An Ideal Itinerary to Visit Ladakh in 7 Days

by Vargis.Khan

Continuing from the previous article where I talked about visiting Ladakh in 6 days; in this article I will provide a few sample itineraries to cover Leh Ladakh in 7 days. To begin with, I will first provide an itinerary which I recommend; followed by a few other ways to complete the journey, in case the first one doesn’t suit you. Most important thing to remember here is that Ladakh in 7 days will have to be an air trip. You will have to catch a flight in and out of Leh and it would be extremely difficult to make this journey by road. If you only have 7 days in hand and you want this to be a memorable experience, then I strongly advise that you use this time to only explore Ladakh; and leave Manali to Leh or Srinagar to Leh highway for another vacation, at another time.

Ladakh in 7 days

Biggest concern for anyone reaching Ladakh by Air is of acute mountain sickness. Within a matter of hours, altitude increases by a considerable amount. You bring your body to heights that it has never been to; that it is not accustomed to; and that too all of a sudden. Slow gain in altitude is the best prevention against mountain sickness which doesn’t really happen in case of covering Ladakh in 7 days and getting there by flight. It then becomes of utmost importance that you allow sufficient time for acclimatization after you land in Leh. Not stressing your body too much and ample amount of rest become the key factors here.  For more details on how to handle AMS, please read How to handle acute mountain sickness in Ladakh.

For most people, their first day after landing in Leh is usually difficult. There is no other way around it but to allow your body some time to adjust. It is highly advised that your first day should be spent in the hotel; waiting for the symptoms to subside. You should not plan anything for this day and if you feel better by evening, you can take a stroll through the market or visit Leh Palace and Shanti Stoopa in Leh city.

The reason why I advised against making this a road trip is because the time, even though a week, is still not sufficient. Think of it this way. Manali to Leh is minimum 2 days. Jammu to Leh is minimum 3 days. And then you will need at least a day from your hometown to reach either Manali or Jammu.This really leaves no time for sightseeing in Ladakh. Making this a road trip would mean that you just reached Leh and started on your way home.

Please note that Inner Line Permit was reintroduced in Ladakh effective 2017. It is a mandatory permit that you must obtain from the city of Leh in order to visit places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. This permit is issued at DM office Leh and can also be applied for online. Please read How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh for more details on applying and related charges.

Leh Ladakh in 7 Days

The journey can of course be planned in multiple ways. In the end however, it is more or less the same places that you will visit with exception of a few. Most of the flight to and out of Leh are early in the morning which really works in your favor here. It means that you will land in Leh early morning on Day 1 which will leave you the entire day to make other arrangements. For return flight too, you will catch a flight in the morning and return home early in the day.

While trying to cover Ladakh in 7 days; there are a few things that I will recommend doing to make the journey easier. After you land in Leh, it will become very hard to run around looking for a hotel, arranging permits and making travel arrangements. You will be suffering from AMS and it is not advised to stress your body any further. A better way around this would be to arrange all this in advance.

Hotel and Permits

Almost all the hotels in Leh can arrange permits on your behalf in exchange of a small fee. Before you leave home, call a few hotels and ask if they can arrange the permits. If they agree then scan and send your ID proofs, transfer the money and book your stay with them. This will take care of both the permits and accommodation in Leh. Once you land there, you just need to reach an already decided and booked, collect your permits and rest the entire day. If you feel better by evening, you can take a stroll through the market or visit Leh Palace and Shanti Stoopa.

Mode of Travel

For travel arrangements, it is best to book a private taxi for the tour. You can use public transport as well but that will strongly limit you only to certain places and can become a bit of hassle too. Renting motorcycle is also a choice but only if you are an experience rider and can get a good enough motorcycle reaching Leh. If you are in a group of 5-6 people, then book a private cab and have the driver pick you from the airport itself. If you are however alone or just 2-3 people; cannot really afford the taxi cost; then you should opt for rented motorcycles but do it only after you land in Leh. Test a few motorcycles before finalizing one. Do not book this over the phone in advance.

Ladakh 7 days Itinerary

I will start with an itinerary that I recommend.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 2
  • Nubra Valley to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Pangong Tso – Day 4
  • Pangong Tso to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Tso Moriri – Day 6
  • Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 7

This is probably the most common and easiest of all 7 day itineraries for Ladakh. I put this one on the top because it can be followed irrespective of how and when you travel. The roads to Nubra valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri remain open throughout the year, contrary to common belief. So even if you were planning your trip in winter, you can still follow this itinerary. Second reason is that if you chose to travel by public transport, this itinerary too will be the best one.In peak tourist season, there is a regular bus running from Leh to all these locations. Even if you couldn’t find a bus, you will still be easily able to board a shared taxi. Third reason is that this itinerary does not involve any roads that you may find closed at the time of your arrival.

