What is an Ideal Leh Ladakh 10 Day Itinerary?

by Vargis.Khan

Continuing from the previous article where I talked about planning a trip to Ladakh in 9 days; in this article I will provide a few examples of a Leh Ladakh 10 day itinerary. To begin with, I will first detail an itinerary that I recommend followed by a few other ways that the same journey can be done.  A period of 10 days is usually considered as minimum if you want to make a road trip to Ladakh and cover as much as you can. Though you may still have to leave out a few areas; but with a 10 days trip you will be able to cover most of the must visit places including both the highways leading to Ladakh.

leh ladakh 10 day itinerary

If you were thinking about traveling by public transport; though the trip can still be done; my best advice would be to least add 3-4 days more. Trying to complete this trip in 10 days while relying completely on bus or shared taxis will be very hectic. I will try to provide a sample plan on how you visit Ladakh by Bus in 10 days but it will be a bit challenging.




Please note that Inner Line Permit is required to visit areas like Pangong Tso, Nubra valley and Tso Moriri. Without the permit, you can only reach the city of Leh but cannot go any beyond. This permit can be obtained from DM office Leh and can also be applied for online. Please read How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh for details on obtaining the permit and related charges.

Since it is a road trip that we are talking about here, I am assuming that you will be in Ladakh in summer. So in terms of clothing, please pack your clothes in layers. What that necessarily means is that carry clothes that can be worn on top of one another. Weather in Ladakh is highly unpredictable and temperature fluctuates depending on the place you are at or the time of the day.

For example, carry a few thermals, then your regular cottons to wear on top of thermals, then another layer of light woolens followed by a heavy windproof and waterproof jacket. What this will ensure is that if you start to feel warm, you can just remove one layer of clothing and if feeling cold, you can conveniently add a layer. For more details on how to pack your clothes for Ladakh, please read Clothes for Ladakh trip: What to pack.

Another important thing is about rented motorcycles and taxis. If you arrived in Leh by a motorcycle that you rented outside Ladakh (Manali and Srinagar included); by a non-local taxi, or by a self-drive rental; then these vehicles are only good enough to bring you to Leh city. You cannot take them towards Pangong, Nubra or Moriri. For visiting these places, you will have to hire a taxi in Leh or rent a local motorcycle and leave the vehicle you came by parked at the hotel. For private vehicles, it must be either registered in your name or your parents or any of your siblings. If you came by a vehicle that was registered in your cousin’s or friend’s name, you will again have to rent a local vehicle in Leh.

Last but not the least, is this is your first trip to Ladakh; chances are that you will definitely suffer from acute mountain sickness in your first few days of the trip. Gradual increase in altitude and plenty of rest are best precautions against AMS. Stops like Sarchu and Pang on Manali Leh highway, lakes like Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri are at the highest altitudes and AMS strikes more people here than any other place. For more details on AMS, what its symptoms are and how you can avoid it, please read How to handle Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh.

For the sake of this article, I will assume that you are starting from Delhi. If your starting point is different than the journey for Day 1 and Day 10 will be different; could be longer or shorter depending on your hometown; but rest of the trip will still apply.

Leh Ladakh 10 Day Itinerary

I will first start with the itinerary that I recommend.

  • Delhi to Manali – Day 1
  • Manali to Jispa – Day 2
  • Jispa to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 5
  • Nubra Valley to Leh – Day 6
  • Leh to Pangong Tso – Day 7
  • Pangong Tso to Pang / Sarchu – Day 8
  • Pang / Sarchu to Manali – Day 9
  • Manali to Delhi – Day 10

The first drawback that this plan has is that it leaves Srinagar Leh highway out; but at the same time ensures that you cover as much as possible from rest of the areas; without stressing yourself or rushing too much. Think of it this way; Manali to Leh is easily doable in 2 days whereas via Srinagar it will easily take about 3 days to reach Leh. With only 10 days in hand hence, it is best to leave Srinagar Leh highway for another trip at another time. For now, reach Leh via Manali and return by the same route. A detailed explanation of the itinerary is provided further in the article.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – Complete Travel Guide

Rohtang Permits

Another problem while traveling this way will be the permit required to cross Rohtang Pass. It is a mandatory permit given on first come first serve basis and without it, you cannot get to the other side of Rohtang. It can be obtained either in person from DM office Manali or applied for online. Obtaining in person means that you will submit documents at the office before noon and collect your permit post noon; hence an entire day wasted in the process at Manali. Since you are short on time, you cannot really afford to do so and best keep your permit arranged in advance; which can be done in two ways.

The first one is to apply for Rohtang Permit online. For more details on how you can do so, please read How to Apply for Rohtang Pass Permit online where I have explained the process in detail. Second way out is to contact a hotel in Manali and request them to arrange it for you. Several hotels provide this service in lieu of a small charge and if you are able to find one; then send them your IDs; wire the money and book your night stay with them. If you could not find a hotel agreeing to it, then try contacting a travel agent.

Day 1, 2 and 3 : Delhi to Leh

Not much to say about day 1 really except for that it will be one long and monotonous journey. It can easily take about 12-13 hours to get to Manali from Delhi so an early start is highly advised. I am assuming here that you have already arranged for the permit so can start for Leh on Day 2 itself. Start early from Manali as well so that you have plenty of time for sightseeing and breaks. Cross Rohtang Pass and descend down to Kokhsar and from there, continue all the way till Keylong. Do not however forget to tank up at Tandi as this will be the last petrol pump en route.

Keylong is a small town and a lot of people stay here as well because there are plenty of hotels here. I would however not recommend it because it is not much scenic in my opinion. Rather continue all the way till Jispa and stay there at any of the camp sites.

For more details on accommodation available on Manali Leh highway, please read Hotels, Camp Sites and Guest houses on Manali to Leh Road

For a list of must visit places between Manali and Leh, please read Tourist Attractions on Manali Leh highway.

