Ladakh Itinerary by Flight – How to Plan & What to See?

by Vargis.Khan

Planning a trip to Ladakh? Confused about the best way to draft your itinerary? You will not be the only one to be so. Leh happens to be the second largest district of India after Kutch in Gujarat. Add to it the nearby areas of Kargil and Zanskar and you got a fairly large region during your trip here. So yes, the list of places to visit is long and squeezing it in a limited number of days can be a bit tricky indeed. To make it a bit easier for understanding, I will suggest a few examples of Ladakh itinerary by flight; explaining the manner you can move around in and places you should cover.

Even if you are not able to follow any of these itineraries to the last details, it will at least give you an idea on how to draft your own final travel plan. If you have any further confusion, you may clarify it by commenting and asking towards the bottom of this page.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh: A Complete Travel Guide

Roll back about a decade ago and a trip to Ladakh was considered best by road; while covering both Manali Leh and Srinagar Leh highways. To be honest, back then, it was not Ladakh that excited people about the journey. Rather it was the challenging nature of Manali to Leh road that everyone wanted to take on. But gone are those days really when Ladakh was a place for only the adventurous kind; or motorcycle enthusiasts. After the recent boost in tourism here, everyone wants to go to Ladakh now. You will find families vacationing here with elders and children now. I have even had couples asking me about if they could go for their honeymoon to Ladakh.

ladakh itinerary by flight

Is Ladakh Safe to Visit

So if you were wondering whether or not Ladakh is safe for a family trip then the answer is a yes. You will find several other families here and will definitely not be the only one. That still does not excuse you from a meticulous planning though. Ladakh still is a high altitude desert and there are things you must prepare yourself for. Below is a list of a few articles that I would recommend reading before you embark upon this journey.

Ladakh Itinerary by Flight

Now coming back to the topic of itinerary, there is really no one way to go about it. There are two major contributing factors that your final travel plan will depend on. The first one is your mode of commute; and the second one being the number of days you have in hand.

Once you arrive in Leh city, you can either rent a private taxi or motorcycle; or move around using public transport. If you were using a taxi or a bike, you will be able to move freely and cover more places. Public transport however will restrict your movement highly because there are no buses or shared cabs available on direct routes between Nubra, Pangong or Moriri. So some of the areas like Shyok road and Changthang Valley (Chushul route) would have to be kept out; and you will have to keep coming back to Leh to get a bus for the next area on your list.

Keeping both of the above factors in mind, let me share a few itinerary examples. I will first begin with a trip lasting 2 weeks, then will work my way down reducing the number of days.

Leh Ladakh Itinerary 14 Days

For a 14 days trip, you can plan your trip in the manner below.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Diskit – Day 4
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 5
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 6
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 7
  • Hanle to Karzok – Day 8
  • Karzok – Day 9
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 10
  • Leh – Day 11
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 12
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 13
  • Fly Out – Day 14

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 4
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 5
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 6
  • Hanle to Karzok – Day 7
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 8
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 9
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 10
  • Padum – Day 11
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 12
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 13
  • Fly Out – Day 14

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Diskit – Day 4
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 5
  • Panamik to Leh – Day 6
  • Leh to Pangong – Day 7
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 8
  • Leh to Karzok – Day 9
  • Karzok – Day 10
  • Karzok to Leh – Day 11
  • Leh – Day 12
  • Sham Valley Tour – Day 13 (Book a one day taxi or rent a bike / Activa for this day)
  • Fly Out – Day 14

Ladakh Itinerary for 13 Days

For 13 days, you can plan your trip like this. It is more or less the same itinerary like for 14 days; changed by just removing a rest day in between.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Turtuk – Day 4
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 5
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 6
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 7
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 8
  • Karzok – Day 9
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 10
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 11
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 12
  • Fly Out – Day 13

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 4
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 5
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 6
  • Hanle to Karzok – Day 7
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 8
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 9
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 10
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 11
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 12
  • Fly Out – Day 13

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Diskit – Day 4
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 5
  • Panamik to Leh – Day 6
  • Leh to Pangong – Day 7
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 8
  • Leh to Karzok – Day 9
  • Karzok – Day 10
  • Karzok to Leh – Day 11
  • Leh – Day 12
  • Fly Out – Day 13

Leh Ladakh 12 days Itinerary

With 12 days in hand, your trip can be planned like this. It is more or less the same journey that I mentioned for 13 and 14 days with rest days removed.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Turtuk – Day 4
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 5
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 6
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 7
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 8
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 9
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 10
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 11
  • Fly Out – Day 12

