Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La

by Vargis.Khan

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La is a route that does not get many visitors. Even among people who have been to Ladakh more than once, very few would have had driven on this road. It is one of the lesser-explored areas of Ladakh and definitely a very adventurous one. In this post, I will provide details on how you can travel from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via the Wari La route, without having to go back to Leh.

Please note that in this post, I will only discuss the Wari La road. If you need to know more about visiting Ladakh, I will recommend taking a look at How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide. In this post, I have covered pretty much everything that you need to know before going to Ladakh.

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La

Wari La is a high-altitude pass in the Ladakh region, situated at an altitude of 17,400 feet. It is one of those lesser-known passes that has nowadays started to get some attention. It is one of the two direct roads that you can take to travel from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Lake or vice versa.

Earlier, people used to return to Leh from Nubra and reach Pangong the next day. However, these days almost everyone wants to head straight to Pangong from Nubra and save 1 day on their itineraries.

How tough is Wari La though? When does the pass open? What kind of vehicle should be used to cross Wari La, and can it be done on motorcycles? What are some of the precautions you should take while attempting Wari La? Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have an answer to all these questions.

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

Wari La Pass

One thing about Wari La that you should know is that it is not your usual high altitude pass that you would have covered so far in your trip to Ladakh. The name of the pass, if I spell it as ‘Worry La’, aptly describes its climb and difficulty.

This pass is different and way more difficult. The last 20 km of the ascent is so steep that it will have you pop open the bonnet of even a 4×4 vehicle; allowing it to cool down once you reach the top. To add to this, there are several water crossings involved and the road is considerably bad. At the end of the climb, your vehicle would whimper and you would sweat, no matter how cold it is.

The climb is even tougher when you do it from Nubra valley’s side. You would rarely find anyone traveling on this road and for most of the journey, you would be all by yourself. There is no village where you can even get something to eat after Khalsar until Sakti, after crossing Wari La.

If your vehicle breaks down, you would definitely be in trouble so take a very calculative risk. Below is a map of the route you would be taking to cross Wari La. Click on the image below to view in full size or right-click and save it to your hard disk.

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La

Wari La Route

Now let us talk about how you can travel on this route. For this part, I am assuming that you are already in Nubra Valley and are now planning to travel to Pangong Lake. Depending on where you stayed in Nubra Valley, you will have to travel back on the Khardung La road and arrive in the village of Khalsar.

After crossing Khalsar village, you need to take the road towards Agham Village. Do not take the upper route going towards Khardung La. That will take you back to Leh City. Below is a picture of the road towards Agham.

shyok road

Once you reach Agham, you will be at a bifurcation where the road left would take you to Shyok village. The road towards your right is the one you need to take to reach Wari La. Below are a couple of pictures of the diversion. These were taken from inside the car so I am sorry about the clarity.

wari la route agham village

Take the road to your right and a little while later, you will be driving uphill towards Wari La pass. For the initial part, the climb will be easy to moderate. But it is the last 20 kilometers that get challenging. On the way, there is the small village of Tangyar. Do not be surprised though if you did not notice it at all and just drove by.

Also Read: Which is the Best Bike for Leh Ladakh Road Trip

Sakti & Pangong Road

Once you were at the top, take a break, relax and allow your vehicle to cool down. You will then start driving down and will cross another small village called Tathok on the way. On the other end of the pass, you will exit just after Sakti Village, on Pangong Road.

After Sakti, the climb of Chang La Pass will begin and after that, it is a straight run for the beautiful blue lake of Pangong.

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La

Distance & Time

The thing about the Wari La route is that it will take you almost the same time that it would have taken if you went back to Leh instead. As a matter of fact, it may in fact take you longer due to the tough climb. The difference in the distance is also negligible.

So why would you want to take this road? The answer is that you would have already traveled on Khardung La road while traveling to Nubra Valley from Leh. So rather than making the return journey on the same road again, you can add a different route to your travel plans and explore more of Ladakh.

