Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh – Complete Travel Guide

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Pangong Tso lake in Changthang region of Ladakh has emerged as one of the most wanted places to visit among domestic tourists in recent times especially after the Bollywood blockbuster “3 idiots”.

Now, in India, one can see a lot more movies and advertisements being shot around this mesmerizing lake. A huge number of tourists visit Pangong lake in the summer months, making it one of the top travel destinations in India.

An ultimate travel guide of Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh
An ultimate travel guide of Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh

This slat water, a beautiful ocean-like lake, is about 5 km wide at its broadest point and about 134 km long with about 60% of the length extending into Tibet. During winters the lake freezes completely, which itself is a great sight to witness if you have seen the other aqua / blue colors of this pristine lake.

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

Pangong Tso Lake Leh Ladakh

The beautiful multi shades of blue color offered by this lake along with a picturesque landscape around give this place an extremely romantic feel as shown in Bollywood film songs. However, sitting behind the TV, it looks so, but in actual reality, the place is harsh and difficult to survive especially in winters 🙂 🙂

There are only a couple of cemented accommodation available around the lake and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets, etc. are luxury in itself. The lack of oxygen makes survival difficult if your body is not properly acclimatized to its high altitude. Hence, one needs to plan his/her journey extremely carefully to avoid acute mountain sickness.

So, even though Pangong lake tourism is at its peak, it is important to plan your trip to this high altitude place properly. This travel guide will help you with it.

Magical Blues of Pangong Tso
Magical Blues of Pangong Tso


Pangong Tso lake is located about 170 KMs from Leh town of Ladakh district in Jammu & Kashmir. You can make either make a day trip from Leh to Pangong Tso which will take you about 13 hrs of travel, or you can make a two day trip to Pangong Tso from Leh.


Pangong Tso lake is one of the high altitudes lakes of India Himalayas at a staggering altitude of 4350 Meters or 14270 Feet and is the biggest of all lakes in Leh Ladakh.

Best Time to Visit Pangong Lake

In general, the best time to travel to Pangong Tso lake is in the summer months when the Ladakh peak season is in full flow.

Similar to what we learned about the best time to travel to Leh Ladakh, in the months January to March, Pangong Tso remains mostly frozen, has extremely cold conditions with no options to stay around the lake except few basic homestays in Spangmik and Man – Merak villages.

In April, the lake starts to melt and starts transforming into the beautiful palette of multi shades of blue colors.

Then May to September is the peak tourist season. Tourists flock to the shores of the Pangong Tso lake in these months. In this summer period, you can witness a large number of birds around the lake including the most common Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks.

Come late September and early October, the tourists start to reside as the cold starts to set in and accommodation tents start to pack up. In my opinion, this is by far the best time to visit Pangong Tso to see the full glory of beautiful shades of blue color in this lake. The colors are purely magical at this time of the year, and with less number of tourists comparatively, you get better deals and enjoy more.

Pangong Lake in Winter

After mid-October up to December, all the accommodation packs up, and the only nearest place you can stay is either in some homestay with basic facilities to fight the harsh cold or in some guest house at Tangste, about 34 km away from the lake.

Tangtse has few guesthouses having much better facilities to fight the cold and provide comfort in winter months. If the sun is shining and you do not mind the hard cold winters, then also you can make a day trip to Pangong Tso from Tangste to see magical shades of blue color at this lake. However, do not forget to check the weather conditions before leaving Leh.

Blue Hues of Pangong Tso
Blue Hues of Pangong Tso

How to Reach Pangong Lake

You can reach Pangong Tso lake from Leh by road via Karu – Chang La pass. Pangong Lake is also connected from Nubra Valley directly by the Shyok Village route and by the Wari La pass route.

Let us look at the different routes that you can use to travel to Pangong Tso from Leh town or Nubra Valley which will help you in planning your trip to it. 

Route from Leh to Pangong Lake

Well, Leh to Pangong lake distance by road using Karu – Chang La pass route is 170 km. This route to Pangong Tso is what most people take to visit this beautiful lake in Ladakh. You can reach in about 5 – 6 Hrs depending upon the number of breaks you take in between the journey. The route along with the distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Leh – Karu (36 KMs) – Sakti (10 KMs) – Chang La (34 KMs) – Durbuk (32 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 171 KMs

You can cover Thiksey, Hemis, and Shey monasteries while going through this route. This route provides the best road conditions for all other routes. So, if you are one of those who prefer relaxing vacation and do not want to rush through places then, I will suggest making a two day trip to Pangong Tso lake via this route from Leh.

Video – Pangong Tso to Hanle Route

Of course, I assume your body has been acclimatized properly by staying for a couple of nights in Leh and spending a night or two in Nubra Valley before attempting to sleep near Pangong Tso. If you are short on time, then you should make a day trip to Pangong Tso via this route only because it is best in road conditions in comparison to other routes and hence fastest of all.

Route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Lake

Many of the domestic tourists are short on leaves and also do not want to miss the opportunity of sunrise/sunset at Pangong Tso by making a day trip. Hence, when they visit Nubra Valley (always recommended for better acclimatization) first, most of them seek some route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso directly without going back to Leh. For all such people, there exist two routes from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso:

Video – Direct route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Lake

Nubra Valley – Wari La – Pangong Tso

This route goes via mighty Wari La pass, one of the remotest passes of the Ladakh region and retakes about 11-12 Hrs depending upon several interim breaks you take. The route is long and rough and hence requires you to leave very early from Nubra Valley so that you reach Pangong Tso (Lukung or Spangmik) before the sun goes down.

If you are planning via Wari La route, then do check the conditions at Agham village before ascending towards it. It is a remote region, and you will hardly find any tourist or vehicle going past by you. Hence, in case required, help will not be easy to find.

You do not need any special permit for Wari La pass route and permits for Nubra Valley & Pangong Tso are sufficient for traveling on this route.

The route along with the distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Diskit  – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Tangyar (11 KMs) – Wari La (28 KMs) – Tathok (25 KMs) – Sakti (4 KMs) – Chang La (34 KMs) – Durbuk (32 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 243 KMs

Do not attempt this route in the early season because firstly, Wari La might not be open being low on priority for BRO, and secondly, the roads are not stable in the early season. So, being a remote place, any help might be hard to find.

You may carry spare fuel from Leh to cover about 425 – 475 km because the Deskit petrol pump in Nubra Valley may not have fuel. Well, since 2016, the fuel availability is much better now at the Deskit petrol pump. If you do not find it then you will be covering Leh – Nubra Valley – Wari La – Pangong Tso – Leh without any other petrol pump.

Nubra – Shyok – Pangong Tso Route
Nubra – Shyok – Pangong Tso Route

Nubra Valley – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso

This route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso goes from Shyok Village and has become quite popular among tourists with fewer days in the past couple of years, as of 2019.

It is much shorter than the Wari La route, takes about 6-7 hrs from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso, and hence will save more time and energy. But, again, there are some landslide-prone stretches on this route, and sometimes you may have a couple of nasty water crossings to tackle.

So, leave early in the day from Nubra and confirm about route conditions at Agham village. If you are alone, it is better to wait for a few vehicles at Agham village to tag along with them.

You do not need any special permit for the Shyok Village route and permits for Nubra Valley & Pangong Tso are sufficient for traveling on this route.