If you were looking for an itinerary where you can fly out of Leh and reach home on Day 7 itself, then please read How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in 6 Days.

Day 1 – Leh

You will arrive to Leh on Day 1. I am assuming that you would have booked a hotel and arranged the permits in advance so it will give you the entire day to just rest and adjust to high altitude. If you did not make prior arrangements than arranging permits will be the first task of the day; soon after you check in to a hotel. If you are planning to rent a motorcycle, than you will have to move around Leh City, check out a few rental agencies or mechanics; and finalize on a motorcycle.

For a list of some recommended budget hotels in Leh, please read List of Good Budget Hotels in Leh

For a few tips on renting a motorcycle in Leh, please read How to rent a motorcycle in Leh

If you not feeling too affected by evening, you can go for a walk in the local market or visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stoopa or any of the monasteries around.

Day 2: Leh to Nubra Valley

On Day 2, you will start your journey from Leh to Nubra valley. If you are traveling by a private taxi or rented motorcycle, then you should start early in the day so that it gives you ample time for sightseeing. First stop of the day will be Khardung La which is about 35 kilometers from Leh. There is an Army run canteen at the top where you may have some tea if you would like. After crossing Khardung La, you will descend in to Nubra Valley. There are several towns here where you can find accommodation like Sumur, Panamik, Hunder or Diskit. Of all, I would recommend staying at Diskit because it has most options in terms of hotels and guest houses.

If you reached well in time, you may visit the monastery in Diskit, or go to Hunder to see the sand dunes and Bactrian camel. Roads are mostly good except for a rough patch around Khardung La top, between South and North Pullu.

For accommodation in Nubra Valley, Please read Hotels and Guest Houses in Nubra Valley. For a list of places that you should visit there, please read Tourist Attractions in Nubra Valley.

If you were traveling by public transport, then you will have to go to Leh bus stand and from there; check if there is a bus available to Diskit on the day of your travel. If there is none, then there will definitely be shared taxis available going to Nubra valley.

Day 3: Nubra Valley to Leh

On Day 3, you will return to Leh by the same road across Khardung La. If you reached there by Bus, then the same bus will return to Leh the next day that you can board. For a shared taxi, then just go to Diskit bus stand and find a shared cab coming towards Leh. If however you are by rented motorcycle or private cab, then take the turn towards Panamik from Khalsar before coming back to Leh. In Panamik, you can see the hot water springs and even take a dip in the warm water if you want to. From Panamik, return to Khalsar and continue on you way back to Leh.

Day 4: Leh to Pangong Tso

On Day 4, you will visit Pangong Tso; the lake that has over the time become the very symbol of Ladakh. If by a private cab or rented motorcycle, then start early in the day. Take the Manali Leh highway from Leh and travel all the way till Karu. From Karu take the diversion towards Chang La; and continue to Pangong Tso. Total travel time would be around 6-7 hours depending upon your speed and breaks. Roads are mostly good except for a bad patch around Chang La top.

If you are by public transport, then go to Leh bus stand; ask if there is a bus available and if not, then board a shared taxi.

Accommodation at Pangong can be camp sites, wooden huts, chadar tents or paying guest in the village. For a list of available options, please read Accommodation Choices at Pangong Tso.

Day 5: Pangong Tso to Leh

You will return to Leh on Day 4 from Pangong. If you came by Bus, then board it again for your return journey or else, look for a shared taxi which you will easily find. The route for return journey will be the same like day before. If you were by a motorcycle or cab, then you can also visit Thiksey Monastery on your way back.

Day 6: Leh to Tso Moriri

Your next destination on Day 5 will be Tso Moriri. This will be the longest journey so far so an early start is a must. Roads will be a mix of good, bad and ugly. You will once again take the Manali Leh highway until Upshi and from there, take the road towards Karzok via Chumathang, Polokongka La and Sumdo. The ugly part of the road will be around Polokongka La and between Sumdo and Karzok. Travel time will easily be around 8-9 hours.

For public transport, you will once again have to ask for a bus at the Bus stand and if none available, board a shared taxi. At Karzok, you will easily find several guest houses, camp sites and there is the choice of paying guest as well. For a list of some recommended places, please read Hotels and Guest Houses at Tso Moriri.

Day 7: Tso Moriri to Leh

This will be the last day of your trip. Take a walk near the lake in morning and leave for Leh a little early. I would recommend that you try reaching Leh town by 4 PM max so that it leaves you a few hours in the evening for a last leisurely walk around the town before you go home the next day.