Of course, it will also mean that you also crossed one of the difficult high-altitude passes of Ladakh and added another feather to your hat. Please ensure that you take an early start from Nubra Valley though. This journey will definitely take you all day to complete.

Other Tips

Your biggest worry when it comes to Wari La is the steep ascent. You would have crossed several passes so far in your Ladakh trip so make your best judgment.

If your vehicle struggled at any of the previous passes, then you need to give up the idea of attempting Wari La. If you are traveling in a hatchback or a sedan then do not even think about taking this route. For Wari La, if you have a 4×4 vehicle then nothing like it but for a 2×4 drive, you really need an SUV with high ground clearance. Even that would struggle at several places.

You also need to be confident in your driving skills. If some of the roads you encountered so far made your face turn white, you are better off not crossing Wari La at all. If you have a front-wheel-drive SUV, chances are that it would definitely huff and puff to climb up all the way.

For motorcycles, you really need an Enfield 350 or 500 CC for this road. At least I haven’t seen any other bike on this road. I came across a couple of guys on FZ and Pulsar 220 going back to Agham because after a certain point their motorcycles just refused to climb any further.

Read Wari La Pass – An Unforgettable Ladakh Experience to read the first-hand experience of someone who crossed the Pass on a newly bought 500CC Enfield.

Even with a Royal Enfield, travel solo and travel light. Do not carry a pillion leave your extra luggage back at the hotel at Leh if you can. If you are on a rented bike, the rule is plain and simple, Do not go towards Wari La.

When is Wari La Open?

The next question is, when does Wari La open? It is one of the passes that receive snow almost the entire year due to which it opens very late and closes pretty soon. It usually is declared open towards mid or end of June and remains so until late September or early October.

If you are traveling before June or after September, please find out in advance either in Leh or Nubra whether the pass is open or not. If it is closed or you are unable to get confirmed news, it would be better to skip Wari La and take the Agham Shyok road; which is also much better and shorter. Read How to reach Pangong Tso from Nubra Valley via Shyok Road for more details.

Permits for Wari La

Do you need a permit specifically for Wari La? The answer is No. You do not need any additional permission and your regular ILP will do for this route as well. All that you need is a solid vehicle, good driving or riding skills, nerves of steel, and an Inner Line permit for Nubra and Pangong both.

Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La – Conclusion

I hope the information above on traveling from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La Pass was of help. If you have any questions or need any other details, 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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abhijit sinha October 5, 2021 - 1:39 pm

Hi vargis,
Sir, please answer my questions below regarding our journey to leh and around from 22nd OcT 21.
1) Travelling to Pangong on 26th Oct 21 and staying would be possible?
2) Reaching Leh from Manali side is doable if start from Delhi on
19th morning.

g s Bhatia June 3, 2019 - 3:39 am

V will reach 25 June morning by plane at 8 Am. Return on 29 Morning from Leh. It’s family tour with kids. Please plan accordingly and suggest how v see main places as it’s only 4 day’s tour. Thanks

mihir August 16, 2018 - 5:58 am

Hi Vargis, Is Kela-Tso near changLa pass accesible ?

Vargis.Khan August 16, 2018 - 6:31 am

Yes it is but you will have to trek a little bit. Don’t bother though, it isn’t that scenic. More like just a water body.

mihir August 16, 2018 - 6:46 am

Better to skip then ..Thanks a lot 🙂

Vargis.Khan August 16, 2018 - 12:38 pm

You are welcome !!! 🙂

Shivani Priyadarshini June 13, 2018 - 9:37 am

Hi Vargis,

We are 5 adults travelling to Leh on 29th June.Our itinerary is as below.

