Ladakh 8 Days Itinerary – How to Plan Your Journey?

by Vargis.Khan

When you plan a trip to Ladakh with only 8 days in hand; most important thing to remember then is that this can only be an air trip. You will have to catch a flight in and out of Leh and use 8 days only to explore Ladakh. The roads from Manali to Leh and Leh to Srinagar will have to be left out of your itinerary to be explored at another time; during another vacation. How do you use this time in Ladakh; what all places to visit and how to get there is what I will provide details on in this article. To being with, I will first recommend a Leh Ladakh 8 days itinerary that I recommend; followed by few other alternate ways to complete the journey. Based on your preference and mode of travel, you can chose to follow either of these itineraries.

Ladakh 8 Days Itinerary

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 8 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 8 days, 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 8 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 8 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 to inquire; and 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 hotel; collect your permits and rest the entire day.

For a complete road map of Ladakh, please read A Detailed Road Map of Ladakh

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 there before finalizing one. Do not book this over the phone in advance.

Also read: How to rent a motorcycle in Leh: Rates and Procedure

Leh Ladakh 8 day Itinerary

Mention below are three sample itineraries that you can follow. I will first start with the one that I recommend.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • 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

The reason why I put this itinerary on the top is because it can be followed irrespective of the month you are traveling in . Your mode of travel also does not matter in this case. Contrary to common belief, internal roads to Pangong, Nubra and Tso Moriri remain open throughout the year so even if you were reaching Ladakh in dead of winter; you can still follow this travel plan. In peak tourist season, there is regular public transport available to all these places so it does not matter if you were traveling by a bike, car or bus, this itinerary will still apply. Even if there was no bus available matching your schedule, you will still be easily able to find a shared taxi going this way. A detailed description of the itinerary is mentioned below.

If you were looking for an itinerary where you can fly out of Leh and reach home on Day 8 itself, then please read How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in 7 Days.

Day 1 & 2: 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

Spending the first 2 days in Leh City itself will give you plenty of time to adjust yourself to the altitude and make the journey ahead easier. In coming days, you will be crossing high altitude passes, sleeping near high altitude lakes and proper acclimatization in initial days will ensure that you do not face any problem later. This is even more beneficial if you are traveling to Ladakh with family or children.

You do not necessarily have to get bored in the hotel itself. There are several places in Leh city and its vicinity which are definitely worth a visit. Leh Palace, Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Shanti Stoopa are some of the prominent ones. If you are feeling better, then use your Day 2 for sightseeing in Leh city. For a complete list of places that you can see in leh, please read Tourist Attractions in Leh City and its Vicinity.

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.

Another and a different version of the itinerary can be like below.

8 Days Trip to Leh Ladakh
  • 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 Leh – Day 6
  • Leh to Tso Moriri – Day 7
  • Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 8

This will be the second recommended itinerary for visiting Ladakh in 8 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.

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

Also read: How to Plan your Trip to Ladakh with Children

Below is Itinerary # 3

Ladakh Trip in 8 Days
  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 2
  • Kargil to Leh via Batalik – Day 3
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 4
  • Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso – Day 5
  • Pangong Tso to Hanle – Day 6
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 7
  • Tso Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 8

This itinerary by far is my favorite as it covers the maximum number of areas. Problem however is that it cannot be considered if you are traveling by public transport. Some areas in this itinerary do not even have public transport available in any form, be it a bus or shared taxi. If you want to follow this plan, you either have to be traveling by your own vehicle or will have to rent a taxi or motorcycle in Leh.

Route Details

On Day 1, you will arrive and rest in Leh. On Day, you will experience half of Srinagar Leh highway; reach Kargil via Lamayuru and stay there for the night. On Day 3, you will return to Leh but this time, via Batalik and Dha villages. Traveling on Batalik route required Inner line permit so when you arrange for your ILPs, Please make sure to include Batalik on it. On Day 3 you will reach Nubra Valley and stay at Diskit for the night.

