Leh Ladakh in 6 Days – Most Common Itinerary

by Vargis.Khan

Continuing from the previous article; where I talked about how you can plan a visit to Ladakh in 5 days; in this article I will provide a few sample itineraries to visit Leh Ladakh in 6 days. I will first detail a sample itinerary that I recommend; followed by a few other ways to go about it. Most important thing to remember here is that a 6 day visit to Ladakh can only be an air trip. You will have to fly in and out of Ladakh for it to be truly a pleasurable trip. Trying to make this trip by road will only mean added hassle; most of the time spent on the road and I highly recommend that you do not attempt to do so. If you only have 6 days in hand, it is best to book flights and use the time in hand for exploring Ladakh.

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

If you were thinking about making this a bike trip to Ladakh (or even by car) from your home town in 6 days; then please scroll straight towards the bottom of this page. I have covered this information there in details.

The information below covers traveling to Ladakh in a manner that you spend 6 days there; and come back home on Day 7. If you were however only spending 5 days in Ladakh and returning home on 6th Day; then please read How to Plan a 5 Day Ladakh Trip.

leh ladakh in 6 days

Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh

Biggest concern for anyone reaching Ladakh by Air is of acute mountain sickness. Within a matter of hours, altitude increases by a considerable amount. You bring your body to heights that it has never been to; that it is not accustomed to; and that too all of a sudden.




Slow gain in altitude is the best prevention against mountain sickness which doesn’t really happen in case of a flight. It then becomes of utmost importance that you allow sufficient time for acclimatization after you land in Leh. Not stressing your body too much and ample amount of rest become the key factors here.  For more details on how to handle AMS, please read How to handle acute mountain sickness in Ladakh.

For most people, their first day after landing in Leh is usually difficult. There is no other way around it but to allow your body some time to adjust. It is highly advised that your first day should be spent in the hotel; waiting for the symptoms to subside. You should not plan anything for this day and if you feel better by evening, you can take a stroll through the market; or visit Leh Palace and Shanti Stoopa in Leh city.

Sightseeing in Ladakh

Second question is terms of sightseeing. Can you really visit all the places while trying to cover Leh Ladakh in 6 days. Answer to this question is both a yes and no. If to visit all major tourist attractions is what you intended then 6 days is ample time for that. If however you want to experience some remote areas of Ladakh; spend some time with the locals to experience the culture and lifestyle here; then 6 days is a bit of short time to do all that. You will still get to witness the beauty that Ladakh is; experience the enchanting culture; get a taste of adventure and have plenty of time to click loads of pictures. The remote regions however; like Changthang valley, places like Hanle and both the roads leading to Leh will have to be left out for another plan at another time.

Inner Line Permit

Please note that Inner Line Permit was reintroduced in Ladakh effective 2017. It is a mandatory permit that you must obtain from the city of Leh in order to visit places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. This permit is issued at DM office Manali and can also be applied for online. Please read How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh for more details on applying and related charges.

Last but not the least is the overall cost of the trip. To be honest, your options to make this a budget trip are next to none unless you got a really cheap deal on flight tickets and traveling in a group of 5 to 6 people. You cannot rely on public transport of course because of strict timelines and renting motorcycles may become a little stressful. Best way out is renting a private taxi; charges of which are quite steep in Ladakh. Unless you are in a group and the overall cost of the cab can be split between multiple people, be ready to shed quite a big amount for your 6 day Ladakh tour.

With all the above said and done, mentioned below is a sample 6 day Itinerary for Ladakh. I will first post the one that I recommend; followed by a few variations. You can choose either of these travel plans that suit you the most.

Leh Ladakh in 6 days

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh – Day 2
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
  • Nubra Valley to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Pangong Tso – Day 5
  • Pangong Tso to Leh – Day 6

Why will I call this itinerary as recommended one? There are a few of reasons behind that.