7 Day trip to Ladakh

After the first one which I will recommend; let us take a look at second travel plan that you can follow.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Sham Valley Tour – Day 2
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
  • Nubra Valley to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Pangong Tso – Day 5
  • Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri – Day 6
  • Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 7

This will be the second recommended itinerary for visiting Ladakh in 7 days. Most of the things will be the same as I explained above; problem however is that you cannot follow this by public transport. On Day 2, following this plan, you will take a drive until Lamayuru on Srinagar Leh highway. On the way, you will see Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and Indus-Zanskar confluence and almost one third of Srinagar Leh road. If time allows, you may also chose to go to the village of Hemis Shukapachan in Sham Valley. Trouble however is there is no public transport available for this journey and you must either book a cab or rent a motorcycle.

Next change is that on Day 6, you will go straight to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso which will easily be about 10-11 hours of journey and must be done by your own transport. You will not find public transport that can take you from one lake to another.

Rest of the journey will pretty much be the same that I explained with Itinerary one.

Leh Ladakh one week trip

Now let us take a look at the third itinerary that you can follow.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Sham Valley Tour – Day 2
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
  • Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso – Day 4
  • Pangong Tso to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Tso Moriri – Day 6
  • Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 7

First change here is that it saves one day of return from Nubra to Leh; and you can use this day for sightseeing around Sham Valley on Srinagar Leh road. In second itinerary, you went straight to Moriri from Pangong which a bit of a long journey. In this itinerary however, you can head straight to Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley via Shyok road or Wari La. This journey as compared is way short. Problem however is that there is no public transport available for Day 2 of the trip; and on the direct route between Nubra and Pangong on Day 4. You must either be traveling by a private cab or a rented motorcycle for following this plan.

Between the two direct routes, I will recommend that you take the Shyok road to reach Pangong from Nubra. It is shorter of the two and doesn’t involve any steep climbs. Wari La is quite challenging and I would not risk going that way on a rented motorcycle. Cab drivers as it is usually do not go that way. Travel time between Nubra and Pangong by Shyok road is merely about 5-6 hours at most, whereas if you chose Wari La, it will easily be about 10-11 hours.

Leh Ladakh one week

Now let me pen down the fourth and the last itinerary to visit Ladakh in 7 days.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Sham Valley Tour – Day 2
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
  • Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso – Day 4
  • Pangong Tso to Hanle – Day 5
  • Hanle to Tso Moriri – Day 6
  • Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 7

This itinerary by far is my favorite. It covers the maximum number of areas; including both the known tourist destinations and remote ones as well. You will arrive in Leh on Day 1, take rest; go for a drive on Srinagar Leh highway on Day 2; reach Nubra Valley on Day 3; and take the Shyok road to reach Pangong on Day 4. From Pangong, you will then take the Chushul route, cross Tsaga on the way and reach Loma.

At Loma, you will register yourself at the check post and take the diversion towards Hanle. There is a guest house at Hanle where you can stay for the night. If there was no vacancy at the guest house then you can stay as a paying guest with one of the villagers. On Day 6, you will backtrack from Hanle till Loma and then take the road via Nyoma, Mahe and Sumdo to reach Karzok, Tso Moriri. On Day 7, you will return to Leh.

For the return journey, you can chose to take a different route. While you reached Karzok via Upshi and Chumathang; on return take the road towards Polokongka La from Sumdo. This will take you on the road towards Tso Kar and More plains after which you will exit on Manali Leh highway slightly after Pang, near Debring. From there you will cross Tanglang La and reach Leh.

Leh Ladakh Bike Trip 7 Days

If you were thinking of a motorcycle trip to Ladakh in 7 days then one thing is for sure; it cannot be from your home unless you were living either in Srinagar or Manali. Think of it like this. Manali to Ladakh is 2 days at least. Same is the case from Srinagar side as well. So 4 days are spent right here. Then you will need at least 2 more days to get to either Srinagar or Manali from your home; and then the return journey. So 6 days of the trip are gone leaving you with just one day in Ladakh (that too I doubt). Your itinerary will then look something like this.

  • Delhi to Jammu – Day 1
  • Jammu to Srinagar – Day 2
  • Srinagar to Kargil – Day 3
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Sarchu – Day 5
  • Sarchu to Manali – Day 6
  • Manali to Delhi – Day 7

Not the journey you thought about, right? This way you will cover only the two highway leading to Leh. You will reach Ladakh for sure but won’t have any time to spend there.

A 7 days bike trip to Ladakh is best from Manali only; that you reach Manali first, rent a bike there and make a journey to Ladakh for 7 days; something like below.

