Leh to Pangong Bus 2020 – Leh to Pangong by Bus

by Vargis.Khan

If you were planning a trip to Ladakh this year and were traveling by public transport; then below is the latest bus schedule of Leh to Pangong Bus service in the year 2020. The image below is actually of bus service from Leh to all of the tourist places in Ladakh and it was clicked by a friend at Leh Bus stand last week. In this post, however, I will highlight buses from this list that you can use to travel from Leh to Pangong Lake.

Before I go on talking about the bus service though, please note that the campsites at Pangong Lake have been removed by Ladakh administration this year. Now camping on the banks of Pangong is forbidden by law, much like it is in case of Tso Moriri. The only difference, however, is that in case of Moriri, there are campsites at a little distance from the lake and they will remain to be. On the other hand, all sort of construction, whether permanent or temporary, has been demolished at Pangong Lake. The rule states that campsites on state-owned land will now be considered illegal and will be removed. For more information on this topic, please read Camping at Pangong Lake Banned by Authorities.

What this means for you as a tourist is that finding accommodation near Pangong Tso will now be challenging. In case you could not find a place to stay, then you would have to return to Leh by evening; in which case, traveling to the lake by Bus will not be the best choice.

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The post below only details Leh to Pangong Lake Bus service that you can avail after you have arrived in Leh. I am not including details here on you can reach Ladakh. If you want to get details on that as well, then I recommend you to please take a look at How to Reach Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide. Once you have arrived in Leh either by public transport or flight, then how you can travel from Leh to Pangong Lake by Bus is what I will be discussing in this article.

To better understand the bus schedules I have mentioned below, I will recommend that you also take a look at A Detailed road map of Ladakh. Take a look at the route near Pangong Tso and you will be able to relate the names of the villages I am mentioning below.

Leh to Pangong Bus 2020

Listed below are the buses that you can board from Leh to reach Pangong Tso Lake. All of these buses travel via the Karu -Sakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangtse route to arrive at Spangmik. Starting time from Leh Bus stand is early in the morning and the bus reaches its destination by evening. The same bus then travels back to Leh the next day.

Leh to Pangong Bus Service (Spangmik, Man, and Merak)

Spangmik, Man and Merak are three villages located on the banks of Pangong Tso. Spangmik is actually slightly away from the lake but Man and Merak are right next to it. So to reach Pangong from Leh, you can actually board to a bus going towards either of these villages.

There are three weekly buses scheduled for Pangong Tso from Leh Bus stand on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 6.30 AM. These buses travel via Spangmik and Man to arrive at Merak. Fare per person is Rs. 270. Since the entire route till Merak runs next to Pangong, you can get off at any place en route.

Also Read: Pangong Tso Travel Guide

Leh to Chushul Bus Service

Chushul is a small village in Changthang Valley and it order to get to it, you will have to travel via Spangmik, Man and Merak. There are two weekly buses that you can board to reach Chushul. The first one starts from Leh  every Wednesday at 7.00 AM. Fare per person is Rs. 394. Traveling by this Bus, you can get down at Spangmik to visit Pangong Lake as well. This bus travels via Erath and does not go to Man or Merak.

Another bus for Chushul starts from Leh Bus stand every Sunday at 7 AM. This Bus travels via the villages of Man and Merak and fare per person is Rs. 406.

Leh to Hanle Bus Service

Hanle is often considered as one of the hidden jewels of Ladakh. It is a very pretty village located right next to India – China border. A Bus from Leh leaves for Hanle every Saturday at 7 AM. This Bus travels via Spangmik, Erath, Chushul, and Nyoma to finally arrive at Hanle. Fare per person is Rs. 492. You can board this Bus from Leh and get down at either Spangmik, Man or Merak.

Leh to Koyul Bus Service

Like Hanle, Koyul is another small village in Changthang Valley. The route to Koyul is same as that of Hanle until Nyoma. A bus for Koyul leaves Leh Tuesday at 7 AM. This is anoter bus you can board to get down at Pangong.

Leh to Mudh (Mood) Bus Service

Mudh, also spelled as Mood, is a small village near Nyoma. A Bus is scheduled for this village every Wednesday at 9 AM from Leh. Fare per person is Rs. 297.

Leh to Tsaga Bus Service

Tsaga is a village after Chushul and before Nyoma; after the high altitude pass of Tsaga La. You can board a bus for here from Leh at 9 AM every Friday. Fare per person is Rs. 356.

Leh to Pangong Lake by Bus – Conclusion

I hope the details on Leh to Pangong Bus were of help. If you have any questions; or need any other information; 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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Nupur Kothari March 10, 2020 - 2:22 pm

What about return buses from Pangong Tso or rather any of these points to Leh? Do they come back on the same day in the evening?

