An ideal Ladakh itinerary if you are flying to Leh

by Vargis.Khan

Ladakh to me is definitely not the place that a person would want to fly to. I believe that when it comes to Ladakh, it is not the destination that matters but the entire journey becomes an adventure and destination in itself. Fun begins right from the moment when you get inside your car or on your motorcycle to begin the journey and continues until your reach home. I am sure everyone would agree with me on this but then there are times and situation when we cannot take out all that time, when flying to Ladakh becomes a necessity and we postpone visiting both the highways leading to at a later time. If you are also planning an air trip to Ladakh, below is a very basic but ideal Ladakh itinerary that you can follow. How many places you can cover depends on how many days you have in hand but I will try to include all the famous tourist destinations that you should consider including in your trip. Depending on the time you have, you can add or remove the places from your itinerary.

Day 1: Leh: When flying to Ladakh, the first and the foremost concern is in the form of high altitude acclimatization. Within a matter of hours, you reach from plains to thousands of feet up in the lap of Himalayas. You must allow at least a day (or two depending on how you are feeling) to allow your body to get accustomed to high altitude. All the flights to Ladakh land there in early morning hours so after you reach Leh, check into a hotel and spend rest of the day in the city itself. Do not go to any other place; do not exert yourself and just rest in the hotel. If you did not get hit by AMS at all, then you are one of the few lucky ones but if you did, allow some time for the symptoms to subside. If by evening, you are feeling better, then you can consider taking a walk in Leh market or visit Shanti Stupa or Leh palace. Go to Shanti Stupa at the time of sunset at it presents a spectacular view of the sunset and the city. Below is a link to an article I wrote on how to handle acute mountain sickness in Ladakh. Please take a look so you can be better prepared.

Dealing with Acute Mountain Sickness In Ladakh

Ladakh Itinerary : Sunset at Shanti Stupa

Ladakh Itinerary : Sunset at Shanti Stupa

Day 2: Leh: If you are still feeling unwell due to mountain sickness, allow another day of rest and stay in Leh. If you are however feeling better then you can go in two directions to visit the places nearby. Either you can go to Nubra valley beyond Khardung La or take a drive towards Sham valley on Srinagar Leh highway. My recommendation would be that you go on the Srinagar Leh highway. No, I am not suggesting that you go to Srinagar but just drive to a few famous places that can be covered in a day and return to Leh by evening. However, if you are planning to travel to Chushul or Hanle as well (later in the trip), then I suggest that you first secure the permits from DM office in Leh in the morning and then travel towards Srinagar Leh highway. Depending on what time you started from Leh, some of the famous places you can visit are Magnetic Hill, Indus and Zanskar River Confluence, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Hall of Fame, Buddha statue at Likhir Gompa, Alchi Monastery, and Basgo Monastery.

Click here to read more in details about Magnetic Hill.

All these places can be covered easily in a day and you can return to Leh by evening.

Day 3: Leh to Nubra Valley: By day 3, I am sure your body would have acclimatized to high altitude completely and you should have no problem crossing over Khardung La which at not so long ago was considered world’s highest motorable pass. Start early from Leh if you can but do not make it too late either. Khardung La is just 35 kilometers from Leh so you would reach there pretty quick. Spend some time at the top and on the other side of Khardung La, you will descend into Nubra valley. Ever heard of Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground? This is where it is. The road you are on to would run through Nubra valley and would finally ascend to Siachen Glacier but do not worry, that is not where you are going to. Tourists are only allowed until Nubra valley and not beyond that. Interestingly, Nubra valley is also the place where India border touches both the Pakistani and Chinese borders.




In Nubra valley, on your day of arrival, I recommend that you drive towards Diskit/Hunder and stay at either of the places for the night. The road here is open until the village of Turtuk. You can definitely cross Diskit and Hunder and drive up to Turtuk but Diskit however is the best place to stay here. Apart from the mesmerizing natural beauty of the place, you can also visit Diskit Monastery and sand dunes in Hunder. You should also see the two humped camel, also known as Bactrian Camel, that Nubra valley is famous for. Please take a look at the following route to understand this route better and for also a map of the place.

Leh to Nubra Valley Travel Guide

Day 4: Nubra Valley to Leh: Now there are 3 different ways how this day can turn out. You can either return to Leh from Nubra valley or you can continue towards Pangong Tso directly from Nubra valley via either Agham Shyok road or Wari La. For the sake of this article, I would describe all three.

