Drive to Tso Moriri Lake. Visit Hot Spring. Overnight stay. Please suggest camp near Lake.
    Day 7 – Drive to Tso Kar Lake. Visit Geo Thermal Gas Springs. Photo Stop at Tso Kar. Drive back to Leh.
    Day 8 – Leave Leh.

    • Hi Shreya,

      You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Regarding the plan, Pangong Tso day trip has to be done because Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri directly is quite hectic and also desolated plus depends upon if army allow you to pass or not.

      Regards
      dheeraj

  16. Abhishek Bijlani on

    Hey Dheeraj,
    Your blog is amazing. You really are an authority on ladakh tourism!
    3 of us friends will be in SriNagar on 20th May and we need to be back in Srinagar by 28th May(ad we have a train from Jammu on 29th) So in this period we were planning to cover Gulmarg (2 days) and Leh (6 days including to & fro travelling).
    1) Would this be sufficient?
    2) Approximately what would be the cost of travelling by a pvt vehicle on Srinagar-Leh route with night halt at Kargil? Considering we are on a very tight budget.
    3) What would be the modes of transport once in Leh to travel to Pangong and back & Nubra Valley and back? And what would be the approximate costs involved?

    • Hi Abhishek,

      1. Well, it takes two days to reach Leh from Srinagar and two days to come back with overnight at Kargil. 1 day is must in Leh for acclimatization so you are left only with one day. You can visit Khardung La and come back.
      2. Srinagar to Leh with overnight will cost around 17-18K
      3. Like is said you hardly have time to explore anything. You can go to Khardung La or Pangong Tso.

  17. Round trip is possible in one day Leh to Nubra Valley. and how much time it will take. We are planning to travelling by Innova?

    • Priyank, it will be possible to do round trip in a day from Leh but it will take around 12 Hrs and can exceed depending upon time you spend in Nubra Valley

  18. Mukesh Yadav on

    I am planning to visit leh in month of May. Please suggest whether it is suitable.

  19. I am planning to visit leh on 1st oct.. 1st oct-6th oct..
    pls tell me how shld I plan my 6 days..

    • Arushree, this is what you can do for your 6 day Ladakh trip

      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 Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — 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
       
      Day 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR Sham Valley tour OR Fly back home
      — Overnight at Leh
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

  20. Dear deeraj

    I planed 4 day trip of leh . We are 4 friends. I have 3 days to see laddakh. I want to go nubra valley and Pangong lake. Plz help to plan this trip. 1 day we will rest in leh.

    Pankaj

    • Pankaj, are these 4 days after acclimatization in Leh?? You need to rest and get acclimatized to high altitude in Leh only for 2 days before moving to first Nubra Valley and then to Pangong Tso.

      • Dear dheeraj

        I will reach leh on 11 step and return flight is on 15 step. Now plz advise wht should I Do? I want to see nubra vally and Pangong tso.

        • Pankaj, you have so less time on hand and best you can do is,

          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 Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
          — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
          — 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
           
          Day 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
          — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
          — Overnight at Leh

      • dear dheeraj

        we hav only 2 or 3 day to see nubra and pangong lake.plz advise. can we come in same day from nubra vally and pangong tso.

        • Pankaj, both Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley day trips are 12+ Hrs of journey. So, if you are comfortable with it, you can make it in one day each.

    • Yes, the route is open daily and there are no timings to travel Khardung La in season time when road is cleared of snow. Just start by 7 AM from Leh so as to avoid traffic of convoy at Leh.

  21. Anupam Chakraborty on

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Earlier you helped me in rescheduling my itinerary to Leh-Ladakh. My visit schedule is 12th July,14 to 19th July. I have also contacted the Driver Rigzin. His response was nice. Now, I have a doubt regarding booking of Hotel in advance. Because it may be possible due to health issue we may not go to one particular place.

    1) So to avoid that, Can we go without booking hotel at Nubra(one night stay) and Pangong(One night stay)?