If you were looking for an itinerary where you can fly out of Leh and reach home on Day 6 itself, then please read How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in 5 Days.

Why Recommended?

The first and the foremost reason is that it can be followed irrespective of your time of travel. This travel plan is applicable in peak winter as well. No matter which month you arrive in Leh, you will still be able to follow this itinerary as all the roads will be open; unless there has been some landslide or snowfall blocking the road temporarily.

Second reason is that it gives plenty of time to your body to adjust. You rest in Leh all day on Day 1 & 2. Most of your time will be spent on these days visit the areas in Leh City. By Day 3 your body would have acclimatized and you will cross Khardung La. Even on this day however, you will spend the night in Nubra Valley which is actually at even a lower altitude than Leh city; so once again no risk of more gain in altitude.

Third reason is that you can easily follow this itinerary irrespective of your mode of travel; even if traveling by public transport. In peak tourist season, there is a regular bus service to Nubra and Pangong. Even if you could not find a bus, you will easily find a shared taxi from Leh bus stand itself.

Fourth reason is that it in case you were thinking of hiring a taxi or renting a motorcycle; it will give you plenty of time to do so in first 2 days. You can try out a few motorcycles, ride them around in the city for a couple of days and be sure of them before heading towards Nubra or Pangong.

Last but not the least, if AMS hit you harder than though and your situation worsens, you will at least have the choice of getting medical assistance.

Day 1 & 2: Arrive and rest in Leh

Most of the flights to and out of Leh are early in the morning which really works in your favor while visiting Leh Ladakh in 6 days. It means that you will arrive in Leh early in the morning on Day 1 which will give you an entire day to rest, acclimatize and take care of a few necessary things. On Day 7, you can take a flight out early in the morning again and be home in couple of hours.

Also read: How to Plan a trip to Ladakh with Children

First task for the day after you arrive in Leh is to find a place to stay which is not really a problem. No matter what your budget or preference is, you will easily find a hotel as per your taste.  Second task will be to arrange the permits and third one will be to make travel arrangements. Since you probably would already be suffering from AMS by now, all this may prove to be a big hassle and it is best to get this done in advance.

Stay, ILP & Travel Arrangements

Most of the hotels in Ladakh provide service of arranging Inner Line Permit for an additional charge. Call a few before you leave home and ask about the permits. If they agree to keep these arranged for you, then send them copies of your ID cards, transfer the money and book your stay with them. This will take care of both your stay and the permits. Read  Good Budget Hotels in Leh for a list of some recommended places you can stay at.

For travel arrangements, you can either rent a private taxi or rent a motorcycle. Renting a private taxi will be the best choice and if you do so, make this arrangement as well in advance. That way, the driver can pick you straight from the airport and drop you at the hotel.

After taking care of this, you can either chose to rest at your hotel or do some local sightseeing in the town. Leh Palace, Shanti Stoopa, local market and monasteries are some of the places you can visit.

 Day 3: Leh to Nubra Valley

By your third day, your body would already have acclimatized to high altitude and symptoms of AMS subsided. On this day, you will cross your first high altitude pass, Khardung La, and reach the enchanting Nubra Valley. An early start from Leh is highly recommended as it would give you ample of time for sightseeing on the way. Khardung La is merely 30 odd kilometers from Leh and it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of hours to get there. At the top of the pass, there is an Army canteen where they serve tea and some refreshments. Do not stay for way too long at the top though; click a few pictures, see the snow capped peaks around and be on your way.

Road conditions are mostly OK except for around the top of the pass, between South and North Pullu. From Khardung top, you will descend down towards Nubra valley while crossing the village of Khardung on the way. You can either chose to stay at Diskit, Panamik, Sumur, Hunder or Turtuk. Of all these I will recommend that you stay at Diskit because the choice of hotels and guest houses here is widest.

