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Old 27th May 2023, 15:20   #2461
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Just back from a road trip to Ladakh. Started from Hyderabad on 13th May and back home on 26th May.
Congratulations on completing the trip. Please can you share your day wise itinerary. Thanks.
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Congratulations on completing the trip. Please can you share your day wise itinerary. Thanks.
Please refer to the attachment for the day wise schedule that was done.

Perhaps it could help others too in planning the trip.
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Old 30th May 2023, 09:48   #2463
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Re: Leh, Ladakh and Zanskar - The Ultimate Guide

Completed the Srinagar(Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg)-Kargil-Leh(Nubra, Pangong, Tso Moriri) trip today. It was excellent throughout except for a minor hickup in Sonamarg check post. Will post in detail soon.
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Day 1(20th May '23): Reached Srinagar and did local sight seeing - Parks, Shopping etc. Since G20 was happening heavy military presence everywhere.

Day 2: Pahalgam. Enjoyed thoroughly. We need to bargain the pony ride prices to get good deals.

Day 3: Gulmarg. Absolutely stunning place. No wonder its called mini switzerland. Enjoyed throughly. Evening we took a small boat ride in Dal lake. Since G20 was going on the main Dal lake point is closed. Musafir(7006694903) was our driver in Srinagar and was very helpful. We did not pre book the tickets for rope car in Gulmarg and he helped us getting it. Also got a good deal for the Dal lake boat ride.

Day 4: Sringar to Kargil via Sonamarg. Ibrahim(from kargil) came to pick us up from Srinagar. In Sonamarg, took pony ride again and enjoyed thoroughly in the snow. Again bargained for good price.
We were not aware of the alternate day vehicle movement restriction in Sonamarg checkpost. After lunch we were asked Ibrahim to wait inside car near the checkpost.

Our driver told he will somehow get us through around 5 pm as he has spoken to the policemen. Our drivers daughter was diagonized with gall bladder stone and was admitted to hospital in kargil and hence he was desperate to reach Kargil same day. Till 6pm we were not allowed. Wife had to go to restroom and got completely drenched due to a surprise heavy rain. We were in dilemma whether to stay the night in Sonamarg or wait in car and hope for the best to get through to Kargil. Meanwhile while waiting in car, read about the route and was scared about the Zojila pass. We were trying to convince the driver to stay in Sonamarg and leave next day since it rained heavily and wife was drenched and shivering. He was not comfortable with it but i sensed he would agree if we pushed. If not for his daughter situation, would have defintiely stayed in Sonamarg that day. Finally we got clearance to go to Kargil around 6:45pm.
As far as i know, no other vehicles were allowed. We told him to drive slowly since it was dark and it had rained heavily few mins back. Thankfully there were no vehicles from both directions. It was only us, all alone from Sonamarg to Gumri or even further. It was one hell of a scared ride that evening.I became normal only after crossing Gumri and roads were safe. Driver kept informing the Sonamarg check post after crossing important junctions. We reached Hotel Siachen in Kargil around 9:50 pm. The hotel guys were amazing and helped a lot to make the check in smooth and served us hot dinner.

Day 5: Kargil to Leh. Our driver was Nazir for the rest of the trip in Leh. The landscape changes were exciting. Stayed in Glacier view hotel(Group of hotels - Munna, Malik etc). Food and hospitality was good. Located very close to the Leh market. As expected we got breathing issues. Forgot to start with Diamox in kargil itself. Anyways we took 150mg Diamox and rested the day and didnt go out.

Day 6: Leh - Local sight seeing and acclimatization. Shanti stupa, Hall of fame, LEh palace, few monastries and Leh market. Lunch from Wazwan palace in Leh market was very good.Took dinner from Madras cafe restaurant close by which serves very good south indian food.

