Leh to Khardung La: How to Plan a Road Trip in 2022
1547908601 ladakh.jpg
Leh Ladakh Fly In Fly Out Packages (Upto 50% Off)
1545806571 shutterstock 1115511410.jpg
Best Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Packages (Upto 35% Off)

Leh to Khardung La

Leh to Khardung La trip is a dream come true journey for adventure seekers who wish to take up challenges and nail them in life. This is not only the highest motorable road in the whole world but it is also the most rugged stretch that actually tests the capability of both driver and vehicle. The roads are frequented by river crossings, avalanches, and landslides.

But the thrill that tourists and adventure seekers enjoy is insurmountable. Driving through the slush and mud and hopping from one rock to another is a true experience to cherish.

The distance between Leh to Khardung La is about 39 kms and you would need to pass through Phyang and South Pullu to reach your destination. The Leh to Khardung La distance might be less but the rugged terrains on the way make it worse for new drivers. It is at all times recommended to leave early in order to reach your destination before sun down and cover the Leh to Khardung La Pass distance safely.
Explore All (28)
Explore All (25)
01

Leh to Khardung La Route (Leh – Phyang – South Pullu – Khardung La = 39 kms)

Since the distance between Leh and Khardung La Pass is just roughly 39 kilometres, a return trip can be performed in as little as 2-3 hours. The road from Leh to South Pullu is good, but from there to the summit of Khardung La, it's all gravel and slushy trail. The journey to Nubra Valley, on the other hand, can take anywhere between 6 and 8 hours depending on where you are in the valley.

 It is preferable to leave Leh early to avoid the tourist horde. Take the Khardung La path and ask any locals for directions if you get lost. The road will continue to ascend until you reach South Pullu, when your permits will be verified. The ascent will become even steeper beyond South Pullu, and you will soon arrive at Khardung La Pass.

Plaaning a Ladakh Trip Checkout Now: Leh Ladakh Tour Packages

02

Leh to Khardung La Road Conditions

The road from Leh to Khardung La is relatively smooth for the first 25 kilometres until you hit South Pullu. There are some difficult sections throughout the trip, but the most difficult stretch begins 14 kilometres from South Pullu to Khardung Peak. As you near the summit, the road will continue to worsen.

It will be severely damaged in certain areas due to a large amount of slush and water streams created by melting snow. The road will degrade again as you approach Nubra Valley until you approach North Pullu.

Must Read: Manali to Leh Ladakh Highway Guide

03

Leh to Khardung La Distance

The Leh to Khardung La Pass distance is around 39 kilometres. With terrible portions of road, winding roads, and stops in between,

the drive from Leh to Khardung La summit may easily be completed in a couple of hours. Unless you plan to proceed to Nubra valley from there, a round trip with some time spent at the top of the pass will take between 3-4 hours

Planning To Rent a Bike in Ladakh, Checkout: Leh Ladakh Bike Rentals

04

Leh to Khardung La Permit

In order to travel from Leh to Khardung La, you will need to carry an inner line permit. You can apply for authorization either in person or online at the DC office in Leh. Make a lot of photocopies of the permit once you obtain it because you'll have to show one at each checkpoint. Before going on to Khardung La, you must stop, register, and provide a copy of your permission at the checkpoint in South Pullu.

if you wish to visit Nubra Valley as well, you'll need to present a copy of your permit to the North Pullu check post on the other side of Khardung La.

Click Here To Book: Leh Ladakh Bike Trip


05

Best time for Leh to Khardungla Trip

The months of April to June and September to October are ideal for visiting the Leh to Khardungla pass.

The trip is less perilous during the summer because the roads are dry. The sun is shining brightly, and the temperature is still hovering about 21 degrees Celsius.

Also Read: Delhi to Leh Ladakh by Road Guide

06

Things to Carry for Leh to Khardungla Trip

  • Clothes

  • Jackets

  • Warmer

  • Shoes

  • Camping backpack

  • Zip lock pouch and dry sack 

  • Medicines 

  • Oxygen cylinder

  • Sunscreen 

  • Sunglasses & hat/cap 

  • Toilet paper 

  • Snacks 

    Must Checkout: Srinagar to Leh Road Trip Guide

07

Weather and Temperature

The weather at Khardung La, like the rest of the high altitude passes, can only be described as unpredictable. Days in Leh can be quite hot, but once you start climbing up Khardung La, the air will get noticeably cooler. The weather at the summit of the pass is always cold and windy.