Also read: Recommended Hotels and Guest Houses in Nubra Valley

Sightseeing

Depending on your breaks and speed, you should reach Diskit well in time for some sightseeing as well. Diskit Monastery, the Buddha status, Hunder sand dunes and Bactrian camels are some of the most famous tourist attractions in Nubra valley and can easily be covered in 2-3 hours. For a complete list of places to see here, please read Tourist attractions in Nubra valley.

In case you were traveling by public transport, you can either board a bus or a shared taxi from Leh bus stand for Diskit. Both the bus and taxis start early in the day so please make sure you are there in time.

Day 4: Nubra Valley to Leh

You will return to Leh city today taking the same road that you travelled on to get here. Before you go back however, take a turn from Khalsar towards Panamik and see the hot water springs there. After visiting Panamik, you will once again climb up Khardung La and descend down to Leh.

A lot of people take the straight road from Nubra Valley to Pangong in order to avoid going back to Leh and wasting one day here. There are two roads that work as a direct route between Nubra and Pangong. One is the Agham Shyok road and the other one being the Wari La route. The reason why I did not include it in the itinerary here is because both these roads open a bit late in the season, sometime by Mid-July. As a matter of fact, in 2017 neither of these roads weren’t open until September and then closed again in October. If you intend to take the direct route, it would be best to find out in advance whether the roads are open yet or not and then finalize the itinerary. I will suggest a different plan covering this route as well later in the article.

Also read: Mobile Phone Services in Leh Ladakh

If you reached Nubra valley by bus, then the same bus will return to Leh from Diskit bus stand and you can board the same. Shared taxis too are available at Diskit.

Day 5: Leh to Pangong Tso

Plan for today is to visit Pangong Tso, the lake that has over the time become the very symbol of Ladakh. From Leh you will travel on Manali Leh road until Sakti. From Sakti, take the diversion towards Chang La and continue to Pangong Tso. Depending upon your breaks and speed, this journey will take you about 6-7 hours.

Once at the lake, you can chose to stay at either the camp sites or guest houses available. For a list of accommodation choices at the lake and their contact information, please read Hotels, Guest Houses and Camp Sites at Pangong Tso.

Both buses and shared taxis to Pangong are available from Leh Bus stand.

Day 6: Pangong Tso to Leh

On last day of your trip, you will once again cross the second high altitude pass of your journey, Chang La and will return to Leh. Overall it will be about 8 hours of journey depending upon your breaks and speed. On the way you can also visit the Thiksey monastery.

Ladakh 6 Days Itinerary 2

Here is the second itinerary to visit Ladakh in 6 days.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Sham Valley Tour – Day 2
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
  • Nubra Valley to Leh – Day 4
  • Leh to Pangong Tso – Day 5
  • Pangong Tso to Leh – Day 6

The only different in first and second itinerary is that on Day 2. rather than resting in Leh, you can chose to drive on Srinagar Leh highway towards Sham Valley. You can also drive all the way to Lamayuru and see Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and Indus-Zanskar confluence on the way. You can also visit Lunar Landscape at Lamayuru and Mulbekh Maitreya and be back to Leh by evening.

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

This too is a good way to travel, explores more areas but the only reason why I kept it second is because you may have trouble finding public transport for Day 2. If you wish to go this way, then you will have to either rent a private taxi or a motorcycle.

Leh Ladakh in 6 Days Itinerary 3

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 2
  • Kargil to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 4
  • Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Shyok road – Day 5
  • Pangong Tso to Leh – Day 6

This by far is my favorite versions of all itineraries. It covers maximum number of places and really gives you the worth of your 6 days. What is wrong with it? Only one thing, you really need to either rent a private taxi or a motorcycle to follow this plan. Completing this itinerary by public transport is going to be one hell of a task.

Traveling this way, you will arrive and rest in Leh on Day 1. On Day 2, you will take the Srinagar Leh road and reach all the way till Kargil and stay there for the night; returning to Leh the next day. This way you would have seen at least half of Srinagar Leh road, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic hill and Indus-Zanskar confluence. You can also visit some other villages en-route like Alchi and Likir.

