Leh to Nubra Valley – Travel Guide, Sightseeing & Itinerary

by Vargis.Khan

Ladakh has much to offers to its visitors. You can spend weeks here and will still not have your fill of it. There are high altitude passes, challenging roads, beautiful lakes, inviting treks, mesmerizing valleys; enough to keep you, your gaze and your camera occupied for as long as you stay here. One such prime highlight of a trip to Ladakh is the beautiful and enchanting Nubra Valley. A small mysterious placed tucked up in the lap of Himalayas; nurturing a beauty still untouched and a culture still enigmatic.

Nubra Valley is located at a distance of about 100 kilometers from the city of Leh; on the other side of mighty Khardung La. Its original name is believed to be “Ldumra” meaning “Valley Of Flowers”. Now also known as Orchard of Ladakh, this beautiful part of our country is on top of the list for every tourist traveling to Ladakh. Until 2010, it was open for civilians until only Panamik and Hunder but then the last points were moved ahead to Warshi and Turtuk.




The main road access to the Nubra Valley is over Khardung La pass which is open throughout the year. An alternative route, opened in 2008, crosses the Wari La from Sakti, to the east of Khardung La, connecting to the main Nubra road system via Agham and Khalsar along the Shyok River. A third route, made operational in 2013, connects the valley from Pangong Tso side, via the villages of Durbuk and Shyok.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Leh  – Ladakh

The latest addition in a long list of tourist attractions in Nubra valley is the small village of Turtuk. This part of the valley was unseen by tourists till 2010 and is a virgin destination for people who seek peace and an interaction with a tribal community of Ladakh. The village is stuffed with apricot trees and children. The local tribe, Balti, follows its age old customs in their lifestyle and speak a language which is just spoken and not written. For tourists Turtuk offers serene camping sites with environment friendly infrastructure.

Nubra valley is located at a height of 3048 meters, an average altitude of about 10,000 ft (3048 meters) which actually puts it at a lower altitude than even the town of Leh. Diskit is the capital of Nubra valley and is located about 120 kms from Leh. Shyok River confluences with Nubra River (also known as Siachen River) to form this enchanting valley that separates the mountain ranges of Ladakh and Karakoram. Due to its close location to the border, an Inner line permit for Indian citizen and protected area permit for foreigners is required in order to visit Nubra Valley.

Source: Wikipedia

 Nubra valley Travel Guide

If you are planning a trip to Ladakh in near future and Nubra valley is on your itinerary; please read through the article below for further details on planning a visit here. This article contains information on three different routes you can take to get to Nubra; places where you can stay and a list of must visit tourist attractions in Nubra Valley.

Nubra Valley Map

Below is a detailed Leh to Nubra valley travel guide with map and route explanation.

nubra valley travel guide

The map above includes areas that are not actually within Nubra valley. Only the area from Khalsar to Turtuk and Warshi is the Nubra valley. Region towards Agham, Karu, Sakti, Shyok Village, Wari La isn’t considered a part of the Nubra but I included this in the map only to highlight an alternate route that you can take to visit there.

I will break this article in 4 different sections. First one detailing how to reach Nubra valley, second part covering a list of places you can stay at; third part listing down some must visit places there and the last part provides some general information about the valley that can be of use.

Nubra Valley Permit

Nubra Valley is considered a part of inner line, areas closer to border; hence an Inner line permit is required in order to visit here. For foreign nationals, a Protected Area permit has to be procured before they can travel from Leh to Nubra Valley. Inner line permit can either be applied for and obtained in person from DM office Leh or online. Protected area permit however needs to be obtained through a registered travel agent. Please read through the article below for more information on how to get these permits.

Also read:

How to obtain an Inner line permit for Ladakh?

Step by step guide to get an Inner line permit online?

How to obtain a protected area permit for Ladakh?

How to reach Nubra Valley from Leh

As I also mentioned previously in the article, there are three routes that you can take to reach Nubra valley from Leh, as shown in the map. The first is the actual recommended route across Khardung La and the other two are just alternatives that you can take to get to Nubra valley from Leh.

Route 1 – Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La

This route is the most known, popular, easiest and quickest one. 99% of the tourists take this route to reach Nubra valley, You take the road from Leh towards Khardung La, reach Khalsar crossing the village of Khardung and continue towards Nubra valley.

Total distance for this journey is roughly around 350 – 400 kms, round trip, covering Nubra Valley and returning to Leh. Route is as mentioned below.

  • Leh – Phyang – Khardung La [39 kms]
  • Khardung La – Khardung Village [31 kms]
  • Khardung Village – Khalsar [30 kms]
  • Khalsar – Warshi [90 Kms]
  • Khalsar – Turtuk [117 Kms]

Please also ensure that you always carry multiple photo-copies of your permit as you would be required to submit them at several check-posts.

Leh to Khardung La

Take an early start from Leh so that you have time to explore the valley and take sufficient breaks while on the way. Your first destination will be to reach Khardung La top via Phyang and South Pullu. Road is pretty good except for a few bad patches due to melting snow near the top of the summit. Despite the fact that gain in altitude is high in a very short distance and time, you would hardly feel anything in terms of altitude sickness.

You will be required to submit a copy of your permit at South Pullu. At the top of Khardung La is an army base and small cafeteria, which offers free tea, without milk however. So if you don’t mind sipping down black tea, it is good place to sit with a cup in your hand and beautiful Himalayan peaks all around you. Take photos next to several signboards reading “Khardung La, 18,380 ft, Highest Motorable Road in the world”

There is also an Army souvenir shop selling hats, caps, t-shirts and kitchenware noted “Khardung La” in case you want to buy something that would remind you of the visit. Last time I was there, I really liked a hat with Khardung La written on the front but could not buy it as the souvenir shop was closed because the guy in charge went visiting Leh.

Also read: How to Travel to Ladakh with Children

Khardung La to Khardung Village

Road on the descent towards Nubra has always been in a bad condition till North Pullu. As a matter of fact, there is no tar on the road for the first few kilometers just a dirt road full of puddles. It mainly is due to melting snow which results in a continuous flow of water on the roads. Caution is advised while driving / riding here.




Once you reach North Pullu, you may again have to submit a copy of your permit. There is a small restaurant at Pullu so in case you are hungry, you can eat here. Chances are that the only thing you will find in the menu are chips, biscuits and Maggie.

