Friday, June 18, 2010

Route Map

Once you have made up your mind to go for the Ladakh trip, its time to decide the Route you are going to take. As I have said in my earlier post there are two routes to reach Leh viz. Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh. The route you opt for depends on weather conditions, riders experience and risk taking nature of riders. Even though Manali-Leh is the preferred route for adventure tourers, Srinaagar-Leh route is considered best to acclimatize and avoid AMS related issues.

Note: All distances are between consequent places.

Route 1: Delhi – Ludhiana(325) – Jammu(276) – Srinagar(300) – Kargil(201) – Leh(205)

Route 2: Delhi – Chandigarh(250) – Manali(286) – Keylong(118) – Sarchu(163)- Leh(230)
Its good to cover Manali-Leh route in 3 days to avoid AMS related issues.

After you reach Leh you can cover one or more from the below routes

Route 3: Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley(160)
Permit: Nubra, Turtuk

Route 4: Leh – Mahe Bridge – Tso Moriri(220)
Permit: Tso Moriri

Route 5: Leh – Chang La – Pangong Tso(150)
Permit: Pangong Tso

Route 6: Tso Moriri - Tso Kar(80) - More plains – Pang - Sarchu(125)
Permit: Tso Moriri

Route 7: Lukung (Pangong Tso) – Chushul(132 Km) – Hanle(133) – Karzok (153)
Permit - Tsagala, Nyoma, Hanle, Tso Moriri

Route 8: Kargil - Sanko - Parakachik - Rangdum - Panzi La - Padum(245) (Zanskar Valley)

Route 9: Leh – Khaltse – Batalik - Kargil
Permit: Dha, Hanu

Route 10: Pangong Tso – Chushul – Leh (Link , Link )
Permit: Pangong Tso, Chushul, Nyoma

The Permits are issued at DC Office, Leh and the office is closed on Sundays. You could also arrange for permits through a travel agent.

You can also read some great travelogues for getting more info on above routes The Big Escapade and Dream Trip or Sterint's Travelogue. Here is my ride map for Mission Ladakh 2010. Do read the Ladakh Destination Guide which previews all the above routes

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