    2) I do not want to miss Camel safari at Nubra. Are the camels available at sand dune or should I have to tell someone (may be Rigzin) to arrange booking for it?

    3) We will be going from Baltal via Kargil to Leh. So what would be the best place to break for a night halt? Is it Kargil or Mubalek?

    4) We will be staying 3 nights at Leh on different dates i.e. 1st on arrival, then coming back from Nubra, again after coming back from Pangong. So, how do you suggest booking of hotels in Leh considering the above?

    I will be eagerly looking forward to your reply. Thank You.

    • Hi Anupam,

      Earlier you helped me in rescheduling my itinerary to Leh-Ladakh. My visit schedule is 12th July,14 to 19th July. I have also contacted the Driver Rigzin. His response was nice. Now, I have a doubt regarding booking of Hotel in advance. Because it may be possible due to health issue we may not go to one particular place.

      1) You are visiting in Kalachakra period. Better book in advance as about lacs of people are expected during this period this year in Leh.
      2) No booking required for Camel
      3) Best is to break at Kargil I will still say for better availabilites of Hotels.
      4) As I said, book in advance as most of the hotels during this period will be booked.

      Festival ends by 14th July but residual crowd may still remain there upto a week past the end date.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Anupam Chakraborty on

        Thnaks Dheeraj!

        Do you suggest booking in advance at Kargil also?

        Thanks a Lot in advance.

  22. Hi
    was hoping to travel for one week around Leh. It will be between 28th july to 15th August. I am worried of the monsoon weather and can i avoid it during these dates? Many thanks.

    • Tom, It is monsoon time and at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains, though rains does reach Ladakh now but to minimum and mostly it might remains overcast conditions. There is no thumb rule of certainty about weather conditions but above is generally common pictures seen over last few years except ugly 2010 …

      Sorry I was on trip to Chansal Pass – Pabbar Valley to celebrate DoW Community’s first B’day and hence could not reply earlier 😉

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  23. Hi Dheeraj,
    we are planning to visit diskit and pongong tso in our ladhak trip.instead of going to leh from diskit, can we take our journey directly to pongong tso. is this feasible one ???

    • Regarding Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso route, in order to take Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Shyok village, you need not need any permits. However, with such a small distance it appears tempting to be done BUT just to analyze the difficulty I will strongly suggest that you read:Trip Report | Nubra – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso Route. The report is from last June & in July/August, most likely the route is washed away. So better confirm first, analyze the high risk involved and then only attempt it or better avoid it unless very much sure.
      Next possible way is to attempt Wari La route, which is also a bit desolated but doable enough. If your driver agrees to travel on this route then take the Wari La route to Pangong Tso. Remember that any help required on both these routes will be HARD to find in miles of distance.

      • Thanks for your thoughts. we are planning to go by rented bikes. in that case which route should we prefer ?? via leh or Wari la ??

  24. In case we are acclamatized, do you suggest we do Leh – Diskit – Leh in One day? is there any road restriction on returning from Khardungla to Leh post afternoon?

    • Shreyas, the only thing is that it will become a bit hectic. Leave Leh by 6 AM or at max. 6.30 AM to make a day trip to Diskit and return to Leh before daylight.

  25. Helooo All…
    We have planned for a Leh trip from Bangalore. contact ([email protected])

    Currently we are six people, we are looking for more people. Let me know if anyone is interested.

    Below is our itenary.

