Ladakh itinerary help

Discussion in 'Itinerary' started by Chandni Shah, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Chandni Shah

    Chandni Shah New Member

    Hello

    Thank you for the awesome info on your travel blog its really very informative and helpful.

    I am planning a trip to Ladakh with my mom and hubby end of July this year. This has been on her bucket list for a while and we have finally decided to make it happen this year.

    We will be 3 travelling and plan to book a private tour through a travel agent with all hotel/car bookings etc organised prior to departing from Mumbai.

    We were wondering whether we should consider travel to Leh by road (one way from Manali and the other from Srinagar). All of us have visited Kashmir and Manali in the past and mom isn't keen on visiting Kargil. Our main reason for driving through Srinagar has been to visit Kargil so I am now not sure whether I should consider driving that route or just skipping it through and taking a flight straight Mumbai - Leh.

    We are thinking about the following high level plan:

    Plan A:

    Day 1 Reach Leh by flight from Mumbai Overnight in Leh
    Day 2 Leh local sightseeing Overnight in Leh
    Day 3 Leh to Nubra Valley Overnight in Nubra Valley
    Day 4 Nubra Valley to Leh Overnight in Leh
    Day 5 Leh to Pangong Tsao Overnight in Pangong
    Day 6 Pangong Tsao to Hanle Overnight in Leh
    Day 7 Hanle to Tso Moriri Overnight in Tso Moriri
    Day 8 Tso Moriri to Manali Overnight in Jispa
    Day 9 Leh to Manali Overnight in Manali
    Day 10 Manali to Delhi - shop in Delhi Overnight in Delhi
    Day 11 Delhi to Mumbai by flight

    Plan B was to drive from Srinagar to visit Kargil as below:

    Day 1 Reach Srinagar by flight overnight in Srinagar
    Day 2 Srinagar to Kargil Overnight in Kargil
    Day 3 Kargil to Leh Overnight in Leh
    Day 4 Leh to Nubra Valley Overnight in Nubra Valley
    Day 5 Nubra Valley to Leh Overnight in Leh
    Day 6 Leh to Pangong Tsao Overnight in Pangong
    Day 7 Pangong Tsao to Hanle Overnight in Leh
    Day 8 Hanle to Tso Moriri Overnight in Tso Moriri
    Day 9 Tso Moriri to Manali Overnight in Jispa
    Day 10 Leh to Manali Overnight in Manali
    Day 11 Manali to Mumbai (by flight)

    I have a few queries I need help with:

    1. Does the plan sound doable? Is it okay to skip Kargil and visit Leh direct?
    2. Is it worth driving back from Leh to Manali or should we spend the extra time in Leh to explore and visit more places around Leh. The only reason we are doing the drive on the way back is because I have read a lot on how its a hard drive from Manali to Leh to complete in 2 days and can cause Acute Mountain Sickness which we want to avoid.
    3. Are we missing any areas we should be visiting in the region. Who knows if we get a chance to visit again so want to try and cover as much while we are there.
    4. Road travel - is there good toilet facility available on the roads. I haven't done much road travel in India and the reason is I am always worried about not getting the basic facilities on road which freaks me out.

    Hope you can help me with your experience.

    We are very excited about our trip to the Ladakh region.

    Thanks heaps!!
     
  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member


    Hi Chandni,

    With 11 days and your mother accompanying you, I would recommend that you reach Leh by flight and spend time there exploring the area. Going by road via Srinagar will mean that you will make it a bit rushed journey and you will have to add 2 more days to the plan. Travel like this.

    Day 1 Reach Leh by flight from Mumbai
    Day 2 Leh local sightseeing - Arrange taxi and permits. You are renting a private cab, right?
    Day 3 Leh to Turtuk (Nubra Valley)
    Day 4 Turtuk to Panamik
    Day 5 Panamik to Pangong Tso via Shyok road
    Day 6 Pangong Tso to Hanle (Must book your accommodation at Hanle. Limited choices here)
    Day 7 Hanle to Tso Moriri
    Day 8 Tso Moriri to Sarchu (Must start early from Tso Moriri)
    Day 9 Sarchu to Manali
    Day 10 Manali to Delhi - shop in Delhi Overnight in Delhi
    Day 11 Delhi to Mumbai by flight


    In the above plan, Pangong and Sarchu involves staying at camp sites. Washroom facilities at the sites are mostly good, just take a look around and check into the one that looks the best.
     
  3. Chandni Shah

    Chandni Shah New Member

    Hello Mr Vargis

    Thanks a lot for your response. Thanks for your itinerary suggestion. With mom not keen on Kargil I think skipping the drive from Srinagar and flying into Leh may be the best option.

    We are planning to book a private tour with meals, accomodation, car etc. booked. My cousins have travelled there a few years ago and they advised us to join a tour as they found it made things easier in terms of food (vegetarian). I am not keen to be a part of a tour as I find it hard to adhere to their timetable and travel by bus. I will prefer to book a private tour for the 3 of us which has everything booked beforehand.

    Mom's the one who wants to travel and is fitter and younger than me so that shouldn't be a worry. We are used to harsh climatic conditions but everything we have heard about Ladakh is another level so just being cautious.

    In terms of staying at camp sites at Pangong and Sarchu - is this the only option. No hotels. I freak out a bit while thinking about camping. Are these proper tents with facilities or real camping in the woods. Apologies for driving you crazy with these queries. Thanks for the info on the washroom facilities at the camp sites - how about enroute Leh to Manali. Are there any facilities? Are they decent? I am a bit predantic.

