8 days of adventure in Leh
Barren landscapes, rugged mountains, food for adventurous souls
8 days of adventure in Leh
Barren landscapes, rugged mountains, food for adventurous souls
Average Budget
8 days
So, if it has to be a vacation in India that's to be lived in memories for a lifetime, it has to be Ladakh. The colorful monasteries, steep curves, snow-topped peaks, double humped camels, burning sun, freezing winds and a destination that comes straight out of the world of fantasies. The photographers around the world await for the Rohtang pass to open up its jaws for the road trip, that takes you through the steep curves of Keylong, followed by riverside camps amidst mountains at Jispa, and the beautiful roads of Baralancha La that leaves you spell bound by its beauty. The landscape of Ladakh is marked by high-mountain passes and incredible blue lakes set amidst jagged mountains. Frozen glaciers, gurgling mountain streams and clean long stretches of arid cold land make this magical land one that is full of diversity.... More
When should you take this
May to September is the best season to visit Leh because the snow melts in summers and is also cleared by Borders Road Organization on the Manali - Leh highway which increases the tourist flow. Also Ladakh becomes a paradise in this kind of climate with clear skies, beautiful lakes and at the same time snow capped mountains. ... More
Things you should know

Telecom communication: Only post paid networks work in Ladakh, pre paids do not work, Also there is a very inefficient internet network in the area so try not to depend so much on it.

Acute Mountain Sickness: One of the biggest challenge and threat to travelers visiting Ladakh is that of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Acute Mountain Sickness occurs due to scarcity of oxygen at high altitude, and inability of our bodies to adjust to low oxygen content in air. Do make it a point to rest if you have any symptoms of AMS like : dizziness, nausea, headache, fast heart rate, apnea, sleeping difficulty & vomiting. There is more likeliness of flight passengers to Leh to have these symptoms.

Identification: Keep multiple photocopies of your driving license, PUC, insurance, vehicle registration papers and PAN, voter-id card or passport. You will find it is far easier to go through military checkpoints if you have everything ready.

Physical preparedness & acclimitization: Your body should be physically conditioned to deal with tough weather conditions and unexpected situations. A rigorous workout regime that includes breathing exercises can help you better survive high altitude places with limited oxygen supply. Also AMS or acute mountain sickness is a phenomenon that hits almost every traveler. You can potentially reduce its severity by staying in Leh for a day or two to allow your body to get used to the high altitude mountain conditions before proceeding upwards.

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Where you're going to stay
Leh has enough accommodation facilities and that too on reasonable prices. Many of them cannot be booked online and have to be booked in person when you are there. The region around Leh main bazaar is filled with guesthouses and hotels.... More
Things You Gotta Carry
Water Bottles
Nausea medication
Motion sickness creams
Woollen gloves
How To Reach
By road

Route 1: Manali - Keylong - Leh

Covering a distance of 490km have an unforgettable experience on the Ladakh road trip. Tandi(113kms from Manali) is the only village on Manali-Leh highway which has a petrol pump. The next petrol pump is 365 kms away in Leh. Overnight stay at Keylong is advised because the next major accommodation will be at Sarchu or Pang but spending the night at that altitude is generally uncomfortable owing to AMS.

Total Distance: 490 Kms

Best Time to Visit: June to September

Route Map: Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh

Route 2: Srinagar - Leh

On the Srinagar to Leh trip, you will visit beautiful villages, war memorial, Himalayan valleys, a mountain top Gurudwara, monasteries and more. Covering a distance of 434 kms, this trip lets you understand the true majesty of Mother nature’s creations.

Total Distance: 434 Kms

Best Time to Visit: Highway generally opens on early May to late October (Depends on the weather)

Route Map:Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayaru – Saspol – Leh

By bus

They run directly to Leh from either Manali or Srinagar.

Average price bus:

Manali-Leh INR 2400

Srinagar-Leh INR 800

By plane

Daily flights are run by Air India and Jet Airways from Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu and elsewhere. However, these are subject to inclement weather and may be cancelled at any time, keep your schedule flexible. Altitude sickness is also a worry.