Your third day will again be a long journey so you must start from Jispa by first light of the day. Keep your breaks limited and depending upon your speed, you should make it to Leh well in time to look for a hotel before dark.

Day 4: Leh

When short on time, a lot of people try to avoid staying at Leh altogether. They will arrive in the city and try to be on their way to Nubra or Pangong the very next day. This however is not advisable nor the best thing to do. You must spend a day in the city after your arrival. Inner Line Permit is a mandate for visiting any other area in Ladakh and you will have to use this day to obtain it.

Even if you hurried, it will still be almost mid-day by the time you have the permits in your hand; and mid day will be a bit late to start towards any other destination. Do not worry, you will not get bored. There is plenty to see in the Leh city; as a matter of fact the entire town is a tourist attraction in itself. Skipping Leh will leave your trip incomplete. For a list of places you can see on this day, please read What to see in Leh

Another important factor is that you arrived from Delhi to Leh within three days. Your body will be exhausted by long journeys and struggling to come to terms with high altitude. You must hence take rest on this day and let your body adjust to ensure that the journey further is hassle free.

Day 5: Leh to Nubra Valley

On Day 5, you will start your journey from Leh to Nubra valley. 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.

Day 6: Nubra Valley to Leh

On Day 6, you will return to Leh by the same road across Khardung La. While on the way, 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 again and continue on your way back to Leh.

Day 6: Leh to Pangong Tso

Destination for today is the famous Pangong Lake; which in recent years has become the very symbol of Ladakh. Pack your bags for good because you will not be returning to Leh. Travel time from Leh to Pangong can easily be 6-8 hours depending upon your speed and breaks. From Leh, take the Manali Leh highway until Karu and then turn towards Sakti village. After Sakti you will cross Chang La and continue towards the lake. For places to stay at Pangong Tso, please read Camp sites, Chadar Tents and Guest Houses at Pangong Lake.

Day 7: Pangong Tso to Pang / Sarchu

From Pangong, backtrack all the way till Karu again but this time, rather than going towards Leh; start towards Manali. Depending upon your speed, you can either chose to stay at Pang or Sarchu for the night. If you reached Pang by say 3 PM, then continue to Sarchu and halt there for the night. If you reached Pang after 3, then it is best to call it a day here.

Day 8: Pang / Sarchu to Manali

This will again be a long run so you must start by 6 AM. It is the same road that you took a few days back to reach Leh so keep your breaks limited and you will be able to make it to Manali by 5 PM.

Day 9: Manali to Delhi

Nothing much to say about this again except for that it is again a long monotonous return journey home.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip from Leh to Pangong Tso

Ladakh 10 Days

The above mention travel plan is what I will recommend for a 10 days trip to Ladakh; if however you want to include Srinagar Leh highway as well in your itinerary, below is how you can do so.

  • Delhi to Manali – Day 1
  • Manali to Jispa – Day 2
  • Jispa to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh – Day 4
  • Day Trip to Nubra Valley and return to Leh – Day 5
  • Day Trip to Pangong Tso and return to Leh – Day 6
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 7
  • Kargil to Srinagar – Day 8
  • Srinagar to Jammu – Day 9
  • Jammu to Delhi – Day 10
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The first four days of the trip will be same as I explained with the first itinerary. On Day 5 and 6 however, rather than staying at Nubra or Pangong; you will make this a day trip and return to Leh by evening. Please note that this will be a long journey so you must start from Leh by first light of the day; as early as possible.

On Day 5, take the road towards Khardung La and descend to Nubra Valley. From Khalsar, you can chose to go either towards Diskit / Hunder or Panamik. Whichever way you travel, please keep a close check on the time. Go as far as you can until 1 PM and then start on you way back to Leh via the same route. Khalsar is a small town that you come across while coming down from Khardung La. Right after Khalsar the road divides in two; towards your left it goes to Diskit and Hunder; the one on right goes to Panamik. I will recommend that you take the turn towards Diskit.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip From Leh to Nubra Valley

On Day 6, start early again, reach Pangong via Chang La; spend some time at the lake and return to Leh by evening.

Take the Srinagar Leh highway to reach Kargil where you will stay for the night on Day 7. You will reach Srinagar on Day 8, Jammu on Day 9 and Delhi on Day 10.

10 Days in Ladakh
Alternate Way

This itinerary can also be followed the other way around. Means you start from Srinagar and exit via Manali. In this case, it will be the following way.

  • Delhi to Jammu – Day 1
  • Jammu to Srinagar – Day 2
  • Srinagar to Kargil – Day 3
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh – Day 5
  • Day trip to Nubra Valley and return to Leh – Day 6
  • Leh to Pangong – Day 7
  • Pangong to Pang / Sarchu – Day 8
  • Pang / Sarchu to Manali – Day 9
  • Manali to Delhi – Day 10
Leh Ladakh 10 day Itinerary

This is the third itinerary that can be followed. Thing with this one is that you will have to keep your permits arranged in advance; both in Manali for Rohtang and in Leh for other areas of Ladakh. You can either contact your hotel in Leh or a travel agent to arrange the inner line permits for you.

  • Delhi to Manali – Day 1
  • Manali to Jispa – Day 2
  • Jispa to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 4
  • Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso – Day 5
  • Pangong Tso to Hanle – Day 6
  • Hanle to Karzok – Day 7
  • Karzok to Pang / Sarchu – Day 8
  • Pang / Sarchu to Manali – Day 9
  • Manali to Delhi – Day 10

Also read: How to Plan a Trip from Leh to Tso Moriri

Details

This itinerary will take you to some of the remotest areas of Ladakh; in Changthang valley. On Day 2 you will cross Rohtang for which you will have to make arrangements for your permits before your arrival in Manali. On Day 3 you will arrive in Leh. There is no rest in between and on Day 4, you will be on your way to Nubra Valley. For this journey, once again you will have to contact a hotel or travel agent in Leh to keep your Inner line permits ready before your arrival. If you are not able to make these arrangements, this itinerary cannot be followed.

