Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Route Guide

by Vargis.Khan

Ladakh is in no way a destination that you can plan a short trip to. It is not a place that you go to in haste, or think of it as your usual weekend getaway. It is a place that needs time if you really want to enjoy the trip to fullest. Unfortunately not all of us can afford to give as much time as possible, all thanks to our busy lives which forces us to visit as many places in Ladakh in as less of time as possible. Not so long ago, if you wanted to include both Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso in your itinerary, it would require a minimum of 4 days to cover both. On day 1 you would go to Nubra valley, return to Leh on Day 2, reach Pangong on day 3 and arrive back in Leh on day 4.  For anyone who cannot afford much of time, it makes them wonder if there is a direct Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso route they can take rather than travelling all the way back to Leh. The answer to this question is yes but before you do so, there are several things that you must know in order to ensure a safe and hassle-free trip.

By each passing year, more and more places are being opened for tourists, places that were earlier beyond reach of a civilian. These routes are still however lesser known and only a handful have travelled on these. The roads connecting Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso are also among such areas. While time is one of the most common factors, a lot of people prefer to travel on this road just to explore a new area or because someone told them that it was more adventurous. Listed below are a few important factors that I feel you must be aware of before traveling on the Nubra valley to Pangong Tso route.

Is there a direct Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Route?

In fact there are two, the Wari La route and the Agham-Shyok route. The first one goes through two high altitude passes (Wari La & Chang La), is longer of the two and easily an 8-10 hours journey at the least. The other route is via Agham-Shyok road, involves no steep climbing but still is riskier, dangerous and difficult. However, traveling on the Agham-Shyok road can easily take you to Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley in 4-5 hours. Click on the links below to read about both these routes in details and refer to the map to understand the route better.

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La
Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Agham Shyok Road
nubra valley to pangong tso route

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Route

Is ILP or any other permit required for Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Route?

There is no permit required at all. Earlier ILP was a mandate for both Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso but after that was waived; you do not need any permits to travel on either Wari La route or the Agham Shyok road.

How much is the Nubra valley to Pangong Tso distance?

If you take the Wari La route, total distance of the journey from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso will be slightly over 200 kms depending on where you are starting from. From Khalsar, it is about 208 kms, from Diskit the total distance is about 227 kms and from Sumur it is around 230 kms. If you however take the Wari La road, the distance from Khalsar is 130 odd kilometers and about 150 from Diskit and Sumur.




How long is the Nubra valley to Pangong lake time of travel?

Traveling on the Wari La route, total time of the journey would easily be 10 hours. You need to consider that on this route, you will be crossing two high altitude passes out of which Wari La is a big challenge. It is nothing like the other high altitude passes you would have crossed in your journey so far. The steep ascent on last 20 kms of the pass is enough to make any vehicle huff and puff. Time taken on the Agham Shyok road however is considerably less and you can easily finish the journey in 6 hours. On this route however you need to be extremely careful as road for most part is non-existent between Agham and Shyok. You will be travelling right next to Shyok River and at several places; you will be driving right through the river.

What is the route for Nubra valley to Pangong Lake via Wari la?

Route of the journey is:

Nubra Valley – Khalsar – Agam – Tangyar – Wari La – Tathok – Sakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangste – Lukung – Pangong Tso

nubra valley to pangong tso route

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Route

Until Khalsar, road is mostly good and it is the same route that everyone takes to reach Nubra valley so you will see a lot of tourist movement. After Khalsar, as you proceed towards Agam, road starts to get isolated and a mix of good and bad patches. After Agam towards Wari La, you will mostly be on your own, will rarely see a living soul and road will continue getting terrible as you get closer towards Wari La top. Last 20 kms of the ascent are really steep and will put a toll on both the vehicle and the rider/driver. The descent towards Sakti is a mix of good and bad and after Sakti it is the same mostly good road that everyone takes to reach Pangong Tso from Leh.  A 4×4 SUV is highly recommended for this route but if you do not have a 4X4, at least travel in an SUV. Taking a Sedan or Hatchback on this road is not at all recommended as climbing up Wari La will become a big challenge. If you are riding a motorcycle, then an Enfield would be the preferred choice and even then, ride light and if you can then go solo. If you are on a lighter engine motorcycle like 200CC, 150 CC then you must ride solo. Engine any lower than this and you must skip Wari La altogether.

What is the route for Nubra to Pangong via Shyok?

