How to Plan a Solo Trip to Ladakh

by Vargis.Khan

I always advise that a trip to Ladakh should always be done in a group because of several obvious advantages like assistance in case of a breakdown, better budget planning etc. However a lot of people travel to Ladakh solo as well, some by choice and others because they could not find someone to accompany them on the trip. Traveling to this part of the country requires meticulous planning which becomes even of utmost importance if you are planning a solo trip to Ladakh.

There will be several times in the trip when you will be all on your own and I mean literally on your own. Not only you would not have a friend to seek help from by your side, there would not even be a stranger for miles around. Your phones will not be working and if you land in trouble somewhere, you will have to handle the situation all by yourself. Keeping that is mind, below are a few tips; some general but important information that you should keep in mind when planning for your solo trip to Ladakh.

How to Plan a Solo Trip to Ladakh

Plan your Budget:

Of all the people that I have known to have travelled solo to Ladakh, most of them either went by public transport or on a motorcycle. I do not know of anyone who went to Ladakh alone in his car and just one person who went solo by flight. This is because when you have someone accompanying you on a journey that long, cost per person comes down marginally and then also the fact that you would not have to go through the long hours of travel in complete silence.

You need to keep in mind the fact that whatever the cost comes out to be; it will be your own expense and a solo trip to Ladakh will definitely cost you a bit. Keep a minimum cost in mind and then bump it up by a few thousands. For example, after considering everything, if your total cost is coming out to be Rs. 15,000 plan your budget according to Rs. 20,000.  Wisely chose your accommodation if travelling on a budget. Plan your entire itinerary in a way that you are only stopping for the night at a place where you can find a budget hotel.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – Complete Travel Guide

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Solo Trip to Ladakh

Carefully chose your mode of travel:

Even if budget is not of problem, you still need to carefully chose the way you are travelling. Keep in mind that you will be travelling through some of the most challenging roads so if your driving experience is not that much, do not risk being at the wheel on your own. It applies to both motorcycles and cars. If you have been driving or riding just for a little while, or have never been up in the hills, Ladakh is not the place where you would want to do it for the first time. In this case, you are better off using public transport services throughout your trip.

If you must however travel in your own vehicle, then take an experienced driver with you. If traveling on a budget, then you should better forget about private taxis unless you are OK spending Rs. 50,000 above just on taxis. If timings are of concern, then you should chose to travel in shared taxis because bus service in Ladakh is not that frequent.

Also read: How Safe is Ladakh for Tourists?

Cash:

There are not many ATMs in Ladakh and as a matter of fact, there are no other ATMs except for the ones in the city of Leh. You need to plan your cash in hand and by that I mean do not straight away carry Rs. 20,000 from home, because if you lose your bag or wallet, then your trip is over. Carry enough that will last until the next ATM. Withdraw some from Manali that should see you in Leh comfortably, then withdraw from Leh before going to visit the nearby areas. Before starting on to visit places like Nubra or Pangong, ensure that you have cash in all denominations. Do not just carry large notes because areas over there are small villages and you may not get change after producing a large denomination note.

Travel Light:

This specially applies if you are traveling by public transport. Throughout your trip, you will be changing your mode of transport multiple times and carrying multiple bags will become a big hassle. Carry one large backpack and try to stuff all your belongings in it.

Also read: How to Calculate Minimum Budget for Ladakh Trip?

Documents:

Ensure that you are carrying all your necessary paperwork with you and by that I mean a valid identity proof, a residence proof with your complete address on it and copies of your permits. If there is a medical background involved, ensure that you are carrying all required paperwork in case you need medical assistance during your trip.

Emergency Contact:

Very important. Keep an emergency contact listed in your phone, in which case you will have to keep the phone unlocked. Another way to do this is write an emergency contact name and number on a large piece of paper and put it in your bag. It would be wise to keep another such piece of paper in your wallet or in your pocket.

Also read: How to Travel to Ladakh by Public Transport Services?

Travel Partners:

If you are traveling solo just because you could not get someone from your family or friends to accompany you on the trip, then you should try finding a travel partner either online or while on the trip.




