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How I Plan my Trip to Leh Ladakh


The untouched mountains, the moody sky, the fascinating meadows, the whimsical rivers, the strange lakes, and the challenging high altitude passes – you have to be in Ladakh to get intoxicated by all these colors of nature. Ladakh is a destination for adventure and habitat for those seeking for something new each day. Visit here only to find a new meaning for challenging lifestyle, obligation, strong conviction, satisfaction, and destiny. Ladakh gives you the chance to redefine adventure, excitement and most importantly the appeal of nature. Although a trip to Ladakh has a lot to offer, tourists are required to take some protections since it is mostly a barren land and has low atmospheric pressure and low oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Here I tried to elaborate my plan for Ladakh trip.

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With its location at an elevation of 3000 meters above the mean sea level, Ladakh is holy with tourist attractions that are ideal to gratify the thirst of any tourist. The distant locations and inaccessibility have only made this travel destination ever more rewarding for adventure enthusiasts who consider exploring new places as their rewards for undergoing difficulties. Ladakh the largest district in India. Ladakh is divided into Kargil and Leh districts. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh.

Ladakh spans the awesome Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River Valley. The district bordered Pakistan occupied Kashmir inside the west and China inside the north and eastern component and Lahul Spiti of Himachal Pradesh within the Southeast. Ladakh’s ethnic composition comprises of Mongoloid and a mixed Indo-Aryan population. It is every now and then known as little Tibet because of robust cultural and geographical similarities with Tibet.

Around the first century, Ladakh was a territory of the Kushan Empire. Buddhism is the faith of the majority of Leh District’s population. The most attractive functions of the landscape of Leh are the Buddhists Gompas (Monasteries). The Gompas are situated on the highest points of the mountain stretch over cliff sides, located inside the neighborhood of villages and offer a focal point for the faith of Buddhists.

Ladakh is a high altitude wasteland because the Himalayas create a rain shadow for that reason retaining out the entry of monsoon clouds. the primary supply of water right here remains the winter snowfall on the mountains that form the glaciers. Like in the rest of the components of the country where people pray for rain, right here Ladakhis pray for the glaciers or snows to soften for irrigation and consuming purposes. enormously although, the thin air makes the warmth of the solar even greater severe than at decrease altitudes. Only in Ladakh can a man sitting within the sun together with his toes within the color suffer from sunstroke And frostbite at the identical time.

In this article, I’d like to discuss some topics and elaborate a few points that every tourist planning a trip should know.

The most common questions are related to the plan for Ladakh trip are

1. Why I should visit Ladakh?

2. Why I planned my Ladakh trip in October?

3. Why I have chosen air to travel Ladakh?

4. Things to carry for my Leh Ladakh tour?

5. All about Acclimatization and acute mountain sickness (AMS).

6. How I booked my hotels in Ladakh.

7. How I fixed my cab for Leh Ladakh tour.

8. Inner line permits for Ladakh tour.

9. My Ladakh tour itinerary.

One by one I will share my experience. But

Disclaimer: All of my tips and tricks are based on my personal traveling experience in the region.

1. Why I should visit Ladakh?

Unique Landscape

Ladakh, the land of high passes never ceases to captivate you with its breathtaking landscapes and beauteous views. The topography in Ladakh vividly changes every few kilometers and the same place can never look the same when you return. From green valleys to the Rocky Mountains, snow-clad peaks to mighty glaciers, geothermal hot springs to babbling rivers, blue lakes to the rainbow mountains- Ladakh has every element to intrigue your inquisitiveness.  Read on as we present you with some of the best views we encountered during our interlude at Ladakh.

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2. Why I planned my Ladakh trip in October?

plan for Ladakh trip

Both seasons have their own irresistible charms, and both are fit for traveling. It all depends on the traveler’s preference and capability. In my opinion, the summer season is for the tourists while winter is for the seasoned traveler. Winters have their own charm when only a handful of travelers visit the place and the site is all covered with snow and the views are most breathtaking. But nevertheless, each time of the year has its own appeal and deciding between the best times to visit the place often becomes puzzling. The inner roads in Ladakh remain open throughout the year because Indian Army uses them for their movement in the area.  There could be a road closure post snowfall at any of the high altitude passes on the way but this is temporary, mostly lasting a day or two. As soon as BRO is able to clear the road; road gets opened again for traffic movement. Even in the months of October and after, you can plan a visit towards places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri.

