Itinerary help required for Solo backpacking in Leh in August'2017

#1 Jul 18th, 2017, 11:26
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Hello IMers!! I am planning solo backpacking in Leh region in August'2017. I have 20 days time frame after that I have to attend BMC course at Manali, which means I have to be in sound and healthy condition before I start my course.
Below is my rough itinerary-
11th Aug- Reach Leh by flight, Rest and exploring Leh market, museum, Leh palace
12th- Hall of Fame- Kargil- Lamayuru monastry, Night stay at Kargil/ Lamayuru Monastry (Suggest which is better option & where to stay?)
13th- Return to leh- Spituk Gompa, Shey Monastry, Thickse Monastry, Rest at Leh
14th & 15th- Kardungla- Diskit- Hunder- Turtuk (Suggest better staying option)
16th- Nubra Valley- Pangong tso (Suggest better staying option at Pangong)
17th- Return back to Leh
18th- Hemis Gompa- Tso Moriri (Suggest stay option at Tso Moriri)
19th- Tso Moriri- Pang/ ZingZingBar (Suggest which is better option & Stay)
20th- Reach Manali- Rest
Then I am thinking about travelling to Spiti for next 7-8 days.
1. Will this be too much tiring journey before attending BMC at Manali?
2. Shall I skip Spiti and spend more time at Leh? Or 20 days are enough to cover both places?
3. What are current bike rentals charges along with safety guards charges? Name & contact. Can I pick rent bike from Leh and drop it at Manali?
3. Where can I expect public transport medium/ shared taxis?
4. Most importantly, please suggest me cheap/ affordable accommodation options preferably home stays in those regions. Can I stay in monasteries & how?
Any more suggestions will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
#2 Jul 19th, 2017, 14:35
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If you do not get severe AMS by the zig zag planning on day 1 and 2, you'd likely exhaust yourself unless traveling by helicopter. Suggest you go through several stickies in the ladakh sub forum and re-plan.
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Skip Spiti this time. Do a fresh trip later sometime, else you might get bored with similar type of landscape. Also, Spiti trip is far more demanding than Ladakh owing to road conditions.
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Can't your Ladakh trip be done after the course?
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Can't your Ladakh trip be done after the course?
Nope.. I have booked Ladakh flight tickets already. Course idea came latter.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post If you do not get severe AMS by the zig zag planning on day 1 and 2, you'd likely exhaust yourself unless traveling by helicopter. Suggest you go through several stickies in the ladakh sub forum and re-plan.
ok.. Thanks.. Although I have check some posts, I will still look again and replan it.
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Originally Posted by Prasad Chaoji View Post Nope.. I have booked Ladakh flight tickets already. Course idea came latter.
Hmmm. Don't overstretch yourself or your course will go for a toss.
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Originally Posted by Prasad Chaoji View Post Hello IMers!! I am planning solo backpacking in Leh region in August'2017. I have 20 days time frame after that I have to attend BMC course at Manali, which means I have to be in sound and healthy condition before I start my course.
Below is my rough itinerary-
11th Aug- Reach Leh by flight, Rest and exploring Leh market, museum, Leh palace
12th- Hall of Fame- Kargil- Lamayuru monastry, Night stay at Kargil/ Lamayuru Monastry (Suggest which is better option & where to stay?)
13th- Return to leh- Spituk Gompa, Shey Monastry, Thickse Monastry, Rest at Leh
14th & 15th- Kardungla- Diskit- Hunder- Turtuk (Suggest better staying option)
16th- Nubra Valley- Pangong tso (Suggest better staying option at Pangong)
17th- Return back to Leh
18th- Hemis Gompa- Tso Moriri (Suggest stay option at Tso Moriri)
19th- Tso Moriri- Pang/ ZingZingBar (Suggest which is better option & Stay)
20th- Reach Manali- Rest
Then I am thinking about travelling to Spiti for next 7-8 days.
1. Will this be too much tiring journey before attending BMC at Manali?
2. Shall I skip Spiti and spend more time at Leh? Or 20 days are enough to cover both places?
3. What are current bike rentals charges along with safety guards charges? Name & contact. Can I pick rent bike from Leh and drop it at Manali?
3. Where can I expect public transport medium/ shared taxis?
4. Most importantly, please suggest me cheap/ affordable accommodation options preferably home stays in those regions. Can I stay in monasteries & how?
Any more suggestions will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Can anyone suggest me suitable itinerary then? Also please try to answer above queries.
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Originally Posted by Prasad Chaoji View Post ok.. Thanks.. Although I have check some posts, I will still look again and replan it.
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Originally Posted by Prasad Chaoji View Post Can anyone suggest me suitable itinerary then? Also please try to answer above queries.
Where's the replanned itinerary?
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Where's the replanned itinerary?
I think he has not changed his original plan.
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No.. I am changing my plan. As mentioned earlier, I have 20 days for travelling before reaching Manali (fit & good health). I will be reaching Leh by flight on 11th Aug morning.
I would like to cover following places- Leh (market, place, museum, hall of fame), Kargil, Magnetic hill, Kardung La, Diskit, Nubra valley, Turtuk, Pangong, TsoMoriri.
I would also like to cover offbeat places like Uleytokpo, Zanskar valley, Nimmoo, Rumtse, Changthang, Sumur, Hanle, Chumathang, etc,
Please suggest me any other places worth visiting.
Basically I am looking for peaceful & offbeat places, villages to visit.
Also I have some queries from earlier post-
1. Hall of Fame- Kargil- Lamayuru monastry, Night stay at Kargil/ Lamayuru Monastry (Suggest which is better option & where to stay?)
2. Kardungla- Diskit- Hunder- Turtuk (Suggest better staying option)
3. Nubra Valley- Pangong tso (Suggest better staying option at Pangong)
4. Hemis Gompa- Tso Moriri (Suggest stay option at Tso Moriri)
5. I am carrying my tent. So are all these places safe to stay in my own tent (considering temperature at night)?
6. Can I rent sleeping bag in Leh? If yes where? I have FORCLAZ 15/20.
7. How can I minimize my budget for this trip?
Also it would be great if anyone help me to arrange proper itinerary for all these locations.
I know my queries are complicated but it would be great if at least some of these questions are answered.
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PC,

