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SRINAGAR AIRPORT – SRINAGAR (1N) – KARGIL (1N) – LEH (2N) – NUBRA VALLEY (2N) – PANGONG (1N) – HANLEY (1N) – TSOMORIRI (1N) – LEH (1N) – LEH AIRPORT

Ladakh Road Trip From Srinagar Airport to Leh Airport

Ladakh (“land of high passes”) is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture.

Historically, the region included the Baltistan (Baltiyul) valleys (now mostly in Pakistan), the entire upper Indus Valley, the remote Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti to the south, much of Ngari including the Rudok region and Guge in the east, Aksai Chin in the northeast (extending to the Kun Lun Mountains), and the Nubra Valley to the north over Khardong La in the Ladakh Range. Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti regions to the south, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyulregions to the west, and the southwest corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram Pass in the far north.

Aksai Chin is one of the disputed border areas between China and India. It is administered by China as part of Hotan County but is also claimed by India as a part of the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In 1962, China and India fought a brief war over Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh, but in 1993 and 1996 the two countries signed agreements to respect the Line of Actual Control.

In the past Ladakh gained importance from its strategic location at the crossroads of important trade routes, but since the Chinese authorities closed the borders with Tibet and Central Asia in the 1960s, international trade has dwindled except for tourism. Since 1974, the Government of India has successfully encouraged tourism in Ladakh. Since Ladakh is a part of strategically important Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian military maintains a strong presence in the region.

Alchi, a small village situated on low land, is about 70 km to the west of Leh district and is located on the banks of the River Indus. Alchi village is very fertile and it is all green with apricot trees on both side of road. This region had influence of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism because it falls on the route to Turkestan of China but its isolation helped the village and gompas to keep their cultural traditions safe from the outer influences.

The Alchi village is famous for the existence of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh known as Alchi Monastery, which is Ladakh’s most valuable heritage. Alchi monastery is a Buddhist worshipping place and study center and is managed by the monks of Likir. The monastery was built, according to local tradition, by the great translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958AD and 1055AD. The building is said to have been built during the 11th century and the architecture of the place is also excellent.

In Alchi, one can visit the Sumtsek Temple, Vairocana Temple, Lo Tsawa Temple, Manjushree Temple, Kangyur Temple with Stupas, Monk Cells etc. Beautiful wood carving arts, huge Tibetan Styled models of Buddha, Manjushree, historic wall paintings of Buddha’s teachings within a very calm, quite, pristine ambiance made Alchi more valuable. There are five shrines in the Choskor temple complex which has some splendid wall paintings. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. It is a perfect place to relax and experience the quintessential Buddhist monastery.

Lamayuru is located Leh district, this is the famous Buddhist monastery at a height of 11520 ft. This splendid monastery is considered as one of the fascinating places that one must visit. If you are planning to visit Ladakh then you must enlist this place in your wish list as this monastery is said to be the oldest as well as the largest in Ladakh. Lamayuru monastery is a place where many legends were associated with. In the earlier days, this huge construction was a collection of five gigantic building out of which only one survives now. But still, this remains the largest monastery and houses near about 150 Buddhist monks permanently, in earlier days the number was 400.

This wonderful ancient structure is located on Srinagar-Leh highway. During the winter season at daytime, the weather is considered warm if the temperature is not at minus but at night the temperature plummets to minus 20 degrees. The area of the monastery is still very large even though only a small portion of the Lamayuru monastery remains alive. The travelers to this Buddhist monastery can only access the prayer hall which is only the key part of the whole monastery. This place has a unique appeal. From the monastery, tourists can experience the barren mountains along with the scenes of normal village life below.

Things to do in Lamayuru Monastery

Are you planning to visit Lamayuru monastery? Then do not forget to experience a small walk through the village apart from the monastery. The habitats at Ladakh are extremely generous and warm. If you apply the universal ladakhi greeting Juley along with a big smile they would easily open up to you. The people there are so cordial that some might invite at their stay to have a cup of tea. Else tourists who love adventure can try hiking on these amazing mountains. Do not worry, hiking is not a big deal, even during the hiking you can capture some excellent frames.

Lamayuru is also very well-known for YuruKabgyat which is a two-day cultural festival. This worth visiting festival takes place in the second month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. This festival is also called the mask festival as the monks were different mask during the ceremony.

How to Reach Lamayuru Monastery

The best and the earliest way to reach Lamayuru especially if you are traveling in the winter season is by hiring a cab from Leh. This is because during the winter season the buses do not ply on the highway on a regular basis. But in summer you are advised to board local buses as then the journey would be more fun and pocket-friendly. The drive to Lamayuru is an excellent journey. As you leave Leh the landscape start changing. However all that can be seen are dry and arid, only a few patches of green land can be found. During the journey, if you are lucky there are chances to experience wildlife animals. It would be better if you start your journey to Lamayuru in the early morning so that you can back safely before anafternoon in the Leh city.

