Clothes for Ladakh Trip : What to Pack

by Vargis.Khan

clothes to pack for ladakh

What clothes to pack for Ladakh trip? This definitely is the first question you got to ask yourself as you start putting your bags together for a trip to one of the coldest and remotest parts of the country. Pack too many and you will just be dragging countless bags along. Pack wrong or less and things will turn miserable. But if you carried the right type of clothes, the entire vacation will be fun from start to finish.

In this article, I will provide some quick tips on packing for Ladakh and the kind of clothes you should carry. It will heavily depend on the month of your trip and the mode of travel but I will try to cover all. If you had any questions after reading the article, you may comment and ask towards the bottom of this page.

Please note that in this article, I will only be talking about the clothes that you should be packing for your trip to Ladakh. But for other details like how to reach, when to go, what to see, where to stay, and other safety tips, please read How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide.

Clothes to Pack for Ladakh Trip

The good part when it comes to Ladakh is that irrespective of when you travel, you will surely need to pack woolen and winter clothing. It is a cold desert that you are heading to so you will have to pack for a winter-like climate even in the months of May and June.

The tricky part however is that temperatures in Ladakh fluctuate highly depending on the location and hour of the day. Nights can be extremely cold whereas days during summer can be pleasantly warm. Standing in the sun would make you look for shade and the moment you are in shade, it would make you want to step in the sun again.

It is a place where you are likely to get sunburnt even in winter and would need a cold cream even in summer. Winters are a different story altogether at a whole another level when temperatures remain subzero throughout and you will have to remain in your Eskimo suit.

Hence packing the right type of clothes for Ladakh trip can be a little troublesome, especially if you were traveling on a motorcycle.

Also read: How to Handle Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh?

What clothes to wear in Ladakh

Most of the tourism in Ladakh happens in the months of June till September; when both the highways from Srinagar and Manali remain open. The weather during this time is pleasant enough. While nights will remain to be quite cold, it is very rare that you will experience extreme temperatures.

The kind of clothes you carry at this time will be a lot different than what you will if you are traveling from October to May. Let us take a look at a monthly comparison.

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In Summer

If you are planning a trip to Ladakh in summer, then the trick is to pack clothes that can be worn in layers. What is means is that rather than carrying 2 heavy woolens, carry 4 lighter ones with plenty of cotton clothes.

Temperatures in Ladakh fluctuate and remaining in heavy woolens at all times will be quite difficult during summer. During the day, you will walk around wearing just a T-Shirt and Trouser but the moment the sun goes down, you will be reaching out for a jacket.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh With Children

The advantage of layered clothing is that you can just keep putting on more clothes if you are feeling cold and lose some clothes in case you start to feel warm. Carry multiple layers in form of cotton T-Shirts, thermals, light woolens, and windproof jackets and you will be just fine.

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In Winter

A winter trip to Ladakh will have you facing sub-zero temperatures so prepare accordingly. Carry a lot of thermals, heavy woolens, a windproof jacket, waterproof shoes, insulated socks, woolen monkey cap, and sunglasses are a must. It is not only the night but days too will remain extremely cold so you must keep yourself warm and comfortable at all times.

From November to March, you must pack heavy woolens and prepare for extreme temperatures. Thermals are a must for these months.

In Monsoon

In Monsoon season, you should pack clothes that can dry faster, like polyester. June till August sees pleasant weather when you can get away with light woolens and windproof jackets.

Do not carry any heavy clothes and opt for the light summer ones. Look for a jacket that is waterproof as well. The trick will again be to pack clothes in layers but opt for stuff that is either water-resistant or will not take too long to dry. If it was not too much trouble, bring an umbrella as well.

Ladakh is in a rain shadow area which means that it either does not rain here at all or rains very less. Global warming however changed things significantly. I was once stuck in Nubra Valley for 3 days because a sudden rainfall washed away an entire section of the road near Khardung La. Then there was also the cloudburst in Ladakh in 2010 that killed hundreds, remember? On top of it, the route you will take to get here from Srinagar or Manali receives heavy rain each year.

Clothes for Ladakh Bike Trip

Now let us talk about how your packing will be if you were traveling by bike, which is always a preferred mode of travel for Ladakh. By road, Ladakh remains accessible only from late May to early October (most of the time) so you do not need to bring heavy woolens. That you cannot pack anyway because riding a bike on such tricky roads while you were wearing heavy woolens will become difficult.

For your bike trip, pack your regular cotton clothes and pairs of jeans/trousers. Match it with inners/warmers/thermals and a heavy windproof jacket.

clothes for ladakh bike trip

Lower Body

Find one trouser or a Jeans that is a little thick and is your least favorite. This will become your riding trouser. Wear this every day as you ride because there is no point in getting all your trousers dirty. Your T-Shirt / Shirt will get protected by the jacket but nothing is going to save the trouser. It is bound to get extremely dirty. If you bought a riding gear that included the pants then you do not have to find jeans of course.

Every morning, put on a warmer first and then wear your riding jeans on top of it. When you reach your destination, change into a clean pair of trousers. This will save you the hassle of packing too many trousers for the trip. My last ride to Ladakh was just in one pair of jeans, a few pajamas, and shorts.

I have covered the shoes part later in the article.

Also Read List of Things You Must Carry for Ladakh Trip

Upper Body

You will need to wear a warmer first. The second layer will be your regular T-Shirt or Shirt. On top of both, wear a heavy jacket that is warm, windproof, and waterproof as well. A down jacket will be the best for this purpose.

In case you do not have one already or could not find a suitable one, buy it from Manali. If you have good negotiation skills, you can easily get a good deal over there. From my own personal experience, those jackets are quite good and will last for a few years. All my riding jackets so far have been bought from Manali only.

While you were looking for a jacket, find one that goes all the way up to the neck. That way, you can wear raise it to the neck and then bring down your helmet on it. This will protect your neck as well as block any air from entering the helmet.

Gloves will be the most important part of the packing. Trust me, you can ride in any kind of condition but you simply cannot go even a kilometer if your fingers or nails were freezing. Find gloves that are comfortable, waterproof, and windproof.

Also Read: How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh?

Clothes to Pack while Traveling by Car

If you were traveling by car, then you can just wear the clothes that you are most comfortable in and carry a few warm jackets or woolens. While you are in the car, light woolens will do. When you are out sightseeing in the evening or morning, a heavy jacket, cap, muffler, and gloves will be needed.

Try not to switch on the heater while you were driving in Ladakh. You will run the risk of suffering from altitude sickness if you do. Rather, wear some light woolens and keep the window down slightly to keep circulating the air.

