A Common Srinagar to Ladakh Itinerary

by Vargis.Khan

Continuing from the previous article explaining how traveling to Ladakh from Srinagar can be better rather than starting your journey from Manali, this article covers a sample Srinagar to Ladakh Itinerary that you can follow. For places like Ladakh, I believe it is very important that you have your travel plan prepared well in advance. You must know where you are traveling to on which day, what your choices of accommodation are and what all places should you be visiting. This will avoid any last minute hassles and you will be able to enjoy your journey in a much better way. Drafted below is an example of a Srinagar to Ladakh itinerary for anyone who is planning their first visit to Ladakh, starting from Srinagar and returning via Manali (or Srinagar too for that matter).

There are a few things however that I should mention before going any further in the article.

  • This itinerary is more of a common itinerary that gets followed.
  • The way I have planned this itinerary is to ensure that you do not either travel too much or too less on any particular day.
  • Another factor that I have considered in here is that the itinerary covers all major tourist places that are worth visiting.
  • This is a travel plan that you can follow irrespective of whether you are travelling with family, friends or solo.

You cannot of course follow this itinerary to the point because your final travel plan will depend on a lot of factors like how you are traveling, for how many days, what your budget is etc but it should give you a fair idea of how you can plan your journey, where can you stay for the night and what all places you should cover. This itinerary assumes that you are traveling in either your own vehicle or a private cab that you have hired. If you are however planning to travel via public transport, then several other things will also have to be considered in as well. If such is the case, then drop me a note in the comments section below and I can suggest changes or help draft an itinerary as per your need.

srinagar to ladakh itinerary

Srinagar to Ladakh Itinerary

Another important factor that I must mention beforehand is regarding cabs, either self-drive or with driver. If the taxi is non-local meaning that it was hired outside of Leh (including Srinagar and Manali as well) then it is only good enough to bring you to Leh but not for visiting some of the tourist places like Nubra valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. You must reach Leh in your non-local cab, leave it parked at the hotel and hire another cab from Leh for local sightseeing. If you are driving a private vehicle not registered in your name, then you must carry a document that proves your relation with vehicle owner. To be on safer side, only bring a vehicle that is either in your name, or your parents, or one of your siblings. For more details on this, please read the article at the link below.

Also Read: Self drive rental & Non Local Taxis Still Banned In Ladakh

Following Srinagar to Ladakh itinerary is a 2 weeks plan which in my opinion is recommended time frame to cover all of Ladakh. Depending on how many days you have available, you can add or remove days from this travel plan. I will start the itinerary from Srinagar and end at Srinagar/Manali so any time spent in getting there from your home will be in addition to it.

Srinagar to Ladakh itinerary

Starting from Srinagar, this is how you can plan your journey.

Day 1: Srinagar to Kargil

Total distance between Srinagar and Kargil is approximately 210 kilometers. This will be about 8-10 hours journey depending on your speed and breaks you take. Travel on this road and you will know why Kashmir is called paradise on earth. Enjoy lush green, awe-inspiring vistas all days long and travel through some of the famous places like Sonamarg and Drass. Take a lunch break at either of these places and enjoy the delicious Kashmiri food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. If you are a non-vegetarian, you are in for a treat. Reach Kargil by evening and check into a hotel for the night.

Day 2: Kargil to Leh

Kargil to Leh distance is approximately 140 kilometers. Vistas from here will change. Greenery will start to vanish and landscapes will turn into a cold desert. That as a matter of fact would already have happened once you crossed Drass; but whatever little greenery was left too will be gone after Kargil. From here on, it will be a beautiful barren wasteland called Ladakh. Start as early as you can, probably by 7 AM because there are several places on this stretch that are worth a visit. If you started early, then it will also give you some time to reach Leh before dark; and find a suitable hotel if you haven’t booked in advance.

Also read: Good Budget Hotels in Leh with Tariff

This can easily be a 8-10 hours journey. See magnetic hill, Zanskar river confluence, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, monasteries at Mulbekh and Lamayuru, the tall Buddha statue and Lunar Landscapes on the way.

Day 3: Leh

Stay for the day in Leh. Rest and give your body some time to adjust to high altitude. Main task for this day would be to arrange permits for visiting other areas in Ladakh. Once you have the permits in hand, you can also use this day to visit some local places within the town like Shanti Stoopa, Leh palace or Leh market. If you have some time on hand then you can even spend another day in Leh City. For a complete list of places to see, please read Tourist Attractions in Leh City and its Vicinity.

Day 4: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit / Hunder

Today you will be traveling to the famous Nubra valley. An early start from Leh is advised. Reach Khardung La which is at a distance of about 35 kilometers from Leh, spend some time at the top and descend towards Nubra valley. You can stay at either Diskit or Hunder for the night. It is a 6-8 hours journey depending on your speed. If time allows, you can drive all the way till Turtuk and then either return to Hunder/Diskit or even chose to stay at Turtuk. The tall Buddha statue, sand dunes and Bactrian camels are the most famous tourist attractions that you should see.

Also read: Tourist Attractions in Nubra Valley – Ladakh

Day 5: Diskit / Hunder – Panamik – Khardung La – Leh

Start early from Diskit or Hunder, drive back towards Leh and then take the second road into the valley heading towards Sumur and Panamik. See the hot water springs in Panamik and start your return journey to Leh via the same route that you took to reach Nubra Valley. If time allows, you can even go all the way to the small village of Warshi which is as far as civilians are allowed. Interesting fact about this road is that it is the same one that goes to Siachen Glacier, world’s highest battlefield.




