Manali Leh Highway: A Detailed Route Guide

by Vargis.Khan

Manali Leh Highway, the very name ignites a feeling of adventure in everyone’s heart. For motorcyclists, it is a dream, for photography enthusiasts, it is heaven; for travel junkies, it is a habit. The ever changing landscape consisting of deep verdant valleys, snow capped mountain peaks, rugged barren desolated wasteland, high mountain passes, tiny hamlets, nomad shepherds; travel on this road and you will see it all. Memories will last a lifetime and you will tell tales of your trip for months to come.

As long as I can remember, Manali Leh highway has always been given preference over the second route to Leh, the Srinagar Leh highway. Though both the roads are equally beautiful and challenging, almost everyone prefers to reach Leh via Manali and take the Srinagar road for journey back home.




I think the primary reason behind that is the challenging nature of the road. When someone plans a trip to Leh, the feeling is of adventure and Srinagar to Leh route is considered easier. So for adventure seekers and people who want the adventure to begin early, Manali Leh highway becomes the obvious choice.

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

For a brief introduction, Manali Leh Highway is a 490 kilometers long highway; connecting the town of Leh in Ladakh to that of Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The road is open for roughly around four and a half months in a year, from June till mid October when snowfall again blocks the high altitude passes en route.The average elevation of Leh-Manali highway is more than 4,000 meters (13,000 feet); its highest elevation is 5,328 m (17,480 ft) at Tanglang La mountain pass.

Sukhdev Singh Gill — assistant executive engineer of Central Engineering Services (Class 1) — can rightly be called as Father of Manali Leh highway. Gill was posted at the high altitude areas between Manali and Leh in August-September 1955 and conducted surveys for a road connecting the two cities. He also can be given credit for several other roads in Ladakh. Gill died at a young age of 27 years after he volunteered for a posting in Tibet. He stayed there for a year before he was scheduled to come back for his marriage but fell ill and died in Tibet itself.

Manali Leh Highway Distance

Manali to Leh road runs a total of 490 kilometers; 230 kilometers is in Himachal Pradesh and the remaining 260 kilometers in the state of J&K. Sarchu acts as the border between two states. The road from Manali to Sarchu is Himachal and Sarchu to Leh is J&K. In total, you will be crossing 5 high altitude passes and the journey is better planned to be completed in at least 2 days.

Also read: List of Things you must Carry for Ladakh Trip

If you are planning a journey on Manali Leh highway; mentioned below in this article is a detailed description of the entire route. I have mentioned a list of towns that you will be crossing; with distances in between and some other information on how you can plan your trip better.

Route of this journey on Manali Leh highway is as below.

  • Manali – Marhi – Rohtang Pass [52 Kms]
  • Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Kokhsar [19 Kms]
  • Kokhsar- Sissu – Tandi [38 Kms]
  • Tandi – Keylong [9 Kms]
  • Keylong – Jispa [22 Kms]
  • Jispa – Darcha [6 Kms]
  • Darcha – Sumdo – Patsio – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu [84 Kms]
  • Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakeela La – Lachulung La – Pang [80 Kms]
  • Pang – More Plains – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi [125 Kms]
  • Upshi – Karu – Leh [55 Kms]
Manali Leh Highway Map

Below is a map of Manali Leh Highway followed by more detailed information. Click on the map below to view it in full size.

manali leh highway guide

Manali Leh Highway

Manali Leh Highway Route

Below is a detailed description of the route that you will be taking from Manali to Leh.

Manali – Marhi – Rohtang Pass

Your first day of the journey from Manali will have you cross the mighty Rohtang Pass. The biggest concern when it comes to crossing Rohtang is that of a permit without which you will not be allowed to travel towards the pass. This can be obtained from either Manali SDM office or online. Please read through the articles below in order to get more information on what the Rohtang Pass restrictions are and how you can get a permit to cross over.

Rohtang Pass Current Restrictions

How to Obtain Rohtang Permit

How to get a permit for Rohtang Pass online

It is always better to leave from Manali in early hours as there can be a huge traffic on this road through out the day. Taxi Drivers, tourists wanting to visit Rohtang and a huge amount of trucks will start on the ascent with the break of dawn.

It is also interesting to know that the word Rohtang actually means a “pile of corpses” and the name derived from a lot of people dying in bad weather, trying to cross the pass in old times. But do not let that scare you. The 52 kms ascent to Rohtang is a feast for eyes because of the beautiful vistas all around you. If you started early from Manali, you can either have breakfast at Marhi, 19 kms from Manali, or at Rohtang Pass itself . There are a lot of dhabas open at Rohtang Top through out the day so you can take a quick stop here to eat and to click photographs.

Road to Rohtang is a mix of super smooth and super rough patches. The bad section of the road is mostly towards the top and on the descent towards Kokhsar.

Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar

Kokhsar is a small village, 19kms downhill from Rohtang. The only significance this village will have in this journey is that you will need to get yourself registered at the check post here before continuing any further. This village also has an accommodation option available in form of a guest house in case you want to spend the night here. It is also the first village in Lahaul Valley and road bifurcates towards Spiti at Gramphoo, little before Kokhsar.

Kokhsar – Sissu – Tandi

The last gas station on this route is at Tandi. After this, there is no other petrol pump for another 380 kms, until Leh. While you can still get fuel at local dhabas on this route at a higher than regular price, it is strongly advised to tank up at Tandi and carry extra fuel (in case your motorcycle’s petrol tank isn’t large enough to carry enough fuel to complete the journey).

A road towards Udaipur and Sach Pass bifurcates at Tandi.

Tandi – Keylong

Keylong is the district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti and is the last town on this route where a mechanic is available. It is a good idea to get a final check done on your motorcycle here. This is also the last place where you will see network signals in your cellphone.

Also Read: Mobile Phone Connectivity in Ladakh and en route

Keylong has a few decent hotels and in case you have started late from Manali, you can opt to break the first day of your journey here. Kardhang Monastery is located in Keylong, across the Bhaga River.

Keylong – Jispa

Jispa is a small village on this route. It has a hotel and tenting accommodations are also available here. In case it is still your first day of the journey, it is strongly recommended to halt here for the night as there wont be any accommodation available after Jispa, until Sarchu. It is a very scenic village and I have always preferred to stay here as opposed to the busy town of Keylong. You may find accommodation in form of Chadar tents after Jispa as well but not a decent enough camp site or hotel. There is also a mechanic shop at Jispa, just at the end of the village.

