How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh in October?

by Vargis.Khan

The month of September is about to end and along with it; the tourist season in Ladakh. One of the most frequent questions that I am getting asked these days is whether or not it is OK to plan a trip to Ladakh in October. Most of the people ponder upon this from the point of safety while others wonder if they will be able to cover all the places in their itineraries; considering that it starts to snow in Ladakh by sometime in September or early October. If you too did not get a chance in the year so far and thinking to now visit Ladakh in October, then mentioned below are some general tips that can be of help in order to plan your trip better.

ladakh in october

Beyond any doubt, October is off-season when it comes to tourism in Ladakh.Cold starts to settle in and chances are that Khardung and Chang La top have already experienced the first snowfall of the season. The picture above was taken in September 2nd week this year near Khardung La top.




By October, locals start to prepare for the harsh winter ahead; number of tourists in the region gets sparse by each passing day; and all business related to tourism start to wrap up. Of the two roads leading here, one gets declared closed for the year and Ladakh becomes accessible by road only via Srinagar.

This however does not imply that a trip to Ladakh in October cannot be planned. It can definitely be done but with a few precautions that I will recommend further in the article. The inner roads in Ladakh remain open throughout the year because Indian Army uses them for their movement in the area.Β  There could be a road closure post snowfall at any of the high altitude passes on the way but this is temporary; mostly lasting a day or two. As soon as BRO is able to clear the road; road gets opened again for vehicular movement. Even in the months of October and after; you can plan a visit towards places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri.

Please note that Inner line permit was reintroduced in Ladakh effective 2017. If you want to visit any further than the city of Leh; for example towards Nubra or Pangong; you will need to obtain an inner line permit from DM office Leh. Please take a look at the article below for instructions on how to get this permit.

Also read: How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh

How to Plan a trip to Ladakh in October

I will break this article in three parts. First I will suggest a few important tips, then discuss some pros and cons of visiting Ladakh in October.

Try to plan your trip in early October

If possible at all, then you should plan your visit in first 10 days of October. This is beneficial in several ways but most important would be that in first few days, you can still consider to include Manali Leh highway in your itinerary which is not advisable at all if traveling after October 10th. You can take the Manali road to reach Ladakh and then return via Srinagar. Weather too, though cold, would not be extremely cold in early October.

Plan only via Srinagar

If however you could not plan your travel in early October, then it is of utmost importance that you reach Ladakh via Srinagar and return the same way. Baralacha La is usually the first high altitude pass to receive snow on Manali route and once October starts, it can get blocked / closed any time. After Baralacha, there are 3 more passes you will need to cross before you make it to Leh and if the road ahead closes, you will get stuck in between.

Plan your stay

Finding accommodation in Leh City will not really be a big challenge even in October; however it is better to inquire and plan your stay at other places like Nubra Valley, Pangong and Tso Moriri. Most of hotels and guest houses start to wind up for the year in October and you may have trouble finding a place to stay at remote areas of Ladakh; specially if within a budget. It wouldn’t hurt to even book your accommodation in advance.

Also read:

Recommended Hotels and Guest Houses in Leh

Accommodation in Nubra Valley

Camp Sites and Guest Houses at Pangong Tso

Accommodation at Tso Moriri

Keep your Itinerary Simple

While traveling in October, plan your itinerary in a way that you are only covering the major tourist attractions and avoid going to areas too remote. Reach Leh, cover Nubra, Pangong and Moriri and return. I would advise against planning for remote regions like Chushul route, going towards Marismik La, Horla and Charchagan La areas. Just keep these off your itinerary. Due to the ending season, you may not even get permits for these places and even if you did, chance of getting stranded due to weather or a break down will be greater in off season.

Prepare for cold

Oh yes, the winter has arrived and Ladakh is one of the coldest regions in India. Weather here is treacherous, unpredictable and extreme. You must prepare yourself both physically and mentally for the cold days and nights you are about to experience.

Clothes to Wear in Leh Ladakh in October

Thermals and woolens at this time are must. Carry your clothes in way that you can wear then in layers. For example, wear Thermals and put on regular cottons above them. Then wear a woolen sweater followed by a thick windproof jacket on the top. This way, you can put on the clothes as you feel cold and remove in layers when you start to feel warm. Gloves, woolens socks, woolen cap that can cover both your head and ears are a must. Please take a look at the article below for more details on how to pack clothes for a trip to Ladakh.

Also read: Clothes for Ladakh Trip: What to Pack

Keep Buffer Days in Your Itinerary

This is very important. Do not bound yourself to strict timelines and keep at least 2 days as a buffer. It will definitely snow at the high altitude passes in Ladakh and you got several to cross. It is a possibility that you were visiting Nubra valley and cannot return from there as planned; because the road across Khardung La was blocked due to recent snowfall. Or maybe you were at Pangong while it snowed at Chang La. You must keep a couple of days in hand for situations like this. If all went well and according to the plan, you can use these days in the hand to either rest in Leh, or to explore some other areas; or maybe to rest at home for a while after you returned from the trip.

