OT Travel Itinerary: Your 7-Day Guide To Ladakh

Embark on a journey through Ladakh's awe-inspiring landscapes, where each day offers new adventures and breathtaking vistas.
Begin your journey early from Kargil towards the picturesque Lamayuru Monastery
Begin your journey early from Kargil towards the picturesque Lamayuru MonasteryShutterstock.com

Ladakh is known for its barren yet admirable landscapes. Dwelling on winding roads and travelling through the various destinations of Ladakh, you feel connected to nature in a way never experienced before. Each destination has something different and memorable to teach you. Here's a 7-day itinerary for you to navigate your way through this breathtaking travel destination.

The Journey to Leh

Travel from your home destination to Srinagar, a gateway to Leh via Kashmir. Spend a night in the charming houseboats or luxurious hotels of Srinagar. The next day, embark on an unforgettable journey to Sonamarg, known as the "Meadow of Gold." Traverse the picturesque Kashmir Valley with the Lidder River accompanying you. Explore Sonamarg's snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, and vibrant local market before retiring for the night.

Continue your adventure to Kargil, nestled on the Srinagar-Leh highway. Pause at the iconic Zoji La Pass for panoramic vistas before journeying through the rugged Drass Valley. Explore Kargil's rich cultural heritage, visit the Kargil War Memorial, and immerse yourself in bustling local markets. Retire to your accommodation, eager for the adventures that await in Kargil. However, if you wish to skip this, you can fly directly to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport.

Travelling Through Ladakh

Lamayuru Monastery
Lamayuru MonasteryShutterstock.com

Day 1: Kargil–Lamayuru-Leh


Begin your journey early from Kargil towards the picturesque Lamayuru Monastery. As the oldest religious centre in Ladakh, this site holds immense historical and cultural significance. It is believed to have been sacred long before Buddhism took root in the region. The monastery, dating back to the 10th century, stands amidst breathtaking landscapes, with its intricate wood carvings and spiritual aura offering a truly mesmerizing experience.


Upon returning, refresh yourself with a hearty lunch at your hotel before embarking on sightseeing. Start with a visit to the iconic Shanti Stupa, offering panoramic views of Leh city and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. The tranquil ambience and stunning vistas make it a must-visit destination.


Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll through the bustling Leh market, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture. From traditional artefacts to Himalayan shawls, the market offers an array of treasures to take home as souvenirs. After a day of exploration, unwind and recharge for the adventures ahead.

Altitude: 3,500 m

Beautiful Lake in front of Shey Palace in Ladakh
Beautiful Lake in front of Shey Palace in LadakhShutterstock.com

Day 2: Discovering Tourist Destinations


Embark on a journey to explore the historical treasures of Ladakh, starting with Shey Palace. Perched atop a rocky cliff, this former summer residence of Ladakhi royalty offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, with its crowning jewel being the majestic 12-meter Sakyamuni Buddha statue.


Continue your exploration by visiting Thiksey and Hemis Monasteries, both renowned for their architectural beauty and spiritual significance. Thiksey Monastery, resembling the Potala Palace in Tibet, is a must-see near Leh. The largest gompa in central Ladakh, it features the Maitreya Temple, which features the region's largest 15-meter-tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. Belonging to the Gelug sect, it hosts the annual Gustor Festival in October/November, a vibrant trade fair where villagers from across Ladakh gather to barter and socialize.

Hemis Monastery, dubbed the richest in Ladakh, is situated 45km from Leh. Known for its annual 2-day Hemis Festival, it features the unfurling of a giant thangka every 12 years. Established in 1672, it belongs to the Drukpa Lineage and boasts a museum with a diverse collection of Tibetan artefacts, including books, thangkas, statues, and precious stones.

Marvel at the intricate artwork and serene surroundings as you delve into Ladakh's rich history and heritage.


After a day of sightseeing, indulge in authentic Ladakhi cuisine at one of the city's renowned restaurants. Savour the region's flavours while reflecting on the day's adventures amidst the tranquil mountain setting.

Day 3: Leh to Nubra Valley


Embark on an early morning journey to Nubra Valley, crossing the iconic Khardung La Pass route. Marvel at the awe-inspiring vistas as you traverse one of the world's highest motorable passes, soaking in the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan landscape. Check with your tour guide about the pass needed to cross this landmark. Due to its high altitude, tourists can almost always witness Snow.