As I mentioned above, a lot of people do a solo trip to Ladakh so it won’t be rare that you will find someone traveling solo like you. If you are on a motorcycle, than tag along with that person. If you do not find someone alone, you will definitely find other people traveling in a group. It would be wise that you ride either with them or closer to them so that in case there is a breakdown, they can help you.

A lot of people put up fliers at cafes, restaurants or with tour operators looking for travel partners which is a good option to look for if you are traveling by public transport. You must however practice caution while tagging alone with someone in this case. If the person seems suspicious or not trustworthy, travel alone.

Please CLICK HERE or on the link below to take you to the travel partners sections of our travel community. You can register and put up a query in case you are looking for a travel partner.

Travel Partners

If someone is traveling solo and their dates match yours, you can communicate with them and plan together.

Stay in touch with your family:

Throughout your trip, you must stay in touch with your family and keep them apprised about your whereabouts. Call before you leave Manali because as soon as you get on the other side of Rohtang, your phone will most likely be out of network. Nubra, Pangong, Moriri too have no phone connectivity so do let your folks know about the same before you leave Leh. Handover  copy of your entire travel plan to your family, detailing where you plan to be on which date.

If you have booked your stay in advnce, then provide them the phone numbers of the hotels as well. If not, then call them and update about name and numbers of the hotel you are staying in. Keep them updated about as much as you can so that in case you are in trouble somewhere and cannot get in touch with anyone, they at least they would have an idea of where you could be.

Also read: A Complete List of All Tourist Attractions in Ladakh

Time of Travel:

If you are planning a solo trip to Ladakh, then you must plan it in either July, August or September as these are the months of peak tourist season. All hotels/guest houses at this time are functional and you will have no trouble finding a budget hotel. Also, if you are traveling by public transport, then this is the time when you will easily find a shared cab in Ladakh. In terms of travel partners as well, your chances of finding one will be highest in these three months.

Itinerary Planning:

This applies no matter how you are travelling. You very carefully need to choose places that you want to visit. If traveling by public transport, you should avoid routes where frequency of bus service or shared taxis is less, like Changthang Valley (Chushul-Hanle-Nyome route). If travelling by your own vehicle (car or motorcycle both), you should avoid routes like Wari La, Agham Shyok road where roads are challenging and chances of getting stranded are higher. Keep your travel plan limited to places or routes where there is a regular tourist movement.

Also read: Top Safety Tips for Ladakh Trip

Below is example of itineraries that I would advise while on a solo trip to Ladakh.

If traveling on a motorcycle,

Day 1. Delhi to Manali
Day 2. Manali to Keylong/Jispa
Day 3. Keylong/Jispa to Pang
Day 4. Pang to Leh
Day 5. Leh
Day 6. Leh to Hunder/Diskit
Day 7. Hunder/Diskit to Leh
Day 8. Leh to Pangong Tso
Day 9. Pangong Tso to Leh
Day 10. Leh to Tso Moriri
Day 11. Tso Moriri to Leh
Day 12. Leh to Kargil
Day 13. Kargil to Srinagar
Day 14. Srinagar to Jammu

This is a 2 weeks plan keeping in mind that you do not either travel too much or too less on any given day while covering all major tourist places in Leh. If however you are short on time, you can add remove places from this itinerary.

Also read: Ladakh Checklist – Things you must Carry for Ladakh Trip

If you are travelling by public transport, below is a sample itinerary that you can follow. This is laid out keeping in mind the availability of bus from a specific area to another. If you can match your travel with these days, you will most likely be able to board a bus. If however there is no bus available, then there is always an option of finding a public shared taxi which may cost you a bit more than the bus but will still be cost effective. Another thing I have considered while laying out the plan is that while traveling, you are never too far from an area where there is a regular tourist movement and are stopping at night at a place where you have a high chance of finding a budget accommodation.