7 day Ladakh Itinerary
  • Manali to Sarchu – Day 1
  • Sarchu to Leh – Day 2
  • Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 4
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 5
  • Pangong to Pang – Day 6
  • Pang to Manali – Day 7
Leh Ladakh Itinerary 7 days – Conclusion

While the first itinerary can be covered irrespective of what your mode of travel is, fourth itinerary is best advised to be completed by a private cab. There is no public transport available at all on most of the routes mentioned here; except for Leh to Nubra and Karzok to Leh. If you are renting a motorcycle then please ensure that you pick the best one; and that it is running smoothly. You will be traveling some very remote areas and there is no mechanic for miles so in case of a breakdown, you will definitely be in trouble.

Apart from the condition of the motorcycle, you will also have to make serious arrangements to carry spare fuel. Once you cross Leh, there is no petrol pump at all anywhere so you will have to calculate the total distance and carry fuel to last for 5 days until you return to Leh.

Also read: Spare fuel for Ladakh: Where do you need it and How to Carry

I hope the information above on visiting Ladakh in 7 days was helpful. You can follow either of the above mentioned itineraries but I would recommend to keep the places in the same order. The reason why I have Sham Valley and Nubra Valley in first couple of days is because of acute mountain sickness. You will visit these areas and they are all mostly at the same altitude as Leh. Pangong Tso however is at significantly higher altitude and so is Tso Moriri; so it is best to not go visit these areas in initial days of plan. If you have any further questions, 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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Sandipan Chakraborty December 19, 2019 - 6:04 pm

Hi Vargis.. Please give suggestions on the itinerary below:

Day 01: Arrival Srinagar – Gulmarg

Day 02: Srinagar-Pahalgam, Zabarwan Range and descent to Dal Lake post afternoon

Day 04: Srinagar – Sonmarg – Kargil (via Zozila Pass)

Day 05: Kargil – Leh

Day 06: Leh – Local Sightseeing – descent to Tsomoriri Lake View Point Camp

Day 07: Enjoy Tsomoriri Lake view point – Panong Lake

Day 08: Enjoy Pangong Lake- Nubra Valley

Day 09: Enjoy Nubra Valley to Leh

Day 10: Drop at Leh Airport

Please give us detailed places to cover the above itinerary.

Sagi October 24, 2019 - 10:01 am

Hi Vargis,
Thanks to your reply. I find this itinerary you made to be perfect as it covers Hanle for stargazing too.
>>Leh Ladakh one week
Now let me pen down the fourth and the last itinerary to visit Ladakh in 7 days.

Arrive in Leh – Day 1
Sham Valley Tour – Day 2
Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso – Day 4
Pangong Tso to Hanle – Day 5
Hanle to Tso Moriri – Day 6
Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 7

Would it be fine if I go : Day 1 : Leh
Day 2: Leh- Nubra Valley (Panamik)
Day 3: Panamik – Pangong Tso
Day 4: Pangong Tso – Hanle
Day 5: Hanle- Tso Moriri
Day 6: Tso moriri – Leh
..basically skipping Sham Valley (as I checked online taxi fares and the whole thing comes up to 40-45k..which is quite steep as we are only 2 people travelling).

Is there some way to bring down the cost of the trip by either utilizing Share taxis/buses in some/all parts of this itinerary? I have read that shared taxis/ morning bus is available for Leh- Nubra…but I can’t find find any info on how to travel cheap from Nubra- Pangong tso onwards. I’m not sure if I’d get even private taxis from Nubra Valley- Pangong Tso onwards, as all rates seem to be ex-Leh

Dinesh September 4, 2019 - 4:19 am

Hello sir
We all planning 6 days tour to leh ladakh.
From 12 sept. To 18 sept.
Early morning flights for both sides.
Plz suggest how should we plan these days.?

Vargis.Khan September 4, 2019 - 9:46 am Reply
preeti August 9, 2019 - 9:18 am

Hello Vargis
This is Preeti, I would be reaching leh on 7th of october and departing on 15th ,so I have complete 8 days in my hand. I am interested to include few offbeat destinations too. can you help me with an itinerary as i have seen one you suggested for 7 days so what can i incude ?

Vargis.Khan August 9, 2019 - 2:55 pm

Hi Preeti – You can visit Turtuk in Nubra valley and go to Hanle from Pangong Tso. Those are the only two places that can still be called offbeat in Ladakh.

Navneet June 25, 2019 - 9:44 am

Dear Vargis,

Thank you for the detailed explanation. I really find it useful. Anyone who has never visit ladahak, your blog is like a guide to them. You have covered each and every thing needed.