This route will be as below:

Nubra Valley – Khalsar – Agam – Shyok – Durbuk – Tangste – Lukung – Pangong Tso

nubra valley to pangong tso route

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Route

If there was ever a nightmare of a road than this is it.  It was carved out sometime in 2010 I believe but there is still no road. For most part it is just a trail of dirt and rocks next to a river. Sometimes the road will be underneath the water and river Shyok will be flowing all over it. Landslides and shooting stones are way too common on this road. There are several stretches with a steep ascent, rocks all over both big and small; and sharp enough to cut through your vehicle’s tires; numerous water crossings and some quite deep & furious. This is a road (if it can be called at road at all) that is probably one of the least travelled one. Even the local experienced taxi drivers dread taking this route. The small distance and temptation of reaching Pangong within a few hours lures people to take this road but please think twice before doing so. The first thing you need to keep in mind is to never travel here alone. Always go in a group no matter if you are in your own car, a taxi or even a motorcycle. It is extremely rare that you will come across another passing by vehicle and there is a high chance of getting stranded in case of a breakdown. Rocks, water streams, landslides, river pose another threat to not only your vehicle but to you as well. If you land in trouble, the nearest help is hours away. If you are travelling in a Sedan, Hatchback or a smaller engine motorcycle than forget about this road altogether. Only go if you are travelling in an SUV, preferably a 4X4.

I hope this information was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I would be glad to answer.

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Subhojit Dhar February 18, 2020 - 9:28 am

Hi Vargis,
Any change that u would suggest. I am not keen in a night halt at Pangong. Could there be an alternative halt at a lower altitude?

6th June Srinagar
7th June Kargil
8th – 9th June Leh
10th – 11th June Nubra
12th June Pangong
13th June Leh
14th June Keylong
15th June Manali
16th June Manali
17th June Chandigarh
18th June Train
19th June Howrah

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Vargis.Khan February 19, 2020 - 3:36 pm

Hi Subhojit – There is really no low altitude place near the lake. If you do not wish to stay there, the only other option is to return to Leh after spending some time near the lake.

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Prashant January 19, 2020 - 1:03 pm

Dear Vargis,
During 1st week of June 2020, I intend to travel from Nubra to Pangong Tso. I have Senior Citizen and Kids with me. I have following questions
1. Is there any good resort enroute, in case we need to take rest overnight on the way?
2. Which route do you recommend during 1st week of June 2020.

Regards
Prashant.

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Vargis.Khan January 19, 2020 - 2:51 pm

Hi Prashant,

1. No accommodation available on this route. It is a journey of only 5-6 hours though so you won’t even need one actually.
2. Take the Shyok route. It is the shortest one.

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Subhojit Dhar February 18, 2020 - 8:05 am

Hi Vargis, Just want to know if it’s possible to go from Nubra to Pangong and return to Leh on the same day

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Vargis.Khan February 19, 2020 - 3:42 pm

Hi Subhojit – It will be a long drive but yes, it is doable.

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Ajay Hooda January 1, 2020 - 5:17 pm

Hey Vargis
We are planning the travel to leh in the first week of June. Since we are bit short of time we are thinking to taking the Nubra to Pangong road. Any idea if that road would be open by first week of June?

Thanks

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Vargis.Khan January 3, 2020 - 1:25 pm

Hi Ajay – Yes, it will definitely be open in June first week.

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Subhojit Dhar February 18, 2020 - 8:01 am

Hi Ajay, I will be there in the first week of August too. If things match, we can do this together

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Ninad Gade September 15, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Hi Vargis,
Enjoyed your articles with lots of information. I am travelling in early October 2019 from Nubra to Pangong. Considering road condition, how long would it take to reach Pangong. Do you think it’s a good idea in October or should i get back to Leh and then go to Pangong?

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Vargis.Khan September 16, 2019 - 4:18 am

Hi Ninad – Via Shyok road it will take about 6-7 hours at most. You are OK to travel directly, no need to go back.

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Ninad Gade September 16, 2019 - 5:47 am

Thank you Sir 🙂
It makes planning ladakh trip so much easier.

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Vargis.Khan September 16, 2019 - 4:37 pm

You are welcome brother !!!

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venky August 28, 2019 - 11:01 am

Hi Vargis, Thanks a lot for the detailed overview on Leh, we are travelling to Leh Next week.
our trip is for 7 days, can you suggest us the best places to visit without coming back to Leh multiple time.
what we are planning is Leh to Nubra to Pangong to TsoMoriri for next 3 days can you suggest some places which we can discover and on the last day we go back to Leh

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Bhanu July 18, 2019 - 3:44 am

Thanks for the blog, it has so much useful information.

We want to cover nubra velley and pangong lake in two days, we stay leh, early morning we start to nubra velly and back to leh by evening,stay in hotel and next day morning we start to pangyong and back to leh on the same day, and we have flight next day early morning 7. Can you please guide the better route to save time, and tiredness to plan for above schedule.