An alternate way to do the journey here can be to take the Wari La route to reach back Leh or take the Agham Shyok road to head straight to Pangong from Nubra Valley.

Day 6: Leh to Pangong Tso

This will be the day to see the famous Pangong Lake. Distance travelled will be approximately 150 kms so start a bit early. Easily an 8 hours journey depending on your speed and breaks you take. While on the way, you can also cover a few monasteries like Hemis, Thiksey, Shey Palace and get across mighty Chang La. You can choose to stay at either Tangste, Lukung or Spangmik. If you want to stay close to the lake, then you will have to stay at a camp site. If you want to stay at a cemented hotel, you will have to look for accommodation at either Tangste or Lukung. My advice would be that you stay close to the lake. If camp sites are not within budget, you can always stay at one of the chadar tents. Those are quite reasonably priced and you can easily get a bed for a couple hundred, depending on your negotiation skills of course.

Day 7: Pangong Tso to Leh

Take the same route back to Leh that you took to reach Pangong on day 6. If you did not visit the monasteries, Shey Palace on Day 6, you may cover it on Day 7 while returning to Leh. An alternate way to do the return journey can be that you take the Changthang route from Pangong and head directly to Tso Moriri from here via Man, Merak, Loma, Nyoma, Mahe and Sumdo. Please note that this area still requires ILP so if you have not obtained permits from Leh, you cannot travel here and will have to return to Leh.

Day 8: Leh

From here on, you will start your return journey towards Manali so if you need, take a rest day at Leh. This is just an optional addition here that you may remove if you do not want to stay or are short on time.

Day 9: Leh to Tso Moriri (Karzok)

Another day of long journey (8-10 hours) and you will be traveling on some terrible roads as well. The monasteries, Shey palace that I mentioned for Day 6 and 7 can be covered on this day as well. Start on Manali Leh highway and from Upshi take the cut towards Chumthang. Road till Sumdo will be a mix of good and bad but after Sumdo, it is just a dirt trail for last 50 odd kilometers. Reach Karzok by evening and spend some time at the banks of beautiful Tso Moriri.

Day 10: Karzok to Pang / Sarchu

Depending on what time you started from Karzok, you can chose either to stay at Pang or Sarchu. If you started by say 9-10 AM, you can comfortably make it to Pang by 4-5 PM. If you can start before 9 AM, you can make it all the way till Sarchu which will be a better option because it will reduce your travel time on the next day. Sarchu also has better and cleaner choices in terms of accommodation.

Day 11: Pang/ Sarchu to Manali

If you stayed at Pang and intend to reach Manali today before dark, you must start your journey by first light of the day. It will be cold like hell and if you are on a motorcycle, first couple hours of the journey will be tough so early in the day but it will see you in Manali before it gets dark. Do not take too many breaks as well. If you stayed at Sarchu, even then I would advise to start early after having breakfast and you will take the same route back via Rohtang Pass to reach Manali.

Return via Srinagar

In case you do not want to add Manali to your itinerary and want to return via Srinagar only, then the plan will be as follows. Change will be after your visit to Tso Moriri, before this the plan will remain the same.

Day 10: Tso Moriri to Leh

Spend some time at the lake early in the morning and head back to Leh via the same route that you took to reach Karzok. Another route that you can take for the journey is to take the diversion towards Polakongka La from Sumdo and exit on Manali Leh highway just after Pang in which case you will again be crossing Tanglang La to reach back Leh. I will advise to take this route because the road is good, won’t add much time to the journey but you will get to travel right through the amazingly beautiful More plains.

Day 11: Leh to Batalik

You will be traveling on the Srinagar Leh highway with a slight change. From Khaltse, rather than continuing towards Lamayuru and Mulbekh, head towards Dha village, reach Batalik and spend the night there. Please not that this rout requires permit so if you plan to follow this road, ensure that you have obtained permits from Leh well in advance.

Day 12. Batalik to Srinagar

Start early from Batalik. Reach Kargil and from there, follow the same highway all the way back to Srinagar. About 8-10 hours journey depending on your speed and the breaks you take. If within budget, head straight to Dal Lake upon reaching Srinagar and stay in a houseboat; highly recommended and totally worth it.

Other optional changes to the itinerary
  • If you want to cover Zanskar valley as well, then you will have to modify the itinerary on Day 2 and 3. Add a couple of days here. On Day 2, reach Padum from Kargil, return to Kargil on Day 3 and continue to Leh the day after. If you just want to add on day here, then you can go till Rangdum and come back to Kargil on Day 2 itself. Please not that it is next to impossible to reach Padum and return to Kargil the same day in time so I would not advise attempting so at all.
  • If you do not want to include Tso Moriri, then on Day 9 You can reach Pang from Leh, reach Jispa from from Pang on Day 10 And then return to Manali on Day 11.
  • While returning via Manali, on Day 9 and 10; you will have to consider which way to chose if you want to include Tanglang La as well. If you take the cut from Upshi and exit near Pang, you will skip Tanglang La altogether. If you want to cover the pass, then either go to Tso Moriri after crossing Tanglang La (there is a cut just where Tso Kar is and it takes you straight to Tso Moriri); or reach Karzok from Upshi, return via the same route and then reach Pang crossing Tanglang La. Review the map below to understand what I am talking about here.

Map: Leh to Tso Moriri Road Map With Distances

I hope this information was helpful. As I mentioned, this is more of a common Srinagar to Ladakh itinerary that gets followed by majority of people. If time allows, you can follow the same plan or change it as per your needs. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I would be glad to answer.