We are a group of 4 guys travelling from Delhi to Leh and back by flight and based on your blog have prepared th below itinerary. Please let me know if you think it is fine.

We are reaching Leh in the early morning(7am) of 31st August and leave on 8th September early morning (6am).

Ladhak Trip Itenary- Draft Version

31st Aug
Morning 7:00A.M- Arrive to Leh Airport, book a hotel( or pre book is advisable), stamping early morning as the office will be open only till 3. rest for the day, acclimatize yourself, in the evening explore Leh(leh market,Leh Palace, Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Shanti Stoopa are some of the prominent ones). Stay the night1 in Leh.

1st Sep- Leh to Nubrah Valley in two days. Leh to turtuk via khardung la- khalsar-Diskit- Hunder. While returning we will camp at Diskit( night 2 in diksit).Diskit Monastery, Maitreya Buddha, Sand dunes and Bactrian camels are a must see.

2nd Sep- Start early from Diskit and take the road towards Warshi. Drive all the way, visit Samstanling Monastery, Panamik hot water springs and Yarab Tso on the way and start your return journey to by 2 PM latest.

3rd Sep: From Panamik, return to Khalsar but rather than continuing towards Khardung La, take the direct road to Pangong Tso via Agham and Shyok villages. Stay the night3 here.

4th Sep: Pangong tso to tso moriri. Easily 10-12 hours jouney,so starly early is a must. Most dangerous road in the whole trip.
Pangong Tso (Spangmik) – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Kiagar Tso – Tso Moriri (Korzok). Stay the night4 in moriri.

5th Sep- Return to Leh. Stay the 5th night in Leh(need to check on which route to return-Any advise is appreciated).

6th &7th Sep- leh to kargil- drass and back to leh. one night stay in between and back to leh and then night stay in leh and then to airport. need to add more as in what to see and where to stay .- this part I am not getting much idea as what to do, please advise how can I best utilize these two days and can cover maximum part in the srinagar Leh highway and return to Leh by 7th night as I have a early flight(6am) on the next day i.e 8th.

(Flights tickets have already been booked from Delhi to Leh and back, so we might not able to return from Jammu)

break of above(Sham valley)
Magnetic Hill, Indus and Zanskar River Confluence, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Hall of Fame, Buddha statue at Likhir Gompa, Alchi Monastery, and Basgo Monastery.

zanskar valley: need to add

also in this need to add what more to visit in the kargil route.

Note: just spoke to a driver who said it will cost around 50-55k for the whole trip. Do you think this is a genuine cost. Please share your thoughts on this as well. Also do you think we should go by bike as our cost will reduce a lot.

Thanks& Regards,

Vargis.Khan June 25, 2019 - 5:57 pm

Hi Navneet – Your itinerary is fine. For returning from Moriri, take the route back via Tso Kar. On 6th, reach Kargil and stay for the night. On 7th, return via Batalik route.

Or else, from Pangong, you can go to Hanle and stay there for the night and go to Karzok the next day. This way, you will reach back Leh from Moriri on 6th. On 7th, just drive till Lamayuru and return to Leh by evening.

For cost, please speak to Nasir in Leh @ 9906229203. See if he can offer you a better cost.

Navneet June 25, 2019 - 6:37 pm

Thank you so much for your advice

Nazeri Abghani June 23, 2019 - 1:16 am

SUPER blog Vargis … why didn’t I find this earlier!!! I’m looking forward to my almost 14 days free and easy first visit to Leh spread over several accomodations. I’m not planning to venture out further than Hemis; Nubra valley and other must visit places will have to wait for my next trip if this one goes well. 🙂

While in Leh is it easy to get a taxi for sight seeing to nearby attractions? Do we have to pre-book everything?

Vargis.Khan June 23, 2019 - 3:32 pm

Hi Nazeri – Pre-booking would be better and highly suggested. Talk to Nasir in Leh @ 9906229203. He is a reliable guy and good driver.

nirdosh thakur June 10, 2019 - 10:53 am

Hello vargis Bhai
I have planned a 10 day trip to Manali and laddakh
I will reach Manali on 1st July and have already booked tbus tickets from Manali to leh on 3rd July and so I will reach leh on 4th July.
Which 7 day itinerary will be best suited for me.
I am travelling with my wife and will fly out of leh to Delhi on last day.
Also, I want to know that I have to apply for rohtang pass permit myself or the bus operator will arrange that?

Vargis.Khan June 10, 2019 - 4:48 pm

How will you travel locally in Ladakh Nirdosh Bhai?

And no, you do not have to worry about Rohtang permits if you are traveling by Bus.