On Day 4 you will go to Leh. On Day 5 however, rather than returning to Leh, you will take the Shyok road to go straight to Pangong Tso. By Shyok road, the distance between Nubra and Pangong is barely 5-6 hours, the only catch however that whether this road is open or not is always questionable. If you were in Ladakh early in the season, chances are that it will not be open at all.

Also read: 10 Reasons Why You should NEVER visit Ladakh

6 days trip to Ladakh – Itinerary 4

If you are not too keen on staying at Kargil, then an alternate itinerary can be as below.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Day long trip on Srinagar Leh highway – Day 2
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
  • Nubra valley to Pangong Tso – Day 4
  • Pangong Tso to Moriri – Day 5
  • Tso Moriri to Leh – Day 6

Traveling this way, you will also be able to include Tso Moriri in your itinerary and will cover most of the main tourist attractions between Leh and Kargil. Catch however is that for this travel plan, the connecting road between Nubra and Pangong must be open; chances of which early in the season are a bit less. Second catch is that the journey between Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri via Sakti and Chumathang can easily be about 10-12 hours; so you must start early from Pangong Tso.

Ladakh 6 Day Itinerary

Another way for the journey an be as mentioned below. This is applicable only to someone who has been to Ladakh before and now wants to cover Zanskar side.

  • Arrival in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Kargil – Day 2
  • Kargil to Padum – Day 3
  • Padum  – Day 4
  • Padum to Kargil – Day 5
  • Kargil to Leh via Batalik – Day 6

Also Read: Is Ladakh Safe for Women?

Ladakh 5 Nights 6 Days

Now all the above itineraries were for someone who was spending 6 days completely in Ladakh. If you were however hoping to catch a flight home on Day 6; then the trip will be in the following manner.

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Sham Valley Tour – Day 2
  • Leh to Nubra Valley – Day 3
  • Nubra Valley to Pangong via Shyok – Day 4
  • Pangong to Leh – Day 5
  • Fly Out – Day 6

Or like this

  • Arrive in Leh – Day 1
  • Leh to Diskit – Day 2
  • Diskit to Pangong via Shyok – Day 3
  • Pangong to Moriri – Day 4
  • Moriri to Leh – Day 5
  • Fly Out – Day 6
Leh Ladakh Bike Trip 6 Days

A straight one line answer to this question is that no you cannot do it; unless you were living either in Manali or Srinagar; or some place even closer. Think of it this way; you will need at least one day from your home town to reach Manali or Srinagar. Then two days would be needed to get to Leh.  That is 3 days worth of journey which again will be needed for going back home. So in 6 days, you will just reach Leh, touch Ladakh and come back home. Not an ideal bike trip you thought, is it? This is how your itinerary will pan out.

  • Delhi to Manali – Day 1
  • Manali to Keylong – Day 2
  • Keylong to Leh – Day 3
  • Leh to Sarchu – Day 4
  • Sarchu to Manali – Day 5
  • Manali to Delhi – Day 6

Even for this, you will have to leave out Srinagar route entirely; and Rohtang permit in Manali would have to be arranged well in advance. Farthest that you can be in is either Delhi or Chandigarh; or some place at an equal distance. Any farther than that and you cannot even touch Ladakh in 6 days.

Also Read: How much a Bike trip to Ladakh will cost?

Useful Tips

Few important things you must keep in mind are;

  • Avoid renting a motorcycle as it will be a bit much to do in short time. Rather, book a taxi for the entire trip.
  • Make sure that you arrange your Inner line permits in advance; before you arrive in Leh.
  • Avoid traveling to any other place on Day 1. Due to AMS, you must spend this day in Leh to adjust to high altitude.
  • Try to plan the trip in a group of at least 5-6 people. Taxi charges in Ladakh are a too steep but if you are in a group, you will at least be able to divide it among few people; hence reducing the cost per person.
  • Do not exert yourself on Day 1. Walk slowly and do not rush around as it will just leave you panting and out of breath real quick. Give your body time and rest to acclimatize.

