Can you plan a trip to Leh Ladakh in August? The answer is a definite yes. It may not be the best time to go to Ladakh but definitely has several advantages. With that being said, August is also the month of the monsoon which means that it will also bring its own set of challenges.
There are a few things that you will have to keep in mind to ensure that your trip remains hassle-free which I will talk about in the post. From how to reach Ladakh to itinerary planning to your choices of accommodation, every aspect of the trip will have to be planned carefully. Read on to find out more.
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How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh in August?
I will break this article into three parts. First I will mention a few key points that you must remember while planning this trip. Then I will suggest an example of an itinerary that you can follow. In the end, I will finish the article with a few advantages and disadvantages of traveling to Leh Ladakh in the month of August.
The information below is specific to the month of August. But for any other details on visiting Ladakh in other months, you can also take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide.
How to reach Leh Ladakh in August?
Ladakh remains open and accessible both by road and air in August. Depending on your own preference, you can either reach here by flight, in your own vehicle, or by public transport.
Srinagar Leh Highway in August
Srinagar Leh highway is declared open sometime in April and remains so until November (or sometimes even early December). So if you are planning a trip to Ladakh by road in August, you will be able to include the Srinagar Leh highway in your itinerary.
Manali Leh Highway in August
The road from Manali to Leh takes a little longer to open than the Srinagar Leh Road and it also closes early. Historically, the road is freed of snow and made accessible to the public around 15th May.
It remains open for the next 5 months and closes around October 15th after it starts to snow at the top of the passes en route. So for a trip to Ladakh in August, the Manali Leh highway can also be a part of your itinerary for either reaching Leh or for the return journey.
There is a daily bus between Manali and Leh operated by HRTC. From the Srinagar side, JKSRTC operates a daily bus between Srinagar and Leh.
Both of these buses remain operational in August and are a great way to keep your Ladakh trip within budget. For more details on this topic, you can take a look at the Manali Leh Bus Service and Srinagar Leh Bus Service.
By Private Taxi
The important thing to remember is that a private taxi from either Srinagar or Manali can only take you to Leh. It cannot be used for sightseeing in Ladakh and no driver would even agree to it.
So for example, you rented a taxi from Srinagar. It will drop you in Leh and then you will have to rent another taxi there for visiting places like Nubra Valley or Pangong.
Another point to note is that it will be better to book a taxi in advance. If there are a lot of tourists in Ladakh at the time of your trip, you may have trouble finding a cab for your trip. For more detail, you can also take a look at Leh Ladakh Taxi Rates & How to Book.
By Shared Taxi
Shared taxis also remain available in August. They may not be as cost-effective as a bus but will also not be as expensive as a private taxi. You can find shared cabs to Leh near the bus stand in Manali and from TRC in Srinagar.
On average, it will cost you between Rs. 2500 to Rs. 3500 per person to reach Leh by shared taxi. There is no advance booking for shared cabs and you will have to find one on the spot. For more detail on this, you can also take a look at How I Traveled to Ladakh by Public Transport.
At the time of writing this article, there are daily flights to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. In the future, there could be flights from other cities as well but for now, these are the three cities that are connected to Leh by Air.
If you are coming from any other city and want to get to Leh by Air, it would have to be a connecting flight. You will have to get to either of these three cities and catch a flight to Leh from there.
In Ladakh, buses on all routes like Nubra, Pangong, and Moriri will be available in August. From the bus stand itself, you can also find shared cabs for these destinations if a bus wasn’t available.
Just reach there in the morning and if you can’t find a bus for your destination, look for a shared taxi which is mostly a Sumo or Bolero. Fare per person will be a little higher than the bus but these are more frequent and easily available.
Where to Stay
You will have no problem finding a place to stay. All hotels and guest houses at this time are completely operational and you will easily find accommodation per your taste and budget. This applies to finding accommodation in Ladakh, Zanskar, and on the roads leading to Leh from Manali and Srinagar.