Jispa – Darcha

Roads here are in good condition. You will need to get yourself registered at the check post here.

Darcha – Sumdo – Patsio – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu

Roads here are somewhat better than so far on this route. You will come across beautiful Deepak taal after Darcha, don’t forget to take a quick break at the Dhaba near the lake and click photographs. There is a small Dhaba near the lake that also has arrangements to stay for the night. In case you are planning to camp on your own, Deepak Taal is a good enough spot to do so.

Also read: Best time to Visit Ladakh – Explained in Detail

Right after Deepak Taal, the ascent towards Baralacha La starts.

Baralacha La is where you will encounter snow again, after Rohtang La; unless you are out of luck and the snow is all melted, it remains covered with snow through out the year.

There is also an interesting story around this pass. Folklore states that there were two lovers, Chandra being the daughter of the Moon and Bhaga the son of the Sun god. To perform their eternal marriage, they decided to climb to the Baralacha la and from there they ran in opposite directions. Chandra being active and smart easily, found her way and reached Tandi after covering the distance of 115 km. Soon Bhaga was found coming with great struggle through the narrow gorges to Tandi, where consequently both met and the celestial marriage was performed.

Sarchu is a military base and a major halt point on this route. It has tented accommodations available and is a good spot to spend the night.

Chances are that you will experience Acute Mountain Sickness for the first time in this region. Road conditions will keep changing from bad to good to bad again in this area.

Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakeela – Lachulung La – Pang

Right after Sarchu, the ascent of Gata Loops start. Gata Loops is a series of 21 hairpin bends that takes you to the top of Nakeela La, your 3rd high mountain pass on this route. Interestingly enough, these loops are said to be haunted by the ghost of a dead trucker. No one stops at Gata Loops unnecessarily and there is a story behind it.  Please read the article below for the haunting story of the loops

Also read: The Ghost of Gata Loops

But don’t worry, it is not the ghost of the dead trucker who will make this ascent difficult. It will be the live ones in a long line of slow moving trucks and a cloud of thick smoke and dust that will test you to the bone while you climb up to Nakeela Top.

Right after Nakeela, after descending down for a few kilometers, you will again start climbing up the 4th high mountain pass of this route, Lachulung La, one of the easier passes.

Descent from Lachulung La will take you to Pang, another tented accommodation where you can spend the night. If you have not faced Acute Mountain sickness on this route so far, Pang is the place where you will definitely suffer from it.

Pang – Moore Plains – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi

About 4 kms from Pang, you will be greeted with the spectacular sight of Moore Plains, A plateau sitting in the lap of Himalayas. It is a flat piece of land for about 30-35 kilometers inviting you to accelerate but do not make that mistake. The road is bumpy and can test your vehicle’s suspensions and your stomach.

After the more plains starts the tough climb towards Tanglang La; the fifth and last high mountain pass on this route. Though Tanglang La claims to be the world’s second highest motor-able pass, it has been proven incorrect as there are several higher motor-able passes in India itself and Tibet.

But it is the severely deteriorated roads on this ascent and descent that makes crossing this pass difficult, not the height.

Apart from the roads, second factor that will test your nerves at Tanglang La is Acute Mountain Sickness. Be ready to feel like you have just been hit by a train while you are crossing this pass. You will feel feverish and will have severe headache. Things will get better once you start descending down. Click at the link below to know more about acute mountain sickness and how to deal with it.

Also Read: Dealing with Acute Mountain Sickness In Ladakh

Road gets much better as you get closer to Upshi. As a matter of fact, you will find it even better than most city roads, thanks to BRO.

Upshi – Karu – Leh

By now AMS will subside and you will start feeling much better. Take a quick tea break at Upshi and off you are on your way to Leh, which is hardly an hour’s drive from here.

Manali Leh Highway Road Conditions

Contrary to common belief, Manali Leh Highway usually remains in a good condition except for the time when it has just been declared open. There are of course several bad patches in between; water crossings you will need to cross; and several badly broken dirt trails; but overall condition of the road is not as bad as everyone perceives it to be. Extremely bad sections of the road will mostly be around Rohtang Top and near Tanglang La. For rest of the journey, it will be a mix of smooth, good, Ok and Bad.

Manali to Leh By Bus

If you are however planning to travel by Bus, then there are two options available. You can either board the HPTDC luxury bus or the ordinary HRTC Bus. Both of these however cover the journey in two days with a night halt at Keylong. If you are coming from Delhi, then you can board a Bus from Delhi itself. Please read through the following two posts for more information on the bus service.

Also read: Manali to Leh Bus: Frequency, Fare and How to Book

Also read: Delhi to Leh Bus Service

Manali to Leh by Shared or Private Taxi

Another way to travel from Manali to Leh apart from the bus service to either rent a private taxi; or board a shared taxi. Both these options are available in Manali; and depending on your budget you can chose either. While a private taxi will complete the journey as per your convenience, a Shared taxi completes the journey in a non-stop manner; often referred to as Canon Ball run. For details like how much it would cost you to travel via taxi, please take a look at the article below.

Also read: Private and Shared taxis on Manali to Leh Highway

Manali Leh Highway Travel Time

While this journey can be done in 18 hours approximately; if you traveled non stop like shared taxis; recommended time to reach Leh from Manali is a minimum of 2 days.  On Day 1 you can either reach Keylong, Jispa or Sarchu from Manali and continue to Leh on Day 2. This way, you will ensure that you do not stress yourself and give sufficient time to enjoy the journey. If you can add another day and make it a 3 day trip, then it will be even better. On Day 1 you can reach Keylong or Jispa, Sarchu on Day 3 and finally Leh on Day 3. For more details and a sample itinerary, please take a look at the article below.

Also read: Manali to Leh Travel Time and Sample Itinerary

Best time to travel on Manali Leh highway

The road is declared open sometime by late May or early June and remains open by early October. Best time to travel on Manali Leh highway in my opinion would be in September. The road is in a terrible state with a lot of water crossings caused by melting snow in the month of June. Monsoon arrives by Mid to Late July and remains until August, causing a high chance of landslides in hilly areas. By September however, BRO would have restored the road completely and road conditions are also considerably better. Monsoon would have gone by late August but the valleys are at full blossom. If you want to travel on a near perfect road, through lush green valleys starting to show signs of arriving autumn, while experiencing the thrill of the challenging terrain, then September is the perfect time to do so.

