Ladakh in August – How to Plan your Trip and Explore ?

by Vargis.Khan

Traveling to Ladakh in August is mostly not considered to be the best of the ideas; especially after the Ladakh cloudburst of 2010. This is the time when monsoon wreaks havoc all over the Himalayan region; and if you were thinking that maybe this is not the right time to be heading in that direction, you are quite right in your thought.

With that being said, truth holds that tourism in Ladakh is just limited to 5 months a year. It begins in the month of May and then is over by the time October arrives.  While the Srinagar Leh road may remain open for a little longer, the peak tourist season up here lasts only from June till September. Of these 4 months, July and August are the months of monsoon; and this is when everyone will tell you that you should either cancel or postpone your trip.

So then the question is can you visit Leh Ladakh in August? And the answer is a definite yes. It may not be the best time to go to Ladakh but definitely has its own advantages. Will it be raining up there? The answer again is a yes which is why, you must prepare well for your trip ahead. Visiting hills with water beating down on your helmet or windscreen may be a bad idea but only if you were not prepared for it. If you were then Ladakh in August will be as good as in any other month. How should you plan your trip to Ladakh in monsoon season is what I will talk about in this article.

ladakh in august

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. I know, next thought that comes to mind is of 2010 cloudburst tragedy; but except for such unfortunate events, rain in Ladakh is usually limited to just a drizzle at the most. Once you start getting closer to the city of Leh or visit nearby areas like Nubra or Pangong, chances of getting drenched are almost next to none.

This however still does not excuse you from the fact that you are traveling in the month of monsoon. All thanks to global warming, there is really no telling for sure that 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?

Water Crossings

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.

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.

Clothing to wear in Leh Ladakh in August

When you are packing clothes for Ladakh trip in August, you should be packing clothes that will dry fast; polyester for example. There are necessarily two thing that you should keep in mind. First is that you should pack clothes that you can wear in layers. What it means is clothes that you can wear on top of one another; in layers.

Also read: Clothes for Ladakh Trip – What to Pack?

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 either will all light cottons. Carry a couple of thermals, your regular T-Shirts and shirts, few light woolens; and then a thick windproof and waterproof jacket with a hood to protect your head, neck and face.

ladakh in august

Ladakh in August

Second thing is to bring clothes that will not take long to dry. This is even important if you were on a motorcycle trip; because then you are running a high risk of getting drenched in the rain. Benefit with 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.

Hotels in Ladakh in August

All the hotels and guest houses in Ladakh will be operational by the month of August. Usually I do not advise people to do any sort of advance booking but a lot has changed in Ladakh in recent years. After the recent boost in tourism, you may run into a situation where you may not find a place to stay at all or at least not a good one. This year, a lot of people had to return from Pangong to Leh on the same day because there was just no camp site available anywhere at all. So yes, these days I will recommend that you book your stay in advance while going to Ladakh in tourist season.

Snow in Ladakh in August

Chances of finding snow are very less in the month of August. Whatever little snow you will find will only be at top of the passes. Catching a live snowfall will be rare and your probably won’t get one unless you were extremely lucky. Snowfall too however in August may happen atop Khardung La or Chang La or any pass but definitely not in the lower areas.

Also read:  When is the Best time to Visit Leh Ladakh?

Ladakh Weather in August

So in the end and in order to summarize, weather in Ladakh in August will actually be warm and pleasant. You may face light or heavy showers while on your way around Manali and Srinagar. In Ladakh, chances of encountering rain are a bit less but you may at top of the passes. For rest of the time, days will be quite 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 heavy woolens.

Ladakh Temperature in August

Day temperature will be between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius but night temperature will drop below 10 degrees Celsius.

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.

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Hanu August 10, 2021 - 6:29 am

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?

Pankaj August 2, 2021 - 7:51 am

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)
Day5-Hunder, Diskit
Day6-Hunder, Diskit
Day7-Pangong Tso
13th Day Buffer

Could let me know if this is the best time? Also how will be the road conditions?

Vargis.Khan August 4, 2021 - 6:24 am

It is definitely doable but be ready for the rain and bad roads around Manali, Kaza and Jispa.

Aadrik July 26, 2021 - 6:39 am


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!

Vargis.Khan July 28, 2021 - 6:26 am

The timing is good Aadrik. How will you be traveling, your own vehicle, or public transport?

Aamir Imtiaz July 21, 2021 - 1:21 pm

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..

Vargis.Khan July 25, 2021 - 7:09 am

How are you traveling and from where?

Muhammad Munzir August 4, 2019 - 11:53 pm

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.

Muhammad Munzir August 5, 2019 - 12:21 am

I mean from Aug 15 to Aug 19

Vargis.Khan August 5, 2019 - 3:04 am

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.

Sam March 13, 2021 - 5:28 am

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?

Akhil July 27, 2019 - 7:07 pm

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.

Vargis.Khan July 27, 2019 - 11:36 pm

Hi Akhil – Yes it is a good time to go, just be prepared for the rain.

Siranjeet July 24, 2019 - 4:53 pm

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).