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Srinivas V March 26, 2020 - 6:05 pm

Hi Vargis Khan,
Am from Chennai & am planning to visit been 8th to 17th Aug 2020. do you think i can visit Leh Ladakh as well Gulmarg, Pahalgam & Sonmarg within those days. Am travelling my wife & 3 year old son, I wont be opt for places[Ex – Apharwat Peak which involves a lot of trekking]. I just want to visit the major tourist attractions which we should not miss it. Do you think i can manage & visit all the places ? If so, can you please suggest me with the best possible itenary ? If not, can you please share your thoughts as i really dont want miss out Gulmarg
Day 1 – Reach Srinagar & take a cab to Gulmarg & relex
Day 2 -Visit sightseeing places in Gulmarg
Day 3 – Sightseeing in Gulmarg & start by noon to Pahalgam
Day 4 – Sightseeing in Pahalgam
Day 5 – Sightseeing in Pahalgam & start by noon to Sonmarg
Day 6 – Sightseeing Sonmarg
Day 7 – Start early & reach Srinagar . Srinagar to Leh by Flight – Local sightseeing
Day 8 – Sightseeing in Leh
Day 9 – Return to Srinagar & local sightseeing. Overnight stay in Dal Lake
Day 10 – Return back to Chennai by flight

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Gnanasekar R February 26, 2020 - 5:13 am

I am planning to travel on May 1 this year. Is this a good time and will the routes be opened? Following is my itinerary. I will be travelling in bike.

Day 0 Land in Srinagar
Day 1 Srinagar to Kargil via sonmarg, drass, zojilapass
Day 2 Kargil to Leh via fotlu and namkila (cover magnetic hill , indus confluence)
Day 3 Stay in Leh. Rest + permit
Day 4 Leh to Diskit (cover Khardung la,) Nubra valley, sandunes etc)
Day 5 Diskit to Pangon lake
Day 6 Pangong lake to Leh
Day 7 Leh to Kargil
Day 8 Kargil to Srinagar
Day 9 buffer
Day 10 Fly back

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Subhasis Deb June 23, 2019 - 7:10 pm

My itinerary is like

Day 1| Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil

Day 2| Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh

Day 3 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits

Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Diskit – Hunder

Day 5| Hunder / Diskit – Pangong Tso

Day 6| Pangong Tso Lake- Hemis Monastery/Thicksey Monastery/Shey Palace- Leh

Day 7| Leh to Batalik

Day 8 | Batalik to Srinagar

My query is ..is it wise to book the taxi for Srinagar to Srinagar itself or break in two parts like Srinagar based Taxi and Ladkah based Taxi journeys.

If your answer is for breaking then..from which place to which place the two different taxis would be utilized?

We are 6 in total…

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2019 - 8:17 pm

Itinerary is OK. Book two taxis. First to drop you from Srinagar to Leh. Then second for sightseeing in Ladakh and then dropping you back to Srinagar.

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subhasis deb June 24, 2019 - 2:51 am

Thanks a lot

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Vargis.Khan June 24, 2019 - 4:39 am

You are welcome !!!

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Surendra May 7, 2019 - 9:50 am

Hello Mr Khan
First of all my regards and thanks to you for explored information about traveling to Leh ladhakh .
I want to visit in July as couple visiting in second week but max 7-8 days plan with minimumand comfortable budget. I am planning from Srinagar to Leh via road , and return flight from Leh to Delhi .
Day
1) Srinagar to Kargil
2) Kargil to Leh
3 ) rest in Leh and local permit
4) local taxi to nubra valley
5) nubra to pangong
6) pangong stay
7) return to Leh and fly back to Delhi

Should I change something in this plan ?
Good comfortable and budget hotels at that places .
I can book hotels online if u suggest some name
From where to higher taxis from Srinagar to Leh , how much it’s cost around ?
Good camps to stay at pangong ?
Suggestion of small untouched places on the waybor in the way.
Thanks a lot in advance Mr Khan .

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Surendra May 7, 2019 - 9:52 am

I want to know how to get passes in Leh and on what days we can get … What is fee , or that can be done by some agents ?

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Vargis.Khan May 7, 2019 - 1:04 pm Reply
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Surendra May 8, 2019 - 5:54 am

Hello Mr Khan
First of all my regards and thanks to you for explored information about traveling to Leh ladhakh .
I want to visit in July as couple visiting in second week but max 7-8 days plan with minimumand comfortable budget. I am planning from Srinagar to Leh via road , and return flight from Leh to Delhi .
Day
1) Srinagar to Kargil
2) Kargil to Leh
3 ) rest in Leh and local permit
4) local taxi to nubra valley
5) nubra to pangong
6) pangong stay
7) return to Leh and fly back to Delhi

Should I change something in this plan ?
Good comfortable and budget hotels at that places .
I can book hotels online if u suggest some name
From where to higher taxis from Srinagar to Leh , how much it’s cost around ?
Good camps to stay at pangong ?
Suggestion of small untouched places on the waybor in the way.
Thanks a lot in advance Mr Khan .

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2019 - 3:08 pm

Do not book any hotels anywhere Mr. Gupta. Just reach your destination, find a hotel per your liking and negotiate an on the spot deal. The only change in the itinerary is regarding Pangong. Camp sites from there were removed a few days ago but a few are still operational. So you may not find a place to stay there and may have to return to Leh the same day.