1 st Day- Stay at Leh (30/06/2018)
2nd Day- Stay at Leh (01/07)
3rd Day- Leh – Nubra Valley & Stay @ Nubra (02/07)
4th Day- Nubra – Pangong & stay @Pangong (03/07)
5th Day- Pangong – Leh & stay (04/07)
6th Day- Leh – Kargil Stay (06/07)
7th Day- Kargil – Srinagar via Sonmarg, Srinagar Stay (07/07) – Houseboat
8th Day- Srinagar- Gulmarg – Srinagar & Stay (08/07)
9th Day- Srinagar – Pahalgam – Srinagar & Stay (08/07)
10th Day- Srinagar to Back (09/07)

So we are planning to go to Pangong from Nubra. Please suggest if it is safe to go directly on 3rd July.


Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Hi Shivani – Yes it is safe. You are OK to go.

Shivani Priyadarshini June 13, 2018 - 4:11 pm

But I haerd it’s difficult to go via shyok river as river water may come on we are bit confused now.

Tej April 21, 2018 - 5:41 pm

Hi Vargisbhai,

We 2 friends will be driving Innova (Old version) on Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Leh route from 11th June to 14th June. Is it safe to drive through Wari La as we are only two persons. What kind of weather we will experience when travelling through said route during mentioned dates? Please advise.


Vargis.Khan April 22, 2018 - 5:40 am

Hi Tej Bhai – Weather will OK and the route is open as well. Problem however will be the steep climb of Wari La and it will definitely need some good driving skills to get your Innova to the top.

niranjan April 16, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Hello Vargis,

I am planning to travel to Leh in May-June 2018, (May last week and June 1st week). I have planned a road trip from Pune and will be travelling in a Mahindra TUV 300 with my wife. Please advise if I plan to go to Lukung/Spangmik directly from Diskit, which route should I take, considering the vehicle which I will be travelling in and that we are only two travellers.

1. via Leh
2. via Wari La
3. via Shyok

Looking forward to receiving your advise on the same.

Thank you, in advance 🙂

Vargis.Khan April 16, 2018 - 8:08 pm

Hi Niranjan, Take the Shyok route if it is open and if not, then come back to Leh please.

niranjan April 17, 2018 - 4:19 am

Thank you for the advice…!! I will try out the Shyok route, will keep you posted o the route once I actually reach there 🙂

Vargis.Khan April 17, 2018 - 3:42 pm

You are welcome !!!

Arvind February 26, 2018 - 4:28 pm

2 people on 1 royal enfield classic 350? (approx 350kgs in all including driver and pillion weight) will that be a problem? can we go through wari la from nubra to pangong?

Vargis.Khan February 26, 2018 - 4:45 pm

Yes it may be a problem. Better take the Agham Shyok road for this journey.

Dhiraj Mahindra April 24, 2018 - 6:16 am

Sequel: I have an Electra 350cc. From Shakti towards Changla, there is a steep incline, uneven terrain with loose sand everywhere so you wouldn’t know which way is the hard sand.. so my bullet + metal saddle carrier + luggage + pillion (my wife) = THE BULL WON’T CLIMB AN INCH. Even a 350 CC couldn’t.. then my wife decided to climb on foot (which is difficult due to less oxygen) with a bag (7-8 kgs), STILL the 350 was struggling, I remember the amount of hard work and struggle I had to do to make it climb those 100 mtrs (took around 30 mins). If the roads have been repaired (which i’m guessing, would have been done by now), then 350 can go, else it’ll struggle (there as well as when you approach Chang-La). (and I’m not novice, have done Spiti /chandratal before I attempted Leh.. oh boy, that was another level altogether, but then no matter how experienced you are, the ride has something in store for everyone)

I remember helping one of those guys out when they were ascending Chang-la (i was coming back from the other side) when his bike yielded to the incline and stopped, refused to start.. (it was a new Red Classic 350cc hired from Leh)

Prequel: I did Leh-Pangong last Sep. Initially was planning to go directly from Nubra, but at Khalsar army guys informed that the Agham route was closed as a bridge had collapsed there. So we had to go through Leh-Karu-Shakti, but again that stretch was being repaired so there was no road at all.

Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 7:18 pm

Thanks a ton Dhiraj Bhai for this valuable input.