Nubra Valley
Nubra ValleyShutterstock.com


Arrive at Nubra Valley by late morning or afternoon and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the region. Visit the famed dunes of Hunder and embark on a thrilling camel safari amidst the stunning desert landscape. Unlike the rest of India, where you will come across single-hump camels, the camels in Ladakh are double-humped and are popularly known as Bactrian Camels. They are one of the two surviving species of camels and are recognized as critically endangered.


As the sun sets over the valley, unwind with a cosy bonfire experience, relishing the warmth and camaraderie amidst the tranquil mountain surroundings.

Altitude: 3,000m 

Pangong Lake
Pangong LakeShutterstock.com

Day 4: Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake


Set out early in the morning for the mesmerizing Pangong Lake, traversing the scenic mountain roads in anticipation of the iconic Bollywood-famous destination. As you journey through the rugged terrain, let the anticipation of encountering the turquoise waters of Pangong Lake fuel your excitement.


Upon reaching Pangong Lake, spend your afternoon capturing the beauty of its soothing blue waters against the backdrop of towering mountains. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the surroundings, living out your Bollywood dreams amidst the breathtaking scenery.


Retire to a cosy lakeside hotel in the evening and unwind as you soak in the majestic views of Pangong Lake. Let the breathtaking views of the surroundings wash over you, providing the perfect end to a day of exploration.

Altitude: 4225m 

Good stays: Pangong Heritage Camp

Panorama of Himalayan lake Tso Moriri
Panorama of Himalayan lake Tso Moriri Shutterstock.com

Day 5: Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri


Embark on another scenic road trip towards Tso Moriri, beginning your journey early in the morning to make the most of the day. As you traverse the breathtaking mountain roads, savour the beauty of the landscape unfolding before you.


Stop at local restaurants along the way to indulge in delicious Ladakhi delicacies such as thukpa and momos while soaking in the stunning vistas outside. Take a moment to rest and rejuvenate, refuelling your energy for the adventures ahead.


Arrive at Tso Moriri by late afternoon and be captivated by the lake's mesmerizing blue and green hues. Spend some quality time by the tranquil waters, allowing yourself to be enchanted by the serene beauty of this natural wonder. As the day comes to a close, retire to your hotel and bask in the peaceful ambience of the surroundings.

Altitude: 4522m

Day 6: Tso Moriri to Turtuk


Embark on an exciting journey to Turtuk village, India's last outpost at Thang, offering a glimpse into the unique cultural heritage of the region. Depart early in the morning to make the most of your time exploring this remote village nestled amidst the Himalayas.


Upon reaching Turtuk, settle into one of the charming homestays and set out to explore the village on foot. Discover the agricultural lands and gardens that sustain the local community, and engage with the residents to learn about their way of life. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape, with the towering peaks and lush greenery creating a picturesque scenery. Get to witness the thrill of living so close to the Schiachang glacier, where war could start any moment.


As the evening descends, gather around a cosy bonfire with the locals and savour delicious home-cooked meals made from organic vegetables grown in the village. Engage in lively conversations and immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the Turtuk community, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Altitude: 2900m 

The Maitreya Buddha statue
The Maitreya Buddha statueShutterstock.com

Day 7: Back to Leh


Begin your journey back to Leh in the early morning, cherishing the memories of your unforgettable adventures in the Himalayas. Reflect on the experiences and sights you encountered along the way, taking in the beauty of the landscape one last time.


Upon returning to Leh, freshen up and enjoy a leisurely lunch before embarking on your final exploration of the city. Visit any remaining attractions or simply spend some time soaking in the serene mountain ambience, relishing the final views of the barren landscapes.


As the sun sets on your journey, take a moment to sit amidst the majestic mountains, reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories you've made during your time in Ladakh. Bid farewell to this enchanting region with a heart full of gratitude and a promise to return someday.

The following day, embark on your journey back to Srinagar, where your flight home awaits. As you board the jeep, you leave behind countless memories, carrying mental snapshots of breathtaking destinations and timeless stories to share. If your return is by plane directly from Leh, you'll witness the landscapes you traversed from a bird's-eye view, each majestic site reduced to a mere dot, reminding you of the grandeur experienced on the ground.

Getting There 

If you wish to explore a little of Kashmir before embarking on your journey to Ladakh, take a plane from your home destination to Srinagar. From there, take a jeep to Kargil. Then travel by road to finally reach Leh. Or take a plane from your home destination to Leh's Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport.

Related Stories

No stories found.
Outlook Traveller