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Surendra May 8, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Thanks a lot Mr Khan , your appreciation is my pleasure

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2019 - 7:46 pm

You are welcome !!! 🙂

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Surendra May 8, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Can I do like
4) Leh to nubra and stay at nubra
5) nubra to pangong / Leh ( what will the better option )
6 ) stay in pangong or come back to Leh ….

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2019 - 7:46 pm

You may face difficult finding accommodation at pangong because all the camp sites have been removed. If that happens, you will have to return to Leh.

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Monisha Parthasarathy April 30, 2019 - 4:57 am

Hi. Do you mind answering my question on whether cars on rental are available in Srinagar that I can leave elsewhere like in Chandigarh may be?I was thinking I will do a trip to Leh from Srinagar and return on the Manali highway and leave the car either in Manali Chandigarh. Kindly help. Thank you

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Monisha Parthasarathy April 30, 2019 - 3:38 am

Day 1: Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil

Day 2: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh

Day 3 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits

Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Diskit – Hunder

Day 5| Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
Day 6| Leh – Hemis Monastery/Thicksey Monastery/Shey Palace– Pangong Tso Lake

Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Tso Moriri via
Man, Merak, Loma, Nyoma, Mahe and Sumdo route
Day 8 : Tso Moriri to Leh

Day 9: Leh to Batalik

Day 10 : Batalik to Srinagar

Day 11: Dal Lake & Shikara ride

Hey. Can you please check my itinerary and tell if it’s okay? How hard is it to get the permit to go to Tso Moriri from Tso Pangong?

Thanks in Advance

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Arun April 11, 2019 - 6:12 am

Hi Vargis
Need a few inputs from you regarding my Ladakh itenary.
I am planning to go in first week of June..is it OK to travel on these dates?
I want to cover major spots like Leh, Pangong and Nubra… i would like to start from Leh and end in Srinagar because of budget constraints (Lower Airfare from Srinagar)
I will be travelling solo…so need a tour operator who can accommodate me in a group.
Kindly suggest.

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Vargis.Khan April 11, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Hi Arun – Traveling in June is OK but I am sorry I do not have any contacts with any travel agents.

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Ishwarya S April 9, 2019 - 9:29 am

Hi Vargis,

I am planning to visit Leh Ladakh from July 6th to July 14th (inclusive). Need your help to plan an itinerary for 7/8 nights trip from Srinagar. My preference is to hire a bike from Srinagar. Can you please help me out?

Thanks.

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Vergis December 22, 2018 - 4:42 am

Hi Vargis,

I am Vergis from Malaysia. Below is the itinerary I drafted based on your blog

Day 1: Delhi to Srinagar – rest n local sightseeing
Day 2 :Srinagar – Pahalgam
Day 3: Pahalgam – Gulmarg
Day 4 :Gulmarg – Srinagar
Day 5: Srinagar – sonamarg- zozila – Dras
Day 6 :Dras – kargil – Mulbekh — lamayuru
Day 7: Lamayuru – Leh
Day 8: local sightseeing – leh palace, Shanti stupa, leh market
Day 9: Leh to Nubra valley (Diskit)
Day 10: Diskit – Siachen – Leh
Day 11: leh to Pangong tso
Day 12: Pangong to leh
Day 13: flight from leh

I ve read that you mentioned we may drive from diskit to pangong lake rather than going back to leh, but i dont know how i can alter the itinerary. we also wish to do turtuk, please advise how shall incorporate into the itinerary.

May thanks

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Vargis.Khan December 22, 2018 - 3:57 pm

Hi Vergis,

Your itinerary is mostly all good except for the Siachen part. You will not be allowed to go there. You can plan like this.

Day 9: Leh to Nubra valley (Diskit)
Day 10: Diskit – Turtuk – Panamik
Day 11: Panamik to Pangong tso via Shyok road
Day 12: Pangong to leh
Day 13: flight from leh

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Vergis December 23, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Many thanks Vargis

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Vargis.Khan December 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm

You are welcome !!!

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RAHUL NAWALE August 25, 2018 - 3:04 pm

Hi Vargis,

All your itinerary’s were most helpful to all my friends who traveled Ladakh before and now me and one of my friend have planned to witness heaven on earth this september. We’ll be arriving in leh from Mumbai on 22 september and Returning back to Mumbai on 30 September from Srinagar. I need your guidance to plan our 8 days itinerary starting from Leh and ending in Srinagar. Please mail me if you already have itinerary for this route at [email protected].

Thank you in advance 🙂

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Shubham August 22, 2018 - 10:07 pm

Hello Vargis,
I’m planning a solo trip to Leh in mid-September. I have finalized following intnerary-
Sep13: Delhi to Srinagar
Sep14: Srinagar to Kargil
Sep15: Kargil to Leh
Sep16: Leh local sightseeing
Sep17: Leh to Nubra
Sep18: Nubra to Leh
Sep19: Leh to Pangong
Sep20: Pangong to Leh
Sep21: Leh to TsoMoriri
Sep22: TsoMoriri to Sarchu
Sep23: Sarchu to Manali
Sep24: Manali to Delhi

Please suggest modes of transport considering solo travel for-
1. Leh to Nubra and back, including travel within Nubra
2. Leh to Pangong and back
3. Leh to TsoMoriri
4. TsoMoriri to Sarchu/Manali
(Bikes are not an option as I can’t ride one)

Also are tickets for buses from Srinagarto Leh easily available or I have to book in advance?
Is Leh-Manali route advisable since there are no HPTDC buses after Sep15. What are the alternatives?