The route along with the distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Diskit – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Shyok Village (48 KMs) – Durbuk (18 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 175 KMs

You also need to carry spare fuel from Leh to cover 350 – 400 KMs because many times the petrol/diesel is not available at Diskit, Nubra Valley petrol pump and you will be covering Leh – Nubra Valley – Wari La – Pangong Tso – Leh without any other petrol pump.

Route from Tso Moriri Lake to Pangong Tso Lake

There exist a route between Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso as well. In most general cases, you will always be doing it from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri because you can exit Ladakh from Tso Moriri towards Manali Leh Highway after visiting Pangong Tso without coming back to Leh.

Video – Direct Route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Lake

Secondly, Tso Moriri is higher in altitude than Pangong Tso. So, as per the acclimatization schedule, you must stay at Pangong Tso before spending a night at Tso Moriri. However, for informational purposes, you can go to Pangong Tso from Tso Moriri directly via the remote and ever beautiful Changthang region.

The drive between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is one of the most beautiful drives in the entire Ladakh region. You need a special permit from Leh DC office to cross Chusul to travel on this route.

The route along with the distance between the subsequent places is as follows:

Tso Moriri (Korzok) – Sumdo (53 KMs) – Mahe (10 KMs) – Nyoma (25 KMs) – Loma (22 KMs) – Tsaga Village (23 KMs) – Tsaga La (20 KMs) – Chusul (33 KMs) – Kakstet (24 KMs) – Merak (4 KMs) – Man (12 KMs) – Spangmik (9 KMs) = 235 KMs

Though highly unlikely but if at all you are doing in this order then you also need to carry spare fuel from Leh/Upshi/Karu to cover about 600 – 700 KMs because you will be covering Leh -Tso Moriri – Nyoma – Loma – Pangong Tso – Leh without any other petrol pump.

You can check the detailed Pangong Lake map. You can download this detailed map of Leh Ladakh by right-clicking & then select the option: “Save Image As…”

Leh Ladakh Maps | Nubra Valley and Changthang
Leh Ladakh Maps | Nubra Valley and Changthang

Road Conditions and Preferred Vehicles

The higher ground clearance vehicles are preferable, and 4×4 ones would be helpful, especially between Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso as well as Nubra Valley – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso route. However, quite a few people do it in hatchbacks and sedans as well which depends upon your skills to drive and road conditions.

In general Leh to Pangong lake road condition via Karu – Changla route is good enough for any type of the car including hatches and sedan.

It is always recommended to carry important essentials when you self drive to Ladakh.

Video – Pangong Tso Tourist Attractions

What to see near Pangong Tso Lake?

Suggested Itinerary

Generally, at least a one-night stay is preferable to truly witness the mesmerizing beauty of this blue colored saltwater lake. Of course, one night’s stay will help you watch sunrise and sunset over the picturesque landscape and increase the charm of your vacation to a great extent. Most people, generally do:

Day 1 | 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 2 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey, and Shey on return to Leh
  • Overnight at Leh

You can also check our Most Common Itinerary for Leh Ladakh

Tangtse Village
Tangtse Village

Where to Stay

For a comprehensive list of accommodation options or hotels or camps around Pangong Tso lake, you can refer these good stay options nearby the lake. Please keep in mind that starting from 2018, LEH DC has issued a ruling to vacate all of the illegal Pangong lake hotels and camps. Make sure you double-check with your hotel or camp folks before making the deal.

You cannot do camping near the shores of Pangong Tso lake as it a Ramsar site wetland reserve, which means you cannot camp nearby the lake.

Medical Facilities Nearby

The nearest basic medical health center is at Tangste Village about 50 KMs from Spangmik village and 34 KMs from Lukung village. You can get basic first aid including Oxygen doses at some of the tents/camps, I guess else you can carry your own oxygen cylinder with you.

Where to Eat

Being a remote place, you will either be eating in the homestay at Spangmik Village or at the camps/tents you might be staying overnight. The options of eating places at Pangong lake is fairly limited to roadside shacks, homestays, and camping sites.

You should always carry your 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 !! 🙂 🙂

Mobile Connectivity

Mostly, you will not find any phone or mobile signals at Pangong Tso lake. However, there is a BSNL tower setup at Lukung as of 2018, and it does work many times. You need to carry a postpaid BSNL or MTNL connection to get some connectivity in Ladakh.

Petrol Pumps near Pangong

Nearest Petrol Pump is at Karu about 135 KMs from Pangong Tso and comes on the way to Pangong Tso from Leh. I will suggest that you top-up the fuel from Leh itself and then drive/ride up to the lake.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

Let us look at some of the most frequently asked questions about Pangong lake. In case I have missed to cover any question in this article, feel free to give me a shoutout and I will answer and add to this list.

What is the taxi fare for Leh to Pangong Tso?

As per taxi union rates of 2018, Leh to Pangong lake taxi fare is Rs 10566 for a two day trip and Rs 8653 for a day trip to Pangong from Leh.

Can I travel from Leh to Pangong Tso by bus?

There are two buses that travel from Leh to Pangong Tso every Saturday and Sunday of the week. The Leh to Pangong Tso bus leaves at 6.30 AM on every Saturday and Sunday from Leh bus stand. You can read all about Leh to Pangong lake bus service.


Pangong Tso lake is a great place to visit, and I am sure if you visit Ladakh, this one surely is not the place you would like to exclude from your trip plan. I hope the information in this travel guide for Pangong Lake in Ladakh will be useful for your upcoming Leh Ladakh trip.

It is a humble request that you help in not making a Pangong Tso an environmental disaster.

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  2. Rahul Vishnoi on

    hello Dheeraj,
    me and my friend(both male) are planning a 7 day trip to ladakh in june. we will fly to leh from delhi. So,
    day 1 – leh
    day 2&3 pangong lake
    day 4&5 tso moriri lake
    day 6&7 nubara valley
    our budget is 20k each excluding flight to leh. is it possible to cover all these place.

    • Rahul, it should be like:

      Day 1, 2 = Leh rest and acclimatization
      Day 3,4 = Nubra Valley
      Day 5 = Pangong Tso day trip
      Day 6,7 – Tso Moriri

  3. Nidhi Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We three friends are doing Srinagar and Ladakh trip in July. Our itinerary looks something like this

    Day 1- Arrival at Srinagar, Visit to Gulmarg
    Day 2- Leave for Kargil
    Day 3- Leave for Leh
    Day 4- Leh -Pangong
    Day 5-Pangong to Tso moriri
    Day6- Tso moriri to Leh
    Day 7- Leh-Hemis (the Hemis Festival)
    Day 8- Leh-Nubra
    Day 9- Nubra-Leh
    Day 10- Flight

    Now the question is: will we face Acclimatization issues if we go straightaway to Pangong Tso on day 2 of reaching Leh? I designed the itinerary like this because I do not want to miss out on Tso moriri and Hemis Festival, and on day 10, we have an early morning flight. What do you say?

    • Nidhi, it is a recipe of disaster. Do it like

      Day 4- Leh rest
      Day 5-Leh 0 nubra
      Day6- Nubra to Leh
      Day 7- Leh-Hemis (the Hemis Festival)
      Day 8- Leh-Pangong tso
      Day 9- Pangong Tso -Leh

      • Nidhi Singh on

        Oh, so its like I thought, acclimatization is an issue. I guess we need to skip Tso Moriri 🙁
        But, its better to be safe than sorry. Thanks Dheeraj 🙂

  4. Vikram Dutta on

    we are planing to visit leh on 20th of oct . so can u guide us the climate conditions.