I would still advise to add a couple of days to your trip if at all possible to make journey more enjoyable. However if you cannot, then you can plan your visit to Ladakh in 6 days in the above manner. I hope the information was of help. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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Rahul Solanki June 5, 2020 - 11:58 am

Dear Vargis,
Very informative article. I am planning 7 days Ladakh trip in September-20. I want to know that: 1) Whether they allow tourists in September-20?
2. Is Septemeber is good time to vist laddakh? 3. Bast place to hire bike in laddakh.

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Vargis.Khan June 5, 2020 - 2:46 pm

Hi Rahul,

1. Cannot say anything right now. It all depends on how the COVID situation will be.
2. Yes it is
3. You can contact Azhar at 9906990020

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Smruti January 28, 2020 - 6:05 pm

Hi Vargis,

We are planning to visit Leh on May 16th this year. Is it a good time ?

Also we are planning for 6 nights and we are 6 people planning to travel by cab/taxi.

day1- Arrival and rest and nearby places visit like market
day2- Tour to Sham Valley
day-3 Leh to Nubra ans stay at Nubra and want to visit Hunder and Diskit

Day4 – stay at Nubra please suggest which place we can visit – Turtuk or Panamik . ???????

Day5 – Nubra to Pangong
Day6- Pangong to Leh and sight seeing on the way

Any other suggestion please sugggest?

We want to include Thiksay monastry, Diskit Monastery, Hemis Monastery, 3Idiots school

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Vargis.Khan January 28, 2020 - 6:24 pm

Hi Smruti,

1. Yes May is a good time
2. You can visit Turtuk on Day 4

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Smruti January 29, 2020 - 10:57 am

Thanks a lot for the response!

Is Turtuk worth visiting ?

Also, am confused if we should visit Tso Moriri as we are going Pangong?

Though we can add days to our trip or can do some changes for Tso Moriri but will it be worth visiting ?

Please suggest.

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Vargis.Khan January 29, 2020 - 7:24 pm

You are welcome.

1. Turtuk is worth visiting, I will recommend it.
2. If you can add more days, then please do so. From Pangong, go to Hanle, then go to Moriri the next day and then circle back to Leh. It will be better this way.

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Smruti January 29, 2020 - 1:10 pm

Hi Vargis,

Thanks a lot for the response!

Is Turtuk worth visiting ?

Also, am confused if we should visit Tso Moriri as we are going Pangong?

Though we can add days to our trip or can do some changes for Tso Moriri but will it be worth visiting ?

Please suggest

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Vargis.Khan January 29, 2020 - 7:19 pm

You are welcome.

1. Turtuk is worth visiting, I will recommend it.
2. If you can add more days, then please do so. From Pangong, go to Hanle, then go to Moriri the next day and then circle back to Leh. It will be better this way.

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Smruti January 30, 2020 - 8:51 am

Hi Vargis,

Sure we will plan.

Thanks again for the response and your suggestion is really helpful for us!

I have one last query : We can’t do bike ride due to some concerns. Hence is it possible that we can get open Jeep kinda vehicle for the whole trip so that we can enjoy the view more ?

Is there any taxi union constraints in this as what I checked most of the taxi providers are providing SUV and saying no for open jeep or that kind of vehicles?

Please suggest.

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Vargis.Khan January 30, 2020 - 8:17 pm

Hi Smruti – Finding an open Jeep would be tough. Please talk to Nasir @ 9906229203 in Leh and see if he can arrange something for u.

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Smruti January 30, 2020 - 12:35 pm

Hi Vargis,

Also, one more thing I would like to confirm as we know Leh-Manali highway will be closed in May and we are going to Ladakh in May month (16th or 23rd).

