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Budget backpacker road trip for 11 days to Ladakh

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All about the Budget backpacker road trip for 11 days to Ladakh.

This is our blueprint to a road trip through the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh, which is also known for its barren rugged mountains, beautiful monasteries and funny road captions.

Stress free Payment:

– Pay 50% to book your seat.

– Pay balance amount 7-10 days before the trip start.

For more information please contact us on the phone numbers mentioned below:

TLOW Office 1+91 8454961928
TLOW Office 2: +91 9004594935
or mail us at

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Must Have:

  • Valid Photo id proof with address – 5 copies. (No Pan card)
  • Two passport size photographs.
  • Powerbank
  • Backpack. (Must Have)
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this Blueprint?Items that are included in the cost of Blueprint price.
  • Accommodation (3 to 6 in a room)
  • Travel
  • Entry Fee
  • Permits
Whats not included in this Blueprint.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Food
  • Travel to New Delh
  • Camera Fee (If any)
  1. Day 1 New Delhi

    – Board a  HRTC Volvo bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi to Manali at 20:00HRS.

  2. Day 2 Manali

    – Reach Manali by 09:00 HRS, check into guest house near Old Manali.

    – Post lunch visit the hot spring village of Vashist or spend time chilling in Old Manali.

  3. Day 3 Keylong

    – Leave early in the morning by local bus to cross the world famous Rothang Pass and the reach the town of Keylong. (118 km = 6-8 hours)

    – Spend night in a guest house.

  4. Day 4 Leh

    – Take the early morning bus for Leh. (375 km = 12-14 hours)

    – Reach Leh post afternoon and check into a home stay accommodation.

    – Spend rest of the evening relaxing or wander through the lanes of Leh.

  5. Day 5 Leh

    – After breakfast, leave for local site seeing around Leh.

    – Visit the monasteries of Shey Thiksey Hemis.

    – Return back to the guest house around 18:00 HRS.

  6. Day 6 Hunder

    – Leave early in the morning to visit the villages of Hunder and Diskit in Nubra Valley via Khardung La. (The highest motorable road in the world, 18,380 ft)

    – Reach Hunder, post lunch and check into a guest house. (128 km = 4-6 hours)

    – Visit the sand dunes in Diskit and later visit Diskit Monastery.

    – Return back to the guest house in Hunder by 18:00 HRS.

  7. Day 7 Tangse

    – Post breakfast leave for a 167km five hour drive to the beautiful Pangong Tso.

    – Reach Pangong Tso post lunch.

    – Check into our home stay at Tangse for the night.

    – Spend the rest of the evening at leisure chilling by the lake.

  8. Day 8 Leh

    – After breakfast, pack up and return back to Leh by crossing Chang La pass.

    – Reach Leh post noon and check into the home stay.

    – Spend rest of the evening in Leh wandering the streets or unwind at the home stay.

  9. Day 9 Keylong

    – Board the early morning bus back to Keylong.

    – Reach Keylong by 17:00 HRS.

    – Spend night in a guest house.

  10. Day 10 Manali/New Delhi

    – Board the early morning bus to Manali via Rothang Pass.

    – Reach Manali by 11:00 HRS. Board a local HRTC Volvo bus from Manali to New Delhi at around 17:30 HRS.

  11. Day 11 New Delhi

    – Reach New Delhi by 09:00 HRS.

Pangong tso chilling
Hunder stay
Essentials to carry

For a minimum of one week to a maximum of three week stay or more to the highest mountain range in the world—the Himalayas, here are a few must haves.

Travelling gear:

  • A rucksack of a minimum 60L.(mandatory{No other kind of bag will be allowed on the trip}
  • A day pack to move around with ease.(must have)
  • A camera with a minimum of 8GB, a spare battery s good to carry along.(optional)
  • Sleeping bag. (If camping is in the blueprint)
  • Carrying a one liter water bottle along is a great thing for every person who hits the road in the Himalayas.(must have)
  • A backpack rain cover.(optional)
  • Hiking Pole. (optional)


  • One cotton long sleeves and two short sleeve T-shirts or shirts. Avoid carrying new T-shirts as clothes get faded easily there.
  • Two short pants and two long pants. Cargo pants are favorable due to multiple pockets and their quick dry quality. Please avoid carrying jeans.
  • Four sets of undergarments and three sets of socks. Please avoid white socks.
  • One thick sweatshirt.(must have)
  • Gloves are optional and can be purchased there as well in case the need arises.(optional)
  • UV protected sun glares. (must have)
  • Cap
  • A half towel is preferred to a full size one as it saves on space in the bag pack.
  • A pair of shoes that are comfortable and have a good grip. Anklets are preferable.(must have)
  • Slippers or flip-flops.(must have)
  • Rain sheet.(can be purchased on the trip)