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for a wonderful blog. Appreciate such detailed posts and responses. Easily the best primer on a trip to the Himalayas.

    This is my first time in the hills and wanted your advice on the itinerary. I’m jotting down the broad outlines of my trip. Just wanted to know if it has enough precautions against altitude sickness. And whether two days will be a bit too much at Pangong.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    Day 1: Srinagar to Kargil
    Day 2: Kargil to Leh
    Day 3: Leisurely exploration of Leh
    Day 4: Leh-Lamayuru-Alchi-Leh
    Day 5: Leh-Nubra
    Day 6: Drive back to Leh and overnight at Leh
    Day 7: Leh-Pangong
    Day 8: Whole day and overnight at Pangong
    Day 9: Drive back to Leh

    • Thank you Chandra.This looks perfect. Rather what you should do is that you start Nubra Valley on Day 4, and use what you have Day 4 to visit Turtuk on Day 5 in Nubra Valley. Lamayuru and Alchi will be covered while coming to Leh from Kargil. So, this way you can make 3 day trip to Nubra Valley including Turtuk

  6. Hi Dheeraj ,

    I was going through above comments & i need your input on my upcoming Leh trip.

    I will reach to leh by road way from Srinagar

    I am planning to visit Numbra valley , Pangong and TSOmoriri from Leh on july 1st week and 2nd weeks . can you suggest me the best itinerary and routes to cover all this places

    my friend suggested me below route
    Day 1 : Leh to Numbra
    Day 2 : Numbra to Leh
    Day3 : Leh to Pangong
    Day 4 : Pangong to Leh
    day 5 : Leh to Tsomoriri
    day 6 : Tsomoriri to Leh

    can you suggest me if there is any other way to cover all the places in the 6 days

    your suggestions will be appreciated

  7. Hakimuddin on

    We are coming on 8th may
    We will be traveling by bike from leh to pangong…so the question is can we any technical support behind us or its easy to reach there..

  8. i got a news that roads are already opened from srinagar and manali route that connects leh? is it true Dheeraj Brother ? Because i have planned to start my trip from May 7th so..

    • Guneesh Agrawal on

      Hi Dheeraj

      Is stay at sarchu acclimtize me for visit to Tso Moriri
      I am Planing to vist there in start of june

  9. Arihant Jain on

    I am planning a trip to Ladakh during the terminal June. In the article, you have written the following route between Tso Moriri and Pangong-

    Tso Moriri (Korzok) – Sumdo (53 KMs) – Mahe (10 KMs) – Nyoma (25 KMs) – Loma (22 KMs) – Tsaga Village (23 KMs) – Tsaga La (20 KMs) – Chusul (33 KMs) – Kakstet (24 KMs) – Merak (4 KMs) – Man (12 KMs) – Spangmik (9 KMs)

    Can I follow the same route but in the reverse way?
    If yes the possible itinerary will look like this.

    Day 1-Leave Leh in the morning (after 1-2 days of acclimatization beforehand) and reach Pangong Tso lake. Stay over there in the tent.
    Day 2- After watching the sunrise in Pangong and early breakfast, head for the Tso Moriri lake (through the above route i.e. Changthang region). Stay over there for the day.
    Day 3- Similarly, watch the sunrise, have an early breakfast and travel back to Leh. On the way, visit the Hemis monastery and the other monasteries too.

    Will it be feasible? With time and exhaustion?
    Do advice.
    Thank you.

  10. Hi Dheeraj, seeking your help again after a year.

    I would be travelling to Leh, primarily to attend 10-days Vipassana discourse. However, I have few days with me to either cover Pangong or Tsomoriri. I am reaching Leh on 14th May early morning; intend to rest for entire 14th and 15th. I then plan to visit either of these two lakes with an overnight stay on 16th and 17th before joining vipassana on 18th. I would prefer Tsomoriri as I have already been to Pangong. Wanted to know your view, specially on acclimatization. Also, would you be able to share with me any contacts there to assist me with Accomodation and cab bookings.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Nikunj, it is all about taking a chance. Your body for sure will not be acclimatized to sleep at the altitude of Tso Moriri or Pangong Tso for sure on the third day of the trip !! IMHO, you should not do an overnight stay. May be what you can do is, on Day 3 leave for Tso Moriri but stay at Chumathang and then next day leave from Chumathang early to reach Tso Moriri and spend half a day there and then return back either to Chumathang OR back to Leh. If you stay at Chumathang on second day as well, you can join your course next day any how but that will give you more time to enjoy Tso Moriri. This makes more sense to me rather sleeping at Tso Moriri in May and that too on thrid day of the trip.

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2016 – 17 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.

  11. Vaibhav Patwardhan on

    Please tell me if i go to leh in April 1st week , what are chances that i could visit pangong & tso moriri and experience beauty of these two lakes?

    • Vaibhav, all routes in Ladakh are open all round the year barring few days of heavy snowfall. Hence, it all depends upon your luck in case it snows heavily the route will close for Pangong Tso else it will be open. Tso Moriri remains open all year round mostly too. There will not be any stays and due to extreme cold in April, you may not be able to stay at homestays which will be very cold too with basic facilities.

      For PAngong Tso, you should opt to stay at Tangste and for Tso Moriri, stay at Chumathang Hot Spring Resort or Mahe Monastery. Most likely both lakes will be frozen with white color only. However, they usually freeze by this time of the year which unfortunately this year they have not frozen. So, you might be lucky this year to see colors but do confirm first.

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    We, family of 4, travelling to Leh in May 1st week. Here’s our itinerary:

    30 April: Arrival in Leh early in the morning.. Rest and some local sightseeing.
    1 May: Local Sightseeing in Leh
    2 May: Leh-Pangong.. Night stay in Pangong
    3 May: Pangong-Nubra.. Night Stay in Nubra
    4 May: Back to Leh
    5 May: To Srinagar

    Can you please let us know how much will be the cab fare approximately for this tour, starting from picking us up from the airport to drop us at the airport on 5th May? Is there any way I can book the cab before reaching there? I don’t want to opt for any tours and travels..
    Also, feel free to drop your suggestions on our itinerary.


      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the reply.
        One more thing I’d like to ask you: What are the chances that Leh-Srinagar highway will be open by May 1st week? Should I book a flight from Leh to Srinagar or should I hope for the best?

        Thanks again.

        • Chances are 50:50, sometimes it opens around that time and sometime it takes time to open. All depend upon the amount of snow which this year is suprisingly less so far but you never know what will happen in coming two months.

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    I stay in Bangalore. i am planning for a ride from Leh to Pangong Lake on my bike. at present i am a single one that is planning for this. my main requirement is for this ride from Leh to Pangong. i have one week of time during May. can you please suggest me a suitable itinerary. and if i want to do this on my own bike, can you please suggest me how to proceed. i have my bike in Bangalore.


    • Pradeep, are you planning to fly to Leh and then from there rent a bike to ride to Pangogn tso? any experience of driving in hills?

  14. Imon Banerjee on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am trying to plan a tour for mid june 2016 for lahul spiti including chandratal, i wish to do pangong and tso moriri too. Can you suggest me any suitable itinerary?
    My conditions are
    We are a team of 8 adults age ranging from 19 to 58.
    Have a total of 10 days in hand from chadigarh to chandigarh.
    Wish to opt for standard and/or delux accomodation.
    Do not want to go upto leh if possible.
    Want to have night stays at kaja , kalpa, nako,sarahan,pangong,and tso moriri..