Thanks

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Shubham August 22, 2018 - 10:01 pm

Hello Vargis,
I’m planning a solo trip to Leh in mid-September. I have finalized following intnerary-
Sep13: Delhi to Srinagar (flight)
Sep14: Srinagar to Kargil
Sep15: Kargil to Leh
Sep16: Leh local sightseeing
Sep17: Leh to Nubra
Sep18: Nubra to Leh
Sep19: Leh to Pangong
Sep20: Pangong to Leh
Sep21: Leh to TsoMoriri
Sep22: TsoMoriri to Sarchu
Sep23: Sarchu to Manali
Sep24: Manali to Delhi

Please suggest-
Modes of transport for solo travel-
1. From Leh to Nubra and back, including travel within Nubra valley
2. From Leh to Pangong
3. From Leh to TsoMoriri and onwards to Sarchu/Manali
Also will Leh-Manali route be preferable since HPTDC and HRTC buses are not available after Sep15?
Also, are tickets for buses fron Srinagar to Leh easily available or do I have to do advance booking?

Any changes in itinerary or other suggestions.

Thanks

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Jyo July 12, 2018 - 4:13 pm

Hi Vargis Thanks for putting this information on Ladakh. I am very pressed for time and would love to see Ladakh in 3 days. Is it even possible to do that? I want to see Pangong lake and Nubra Valley.

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Vargis.Khan July 12, 2018 - 6:06 pm

Hi Jyo – See the article below please. This is the only way to cover Ladakh in 3 days.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/ladakh-in-3-days-plan-trip/

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Vishwanadhan June 12, 2018 - 1:59 pm

By Bike. RE Himalayan.

FYI,
Let me know if I can do Leh-Hunder-Pangong Lake- Hanle- Tso Moriri- Leh.

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Vishwanadhan June 12, 2018 - 5:46 am

Hi Vargis,

Do you have 15days iternary, plan is go via Srinagar and return via Manali… And any suggestions for solo?

Should be able to cover some of the wonderful destinations, Hanle n Spiti as well…

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2018 - 1:32 pm

How are you traveling Vishwanadhan?

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Vishwanadhan June 12, 2018 - 3:22 pm

By Bike. RE Himalayan.
Also,
Let me know if I can do Leh-Hunder-Pangong Lake- Hanle- Tso Moriri- Leh.

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Sucharita mandal May 21, 2018 - 4:26 am

Hello vargis
Greetings.Can i carry ipad wth me during ladakh trip?

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Vargis.Khan May 21, 2018 - 3:34 pm

Hi Sucharita – Yes you can.

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Remya May 20, 2018 - 2:12 am

Hi vargis,

Amazing work..follower of ur blog..kindly advise me

We are from the defence and traveling as a family comprising of 2 adults n 2 kids (5 years n 2 years). We are travelling from Mumbai

Itinery as follows:

Will reach Srinagar on June 10th and will be returning from leh to Delhi on 21st June.

Day 1: Delhi to Srinagar – rest n local sightseeing
Day 2 : Gulmarg
Day 3: dal lake n valley of flowers
Day 4: Srinagar – sonamarg- zozila – dras – stay overnight
Day 5 : dras – kargil – Mulbekh — lamayuru – stay overnight
Day 6 : lamayuru – Leh- stay overnight
Day 7: local sightseeing – leh palace, Shanti stupa, leh market
Day 8: leh to Nubra valley – stay at hunder
Day 9: diskit – siachen – leh
Day 10: leh to Pangong tso ( by bus) stay overnight
Day 11: Pangong to leh
Day 12: flight from leh – Delhi – Mumbai

My doubts are:

1. Is my itinerary ok?
2. We want to do bike travel from Srinagar to leh ( we are used to long distance travelling by bike with kids) n leave the bike at leh n return by flight. Is it possible ..how much will it cost or going by taxi will be feasible? Can u provide contact nos of bike n taxi ppl?
3. Can we go to Nubra valley by bike? Or will it be difficult considering kharlunga..
4. Any contacts on stay at Hunder and Pangong?
5. Wanted to fit Tso moriri but not able to

Please help.

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 6:58 pm

Hello,

1. Yes the itinerary is OK.
2. Please talk to Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670. He runs a bike rental business as well as taxi service in Srinagar. He is a reliable guy and can give you the cost estimates. If you agree then you can rent from him as well.
3. No you can easily go to Nubra valley, not tough at all.
4. Plenty of option available. Please take a look at the posts below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/accommodation-nubra-valley/
https://vargiskhan.com/log/accommodation-at-pangong-tso/

5. Moriri would be tough unless you are ready to add a day more.

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Remya May 21, 2018 - 3:29 am

Thanks alot varsi..

1. what is ur opinion about taking kids by bike from Srinagar to leh?
2. Also according to ur blog, we can go from Pangong to tso moriri..how difficult will it be taking in to consideration the roads n kids

Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan May 21, 2018 - 3:35 pm

1. I would not recommend it but you will be the best judge for it.
2. Permits for Pangong to Moriri route are not being issued this year so you cannot go that way.

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Remya May 22, 2018 - 1:22 am

Thanks

Can we move from Nubra valley to Pangong directly

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 2:15 pm

Hi Remya – Yes you can, via Shyok road.

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Abhishek May 8, 2018 - 12:07 pm

Can u suggest if we can cover spiti valley in trip of 12 days ? We r 9 adults travelling from Mumbai to shrinagar flight but confused about return booking as we wish to travel spiti valley if possible….

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2018 - 5:37 pm

Yes Spiti in 12 days is definitely doable.