You will reach Pangong from Nubra Valley via Agham Shyok road and spend the night there on Day 5. On Day 6 however, rather than returning to Leh, you will continue further towards Chushul via the villages of Man and Merak. After Chushul, the road further will take you to Loma where you will register yourself at the Army check post. From Loma, take the 50 kilometers long stretch to reach Hanle, the last village on Indian side of the border.

Spend the night at Hanle and return to Loma again the next day. From Loma, this time you will continue towards Karzok via Nyoma, Mahe and Sumdo. Stay for the night at Karzok, on the banks of Tso Moriri; and then reach Pang the next day via Sumdo, Polo Kongka La and Tso Kar. From Pang, it will again be the return journey to Delhi via Manali as I described previously in the article.

Also Read: What to See in Leh City

Leh Ladakh Itinerary for 10 Days

If you were however traveling by a Bus or other means of public transport, then your itinerary will change to the following.

  • Delhi to Manali – Day 1
  • Manali to Keylong – Day 2
  • Keylong to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 4
  • Nubra Valley to Leh – Day 5
  • Leh to Pangong Tso – Day 6
  • Pangong Tso to Leh – Day 7
  • Leh to Keylong – Day 8
  • Keylong to Manali – Day 9
  • Manali to Delhi – Day 10
Details

There are regular buses from Delhi to Manali that you can board from ISBT but make sure that timing are such that you are able to board the early morning bus from Manali to Leh ; which starts between 5-6 AM. For Manali to Leh journey, you have two options. Either board the HPTDC bus or the HRTC bus.  For more details please read Manali to Leh Bus Service. Both these buses halt for the night at Keylong and then start early in the morning between 4 – 5 AM for Leh.

This time as well, you will have to contact a hotel in Leh and ensure that they keep your permits arranged in advance. On Day 4, you can either board the morning bus for Diskit (Nubra Valley) or a shared taxi; both of which you will get at Leh Bus stand. Return to Leh the next day and reach Pangong on Day 6 by either Bus or shared taxi. Return to Leh on Day 7 and on Day 8, board the Leh to Manali Bus. On Day 10, you will return to Delhi from Manali.

This plan however will be very hectic and will stress you in terms of acute mountain sickness as well. If you missed your bus or could not find a shared taxi; the whole plan will go for a toss. I do not recommend it and will highly advise that you at least have 13-14 days in hand if going to Ladakh by public transport.

Ladakh Trip in 10 Days

There can of course be a few other variations to the journey. I will mention a few others as well. If you were reaching Leh city by flight and had the entire 10 days to spend in Ladakh itself, then you can plan in the following manner.

  • Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Turtuk – Day 3
  • Turtuk 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 Lamayuru to Leh – Day 9
  • Fly Out – Day 10
10 Days Leh Ladakh Itinerary

If you have been to Ladakh before and wanted to cover only Zanskar this time then plan like this.

  • Delhi to Jammu – Day 1
  • Jammu to Srinagar – Day 2
  • Srinagar to Kargil – Day 3
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 4
  • Padum – Day 5
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 6
  • Kargil to Srinagar – Day 7
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg to Srinagar – Day 8
  • Srinagar to Jammu via Mughal Road – Day 9
  • Jammu to Delhi – Day 10
Leh Ladakh Itinerary 10 Days

Now since we are talking about covering a little bit of Kashmir as well, let me also suggest a few itineraries in that manner. The itinerary above is by road but a better way would be to plan it by air; that is to fly into Leh city and fly out of Srinagar. This will give you time to explore both Ladakh and Kashmir.

  • Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong – Day 3
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 5
  • Kargil to Srinagar – Day 6
  • Srinagar Sightseeing – Day 7
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg – Day 8
  • Gulmarg to Srinagar – Day 9
  • Fly Out of Srinagar – Day 10

You will land into Leh, rent a private taxi for Ladakh sightseeing and journey to Srinagar; do some sightseeing in Kashmir and then fly out of Srinagar airport. Keep in mind that for visiting places in Kashmir, your Ladakh registered cab will not do and you will have to rent another cab in Srinagar.

Also Read: When is the Best time to visit Ladakh?

10 Days Itinerary for Leh Ladakh

Another way you can plan the journey is like this. 

  • Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong – Day 3
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 5
  • Kargil to Sonamarg – Day 6
  • Sonamarg to Srinagar – Day 7
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg to Srinagar – Day 8
  • Srinagar to Pahalgam to Srinagar – Day 9
  • Fly Out of Srinagar – Day 10
Ladakh in 10 Days – Conclusion

The examples above are just a few of numerous other ways that this journey can be completed in. With 10 days in hand, you can definitely tweak and change the itinerary to cover places as per your liking. I hope the information above on Leh Ladakh 10 day itinerary was of help. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.

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Aman Dhanuka July 1, 2019 - 8:12 pm

Sir please help me with best group tour agent for round leh ladakh tour of 12 days from delhi with suv car. I want to explore Pangong, tso moriri, Hanle, Nubra Vally, leh, kargil, manali. Plz help me with the best agent with best price .

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Deepali June 19, 2019 - 10:14 am

Our iternary looks like this:

7th August – Arrival in Leh early morning
Rest for the day
Arranging ILP and rental motorcycle

8th August – Visit Nubra Valley
Stay overnight

9th August- Nubra to Pangong lake
one night stay near pangong lake

10th August – Pangong – Tso Moriri
night stay near Tso Moriri

11 August – Return to leh

12th August – Leh sight seeing
shanti stupa, leh palace, leh market, Hall of fame
Tsemo castle , zorawar fort
Should I include anything else here?

