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LEH/LADAKH - Anyone Planning Trip? Those who already travelled, please share your suggestions.. What to carry along + Do's & Don't

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Generally during summers, roads for leh ladakh are open for self riders.

Delhi to Leh distance: Around 1000 Km

Route option:
1) Via Manali / 2) Via Jammu/Srinagar]
In both the cases, need to check if roads are open to go or not during trip period. On daily basis need to keep an eye on that
Physical Fitness:
Due to the high altitude, high chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). AMS affects our body due to low oxygen levels and makes our body difficult to adjust and adapt to the weather and height. Headache, vomiting, nose
bleeding, nausea, breathlessness are common side effects.

Acclimatization | Ladakh Trip Planner

Acclimatization

Acclimatization is one of the important things to prepare for while planning trip to Ladakh. The fact that Leh and most of the places in Ladakh are located above the altitude of 10,000 feet, visitors may suffer from dizziness, headaches or even acute mountain sickness (AMS). So planning to acclimatize to the high altitude condition becomes one of the most important things to take into consideration while you are planning your trip to Ladakh.

The best thing about going to Ladakh, nestled amidst the mountain ranges of the Himalayas and The Karakoram, is the breathtaking view. But there are some issues which travelers to such high-altitude face. They complain of vomiting, dizziness etc. these symptoms do not give you a chance to enjoy yourself. Some people can deal with them while the others really suffer because of them.

If one flies or drives to a higher altitude directly, then sickness during Ladakh trip is pretty common. One has to experience quite extreme consequences. If one goes higher, things can get more serious. Therefore, before you set your foot out of your house to go to Ladakh, you should be aware what altitude sickness is and how to save yourself from it.

Acclaimed and Acute Mountain Sickness

Following are the scales of Altitude:

High (8,000 – 12,000 feet)

Very High (12,000 – 18,000 feet)

Extremely High (18,000+ feet)

Many times people go up to 8000 feet without any problems, the problem comes when the altitude increases. The intake of Oxygen becomes less and therefore the breathing rate becomes higher. The level of Oxygen in blood remains the same as is required at the time doing some daily household activity. When one spends more time in high altitude and accustoms himself with such Oxygen changes, this is called as Acclimatization. Different people will acclimatize at different rates and thus there is no comparison.

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) starts above the altitude of 10,000 Feet to most of the people. AMS becomes severe as the elevation becomes higher. Try to avoid going to such high altitudes directly. The condition can get worse when one sleeps, since the body respiration decreases.

If you can acclimatize properly- great, if not- move down. Nevertheless, there preventive AMS medicines too which can be consumed after consulting a doctor as there might be side effects.

Try a test to check for Ataxia. Ask the person to walk in a straight line, placing toe to toe. If he is unable to do that, immediately move down.

Tips for Better Acclimatization

Below are a few tips that will certainly help you in better acclimatization:

Gradual Increase in the altitude: If one goes by acclimatization rules, they state that after 10,000 feet, one should stay overnight after completing 1000 feet and for a complete day, after 3000. If things go fine, it means that you will be able to enjoy yourself in the mountains.

Keep hydration levels in your body proper, consume plenty of ORS water or other fluids such as soup, milk, tea and juice. Instead of plain water, consume garlic flavored water by keeping garlic in your water bottles. This keeps the oxygen level, normal. Avoid too much of coffee or black tea.

Do not force anyone to drink water, if they are not thirsty or they will vomit or worse, can develop cerebral edema (hyponatremia, confusion, weakness, seizures or coma).

Avoid sleeping during day time and try to indulge in one or the other activity. Try Sleeping in upright position. Try and sleep by resting your back against the wall or try to keep your head on an elevated level from the body. Your head will feel much lighter.
Try not to sleep at high altitudes
When one sleeps, respiration in our body decreases. It is advisable that after spending a day at a high altitude, move down in the evening.

Stay away from drugs, alcohol, smoking and tobacco

Avoid any kind of over exertion or unnecessary physical activity.

Keep-up the body warm by weaning woolens. Your clothes should be dry as well.

Consume a diet that is rich in carbohydrate as you get around 70 percent of your calories from it.

Carry preventive medication
Do not forget to pack AMS preventive medication but make sure you consult a doctor before consuming them because of the possible side effects. To check for possible allergies, you can try them a week or two before the trip.

If condition worsens, quickly move down
If symptoms of the AMS increase, you must move down at once. This is the last and the best solution.