Also read: List of Must Visit Places in Ladakh

Manali Leh Highway Permit

There is really no pass or permit required to travel from Manali to Leh. The only permit needed is to cross over Rohtang Pass that I provided details of above. However, if you reached Leh by Srinagar and returning via Manali, then even this permit is not needed. Carrying a valid identify proof like Aadhar card, Driver’s license, Voter’s ID, Passport etc is a must though as you will have to register yourself at several check posts in between and maybe asked to produce an identity proof.

Manali to Leh Highway Hotels

Accommodation on Manali Leh highway is not really that big a problem. Almost every big or small town en route has some sort of accommodation choice available. If you want to stay at a hotel however, the last one available is in Jispa. After Jispa, it is mostly camping sites or Chadar tents that you will come across. Read the article below for a complete list of hotels and camp sites available en route Manali to Leh.

Also Read: Hotels, Guest Houses and Camp Sites on Manali to Leh Highway

Manali Leh Highway Weather

Weather on Manali Leh highway during day is pleasant enough during summer. It can be moderately warm however winds will be high and cold. During night, this temperature can go down to around 2-5 degrees celsius. In winters however; when you cannot even travel here by road; temperature can go down several degrees below zero. June, July and August see a moderate weather, September will see the start of cold settling in and it can snow anytime after October first week.

Manali Leh Highway Recommended Clothes

It really depends on how you are traveling; if it is by motorcycle, car or by Bus; but to be on a safer side, pack your clothes in layers. Do not carry all heavy woolens. Carry plenty of cottons, a few light woolens and a heavy windproof jacket; along with woolen socks and gloves. The idea is that if you start feeling cold, you can put clothes on top of one another; in layers, and if feeling warm, you can remove layers per your comfort. For more details on what kind of clothes you should be packing for Ladakh trip, take a look at the article below.

Also read: Clothes for Ladakh Trip: What to Pack

I think this pretty much covers most of the aspects related to traveling on Manali Leh highway. 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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Ashhar Ali April 4, 2020 - 9:48 am

Hi Varghis,
Thank you for the blog, one of the best I have found online so far.
I am planning a ride from Manali to Leh towards end of May or early June this year, depending how the whole Covid-19 situation goes.
Are there any bike rental places you would recommend? Someone you trust.
I will need atleast 2 bikes (still waiting on more people to confirm). Ideally looking at Bullet Standard or Thunderbird.
We would also have girls in the group, how safe are the accommodations in Jispa etc. Also any news rules that we should be aware of?
Appreciate you sharing all the experience from your trips, a real guide for first timers like us.
Cheers!
Ashhar

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Upmanayu May 30, 2020 - 4:29 am

Khan bhai if possible plz share ur contact number .

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Animesh Rai June 1, 2020 - 11:00 am

Hi Vargis,
Thanks for the detailed info. I am planning to cycle solo from Manali to Leh from 10th June onwards or thereabouts. Can I be assured of finding accommodation in the form of tents and food in dhabas all along the way? If so, what would be the cost of the tents per night? Is the food cheap?
Or is it better to carry one’s own tent and food? In that case, would I be able to set up my tent wherever I want to depending on how much I have cycled on a particular day?
Thanks and best wishes,
Animesh

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dipz June 2, 2020 - 7:36 am

Hi Animesh,
I was also planning for a cycle ride from Manali to Leh, but now not this year. If you do, please share your experience. Would love to follow your suggestions to do so.

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Animesh Rai June 3, 2020 - 5:11 am

Hi Dipz,
Sure. If I do, I surely will. I am currently waiting to see how the COVID-19 situation develops.

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Shalabh March 16, 2020 - 11:20 am

Hello Vargis,
Hope you are doing well and thanks for this wonderful blog.
I am planning to go to Leh from Delhi on 14th June 2020 by my own car. My question is are the roads okay to drive Baleno on this Leh Ladahak Manali rugged roads or should I take flight directly from Delhi to Leh and from there we can opt for rented bike?

Thanking you in anticipation !
Regards,
Shalabh

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Vargis.Khan March 16, 2020 - 2:02 pm

Hi Shalabh – Yes you will be able to manage it in a Baleno as long as you have decent enough driving skills.

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Shalabh March 16, 2020 - 11:19 am

Hello Vargis,
Hope you are doing well and thanks for this wonderful blog.
I am planning to go to Leh from Delhi on 14th June 2020 by my own car. My question is are the roads okay to drive Baleno on this Leh Manali rugged roads or should I take flight directly from Delhi to Leh and from there we can opt for rented bike ?

Thanking you in anticipation !
Regards,
Shalabh

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Vargis.Khan March 16, 2020 - 2:02 pm

Hi Shalabh – Yes you will be able to manage it in a Baleno as long as you have decent enough driving skills.

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ROSHAN August 31, 2019 - 10:21 am

Hi Vargis,
This is Roshan here, I have been going through a lot of your articles recently to plan my Ladakh trip.
Thanks a lot for these articles, it’s turning out to be really helpful to plan.
However, I have a few questions about this, me and 3 of my friends are planning for a bike trip to ladakh starting from 28th of sept from Manali and planning to return back by 8th of October, to manali I am concerned a bit about the weather and all the other scenarios that need to be taken into account is it advisable to travel back via Leh Manali highway in the first two weeks of October, kindly help us on this and thanks in advance.

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NARINDER SINGH MALHAN July 2, 2019 - 11:16 am

Beautiful description of route

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2019 - 2:06 pm

Thanks Narinder

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Bhupendra June 29, 2019 - 9:50 am

Hello sir,
Can u plz tell us the no.of stoppages and names of them from Manali to Leh tour by HPTDC bus.

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Vargis.Khan June 29, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Hello Bhupendra Bhai – Please see the following post.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/manali-to-leh-bus-2019/

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Ekta June 26, 2019 - 10:56 am

Hi Vargis! I am travelling to Leh in September…driving from Manali to Jispa on day 1 and Jispa to Leh on day 2. I’ve been doing my bit of reading and though all other details seem to be pretty clear, i want to know if there are toilets available while one is on the road? The travel time isn’t less and we need to figure this out since there are women in the group. No one seems to be asking/talking about it but it is a concern for us. Would appreciate any help on this.

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Vargis.Khan June 27, 2019 - 12:03 am

Hi Ekta,

Public toilets on the way? None
Where to go? Chadar tents and Dhabas on the way have arrangements. It is basically a hole dug in the ground that a person squats over inside a tent. Very stinky and bad experience.