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2018 - 5:55 pm

only for Spiti though. Not Spiti and Ladakh both

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Sri April 15, 2018 - 2:57 pm

Thanks a lot for your prompt response. I was told that for 75+ years old and those who cannot walk much there will be challenges and not advisable? it is so? Your experience shall help. Also, one more plan was suggested to me and thought of taking your views as well.
15th June Friday – Arrive at Srinagar
16th June Saturday – Srinagar to Kargil and overnight stay at Kargil
17th June Sunday – Kargil to Leh
18th June Monday – Leh
19th June Tuesday – Leh
20th June Wednesday – Leh to Nubra Valley and stay at Nubra Valley
21st June Thursday – Nubra Valley to Leh
22nd June Friday – Leh to Pangong lake and return
23rd June Saturday – Return from Leh to Delhi
At Kargil, I saw some airbnb.co.in offered stay. reliable? Any suggestions for good stay at Leh or is it ok to rely on Leh?

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2018 - 9:04 pm

I would recommend taking a doctor’s advice honestly. I do not really feel qualified because my answer will be just based on guesswork.
Your itinerary is OK. The journey from Pangong and back will be way too long and it is better to stay at the lake for the night.

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Sri April 14, 2018 - 4:00 am

Dear Sir, Can you give your views on my proposed itineary to Leh please? I have old people and also not so good in walking people in the group. Do not want anything to be hectic. If I need to reduce by a day or increase by a day, let me know.

15th June Friday – Arrive at Leh
16th June Saturday – Leh local
17th June Sunday – Leh local
18th June Monday – Leh to Nubra Valley and stay at Nubra Valley
19th June Tuesday – Nubra Valley to Leh
20th June Wednesday – Leh local
21st June Thursday – Leh to Pangong lake and return
22nd June Friday – Leh to Kargil and return?
23rd June Saturday – Return from Leh

Total 9 nights – 8 nights at Leh and 1 at Nubra Vally

Being Pure vegeratians, I do look out for some good stay and food options. Please suggest. For some of the members, climbing too many steps will be an issue.

Open to your suggestions. Thanks

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2018 - 9:56 am

Hi Sri, Your itinerary is OK but I will suggest staying at Pangong. Returning the same day will just be way too much of journey and very less time at the lake.

For veg restaurants, please see the article below.

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

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Rae April 3, 2018 - 12:17 pm

Thank you for this wealth of information and for keeping it up to date … it has made my planning much easier, well the dates easier the what to see and what to miss is a little more complicated as I want to see it all (of course!!) Best wishes and I look forward to following some of the routes very soon!!!

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Vargis.Khan April 3, 2018 - 2:15 pm

Thanks Rae

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Tausif Ahmad April 2, 2018 - 9:43 am

Hi vargis,

Isn’t it possible to start from srinagar early in the morning and reach leh by evening same day.

Thanks,
Tausif Ahmad

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 2:02 pm

You can do it but only if you are in a local cab with a local driver. It will take a minimum of 18-20 hours for the journey; could even take longer.

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Dinesh Kumar March 26, 2018 - 3:37 pm

Varghis Bhai, thanks for running such a wonderful Website and giving us information. It really helped a lot. Can you suggest any changes in the following itinerary. We will be reaching Srinagar 12th May Afternoon, and will be returning back from Srinagar on May 21st.

Will be direct route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri be Open in May??
Also please throw some light on Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso route via Agham Shyok route in May??

12th May Morning : Arrival in Srinagar(Afternoon), Procced to Drass, Rest in Drass,
13th May Morning : Head to Kargil War Memorial and then to Leh, Rest in Leh
14th May Morning : Proceed to Nubra Valley and Rest
15th May Morning : Nubra to Pangong Via Agham Shyok Road ( If Opened), Rest on the beds of Pangong
16th May Morning : Pangong to Hanle, Stay in Hanle,
17th May Morning : Hanle to Tso Moriri, Stay on the beds of Tso Moriri,
18th May Morning : Tso Moriri to Leh,
19th May Morning : Leh to Kargil
20th May Morning : Kargil to Srinagar by afternoon, Evening in Srinagar
21st May : Srinagar to Hyderabad

Have to Carry Fuel for 800kms.

If Agham Shok Route is Closed

Plan 2:
12th May Morning : Arrival in Srinagar, Procced to Drass, Rest in Drass,
13th May Morning : Head to Kargil War Memorila and then to Leh, Rest in Leh
14th May Morning : Sight Seeing in Leh
15th May Morning : Leh to Pangong, Rest on the beds of Pangong Lake
16th May Morning : Pangong to Hanle, Stay in Hanle,
17th May Morning : Hanle to Tso Moriri, Stay on the beds of Tso Moriri,
18th May Morning : Tso Moriri to Leh,
19th May Morning : Leh to Kargil
20th May Morning : Kargil to Srinagar by afternoon, Evening in Srinagar
21st May: Srinagar to Hyderabad

Thank You so much in advance 😀

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Hello Dinesh Bhai,

You will have to change your itienrary at two places.

1. If you arrive at Srinagar in afternoon, you cannot goo to Drass the same day. You will have to stay in Sriangar and go to Kargil the next day.

2. You will have to add one day in Leh after your arrival in order to get permits. Cannot go to Nubra the very next day.

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Dinesh Kumar March 26, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Thank You so much bro.

Can you please provide info on these?

1. Will the direct route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri be Open in May??.
2. Also Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso route via Agham Shyok route in May??