  • Day 4 (a): Nubra Valley to Leh: Assuming that you stayed the night in Diskit on Day 3, today you will be returning to Leh but before you do that, take a turn towards Panamik village. If you had not yet, then I suggest that you take a look at the map I posted at link above so you better understand what I am referring to here. This road is open until Warshi village and you may drive all the way till tourists are allowed. Do visit the hot water springs while you are in Panamik. From there, it is a drive back to Leh on the same road that you took yesterday to reach Nubra valley.
  • Day 4(b): On this day you may chose to reach directly from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La pass. I have posted an article on this entire route with a map that you can take a read at the link HERE (Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La)
  • Day 4(c): This is an alteration to point b. You will again reach Pangong from Nubra but will take an entirely different route which I have explained with a map at the link HERE (Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Agham Shyok Road)

Of the above three, I would recommend that you follow variation 1 if this is your first time. If you are short on time however, then follow variation 2. I would highly advice against variation 3 as this road can be practically termed as “dangerous”.

Day 5: Leh to Pangong Tso: I would assume that you returned to Leh on Day 4 and would call this Day 5 but you can adjust the day count if you are planning to reach Pangong from Nubra directly. If you are already at Pangong on Day 4, then move to Day 6 in this article.

On this day, you would visit the famous Pangong Lake. From Leh you would take the Manali Leh highway until Karu from where, you would turn towards the mighty Chang La which once was considered as the third highest motorable pass in the world. Near Karu, you can also see the Druk White Lotus School where the movie three idiots was shot (the Ladakh part). Shey Palace and Monastery and Thiksey Monastery are also on the way if you want to stop and pay a quick visit but the journey ahead is long so please manage your time accordingly. Do not spend too much time at these places. Atop Chang La, you can pay a visit to Chang La baba Mandir and have a cup of tea at army run canteen.

Once you start descending Chang La towards Pangong, you will reach the town of Durbuk. The only mobile phone tower of the valley is located here so chances are that your phone will show within range so if you want to call home, this will be the time. From Durbuk, you will descend to the village of Tangtse and then straight to Pangong. I have posted the following two articles, first one detailing the entire route with a map and the second one detailing the accommodation options at Pangong. Please take a look to understand the rout better and to decide your choice of stay at the lake.

Leh to Pangong Tso Travel Guide

Accommodation at Pangong Tso

Ladakh Itinerary: Pangong Tso

Ladakh Itinerary: Pangong Tso

Day 6: Pangong Tso to Leh: This day again will have two different variations as below:

  • Day 6(a): Today you will return to Leh via the same road that you took yesterday to reach Pangong. Before you do so, do pay a visit to the army shop near the lake where you can buy monuments to carry back home.
  • Day 6(b): A variation to this day can be that rather than returning to Leh, you head straight to Tso Moriri via Chushul. Be advised though that this part of the journey needs permits that you would have obtained while you were in Leh. If you did not get the permits than you have no other choice but to return to Leh and go to Moriri the day after. If you do however have the permits than you can go straight to Tso Moriri from here. I have posted an article detailing the entire Pangong to Tso Moriri route with a map that I recommend you take a look HERE (Pangong Tso To Tso Moriri Travel Guide)

Day 7: Leh to Tso Moriri: Today you will be visiting yet another beautiful lake of Ladakh, Tso Moriri. Unlike Pangong Tso, which is a saltwater lake, Tso Moriri is sweet water, has lot of vegetation around it, is a wetland reserve and a sanctuary of migratory birds. From Leh, you will again take the Manali Leh highway but this time until Upshi from where you will turn towards Kumdok. I have detailed this entire route at the link below along with a map. Please take a look to understand it better.

Leh to Tso Moriri Road Map With Distances

Accommodation at Tso Moriri and along the route

Guest Houses, Camp Sites and Hotels At Tso Moriri

Ladakh Itinerary: Tso Moriri

Ladakh Itinerary: Tso Moriri

Day 8: Tso Moriri to Leh: Today you will again reach back to Leh but will take a different road and will also visit another lake on your way back. If you have not yet reviewed the article above and taken a look at the map, I suggest you do that first and refer to the map while reading this article.

From Tso Moriri, you will head back to Sumdo but rather than continuing towards Mahe, you will take the road to Polakongka La, another high altitude pass. On the other side of this pass is the beautiful Tso Kar and as a matter of fact, you will come across several other lakes as well which will be smaller in size but equally beautiful. After Tso Kar, the road will merge into the Manali Leh highway, just before Debring from here you will start your journey back to Leh, crossing Tanglang La on the way which was once considered as the second highest motorable pass in the world.