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Ekta June 28, 2019 - 7:48 am

Thanks for the reply. It is indeed a sad state. What if i carry my own portable toilet tent? Will it be allowed? It is a slightly tedious task to set it up everytime one needs to use it but i am guessing better than the unhygienic conditions.

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2019 - 1:21 pm

Hi Ekta – Yes you can bring your own tent. Lots of space to set it up.

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Ekta August 5, 2019 - 9:24 am

Hey! Owing to the current situation in J&K, I’ve been reading about a lot of trips getting cancelled. Though my trip is still a month away and I’m taking the Manali-Leh route, i was told about Nubra and Pangong shut down and protests on the road. Just wanted to check if you had any insights on the same.

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Vargis.Khan August 5, 2019 - 2:23 pm

No such news as of now but wait for a few days and see how the situation develops before deciding on what to do.

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Suraj Nair June 21, 2019 - 10:08 am

Hey how many times have you completed your leh journey?

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Vargis.Khan June 21, 2019 - 12:39 pm

I have been there a few times

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Vineet June 5, 2019 - 12:41 pm

Hi Vargis Bhai..EID Mubarak..!!

You have provided some excellent info as I was reading above..Thanks for all this..!!

I belong to Delhi and planning to go to Jispa next week and stay there in camps for 3-4 days..i would not go futher and come back from Jispa…Is Jispa good place to stay..also I would be traveling in i -20 ..is road safe to travel in a mall car..!!

Thx.

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Vargis.Khan June 5, 2019 - 3:42 pm

Hello Vineet Bhai – EID Mubarak !!!

Yes, Jispa is a lovely place and you can definitely travel in your i20 till there.

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Yash June 11, 2019 - 3:29 am

Jispa is a good place u must go to baralacha its a awesome plase must visit its 2 hours journeys u can come back by visiting tomorrow and can come back after spending time there

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Vardhman Bengani June 15, 2019 - 5:52 pm

Hii Vargis Bhai.. I am planning to travel to Ladakh in September first week.. Looking for a good travel agency that can take care of the tour.. Can you pls suggest one .

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2019 - 6:45 pm

Bhai you can contact Rohit @ 9910722252

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Nayan April 26, 2019 - 11:03 am

Hi Vargis, we are planning to visit ladakh in coming month from Ahmedaabd Gujarat with our own vehicle, which is Creta.

kindly guide.

kind note, its our 1st trip by own vehicle.

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Vargis.Khan April 26, 2019 - 2:19 pm

Hi Nayan – Let me know what your questions are and I will be happy to answer.

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Mohd adnan August 22, 2018 - 5:35 pm

Hi Vargis
Hope you r well,
How’s the weather of Himachal , we r coming this Friday for Manali to leh trip.
Thanks
Mohd Adnan

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Mohd adnan August 26, 2018 - 9:19 am

Hi Vargis .
I have reached manali..

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Mohd adnan August 18, 2018 - 7:51 pm

How’s the condition of bike (bullet)of which we opt from mnali . Or can u suggest me , which person give me the best bike for leh I love came to coming Friday . I really exited for my dream trip.
Everything is ok in himachal ??
Thanks
Mohd Adnan

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gagank88 August 17, 2018 - 7:18 pm

Hello Vargis,

Thanks for putting together these documents, they have been very helpful! Me and a two friends are planning to get to Leh on September 9th and staying there until around the 13th before getting either a private taxi or by HPTDC bus to Manali as you have suggested. Have any of the rates changed? From which you have mentioned? I went on Himachal Pradesh Tourism website and noticed that the bus is now Rs. 2900 here:

http://www.booking.hptdc.in/search?mode=oneway&fromCity=3837|Leh&toCity=686|Manali&departDate=13-09-2018

Do you know if this still includes the food and accommodation that you noted above?

Also, if we decide that we want to take a taxi, do you know if we would be able to easily find taxis around Leh that will be able to give us tourists a good deal?

In addition: Would it be easy to find taxi’s to take us around Leh and surrounding areas while we’re there? And how much do you think this would cost (say per hour) — This last question may be a little out of the scope of this page.

If you would be able to get back at your earliest convenience, that would be great.

Thanks again,
Gagan

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Mohd adnan August 15, 2018 - 10:50 am

Hi vargis ,
How’s the weather in Himachal cause we r pland manali to leh from 24th august is that right tym to planepl leh trip . We Heard about himachal weather . Please assist .

Thanks
Mohd Adnan .

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2018 - 12:38 pm

Hi Adnan – Weather right now is bad in Himachal. Lots of rain and resulting land slides. Keep your fingers crossed that weather subsides by 24th.

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Mohd adnan August 15, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Thanks Vargis ,

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2018 - 4:08 pm

You are welcome Bhai !!!!

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Mohd adnan August 15, 2018 - 6:07 pm

One more query , is it safe rout for two person in one bike mnali to leh .

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2018 - 8:12 pm

Yes it is

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Suraj Singh August 8, 2018 - 2:50 am

Hi Vargis bhai,

I saw your article and it’s very useful for us.

Main coming Friday evening (10th Aug) Ja rha hu Leh-Lakadh from Delhi-Manali-Leh route and 19th Aug(Sunday night) vapis aana hai apni Baleno car se jo ki recently kharidi hai and ek service bhi ho chuki hai.

So kya ap 09 days ke liye itinerary bata sakte ho jisse hum sab cover karke timely vapis aa sake.

Regards
Suraj

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Hi Suraj Bhai,

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

Aap ye uper wala article ek baar dekh lo pls. Ise padhne ke baad koi sawal ho toh let me know.

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Ravi August 3, 2018 - 2:57 am

Vargis bhai ram ram,
Bhai hum kal nikal rhe hai leh laddakh ke liye to gadi se ja sakte hai na aram se Renault Kwid hai gadi

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Vargis.Khan August 3, 2018 - 3:26 am

Ram Ram Ravi Bhai

Bilkul ja sakte ho Kwid leke, achhi ground clearance hai. Bas zara water crossings par dhyaan se nikalna, baaki sab theek hai. Mera dost abhi Swift leke gaya tha, koi dikkat nahi hui kahin

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Mohd adnan August 2, 2018 - 12:03 pm

I have planned 24th Aug Manali to leh is this safe tym and mnali to leh higwayh open in last month of august

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Vargis.Khan August 2, 2018 - 7:17 pm

Yes the road will be open and OK to travel at that time. It won’t be raining so much by August end.

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Mohd adnan August 2, 2018 - 11:57 am

We are planning last month of August please aseet.

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Vargis.Khan August 2, 2018 - 7:18 pm

What help do you need?