    Any suggestions regarding the whole tour will be warm heartedly appreciable.. thanks in advance.. 🙂

  15. Hi Dheeraj,
    Great help for the bikers
    I am planing to ride from mumbai to manali and from manali would like to choose this route
    1)MANALI-ZING ZING BAR——————– —171KM
    2)ZING ZING BAR-TSO KAR——————- —-195KM
    3)TSO KAR-TSO MORIRI————————- –87.8KM
    5)PANGONG TSO-LEH——————————-178KM
    10)LEH-KARGIL VIA DRASS—————————211KM
    And from Srinagar would like fly to Mumbai or travel by train.will there be a requirement for permit. If yes the then from where can i get

    • 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.

      • I am going on my Thunderbird. so if you are not recommending directly to Tso Moriri from Manali. Then can i go from manali to Tso kar and stay there for a day then move towards Tso Moriri. or else can I follow this route
        1)MANALI-ZING ZING BAR——————– —171KM
        2)ZING ZING BAR-TSO KAR——————- —-195KM
        3)TSO KAR-LEH————————- –————-153KM
        5)LEH-PANGONG TSO(MERAK)—— ————-178KM
        6)PANGONG TSO-TSO MORIRI——————–160KM
        7)TSO MORIRI-LEH————————————-220KM
        11)LEH-KARGIL VIA DRASS—————————211KM


        • Jagan, please do not use Upper Caps as it is meant to shout on public forums or stress upon something which I feel you do not want here. I will suggest following plan to you

          1)Manali – Jispa
          2)Jispa – Leh, long drive but you have to do it to acclimatize best and avoid AMS
          3)Leh Rest and Acclimatization
          4)Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley
          5)Nubra Valley – Leh
          6)Leh – Pangong Tso
          7)Pangong Tso – Leh
          8)Leh – Tso Moriri
          9)Tso Moriri – Leh
          10)Leh Rest day
          11)Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
          12)Kargil – Drass – Srinagar

        • Thankyou so much dheeraj for your help. And i would like to apologize for using upper case as i had no idea that using it means shouting in a forum. I had just copied and pasted it from my word doc. And thanks once again for letting me know this as it will be useful for me in future if i need to post any content in public forum

  16. sunny14100 on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my wife arrived Leh by air on 03rd October and our traveling plan as per bellow, can you help us with your valuable advise is that OK?

    03rd Oct Arrive Leh around 10:00 AM, whole day rest in Leh

    04th Oct going to Nubra and night stay in Nubra valley

    05th Oct returned to Leh, some local sightseeing in leh if time and body permitted

    06th Oct (Main Issue) we plan to day trip for Pangong Lake, is that possible, if yes what is the preferable time to start journey

    07th Oct return flight from Leh

    Kindly advise with your valuable suggestions


  17. Soumyadip Guha on

    Hello Dhiraj,

    Can you please tell me is Pangong lake accessible in April 1st week from Leh?

  18. I am planning a trip in around november 2nd week 2015 for 8 days including Leh local sightseeing , Pangong , Nubra and Alchi side .
    1.What kind of weather can I expect during that time ?
    2. Is there any chance of snowfall leading to roadblocks in Pangong tso region ?
    3.Is there any facility for hiring bike for 5-6 days in Leh for my trip ? We are two persons and hiring a car would be expensive

    • Hi Arkapal,

      1. Weather will be very cold and dry during that time of the year.
      2. In case it snows at Chang La then yes possible
      3. Bike ride will be extremely cold experience, not sure if you are open for such extreme conditions or not.

  19. Day 1- Arrive at Jammu Tawi | Bike Clearance From Cargo | Overnight at Katra
    Day 2- Katra-Srinagar | Srinagar Sight-Seeing | Overnight at Srinagar
    Day 3- Srinagar-Drass/Kargil/Mulbekh | Camp at Mulbekh village.
    Day 4- Mulbekh-Leh | Permits Work | Rest
    Day 5- Leh Sight-Seeing
    Day 6- Leh-KharDungLa-Diskit-Hunder-Turtuk
    Day 7- Turtuk Village-Leh
    Day 8- Leh-Pangong-Leh
    Day 9- Leh-Tso Moriri
    Day 10- Tso Moriri- Sarchu
    Day 11- Sarchu-Rohtang-Manali
    Day 12- Manali-Chandigarh
    Day 13- Leave For Bombay

    Would be great to have a suggestion / go-ahead on this break-down from you.
    P.S- I’ll be travelling solo on my Avenger 220! 🙂

  20. Karthik Arun on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are a group of 6 traveling to Ladakh starting 12th September. We would like to include Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri in our schedule. Would like to understand from you which would be the better option during Mid September – Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Leh-Tso Moriri-Leh or Leh-Nubra-Leh-Pangong-Tso Moriri-Leh options. Your suggestions will be most welcome.
    Karthik Arun

    • Karthik, I will prefer the second one any day for my first visit to Ladakh but you might be forced as both routes to Pangong Tso – Nubra connectivity are closed for sometime now and will remain so for sometime. Regarding Pangong Tso – Tso Moriri, you will need inner line permits and even after that it will be quite difficult.

      • Karthik Arun on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for the tip! I guess we will take the second option. And by difficult do you mean the terrain and the drive? We are looking to get a good 4×4 taxi to take us around and not be driving ourselves. Hope that will help…
        Karthik Arun

        • Difficult means, I was refering that even if you get permits then as well army many a times send you back from Chusul post and not allowing to pass through.

  21. Hello Dheeraj,
    Thanks!! For the great article. I see that “Nubra Valley – Wari La – Pangong Tso” route you have mentioned about mentioning the same in ILP. Is it really required.
    Same for “Nubra Valley – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso” ?

  22. Hi, Dheeraj,
    What a superb website and a nice instruction of Pangong Tso.
    I was told that there was limited access for some foreigners from certain countries such as P.R. China to go to Pangong Tso. Could you please let me know it is true or not?


  23. Avinash Agrawal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am travelling from Delhi. Below is my iternary. Can you please suggest anything which is not doable/difficult. Also I am travelling from Aug14-23 so Leh- Manali is it going to be troubled by rains?

    August 14- Delhi to Leh flight. Local sightseeing in Leh, magnetic hills if time permits
    Aug 15- Leh to Nubra
    Aug 16- Nubra to Leh
    Aug 17 – Leh to Pangong
    Aug 18 – Pangong to Leh
    Aug 19 – Leh to Tso Moriri
    Aug 20 – Tso Moriri to Sarchu
    Aug 21 – Sarchu to Manali
    Aug 21 night travel by bus / Aug 22 day- Manali to Delhi

  24. hi Dheeraj…:-D,

    first thanks for responding so accurately for all the querries. after reaching Leh we are planning to visit khardungla n back n relax for the rest od the day. Nxt day we are planning to make a day trip to pangong tso lake n back. can we make it..? if so pls help us to asy when to start from leh.. any stops nrrded if any or go for it directly..

    • Sreeraj, if you are catching the flight to Leh, then you need to rest couple of days in Leh only and then follow the plan as you said for Khardung La and Pangong Tso. In case you reaching by road then rest in Leh for at least one day.

      • a flight…. not at all… we are gonna hire a ride from manali to leh.. in that case can we make it… if so pls help us in the timing for the ride to pangong tso for a day trip.