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Clothes for a Ladakh Trip by Flight

If you were traveling by Air, then just follow the tips that I shared above depending on different seasons. If you are catching a flight to Leh in summer, plenty of cotton clothes and a couple of light jackets is all that you need.

However, if you intend on hiring a motorcycle in Leh, you will again have to carry a down jacket, or you can also rent one in Ladakh. If you were catching a flight in winter, you will have to bring heavy woolens.

What kind of shoes to wear in Ladakh

Let us also briefly take a look at the kind of shoes you should pack. There are four factors that will decide and define your packing.

If traveling by car of flight for a regular vacation, just pack your regular sports shoes. That will suffice. If traveling in winter, match those with woolens socks. It will add an extra layer of protection.

If traveling by bike, just bring your normal sports shoes. If you were in boots, find one that will not get ruined by water. As an accessory, pack a pair of rubber sandals like in the picture below. When you are at a water crossing, stop for a minute, remove and secure your shoes, wear these rubber sandals, and cross.

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There will be three benefits of this. The first is that your shoes will not get wet. So you will not have to worry about bringing too many shoes or spend money on buying new waterproof or riding boots. Second is that since these are rubber sandals, it will dry within seconds. There will be no hassle of putting wet sandals back in the bag. The third is that since it covers your entire foot, you will not risk getting hurt while crossing.

If you were planning to go on a trek, like Stok Kangri, you need to bring good trekking boots with a solid grip.

If you were traveling in the winter season, you will have to pack shoes that are ankle length, can protect your feet well, and keep the snow out as well.

Also Read: Stok Kangri Trek in Ladakh – On top of the World

Gloves for Ladakh

In winters, carry both a light pair of gloves and a heavy thicker one. That way, you can put on the lighter ones first and then the heavy ones to ensure that your hands remain warm. For summer, carry a thick windproof one if you are riding a motorcycle. If you are in a car or catching a flight, a nice pair of woolen gloves will do.

Clothes for a Camping Trip

If you intend to go camping on your own, you will need woolens or warm thermals and a really good sleeping bag for the night. If you are however staying at a campsite, then you do not have to bother carrying anything extra just for camping because all the campsites provide good enough beds and blankets to keep you comfortable at night.

Also Read: Camping In Ladakh – Self Camping & Camp Sites

Other Tips

  • Always keep your woolens or Jackets handy. Even if you are going out for a walk in the afternoon, carry your jacket along even if you do not feel like wearing it.
  • Carry full sleeve T-shirts if you can because they will also help you fight the sun when you do not have your jacket on in the sun. As I mentioned, Sun is quite harsh in Ladakh, and getting a serious tan or even sunburn is quite easy.
  • Carry warm woolens socks. Carry a few pairs if you are riding a motorcycle so that you have enough socks to change in case the ones you are wearing get wet at water crossings.
  • A muffler will come in real handy so it is better to carry one.
  • Carry a Monkey cap or Balaclava. It is a must if traveling in winter. In summer, it can be helpful when you are taking that evening stroll and want to sit around the bonfire at night.
  • Carry a regular cap or Sun hat for day to protect your face against the sun.
  • Sunglasses and it is a must again for winters. The glare of the sun on the snow can be quite harsh for the eyes.
  • Carry a sunblock lotion with the highest SPF.
  • Do not even think about carrying shorts, mini-skirts, sleeveless clothes, or even high heels for that matter.
  • Do not carry tight clothes as well. You will be putting on layers of clothes in both summer and winter and tight clothes will become a big problem if you have several layers of them on you.

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What to wear in Ladakh

To close the article, let me give a monthly breakdown of clothes to wear in Ladakh that you can use as a checklist.

Clothes to pack for Ladakh in January, February, and March

January is the month of the peak winter season in Ladakh. This is the coldest time of the year with an average high-temperature of -2°C and an average low temperature of -14.4°C. It is also when Ladakh receives the majority of the snow in the year. Lakes like Pangong and Tso Moriri freezes over completely in January.

In February, the average temperature marginally rises, to 1.5°C maximum and -11°C minimum. The snow on the ground in February is even more than January.

March will continue to remain freezing cold with high chances of snowfall throughout the month. It marks the end of the winter season but things will still remain cold with an average temperature ranging between max 6°C and min -5°C. Snow clearing work starts on Manali Leh and Srinagar Leh route at this time.

April is the first month of the pre-monsoon summer. While things warm up in the rest of the country, Ladakh continues to experience snowfall in April as well. The temperature will range between an average of minimum -1°C and a maximum of 12°C. By Mid to end of April, the road from Srinagar to Leh is declared open.

Below is what you should pack for a trip at this time.

  • A heavy warm jacket (windproof and waterproof)
  • Thermals / Warmers
  • Heavy woolens
  • Woolen Socks
  • Warm Insulated Shoes
  • Two pair of gloves, light and heavy
  • Balaclava or Monkey cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Balm

ladakh in winter

What Clothes to Wear in Leh Ladakh in May

May is a comfortable month in Ladakh, with temperature in the range of an average low of 3°C and a high of 16°C. Snowfall this month is extremely rare except for the top of the passes. Places like Nubra Valley and Leh will be a little warm but Pangong and Tso Moriri will still be very cold. Below is what you should pack for a trip at this time.

  • A heavy warm jacket (windproof and waterproof)
  • A couple of light woolens
  • Regular Cotton Clothes
  • Regular Sports Shoes
  • Light Gloves
  • Woolen Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Balm

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in May

What Clothes to Wear in Leh Ladakh in June

June is the peak tourist season. Manali Leh road too opens up in this month. It is a pleasant month, with average temperature varying between 7°C and 21°C. Clothes to pack for Ladakh trip in June will be as mentioned below.

  • A heavy warm jacket (windproof and waterproof)
  • A couple of light woolens
  • Regular Cotton Clothes
  • Regular Sports Shoes
  • Light Gloves
  • Woolen Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Balm

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in June

What Clothes to Wear in Leh Ladakh in July

July is the warmest month of the year and also marks the beginning of the monsoon season in the valleys of Manali and Kashmir. It is another great month to visit Ladakh with average temperature fluctuating between 10°C and 25°C (77°F).

  • A heavy warm jacket (windproof and waterproof)
  • A couple of light woolens
  • Regular Cotton Clothes
  • Regular Sports Shoes
  • Light Gloves
  • Woolen Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Rain gear if coming by road on a motorcycle
  • Umbrella if possible

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in July

ladakh in july

What Clothes to Wear in Leh Ladakh in August

The temperature in Ladakh in August will vary between 10°C and 25°C (77°F), making it another warm month. This is also the month with the most rainfall in the Leh Ladakh region. It will also rain heavily in the areas around Manali and Kashmir so you must waterproof everything if you were traveling by road.