Best Time to Visit Lamayuru Monastery

If you are planning to visit this monastery then you are advised to book your tickets for the months from April to June. During these months the weather remains quite warm and comfortable. It would be wise to avoid visiting this tourist attraction during the winter season as then there are chances that the weather would be too cold for the tourists to move around.

Thiksay Gompa, Thiksey Monastery or Thiksay monastery is a gompa of Tibetan Buddhism religion. It is located on the top of the hill. It is very famous for its similarity with Potala Palace of Lhasa. This monastery is famous for pilgrim activities, architectural elements, sightseeing and exploration. The monastery has an interesting anecdote of how it was built in this exact location. It is said that when two Buddhist monks offered prayers and rituals at the Yellow Temple and were about to through a cake (offering to God) into the valley, a crow took away the cake and place it on a hilltop. They assumed this a divine order and built a monastery here.

How to Reach Thiksey Monastery-

The Thiksey Monastery is located on top of hill of 3,600 m altitude in Thiksey village. This village is located on the Leh-Manali highway in Jammu and Kashmir. The village lies 18 km to the south of Leh. Leh has a domestic airport, which is the highest airport in the country. The frequency of flights to Leh from other parts of the country is very less. Tourists usually reach India via Delhi or Srinagar airport and choose any land transportation to reach Leh. You can either hire cab to reach Thikse monastery or choose bus. The bus to the monastery starts at 9 in the morning. The bus tour includes many attractions including the monastery and thus, the time limited for exploring the monastery will be less. If you are planning to enjoy the monastery completely, it is better to visit in a car.

Best Time to Visit Thiksey Monastery-

The monastery is open to tourists from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening throughout the week. October and November is the best months to visit the monastery. After November, the place will be closed due to snowfall and it opens by May. After November, the routes to the monastery will be blocked by snow and it becomes dangerous to visit. If you visit during early morning, you can enjoy many unique rituals. Numerous people visit the monastery by 6:00 in the morning to take part in the morning prayers with delicious hot local tea served by the monk.

Entry Fee of Thiksey Monastery-

The entry cost is 20 INR for both locals and foreigners. There is no fee for camera. It would take around 2-3 hours to scale the whole place.

Places to Visit in Thiksey-

The monastery holds ten temples, home for monks, assembly hall, nunnery and others. The monastery has 12 levels. It is one of the largest structures in Ladakh. As you enter the monastery, you can find the statue of the protector deity in the entrance. From the monastery, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the flood plains of Indus valley.

Maitreya Buddha-

This is one of the important attractions inside the monastery. It is a large statue, which is two storey tall. This is the largest statue in Ladakh.

Assembly Hall-

The Assembly hall entrance has a wall that has murals of Tibetan calendar. The prayer room next to this wall has many books and manuscripts. Beyond the prayer room, there is a small sanctum. Apart from these, the assembly hall has many pictures, statues and murals.

Tara Temple-

This is a small temple dedicated to the Goddess. There are 21 images of the deity in this shrine. You can find many murals here.

Lamokhang Temple-

This temple holds many scriptures including Stangyur and Kangyur. Women are not allowed inside this temple. There is a small school on top of the temple where young boys are taught to become Lamas. You can find a large pillar with Buddha’s teachings engraved on it. Beyond the temple, you can find numerous white huts, the residence of Lamas.

Nunnery-

This is the school for nuns.

Festival of Thiksey Monastery-

Festivals takes place either in November or in October. The festival spans for two days. During this festival, after the morning prayers, the celebrations begin. A sacrificial cake is distributed during this festival. Top attraction of this festival is the mask dance, which is performed by the monks. It is said that the masked dance wade off the evil. The Black Hat dance is performed to re-enact the assignation of Lang Dar Ma by a monk. The exact date of the festival changes every year with respect to the Tibetan calendar. During this festival, a fair takes place at the monastery’s base. This fair is the best place to buy souvenirs and socialize with people.

What to Eat in Thiksey-

The monastery offers dinner at 6:30 pm. You can join the monks to enjoy the simple dinner. You have to pick a bowl and stand in a queue to receive thukpa, a noodle soup with many vegetables. You can also get butter tea here. If you are dining in the monastery, you are requested to clean your dishes.

Spituk is yet another interesting monastery, on the hill top near Indus about 18 kms. from Leh on Srinagar road. The Spituk monastery offers a commanding view of Indus. It has a totally new Gompa within the monastery as well as the old Gompa has also been restored meanwhile. It is constructed in a series of tiers with courtyards and steps. Higher up in the hill is a chamber which houses the enormous statue of goddess. Its face is covered and uncovered only once in a year during the festival time.

The Spituk Gompa was founded in 11th century by Od-De, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub-od. The Gompa was named Spituk (exemplary) by Rinchen Zangpo, a translator came to that place and said that exemplary religious community would rise. Initially the Gompa was run according to the Kadampa school then during the reign of king Gragspa Bumide he converted it to Gayluk Pa order. Many icons of Buddha and 5 thangkas can be visited in this 15th century monastery. The Dukhang Hall is the largest building and has two rows of seats running the length of the walls to a throne at the far end. Sculptures and miniature chortens are displayed on the altar. There is also a collection of ancient masks, antique arms and fine thangkas. Higher up the hill is the Mahakal Temple, containing the shrine of Vajrabhairava. The terrifying face of Vajrabhairva is unveiled only at the annual festival in January.

