Ladakh, India is often referred to as a paradise on earth but the truth is, it is a land that a lot of people have heard about but only those with an adventurer’s heart have seen. A place where rugged mountains, daunting passes, and unfathomable beauty coexist with the cliff-located monasteries singing the Buddhist songs. But don't be under an impression that the newly made Union Territory of India is just this. It is truly a gem of the country and considered to be a dream destination for adventurers (especially bikers).
If you plan to visit Ladakh during the summer months (which is also the peak season) you would see large groups of bikers traversing. Some of these come on an unplanned trip to the UT and some take the Ladakh Bike Trip Packages to accommodate themselves in a group. Whatever be the reason, people consider visiting Ladakh one of those activities that should be done at least once in their lifetime. Nevertheless, not everyone has 12-15 days to visit all the attractions in the land of high passes. If you too are in a time crunch, here is an ideal 6-day trip guide to Ladakh.
How to reach Ladakh?
This is the first question that hovers around the head of the traveler. When you are in a time crunch there is no other option but to opt for a direct flight to Leh airport. There are many direct flights from multiple cities in India. So, the best way to reach Ladakh on a 6-day trip is via flight.
Best time to visit Ladakh?
For those who are traveling via flight, Ladakh is open for you throughout the year. But the best time to visit Ladakh is during summers and early monsoon which is between June and September. Ladakh in July might be a bit crowded but this month allows the travelers to enjoy every bit of this place.
An ideal itinerary for a 6-Day Trip to the land of high passes
This is an ideal itinerary for a 6-days trip to Ladakh. It completely depends on you to cover as many or as few places as you wish to. Also, you can customize the itinerary according to your wish and interest.
Day 1: Landing in Leh and Acclimatising
Taking a direct flight to Leh means a sudden increase in altitude and a decrease in oxygen. Leh is perched at 3524 m above sea level which is an astonishing gain in altitude, especially for those coming from plains. So after you reach Leh, it is important to let the body acclimate to the surroundings. Take a small nap or rest in your hotel/ homestay/ lodge.
In the evening you can go out and visit the Leh market, taste several cuisines and visit different nearby places.
Day 2: Explore Leh
The real exploration starts from the second day. You can drive or ride towards Lamayuru, visit Magnetic Hills, visit Leh Palace, and enjoy your time throughout the city. You can take meals at various places, enjoy Ladakhi cuisines, and click tons of pictures.
You can either rent a car or a bike or hire a cab to visit places that suit you the best. Do not forget to keep a water bottle by your side so that you can hydrate yourself now and then. Return to your hotel in the evening.
Day 3: Traverse to Nubra Valley
Now your body has adapted to the altitude and oxygen level because you have spent 2 days in Leh. Now is the time to head to the first attraction of Ladakh after Leh and that’s Nubra Valley. You will be crossing the magnificent Khardung La pass en route. Here you will get a chance to visit Diskit, Hundur, Turtuk, and a few other pristine villages. But it is recommended that you stay at Diskit. Enjoy riding the two-humped camels and sightseeing at this beautiful valley.
Distance from Leh to Nubra Valley: 160 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
Day 4: Nubra to Pangong Tso
After a complete day of enjoyment head towards Pangong Lake which is an astonishing alpine lake that changes color every 2 hours. Pangong is one of the best attractions of Ladakh and a place that cannot be missed at any cost. While traveling from Nubra you will be crossing a lot of beautiful and mesmerizing areas. So take a halt at those places and spend some time.
Distance from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso: 275 km
Time Taken: 7.5 hours
Day 5: Pangong to Tso Moriri via Chushul
There are different ways to reach Tso Moriri from Pangong Lake but the smallest is through Chushul. This is one of the best routes to reach Tso Moriri because en route you will get a chance to cover a lot of attractions of Ladakh and if you are traveling to Ladakh in July this route will be open for you. The major attractions enroute will be Merak, Spangmik, Man, Korzok, Loma, Tsaga, Sumdo, and Mahe. Enjoy the lake and spot some migratory birds flocking around the edges. You can also find different species of ducks quacking in the lake.
Distance between Pangong and Tso Moriri via Chushul - 220 km
Time Taken: 6 hours
Day 6: Tso Moriri to Leh
Leave early in the morning for Leh and again enjoy en route. Depending upon the time frame you can spend time at any place. Take a flight back to your destination.
Distance between Tso Moriri and Leh: 220 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
This is a glimpse of how amazing your trip could be. To visit attractions in Ladakh, you can either go for a hired taxi or rented bike/ car whatever suits your needs. Or else like many other people you can also opt for Leh Ladakh Tour Packages from operators.
Enjoy the adventure.
by Natalie Marie.
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