        • In that case, best is that you stay for one day in Leh to acclimatize a bit and get off the tiredness. Then go for a day trip to Khardung La and finally next day go to day trip for Pangong Tso

  25. Hello sir,
    I have a question regarding my stay in tangtse village.I am planning to stay there in the month of oct-november is it advisable to camp at this time? What do you recommend.
    also this is my first time at a high altitude terrain,though I have a rough plan on how to be acclimatised and things related to clothing as I want to stay for a long spell I was confused about the clothing I should carry.I would like to accept some advice from you.
    Thank you sir.
    aran mehrotra
    New Delhi.

    • Aran, I will not suggest to camp during those days unless you are experienced with camping in chilly conditions and harsh weather at night. There are couple of guest houses in Tangste by the name Dothuling and Yakmik Changla, may be you can stay with them.

  26. Amitabha Pathak on

    Dear Dheeraj ji, thanks for your guide. can u tell me How to reach Pangong tso during winter..any how???

    • Amitabha, you can make a day trip to Pangong Tso from Leh in winters or may end up staying at Tangste. Roads are mostly open in winters as well barring few days of heavy snowfall.

  27. Hello Dheeraj,

    Before I ask my questions, I would like to thank you for this post and keeping us updated / answering our questions appropriately! We are planning a bike trip to Leh from Pune and I have prepared an itinerary for which i would request you to guide me if you see any issues.

    Route Distance
    Day 1 Pune to Indore (Manpur) 585 kms
    Day 2 Indore(Manpur) to Ajmer 532 kms
    Day 3 Reserve day / Ajmer
    Day 4 Ajmer to Hanumangarh 420 kms
    Day 5 Hanumangarh to Amritsar 286 kms
    Day 6 Reserve day / Amritsar
    Day 7 Amritsar to Udhampur 242 kms
    Day 8 Udhampur to Srinagar 232 kms
    Day 9 Reserve Day / Gulmarg
    Day 10 Srinagar to Kargil (via Dras) 204 kms
    Day 11 Kargil to Leh 210 kms
    Day 12 Reserve Day / Leh
    Day 13 Leh to Nubra via Khardungla Pass 115 kms
    Day 14 Nubra valley to Leh 115 kms
    Day 15 Leh to Pangong Lake via Changla pass 160 kms
    Day 16 Pangong to Tsokar Lake via Keylong road 220 kms
    Day 17 Tsokar Lake to Jispa via Manali Highway 226 kms
    Day 18 Jispa to Manali 138 kms
    Day 19 Manali to Chandigarh 291 kms

    1. Apart from this I have a friend from Belgium riding along with me – please also let me know if there are permits required for me as well as for my friend?

    2. Recently there is a news that two-wheelers are banned on Manali -Leh highway and has created a lot of confusion in my mind. Please let me know if you could provide me the latest update on this. Note: I’m returning from Leh to Manali.

    Thank you so much!

      • Thanks Dheeraj!

        Unfortunately, i had to re-work on my itinerary due to leave issues, the new plan is as below – Is this still doable, I have removed Tsokar Lake – is it worth considering the cut short of plans:
        S.No. Route Distance
        Day 1 Pune to Indore (Manpur) 580 kms
        Day 2 Indore(Manpur) to Ajmer 532 kms
        Day 3 Reserve day / Ajmer
        Day 4 Ajmer to Hanumangarh 436 kms
        Day 5 Hanumangarh to Amritsar 287 kms
        Day 6 Reserve day / Amritsar
        Day 7 Amritsar to Srinagar 468 kms
        Day 8 Reserve Day / Gulmarg
        Day 9 Srinagar to Kargil (via Dras) 204 kms
        Day 10 Kargil to Leh 210 kms
        Day 11 Reserve Day / Leh
        Day 12 Leh to Nubra via Khardungla Pass 115 kms
        Day 13 Nubra valley to Leh 115 kms
        Day 14 Leh to Pangong Lake via Changla pass 160 kms
        Day 15 Pangong Tso to Sarchu 205 kms
        Day 16 Sarchu to Manali 230 kms
        Day 17 Manali to Chandigarh 291 kms

        Thank you!

  28. Has anyone completed the Nubra Valley-Wari la- chang la-Pangon Tso route this season?? Hows the road condition?? We will be hiring a local taxi for this route, how easy or difficult is it for the local drivers???

    • Nikhil many people have done, road are OK in shape. It should be fine for the local drivers, please take a note that it is a desolated region and any help will not be easy to find in case required.

  29. Hi Dheeraj Bhai

    Thanks for helping all of us for being supportive. We are planning for Ladakh trip. Can you clarify which way is better for reaching from Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri.
    1. Pangong – Tangste – Chushul – Tso Moriri (253 km)
    2. Pangong – Hemis – Chumathang – Tso Moriri (303 km). I have heard this is more scenic.

    If you can help on this, that will be a great help.


    • Akash, I will suggest that you go with option 2 as option 1 requires you to get the permits first to travel on that route and then as well Army can send you back from Chusul post in likely situation. So, there will always be uncertainty even after having permit.

      • Thanks Dheeraj Bhai

        Just little more help required.

        As we are planning to go from 18th till 29th August, we are little concerned about rain.

        1. Can you just look at our plan, and suggest if we require and changes to itenary and permits any where –
        (i) Chandigarh to Srinagar
        (ii) Srinagar to Kargil (Via Leh)
        (iii) Kargil to Leh (Via Likir Gompa)
        (iv) Leh to Khardung La and then to Hunter
        (v) Back to Leh
        (vi) Leh to Pangong
        (vii) Pangong to Tso Moriri (Via Chumathang)
        (viii) Finally from Tso Moriri to Manali (Via Zing Zing Bar via Jispa Via Rohtang Pass)

        2. Please also suggest, that will it be safe to travel from Tso Moriri to Manali keeping rain setting in at the time. (Road condition, riverlets)

        3. Will, Rohtang be ok to travel from at that time.

        Please help on above issues.

        • Below are my inputs:

          1. Your plan is quite hectic. There is no rest day in Leh which will expose you to get hit with AMS. Then Pangong Tso to Tso moriri via Chumathang will be quite longish. Then Tso Moriri to Manali again is very very longish.
          2. Till Keylong it wont be an issue in case it rains else if it is raining then Keylong and till lower hills it will be issue
          3. Again if it is raining it will be slush and all up there

  30. Hello Dheeraj, thanks for a great post. Do you know how much petrol we’ll need to cover Leh-Pangong Tso-Leh (in 2 days) by Enfield bike? The rental shop people say we’d need a full tank (15 liters) plus 5 liters in a bottle just in case. I am curious to know what is your experience. Cheers!

    • I agree with them because it will be a round trip of about 340 KMs. It is better to carry spare fuel rather than being stuck up there.