Day 9: If time allows and you can spare another day, stay in the city of Leh and rest your body before you head back home. You can use this day to either just rest or visit any of the nearby areas like Leh Palace, Shey palace, Shanti Stupa, Leh market or the nearby monasteries.

Day 10: Fly back home with memories that will last a lifetime.

This was a basic itinerary you can follow if you are flying to Leh. You can either hire a taxi or rent motorcycles depending on your convenience. I hope this information was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and ask and I would be glad to answer.

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Amandeep February 9, 2020 - 11:19 am

Hello varghis sir , please guide if a package tour is more helpful or can we make a self tour of ladakh if we come by air . Can we arrange stay and travel guide independently. Please guide

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Vargis.Khan February 14, 2020 - 3:52 pm

Hi Amandeep – It will be better yo manage your trip on your own. When are you planning to go?

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Mandar August 22, 2019 - 3:20 pm

Hi Vargis. I need help in deciding the travel plan.
My itinerary is;
day 1: Leh (acclimatize leh market, shanti stuppa etc..)
day 2: Leh (zanskar river etc..)
day 3: Leh to Nubra Valley
day 4: In Nubra Valley (Turtuk etc.)
day 5: Nubra Valley to Pangong
day 6 Pangong to Tso Moriri
day 7: Tso Moriri to Leh
day 8: Fly back from Leh

The above looks perfect only if i think i am travelling this via car. (Heard the cars are too expensive and I am accompanied by my wife, so we are only 2).

Or should I reduce the day of Nubra and travel to Leh (so I can take a bike from Leh – Nubra – Leh) and the following trip can be fone by Car.

Regards,
Mandar

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rohit barnwal April 28, 2019 - 8:50 am

Sir can we go leh by direct flight from delhi in first week of october?
Sir we selected this itenary,, is that good in that season?
Itinerary:
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Day 1 (6th October) : Arrive in Leh (8 KM from Airport)
Day 2 (7th October) : Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La (200 KM)
Day 3 (8th October) : Nubra Valley to Leh (200 KM)
Day 4 (9th October) : Leh to Pangong Tso (223 KM)
Day 5 (10th October) : Pangong Tso to Leh (223 KM)
Day 6 (11th October) : Leh to Tso Moriri (220 KM)
Day 7 (12th October) : Tso Moriri to Leh (220 KM)
Day 8 (13th October) : Back to Delhi

Hotels:
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6th-7th October : Leh
7th-8th October : Nubra Valley
8th-9th October : Leh
9th-10th October : Pangong Tso (Camp)
10th-11th October : Leh
11th-12th October : Tso Moriri
12th-13th October : Leh

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Vargis.Khan April 28, 2019 - 4:09 pm

Hi Rohit – Camping at Pangong Tso has been banned this year onward. So you may have to make that a day trip and return to Leh by evening. Rest looks good.

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Nishi Jain March 12, 2019 - 7:40 am

Hii Vargis,
Thank you for such a detailed itinerary.
I have a question to you….Can I visit Leh in mid April (By Air) ?
Thanks,
Nishi Jain

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Vargis.Khan March 12, 2019 - 12:55 pm

Hi Nishi – Yes you definitely can.

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MANDEEP KAUR September 14, 2018 - 4:43 am

Thank you so much..We have last question.
21 Sep- Arrive at Leh
22 sep-drive towards Sham valley on Srinagar Leh highway until Lamayuru
23 Sep-Leh to Nubra covering Hundek,Turtuk & Diskit
24 sep-Nubra to Pangong
25 sep – we are confused,,,some suggest go to tso moriri directly some suggest to come back and then go next day..what you suggest as its long journey can we stay in between or should we come back ..if we go directly we will left with two free days..what to cover in that

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Vargis.Khan September 14, 2018 - 2:13 pm

Go straight to Tso Moriri, that will be better. Do Pangong to Hanle and Hanle to Moriri and then Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar.