Rupali Goyal May 26, 2019 - 11:58 am

Hi Sir, We are planning to opt for Itinerary 4. We heard that Turtuk is also a good place to visit. Do you think it is worthwhile to visit Turtuk and spend an additional day (other than the 7 days) there?

Vargis.Khan May 26, 2019 - 5:22 pm

Hi Rupali – Yes Turtuk is definitely worth visiting and spending a day there in peace.

Rupali August 18, 2019 - 6:58 pm

Thanks Sir for replying. We are planning the below itinerary. We are planning by sharing cab. Does it look feasible in Sep?

Day 1 : Acclimatise and explore Leh Market
Day 2 : Start early in morning, reach Tutrtuk via Khardung la, Diskit, Hunder. Spend night in Turtuk.
Day 3 : Start early from Turtuk. Visit Panamik, Sand Dunes, etc. and spend a night in Diskit.
Day 4 : From Diskit, leave for Pangong Tso. Stay for a night in Pangong Tso
Day 5 : From Pangong Tso, leave for Hanle. Rest for the night in Hanle
Day 6 : From Hanle, leave for Tso Moriri and spend night in Tso Moriri.
Day 7 : From Tso Moriri, back to Leh
Day 8 : explore Sham Valley

Vargis.Khan August 20, 2019 - 12:09 am

It is not doable Rupali. There are no shared cabs available on Nubra – Pangong route, Hanle route, Pangong – Tso Moriri route. This plan can only be done by a private taxi.

Adv.Gopal Patil January 30, 2019 - 7:30 am

Hello Vargis Sir first of all Thanks for the wonderful and updated blogs. I have finally booked my Srinagar Trip andBooked my Srinagar Trip from contact shared by you.
Sir can u pl help me regarding contact forfor local transportation.

Vargis.Khan January 30, 2019 - 11:18 pm

Hello Mr. Patil – Did you mean for local transportation in Kashmir or in Ladakh?

Vipul sharma January 3, 2019 - 5:13 am

This is the most informative article about the trip to ladakh in 7 days, really well scheduled and explained with proper information the plans and places to visit within 7 days, great knowledge and really interesting to read Thanks.

Vargis.Khan January 4, 2019 - 1:00 am

Thanks Vipul

Hemant January 3, 2019 - 4:26 am

Hello Sirji.
I am planing to Explore ladakh in 2019 but little consfused the ideal time and I planing 7 days with family with 12 year old son and he wants enjoy the snowfall and so which months is best from May to Oct.

F. Khan September 8, 2018 - 10:48 am

Hello Vargis, thank you for putting this website together – it’s really helpful for first timers like me to plan my trip from scratch.

I’ve worked on a tentative 7day itenirary. Could you pls suggest if it is doable and if there’s a specific route I should be taking to these places for better views?

Day1 – Reach leh by flight, rest all day
Day2 – Half day rest. Half day sight seeing in Leh.
Day3 and Day4 – Nubra, Diskit
Day4 night stay in Leh
Day5 and Day6 – Pangong, Hanle, Tso Moriri (night stay in Pangong or Hanle)
Day7 – (pls suggest)
Day8 – early morning return flight


Also, what are the best places to view beautiful sunsets and sunrises from?

Thank you.

Vargis.Khan September 9, 2018 - 1:48 pm

Hi Farhin – Can you please also let me know how are you planning to travel around in Ladakh? Private taxi or public transport?I can suggest accordingly.

Subhasish Roy August 17, 2018 - 7:29 am

Hello Sir
If I used all shared car or bus and stay in budget hotel,
What will be the approx total cost of 7 days tour ??

Vargis.Khan August 17, 2018 - 1:48 pm

You should be able to wrap it in under 12k.

Subhasish Roy August 17, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Is it possible to add tso kar lake in this itinerary?? Please guide

Vargis.Khan August 17, 2018 - 7:25 pm

The bus won’t take the Tso Kar route so it will be difficult.

Subhasish Roy August 18, 2018 - 5:38 am

Thank you sir..

Is the following Itinerary ok??? kindly suggest. also please suggest budget hotels according to Itinerary.

Arrive in Leh – Day 1
Sham Valley Tour – Day 2(Magnetic Hill)
Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
Nubra Valley to Leh – Day 4
Leh to Pangong Tso – Day 5
Pangong Tso to Leh – Day 6
Leh to Tso Moriri – Day 7
Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 8

Bhumij Khandelwal August 14, 2018 - 11:13 am

Hello vargis bhai

Thanx for reply. Following that I have setup the trip between 14-21 Sept. I will be landing in Leh. I want to follow your third itinerary but I have been told by my tour operator visit to Tso Moriri depends on weather and in September it’s usually closed for public. You also told me about this in your earlier reply as well that Nubra to Pangong might be closed this time… Do you have any latest news on this ?