If traveling by public transport

Monday – Manali to Keylong
Tuesday – Keylong to Leh
Wednesday – Leh
Thursday – Leh to Hunder/Diskit (there is a bus to Nubra valley from Leh every Thursday)
Friday – Hunder/Diskit to Leh (The same bus that reached Nubra on Thursday returns the next day)
Saturday – Leh to Pangong Tso (There is a bus to Pangong from Leh every Saturday)
Sunday – Pangong Tso to Leh (The bus from Saturday returns on Sunday)
Monday – Leh to Kargil
Tuesday – Kargil to Srinagar
Wednesday – Srinagar to Jammu

Above mentioned is just a sample itinerary, an example of how you can prepare your solo trip to Ladakh as per the bus schedule. Please take a look at the articles below providing details of when is a bus scheduled from Leh to other areas of Ladakh. Referencing these articles, you can prepare your own itinerary.

Bus Service in Ladakh : Frequency, Fare & Time Table

How to Plan a Budget trip to Ladakh using Public Transport Services

Delhi to Leh Bus Service : Fare, Schedule & How to Book


Solo trip to Ladakh Cost

It will completely depend on how you are traveling, for how many days and your spending habits but a minimum of between 15-20,000 is safe to assume. In a nutshell, for a 10-14 days trip; if by own motorcycle, keep a budget of 20,000; if by own car and alone, keep a budget between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000; If catching a flight, keep a budget of Rs. 10,000 for accommodation and food + flight charges + rented motorcycle or private taxi charge. If by public transport, keep a budget of between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000.

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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Varun Saxena March 11, 2020 - 6:04 pm

I m planning for 35 days solo cycle tour in leh, diskit, turtuk, Panamik, warshi village and many more.. What r the things to keep in mind???? Plz suggest

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Bro August 17, 2020 - 5:53 am

Keep in mind no pandemic happens.

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Rajesh December 31, 2019 - 4:20 am

Hello Mr. Varish,

Excellent Blog. It is very useful stuff to Ladakh Rider. Appreciated for your excellent work.

Thank you

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Vargis.Khan December 31, 2019 - 10:59 pm

Thank you Mr. Rajesh for your kind words.

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nikita April 20, 2019 - 9:06 am

hi
very informative blog.
keep on doing the good work
I am also planning a solo trip in may

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Vargis.Khan April 20, 2019 - 4:10 pm

Thanks for taking the time to drop a note Nikita

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Nayan Patel August 15, 2018 - 6:49 pm

Hi Vargis bhai,

We all are very thankful to you for what you are doing here, it means a lot to everyone who reads your suggestions and its truly helpful.

I am planning solo for Ladakh in mid of September, I will fly to Leh and stay in town for 4-5 days. Then I am planning to Leh-Nubra-Turtuk-Leh and after that Leh-Pangong-Leh.
Request you to clear my following doubts :
1) Which bike shall I choose? (I am thinking about 350cc)
2) As per rent price list – charge for one day is 1600, is it for 24 hours? How much they will charge if I’ll take it for 3 days?
3) Is it advisable to bring own helmet or they will provide?
4) What is the procedure to obtain in line permit? Which documents and details will be required? What are the charges of permit? How much time it will take to obtain permit?
5) Will it be necessary to wear windcheater or heavy jacket in mid September for bike ride?
6) Is it permissible to place my own tent at Pangong Lake?
7) Any medicines can you suggest to avoide Acute Mountain Sickness?

8) And Most important, I am not a hard core driver, I have not experience of driving in mountains (but I am mountaineer), I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT BIKE TRIP ON DESCRIBED ROUTES, SHALL I TRY? WHAT TYPE OF PRECAUTIONS I SHALL TAKE BEFORE JOURNEY?

Please help.

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2018 - 8:11 pm

Hi Nayan Bhai,

Thank you for your kind words.

1. 350 CC is good
2. Yes it is 1600 per day. So 1600 x 3
3. Helmet is usually included in the deal but sometimes they may charge you a little extra for it. Don’t bother carrying yours all the way
4. See this … https://vargiskhan.com/log/obtaining-ilp-for-ladakh/
5. Yes
6. Yes
7. See this … https://vargiskhan.com/log/dealing-acute-mountain-sickness-ladakh/
8. If you have some decent enough riding experience then you should be OK. Just go slow, be careful and you should be OK.