Whether or not to book in advance is completely your decision. Usually, it is May and June when finding a hotel in Ladakh becomes challenging. For a trip in August, you should be able to find a hotel on the spot as well.
But with that being said, it wouldn’t matter much even if you booked in advance. You will probably get charged the same amount on the spot as well.
So if you want to avoid the hassle of hotel hunting, book your stay. If you would rather check out the hotel yourself before deciding to stay there, it would be better to book an on-the-spot deal.
Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in August
Every major and minor tourist attraction in Ladakh can be visited in the month of August. Let me give a breakdown of different tourist places in Ladakh that you can include in your itinerary while visiting Ladakh in August.
Nubra Valley in August
Nubra Valley remains accessible throughout the month of August. You will easily be able to reach Nubra from Leh directly via Khardung La or from Pangong by Shyok Road.
All internal areas in Nubra Valley including Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk, and Panamik will also be open in August. Since this is the peak tourist season, all tourism-related businesses including hotels, guest houses, and guides will be open for business.
Diskit and Hunder are where most of the tourists stay but you can find accommodation in other places like Turtuk, Panamik, and Sumur as well.
Pangong Lake in August
Pangong Tso remains open and accessible in the month of August. A trip to the lake is ideally a 2 days journey. You travel from Leh to Pangong on Day 1, stay there for the night, and return to the city on Day 2.
There are numerous campsites on the banks of Pangong where you can find accommodation. If you want to stay within cemented walls, then you can look to stay as a paying guest at Spangmik or at any of the guest houses in Man or Merak.
You can also visit from Leh to Pangong Lake in one day but that will just mean that you spent most of your time on the road. Nonetheless, it can still be done.
You just need to ensure that you take an early start from Leh, possibly by 6 AM so that you have some time to spend at Pangong before you return.
Another way to plan the trip is to first go to Nubra Valley on Day 1 and then continue to Pangong from there via Shyok Road on Day 2. The connection road between Nubra and Pangong will remain open in August.
Also Read: Leh City Travel Guide
Tso Moriri in August
After Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri is definitely the third most visited place in Ladakh. This freshwater lake may be smaller in size than Pangong but is no lesser in beauty.
Like Nubra and Pangong, Tso Moriri too remains open in August. Accommodation here is available in the form of small guest houses and homestays.
Chushul Route & Hanle
The direct route from Pangong to Tso Moriri via Chushul too is open for tourists at this time It is ideally a 2 days journey with a night halt at Hanle but if you wanted to, you can make it directly to Karzok as well.
Reaching Hanle in August will also not be a problem. For more details, please read How to Travel directly from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri.
The road between Leh and Kargil actually remains open all year long so you will definitely be able to visit places like Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Indus Zanskar Confluence, Magnetic Hill, Lamayuru Monastery, Mulbekh Maitreya, Moonland, etc.
If you were traveling on the Srinagar Leh Highway, then all these places will fall on the way and you can cover them all by taking short sightseeing breaks.
Sham Valley is actually the area around the villages of Likir, Suspool, and Hemis Shukpachan. It is best known for its trek routes and is among the least visited places in Ladakh. To know more, please read How to Plan a Trip to Sham Valley.
Umling La remains accessible in the month of August and you can include it in your itinerary. You will first have to reach Pangong, then Hanle via Chushul, and then plan a day trip to Umling La pass from there.
Zanskar Valley in August
Zanskar Valley will be accessible in August. The most common way of including it in your trip plan would be to reach Ladakh from Manali and then return to Srinagar while covering Zanskar on the way.
The entire route from Kargil to Padum is open in August and you will also be able to find public transport on it. An ideal way to plan this trip is to have at least 2 days in your itinerary for Zanskar.
On Day one, you can reach Padum, and then the next day, you can either return to Kargil or go straight to Manali via Shinku La. If you have time, then stay for a day in Zanskar and explore other places while making Padum your base.
Snow in Ladakh in August
The chances of finding snow are very less in the month of August. Whatever little snow you will find will only be at the top of the passes.