 Snow can be found here all year and there is always a chance of snowfall, even in the summer. Despite the fact that Ladakh is a rain shadow region, there was a lot of rain in Khardung La in 2017, resulting in landslides. Tourists were delayed in Nubra Valley for days before being able to return to Leh as a result of this.

You Can Also Book: Manali to Leh Bike Trip Package from Delhi

08

Medical Facilities

You can find basic medical facilities and amenities in Leh city only. En route from Leh to Khardungla, there are little to no medical facilities, so an extensive first-aid kit is advisable to carry.

Click Here To Book: Ladakh Honeymoon Package from Delhi

09

Phone Connectivity

Your phone will work normally in Leh to Khardungla, regardless of the network you are on, as long as it is a postpaid connection. Your phone may go out of network a few kilometres after you leave town and go towards Khardung La.

You won't be able to connect again until you return to Leh or the Nubra Valley. This is, however, slowly improving.

Planning a Bike Trip in Ladakh, Book Now: Leh Ladakh Bike Trip from Delhi

10

Snow at Khardung La Pass

Snow towards the top of Khardung La usually remains throughout the year, no matter which month you are travelling in. Chances of finding a lot of snow are more towards the opening months of tourist season, in May or early June. As summer arrives, snow starts to melt, and only some remains in the months of July and August. It starts to snow at the top again in the latter half of September.

11

Leh to Khardung La Taxi Fare

The cost of driving from Leh to Khardung La and returning back will cost you between INR 2,300 - INR 2,600, depending on the type of vehicle you rent and the distance you want to go from Leh to Khardung La. If you want to include Nubra Valley in your schedule, the fee will go up.

Taking a shared cab from the Leh Bus Station is also an option, and all of them go early in the morning towards Nubra Valley. The fee will be a few hundred dollars per person. The disadvantage of this option is that you will be dropped off at the pass, leaving you to hitchhike or wait for another cab.

You Can also Book: Premium 6 Days Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour

12

Leh to Khardung La Bus

If you're taking public transportation, there are a number of buses that drive to Nubra Valley from Leh. You can also take the bus from Nubra Valley to Leh on the way back. The timing, on the other hand, can be a little tricky. Another option is to take a bus from Leh to Khardung La summit and hitchhike the rest of the way.

You will have no trouble catching a transport back home during peak tourist season.

Suggested Read: Delhi to Leh Ladakh Guide

13

Leh to Khardung La by Bike

You can rent a bike to get from Leh to Khardungla Pass if you don't want to use a taxi and want to cycle up the mountain on your own. You should anticipate to pay anywhere between INR 800 - INR 2000 per day depending on the sort of bike you rent.

 If you commute by bike, the only thing you need to be certain of is that you have completed all of the necessary documentation. You must register the bike in your own name. Your journey will be interrupted and you will be sent back to Leh if it isn't. You'll have to rent a bike and leave your bike at the hotel if you want to go sightseeing in the area.

Must Read: Mumbai to Ladakh -Travel Guide

14

Leh to Khardungla Cycling

Obviously, Cycling in Khardung La is meant for those who enjoy riding and have a lot of stamina and experience. If it is your very first time in Khardung La, then it is certainly going to be a bit of a challenge. Despite the fact that the distance is only 39 kilometres, the climb is rather steep, and the entire journey is uphill.

You'll be huffing and puffing in no time if you combine it with a low oxygen level. You can rent a bicycle in Leh for the trip to Khardung La if you have prior cycling experience. It is only recommended to take part in this if you are comfortable riding a bicycle in both flat and hilly terrain. If you haven't ridden a bicycle for a couple  of months or are merely a casual rider, you won't be able to do it.

You Can Also Book: Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Delhi by Air