Avoid a bike trip

A bike trip to Ladakh in October isn’t really the best idea. Low temperatures combined with cold winds is not the ideal climate to ride a bike through hills. Prefer to travel by a car if at all possible.

Avoid starting early in the morning

Temperature at night in Ladakh drops below freezing point and as a result, it forms black ice on the roads which can be extremely dangerous. As a practice and precaution; do not start early in the morning. Wait for the sun to come up which will melt the black ice and then proceed as planned.

Postpone for next year if planning by Public Transport

Like all other tourist related activities; availability of public transport too gets scarce in Ladakh in October. Either there will be no transport available at all or it may not be on schedule due to extreme weather or a possible roadblock. Chances of this happening are more towards mid to end of October. If you were planning to use public transport, it would be best to cancel the trip for now and plan it for next year.

Leh to Manali Bus in October

The Leh to Manali Bus operated by HPTDC gets withdrawn towards mid of September so that will definitely not be available in October. Your only choice would be the bus service provided by HRTC but that too is only available in early October. Just assume that after 15th October, there will be no bus available from Leh to Manali or vice versa.

Pros of traveling to Ladakh in October

With the above being said, there are of course a few benefits of travelling to Ladakh in October. There aren’t many really but I will list down a couple.

Find plenty of snow

If the idea of a live snowfall is on your mind then chances are that you may catch one here in October. It starts to snow at the high altitude passes by mid September and you witness a light spell of snow while traveling to Ladakh in October. If not a live snowfall then you will at least get to see plenty of snow around.

ladakh in october

Less number of people

A lot of people travel to Ladakh looking to get away from the crowd; seeking solitude and tranquility. The fact cannot be denied that even Ladakh these days can get a bit crowded in peak tourist season. If you want to go to a place with fewer people around than Ladakh in October is the place to be.

Good Deals on Accommodation

This is not guaranteed but can be a great advantage if you are able to talk yourself in to it. Most of the hotels at this time are winding up and there aren’t many customers around so a bit of negotiation may get you an accommodation cheaper than expected.

Better treatment

It was never the way before but off-late, a lot of people came back to me stating that the hotels in Ladakh favored foreign tourists more than Indians; that they were more interested in attending their calls. I have honestly never faced this myself but this will hardly happen in the month of October. With number of tourists getting sparse and less customers, you will be treated well at any hotel or restaurant you visited.

Less number of water streams

This will apply if you were planning a road trip. Crossing water streams is one of the biggest challenge while traveling to Ladakh. During opening months or in monsoon, the water level in these rivulets rises and make it even difficult to get across. This will not be a problem in October though as the snow stops to melt like in summer; and thus reducing the water levels. Most of the small water streams just vanish by October.

Cons of Traveling to Ladakh in October

After advantages, let me also list down a few disadvantages of traveling to Ladakh in October. These are actually directly related to the tips that I mentioned previously in the article.

Cannot cover Manali to Leh route

The road from Manali to Leh is one of the prime attractions of a road trip to Ladakh. If traveling in October, unless you were traveling in the first week of the month, chances are that you will have to completely exclude it from your itinerary and stick to the Srinagar route.

ladakh in october

Greater chances of getting stranded or stuck

With the increased chances of snowfall, there will always be a risk of you getting stuck or stranded at any of the places in Ladakh. If there is a road block, you will have no other choice but to wait it out till the weather clears and BRO is able to free the road of snow.

Will be Cold

While we all want to visit Ladakh, not everyone is capable of handling cold weather well. Days in October here may be moderate but evenings, mornings and nights will definitely be very cold.

May be a bit expensive

Cost of living goes up in Ladakh in winter and you may even end up paying more than the actual charge for basic facilites and sundries.

Black Ice

A great risk during road trip. While no water in rivulets will be a great advantage, it will create even a bigger risk of black ice or completely frozen water stream or black ice on the roads.

Other Reads:

Below are links to a few other articles that I believe can be of help while planning a trip to Ladakh in October.

How to Deal with Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh

How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh with Infants or Children

Mobile Phone Services in Ladakh

Conclusion

In the end, I will say that October is not really a great time to be visiting Ladakh. It is better to plan in other months but if you must and can visit Ladakh in October only, then you can definitely do so keeping the things I mentioned above in mind. I hope this information was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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Basudev May 3, 2020 - 7:30 am

Hey Vargis,

You advise helped me during my Spiti trip on RE. Now, Im planning to do Leh again in 3rd and 4th of October by car. Let me know if it possible for non 4×4 car to do high passes in snow ? I will be driving Tata Nexon (FWD)and planning to use Nylon ropes on tyres as a precaution in Snow. Other details would help me to plan. Btw, I would take Srinagar Leh highway for to & fro… places to visit: Khardungla, Nubra, Tso Morriri , Hanle

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Shoyab October 13, 2019 - 9:42 am

Hi Vargis – Is a road trip by Manali to Leh in October end possible? I understand it all depends on the weather but what are the chances historically?

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Vargis.Khan October 13, 2019 - 2:10 pm

Hi Shoyab, It is usually closed by October end. Even if it is open, it is definitely not safe to travel on.

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Subhash October 13, 2019 - 9:40 am

What kind of clothes should we bring to Ladakh?