Catching a live snowfall will be tough. You probably won’t get one unless you were extremely lucky. Snowfall in August may happen atop passes like Khardung La and Chang La sometimes but definitely not in the lower areas.
Ladakh Weather in August
The weather in Ladakh in August will actually be warm and pleasant. Days will be moderately warm and you can actually walk around just wearing regular summer clothes. Nights however will definitely be cold and you will need to put on a jacket and some light woolens.
Monsoon arrives in the latter part of July and remains throughout the month of August. If it rained too heavily, it can cause flash floods as well.
The rain is mostly limited to areas near Manali or Kashmir but due to global warming, this is changing fast. There may not be a heavy downpour in Ladakh but do not be surprised if it continues to drizzle the entire day and night. If it does, there will definitely be snowfall at passes like Khardung La and Chang La.
Usually, the temperature in August will be between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 10 degrees Celsius at night. But this will also depend on where you were. For example, if you were camping near Pangong Lake, the temperature will definitely get close to 0 degrees at night.
Clothes to Pack
When you are packing clothes for the Ladakh trip in August, there are necessarily two things that you should keep in mind. First is that you should pack clothes that you can wear in layers. The second thing is to bring clothes that will not take long to dry.
What it means is to pack clothes that you can wear on top of one another, in layers. The weather in Ladakh is a bit tricky and will fluctuate highly depending on the time of the day and place you are at.
One moment you will be cold standing in the shade and then will start to feel hot when you step in the sun. So carrying heavy woolens will really not work and neither will all light cottons.
You should carry your regular T-Shirts and shirts, a few light woolens, and then a thick windproof, and waterproof jacket with a hood to protect your head, neck, and face.
If you were on a motorcycle trip, you are running a high risk of getting drenched in the rain. In this case, pack clothes that can dry faster, polyester for example.
The benefit of fast-drying clothes will be that you won’t even have to spread them out somewhere. Even if you got wet somewhere, they will dry out in a few minutes while you continue riding. For more details on this topic, please take a look at Clothes for Ladakh Trip – What to Pack?
Leh Ladakh in August
The first thing that you need to know is that Ladakh (Lahaul & Spiti too for that matter) is in a rain shadow area, which means that it either gets very little rain or no rain at all. But, all thanks to global warming, there is really no telling for sure where will it rain now and when.
Sometimes the top of passes like Khardung La and Chang La may get heavy showers which can cause landslides; which further results in a temporary road block.
Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh?
If you were lucky, you may not encounter rain in Ladakh at all; but will definitely do so before you get there. Up until the town of Keylong or Jispa if you are traveling from Manali; and until Kargil if you were traveling on Srinagar Leh highway, it can rain any time and you must prepare accordingly. Once you cross places like Jispa and Kargil, your chances of facing rain are considerably less.
Is Ladakh Open in August?
This is one of the most common questions I have been asked of late so I will begin with this. Yes Ladakh remains all open in the months of August and in fact also experiences its peak tourist season at this time. Both the highways leading to Ladakh from Manali and Srinagar are open at this time; as well as all the internal roads leading to places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. There could be a temporary roadblock if it rained too heavy anywhere on the route; but BRO clears the road and restores connectivity just as soon as they are able to.
Apart from the road, all hotels and guest houses too are open for business. Public transport is up and running in form of bus service and shared taxis. All tourism related activities like trekking, rafting, motorcycle rentals etc are fully available.
Also read: A Comprehensive Road Map of Leh Ladakh
Monsoon Season in Ladakh
As we discussed previously in the article, Ladakh is actually in a rain shadow area and it don’t rain here much. In the nearby regions of Himachal and Kashmir however, monsoon arrives in the month of July and remains throughout August. The intensity and frequency however is more towards second half of July and first half of August. So if the month of August is the only time when you can plan this trip; but at the same time also want to avoid the hassle that rains bring; then I would recommend that you plan your journey towards the later half of the month. If possible at all, then plan in the last week of August and monsoon by then would mostly be all gone.
