Route details Diskit- Wari la - Pangong tso

#1 Jan 9th, 2013, 16:51
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Dear Imers,
I plan to ride back to the leh circuit with a larger group again this year.
I have read and even seen pictures of the route Diskit- Wari La- Pangong tso but I still have a few question on this route.
  • Are there good hotels on this route, and I do understand that a good hotel is a generic term and might not make sense in leh context but I want to know if there are hotels and not just home stays. Hotels that can accomodate 10-15 people. Hotel that will atleast have an atached toilet
  • How long does it take (I guess around 8 hours rougly) to reach pangong tso from Diskit? I do not intend to do the mad rush and exhaustive ride but then do I have any option of stay for such a large group on way which will be a mid point or atleast a good 5 hours from Diskit?
  • Is it a better option to do this route or just stick to the usual back to leh and then go to pangong tso from leh

Thanks in advance !!!
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#2 Jan 9th, 2013, 17:06
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Hi N_T :

I've only been once to Ladakh, it was last year in August (1st-12th). I couldnt make it to pangong tso due to AMS but i did enquire extensively for this route (I was pretty set on saving some time). I was advised against it by two people - most clearly by Rigzen (the taxi driver whose name is often mentioned about ladakh). He said, the route is not great, better to go back to Leh. so we went back to Leh. I curtailed my trip from here and my co-travelers went ahead to all the high-altitude areas - Pangong, Tso Moriri, Hanle, Sarchu and onwards to Manali.

I'd suggest you directly call up Rigzen and ask him as he's very familiar with pretty much all the major tourist routes in ladakh !

-Vaibhav
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Thanks Vaibhav,
Sorry to hear that AMS stopped you from exploring some beautiful places. But I bet whatever you experienced were as much a wonderful experience as you expected.
I will talk with Rigzin and get his inputs.
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Been to Ladakh four times now. This year in October wanted to cross over Wari La but was dissuaded by all the vehicle owners/drivers. The reasons that they gave was:
- Route not maintained and is of secondary importance to the BRO in terms of maintenance.
- Vehicle with high GC and preferably with 4x4 drive can make it.
- In the event of a breakdown you are basically on your own as there are virtually no vehicles plying that route.

To answer your first question:
At Deskit: Yes
At Lukung and Spangmik: Yes
Book early if you have a large contingent.

Have a nice trip!
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Originally Posted by Meeone View Post Been to Ladakh four times now. This year in October wanted to cross over Wari La but was dissuaded by all the vehicle owners/drivers. The reasons that they gave was:
- Route not maintained and is of secondary importance to the BRO in terms of maintenance.
- Vehicle with high GC and preferably with 4x4 drive can make it.
- In the event of a breakdown you are basically on your own as there are virtually no vehicles plying that route.

To answer your first question:
At Deskit: Yes
At Lukung and Spangmik: Yes
Book early if you have a large contingent.

Have a nice trip!
Thanks a ton Meeone, for the inputs. This makes me rethink on the Wari La route.

Any idea how muc time would it take on a mototrcycle from Diskit to Pangong tso.
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No idea via the Wari La route as I have not traveled by that road.
My reconing if you return from Deskit to Leh and then to Pangong via Karu, it would be a very tiring journey by motorcycle crossing two high passes; Kardung La and Chang la, it would be wiser to have a night halt at Leh to recharge your body.

See the attached map - the distances are mentioned, but it has no relation to the time taken driving on the plains.
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I was going to answer pretty much what Meeone said, but would like to add I stayed in a really nice guesthouse in Laga portion of Durbuk this autumn called Changla Queen. It's close to where the road from Chang-La comes down into the valley, so it's an hour or two before Pangong Lake if you have a long tiring day. Our rooms didn't have attached bath, but the whole place was charming, arranged around a garden, next to a sparkling burbling small river, and with dinner/breakfast in a nice dining room decorated as a traditional kitchen. Sorry I don't have contact details, oops!

I'm not sure if the road over Wari-La is in good shape currently but it is true that it often washes out or is flooded, and maintenance hasn't been good. At the best of times it needs a high-clearance 4WD vehicle and a driver experienced in off-road driving and ad-hoc repairs...
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Originally Posted by Meeone View Post No idea via the Wari La route as I have not traveled by that road.
My reconing if you return from Deskit to Leh and then to Pangong via Karu, it would be a very tiring journey by motorcycle crossing two high passes; Kardung La and Chang la, it would be wiser to have a night halt at Leh to recharge your body.
I agree Meeone. If the route taken goes from leh then it does not make sense to do it in one go.
I was only trying to figure out if the wari la route is shorter and by any means has some accomodation so I could think of exploring it.

But seems like might not be worth it with a larger group and limited days in hand. I might choose the safer bet of going back to leh.

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Originally Posted by NonIndianResident View Post I was going to answer pretty much what Meeone said, but would like to add I stayed in a really nice guesthouse in Laga portion of Durbuk this autumn called Changla Queen. It's close to where the road from Chang-La comes down into the valley, so it's an hour or two before Pangong Lake if you have a long tiring day. Our rooms didn't have attached bath, but the whole place was charming, arranged around a garden, next to a sparkling burbling small river, and with dinner/breakfast in a nice dining room decorated as a traditional kitchen. Sorry I don't have contact details, oops!

I'm not sure if the road over Wari-La is in good shape currently but it is true that it often washes out or is flooded, and maintenance hasn't been good. At the best of times it needs a high-clearance 4WD vehicle and a driver experienced in off-road driving and ad-hoc repairs...
Thanks NIR! I will keep a watch for that place as I should cross Durbuk on my way to spangmik from leh too. It sure sounds like a nice place.

With what I gather is the road is real bad and the motorcycle ride is going to be a rough one with lots of rattles.

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