We are taking flight to Leh from Delhi and will visit places like Shaam Valley, Nubra, Pangong and may be Tso Moriri (not sure).

So in this way, will Leh-Manali road closing affect our trip?

Is Srinagar-Leh highway opened in May?

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Vargis.Khan January 30, 2020 - 7:05 pm

Hi Smruti,

1. No, Manali Leh will not affect your itinerary.
2. Yes, Srinagar Leh will be open in May.

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Smruti January 31, 2020 - 9:15 am

Thanks a lot Vargis !
Sure, I’ll check.

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Vargis.Khan January 31, 2020 - 8:57 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Arjun R October 19, 2019 - 6:52 am

Hi
Thanks for the iternary. Can you please let us know where can I find the status of leh ladakh highway. I am planning to travel on Oct 21st on bike

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Vargis.Khan October 21, 2019 - 7:20 am

It is too late in the season to be riding a bike. Manali to Leh is closed and the situation in Srinagar is not good.

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rupam kalita September 19, 2019 - 4:36 am

dear vargis….thanks for the great write up….came to know lot of things about leh ladakh trip through your write up.I am planning to go to ladakh with my wife and 12 year old son in October 6, 2019…please let me know if it is a good time to go to ladakh.i would be following your itinenary .Please reply…Thanks

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Vargis.Khan September 19, 2019 - 12:21 pm

Hi Rupam – Yes you can do a trip in October as well but it is going to be terribly cold so please pack accordingly.

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shakti ratnam September 17, 2019 - 6:23 am

Hi Vargis, i read your ladakh travel as mush as i could and It captures every aspect that a man’s mind can conceive for this itinerary. I need ur suggestion on booking hotels. I am planning a 7 day trip to Ladakh in April, on 7th day i will fly back to Delhi. So, would it be wise if i don’t books hotels for Nubra and Pangong Tso lake in advance? And, try to explore accommodation there. I am booking hotels in Leh for all 6 days of my stay because i am planning to come back to Leh after each trip as it can be easily covered this way in the month of April.

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Vargis.Khan September 17, 2019 - 4:26 pm

Hi Shakti – It would be better to book if you are traveling in April. It is early in the season and not many hotels are operational at this time.

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khaleel khan September 13, 2019 - 4:51 pm

Hi Vargis , we are 2 couples wplanning for Ladakh triop on byke (october 27th start date).will reach leh through Flight, will you suggest how many days it takes time and best plan ,
Thanks in Advance

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Vargis.Khan September 14, 2019 - 2:07 pm

Hi Khaleel – If you are planning to fly in and out then 6-7 days should be fine.

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ritu September 13, 2019 - 5:50 am

I am Planing a trip can you help me

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Vargis.Khan September 13, 2019 - 11:09 am

Sure. Let me know what your question is.

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Sahil September 12, 2019 - 9:31 pm

Hey vargis .. I do read us posts how can I contact u ..em planning for leh .. !!

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Vargis.Khan September 13, 2019 - 11:09 am

Let me know what you want to ask Sahil.

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Smarita Ghosh July 1, 2019 - 5:47 pm

Inspired by your informative posts my family decided to visit leh,nubra and pangong two in beginning of Oct 19.

Thanks…

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Vargis.Khan July 1, 2019 - 10:43 pm

Thank you Smarita

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Achal April 2, 2019 - 12:19 pm

Hi Vargis

I am planning to visit Leh in May 2019 First week.

I would appreciate if you could tell me about ILP.

Should we fill online application and deposit fee at DM office once we reached at Leh?

I plan to visit Nubra vally and Panong Tso, should I write all the route address in the form like Chang La, sakti, Khardung La etc or just write Nubra vally and Panong Tso only ?