Newly Added Ladakh Experience

Ladakh Top Attractions

Places To Visit In Ladakh
"the experience was awesome. The whole thing organized by Thrillophilia was great. Our tour operator Jigmet sir and the whole crew were 1 no. SHAMAAASS. Julley.
11 July 2019
Excellent
We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there, we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi about whom I have read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there for which I thought the best way would be to write at thrillophilia reviews.
We had a wonderful experience with Thrillophilia Out tour was Leh-Ladakh 6N7D, which includes Leh Sightseen, Nubra Valley Overnight Stay, Pangong Overnight Night. 1. First of all you should know that Thrillophilia doesn't have its own Travel Team. Thrillophilia actually linked up with several local Travel Agency. Once your Tour is booked Thrillophilia tagged one local Travel Agency for your Tour and that particular travel agency will take care of your entire tour. Our travel manager is Lobzang Tseldon. She is very helpful and you will not face any problem in your entire tour. 1. Hotel provided in Leh: Ladakh Heights. The hotel was very good,neat and clean.It is a new hotel so you don't found any pics in the internet. But lobzang will send you the pics of the Hotel. There is a canteen within the hotel where you will be having complimentary breakfast and dinner. Non Vegetarian please let Lobzang know that you want non-veg items as well.they generally prepare veg items only.but on request they will provide you omlette in breakfast and chicken/mutton in dinner. So if anyone wants to book Thrillophilia please ask Thrillophilia to tag you to the travel agency that offers non veg items too. The Hotel Ladakh Heights is a bit far from the main city but don't worry Lobzang will provide you car for visit to Leh market whenever required and she will not charge you for that. You will get a beautiful view from this hotel but if you want to stay near the main city you will not get any view from the hotel. 2. The stay at Nubra Valley was awesome. They have Royal Camp in Nubhra and it's is a nature-friendly camp. You will love it, I can guarantee you. 3. They stay at Pangong was okay. You can understand that at that altitude you will not get luxury.so the camp provided at Pangong was good for 1 night stay. Overall my experience with Thrillophilia was very good. We enjoyed a lot. Thanks a lot to Lobzang Tseldon for the wonderful arrangements of our tour.
"Trip was really awesome. I feel everyone should consider this trip at least once in their lifetime. My eyes were never tired of looking around at such beautiful and scenic views. I would like to extend my special thanks to Tour leader Mr. Jigmet Tandar. He is highly trained professional. The way he lead the tour made us have more fun. Thanks to the whole crew Jigmet, Stanzin, Wangyal, Kaushal, Tundoop. Made a lot of new friends. One suggestion to Thrillophilia team: Since this is not just any casual trip that anyone can go through please consider keeping a screening process for people who opt for it. This is one of the most extreme adventures where your body and mind will go through a lot of challenges, one can successfully complete this trip only if they are determined and well prepared."
03 June 2019
Excellent
An exhilarating life-changing experience. If you are able bodied, a biking lover, a landscape / scenery admirer and a crazy adventure seeker, this is a must try for life. Our group of bikers were fun-loving yet very responsible riders. We became friends on the very first day and all of us enjoyed every moment, giving mutual respect at every instance, having each other's backs at every dangerous turn. Even elderly couples in the group made amazing memories with all the young folks! The Ladakhi food, the heritage site visits, the campfire dancing, the photos, the market shopping, the music, the hikes, the snow, even the adorable mountain dogs, furry yaks and double-hump camels, every-bit was amazing. The road team was extraordinary, specially Tani (captain) and Shashi (bike repairman). They were very friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and also helpful at every step. We had a truck carrying our luggage all along, running behind us all through the roads, making sure no one is left behind. Jigmet has a lot of local connections, so you will be well taken care of at camps and hotels (even Jain food, on request).
24 October 2020
Excellent
I had a wonderful trip with Thrillophilia. Hotel provided in Leh was clean and good. All sightseeing places covered as per itinerary. The camping stay at Nubra Valley and near Pangong lake was awesome. We enjoyed a lot and overall experience was great.
The Sham Valley Trek was one of the most enjoyable treks I have undertaken in the last few years, and all the credit goes to Thrillophilia. The booking experience was extremely smooth and I would highly recommend this company for all your travels in the valley.
17 November 2019
Superb
It was an awesome experience. Completed the tour in July 2019. We had booked for 8 persons on Thrillophilia. The facilities were good, Tani-the tour guide, was superb. Amazing tour, to say the least. I have penned down my entire experience of Ladakh bike tour on my blog. Sharing the link here.
17 November 2019
Excellent
When we made the booking for 6-days trip to Ladakh via Thrillophilia, we had a lot of questions in our mind on how it's going to turn out, especially on whether it's a suitable honeymoon destination even for those who love a bit of adventure. That is primarily because the reviews of Ladakh were a bit scary. Almost all of the people who wrote reviews had a lot of things to warn you about- the extreme climate, sudden decrease in Oxygen levels, deserted/uninhabited places where it's difficult to get some help from anyone in case of any issues and so on. And there were some people who wrote bad reviews about Thrillophilia for some negative experiences they had to endure from the operators. But it was reassuring to see how Thrillophilia answered all the reviews, even the negative ones. They clarified how they assign tour operators based on customer reviews and in case of any negative experiences from the operators, there is not much Thrillophilia can help with apart from not assigning those operators anymore. As we were getting immediate response from Amit on all our queries on a timely basis, we decided to book the package. Cutting to the chase, we were contacted by the operator(Thupstan) the day before our arrival and he ensured that there was a taxi to pick us up on time. The tour guides and the driver of the backup vehicle he assigned for our group were so experienced that all we had to do was to keep riding until they ask us to stop. The halts were all well planned that we didn't have to worry about anything. And they were so approachable in case of any issues. And whenever we rode for a long time, they would come and inspect each bike and fixed any issues immediately. They were always willing to go the extra mile to make us comfortable. Let me quote an instance here - The driver of the backup vehicle had an issue with Blood Oxygen level when we reached Pangong. We had enough stock of Oxygen cylinders in the backup vehicle. But he didn't consider using it and hence took one of the bikes and rode to where he could find a pharmacy to get an Oxygen cylinder for himself. When one of us asked him on why he didn't use one of the cylinders that we had carried, he told us that the cylinders are just for our use and himself or any of the guides won't use that. Such was the concern they had for everyone in the group. In case anyone reading this still has a question regarding whether it's a suitable place for couples, the answer is YES. The accommodation they provide is suitable for couples as well. Even the tents are nice and safe. I could go on like this and I never thought this review is going to be this long when I started writing it. As others have mentioned in the reviews, it's such a beautiful destination and the experience is awesome. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Ladakh, go ahead and embark on this beautiful journey with Thrillophilia. I'm sure that you won't regret it.
"it was a very well organized trip,the hotel was very good,the tent in nubra was lovely and the food was good too..overall a good experience "