Day 7: Leh to Nubra. Since it was snowing in Khardung la. We were told to wait for few mins before Khardung la and asked to chain the tires. Only a small stretch had skiddy snow and past that Nazir removed the chains. Roads were good mostly. Took pics in Khardung la. Did rafting, Camel safari, sand dunes, ATV etc in Nubra and checked in to Oriental guest house late evening. Frequent power distruptions at the night in hotel. Food and hospitality was ok.

Day 8: Nubra to Pangong via Agham, Tangste. Roads were not good in most of the stretches in this route and it was kinda offroading. Pangong was very cold. After the routine photo shoot in pangong lake we checked into Pangong Vista resort in the evening. The resort was very close to the lake and hospitality and food was good here. They provided the hot water bags which keeps us warm for 4-5 hours. Still it was one hell of a cold sleepless night in Pangong. Morning again took pics near the lake and took off to Tso Moriri.

Day 9: Pangong to Tso Moriri via Chushul, Kaksang la pass, Mahe. The newly laid road from Chushul - Kaksang la pass - Mahe was good for four wheelers. Though its new tarmac, they have not rolled in even. So the ride is bumpy, but ok for four wheelers. Could see lot of bikers standing and riding in this route due to uneven tarmac. The route was fantastic and not many vehicles. Saw few lakes(mirpal and yaya tso) on the way.
The roads from Mahe to Tso is pretty bad. Checked in to Milky way guest house in Tso and then went to the routine photo shoot. Surprisingly Tso was not as cold as Pangong in the evening though the altitude is more. We had room heater and hot bags and only in the early morning we felt very cold in Tso. Started back to Leh after breakfast.

Day 10: Tso to Leh. After Mahe or Chumathang the road was an absolute beauty all the way till Leh. I felt its the most beautiful road in the whole trip with Indus river on one side and yellow mountains on the other side. On the way spent some time on the hanging bridges over indus, hot water springs, Monastries and checked in to same Glacier view chain of hotels. Nazir(9906229203/9469135113) who was our driver for the entire Kargil-Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Tso-Leh trip was an extremely good driver, good companion and very helpful. He arranged the stay for us in Nubra and Tso Moriri and made sure we were taken care well. I highly recommend him if in case you hire a taxi in Leh and around.

Day 11: Flight to Chennai via Delhi.

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Hi all, we are group of 4 friends doing Leh-Leh in June 3rd week. Let me know if any one wants to join us. Below is the itinerary.
Dates : June24 - Arrival, July 4th - Departure

Also need experts to review this itinerary. We are planning to rent bikes in Leh.

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One question for experts, how much spare fuel to carry when going from Manali to Kargil via Shinku la-Zanskar Valley and is there any fuel pump available at Padum?

Also how much spare to carry when going from Nubra-Agam-Pangong-Hanle-Tso Moriri- Manali?

The fuel tank capacity of WagonR is only 35L. What kind of jerry can would be better to carry, this is just temporary requirement for trip only so really don't want to spend too much on very heavy and expensive jerry cans.
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...and is there any fuel pump available at Padum?
There are two fuel stations at Padum, one towards the Kargil road and one on the Zangla side. Both Kargil and Lamayuru are doable from Padum with 35 litres at ease.

Also, in case you wish to carry jerry can, I assume, that would be placed inside your car (either boot or rear seat area). My suggestion is please don't buy cheap plastic fuel cans. They can't withstand the pressure difference with change in altitude. You know a spill inside the cabin means disaster! At least, buy NATO grade metal jerry can of 10/20L or ProQuip. Metal ones are widely available now-a-days with very VFM price tag.

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We are planning to rent bikes in Leh.
Day 2 & 3 - You are having very less time to acclimatize in Leh
Day 8 - Umlingla to Leh or planning on staying at Hanle / somewhere else enroute to Leh?

I guess lack of availability of leaves can be the reason, but ideally for a relaxed trip with a buffer time, you should be having additional 2 days.

The current plan, you are not having any time in Leh and its a rushed visit to Turtuk. If you able to extend by couple of days, will be much relaxed.
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Hi @mpksuhas, thanks for the review. Day 8 we will visit Umling la and come back to Hanle for night stay. Day 9 we leave to Leh.