After Pullu is the scenic Khardung Village which will make you apply brakes on your vehicles to take photos several times. The vista presented by small green fields in midst of naked snow capped desert mountains is awe-aspiring.

Khardung Village to Khalsar

Roads from Khardung till Khalsar are smooth so it wont take you long to cover these 30 kilometers.

At Khalsar, rather slightly before Khalsar, the road will divide in two. Road on your right goes to Sumur, Panamik and Warshi while the one on the left leads to Diskit and Turtuk. Both these roads run right through Nubra Valley and a drive on both is highly recommended. I will first explain the road that goes towards right to Panamik and Warshi and then the one going towards Diskit, Hunder and Turtuk.

Khalsar to Sumur

Road after Khalsar and through-out Nubra Valley remains in good condition and shortly you will realize why Nubra Valley is so famous. Greenery will start coming more in the picture of a cold desert and it would start looking like an oasis. While at Sumur, visit the 150 year old Samstanling Gompa that this village is famous for.

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Sumur to Panamik

Further 20 kms will take you to the village of Panamik, another town where a lot of people prefer to stay while visiting Nubra Valley. There are several budget guest houses available here. Panamik has a 250 year old Ensa Gompa but the primary attraction is its hot water spring. Locals have constructed bathrooms around the spring and there is a proper bathing arrangement. It is highly recommended that you take a dip here and feel your tiredness melting away.

Panamik to Warshi

Warshi is the last village on this road until where tourists are allowed. It is also the last populated area before Siachen Glacier. This very road continues and around 16 kilometers from Warshi is the Indian Army base camp for Siachen Glacier.

Road conditions will pretty much remain OK until Warshi, you may hit a few bad patches though.

Warshi to Diskit

Since you can not go any further beyond Warshi, you will now have to backtrack 90 kms towards Khalsar, the point where the road bifurcated and you took the right turn. From here now take the left turn which will take you to Diskit, headquarters of Nubra valley.

Also read: A Comprehensive List of Places to See in Ladakh

Primary attraction of Diskit is the ancient Diskit Gompa which is believed to be from 14th century. There is a statue of a Deity in the Gompa holding a mummified human forearm and head [believed to be of a Mongol Warrior] in its hand. It also presents a Panoramic view of Diskit village and the valley around from its roof.

A lot of people visiting Nubra Valley prefer to stay at Diskit because of the availability of pay phones. Your cell phone will stop working the moment you start on the ascent to Khardung La so if you want to call your folks back home, Diskit is the place you can do it from.

Diskit also has some decent hotels and guest houses available to stay.

Diskit to Hunder

8 kms from Diskit on a moderate road and amidst fruit orchids is the village of Hunder famous for its sand dunes. If you staying at Diskit for the night, and if you are lucky enough for this to be a full moon night, do not miss the sight that these sand dunes present under a full moon.

Another amazing thing you will get to see at Hunder is the Bactrian Camel, or commonly known as two humped camels. Yes, that’s right. Unlike the regular camels, this one has two humps on its backs. You can even get a ride on this camel at Hunder if you are willing to pay.

Hunder to Thoise

Thoise stands for “Transit Halt Of Indian Soldiers En-route” to Siachen and is the Next village after Hunder. This is the only large piece of flat land in the area and serves as a military airfield. The airstrip here is a critical facility used to supply men and material to Siachen glacier and other border areas on Indo-Pak border.

Also read: Important Things That you Must Carry for Ladakh Trip

Thoise to Bukdang

Also known as Bogdang, upon entering this village you will realize that the majority of the population has turned from Buddhist to Muslim. This region is inhabited by Balti people, that are Muslims of Pakistani origin. This entire area was taken over by Indian army in 1971 before which it was part of Pakistan.

Bukdang to Turtuk

This is the last village accessible by civilians on this road so this is as far as you go. As you enter Turtuk, you will know what it means to be “frozen in time”. One of the gateways to Siachen Glacier, It is the last outpost in India after which the Pakistan-controlled Gilgit-Baltistan begins. Population here is mostly Muslims of Balti origin. The landscape here would turn from Barren Ladakh to green all around, and you will find fields of everything from apricots, apples, tomatoes to cauliflowers and cabbages. It was opened for Tourists in 2010 and people here primarily depend on agriculture and tourism for living. Everything from apricots, apples, tomatoes, cauliflowers, and cabbages grow in Turtuk.

It was opened for Tourists in 2010 and people here depend on agriculture and tourism for living. It is a great place to spend a night and a good camping site too. Accommodation here is very basic in form of home stays and a few guest houses which are big enough to hold 5 to 6 people and very clean. Major attraction of this village are the beautiful and vistas and immense peace. It is also famous of walking sticks made from the horns of wild ibex.

Also read: Best time to Visit Leh Ladakh

Route 2: Leh to Nubra via Wari La

To be honest this is not really a route that people take to reach Nubra valley but to actually get back from Nubra valley to Leh; or to go straight from Nubra valley to Pangong Tso without coming back to Leh. Off-late, this road is gaining popularity among the adventurous types due to the difficulty it presents. Some people chose to reach Nubra via Khardung La and return via Wari La. Be advised however that this road is not a walk in the park and crossing Wari La will be a challenge for both you and your vehicle. Of the three roads connecting Nubra valley to other parts of Leh, this route will come second in terms of difficulty, distance and time taken.

Click on the link below to read more in details about this route. Please note that the way this article is written is explaining how to get to Pangong directly from Nubra valley but should give you an idea about crossing Wari La.

Nubra to Pangong Tso via Wari La

If you are planning to travel to Nubra valley via Wari La, route would be as follows.

Leh – Karu [35 kms]

Start early from Leh because this journey will take some time. Take the Manali Leh highway and reach Karu. Roads will be good so shouldn’t take long to get here.

Karu – Sakti [10 kms]

From Sakti, turn towards Karu on the road that goes towards Pangong Tso.

Sakti – Wari La – Agham [68 kms]

At Sakti, you will notice a board pointing you towards Wari La and Agham. Turn here and after a little while you will start ascending towards Wari La. Please be advised that Wari La is nothing like the passes you would have crossed so far in your journey and will really test you and your vehicle. Details of this are mentioned in the link that I provided above. Roads conditions will be a mix of good, bad and ugly.

Agham – Khalsar [31 kms]

From Agham, take the road towards Khalsar and from there continue to Nubra valley, as detailed previously in this article.