  • A heavy warm jacket (windproof and waterproof)
  • A couple of light woolens
  • Regular Cotton Clothes
  • Regular Sports Shoes
  • Light Gloves
  • Woolen Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Rain gear if coming by road on a motorcycle
  • Umbrella if possible

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in August

What Clothes to Wear in Leh Ladakh in September

September is largely considered as the best time to visit Ladakh. The weather will be pleasant, the views will be great and the monsoon will be gone as well. It is an agreeable month, with average temperature fluctuating between 21°C and 6°C.

  • A heavy warm jacket (windproof and waterproof)
  • A couple of light woolens
  • Regular Cotton Clothes
  • Regular Sports Shoes
  • Light Gloves
  • Woolen Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Rain gear if coming by road on a motorcycle (in early September)
  • Umbrella if possible (in early September)

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in September

Clothes to Pack for Ladakh in October, November, and December

This list will be the same that I mentioned previously for January to April. The average temperature in these months will be as mentioned below.

October – Maximum at 15°C and minimum at -1°C

November – Maximum at 8°C and minimum at -6°C

December – Maximum at 2°C and minimum at -11°C

Below is what you should pack for a trip at this time.

  • A heavy warm jacket (windproof and waterproof)
  • Thermals / Warmers
  • Heavy woolens
  • Woolen Socks
  • Warm Insulated Shoes
  • Two pair of gloves, light and heavy
  • Balaclava or Monkey cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Balm

Clothes for Ladakh Trip – Conclusion

I hope the information above on clothes for Ladakh trip was of help. If you have any questions or need any other details, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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rohit aggarwal December 22, 2019 - 5:46 pm

thank you vargiskhan for giving me wonderful information

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Vargis.Khan December 23, 2019 - 6:26 pm

Thank you Rohit for taking the time to drop a note

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Harsh T November 25, 2019 - 12:45 pm

Hi Nice describeHi nicely described each importance related to leh ladakh.

Actually already booked for chadar trek in mid Jan 2020 and I have spare 3 days after completing the day.in 3 days apart from local sightseeing where can go? As I lots of researched about AMS and winter clothing and do and don’t in winter.so mostly am aware about winter situation in ladakh and trying to mentally and physically feet for the same.I m not doing biking ride during these days.
What’s about winter clothes availability in ladakh?
During Jan can I get down jackets for buying or rent in leh?if yes where
Or in Delhi should get? Apart from decathlon.
And advice or tips or jugads during winter in leh ladakh from you Mr khan ; )?

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patrick November 12, 2019 - 8:22 am

hello Vargis,

thanks so much for all the info already so far! just had a bit of a question about clothing. i’m planning to go end november beginning december this year. however where i am living (north of australia) i cannot find these warm winter clothing because it is literally never cold here. landing in delhi can i find the required clothing there? will need gloves, good shoes, probably a decent jacket, and so on… and would it be a massive expense?
thanks in advance! patrick

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Vargis.Khan November 12, 2019 - 5:22 pm

Hi Patrick – Yes you can get it in Delhi and no, it will not be a massive expense. It however depends on the amount of time you are spending in Delhi.

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sindhu.k.v June 18, 2019 - 9:20 am

Hai Vargis, We are planning to come for leh in the month of August. So could you please suggest, which is the best tourist to consult either wanderon or triphollia…planning for bike ride

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2019 - 6:09 pm

I haven’t dealt with either of them Sindhu so cannot really give a feedback on how their services are. Sorry. I prefer to travel on my own and not tour agents.

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Gurjinderpal June 9, 2019 - 4:55 am

Hi Vargis,

We are planning delhi to Leh trip from 14th June and while travelling we are planning to stay in jispa and after that Sarchu. Just wanted to know what places are available we can stay for night between jispa and Leh.

Also, it’s would be helpful if you can let em know which are the places we can see near Leh.

Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2019 - 7:01 am

Hi Gurjinderpal – Sarchu and Pang are the two places where accommodation will be available. For places to see in Leh, please see

https://vargiskhan.com/log/tourist-attractions-in-ladakh/

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Madhavi May 31, 2019 - 1:41 pm

Hello Vargis, We are travelling Leh on July 12th 2019 and return flight will be from Srinagar. We are spending 2 nights in Srinagar but we are not sure where we should head for our second day of Srinagar, ‘Pahalgaam’ or ‘Gulmarg’. Gulmarg will be close but I read comments about visiting Pahalgaam more than Gulmarg. What is your suggestion on this.

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Vargis.Khan May 31, 2019 - 7:33 pm

Hi Madhavi,

Both places are equally beautiful. But if you are planning to go on Day 1 and return on Day 2 then plan Gulmarg. If you are going on Day 1 staying on Day 2 and returning on Day 3 then plan Pahalgam.

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Madhavi June 3, 2019 - 11:29 am

Thanks Vargis for your response. Actually we are staying both nights in Srinagar only. Day 1 is pre-planned for House boat and day 2(should be a 1 day return trip) we are not sure where to go Pahalgam or Gulmarg, because we need to come back to Srinagar on the same day, we have night stay in Srinagar only. Next day(day 3) we have to checkout and catch our flight, so we are not counting 3rd day.

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Vargis.Khan June 4, 2019 - 12:03 am

Then it would be better to go to Gulmarg Madhavi. Start early from Srinagar, reach Gulmarg, walk around, do some sightseeing, have lunch and return to Sriangar. See sunset from Pari Mahal.

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Rohit Agrawal May 29, 2019 - 4:19 pm

I am visiting manali on 31 may 2019 and proceeding to leh, on 1st, but i just heard that its still closed “rohtang Pass:

When do you think it will open,

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2019 - 2:18 am

It opened today but Leh route is not

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Maheshwari April 11, 2019 - 7:44 am

Is it worth visiting Sham Lake ?. As we are planning six night and seven days trip to Leh. Flying to Leh and returning from Leh.

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Vargis.Khan April 11, 2019 - 12:53 pm

Did you mean Sham Valley?