Independence Day in Ladakh
This is a very important factor that you need to keep in mind. An ideal Ladakh itinerary would keep both Manali Leh and Srinagar Leh highway as part of the journey. While traveling from Manali will not matter much even around 15th August; it will however make a huge difference while traveling towards Kashmir. Security in Kashmir and nearby Ladakh goes up and the entire region remains on high alert until Independence day passes by peacefully. So if you were traveling in first half of the month; or in the same week of 15th August, then be prepared to feel the heavy army presence.
You will be stopped at several check posts for checking and can also get delayed in traffic. If there was any incident or violence in the valley, then Kashmir will go in lock-down and you will be stuck where you were. In August of 2016, I had to stay for 2 days at Sonamarg before we were finally allowed to travel towards Srinagar and cross it with Army escort.
A similar kind of situation can definitely occur around Independence day. Mobile and internet services getting shut down too is common. While traveling to Ladakh in August, my recommendation would be that you plan towards the later half of the month, after independence day or in the first week itself. If not then do not include Srinagar Leh route in your plan at all and travel from Manali side only. If you do however want to cover Srinagar route as well then keep at least 2 – 3 days as buffer in your itinerary.
Also read: How Safe Ladakh is for Tourists?
You will find these in plenty all across the route. By August, all the water streams would be well fed by melting snow and rains; and some of these would have grown into large monsters. These will be present not only on Manali – Leh and Srinagar – Leh routes but also on internal roads in Ladakh. If you were on a motorcycle trip, then you need to keep this in mind while you pack your bags and decide which shoes to bring. Rubber Sandals that can cover your entire feet can be a good replacement to make sure that you do not end up wetting your shoes at every water crossing. If you were traveling by car, then make sure you are bringing the one with good ground clearance. Crossing these water streams and slush areas would be tough if your car did not have good GC.
Motorcycle Trip to Ladakh in August
If you are traveling on a motorcycle, it would be wise to carry clothes and all your belongings in water proof bags and even then, wrap those bags in plastic sheets or tarpaulin before you rope them on motorcycle. Always carry extra plastic bags and tarpaulin just in case the one you are using gets torn. Keep your electronics, wallet and important documents wrapped in a plastic sheet all the time. Carry a good quality rain suit because you definitely do not want to continue riding in such cold temperature while you are soaking wet.
Changing clothes every time you get wet is also practically not possible. Your shoes too must be water proof. Pack clothes that are light in weight and will dry fast enough. If you can, do carry an umbrella as well. Before you start on your trip, get your motorcycle serviced and the entire wiring checked to ensure there is no wear and tear that may cause short circuit in rain.
Check your tires before you start on the trip. If the tires are old and worn out, replace them. Ride in a lower gear very slowly through the slush. Ride through the tracks made by four wheeler and trucks as the slush is less there.
Also read: How to Calculate Budget of Motorcycle Trip to Ladakh?
Traveling to Ladakh in August by Car
If you are traveling in a car, avoid putting any luggage on the roof as far as you can but if you must, then put stuff that is not at risk of getting ruined by the rain. For example your camping gear if you are carrying any or Jerry cans for fuel if you haven’t filled those up already. If you are roping any bags up there, then ensure that everything is tightly wrapped in plastic and there is a thick tarpaulin covering the roof. Take out all electronic items, papers, wallets etc before you mount the bags on the roof.
Protect your Camera
One electronic device that gets used the most on trips like this and is at risk of getting ruined is your camera. Buy a rain-sleeve for your camera if you can. If not, then ensure that you keep it protected from not only rain but also moisture. Do not carry your regular DSLR bag; rather buy a waterproof bag for your camera and accessories.
Driving Tips for going to Ladakh in August
One thing that you need to be ready for is driving through slush and water crossings in August. There are several areas on both the highways where rain plays havoc creating a lot of slush, like Rohtang on Manali Leh highway and Zoji La on Srinagar Leh highway. Heavy rains can wash away parts of narrow road leaving vehicles struggling through slushy bends. Taking your car across such stretches can be a challenge and you need to be extra careful while doing so.