Every year, on the 17th and 19th day of the 11th of the Bodhi month, the Gelukpa order of monks celebrate the Spituk festival known as Gustor. During the festival, the lamas wear the masks of religious deities and perform the dances, which is normally about good and evil and mythological stories related to the Buddhism.

Shanti Stupa was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura as a part of the Peace Pagoda mission. The stupa is a symbol of the ties between the people of Japan and Ladakh. Within the stupa, there are relics of the Buddha, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama. The stupa is spread over two levels. First level has Buddha idol, and second features relics depicting the “birth” of Buddha, the death of Buddha (mahanirvana) and Buddha “defeating the devils” while meditating.

Getting There

Located at an altitude of 3,609 metres (11,841 ft), Shanti Stupa can be reached by car or by climbing a series of 500 steep steps to the hilltop. Closest landmark to the Shantii Stupa is Leh Palace.

Timings:

05:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Open all days

Things to Do and See in and around

One can also visit the Leh Palace, which is quite close to the Shanti Stupa. Don’t forget to click some amazing pictures against the backdrop of the stupa. From here, the view of Leh is extremely beautiful. Tourists can also consider visiting the market nearby the Shanti Stupa to pick some local handicrafts.

Best time to visit

June to September will be the best times to plan a trip to the Shanti Stupa as the roads are clear. The day remains warm and sunny with a sudden dip in temperatures towards the evening.

Khardung La Pass placed there name in the eleventh number on the list is the falsely claimed highest motorable pass in the world named, situated in Ladakh, India at an altitude of 5,359 Mtrs or 17,582 Feet.
Thousands of tourists travel every year to this mountain pass and I assume that it may be one of the most clicked passes in the world for sure with maybe thousands of photographs produced every year by tourists over the Internet who visit Ladakh. Almost, everyone who visits Ladakh, do visit Khardung La pass and get a picture clicked up there with its signboard.
Almost all kinds of bikes or cars have traveled up there as the ascend to it is not that treacherous as compared to some other even less altitude passes. Do not miss a black tea or tomato soup up there at the Canteen similar to Chang La. You can also get some souvenirs of world’s highest motorable road too from the shop up there at Khardung La.
I want to clear some confusion on World Highest Motorable Pass. As per latest news there is some changes in the list on that. The top 13 passes are follows-
1. Umling La or Umlingla Pass – 5,883 Mtrs or 19,300 Feet
2. Road to Uturuncu – 5,777 Mtrs or 18,953 Feet
3. A Road uphill Mana Pass or Dungri La – 5,610 Mtrs or 18,406 Feet
4. Marsimek La or Marsimik La – 5,582 Mtrs or 18,313 Feet
5. Semo La – 5,565 Mtrs or 18,258 Feet
6. Photi La – 5,524 Mtrs or 18,124 Feet
7. Dongkha La or Donkia La Pass – 5,486 Mtrs or 17,999 Feet
8. Kaksang La – 5,438 Mtrs or 17,841 Feet
9. Suge La – 5,430 Mtrs or 17,815 Feet
10. Chang La – 5,360 Mtrs or 17,586 Feet
11. Khardung La – 5,359 Mtrs or 17,582 Feet
12. Taglang La or Tanglang La – 5,328 Mtrs or 17,480 Feet
13. Wari La – 5,312 Mtrs or 17,428 Feet

Maitreya Buddha, the impressive 32 meter tall statue, is visible from a distance as soon as one enters the Diskit Region. Perched atop a hillock, facing the Shyok River towards Pakistan and complementing the surroundings, Maitreya Budhha was constructed in 2006 keeping in mind three objectives – protection of Diskit Village, prevention of further war with Pakistan, and to promote world peace. The statue was inaugurated by H.H Dalai Lama in 2010. The imposing and colourful image, also known as Jampa is mounted on a large hall that has a preserved a huge drum and a collection of statues and Buddhist literature. One can see statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and Guru Rimpoche inside the hall.

Getting There

In order to reach Diskit and the Maitreya Buddha, one has to book a cab from Leh City. Bikes can also be hired.

Things to Do and See in and around

On the opposite hill of the Maitreya Buddha is the oldest monastery in Nubra Region, Diskit Monastery. One can witness the beautiful thangkas and frescoes here. Another thing to do around Maitreya Buddha is to visit Hunder Village, where there is a cold desert. One can enjoy ride on the double-humped camels here.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Diskit is in the summer, between the months of June and September. In winters, roads are mostly blocked due to heavy snowfall.