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GUrpreet Singh September 24, 2018 - 12:13 am

Hi VArghis,
Nice job with the blog and stuff. Read several of your articles and they are of great help.
I am visiting Leh in October. 12th to 21st by air.
I have been to Leh earlier as well, in 2011 via Manali-Leh-Srinagar route by bike.
Only this time I am traveling alone.
My flight lands early morning and I am planning to get acclimatised the day1, taking permit and stuff and local sight seeing. Day 2 – i am planning to visit Hemis national park and visit a few monasteries and getting acclimatized even more
Day 3 – start early and leave for Nubra
Stay nubra overnight.
Day 4 – leave for Pangong. Stay pangong overnight. I have heard there is a space observatory near pangong. Planning to visit that too. Do you think there will be an issue in this plan?
Day 5 – buffer
Day 6 – reach back Leh
Day 7- leave early for Tso Moriri
Stay overnight at Tso Moriri
Day 8- leave for Leh
Day 9 – local sight seeing, maybe Hemis national park again as I am a wildlife enthusiast.
Day 10- flight to Delhi

I am not rushing to go leh-nubra-pangong-Tso Moriri
I want to visit leh atleast once, either coming back from nubra or after pangong.

Do you think this plan can be made better?
Thanks!

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Arpit Girdhani September 17, 2018 - 10:15 am

Hello Vargis,

Thanks for sharing detailed information about clothing guides. It was really helpful. I have few concerns regarding our trip to ladakh in month of November (mid).
We are planning to visit Leh on 9th November for a week by air. Please suggest if we should travel at high altitudes like Khardung la pass at that time, is it safe to visit? Also Is it worth to visit Pangong lake at that time, as i heard we won’t be able to stay there at night (will be missing milky way galaxy view). I am really confused whether to plan my trip or not.

Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan September 17, 2018 - 5:54 pm

Hi Arpit,

1. Visit Khardung La – Yes you can
2. Is it safe – Yes
3. Is Pangong worth it – Yes definitely
4. Overnight stay – No, you will have to make it a day trip
5. Milky Way – It is visible almost from everywhere in Ladakh

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Irfan September 20, 2018 - 12:27 am

Hello wargis I am Irfan 55 years of age planning to visit Leh and around from 25th September to 2nd October and I am asthmatic and diabetic any specific precautions I need to follow ? And any specific clothing I would need ?? Please advice . I am traveling by air from Delhi to Leh

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Urmi May 27, 2019 - 11:58 am

Hi, thanks for this very informative blog. I am planning our dream Ladakh trip in September. However, I will have my senior citizen parents with me, both are 65 and normally healthy, with no medical condition. Please suggest dos and don’ts and if we should directly fly in and out of Leh or try the route from Manali. Thanks in advance.

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Guille August 29, 2018 - 12:32 pm

Hello Vargis,
We are planning Manali to Leh by bus in mid October (from 14th). I know it’s going to depend on the weather, which is unpredictable, but, after your experience… how feasible do you think this could be?
Will we still find bus transportation services? or private ones will be the only option by then?

Thank you!

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Vargis.Khan August 29, 2018 - 1:41 pm

Hi Guille – Manali to Leh bus will definitely not be available by Mid Oct. You will have to look for a shared cab and that too will be highly dicey.

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Guille August 29, 2018 - 2:15 pm

Thank you, Vargis! Actually, after my comment, I did review many of your articles regarding this subject which helped me lots to get the picture of how things are.
By the way, congratulations on the great and useful job you’re carrying on with this site. This is real help. I realised that from the 1st week of October, it’s either me and my own transportation or… back to Delhi and fly!
Unfortunately, I cannot bring it forward since I arrive in India as soon as the 11th.

However, by reading your lines, I just realised this is a must-do trip to me. Hopefully soon, one of these “Septembers”!

Thanks again and stay well.

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Vargis.Khan August 29, 2018 - 7:21 pm

You are welcome Guille. And thank you for your kind words. I am glad that the information posted was of help.

Thanks again.

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mihir August 14, 2018 - 4:05 am

Hi Vargis, i wanted to know if we can use jersey type t-shirts(quick dry polyster) or only cotton t-shirts are recommended ?…i am travelling from Sep 1-11

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Vargis.Khan August 14, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Hi Mihir – Yes, Jersey type T-Shirt will be fine as well. It will actually be better for a trip in September.

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mihir August 16, 2018 - 3:45 am

Thanks a Lot Vargis ! Will keep a 1-2 of cottons handy though 🙂

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Vargis.Khan August 16, 2018 - 5:45 am

You are welcome brother !!!

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Samed August 13, 2018 - 6:30 am

Hello Vargis Khan ,
first of all, thank you for your valuable information regarding Leh Ladak trip. We are planning to visit Leh on 24th of Aug

24th Aug – Arrival Leh Airport –
25th Aug – Nubra Valley
26th Aug – Nubra to Pangong
27th Aug – Pangong to Leh
28th Aug –
29th – Aug Return to Delhi by Bus/Sharing taxi

Please suggest other suitable itinerary , inline permit route for visitng the mentioned places (Planning to take online permit ), Possibility of getting 3day package (Nubra-Pangong -Leh).

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Rubeena July 24, 2018 - 1:36 pm

Hi Vargis,

It is really awesome blog. We are traveling to Ladakh in September from Sep 8 to 16. Is it right time to travel, please suggest. We are using rented SUV from Leh, what would be the temperature and could you please help us to know what we should and shouldn’t do.

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2018 - 1:59 pm

Hi Rubeena – Yes, September is actually considered to be the best time to travel to Ladakh so your timing is good. Day temperature will remain around 20 degrees depending on where you are but nights will definitely be cold, under 10.

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Rubeena July 24, 2018 - 2:08 pm

Thank you very much..

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2018 - 3:26 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Radhika July 18, 2018 - 2:23 pm

hey Vargis, we’re planning our first trip to Kashmir and Leh and your website has been super helpful!

I just have a few questions, if you could get back to us about these, it would be great.

is it safe for women to travel here in small groups alone?

is the cellular network reliable or is it still pretty sketchy?

Also, does this itinerary sound ok or should we change it in any way:
Day 1: reach Srinagar by flight, evening sightseeing
Day 2: Gulmarg/Dachigam National Park – please suggest if one is better than the other – and back to Srinagar
Day 3: Sonamarg
Day 4: Kargil
Day 5: Leh
Day 6: Nubra Valley
Day 7: Leh
Day 8: Spangmik (Pangong lake)
Day 9: Leh for our flight back the next morning

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Vargis.Khan July 18, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Hi Radhika, I have known a few women to have traveled to Kashmir and Ladakh alone and haven’t heard back of any safety issues so far. Only BSNL will work in Ladakh at most of the places, rest will only work in Leh city. Your itinerary looks Ok. Only change is on Day 7 that I will suggest. You can head straight to Pangong from Nubra without needing to come back to Leh.