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Vargis.Khan October 13, 2019 - 2:11 pm Reply
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Naveen Kaigonkar June 4, 2020 - 9:40 am

Dear please advise for family trip to leh-ladakh in September end is good or October 1st week??
10-12days plan

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Vargis.Khan June 5, 2020 - 2:47 pm

Hello Naveen – Please try in September. October will be a little too cold for a family trip.

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Anoop October 13, 2019 - 9:38 am

The Agham Shyok road remains open in October as well?

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Vargis.Khan October 13, 2019 - 2:11 pm

Yes it does

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Suruchi October 13, 2019 - 9:37 am

On an overall basis, would you call October a good month to go or a bad one?

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Vargis.Khan October 13, 2019 - 2:11 pm

Only early part of the month can be called a good time.

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Abhishek September 17, 2019 - 4:30 am

Hi Vargis.
Me and my wife are planning to visit Leh on around 20th October. Leh to Nubhra to Pangong is on our mind. Considering the steep taxi rates (24k for this) I’m much more inclined towards renting a bike (BTW I’m a biking enthisiast but never did any long journeys much). I understand it’ll be difficult considering the snow, winds and bad weather. Can you draw some points on how to narrow down on one. And if yes what should be of prime importance if planning by bike.

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prince sharma September 16, 2019 - 2:59 pm

hello to all,
i am planing my leh trip by flight from delhi to leh on 5th of oct with my wife then from leh to all local destination by rented bike if any couple want to join us by rental car or bike so we both can hire one car and one bike in sharing fare so we can enjoy both in our journy bike and car..let me know 971566659890.thanx

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Prahalad Rai Shrivastava September 3, 2019 - 1:55 am

Hello Vargis,
I hope your doing well.
I am planning a bike trip from Hyderabad to Ladakh.
My trip will start from Oct. 11 and I have planned to reach the ladakh by 15th Oct. or 16th Oct. via Srinagar route.
I am also planning to visit Khardung la, Pangong lake and want to return from Manali highway to Haridwar.
Can you please tell me is this a good plan and how many days should I take for this route plan?
If this is not a good plan, can you please suggest me some better option, so I can cover all these destinations.
Awaiting your response!
Thanks!

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Praveen September 2, 2019 - 8:13 am

Hi we planned to arrive ladakh by October 3rd morning and return on 7th of October by flight from Hyderabad . Please help us the best places to visit and we can make the trip as a good trip.

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Avijit Mukherjee September 2, 2019 - 6:22 am

Hi Vargis, I am Planning to go to leh Ladakh, with family , just after Diwali this year , reaching there end of Oct and coming back in beginning Nov.. do you think this is an ideal time for visit, I understand it will be cold but is it going to be sunny. I am a nature photographer and that’s one of attraction to visit leh / Ladakh .. your advise would be of great help .. I read in many websites that its going to be very cold and many hotels close down, however many hotels remain open ( those who have heating ) and many tourists also travel .. so is my confusion .. Thanks & regards Avijit

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Tarun August 21, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Dear Vargis
Very useful information.
We are planning to drive from Delhi to ladhak 4 friends in October. We will be coming from different parts assembling in delhi.
Your suggestions for any rental agency to hire cars
More importantly what type or car would u recommend ? Petrol / Duesel / four wheel / Bolero or is a sedan good enough …
looking forward to hear from you
Tarun

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Imran ali August 15, 2019 - 3:44 pm

Asslamwalekum , bhai we are planning for 29 step to 6 October is it safe to travel by car , we will only take two breaks like first stop is Delhi to mankind then direct leg ,is it good

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2019 - 10:52 pm

Walaikum As-Salam. Manali to Leh direct will be a very long journey, you will have to break the journey in between.

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Sidharth V S July 30, 2019 - 7:02 pm

hello sir, How can I get reached in leh and back to delhi, since one option is to take flight from Delhi to Leh. The fare for delhi to leh fly is affordable fare is around 2500 rupees, but the return flight from leh to delhi requires around 3 times the fare of delhi to leh fly that is around 6 to 7 thousand. Why is that so? Is there any other options possible? Please help us. We are planning the trip in October.

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Vargis.Khan July 30, 2019 - 10:28 pm

Hi Sidharth – You can try reaching Ladakh via Srinagar by Bus, or come back by Bus

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Aswinraj rajendran July 30, 2019 - 8:38 am

Dear vargis
All your blogs are very helpful for me in planning my trip. As I m doing it solo need info on my planned itinerary
Date :-sep28 to Oct 12
29-sep Chandigarh to kasol-
30 sep kasol- to Manali
1 Oct Manali and kulu (Tuesday rhotang pass closed)
2 Oct Manali to pang (Gandhi jeyanthi will rhotang pass be opened)
3rd oct pang to pangong tso
4th oct pangong to nubra to tutuk
5th Oct nubra to leh
6th Oct leh
7th Oct leh to drass
8th Oct drass to gulmarg to Srinagar
9th Oct Srinagar to Katra
10th Oct Katra to golden temple
11th Oct amristar to Chandigarh

Please let me know if this works
Email [email protected]
Mobile :-+919944506111

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Vargis.Khan July 30, 2019 - 12:40 pm

How are you traveling Aswin?