While crossing a nallah in a car, please stop for a minute, step out, inspect the crossing and then take your car across very carefully. If you are still unsure then wait for a little while for another car to arrive and follow its lead. Stay in the first gear, do not half clutch and cross over in a single go while maintaining the momentum. If there is slush around, then ask your fellow travelers to step out of the car so that they can help push the vehicle if you get stuck.
Accelerate slowly to ensure that your car doesn’t skid. You really need to go easy on the gas to avoid your wheel spinning. Avoid any sudden movements on the steering, accelerator or brakes as this may send your car spinning. If you are highly doubtful of your driving skills and are not feeling too comfortable with the idea of driving on such roads, then I suggest you hire a driver who is a local from Manali.
Also read: How to Drive Safely to Ladakh?
Keep Buffer Days in your Itinerary
Next concern is of landslides due to rain; and to tackle that, you must keep a couple of days in buffer. There is a high possibility that certain part of the highway may close down for a few hours or even a couple of days because of landslide in which case you will have no choice but to go to the nearest town and wait it out. You also need to be careful while driving through areas that you see effected by rain or have a lot of dirt or mud around because it is not always a major landslide but smaller ones too. Some stones may just slide down from the top damaging your vehicle and injuring you. Good part however is that BRO has put up warnings in areas where this may happen. If you see a board that reads “shooting stones”, stay alert.
Also read: When is the Best time to Visit Leh Ladakh?
Why Visit Ladakh in August
OK enough with the scares. So what is the good part about a Ladakh trip in August or Monsoon? The answer is the lush green vistas that you will witness throughout the journey. No matter which road you travel from, you will be treated with greenery all around until you enter Ladakh. The entire drive is so scenic that it will leave you in awe. If you have even slightest of interest in photography, you will be reaching out for your camera at every turn.
The drive from Manali till Jispa will be a memorable one. The entire Kashmir valley, Sonamarg and Drass will be the heaven that it is famous for being. Except for the areas affected by water crossings and landslides, BRO would have restored the roads by August which means that you will be riding/driving on freshly laid tarmac. Since it is the peak tourist season, all hotels and accommodation places are open in the entire region so you will have no trouble to find a place to stay anywhere.
Road Trip to Ladakh in August
Your final itinerary will depend on several things like how you are traveling; where are you traveling from, how many days you have in hand; but as an example, I will suggest an itinerary that you can follow. For the sake of this article, I will assume Delhi as your starting point. If you were however coming from a different place, then only the journey for first and last day will be different. Rest of the plan will still remain the same.
- 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 Diskit – Day 6
- Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik – Day 7
- Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 8
- Pangong to Hanle – Day 9
- Hanle to Karzok – Day 10
- Karzok to Pang – Day 11
- Pang to Jispa – Day 12
- Jispa to Manali – Day 13
- Manali to Delhi – Day 14
For more itineraries for a different number of days, please take a look at the Itinerary Section for Leh Ladakh.
Can we Visit Ladakh in August
Yes you can definitely plan a trip to Ladakh in August. Rains can be a bit of a problem but just keep the above factors in mind and you will be OK. I hope the information above on visiting Ladakh in August was of help. If you have any further questions; or need any further details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.
Hi Vargis! Thanks for writing such helpful article.
Me and my wife are planning a trip to leh from 27 aug to 31 aug. Will that be a relatively monsoon safe timing?
I really found this blog helpful.
we have planned to travel to leh and inner parts of ladakh from Aug15 to Aug27 (13 days) from Chandigarh.
Day2-Jispa (via Atal Tunnel)
13th Day Buffer
Could let me know if this is the best time? Also how will be the road conditions?
It is definitely doable but be ready for the rain and bad roads around Manali, Kaza and Jispa.
Your blog is really detailed and helpful for starters to plan a trip to Ladakh. We are a bunch of 4 people looking to plan a trip during 21-29 August.
Going by your blog, that would seem like a decent time for visiting Ladakh, right? Another thing which we are currently a bit confused about is choosing to plan our own trip or going via an agency. Would love to hear your comments. Thanks!
