Ladakh Hot Springs Overview

Standing out as an anomaly in the cold deserts around Siachen Glacier, Ladakh Hot Springs are a true natural marvel. The sulfur-rich springs are believed to have healed powers, curing joint pains and aches, among other things. Set against the backdrop of Nubra Desert, and backed by the towering peaks of the Himalayas, make sure to include this bewitching site in your Ladakh trip packages.

The Ladakh Hot Springs are a group of naturally occurring hot springs located in the village of Panamik on the Siachen Glacier. Nestled in the depths of the Siachen Glacier, Panamik is one of the highest villages in the world to be hosting this marvelous phenomenon. The warm water of the springs is said to possess healing properties and the right amount of sulfur that cures aches and skin diseases.

Although the Panamik hot springs were largely unorganized for a long time, the locals at the Panamik village have now undertaken initiatives for better maintenance of these phenomenal springs.

Several bathhouses or segregated areas have been formed for people to take a dip at, some even segregated by gender. There’s a bathhouse just beside the hot springs, where the atrociously hot water is often blended with the cold to make it easier on the skin. The springs also have a running hot tea and coffee service against a nominal charge. The Ladakh hot springs are not only valued for their medicinal properties, but stand out in their astonishing beauty as well.

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• Replenish yourself as you take a dip in the the scalding waters of the Ladakh hot springs
• Marvel at the beauty of the anomalous hot springs bubbling out from the cold desert grounds of Nubra
• Enjoy a cup of hot tea or coffee as you take a dip in the spring, enjoying the fantastic views of the mountains that surround you

How To Reach

The only way to reach Panamik is via the Khardung La Pass through Leh by road. One can either rent a car, or take a bus that travels along this route to reach the hot springs. The journey from Leh to Panamik is about 140 km long, and takes about 6 to 7 hours in total. If you’re travelling from Diskit, which is closer, it would take about three hours by car.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time of the day to visit the Ladakh hot springs would be the early morning hours. The hot springs get increasingly crowded as the day deepens, so the earliest hours would be the ideal time for a smoother experience.

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Accommodation near Panamik

1. MH- Himalayan Hot Spring Homestay: Located very close to our point of interest, the Himalayan Hot Spring Homestay is among the few tourist accommodations within the Panamik village. The homestay offers a modest bed and breakfast package. All rooms have mountain views. 

Distance: 3km

2. NotOnMap: Churon House: As its name suggests, NotOnMap offers budget-friendly stays in an off-the-road location. Apart from its warm, well-furnished rooms, the guesthouse offers homemade meals and an outdoor garden as well. 

Distance: 2.8km 

3. Wooden Nest Homestay: Located a short drive away from Panamik, Wooden Nest is another sustainable homestay with budget friendly bed and breakfast packages. The cozy rooms are styled like cottages on stilts, and all units feature views of the mountains.

Distance: 18km

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Ladakh Hot Springs FAQs

Can I visit the Ladakh Hot Springs in winter?

Unfortunately, the Ladakh hot springs only remain accessible during the summer months between May and September. The Khardung La Pass, which is the only gateway to the hot springs, remains blocked during the winter months owing to heavy snowfall, and cannot be accessed.

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Will I require a special permit to visit the Ladakh hot springs?

Traveling to Nubra, where the Panamik hot springs are located, does require an Inner Line Permit (ILP). You can easily obtain the ILP from the official government website or the DC office in Leh.

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Are there any timings for the Panamik hot springs?

Being a natural attraction, the Panamik Hot Springs do not function within a set duration. However, the weather here gets frighteningly cold after sunset, so the morning hours are probably best suited for a dip in the hot springs.

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