13th August – Magnetic hill, lamayuru , Kargil war memorial
Attractions on the way to Kargil
Stay overnight in Kargil

14th August – Kargil to Srinagar
Stay at Srinagar
Public transport available?

We have 3 more days 15th,16th, 17th August.
We will take flight from Srinagar to Mumbai on 18th August.

Which else location we can cover? should we spent one more day in leh?

Zanskar valley would be very expensive, not sure If we can rent motorcycle in Kargil for Zanskar valley.
Cabs will be expensive and public transportation is limited as per one of your blogs.

Travelling on Srinagar-Leh highway around 15th August (before and after and on the same day )is safe?

Can we explore areas around Srinagar 15th & 16th august ?

Waiting to hear from you.

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Victor Micho August 22, 2018 - 1:42 pm

Hello Vargis,
We will start in Leh our moto (Himalayan) road-trip (we are 3 french guys). We will stay one day in Leh to get the permit and prepare stuff.
After that we have 13 days of travel + 1 day in Leh. We love off-road and large landscape, so we will try to do red road on your map! We have a tent to camp.

J1- Leh – Permit/moto
J2- Leh To Sham Valley, red road between Khalsi and Fotu La, then go to Dargoo and red road To Chitkan
J3- Chitkan to Dras, red road to Sankoo, then go to Pensi La
J4- Pensi La to Padum, exploring red road there, then go to Shing La. On your map, road between Padum and Shingo La are closed but on google map satelite we see a road, is it possible ?
J5- Shing Lo to Leh
J6- Leh to Thand (Nubra Valley), red road, then come back to Khalsar. It the part to OP Baba Shrine must to see ? If yes we will plan a second day there
J7- Khalsar to Lukung and red road to Ane La
J8- Ane La to Pangong Tso, then to chushul (red road), and to Loma
J9- Loma To Hanle (Is red road between Loma and Photi la open ?), Umling La (but today always not possible :/), otherwise we will stay in Hanle area.
J10 – Hanle to Chumur, then to Karzok and Sumdo
J11- Sumdo to Leh
J12-
J13-
J14-

There are 3 days more but I know that I am very optimistic 😀 So I think some difficults roads or days problems will slow us down.

Your help will be very very welcome 😀

The depart is in 2 weeks!

Regards,
Victor

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Vargis.Khan October 24, 2018 - 1:10 pm

Hi Victor – Sorry I missed responding on your comment. I was traveling myself on the dates when you commented here.

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Kartik murthy’s July 23, 2018 - 2:51 pm

Hi Vargis- this is a great article I have taken notes for my trip coming week. I am traveling to Leh via Manali with my wife. Mine is a 14 days trip and I am flying back from Delhi. I am getting my own bike from Bangalore. On 29th July I am leaving from Manali staying at Jispa and 30th evening I shud be reaching LEH right? Then on 31st I am planning to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Nubra and do sight seeing in Leh itself (Santi stupa,magnetic hills,India zanskar confluence and Leh main mkt by evening) is it doable? 1st August planning to travel Nubra via Khardung La stay at Diskit and return to Leh via panamik on 2nd. On 2nd August itself planning to start for Pangong Tso and return by 3rd evening and rest. I do not have a plan for 4th and 5th of August can you suggest something. On 6th I will start towards Srinagar staying at Kargil overnight and do little sight seeing in Kargil ie visit memorial and push off for srinagar. 8th and 9th at Srinagar sight seeing and 10th early morning I will fly back to Bangalore. Please let me know if this is doable plan or any changes you will suggest. And how is the weather in these highway off late?

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2018 - 3:04 pm

Hi Kartik,

31st – Yes it is doable but not all of the places.
2nd – Don’t come back to Leh. Go straight from Nubra to Pangong via Shyok road
3rd – Dont come back to Leh, go to hanle
4th – Hanle to Karzok (Moriri)
5th – Karzok to Leh

Weather will be OK. Pleasant and warm during day but cold at night. Be prepared for rain on Manali – Leh and Leh – Srinagar route.

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Through My Eyes July 14, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Hi Friend, thanks you for all the information you have shared via your blogs. They have all the details one can think of, amazed to see such detailed information on leh and Spiti. I have finally made a plan after reading many of your blogs (will go through others as well)
I would like to share my plan with you and take your suggestion and have few questions as well.
I have 12 days (18 to 29 – both days included) in total and my plan is to leave Delhi on 17th night and get back by 30th morning.
I will have to spend 18th night in Manali and will catch the earlt morning bus to leh, I beleive I will reach Leh by 20th evening or night.
As suggested by you, I will then spend next day in Leh, arranging my permit, doing sightseeing, and most importantly renting a bike. Which brings me to my first question, I would be needing the bike for around 6 days – how much rent can I expect?
Second – I beleive I will have to catch return bus on 27th to reach delhi on time which leaves me with 5 more days and a bike. I have read your blogs for routes, where we can take direct routes from place A to B without having to come back to Leh and I am willing to do that. Can you suggest a plan which I can follow to cover best and most of ladakh?
I would also like to make arrangements for extra fuel (do the guys I am renting te bike from arrange for fuel too?) I would like to spend quality time at places and not touch and go.

Thanks again for your great work, I will wait for your response.

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Through My Eyes July 14, 2018 - 7:08 pm

Ignore my first question, I found one of your blog with the details.
Will wait for your response on my other query. Thanks again 🙂

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Vargis.Khan July 15, 2018 - 3:03 am

Actually I am a little confused. You are leaving Delhi on 17th evening, which means you will reach Manali on 18th. You are planning to spend 19th in Manali itself?

If you reach Leh on 20th, then spend 21st there renting motorcycle, arranging permits etc.