The timing is good Aadrik. How will you be traveling, your own vehicle, or public transport?
We are planning for leh trip in August
From 14 to 19 is it the right to vist..
Can you please guide me with the itinerary alang with days when and where to go..
How are you traveling and from where?
Firstly thanks for sharing such a well written and informative article.
Me and my bro is doing a road trip from manali to leh in 5 days. Starting from Aug 16 early morning from manali and need to get back by Aug 19 afternoon as we have to catch our volvo to delhi from manali. I know its a short stay, but after reading your article i realise the possible risks of road closure due to landslides. Then i will miss my bus and flight. Please advice what will be the best route to follow to avoid maximum risks and without loosing the beauty of the road trip.
I mean from Aug 15 to Aug 19
I will recommend dropping this plan and head to some place else. There won’t be much of Ladakh to this plan anyway. You will just go there and come back.
i M planning a solo trip leh laddaakh starting in last week of Aug 2021 to sept 8th
Bom to leh flight.. N flight returns. Is it safe plan? How will b the climate? Can i complete this trip successfully? Any challenge? Can i get group there to share cab to visit places?
hello vargis… you are doing a great job.
I’m from Hyderabad. I was planning a trip solo to Ladakh In August 1st Week is that best time to visit bcz my heart is broken.
Hi Akhil – Yes it is a good time to go, just be prepared for the rain.
Hi Vargis! Glad I could go through your post for traveling during the month of August. We are a group of 4 traveling to Ladakh during the month of August. Itinerary is as follows:
12 Aug- reach Leh by air
13 aug- sham valley tour
14 Aug- Leh to hunder
15 Aug- hunder to turtuk and back to hunder
16 aug-hunder to pangong via shyok
17 Aug- pangong to leh
18 Aug- Leh local sightseeing
19 aug- Leh to Delhi by air
Is it alright to visit turtuk on The 15th of August? And can we take the route to pangong from hunder via shyok? We arr planning to hire a local taxi(preferably Innova).
Hi Siranjeet – Your itinerary looks good and is doable in August.
Planning for Ladakh trip in August. Just wanted to know if the taxis are easily available from Srinagar to Leh and thereafter for rest of the journey.
Manali leh trip and the ladak regions needs suv or can l use my suzuki Dezire to go around
Thanks for detailed report on leh trip on August. It definitely helps.
Planning for banglore to leh Aug 10 to 30 in xuv.
I have planned my ladakh tour totally based on your blogs, it was helpful and exciting also. I only can manage my timing in august. Hoping it will be all ok. can u suggest the best camp in pangong?
Hi Abhishek – Situation this year is very different. Lots of camps have been removed and only a few remain. Best would be to reach there, find one per your liking and check in
How is the situation now? can you share any updates after 5/8/19. the numbers of hotels and cab drivers are coming switched off. is it safe to travel now?
Ladakh is safe Abhishek. Problem right now is only in Kashmir.
The information you provided is really very helpful. Great job.
I have one concern, we(2 people) are visiting leh on 22 august. and we are planning to explore leh-ladakh in 6 days. we’ll be covering leh local sight seeing and nubra and pangong in 7 days and that too using local driver like scorpio/xylo. What would you recommend on this.
Hi Komal – That is a great plan. Hiring a local cab is probably the best way to explore Ladakh.
Planned exact same itinenary as u given
My concern is petrol for this route
Leh – nubra -turtuk – panamik -via shyok pangonk – via chushul hanle – karzok tso moriri – manali
In this route where i can get petrol n how much carry spare fuel for this stretch
I m riding my own duke 390 2017 model
Fuel efficiency around 24-25 kmpl in full tank
See this article Vaibhav. Should answer your question.
You Almost Cleared all my queries about fuel
Thank u so much
And one more question
Is there any stay options at pangonk near lake,
I heard that now a days have no camping at lake site
You are welcome !!! There are camp sites still operational at Pangong.
Hey vargis, planning ladakh nubra pangong tso via manali leh highway this august with rent bullets. Is it good to go? I heard unions throwing stones and damaging the rented vehicles. Please help.