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Mohd adnan August 4, 2018 - 6:19 pm

Tell me about the permit . Or two persons will manage one bike it’s safe or not

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Sanjay MR July 24, 2018 - 5:54 pm

Hi Vargis,

An excellent article, enjoyed reading all your write ups.

Need some suggestions.I was planning to go on a trip to Leh starting from Manali by the last week of August by renting a bike from Manali. However, I am a solo traveler and I was wondering if could travel with any biker group or even better if I could join with or any Company or a tour operator which arranges a bike trip to Leh-Ladakh. (basically to travel along with a few bikers and a mechanic, just in case) I got in touch with this Company called Adventure Nation and was keen on going ahead with their offering of a 12 day trip from Manali to Leh at a cost of INR 42,000. (Bike, fuel, stay ,food and other miscellaneous things included).

However, just before making a confirmation deposit to them, I fortunately went through a few reviews online. To be honest most of the customers who have dealt with them previously were completely unsatisfied with the services provided by them and mentioned it was a complete rip off. Could you kindly suggest any other Company or a tour operator who provides a similar package who may not be a rip off and are genuine people.

Thank you in advance.

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2018 - 10:40 pm

Hello Sanjay – Sorry to disappoint you brother but I really don’t know of any tour agents; have never dealt with any. Most of them are anyways ripping customers off; trying to make as much as money as they can from tourist rush in Ladakh, so I am not really surprised hearing such reviews about this agency.

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Shyam July 1, 2018 - 10:36 am

Hi Vargis,
Really appreciate your effort to post valuable information which is extremely helpful for travelers. I am planning to go leh and manali from delhi in this july last and i have got only 8days in total.
I have read most of your post regarding manali leh trip.However, I have got few questions, It would be really helpful if you could give me an answer for following questions.

1. Do i need to take a permit from manali, if I am going to leh by hrtc bus via manali?
2. How reliable is manali to leh single day bus (4:00am to 6:30pm) and does that reach leh on the same day?
3. Can you please tell me the bus schedule from leh to manali? Is there any bus from leh runs to manali in a single day?
4. How long does it takes to reach leh via Srinagar? Could you please suggest me the ways to reach Srinagar from delh and bus timings from Srinagar to leh.

Thanks

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Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Hi Shyam,

1. Rohtang permit is not needed if your are going by HRTC Bus.
2. Yes it will definitely reach Leh on same day.
3. There is no single day bus for return journey. For Leh to Manali, the bus will halt at Keylong overnight. See the post below please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-to-manali-bus-service-how-to-book-and-travel/

4. You can board a bus or train to reach Srinagar from Delhi. See the post below please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/srinagar-to-leh-bus-service-fare-schedule-book/

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Vatsal mody June 14, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Hi mr. vargis,

How much actual time it take from jispa to leh. On google map it shows only 9 hours.

Kindly let me know so can plan at what time i have start from jispa. Im travelling on 25th june from jispa to leh.

Thanks

Vatsal

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Vargis.Khan June 14, 2018 - 4:10 pm

Hello Vatsal – Please plan according to a journey of about 11-12 hours and start by first light of the day from Jispa.

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Vatsal June 14, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Thanks a lot

How much storage time in this? Approx

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 3:07 pm

I am sorry .. Storage time?

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Vatsal June 15, 2018 - 3:10 pm

Hell with the auto correct. Actually it’s stoppage time on the road.

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

Bhai that is why I said that you should plan for about 12 hours of journey. There will be a lot of places en route where you would want to stop for sightseeing and starting by first light of the day will give you sufficient time for that.

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Vatsal June 15, 2018 - 4:59 pm

Thanks a lot

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 7:24 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Saim Raza June 14, 2018 - 10:54 am

Vargis Bhai
We r planning to visit Leh via Manali in 4th week of June18. This would be a 9 Member Gang with one XUV500, one Himalayan Bike & one R15 V.3 and the Question is that ‘क्या मनाली-लेह रूट में हम पेंगोंग लेक होते हुए जा सकते हैं..?’
If yes, then Guide us (route-accommodation-time)….

Regards

साइम रज़ा
Delhi

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Vargis.Khan June 14, 2018 - 1:42 pm

Hello Saim – You cannot go straight to Pangong without permits. You will first have to reach Leh, get the permits and then go to Pangong.

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manish April 22, 2018 - 2:28 pm

Hello sir,
I just want to know about the status of rohatang pass. I have planned to reach in manali in first week (07/05/2018) of may.

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Vargis.Khan April 22, 2018 - 4:14 pm

Hi Manish – It was opened earlier in April but then closed again due to recent snowfalls. There is no telling as of now by when they will open it again.

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Mahesh Bisht March 8, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Hi Vargis,

We are around 8 people, planning to do a cycling expedition from Manali to Leh during third week of July, 2018. We have certain queries:

1. Would third week of July be a good to time to pursue this adventure?
2. What kind of permits would we need to take for this expedition?
3. Would we be able to find space for tent pitching and camping? If yes, we might plan to carry camping gears like tent, mattresses, sleeping bags, cooking ware and the like with us.
4. Please suggest us a itinerary out of your experience.

Any other suggestion which you would like to give us.

Thanks,
Mahesh

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Vargis.Khan March 8, 2018 - 3:18 pm

Hi Mahesh,

1. Yes
2. No permits needed on Manali to Leh route for cycling
3. There are several places en route where you can camp so yes, you may carry your own camping gear
4. How many days do you have for the trip?

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Mahesh Bisht March 9, 2018 - 5:33 am

Hi Vargis,

Thanks for clarifying our doubts.
For our 4th point, we would have around 10 days for the expedition (but we can manage to have 2 more days).

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Vargis.Khan March 9, 2018 - 9:01 pm

Hi Mahesh – For a 10 days trip, take a look at the article below. I have suggested a few itineraries in detail. Let me know if you have any other questions.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-ladakh-10-day-itinerary/

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Mahesh Bisht March 10, 2018 - 4:50 am

Hi Vargis,

Thank you for the valuable information.
But it seems impossible to follow the itineraries you have attached while cycling. Because with cycles we would be able to cover a distance of around 40-60 km a day, not more than that, in the mountains.

Please share your opinion.

Regards,
Mahesh

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Vargis.Khan March 12, 2018 - 8:52 pm

Sorry brother, I forgot that you were cycling; must ask you a couple of more questions. You have 10 days to cover just Manali Leh highway or are you including other areas as well? And I am guessing that you will be flying back, correct?