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MANDEEP KAUR September 12, 2018 - 9:17 am

Hi if we have to choose one between Tso Morriri and Hanle what would you recommend from Pangong?
Is i safe to go to Pangong via Shayok from Nubra?6 people

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Vargis.Khan September 12, 2018 - 12:06 pm

1. Tso Moriri would be a better choice in my opinion
2. Yes it is safe to go

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MANDEEP KAUR September 14, 2018 - 3:14 am

Thank you so much..We have last question.
21 Sep- Arrive at Leh
22 sep-drive towards Sham valley on Srinagar Leh highway until Lamayuru
23 Sep-Leh to Nubra covering Hundek,Turtuk & Diskit
24 sep-Nubra to Pangong
25 sep – we are confused,,,some suggest go to tso moriri directly some suggest to come back and then go next day..what you suggest as its long journey can we stay in between or should we come back ..if we go directly we will left with two free days..what to cover in that

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Vargis.Khan September 14, 2018 - 2:13 pm

Go straight to Tso Moriri, that will be better. Do Pangong to Hanle and Hanle to Moriri and then Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar.

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MANDEEP KAUR September 6, 2018 - 10:09 am

21 Sep- Arrive at Leh
22 sep-drive towards Sham valley on Srinagar Leh highway until Lamayuru
23 Sep-Leh to Nubra covering Hundek,Turtuk & Diskit
24 sep-Nubra to Leh or directly Pangong
25 Sep Leh to Pangong
26 Sep Pangong to tsomoriri
27 sep tsomoriri to leh
28 sep Not decided
Is this Ok ?what we can cover on last day ?

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Vargis.Khan September 6, 2018 - 12:02 pm

How are you traveling around in Ladakh?

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MANDEEP KAUR September 6, 2018 - 1:52 pm

what all to cover in that ?

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Rupeet Singh September 1, 2018 - 2:45 am

We are goinf for 9 days… should we go to kargil or sham valley

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Vargis.Khan September 2, 2018 - 9:08 am

Take a day trip until Lamayuru and that should cover most of the tourist attractions en route including Sham valley

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MANDEEP KAUR August 29, 2018 - 7:23 pm

What is worth going Kargil or sham valley?

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Vargis.Khan August 30, 2018 - 12:23 pm

If you have 2 days then Kargil and Sham valley both can be covered. If you have only 1 day then just plan Sham valley.

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vishal prasad August 29, 2018 - 3:05 pm

hi vargis, i’m planning to do this 9 day fly to leh trip in mid sep this year.. i just want to know that is it covering all the things to be done and experience which is their to be.. this plan doesn’t miss any part that’s all i want to know! thank you for all the detailed itinerary…these solved all the major quires about the trip and the planning.
Thank you

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Vargis.Khan August 29, 2018 - 7:19 pm

Hi Vishal – For a 9 days trip, this pretty much covers all that can be covered. If you wish to visit more places than you would have to add more days.

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vishal prasad August 30, 2018 - 6:28 am

hi, i can save a day journey on day 4 by directly going from diskit towards Pangong Tso via Wari La pass as you have suggested in one of the options… my fights are done actually landing in the morning of 10th and flying back on 19th morning.. i have actually kept that 9th day as u suggested for leh… but i can use it if it is needed… suggest me if any thing can be covered or planning this way is good as i am travelling solo.. and mode u suggest for traveling to all these destinations once i land…

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Vargis.Khan August 30, 2018 - 12:20 pm

Yes you can. Better choice would be to take the Shyok road instead for going to Pangong from Diskit. For traveling, you can either board a bus, or shared cab or rent a bike.

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vishal prasad August 30, 2018 - 6:26 pm

hi, actually i am returning from diskit to leh on the 4th day after spending my night on day 3 at diskit or hunder… after doing all the planning my real question arises is when i am starting my day 5 travel:
day 5 from leh to pangong tso stayng their at night
day 6 from pangong tso to hanle.. night at hanle
day 7 from hanle to tso moriri.. night at tso moriri
day 8 from tso moriri to leh
actually their is no fuel pumps anywhere… what is the best suggestion from u..
for day 5 travel u have suggested some buses and taxis… but after that if i plan my visit to pangong tso with these means.. how am i going to cover all these places which i have planned to vist..i am travelling solo… what would u suggest.
and what is the minimum amount of budget should i think i would be needing for this trip excluding my flights.. like from landing till takeoff.
thankyou.

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Vargis.Khan August 30, 2018 - 7:05 pm

Hi Vishal – What is your complete itinerary and how are you traveling exactly?