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Vargis.Khan July 18, 2019 - 12:55 pm

The only change I can suggest is to go straight to Pangong from Nubra via Shyok road rather than coming back to Leh.

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MRS PREETI CHADHA May 7, 2019 - 7:44 am

Hii Mr. Khan, i m a mom of 46 and dont ride a bike 🙂 But up to adventure and extreme water sports every summer with my son who is 18 now. With a base at Leh for 7 nights, can you please guide me how to make the most of this trip. Its a must do before its a no-no and the boy insists I can do Ladakh. Thank you for any kind of route map we should follow and any car service. (Son has just turned 18 and enrolled at NDA, so i have no plans to teach him driving or riding to stay injury free) Thanks a mile, looking forward to your plan which i will follow to the tee.
Affly
Preeti

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Rama Adinugraha January 8, 2019 - 8:13 am

Hi Vargis,
Thank you for creating this blog, this is very very very helpful and informative…
Me and 3 of my friend are planning for Ladakh Trip in July 6th, i need to ask to you:

1. Can you please check out our route
Day 1 = Arrived at Leh by plane, Checking up motorcycle
Day 2 = Acclimatized and Leh Sight Seeing
Day 3 = Leh – Khardung La – Diskit
Day 4 = Diskit – Pangong Tso Via Shyok
Day 5 = Pangong Tso – Leh Via Hemis
Day 6 = Leh – Sarchu
Day 7 = Sarchu – Manali
is it ok? or how about your opinion?

2. After i read your blog, we decided to rent a bike in Leh despite in Manali.. Is it a good choice? and can you tell me about Motorcycle Rental Operator that recomend? We would like to rent Himalayans, after browsing i found Ladakh Bike Rental, how about them?

3. How long the process if i propose permit for pangong tso and nubra valley? and where is the place?

4. Is it ok, to bring Leh Bike to Manali? we have one day free at manali and planing to go to Alain Barrage by bike, is it oke to go there with Leh PLate Number Bike?

5. Is It possible if we going to Leh from pangong tso via Shyok in one day?

Thank you so much for your information

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Hank Vyner October 16, 2018 - 2:46 am

Thanks for all of your posts on the Wari-la and Shyok routes. They are helpful.

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Vargis.Khan October 16, 2018 - 12:07 pm

Thanks for taking the time to drop a note

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Nikhil Tanwar January 20, 2019 - 5:12 pm

Hello vargis i am planning Dehradun to leh ladakh trip by my ownown gr i10.leh-nubra-pangong-leh.
Is grand i10 comfortable for ds trip as taxi shall be costly enough.
Myself wife and 3years daughter r the travellers and plan is in last may or 5-6th June.

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Vargis.Khan January 21, 2019 - 10:05 am

Hi Nikhil – Yes you can complete the trip in I10 but June may not be a good time for that. Try planning in September if you can.

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VIDYAPRASAD ANBARUVI August 7, 2018 - 9:53 am

Hi Vargis,
Thank you very much for this awesome blog bro.
I am planning Leh-Pongong-Nubra-Leh in 3 days with 2 Nights halt outside Leh.
Is it advisable to do it in 3days?, if yes were can i make my night halts?

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2018 - 12:55 pm

Hi Vidyaprasad, Yes you can do Leh to Diskit on Day 1, Diskit to Pangong on Day 2 and then back to Leh on Day 3.

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VIDYAPRASAD ANBARUVI August 7, 2018 - 9:48 am

Hi Varghis,

Thank you for this awesome blog bro
I am palnning Leh-Pongong- Nubravalley-Leh in 3D2N.

It is advisable to do in 3 days?, if yes were can i halt for the nights?

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Hi Vidyaprasad, Yes you can do Leh to Diskit on Day 1, Diskit to Pangong on Day 2 and then back to Leh on Day 3.

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Amit Kumar August 7, 2018 - 9:43 am

Hello Vargis,

First of all, Thank you so much for such informative blogs.
Me and my friend (pillion rider) planning 7 days trip in Leh.

1. Leh (stay)
2. Leh (stay)
3. Nubra via Kardungla (stay)
4. Nubra toh TBD (stay) – Or return to Leh
5. TBD to Pangong Oso (stay)
6. Pangong to Leh (stay)

We are confuse if we can make Nubra – Something – Pangong and how difficult it is considering I’m lone rider with not much experience on hill riding. Is there any place we can take a halt or better to comeback to leh is better option and proceed to Pangong on following day.

We will be riding mostly Classic 350.

Your suggestion is much appreciated.

