Combined Nubra and Lakes

#1 Feb 1st, 2017, 12:31
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I am visiting Ladakh in late May and am interested in visiting Nubra and one of the lakes.
Tso Morari or Pangong Tso.

Is it possible to devise a taxi route that combines Nubra and one of the lakes?
This route may avoid recrossing Khardung-la and take a short cut by some other pass.
#2 Feb 1st, 2017, 13:14
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I see that the Leh Taxi Union provides for such a route

Disket-Hunder-Sumoor-Panamik-Pangong via Shyok in 3 days.
Presumably the starting and the end point is Leh.
There is another route via Wari-la.

Can people advise which route to prefer? And do I need to make ILP or some other special permission to take these routes?
#3 Feb 1st, 2017, 13:59
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You can take the Wari-La route, if that remains open. I have taken it in 2014 and found it to be extremely scenic. Had plans to take the Agham - Shayok route but never materialised.
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Last August I did the following trip on a motorbike tour:

Leh to Tso Kar lake via Taglang La pass- good roads mostly
Tso Kar lake to Tso Moriri- 50% of the route is bad and 50% ok
Tso Moriri to Sakti village (close to Leh)- very bad dusty stretch
Sakti to Pangong Tso via Chang La pass- 50% of the route is bad and 50% ok
Pangong Tso to Nubra via Shyok river- very bad stretch initially.
Nubra back to Leh via Khardung La- North Pullu check point to K-top is bad, rest is good.

This would complete a comprehensive tour of Ladakh in 7-8 days.
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No permit required for Indian citizens unless you are visiting some villages very close to the China border.
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Thanks for the clear answers.
Are the taxi people generally willing to take Wari-la or Shyok route?
Reading around, the Shyok route is more appealing and also shorter, the high pass isn't that appealing.
But it seems the Shyok route is more adventurous. We are two families with young children.
#7 Feb 2nd, 2017, 21:59
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Advice above sounds correct. Taxi people will know the current status of the Shyok route. If it's closed they'll say they can't go. At best it's rough, sometimes completely closed, and at worst it is tempting but you could get stuck halfway and have a drama with miserable kids.

The routes mentioned above are only available to Indian citizens.

They also involve many long days in vehicles. Is that really what you and your kids will enjoy in a vacation? One spends so much time cooped up indoors and in cars in the city, that to me the appeal of a vacation in Ladakh is to get out to a picturesque village and spend some days walking and enjoying the clean air. For example, you could spend a couple days in Hundar or Diskit in central Nubra. The rolling sand dunes between the two villages are great fun for rolling on for all ages, and there are rides on the local two-humped camels. There are also pretty day hikes from both villages to scenic viewpoints that are not very far. You could drop a few destinations and spend a few days in each spot along the way.
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NonIndianResident,
You are correct about spending time just walking about in villages. We do intend to spend a couple of days in Hunder. The alternative routes Nubra-Pangong are attractive precisely for they cut down on taxi time.
Could you suggest some village near Leh with attractive small treks/ walks options. Walks that could be done with small kids in 2-3 hours.
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Also, could you elaborate on day hikes from Hunder/Disket?
#10 Feb 5th, 2017, 12:44
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Um, if you're staying in Diskit, walk towards Hundar. If you're staying in Hundar, walk towards Diskit. When you see some beautiful big sand dunes, climb up one and roll down. Your kids will enjoy it. What more could be elaborated?

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