Vargis.Khan August 14, 2018 - 3:03 pm

Hello Bhumij – Tso Moriri will definitely be open in September, there is no way that it will be closed for public. It is never closed actually. Nubra to Pangong via Shyok will also be open in September.

Bhumij August 16, 2018 - 1:59 am

I went through your many more articles and one of that states that Shyok route is the toughest, however you have updated it conditions are much improved now & I guess you have taken that route recently. So –

1. What is the current condition of that road and how much time it takes to reach from Nubra to Pangong in a car ?
2. What places I must visit during this route ?
3. What route to take from

Vargis.Khan August 16, 2018 - 5:48 am

1. It is not as bad anymore, mostly average. Travel time will be about 6 hours
2. Nothing to visit en route. Just a road next to the river
3. Take the turn towards Agham from Khalsar, then continue towards Shyok village and finally exit at Durbuk.

Bhumij September 3, 2018 - 3:42 pm

Thanks Bhai…plz tell me is it possible to do Tso Moriri directly from Pangong through Tsaga-la, Mahe in a day in a Innova/Xylo/Scorpio ?

My tour operator has suggested this as they say travelling from Pangong to Tso Moriri and Leh to Tso Moriri almost take same time and by following it I will save one day. So

1. Shall I take this route or I should stick to leh route ?
2. I will be visiting it around 17th Sept, so how would be the weather and movement on this route ?
3. What permits I need for this ?
4. Is it doable by a MUV considering the road conditions ?
5. Any other suggestions plz

Kindly reply at the earliest as I need to finalise the itienary.

Vargis.Khan September 5, 2018 - 12:40 am

Hi Bhumij,

1. Yes it is possible. Take the Tsaga La route.
2. Yes
3. Normal ILP
4. Yes
5. Since you have a local taxi and driver, you should be OK.

Jayanta Basu July 29, 2018 - 7:30 am

7days tour . Starts from 16th sept18 to 22nd sept….23rd morn back..we are 2 persons . age 55 years. Tour includes 1N nubra, 1N Pangong, 1N tsomari… please you arrange. Partly or fully shared car is possible ? Please inform me….

Vargis.Khan July 29, 2018 - 10:15 pm

I do not arrange any trips Mr. Basu. Sorry.

Jayanta Basu July 30, 2018 - 3:10 am

Why Sir ? What is the problem?

Vargis.Khan July 30, 2018 - 4:52 pm

There is no problem sir but I just do not do it. I am a traveler like yourself who also writes about it. I am not into tourism industry or running tour packages.

NUPUR July 8, 2018 - 5:51 am

Hi Vargis, I am travelling to Ladakh on a 7 day trip by air in the week of 20th Aug. I have heard of great white water rafting there. Is it possible to fit that into the itinerary?

Vargis.Khan July 8, 2018 - 7:39 am

Hi Nupur – Yes it is possible. What is your itinerary?

Jignesh June 25, 2018 - 4:37 am

dear sir,
we are 3couple from Mumbai and planning for leh ladakh trip by taxi.i made an itinerary
day1-manali(solong valley) to jispa
day2-jispa to leh
day3-leh ilp
day4-leh to nubra
day5-nubra to pangong vai agham shyok
day6-pangong to leh vai changla
day7-leh to tso moriri
day8-moriri to sarchu
day9-sarchu to manali
some queries are below
1)is this itinerary ok?means ams regards,if not then plz provide suggestions
2)is this whole trip can done by leh passing taxi(JK10)
3)how much cost for whole trip by taxi?
4)can i save one day to go directly tso moriri from pangong
5)is there any problems in manali for jk 10 taxi?
any suggestions plz tell me

Vargis.Khan June 25, 2018 - 2:26 pm

Hello Jignesh,

1. Itinerary is good.
2. Yes if you can get a Ladakh registered taxi in Manali. Otherwise one taxi you will have to rent from Manali and then another for sightseeing in Ladakh.
3. Depends on how much you are paying for the taxi.
4. Yes you can take the Chushul route.

Srinivas June 16, 2018 - 7:50 pm


Thanks for the info. We(Couple) planning to visit during July 2nd week and interested in itinerary 4.Can we get shared cabs easily on this route when we visit there.
If not is it possible for itinerary 3 using shared cabs.

Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 2:16 pm

No shared cabs between Nubra, Pangong and Moriri. You can try itinerary 3 but will have to hitch hike between Nubra and Pangong.

Srinvas June 21, 2018 - 9:39 am

Thanks for the info..
For itinerary 3..can i get shared cab from nubra to pangong? If no, what is the approximate cost of a direct cab from nubra to pangong.