Dhiraj Mahindra April 26, 2018 - 7:39 am

Vargis Bhai I should thank you.. a tonne! it’s YOUR blog that i constantly followed (and still follow) before and during my Leh trip.. It had ALL the updates and information that’d be helpful. And in the mountains, you know even a single bit of info can help a great deal.

Vargis.Khan April 26, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Thank you so much for you kind words Bhai. It means a lot. I am glad that the information posted was of help.

Thank you again.

Kamlesh Shinde January 25, 2018 - 10:02 am

Hi Vargis,
We are planning to hire a tempo traveller from Leh.
Do you think, it is possible to go Pangong directly from Nubra via Wari La in September 2018 with a local driver in a tempo traveller with 12 people?


Vargis.Khan January 25, 2018 - 3:17 pm

Hi Kamlesh – Wari La in a tempo traveler will be extremely tough, I do not think any operator or driver will even agree to that. It is a bit too steep of a climb for a temp traveler with passengers. You will have to take the Agham Shyok road.

kamlesh shinde January 25, 2018 - 4:03 pm

Thanks Vargis for the quick response.
So instead of going back to Leh, can we plan Nubra to Pangong in a day via Agham Shyok?

Any chances of this road being closed in Sept?

I am asking so that we can book the hotels accordingly.

Thanks Again 🙂

Vargis.Khan January 25, 2018 - 4:06 pm

Correct. From Nubra, take the Agham Shyok road and you will reach Pangong in about 6 hours. Road remains open in September unless you run out of luck and it is closed at your time of travel due to any reason. In all probability (except for unforeseen circumstances), it will be open.

Nagaraju Buguda September 3, 2017 - 2:34 pm

Hi Vargis,

Bro we are 5 people and planning on travelling with 3 bikes (Mostly Royal Enfield Thunderbird)

1. Should we go Thunderbird 350 CC or 500 CC?
2. We are planning to Nubra Valley by taking the Khardung La pass route, which is the best route and how are the road conditions?
3. Is it good idea to travel from Nubra Valley to Pangong lake? if Yes how time would it take considering RE bikes

Vargis.Khan September 5, 2017 - 5:12 pm

Hello Nagaraju – Bhai if riding with pillion, opt for 500CC and 350CC for solo. The Khardung La pass route from Leh is just one road going towards Nubra, there is no other route there. Yes, you can travel from Nubra to Pangong and thus saving a day in between. Via Wari La, it will easily be an 8-10 hours journey. Via Shyok road, it will take you about 5-6 hours.

Naga September 7, 2017 - 4:19 am

Thank you bhai for your suggestion

Vargis.Khan September 8, 2017 - 5:26 pm

You are welcome Bhai

Sumit Chatterjee August 28, 2017 - 7:37 pm

Hi VARGIS, m planning to travel from nubra to pangong via Agham Shyok on 13th of sep17 with my girlfriend & two other friends….and bike will be rented,…can you advice is it safe??

and how much time require to reach tso pangong from nubra


Vargis.Khan August 28, 2017 - 9:11 pm

Hi Sumit – As long as your bike is not giving any trouble and you ride slow and carefully, then yes you can take this road. It will take about 6-7 hours of travel time.

Sumit Chatterjee August 29, 2017 - 2:12 pm

thanks for the advice bro

Vargis.Khan August 29, 2017 - 8:34 pm

You are welcome Bhai

Bhupinder Shandil August 8, 2017 - 12:22 pm

Hai vargis we friends group of 8 people r planning to visit leh on 1 September onwards last year my brother visited leh he said before 45 km leh we can directly approach to pangong lake via changla pass with a night halt somewhere between nd from pangong to nubra nd last to leh is it possible please advice

Vargis.Khan August 8, 2017 - 1:43 pm

Hello Bhupinder – It was possible last year because the requirement of permit was not there. This year ILP has been reintroduced so you will have to first go to Leh and get your permits for Pangong.