    Thanks heaps for your help. Can't wait for the Ladakh holiday!!
     
  4. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member


    At Sarchu this is the only option. At pangong however, you can stay at the village of Spangmik as a paying guest with any of the villages. The washrooms at camp sites however are very cleaned and attached with the camp sites. They are luxury tents really and I think they are OK, considering that they do charge a lot of money for those tents. Take a look around before you decide to stay.
     
  5. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Last I heard, there were a couple of wooden cottages as well at Pangong this year so that is also another option to consider.
     
  6. Chandni Shah

    Chandni Shah New Member

    Hello Mr Varghis

    Thanks for your updates. I did some research on the camp sites and they actually sound like 5star hotels :) - exactly how you described. Not the actual camping I was thinking about.

    In terms of Nubra alley - you have recommended in your itinerary to stay over at Turtuk. Do you recommend staying there o/n instead of Distik. I have read all your blogs but can't work out some nitty gritty's.

    Thanks for taking out so much time to write so much info for all tourists like me and assisting with answering our queries.

    I was also keen on river rafting if possible. Where would you recommend we do that? Is the water too cold to think about rafting in Ladakh? Hope not.

    Thanks

    Chandni
     
  7. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member


    Thanks Chandni Ji.

    1. Rafting is done at Nimmu and a lot of people do it. You can take a package from Leh city itself for rafting. Water will be cold yes, but manageable.
    2. Diskit has more hotels than Turtuk and better ones as well. Turtuk is advised if someone has time to explore the valley otherwise stay at Diskit.
    3. Yes, those tents at Pangong are like 5 star hotels, luxury ones and you will not have anything to complain about. Just check the washrooms before you pay them for the stay. Ensure that everything is working fine. Sometimes the flush and all may not be working proply.
     
  8. Chandni Shah

    Chandni Shah New Member

    Hello Vargis ji

    I am here to trouble you again.

    There have been too many change in plans as my hubby needed to visit Delhi on his visit to Leh as his work couldn't be done on the way back. We had to rework the schedule due to this :-(

    We are leaving Mumbai on 27th July and spending 27th & 28th July in Delhi. We will reach Kullu on 29th July at 8.05am. The driver will pick us up from Kullu airport and drive us from Kullu to Leh over the next 2 days. He has given us the following two options:
    29th March: Drive from Kullu to Jispa and stay o/n in Jispa
    30th March: Drive from Jispa to Leh
    The rest of the itinerary is
    31st March: Acclimatisation and local Leh sightseeing
    1st April: Pangong Lake and back to Leh
    2nd April: Leh to Nubra (o/n in Nubra)
    3rd April: Nubra to Panamik and back to Leh
    4th April: Sham Valley tour
    5th April: Leh to Tso Moriri and back to Leh
    6th April: Fly back to Mumbai in morning

    29th March: Drive from Kullu to Jispa and stay o/n in Jispa
    30th March: Drive from Jispa to Tso Moriri and stay o/n in Tso Moriri
    31st March: Drive from Tso Moriri to Leh
    1st April: Acclimatisation and local Leh sightseeing
    2nd April: Pangong Lake and back to Leh
    3rd April: Leh to Nubra (o/n in Nubra)
    4th April: Nubra to Panamik and back to Leh
    5th April: Sham Valley tour
    6th April: Fly back to Mumbai in morning

    These are mainly suggested by the driver. At this stage our flights Mumbai-Delhi, Delhi-Kullu and Leh-Mumbai are booked. We have organised things with the driver (who is recommended by my cousin). We are no longer booking a tour as reading your blog I have realised we can manage travelling ourselves without tour operators.

    All our time from reaching Kullu and flying from Leh is not locked in and your recommendations on the above will be very greatly appreciated.

    I am not sure whether its better to go to TsoMoriri from Jispa on the way to Leh or make another trip after we come to Leh. Also if we drive from Manali do we need a day for acclimatisation (reading your various blogs I guess Yes!).

    And one more thing, I have read in your multiple blogs that hotel bookings are not needed. Is that true even for the busy July August season or is that risky?

    Thank you so much for all your help!!!

    Kind regards

    Chandni
     
  9. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member


    Hello Chandni Ji,

    1. Hotel Bookings - I will recommend that you book in advance to avoid any last minute hassles. There is a huge tourist rush in Ladakh this year. People had to return from Pangong lake on the same day because there was no vacancy available anywhere to stay for the night.

    2. Tso Moriri - Inner Liner Permit is needed to go to Moriri. So you cannot actually go there direct, will have to reach Leh first to arrange permits

    3. You do not have to stay for a day for acclimatization as you are anyways driving from Manali. You will however still need some time to arrange your permits.

    4. Making day trips to Pangong and Moriri will just make it hectic and spending all day in the car. I will still recommend that you go to nubra, head straight to pangong from there and go directly to Moriri. Sham valley tour can be done on the day acclimatization day as well after arranging permits.
     
  10. Chandni Shah

    Chandni Shah New Member

    Thank you Vargisji.

    Permits will be arranged by the driver so going straight to TsoMoriri is not an hassle due to permits unless there is another issue.

    The only reason we are not considering going to Pangong directly from Nubra is because then we would need to surely stay in Pangong as well. We thought staying in one place would be better than changing hotel each night (packing and unpacking each day). Plus the driver said the drive from Nubra to Pangong was a fair bit. Do you recommend staying o/n in Pangong (as that would be needed if we headed to Pangong from Nubra.
     

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