Route 3: Leh to Nubra Valley via Agham Shyok Road

Once again, this is not really a route that you take to reach Nubra valley from Leh but to get to Nubra valley from Pangong Tso or vice versa. This one is the most difficult and least recommended routes. The reason why I highlighted the section of road between Agham and Shyok in red in the map is because it is no road at all. It is just a dirt track with rocks and lose gravel all around. It wouldn’t be wrong to tag this road as “Dangerous” and is the least recommended one.

The only time people travel on this road is to reach Pangong Tso directly from Nubra Valley or vice versa because the travel time via this road between both the places is merely 6 hours. I wouldn’t recommend travelling on this road to anyone unless you are traveling in a group, or at least 2 to 3 different motorcycles or cars. If you are travelling with family, then do not even consider going in this direction. Please read the article below for more details on this route.

Nubra to Pangong Tso via Agham Shyok Road

The way above article is written is explaining how to reach Pangong from Nubra but it should give you an idea of the the journey. From Leh you take the road towards Pangong and reach all the way to Durbuk from where, you take the turn towards Shyok Village and continue towards Nubra Valley. Please note that it is not a days journey and you may end up driving in dark with no place to stay. The only way this route is to be taken is if you are driving from Pangong to Nubra and not from Leh to Nubra.

Important Tips

There are a couple of things I would like to mentioned in regards to traveling via Wari La or Agham Shyok road. First is that there is no public transport available on these roads. So if you want to travel this way, put it on your itinerary only if you are traveling by your own vehicle.  Second is that Wari La opens a bit late in the season. While the road across Khardung La remains open through out the year; same is not the case with Wari La. BRO clears this road sometime by late June or early July so please check the status of the road before you plan your itinerary.

Last is that while applying for Inner line permit, please ensure that you clearly mention Wari La and names of villages of Agham, Shyok and Durbuk  on it. If the name of the pass is missing from your permit, Indian Army may not allow you to go that way.

Accommodation And Other Facilities in Nubra Valley

Diskit is the headquarters of Nubra Valley and has maximum number of hotels and guest houses. Even several locals here take tourists as paying guests for a very moderate charge. It also has a petrol pump but availability of petrol can not be guaranteed so it is advised that you tank up on your start from Leh. Phone networks do not work in Nubra Valley and the only available pay phone is also located in Diskit.

Hunder, Sumur and Panamik also have few hotels and guest houses available so you can chose to stay at either of these towns for the night. For more details on accommodation and contact details of several hotels in Nubra valley, please read the below article.

Accommodation In Nubra – Hotels and Guest Houses

Nubra Valley Altitude

The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. (3,048 meters) above the sea level.

Acute Mountain Sickness in Nubra Valley

The elevation of Nubra Valley is actually even lower than the town of Leh and chances of anyone suffering from AMS here are very low. People are actually advised to visit Nubra Valley first in order to give their bodies time to acclimatize.  For more information on Acute Mountain Sickness and how to deal with it in Ladakh, please read through the article below.

Also read: Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh and How to deal with it

Nubra Valley Road Conditions

Road conditions in Nubra valley are surprisingly smooth and maybe the best that you will come across in Ladakh. The only bad sections are between South and North Pullu if you are coming via Khardung La. On the Wari La route, the entire road from Agham to Sakti is actually bad. The Shyok road is a total nightmare, no road at all. However, after Khalsar and throughout the valley, roads are mostly super smooth.

Best Time to Visit Nubra Valley

Contrary to common belief, Nubra Valley actually remains open throughout the year. Road from Leh may temporarily close due to snowfall at Khardung La; but Army usually restores the connectivity as soon as they are able to. The best time to visit Nubra valley however will be between July and September when all the road to and In Ladakh remain open. Guest houses and hotels too are all operational this time.

Best Vehicle for Nubra Valley Trip

Except for the bad section between South Pullu and North Pullu; roads across Nubra valley are good so even a hatchback and Sedan can be used for visiting here. If you have an SUV then you can take either of the three routes I explained above; however if in a car with low ground clearance, then stick to the Khardung La road and do not venture towards Wari La or Agham Shyok road. Same is the case with motorcycles. If on a 350 CC or 500 CC motorcycle in good condition; all roads are pretty much accessible. If on a motorcycle with smaller engine or scooter, then better to stay on the Khardung La road.

Clothes for Nubra Valley Trip

Actually it would apply for what clothes you pack for your Ladakh trip, not just Nubra Valley. I have covered this information in details in another article. Please read  Clothes for Ladakh Trip: What to Pack

Tourist Attractions in Nubra Valley

This information too I have covered in complete details in another article. Please read, Tourist Attractions and must visit Places in Nubra

Minimum Time Required for Visiting Nubra Valley

If you went through the list of tourist attractions in the list above; you would realize that there are plenty of things to see and experience in Nubra Valley.  An ideal journey to Nubra would be to reach here from Leh on Day 1; spend Day 2 to explore as much as you can; and return to Leh on Day 3 or continue to Pangong. Most common way of doing this journey however is in 2 days; that is to reach here on Day 1 and continue further on Day 2. You can do this if you are short on time; but I would really recommend staying here for at least a Day.

I often get asked if Nubra valley can be covered in a single day. While this is not really recommended but the answer is yes. You can start from Leh by first light of the day; keep your breaks limited, reach Diskit by noon; and be on your way back to Leh after a quick break here.

ATMs and Banking Services in Nubra Valley

There is no Bank or ATM in Nubra Valley or on the way. Debit or credit cards too are not accepted here. Please ensure that you withdraw and carry enough cash before you leave Leh for Nubra.

Petrol Pumps in Nubra Valley

Like ATM, there is no fuel station at Nubra or on the way. Please ensure that you make proper fuel arrangements before you leave Leh; depending on your itinerary. For more details, please read Spare Fuel in Ladakh, Where do you need it?