Vargis.Khan June 21, 2018 - 3:26 pm

You can try finding a shared cab at Diskit but there is no guarantee that you will find it. If you do not, then try to find a ride. A lot of tourists travel on the route in peak season so you should be able to find someone who could give you a ride.

Akhilesh Sharma June 9, 2018 - 6:51 pm

Hi vargis bhai. Can you suggest me a good plan for 10/11 days ? Considering I will reach Leh by flight from delhi and would leave for Delhi by flight itself. I am thinking of taking a bike from Leh for the entire duration and then leave the bike at Leh before leaving for delhi by flight. I can have 10 days (approx) excluding the flight days. I am 30 years old and will be accompanied with my wife for the trip.


Vargis.Khan June 11, 2018 - 3:23 pm

Hi Akhilesh Bhai – For 10 days, please take a look at the article below. Let me know if you have any other questions..

Pritpal Sekhon May 23, 2018 - 1:07 pm

Hi Vargis Bro,

I’m Planning to visit Leh Ladakh from 9th June’18 to 16th June’18. I’ll be starting from Chandigarh and will be back to Chandigarh by Road. Please suggest a best route and at which places to stay while en-route to Leh.
Is it advisable & suitable to cover Leh Ladakh in 08 days (inclusive of Road travelling) by Zoom Car. Please advise. Also which places to stay while in Ladhakh.

thanks in advance for your valuable guidance.


Pritpal Sekhon

Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Hi Pritpal,

You cannot take Zoomcar to Ladakh. Please see the post below.

For 7 days, travel like this

A road trip to Ladakh in 7-8 days from Chandigarh will be tough and I must urge you to either add more days or reach there by flight.

Bhumij April 13, 2018 - 7:05 am

Thnx for the reply Bhai..
I am planning to take the third itienary given by you. However a tour operator told me that it might possible that the way to Pangong from Nubra might be closed in the third week of September. Is it true ?

And secondly he is advising us to shift the dates to first week of September Instead of 14th as decided as of now because as per him, hotels n al will start closing down that time.

Plz tell me going from 14-21 sept is good season to go there and is there any chances that roads would be closed in leh ladhak ?

Vargis.Khan April 13, 2018 - 6:49 pm

Timing is OK, do not worry about that. Hotels remain all open well into October as well. September is a full tourist months and you will have no problem finding accommodaiton. The direct route from Nubra to Pangong however may remain closed this entire year due to some problem. Take a look at the link below for details please.

Bhumij April 14, 2018 - 5:31 am

Thank for this info Bhai…I have got this one more update that “TSO MZORIRI is not possible after 10Sept.
As all camps close down by 10Sept” from my operator.

Do you have any idea if it’s true and if it’s yes and Nubra to Pangong also close this year as u mentioned earlier then what will be the best itienary left to explore max in ladhak in 7-8 days by private cab ?
Plz help

Bhumij April 15, 2018 - 6:47 am

Waiting for your reply vargis bhai

Vargis.Khan April 15, 2018 - 9:27 am

That is incorrect Bhai. You can travel to Tso Moriri and find a place to stay even in January, peak winters. I have done it. Whoever is giving you this info is misguiding you.

Bhumij April 10, 2018 - 5:53 am

Hello vargis Bhai
I have read many of your blogs and that made my mind to plan my dream trip. You are really doing a wonderful job by helping first timers like me. Now I have made some rough plans and need your help to refine it. So the dates I have decided are 14-21 Sept. We are group of 4-5 ppl. Need help with following points:

1) There are two ways which I have short listed to start this trip:
Either landing in Srinagar and start road trip in a cab till leh staying one night at Kargil or directly landing in leh.
Now which one do you recommend considering the no of days I have in my itienary ?
2) I enquired about a tour package which will cover from Srinagar airport to leh airport with hotels & sightseeing for Rs 19000 per person. How is it ?
Or renting a bike and exploring leh n ladhak on our own would better as I have a desire to do a bike trip there ?
Kindly guide

Vargis.Khan April 10, 2018 - 1:54 pm

Hello Bhumij Bhai,

If you have one week, then I would highly recommend that you land directly in Leh and use these 7 days to explore Ladakh. You can rent bikes in Leh city. It would save you a lot of hassle, money and you will be able to enjoy better,

Shamshard Marikkar August 17, 2019 - 8:38 am

Hi Vargis
Thank u for all the info its very useful for name is Shamshard and im planning a 8 day tour to leh and arriving by air on 21st sep planning to go with ur itenary number 4 and by a pvt cab..would u mind listing down d main attractions that i would be covering if i take this itenary pls?


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