THINGS TO CARRY ALONG:
Basic Toolkit including Jack and Spanner
Extra tyre, tubes, bulbs
Air Foot pump
Kit to repair tube puncture Repair Kit
Tow Away Rope approx. 3-6 ton Capacity
Jack
Screwdriver Set
Torchlight
Jump Start Cables
1-2 Jerry Cans / Coke Bottles to carry spare fuel
Funnel
Spare Coolant and Engine Oil
A Long Stick/Rod
A Shovel and a Hammer
2-3 Packs of M-Seal and Quick Fix/Fevi-Quick/Elfy
Plenty of Drinking Water and Snacks/Dry Fruits
Lighter / Matchbox

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good info …planning to go there by road (not bike ride)

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Even we are palnning to visit by thar, but not confirmed yet, may be we can also go via flight. Any running offet to book flight tickets, from delhi or jaipur to leh! What will be the approx expenditure! Which is the best month to visit leh!

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I’m planning to go there this august.

Bangalore – Chandigarh by flight and to Manali by bus from there. Booked the HPTDC bus for 2.7k per head from Manali to Leh. Spend 4 days in Leh. fly from Leh to Srinagar. Spend a day in Srinagar. Srinagar to Delhi, a night there and finally delhi to Bangalore.

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@mjuneja13 wrote:

Even we are palnning to visit by thar, but not confirmed yet, may be we can also go via flight. Any running offet to book flight tickets, from delhi or jaipur to leh! What will be the approx expenditure! Which is the best month to visit leh!


Flights to leh are pretty expensive during June-Sep. 1 way flight costs from Delhi to Leh can be anywhere between 6k-20k. Also acclimatization becomes difficult. If you are going by flight, you’ll need to spend at least 2 days in Leh or in your hotel before heading to nubra, pangong or moriri. You’ll also miss out on things like Rohtang pass, Gata loops, Keylong etc. If time is not a constraint for you, please plan to travel by road.

Best time to visit Leh will be from June to September. Most of the snow will have cleared and almost every road will be open. Because the number of flights is so less, offers on these flights will be very less. Off-season i.e Dec-Apr flights will be very less. But its probably a boring time to go there.

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To add to this:

You cannot take a self-driven rented car/bike to roam places around Leh. You can take it upto Leh, park it there and then rent a bike or a taxi once in Leh. Its an unwritten law that you cannot drive a vehicle that is not registered to you/your relative to tour places around Leh smile

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@prithvirao17 wrote:

To add to this:

You cannot take a self-driven rented car/bike to roam places around Leh. You can take it upto Leh, park it there and then rent a bike or a taxi once in Leh. Its an unwritten law that you cannot drive a vehicle that is not registered to you/your relative to tour places around Leh smile


For Manali to Rhotang, i had faced such things earlier. But first time ever, I heard about LEH. Thanks for sharing this bro..

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@sunnie wrote:

@prithvirao17 wrote:

To add to this:

You cannot take a self-driven rented car/bike to roam places around Leh. You can take it upto Leh, park it there and then rent a bike or a taxi once in Leh. Its an unwritten law that you cannot drive a vehicle that is not registered to you/your relative to tour places around Leh smile


For Manali to Rhotang, i had faced such things earlier. But first time ever, I heard about LEH. Thanks for sharing this bro..


Yes it started around 2 years back. There was an incident about the taxi union guys thrashing a person who had a self driven car too. Not sure about the whole story. Better to be safe.

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@prithvirao17 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

@prithvirao17 wrote:

To add to this:

You cannot take a self-driven rented car/bike to roam places around Leh. You can take it upto Leh, park it there and then rent a bike or a taxi once in Leh. Its an unwritten law that you cannot drive a vehicle that is not registered to you/your relative to tour places around Leh smile


For Manali to Rhotang, i had faced such things earlier. But first time ever, I heard about LEH. Thanks for sharing this bro..


Yes it started around 2 years back. There was an incident about the taxi union guys thrashing a person who had a self driven car too. Not sure about the whole story. Better to be safe.


Adding this for more info

http://devilonwheels.com/leh-ladakh-taxi-rates-...

http://www.alifetimetrip.com/leh-ladakh-taxi-ra...

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Self – Promotion! toungueout


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Anyone from dimers planning for byke ride trips…?

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@sunnie wrote:

Anyone from dimers planning for byke ride trips…?


Yup, but mostly next year and that too IF I get a bike for myself biggrin

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@sunnie wrote:

Anyone from dimers planning for byke ride trips…?