Regarding Day 2&3 yes, we could not stretch beyond 10 days. Will this be a problem in your view?
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Also, in case you wish to carry jerry can, I assume, that would be placed inside your car (either boot or rear seat area). My suggestion is please don't buy cheap plastic fuel cans. They can't withstand the pressure difference with change in altitude. You know a spill inside the cabin means disaster! At least, buy NATO grade metal jerry can of 10/20L or ProQuip. Metal ones are widely available now-a-days with very VFM price tag.
Yes planning to put two 10L ones in boot. Last time I carried two 5L engine oil cans as the fuel tank of car was 50L and also didn't ventured in any of the remote areas without petrol pumps locations like I am planning this time. Those cans didn't experience any pressure related issue. But thanks for the suggestion, will certainly keep in mind.
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Hello Folks , I’m planning for Zanskar and Ladakh tour in July second week 8-18 July via a guided tour. We will be 4 adults and one 5 year old, rough itinerary is - Chandigarh- Manali- Padum-Kargil -Leh-Turtuk-Pangong-TsoMoriri-Jispa-Manali-Chandigarh
Manali - Chandigarh Highway is fully constructed and open but formal inauguration is on 15th June I believe.
Any suggestions from recent travellers on this route ? Also if anybody else is interested to join , please reach out - always happy to have more people with us.
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Day 8 we will visit Umling la and come back to Hanle for night stay. Day 9 we leave to Leh.
Okay. That is doable

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Regarding Day 2&3 yes, we could not stretch beyond 10 days. Will this be a problem in your view?
Specifically with day 2&3 and in general, overall, it becomes a rushed trip. Understand the constraints with leave, but you may end up not getting time to enjoy the surrounding but with a worry of completing the daily circuit.

Also, you are not having any buffer for any road closures / acclimation related health issues which may arise.

With work commitment, there is no point in thinking twice on the plan, since unfortunate you may not be able to make much changes. However, if any possiblity, do consider to have couple of extra days.
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Hi Folks,

Planning a trip from Mumbai to Leh in the 2nd week of September. Please help in reviewing and providing suggestions for our itinerary:

Day 1: Mumbai to Udaipur - 763 KM
Day 2: Udaipur to Sonipat - 690 KM
Day 3: Sonipat to Solang Valley - 480KM
Day 4: Stay at Solang Valley
Day 5: Solang Valley to Jispa via Rohtang Pass - 114KM
Day 6: Jispa to Leh - 330 KM
Day 7: Stay at Leh
Day 8: Leh to Nubra/Hunder - 162KM
Day 9: Stay at Nubra/Hunder
Day 10: Hunder to Pangong Tso Lake - 274 KM
Day 11: Pangong Lake to Leh - 277 KM
Day 12: Leh to Jispa - 330 KM
Day 13: Jispa to Sonipat - 560 KM
Day 14: Sonipat to Udaipur - 690KM
Day 15: Udaipur to Mumbai - 763 KM


Online permit for Rohtang - On the website there is only Rohtang pass and Special Rohtang pass. Unable to find a category of "Beyond Rohtang Pass". Any leads would be appreciated.

Any permit required within Leh/Nubra/Pangong Tso?

Thanks in advance!
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Hi dear members
Finally posting in thread, we are group of 3 guys planning Manali to Leh vs Srinagar to Leh trip in july end, still in early phase of planning.
We are in mid 30s and physically fit, but only worry is we have never used bike in last 10 years. We have 10 days in hand and mainly want to cover Leh and surrounding places with some bike rides(want to enjoy those scenic roads)

I have few questions to members who did these routes recently
1) Which route is better for us - Manali to Leh or Srinagar to Leh
2) Which all places are must visit around Leh in our 10 days time
3) Is it possible to ride bike on those roads as we have not ridden bikes in last 10 years

Appreciate any suggestion and support
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Re: Leh, Ladakh and Zanskar - The Ultimate Guide

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