Pangong Lake, situated at a height of almost 4,350m, is the world’s highest saltwater lake. Its waters, which seem to be dyed in blue, stand in stark contrast to the arid mountains surrounding it. Extending to almost 160km, one-third of the Pangong Lake lies in India and the other two-thirds is situated in China.

Pangong Lake, one of the most famous lakes in Leh Ladakh, derives its name from the Tibetan word, “Pangong Tso”, which means “High Grassland Lake”. You could spend hours in contemplation here, and still not have enough of its beauty. Pangong Lake is also known to change colors, appearing blue, green and red at different times. If you have decided to go on a trip to Ladakh anytime soon, don’t forget to visit the Pangong Lake. The beauty which awaits you there cannot be described in words. It has to be seen, felt and absorbed within yourself.

At dawn, get out of your camp and watch the sunrise. Watch, as the rising sun gradually disperses the darkness and ushers in light. Carry a camera with you, and capture these splendid moments.

The route to Pangong Lake is as beautiful as the lake itself. To get a glimpse of this beauty, stop about 10km from Pangong Tso, if you are coming from Leh. You will be greeted by a few signboards saying, “Stop here to see rare endemic species Marmot”. Marmots are large squirrels which are found in mountainous areas and reside in burrows. Despite being quite dodgy, they do come out from their potholes during the day, so there is a good chance of spotting them.

An adventure is all about taking on challenges, and being brave enough to try anything unusual. One of the unusual things to do in Pangong Lake is to take a dip in its cold waters. Usually, tourists leave Pangong Lake after sunrise as they have to reach Leh before sunset. Before doing so, take a dip in the lake. Yes, it sounds crazy, and you would be crazy enough to try it. But craziness is what makes an adventure thrilling and memorable.

Permit and Permission
You must be wondering, what is the permit and permission procedure for visiting Pangong Lake? What documents should I carry with me? We have the answers to your questions.

There are certain areas in Ladakh which are considered inner line (areas close to the border with either China or Pakistan), and Pangong Tso Lake is one them. Therefore, Indians will need to obtain an inner line permit for visiting this place. Foreign nationals visiting this place are required to obtain a protected area permit if they want to travel from Leh to Pangong Lake.

Earlier, obtaining an Inner Line Permit (ILP) was a cumbersome task.

The Indian Astronomical Observatory stands on Mt. Saraswati, Digpa-ratsa Ri, Hanle in south-eastern Ladakh in the eastern Jammu and Kashmir state of India.  Accessing the observatory, located near the Chinese border, requires a ten-hour drive from Leh, the district capital of Ladakh.

In the late 1980s a committee chaired by Prof. B. V. Sreekantan recommended that a national large optical telescope be taken up as a priority project. The search for the site of the observatory was taken up in 1992 under the leadership of Prof. Arvind Bhatnagar. The scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics found the site at Hanle.

The first light was seen by the Observatory 2-metre telescope on the midnight hour between 26 September and 27 September 2000.

The satellite link between the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST), Bangalore and Hanle was inaugurated by the then Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah on 2 June 2001. The Observatory was dedicated to the nation on 29 August 2001.

The Hanle site is deemed to be excellent for visible, infrared and submillimeter observations throughout the year. Specifically the observation conditions yield about 255 spectroscopic nights per year, approximately 190 photometric nights per year and an annual rain plus snow precipitation of less than 10 cm. In addition, there are low ambient temperatures, low humidity, low concentration of atmospheric aerosols, low atmospheric water vapour, dark nights and low pollution.

Himalayan Chandra Telescope

The Himalayan Chandra Telescope is a 2.01 meters (6.5 feet) diameter optical-infrared telescope named after India-born Nobel laureate Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar. It contains a modified Ritchey-Chretien system with a primary mirror made of ULE ceramic which is designed to withstand low temperatures it experiences. The telescope was manufactured by Electo-Optical System Technologies Inc. at Tucson, Arizona, USA. The telescope is mounted with 3 science instruments called Himalaya Faint Object Spectrograph (HFOSC), the near-IR imager and the optical CCD imager. The telescope is remotely operated via an INSAT-3B satellite link which allows operation even in sub-zero temperatures in winter.

High Altitude Gamma Ray Telescope

The High Altitude Gamma Ray Telescope (HAGAR) is an atmospheric Cerenkov experiment with 7 telescopes setup in 2008. Each telescope has 7 mirrors with a total area of 4.4 square meters. The telescopes are deployed on the periphery of a circle of radius 50 meters with one telescope at the center. Each telescope has alt-azimuth mounting.

Center for Research and Educationin Science and Technology

The Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST) is situated 35 km to the northeast of Bangalore near Hoskote town. The Center houses the control room for the remote operations of the 2m Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) at the Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle, and the HCT data archive. The operations are controlled using a remote satellite link.

Tso Moriri Lake in Changthang region of Ladakh is one of the most beautiful, calm and sacred (for ladakhis) high altitude lakes in India. In fact, it is the largest high altitude lake in India that is entirely in Indian territory. This beautiful blue pallet lake is about 7 km wide at its broadest point and about 19 km long.