Visited leh from june 4 to 11, with self driven vehicle(suv with 3 friends) Awesome experience.

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@mjuneja13 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

Anyone from dimers planning for byke ride trips…?


Visited leh from june 4 to 11, with self driven vehicle(suv with 3 friends) Awesome experience.

waau,

which Route ?? Manali_Rohtang_Leh???

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@sunnie wrote:

@mjuneja13 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

Anyone from dimers planning for byke ride trips…?


Visited leh from june 4 to 11, with self driven vehicle(suv with 3 friends) Awesome experience.

waau,

which Route ?? Manali_Rohtang_Leh???


Yes visited via manali rohtang sarchu pang and returned via Srinagar kargil dras jamu

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@mjuneja13 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

@mjuneja13 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

Anyone from dimers planning for byke ride trips…?


Visited leh from june 4 to 11, with self driven vehicle(suv with 3 friends) Awesome experience.

waau,

which Route ?? Manali_Rohtang_Leh???


Yes visited via manali rohtang sarchu pang and returned via Srinagar kargil dras jamu

Hey bro, there were Videos circulating on youtube that Local Residents are Thrashing the Vehicles of outsiders,
is that the case there??
How was your experience with the locals?? especially the ppl who rent out their vehicles??

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@smartsagar7up624 wrote:

@mjuneja13 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

@mjuneja13 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

Anyone from dimers planning for byke ride trips…?


Visited leh from june 4 to 11, with self driven vehicle(suv with 3 friends) Awesome experience.

waau,

which Route ?? Manali_Rohtang_Leh???


Yes visited via manali rohtang sarchu pang and returned via Srinagar kargil dras jamu

Hey bro, there were Videos circulating on youtube that Local Residents are Thrashing the Vehicles of outsiders,
is that the case there??
How was your experience with the locals?? especially the ppl who rent out their vehicles??


Nothing like that, we didnt experienced such things, yes local drivers are very rude in nature, they stare us like we are criminals, whenever we overtake them or they overtake us they stare us like we did something wrong, so better to stay away from them as they have strong unity thats we didnt mess with them, we didnt rented any vehicle so cant tell u abt that

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@mjuneja13 wrote:

@smartsagar7up624 wrote:

@mjuneja13 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

@mjuneja13 wrote:

@sunnie wrote:

Anyone from dimers planning for byke ride trips…?


Visited leh from june 4 to 11, with self driven vehicle(suv with 3 friends) Awesome experience.

waau,

which Route ?? Manali_Rohtang_Leh???


Yes visited via manali rohtang sarchu pang and returned via Srinagar kargil dras jamu

Hey bro, there were Videos circulating on youtube that Local Residents are Thrashing the Vehicles of outsiders,
is that the case there??
How was your experience with the locals?? especially the ppl who rent out their vehicles??


Nothing like that, we didnt experienced such things, yes local drivers are very rude in nature, they stare us like we are criminals, whenever we overtake them or they overtake us they stare us like we did something wrong, so better to stay away from them as they have strong unity thats we didnt mess with them, we didnt rented any vehicle so cant tell u abt that

i agree – i also had same experience. Even my local driver from jammu said same thing

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shit taxi union here or road block by politicians/ministers trip in city…these guys always collapse the mood, Tourism department is just sleeping ? What the foreigners think about this.

so if we travel by our own car means, no problem, also whats the price for lodging in hotels ? any place for tent ?

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@desibuddy wrote:

shit taxi union here or road block by politicians/ministers trip in city…these guys always collapse the mood, Tourism department is just sleeping ? What the foreigners think about this.

so if we travel by our own car means, no problem, also whats the price for lodging in hotels ? any place for tent ?


Hotels/guest house/tents are easily available, better to book hotels online a week ago if u want a good accommodation, offline bookings at hotels cost rs 2k-4k for good reputed hotels for 2 guests/night. few guest housr are also available at cheap prices, u have to search fot that. Tents accomodation is mostly preferred in the way to manali to leh at jipsa, pathisha or sarchu. Or u can also book tents at pongang lake. Prices for tents with fooding are apptox 2k-2.5k.

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any dimer came through Kashmir route during last 3-4 weeks??

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There Is FB Group Name The Himalaya Club Join It All Info And 1000 Ppl Who Are Touch Himalaya

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There Is FB Group Name The Himalaya Club Join It All Info And 1000 Ppl Who Are Touch Himalaya


interesting

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