Bhupender Shandil August 16, 2017 - 7:26 am

Thanks vargis for ur reply
1Can we get inner line permit online
2 road conditions between pangong to nubra via avian shyok viilage road
3 can we drive through our swift is it ok
Please advice

Vargis.Khan August 16, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Hello Bhupinder – The online portal is merely for the purpose of filling out a form and taking a print out. You will have to reach Leh to make the payment and get it signed / stamped. Shyok road last I heard was closed and there is no ETA on opening. Swift is OK but I will not recommend to take it on Shyok route.

Bhupender Shandil September 11, 2017 - 9:57 am

Hai vargis I recently visited leh from 2 Sep to 10 September
I really feel that road conditions r very good nd weather is also good but I faced a single problem that local taxi union didn’t allow even private car no without the owner of car

Vargis.Khan September 11, 2017 - 1:12 pm

Hello Bhupender Bhai, Taxi unions are definitely a big hassle in Ladakh, they just try to find excuses to force people to rent their taxis.

About the road conditions, are you referring specifically to Wari La or the entire route?

Thibaut August 20, 2017 - 6:08 am

Hi Vargis, do you think there is over 50% chance thé pass to be closed last week of October ? I plan a solo cycling trip to Nubra ans Pangong Tso…

Vargis.Khan August 21, 2017 - 1:33 pm

Hi Thibaut – Yes there is a high chance that it will be closed by last week of October. Try to plan a bit early, possibly by 1st or 2nd week of October.

Dhiraj Mahindra July 26, 2017 - 11:07 am

Hello Vargis Ji,

Is it possible to start Pangong Tso (early morning) and reach Sarchu by evening (while visiting Tso Kar on the same day) I’m not going to Tso Moriri. Just wanted to visit Tso Kar on my way back from Pangong to Sarchu.

Please let me know

Vargis.Khan July 26, 2017 - 2:01 pm

Dheeraj Bhai it will be way too rushed a journey. Do not go to Sarchu, stay for the night at Pang or at Tso Kar itself. There are a few Chadar tents there where you can halt for the night. Next day, start by first light of the day and go straight to Manali

Pruthviraj June 19, 2017 - 6:31 am

we are 5people travelling in 3 bikes from pangong to nubra valley on 27th june 2017. Any suggestions with road. which is a better way to reach Nubra valley?

Vargis.Khan June 19, 2017 - 8:30 pm

Depends on which bikes you have. If you are riding solo, your motorcycles are well maintained and you are confident that they can climb Wari la than take this route, other take the Agham Shyok road.

tushar June 22, 2017 - 1:58 pm

hi ,
i am planning a trip of 7 days from 1st july with family members including kids aged 5 years..
please advise of my itenary…
first two days at leh itself, including local sightseeing.
third day leaving early from leh to , nubra. night stay at nubra.
fourth day early morning leaving for pongong tso , night stay in pongong tso.
fifth day early mornign leaving for leh back.

suggestions are much appreciated.

Vargis.Khan June 22, 2017 - 8:18 pm

Hello Tushar, Your plan looks good enough. Are you planning to hire a taxi in Leh?

Rajeev Roy June 8, 2017 - 10:40 am

Hello, We are in group of 3 with bike. Can we made it Nubra To pangong using Wari La?

Vargis.Khan June 8, 2017 - 3:24 pm

If you are all solo riders and have good well maintained motorcycles, you will be able to make it across Wari La.

Abhiroop Das May 7, 2017 - 6:47 pm

Planning to do Nubra -> Pangong Tso via Warila in late September with a 2 wheel drive Scorpio. There will be two passengers (including me) in the car….
Do you think it’s a good idea?


Vargis.Khan May 8, 2017 - 2:08 am

Hi Abhiroop – Yes you can do it. I have been on this route in a 2×4 Innova and we were 5 of us in the car. Crossed without any problems at all.