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Vaibhav July 4, 2018 - 5:22 pm

Hi Vargis

Thanks for writing down the article, seems helpful. Though I had some additional questions.
I ham planning to go on a solo trip there soon, reaching by flight. From what I can see, or atleast the things I want to do there, I will need a transportation to move around. Are there any decent taxi operators or is it feasible to get self-drive cars there? (I don’t know how to ride a bike :P, long story for another time)

Cheers
Vaibhav

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 2:54 am

Hi Vaibhav – Self drives are not available in Ladakh. But yes, you can rent a private taxi which will actually cost you a lot. Or you can depend on shared taxis which are cheaper and available from Leh Bus stand.

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Abhishek June 20, 2018 - 4:51 pm

I am too travelling alone to leh ladakh by bike on 10th july from delhi. Let me know if anyone want to join me.

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Vargis.Khan June 20, 2018 - 11:12 pm

It would be better to post a thread at the link below Abhishek so that if anyone is going at the same time, they can join you.

http://roadragas.com/index.php?forums/travel-partners.20/

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Omkar Parab July 2, 2018 - 5:24 am

hey hii bro.. I m also planning for leh ladakh bike trip from Mumbai . Searching for partner.. .give me ur contact details or contact me
9082772242

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kumar June 13, 2018 - 10:28 am

Very informative blog. Thanks a lot!

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 3:58 pm

Thanks Kumar

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Riyesh Patil May 29, 2018 - 6:46 am

Hey there. I wanted to ask whether the itinerary you’ve provided for public transport, includes spare time to visit the attractions or it’s just ttavelling

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Ray April 2, 2018 - 4:14 am

Hi vargis…Thanks for the detailed blog…
I am a solo traveller…and I consider using public transportation all throughout my trip..Here are my few doubts regarding the trip…
1) May I plan a solo trip in April?
2)Are public transportation and hotels easily available there in april?
3) Mountain sickness is a real issue? I mean can I travel without assistance?
4) I am from ahmedabad..which is the best route to follow? I am planning for a week-10 days..!!

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 2:22 pm

Hi Ray – If you are planning by public transport, then I will recommend that you push it by a month and plan in May. Availability of public transport in April is not that great. Manali Leh highway is still closed and Srinagar Leh highway has just opened so no bus service available.

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Ketaki March 13, 2018 - 8:11 am

Very Informative .. Thankyou so much..!! 🙂

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Vargis.Khan March 13, 2018 - 3:48 pm

Thank you for taking the time to drop a note Ketaki

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gourav rawal March 5, 2018 - 7:04 pm

hi vargis , there was a question in my mind
as you told us we can get bikes on rent in leh.
but please tell me we can ride without assistance in ladakh.
as we take bike on rents from leh and trying to visit pangong lake by our self,or other place by driving in a group. is it possible and safe going without assistance

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2018 - 9:31 pm

Hi Gaurav – If you have done some motorcycle riding and have decent enough experience, then yes, you can definitely take a bike on rent and go to other areas of Ladakh.

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Arnab Chakraborty September 15, 2017 - 6:07 am

Thanks for the Detailed information. I am planing a solo trip from 28th of September’17 to 4th October’17. Is it ok? Do I get shared transport at that time so can I budget with in 25000/-?

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Vargis.Khan September 15, 2017 - 3:26 pm

Thanks Arnab. Yes you will be able to get shared transport and cap your trip within 25k.

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Rahul August 24, 2017 - 11:45 am

Hi Vargis,
Your blog is just awesome thank you so much for the lots of information.

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Vargis.Khan August 24, 2017 - 1:17 pm

Hi Rahul – Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I appreciate it.

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Nikhil P August 14, 2017 - 9:58 am

Hi, I have planned a solo bike trip to Leh this September. I will be starting from Manali on 3rd September and will leave from Leh on 10th September. I will be happy to have good company during the trip. If anyone happens to travel during the same time, looking forward to meet…. email – [email protected]
Hi Vargis, Do we need a permit to be taken beforehand? I am planning to hire a bike from Manali. If yes, can you please share some details around the same?