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Aswinraj rajendran July 31, 2019 - 2:07 am

Hello vargis… Thank you for your quick reply. Renting a bike at Chandigarh
And also can you please let me know
1 )if I the get the permits done through online for rhotang and leh inner circle do I have to visit the respective office to get stamped or something?

2) can I travel to pangong tso from pang without going to leh because I don’t most people prefer the route

3) I am skipping tso moriri because I need to visit golden temple on my return so in order to get 2 days

Thanks in advance for the same

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Vargis.Khan July 31, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Hi Aswin,

1. Please see these two posts

https://vargiskhan.com/log/rohtang-permit-2019/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/how-to-get-ladakh-permit/

2. No you cannot go there without geting your permits stamped at Leh first.

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Aswinraj rajendran July 31, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Thank you for the information vargis… I went through both your blogs… Clear that without going to leh and get my online permit stamped I cannot move to nubra valley…
Thanks again

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Vargis.Khan July 31, 2019 - 3:49 pm

That is correct Aswin. You are welcome !!!

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Aswinraj rajendran July 31, 2019 - 3:53 pm

Thank you for the timely reply…
As I m a solo Traveller sorry to ask you again I got info from another lead that I can travel to pangong tso from pang without going to leh … Getting permits done through online and stamped in some tourist center…
Can you please suggest me on that alone…
And also as I m renting bike from Chandigarh will I be allowed to travel inside leh nubra and pangong…
Please provide me leads…
Will be very helpful

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Vargis.Khan July 31, 2019 - 4:05 pm

That is not correct. Only way around this is if someone can get the permits stamped on your behalf and courier them to you. Secondly, your Chandigarh rented bike will not be allowed to go to Pangong so you will have to go to Leh first to rent another bike from there.

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Sagun July 17, 2019 - 9:32 am

Dear Varghis, first of all, thank you for creating such an amazing, super-informative blog. You have been a great source of help for many of my trips to the Himalayas! πŸ˜€

We are a group of four friends and planning to visit Ladakh in first week of October this year. We will hire a 4×4 SUV with good ground clearance for the entire duration of our trip. Our itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 (2nd Oct) – arrival in Leh; acclimatization; getting all the permits done
Day 2 (3rd Oct) – Leh to Diskit; night stay in Diskit
Day 3 (4th Oct) – Diskit to Pangong Tso via Agham-Shyok road; night stay near Pangong
Day 4 (5th Oct) – Pangong to Hanle; night stay in Hanle
Day 5 (6th Oct) – Hanle to Tso Moriri; night stay in Karzok
Day 6 (7th Oct) – Tso Moriri to Leh
Day 7 (8th Oct) – Back to Delhi

Wanted to know your thoughts on the feasibility of this plan. If it’s doable (considering the weather in October) or too hectic? Unfortunately, we don’t have time for spare days so will it make more sense to skip some destination?

Look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Sagun

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Vargis.Khan July 17, 2019 - 2:38 pm

Hi Sagun – Plan is doable. There won’t be any problem completing it at all.

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Sagun August 19, 2019 - 5:48 pm

Hi Vargis, thanks a lot for your feedback! Just a quick follow-up question: If we do the itinerary in reverse (i.e. go to Tso Moriri first), do you think there is a greater risk of AMS in that case? Or the first day rest in Leh and gradual ascent on Day 2 should be fine?

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Vargis.Khan August 20, 2019 - 12:01 am

Hi Sagun – Yes, there is a greater risk of AMS if you went to Moriri first. Better to do it the way you planned it.

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Sagun October 13, 2019 - 5:50 am

Hi Vargis,

Just wanted to let you know that we got back from a wonderful trip to Ladakh earlier this week. We managed to do Pangong to Tso Moriri in one day (took us about 8-8.5 hours with plenty of stops though) and thus got ourselves an extra day in Leh for R&R. The drive along Pangong was truly mesmerizing with some incredibly beautiful villages (especially Merak) along the way. Glad we took that route while going to Tso Moriri.

Thanks once again for all your suggestions and advice.

Cheers,
Sagun

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Vargis.Khan October 13, 2019 - 2:13 pm

Hi Sagun – That is good to hear. I am glad that your trip was fun. Thank you so much for taking the time to drop a note and let me know.

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Naufal July 21, 2019 - 9:45 am

Hi Everyone,

Good Day!!!

We are planning ladakh trip on 5th october. We are travelling from south to delhi by air then in car by road. Since this this our first experience and the unconditional climate, we are looking for a team where we can travel together from delhi to ladakh. If any one who is interested please let me know.

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prince sharma September 16, 2019 - 2:45 pm

me too leaving on 5th of oct with my wife from delhi please what app me:971566659890 thanx.