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Radhika July 18, 2018 - 3:00 pm

thanks a lot Vargis! i read on another blog post of yours that the road from Pangong to Nubra is the least recommended (and dangerous), which is why we were going to head back. we’ll head there directly.

here’s the post that made us think we need to head back to Leh:
https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-nubra-valley-travel-guide/

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Vargis.Khan July 18, 2018 - 3:58 pm

You are welcome Radhika. That post was actually from a few years ago when that road was indeed dangerous but in last couple of years, it has been converted into a smooth run all the way so you are OK to go actually. It is safe now. See the article below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/agham-shyok-road/

The picture posted towards the bottom of this page is how this road now is.

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Radhika July 18, 2018 - 5:20 pm

Thank you again! I hope u know how much ur responses and blog help all of us venturing to Leh!

So we’ll save a day thanks to u. We hoped to fit in tso moriri, but it seems like we need two days for that. If u have suggestions on other places we can visit with that one saved day or suggestions on how to tweak our itinerary more, please let me know. And thanks again!

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Vargis.Khan July 18, 2018 - 7:54 pm

It will be a long journey but if you want, you can actually go straight to Tso Moriri from Pangong via Chushul and come back to Leh the next day.

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balaganapathy July 16, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Hello bhai,

This is my plan..Its from Sept 15th tll Sept 23rd…

Saturday (Day 1) : Pickup from Leh airport. rest in leh

Sunday (Day 2) : From leh and start to nubra valley and khardung la..Stay at Nubra

Monday (Day 3) : nubra valley to pangong tso….via chang la pass.. Stay at Pangong tso

Tuesday (Day 4) : pangong tso to tsomoriri…via tsaga la, mahey bridge, sumda… Stay at tso moriri

Wednesday (Day 5) : Tso moriri to leh….via tsokar and taglangla pass… Stay at Leh

Thursday (Day 6): leh to kargil… Stay at kargil

Friday (Day 7): kargil to srinagar..visit sonamarg, zojila pass and drass village.. Stay at Srinagar..

Saturday (Day 8): Srinagar to Gulmarg…alpharwat peak gulmarg gondola, gulamarg biosphere reserve, alphater lake, ningle nallah, seven springs.. Stay at gulmarg

Sunday (Day 9): continue day in gulmarg and by noon drop at sringar airport.

1)Please Tell me whether above plan is okay?

2) please suggest some places from leh to kargil?

3) where we can witness snow during that time in the above mentioned places.

4) is it worth spending 1 and a half days in gulmarg during that time.

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Vargis.Khan July 16, 2018 - 5:55 pm

1. Plan is ok but go from Nubra to Pangong via Shyok road
2. See this article please.https://vargiskhan.com/log/tourist-attractions-on-srinagar-leh-highway/
3. At top of the passes only
4. Yes it is

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balaganapathy July 23, 2018 - 4:22 pm

Okay thanks bhai. We preferred other route since we can witness wari la pass and chang la pass since they were in the highest peaks so that we can witness snow enroute. whats the journey timings? could you please suggest us the time to start from nubra and at what time we will end up in pangong?

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Prashant July 23, 2018 - 7:19 pm

Start your journey as early as possible, leave latest by 7-7.30 am. You will reach Pangong by 1pm if going by SUV. Take your time in enjoying the Shyok Valley road. It is the most beautiful valley road in Ladakh apart from a bit dangerous.

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balaganapath sambandan July 23, 2018 - 7:24 pm

sorry prashanth i was questioning about wari la and chang la pass route.. i need the timings of that route

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2018 - 7:35 pm

Going via Wari La will be almost same as coming back to Leh and then going to Pangong. The journey will be about 10 hours at least.

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2018 - 7:35 pm

Thanks Prashant Bhai

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Anand gulaty July 5, 2019 - 1:38 am

Hello Bhai, I m planning to visit solo to leh first time via hrtc bus from Delhi, but scared from AMS, what u sgguest for me as a solo Traveler , what precaution shud I take , how much n how long can I explore as a solo , shud I take bike on rent or can take sharing taxi or cab , what minimum clothes I have to carry or essentional things …pls suggest….

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indira July 8, 2018 - 7:17 am

hello brother .. we are planning to go to leh via manali-leh highway between 10 july 2018 to 20 july 2018 from delhi ..is it safe to use highway during this period since its monsoon season.

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Vargis.Khan July 8, 2018 - 7:27 am

Hello Indira – As of now it is OK to go but just check the weather on 9th before you leave. Rain will be a problem around Manali and Lahaul valley only. There are no news of rains in Ladakh as of now.

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Manju July 5, 2018 - 10:28 am

Hi vargis Khan, Thanks for providing valuable information. We are planning to travel in September first week, how would be the weather and roads. Any additional precautions to take. Thanks!!

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Hello Manju – Weather by September gets cold, specially at evening and nights but after 15th. Road conditions however will be better and September is a good time to go on an overall basis.

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Manju July 5, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Thanks very much.

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 6:02 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Prashant July 5, 2018 - 2:39 pm

Hi Manju,

We went there in last week of September last year. The weather was great in that month. It was a bit cold in night. You need thermals for night and layered cotton clothes for day. If you are going by flight, put some thermals in the hand baggage, because you need it just after deboarding the flight because of chill air in runway area.
The best part of our tour last year was the awesome road conditions made by BRO from Leh to Nubra to Pangong Lake. It is the best time to enjoy the road of Ladakh.

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 6:04 pm

Thanks Prashant Bhai

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Nidhi July 4, 2018 - 4:31 am

Hello Vargis

This article was a saviour for us. Thank you so much for writing this.

Just a small doubt, you did not mention anything about rains during the June to September period. I have read that there maybe rains and thunderstorms during Mid july, how are the rains there ? extreme or normal that we can continue with the travel in the rains. ?

Nidhi

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 3:13 am

Hi Nidhi – Rains would mostly be in July and August and on the route from Manali to Leh and Srinagar to Leh. Ladakh don’t get much of rainfall. Majority of the tourism here too happens in July and August so yes, you are OK to go.

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Sulekha June 30, 2018 - 7:23 am

Hello Vargis,

I really appreciate the way you are guiding people.

Please help me as We are planning to travel Leh in late September. It would be 5 days trip from Delhi by flight. Please suggest how we should plan and what place to visit. I also want to cover some places in Srinagar and which hotel to book.

Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan June 30, 2018 - 4:27 pm

Hi Sulekha – 5 days trip from Delhi to Leh and also covering Srinagar? That is impossible. You will have to pick either Ladakh or Srinagar or add more days to your trip. Ideally, to cover both, you will need at least 9-10 days.