21 – Leh to Diskit (Nubra)
22 – Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik
23 – Panamik to Pangong via Shyok
24 – Pangong to Hanle
25 – Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) via Chushul
26 – Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar
27 – Take a ride on Srinagar Leh highway until Lamayuru, see Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Indus Zanskar confluence etc
28 – Leh to Keylong by Bus
29 – Early morning bus from Keylong, reach Manali by 1 PM, have lunch, the bus will then continue to Delhi
30 – Reach Delhi at around 4 or 5 AM

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Through My Eyes July 15, 2018 - 5:43 am

Hi Vargis, thanks for your prompt response and your suggestion.
I will actually spend 18th in Manali as I won’t be able to catch the early morning bus to Leh and will have to wait for bus on 19th morning.
Is there a way I can use 18th any better?
Also, you have mentioned 21 twice.
I beleive I need to spend day 21 for permits, rentals etc, but you have mentioned 21 again to go to nubra as well.
Which means I have to skip something from the above itinerary.
What should I skip?
And will it be a vise decision to choose Srinagar-leh bus instead of choosing the Manali-leh to reach Leh? I can utilize 18th this way and can complete the circuit as well.
Thanks again:)
Aakash

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Vargis.Khan July 15, 2018 - 6:00 am

Hi Aakash –

Thanks for catching that.

If you reach Manali on 18th, then you can take the morning bus from Manali that will get you to Leh on the same day. So you will actually reach Leh on 19th itself at around 8 PM. See the post below for details on this bus.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/manali-to-leh-one-day-bus-service/

So you will get to Leh on 19th, spend 20th arranging your permits and bike and then follow the plan that I suggested 21st onwards.

In case you miss the 19th bus and do this journey in 2 days, then you will reach Leh on 20th and can then follow the plan like this.

22 – Leh to Diskit (Nubra)
23 – Diskit to Pangong via Shyok
24 – Pangong to Hanle
25 – Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) via Chushul
26 – Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar
27 – Take a ride on Srinagar Leh highway until Lamayuru, see Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Indus Zanskar confluence etc
28 – Leh to Keylong by Bus
29 – Early morning bus from Keylong, reach Manali by 1 PM, have lunch, the bus will then continue to Delhi
30 – Reach Delhi at around 4 or 5 AM

or like this

22 – Leh to Diskit (Nubra)
23 – Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik
24 – Panamik to Pangong via Shyok
25 – Pangong to Hanle
26 – Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) via Chushul
27 – Karzok to Leh via Tso Kar
28 – Leh to Keylong by Bus
29 – Early morning bus from Keylong, reach Manali by 1 PM, have lunch, the bus will then continue to Delhi
30 – Reach Delhi at around 4 or 5 AM

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Through My Eyes July 15, 2018 - 6:22 am

🙂 Thanks Vargis bhai.
Just one last thing, which one is better?
1) Turtuk to Panamik
2) ride to Leh-Srinagar highway.

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Vargis.Khan July 15, 2018 - 8:22 am

I was actually thinking that you may ask this question. 🙂

I will recommend that you take a day’s ride towards Srinagar highway. You would anyways see Nubra while in Diskit so better to spend the additional day exploring the other side of Ladakh towards Kargil.

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Through My Eyes July 15, 2018 - 9:37 am

I am really glad to have found your blog, thanks again for your help Vargis bhai .

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Vargis.Khan July 15, 2018 - 2:15 pm

Thank you for your kind words Aakash Bhai. Do let me know how your trip went and don’t forget to share some pics.

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Through My Eyes July 16, 2018 - 1:13 am

Will surely do 🙂

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Amit June 12, 2018 - 2:22 pm

Dear Sir,

I was going through your article( Self driven vehicles in Leh) and I read rules regarding Vehicle Registered in Family or Friend’s Name.

What if the vehicle is registered in name of business firm?

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Vargis.Khan July 7, 2018 - 9:38 pm

Hi Amit -Sorry I missed responding on your comment earlier. Do you still need this information?

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Amit July 9, 2018 - 6:26 am

Hi Vargis, have gone through other comments on your blog. The query has been resolved now. Thanks

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Vargis.Khan July 10, 2018 - 3:52 am

Thanks Bro. Sorry I couldn’t respond at that time, was traveling myself.

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BHARAT VIJ June 3, 2018 - 2:44 pm

Hi Vargis,
Your blog is really helpful for people like me who want to plan a Ladakh trip but know nothing. Thanks to you.
This would be my first solo trip, and i’m planning to do it by public buses/shared taxis. I have prepared the following itinerary for my travel. I’ll be flying to Srinagar from Delhi and return flight is from Leh. Please suggest on my itinerary, if it need to be changed considering i’ll travel by public buses/shared taxis. Few questions:
1. Is it easy to get shared taxis and/or public buses on the spot for all the routes in my itinerary? Can i do it?
2. Are people willing to share taxis with single male traveller? is it possible? Is it easy to find travel partners when you reach Srinagar?
3. Do i need to book my homestays/camps in advance or can i book on the spot for all locations in my itinerary? i wish to keep my stay expenses in budget!
4. Kindly give any suggestions which you may have. It will help me.

Itinerary
26-06-18 Delhi to Srinagar
27-06-18 Srinagar to Gulmarg and back
28-06-18 Srinagar to Sonmarg
29-06-18 Sonmarg to Kargil via Zozi la/Drass
30-06-18 Kargil to Leh via Layamaru
01-07-18 Stay at Leh
02-07-18 Leh to Nubra valley
03-07-18 Nubra valley to Leh
04-07-18 Leh to Pangong Tso
05-07-18 Pangong Tso to Leh
06-07-18 Leh to Delhi

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Vargis.Khan July 7, 2018 - 9:39 pm

Hi Bharat -Sorry I missed responding on your comment earlier. Do you still need this information or have you already traveled as per your plan?