    May28: Arrive to Srinagar-Rest-After lunch visit Mughul Gardens(Nishat & Shalimar)Pari Mehal,Shankar Achariya and Dal Gate.Over night in Srinagar

    May29:Srinagar-Son Marg-Dras-Kargil.O N in Kargil

    May30:Kargil.Panze La-Zanskar(Padum)O N in Padum

    May31:Local Tour in zanskar(Karsha,Sany,Standay)O N in Padum

    June1:Zanskar-Kargil(Same route as there is no other option except 9 days of hiking from Padum to Lamayuru)O N in Kargil

    June2:Kargil-Lamayuru-Sangam-Magnetic Hill-Leh.O N in Leh

    June3:Leh-Khardung La(World highest road)_Nubra Valley(Diskit,Hunder.O N in Nubra Valley

    June4:Nubra Valley(Summer,Panamik)-Leh.O N in Leh

    June5:Leh-Panging Lake via Chang La(World 3rd Highest road of the world) and back to Leh.O N in Leh

    June6:Leh-Tso Mo Ri Ri Lake.O N in Tso Mo Ri Ri.

    June7:Tso Mo RiRi Lake-Kelong-O N in Kelong.

    June8:Kelong-Manali drop

    • You can stay at Sarchu from Tso Moriri as Tso moriri to Keylong will be long. Also, I see doing Pensi La in may start might not be good idea as most likely it will be closed.

  26. Lotansurya on

    Hi,

    I am planning Leh trip from 26 th May to 4 th june,

    Can you please help me with itinerary of above dates

  27. Hello,
    First of all I would like to congratulate on such a great article and website which is so helpful.
    We are two girls planning for a trip to Kashmir and Ladhak so here is the plan from Kashmir – please share your thoughts:
    26th May-Srinagar – Leh Road Trip
    27th May Leh to Nubra Valley
    28th May Nubra to Leh
    29th Leh to Pangong Tso to Leh
    30th Aug Leh to Khardungla Pass to Leh
    31st May – What can I do?
    1st June – Departure for Bangalore from Leh
    Could you please suggest how can we improve our experience? Where can we camp or have a similar experience as in Sarchu?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Bavini,

      Thanks alot. One day you cannot do Srinagar to Leh unless you plan to take a chance with AMS and then travel 16+ hrs on road. Then after reaching Leh, you need minimum of 1 day rest and acclimatization for high altitude before going over to Nubra Valley.On 29, 30 do 2 day trip to Pangong Tso because Khardung La will be done before only while going to Nubra Valley. 31st, use for Srinagar to Leh journey to make it two days with over night halt at Kargil. You are still short of one day in the plan.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj

    • Hi Bhavini..

      I am Muddasir from Bangalore, we have planned a similar trip to LEH starting from SRN-Zanskar-Leh-Numbra-Panging Lake – Tso Mo Ri Ri -Kelong-Manali drop.

      Currently we are six members starting from Bangalore on 28th May and ending our trip on Jun 9th.

      We have made or flight and other travel bookings. Let me know if you are interested to join us.

      Also we have a planned detail itenary.

      you can contact me via email:[email protected]

      • DoW has started an initiative under DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for finding Travel Partners or Companions, leave your message in Travel Partners section at the link: Ladakh & Zanskar – Travel Partners Section. There is also a DoW Travel Calendar linked here which can be used to easily and quickly spot a travel partner with similar dates of all the people looking for Travel Partners for their trips. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

  28. Anil Mehta on

    Hello Sir, I have visited Leh-Khardungla twice on bike and wish if I could visit Nubra this season also. I would like to know whether the Manali Leh Route will be opened after 10-15th June, 2014. And can you tell me can we visit Tololing peak, if yes, please inform the authorities who permit for the same. Regards – anil

    • Yes, Anil, Manali – Leh Highway should be open by mid of June. I am not sure if you can trek to peak of Tololing however you can see the whole Tololing from base from Kargil War Memorial. It is just behind it.

      • Anil Mehta on

        Thank You, Mr. Dheeraj. I have also visited Kargil War Memorial during my both the tours, but that time we didn’t try to inquire how to get permission to visit Tololing peak. If you can, please inform later.
        Regards anil.

  29. Satyanarayan Mohapatra on

    I am planning to go to Leh in the third week of May . What exactly is this altitude sickness ? I plan to stay in Leh for two days before I proceed to Nubra Valley . Would that be sufficient to travel via the Khardungla pass ?