Also read: Mobile Phone Services in Ladakh

On Day 4, from Disit, you will reach Khalsar and take a short detour from there towards Panamik to see some more of Nubra Valley. There is a hot water spring at Panamik and a dip in the water here is highly recommended. From Panamik, return to Khalsar but rather than continuing towards Khardung La, take the direct road to Pangong Tso via Agham and Shyok villages. Traveling right next to Shyok river, this road will see you at the banks of Pangong in about 5-6 hours.

Chushul Route

On Day 6, take the road towards Chushul from Pangong and from there, continue towards Loma village. At Loma, register yourself at the check post and turn on the diversion towards Hanle village. You will also need to submit your photography equipment at Loma check post as photography is restricted in Hanle.

There is one guest house at Hanle where you can spend the night. If there is no vacancy in the guest house, you can ask around in the village and stay as a paying guest with any of the villagers. From Hanle, return to Loma once again, collect your photography equipment and now take the road towards Sumdo via Nyoma and Mahe. After Sumdo, it is a straight 55 kilometers run to Tso Moriri.

On Day 8, from Karzok (Tso Moriri), return to Sumdo and then take the road towards Tso Kar via Polokongka La.You will travel through More plains and after visiting Tso Kar, exit on Manali Leh highway just after Pang, near Debring. The road from there then will take you across Tanglang La and arrive at Leh.

Also read: Clothes for Ladakh Trip: What to Pack

Things to consider while following this itinerary

This as I mentioned is probably the best itinerary but also that needs several things to be considered. One is of course about the public transport that I mentioned. You need to have a vehicle of your own or rented. Second is of fuel. Once you leave Leh, there is no other petrol station anywhere so you will have to carry ample amount of fuel to last the entire circuit. Third is of road conditions. You will be traveling on some badly broken roads and will have to review both your own driving/riding skills and your vehicle’s capabilities. Third and the last concern is of the dogs in the region about which you can read more at The Beasts Of Changthang Valley.

The journey can be done in several other ways as well. Let me suggest a few other itineraries as well.

Leh Ladakh 8 Day Itinerary

If you have been to Ladakh before and wanted to cover Zanskar this time, then you can travel like this.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 2
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 3
  • Padum – Day 4
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 5
  • Kargil to Leh via Batalik – Day 6
  • Leh City sightseeing – Day 7
  • Fly Out – Day 8
Ladakh 8 days itinerary

If you wanted to cover a bit of Kashmir as well, then you can fly into Leh city and fly out of Srinagar; hence covering Srinagar Leh highway and places like Kargil, Drass and Sonamarg on the way.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit to Leh – Day 2
  • Day trip to Pangong to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 4
  • Kargil to Sonamarg and trip to Thajiwas Glacier – Day 5
  • Sonamarg to Srinagar and sightseeing in Srinagar city – Day 6
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg to Srinagar – Day 7
  • Fly Out – Day 8
Leh Ladakh Bike Trip 8 Days

If you were thinking of a motorcycle trip to Ladakh in 8 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 or 7 days of the trip are gone leaving you with just one day in Ladakh. 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 – Day 5
  • Leh to Sarchu – Day 6
  • Sarchu to Manali – Day 7
  • Manali to Delhi – Day 8

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 8 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 8 days; something like below.

8 Days 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 Karzok via Chushul – Day 6
  • Karzok to Pang – Day 7
  • Pang to Manali – Day 8
Ladakh 8 days itinerary: Conclusion

I hope the information above regarding Ladakh 8 day itinerary was helpful. These are of course just a few examples of numerous ways that your journey can be tweaked into. 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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srinivasan laligam July 8, 2019 - 11:33 pm

Need local car for hire/driver recommendations. Planning a trip from Jul 30 to Aug 6(Leh, Ladakh) and following the 7 day itinerary provided above. Thanks for all great info and maintaining very useful info

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Vargis.Khan July 9, 2019 - 6:04 pm

Please contact Nasir @ 9906229203

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Priyanka April 5, 2019 - 6:53 pm

Hi vargis

I would appreciate if you provide information about Dha -Hanu village. Is it worthful to visit. I plan to visit pangong , Nubra vally, Zanskar. Please best iternity for us.

Please suggest how we book a taxi (safe and not too expensive), we are two person visiting leh.

Should we book any hotel or camp in pangong in advance? Or let us know how to arrange our stay when reached pangong and Nubra Vally?