Thanks in advanced. Waiting for reply

Best Reagrds

Achal

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2019 - 10:56 pm

Hi Achal – Just get the permit after you reach Leh. It is easier that way. And these days the names of the places area already mentioned in the form so you won’t actually have to write anything. Just need to check the correct option

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Achal April 3, 2019 - 8:11 am

Thanks a lot vargis. I appreciate your quick turnaround timely response.

Best regards
Achal

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Vargis.Khan April 3, 2019 - 6:08 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Suredh Sati March 9, 2019 - 10:00 am

Hiii …this is Suresh from dun…
Am planning in June mid for leh..
Please make plan for me

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Vargis.Khan March 9, 2019 - 2:42 pm

How are you traveling? For how many days?

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vijay August 13, 2018 - 5:59 am

hi buddy first of all thanks for all these information provided in your website. i am travelling with my family in august last week. my plan is this
1st day – reach leh by flight and rest in leh arrange ILP and taxi for whole tour
2nd day – visit sham region and local site seeing
3rd day & 4 day – nubra valley, stay there overnight and way back to leh on 4th day
5th day – leh to pangong and back leh
6th day – early morning flight

and i have one more doubt which place is better for stay on night near nubra or near pangong. i am confuse between nubra and pangong stay .

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Vargis.Khan November 7, 2018 - 2:47 am

Sorry for not being able to reply in time Vijay. Did not see the comment until now.

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Ashutosh Gupta August 8, 2018 - 6:20 am

Hi Vargis,
Thanks for all the information provided. We are 2 people planning to visit leh in first week of september and would like to cover the Zanskar river rafting if at all possible. We will be travelling by bike.Here is the iternary we are planning.
– 30th Aug(thursday): Early morning land in Leh. Get permit. visit whatever local places we can
– 31st Aug(friday): Leh to Nubra Valley(stay in nubra valley)
– 1st Sep(saturday): Nubra Valley to Pangong lake

From here we have 3 options
Option1
– 2nd Sep(Sunday)- Pangong to Leh
– 3rd Sep(Monday) – Leh to kargil
– 4th Sep(Tuesday) – kargil to leh
– 5th Sep(Wednesday) – Fly back to delhi

Option 2
– 2nd Sep(Sunday) – Pangong to Tso Moriri
– 3rd Sep(Monday) – Tso Moriri to Tso Kar
– 4th Sep(Tuesday) – Tso Kar to Leh

Option 3
– 2nd Sep(Sunday) – Pangong to Leh
– 3rd Sep(Monday) – Local leh Sightseeing
– 4th Sep(Tuesday) – Zanskar Rivers rafting

I am personally more in favor of Option 3 since for option 2, i got reviews like road is very bad between Pangong to Moriri. For option 1, i got reviews mentioned travel won’t be that scenic to kargil.
I am looking forward to your suggestions over the plan and your personal recommendation of what should we follow and please share your thoughts of any modification we should/can do to .

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2018 - 1:19 pm

Hi Ashutosh, To be honest, all three of these are good options. Final call would be really your personal choice and since you are eager on the rafting part, even I will recommend that you go for option 3. To answer your question, yes the road between Pangong and Moriri is a bit rough at places. There is however plenty to see between Leh and Kargil but maybe keep that for another trip at another time; a reason to visit Ladakh again. For this time, enjoy rafting in Ladakh.

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Ashutosh Gupta August 8, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Thanks vargis for replying. I do however have one question/favor to ask. We are 2 people travelling and worried about the puncture issue on the way. Do have any suggestions on how to overcome this problem, may be any pointers on how/where we can find a group to join.

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2018 - 3:10 pm

You will have to carry spare tubes Ashutosh and learn how to take out the wheel, replace the tube and put it back in. I don’t know any groups as such, sorry.

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Chatrapathy July 26, 2018 - 4:20 pm

Hello Vargis

Thanks for putting together detailed itineraries and there is no blog or site equivalent to yours on providing such info for Leh-Ladakh.