    Regards

  30. radhadhiman on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks a lot for such informative blog.
    I am visitiong leh in first week of May,2014.

    4th May 2014 — Reaching to Leh , Acclimatization .Night stay at Leh.

    5th May 2012 — Leh-Magnetic Hill- Sangam-Alchi-Lamayuru. Night stay at Leh.

    6th May 2012 — Leh to Nubra valley via Khardung La. Camel safari at Hunder. Night stay at Hunder.

    7th May 2012 — Visit Gompa at Dikset & then visit Sumur,Panamik. Then Nubra Valley to Stok & Shey monasteries and come back to Leh. . Night stay at Leh.

    8th May 2012 — Leh to Pangong Tso via Karu, Sakti, Chang La,Durbuk,Tangtse, Lukung, Spangmik. En route visit Hemis & Thiksey monasteries.Night stay at Pangong Tso.

    9th May 2012 — Pangong Tso-Tangtse-Chang La- Kharu- Upshi- Chumathang (hot springs)-Korzok(Tsomoriri). – Night stay at Tsomoriri.

    10th May 2012 — Tso Moriri (Korzok)- Tso Khar- Tanglang La- Rumtse – Leh—leh night stay.

    11th May 2012 – leh airport drop Early morning.

    Could you suggest if my below plan seems OK?

    Thanks in advance..

    • Apart from 9th May, that is Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri, it will not be possible in one day as it is a very very long journey. The only option I see here is that you make a day trip to Pangong Tso and then two day trip to Tso Moriri.

      • Anuj Agrawal on

        Hi Deepak,
        How would the scenery be during the first and the second week of May?
        What height would the snow start? Can we expect the lower altitude regions like the Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Diskit to be free of snow (or at least not completely whitewashed with it!)?

        • Anuj, it will be fine to travel in May, though it will not be that too greener but still fine to travel to Nubra Valley. You will find loads of snow at Khardung La Pass. There will be no snow in lower regions.

  31. Hi,

    I am planning to travel to Leh/Ladakh from 19-May-2014 to 28-May-2014.

    I have based my itinerary on DOW recommended itinerary.

    I am travelling to Nubra valley with 1 night stay at Diskit or Hunder. I would also like to add Turtuk in the plan.

    Is it possible to do Diskit, Hunder and Turtuk with 1 night stay (2 days)? If yes, then should we stay at Turtuk? Can you recommend any good places to stay at Turtuk? Also, what would be plan in Turtuk; are there any specfic places to visit or see in Turtuk or any specific activities there?

    Thanks,
    Upendra

    • Hi Upendra,

      With 1 night stay it will be difficult to add Turtuk as it is too far, about 210 KMs from Leh. From Diskit it will be like 90 KMs and you need to do 180 KMs fro up and down. I will suggest either add one day so that you balance a 3 day trip else drop Turtuk. There are no specific places in Turtuk, just try and go towards the last village Tyakshi and come back, you will feel the beauty on the way and in Turtuk itself 🙂

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Many Thanks. for your reply.

        I have reserved one day for Sham Valley tour – Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib etc.

        Is it ok to drop this and add 1 day Nubra valley so that we can go to Turtuk.

        Also, what is approx. altitude of Turtuk; I mean is it at lower altitude compared to Leh (so that we get additional benefit for acclimatization if we stay 1 more night in Nubra valley)

        • Hello Upendra,

          I will suggest yes in case you are much into Natural Beauty then you should drop Sham Valley and add Turtuk. Turtuk is around 3000 Mtrs and is quite low in altitude even in Nubra Valley too, AFAIK.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  32. Hi Dheeraj

    I am from Kerala.Me and my friends have been planning a trip to leh for a long time.At 1st we decided to hit the road from manali to leh and back. But due to shortage of days, we have decided to reach leh and go back by flight. We are hoping to do the trip from April 18/2014 to April 25. We want to explore leh in Royal Enfield.Will it be available for rent there? And will it b possible to travel to nubra,pangong tso and other places by bike in that time? Please help us with your suggestions