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2018 - 12:57 pm

Hi Amit, You can do Leh to Diskit, Diskit to Pangong and then Pangong to Leh. If you want to spend another day in Nubra then you can do Diskit to Turtuk or Diskit to Panamik in beetween.

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Amit Kumar August 7, 2018 - 1:11 pm

Thanks for reply,
Since its a solo journey, Which route you would recommend for Diskit to Pangong journey, and how long it would take.

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2018 - 10:08 pm

Take the Shyok route. That is the easier one now. About 6 hours of journey.

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Namit Jain October 31, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Hi Vargis,

We are 10 people and our travel agent has suggested for Leh to nubra valley (overnight stay) and then pangonk lake to leh on the same day. So it will be 2 days journey. Is it possible ? We are coming on 21 Nov 2018.

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Vargis.Khan November 1, 2018 - 12:03 am

Hi Namit – Yes it is doable. Staying at Pangong now would anyways be a challenge so coming back to Leh makes sense. It would be a long journey though so start early.

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Amit Kumar August 7, 2018 - 1:31 pm

Thanks for reply,

Since I’ll be riding with pillion, What route you would recommend for Diskit to Pangong, and how difficult it is?

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2018 - 10:07 pm

Take the Shyok route. That is the easier one now. About 6 hours of journey.

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Vikram August 1, 2018 - 4:49 pm

Hi Vargis,

Doing the following road trip, require your advice on the same. We are two people (sister/brother). I have travelled to Leh before and suffered slight (not worrisome) acute mountain sickness :
1. Day1- Srinagar to Kargil (night halt)
2. Day 2- Padum (night halt)
3. Day 3- Kargil (night halt)
4. Day 4- Leh (night halt)
5. Day 5- Rest in Leh (night halt)
6. Day 6- Nubra (night halt)
7. Day 7- Pangong via Wari La (night halt)
8. Day 8- Hanle (night halt)
9. Day 9- Tso moriri (night halt)
10. Day 10- Sarchu (night halt)
11. Day 11- Manali (night halt)
12. Day 12- Manali to delhi flight

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Vargis.Khan August 1, 2018 - 8:43 pm

Hi Vikram – Your itinerary looks good, no chance required.

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Kirti Jain August 1, 2018 - 4:45 am

Hi Vargis, Nubra to Pangong via Shyok would be covered in how many hours ? We plan to go via 12-seater tempo traveller, is that ok for this route ? — Regards, Kirti

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Vargis.Khan August 1, 2018 - 3:40 pm

Hi Kirti – You can do it in about 6 hours, depending on your speead and breaks. And yes, tempo traveler is fine for the route.

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Kirti Jain August 3, 2018 - 11:39 am

Thank you Vargis. Can you please also suggest where to stay in Nubra- Hunder or Diskit or Sumur ? Also if you can advise some good stay option as well — regards, Kirti .

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Vargis.Khan August 3, 2018 - 2:47 pm

Diskit is better to stay, it has more and better options. Just take a walk around, check out a few hotels and negotiate an on the spot deal.

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Aditi Shenoy July 27, 2018 - 7:01 pm

Hello Sir..we need your suggestion for our trip and we are starting from Pangong(Manali to Pangong is done). Want to cover only Shyok, Nubra, Khardungla and then finally Leh. We would already spend time in pangong the day before so we have the convenience of starting early from Pangong. We have 2 full days. Our flight is from Leh on d 3rd day morning.
Only I and my husband are riding in Royal enfield classic 350..
As our ride is due next week, request you to help us our as early as possible 🙂

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Aditi Shenoy July 27, 2018 - 7:03 pm

Request you to suggest us about the feasible road options..as only the 2 of us are riding..

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Vargis.Khan July 27, 2018 - 9:35 pm

From Pangong, you should take the Shyok road to arrive at Nubra valley. Stay at Diskit for the night and then take the Khardung La route to arrive at Leh on Day 2.

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Surendra kumar Sonkhya June 5, 2019 - 9:36 am

Hi Vargis, how are you
What is the condition of road from Nubra Valley to Pangong via Shyok
Is it safe to drive on this route

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Vargis.Khan July 27, 2018 - 9:35 pm

From Pangong, you should take the Shyok road to arrive at Nubra valley. Stay at Diskit for the night and then take the Khardung La route to arrive at Leh on Day 2.

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Aditi Shenoy July 28, 2018 - 2:35 am

Hello Sir, is the Shyok road fine because only me and my husband are riding? Not so risky right 🙂

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Vargis.Khan July 28, 2018 - 5:00 pm

It is fine now, not as risky as it was earlier.