People Also Ask About Ladakh

  1. Is Khardung La highest motorable road?

    Yes, Khardung La is the highest motorable road that is located at an elevation of about 18600 feet. Khardung La happens to be one of the highest mountain passes in the Leh district of Ladakh Union Territory. Reaching to the pass is considered to be very difficult as the roads get narrow as you drive high and are frequented by river crossings and landslides.

    You Can Also Checkout: Leh to Tso Moriri-Travel Guide

  2. Is KhardungLa pass open in January?

    At this time, the sole obstacle between Leh and Nubra Valley is the Khardung La mountain. The pass is blanketed beneath snow throughout the month of January. Though it is open for the majority of the months, there may be brief closures for a few hours or even days.

    Click Here To Book: Ladakh Tour Package From Kolkata

  3. Is KhardungLa pass open in November?

    During the winters which are experienced from the month of September to the month of February, the Leh to Khardungla pass region receives a lot of snow and the region becomes inaccessible. So it is kept closed in the month of November when winter is at its peak.

    Must Checkout: Leh Ladakh in Feburary

  4. Why is Khardung La Pass famous?

    Khardung La is said to be the world’s highest motorable pass which earns it quite the reputation. It's packed with adventure tourists who are passing through from Leh and pausing to take photos. The Leh to Khardung La pass distance is about 39 km and you will come across innumerable tourists capturing beautiful snapshots. The roads to the pass are narrow and are covered with zillions of obstacles to give drivers and riders a tough challenge. 

    Also Checkout: Leh Ladakh in August

  5. Is there snowfall in Khardung La?

    Yes, there is snowfall in Khardung La starting from mid september and continues till february. The amount of snowfall is increased in the peak winter times bringing down a white carpet all over the area. The pass remains closed in the peak season and needs frequent snow cleanup for vehicles to pass through easily. 

    Click Here To Book: Leh Ladakh Tour Package From Mumbai

  6. What is the height of Khardung La pass in feet?

    Khardung La pass is located at an altitude of 5359 metres or about 17852 feet above the sea level. This is the highest motorable road in the world as well as an important mountain pass. As per the reports, there exists a military road at 5610 metres or 18406 feet above the sea level. 