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2017 - 5:32 am

Hi Nikhil – All the best for your trip. You do not have to take any permits beforehand. Just reach Leh and arrange the permits to go towards Nubra or Pangong etc.

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Prashant August 7, 2017 - 8:56 am

Vargis bhai – thanks for this excellent blog, a lot of us Ladakh aspirants find it super useful.

Guys, I am planning a solo trip next week – dates 14-21 Aug.

Please let me know if anyone is traveling around these dates, wants to tag along.

Safe travels!
Prashant

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2017 - 2:35 pm

Thanks Prashant Bhai and all the best for your trip.

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Bilal Siddique July 21, 2017 - 7:09 pm

Hi Vargis,

Information providef are really good and helpful,however please advise the expected cost involved from Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai pure bike trip.
Me and one of my frnd have planned to start journey by 1st week aug.

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2017 - 11:15 pm

Hi Bilal – It depends on how many days long your trip is. Let me know.

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Bilal Siddique July 24, 2017 - 5:43 am

20 days …bro

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

Bhai excluding the cost involved in reaching Manali from Mumbai and back, a 14 day bike trip, starting from Manali, ending at Srinagar or vice versa, staying at budget hotels will cost at least 17-20k per person. Any expense that you will incur in traveling from and to Mumbai will be in adddition to this.

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Bilal Siddique July 24, 2017 - 3:19 pm

Thanks bhai..
As per my calculations i am considering 16k only for fuel to and fro our journey rest would be as per our other expenses (Food and accomodation).

However i will keep on disturbing you throughout my journey..

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Keep around 20k minimum to be on a safer side, just for the Manali-Leh-Srinagar journey. And no problem at all, let me know of any help that you need Bhai. Happy to help.

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Akanksha Chauhan June 6, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Hi Vargis..

I am a solo traveller. I have been to many a places in India but Leh is one for which I have just been planning from last 1 year. I am willing to do it backpacking style via public transport as I am not sure how safe will hitch hiking be there. I have a detailed itinerary made for approx 15 days starting from Srinagar ending in Manali via LEH. Can you advise me if the same can be completed via public transport? I am keeping 30+ as my budget but I am still skceptical.
Can you take a look on the route and suggest something?

Route: Srinagar – Kargil – Padum – Kargil – Leh – Nubra Valley – Leh – Pangong Tso – Hanle – Tso Moriri – Jispa – Chandratal Lake – Manali.

Key Areas for Visit: Dal Lake, Zoji La, Dras, Kargil, Padum, Lamayuru, Alchi, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib, Khardung La, Diskit, Panamic, Chang La, Pangong Tso, Chushul, Hanle, Tso Moriri, Mori Plains, Baralacha La, Sarchu, Jispa, Confluence of Chandra and Bhaga (Origin of Chenab), Keylong, Chandratal, Rohtang Pass and Manali.

Akanksha

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Akanksha Chauhan June 6, 2017 - 4:30 pm

and yes.. I am pretty open with the dates as well… July-aug-sept anytime. If I get a partner to do this along, I would not mind that. Please confirm me as a member of this forum so that I can find someone to travel with.

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Prakhar June 18, 2017 - 1:26 pm

Hi Akanksha, I am planning to travel approx 1st to 15th July from Delhi, please let me know if we can tag along.
P.S. : Thanks Vargis, this info was very helpful.

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agushoe June 24, 2017 - 8:09 pm

Hi guys, I’m from Indonesia. Now in Mumbai for an assignment. I’m planning to go solo backpack to North India before going back to my country. I plan to have 3 days in Delhi-Agra, 4 days in Kashmir and around 14 days in Leh, Ladakh. I’m thinking to make a route Mumbai-Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi-Mumbai. I’ll be available sometime around July 1st, 2017 (in Delhi or Srinagar). Please Let me know if I can join. So, we can share cost (transport, accomodation, etc). I don’t have any fix itinerary yet, still doing some research tho, so still open to any suggestion. Thanks