    • Hi Vishnu,

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh by Air followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 8 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

      Apart from that, well there will be snow on roads in April on passes which will make the ride difficult and slippery. If you are not used to such rides it will not be good. Also, you can rent the bikes for riding within Leh and around for sure. Yes, you can travel to all these places during that time but by bike will be difficult as I said above if you do not have experience. Also, Pangong Tso as well as Tso Moriri lake will be most likely frozen at that time.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks for the reply dheeraj.Will the bike trip be possible if we change our dates to may 14-may21?

        • Vishnu, even in May there is snow on roads over passes which makes them slippery in condition. So, more or less situation might be same. Last couple of weeks of June is much safer bet.

  33. kanika1bhargav1tripathi on

    Heya Dheeraj,
    Awesome blog here 🙂 am planning a trip in oct 2013. we are reaching Leh on Oct 2nd and leaving on Oct 6th. We want to see Diskit and pangong mainly. could you suggest us an itinerary. we are a group of 7 ppl aged 25- 60.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Kanika,

      It will be cold up there in October and you have just 5 days. You will have to fly in and out of Leh and then 2 days will be needed for acclimatization. Though I will suggest at least 3 days of acclimatization since it will be cold but still if you want to give it a try, then go with the following itinerary.

      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 + Inner Line Permits
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — 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
       
      Day 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

      • kanika1bhargav1tripathi on

        thank you so much for the guidance Dheeraj 🙂 but we will be leaving on 6th oct …. so we actually have 2, 3, 4 and 5th oct. And as u said we’d stay in the guestrooms on 2nd. so we are left with only 3, 4 and 5th oct .

        • kanika1bhargav1tripathi on

          also, we have visited Natula earlier this yr and we stayed at an altitude of 14000 ft for 2 days…. so ya….am really wary of AMS 🙁

        • Kanika, that’s too less days you have. In this case, do it like, Day 1 complete rest, Day 2 some local sightseeing around Leh, Day 3 Day visit to Khardung La Pass, Day 4 | Day visit to Panaong Tso lake.

  34. Geetanjali on

    HI Dheeraj

    I am looking for travel Partners leaving on 13th August via Srinagar and coming back on 22nd – 23rd via Manali…..specialy couples

    • Geetanjali, DoW has started an initiative under DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for finding Travel Partners or Companions, leave your message in Travel Partners section at the link: Ladakh & Zanskar – Travel Partners Section. There is also a DoW Travel Calendar linked here which can be used to easily and quickly spot a travel partner with similar dates of all the people looking for Travel Partners for their trips. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

  35. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning Leh in july 2nd week.We will start from Manali to leh on 14th july and have 7 days for the journy and then back to manali.Planning to hire taxi from Manali to Leh.
    Can you please suggest the better itinerary?
    What would be the taxi rent from manali to leh?
    Is the july 2nd week would be better time for travel?

    • Rudra, you can follow a ladakh tour plan like below:

      Day 1 | Manali – Jispa/Keylong
      Day 2 | Jispa/Keylong – Leh
      Day 3 | Leh Rest and Permits
      Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Leh
      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      Day 6 | Leh – Sarchu
      Day 7 | Sarchu – Manali

      The drop from Manali to Leh will cost you about, 15-16K types.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Hi Dheeraj. Thanks so much for putting up this exceptional information for all the travelers. Going to Ladakh has been my dream for some time and I have been reading most of your blogs. I am planning a trip to Manali – Leh – Nubra – Pangong Tso – Leh. Wanted to know from you if it is possible to travel to Pangong directly from Nubra or I have to come to Leh. Please let me know for both bike and taxi routes.