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Nayna June 4, 2018 - 7:28 pm

HII Vargis…We r group of 32 people ,ll visit in July..I read too much about AMS now I hv fear of getting sick in Trip…Pl tell me Inspite of AMP probs This Trip is safe and worth to go…thanks a lot

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Vargis.Khan June 5, 2018 - 9:16 pm

Hi Nayna – Yes Ladakh is definitely worth going. Please take a look at the article below for some tips on how you can handle AMS better.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/dealing-acute-mountain-sickness-ladakh/

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Smita May 5, 2018 - 6:25 am

Hi Vargis, super helpful article by you. Thanks a lot for this detailed info.

We are are visiting Leh from 26th Sept to 29th Sept. I know it’s a very short stay but cud u please suggest places we must be visiting in this short period

Please if you can recommend any tourist taxi service for the spots visitation.

As far as I understand we need to carry enough full sleeve cotton cloths for layering and 1 or 2 jackets apart from muffler, caps, socks and gloves…correct me if I am wrong…also v r planning to get thermals…is that advisable?

Thank you

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Vargis.Khan May 6, 2018 - 2:56 am

Hi Smita,

For a 4 days trip, please see the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/visit-leh-ladakh-in-4-days/

For taxi in Ladakh, please contact Nasir at 9906229203. He is a nice guy and a good driver. I will recommend booking him.

You are right about clothes. That should do it. Carry thermals for the lower part of the body. Upper part will anways remain covered under jacket and all so wearing thermals underneath may get a little uncomfortable. It is the waist below that will have just one layer of protection so a thermal for lower body will help.

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Smita May 6, 2018 - 4:27 am

Thank you so much Vargis for the useful and prompt reply. Will definitely take your recommendation.

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Vargis.Khan May 7, 2018 - 3:08 am

You are welcome !!!

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Soumen May 5, 2018 - 2:05 am

Hello sir
We r 3 friends planning for Leh on June 8 from Delhi via Srinagar and return from Manali. By bike. Please make a 12day good itenary for us
Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan May 5, 2018 - 4:04 pm

Hi Soumen,

You should travel like this.

1. Delhi to Jammu (Long journey so start early)
2. Jammu to Srinagar
3. Srinagar to Kargil
4. Kargil to Leh
5. Leh – Rest and arrange permits
6. Leh to Diskit (Nubra Valley)
7. Diskit to Pangong via Shyok road
8. Pangong to Leh
9. Leh to Karzok (Tso Moriri) via Chumathang
10. Karzok to Pang via Tso Kar
11. Pang to Manali
12. Manali to Delhi

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Varun Mehta April 30, 2018 - 9:59 am

Hello Vargis,

I read your blog but not completely. I am planning a return trip from Chandigarh to Leh in 7 days by car.

My questions are as below:
1. Is it advisable to do this?
2. Can we cover most of the places there?
3. What would be the best location to visit in 6-7 days period and what would be the best route?
4. What shouldn’t we do?
5. And most imp how the permit thing works, as we are coming from manali way.

Waiting for your reply.

Thanks in advance!

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Vargis.Khan April 30, 2018 - 3:56 pm

Hi Varun,

1. If you mean Chandigarh – Leh – Chandigarh in 7 days then no, I will not advise this.
2. You can but you will barely touch the place and go back. 3 days to get to Leh from Chandigarh, 3 days for coming back and one day you will just rest in leh.
3. You must do Manali – Leh – Manali and keep Srinagar off the itinerary
4. See the three posts below. You will need permit in Manali and Ladakh both.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/obtaining-ilp-for-ladakh/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/rohtang-pass-permits-details-charges-apply/

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Adiga KS April 10, 2018 - 5:14 pm

Hello Sir, My self (59 years) wife and her sister are travelling to Ladakh from 13th May to 20th May 2018. Kindly guide us about clothing, medicine and personal care as we three are 50+ and no major health issue. We are going by Make My Trip package.

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Vargis.Khan April 10, 2018 - 6:42 pm

Hello Mr. Adiga,

In terms of clothing Sir please enssure that you are carrying some light woolens but a heavy windproof jacket is must. Carry something to cover your neck, ears, head and face as well.

If terms of medicine, just carry any medicines that you are on (if any) and some basic medicines like for upset stomach, headache, fever etc.

Carry some sunblock lotion with highest SPF as sub is quite harsh up there. Cold cream and lip balm would be useful as well.

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Aadesh April 7, 2018 - 8:39 am

Hi, previously you had suggested that I go from leh to nubra, return , then from leh to pangong. I was thinking if I can do this trip by going directly from nubra to pangong (by skipping the return to Leh) by hitchhiking. Doing this maybe then I can also go to Tso Moriri directly from pangong.
Is this feasible?

Thank You.

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Vargis.Khan April 7, 2018 - 9:49 pm

Yes, if you can find a ride from Nubra to Pangong. A lot of people have started to travel on Shyok road these days so chances of finding a ride too are moderate enough.

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Aadesh March 27, 2018 - 7:18 pm

Hello Vargis, firstly thanks, your pages have helped me get a lot of info on travelling to leh. However can you please give some info on the following. I’m planning to go solo to leh via srinagar side.
1. I’m planning the trip from May 1st to 15th. Will I miss out on anything important if i go during this time?
2. I plan to visit the Phugtal monastery also by trekking. Is it advisable to do this trek and complete the trip during this time without missing out on anything important.
3. Is it ok to get the in line permits before I even get to Leh, i.e. online?
4. Can all the necessary items be packed into one 60L travel backpack.
5. For the trip in may is a pair of thermal inners along with a jacket enough against the cold?

And Thank You Man!

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Vargis.Khan March 27, 2018 - 7:57 pm

Hi Aadesh,

1. You will miss only the Manali Leh highway, nothing else.
2. You can do it but that trek itself will take at least 2 days. You just have 10 days for the entire trip so that may be a little bit of stretch over there because then you will also need at least 2 days to reach Padum and back from Kargil. So that is 4 days at least just for Phugtal Monastery.
3. Online link is just a form filling formality. You will it up online, take a print out, go to DM office Leh and get it stamped after making payment. You will have to go to the office there anyways.
4. Not sure brother, I have never owned or used a backpack.
5. Yes, carry a pair of thermals, some regular cottons and a heavy thick windproof jacket. That should do it.

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Aadesh P Thomas March 28, 2018 - 1:52 pm

Thanks man. Also can you please clear these?
1. About missing the manali leh highway, what if I return by this route?
2. To and fro from phuktal monastery will take 4 days, or is it one way that will take 4 days?
3. What to do about the laundry when I’m there?

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Aadesh P Thomas March 28, 2018 - 1:55 pm

Also I’m not going on a motorcycle. Considering this is the time period said above viable.