Mobile Connectivity at Nubra Valley

No matter which network you are on, your mobile phone will not work in Nubra Valley at all, and this also includes BSNL or MTNL networks. For more details on mobile reception in Ladakh, please read Mobile Phone Services in Leh and Other Areas of Ladakh

Conclusion:

This I think pretty much covers most of the important aspects about planning a trip to Nubra Valley. I hope this information was helpful and if you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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Rajkumar R December 1, 2019 - 3:46 am

Dear Friend,
I would like to bring to your notice some updations to be done regarding Banks & ATMs in Nubra and mobile network connectivity. J&K bank and SBI have opened their branches in Diskit. Also J&K bank has set up 2 ATMs each one in Diskit & Hunder. Also in our personal experience this september we got Bsnl network and Jio network ( We use Jio Modem for Data connectivity – very fast) in Hunder. Then one more thing is while returning from Turtuk to Hunder we noticed a newly laid Road somewhere near Bogdang that goes upto Warshi.This means there is no necessary to come back upto Khalsar to proceed towards Warshi or vice versa. But we don’t know about that road condition

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Vargis.Khan December 1, 2019 - 11:15 pm

Thanks Rajkumar Bhai

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what would be your suggestions if i cover entire nubra velley on cycle.

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Sonali Bhatia July 4, 2019 - 9:40 am

Hi Vargis, my sister and I have planned a trip in the first week of September. We have planned two nights at Leh, two nights at Nubra (with Turtuk), one night at Tsangste near Pangong and two nights at Leh. As we plan to travel from Nubra to Pangong…which is the best route. Your above blog was of 2017 are the roads between Nubra and Pangong better now? We both find your blogs very informative and have been reading up. How many visits have you made till date to Leh Ladakh? Just curious 🙂 Thanks and regards, Sonali

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Vargis.Khan July 4, 2019 - 4:19 pm

Hi Sonali – Yes that road is now better. Please see the post below. And I have been to Ladakh a few times, gotta love that place.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/nubra-valley-to-pangong-lake-via-shyok/

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Rohit July 4, 2019 - 6:57 am

Hi Vargis,

Could you please let me know, the roads are decent in mid July?
As I am travelling from Delhi to Srinagar to Kargil to Leh to Nubra valley to pong to Manali to Delhi.
Give you valuable input.
Thanks

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Rohit July 4, 2019 - 6:58 am

Travelling in bike

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Vargis.Khan July 4, 2019 - 4:28 pm

Hi Rohit – Roads will be OK but Mid July is monsoon season so make sure you are waterproofing everything,

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Rutul May 28, 2019 - 6:29 am

Hello again! I have planned my road trip to leh from manali on the 2nd of June. Just wanted to know if the roads are open for leh! Please let me know!

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Vargis.Khan May 28, 2019 - 12:13 pm

Not yet and probably won’t be till 15th

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Manas Bhargava April 12, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Hello Vargis,

Hope you are doing well.

I am planning a trip to Ladakh with my friends from April 28. I had a small doubt – what is the latest by which we can leave from Leh by a taxi to reach Diskit/ Hunder? Basically, are any roads closed or such restrictions?

We plan on covering a few places like Hall of Fame etc. in the morning and then leave for Nubra Valley (Khardungla Route) – we are fine with just reaching Diskit/ Hunder that day and visiting the places, the next morning.

Hoping to get a response from you.

Thanks and Regards
Manas

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Vargis.Khan April 13, 2019 - 5:49 am

Hi Manas – There is no timing restriction as such. But try to leave Leh max by 11 AM to reach Diskit well in time.

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ishan pande May 15, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Hello Vargis, your article was quite informative. I am doing an bike trip with my wife and two brothers …all on separate bikes by 24 may 19.. my plan includes driving via khardung la to Hunder …stay overnight at Hunder…and next day make an early start for pangong tso …stay overnight at Tangtse and thereafter head back to leh….However the following are my concerns after reading your article.
1. The road from afgham to shyok is in a bad state …will it be navigable on bikes.
2. By the time we reach Hunder from Leh …what will be the state of our petrol Capacity and will it suffice for is to reach pangong next day…also is there any provision of filling fuel in pangong for return back to leh.

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Mihir August 15, 2018 - 11:29 am

Hi. Is this a good plan?:
Day 01 – Arrive at Leh at acclimatize
Day 02 – Travel from Leh – Nubra. I will NOT spend much time at Khardung La pass. Stay over at Nubra
Day 03 – Back to Leh from Nubra
Day 04 – Join a packaged tour group. (The packaged tour doesn’t cover Nubra Vally, hence the Day 02 and Day 03)

I’m a bit worried about the AMS. Can you suggest?

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2018 - 12:37 pm

1. How are you traveling on Day 1 and 2?
2. What are you covering on Day 4 and is it just for Day 4?
3. Are you flying out on Day 5?

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Somdeep Mukherjee July 14, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Hi Varghis Bhai…can I get taxi from Diskit to Pangong (via Shyok) and drop to Leh in 2 days (1 night stay in Pangong), and if it is available what would be the cost? We are planning to go to Nubra via bus or shared taxi…planning to spend 2 days in Nubra including Turtuk. Our plan is:
Day 1: Leh to Diskit via shared taxi. Visit Hunder and Diskit Monastery.
Day 2: Diskit to Turtuk day visit.
Day 3: Diskit to Pangong (via Shyok).
Day 4: Pangong to Leh.

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Vargis.Khan July 14, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Hi Somdeep Bhai – Yes it is possible. For cost estimate, please speak with Nasir in Leh @ 9906229203.

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Somdeep Mukherjee July 15, 2018 - 5:00 am

Thanks a lot…actually we are on a restricted budget, so we are looking for shared taxi or bus. There is a bus on Saturday to Phobrang. Is this bus going to Pangong directly or I have to change somewhere to go to Pangong and when this bus reaches Pangong? Can I get return bus next day?

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Vargis.Khan July 15, 2018 - 5:48 am

Shared taxis are available daily from Leh main bus stand and will cost you on the same lines as bus. Phobrang is right next to Pangong so even by this Bus you can reach the lake.

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Mitra July 16, 2018 - 9:51 am

Hi Vargis Bhai,

We are a family of four and plan to visit Ladakh from 19th to 23rd.Let me know if this itenary looks ok.

19th-Reach Leh at 6.30. Start to pangong by 11 and stay in pangong Tso.Hope i would reach by 6.
20th-Start to Nubra valley and stay there
21-Start to Leh and stay at Leh
22-Leh to sonmarg.stay there.
23rd-Sonmarg to srinagar..take an evening fight out.

Can you also give some suggestions with respect to cab services and places to stay at pangong,nubra and sonmarg.

Also let us know if there would be snow at any place during this period.

Thanks
Mitra

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Vargis.Khan July 16, 2018 - 6:00 pm

Your itinerary is almost not doable Mitra Bhai. Either add more days to your plan or fly out of Leh only, give up the idea of Srinagar completely.