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lokesh soni July 2, 2017 - 5:04 am

hey akanksha i am also planning for solo drive to leh, lets make this together if uh dont mind? this is my number 8058950714

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Nilu August 4, 2017 - 5:32 am

Hi,

I am planning a solo trip to Ladakh between sept 2-9th. Anyone interested in coming along can contact me at [email protected]. Thanks

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 4:50 pm

Hi Akanksha,
Your itinerary is definitely doable except for the Hanle and Tso Moriri part. There are no direct buses from Hanle to Karzok and finding a shared taxi going that way will be only be if you luck is at its best. From Hanle, you will have to come back to Leh and catch a bus going towards Tso Moriri. To plan it better, I suggest you go through the following article. The key here would be to plan each and every single day journey as per the bus schedule. Take a look.
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https://vargiskhan.com/log/plan-budget-trip-to-ladakh-using-public-transport-services/
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https://vargiskhan.com/log/srinagar-to-leh-bus-service-fare-schedule-book/
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https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-to-nubra-valley-bus-service-fare-schedule-book/
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https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-to-pangong-tso-bus-service-fare-timings/
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https://vargiskhan.com/log/manali-to-leh-bus-service-frequency-fare-book/
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https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-bus-service-buses-ladakh/

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anish May 18, 2017 - 4:00 pm

hi vargis
I am planning to go leh via public transport this june 2017 on solo basis. I am getting a package for 18000 rupees which will pick me up from from manali in tempo traveler. its a 6 nightz and 7 days tour.
Day 1: Manali – Jispa (130 kms/ 4 Hours)
Today morning leave for Jispa. Jispa is a village in Lahaul, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Jispa is located 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha, along the Manali-Leh Highway and the Bhaga River. On arrival check into the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure.

Day 2: Jispa – Leh (320 Kms)
After breakfast checkout and depart for leh, Upon arrival in Leh, welcome by our local representative and transfer to a Ladakhi Style guest house or Hotel. Later take a complete rest for Acclimatization to the arid high altitude of Leh (3505 m) .Evening enjoy your dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03 Leh – Nubra valley (125Kms / 4Hrs)
Today after breakfast drive about 04- 05 hrs [125 kms] to Nubra – known as valley of flowers. After drive about 02 hrs we will reach – The world`s highest motor able road called Khardungla high about 18,380 feet’s above sea level. From the top we can see the most beautiful view of Indus valley & its snow covered peaks towering the sky and other side of the pass if weather remain clear we can see Karakorum mountain range and peaks too. We descend down to beautiful valley & transfer to the hotel, later have rest till evening ,before sunset we will take you for a short drive to Hunder sand dunes to visit & ride double humped bacterium camel, later back to hotel for overnight stay. If time permits we will have a village walk to see local people & its culture.

Day 04 Nubra to Leh
Morning after breakfast we will visit the most picturesque Disket monastery on the hill top. Later continue drive to other side of Nubra valley – was the main part of silk route. We will continue our drive back to Leh via Khardungla. Reach Leh & transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 05: Leh to Pangong, via Chang la pass – 5320mts) (150 kms /5-6hrs) Excursion
After breakfast, drive (154km/ 6 hrs) to the spectacular Changthang Valley, winding your way over the exhilarating Chang la (5320m.)- The second highest point of our journey. The landscape on the way to Pangong is just spectacular. On arrival enjoy the famous pangong lake.
The Lake is situated at 13,930 ft./ about 4300mts. above sea level and is 125 km long, but is only four km at its widest, and extends almost in a straight line, way to Tibet; in fact, only a quarter of the lake is in India.
Later return back to Leh. Overnight stay at hotel in Ladakh.

Day 6: Leh – Jispa (320 Kms / 8-9 Hours)
After breakfast checkout and depart for Jispa, as it’s a long journey hence its advisable to leave early. Jispa is a village in Lahaul, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Jispa is located 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha, along the Manali-Leh Highway and the Bhaga River. On arrival check into the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure.
Day 7: Jispa – Manali (130 Kms/ 4 – 5 Hours)
After breakfast check out and depart for Manali where your trip ends.