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Vargis.Khan March 28, 2018 - 5:32 pm

You are welcome Aadesh. First of all, how are you traveling because everything will depend on it. You said not motorcycle so by Car or Public transport?

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Aadesh P Thomas March 29, 2018 - 3:28 am

Public transport.

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Vargis.Khan March 29, 2018 - 3:39 am

Then I will suggest to give up the idea of Phugtal for now and focus on Ladakh. Let Phugtal be the reason for another tip next year. Unless you want to add more days here. With 10 days this will be a bit of a problem. Your plan will pan out like this

1. Sriangar to Kargil
2. Kargil to Padum
3. Phugtal trek and return to Padum unless you want to stay there for the night
4. Padum to Kargil
5. Kargil to Leh
6. Leh, arrange permits and rest
7. Leh to Nubra valley
8. Nubra to Leh
9. Leh to Pangong
10. Pangong to Leh
11. Leh to Keylong by Bus
12. Keylong to Manali

The best you can do is to save a day by traveling from Nubra to Pangong directly but since there is no public transport on that route, you will have to hitchhike.

I have never gotten laundry done there brother, always carried enough to last 10 days but then I was either on a bike or in a car. To answer your question though, Laundries are done at hotels for an additional charge. You may want to ask about it before you check in.

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Khushboo Mehta March 26, 2018 - 5:11 am

Hi,

I am traveling to Leh Ladakh in last week of April and with my 3.5 Year son what should I pack for him and also we are 10 adults. Please help me food, clothes I need carry as we’re traveling by flight from Mumbai to Leh

Khushi

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 3:48 pm

Hello – Please take a look at the post below where I have covered the details on traveling to Ladakh with children.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

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Shiv Kumar March 23, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Hello Vargis,

We are planning for Leh-Ladakh trip in April 20 to 30. Is it advisable to go during that time ? How will the roads be at that time ?

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 4:16 pm

Hi Shiv – You can go but will have to plan the trip via Srinagar only as the road from Manali will remain closed. Weather will be cold still.

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Manohar December 11, 2017 - 4:04 pm

Hello Varghis Khan,

I am a solo traveller going to Leh on 25th December, 2017 through flight. What all things should I carry? I am planning to stay there for 9 days. I have Sinus and Asthma as well.

Thanks,
Manohar

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Vargis.Khan December 18, 2017 - 3:34 pm

Hello Manohar – Have you consulted with your doctor about Asthma and Sinus? Please note that in December, both people and facilities in Ladakh are minimal. Finding medical assistance too can get tough.

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Gaurav Bhalekar November 3, 2017 - 7:32 am

Hello Vargis Sir
I am planning to solo visit Leh in 1st week of December this year
Is it ok
What precautions should I take ?
Where should I live ?
Is there need to have postpaid mobile connection ?
Im going there by flight

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Prashant Kumar September 18, 2017 - 2:34 am

Hello Vargis,

We are 2 couples travelling to Leh on 20th Sept by air. Just want to know if we left some woolens by mistake, is it readily available in Leh at a reasonable price?

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Mr. Banerjee September 18, 2017 - 10:29 am

Mr. Prashant Kumar, nice to know that you are travelling to Ladakh day after tomorrow. I would prefer that you should carry some woolens as the price in Leh is way too high.
Other than woolens the following things can be handy:
here are the following things that you would be needing for the trip:

Medical Kit:

Moove/Iodex
Dettol/ Savlon
Headache Medicine
Dizziness and body pain Medicine
Disprin/Asprin
Band-aids
Medicine to suffice lack of oxygen
imodium (chk for its use)
Diamox ( chk for its use)
Stomach ache medicine

Wearable Items :

For protection from sun and UV-rays:
Goggles
Sunscreen Lotion with high SPF(30 or above)
Mustard Oil (for applying in nostrils as it can become dry and painful due to dry and cold winds of Ladakh)
Lip Balm/ vaseline
Gloves for bikers
Mufler
Caps
Water/Wind proof jacket

Other necessary stuff:

1.Torch with extra cells (NOTE: Less power in leh)

2.Swiss Knife/Knife (if u have any or u want to carry)

3.Water bottle(NOTE: Lots of water to be carried)

4.Extra bag for shopping..as Leh offers many handicraft items… ☺ (depends on ur wish)

Eatable stuff:

Carry Glucose, choclates, Nuts and other stuff which u want to carry.

NOTE: Appetite will reduce due to AMS

2. carry pickle as Ladakh food is bland

Toiletries:

Facewash/Paper Soap

Tooth brush/ Tooth paste

Wet tissue/Dry tissue (NOTE: Carry lots of tissue paper as tissues are expensive in leh)

Moisturizer / Comb

Clothes:

Jackets/Pullovers/Sweaters

Woolen socks

Light trouser/ t-shirt

(NOTE: Dress in layers as it will be easy for you to add and subtract clothes due to sudden fall and rise in temperature over there.)

Some other important stuff:

Carry your ID-card and some photocopies of it

2. Medical Insurance(if any)

3. Map of Ladhakh

4. List of important contacts on a paper as phone batteries may die there quickly.

5. Chargers of your phone

6. Extra battery if u have any for your camera as in cold env batteries die quickly.

7. Carry enough memory cards for your camera.

8. If possible 3 socket Belkin surge Protector (as there might be few charging points and we all want to charge either our phones or camera batteries)

9. Carry enough cash so that we would not end-up in wasting time in front of ATM(NOTE: Long queues in Leh in front of ATM)

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Prashant Kumar September 18, 2017 - 11:19 am

Thank you very much Mr. Banerjee. Your advice will always going to to help me in trip. Thanks again for your wonderful suggestions.

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Vargis.Khan September 18, 2017 - 10:29 pm

Thanks a ton Mr. Banerjee. That is quite a comprehensive list.

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Nidhi July 4, 2018 - 4:36 am

Thanks a lot Mr. Banerjee. This list is really very very helpful

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Iris Pfeiffer September 12, 2017 - 8:44 pm

We will head there end of October – as this is already out of season: any tipps? 🙂

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Vargis.Khan September 13, 2017 - 12:31 pm

Days will still be about OK, moderate enough but mornings and evening will be too cold. Do not however carry thick or all woolens though. Light woolens still that you can wear in layers with Thermals and a thick heavy windproof jacket on the top. Good cap that can cover your head and ear both and warm gloves are a must.

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BALA September 5, 2017 - 7:09 am

Can i get mineral water and milk everywhere in ladakh regions. Tell me some commonly available foods in leh (im a vegetarian)..