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Harish September 18, 2019 - 5:45 am

We (Husband-Wife) too are planning to visit Leh during 1st week of Oct. If your sharing plan is still open, please mail your itinerary to [email protected] or sms your number at 9830023731.so that we can take this to next level…. – Harish

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MD IBRAR July 8, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Dear Vargis Bhai,
I am planning to visit Leh from 1st October to 7th October 2019 as my son’s examination will be get over on 30th September..I along with my wife & two kids (11yrs+4yrs)…Is this the right time to visit Ladakh or I have to wait for june’2020??????
Need your valuable suggestions.
Please reply soon….

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Vargis.Khan July 8, 2019 - 6:14 pm

Ibrar Bhai yes you can go but it will be very cold in October so please prepare accordingly.

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Sonal Rokade June 27, 2019 - 2:38 pm

Hi, my husband, I along with our 3.5 yr old son want to travel to ladhak between 25 Sept to 4 Oct 2019. Is it OK for kids to travel at this time. I have not read any experiences along with toddlers so confused as not sure if kids face altitude sickness.

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Vargis.Khan June 27, 2019 - 4:36 pm

Please see this post. Should answer your questions.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

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vishal mohan September 26, 2019 - 2:58 pm

Hi vargis
i just seeing your feed back for all traveler, it is so valuer for them. i have also a almost same question but little difference, We are 3 couple age group 50-56, have some bP problems. We have planed the tour between 18oct to 24 oct. We are from delhi. Here is any risk for us from the weather or oxygen problem.
we have a plan to to nubra and stay there, is it fine or not.
kindly give my valubale feed back.
thanks dear vargis

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Vargis.Khan September 26, 2019 - 4:07 pm

Hello Mr. Mohan – I would strongly advise consulting a Dr. first and take recommended precautions. A friend of mine died yesterday in Ladakh due to acute mountain sicknes so please practice caution. See the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/rest-in-peace-my-friend/

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Suraj June 27, 2019 - 4:31 am

Hi VARGIS
We are planning to fly Leh on 24 of Oct 2019 and return on 31 of Oct
please Guide

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Rima April 22, 2019 - 6:43 am

Hi Vargis,

We are flying to leh on 28 Sept,2019 and will be back by 6th October.

So we have planned like below –

Day 1 – Leh
Day 2 – Leh to Nubra via Kharding La
Day 3 – Nubra to Turtuk and Back to Hundar
Day 4 – Hundar to Pangong
Day 5 – Pangong to Tsomoriri
Day 6 – Tsomoriri to Leh
Day 7 – Rafting at Zanskar River
Day 8 – Leh Local sight seeing
Day 9 – Fly Out.

Q1.Hundar to Pangong, road will be opened during that time?
Q2.Pangong to Tsomoriri , road will opened? or do we need to back to leh and then from leh to Tsomoriri?
Q3.Is it possible to do the rafting during that time in Zanskar River?and the strating point is how much from leh?

please let me know if you have any suggestions on this?

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Vargis.Khan April 22, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Hi Rima,

1. Yes
2. Yes it will be open
3. Yes it is possible. Starting point is Nimmu near Leh

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Mohammad shafique chak October 17, 2018 - 1:14 am

Is it safe to visit Chusul area ( upto Mirpal Tso) in last week of October ?
Regards .

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Vargis.Khan October 17, 2018 - 1:44 am

You can go towards Chushul but I doubt they will allow you to go towards Mirpal Tso

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Deepak October 11, 2018 - 5:31 am

Hello Mr.Vargis Khan – I am a solo traveller and will be flying into Leh on the 27th morning. I will have time until the 31st afternoon for sightseeing. After that starting from the 11th of November, I can take a few more days to stay there. I have a few questions. It would be very helpful if you could give me some information on this.

1. How much time should I allocate for the Thiksey Gustor festival and when is the right time to go there?
2. Will it be possible to rent a bike and go to the Nubra Valley and come back to Leh within two days, for e.g., on the 29th and 30th?
3. Will it be possible to go to Pangong Tso on the 11th or 12th of November? Once again, I am thinking of renting a bike.
4. Any possibility of buses operating to Manali post 11th of November?

Your response will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Rajiv Sharma October 9, 2018 - 2:01 am

Hi

I am planning Leh (14-20th Oct) with wife and 9 year old son is that comfort or it’s tough for child

We will not cover many location stay in hotel and want to relax

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Vargis.Khan October 9, 2018 - 11:20 am

It should be OK but make sure you pack well though. It has started to snow at Khardung La and gotten very cold in Ladakh.

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Sri Kumar P October 7, 2018 - 10:27 am

We are planning to fly Leh and then by road to nubra and pangong , then come back. And fly back from Leh itself.i read your article which gave us an idea. Thanks for that.
Any other suggestions sir ?

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Sri Kumar P October 7, 2018 - 10:31 am

We are planning from 10th to 15th of October , sorry , forget to quote that

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Vargis.Khan October 7, 2018 - 12:03 pm

No, pretty much the same as to what I mentioned in the article. Weather has gotten very cold so please pack accordingly.

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Avish September 26, 2018 - 4:31 am

hey vargis IS IS SAFE to take direct route from nubra to pangong via shyok during mid october?