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Akshit May 16, 2018 - 6:24 pm

Hi Vargis bhai,

Thanks for sharing lot of information.

I have some queries can you help me to clarify the same.

I am planning to travel to leh from delhi from 8th June to 17th june.

Delhi – Srinagar – Leh [To avoid wastage of time at manali for permit]
Leh – Manali – Delhi [Is it safe to take this route while returning]

Is it safe to travel alone with my wife in my car to Leh. Self drive [Vitara Bizarre]. Car is on my name. Having all necessary papers. Is it allowed to drive personal car in inland areas?

Is this car safe to take to inland roads?

Itinerary:-
8th June:- Delhi to katra/patnitop
9th June:- Srinagar
10th June:- Kargil
11th June. Leh
12th June:- Leh [apply inner land permit] Visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa or local market.
13th June:- Nubra Valley via khardung-la-pass [Night stay at Turkut or Diskit]
14th:- Pangong Lake Via Shyok Village if u suggest.
15th:- Pangong Lake to Sarchu
16th:- Manali
17th:- Delhi

Can you suggest plan require any modifications.

Regard,
Akshit

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Vargis.Khan May 17, 2018 - 2:28 am

Hi Akshit Bhai – Your itinerary is good, no change required. Yes, Leh to Manali is safe as long as you have decent enough driving experience. Car is yours, you have the paperwork so you are fee to take it to Inland as well, no issues there. Snow has not yet started melting so you will not find many water streams but in case you do, then be a bit careful. Brezza is front wheel drive. Friend of mine took his Brezza to Ladakh and it got stuck a few times while crossing the streams.

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Karthik NN May 14, 2018 - 4:05 pm

Hello Varghis,
I am planning for a one month trip to leh-ladakh,zanskar,spiti and lahaul valley starting in september first week(The last two were added after i saw your blog but I digress). I have some questions
Is it feasible(without any hurry enjoy it, not in a hurry)to cover all these in one month?
If not, what is your recommended time I spend for the total trip?
Can you please give me an itinerary for doing all these together?
Is it possible to do any treks here for even better views(is it even possible to get better views)?
What will be closed by September last week and October first so that I don’t get stranded?

It is a solo trip and I am planning to do it on bike. I would also love to cover as much as possible

Huge thanks for the already existing vast knowledge base and for answering these questions.

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 4:49 pm

Hi Karthik,

1. Yes
2. One month is sufficient
3. Where are you traveling from?
4. I am not much into trekking so cannot advise you on that, sorry
5. No it will be all open

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Karthik NN May 17, 2018 - 4:03 pm

Hi Varghis Sir,
I am coming from TN and I will be transporting my bike from here. So I am open to startinga at whatever place is best. But I also want to end at a place where I can load my bike back on train. Is it better to start at Srinagar or any other place(the bike is coming by train too). Where would it be the best to end?

thanks for the swift reply

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Vargis.Khan May 17, 2018 - 6:42 pm

Yes, you can get it to Jammu and then go to Srinagar from there. Then circle back to Manali and reach Srinagar again via Dharamshala. From Srinagar, go back to Jammu again and load the motorcycle in the train. You have one month brother. That is plenty of time to explore and I totally envy you for it.

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Abhishek Majumdar June 9, 2018 - 1:34 pm

Hi Bhargis,

I am travelling to leh on 22nd Sep’18. I will be reaching leh via flight and my trip will be almost 10 days. I will start from leh to delhi via flight on 10th day. So can you please give me an suitable itinerary for this complete 9 Nights.

I will reach at Leh Airport on 23rd Sep Morning and trip will end on 1st Oct morning at Leh Airport.

Waiting for your reply.

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2018 - 1:54 pm

Hi Abhishek – For 9 days trip, please take a look at this article.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-ladakh-9-days-itinerary-3-detailed-travel-plans/

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Swapneel Saha May 11, 2018 - 7:50 am

Hi Vargis,

First of all, I would like to mention that your blog is amazing and it is of great help for all of us who are planning for Ladakh trip for the first time.

Well, we are a bunch of 6 guys planning for Leh in the 2nd week of June. We have already rented Z Tata Hexa from Zoomcar, Delhi for 10 days and our itinerary as of now is as mentioned below:

1. June 4th – Delhi to Manali
2. June 5th – Stay at Manali (Since it is Tuesday, Rohtang pass will be closed :P)
3. June 6th – Manali to Jispa/Keylong
4. June 7th – Jispa to Leh
5. June 8th – Leh local + Obtain ILPs
6. June 9th – Leh to Hunder & Diskit to Leh back (via Khardungla)
7. June 10th – Leh to Pangong Lake to Leh back
8. June 11th – Leh to Sarchu/Pang
9. June 12th – Pang/Sarchu to Manali
10. June 13th – Manali to Delhi

Some queries:

1. Whether to stay at Jispa or Keylong while onward journey keeping cost in mind?
2. Whether to stay at Sarchu or Pang while downward journey keeping cost in mind?
3. Is there any possibility that Rohtang pass won’t open by 4th June, if yes what can we do, since we have booked the car and flights till Delhi
4. We thought of doing the return journey via Leh-Srinagar-Jammu-Delhi but heard about some disturbance in Srinagar a day before. What would be your call on that?
5. Since, self drive cars are not allowed to visit near by areas around Leh, we have planned to take rental bikes for 2 days i.e. on 9th & 10th, so any reliable contact for that?
6. Can we get the ILP through online? I went through some blogs and got to know that the Rohatng pass permit can be obtained online, how much uncertainity is there that we won’t be able to get the permit for June 6th, because we are tight on schedule and can’t extend our itinerary by even a single day.

Request for your kind advice.