Being part of the wetland reserve under Ramsar site, it is actually known as Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. You cannot pitch any camps near Tso Moriri or construct any stay option near the banks of the lake. It is the highest Ramsar site in the world. The place is full of flora and fauna is found in the region.

Since it is near to the Line of Actual Control, you need to get Inner Line Permit to visit Tso Lake, both as an Indian as well as a foreigner.

The beautiful multi-shades of blues offered by this lake along with a picturesque landscape around gives this place an extremely romantic and breathtaking feel. However, in reality, the place is harsh and difficult to survive especially in winters.

There is only a couple of cemented accommodation available around the lake in the form of homestays and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are luxury in itself. The lack of oxygen makes survival difficult if your body is not properly acclimatized to its high altitude and hence, one need to plan his/her journey extremely carefully so as to avoid acute mountain sickness. So, even though you might feel tempted to include Tso Moriri in your trip to Leh Ladakh, it is important to plan your trip to this high altitude place properly. This travel guide will help you with it.

Location

Tso Moriri is located about 240 KMs from Leh town of Ladakh district in Jammu & Kashmir. You cannot make a day trip from Leh to Tso Moriri lake as it will be very hectic and not worth it. Hence, you should plan for a two day trip to Tso Moriri from Leh.

Altitude

Tso Moriri lake is one of the high altitudes lakes of India at a staggering altitude of 4595 Meters or 15075 Feet, yes higher than Pangong Tso.

Best time to visit

In general, the best time to travel to Tso Moriri lake is in the summer months when Ladakh peak season is in full flow.

Similar to what we learned about the best time to travel to Leh Ladakh, in the months of January to March, lake Tso Moriri remains mostly frozen, extremely cold conditions with no options to stay around the lake. Apart from some homestays at Korzok, Chumathang is the next best bet to stay nearby this lake.

In April, the lake starts to melt and starts transforming into the beautiful palette of multi shades of blue colors. Then, May to August is the peak tourist season but as compared to Pangong Tso it gets less number of tourists.

Tso Moriri in September and October

The tourists start to reside as cold starts to set in and accommodation tents pack up which are near to the lake. IMO, this is by far the best time to visit Tso Moriri and see the full glory of beautiful shades of blue color in the lake. The colors are purely magical at this time of the year and with less number of tourist comparatively, you get better deals and enjoy more.

Tso Moriri in winter

After mid-October up to December, all the accommodation packs up and the only nearest place you can stay is either in some homestay with basic facilities to fight the harsh cold temperature at Tso Moriri. You can also find some homestays in Nyoma village and a guest house in Chumathang. Both Nyoma and Chumathang are much warmer than Tso Moriri lake in winter months.

Nyoma has few guest houses having slightly better facilities to fight the cold and provide comfort in winter months than the ones in Korzok. Similarly, Chumathang has Hot Spring Guest House and due to the presence of hot springs, Chumathang itself is quite warm and lower in altitude.

If the sun is shining and you do not mind the hard cold winters, then you can make the day trip to Tso Moriri from Chumathang or Nyoma to see magical shades of blue color at this lake. However, do not forget to check the weather conditions before leaving from Leh.

How to reach Tso Moriri from Leh

You can reach Tso Moriri from Leh by road via Upshi – Chumathang – Mahe route. Tso Moriri Lake is also connected from Pangong lake directly by Chusul – Tsaga La – Loma – Mahe route.

You can also travel to Tso Moriri lake from Manali Leh Highway via Tso Kar – Puga – Sumdo route. The diversion point to Tso Moriri from Manali Leh Highway is Debring just before Tanglang La pass. However, this route is mostly used to exit from Tso Moriri towards Manali rather than the opposite.

Pangong Tso Lake to Tso Moriri Lake via Changthang (Merak – Chusul – Nyoma)

You can go to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso directly via the remote and ever beautiful Changthang region. The drive between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is one of the most beautiful drives in the whole Ladakh region. Foreigners are not allowed to go beyond Man – Merak Villages as permits are not issued to them for this route.

Hence, they need to follow the indirect, slightly longer route to Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso. A special permit to cross Chusul is required from Leh DC office in order to travel on this route.

You need to make sure you carry fuel for about 550 – 600 KMs because you will be covering Leh – Pangong Tso – Nyoma – Loma – Tso Moriri – Leh without any other petrol pump. And if you want to exit Ladakh through Manali – Leh Highway from Tso Moriri then also carry petrol/diesel for about 650 – 700 KMs as the next petrol pump will be available at Tandi. Otherwise, you need to come back to Karu or Upshi, refill and move back again towards Manali – Leh Highway.

Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri Lake via Chumathang

The indirect route that goes from Chumathang is the longer one, where you need to go all the way back from Pangong Tso to Leh up to Karu and from there you can take left towards Upshi – Chumathang – Korzok to reach Tso Moriri.

This route can be followed by foreign tourists who are not allowed the permit for Changthang (Man – Merak – Chusul etc) region if they do not want to go back to Leh. But, IMO one must go back to Leh from Pangong Tso, refresh themselves and start towards Tso Moriri next morning instead of the very long day via Chumathang.

