For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway, Spiti Valley and Ladakh, I will say Possible = Yes, Difficult = Yes, at quite a few place:
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:
Thanks for your answer. I am not self driving I am planning to take car from Chandigarh and dropping back to chandigarh.
Also planning to take the route like mentioned below
Chandigarh to Manali
Manali to Sarchu
Sarchu To Leh
Leh to Nubra valley
Nubra Valley to Pagong lake
Pagong Lake to Leh
Leh to Srinagar
Srinagar to Amritsar
Amritsar to chandigarh
All this I am planning in 10 day’s journey, is it feasible?
Also I am planning to start my trip on 26 May and end on 4 June.
Thanks and best regards,
Nitesh, you will have to then again hire a car in Ladakh for sightseeing in Ladakh. Also, you should add one more day after reaching Leh to rest, acclimatize and get permits to travel to Nubra Valley and Pangong tso. Kindly avoid sleeping at Sarchu as you will not be acclimatized and may end up with AMS which can cause the trip to fail. You should sleep at Jispa and do Jispa to Leh next day.
What is the usual cost for Leh –> Nubra Valley –> Pagong –> Leh?
Also any alternate suggestion to reach Leh by road ?
Also Due to current road block I am planning to take the Shrinagr Route For reaching Leh and Manali Route while coming Bakck..
Thanks and best regards,
For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2018 – 19 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.
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