Ladakh Tour Package 2022
The land of high passes, sandwiched between the Karakoram mountain range and the Himalayas in Ladakh. Situated at an average height of 12,000ft, Ladakh comprises Leh and Kargil districts.
Ladakh region can be accessed by road from Srinagar & Manali. Crossing over the Zoji-La Pass coming from Srinagar is a dream landscape that is a photographer's delight. Crossing Drass and Kargil route, the trail crosses Lamayuru reaching Leh town. The other route is from the high altitude Manali-Leh Highway coming in from Himachal Pradesh. The route crosses over Rohtang Pass, Lachulng La, and Tanglang La pass. One needs to stop mandatory at either Keylong or Sarchu before carrying on to Leh.
From Sarchu, the route also diverts to the famous Korzok village which is on the banks of the Tso Moriri Lake. New roads are also being developed opening the route to Zanskar valley. From Darcha near Keylong, a new road has been constructed over the 16,600 ft high Shingo La pass reaching Padum, the heart fo the Zanskar Valley.
If one is flying into Leh, the flights operate all year round. However, most of the hotels start reopening and tourism flows only by mid-April. The airport at Leh has incoming flights from Delhi year-round basis and carriers such as Vistara, Go Air, Indigo and Air India operate.
There is a possibility of cancellations/delays and can happen at any time of year, hence it is advisable to plan in advance.
For those driving the high adventure from the Himachal Pradesh side, Manali to Leh road usually opens from mid of May when snow is cleared from several passes to mid of October when it again starts to snow. One must check before starting the journey.
Specialized tour operators like Holiday Moods Adventures can be relied upon for this information. The Srinagar - Leh road takes a bit longer to open only by July and the Zoji La pass closes around October. For travel within Ladakh, most of the roads are open all year round, except for Zanskar. Khardung-La Pass leading to the Nubra valley can get snow blocked in winters and spring. Bu the Chang-La pass to Pangong Lake is open most of the time and rarely closes.
Permits and borders
Main destinations in Ladakh do not need special permits to visit. However, Inner Line permits (ILP) are mandatory for all tourists to visit the "Inner Line" areas near the border. Few areas worth mentioning could be - Dha-hanu, Durbuk Block, Tso-Moriri and Tsokar Lakes, Nubra Valley, east of Upshi along the Indus River, Pangong Lake, and northwest of Khalatse along the Indus River. For Indians, the ILP is valid for 3 weeks, and for foreigners, it is valid for 1 week.
It is also important to note that no international border to cross over into Tibet (China), Pakistan, and Afghanistan. These permits can be applied for in Leh town. Foreigners do not need to apply for them while applying for an Indian visa. However, all foreigners must get their permits through a recognized and licensed travel agent/ tour operator. Permits are not offered to the foreigners to go to each of the above-named areas close to the borders with Pakistan and China.
Best Time to Visit Leh Ladakh
If you are planning to go to Leh Ladakh, then it is very important to know the right time to visit Ladakh. Whether you are a biker, trekker, tourist, or if you are going just for a holiday in Ladakh with your family, you need to know about it before going.
However, we recommend you visit Ladakh all 12 months of the year and each different month will offer a unique experience. In which you can plan Ladakh anytime in 12 months. Here is our recommendation to visit Ladakh and the details of visiting Ladakh during 12 months are as follows:-
May to September (Summer) - Ladakh, known for supernatural landscapes, one gets to see the most in summer as most of the hotels are open then. Hotels are open in Pangong, Nubra, and Tso Moriri also.
These months are the most popular as there are a lot of domestic tourists coming into Ladakh, who come to visit here from different parts of the country. Ladakh is very famous all over the world also with foreigners thronging the place for adventures.
The temperature remains between 5° Celsius to 25° Celsius. From June to September, Ladakh can be accessed via road by bike or car from both Manali and Srinagar. The months from mid-April to June are the peak season for Ladakh tourism. Zojila Pass coming in from Srinagar usually opens by mid-April nowadays.
The Rohtang Pass opens from May to the end of September. The temperature ranges from 5° Celsius to 15° Celsius. These months are the best time to drive to Ladakh. The weather is clear these days.
Autumn, Winters & Spring - All hotels close in Pangong and Nubra valley but there are few centrally heated hotels open in Leh now. You get to see different colors of the weather here these months as well as you can enjoy secluded journeys with nature. So based in Leh, one can explore the region and there is indeed lots to offer.
On the brighter side, when people come in the summer months, everyone skips the attractions of Leh town and around heading out to Nubra, Pangong & Tsomoriri. So this is the perfect time to explore this side of Ladakh and indeed there are many activities to do.
October, November & March - It becomes very calm post the hectic tourist season. With the arrival of October, cold starts to set in Ladakh. Also, in some high-altitude places, the temperature drops below zero. The day temperatures hover around 10° Celsius and nights are sub zero’s
December to February - Most passes close due to snowfall hence making Leh town inaccessible. The only way to arrive in Leh is to fly. India and other carriers fly to Leh throughout the year. Pangong Tso lake freezes with ice sheets. These months you can also do a snow leopard sighting expedition.
Temperatures hover between -15° C and 10° C during day and night. It’s a great time to come to Leh when everything is covered in white snow. Ice climbing and ice skating are possible to experience in these months.
Suggested flight details-
- 3 Idiots Bollywood Movie Pangong Lake & the School Campus
- Nubra Valley - the only cold desert in India
- Sand Dunes & Bactrian Camels
- Highest Motorable Road in the world - Khardungla Pass at 18832 feet above sea level
- Snowclad Peaks, Glaciers, gushing rivers, High Altitude meadows covered with a carpet of flowers
- Leh Palace and famous monasteries
- The lifestyle of the Buddhist Monks and Lamas
- Spectacular Moonland scapes