Day 5 of the journey will take you on a drive on the Silk Route, the claimed Highest Motorable Road in the World - Khardung La (18,380 ft). The ride is a bumpy one with a number of hair pin curves but gives you an unbelievably fantastical view of the mountains. If you are lucky you'll also experience snowfall at this point. Enjoy a few moments and make sure you get yourself clicked next to the Signboard put up by BRO (Border Roads Organization). There is a Cafe at the top where you can enjoy a quick cup of tea and Yesss... our very own Maggi noodles!! One thing I can guarantee you, you go anywhere in the world, the Maggi you get at the top is the BEST! :)
1) Innerline Permit: You need an Innerline Permit to visit places like Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, etc. It is a travel document issued by the Government of India which allows Indian and foreign travelers to travel to a protected area for a limited time period. You can apply this online through the portal.Permit Charges:
Address for Fee payment and Permit collection -
TIC Office, Opposite J&K Bank, Main Market, Leh
2) The temperatures are very low and make sure you are dressed up in 2-3 layers to protect yourself from the scorching winds. It is not advisable to stay outside at this point for more than 5-10 min due to low Oxygen levels in the atmosphere.