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Mahesh Bisht March 13, 2018 - 4:52 am

We would have around 12 days and we would surely like to visit other places like Tso Kar, Khardung La, Leh and yes, we would be returning back from Leh by vehicle (bus or taxi).

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Mahesh Bisht March 13, 2018 - 4:55 am

We would have around 11-12 days for our trip. If it’s possible, we would like to cover Manali-Leh in around 8-9 days. We will return back from Leh by vehicle (bus or taxi).

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dipz April 2, 2018 - 1:09 pm

Hello Mahesh,
I am also planning for Manali – Leh self supported cycling, and was looking up for partners. If you don’t mind, may I join you?

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Debasis Barman March 5, 2018 - 7:04 pm

Can we hire a car from Manali and self drive till Leh and around ? Is it allowed ? Is it safe ?
D Barman from Kolkata

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2018 - 9:33 pm

Any car rented from outside Ladakh can only be used to reach Leh City. For visiting other areas of Ladakh, you will need to rent a local taxi from Leh.

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Darshan February 14, 2018 - 9:12 am

Hi Vargis

Thank you very much for sharing such an excellent information.

We are planning a Trip by Road from Jammu and the itinerary is below

13th May Jammu – Srinagar
14th Srinagar – Kargil
15th Kargil – Uleytokpo (Taking precautions due to AMS as we are having child 5 Years of Age)
16th Uleytokpo – Leh
17th in Leh
18th Leh – Hunder
19th Hunder – Leh
20th Leh – Pangong
21st Pangong Tso to Leh via Hemis Monastery
22nd Leh – Jispa
23rd Jispa – Manali
24th Manali – Chandigarh

Is there any chances that Jispa – Manali Highway opens in the end of May ???

Please suggest

Regards
Darshan

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Vargis.Khan February 14, 2018 - 2:38 pm

Hello Darshan – Your itinerary looks OK except for the Manali route part. It usually opens by late May or early June. You will have to ask around while you are in Leh. If the road is open then return via Manali or you will have to go back to Srinagar.

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Darshan February 21, 2018 - 12:12 pm

Thanks Bro

If we plan our tour from 22nd of may is there any chance that manali route will be opened by 01st or 2nd june

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Vargis.Khan February 21, 2018 - 3:05 pm

Yes, there is a very high chance that the road may be open by 1st June

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Dip September 6, 2017 - 4:41 pm

Hello vargis bro,

I m Dip from Bangladesh. Your blog really helps me a lot! We are 4 in member and planning for a ladakh tour, we have already confirmed our tickets. Could you please help us by providing the mail ID of Shabuz vai? From Bd? I need to contact with him cause we are from same country. This could help us a lot!

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Vargis.Khan September 6, 2017 - 5:09 pm

Hello Dip Bhai – I really do not feel comfortable sharing someone’s email IDs without their consent. If you can please post the questions here and I will ask Shabuz to check the page again and reply.

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Shabuz September 7, 2017 - 3:33 pm

I will be very much happy to help or share my experience. But I am just about to leave BD for Kashmir tour. May be I will try to be in touch via email.

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Vargis.Khan September 8, 2017 - 5:25 pm

All the best for your trip Shabuz Bhai

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Shabuz February 21, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Hello Mr. Dip, so you are from Bangladesh..

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Dennis August 23, 2017 - 2:17 am

Dear Varghis Bhai, wonderfully written article, as all your writings are!!

Wanted to know, any bike repair/ tyre puncture shops available on Leh- Manali route? Came to know there are none, but just asking you because you are a more knowledgeable traveller.

Thanks

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Vargis.Khan August 23, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Hello Dennis Bhai – Thank you for your encouraging words. The last puncture repair shop on Leh – Manali route is at Jispa and after that you can find one at Upshi.

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Badshah ps August 6, 2017 - 4:28 am

Once again applausing for such a brilliant work!!!..bro if me and my friend renting 3 bullets from manali and reached leh and spent 3 days in leh….and returned to manali…..then what will be the total rough estimate…please show the calculations ( including food(min) ,stay(min) ,petrol ,different passes)

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Vargis.Khan August 6, 2017 - 8:16 pm

Bhai first of all you will have to rent two sets of motorcycles. First in Manali to reach Leh, then in Leh again to visit Nubra valley, Pangong etc. You cannot use Manali rented bikes there. Average daily rental of motorcycle will be about 1500 per day so for a 10 day trip, it will be about 15000 for Manali motorcycles and then 3 days for Leh so another 4500 for Leh rented motorcycle. So 20k for just motorcycle rental, then fuel depending on what all places you plan to cover. Average 500-600 minimum per day for stay, so about 6000-7000 for hotels, food is so keep a budget of about 30000 for 10 days.

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Ramesh July 25, 2017 - 6:31 am

Dear Vargis, I wanted to thank you for the tips and other important notes, from your earlier posts and mails exchanged which helped me complete our bicycling tour from Manali to Leh in 1st week of July. My son and I completed the journey in 5.5 days. It was a life changing experience…Thanks again for your blog and tips you provide to so many of us …

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Vargis.Khan July 25, 2017 - 2:40 pm

Hello Ramesh Bhai, You are welcome. I am glad that the information was useful. How was the cycling trip? Where did you stop? I have been to Ladakh several time but never on a bicycle, am planning this for next year. Would be great if you can share some tips based on your own experience.

Much appreciated.

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raghuraman June 4, 2017 - 11:22 am

I am male indian, age 55 years. I am coming from chennai to delhi and then to jammu by train.staying in jammu for 4 days. then catching a flight from jammu (9 25 a.m) reaching leh at 10-30 a.m. on 14th july 2017.
i have read heaps of stuff on ams in your forum and other fora. due to uncertain situation on the srinagar leh route, i somehow booked the flight from jammu to leh. ow i am really really really worried about ams symptoms.
1. it is like a catapult being thrown in just 55 minutes from jammu plains to leh at an altitude of 11000 feet: coming from chennai: current tempeature 39 deg celsius and near the sea,m and i am aged 55 years (no known medical history, though). how serious is ams formme?

2. is carrying oxygen cylinders: portable: allowed in flights? if so, can i carry in hand baggage or should i book them in checked in luggage?

3. can i use the cylinder in the flight or can i use them after getting down in the leh airport?
4. are oxygen bars available in leh: hospitals near leh?
5. i am going to take the precautions as mentioned by you seriously: no activity abd sightseeing etc. for the first two days: only proper nhydraiton and proper food: carbs and rest: may be sleepling in an upright position for the first two days: and no sleeping during the day. what happensd if stull ams strikes? how will i know and can i disturb the hotel staff at untimely hours and whether hospital will be open?