    You Can Also Book: Manali To Leh Cycling Tour

Popular Nearby Places Around Ladakh

Popular Related Destinations

Places to Visit in India

Places to Visit in Delhi Places to Visit in Goa Places to Visit in Pune Places to Visit in Bangalore Places to Visit in Mumbai Places to Visit in Hyderabad Places to Visit in Jaipur Places to Visit in Chennai Places to Visit in Kolkata Places to Visit in Ladakh Places to Visit in Spiti Places to Visit in Andaman Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh Places to Visit in North East Places to Visit in Sikkim Places to Visit in Darjeeling Places to Visit in Meghalaya Places to Visit in Gangtok Places to Visit in Rajasthan Places to Visit in Uttarakhand Places to Visit in Kerala Places to Visit in Karnataka Places to Visit in Maharashtra Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh Places to Visit in Kashmir Places to Visit in Manali Places to Visit in Dharamshala Places to Visit in Shimla Places to Visit in Mcleodganj Places to Visit in Nainital Places to Visit in Mussoorie Places to Visit in Dehradun Places to Visit in Rishikesh Places To Visit In Jammu Places to Visit in Srinagar Places to Visit in Chikmagalur Places to Visit in Munnar Places to Visit in Kodaikanal Places to Visit in Ooty Places to Visit in Pondicherry Places to Visit in Wayanad Places to Visit in Coorg Places to Visit in Mysore Places to Visit in Lonavala Places to Visit in Alibaug Places To Visit In Mahabaleshwar Places to Visit in Udaipur Places to Visit in Jodhpur Places to Visit in Jaisalmer Places to Visit in Mount Abu Places to Visit in Agra Places To Visit In South Goa Places To Visit In North Goa

Reach out to us at any time

Give us a call:

Currency Picker
Commonly Used Currencies
INR -
Indian Rupee
USD - $
United States Dollar
EUR -
Euro
SGD - $
Singapore Dollar
AUD - $
Australian Dollar
GBP - £
British Pound
AED - د.إ
United Arab Emirates Dirham
All Other Currencies
ALL - L
Albanian Lek
AMD - դր.
Armenian Dram
ARS - $
Argentine Peso
AWG - ƒ
Aruban Florin
BBD - $
Barbadian Dollar
BDT -
Bangladeshi Taka
BMD - $
Bermudian Dollar
BND - $
Brunei Dollar
BOB - Bs.
Bolivian Boliviano
BSD - $
Bahamian Dollar
BWP - P
Botswana Pula
BZD - $
Belize Dollar
CAD - $
Canadian Dollar
CHF - CHF
Swiss Franc
CNY - ¥
Chinese Renminbi Yuan
COP - $
Colombian Peso
CRC -
Costa Rican Colón
CZK -
Czech Koruna
DKK - kr.
Danish Krone
DOP - $
Dominican Peso
DZD - د.ج
Algerian Dinar
EGP - ج.م
Egyptian Pound
ETB - Br
Ethiopian Birr
FJD - $
Fijian Dollar
GHS -
Ghanaian Cedi
GIP - £
Gibraltar Pound
GMD - D
Gambian Dalasi
GTQ - Q
Guatemalan Quetzal
GYD - $
Guyanese Dollar
HKD - $
Hong Kong Dollar
HNL - L
Honduran Lempira
HRK - kn
Croatian Kuna
HTG - G
Haitian Gourde
HUF - Ft
Hungarian Forint
IDR - Rp
Indonesian Rupiah
ILS -
Israeli New Sheqel
JMD - $
Jamaican Dollar
KES - KSh
Kenyan Shilling
KGS - som
Kyrgyzstani Som
KHR -
Cambodian Riel
KYD - $
Cayman Islands Dollar
KZT -
Kazakhstani Tenge
LAK -
Lao Kip
LBP - ل.ل
Lebanese Pound
LKR -
Sri Lankan Rupee
LRD - $
Liberian Dollar
LSL - L
Lesotho Loti
MAD - د.م.
Moroccan Dirham
MDL - L
Moldovan Leu
MKD - ден
Macedonian Denar
MMK - K
Myanmar Kyat
MNT -
Mongolian Tögrög
MOP - P
Macanese Pataca
MUR -
Mauritian Rupee
MVR - MVR
Maldivian Rufiyaa
MWK - MK
Malawian Kwacha
MXN - $
Mexican Peso
MYR - RM
Malaysian Ringgit
NAD - $
Namibian Dollar
NIO - C$
Nicaraguan Córdoba
NOK - kr
Norwegian Krone
NPR - Rs.
Nepalese Rupee
NZD - $
New Zealand Dollar
PEN - S/
Peruvian Sol
PGK - K
Papua New Guinean Kina
PHP -
Philippine Peso
PKR -
Pakistani Rupee
QAR - ر.ق
Qatari Riyal
RUB -
Russian Ruble
SAR - ر.س
Saudi Riyal
SCR -
Seychellois Rupee
SEK - kr
Swedish Krona
SLL - Le
Sierra Leonean Leone
SOS - Sh
Somali Shilling
SVC -
Salvadoran Colón
SZL - E
Swazi Lilangeni
THB - ฿
Thai Baht
TTD - $
Trinidad and Tobago Dollar
TZS - Sh
Tanzanian Shilling
UYU - $U
Uruguayan Peso
UZS - so'm
Uzbekistan Som
YER -
Yemeni Rial
ZAR - R
South African Rand