Road conditions and preferred vehicles

The higher ground clearance vehicles are preferable and 4×4 ones would definitely be helpful especially between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri via Man – Merak – Chusul – Nyoma (Changthang) route. However, for the general route from Chumathang, quite a few people do it in hatchbacks and sedans as well which depends upon your skills to drive and road conditions at the time of travel.

In general Leh to Tso Moriri road condition via Upshi – Chumathang route is good enough for any type of the car including hatches and sedan.

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WEATHER OVERVIEW

Ladakh In November, December, January, February & March

Not a good time to go at all. Winter is at its full swing and there is heavy snow all around. The temperature can go as low as -20 degree C and as high as 2 degree C. Chances of catching a live snowfall, roads being closed and getting stranded somewhere are highest during this time. The road from Srinagar to Leh or Leh to Manali remains closed at this time so the only way to get into the valley is by air, however the road goes through some regions that experience heavy snowfall due to which it is best to avoid traveling at this time. There is not much of accommodation options available too in January. The famous two lakes Pangong & Tsomoriri gets frozen, car showing stunt on the frozen Pangong Lake. Still you can find a lot of tourists here during winter. Those who come to Ladakh for wildlife attraction would choose winter. This is when you can spot a lot of snow leopards here. Moreover, Spituk and Losar festivals happen in winter season. From mid-January to February, the famous Chadar Trek is on for adventure lovers. One part of the trek involves walking over the frozen Zanskari River. Last but not least, the place would be very beautiful like a fairy tale snow land. A lot of people consider winter as the best time to visit Ladakh due to the scenic beauty of the place. This is the ideal time for snow & adventure lovers.

Ladakh In April & May

Snow starts to melt away by Late March or early April. Hotels and guest houses too start to open up by this time however tourists are still few in numbers. If it is solitude you seek with not a lot of people around, then this is the best time to go. Chances of catching snow however the weather will still be extremely cold. Accommodation will still be limited and you will not be able to complete the circuit as well from Srinagar to Manali. You can hope to find whatever is left of the snow in the months of April and May in many place but it is also the time when roads are in worst condition.

Ladakh In June till September

The summer in Ladakh starts from April. The temperature can go as high as 30 degree C. During nights, the temperature would reach the minimum of 16 – 20 degree C. The summer here is neither cold nor hot. The climate would be pleasant all throughout the day. the summer ends in September. Summer ends in September. According to many, the best time to visit this place is between June and August. The summer would be at its prime and thus, the snow would all be melted giving the place a good greenery look. You can find a lot of tourists in this place during this period. The mose exiting Camping stay are available on the bank of Pangong is available at this time.

There is another reason for tourists to flock during this period. The Hermis Dance Festival is conducted during this time and it is a very vibrant and colourful event to watch. Starting from camping to trekking, you can enjoy a lot of adventure activities during this time. All passes, mountain routes, trekking routes and others would be open during this period. The lakes would be clear and it would be easy to camp near the river.

The top activities to enjoy during summer are Stok festival and Matho festival in March and May, Hemis festival and Phyang festival in June to August. Nubra Valley is a must visit for the summer tourists. Road trips to Manali and Sri Nagar would be at its prime beauty. In short, the best time to visit Leh Ladakh is summer between the end of March to middle of August. The prime tourist time is between June and August.

Ladakh In October

Autumn in Ladakh is once again one of the best times to visit. The precipitation stops but leaves behind just the right amount of humidity in the air to make the trip pleasant. Being washed by the rain over the monsoon season, the rugged surroundings turn to its freshest of colours. Moreover, the crowd from summer season thins out to quite an extent, which means you can enjoy Ladakh bit more freely.

In short, the best time to visit Leh-Ladakh is summer between the end of March to middle of August. The prime tourist time is between June and August.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Best time to visit Ladakh by road

From June till September is the best time to visit Leh-Ladakh by road. This way you will be able to complete the circuit and will not be limited to just visiting from Srinagar to Manali.  Places like Pangong Tso, Tsomoriri, Hanley, ZoziLa, BaralachaLa and KhardungLa are also accessible during this time only. For safe, uneventful trip, lush green hills and enjoy the colors of Ladakh is on your mind; then early June till mid of September is the best time to visit Leh-Ladakh.

If you are feeling adventurous and heavy snow is what you want to see, then Feb & March is the best month to go. Please do keep in mind that life in Ladakh in winter is really not that easy. Water freezes everywhere including in pipes and taps; which means there will be no running water and you will have to depend on water in buckets.

Best time to visit Ladakh for photography

This will depend on what exactly you like to shoot. If a valley covered under a thick sheet of snow and road guided by snow wall is on your mind, then you must go in January till March. For clear sky, you must visit in July or August. If the colors of autumn interest you, then plan it by late September or early October.