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vishal prasad August 31, 2018 - 5:15 am

hi vargis,
i am taking a flight from delhi on 10th morning…
so:
1oth sep day1: staying at leh.. local market..
day2: near by places around leh
day3: leh-phyang-khardangla la-khardangla village-khalsar-warshi-khalsar-turtuk (night stay either at diskit or hunder) this journey i am thinking to complete with rented bike.. it is possible right?
day4: Diskit to leh…. night stay at leh.
day5: leh to pangong tso.. leh-karu-sahti-changla-durbuk-tangtsevillage-pangong (staying the night here.
day6: pangong tso to hanle: spangmik-man-merak-chushul-changgela-tasaga-loma-hanle-
photila (staying at hanle)
day7: hanle to tso moriri: hanle-loma-nyoma-mahe-sumdo-namashagala-karzol (staying the night)
day8: tso moriri to leh.. via polakongkala-tsokar-debring-leh
day9: rest nearby places..or naropa festival or river rafting
19th sep day 10: morning flight back to delhi…

i have not decided with the travel medium from places to places…
can i trust the rented bikes to complete my journey for day 3 and 4?
rest i have not figured it out.

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Vargis.Khan August 31, 2018 - 2:12 pm

Hi Vishal – Why no rent a bike for the entire duration of the trip? You would have to do that because there is no public transport on Chushul / Hanle / Moriri route.

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vishal prasad August 31, 2018 - 3:04 pm

hi, would that be a good option.. bcoz the day 5 to day 8 is a very long route and with all by myself… and renting a bike.. the condition of the bike and fuel… i have never been to these places and i have actually no problem in renting a bike for the whole duration.. what would be the ideal thing to do?
# will i get people whom i can join to travel or like just to be with through the journey.. for the travelling part of it? what would u suggest for the fuel related.. carry jerrycans? mechanics available in the routes?
# actually from chushul to mahe u mantioned about the dogs.. what precautions i need to take if i am crossing the area alone?
# suggest any good bike renting place which can be trusted for the condition of their bikes for this long journey.
#what budget i should be keeping in mind if i rent bike for the whole trip.. and for all the other things keeping in mind. like a rough estimate… exlucding the flights.

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Nitin Nayak August 11, 2018 - 6:23 am

Dear Mr. Vargis Khan, My friends and I wish to visit Leh and all the surrounding places of interest during May 2019 for a duration of 10 days at Leh, for which I have been doing a little reading / research on the net.We plan to fly in for want of time or else would have loved driving up all the way from Bengaluru. Your website and posts are really detailed and helpful. It’s all so simply written and yet detailed where it needs to be.Everything is of relevance and all the links provided are very very helpful. Thank you so much for taking the effort to do so and making it so very easy for people like us.

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Vargis.Khan August 11, 2018 - 3:58 pm

Hello Mr. Nayak – Thank you so much for your kind and taking the time to drop a note. I am glad that the information posted was of help. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to answer.

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Madhu July 21, 2018 - 2:25 pm

Thank you Vargis for such a detailed and helpful itinerary. I am following pretty much the same itinerary except for the last day when I have to travel to Srinagar through Kargil as my flight is from Srinagar . I am a solo traveller and would be travelling in August .I read your Blog on August travel to Ladakh . Very useful guidance on packing and other tips . I would be mostly travelling by shared taxis or public transport . On Day 4 , you have mentioned about visiting Thicksey monastery ,Druk School, Shey palace etc on the way to Pangong. Do the shared taxis stop to show this mid way tourist attractions. Do I get shared taxi for Tso Moriri

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Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Hi Madhu,

Shared taxi for Tso Moriri – Yes you will get it from Leh Bus stand easily
Do the stop? Actually no. They will drop you at these places and move on. After you are done sightseeing, you will have to wait by the road for another mode of commute to arrive which these days in tourist season will not take long.

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Aditya Pratap Singh June 19, 2018 - 3:51 am

Thank you Mr Vargis for this wonderful and explained itinerary, found it very helpful compared to other blogs regarding ladakh.
I will be visiting in August via flight and will be renting a bike there to cover all these places, can you please suggest regarding any important items to be carried on bike or whether we can find fuel pumps and repair shops frequently on these routes ?
Thanks 🙂

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Vargis.Khan June 19, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Hi Aditya – Just make sure that bikes are very well serviced and in good condition before your take delivery. Carry a few spare tubes and some tools to change it in case of a flat tire and that will do. Fuel will be available at the local shops almost everywhere in Ladakh now. They sell it in black.