Hi Shakib – You can only use it to reach Leh City but for sightseeing in Ladakh, you will need to rent another local motorcycle.
Thank you so much vargis, we’ll see to it and what if we rent bike from jammu will it be good enough?
No Shakib. Any bike rented outside Leh city can only be used to reach Leh City. But for visiting other places like Nubra and Pangong, you must rent a bike from Leh only.
We are planning one way trip from Manali to leh in bike
The dates are from
Aug 9th to Aug 16th
Is it good to travel in bike?
Can you help me out
Hi Ibrahim – Yes you can go but it will be monsoon season so plan accordingly.
hello vargis… you are doing a great job.
I m visiting leh on 16 august by flight, is it safe now since there has been a cloud burst on Wednesday in leh.
i have querry also that pan gong tso is great place to see stars in night ,will it be possible to see stars during monsoon and clouds.
The cloudburst was in just 1 village. You are OK to travel.
Planning road trip to Leh in August in Scorpio from Delhi.. Plan as follows:-
11 Aug – Delhi Manali
12 Aug – Manali – Jispa
13 Aug – Jispa – Pang
14 Aug – Pang – Leh
15 Aug – Leh Local
16 Aug- Pangong Tao, Night Stay
17 Aug – Nubra, Night stay
18 Aug – Return to Leh
19 Aug – Leh local
20 Aug- Return journey – Leh – Sarchu
21 Aug – Sarchu – Manali
22 Aug – Manali – Delhi
– Is the itenary Ok??
– Is it safe to travel by road by Scorpio on these days? Wats the state of roads right now??
– is it ok to take own vehicle to Pangong and Nubra
– Howz the traffic in Rohtang?
1. Itinerary is OK. Why no return via Srinagar though?
2. Yes it is. There will be bad sections of roads but nothing that a Scorpio can’t handle.
3. Yes as long as it is registered in your name and you have all the documents
4. Crazy is the word
I am planning to go (Leh-Nubra-Nyoma) in August in XUV (4×2).
05 Aug – Delhi – Manali
06 Aug – Manali – Keylong
07 Aug – Keylong/Jispa – Leh
08 Aug – Leh (Inner Line Permits)
09 Aug – Leh – Diskit – Hunder
10 Aug- Hunder-Shyok- Marsimik La – Spangmik
11 Aug – Spangmik – Merak – Chushul – Loma – Hanle
12 Aug – Hanle -Tso Moriri – Karzok
13 Aug – Karzok – Sarchu
14 Aug – Sarchu – Manali
15 Aug – Manali – Delhi.
Please suggest some alterations if required.
Hi Kapil – Your itinerary looks great. Marsimik La however is out of bounds so you will have to give that up. Rest looks good.
What a great blog!!
Really appreciate the efforts you have put in to provide such detailed information.
I will be visiting Ladakh for the first time in August, hoping to have a good time without any hurdles 🙂
Thank you Ruchika for your kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to drop a note. Do let me know if you have any questions about your upcoming trip.
Hello Mr. Vargis,
Raj this side from Jalandhar.
Looking for some suggestions on my Ladakh trip. I am planning to travel from Jalandhar(Punjab) on 14th evening with my i20 elite with GC 170mm and I am planning a 6 days trip starting from Jalandhar – Manali- Leh- Srinagar- Jalandhar
Please suggest if this time frame is fine and most important, please suggest is it ok to travel with this much ground clearance of 170 mm.
Thanks for your support.
Hello Mr. Raj Kumar,
Jalandhar – Manali – Leh – Srinagar – Jalandhar in 6 days is way too tight. I must urge you to add more days or plan the journey at a later time when you can.
Yashvir this side from Delhi and I must say this site has everything about Ladakh. You are doing great job.
Looking for some suggestions on my Ladakh trip. I am planning to travel in Mid of August with my Skoda Rapid with GC 160mm and I am planning a 10 days trip starting from Delhi – Srinagar- Leh – Manali – Delhi.