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Mitra July 18, 2018 - 9:14 am

Hi Vargis Bhai,

Acceptable. I am leaving the idea of Kashmir.Please let me know if this is ok.

19th Sep:Reach Leh by 6.30.Get acclimatised. In the evening go to shanti stupa and couple of monasteries.
20th Sep:Leh to pangong lake..Stay there.
21st Sep:Pangong to Nubra via Shayok river..Is it route motorable during this time of the year.
22nd Sep-Nubra to Leh
23rd Sep-Leave Leh to Delhi.

Also let me know if there would be snow by this time.

Thanks
Mitra

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Vargis.Khan July 18, 2018 - 1:26 pm

Hi Mitra Bhai – Yes the plan looks good. If possible, go to Nubra first and then go to Pangong from there. It is better in terms of acclimatization. Shyok road would be motorable and yes, there is a chance of snowfall at top of the passes in second half of September.

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Amit Chawla July 1, 2018 - 7:28 am

Hi Varghis Bhai..we were planning on visiting Nubra on our Day 3 in the region, spend day 4 traveling from Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik and on Day 5 go to Pangong via Shyok. Based on your article above, it appears its not a good idea to travel via Shyok (we are 3 people including a lady..traveling via taxi) because of the (no) road conditions and limited vehicular traffic. As such would you advise that we come back to Leh on Day 4, spend the night there and then leave for Pangong on Day 5 from Leh?

Also for the hotels/guest houses you have included above in Diskit, do they need advance reservation or we can book while there? We will be in Diskit on July 27.

Thanks in advance!

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Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 7:54 am

Hello Amit Bhai,

1. Shyok road is fine now. That terrible road condition was a couple years ago but it is a smooth run all the way now. No issues at all. Almost everyone now goes to Nubra and then heads straight to Pangong via this road. No one comes back to Leh so you are OK to go.
2. There is a huge tourist rush in Ladakh this year so I will recommend that you book in advance to avoid any last minute hassle.

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Amit Chawla July 1, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Thanks a lot Varghis bhai..this is helpful! Apologies that I didn’t see this msg earlier..went to my junk folder. Also, I had posted on Itinerary thread..not sure if you received it (http://roadragas.com/index.php?threads/suggestions-on-itinerary.4004/#post-8579) so copying it here for your views. Thanks heads in advance!

Dear Varghis Bhai,

Came across this treasure trove while researching for our first trip to Leh. I will be traveling with my sister and nephew from July 24 to July 31. Have some questions to get your perspective.

1. Is the itinerary below the most optimum for our 7 nights 8 days trip or would you recommend any changes to get the most out of this trip? I have read that Pangong to Tso Moriri is quite long so as such would you say that we come back from Panamik to Leh on Day 5 and leave for Tso Moriri on Day 6 from Leh?
Day 1- Arrive in Leh
Day 2- Sham valley
Day 3- Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit, Hunder)
Day 4- Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik
Day 5- Panamik to Pangong via Shyok
Day 6- Pangong to Tso Moriri
Day 7- Tso Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar
Day 8- Return

2. We already know where we are going to stay upon our arrival in Leh. Do you have recommendations for clean homestays in Diskit or Hunder (night 3), Panamik (night 4), Pangong (night 5), Tso Moriri (night 6)?

3. I read reference of Mr Nasir in your blog as reliable taxi service provider. For Class A or B taxis for this entire trip, how much should we budget for?

4. Weather wise it appears this period will be around mid 20s so as such typical summer clothing would suffice? Am asking this to be sure if early mornings (considering we will have to leave early every day) or late evenings are chilly.

5. I have read mixed feedback about the permit requirements. Is that still required and for which days would we need that?

Thanks in advance for indulging me

Regards..Amit

also, would you say its better to do
Turtuk on Day 3 (start early from Leh..how early?) and come back to stay overnight at Diskit?
Then on day 4, go to Panamik and come back to Leh to sleep overnight..while doing this, would we have time to do Warshi? I am thinking about this option only because of what I’ve read up on your blog that Shyok road is not good so it might not be best to visit Pangong Tso from Panamik and we should do it from Leh instead?
On day 5, shall we plan on returning from Pangong Tso to Leh as what you’ve recommended in one of your itinerary’s or stay overnight at Pangong and move to Tso Moriri from there? I can see doing the latter is about 11-12 hours of drive..if anything, what would we save by returning to Leh and going to Tso Moriri from there?
As a totally different option (inspired by itinerary 4 from your list!), would you recommend saving one day from Nubra valley and spending that in Hanle instead?
Thank you so much for your time in advance

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Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Hello Amit – I just replied at the forum thread as well.

Hello Amit Bhai,

1. Yes the itinerary looks good. This will you will make the most of your time in Ladakh and explore maximum. But just make sure that you get an early morning start from Pangong on Day 6, possibly by first light of the day.

2. I am sorry but I do not really have any recommendations for hotels.

3. Nasir runs an Innova of his own. Call him, give my reference and he will provide you the best rates. He can also recommend hotels in Nubra. There is a huge tourist rush this year in Ladkah. Taxis are just not available and even hotels too. So there really isn’t much scope in terms of negotiationg the prices down anywhere.

4. Yes but ensure that you are carrying a heavy windproof warm jacket and some light woolens to survive the evenings and morning. Days will be moderately warm.

5. Yes you will still need Inner line permit.

6. Let to Turtuk and back to Diskit may be a bit too long.

7. Shyok road is fine now. It was terrible a couple of years ago but is a smooth run all the way now. No need to come back to Leh, go straight to Pangong.

8. I will recommend, Yes. It will make the journey a little easier. Both Turtuk and Hanle are beautiful enough but adding Hanle here and skipping Turtuk would make more sense.

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Amit Chawla July 1, 2018 - 2:49 pm

(test) just posted a reply here but i don’t see it so sending a test msg.

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Amit Chawla July 1, 2018 - 2:54 pm

thanks Vargis bhai..this is helpful. Also, I posted a message on your other blog under itinerary’s but don’t see it yet (http://roadragas.com/index.php?threads/suggestions-on-itinerary.4004/#post-8579) so reposting here:
Dear Vargis Bhai,

Came across this treasure trove while researching for our first trip to Leh. I will be traveling with my sister and nephew from July 24 to July 31. Have some questions to get your perspective.