We are a family of two 30 year adults, three adults in late fifties and 3 year old visiting. We will fly into Srinagar on 28th and fly out of Leh on 6th. Gives us 8 days excluding those 2 days. Thinking of spending 1 day in Srinagar, 1 or 2 days from Srinagar to Leh journey and remaining 5-6 days in Ladakh. Since we have 50+ year olds thinking of a relaxed trip so cover just Nubra Valley and Pangong lake and skip Tso mariri.

Do we need to book hotels in advance for Leh, Nubra and Pangong? We are thinking to get Cottages at Nubra & Pangong so that elders can relax better. So atleast book cottages there in advance? What about Leh?

Can we directly go from Nubra to Pangong instead of trip back to Leh?

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Vargis.Khan July 26, 2018 - 4:59 pm

Hello Chatrapthy – Thank you for your kind appreciating words. This year has seen a huge number of tourists in Ladakh. I even heard that people had to even return to Leh the same day from Pangong because there was just no place available anywhere for a night stay. So yes, to answer your question, I would recommend that you book in advance.

And yes, you can travel from Nubra to Pangong directly via Shyok road without needing to come back to Leh.

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Dr. Sudha Saraswathi May 26, 2018 - 5:04 am

Hello Vargise ji
We are overwhelmed with your detailing of such amazing trips….
We are a couple wanting to cover LEH and spiti circuits simultaneosuly in 13 days
Kindly suggest if it is possible ( enough days to cover all)

Planning to cover leh/ladakh and spiti circuit between 1st june and 13 june.

1st june manali

2nd & 3rd – manali to leh with 1 night halt

4th local leh night stay

5th nubra valley night stay

6th leh night stay

7th pangong lake night stay

8th leh night stay

9th & 10th leh to chandratal lake with 1 night halt in between

11th kaza night stay

12th kalpa night stay

13th shimla drop

All transfers through private taxi…

I would also like to know if we can go like hitchhikers… suggest us if we can go like extempore without a planned travel and planned accomodation but our duration remains same . max upto 14th june.

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PRITAM May 25, 2018 - 5:56 pm

Dear Vargis

Following your blogs past one week. Initially planned to visit Spiti circuit as per your itenaries and directions. It was highly informative and i must thank you for such a comprehensive list of TO-DO and DO-NOT things..
Anyhow finally decided to visit LEH-LADAKH (choice of my spouse) during june 1st week … its a 9 day itenary

Day 1 fly to LEH from DELHI
Day 9 fly back to delhi

Help us in exploring nearby places.
I actually wanted to rent a local bike for all days…. Do u back this decision
Are there any places where we cannot drive bike… i mean its hectic to drive… i hope all places are bike accessible. can i rent activa kind so that my wife would also be interested to drive. Is activa suitable to all if not some places??

Kindly help me finalizing my budget also.
My airfare is 35,000/- (to and fro)…
how much can i spend for accomodation?
How much can i spend on bike??

ANyhow i have noted down Nasir Bhai taxi no. from one of your blogs… so i will have a last option of taking a taxi. But want to explore it on bike.

prior we planned to take a manali – leh – manali bike trip. But the itenary is so exhausting that we will be driving all through. so had to shift to this plan.

kindly acknowledge.

I once again congratulate you for doing such a great job..

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Ratna May 3, 2018 - 5:08 pm

If we rest completely on Day 1, will it be ok to go whitewater rafting on Day 2, or should we leave that for a little later in our trip. we will be there for 7 days including the day of arrival (flying in from Delhi). Thank you so much for this really helpful blog.
~Ratna

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2018 - 5:39 pm

I will say that leave the rafting part for towards later part of the trip. Rafting is going to tire you and you really need your body properly acclimatized for that.

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Suhas Patil January 30, 2018 - 4:04 am

Ty vargis….this blog has help me getting overview abt ladakh…

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Vargis.Khan January 31, 2018 - 5:05 pm

Thank you for taking the time to drop a note Suhas

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