Zanskar Valley Taxi Rates – Updated Rate List

by Vargis.Khan

Mentioned below is the most recent list of Zanskar Valley Taxi Rates. The fares shown below include money that you will pay to get to Zanskar Valley from Kargil and then for renting a cab in Padum for local sightseeing.

If the images of the rate list below are not clear, please save them to your hard disk and zoom in to be able to read them clearly. I will also add the rates for some of the common routes here in the post as a quick reference.

Please note that the list below does not include the money you will pay to get to Kargil from either Leh or Srinagar. The reason behind this is the different unions of cab operators in all these areas and the disputes among them.

The most important thing to remember when traveling to Ladakh or Zanskar is that the local taxi unions here have the entire region divided, and they do not allow a taxi from another district to ply on their routes.

So in order to visit Zanskar Valley and sightseeing there, you will have to rent a cab from Kargil Taxi Union. But in order to reach Kargil, you will have to rent a cab from either Ladakh or Srinagar taxi union. Sounds cumbersome and expensive? I agree.

Taxi Rules

In a nutshell, a taxi rented in Kargil cannot be used for sightseeing in Ladakh or Kashmir. Similarly, a taxi rented in Ladakh cannot be used in Kargil, Zanskar, and Kashmir. A Srinagar rented cab cannot be used for sightseeing in Zanskar or Ladakh.

So for example, if you were coming from Srinagar and rented a cab there, this cab can only drop you at either Kargil or Ladakh. But to visit any local attractions in these places, you will have to get a locally registered cab of the union there.

Similarly, a Ladakh rented taxi can only drop you at either Kargil or Srinagar but cannot show you around. This is a hassle indeed but there is really no option or way to work around this.

Please read Leh Ladakh Taxi Rates 2019 to know how much you will pay for a cab from Leh to Srinagar, and Srinagar Taxi Rates 2019 to know the fares from Srinagar to Kargil.

Zanskar Taxi Services

There are three types of Taxis available for rent in Kargil and their fares are different.

  • XUV and Innova fall in Category 1 and are the most expensive of the lot.
  • The second category consists of Xylo, Scorpio, Tavera, and Qualis. The fare for this category is slightly less than the first Category.
  • The cheapest taxis available are Sumo and Bolero

There are no hatchbacks and Sedans available for rent. Even though the fares for these SUVs are different, the margin is not really huge and they will cost you almost the same.

Kargil to Zanskar Taxi Fare

After you have arrived in Kargil, you will then rent a cab to get to your desired destination in Zanskar Valley. The fare will depend on your destination and the type of the cab you choose.

Route Drop Return
Kargil to Padum Taxi Fare (1 Day ) 14,765 19,637
Kargil to Padum Taxi Fare (2 Days) 17,546 23,683
Kargil to Rangdum Taxi Fare (1 Day ) 9,530
Kargil to Rangdum Taxi Fare (2 Days) 12,276
Kargil to Sankoo 1,364 1,818
Kargil to Panikhar 2,285 3,046
Kargil to Parkachik 3,308 5,720
Kargil to Purtikchey 1,773 2,364

Zanskar Valley Sightseeing Taxi Rates

After you have arrived in Zanskar Valley, you will then have to rent another cab in Padum to show you around. In all probability, the driver who brought you to Padum from Kargil will not be allowed for sightseeing.

But do talk about this with him before you start from Kargil. Since it is the same taxi union, sometimes these guys have contacts and can drive around in Zanskar Valley as well.

Below is the fare list that you will have to pay for hiring a cab in Padum.

Route Return Fare
Padum to Anmo 5,000
Padum to Karsha, Zangla, Stongdey 5,760
Padum to Stongdey, Zangla, Pipiting 4,300
Kargil to Hanumil 5,000

Zanskar Valley Taxi Rates

Mentioned above were some of the most visited tourist areas. The entire rate list is as per the images below.

Zanskar Valley Taxi Rates


 The rates may seem a little high but a private taxi is a good choice if you were traveling in a group of 5 or more people. If you were traveling solo or in a smaller group then shared taxis can be a good alternative to private cabs. A shared cab will be a bit inconvenient but will cost far too little.

I hope the information above on Zanskar Valley Taxi Rates was of help.  If you have any questions, you can ask in the comments section below. You can also contact me on Instagram to chat with me or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.

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RAJA May 28, 2024 - 12:51 pm

Vargis, Can I get share taxi from KARGIL to PADUM after 12th OCTOBER 2024. If there is any share taxi stand in KARGIL

Sourav April 28, 2024 - 5:46 am

I am planning following route for Zanskar valley in Oct-2024.