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Roxanne Basavaraj July 9, 2018 - 8:12 am

Hi Vargis – I have an extra day on my way back from Nubra before I head out to Pangong. What would you suggest we do on that extra day ? Night 3. Thanks in advance for your tips.
My current itinerary is
Night 1 – Leh
Night 2 – Nubra
Night 3 – Blank as of now … any suggestions
Night 4 – Pangong
Night 5 – Leh and done !

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Vargis.Khan July 10, 2018 - 3:46 am

Hi Roxanne – Are you reaching Leh by flight or driving there? If by flight then travel like this.

1. Leh
2. Drive till Lamayuru and be back to Leh by evening. See Magnetic hill, indus zanskar confluence etc
3. Nubra
4. Pangong via Shyok
5. Leh

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Harish July 3, 2018 - 7:31 am

Hi vargis bhai,
This is harish from bangalore. I am planning a trip to J&K between 5th july to 14th july as below. Kindly let me know whether its perfect.
Day 1- arrival at Jammu airport, proceed to katra, halt.
Day 2- katra to vaishno maths Darshan via helicopter, return to katra and proceed to srinagar. Halt at srinagar.
Day 3- local sight seeing including doodh Patti etc and halt at srinagar.
Day 4- gulmarg and close by places visit, halt at srinagar.
Day 5- pahalgam and close by places visit, halt at Srinagar.
Day 6- srinagar to kargil via sonmarg. Halt at kargil
Day 7- kargil to leh and local sight seeing. Halt at leh.
Day 8- leh to nubra valley, halt at nubra
Day 9- nubra valley to pangong lake via shyok. Halt at pangong or return to leh
Day 10- leh to delhi or pangong to leh in early morning and leh to delhi by flight
Pls suggest any alteration or inclusion in the itinerary sir.

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Harish July 3, 2018 - 7:47 am

Pls also suggest me on whether i have to reduce time at Srinagar and increase a day at leh. If so pls suggest me proper itinerary. But I have to depart on 14th July from leh

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Vargis.Khan July 3, 2018 - 1:58 pm

Your itinerary is OK Harish Bhai. Add another day in Leh so that you can stay a night at Pangong, come back to Leh and then catch the flight the next day. Rest all is good.

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Harish July 4, 2018 - 5:37 am

Vargis bhai, but my friends who r presently in Jammu says that weather condition is very bad and not be possible to make up the journey timings. What’s your opinion on this.

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 3:11 am

Harish Bhai it is the weather that is bad right now with flood alert on. Except for the weather, you got nothing to worry about.

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Harish July 5, 2018 - 7:27 am

Vargis bhai, can I know some of the local operator who can get me vehicle and accommodation arrangements done at economical rate for the following revised itinerary;
6th July 7am- arrival to leh airport and travel to nubra valley. Halt at nubra.
7th july- nubra to pangong lake either via leh or direct through shyok and halt at pangong.
8th july- pangong to leh, local sight seeing and proceed to kargil. Halt at kargil.
9th july- kargil to srinagar via sonmarg and other enroute places of interest.
What would be ideal cost for the above for two person.

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 2:11 pm

Harish Bhai please contact Nasir in Leh @ 9906229203.

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Mathieu Boisvert June 21, 2018 - 10:27 am

Dear Vargis… I have been in Ladakh for the last few days, riding from Manali (I have been riding for the last 10 months throughout India, what a threat!). Your blog has been extremely precious; it is well written, detailed, with most information one could wish for. eternally grateful!!! Mathieu

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Vargis.Khan June 21, 2018 - 3:20 pm

Hello Mathieu, Thank you for taking the time to drop a note and your kind words. I am glad that the information posted was of help.

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Subhojit Dhar February 18, 2020 - 9:26 am

Hi Vargis,
Any change that u would suggest. I am not keen in a night halt at Pangong. Could there be an alternative halt at a lower altitude?

6th June Srinagar
7th June Kargil
8th – 9th June Leh
10th – 11th June Nubra
12th June Pangong
13th June Leh
14th June Keylong
15th June Manali
16th June Manali
17th June Chandigarh
18th June Train
19th June Howrah

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Vargis.Khan February 19, 2020 - 3:37 pm

Hi Subhojit – There is really no low altitude place near the lake. If you do not wish to stay there, the only other option is to return to Leh after spending some time near the lake.

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Avinash Choudhary May 23, 2018 - 8:25 am

Hello Sir, This is Avinash and i love this place Leh Ladakh and mountain lover also. i had visited 3 times leh or all surrounding places science 2011-2015 and 2017. from last 2 times i followed your guidance which was post on your this blog such it is very Helpful for us. first i thank to u as a Rider for being help for all human..