Thank-you

Priyanka

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Rima Chatterjee April 4, 2019 - 7:35 am

Hi Vargis,

I am very happy about your blog, it is like a book to me –

I am planning my trip like below, what is your suggestion –

Not covering Lamayuru ,don’t know exactly about it.

If you suggest we are missing any important part , we can add or alter this one.

Day 1 Arrive in Leh, Short tour of Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and market
Day 2 Tour of Sangam, alchi, magnetic hill, gurudwara, HoF
Day 3 Leh to Nubra via Khardung La
Day 4 Nubra to Turtuk and back to Hundar
Day 5 Hundar to Pangong
Day 6 Pangong to Leh
Day 7 Rafting at Zanskar river
Day 8 Fly out of Leh

Thanks
Rima

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Vargis.Khan April 4, 2019 - 6:55 pm

Thank you Rima – This is a great itinerary, no change required.

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Jeh October 24, 2018 - 3:06 am

Hi Vargis, firstly, I must say your blog is a gem, thank you!
Undoubtedly it’s a blessing for travelers planning a Ladakhi trip.

We are a couple travelling to Ladakh from 23-31 March 2019.
I think we might want to share taxi with other tourist or perhaps rent a bike as hiring taxi is way too expensive.

This is our initial plan, and I wonder:
1. Is this itinerary workable?
2. Can we share taxi from Nubra to Tso Moriri without going back to Leh?
3. If we wanted to visit monastery which is more than 20km away from Leh, should we rent a bike or it’s advisable to share taxi? Or we can catch a taxi places by places (eg. Leh-Stok-Stakna-Hemis)?
4. We are saving the first day for Leh to acclimatize, and 2 days to roam around Leh without having a packed itinerary, do you have better recommendations?

Day 1 – Arrive in Leh
Day 2 – Leh
Day 3 – Leh to Lamayuru
Day 4 – Lamayuru to Leh
Day 5 – Leh to Nubra
Day 6 – Nubra to Tso Moriri
Day 7 – Tso Moriri to Leh
Day 8 – Leh

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks much for this essential information!

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Dheeraj October 24, 2018 - 3:19 am

Hi Jeh,
It’s impossible to cover Nubra to Tso Moriri in one day.
It better you split journey of your Day 6 at Pangong.
Day 6- Nubra to Pangong
Day 7- Pangong to Tso Moriri (Leave as early as possible)
Day 8- Tso Moriri to Leh

My recommendation is comeplete the circuit of Nubra Pangong Tso Moriri by Day 7

I am not sure whether roads will be in good condition in the month of March.

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Jeh October 24, 2018 - 3:48 am

Hey Vargis,

Thanks! I was actually thinking to just go to Tso Moriri without Pangong Tso, can we do that directly from Nubra?
I’m not sure how the road condition is in last week of Mrach, but hopefully we find a way. 🙂

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Vargis.Khan October 24, 2018 - 6:37 am

Hi Jeh – Nubra to Tso Moriri means you will first have to come back to Leh and then go to Moriri, easily about 13-14 hours of journey minimum.

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Vargis.Khan October 24, 2018 - 6:38 am

Thanks Dheeraj Bhai

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Vargis.Khan October 24, 2018 - 6:40 am

Hi Jeh,

1. Except for Nubra to Moriri direct, rest is doable.
2. You are going too early in the season meaning less number of tourists and lesser number of shared taxis
3. For places nearby, you should rent a bike
4. Only change I will suggest is to add another day or give up Moriri.

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Jeh October 24, 2018 - 6:59 am

Okay! Thank you. We take your advice! 🙂
Only issues is – it’s off season and shared taxi is limited but we will see how when we got there.

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Vargis.Khan October 24, 2018 - 8:42 am

Yep. Finding a shared cab could be tough. You may have to opt for renting a bike.

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Dheeraj September 20, 2018 - 4:32 am

Hi Vargis,
Very informative blog you have.
I am planning a trip to Leh with 4 of my friends this year. We are reaching on 27th September early morning and our return flight is on 4th October morning. Effectively we have 7 days in hand. We want to cover Pangong, Nubra and Tsomoriri. Can you suggest a good itnirerary with possible route based on current road conditions.