  31. we are planning to visit leh ladakh on 21.6.2015, is there any permission required to visit pangong lake

  32. Hi again Dheeraj….

    Had this discussion with you last time in the other post where i asked you if it was possible to cover leh-manali in 1 day if we leave early in the morning and you told yes it was but then it would be one hell of a ride.. and yeah to save us from that i tried to make a slight change in the itinerary.. please help me! First i will type the original itinerary which had leh-manali in 1 day and then the revised one… i want your advice on my revised one…

    The original itinerary (Extract)…
    27-06-2015 – Leh – Nubra Valley (Overnight Stay)
    28-06-2015 – Nubra Valley – Leh
    29-06-2015 – Leh – Pangong Tso & return the same day
    30-06-2015 – Leh – Manali
    01-07-2015 – Manali – Delhi…

    The Revised one (Extract)…
    27-06-2015 – Leh – Nubra Valley (Overnight stay)
    28-06-2015 – Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso (via Shyok Village, as it is the shortest route)
    (Overnight Stay at Pangong tso)
    29-06-2015 – Pangong Tso – Jispa (via karu) ( After a fuel up at karu)
    30-06-2015 – Jispa – Delhi
    01-07-2015 – Jispa – Delhi

    Now please help me the following queries…
    1) is it advisable to travel from nubra valley to pangong tso via shyok village, given that i will be fueling up at leh as the approx distance between leh and nubra valley is 150 kms and then to pangong tso via shyok village is 175 kms which totals to around 325 kms. say 350-400 kms and also from pangong tso – karu is around 200 kms so around max to max 600 kms before we get the next petrol pump at karu after the previous fuel up at leh. We will be carrying extra cans and bottles though. so is it advisable?

    2) To travel via the shyok village will a permit be required as i read the other post about the permits not required post may 2014 but i could not find anything regarding this route! so do we have to take any Inner Line Permit to travel via the shyok village route from nubra valley – pangong tso

    3) Is there any place for accommodation between pangong tso and jispa on the leh-manali highway, or is it directly available at jispa only? Also, between karu and jispa are there any small joints to eat like any small time snacks or anything?

    4) The last 2 days we will be adjusting the place so i have typed the same for the last 2 days…please help with the above….


    • Also one small thing, is the route via the shyok village safe? As you have suggested some caution on that route.. It is the first time for us but we would like to try it.. Hope we don’t need a separate ILP for going through the shyok village as asked in point 2 above…

      • Mahesh, please check to see how tough and risky it can get to take the Shyok Valley route and when exactly you should take it: Trip Report | Nubra – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso Route 2015

    • Mahesh, I have already suggested you about the Shyok route on other comment, how risky it is and what cann happen up there. Read the thread to udnerstand the situation and then take the risk.

      2. No permit required for Shyok route
      3. Do Pangong Tso to Sarchu, Jispa might be too much again
      4. do Sarchu Manali and then Manali Delhi

      • Hello Dheeraj….

        Well i read everything.. it is quite risky and instead of saving time if we are lost we might end up wasting more time..
        1)Could you please suggest an alternate solution to our problem… you know the 2 proposed itineraries.. days can’t be added as we are on leave from our respective work places and a big leave, so an extension is like asking for a suicide.. you know how it is :P.. basically could you please suggest an alternate itinerary that we could undertake so as to reach Delhi anyhow by 01/07/2015… or else we will have to do that heavily tiring one day covering of the Leh – Manali Highway… i.e follow the 1st itinerary that i typed above..
        2)I Am anyways going to discuss this route and its risk with my friends who are travelling with me and then decide.
        3)Suppose, we finally decide to take this route via the Shyok village, there is one thing i wanted to ask, are there any directions or boards on the route to tell you that we are on the right way. How do we come to know when there are no roads and just a stretch of stones (as i saw in a few pics), that we are on the right track?
        4)Also, we will be staying mostly at hunder in nubra valley, so how do we know which road takes this route to Shyok village from hunder…
        5)Wari La route is not preferred because the distance is more and our last fuel up would have been in Leh and the next fuel up option would be only in Karu after we leave from Pangong Tso for Sarchu i.e after a distance of nearly 600-700 kms. Basically it would be risky even if we have extra diesel.

        Please help on the above points 1,3 & 4…


        P.S. Even though the route via the Shyok Village looked dangerous, to be honest, it was love at first sight.. I mean the view… the landscapes..the river… beauty….absolute beauty…. But yeah.. I would rather take your advice and then an informed decision and not be a Romeo… 😛

        • Hi Mahesh,

          Do it as below:

          27-06-2015 – Leh – Nubra Valley – Leh
          28-06-2015 – Leh – Pangong Tso
          29-06-2015 – Pangong Tso – Sarchu
          30-06-2015 – Sarchu – Manali
          01-07-2015 – Manali – Delhi


        • Superb!!! What an idea Sirji!!! 🙂

          By the way if we do Nubra valley in one day , then will we be able to cover the visit to sumur and panamik in that day itself after also covering diksit and hunder? As Diksit and Hunder are on top of the priority list…
          And what’s the preferable time to leave in the morning to cover Nubra Valley in a day and return to leh?

        • Also, i read in one of the comments below that, outside commercial vehicles are not allowed for sight seeing in ladakh.. We have booked a Zoomcar.. Will that be allowed?

        • As per the rule, only yellow number plate is banned for sightseeing and both white and black plates are allowed. This is the basic rule, in case Ladakh taxi union has started creating nuisance about black number plate as well recently I am not aware but by the rule book upto last year black number plates were allowed and I did not read any bad instance for such matter though there could be but not in my knowledge.

        • Okay i just enquired with zoom car, they said they have a black background and the numbers are written in yellow… so its not purely yellow number plate like the tourist vehicles.. And when i asked what to do if the union creates a problem, the guy said nothing can be done… so what do you suggest in such a case.. our whole plan will go haywire if we are not allowed with the car we are taking… please help!!

        • Also, how to handle the situation? Can they be convinced as we cant afford their taxis given their sky high rates… so in case they force us, whats the best thing to do.. As the rule if its is only yellow plate, will it be okay if we avoid them and do what we want and carry on with our trip, i mean they wont get violent and all hopefully! As legally we are not going against their rules.. Please suggest!!

        • Mahesh, there is no silver bullet to it. Rule I have already described, regarding self-drive car to Ladakh, this year a lot of queries I am seeing on the questioning of self drive cars being allowed or not allowed. Seems I need to take a try myself or wait to hear from someone else experience before the season end 😆 😆

        • Okay then.. if there is a problem we will try sorting it out by explaining them..hopefully we can… Anyways that would be it… thanks a lot for all the help.. In 10 days we start our trip.. Bless Us.. And thanks again for everything….


  33. Johana Tello on

    Hello Dheeraj.

    Im planning to arrived to Delhi on the 3 july and i will love to got to Leh. Im travelling by muself so try to find a tour that doesnt want charge a heaven for it is almost impossible.., I was thinking to adventure myself and do it myself.
    I know i can get to leh by road and reading your blog have give me hope that is possible however I have a big questions and is after I got to Leh how difficult and expensive will be go around leh ( i mean pangong lake) and the other nice places.. Obviously without to pay a fortune a. As well until now is not too much of a itinerray i have but having in account my situtation what you will suggest.

    thanks for your time and waiting for your answer

    • Hello Johana,

      You are alone and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are 🙂

      Now to travel to Leh, you can consider the buses options: Rates & Time table of Bus Services in Leh – Ladakh if you are comfortable in traveling in buses.


  34. thnk u very much sir, you have guided me so nicely and so quickly too.. thanx again

  35. Dheeraj I still hv some confusion about the route that need to be mention if we are descending from nubra to pangong the shorter one via shyok vill … do we still need to get a permit or something and same thing for pangong to tso moriri as well //// also do u recommend covering those route by a hatchback??

  36. hello sr,
    i m planning a trip to laddakh with my students in a bus. is it suitable to travel via bus. are the roads good enough for a deluxe bus to go through all the way

    • Manish, better to have a tempo traveller type. A big bus will require a very very experienced driver in that terrain. Public buses that run on that route are having experienced drivers of that terrain. Also, once you reach Leh, you need to hire a local taxi or tempo to do sightseeing in Ladakh as outside commercial vehicles are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh.