This Year Starting i married and my wish to come again this week with my Wife ..
all plans are decided but have slightly problem please solve it

can we check the root Status Nubra valley (Diskit) to Pan gong lake Via Shyok Valley,
Can we go from this root on This Sunday 27-05-2018

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Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 1:31 pm

Hello Avinash. Yes, Shyok road is open and you can indeed travel from Nubra to Pangong directly.

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Avinash Choudhary May 24, 2018 - 10:52 am

Thank you very much…. sir
Thanks for Help-.

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Vargis.Khan May 24, 2018 - 4:04 pm

You are welcome Bhai

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Aparajita June 3, 2018 - 3:57 pm

Hi Vargis,
Just wanted to confirm — since the time you wrote and updated this article, has the Nubra-Pangong route via Shyok become better?
I am traveling with my parents and intend to book a taxi to take me around. So, are the local operators willing to take the Shyok route?
Thanks a lot for all your efforts in putting together such detailed accounts and itineraries.
Aparajita

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Prakash Waskar June 22, 2018 - 7:20 pm

hello Sir,

your blog is very helpful with most information . thank you.

We are planning to visit ladakh in 2nd week of July 2018.

but as per our itinerary on 10 july we are travelling from Nubra to Pangong via Shyok river road.

so can we go from this route to pangong?

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2018 - 5:27 am

Hi Prakash Bhai, Yes you can travel on this on the mentioned date.

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Prakash Waskar June 23, 2018 - 9:24 am

thank you very much…for help

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2018 - 3:09 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Sarita May 22, 2018 - 5:51 am

Sarita
Hello Sir,

We are planning to visit leh in last week of June 2018. Our itinerary is,

23rd June 2018 – Fly to Leh from Delhi early in the morning. Rest throughout the day. 24th June – local sight seeing.
25th – Leh to Nubra valley – Halt at Nubra.
26th Nubra to Pangong and Halt.
27th Pangong to Tsomoriri and Halt
28th Tsomoriri to Leh and Halt.
29th early morning departure from Leh to Delhi.
We consist of 7 adults and three children, aged 14 and 8. Is this plan ok?

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Hello Sarita – You cannot go directnly from Pangong to Moriri. Permits for that route are not being issued right now. You will have to return to Leh from Pangong.

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Sarita May 22, 2018 - 4:17 pm

Thank you for the reply. But kindly let me know whether rest of the itinerary is OK. We are going by tempo traveller to all these places.

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Sarita May 22, 2018 - 5:00 pm

One more clarification. As we won’t be able to visit tsomori, we will be left with one additional day. So can we stay for two nights either in Nubra or in Pangong? Which one would be better? Kindly suggest.

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 5:08 pm

Stay in Nubra valley, nothing to do at Pangong for an entire day. Do Leh to Diskit / Hunder, then Diskit / Hunder to Panamik and then Panamik to Pangong via Shyok.

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 5:07 pm

You are welcome and yes, rest of the plan looks great.

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Sarita May 23, 2018 - 5:25 am

Thank you so much for your guidance. Will alter our travel plan accordingly.

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Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 1:40 pm

You are welcome

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Sarita May 23, 2018 - 1:30 pm

Sir, sorry t bother you again. On the extra day at nubra, can we go to Turtuk and return to nubra? How is the route? How far is the siachin base camp from there? Kids are excited and want to see border area… Kindly inform. Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 1:52 pm

Yes you can go to Turtuk and come back but Siachen Base Camp is off limits for tourists.

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RK AGrawal June 11, 2018 - 7:20 am

Dear Vargis,

whether the route from Nubra to Pangong via Shylok will be open in Last week of JUne? We have planned journey for the route will a loacal innova for 6 people.

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Vargis.Khan June 11, 2018 - 6:08 pm

Hi RK, Road is open and will be around your dates of travel.

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Nusrat liz April 23, 2018 - 11:33 am

Hello,
Thanks for your kind and important informations.i am from bangladesh and i am going to ladakh and kashmir in 27th april. at first from delhi to leh then want to go nubra valley for 1day after that from nubra valley wanted to go pangong lake. but don’t want to stay in pangong. so my question is is that possible if i go to pangong in early morning from nubra then at evening i wanted to start for leh by road? my trip time is not that much i am getting only 7days so i have to cover both ladakh and kashmir..could you please suggest me some guideline?