Vargis.Khan July 25, 2019 - 9:47 am

Hi Siranjeet – Your itinerary looks good and is doable in August.

Smrity Yadav July 19, 2019 - 2:35 pm

Hellos Vargis
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.

Aby George April 11, 2020 - 6:58 am

Manali leh trip and the ladak regions needs suv or can l use my suzuki Dezire to go around

Sameer July 13, 2019 - 2:19 am

Thanks for detailed report on leh trip on August. It definitely helps.
Planning for banglore to leh Aug 10 to 30 in xuv.

Abhisek Singha Roy June 28, 2019 - 8:18 am

Hello Vargis,

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?

Vargis.Khan June 28, 2019 - 1:27 pm

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

Abhisek Singha Roy August 6, 2019 - 10:13 am

Hi Vargis,

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?

Vargis.Khan August 8, 2019 - 1:53 am

Ladakh is safe Abhishek. Problem right now is only in Kashmir.

komal June 26, 2019 - 6:06 am

Hello Vargis,
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.


Vargis.Khan June 27, 2019 - 12:06 am

Hi Komal – That is a great plan. Hiring a local cab is probably the best way to explore Ladakh.

Vaibhav shirsekar June 24, 2019 - 6:38 am

Hi vargis
Planned exact same itinenary as u given
Between 2aug-18aug
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

Vargis.Khan June 24, 2019 - 5:52 pm

See this article Vaibhav. Should answer your question.

Vaibhav shirsekar June 24, 2019 - 6:27 pm

Thanku sir
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

Vargis.Khan June 25, 2019 - 5:49 pm

You are welcome !!! There are camp sites still operational at Pangong.

Shakib June 19, 2019 - 8:36 am

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.

Vargis.Khan June 19, 2019 - 5:10 pm

Hi Shakib – You can only use it to reach Leh City but for sightseeing in Ladakh, you will need to rent another local motorcycle.

Shakib June 19, 2019 - 9:02 pm

Thank you so much vargis, we’ll see to it and what if we rent bike from jammu will it be good enough?

Vargis.Khan June 19, 2019 - 9:06 pm

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.

N Muhammad Ibrahim June 3, 2019 - 4:46 pm

Hey vargis
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

Vargis.Khan June 3, 2019 - 11:54 pm

Hi Ibrahim – Yes you can go but it will be monsoon season so plan accordingly.

siddharth August 10, 2018 - 2:31 pm

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.

Vargis.Khan August 10, 2018 - 5:04 pm

The cloudburst was in just 1 village. You are OK to travel.

Abhishek Pathak July 29, 2018 - 5:41 am

Hi Vargis,
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?


Vargis.Khan July 29, 2018 - 5:44 am

Hi Abhishek,

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

KAPIL July 30, 2018 - 11:31 am

Hello Vargis,

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.


Vargis.Khan July 30, 2018 - 4:43 pm

Hi Kapil – Your itinerary looks great. Marsimik La however is out of bounds so you will have to give that up. Rest looks good.

Ruchika July 28, 2018 - 7:28 pm

Hello Vargis,

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 🙂

Vargis.Khan July 28, 2018 - 8:51 pm

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.

Raj Kumar July 28, 2018 - 7:38 am

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.

Raj Kumar

Vargis.Khan July 28, 2018 - 4:59 pm

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 Singh July 24, 2018 - 7:03 pm

Hello Vargis,

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.


Vargis.Khan July 24, 2018 - 9:27 pm

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.

Yashvir Singh July 25, 2018 - 2:21 am

Hello Vargis,

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.

Yashvir Singh

Vargis.Khan July 25, 2018 - 3:54 am

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

Yashvir Singh July 25, 2018 - 4:22 am

Hello Vargis,

Thanks for the information 🙂

Yashvir Singh

Vargis.Khan July 25, 2018 - 5:02 am

You are welcome Yashvir 🙂

Noushad July 23, 2018 - 12:26 pm

Really a great job, Khan! Very informative and clear!! Thank u..

Vargis.Khan July 23, 2018 - 12:57 pm

Thanks Noushad.

shailendra July 22, 2018 - 8:26 am

HELLO VARGIS,We want to travel leh in august 18 [from 14 to 23] by is good time or not & what is that time,which type of clothes required & some budget hotels in laddakh region

Vargis.Khan July 22, 2018 - 7:03 pm

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.

Anonymous July 20, 2018 - 10:04 pm

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 :-

18-19 Srinagar-Kargil

19-20 Kargil-Leh

20-get permits and rest

21-local sight seeing

21-22 Leh -nubra valley
(stay at nubra valley)

23-24 Nubra valley -pangong tso
Via shyok
(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!!

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:14 am

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.

Anonymous July 21, 2018 - 5:39 am

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.

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 2:50 pm

Thanks brother. I appreciate your kind words.

Anonymous July 20, 2018 - 5:25 am

Hello vargis
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?

Vargis.Khan July 20, 2018 - 12:59 pm

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.

Krishnakumar Muraleedharan May 30, 2019 - 4:18 am

Hello Vargis,

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.



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