Look, this is nuts, previous posters have politely indicated as such, let me put it bluntly.

Firstly, this is not backpacking, the only way you are going to get round it is in a taxi which means that there will be no immediate training benefit. The "If it's is Tuesday, this must be Thikse" approach, otherwise known as kamikaze tourism may look OK on paper but gives you no real idea of the place.

You will not find peaceful off-beat places if you confine yourself to the said taxi, if by any chance you do, then you will not have the time to appreciate them. Nothing much happens in Chumuthang, but then nothing much happens in any Ladakhi village if you are onlyspending a hour or so there before another 3 hours buttock-bashing in the taxi.

Never camp anywhere in Ladakh, if the wolves don't get you the snow leopards will.......then there is the problem of marauding bands of jihadis

The temperature regularly drops below minus 20 in summer so beware........

(I exaggerate on the last 2 paras)

Seriously, whilst we will all be willing to help, the fact is that you have not checked the threads that will help you. "Ladakh in 5 days or less" is a good start.

You can rent a bag in Leh - I wouldn't - at least you know who yours has had in it.

Minimise your budget by staying in one place for a few days. Chill.
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Originally Posted by captain bruce View Post PC,

Look, this is nuts, previous posters have politely indicated as such, let me put it bluntly.

Firstly, this is not backpacking, the only way you are going to get round it is in a taxi which means that there will be no immediate training benefit. The "If it's is Tuesday, this must be Thikse" approach, otherwise known as kamikaze tourism may look OK on paper but gives you no real idea of the place.

You will not find peaceful off-beat places if you confine yourself to the said taxi, if by any chance you do, then you will not have the time to appreciate them. Nothing much happens in Chumuthang, but then nothing much happens in any Ladakhi village if you are onlyspending a hour or so there before another 3 hours buttock-bashing in the taxi.

Never camp anywhere in Ladakh, if the wolves don't get you the snow leopards will.......then there is the problem of marauding bands of jihadis

The temperature regularly drops below minus 20 in summer so beware........

(I exaggerate on the last 2 paras)

Seriously, whilst we will all be willing to help, the fact is that you have not checked the threads that will help you. "Ladakh in 5 days or less" is a good start.

You can rent a bag in Leh - I wouldn't - at least you know who yours has had in it.

Minimise your budget by staying in one place for a few days. Chill.
I didn't get this. Anyway thanks for your answer. I hope to have great experience during my "18 days" stay in Leh. Will publish my travel story once I get back.
Thanks
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Originally Posted by Prasad Chaoji View Post Will publish my travel story once I get back.
Thanks
We will be looking forward for your travel story.
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BackPacking in Ladakh

Hello Prasad, I can understand your situation as a first time traveler to Ladakh. I visited Ladakh way back in 2005 for two months and trust me there like any other city in India. This is no more a secluded or peaceful destination during summers. The major issue I have observed is that people want to see everything at the first go. Brother, its a place of pilgrimage and solace, so spare some time aimlessly. Going to your itinerary, when you say you are a backpacker you must understand what is meant by being a backpacker. If you travel with an itinerary the very purpose of backpacking is subdued. Summarizing your questions here are the answers:
1. Minimizing the budget: Travel with locals in a public bus. You can find the time table at the Bus stand. Eat local (avoid all those big restaurants) rather look for homes having a little "restaurant" board on top.
2. Place to stay: Since you are carrying your own tent, you can pitch wherever you want. Just make sure you have a company or ask any villager to allow you to pitch your tent on their property. I did it on my previous trip. Other than that, you can find tented accommodations at Tso Moriri, Tso Kar, Zing Zing Bar which charges 50-300 Rs for a bed/Night. Stay at Kargil and Nubra valley is expensive. But bearable if you have negotiation skills.
3. You will use your sleeping bag only if you pitch a tent, else no use. You will be provided with quilt and blankets even at the most modest locations. I suggest to not to carry your tent/sleeping bag(they will take enormous bag space) rather taste a new adventure of staying with locals.
4. What is your definition of off beat places? For me, every place holds its beauty. I remember my partner's bike got washed away in a fast stream and subsequently we had to camp at Chagga La Pass (Somewhere after Chushul) with utter frustration. Yes it was an out of textbook OFFBEAT location. And I still remember every bit of the experience. So, stop whenever you see a beautiful place. Meet the villagers, carry some chocolates or goodies for the kids (they will easily become your friends). Who knows this trip will bring life changing effect on your life.
Happy Backpacking :-)
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