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Vargis.Khan April 23, 2018 - 3:04 pm

Hello Please take a look at this post before you fly in for Ladakh.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/permits-in-ladakh/

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Sagar Yadav March 21, 2018 - 7:59 pm

Hello sir my leh ladakh itenary Delhi to patnitop day 1 Patnitop to Srinagar day 2 Srinagar to kargil day 3.
Kargil to leh day 4
Leh day 5
Leh to diskit day 6
Diskit to spangmik day 7
Spangmik to hanle day 8
Hanle to karzok day 9
Karzok to pang /sarchu day 10
Sarchu to manali day 11
Manali to Delhi day 12

Is it okay or not suggest me

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Vargis.Khan March 22, 2018 - 6:43 pm

It is perfect Sagar Bhai. You got it all covered. When are you traveling by the way? Delhi to Patnitop will be a bit of long journey though.

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Sagar Yadav March 22, 2018 - 6:49 pm

OK what about diesel available in pangong lake in black or not I have Scorpio 2wd is it okay for this trip in last week of May

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Vargis.Khan March 22, 2018 - 8:42 pm

Yes you can get Diesel at Pangong in Black, expect the price to be close to Rs 90 – 100 per liter. Scorpio 2WD will work well for the trip

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swamulu March 7, 2018 - 10:21 am

Dear Mr Vargis Khan,
We are 5 people reaching Leh on 26 June 2018 morning. our plan is like this
we will be acclimatizing to high altitude because we are traveling from chandigarh- simla- kaza – changigarh from 17 -25 june 2018 by self driven vehicle. and reaching to Leh from Chandigarh by Air.
we wanted to hire a local taxi(Suv/Xylo) from Leh
26 June 18 Take permits and local site seeing
27 june 2018 Leh to Nubra/pangong (Night stay)
28 June 2018 Nubra/pangong to pangong/numbra( Night stay)
29 June 208 Pangong/nubra to Leh.
Queries during this period route from Nubra/Pangong to Pnagong/Nubra is it open via shyok.
Which is better option 1) going from Nubra to Pangong or 2) Pangong to Nubra?
Can you suggest a good local traveller from whom we can hire vehicle from 26 June 2018(AM) to 30 June 2018AM and what will be the approxmate cost of vehicle.
Regds
swamulu

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Vargis.Khan March 7, 2018 - 2:16 pm

Hello Mr. Swamulu,

1. Yes the Shyok road is mostly open in June.
2. Traveling from Nubra to Pangong will be better.

Please contact Sonam Angdus in Leh @ 09469272773. He runs his own taxi in Ladakh. Give my reference and he will take good care of you.

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swamulu March 15, 2018 - 8:51 am

Thanks Mr Vagis Khan,
For your info. we will do accordingly.
Regds
Swamulu

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Vargis.Khan March 19, 2018 - 6:38 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Dennis September 30, 2017 - 6:27 am

Hi Vargisbhai,
your blog was quite helpful to me, I completed my Ladakh trip 2 days back. Just wanted to share this: the road to Pangong Lakefrom Nubra Valley via Agam and Shyok village is not as bad as it was before, it is pretty decent, except for a few sections of rough boulders.
The trip was mind altering experience! Thanks again!
Dennis

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Vargis.Khan September 30, 2017 - 2:04 pm

Thank you so much Dennis Bhai for sharing the update. How long was your trip?

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Dennis October 2, 2017 - 8:53 am

Hi Vargisbhai, I took 28 days, Kerala- Ladakh- Kerala. solo biking.

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Vargis.Khan October 2, 2017 - 9:44 pm

That was a long trip. If you wouldn;t mind sharing any tips to help others, that would be great. Maybe some recent pics of the Shyok road as well would be great.

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SANJAY WAHI September 10, 2017 - 7:27 am

Took us under 5 hours (including short breaks) from Hunder,Nubra to Pangong via Agham, Shyok on September 3, 2017 by Innova. A very scenic route and the road conditions were mainly excellent except 3 – 4 small sections which is understandable in such remote areas. Would highly recommend this route.

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Vargis.Khan September 10, 2017 - 7:58 am

Thanks Sanjay Bhai for sharing the feedback. How did Innova perform on the route?

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Kulprabhassorn Kritapongseth August 17, 2017 - 8:31 am

Hi Vargis,
Thank you for this informative blog.
I plan to use this road on September 25. Will this road open on September?

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Vargis.Khan August 17, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Hi Kulprabhassorn – Yes the road will be open at this time.

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Anuj August 2, 2017 - 9:03 am

Is Agham Khalsar road open

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Vargis.Khan August 2, 2017 - 2:14 pm

Not right now

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Abhijeet Srinivas July 23, 2017 - 7:22 am

Hi
Can we do do the Nubra to Pangong via Wari La on a Motorcycle with pillion in 8 hours? Also what do you think is current condition of the route ?…
Appreciate your help…..
Thanks

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2017 - 10:44 pm

It depends which motorcycle you have and in what condition it is. If you are motorcycle is able to pull the weight up Wari La and you keep your breaks limited, then yes you can do the journey in 8 hours. Road between Agham and Sakti, across Wari La, will be bad.

