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HOW to get Ladakh &
UMLING LA PASS
Permits IN 2022?

Ladakh Inner Line Permit Guide (ILP) MARCH-2022

What is Inner Line Permit?

All the citizens of India have the freedom to live and work in any state of the country. But, to enter certain states & Union Territories requires special permits. Such a permit is referred to as an ‘Inner Line Permit’. As it grants entry to areas lying between the International Border and the so-called “Inner Line” of the country. The concerned state government has the right to issue Inner Line Permit. This allows the inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected area for a limited period. Foreigners need a Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit tourist places.

Currently, ILP is mandatory in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur & some parts of Leh-Ladakh. In Ladakh, ILP is applicable for visiting the following places; Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Dah, Hanu Villages, Man, Merak, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Chusul, Hanle, Umling-La, Digger La, Tangyar.

These permits are not applicable for residents of J&K state and children below the age of 12 years. They can visit the inner line region in Ladakh by showing/carrying a valid Photo Id proof.

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How to Apply for Ladakh Inner Line Permit in 2022?

Getting Inner Line Permit for the Leh-Ladakh trip is not a much-complicated task, anyone can do it. Earlier, it was a tiresome task, visiting the DM office, filling out the paperwork, and obtaining officers’ signatures. Especially, during the peak season, there are long queues of tourists standing there for hours. But now, to make it more convenient for tourists, authorities have now launched a web portal. So, the tourists can apply for Ladakh Inner Line Permit Online. However, there are some areas where Hanle was added to the list, you still need to visit the DM & TIC office to get the manual stamp from them. 

COVID-19 UPDATE (2022)

Leh, 31.01.2022
LDMA issues fresh #COVID19 SOPs/Guidelines for the incoming visitors:

The mandatory production of a negative RTPCR report not older than 72 hours before arrival into Ladakh is exempted for such visitors who have been inoculated with both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 15 days have elapsed since the date of the second dose, provided such visitor has no clinical symptoms of COVID-19.

Applying for Inner Line Permit Online.

To apply for Inner Line Permit online, you have to visit http://lahdclehpermit.in/ first, and then follow the steps mentioned below. It will ask you for identity proof, so please keep your Aadhar card/ Voter ID / Driving License handy.

Step 1: Enter personal details of travelers including Name, State, Gender, Id Type, Id Number, and Home Address. Apart from this, you need to choose if you are applying directly or through an agent. It’s advisable to apply directly because if you choose the agent option, you will have to hire an agent to get your permit processed. 

Then you will have two options click here to issue an individual permit and click here to issue a group permit. Select it according to your trip plans.

Step 2: Now its time to select your route or the places you are going to visit during your entire trip. Select the required circuits as per your itinerary of the Ladakh trip. As you cannot reissue the permits, so it’s advisable to select all the circuits at once when applying for the permits. Now you have to enter the number of days you are going to stay in ILP Zones, in date format. After entering the dates click on Apply for permit button.

Step 3: After entering all the details, the confirmation page will appear. Once you verify all details click on the Process button to generate your permit. Don’t forget to print a few extra copies of this permit.

Applying for Inner Line Permit Offline.

Latest Update from DC Office Leh (January -2022). 

All our Domestic tourists are hereby informed that there will be no further need of verifying the payment contribution slip at the DM office. Tourists can visit the areas directly after online payment and the payment slip in form of pdf or hardcopy (whichever convenient) will be checked only at respective check posts.  (This Facility is only applicable for Indian Citizens) 

But still If due to any technical error, the online facility is not available, you can also apply for the permit offline at the TIC or DC office, Leh by following some simple steps.

Step 1: Visit the TIC or DC office with original & xerox copies of your identity proof, PAN CardAadhar card / Voter ID / Driving License / Passport / Voters ID. Try to reach there by around 10:00 am, because during this time you will find the least rush and the process will be hassle-free. 

Step 2: After you reach there, you have to fill out the permit application form in order to get the approval for your inner line permits. In this form, you need to fill in your personal details & route details. If you are traveling in a group, You can apply for the permits for your entire group, for that you just need to fill in the required details of all group members in the permit application form, attaching the xerox copy of the ID proof of each & every member. 

The entire permit approval process may take somewhere around 30 minutes to 4 hours. Hence, it’s always advisable to reach early morning at the Leh TIC or DC office. During the peak season, when there is a rush of tourists, the permits are issued in two batches. First, in the morning and second, in the evening. Thus, if you apply it in the first batch, then you have the entire day for Leh local sightseeing.

However, if you don’t want to do it by yourself, you can also hire a travel agent or ask your hotel owner to do so by paying some extra fees.

Do I need to pay for Inner Line Permit?

Yes, you have to pay a certain amount to get this permit. Every traveler who wishes to visit those ILP areas has to pay one-time fees of  INR.400.00 per person. (INR.300.00 as an Environment fee + INR.100.00 as a Red cross fund fee) And now you don’t need to pay any extra fees like earlier ( Per Day Rs.20/- Per person). 

Tourist Information Center (TIC) Office is opposite J&K Bank, Main Market. And Leh & Leh DC Office (LAHDC) is near Polo ground, Leh. The TIC office opens from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. ( Monday to Saturday) And the DC office opens from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. (Monday to Friday) Both offices are closed on Sunday. So, try to reach Leh on weekdays, to avoid delays in getting permits.

Inner Line Permit Zones

There are a total of 8 zones, where the inner line permit is applicable. So, you can select them according your travel route. However, it’s advisable to select all the 8 zones, as you can’t re-apply for it. 