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Vargis.Khan September 20, 2018 - 4:18 pm

How will you be traveling locally in Ladakh Dheeraj? A private cab?

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Dheer September 20, 2018 - 4:11 am

Hi,
Your blog is very informative. I am planning a trip to Leh and need some advise from you.
I will land in Leh on 27th September early morning and will be leaving on 4th October morning. So effectively I have 7 days in hand.
I want to know the best possible route to cover Pangong, Nubra and Tsomoriri during this trip. Please advise.

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Vargis.Khan September 20, 2018 - 4:18 pm

How will you be traveling llocally in Ladakh Dheeraj? A private cab?

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Dheeraj September 20, 2018 - 5:28 pm

Currently I am planning to take two bikes from Leh. We will be accompanied by our wife’s as pillion rider. However I have not done any booking as I am aware of Leh city. Have been there in 2013 with 4 of my friends.

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Dheeraj September 20, 2018 - 5:35 pm

As per current plan (27th Sep to 4th October)
Day 1- Leh Local Sites after getting ILP
Day 2- Nubra – (will go to Diskit and then Hinder, then will go to panamik via Sumur)
Day 3- Panamik to Pangong (stay Spangmik) via Shyok
Day 4- Pangong (Spangmik) to Karzok via Kakasang la
Day 5 – Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar route
Day 6- You can suggest to add on above mentioned itinerary if you feel is required.
Day 7- Leh Locals again
Day 8- Leave at 9:00 AM from Leh airport

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Vargis.Khan September 20, 2018 - 6:53 pm

Kakasang La is going to be tough on a rented bike and with a pillion. I wouldn’t recommend it. Better would be Pangong to Hanle and Hanle to Karzok. Adjust your Day 6 there in between.

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Surya August 19, 2018 - 8:10 am

Hi vargis firstly ur doing a great job and I read every blog of urs…I am planning for leh in the month of November have 15 days with me and want to travel by road from srinagar….Firstly I would like to know will the zozila pass be open in November first week…..Rest all info I have from ur blog…Pls advice me I would be greatful to u. Thank u
Surya

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Okif June 14, 2018 - 7:45 am

How much snow might we find in Mid of July 2018

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Vargis.Khan June 14, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Not much, just a little bit at top of the passes.

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Ajay April 4, 2018 - 5:59 am

Hi Vargis,

I am planning to travel Leh for ~11-12 days in middle of May with my family (wife, daughter – 13 years and son – 3 years). I will fly from Jammu to Leh and then will take flight from Leh to Delhi. Can you please suggest itinerary for 11-12 days? I am planning to rent a car for all days. Do I need to book hotels in advance? Please guide me about the permits and any link for booking permit online.

Warm Regards
Ajay

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Vargis.Khan April 5, 2018 - 2:13 am

Hi Ajay,

You only need Inner Line Permits, procedure for which I have explained at the link below. Please take a look. Where are you renting the taxi from? Leh or Srinagar?

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

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Ajay April 5, 2018 - 3:17 am

Hi Vargis,

We will rent the taxi at Leh. Since I am travelling with younger son who will be 2 years 10 months old next month, will it be safe for him to travel such a high altitude?

Please help to make a suitable itinerary for ~11-12 days and also suggest good hotel / tent house in each place.

Warm Regards
Ajay

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Vargis.Khan April 5, 2018 - 2:07 pm

Hi Ajay,

About your son, yes you can bring him to Ladakh. Please take a look at the article below. I have mentioned a few tips here about going to Ladakh with kid. This can be of help.

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

About taxi and accommodation, please contact Nasir in Leh at 9906229203. He runs his own taxi there, is a good driver and reliable fellow. Give my reference and he will quote you a discounted price. Let him know your requirements and he can also help you with good accommodation during your trip. If you are able to negotiate a deal with him, he will take care of your itinerary as well, best way to be traveling around.

Let me know how it goes with him. If it doesn’t work out, I will suggest alternate options.