6. Can i carry my laptop to leh: i read somewhere that at high altitudes, sometimes electronic items stop working. can i take the risk?

these are serious and very worrisome questions. i shall be extremely thankful, if you could answer them patiently one by one. thanks and regards.

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 2:57 am

Hello Mr. Raghuraman,

Sir first of all I would like to add that I have absolutely no medical knowledge at all. Whatever I mentioned in my article was based on my pratical knowledge. I would strongly advise that you please consult a doctor before starting the trip and get an expert advice on the matter.

1. AMS can get quite serious but such cases are extremely rare. For majority of the people, it is just symptoms for a while, few hours, a day at most and then it gets better as their body adjusts to high altitude.

2. I do not beleive carrying oxygen cylinders in flights is allowed.

3. They already have those oxygen masks on top of the seats in plane. You wont need a cylinder on the flight.

4. Yes

5. If you suddenly start feeling like you are suffering from high fever, your head starts to hurt followed by bodyache, know that it is AMS.

7. You can carry it but will have to be careful. Please take a look at this article where I have detailed about carrying laptops to high altitude places.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/carrying-laptop-to-high-altitude-places-like-ladakh-or-spiti/

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Shabuz June 2, 2017 - 8:15 pm

Hello bro..
I am Shabuz from Bangladesh. Last few days I have been reading your many posts as I have found your site is really helpful. We 3 friends will be visiting Leh starting from 16 to 20 June 2017. On 21st June we will start from Leh to Manali by Jeep. Our draft itinerary is as below
• Day-1: Reach Leh in the early morning from Delhi by air, finding tour operator and local site seeing
• Day-2: local site seeing in Leh
• Day-3: Leh to Nubra valley, night stay
• Day-4: Nubra to Pangong lake, night stay
• Day-5: Back to Leh, night stay
• Day-6: Leh to Sarchu, night stay
• Day-7: Sarchu to Manali
Based on the above itinerary, what I found Day-5 is waste of day as we have nothing to do in Leh. Can we stay at “Tso kar” lake instead? It will also lift us a bit towards Sarchu I guess. But I have no idea about Tso kar lake such as is it beautiful, or how far it is from the main highway. I just saw the map. Or can plan for Tso moriri?
Another help please…in pangong lake there are 3 areas I have found to stay 1- Spangmik, 2- Man, 3-Merak. Which place do you recommend?

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Vargis.Khan June 3, 2017 - 3:57 am

Hello Shabuz Bhai,

You cannot do Pangong to Tso Moriri in a day, way too long a journey. Yes you can however come to Tso Kar and stay at a camp there. It is about 15-20 kilometers off the highway towards Tso Moriri. Stay there on Day 5, then stay at the camps in Jispa on Day 6 and come back to Manali on Day 7,

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Shabuz June 6, 2017 - 3:08 pm

Thank you very much Khan bhai, Really you helped a lot. BTW, would you please help further answering below questions?
1. Is it worthy to visit Tso kar rather staying that night in Leh again?
2. How long will it take to reach Tso kar from Leh?
3. How long will it take to reach Sarchu from Tso kar?
4. Should we stay at Sarchu? or Jispa?
5. Most important: should we hire a single taxi/ jeep for the whole trip upto manali?

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 3:51 pm

Hello Shabuz Bhai,

1. It is a different experience is what I can say, staying at a camp near the lake rather than the hotel.
2. About 2-3 hours at most.
3. 4-5 hours
4. Jispa is better
5. Hire from where, Leh? If yes then yes, you can and probably should do it for a comfortable journey.

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Shabuz June 6, 2017 - 4:25 pm

Thanks Bro!! for your continuous support.. I might get back to you again if required.

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 4:44 pm

You are welcome Bro !!! Happy to help

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Shabuz June 6, 2017 - 5:18 pm

Hello Khan Bhai,
Based on your advice I am now planing to stay at Tso kar starting from pangong lake towards manali:
1. How long will it take to reach Tso kar from pangong?
2. How long will it take to reach Jispa (considering few stops for photography).

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 7:42 pm

Shabuz Bhai,

1. 8-10 hours depending upon your speed and breaks
2. Jispa from Tso Kar will be about 6-7 hours.

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Shabuz August 6, 2017 - 9:09 am

Dear Vargis Khan Bhai,
Please accept thanks from Bangladesh!
We completed our tour covering Leh, Nubra, Pangong lake, Tso Kar, Jispa, Manali. Your detail info and quick response to my series of queries really helped us a lot.

Thank you bro!!
Shabuz, Bangladesh.

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Vargis.Khan August 6, 2017 - 4:44 pm

Dear Shabuz Bhai,

I am glad that you trip went well and that my answers were of help. How many days did you take to cover all the places?

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Shabuz August 6, 2017 - 5:34 pm

Our trip was for 12 days. Total 7 days starting from Leh to reach Manali.

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Vargis.Khan August 6, 2017 - 7:32 pm

Did you travel by public transport? Would you mind putting in a little details like how and where you obtained permits, how you traveled? Some basic tips from the point of view of a foreign national? I would love to add it to the blog here with your name to help other foreign citizens planning trip to Ladakh. I can post a few pictures of yours here too if you can share. Thanks Bhai.

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Shabuz August 7, 2017 - 11:42 am

First of all I would be very happy if my experience can help any traveler a little bit, specially foreign traveler.

We were 3 friends in the tour. After reaching Leh in the morning we took full day rest for body acclimatization and in the evening we went to main market area for inner line permit (ILP) and money exchange (very good rate compare to Delhi). As ILP cannot be obtained without registered tour agent, we went to an agent name something like Indus valley Adventure Tours located at the corner of the main market area, on the 2nd floor of a 4 storied building, not near the taxi stand as there is another travel agent with almost the same name. There are so many agents over there. I am not recommending this agent as we suffered a lot. They did horrible mistakes while feeling the application for ILP which we found later in the evening as we were on local sightseeing for the whole day (traveller should check the print out before submitting to ILP office). There was no time for correction as were about leave hotel for Nubra in the next morning. It delayed our journey for 2 hours in the morning for getting new ILP with corrections. Unfortunately we took almost all services from this agent as below:

• ILP (1800 rupees for 3 person)
• Full day local sightseeing on the 2nd day (5500 rupees, later we found this is a bit higher)
• Xylo jeep up to Manali for 5 days including 4 nights hotel stay (68000 rupees)

Our strong requirement was 3 individual beds in all 4 hotels but except Nubra we got 1 double and 1 single extra bed everywhere onward. Sometimes we paid extra for extra single room.
Important info for ILP: Every tour agent has their own predefined format which is not 100% same to other. Authorized govt officer just sign it with seal and fix a tiny holographic sticker. It is strictly advised to check and ensure that there is validity in the application. For example 7 days. In our case there was no validity. While we were heading to Pangong lake from Nubra, a police officer called our driver to stop and wait until he reaches there. We waited one hour on the road for that officer to reach us. After reaching the police officer has made us understand the fault. He was a very nice guy, showed apology for the interruption and let us go.