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 3:58 pm

Dinesh Bhai,

1. Yes it will be.
2. It should be open but will only know this for sure towards April end.

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Venkat March 13, 2018 - 5:59 pm

Thanks Vargis. We are 4 adults and 3 kids, planning for fo a trip from Chennai on May 16,2018 and return on 25th May. We need to cover Vaishnavodevi temple, Srinagar and Ladakh.
1. Is It it safe?
2. Will roads be open?
3. Can you suggest itinerary?

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Vargis.Khan March 14, 2018 - 2:47 pm

Hello Venkat,

1. Yes it is saafe
2. Yes the road will be open
3. How are you traveling? What is your plan? Flying to Srinagar? Flying back from Leh? Are you hiring a private taxi?

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Venkat March 18, 2018 - 2:50 am

After considering the financials and fact that the kids 5 years and 7 years are hyper active we decided to just do Vaishnavodevi and Srinagar, upto Kargil
We are arriving Jammu on May 16, 9am. We visit vaishnavodevi on 16,17.1We can leave Katra ono18. We need to return on 25th 3pm flightffrom Srinagar

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Vargis.Khan March 19, 2018 - 6:48 pm

If you want to avoid Ladakh and have about a week from Katra, I will recommend covering Kashmir. Go to Sonamarg, stay there for a day and cover Thajiwas Glacier. From there you can go to Kargil and cover Gulmarg while coming back to Srinagar.

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Caleb Benner March 3, 2018 - 11:06 pm

Vargis, I am wondering about what stops the public buses make on the trip from Srinagar-Kargil-Leh. From Delhi, I will have 5 days, 5 nights in Ladakh and am debating between flying in and out of Leh or flying to Srinagar, going by bus to Leh, then flying back to Delhi from there. If I fly, I will miss most of this route and the gradual acclimitization, but it will be more relaxing and I should be able to fit in Pangong Tso.

If I won’t have much time to get off the bus and take photos at many of the highlights along the road, then it wouldn’t seem nearly as worth it. Taking a private cab and paying to stop at all the locations seems like it would end up being a lot more money. Can you explain what stops the deluxe busses make?

Thanks

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2018 - 5:42 pm

Caleb – If you only have 5 days and planning to travel by public transport then please fly straight to Leh. Reaching Srinagar and then going by Bus will only mean a hectic journey and you will miss out places in Ladakh. Skip Sringar entirely and focus only on Ladakh region. The bus takes minimal stops, more like for bio breaks. It stops at a few places in between but more like for 5-10 minutes. For most part, it just travels on. Please uderstand that this is not a bus service meant for tourists, but for locals to move around. So there is no tourist schedule, assigned stops etc. Depending on the bus driver’s mood, he may just chose to drive straight with only a few bio breaks and pit stops to eat.

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Caleb Benner March 5, 2018 - 6:07 pm

Perfect, thanks for the advice!

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2018 - 6:15 pm

You are welcome

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Arun March 2, 2018 - 5:33 am

Hi vargis
I want to know that can I travel with children as young as of 03 yrs from srinagar to leh by road during the month of Jun/Jul

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Vargis.Khan March 2, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Hi Arun – Yes you can. Please do take a look at the post below for some tips on how to plan your trip with kids.

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Arun March 3, 2018 - 4:52 am

Thanks …

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2018 - 5:15 pm

You are welcome

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Kaushik Bhowmick February 2, 2018 - 10:16 am

Hello Vargis first I have to salute you for the time and effort you have given to pen down such detailed and accurate information. Great work.
Which now lures me to take valuable advise from you for our travel.
Our tickets are booked we reach delhi on 14th June night 11pm and return tickets from Delhi on 25th June 8 pm.
7 people total -5 guys and 2 girls.
5 bikes for a trip to leh.
Now can you help in making an itinerary for a bike trip delhi -srinagar -leh-Manali -chandigarh -delhi route..
Kindly add valuable suggestions as well and places to halt and stay for the given duration.
Awaiting your valuable suggestion.

Regards,
Kaushik

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Vargis.Khan February 2, 2018 - 4:25 pm

Hello Kaushik Bhai – Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it and glad that the information posted was of use. Before I make any suggestions, how are you arranging for the motorcyles? Rented and if yes, from where? Or are these your personal bikes that you are shipping?

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alice January 13, 2018 - 3:44 pm

hi vargis,

just asking for your opinion.. i’ll be travelling from srinagar to leh this july. just asking your opinion for our iternary draft.

day 1 : arrive srinagar
day 2 : srinagar – pahalgam – srinagar
day 3 : srinagar – gulmarg – srinagar
day 4 : srinagar – sonmarg – kargil
day 5 : kargil – lamayuru – leh
day 6 : leh – nubra via khardungla pass
day 7 : nubra – leh
day 8 : leh – pangong lake
day 9 : pangong lake – leh
day 10 : leh – delhi

this just our rough draft.

>> permit we already prepare upfront, just need to pick up there

thank you in advance

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Vargis.Khan January 14, 2018 - 10:52 pm

Hi Alice, Your itinerary looks great. No change required. And I am assuming here that you will be traveling by either your own vehicle or a private taxi, correct?

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Berne July 22, 2017 - 7:36 pm

Hi,

This is my tentative itinerary. Please advise/suggest/recommend/comment

Begin: August 30th

Day 1: Stay at Dal lake. Local in Srinagar

Day 2: Dal Lake -> Sonamarg -> Zoji La -> Drass -> Kargil

Day 3: Kargil to Zanskar Valley (Padum)

Day 4: Padum to Kargil

Day 5: Kargil to Leh

(Is it possible to do a direct run from Padum to Leh in one day?)