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Vargis.Khan September 26, 2018 - 12:11 pm

Yes it is Avish

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Sahil September 23, 2018 - 3:26 pm

Hi Vargis,

Need your advice on below :

1. Are there decent hotels to stay in October first week in nubra and pangong ?

2. Do we get shared taxies while traveling from/to leh to nubra and pangong ?

3. Is it advisable to travel directly from nubra to pangong .

M landing in leh on 29 Sept and flying out on 3 oct. Really looking forward to your response.

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Vargis.Khan September 24, 2018 - 5:37 pm

Hi Sahil

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes but there are no shared cabs on the direct routes.

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YAMAN SAHU September 21, 2018 - 8:36 am

Hey Vargis. We 2 people planning to go Leh by air on 29th september. There we want to take bike on rent and visit all the place by bike. Or return flight is on 4th October. We are having several queries
1. We eagerly want to drive bike there and want to visit all places by bike from there. Kindly comment on this.
2. Can u give us the plan accordingly.

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Vargis.Khan September 21, 2018 - 1:56 pm

1. Yes you can ride around on bikes but it will be very cold as well so prepare accordingly.
2. You can travel like this

29 – Leh. Arrange permits and bikes
30 – Leh to Lamayuru to Leh
1 – Leh to Diskit
2 – Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik
3 – Panamik to Pangong to Leh
4 – Return

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Savan mehta September 18, 2018 - 2:56 pm

Hi vergis,

We have planned trio to ladakh
And we’ll reach leh by flight on 2nd oct and retuen flight is on 8th oct.
Pls suggest us itienry as this one is our first time.
We r 4 around age group of 25 to 30.
Is it good time to rent bike and roam around leh or taxi would be preferable.??
Thanx in advance

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Vargis.Khan September 18, 2018 - 4:47 pm

Hi Savan – Private taxi will be better but will also be costlier. You can travel like this.

2nd – Leh. Rest, arrange permits and taxi
3rd – Leh to Kargil via Lamayuru
4th – Kargil to Leh via Batalik
5th – Leh to Diskit
6th – Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik
7th – Panamik to Pangong to Leh
8th – Fly Out

Or Like this

2nd – Leh. Rest, arrange permits and taxi
3rd – Leh to Lamayuru to Leh
4th – Leh to Diskit
5th – Diskit to Pangong to Leh
6th – Leh to Tso Moriri
7th – Tso Moriri to Leh
8th – Fly Out

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Savan mehta September 23, 2018 - 6:26 pm

Sirji what about nubra velly…??is it not on the route??

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Anchal September 6, 2018 - 10:13 am

Hii vargis ! Your blogs are really helpful for All the travellers. I have some queries. Actually me n my husband are planning Leh road trip in October 1st week. Can we complete the full circuit starting From Delhi-manali -Leh-Srinagar-delhi.
Wil the manali route be open in October first week? If yes how many days are required to complete this circuit n if no then any other route if you can suggest.
Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan September 6, 2018 - 12:01 pm

As long as your trip is within first 10 days of October then yes, you should be able to complete the entire circuit. About 12-14 days is a safe number to assume for the trip.

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Anchal September 7, 2018 - 1:18 pm

Ok thank you so much for replying.. So happy yeyeye. We can complete the circuit.. thanks again. N keep doing this great work and keep travelling!!!!

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Vargis.Khan September 7, 2018 - 1:43 pm

You are welcome !!! πŸ™‚ Do let me know how your trip went after your return

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Anchal September 8, 2018 - 1:35 pm

Yes. Surely

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Reetika August 27, 2018 - 7:50 pm

Hlo sir me and my friends planning to visit leh from 4 oct to 7oct .so i just want to ask that 3 days is enough .

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Vargis.Khan August 28, 2018 - 12:17 pm

3 days is not really enough but if that is all the time you can afford, then read through the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/ladakh-in-3-days-plan-trip/

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Mohammad Abu Sayem August 31, 2018 - 10:56 am

Hi Reetika, I’m also visit leh from 4th October to 6th October with my wife. If you want you can join with us.

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Debanjan Das August 20, 2018 - 4:18 am

Superb blog with parent like guide …thanks for your valuable inputs …it will be really helpful for adventure lovers …i just want to know one thing …chance of getting share cab to & from Ley towards other destinations ?

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ajay August 16, 2018 - 7:38 am

Hi Bro

Thanks a lot for your wonderful advice, could you help suggest if there any high latitude issue
i m planning to travel from [boarding from Delhi] 27th sept to 2nd OCt 2018 along with my 2.5years kid

Kindly help to answer followings:

1) are we good with our itinerary along with timing we choose?
2) is it safe to travel with my kid
3) Also during this week ,will Manali-Leh highway be opened?
4) we have not yet booked return ticket from Leh- to Delhi, what if we choose road trip to Leh-Srinagar
and thereafter Srinagar to Delhi by Air.

Please help to reply at the earliest.

Thanks a Ton!

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Vargis.Khan August 16, 2018 - 12:36 pm

Hi Ajay Bhai,

1. Timing is OK but it will be very cold so prepare acccordingly.
2. Unless there is any medical history, you should be OK. I will still strongly recommend a visit to the doctor to get a professional opinion and some other tips.
3. Yes
4. Yes you could do that as well. Sounds like a good plan.