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efwe March 22, 2018 - 8:17 am

Hi Vargis,

We’ll visit Ladakh at 3rd week of June 18. Here our itinerary :

Day 1: June 14th arrive at Leh – rest day
Day 2: Leh to Lamayuru and Leh
Day 3: Leh to Nubra valley via Shyok
Day 4: Nubra to Pangong
Day 5: Pangong to Tso Moriri (Karzok) via Loma
Day 6: Tso Moriri to Leh
Day 7: Leh
Day 8: Leh
Day 9: Flight to Delhi

Our first plan was follow your 3rd option above. But then we realize that we can’t go to Hanle as foreigner, aren’t we ?
So, we cut Pangong to Hanle, Hanle to Tso Moriri and change Pangong to Tso Moriri via chushul loma nyoma mahe. And the question are:
– is it do able for day 5 but to long ? if yes, where the best we can stop.
– option chushul to mahe via kaksang la are possible (road condition, permit etc) or not
– although we have PAP for the above area, we still need permit to pass road from pangong to nyoma via chushul and loma, right ? where we have to get the permit ? In chushul check point or loma ?

Or
Day 5: Pangong to Leh
Day 6: Leh to Tso Moriri via Tso Kar
Day 7: Tso Moriri to Leh
Day 8: Leh
Day 9: Flight to Delhi

Frankly, we prefer back to Leh at the end of or tour. But maybe you have better suggestion for us.

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Vargis.Khan March 22, 2018 - 6:26 pm

Hi Efwe,

Actually, foreign nationals are not allowed beyong Pangong Tso so you cannot even do Chushul, Loma, Nyoma route. That area is extremely close to China border and for security reasons, permits for this are only issued to Indian nationals. You will have to travel in the following manner.

Leh to Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley to Pangong via Shyok road (There is no public transport available on this route so I am assuming you renting bikes or private taxi)
Pangong to Leh
Leh to Tso Moriri via Chumathang
Tso Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar

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efwe March 23, 2018 - 1:14 am

Vargis,
Thank you for clear information about Chusul Loma Nyoma section.
And you suggest that Leh to Tso Moriri via Cumathang, then back to Leh via Tso Kar, any reasons ?
Also, how about accommodation in June, especially at Pangong and Tso Moriri. Do we need advance booking ? While some people said unnecessary, but others said it was necessary since June began to enter peak season.

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 4:29 pm

These are two different roads efwe, so go by one and return by another to explore more. No need to book accommodation anywhere, you will easily find it in June at all the places.

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EFWE June 28, 2018 - 1:44 am

Hi Vargis,

We did our Ladakh tour on mid June. Some points :
– No problem with PAP process
– Some snow still present at Khardung La and Chang La. And a day after we back to Leh, we informed the pass closed in the morning due to weather (it was rain at Leh too)
– Sand flew to the air at Nubra during the day due to strong wind, but clear in the afternoon
– Shyok road good in general, even some section have new asphalt. Only view section still dirt mainly after Agam and also have cross water in some point. But as the road lies between cliff and river, it would be better check the road situation at Agam, because there is any possibility avalanche occurs.
– Recommended to stay at Man or further to Merak rather Spangmik. More quiet and good view.
– Chang La to Sakti road, and Leh to Mahe road before Cumathang under maintenance. Should be finished if there wasn’t something wrong
– Tso Moriri feel better than Pangong, because not too much people and more natural.
– Tso Kar seems to be getting dry
– Overall on Mid June, busies tourist at : Leh, Sham Valley, Nubra Valley and Pangong. But east area (Tso Moriri, Tso Kar up to Loma bend) still quiet.

Thank you for your helpful blog.

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Thanks so much for updating this information here Efwe. Do share some pics of your travel if possible.

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Vatsal Deshlahra March 13, 2018 - 8:35 am

Hi Vargis. I really liked your blog, its very informative. I want to know more about the dangers of these dogs in any other regions of ladakh.

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Vargis.Khan March 13, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Thanks Vatsal. It is not so much in tourist areas like Leh city, Nubra, Pangong or Moriri. The Chushul route is a bit isolated so its more of a risk there, nowhere else.

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B M PARMAR Watsapp No 99799 71294 December 3, 2017 - 3:03 am

Good and important information

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Vargis.Khan December 3, 2017 - 8:06 pm

Thanks Mr. Parmar

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