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik – Day 3
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 5
  • Hanle to Karzok – Day 6
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 7
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 8
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 9
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 10
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 11
  • Fly Out – Day 12

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 4
  • Panamik to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Pangong – Day 6
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 7
  • Leh to Karzok – Day 8
  • Karzok – Day 9
  • Karzok to Leh – Day 10
  • Leh – Day 11
  • Fly Out – Day 12

Leh Ladakh 11 Days

For an 11 days trip, your journey can be planned in the manner below.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk – Day 3
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 4
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 5
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 6
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 7
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 8
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 9
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 10
  • Fly Out – Day 11

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 4
  • Hanle to Karzok – Day 5
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 6
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 7
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 8
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 9
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 10
  • Fly Out – Day 11

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 4
  • Panamik to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Pangong – Day 6
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 7
  • Leh to Karzok – Day 8
  • Karzok – Day 9
  • Karzok to Leh – Day 10
  • Fly Out – Day 11

Ladakh 10 Days Trip

9 to 10 days happens to be the most common number of days that people visit Ladakh for actually. Your travel plan for 10 days can be like below.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik – Day 3
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 5
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 6
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 7
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 8
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 9
  • Fly Out – Day 10

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 5
  • Hanle to Karzok – Day 6
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 7
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 8
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 9
  • Fly Out – Day 10

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 6
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 7
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 8
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 9
  • Fly Out – Day 10

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 3
  • Panamik to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Pangong – Day 5
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 6
  • Leh to Karzok – Day 7
  • Karzok – Day 8
  • Karzok to Leh – Day 9
  • Fly Out – Day 10

9 Days in Ladakh

For a 9 days trip, you can plan your trip like this.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik – Day 3
  • Panamik to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 5
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 6
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 7
  • Leh to Lamayuru to Leh – Day 8
  • Fly Out – Day 9

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 4
  • Hanle to Karzok – Day 5
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 6
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 7
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 8
  • Fly Out – Day 9

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 5
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 6
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 7
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 8
  • Fly Out – Day 9

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Panamik – Day 3
  • Panamik to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Pangong – Day 5
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 6
  • Leh to Karzok – Day 7
  • Karzok to Leh – Day 8
  • Fly Out – Day 9

Ladakh 8 Days Itinerary

Below are a few examples of an 8 day itinerary for Ladakh.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 4
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 5
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 6
  • Leh to Lamayuru to Leh – Day 7
  • Fly Out – Day 8

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Tso Moriri – Day 6
  • Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 7
  • Fly Out – Day 8

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 6
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 7
  • Fly Out – Day 8

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Pangong – Day 4
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Karzok – Day 6
  • Karzok to Leh – Day 7
  • Fly Out – Day 8

7 Days Itinerary for Leh Ladakh

For 7 days, you can pick and modify either of these itineraries.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Hanle – Day 4
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 5
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 6
  • Fly Out – Day 7

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Tso Moriri – Day 5
  • Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 6
  • Fly Out – Day 7

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 5
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 6
  • Fly Out – Day 7

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Lamayuru to Leh – Day 6
  • Fly Out – Day 7

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 3
  • Diskit to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Pangong or Tso Moriri – Day 5
  • Pangong or Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 6
  • Fly Out – Day 7

6 day Leh Ladakh Trip

For 6 days, a trip can be in the following manner.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Karzok via Chushul – Day 4
  • Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar – Day 5
  • Fly Out – Day 6

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Lamayuru to Leh – Day 5
  • Fly Out – Day 6

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 5
  • Fly Out – Day 6

Or Like this if you were traveling by public transport

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Pangong or Tso Moriri – Day 4
  • Pangong or Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 5
  • Fly Out – Day 6

5 days trip to Ladakh

For 5 days, plan like this.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 4
  • Fly Out – Day 5

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 4
  • Fly Out – Day 5

Or Like this

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit to Leh – Day 2
  • Day long drive to Pangong Lake and return to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 4
  • Fly Out – Day 5

4 days in Ladakh

Finally, for a 4 days trip (which in my opinion is the least possible time for Ladakh), you can plan your itinerary like this.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit to Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Pangong OR Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 3
  • Fly Out – Day 5
Conclusion

These were just a few examples of how your journey can be planned depending on the number of days you have in hand. I hope the information above on Ladakh itinerary by flight was of help. If you have any 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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