1Khalsi, Domkhar, Skurbuchan, Hanu, Baima, Dha in Khalsi Sub-Division.Zone 1
2Khardong, Khalsar, Trith up to Warsi and Yarma Gonbo, Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang, Tyakshi in Nubra Sub-Division.Zone 2
3Upshi, Tso Moriri / Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.Zone 3
4Upshi, Dipling, Puga, Tso Moriri / Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.Zone 4
5Kharu, Changla, Durbuk, Tangtse, Lukhung, Spangmik, Man-Merak (Pangong Lake) in Nyoma Sub-Division.Zone 5
6Upshi, Chumathang, Mahe, Loma Bend in Nyoma Division.Zone 6
7Leh-Kharu-Changla-Durbuk-Tangtse-Lukung-Spangmik-Man Merak (pangong) upto Chushul and Loma Bend.Zone 7
8Tangtse-Kargyam-Sato, Barma, Chushul.Zone 8

Special Permit for Hanle & Umling La

You might be thinking that why Hanle isn’t mentioned in the above list. The reason behind this is, Hanle is very close to the Indo-China border. Therefore, you need a special permit for visiting Hanle village. There will be an additional stamp that they will put on the permit copies. This will authorize you to travel to Hanle beyond the Loma check-post.

Permits for Hanle, Umling la & Chusul route are always subject to the current political or border situation. Sometimes, they don’t even issue the permits for Hanle, Umling la, and Chusul route. Even after you get a stamp on the permits for Hanle, Umling La, and Chusul, it’s not always necessary that the Army will let you pass through the Loma Check-post. The Army’s decision is based upon the actual political and border security situations.

Way to Hanle
Way to Hanle

Getting Permit for Siachen Base Camp

The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas, At the northeast of the point NJ9842 where the Line of Control ends between India and Pakistan. This is the world’s highest battleground at an altitude of 5,753 meters. (18,875 ft)

Siachen Base Camp or SBC is an army camp near the base of the Siachen Glacier at an altitude of 3,658 meters. This is the last point up to which a motorable road is present. Earlier, it was very difficult to get the permit to visit Siachen Base camp. Bur, after the announcement of Hon. Defense Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will change all this situation. On 21st Oct. 2019, he announced that “To encourage tourism in Ladakh region, the Siachen area is now open for tourists and Tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for tourism purposes.”

But, further, there was no clarity on How to obtain the permit? And during this year i.e. 2020 onwards is very disturbing due to India – the Chine issue near the Ladakh region. But, we hope that by the beginning of 2022 Govt. will make some special announcements on this issue. As we get some insights we will update this page soon.

Siachen Base camp

How to visit Umling La Pass (Alt. 19,024 ft.)

Umling La Pass in Ladakh is at an altitude of 19,024 Feet. Now it’s the highest motorable pass in the world. The BRO had opened this pass for military use in 2017. But now in 2022, Civilians can also be allowed to visit here. ( depends upon political conditions on Indo-Chine Border)

BRO had built and opened the world’s highest pass over Umlingla pass, connecting the Chisumle and Demchok villages. Umling La pass is about 105 km from Hanle Village and about 235 km from Leh. 

There are 5 routes through which you can reach Umling La Pass and each of them gives you a unique experience. Let us have a look at all 5 routes for Umling La Pass.

Route 1: Rongo-Loma-Koyul-Demchok-Umling La

You need a special permits signed by the District Magistrate of Leh to travel on this route.

Route 2: Rongo-Loma-Koyul-Chisumale-Umling La

You need a special permits signed by the District Magistrate of Leh to travel on this route.

Route 3: Hanle-Photi La-Chisumale-Umling La

The regular permit obtained from Leh (along with Hanle) is enough for traveling on this route. However, you can descend to Demchok from Umling La Pass and back to Hanle.

Route 4: Hanle-Punguk-Ukdungle-Nerbole-Chisumale-Umling La Pass

For traveling on Hanle-Ukdungle-Nerbole -Umling La Pass, a normal permit is all you need.

Route 5: Hanle-Boog-Nerbole-Chisumale-Umling La Pass (Boog to Nernole Offroad)

For traveling on Hanle-Boog-Nerbole -Umling La Pass, a normal permit is all you need.

The location of Umling La pass is Visible on Google maps, but you can’t find turn-by-turn Navigation here, so don’t rely on it.

Things to remember before you plan for Umling La Pass:

  • Umling La Pass is located at a massive altitude of 19,300ft, is characterized by extremely thin air, which makes even normal breathing very difficult.
  • If you are suffering from any respiratory problems or any other kind of breathing or heart issues, you should avoid traveling to this pass.
  • In Ladakh, AMS (altitude mountain sickness) is quite common, and you should properly acclimatize yourself before deciding to take a trip to Umling La Pass. To know more About AMS & how to prevent it click here.
Umlingla Route Map
Umlingla Route Map
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Umling-la-pass

Tips for the Inner Line Permit

TIP 1: Always carry a few extra copies of your Photos & ID documents to avoid the last-minute hassle.
Tip 2: Permit Application forms (set of 3) are also available at some Xerox Shops near TIC & DC office, so you can get them filled in advance.
TIP 3: Reach early at the TIC & DC office to process your permit faster.
TIP 4: While applying for your permit online, select your date of entry & exit from Leh, according to your route plan. 
TIP 5 : Don’t apply too early. Always apply one day before leaving for Leh. 
TIP 6: Always carry some extra photographs with you.
TIP 7: Once you receive the authorized copy of the permit, it’s advisable to take 10-15 extra xerox copies of it.
TIP 8: Don’t Take photos & videos wherever you see “No Photography” signs, as it’s concerned with national security.
TIP 9: Do not litter, Avoid throwing plastic bags or bottles anywhere.

I hope this article will help you to get your Inner Line Permits for Ladakh online or offline. Apart from this, if you want any other information please feel free to comment below or contact us.  

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