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Vargis.Khan September 5, 2017 - 4:40 pm

Yes you should be able to get Mineral water and milk everywhere in Ladakh. For veg food, take a look at the article below. South Indian specific food may be a problem but commmon dishes like Chapati, Parantha, Sabzi, Rice, Daal etc wil be available everywhere.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/list-of-vegetarian-restaurants-in-leh-srinagar/

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BALA September 5, 2017 - 6:10 am

Hi,
1*We are a couple from southindia visiting ladakh next week reaching by flight, by fight we cant take more things (extra luggage) plz share me some must things that should be purchased in delhi.We are having 1 full-day free at delhi. Can I purchase anything good stuff related to ladakh trip.. plz suggest me anything better buy in Delhi market.. Also tell me in delhi is there any shop particularly sells innovative travel things.. If there plz give contact.
2*Tell me something to avoid purchase in our place that should be better by in leh good quality/same price..
Trip duration=15 days..
LADAKH-KARGIL-SRINAGAR.

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Vargis.Khan September 5, 2017 - 4:45 pm

You do not have to buy anything specific as such. Just carry your normal cottons with a few light wooles and a thick heavy windproof jacket and you should survive the trip. Carry your regular shoes, pair of warm socks, pair of gloves, a cap to cover our head and ears; that is all

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Puneet Narang August 8, 2017 - 1:31 pm

Superb job bro please suggest we are in a family group with children of age 4 to 7 in first week of September.

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2017 - 1:42 pm

Hello Puneet Bhai – September is a good time to go to Ladakh. For traveling with your kids, please take a look at the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

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Puneet Narang August 8, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Please suggest cloths for September first week we are going by air and what will be maximum and minimum temperature would be at that time
Thanks

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Days will be moderately warm, nights can get a little cold though. Just carry plenty of cottons that you can wear on top of one another, few light woolens and a thick heavy windproof jacket with hood, along with warm gloves and you will be OK.

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Anwar Ayoob August 8, 2017 - 12:11 pm

Read all queries answers …and understood
Self and wife just planned for the trip next week InshaAllah

Thank you Bless you…

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2017 - 1:44 pm

Thanks Anwar Bhai. All the best for your trip, have fun and do share how it went upon return. God bless you brother.

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Sneha Bhat July 24, 2017 - 11:43 am

HI Vargis! Thanks for this. I’m going with a group on a roadtrip – by jeeps (not bikes). So what footwear do you suggest? Are boots then necessary if there are no bikes involved? Or would sports shoes do? Thanks 🙂

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2017 - 3:20 pm

Hi Sneha,

If no motorcycles then yes, you have no need to carrry boots. Sports shoes will do just fine, carry woolen socks though if you can.

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Vishwa June 27, 2017 - 12:18 pm

Hello Vargis, just wanted to stop by and say – you have a fantastic blog..!! This is almost like the “one for dummies”, I personally got many clarifications by reading your posts. Way to go man! Keep up the great work!

Cheers!!!

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Vargis.Khan June 27, 2017 - 3:40 pm

Thanks a lot for your kind words Vishwa Bhai. I really appreciate it.

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Pranay Agrawal June 22, 2017 - 11:43 pm

Hello Vargis.
This is Pranay. Six of us are going to Ladakh on Monday i.e. 26th june, through manali in a car booked by a travel agent and we are damn underprepared both physically and mentally and also in terms of what to pack for such a tumultuous trip. Can you give some sound personal advice on how to go about it and what essentials to carry ? Because I’m scared shitless which is the reason why I’m writing on your blog to seek advice at 5.07am just 2 days before the trip while everyone else is asleep peacefully thinking they are gonna have a time of their life.
We will fly to Delhi from Kolkata, then take a bus to manali and then a car to leh via a 1 night halt at Jispa. We will try to reach Leh by 29th, weather permitting and including 1 night halts at each nubra and pangong, be back to jispa by 4th and Delhi by 6th via Manali. Would you advice doing everything so swiftly? All our bookings are done for everywhere including tents at nubra and pangong.
Thankyou

P.s. great blog you got there.

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2017 - 4:47 pm

Hi Pranay – Since your question is not really specific and to give you an overview of everything will be a bit much to type. Use the “Contact Me” button from the menu, drop me an email with your phone number and let us talk over the phone. Will be better that way.

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Govind June 18, 2017 - 1:19 pm

Hi Vargas we are travelling on June 20 th what clothes would u suggest to carry with us

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2017 - 8:40 pm

Hi Govind – How are you traveling?

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trupti June 16, 2017 - 10:31 am

Hey Vargis,

I am Trupti. We are visiting Ladakh in July. We will be riding a bike from Delhi. Do we need to carry rainproof jackets or the winter jackets would suffice? Also, do we need to prepare physically (Though its too late to ask this now)

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Vargis.Khan June 16, 2017 - 1:12 pm

Hi Trupti – It is always wise to prepare for every possible situation. You may encounter rain at some places. When you are buying your winter jacket, buy one that is both wind and water proof. Buy one from Manali itself, will serve you well.

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Arshi June 6, 2017 - 11:28 am

Hi there
We are travelling leh after a week.. that too with one year old kid..
Is there anythng specific that u would like to share or suggest in respect to toddler

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 1:50 pm

Hello Arshi – Please see the article below on visiting Ladakh with children.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

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Vipin Arya April 1, 2017 - 9:46 am

Hi Vargis,

We are total 5 and planing for leh-ladakh by car from delhi in Jun-july. Some queries i have :

1. We have 15 days starting from delhi and return. We are planing to reach leh through Manali-leh highway and return through srinagar. We want to cover zanskar and tso-moriri also. Will it be possible to cover all these places in 15 days?

2. How much expert a driver should be to drive through these terrains as only 2 of us know driving and have little experience to drive through mountains?

3. Can it be possible to cover spiti valley/Pangi/Kishtwar also, Please suggest.

Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan April 1, 2017 - 4:18 pm

Hi Vipin –

1. Yes, 15 days would be sufficient to cover both Ladakh and Zanskar.
2. You do not really have to be a super expert driver but should know how to maneuver a car through slush, water streams and quick turns. Why don’t you try to take a couple of trips to Uttarakhand, specially the road towards Gangotri from Rishikesh. Should give you some experience before you drive to Ladakh.
3. Including Spiti as well within 15 days will be a way too long journey, I would not recommend it. Spiti alone needs a good 6-7 days to cover from Shimla to Manali

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Abhi February 24, 2017 - 9:44 am

Hello Vargis,

We are planning for Leh-Ladakh trip in September end. Is it advisable to go during that time ? How will the roads be at that time ?

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Vargis.Khan February 25, 2017 - 7:57 pm

Hello Abhi – September is the perfect time to visit Ladakh. Roads will be in near perfect condition.

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