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 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 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

Conclusion

 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; or need any further details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below, or at our Community Forum, and I will be glad to answer.

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6 comments

subhajit sahoo June 23, 2021 - 1:04 pm

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

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Vikas July 27, 2019 - 2:53 pm

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

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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.

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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…

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

Yes you can board shared cabs as well

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Mayur Gijam August 14, 2021 - 12:35 pm

Hello,

Where can we get shared cabs in Kargil to Padum?

Thank you so much for your response 🙂

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