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3. Why I have chosen air to travel Ladakh?

If you are really obsessive about exploring new destinations, traveling must never stop. But to be on the move at all times requires money and one of the major things that can help you save it is to cut down on your flight expenses. If you are someone who wants to travel all the time, there’s no way that you would wait for that festive season or off-season when most of the major airlines come up with special fares. The truth is, you can discount on your flight bookings at any time of the year. All you need to do is follow these simple tricks every time you are looking to book your cheap flight tickets in India.

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4. Things to carry for my Leh Ladakh tour.

Indian hill stations are confined with joyful experience in every path it leads, the experience which bounces in our memories forever and stores a reminder note “should visit again”, which ticks now and then. Visiting a hill station refreshes our mind and soul, which brings serenity to our mind for which our soul always craves for. The pleasant weather, fresh air, tasty water, shopping, unbelievable nature of the Indian hill stations always proves the saying “incredible India”. The pre-preparation to travel a hill station must be planned thoughtfully. Here are a few travel packing tips in Indian hill stations.

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5. All about Acclimatization and acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Travelers who travel to high altitudes can sometimes develop acute mountain sickness. Other names for this condition are altitude sickness or high altitude pulmonary edema. It normally occurs at about 8,000 feet, or 2,400 meters, above sea level. Dizziness (unbalanced), nausea (urge to vomit), headaches, and shortness of breath are a few symptoms of this condition. Most instances of altitude sickness are mild and heal quickly. In rare cases, altitude sickness can become severe and cause complications with the lungs or brain.

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6. How I booked my hotels in Ladakh.

Staying is a major part of traveling particularly when you are with your family. For a family vacation, you can’t spend night simply in a homestay or in hostels. You have to search and find out decent staying options there. Better the hotel better the price. But you don’t always ready to spend a hefty amount on hotel bookings. A few hacks can help you cut this cost. So what should you do? To help you save money on accommodation, here are a few tricks which I discussed in my article,“15 tricks to get a cheap room in a star hotel or resort”.

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7. How I fixed my cab for Leh Ladakh tour

I am telling you what I have done. In Facebook group and WhatsApp group, I have requested everyone for contact numbers of dependable and cost-effective drivers having own cab of Ladakh. Within 10 days I have received 30 drivers name and contact numbers. I put all the data in an excel sheet which I am also pasting here. I sent them my tour itinerary through mail/WhatsApp /messenger/ SMS etc. All of them quoted their price. Now I started bargaining and found two of them are suitable. Finally, I fixed Lotus for our tour. Namgyal responded late, before that I have transferred the advance amount to Lotus. Few drivers quoted less also. But after comparing service quality and price they have been excluded.

21 UMMED   Not responded        
2 NAZIR   Ph  not working        
3 MUSTAFI XYLO 9469277438     40000  
4 WANGDU   9469369384     45000  
5 RIGJIN   9419832041     40000  
6 IRSHAD   9906568655     50000  
7 TASHI   94690502090     55000  
8 STANZIN    094193 90545 96229 91721 stanzinc89@gmail.com 38000  
9 RIGZIN   9419371517 9622990001   30000  
10 KASHMIR TRAVELS   9697987947     65000  
11 RAHMAN   9469871017     48000  
12 HASAN   9419371537     42000  
13 THINLES   9797313132     31000  
14 STANZIN 2   96229 91721     60000  
15 PUNIT   9622973233     48000  
16 DR ABDUL AZIZ   9419924667 azizladakh@gmail.com 55000  
17 LOTUS ARYA 9469743001     35000  
18 WANGYAL   9419538189     35600 33000
19 NAMGYAL   9906993462     35000 33000

Ladakh taxi union has published the Leh – Ladakh Taxi Rates 2018 – 19. It is quite a pleasant surprise that there have been no major hikes in the taxi rates of Leh – Ladakh sightseeing for another consecutive year. I believe it is quite welcoming & understanding step on behalf of the whole Leh – Ladakh taxi union.