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anu July 14, 2017 - 7:52 pm

How is the condition of road in agham shyok route now? I have heard of a bridge collapse there in mid july… we are going there in mid august

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Vargis.Khan July 17, 2017 - 1:42 pm

Not that I know of. Road is still operational as far as I can tell

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Mohammed July 12, 2017 - 9:36 am

Hi Vargis,
We are planning for the August 18th to 28th trip and have finalized on the below itinerary:
Day 1: Srinagar to Kargil
Day 2: Kargil to Leh
Day 3: Stay @ Leh and Sight seeing
Day 4: Leh to Tso Moriri
Day 5: Tso Moriri to Pangong
Day 6: Pangong to Nubra
Day 7: Nubra to Leh
Day 8: Leh to Kargil
Day 9: Kargil to Srinagar

We are 7 people on 4 bikes. Does this look like a doable ride?
If not then what would you suggest.

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Vargis.Khan July 12, 2017 - 7:58 pm

Hello Mohammed,

Plan looks doable except for Moriri to Pangong. That is a 2 day ride actually. I am assuming that you are taking the Chushul route, correct?

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Mohammed July 17, 2017 - 11:12 am

Thank you for your response Vargis. Yes that is correct. We are taking the Chushul route

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Vargis.Khan July 17, 2017 - 1:47 pm

You will have to start by first light of the day from Pangong, like 6 AM and then you can make it to Karzok before it gets dark. It is a really long ride

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Nikhil July 19, 2017 - 1:26 pm

Hello Vargis,
Thanks for the detailed description for Nubra-Pangong

Being part of Mohammad’s trip I would like to make a little correction:

Day 4: Leh to Nubra
Day 5: Nubra to Pangong
Day 6: Pangong to Tso Morirri
Day 7: Tso Morirri to Leh

>Could you give us a rough estimate of Travel time for Day7: Tso Morirri to Leh?

> I have also heard that there are very few tent stay at Tso Morirri.
Where should the [email protected] Morirri be booked?
At Leh Or from Tso-Morirri after reaching there?

As it would be risky giving 10-12 hrs and finding no place to stay.

Sorry the questions are off the Blog’s title.

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Vargis.Khan July 19, 2017 - 2:13 pm

Hi Nikhil,

Travel time from Karzok to Leh via Chumathang will be about 7-8 hours. Good to book your accommodation after you reach Leh. Take a look at the post below.
https://vargiskhan.com/log/hotels-at-tso-moriri/

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Ravi Sane June 13, 2017 - 1:28 pm

Varghis, thank you for so much detailed on each n every topic. Sir, can you tell me whether due to snowfall during last, any road or pass is closed or advised to not cross?

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2017 - 3:11 pm

Hello Ravi, All roads and passes are open as of now. You are good to go.

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Krishanu Ghosh May 29, 2017 - 4:45 pm

Hi Vargis,

First of all, thank you very much for such informative blog, appreciate it.

Need one expert advise- We are planning for a bike trip and willing to take Shyok route.Is it doable during mid of July.Do you think ice melting and water level of Shyok can give us big trouble during this period?

Looking forward for your advise, based on your input we need to plan accordingly.

Thanks,
Krishanu Ghosh

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 1:27 am

Hello Krishanu – Yes the melting snow may increase the water level of Shyok. My honest advice to you right now will be to ask while you are in Nubra valley. inquire with the locals, if they say the road is clear then proceed. If they advice you to not go, then heed and take the Wari La route.

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Phalguna K May 13, 2017 - 4:42 am

Hi Vargi , Thank you for your reply . What I mean is can we do this circuit without coming back to Leh ? Start at Leh and then Nubra-Pangong-Tsomiriri and finally back to Leh in 4 days ?

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Vargis.Khan May 13, 2017 - 5:06 am

Yes, definitely. You can do it in three days as well.

Leh to Nubra Valley (Stay at Diskit)
Nubra Valley (Come to Panamik and stay there)
Panamik to Pangong Tso via Agham Shyok road or Wari La
Pangong to Leh

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Phalguna K May 11, 2017 - 7:13 pm

Hi Vargis ,

Thank you for this very informative​ blog !

I was wondering​ if we could do Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Tsomiriri-Leh? Is it advisable to do it in 4 days ?

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Vargis.Khan May 13, 2017 - 2:08 am

Hi Phalguna – Yes you definitely can do it it in 4 days; you can actually do it in even 3 days.

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