Leh to Pangong Bus 2023 – Leh to Pangong by Bus

by Vargis.Khan

leh to pangong bus

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 2022. The image below is actually of bus service from Leh to all of the tourist places in Ladakh. In this post, however, I will highlight buses from this list that you can use to travel from Leh to Pangong Lake.

The post below only details Leh to Pangong Lake Bus service that you can use 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 2022

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. The 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)

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

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 a bus going towards either of these villages.

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

Leh to Chushul Bus Service

Chushul is a small village in Changthang Valley and in 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 at Leh every Wednesday at 7.00 AM. The 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 the fare per person is Rs. 406.

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Leh to Hanle Bus Service

Hanle is often considered one of the hidden jewels of Ladakh. It is a very pretty village located right next to the 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.

The 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 the same as that of Hanle until Nyoma. A bus for Koyul leaves Leh Tuesday at 7 AM. This is another bus you can board to get down at Pangong.

Weekly Bus to Mudh (Mood)

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. The fare per person is Rs. 297.

Weekly Bus to Tsaga

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

Leh to Pangong Lake Share Taxi

There are two types of taxi services available between Leh and Spangmik, private and shared cabs. A private taxi is of course when you have the entire cab all to yourself and you can travel as per your own itinerary and convenience.

The thing with a private cab however is that it can be way too expensive and cannot be called an option for someone traveling on a budget.

The second choice is to travel by shared taxi. These are available from the main Leh bus stand every morning and are a great budget choice to travel to Pangong Lake.

You just need to arrive at the Bus stand early in the morning and will find a bunch of taxis looking for travelers. They move as soon as they are full. Find yourself a seat and be on your way.

Also read: Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Direct Route Guide

Leh to Pangong Shared Taxi Fare

A private taxi to Pangong Tso from Leh will cost you around Rs. 10,000 for a two days trip. A shared taxi however will only cost you around Rs. 400-500 per person for a drop to the lake.


I hope the details on Leh to Pangong Bus were of help. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I will be happy to answer. You can also follow me on Instagram and chat with me live there or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.

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Nazir Ahmad Shah .R/o Srinagar. July 30, 2022 - 10:34 am

Your article has given me a clear idea
how to travel to Leh and Lenging lake.
Now please tell me what will be the
Cost of hotel rooms at Leh and pengong.
And also tell me travel expenses from Leh to
Pengong lake.

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?

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

The next day in the morning

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.

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

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

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?

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

Yes, catching the bus midway is possible.

Bhanu Chandar Uppada August 3, 2021 - 8:06 am

Leh to Koyul Bus- will Bus go via Nyoma-Rhongo-Hanle or through the route which cuts from nyoma – Rhongo route and goes by side of indus river??

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…

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

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

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.

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

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

Sarthak June 21, 2019 - 1:23 pm

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

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

On the spot

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?

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

Yes it will

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?

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?

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

Hi Vidyashree – The local bus service is already operational

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?

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

Sankar V May 17, 2019 - 1:57 pm

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

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 ?

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As of now yes it is


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