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sukant nayak June 14, 2018 - 1:56 pm

my plan is from delhi to leh by air

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Vargis.Khan June 14, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Yes but then how are you traveling from Leh to Zanskar?

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sukant nayak June 14, 2018 - 6:56 am

Hi vargis
thanx for this post
my question is, if o will add zanskar valley in the above trip then please guide

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Vargis.Khan June 14, 2018 - 1:44 pm

How are you traveling Sukant? Renting a bike in Ladakh or public transport there?

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sukant nayak June 14, 2018 - 4:21 pm

taxi

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 3:06 pm

If you mean private taxi then the journey will be like this.

1. Leh to Kargil
2. Kargil to Padum
3 Padum to Kargil
4. Kargil to Leh via Batalik

If you mean shared taxi then you may have to remove Batalik from the plan and go back the same way that you came.

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Sara May 15, 2018 - 9:02 am

Hi Vargis, my question is regarding my Day 2 plan. If I leave hotel at 9 am and want to return by 4pm, will I be able to cover Magnetic hill, Indus Zanskar confluence, Thiksey, Hemis monastry? Are they all in the same route? Also, any suggestions to plan this better.

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 4:07 pm

Hi Sara – If you leave hotel by early morning and were not depending on public transport, then yes, all these places can be covered in a single day.

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Anuradha Kaundal March 11, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Hello Vargis, i read a lot of travel blogs before planning my trips but havent come across anyone which is as detailed as yours. Thank you for such amazing details. I am planning to visit Leh/Nubra with family in May (parents are 60+). We shall fly to Leh. Will the roads be open? Any advice on clothes to be carried. Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan March 12, 2018 - 8:15 pm

Hello Anuradha – Thank your for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

Yes the roads will be open at the time of your travel. For more details on this and also the kind of clothes you should carry, please take a look at the posts below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/ladakh-roads-in-winter/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/clothes-for-ladakh-trip-pack/

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Anuradha Kaundal April 1, 2018 - 9:43 am

Dear Vargis, Thank you for your response. I shall require one more help from you. We shall be in Pangong Tso mid-may. Can you please tell me if tents are warm enough?
Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Hello Anuradha – Yes the tents are very warm and wind-proof. You will be comfortable enough, do not worry.

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Sara March 9, 2018 - 5:35 am

This is very helpful Varghis. I am planning in June, 2018. I am planning to cover Nubra Valley in 2 days. What is a better place to stay with family – Diskit or, Hunder ? We want to do camel rides as well as see sand dunes. Can camel rides be done at any time and how long are they? Thank you

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Vargis.Khan March 9, 2018 - 2:47 pm

Hi Sara – Diskit will be a better place to stay. Camel rides are short ones. You sit on the camel, they take you around for a while in a circle kind of deal.

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Bodhisatya Mookherjee January 7, 2018 - 4:51 pm

Excellent Mr Khan. Thanks a lot. I am going in May 2018.

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Vargis.Khan January 12, 2018 - 4:49 pm

Thank you Mr. Mookherjee. Do let me know how your trip went after you return.

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Gary Low July 16, 2017 - 9:44 pm

Hi Vargis, I’m planning a backpacking trip in Ladakh on a tight budget. Am I correct to say that I cannot rent a private car to self drive in the mountains? And so, I can only either ride a motorbike on this itinerary or hire a taxi?

And if I were to hire a taxi, any idea how much does it cost for the services (I assume it includes overnight stay for the driver)?

Thanks!

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Vargis.Khan July 16, 2017 - 9:49 pm

Hi Gary,

Yes, there are no self drive rentals available in Ladakh. If you hire one from somewhere else (outside of Ladakh), then you can only use it to reach Leh but cannot bring it to places like Nubra valley, Pangong Tso or Moriri (or any other area in Ladakh). If you are planning a backpacking trip, then I would recommend using public transport services as private taxi costs are enough to burn a hole in your pocket. Read the details at the link below. Another reader who went backpacking to Leh by public transport, completed the trip without any problem and within budget. You can get some useful information from here.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/memoirs-first-solo-trip-to-ladakh/

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Sarthak Dasgupta March 29, 2017 - 2:05 pm

I’m so grateful to you Vargis ji. You have an amazing website. So rich with info. Stay blessed.

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Vargis.Khan March 29, 2017 - 2:14 pm

Thanks Mr. Dasgupta. I appreciate you taking time out to drop a note. God Bless you !!!

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