1. Is the itinerary below the most optimum for our 7 nights 8 days trip or would you recommend any changes to get the most out of this trip? I have read that Pangong to Tso Moriri is quite long so as such would you say that we come back from Pangong to Leh on Day 5 and leave for Tso Moriri on Day 6 from Leh?
Day 1- Arrive in Leh
Day 2- Sham valley
Day 3- Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit, Hunder)
Day 4- Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik
Day 5- Panamik to Pangong via Shyok
Day 6- Pangong to Tso Moriri
Day 7- Tso Moriri to Leh via Tso Kar
Day 8- Return

2. We already know where we are going to stay upon our arrival in Leh. Do you have recommendations for clean homestays in Diskit or Hunder (night 3), Panamik (night 4), Pangong (night 5), Tso Moriri (night 6)?

3. I read reference of Mr Nasir in your blog as reliable taxi service provider. For Class A or B taxis for this entire trip, how much should we budget for?

4. Weather wise it appears this period will be around mid 20s so as such typical summer clothing would suffice? Am asking this to be sure if early mornings (considering we will have to leave early every day) or late evenings are chilly.

5. I have read mixed feedback about the permit requirements. Is that still required for which days would we need that?

6. As a totally different option (inspired by itinerary 4 from your list!), would you recommend saving one day from Nubra valley and spending that in Hanle instead?

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Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 3:02 pm

Hello Amit – I just replied at the forum thread as well.

Hello Amit Bhai,

1. Yes the itinerary looks good. This will you will make the most of your time in Ladakh and explore maximum. But just make sure that you get an early morning start from Pangong on Day 6, possibly by first light of the day.

2. I am sorry but I do not really have any recommendations for hotels.

3. Nasir runs an Innova of his own. Call him, give my reference and he will provide you the best rates. He can also recommend hotels in Nubra. There is a huge tourist rush this year in Ladkah. Taxis are just not available and even hotels too. So there really isn’t much scope in terms of negotiationg the prices down anywhere.

4. Yes but ensure that you are carrying a heavy windproof warm jacket and some light woolens to survive the evenings and morning. Days will be moderately warm.

5. Yes you will still need Inner line permit.

6. Let to Turtuk and back to Diskit may be a bit too long.

7. Shyok road is fine now. It was terrible a couple of years ago but is a smooth run all the way now. No need to come back to Leh, go straight to Pangong.

8. I will recommend, Yes. It will make the journey a little easier. Both Turtuk and Hanle are beautiful enough but adding Hanle here and skipping Turtuk would make more sense.

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Amit Chawla July 2, 2018 - 2:08 am

Thanks bhai..yes, your response has been very helpful

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:24 pm

You are welcome Bhai !!!

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Nizam June 9, 2018 - 1:44 am

Thanks for this great information. I will arrive Leh for the first time on 4th September alone. Planning to go to Nubra Is quite scare for me but after read this information help me alot. My plan to spend 3days on Nubra. 4th-6th September. I wish i can find cheap rental bike and accomandation at Leh and Nubra. My raferance only google and quite worry about scam and everthing.

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2018 - 1:57 pm

Thanks Nizam.

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faadhi June 5, 2018 - 12:14 pm

very very useful post.
I like to visit nubra valley and Turtuk from leh this month 24th. I am first time in leh. we are 4 persons in innova ( my own car ).Can u please suggest a good itinerary . I have 2 days . First day where all should i visit and where to stay etc. like that second day also . If u prefer the time for starting and ending the trip it will be very helpful

faadhi

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Syama May 8, 2018 - 11:26 am

Hi Vargis
Very useful Blog for the first time travelers. I just wanted to know whether taxi’s will be available from Diskit to Turtuk & Warshi.
And also appreciating for this great effort:)

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2018 - 5:55 pm

Hi Syama – Thank you for appreciating. Yes, shared taxis will be available for these places from Leh Bus stand.

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Naren May 9, 2018 - 11:21 am

Hi Vargis,

Many thanks for sharing valuable insights!!!

I intend to visit Nubra as per following schedule, Is it safe with family?

16 May (Arrive @ Leh via flight) & straight away head to Nubra for 2 nights
18 May -20 May stay @ Leh
21 May ( take a flight to Delhi)

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Naren – You cannot go directly to Nubra because you will first have to get the permits for it from Leh. Will have to stay in Leh for at least a day before you go to Nubra Valley.

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Himanshu May 5, 2018 - 8:29 am

Below is the itinerary, we are two couples recently married visiting Leh -Ladakh

2- July -2018 – no vehicle
Airport to Hotel, have Lot of water and in evening have some walk in market to get acclimatized

3- July -2018 – car
Head for Lamayuru , enroute visit to Hall of fame, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara, Alchi Monestry back to Leh

4- July -2018 – Bike
Leh to Panamik Hotspring via Khardong La Pass, Village, Khalsar and Sumar stay at Panamik / Sumur

5- July -2018 – Bike
visit to Hunder, Diskit and stay at Hunder

6- July -2018 – Bike
Nubra Valley to Leh

7- July -2018 – Car
Leh to Pangong Tso, Man & Merak

8- July -2018 – Car
Pangong Tso to leh

9- July -2018 – No vehicle
River Rafting

10- July -2018
Fly Back

Pls suggest modifications if required.

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Vargis.Khan May 6, 2018 - 2:52 am

No, your itinerary looks great. No change required at all.

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Mani Sharma March 24, 2018 - 5:28 pm

Hi Vargis,

Very Informative Blog !! Very Usefull for first time travellers.

I have one question in mind.. Can we do Leh to Khardungla – Diskit – Hunder and back to leh on the same day. I will leave as early from leh as possible by my own SUV. Kindly Guide me in this regard.

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 4:09 pm

Hi Mani – Yes you can easily do it. I have done it on my Bullet. Start from Leh by fist light of the day though. Make sure that while returning to Leh, you have crossed Khardung top maximum by 5 PM.

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Arun April 16, 2018 - 1:47 pm

Hey Vargis,

great and very informative blog. I am planning for Leh – ladak in June via a Road as we are one couple and will be going in our hatchback. after reading your blog, i am well convinced that i should not take wari la route from Nubra Valley to pangong lake. Earlier i was planning Leh to Nubra (overnight stay) than next day Nubra to pangong (overnight stay). now i am thinking to come back same day from Nubra to Leh and next day go to pangong from Leh. Please suggest, share your views.