Best time to visit Ladakh on a Budget

If you are on a budget in your mind then must plan your trip between June till mid of September. Though it is the peak tourist season. All the hotels are operational during this time and you will easily be able to find a budget accommodation. You will also not have any trouble at all finding public transport services during this time. One thing must be considered expenditure in Ladakh is costly. Rates are more or less same through out the year except any unexpected situations.

Best time to visit Ladakh on Bike

The months of June till September would be best to visit Ladakh on Bike. There will not be much greenery anywhere on the route; there will be no snow as well and you will just be riding through cold winds and an overall dull landscape. From January till March, the weather will be cold with chances of snowfall and black ice on the road which is not really an ideal situation to be riding around on a bike. Some people do make a Winter Rode to Ladakh but don’t take it easily. July and August would bring the season of monsoon with chances of rain, landslides and slush which again is not ideal for a bike ride. From October to December, you can indeed ride to Ladakh but the weather would then be cold.

Srinagar to Leh road is accessible from mid of May till mid of November and Leh to Manali is accessable from mid of June till end of September. So better plan accordingly as per your requirement.

GUEST HEALTH AND FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

o ensure that all participants get the most out of the tour, it is important that you are fully aware of the level of activity, fitness and medical health required to successfully complete this itinerary. Please read this dossier carefully prior to confirming your place on the tour and, having established the facts, it is your responsibility to contact us with any concerns regarding individual levels of fitness, health, or ability. If you would like to discuss any of these issues further please contact us.

NOTE: Acute mountain sickness can occur to any one at an altitude above 10,000 ft. from the sea level. The most common symptoms of acute mountain sickness are headache disturb sleep loss of appetite, nausea, coughing, irregular breathing, breathlessness, lassitude and lack of concentration. Since Leh Town is situated at an altitude of 11,500 ft. above sea level. It is advisable to take the following precautions, so as to acclimatize your body properly.

  • Take complete rest for the first 36 hours of your arrival at Leh. However, this period may vary with different people.
  • Your body should get used to the lower oxygen levels.
  • In case you develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please consult a Doctor.
  • Rescue and precaution for mountaineering and trekking in Ladakh
  • Tourist undertaking mountaineering and trekking in Ladakh, whether in groups or individual, should take some precautions. There is no private aerial rescue agency in Ladakh and only as a life saving measure; engaging the Indian Air Force help in evacuation.

THINGS TO REMEMBER

DO’s

  • Always carry drinking water and dry food.
  • Take Disprin with you if you want to go to Khardung La, as it is very high altitude of 5359m.

  • If you are not able to go further from a particular spot in day, do not move stay there, as road condition is very bad in some places and it would be very difficult to travel in night.

  • Temperature in Ladakh is too low and if you will throw any biodegradable item, it will remain in the same state for very long time, especially in snow, people defecate and the shit remains in the same form for years, so please try the Ladakhi winter toilets.

  • Use vehicles, which have good-ground clearance and are in good condition. SUVs like Tata Sumo Grande, Toyota Qualis and Highlander, Mitsubishi Pajero work best over there.

  • Make a first-aid box and carry proper medicines for headache, fever, and vomiting also in it.

  • There is electricity problem in Leh, so it is better to take extra batteries for digital products like camera, mobiles phones, etc. Charge them fully before leaving for the tour. You may not get electricity at some remote places and also because of the cold, the battery gets discharged soon.

  • People there are very friendly and hospitable. Respect them.

DON’T’s

  • If you reach Leh by air, stay that day and do not plan to go anywhere for that day, as you will need a day or two to acclimatize yourself. Drink plenty of fluids with ORS mixture (that does not include alcohol), do not move much for the first two to three days.

  • Don’t use Polythene bags. Ladakh is a “no polythene” zone. Kindly respect this and please carry back all the plastic you take with you.

  • Refill your water bottles instead of buying new ones. Mountain water is good. If you have doubt, boil it and refill.

  • Wear nice clothes covering your body while on roads, especially while visiting a Buddhist Gompas.

THINGS TO AVOID OR REMEMBER

Over Confidence about Fitness & do not need acclimatization

AMS does not matter with respect to any age or sex or any fitness level. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness level. No matter how many trips you under go to Ladakh or other high altitude places and how many times you under go every year, AMS just won’t spare you if you break its basic principles. It cries the death out of you when it strikes and in such remote terrain you know what it is to be in India for survival !! Hence, you need to understand & accept that your body needs time to adapt to high altitude and you should respect that basic natural principle rather than boasting any stupid reasons. So, do consider the principles as suggested by acclimatization schedule and try to follow them to minimize the chances getting hit with AMS which in result will spoil your Ladakh trip.

I have crossed many high passes like Nathula or Rohtang or Kunzum Pass

Never be over confident that you are master of driving or riding or you have done Rohtang Pass or Nathula or Kunzum Pass ‘x’ number of times. Even if you are a champ driver in plains with 1000K of driving / riding experience but don’t compare it with Ladakh epecially via Manali – Leh road could be one of the strangest and adventurous drive you will ever undertake in life. Never think that any overlying stone will not hit the underbelly, never think that the road ahead is straight as an arrow like runway and you can cruise through it.  Such a thinking can get you / your vehicle stranded in the middle of …..