Is it possible to hire a single vehicle for whole trip?

Vargis.Khan April 28, 2024 - 11:53 am

Yes you can

SOURAV ROY May 13, 2024 - 6:14 pm

Can you share some contact numbers for vehicle?

RAJA May 28, 2024 - 12:47 pm

Iam also planning ZASKAR throuth MANALI ON 12/13 th Oct2024.

Makansinh jadeja April 20, 2024 - 5:57 am

we want to travel on all tree roads of zanskar Valley i.e. 1.Darcha…Nimu..Leh,2.padum..lingshed..lamayuru. 3.padum drang drunk glacier and back.Probable dates are first and second week of August.
Can we have a taxi who can collect us from Manali and drop us back to Manali after the above three routes complete. IF YOU CAN GIVE CONTACT details of taxi operator from Padum local.

Nikhil April 7, 2024 - 10:06 am

Hello sir,
I want to do the Manali zanskar circuit via Shinkula pass. Can you share any taxi contact number to plan the trip.

Lijo Joseph July 7, 2023 - 3:49 pm

Can i go to gonbo rangjon on a taxi from manali?

Vargis.Khan July 13, 2023 - 11:04 am

A private one, not shared

Lijo Joseph July 14, 2023 - 6:34 am

Thank a lot sir… Big fan of your blogs.. will i get taxi from manali town to gonbo rangjon and return on same day to manali? How much it will cost?

Vargis.Khan July 14, 2023 - 1:10 pm

You won’t. You will have to rent a private taxi for that

Lijo Joseph July 14, 2023 - 4:22 pm

Okay.. Around how much it might cost?

Vargis.Khan July 15, 2023 - 1:04 pm

8 – 10k

Kapil April 23, 2023 - 3:32 am

Do you know that rates of the taxi from Padum to Jispa or Manali (2 days)? Thanks.

Vargis.Khan April 23, 2023 - 11:49 pm

Depending on the time of your travel, anywhere between 10k to 15k.

Jordi Azorin July 12, 2023 - 9:58 pm

Hi Vargis,

Do you know if there’s sumos or other transportation from Leh to Padum via Lingshed? Do you know how much it costs? Do you know if you have to book in advance and do you have some contact? And from Padum to Manali?



Vargis.Khan July 13, 2023 - 10:54 am

There is no public transport on this route Jordi

Jaydeep April 10, 2023 - 7:36 pm

Any shared taxi services from lamayuru… Padum…. Manali. Kindly share contact number if available. Thanks in advance. Reg /Jaydeep 9654270507

Kaushik vyas March 25, 2023 - 4:58 am

I desire to visit zanskar valley. Pl. advise me I can visit in june or sept. Which is best . I am senior citizen. Couple tour. I wish to travel from Manali and cover zanskar and return fro Kargil Srinagar. Give me best option/ rout. And also give me your contect no. My no-9824326878. Kaushik vyas. Thanks.

Gagan June 2, 2022 - 9:22 am

Hi Vargis can we take self drive taxis like zoomcar , revv into zanskar from manali shinku la and exit towards kargil

ANIRBAN DHAR March 27, 2022 - 5:15 pm

In the month Of October. Can I reach Zaskar from Kargil by Public Transport

Vargis.Khan March 28, 2022 - 1:50 am

Only in the early part of the month

subhajit sahoo June 23, 2021 - 1:04 pm

any taxi driver for zanskar tour as the no you given above is not working.

Vikas July 27, 2019 - 2:53 pm

Can you help me with the taxi driver for Leh Zanskar Srinagar for 7 days.

Vargis.Khan July 27, 2019 - 11:29 pm

Please talk to Nasir @ 9906229203. Give my reference and he will direct you to someone good if he can’t take you himself.

Tarun biswas July 13, 2022 - 10:11 am

Is there any cab/ share cab available from Padum to keylong/manali via shinkula pass this year ? And it’s approximate hire charges….please. inform…

tarunbikas biswas July 21, 2019 - 1:11 pm

is ther any bus/ share taxi service from kargil to padum ? we 2 persons will go there in 2nd week of september 2019. a full car hire will be a bit expensive for us…

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2019 - 2:00 pm

Yes you can board shared cabs as well

Mayur Gijam August 14, 2021 - 12:35 pm


Where can we get shared cabs in Kargil to Padum?

Thank you so much for your response 🙂


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