        • David, there are two routes which connect Pangong Tso to Nubra Valley. One of them is through Wari La Pass and other one is via Shyok Village. Well, in terms of road conditions Wari La is far better BUT quite long and joins the traditional route just before Chang La Pass. Both routes are very very desolated and you will rarely see anyone over there. Hence, if something breaks then you are at your own and help will be hard to find. Shyok Village route is dangerous, with some nasty water crossings (sometimes river crossings), very bad roads at places and mostly remain washed off in season to to high level of Shyok river or landslides.

          Hence, Wari la is better bet if you really want to try but still will suggest that you via traditional routes if you have some apprehensions for adventure or perhpas desolated adventure 😉

      • senthilkumar on

        I like to know ist i have to get different permit for nubra &pangongtso

  36. Hi Dheeraj Bhai ,
    Excellent Work you’ve done I must say !

    We have been planning a 9 Day trip to Leh via Leh-Manali Highway. Pls chk this if the itinerary is in the correct shape:

    Day 1 – Arrive in Morning @ Manali frm Delhi
    Stay @ Solang Valley for acclimtzn.
    Book a Leh Tempo-Traveller so that the same vehicle can be used in LEH sight-seeing.

    Day 2- Depart for Keylong-Jispa.
    Stay Overnight @ Jispa (or Keylong if accomodation is not available @ Jispa)

    Day 3- Head to Leh
    Reach Leh by evening.

    Day 4 – Leh Local Sight Seeing and Inner Line Permits.

    Day 5 – Nubra Valley Visit
    Khardung La Pass
    Hunder & Diskit
    Overnight Stay @ Diskit

    Day 6 – SUmur-Panamik-Leh
    Day 7 – Pangong Lake
    Day 8 – Leh – Tso Moriri – Sarchu
    Day 9 Sarchu – Manali.

    Plz tell whether this trip is normal or hectic.

    Also Can we find/book LEH cab drivers @ Manali itself so that LEH sight-seeing is easier?

    IS it easy/ok to stay @ Jispa or whether stay @ Keylong ( the conservative approach)

    Will there be accomodation options available @ Nubra Valley ?

    Thanks in advance !

    • Hi Shubham,

      It is kind of normal given the number days in hand. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 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. Talk to them and may be someone can come and pick you.

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  37. aditya singh tholia on

    hii dheeraj bhai, was inquisitive to know if siachen can be added up to the nubhra trip? If yes, then what kind of permits are required for the same?

    • Aditya, it is very tough to visit Siachen, even Siachen base camp too. You need permissions from MHA AFAIK, and even then it is difficult ad think you need further permission from Army as well. This is very vague idea of it I have and will try to update you soon on some concrete info.

  38. Aijaz Rahman on

    Do we have to issue Inner Permit Pass to visit Tso Moriri?And can we directly approach Manali after visiting Tso Moriri lake or we have to return to Leh?

    • YEs, you will need Inner Line Permit for Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri and Nubra Valley. Yes, you can exit to Manali – Leh Highway from Tso Moriri.

      • Dear Dheerajji
        first of all many many thanks for the great work.
        We 10-12 ppl r planning to visit Ladhak region last week of June and first week of July. Tentative plan given below, pl advice us about the plane and guide us for the nice and enjoyable visit to Leh
        Day-1 Ambala – Manali
        Day-2 Manali – Jispa/Darcha
        Day-3 Jispa/Darcha – Leh
        Day-4 Leh : Acclimatization and Leh SS
        Day-5 Leh-Nubra & stay @ Nubra
        Day-6 Nubra-Leh & Leh SS
        Day-7 Leh – Pangong
        Day-8 Pangong – Tso Moriri – Leh
        Day-9 Leh – Kargil
        Day-10 Kargil – Srinagar

        • Vijay do it like:

          Day-7 Leh – Pangong Tso
          Day-8 Pangong Tso – Leh
          Day-9 Leh – Kargil
          Day-10 Kargil – Srinagar

          OR

          Day-7 Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
          Day-8 Leh – Tso Moriri –
          Day-9 Tso Moriri – Sarchu
          Day-10 Sarchu – Manali

  39. Hi,

    Is it possible to explore Ladakh in 3days?