Even the smoothest and straightest of the roads, which look super fine, newly laid tarmac are washed in between or have sudden bumps in them which can badly hurt your vehicle. If you see a big rock lying in between on road especially at sections with loose gravel then it is always you better step out and throw it away to make your way instead of taking any chance and getting your car’s underbelly hurt with it. It’s suggested hire a local and expert driver always with you.

I have done Kaza trip in my sedan, Ladakh will be breeze for me

Well, guys, you may have done Kaza trip in your hatchback or sedan. However, the road from Leh to Manali, especially at Baralacha La, is altogether a different ballgame. The road is more like driving on a riverbed with multiple water crossings, which can be very nasty on a given day. There are big rocks beneath them as well which you need to negotiate in these water crossings. Be sure of the car you are taking and experience you have driving in such a terrain otherwise opt for a local taxi.

Considered an unplanned trip

Always keep in mind, “Trouble never comes knocking your door”.  It is good to be explore everything & everywhere in travel but with a remote place such as Ladakh where even a diarrhea can lead you to death path if not treated in time. It’s suggested that please plan at least basic things before making a trip to Ladakh. It’s always better to consult with your travel guide before plan.

Overconfidence about long drive

You may be a great driver or a rider having done 1000s of KMs in a day but keep in mind these are trans-Himalayas and they rule the time and life up there. You may be able to do 400 KMs in Ladakh on a last day, which is perfectly fine because you are going to descend to lower hills where your body is used to live. However, things change when you plan something crazy as doing Manali – Leh in single day while going to Ladakh. Again, it is completely possible but just imagine a very possible situation of running without acclimatization and having a tire puncture just below Baralacha La.

Overconfidence about infant baby

It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child start your journey descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated.

Drinking alcohol

I know you are a champ when it comes to Patiala pegs, please hold on to them in Ladakh or high altitude places. Taking any kind of tobacco, smoking and alcohol or other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquillizers, and sleeping pills etc can decrease the respiratory drive during sleep resulting in a worsening of the AMS symptoms. The alcohol actually dehydrate your body further which does not help a bit in acclimatization.

Remove Shirts at high passes

At the high passes taking photo with a sleeveless or shirt-less makes you deadly, super cool combo for your next profile pic on Facebook may your last picture. Always remember that exposing the bare parts of the body, especially the chest or lower neck, to the cold winds at that high altitude with less acclimatized body also makes a FATAL combo which can lead you to being seriously ill.

Start you trip from Manali side

Starting your journey from Manali side. This route is more adventurous than Srinagar to Leh, even you have rush then also don’t took this route. Wait and confirm your day enough then go to Ladakh. Here some Reasons to avoid  the Route. You tend to gain very high altitude too quickly by making a trip to Leh from Manali side. In case, you are doing a full circuit from Manali – Leh – Srinagar, it is always in best interest of your health to start from Srinagar side and end at Manali side after covering both Kargil & Ladakh. It helps you adjust to the high altitude because of a gradual ascend. If you still interest to take this route rest enough at Manali and gradually increase the altitude, though it is not possible unless you carry your own tent.

Sleeping second night at Sarchu directly from Manali

Sarchu is located at an altitude of 14070 feet (4290 m) which is termed as very high altitude and no human body can get acclimatized to such an altitude in one night. Sleeping at Manali does not help in acclimatization, so you are pretty much trying to sleep at Sarchu at 14070 feet without any acclimatization at all. Many people get away with it, some get sleepless nights, some with headaches, some in Leh hospital and some canceling their trips further. So, it is in your best interest to make a night stay at Sarchu while coming back to Manali after completing the Leh-Ladakh trip.

Running through Ladakh Valleyroad trip with just 7-8 days plan

Well, there are so many places in Ladakh that it deserve more than 7-8 days. Hence, it is best to make a trip to Ladakh when you have at least 9-12 days to make some sense of it. Otherwise, it is nothing by ticking off a place from your bucket list rather than actually experiencing what Ladakh has to offer. If you don’t have plenty of time to complete full road trip from Srinagar to Manali, then postpone your trip until you gather minimum 12-13 days. But if you can’t manage that much of days and have only 6-7 days then plan a trip frm Leh to Leh by air.

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2 27-July-2019 / 24-August-2019 / 07-September-2019 Magical Ladakh Fixed Departure From Leh Airport to Leh Airport View Detail
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4 25-May-2019 / 12-October-2019 / 21-December-2019 09 Nights & 10 Days Magical Shimla - Manali View Detail
5 11-May-2019 / 25-May-2019 / 05-October-2019 / 25-December-2019 04 Nights & 05 Days North Sikkim View Detail
6 05-October-2019 / 12-October-2019 / 25-December-2019 / 28-December-2019 03 Nights & 04 Days Old Silk Route View Detail

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