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Regarding Ladakh taxi rates a few other things I want to mention are,

  • Outside taxis are not allowed for sightseeing either in Leh City or other areas of Ladakh.
  • You can only use outside cabs to reach Leh but then must rent a local cab here for sightseeing.
  • If you are bringing a privately owned vehicle, please make sure that it is either registered in your own name; or someone else having blood relation with you.
  • Carry enough documents to prove the relationship for the point mentioned above.
  • There are no self-drive cab rentals available in Ladakh. But the self-drive bike is available.
  • If you are planning a solo trip to Ladakh and the taxi charges seem a bit out of the budget, then you can always look for share travel. For that, you can contact Ladakh taxi union office. Address mentioned below

Ladakh Taxi Union,

Near J&K Bank, Main Bazaar,


Jammu and Kashmir


Mobile: 01982 256 086

8.Inner line Permits for Indians and Protected Area Permits for Foreign Travelers

If you are really planning for Ladakh tour you must know how to arrange inner line permit for Ladakh tour. From April 2017, the government of J&K had made it compulsory to obtain an Inner line permit for some of the protected areas of Ladakh. Now Domestic and International travelers those who are visiting Ladakh must acquire Inner line permit. To get inner line permit for Ladakh tour may be a cumbersome task which comprises filling up of forms; hours of standing in a long queue, more problematic particularly if your trip coincides with any government holidays.

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9. My Ladakh tour itinerary

A trip to Ladakh can be a dreamlike experience if you plan well. Ladakh has many sightseeing places to see and things to do. However, if you don’t plan your Leh Ladakh itinerary well, you may end up being disappointed as you can miss a few remarkable sightseeing in Ladakh. For the best experience in Ladakh, it is better to follow an organized travel plan. To help you have a great holiday, I have put together this easy to do Ladakh itinerary. This itinerary of flying to Leh Ladakh covers all three major tourist destinations of Ladakh including Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, and Tso Moriri Lake. Have a look at it below.

My 8 Nights 9 days Leh Ladakh

Day 01: Arrival in Leh. Check-in and acclimatize to the high altitudes of Ladakh. Overnight stay at Leh.

DAY 02: After breakfast proceeds for a full day tour of Indus Valley Monasteries. Today we visit the Royal Museum at Stok Palace, Hemis, Thiksey and Shey Palace, Shanti Stupa, Stagna and Changchubling Monasteries and local market in Leh. Overnight stay at the Hotel. The 90 km round trip will be covered in about 7-8 hours. Return for an overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Day 03: After breakfast drive to Lamayuru. On the way visit, Spituk Monastery also called KALI MATA TEMPLE. In this monastery, you can visit deities of Kali Mata and other things. Then drive towards the ALCHI MONASTERY. Alchi is one of the few monasteries of the 11th centuries to have survived. Arrive late afternoon in Lamayuru and visit Lamayuru monastery then back to Leh. O/N in leh.

Day 04: Drive from Leh – Nubra Valley (via Khardung La Pass). Start the day with an early breakfast at 8:00 am. Post meal proceeds to drive to Nubra Valley which is 125 km distance and a 4-5 hour drive. Drive via the world famous Khardungla Pass nestled at 18360 ft. At the Nubra Valley, visit silver sand dunes near Hunder village. Also, enjoy a double-humped Camel safari in the unique cold desert. Visit the Diskit village which houses a famous monastery of the same name. Overnight stay at Nubra Valley.

Day 05: Relish a leisurely morning breakfast and proceed back to Leh via Khardungla pass. The evening is free of activities. Explore the Leh market. Overnight at the Leh hotel.

Day 06: Drive from Leh – Pangong Lake. Today a full day excursion to Pangong Lake 135 km from Leh is planned. Post breakfast; proceed to the magical lake of Ladakh via Changla Pass located at 17500ft. Overnight stay at the hut near the Lakeside.

Day 07: Drive from Pangong Tso Lake – TSOMORIRI. Today the day starts with an early morning drive to Tsomoriri Lake. Around 240 km from Pangong Lake, it is a 9-10 hour drive. Drive up to Kharu and then up to the sweet water Tso-Moriri Lake nestled at 4200m. Way back overnight stay at Chumathang, a hot springs site.

Day 08: After an early breakfast, start driving to Leh. Overnight stay in the hotel in Leh (25th)

Day 09: Departure from Leh; End of Tour


In case you find this article useful, feel free to share it with your family & friends who are looking out for a trip to Ladakh in this season. And if you have any further questions or doubts, in planning your trip to Leh Ladakh, please post them in the comments section of this article below. Again at the end, follow my above-mentioned tips which will save more quality time and energy. But at the same time, I must say these tips are totally based on my experience.

Happy Journey to Ladakh.

Last updated 22.12.19


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