    Monday, August 12th, 2013 > Overnight @Leh
    Tuesday, Auguest 13th, 2013 > Local Sightseeing + Inner Permit
    Wednesday, Auguest 14th, 2013 > Local Sightseeing + Inner Permit
    Thursday, August 15th, 2013 > Local Sightseeing + Inner Permit
    Friday, August 16th, 2013 > Leh Manali Highway
    Saturday, August 17th, 2013 > Leh Manali Highway
    Sunday, August 18th, 2013 > Chandigarh

    I am not able to calculate NUbra Valley & Pansong valley. I need to stay @NubraValley.
    Can you please help.
    Regards,
    Mahesh.

    • Mahesh, if above is the case then at max. you can do is:

      Monday, August 12th, 2013 > Overnight @Leh + Acclimatize
      Tuesday, Auguest 13th, 2013 > Local Sightseeing + Inner Permit + Acclimatize
      Wednesday, Auguest 14th, 2013 > Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) – Leh
      Thursday, August 15th, 2013 > Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh

      It will be very very hectic in any case. Better leave out Nubra Valley and do just day trip to Khardung La and return to rest at Leh.

      • HI Deheeraj,

        Thanks for your quick response.
        If i extend a day then ?
        I dont want to miss Nubra valley & Pansong Lake.

        I was planning to visit Pansong on return journey during Leh Manali, but then HPTC doesn’t cover Pansong lake!!

        • Will i get any transport for six members in Leh for Leh-Pansong-Manali with overnight stay @Pang?

          I searched a bit & found the expense other than HPTC is huge.

          This is my last search, else i will extend a day.
          Thanks.

        • For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 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.

          Talk to some of these drivers and they will agree for it.

  40. Moin A. K. on

    Dear Dheeraj
    As we have conformed tickets booked from jammu for return journey and we plan to cover both manali-leh and leh-srinagar in our itinerary I request you to please help us with itinerary for going by manali-leh route and return via leh-srinagar route. We have total 13 Days in hand
    Thanking you in advance

    • Moin, you can follow the below itinerary:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      — Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      — If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      — Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      — It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      — Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      — I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      — Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      — Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link 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 6 | 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 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — 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) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 12 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 13 | Srinagar – Jammu
      — Overnight at Jammu

  41. Amazing…I believe…this shows why Kashmir is called heaven on earth…not only the DAl lakes but there are enough exotic places which makes it a paradise on earth

  42. Moin A. K. on

    Dear Dheeraj
    We are 5 people on our individual bikes all are 150CC. Will reach Ambala cantt on 18th june 2013 morning. we have total 13 days in hand we are going by manali- Leh route and would return by leh – Srinagar route. Request you if you could help us with best possible Itinerary. We wish to cover as much as possible
    Thanking you in advance

    • Hi Moin,

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  43. Very nice post. Good details and you have covered all relevant points. I am bookmarking this for reference 🙂

  44. Hi Deepak,

    Firstly, thanks a lot buddy. Just came across your blog 2 days back, you are really doing a fantastic job. I really envy you considering you are a software engineer and still manage to travel adequately to serve your appetite. Well Done!

    I am looking forward to your suggestion on my plan. Have charted different (4-5) plans and to me looks like the most suited to my time frame will be the below one.
    We are traveling on our private car. We are 2 couple and another friend of ours.
    Considering the our members and duration of our trip, I have decided not to return via Sarchu-Manali. Will it be possible to return via Sarchu in the same time frame as via Srinagar?
    My intentions are to travel the road, enjoy the scenic beauty and touch Leh only and travel local Leh and return.

    Could you suggest if my below plan seems OK? Would Kargil and Nubra Tents be safe?