        • sr plz guide me about the taxi rentals per day at laddakh.
          are travelers also available there ? as we are 35 people so taxi will not be a gud choice for us..

        • sr i dont know the rents for innova plz tell that how much a traveler may cost me

        • For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 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.

        • sr please tell whether we can carry our tents or cooking plans with ourselves. i have heard that the locals thier do not allow tourists to use thier own tents. is residing in thier tents the only way?

        • Manish, You can pitch your own tents anywhere but I will suggest you pitch them at a place where there are some dhabha tents put up by locals or where other camping guy pitch theirs or somewhere near some house in village or in their garden/lawn. All you will need is to gently ask them (villagers/dhabha guys/camping guys) for permissions. Most likely they will allow, other wise negotiate for small little tip or move on to some other such place nearby. This will give you sense of security too.
          But, keep in mind that camping at the lakes both Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is not allowed as they are under Ramsar site. Hence, you need to pitch these camps away from the lakes where either other camps are there or at near by village.

  37. Hello Dheeraj,

    I have been planning the dream trip to Leh by last 2 years but somehow took trips to different destinations. Finally I have planned this trip between 22- 30th June with my better half.Thanks to your wonderful work @ DOW 80% research done on your website itself and rest on Google. Below is planning done from suggestion provided by you Delhi – Srinager – Leh – Manali – Delhi. Still got some question on my mind and would like to take your suggestions.
    22-Jun Srinargar – Kargil (210km/ 8hrs)
    23-Jun Kargil – Leh (210 km/ 8hrs)
    24-Jun Leh (resting all day and local SS)
    25-Jun Leh – Nubra Vally (140 km/ 3hrs)
    26-Jun Nubra-Pangong (245 km/ 12hrs)
    27-Jun Pangong – Leh (220km/ 7hrs)
    28-Jun Leh – Tso Moriri (220km/ 7hrs)
    29-Jun TsoMoriri -Sarchu(250km/12hrs)
    30-Jun Sarchu – Manali (225km/ 12hrs)

    Questions :
    1) Is it safe for couple to travel on Bike (Enfield 350) on these routes?
    2) Where to get permits for Nubra-Wari La-Pangong route?
    3) Altough I am squeezing all destinations in this time frame and there will be extensive travelling , is the time mentioned in front of these sufficient to cover on bike.

    These are only few concerns I have in mind and will bother you little more if something more comes up.

    Thanks in advance.


    • Hi Sanjay,

      My replies below:

      1. Yes it is quite safe. Do read the article: 5 Tips to Rent Bike in Leh – Ladakh and Ride with Pillion, specially the section of Riding with pillion

      2. AFIAK, you do not need any permits for it. If you are traveling alone on this route, I will not advice you the same. Read: Tips for Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Direct Route and then take a call if it is good to take that kind of risk

      3. As you know most the days you will just be riding and will be on road. A but hectic especially when traveling with a pillion.


      • Thanks buddy for quick response and valuable feedback.

        Please suggest how should we reachfrom Nubra to Pangong without wasting much time and which route will be suitable if we leave early morning by 8:00am from Nubra.
        We can also take a night halt at Lukung or Spangmik and next morning see Pangong and head back to leh via hemis-shey. Will not book stay after Nubra and will do spot booking wherever I reach till day end.
        I will decide next steps after you revert.

        Thanks, Sanjay

        • anjay, regarding direct route from Pangong Tso to Nubra, please read the article I linked in the previous reply which has all the details

  38. Hi Dheeraj, thanks for describing the direct route between Tso Moriri and Pangong. We are a group of 10 people and will be traveling in a traveler(maxi cab) through Ladakh in the month of August. I just want to know that is it possible to take the route between tso moriri and pangong in that month with a traveler?

  39. satisn bhagat on

    I am planing leh trip in this yr sept.
    as my some frnd said that in septembr everything is closed
    khardungla road and pangong lake road and nubra vally road is closed
    is this right??????
    They r said that in sept only leh is open.
    Plz guide

    • Satish, your friends are wrong. September is a good time to travel to Ladakh and all roads are open. BTW, Khardung La as well as Pangong Tso remain open all round the year even in winters.

  40. Sanjib Basak on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I have a query-we are planning to go Hanle in my next trip,but have heard that no camera is allowed there,we have to store them at Loma Check Post.Is it true?We cant take photos at Hanle?Then I will cancel my trip there.Please reply soon.Thanks.

    • Sanjib, this is to an extent true. They take the cameras and get them submited in Loma checkpost and hand over on the return. Sometimes, people get lucky and pass through without such checks. It is a sensitive region and hence security in all aspects are necesary .

  41. Hello Dheeraj
    We are group of friends travelling by suvs one safari storme and fortuner both 4×4, as srinagar leh highway is opened now can we will be able to travel to nubra valley and pangong tso lake if we reach leh on 25th of may.

    • Hey Nitin, by that time it is expected that Srinagar – Highway will get stable and fine to travel subject to weather conditions remain all good

  42. what is the approximate mileage i can expect my swift car (Diesel) to give me all through out Leh/Ladakh trip(Srinagar-Leh-Manali), considering the fact that it is a 1 year old car only and gives 18-20 kmpl in city with AC. and on normal highways 20-22 kmpl.

  43. hi

    we are a group of friends planning to visit Leh in august end, we have planned out itenary with the help og local hotel there in Leh. as i have read all the messages above, i wanted to know that as we arrive at Leh morning on day, we are just resting entire day. day 2 just visiting monastries near by, day 3 – going to Nubra valley and staying there overnight, day 4 – coming bck to leh and resting. Day 5 – going to Pangong lake and staying there overnight. so my concern is at day 5 will be ok to go to pangong and stay there.. correct… thanks & rgds

    • Sam, most likely it will be OK to stay but all depends on how your bodies are coping up in earlier days. If the bodies are fine, most likely there will not be much of a trouble.

  44. Dear dheeraj bhai, above you have mentioned that route from nubra to pangong via shyok village will open in 2012. What is the position of road in 2015

    • There isn’t any change in the status of the route. It still remains closed when the Shyok river gets swollen in the month of July, August and at time June too. one of the mountain is very unstable and landlside keeps happening there and hence not suggested till date to take this route.

  45. Hi Dheeraj,

    Based on My travel plan for this year June i will be going to pangong directly from hunder. Is the Shyok river route really terrible or we can make it. We will be 8 bikers and 2 couples… i dont want to come back to leh as i have already done the bookings. Which route should i take – wari la or shyok

  46. Hi Dheeraj,

    I was going through above comments & i need your input on my upcoming Leh trip.

    I’m planning to visit Leh between 24’rd May to 2’nd June. I’m planning to travel with my wife & 6 years old daughter.

    After going through all the online information, i found that it’s important that i have to stay in Leh at least for first two days for proper acclimatization.

    Here is what i’m planning on high level –
    1) 24, 25 – Relax in Leh, visit places around… depending upon how much you are comfortable with condition.
    2) 26 – Leh to Nubra Valley*
    * I can stay for one more day if there are good places to cover in Nubra Valley
    3) 27- Nubra to Leh
    4) 28 – Rest in Leh, visit place around Leh
    5) 29 – Leh to Pangong Lake**
    ** If Pangong Lake is not suitable for staying with Family in the evening camp then, can come back to nearby city.
    6) 30 – Pangong Lake to Leh

    I still have 3 days pending (like 31’st May to 2’nd June) so open for your suggestion like, If there are any places in between Pangong Lake & Leh then i’m fine to stay there and relax so we don’t find any issue with high altitude.