I have few questions.
Is it safe to travel with new travel agency as they want me to submit all the amount before travel.
Can I get better packages for leh when I go to manali.
what precautions should I take while travelling.
thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2017 - 7:51 pm

Hi Anish – This itinerary looks Ok except for the day at Pangong. They want to bring you back to Leh on the same day which will be very tiring and you will have very little time at the lake. The price too looks a little steep for 7 days. Why do you not add a few more days and just travel on your own?

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Jigish May 7, 2017 - 10:57 am

Dear vargis! Hi u r great! And your detailing and concern are appreciable. Thanx.
We r 4 riders from surat. We wish to go to leh trip starting from ambala(17th june 2017)Then to manali. We actually had planned to go from shrinnagar but are worried about the disterbances.
The most important question is should we camp all the way???
We have tents and sleeping bags. As sleep is the most important thing. Will we be able to rest properly at night? In the tents?

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2017 - 1:59 am

Hi Jigish – Thank you so much for your kind words brother. I appreciate it.

You can camps at most of the places on your own if you wish to. I recommend that you look at the post at the link below. I have shared a few camping tips here. Let me know if you have any further questions after reading this.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/camping-in-ladakh-preparations-precautions/

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Jigish May 8, 2017 - 10:28 am

Thanx sirji. Will communicate. Thanx.

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:52 am

You are welcome brother

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rony April 18, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Hi, I am planning to go solo, this july, (or late June). Duration: 14/15 days. Mode of transport: shared taxi/public transport. Budget: 20K/25K. Read in blogs that it is better to start from Srinagar and reach leah, instead of taking Manali-Leh route, as in first case bosy gets better acclamatized, better road condition and return trip can be made through leh-manali and tsomoriri lake can be added while returning from leh to manali.
please tell me,
Can I reach leh from srinagar by only sleeping one night at kargil or some other place, and not spending more days in that route? will I get public transport from kargil to leh?

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Vargis.Khan April 21, 2017 - 3:20 am

Hello Rony – Yes you can go to Leh in two days with night halt at Kargil, no need to spend more days on the route. Yes you will easily get public transport.

Please take a look at the article below explaining how to plan a budget trip to Ladakh by public transport services.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/plan-budget-trip-to-ladakh-using-public-transport-services/

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Aniket Mazumdar May 25, 2017 - 10:27 am

Hi Rony,

I’m planning to visit Leh in June too..you Wana go together?

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Prakhar June 18, 2017 - 1:28 pm

Hi Rony and Aniket, I can join as well, if you are planning in 1st 2 weeks of July.

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agushoe June 24, 2017 - 8:20 pm

Hi guys, I can join as well. let’s go together. I’ll be in Delhi from 26 June onwards.

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Abhishek June 20, 2018 - 4:54 pm

I am too planning on 2nd week of july by bike. Can we join?

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Dennis April 8, 2017 - 6:54 am

Thanks a lot brother! I take your words and leave aside my tent-trip! I will opt rooms instead.

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2017 - 4:41 pm

You are welcome Bro …

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Dennis April 7, 2017 - 5:22 pm

Hi Vargis,
Thanks millions for this wonderful blog. I am planning a solo bike trip in this September. Is it advisable to carry a tent? or should I stick to hotels alone (due to any safety reasons)? Whats your opinion? My route is from Srinagar to Manali, 12 days. Will it be easy to get budget accommodation without prior booking during this time?
Dennis

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2017 - 5:01 am

Hi Dennis – Thank you for your kind words brother.

Traveling Solo with a tent, I would say no. Primarily because it will be a bit much to carry on a motorcycle and you will be all alone setting and wrapping it up. If you are Ok with these two factors, then by all means carry it along. I would suggest that you read the article at the link below though. It covers most of the factors required for self camping in Ladakh. If you still have any questions, let me know.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/camping-in-ladakh-preparations-precautions/

As for accommodation, no need to book in advance. There are plenty of budget accommodations available. Actually if you are on a budget, you must not book in advance. Just walk in and negotiate a good deal. Hotels are in ample in Ladakh.

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