Regards,
Swapneel Saha

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Vargis.Khan May 11, 2018 - 1:22 pm

Hi Swapneel,

1. Jispa will be better if you want to stay at camp; Keylong if hotels are your prefrence.
2. Sarchu will be better.
3. No it will defiinitley be open unless the weather turns once again.
4. You are OK to go via Srinagar as well. Nothing that will disrupt tourist movement.
5. Sorry, I do not have any contacts for bike rental. Just walk around in Leh, test a few bikes and rent the one that looks best.
6. Get both Rohtang permit and ILP in person. You will anyways be in Manali for a day. Online ILP is just a form filling formality. You will still have to go to the DM office to get it signed, stamped and make the payment.

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harry May 2, 2018 - 7:08 am

Hello vargis bhai….As usual no words to praise your hard work for giving us different intineraries..I am giving my itinerary as follows:
Day 1(friday) : Manali to keylong (by hrtc bus)
Day 2(saturday) : keylong to leh (hrtc bus)
Day3 (sunday) : Getting inner line permit and rest in leh
Day 4 (monday): Leh city tour
Day 5 (tuesday):Leh to khardungla to diskit (stay in diskit)
Day 6 (wednesday): Diskit-hunder-panamik-diskit (via shared taxi or any other mode of transport)
Day 7 (thursday): Diskit-turtuk-diskit (via shared taxi or any other mode of transport)
Day 8 (Friday):diskit-leh via bus (stay in leh)
Day 9 (Saturday): leh to pangong via bus (stay in pangong lake)
Day 10 (Sunday): pangong to leh via bus (stay in leh)
Day 11(monday) : leh to keylong (stay in keylong)
Day 12(tuesday): keylong to manali (stay in manali)

Bhai I have studied your blog completely and made this itinerary as per dates of bus services available according to your blog. We are planning to travel mainly via public transport this time. Next time we we will be going on bikes.So kindly check the itinerary and suggest me any changes or tell me any other place that I can add to my trip.

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Vargis.Khan May 2, 2018 - 2:11 pm

Harry Bhai, thank you for your kind words. Your trip plan is perfect. No change required anywhere.

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Harry May 2, 2018 - 4:14 pm

Thnku bhai…..

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Vargis.Khan May 2, 2018 - 6:29 pm

You are welcome Bhai

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Bhumij April 10, 2018 - 6:04 am

Hello vargis Bhai
I have read many of your blogs and that made my mind to plan my dream trip. You are really doing a wonderful job by helping first timers like me. Now I have made some rough plans and need your help to refine it. So the dates I have decided are 14-21 Sept. We are group of 4-5 ppl. Need help with following points:

1) There are two ways which I have short listed to start this trip:
Either landing in Srinagar and start road trip in a cab till leh staying one night at Kargil or directly landing in leh.
Now which one do you recommend considering the no of days I have in my itienary ?
2) I enquired about a tour package which will cover from Srinagar airport to leh airport with hotels & sightseeing for Rs 19000 per person. How is it ?
Or renting a bike and exploring leh n ladhak on our own would better as I have a desire to do a bike trip there ?
Kindly guide

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Vargis.Khan April 10, 2018 - 1:55 pm

Hello Bhumij Bhai,

If you have one week, then I would highly recommend that you land directly in Leh and use these 7 days to explore Ladakh. You can rent bikes in Leh city. It would save you a lot of hassle, money and you will be able to enjoy better,

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Teja April 1, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Hi vargis bhai,

we are planning a 10 days road trip to leh from delhi in july, where we are planning take rental bikes in manali. I just want to know whether do you have any idea about the rental cost for the bike..!? And what will be the cost estimation per person for these 10 days trip according to you..!?

Thanks in Advance

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 2:39 pm

Hello Teja Bhai – Bike rent depends on which bike you chose but at an average, it will be between 1000 to 1500 per day. For your other question, please take a look at the article below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/cost-of-motorcycle-trip-to-ladakh/

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Dhruwang Jariwala March 26, 2018 - 12:38 pm

Vargis Bhai. Can you help me build an itinerary for Manali-Leh-Srinagar for 10 nights 11 days.
We are 6 of us planning to start on 9th July by car. Also we were thinking if it is possible to cover river rafting at Zanskar within the given number of days.

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 3:44 pm

Dhruwang Bhai – I suggested a few itineraries in the article above. Which one suited you the closest?

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Preeti krishnan March 23, 2018 - 12:25 am

Hello
Thank you for the very informative read. I have a trip planned for leh ladakh in month of August – 5th to 15th. It’s to be the long trip from Manali as you discussed in your first itinerary. Wanted to know if it’s suitable a time – too crowded ? What would be the most suitable to visit amongst June July or August. These are all spring months there so I’m not expecting much snow either…

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 4:31 pm

Hello – Late June or Early July will be the best time among these three months. It will not be crowded but August does bring a risk of Monsoon.

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Prashant March 22, 2018 - 2:45 am

Hey Vargis, hi again,

We are planning for the Leh travel in end of June and we have almost 9 days. ie 29th June till 7 july. 8th july is our return to Mumbai. We are taking a flight from mumbai to Leh and will reach on 29th. What is the best you can suggest so that we cover the important places. We are also looking forward to take a ride on the Srinagar Leh till Kargil might be. I might be wrong but need guidance to plan our travel. My iternary was

Day 1: Reach Leh. Arrange for permits and look out for bike rentals.
Day 2: Go to Nubra. Stay
Day 3: Go to Pangong and stay.
Day 4: Return to Leh. Want to go to Tso Moriri from here but its along patch. Stay at Leh.
Day 5: go to Tso Moriri. Stay there else Hanle.
Day 6: Return to Leh. Stay at Leh.

After this can we still plan to go to Lamayaruor proceed further till Kargil, stay and come back on 7th July?