    Questions –
    1) First question, wanted to check with you, is it safe to travel with 6 years daughter on this trip? any extra cautious/ precaution i need to take for my daughter?
    2) Feel free to suggest best itinerary considering fact that, we are traveling with family & minimize high altitude issue…
    3) There are lot of uncertainity like depending upon weather there, our body condition on height etc… what do you recommend like, do i need to book Hotels/camp in Nubra or Pangong before reaching Leh or i can book from Leh itself via. hotel or agent etc..?
    4) As recommended in your one of comment, make a day trip to Pangong Tso, but from Leh it’s @175 Kms and back and forth from Pangong, will most take whole day & you dont get enough time to enjoy over Pangong Lake right? Like you start at 4 am, reach around noon and then say spend 3-4 hours and come Leh around 10pm… so in this case you mostly get just 3-4 hours…

    Best Regards,
    Narayan (Vadodara, Gujarat)

    • Hi Narayan,

      I will suggest that you refer the link for the travel plan:

      Regarding questions:
      1. It is fine to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D.. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 5+ year child, I think he/she would be able to convey the uneasiness with little efforts. If you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!
      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

      2. Done above
      3. You can book it on the spot if you can search a bit here and there. May be if at all book for first couple of days as you land in Leh
      4. Many people do day trip to Pangong Tso, takes about 12 Hrs up and down with an hour or so at the lake. But, you can stay over at the Lake as you are going in May end and many options of stay will be up and running at that time of the year.


      • Thanks Dheeraj for replying back in time.

        1. Make sense. Even i myself have issue with height but once spend few hours then i can do trekking. I been to rohtang pass in the past & was fine during up-hill but faced issue while going down hill.
        2. Thanks for sharing common itinerary, will do necessary change in my plan.
        3. So your recommendation is to book once, i land there. I’m planning to book for first couple days and then check with either hotel or agent over there & finalize next plan.
        4. As i have enough days pending so, planning to stay 1 night at Pangong Lake. Lets hope at that time, i get accomodation easily.

        Further more…
        1) Do you know any travel agent there, who can arrange for Taxi and if required then book Hotel on given dates?

        2) Will BSNL prepaid work there? I learnt that it’s not working…

        3) Do we expect rain in May end-June starting time? So accordingly i can do packing… I guess temp. will be in range of 5*c to 15*c.

        4) I read that we have to do bargaining hard with Taxi and Hotel guys so what is your general experience like, do they give double-triple rate?

        Thanks and Best Regards,

        • Hi Narayan,

          Answers to your further queries:

          1. You can check with [email protected] who have got good feedback in the past two years from many readers.
          2. Prepaid does not work in Ladakh. Only Postpaid connections work in Ladakh.
          3. Ladakh is a rain shadow region, rains rarely reaches there.
          4. I never experienced that thing in Ladakh 🙂


  47. Is it possible to cover leh-pangon tso- leh in one day? and Leh-Tso Moriri-Leh on the second day?
    or leh-pangong-Tso Moriri-Leh in two days?

    • Aronee, Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh as a day trip is possible if you wish to spend about 12 Hrs of journey and is done by many tourists. However, Leh to Tso Moriri and back to Leh will need 2 days as it takes about 8-9 Hrs one side to reach Tso Moriri from Leh.

  48. Hello Dheeraj,

    Great website!!

    I’m planning to travel to Pangong Tso in June from Leh…. Will be flying to Leh from Delhi. I won’t have too much time but still want to plan the best trip possible in 3-4 days. Need your advice on:

    1. What’s the least number of days, considering the time needed to acclimatize to the conditions in Pangong Tso. How many days should I plan to be in Leh before traveling to Pangong Tso?

    2. Assuming I rent a taxi from Leh, is this a trip that I can take with my children (10 and 12) and my mother (64 years old). Or does it require considerable walking/ extreme climatic conditions?

    3. Will I need a permit to visit Pangong Tso from Leh? If yes, where can I obtain that?

    Thank you and best wishes!


    • Hi Tarun,

      1. Below I have suggested the least days of Ladakh trip you can make with a detailed plan.

      2. The trip suggested below can be done in the taxi with no walking required.

      3. No, you do not need any permit to visit Pangong Tso being Indian National.

      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

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you for such a detailed reply. I really appreciate the time you put into planning everything out for me and responding so quickly! I have a follow-up question. If I were to only visit Pangong Tso, can I skip Day 3 and Day 4…. and directly do Day 5?

        Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
        Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh

        Thanks, again!

        • Tarun, not really because your body will not be acclimatized and hence you will feel more uncomfortable traveling to Pangong Tso and in case you plan to stay overnight on Day 3 at Pangong Tso, that can further create miseries due to AMS.

  49. Mayank Fajalia on

    Thanks a lot, I m talking about shyok village road from agham to durbuk, Can we travel by that route in june? What is the condition of road right now? Permition required?

  50. Mayank Fajalia on

    Hello, Nice website. Thanx 4 it.
    We r 5 bachlors are planning to visit Leh in June. Our ticket is booked. We will reach there by flight on 12th June, and return flight will be on 22th June. We have 11 Days and 10 Nights.
    Our planned is as:
    12 June :

      • Mayank Fajalia on

        Hello, Nice website. Thanx 4 it.
        We r 5 bachlors are planning to visit Leh in June. Our ticket is booked. We will reach there by flight on 12th June, and return flight will be on 22th June. We have 11 Days and 10 Nights.
        Our planned is as:
        12 June : Reach leh
        13 June: : Nubra velly, Leh – Khardungla Deskit – Hunder. Night hold at Either Hunder or turtuk..
        14 June : Turtuk – Deskit – sumoor – Panamik. Night in Panamik.
        15 June : Panamik – Sumoor – Leh.
        16 June : Leh to Pangong Lake. Night hold there.
        17 June : Pangong to Hanle. Night at Hanle.
        18 June : Hanle – Chumur – Tsomoriri. Night stay there.
        19 June : Tsomoriri to Leh.
        20 June : Leh – Alchi – Leh. Night stay at Leh.
        21 June : Leh sight seeing.
        22 June : Morning checkout.

        My questions here are :
        1. If We travelled from bike from Leh to nubra velly as per our above sheduled, Can we go?
        2. If we travelled in Innova, then can we approach directly Pangong route by Chang La pass from Nubra velly? What is actual condition of that route now? How much time taken by innova to reach spangmik by Chang La from Khalsar?
        3. As per above mentioned planned, at which route we have to take a permit to go there? And what is procedure to take permit? ( also guide how we get..!!!)
        4. Please, give your suggestion for this plan and feedback. We have 10 nights for Ladakh, and we are trying maximum cover, Hope on you. We have not any idea more than you. Wait for your reply. Thanx.

        -Mayank Fajalia, Bharuch (Gujarat)

        • Hi Mayank,

          Your itinerary needs some changes. You MUST rest for first 2 days in order to acclimatize properly before you venture the heights of Khardung La. Regarding PAngong Tso to Hanle to tso Moriri, read the article first: Tips for Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Direct Route

          1. Yes.
          2. Are you talking about Wari La route? If yes, June early it might be closed due to snow presence.
          3. You need permits for Pangong Tso to Hanle to Tso Moriri and even after permit there is no certainity that army will allow you
          4. Refer comments above.


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