Generally during summers, roads for leh ladakh are open for self riders.
Delhi to Leh distance: Around 1000 Km
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
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 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
Jump Start Cables
1-2 Jerry Cans / Coke Bottles to carry spare fuel
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