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2018 - 8:06 pm

Hi Arun – You are right. Do not take your hatchback across Wari La. I have been to Wari La twice but both times in a 4×4 vehicle, once a safari and then a scorpio. Both of the times we had 4×4 enagaged and even then the vehicles showed signs of stress so you can imagine. Travel across Shyok route if it is open and if not, then come back to Leh from Nubra.

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Arup March 20, 2018 - 1:24 pm

I like to plan from Pangong to Nubra. Is it possible to reach Diskit from Pangong via Shyok and Agam in one day?

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Vargis.Khan March 20, 2018 - 2:23 pm

Easily. It will take you about 6-7 hours at most via Agham Shyok road.

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Eshan January 29, 2018 - 10:54 am

Hi Vargis,

I was planning a 4 day trip to Leh and wanted to be doubly sure if i should undertake it or not. Would love if you could help understand the below trip would work or not –

1. Arrive at Leh early morning via flight and take complete rest.
2. Leave for Nubra at around 10 in the morning and stay at Nubra. [Wanted to know if there is a route which avoids Khardung La and is it safe?]
3. Leave for Leh at around 12 next day.
4. Do a day trip to Pangong and return to Leh.
5. Fly out in the morning.

All the permits, accomodation and mode of travel would be pre-arranged.

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Vargis.Khan January 29, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Hi Ehsan,

Your itinerary is definitely doable however there is no other route except for Khardung La in order to Nubra. This route as a matter is quite safe and you got nothing to worry about as long as you are with a good driver. You will be renting a private taxi, correct?

I have covered the topic of Ladakh in 4 days in a differen article. Take a look at the link below, should answer most of your questions. Let me know if you need any further information.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/visit-leh-ladakh-in-4-days/

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Mohit Sewani September 25, 2017 - 10:03 am

Hi Vargis,

I will be taking this route on the 2nd or 3rd of October, 2017, the route through Khardungla pass. I have “Zero” experience of riding a bike on the hills. And also I am going solo, however I will get connected to few bikers on the route. Is it safe to take this route for me on a bike??

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Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:06 pm

Hello Mohit

The road from Leh from Leh to Nubra is mostly in good condition with the rough patch only around Khardung La top. So yes, you are OK to go as long as you ride slow and carefully. Maybe not hills but I am guessing you have decent enough riding experience in plains?

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Thuy Ngo September 15, 2017 - 5:49 am

I want to stay in Nurba for a while (from November to December 2012) what advice would you give me? Can I easily rent a permanent room? Thank you very much for your article and suggestions!

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Thuy Ngo September 15, 2017 - 5:51 am

sorry I want to say is from November to December 2017

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Vargis.Khan September 15, 2017 - 3:29 pm

You will have to make you arrangements for stay in advance because most of the hotels and guest houses in Ladakh become non-operational in winter. Call any of the hotels in Nubra and tell them about your plans. They should be able to arrange your stay. It won’t definitely be cheap because cost of living rises once cold starts to settle in.

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wanderchu September 8, 2017 - 9:59 am

Hi Vargis, we would like to stay in Diskit and do Hunder and Khardung La on the way back to Leh in one day. Will this be possible?

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Vargis.Khan September 8, 2017 - 5:24 pm

Hello – Yes it is. You will cross Khardung La on your way from Leh to Diskit so it will already be covered.

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wanderchu September 8, 2017 - 6:11 pm

and I can take the same route back to Leh if I want to cover Khardung La again, is that right?
Thank you for the reply!

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Vargis.Khan September 8, 2017 - 6:37 pm

Correct. You will start from Leh, cross Khardung La, reach Diskit and stay there for the night. Next day, start early from Diskit, reach Hunder or go even all the way to Turtuk and return to Leh. Or you can start from Diskit, visit Hunder, then take the diversion towards Panamik, explore that a bit and return to Leh. Third choice is that you can go straight to Pangong from Nubra via Shyok road without needing to come back to Leh

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Arjun Dhawan August 8, 2017 - 4:50 am

HI Vargis,

on the second day we have planned for  \”Leh Local Sightseeing\”, DO we need to hire a bike for this or walking is good idea ?

Thanks in advance .

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2017 - 2:04 pm

Walking will be a bit much Arjun Bhai. Places like Shanti Stoopa, Leh Palace, Shey Palace are a little far for walking so hiring a bike will be a good idea.

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Rajiv May 19, 2017 - 12:13 pm

Hi Vargis
Good Day, First You are doing wonderful job, really appreciate yourefforts

I need a suggestion, can I take my compact saden (Tata Zest ) to Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La and
leh to pangong lake route ?

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Vargis.Khan May 19, 2017 - 2:31 pm

Hello Rajiv, Thank you for your kind words.

Yes you can take your Sedan to both Nubra and Pangong, just keep a few things in mind.

1. Drive slow, goes without saying 🙂
2. Do it in four days. Leh to Nubra, Nubra to Leh, Leh to Pangong, Pangong to Leh.
3. Do not attempt reaching Pangong directly from Nubra valley. come back to Leh first and then go the next day. Both the direct routes, Agham Shyok and Wari La are not suitable for a Sedan.
4. Roads will be terribly bad at several places between South Pullu – Khardung La – North Pullu while going to Nubra. There will be water streams so take your car across carefully.
5. Roads will be bad again around Chang La top while going to Pangong. Water streams here as well.

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Vikas April 11, 2017 - 5:53 am

Hi Vargis,

Is it possible to reach “Pangong” from “Nubra” without coming back to Leh????

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Vargis.Khan April 12, 2017 - 3:02 am

Hi Vikas – Yes you can do it. I have explained the route in detail at the following article.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/can-go-directly-nubra-valley-pangong-tso-route/

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Sanchari Rakshit December 21, 2016 - 6:43 am

Hi, We would be travelling in the first week of May, we have a 4 year old baby. Is it fine? Also we will be reaching by air, will Nubra and Kurdangla Pass open during that time?

