Advice Needed: Road Trip (car) To LEH (June 2016)

Hi All,


After years of drooling over travelogues and pictures of fellow member; have finally been able to sort the much awaited experience of getting 'LEH'ed.
With taxi union banning the self-rentals cars; and flying to LEH doesn't excite much; I have decided to take my low slung sedan to treacherous roads of ladakh.
Below is a tentative / rough plan; request member's to advise as appropriate.

Car: Sedan
ODO: 75K
Last Service: Would be done this week(end).
Tyre Condition: 1 Year / 20K Old
Clutch : Stock (Good Condition)
Battery: Sock (Good Condition)

Plan: 17-Jun TO 27-Jun
Pax: 4 (2 couple) including Drivers: 2

Day 1 & Day 2 (Fri Evening - Sat Full Day) : Drive Noida -Srinagar - Sonamarg (with overnite drive on Fri) [email protected]
Day 3 (Sun): Sonamarg - Drass -Kargil - Leh [email protected]

Alternate:
Day 1 (Sat Mor) : Noida - Patnitop (NS patnitop)
Day 2 (Sun) : Patnitop - Kargil (NS Kargil)
Day 3 (Mon) : Kargil - Leh (NS LEH)

Query
- Is continous drive Noida-Sonamarg advisable? (I did Noida - Srinagar in 20 hrs; solo driver in Feb this year)
- Sonamarg - Leh. Is it Doable? Can we visit Kargil spot on way as well

Day 4 (Tue): Local Site Seeing. [email protected]
Day 5 (Wed): Nubra Valley (Leh - Khardungla - Dikshit - Hunder) [email protected]

Query:
- Do I require permits? (Plan to visit, Nubra, Pangong, mayb Morirri)
- Process for permit?
- Where should one stay Dikshit/Hunder
- What should be itenary, if one wants to cover Panamik & turtuk (or Should I skip either of them)

Day 6 (Thu): Nubra - Pangong (Dikshit - KhardungLa - Leh - Karu - Sarkti - Durbuk - Tangaste - Lukung) [email protected]

Query:
- Is this route doable in single Day? How much time would it take ? I would have taken WariLa route; but I believe a Sedan cant make through especially in June
- Where to stay in Pangong

Day 7 (Fri): Pangong - Leh (Same route on way back)
Day 8 (Sat): Leh - Tso Moriri (Leh - Karu - Upshi - Tanglang La - Tso Kar - Sumdo - Tso Kiagar - Tso Moriri

Query:
- Can this be done as day trip? More Importantly, in a Sedan
- Would fuel be enough for this round trip?
- Where can car be re-fuelled?
- What/Where are option to Stay if day trip not possible

Day 9/10/11 - Return back

Query
- Can a sedan return via Sarchu - Jispa - Rohtang - Manali

Request you to share your experience/suggestion/precautions especially from the perspective of Road Trip with family in personal car (sedan)

Query
- Feasibility of the plan?
- Are there any issue with Taxi Union if one drivers his/her personal car across Ladakh
- What all around Leh can be done as day trip
- Can we rent bike from Leh for Nubra/Pangong/Moriri
- Would it be safe to leave the car (un-attended) if one plans to rent bike and stay overnight at other location (say Nubra/Pangong)
- Major route where backup fuel would be required
- Helpline numbers; just in case of any emergency (medical or breakdown)
- Current road status of the entire route
- Timing on key route (From where one should start early and/or avoid any peak times)
- I believe Zanskar isn't feasible in sedan; hence skipped


Thanks in advance; your each and every advise would be valuable
 
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