Requirement for ILP:
• Passport copy (main information page including picture)
• Last Indian Visa copy

One set of the above documents need for ILP application but need minimum 6 additional sets in hand as every check post keeps one copy.

Few more info/ advice:
• We did not get permission for Tso moriri
• There is a nice Tour Information Desk closed to Leh center, we found them very helpful and informative. One can get important map and booklet for free.

• Tso kar is really very cold, temperature is fewer than Pangong but not windy
• Avoid continuous shooting during photography specially on high altitude. We may don’t know that we hold breath during shutter clicking of camera. It may cause headache. So take break!

• Diamox should be taken after diner before sleep. We did it wrong on the first day.

• To avoid AMS risk, we rent one oxygen cylinder with the help of our driver for 2800 rupees
for 7 days (400/Day). We didn’t even open that cylinder and handed over it intact to the
driver after reaching Manali. There are cheap mini oxygen bottles ranging 450-550 rupees, but those are onetime bottles. One cylinder is enough for entire group for the whole trip.

• As per the official leaflet of local authority, everyone should drink minimum 5 liters of water every day. Try to eat more carbs, minimum 70% carbs in daily food. It really helps!

Khan bhai, as per your request, how can I post pictures? Also the picture size is very high as I use professional camera. I may compress the size.

Moreover, tour experience or itinerary I can share if required. But I hope you are much more experienced for Ladakh region 😀

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2017 - 2:39 pm

Thank you so much Shabuz Bhai. Great appreciate all the information. Super helpful for a lot of people.

For pictures, you can email me at [email protected] and I will post it here on the blog under your name. If with the pics, you want to add a smalll day by day travelogue or write up, please feel free to do so. Once I post, I will email you back the link. I am sure the information you will provide will be of great help specially for foreign travelers.

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Shabuz August 8, 2017 - 9:03 am

Ok..I will send you. Btw, do you have any blog or link for Srinagar? Or any reference? I am now planing for Srinagar and will stay there for about 8 days.

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2017 - 2:01 pm

I do not have a separate blog for Kashmir, will add to this blog only in coming months, haven’t done much writing about Kashmir yet but it is definitely on the list. When are you planning to go?

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Hetal Dedhia January 16, 2017 - 8:36 am

Hii,
M planning to visit keylong n baralacha pass from manali this may 25 th.. vl route be open n keylong to kaza.. want to visit baralacha specially. .

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Vargis.Khan January 16, 2017 - 2:27 pm

It all depends on the weather Hetal, hard to predict right now. Road usually opens by late May or early June.

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Varun August 11, 2016 - 1:04 am

Hello Vargis, i am leaving with my wife tomorrow on a bike, via manali leh route. Are we good with nobody accompanying? Especially in this rainy season?

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Vargis.Khan August 11, 2016 - 3:53 am

Hi Varun – You will be fine, I have seen a lot of couples do the route alone. Rain may be a problem but until and around Manali or Rohtang, not much beyond that.

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Varun August 11, 2016 - 5:22 am

Thank a lot for clearing my doubts. That’s really encouraging.
Just want to tell you that most of my itinerary is based upon your suggestions spread all over this site. Want to thankyou for all the information and efforts that you put into this site.
Have a look at the itinerary:
August 2016 (13th-26th)
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Delhi to Chandigarh – 12th (Fri)
Chandigarh to Manali – 13th (Sat)
Manali Stay – 14th (Sun)
Manali to Jispa/Darcha – 15th (mon) (146km)
Jispa/Darcha to Pang – 16th (tue) (164km)
Pang to Leh – 17th (Wed) (180km)
Leh Stay – 18th (Thur)
Leh to Panamik (Warshi village) – 19th (Fri) (138km) (183km till warshi)
Panamik-Hunder-Leh – 20th (Sat) (167km)
Leh to Pangong Lake – 21st (Sun) (196km)
Pangong Lake to Leh – 22nd (Mon) (196km)
Leh to Tso-moriri – 23rd (tue) (240km)
Tso-Moriri to Sarchu – 24th (wed) (228km)
Sarchu to Manali – 25th (thur) (220km)
Manali to chandigarh – 26th (Fri)
chandigarh to delhi – 27th (sat)

How is it?

Trip to Tso-Moriri is dicy, since i’m skeptical about the distances to travel (240km+228km+220km).

Any suggestions?

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Vargis.Khan August 12, 2016 - 2:51 am

Itinerary is perfect brother, I couldn’t have planned it better myself. Leh to Tso Moriri is easily doable in a day but start early from there the next day in order to reach Sarchu in time.

I am glad that the information I posted on the blog was helpful. Thanks for appreciating brother.

I would love if you could share some pics from your trip in the forum at the link below.

http://roadragas.com/index.php

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Rav June 12, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Is pang a good place to stay on the way to leh from manali.planning the first night stay in jispa ?

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2016 - 5:23 pm

Hi Rav – Yes Pang is a good enough place to stay. Actually there are only two options, either stay ar Sarchu or at Pang and I would advise Pang. In Jispa, there is a camp site right next to the river where you can halt for the night

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Rav June 12, 2016 - 5:25 pm

But you have mentioned that pang s high in altitude and ams will hit hard if stayed there

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2016 - 5:34 pm

I agree but then the only other option is to stay at Sarchu. At Sarchu and staying there will prolong the duration of your third day travel. If you stay at Jispa, you will reach Sarchu within 4-5 hours. Staying at Pang will reduce your 3rd day journey to merely 6-7 hours which will give you ample time to reach Leh and search for a good hotel.

AMS will hit you at Pang but it will also prepare you for the journey ahead. Your night her may be a little troublesome but then the night at Pangong will be a little easier.

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