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SIDHARTH V S August 12, 2018 - 7:29 am

Hello sir,
We are planning the leh trip by flight on oct 16 from delhi. We have to visit the places like Nubra valley, Khardung La, pangong Tso,Hemis national park and Kargil. We’ll be there on Oct 16’th morning. And planning to visit the leh palace,Hemis national park on the same day itself by means of public transport. And on the next day we would like to go for a bike trip to Pangong TSO , can we back to leh on the same day itself? And the same way on oct18’th another bike trip to Nubra valley and Khardung La and back to leh on the same day. On oct 19’th plannig to visit the Kargil by car. And on 19th morning we will be back to Delhi.
Will the plan work for us? If so how can we get the cars and bikes on rent? If any permission needed to visit any of the mentioned places how could we get those?
If the above mentioned plan ain’t a better idea can you suggest us a better plan?
thank you.

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SIDHARTH V S August 14, 2018 - 7:10 am

hello sir, please give us your suggestion.

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Vargis.Khan August 14, 2018 - 3:16 pm

Hello Sidharth,

1. Leh to Pangong and back on same day – Yes you can do it.
2. Nubra and Leh same day – Yes you can do it.
3. How to get Permits – Please see this link. https://vargiskhan.com/log/obtaining-ilp-for-ladakh/
4. There are several places you can rent bikes from in Leh. Just take a walk around in the city and you will come across several rental agencies and mechanics.

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Tarun sharma August 7, 2018 - 12:56 am

Hi vargis Khan , this is tarun sharma .we are planing to visit leh in the first week of Oct 2018 . it that ok traveling with 8 years old kid?

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Vargis.Khan August 7, 2018 - 9:40 am

Hi Tarun – Yes it is. Just be prepared for the cold though, specially with the child traveling. Do take a look at this post as well.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

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Lalit sharma July 18, 2018 - 10:26 am

Hi,
I am planning to visit Leh from 19th Oct-23rd october this year 2018 .
Please reply to my queries below . As stated, i have read your whole page and got some valuable inputs but would like you to address below queries:

1. September third week is best to visit Leh and ladakh?
2. Should we book room once reach leh or prior booking should be done?
3. One or two jackets are enough to cover the trip ?
4. Which are the best places to enjoy without no rush

Please reply.

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Vargis.Khan July 18, 2018 - 1:24 pm

1. Yes it is a good time
2. Book in advance wherever you can
3. Yes but carry some light woolens or Thermals as well
4. Spend a day at Nubra, Pangong and Moriri each and that should cover majority of the must visit places.

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lalit Sharma August 16, 2018 - 7:00 am

Thanks for the reply Vargis.

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Vargis.Khan August 16, 2018 - 12:37 pm

You are welcome Lalit !!!

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Monmita Basumatary June 29, 2018 - 10:17 am

Quite helpful. However I have a few things to ask. Plz look into my itinerary :
2nd oct – Delhi To leh (Flight)
3rd oct – Leh to Pangong then Pangong to Nubra
4th oct – Nubra to Tso moriri
5th oct – Tso moriri to Leh
6th oct – Leh to Lamayuru and back
7th oct – Back to Delhi
‘Is Pangong to Nubra possible on 2nd oct via the Shyok rd you mentioned?’
Is this plan gonna work?
Please suggest.

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Vargis.Khan June 29, 2018 - 2:23 pm

Hello – You can visit Nubra and Pangong in Oct 2nd week but your itinerary seems a bit off. Take a look at this article please. I have suggested a few itineraries here to cover Ladakh in 5 days. On 6th day, you can fly out.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/visit-leh-ladakh-in-5-days/

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Lokesh June 18, 2018 - 6:41 pm

Hi, planning to fly leh in first week of oct for 6 days…any suggestions ?? what and how to cover places

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 8:56 pm

How are you planning to travel locally in Ladakh Lokesh? Also, take a look at this post please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-ladakh-in-6-days/

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Subrata Dutta June 17, 2018 - 1:57 pm

Sir we r planning explore Delhi to ladakh and back to Manali by Royal Enfield Byk in the month of October 15th this year So kindly advice some valuable tips

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 2:06 pm

Hi Subrata – My advice would be the same that I mentioned in the article above.

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DEBASIS SENGUPTA May 21, 2018 - 7:44 am

my programme to leh-ladakh tour from 20th Oct to 24 Oct’2018 with family.
please advise weather condition, location we can visit…
Any risk about oxigen problem ?

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Vargis.Khan May 21, 2018 - 2:56 pm

It depends on how many days you have in hand but the following posts should be of help. Please take a look.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/rent-oxygen-cylinder-for-ladakh-trip/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/tourist-attractions-in-ladakh/

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Jyoti Singh April 26, 2018 - 2:38 pm

Hello Vargis … thx for putting this together. This is really helpful. Just wanted some advice as we 6 people all around 40.. plan to travel to Leh around 3rd wee of October through Manali . Understand that it might be risKy but really wanted to explore that route as we have not been through that n the past. We have been to Djojila pass etc through Srinagar. Do advice…. we loo fwd. Thx

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Vargis.Khan April 26, 2018 - 4:42 pm

Hello Jyoti,

Giving an exact reply would be a bit tought right now because it all depends on how the weather trends in October. Historically, the road remains open until late October so you should be able to travel in 3rd week but best would be to wait until late September before finalizing your plan.

