Budget Road Trip Around Leh-Ladakh Via Srinagar and Manali In 11 Days

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All about the Budget Road Trip Around Leh-Ladakh Via Srinagar and Manali In 11 Days.

Here is The Land Of Wanderlust’s 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:

Sherwin Rebello: +91 9833494963

TLOW Office 1+91 8454961928
TLOW Office 2: +91 9004594935

or mail us at info@tlow.in.

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Must Have:

  • Valid Photo id proof with address – 5 copies. (No Pan card)
  • Two passport size photographs.
  • Backpack. (Mandatory)
  • Power Bank


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 based on room size)
  • Travel.
  • Entry Fee.
  • Permits.
Whats not included in this Blueprint.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Food.
  • Travel to Srinagar and back from New Delhi.
  1. Day 1 Srinagar

    – Reach Srinagar by 14:00 HRS latest.

    – Check into our Dal Lake house boat for the night.

    – Post tea, go for a shikara boat ride around the lake.

    – Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

  2. Day 2 Kargil

    – Leave early in the morning by 06:00 HRS for the town of Kargil by local government bus. (213 km = 6-7 hours)

    – Visit Sonmarg known as the ‘Meadow of Gold’.

    – Lunch at Drass, the 2nd coldest inhabited place in the world.

    – En route have a magnificent view of the famous war peaks of Kargil (Tololing and Tiger Hill).

    – Reach Kargil by 17:00 HRS.

    – Check into guest houses.

  3. Day 3 Leh

    – Board an early morning bus from Kargil to Leh. (216 km = 5-7 hours)

    – Check into home stay.

    – Spend the rest of the day wandering the streets of Leh.

  4. Day 4 Leh

    – After breakfast, leave for local sight seeing by Suv/Tempo traveller.

    – Visit the 3 Idiot school Sindguard – Shey – Thiksay  Hemis.

    – Return back to Leh in the evening.

    – Spend the rest of the day relaxing in Leh.

  5. Day 5 Hunder

    – Leave early morning by SUV/Tempo traveller to the villages of Diskit and Hunder in Nubra Valley via Khardung La (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). 150 km

    – Spend night in guest house in the village of Hunder.

  6. Day 6 Pangong Tso

    – After breakfast, pack up and head to the beautiful high altitude Pangong Tso via Shayok link road. (152 km = 4-5 hours)

    – Reach the Tangsey home stay by lunch time.

    – Post lunch, drive 30 kms and reach  Pangong Tso by 15:30 HRS.

    – Spend the rest of the evening chilling near the beautiful Pangong Tso.

    – Return to the home stay around dinner time.

  7. Day 7 Leh

    – Post breakfast, pack-up from Tangsey and head back to the town of Leh via Chang-La. (120km= 4-5 hours)

    – Reach Leh by 14:00 HRS and check into the same home stay for the night.

    – Rest of the day at leisure.

  8. Day 8 Leh

    – Last day in Leh, leisure day to do anything.

    – Spend the day by visiting Tsemo – Leh Palaceor

    – Wander the tiny lanes of Leh or

    – Go white water rafting. (Additional Cost)

  9. Day 9 Keylong

    – Board the early morning bus to Keylong.

    – Reach Keylong by 17:00 HRS.

    – Check into guest house for the night.

  10. Day 10 Manali/New Delhi

    – Board a local bus from Keylong to Manali by 05:00 HRS.

    – Reach Manali post lunch.

    – Board the HRTC AC bus from Manali to New Delhi in the evening by 17:30 HRS.

  11. Day 11 New Delhi

    – Reach ISBT New Delhi by 08:00 HRS.

Essentials to carry while backpacking to the Himalayas

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 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 travellers are not allowed to go to. It’s the media who creates 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 cellular connection in these regions and that too is very scratchy.

The trip starts at Dal Lake gate no.1

Any time from 10:00 HRS to 17:30 HRS on day one of the trip is an ideal time to reach Dal Lake.

The trip ends at New Delhi on the last day of the trip as mentioned on our blueprint.


From Srinagar airport there are two options. Either you can take a taxi to Dal Lake gate no.1 or a local bus.

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 homestays 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 homestay 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 pizzas to dosas. 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 travellers. 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 travellers 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.

Srinagar to Leh?
J&K state state transport semi deluxe bus.

Leh to Srinagar?
A 14 seater Tempo traveller which we will use for the over night journey.

Q. Within Ladakh ?
A 14 seater tempo traveller.

Q. Leh to Manali?
HRTC ordinary bus.

Q. Manali to New Delhi?
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.

Based on the number of bikers we suggest you’ll hire a couple of bikes and relay it all along the three day journey around Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Leh town.

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