Itinerary for Mystical Ladakh

The below itinerary covers the route from Srinagar – Leh – Manali. It is better to start your journey from Srinagar since your body gets better acclimatized due to gradual ascent by the time you reach Leh. If you start via Manali – Leh Highway then most of the terrain runs over 4000 mtrs of altitude and by the time you reach such altitude your body is not properly acclimatized. Hence, many people fall sick on Manali – Leh Highway. Also, you save one day as Tso Moriri and Tso Kar Lakes can be adjusted once you start towards Manali from Leh. This way you are not required to return to Leh from Tso Moriri to go towards Kargil or Srinagar. Come, visit the magical Ladakh and you will see what you have been missing in life.

12 Days Itinerary for Leh Ladakh from Srinagar to Manali

Day 1: Srinagar local Sightseeing

Fly and reach Srinagar by 2:00pm and check-in your hotel or guesthouse. At 4:00 pm, do a sightseeing tour of Mughal gardens and enjoy a Shikara ride in the late evening. Overnight at Srinagar

Day 2: Srinagar – SonmargZojila – Drass – Kargil
Enjoy the 8-9 hrs road journey from Srinagar to Kargil via Zojila. Overnight at Kargil.

Day 3: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
Start early morning and on your way to Leh (8-9 hours drive), visit Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes, Magnetic Hills, Confluence of Zanskar & Indus rivers at Nimmu. Overnight at Leh.

Day 4: Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
Visit the tourist places in Leh and get the required permits to visit remote places in Ladakh region. Overnight at Leh.

Day 5: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
Drive to Nubra Valley in 5-6 hrs and stay overnight at Diskit or Hunder. On the way, enjoy a cup of soup at one of the Highest Motorable Pass – Khardung La.Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari.

Day 6: Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
Sumur has a famous monastery and Panamik has hot water springs. Journey time: 8-9 hrs. Overnight at Leh.

Day 7: Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
Visit Hemis monastery on your way towards Pangong Tso. Journey time: 5-6 hrs. Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung).

Day 8: Pangong Tso Lake – Thiksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
Visit Thiksey and Shey on your return to Leh. Journey time: 5-6 hrs. Overnight at Leh.

Day 9: Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping
Visit Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace. Journey time: 3-4 hrs. Overnight at Leh.

Day 10: Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
Visit Karzok Monastery. Journey time: 7-8 hrs. Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

Day 11: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts from here) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
Start early so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang. Journey time: 11-12 hrs. Overnight at Sarchu or Pang.

Day 12 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
On the way visit Suraj Tal and Deepak Tal. Journey time: 11-12 hrs. Overnight at Manali.

Remember to keep buffer of 1-2 days incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or if you want to enjoy more.

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