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Payal Sarda April 24, 2018 - 7:42 am

Hi
Thanks so much for compiling this info.
We are a group of 20 ppl with teenage kids and want to travel to leh on 15 oct 2018.
For a week. We will be flying from Delhi to Leh . Would it be a good time to come to come there

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 7:12 pm

If you are flying then yes it is a good time to go but do not delay it any further.

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Asif Gilani April 10, 2018 - 2:47 pm

Can i get you number…I’m very upset…i have already book flight on 13 october

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Asif Gilani April 10, 2018 - 2:42 pm

It was very helpful…but can we go to nubra valley and stay over night there and nubra to pangong stay over there…is it possible on 13 oct ?

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Vargis.Khan April 10, 2018 - 4:23 pm

Yes you can go to Nubra and Pangong and stay there for the night on 13th. As a matter of fact, you can stay at these places even in peak winter, in December and January as well.

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Asif Gilani April 11, 2018 - 8:17 am

Thank you very much…but we going with family…is it safe to pass from khardungla top and changla pass on octuber 14 to 15??

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Asif Gilani April 11, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Please help me out

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Vargis.Khan April 11, 2018 - 6:33 pm

Yes it is safe. There are plenty of tourists in Ladakh in October so you really have nothing to worry about.

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Thuy ngo October 19, 2017 - 10:49 am

Hello;
I’m going to Leh in November so can you recommend me some hotels there that are not too expensive?
Thank you!

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Thuy ngo October 21, 2017 - 3:37 pm

Really very useful! thank you!

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Vargis.Khan October 21, 2017 - 8:48 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Au Yong S L October 1, 2017 - 6:04 pm

Dear Vargis

Thanks for this article, we have bought the flight ticket for first and second week of October 2018

and would need your advise if tour agent is needed at this critical period, instead of using public transport

It’s our first to North India

Thanks
Yong
Malaysia

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Vargis.Khan October 2, 2017 - 9:48 pm

Hello Yong – No need to hire a tour agent, you will just end up paying more. If not the bus then you will still be able to find shared taxi to other parts of Ladakh in October.

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Asif Gilani April 11, 2018 - 8:20 am

Then how we can go to nubra valley and pangong lake…without agent? We r 7person (family) member women also.

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Dhara Mehta October 1, 2017 - 6:58 am

HI vargas bhai, have got a great deal of respect in my minmind for ur work and experience and the enthusiasm to share it with the world and help.. I would be very thankful to you if u help me decide upon the best out of two months, start of October or may to see the best of beauty in ladakh as a whole and pangong.. the reason for the question is that we are planning our couple shoot there and because of our tight schedules, sadly now we are left with just these two time options.. we were to go in third week sept but circumstance made us cancel the trip. So when would be the best time according to ur experience.. to see the best of beauty of ladakh as a whole and beautiful colors of pangong.. please help

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Vargis.Khan October 2, 2017 - 9:50 pm

Hello Dhara Bhai – Thank you so much for your appreciate words. I am glad that the information posted was of help. Coming to your question, if possible at all, please make the trip in October itself. November will get colder, chances of snowfall and passes getting blocked will be way higher. Between Oct and Nov, you should plan within this month.

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Dhara Mehta October 10, 2017 - 3:49 pm

Hello vargis, thank’s for the response. However, I was not asking between Oct and Nov. I just have two options in my bucket, month of may and October. So can u consider my concerns mentioned earlier and suggest me better of these two months. Thanx

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Vargis.Khan October 10, 2017 - 8:26 pm

Hello Dhara – Month of May would be much better as compared to October.

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dhara mehta October 11, 2017 - 7:54 am

Hey thanx a lot vargis, u are doin a great work. I might need u further, for suggestion, if so, it would be great if u email me with your number so that i have ur email id and number for indepth discussion related to this.. thanx again πŸ™‚

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Vargis.Khan October 16, 2017 - 5:15 pm

Hi Dhara – Please email me your number and I will give you a call. You can send me an email using the contact me button in the menu

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Sahil September 28, 2017 - 9:47 am

Hi Vargis,

I’m traveling to Leh on Sunday with a foreign citizen and am really tensed about a few things. Would it be possible for you to share your number and get on a quick call. Would really help calm my nerves down.

Thanks in advance
Sahil

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Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 4:01 pm

Sahil – I replied on your email with my number.

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Thuy Ngo September 28, 2017 - 5:58 am

Thanks for your useful information, I have plans to go to Leh and stay there in the winter from early November until the end of 1/2018. What difficulties do I need to know? Does the airport in Leh operate in winter? Really thank you if I could know the difficulties I will encounter on my trip. You have great articles and useful.

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Thuy Ngo September 29, 2017 - 5:10 am

Thank you, it was very helpful to me!

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Vargis.Khan September 29, 2017 - 2:58 pm

You are welcome !!!

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