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Vargis.Khan March 10, 2020 - 4:00 pm

The next day in the morning

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Mandabi Maitra July 15, 2019 - 4:41 pm

The bus that goes from Leh to Koyul, does it go via Hanle?
And can we get share jeep from Leh to Turtuk? We are going to Ladakh this July.

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Vargis.Khan July 15, 2019 - 5:52 pm

1. Bus – No it deoesnt
2. Cab – Leh to Diskit, Diskit to Turtuk

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Mandabi Maitra July 16, 2019 - 5:14 am

Can we board the bus for Hanle from Pangong Tso (Merak) instead of Leh? Or can we board the bus for Turtuk from Hunder instead of Leh? That is if we want catch the buses in midway, is it possible?

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Vargis.Khan July 16, 2019 - 12:48 pm

Yes, catching the bus midway is possible.

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Sayak Das June 27, 2019 - 11:26 am

Hi Vargis..
I am visiting leh this october with my wife & my friend on 12.10.2019.
Please tell me whether i will get bus service from srinagar to leh in the month of october???
As you have mentioned earlier in the blog that camping at the pangong lake is now banned.So please tell me is there any option to stay there at night because i will be travelling to pangong by bus & returning to leh on the same day is it possible(only by bus)????

I have camping tent of my own…Can I use it beside pangong or nubra valley not by any means to break the law & order but if maintaining a long distance from the lake???

Please guide me as soon as possible…

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Vargis.Khan June 27, 2019 - 4:38 pm

Hi Sayak,
Srinagar Leh Bus – Yes
Camping at Pangong – Still available
Self Camping – Yes you can

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Sayak Das June 27, 2019 - 8:21 pm

Thank you very much Vargis for providing the information.

Just tell me another thing bro as you have mentioned earlier in other vlog that one can get bus from leh to delhi via keylong but you have not tell anything about the inner line permit needed for rohtang pass or not if travelling by bus from leh to delhi.

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2019 - 1:15 pm

Rohtang Permit is not needed if you are traveling by Bus Sayak

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Sarthak June 21, 2019 - 1:23 pm

Do we get bus on the spot or some advance booking?

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Vargis.Khan June 21, 2019 - 9:29 pm

On the spot

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Sankar V June 8, 2019 - 10:31 am

This Bus to Merak on Sundays will go to Pangong lake sides? Whether we can get good view of Lake if we continue till Merak?

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Vargis.Khan June 8, 2019 - 8:17 pm

Yes it will

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sayantan May 21, 2019 - 6:38 am

hi virgis, i have a query,
is there any shared cab available for pangong?
if yes then what will be the per seat cost?

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Vidyashree WS May 18, 2019 - 7:20 pm

Hi Vargis,

1.As of now, Towards end of may and 1st week of June, will they be state bus service in and around leh ladhak? I am planning to visit Tso Moriri on 30th may , will that be possible using local bus?

2. Just heard the news, however will it be possible to get bus from Leh to Manali via Keylong?

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Vargis.Khan May 19, 2019 - 12:09 am

Hi Vidyashree – The local bus service is already operational

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Sankar V May 17, 2019 - 4:01 am

Hi Vargis if I reach Leh by 12 th June and plan to go Pangong Tso by bus on 13 th (Thursday as per site bus is available) whether I can return to Leh on same day after a short sighted seeing in Pangong. If so any permit required to be stamped even though going by bus?

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Vargis.Khan May 17, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Hi Sankar – If you want to return the same day then better would be to rent a bike. And yes, you will still need the permit even if you were going by Bus

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Sankar V May 17, 2019 - 1:57 pm

Thanks again. We 7 people are coming. So hiring a cab would be better isn’t?

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ANIL JOSHI May 15, 2019 - 12:16 pm

Loved your information regards Pangong lake camping ban. Do you think its ok for Sr couple to undertake round day trip ex Leh by T Traveller/ cab. Also, will it be worth the effort ?

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2019 - 12:49 pm

Yes to both. Just make sure that you take an early start from Leh, like 6 in the morning.

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Suresh Kumar suman April 16, 2019 - 1:00 am

I am coming from Delhi.with my wife is it safe in may 2019 .how to plan to visit srinagar leg and Ladakh in 6-7days .and also suggest min. Budget kitna ho sakta hai. .. .i amcoming sringnar by 8th may in morning and leaving srinagar by afternoon on 14th may by flight.

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Suresh Kumar suman April 16, 2019 - 12:56 am

How to plan for srinagar leh and Ladakh in 6-7days

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2019 - 6:32 am

All of it in 6-7 days would be tough. Should pick one of the two

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Suresh Kumar suman April 16, 2019 - 12:55 am

In next month of may 2019..is it safe to travel srinagar, leh, laddakh

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2019 - 6:32 am

As of now yes it is

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