Sunil Dhir July 23, 2017 - 6:16 pm

Me too…hope an Ecosport should be fine also…

Vargis.Khan July 23, 2017 - 10:38 pm

It should be, just be careful around water crossings and go slow. You do not want lose rocks bouncing and hitting the belly of your car. Trust me, it happens.

Sunil Dhir July 24, 2017 - 9:39 am

Yes…I’ll watch out for that…just got info from an on ground friend that AGHAM-SHYOK road has been closed, so probably would have to take the Wari La route…will Chang La also fall on this?

Vargis.Khan July 24, 2017 - 2:32 pm

Thank you for providing me this update Bhai. Yes, if you cross Wari La, you will descend down at Sakti from where you will climb up Chang La.

Sunil Dhir July 23, 2017 - 6:28 pm

Hi Abhiroop…I will be doing it in 3rd week of September…If it is close to yours… probably we could team up….

Abhijit March 22, 2017 - 6:06 pm

Very nice and helpful description. We are 15 riders riding on Enfield 350 and 500CC. We will be traveling from Nubra Valley to Pangong around 28June17. Plz suggest which route to take Wali La or Shoyk. Thanks in advance.

Vargis.Khan March 23, 2017 - 3:10 am

It depends on your entirely Abhijit. Shyok route will see you at Pangong in about 5 hours from Nubra, is more challenging, dangerous even and nightmarish ride. Wari La route is longer, about 8-10 hours journey, but will take across mighty Wari La, is more scenic and except for the Wari La top which is really tough, it is more of a relaxed and enjoyable journey. Shyok route is not that scenic, just a dirt tral with stones all around and a river flowing right next to you.

Vargis.Khan March 23, 2017 - 3:12 am

Not sure if you have already but if you haven’t read the article below about Agham Shyok road.

Since you are in a large group, it is Ok to take either of the routes. Just be more careful if you travel on Agham Shyok road.

Arun February 27, 2017 - 5:10 pm

Thanks for taking time to write such a beautiful blog !

I want to visit Pangong and timing will be last week of April( my India visit). Any recommendations ? We are party of 4 people form beginner to mid level hikers. Open for other regions if this area is not possible for April.
Alternatively do you have any suggestions for this time of the year ?

Vargis.Khan February 28, 2017 - 12:47 am

Thanks Arun. how are you planning to reach Leh? Srinagar Leh highway may not be open at that time in which case you will have to catch a flight to Leh, is that the plan?

Ayan September 3, 2016 - 4:31 pm

Very apt description of the Wari La pass. I read this article now after having done it last week (28-Aug-16) I had a front wheel Duster with one passenger and had to cool down with an open bonnet for 20 min near the top.
It is a very desolate drive with just 4 local cars passing by between Agham and Sakti.
There was ice in the air as well as on the road and the track is quite challenging with sharp bends and broken water crossings.

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Vargis.Khan September 5, 2016 - 4:07 pm

Thank you Ayan

ravinderdasila August 31, 2016 - 12:36 pm

Hi Vargis,
We will be travelling from Leh to Turtuk on 14th september and will return to Leh next day via WariLa. We will be having 2 bullets and a local taxi. Will it be possible to cross Warila considering it be afternoon by the time we reach there?

Vargis.Khan August 31, 2016 - 8:38 pm

Hi Ravinder – Yes you can. Just ensure that you do not make it too late.

Rahul Kumar July 1, 2016 - 6:03 pm

Hi Vargis,
Just went through this post. If we have to avoid Diskit to Pangong Tso via Wari La. Then which route should we take if we dont want to stay at Leh ?
Would be riding CBR 250R.
Please suggest

Vargis.Khan July 1, 2016 - 6:34 pm

You can take the Agham Shyok road Rahul

ATHIQULLA May 20, 2016 - 10:40 am

Hi Vargis,

we are group of 3 planning for delhi to leh to delhi in JULY 2016. In the rented bikes from delhi.

Is the rented bikes allowed to travel in LEH?

Could you please clarify.

thank you for your time.