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Vargis.Khan December 22, 2016 - 12:04 am

Yes it will be fine with a 4 year old child. Nubra and Khardung La will be open. You may also want to take a look at the article below, about travelling to Ladakh with children.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

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Vargis.Khan October 2, 2016 - 9:30 am

Brijesh – You can do either, rent a bike or cab, whatever seems convenient. You can follow the following,

Day 1 – Leh to Nubra and back
Day 2 – Leh to Pangong
Day 3 – Pangong to Leh

or if you can extend one more day then do the following,

Day 1. Leh to Nubra
Day 2. Nubra to Leh
Day 3. Leh to Pangong
Day 4 . Pangong to Leh

Read the following post about renting motorcycles in Leh

https://vargiskhan.com/log/rent-a-motorcycle-in-leh/

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brijesh pal September 29, 2016 - 10:55 am

Hii…
Sir we are planning for a 3 day trip of leh & nubra valley starting from 24 October. Sir please suggest us about weather conditions at that period of time & also give us some useful advice on how to plan a trip from leh to nubra . And also tell about necessary items & permits required during the trip & most important about the network available in the nubra valley…

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Vargis.Khan September 30, 2016 - 1:18 am

How are you reaching Leh Brijesh? Are you driving of taking a flight?

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brijesh pal September 30, 2016 - 7:46 am

By flight

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Vargis.Khan October 1, 2016 - 8:56 am

Weather will be very cold in October and no, you do not need any permits to visit Nubra valley. Are you planning to rent motorcycles in Leh to visit Nubra or are you booking a cab?

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brijesh pal October 2, 2016 - 3:04 am

Our priority will be renting a bike from leh so please suggest us whether took a bike on rent or book a cab . And also suggest us that can we include pangong lake in 3 day trip or we have to extend trip for 1 more day..

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Kanchan August 28, 2016 - 12:36 pm

Hi ,
We are coming For 4 days and 5th day morning we are going back,
The tour covers local sight seeing in Leh and adjusting to the climate .
The 3 day is to and fro to pangong lake. The 4th Davis to Khardung la.

Is there anyway we can add Nubra valley in this trip ?

We are going from 6th sept to 10 sept

Thanks

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Vargis.Khan August 29, 2016 - 8:30 pm

Yes you can add Nubra valley. Khardung La is merely 35 kilometers from Leh, will not take more than an hour and a half to get to the top. Start early from Leh, cross khardung La and continue to Nubra valley towards Diskit / Hunder. It is easily doable. In case you are not able to make it all the way to Diskit, go as far as you can until 12 noon or 1 PM and return from there.

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Kanchan August 30, 2016 - 1:52 pm

Thank you so much for the reply. Yes we made the booking.
I had one more question . We are going from mumbai to Leh on 6th morning reaching at 6:30. We would take 5/6 hours for acclimatization . In the afternoon I would go for some monasteries , Leh palace and shanti stupa. 2nd day to Khardung la and route to Nubra valley . Stay overnight. 3rd day to Dikshit Monastery and back to Leh back from Nubra. 4th day to pangong and back . 5th day back to mumbai in morning .
Everybody is saying that could be a breathing problem due to heights .
Amy suggestions , tips and help will be greatly appreciated . We are just two of us through a customized tour.

Thanks

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Vargis.Khan August 31, 2016 - 8:51 pm

There will not be any breathing problem unless there is a medical condition like Asthma. If no medical conditon then you got nothing to worry about. Lot of people from all age groups visit Ladakh now each year now. I would recommend that you take a look at the following post for more information on AMS.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/dealing-acute-mountain-sickness-ladakh/

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Debasis Sahoo August 10, 2016 - 7:27 pm

Hi Vargis,
We are visiting leh from 23rd Aug to 2nd Sep. Please advise to reach delhi airport on 4th sep, when should we leave Leh (at which date)? I am planning to leave leh on 1st sep, to reach manali on 2nd sep, then from Manali to Delhi will be good in 3-4th sep.
Please advise

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Vargis.Khan August 11, 2016 - 12:40 am

Hi Debasis – Yes you can complete the Manali Leh highway in 2 days as well. Start early from Leh on 1st and you can reach Manali by 2nd late evening

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jasmine lay July 22, 2016 - 9:45 am

Hi Vargis ,How much for a taxi charges from Leh to Deskit ? Thank you

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Hello Jasmine, please take a look at the following post for taxi rates in Ladakh.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/taxi-rates-ladakh/

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Reshma July 13, 2016 - 5:38 pm

We are visiting in first to second week of September …any tips for that time of the year .

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Vargis.Khan July 16, 2016 - 7:24 pm

It is actually a good time to visit, won’t be that crowded as well at that time. No tips as such specifically for Nubra valley, just make sure that you visit both the Turtuk and Warshi stretch.

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Shrikant July 1, 2016 - 10:07 am

Dear Vargish, Very Nice Post. We are coming leh 2nd week of this month and definitely follow your instructions.

Shrikant

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Vargis.Khan July 1, 2016 - 12:05 pm

Thank you Shrikant

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Vargis.Khan June 30, 2016 - 12:13 am

Rahul – No permits required for Warshi. By early start, I meant like between 7 to 8 AM,

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Kevin June 28, 2016 - 12:08 pm

Thanks Vergis it was very informative.

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2016 - 8:34 pm

You are welcome Kevin

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Rahul Kumar June 27, 2016 - 5:58 pm

Such a detailed post. I wonder why this page doesn’t show in top ten searches. Would be following this same route. Just wanted a suggestion should turtuk be covered or skipped in this circuit?

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2016 - 4:25 am

Thanks Rahul. It entirely depends on how much time you have. If you are planning a night stay in Nubra then by all means, go all the way to Turtuk

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Rahul Kumar June 28, 2016 - 5:19 pm

Thanks Vargis for your reply.
Yes I have a plan to stay in Diskit/Hunder(Which do you suggest). Will try complete this route need your suggestions.

Leh(leave by 5:30am)->Khardung->Diskit->Turtuk->Diskit/Hunder(Stay)
Next day Diskit/Hunder->Pramanik->Leh

Or should I stay in Turtuk(But not many accommodations available economically)

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2016 - 8:39 pm

Staying in Diskit or Hunder is a better option … Go all the way till Turtuk and the return to either of these places to spend the night, it will also give you some time to explore the Panamik side the next day. On day 2, leave as early as you can, go towards Panamik, all the way till Warshi village and return to Leh but make sure you have an early start in the morning.

Read the following post for more info on the Panamik Warshi route.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/warshi-village-nubra-valley-opened-travelers/

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Rahul Kumar June 29, 2016 - 7:53 pm

What time do you think is best for an early start?
And also just went across your link. Do we need permit for Warshi?

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