Help Needed: Leh Planning (Mid May)


Dear Members,

Here's our tentative plan for Motorcycle Ride to Leh:

Day 1) Faridabad to Udhampur

Day 2) Udhampur to Srinagar

Day 3) Srinagar to Kargil

Day 4) Kargil to Leh

Day 5) Leh to Khardung La & Back

Day 6) Leh to Pangong Tso

Day 7) Pangong Tso to (Need suggestions)

Day 8) (Need suggestions) to Keylong/Manali

Day 9) Manali to Faridabad

We'll leave on 16th May & be back by 27th/28th May

Please suggest the following:

When should we include a leisure day
Where do we need to fill up tanks before proceeding

Thank you in advance.. :)

Yogesh Sarkar

If you can, postpone this trip by at least a week. You're on tight schedule and Leh-Manali highway, may not reopen by then. Even if it opens, it would be fairly volatile for such a fast paced ride.

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Hey Yogesh, thank you for the suggestion. I agree that the Leh-Manali highway may become a problem this year. Dates can be moved up/down a bit depending on the road status. However, the help needed right now is to have a bit relaxed itinerary since we have 12 days in hand.


Yogesh Sarkar

If you have 12 days in hand, you can do something like this.

Day 1: Faridabad to Udhampur

Day 2: Udhampur to Srinagar

Day 3: Srinagar to Kargil

Day 4: Kargil to Leh

Day 5: Local sightseeing and get the motorcycle service.

Day 6: Leh to Nubra Valley, visit Sumur and Panamik, head to Hunder for night stay.

Day 7: Nubra to Leh, visit Hunder Sand Dunes and Diskit Monastery.

Day 8: Leh to Pangong Tso.

Day 9: Pangong Tso to Rumtse.

Day 10: Rumtse to Jispa.

Day 11: Jispa to Manali.

Day 12: Manali to Delhi.

Though please keep in mind, by-polls are scheduled in Kashmir on 25h May and there might be violence around that time.


The plan you suggested sounds awesome. Kashmir is always a trouble so we will anyways be careful while travelling.
Do you think this new trend of going via jammu side makes sense? The reason we wanted to do it from jammu side was to avoid the permit issue for rohtang and avoid coming back to leh from pangong tso to leave from kargil side.

Yogesh Sarkar

Going via Srinagar side has a lot of plus points, including the fact that you climb altitude gradually and thus, lessen the chances of AMS.

So as long as Kashmir is quiet, you should be fine and it is a better idea to go through it.