Need your expert advise. Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan March 22, 2018 - 6:41 pm

Hi Prashant,

You can plan like this

29 – Leh
30 – Leh to Kargil
1 – Kargil to Leh via Batalik
2 – Diskit (Nubra)
3 – Panamik (Nubra)
4 – Pangong via Shyok road
5 – Hanle via Chushul
6 – Karzok (Tso Moriri)
7 – Leh via Tso Kar
8 – Fly Out

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k parameshwar iyer March 1, 2018 - 11:10 am

iam k parameshwar iyer i want to visit amarnath on june 28 2018 by bike from jammu to sonamarg via srinagar how is the road condition what precaution to be can i travel

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Vargis.Khan March 1, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Road condition will be Ok. It is after Sonamarg that the ascent of Zojila starts which is the worst stretch on this route.

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Manu February 20, 2018 - 7:00 am

Hi Mr Khan
I have Australian passport with Indian OCI ( overseas citizen of India ) Do you know if I will get permit to travel to leh & Ladakh
Plan is to travel with 6 friends who are all Indian passport holders
Thanks
Manu

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Vargis.Khan February 20, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Hello Manu – Yes you can visit Ladakh. You will have to obtain a Protected Area Permit though. Please see the link below where I have provided the details.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/obtaining-ladakh-protected-area-permit/

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Amit Saini February 16, 2018 - 2:06 pm

Hi Mr. Khan, Car registration is in my wife’s name and she is not part of the tour. Please let me know if still i can take the car to Nubra and Pangong lake.

I can carry Marrige certificate or Aadhar card.

Thanks
Amit

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Vargis.Khan February 16, 2018 - 5:49 pm

Amit Bhai it will be fine just as long as you are carrying RC, Insurance, PUC and are able to prove that the owner of the car is your wife.

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RJ February 14, 2018 - 6:53 am

Dear Vargis,

We are 8 friends planning to travel Leh Ladak for 10 – 12 days in last 2 weeks of May 2018. We are based in Mumbai and plan to start our trip from Srinagar. Our itinerary is as below:

Day 1 – Reach Srinagar by flight and overnight there.
Day 2 – Leave Srinagar for Sonmarg. Start from Sonmarg and reach Kargil via Drass, Overnight at Kargil.
Day 3 – Leave Kargil, Reach Leh.
Day 4 – City tour of Leh. Overnight in Leh
Day 5 – Drive to Khardung La, to Nubra Valley. Visit Hundar. Drive back to Diskit for overnight
Day 6 – Day trip to Turtuk village, Panamik and Return back to Hundar for night stay. Overnight Hundar.
Day 7 – Leave early morning and reach Leh. Overnight in Leh.
Day 8 – Leave early morning for Pangong Tso. Stay overnight there.
Day 9 – Leave Pangong early morning and start driving towards Tso Moriri Lake. On the way visit hot springs at Chumathang. Stay overnight in Tso Moriri.
Day 10 – Leave Tso Moriri after breakfast and head towards the Tso Kar. Drive back to Jispa. Overnight at Jispa.
Day 11 – Check-out after breakfast and head towards Manali. Drive through the beautiful Lahaul valley onwards to Rohtang La. Overnight at Manali.
Day 12 – Manali to Chandigarh and return flight to Mumbai.

Can you suggest if our itinerary is fine. We also plan to stay in Hanley village if possible for overnight. Also, we are planning to travel by Tempo Traveler. Is that an ideal transport or we should take 2 Innova car? We prefer to be together and tempo traveler. Also, we dont want to make our trip too hectic with too much long distance travel everyday. Need your guidance please.

Thanks
RJ

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Vargis.Khan February 14, 2018 - 2:46 pm

Hello RJ,

Few things,

1. Day 9 is a bit of long journey so ensure that you get an early start from Pangong, probably by first light of the day. It may very well take you up to 12 hours to complete this. You will almost reach back Leh and then go to Tso Moriri from there.
2. Day 10 is again very long, almost not doable. Start by first light of the day from Tso Kar and aim for Sarchu, not Jispa. This you can do.
3. If you want to include Hanle, you will have to add 2 more days at least.
4. Tempo traveler is fine but where are you renting it from? Any vehicle rented from Srinagar will not be allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh.
5. A big IF here is that Manali Leh route opens at your time of travel. It usually opens by late May or early June. In 2017, it was declared open sometime around 10th June.
6. Overall, I will recommend that you throw in a couple of more days here if you can and postpone the trip for first 2 weeks of June if you can.

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SANTOSH February 13, 2018 - 7:15 am

Hello Vargis Bhai…I am planning following itinerary for leh in June 2018.Please throw some light for its feasibility
June 4. Patnitop to Sonmarg
June 5. Sonmarg to Kargil
June 6. Kargil to Leh
June 7. Leh
June 8. Leh to Hunder
June 9. Hunder to Pangog
June 10. Pangog to Leh
June 11. Leh to Keylong
June 12. Keylong to Mandi

Vehicle will be i20 petrol.

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Vargis.Khan February 13, 2018 - 2:44 pm

Hello Santosh Bhai – Your itinerary looks doable. Low GC of I20 can be a bit of problem though specially at water crossings which will definitely be there in June due to melting snow.

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Amit Saini January 31, 2018 - 11:38 am

Mr Khan, please the taxi rate if we need to hire from Leh to visit Nubra valley and Pangong lake for 2 day trip. Do we have private parking available to leave the Zoom car in Leh.

Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan January 31, 2018 - 5:12 pm

Hi Amit – A private taxi for 2 days in Leh will cost you between 12 – 15k. Yes you can find private parking in Leh to leave your Zoomcar but in case you do not, then you will have to keep a room in any of the hotels and leave it parked at the hotel itself; while you went for sightseeing to Nubra and Pangong.

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