    9-Aug Ludhiana to Srinagar
    10-Aug Srinagar to Kargil
    11-Aug Kargil to Leh
    12-Aug Leh Local + Inner permit
    13-Aug Leh to Nubra Valley
    14 Aug Nubra to Leh
    15 Aug Leh to Kargil
    16 Aug Kargil to Srinagar
    17-Aug Srinagar to Ludhiana
    18-Aug Buffer

    Thank you,

    Regards – Himanshu

    • Hi Himanshu,

      Thanks alot 🙂 … yes, some how I try my best to manage. I will suggets you follow something like below to complete the entire circuit.

      9-Aug Ludhiana to Srinagar
      10-Aug Srinagar to Kargil
      11-Aug Kargil to Leh
      12-Aug Leh Local + Inner permit
      13-Aug Leh to Nubra Valley
      14 Aug Nubra to Leh
      15 Aug Leh to Pangong Tso to Leh
      16 Aug Leh to Sarchu
      17-Aug Sarchu to Manali
      18-Aug Buffer

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  45. Another wonderful post inviting me to pack bags and start for Nubra Valley and Laddakh 🙂

  46. Aijaz Rahman on

    Why do we have to return to Leh everytime we go to Diskit/Hunder/Pangong Lake?
    Any specefic reason for doing so?

    • Reason is that we do not have other routes that can be followed alternatively with ease and comfort of majority of people. There are two routes that goes to Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley, one via Wari La and other via Shyok Village. While the former is very desolated and very long and the latter is more desolated, landslide prone, mostly closed but shorter route. Rarely people take them and even the local drivers are afraid of taking them 😀

  47. Hi Dheeraj , we are planning Leh in first week of July, While going to leh i want to take the shimla – narkanda – kalpa – Kaza – grumphu route to reach keylong and then proceed from there in normal route till leh

    I am doing this to get some acclamatization to altitudes before hitting ladakh and also enjoy a little bit of Spiti lauhaul( we want to spend more time in ladakh as thats going to be the core of our trip)

    We are planning to hire a taxi(innova may be) in shimla for the entire trip. Planning to end it in chandigarh in the same taxi.

    Day 1 – Shimla to Kalpa
    Day 2 – Kalpa to Kaza
    Day 3 – Kaza day sight seeing / or chandra taal
    Day 4 – Kaza to Sarchu
    Day 5 – Sarchu to leh
    Day 6 – Rest/ get Permits
    Day 7 and Day 8 – Khardung,diskit,hunder, nubra valley ( Take a leh’s local taxi for this )
    Day 9 – Leh to Pangong tso ( again take a leh’s local taxi for this )
    Day 10 – Pangong tso – chumathong – nyoma – Tso moriri
    Day 11 – Tso Moriri – Sarchu ( Catch up with our old Shimla taxi guy here )
    Day 12 – Sarchu – Manali
    Day 13 – Manali – Chandigarh

    SO the whole idea here is that – we get to leh from shimla via kaza in a HP registered taxi. While in leh we will do the hunder/diskit curcuit in a local taxi. And then ask the HP taxi guy to start in the normal route and wait for us in Sarchu. While we will take a local taxi and do pangong tso – tso moriri- sarchu in three days
    Catch up with our HP taxi guy in sarchu and come back

    All this to save time.

    What do you think?

    Thanks

    • Hi Sandeep,

      Though the plan is fine but you will end up having to do Pangong Tso as day trip and then doing Leh to Tso Moriri because permits to Tso Moriri to Pangong Tso direct route are not being issued since last year. Also, not sure how much cost you will save while asking for Shimla taxi to wait. Better have a drop to Leh with it and then hire Ladakh taxi for rest of the tour to Manali. Rest seems fine to me.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  48. Superb write up Dheeraj!
    Just to add, Turtuk, the last village on the Indian side of LOC is now open to tourists and is a must visit in Nubra. Turtuk can be done as a day trip from Hundar and the whole route is as scenic as the village itself. One mustn’t miss on this.

    • Thanks aashish bhai!! Yes, Turtuk is already there as a MUST VISIT 🙂 … But, you know how most of us travel with least leaves 😀


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