Day 6: Leh – Nubra (visit Turtuk/stay at diskit or hunder)

Day 7: Nubra to Pangong Tso via Man – Merak. Stay at Spangmik.

(Would it be better to go via Shyok or Wari La?)

Day 8: Spangmik to Hanle via Chushul

(Is this realistic given ILP and army checkposts? We’d like to see the memorials and the Astronomical observatory!)

Day 9: Hanle to Tso Moriri and back to Leh

(Is this doable in one day? The thing is we have to be in Leh on 8th September in the morning. Should we take the route via Chumathang or tanglang la back to Leh?)

Day 10: Leh to Lamayuru.

(We’d like to go rafting nimmoo to saspul and stay overnight in lamayuru. Any thoughts?)

Day 11: lamayuru – Leh. Local sightseeing. Maybe a visit to Likir on the way back or Stok

Day 12: Leh to Hemis/Thicksey (if we’re not able to do this in conjunction with our return from Tso Moriri)

Day 13: Open

Day 14: Leh – Keylong

Day 15: Keylong- Manali – Chandigarh

(Would you recommend doing so in the HPTDC bus or shared taxi? Will be then doing Manali to Chandigarh overnight in a bus)

Day 16: Flight from Chandigarh

Addl info:

– 2 of us going from Srinagar to Leh. Joined by another friend directly in Leh. I’m alone going to return via Manali, they’re catching a flight.
– No vehicle of our own. We’d be open to public transport or shared taxis.(reasonable budget)
– How expensive would be hiring a private taxi for our travel and stay in Ladakh?
– I’ve read your post on camping (very helpful btw! Esp about the packs of dogs ) and we’re planning to carry our tents. Any specific suggestions or tips on good spots? We were looking forward to camping in Hanle (apart from nubra/pangong Tso). Any chance?
– Is rafting a possibility or does it need to be booked as part of a tour?

Sorry about the bunch of q’s… do provide your inputs! Also if you have any contacts, it’ll be really helpful. TIA!

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2017 - 10:53 pm

Hello,

1. No you cannot do Padum to Leh in 1 day. You will have to come back to Kargil and continue the journey next day.

2. Your Day 6 should be spend in Leh, arranging permits. Go to Nubra on Day 7.

3. You cannot go to Nubra via Man Merak. Man and Merak are villages further ahead of Spangmik towards Chushul. You will have to do the journey via Wari La or Agham Shyok road.

4. Little confused with your name. If you are an Indian, then yes you can go to Hanle, if not an Indian then you cannot go any further than Pangong.

5. Hanle to Tso Moriri is one day journey and then Moriri to Leh is another day. 2 days journey here.

6. Yes you can do it but will have to add a day’s stay here at Lamayuru. Cannot come to Lamayuru and do rafting the same day, will be way too hectic. On a second thought, why come back to Lamayuru? You will be crossing it on your way to Leh from Kargil. Just add a stay here, do rafting and then go to Leh.

7. I read your HRTC or HPTDC comment after I went on answering the above. Going to Hanle will be a problem by public transport. There are no shared taxis available and bus service too is severely limited. You will have to come back to Leh from Pangong and then go to Moriri via Chumathang. For Keylong to Chandigarh, you can take the early morning bus from Keylong to Manali and then a bus from Manali to Chandigarh.

8. Private taxis in Leh are way too expensive, not suitable for a budget trip at all unless you have 5-6 people to share the cost with.

9. Ladakh is an open desert, plenty of spots to chose from but just find a local dhaba to camp, do not camp in the middle of nowhere.

10. Rafting is possible, don’t have to prebook.

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Jash Agrawal July 4, 2017 - 10:19 am

Hi Vargis,

The article is very helpful. Need your help with modified itinerary. We are 8 of us travelling from Srinagar to Leh and Ladakh. Could you modify the trip for 9 days. Also, whether you would suggest taking flight back from Leh or Srinagar?

Thank you in advance. Looking forward to your reply at the earliest as need to plan quickly due to shortage of time.

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2017 - 4:08 pm

Hi Jash – Do you have 9 days from Srinagar or less considering that you will take a couple of days to reach there? Let me know and I can suggest an itinerary. Better would be to reach Sringar, travel to Leh by road and catch a flight back from there.

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Dennis April 29, 2017 - 3:40 am

Hi Vargis, that means, as per your itinerary mentioned above, one should take ILP from day 3 onward. Am I right?

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Vargis.Khan April 29, 2017 - 4:56 pm

Hi Dennis, Arrange permits on Day 3 before traveling to Nubra on Day 4.

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Dennis April 28, 2017 - 9:19 am

Plus, I am going alone on an enfield. Do you know any good quality foot pump available online? i find plenty of them and never used one before. So any advice from you will be of great help.

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Vargis.Khan April 28, 2017 - 2:45 pm

Coido Foot Air Pump. its good.

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Dennis April 28, 2017 - 9:16 am

Hi Vargis,
Could you please tell me, do I require ILP for this itinerary?

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Vargis.Khan April 28, 2017 - 2:42 pm

Hi Dennis – No you do not need an ILP for this route.

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Vargis.Khan April 28, 2017 - 2:43 pm

Let me rephrase … You do not need ILP for traveling from Srinagar to Leh via Kargil. ILP is required for local sightseeing in Ladakh, places like Nubra and Pangong. If you want to travel via Batalik, you need a permit for that too.

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