Please suggest if this time frame is fine and most important, please suggest is it ok to travel with this much ground clearance of 160 mm , specially in Leh to Manali route. Or should I look for some alternative.
Thanks for your support.
Hi Yashvir – I will definitely not recommend bringing Rapid to Ladakh due to low GC but if you must, then do it only after 15th September. Don’t plan your trip in August. You will just end up damaging your car and it will be a lot of hassle. Crossing water streams will be the biggest problem and water level is highest in August.
Thanks for the information. Really appreciate for the same. And is it same via Srinagar also if I plan like Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Srinagar-Delhi with more no. of days or you see the same problem of lower GC in Srinagar -leh route also , please suggest.
Hi Yashvir – Yes, the problem will occur while going from Srinagar as well. There are several water crossings in Ladakh itself and there will be slush at top of the passes which will cause problem while crossing in a car with low GC
Thanks for the information 🙂
You are welcome Yashvir 🙂
Really a great job, Khan! Very informative and clear!! Thank u..
HELLO VARGIS,We want to travel leh in august 18 [from 14 to 23] by air.it is good time or not & what is temp.at that time,which type of clothes required & some budget hotels in laddakh region
Yes it is a good enough time but you will have to be prepared for rains. Days will be pleasant but nights will definitely be very cold.
Thanks for the reply vargis
You’re doing a great job
Actually we are able to reschedule our return flights to 27th aug
So this how our Itinerary looks like :-
20-get permits and rest
21-local sight seeing
21-22 Leh -nubra valley
(stay at nubra valley)
23-24 Nubra valley -pangong tso
(stay at pangong)
24-25 pangong tso – tso moriri (via Man-merak-chusul-Tsaga-nyoma-Sumdo-Tso moriri)
25-26 tso moriri-Leh
27- fly back
Is it all good ?
Whether it’s safe for us to travel alone in these routes?
How can we call for help in case of puncture or breakdown?
Suggest me good bike rental services in Leh,I need RE Himalayan.
Sorry for too many questions . I need your help!!
You will be traveling like this.
19 – Kargil
20 – Leh
21 – Leh – Rest and arrange permits
22 – Leh to Diskit (Nubra)
23 – Diskit to Pangong via Shyok
24 – Pangong to Hanle
25 – Hanle to Karzok (Moriri)
26 – Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar
27 – Fly out
1. Yes it is safe to travel
2. You cannot so better know yourself how to change tubes and tires in a motorcycle
3. Don’t have any contacts, sorry.
If you rented a bike from Srinagar, know that it will not be allowed in Ladakh. and since you are not bringing it back to Srinagar either, you will have to pay about 10-15k extra for leaving it at Leh.
Thanks vargis.. I really appreciate it
This site has everything about Ladakh.
I’ve seen your other articles also about spiti valley etc I’ll surely go spiti valley .
Thank you for the help and keep writing these.
Thanks brother. I appreciate your kind words.
Me and my girlfriend planning a trip to ladhak (Aug 18-24) and her return flight is on 25th early morning .
We want to visit nubra valley,pangong tso,tso moriri and local sight seeing like monastery,palace etc.
Can we able to cover all the places if we do srinagar-leh on bike starting from 18th Aug?
Or is it better take direct flight to leh ?
And Is it safe for us to travel around leh?
Hi Kumar, You will have to pick between Srinagar to Leh and Tso Moriri. If you want to include Moriri then better to take a direct flight to Leh. If you want a bike ride from Srinagar then give up Moriri. Were you planning to rent a bike from Srinagar? Because if yes, then your Srinagar rented bike will not be allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh.
Well written article and very informative as well,thank you very much. Need some advice – Planning to do a trip with family (wife and 2 kids) to Leg/Ladakh in August (10-17). Wanted to do one way by road (Manali road) and visit Shandraral on the way. I understand that mountains are unpredictable during monsoons, but what would be the level of risk involved by taking the road?
Also what places in Leh would you suggest in Monsoon?
Appreciate your inputs on the above.