  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap bars, shampoo sachets or small bottles of shampoo.
  • Toilet roll.(must have)
  • Paper soap, hand sanitizer, detergent soap sachets.
  • Sun screen with a minimum of 40 SPF, lip balm and cold cream should be carried along.(must have)
  • Body sprays are also good, but glass bottled perfumes are better kept at home.
  • Two thin bed-sheets.(must have)


  • Power board to charge multiple gadgets is a must as most lodging and boarding places have only one plug point.(must have)
  • A 3 meter nylon rope proves to be very handy as it can be used to dry clothes and to tie things along the way.(optional)
  • A LED torch and a box of candles along with a lighter is a safe carry along choice as the lights tend to go out rather often in the Himalayas.(must have)
  • Ten garbage bags to carry dirty clothes while travelling is good to have. These also help to junk the trash and keep the natural setting clean and green.(must have)
  • A small knife while on the road is a safety measure that is advised.(optional)
  • 10,000mah power bank. (Must have)


  • Glucose powder.(must have)
  • Tablets for headaches, diarrhea, motion and altitude sickness.
  • Bandage.
  • Cotton.
  • Aspirin.
  • Medication for rashes.
  • Carrying at least 20 cold and throat relief lozenges proves to be a boon on the trip.(must have)
  • Sprain relief plasters.
  • Any personal medication that you have been advised by your doctor.(must have)

Ladakh is a district in Jammu and Kashmir of North India.

Yes, Ladakh is an extremely safe place to travel to. Unlike the rest of J&K, Ladakh has not been affected by any kind of conflict till date.

The issues with China are an ongoing thing which is at the border where travelers are not allowed to go to. It’s the media who create a mountain out of a mole.

Yes, there is cell phone coverage in Ladakh. BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone postpaid connection work. BSNL and Airtel are the best. Only postpaid connections work in Ladakh.

Since J&K is an highly conflicted region for security purposes only post paid connections work in this region.

As of October 2017, Ladakh had only edge and edge plus (2G) in the town of Leh. So basically WhatsApp works. BSNL has the best data coverage in Ladakh.

Only BSNL has a cellular connection in these regions and that too is very scratchy.

The trip starts at ISBT Kashmiri Gate New Delhi bus station.

Around 60 minutes prior to the departure of the bus is a good time to reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

-From the airport take a direct AC bus which leaves every 30 minutes. Good options if you want to avoid the metro rush.
-Take a shuttle bus to the airport metro and then an express metro to New Delhi and finally take the yellow line to Kashmiri Gate. (Fastest way to reach ISBT)

Our tlow representative will meet you at HRTC bus station in New Manali.

You won’t be alone, you’ll be with the rest of the group and our WhatsApp group which is made 36-40 hours before the start of the trip will be used as the platform to co-ordinate.

We will be using home stays and guest houses all along the trip.

Since no one in the world likes to keep their home untidy, it’s safe to say that every place we stay at will be clean and will give you a homely feel.

Yes, at every place we stay at you’ll get a blanket, a pillow and if not a bed then surely a mattress to sleep on.

Every guest house and home stay we stay at will have geysers so you’ll surely get to have a bath at least once a day.

It will be girls in a separate room and boys in a separate room, for all those backpacking solo.


Since this is a backpacking trip we want to leave the eating for you’ll to explore on your own. You’ll never go hungry in Ladakh.

Not needed. Every place we stay at will have either a cafe or a Ladakh family who will cook for us.

In Manali, Leh and Srinagar you’ll get everything from pizza to dosa. While in other regions, it’s the basic rajma dal (kidney beans) rice, pickle, mix vegetables and rotis with some local chicken curry.

Yes, you can cook in our home stay in Leh. Provided you make the time.

The only way to avoid altitude sickness is to rest well, keep yourself hydrated and have plenty of water.

Consulting your local physician is the best for motion sickness.

The oxygen is indeed very thin in Ladakh but if you remember to keep yourself hydrated with small sips of water, it should not bother you.

Yes, every town and village in Ladakh has a health centre.

Since Ladakh is a vast desert, the ILP is needed to help keep a track of travelers. So if lost, tracking the person will be a little easier.

Our tlow representative on the Ladakh trip will get the ILP done once you submit the documents to them on the trip.

Two photo copies (Xerox) of your identification proof which has your residential address example: Aadhar card, driving license, passport.

Yes, it’s absolutely fine to enroll solo. All our trips have 70% solo travelers who enroll.

If no one talks to you, don’t worry our tlow team members will be your friend and give you an experience of a lifetime.

While in Ladakh we will be using a combination of multiple modes of transportation.

A 14 seater tempo traveller.

HRTC ordinary bus.

Volvo HRTC bus.

No, this is not a biking trip but a backpacking trip.

You can hire a bike in Leh and ride around while in Ladakh. The tlow representative will guide you through the process.

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