Vargis.Khan May 21, 2016 - 2:53 am

These are allowed but to be on the safer side, do not take those bikes to nearby areas. I would highly recommend that you reach Leh on bikes rented from Delhi, leave those at the hotel and rent another bikes from Leh to visit nearby areas. I am saying this because there have been a lot of fuss in Leh last year about people visiting in self drive taxis rented from outside Leh. I know bikes would be hard to tell if rented or self owned but just be safe.

Athiqulla.A May 23, 2016 - 8:08 am

thanks for your reply Vargis.

can you refer me some bike rentals if possible?

where they a single bike rental can get me a bike from delhi to leh and from leh, so that I don’t have to pay full rental for delhi rented bikes.

once again many thanks for your time.

Vargis.Khan May 23, 2016 - 5:30 pm

I would not suggest that. Best advice would be to reach Leh, inquire at a few places, test the bike and only rent it if you are 100% sure that it will be able to pull the weight on steep ascents.

ATHIQULLA. A May 30, 2016 - 5:43 am

Thanks for your reply Vargis.

is the pillon riding safe and comfortable ride from delhi to leh to delhi?

and wat precautionary measures are required for pillon riding

please suggest

Vargis.Khan May 30, 2016 - 5:04 pm

You can take a pillion but the only concern around that would be the capabilities of the motorcycle. Rented bikes arent usually that well maintained and their engines are not that strong to pull weight of two people and luggage on ascents, specially in a terrain like Ladakh. You can do it only if you are sure about the motorcycle. Do not want to be pulling or pushing a motorcycle up there, correct?

ATHIQULLA May 31, 2016 - 10:38 am

Again thanks for your reply.

if I start from Amritsar in evening around 6.00 to reach pathankot (121 km) is it safe for night riding.

Vargis.Khan June 1, 2016 - 1:53 am

Until Jammu it is quite safe to ride in the night. After Jammu the hilly region starts so it gets a little risky

athiqulla June 1, 2016 - 8:11 am

many thanks brother for your help and patience.

Vargis.Khan June 2, 2016 - 12:44 am

You ar welcome brother

Govindan May 3, 2016 - 2:36 am

Excellent detail.. i have been to ladakh before ..this time would like to do the nubra – pangong route. From AGam, how is the route to shyok village – Durbuk- Tangste – Pangong? Why do i have to take the wari la route? Will be travelling by a 4×4

Vargis.Khan May 3, 2016 - 3:25 am

You do not have to take the Wari La route. Agham Shyok road is the shortest and quickest way to Pangong from Nubra. Wari La is just another route, longer and tougher and you just get to cross another pass.

Vargis.Khan May 3, 2016 - 3:26 am

The Agham Shyok road is rough, hardly any tar, speed will be slow but can take u to Pangong within 6 hrs from Nubra.

Pradeep Nuji July 23, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Could be you please advice me with the condition of road to Pangong from Nubra valley. We are travelling in the first week of august in bike.

Do you suggest through wari la OR through shyok?

Thanks much

Vargis.Khan July 23, 2016 - 7:52 pm

Depends on how you are travelling … please let me know and I can advise

Unmesh Deshpande April 25, 2016 - 8:49 am

Wow amazing description on Wari La. Can it be done on 4X4 Fortuner in June 2nd week?

Also would you help us to plan our Ladakh circuit. We are a family of 4 including 2 sons aged 21 & 11. We are from Nagpur, Maharashtra and would drive all the way to Delhi to embark upon this once in a lifetime journey. I have done the entire Lahaul & Spiti Circuit last year successfully in my Fiat Punto.

Thanks and best regards,

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Vargis.Khan April 26, 2016 - 1:45 am

Yes, it can be done in a Fortuner 4×4. I myself did it in Safari 4×4. Let me know the questions you have and I would be glad to assist in any way that I can.

Vargis.Khan April 26, 2016 - 1:49 am

However I highly doubt that it would be open in June beginning.


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