Ladakh Travel Tips
Best time to visit Ladakh
Ladakh is open for tourist throughout the year, while the best period for tour and trek is from June to October. Most of the trekking routes are closed after November due to heavy snowfall at high passes except the Liker to Kahltsey (Sham) trek. The best period for Chadar trek is from January to Mid-March.
Shirt and shorts can do during the daytime but in evening one needs Jacket or pullover. While trekking above 4000m, you need warm cloth. Sometimes there is a rain or snow in early June therefore you need Wind sheeter or raincoat.
Good waterproof shoes are needed while trekking and extra pair of shoes and Sandal is always handy.
A good spacious rucksack is needed to carry your items of use. Sleeping Bag: Warm sleeping Bag.
How to Reach Ladakh
Indian Air Lines operates regular flight to Leh from Delhi, twice a week between Leh to Jammu and once a week from Srinagar. Jet Airways Operates daily flight between Leh to Delhi.
There are two overland routes the Srinagar to Leh road remains open from early June to November. The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation operates regular deluxe and ordinary bus services.
– Leh road remains open from mid June to early October. Himachal Pradesh tourism, HRTC and Manali private bus union, operates a daily bus services, which takes two days to reach Leh, after a night halt at Sarchu or Darcha.
Temperature in summer (June to September) can touch 30C and -20C in late December and January. Annual rainfall is 6″.
Permit and Passport
Tourist don’t require permit for Leh; however, all foreigners are required to registered at Drass, Rumtse and Sarchu if they are traveling by road. Those traveling by air get themselves registered at the airport. The tourist are required to get a permit for restricted areas like Tsomoriri, Tsokar, Pangong Lakes, Dhahanu and Nubra Valley, which can be obtain through registered travel agencies. Make it sure to carry six photocopies of the permit while traveling, to submit at the Checking points.
Credit Cards are not accepted by most of the hotels and travel agents except some antique shops.
Post and Telecommunication
Telephone & Fax and post facilities are available in Leh, Padum, Kargil and Nubra valley.
Internet, Email services are available in Leh only.
Acute mountain sickness can occur to any one at an altitude above 10,000 ft. from the sea level. The most common symptoms of acute mountain sickness are headache disturb sleep loss of appetite, nausea, coughing, irregular breathing, breathlessness, lassitude and lack of concentration. Since LehTownis situated at an altitude of 11,500 ft. above sea level. It is advisable to take the following precautions, so as to acclimatize your body properly.
1. Take complete rest for the first 36 hours of your arrival at Leh. However, this period may vary with different people.
2. Your body should get used to the lower oxygen levels.
3. In case you develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please consult a Doctor.
Rescue and precaution for mountaineering and trekking in Ladakh Tourists undertaking mountaineering and trekking in Ladakh should take some precautions. There is no private aerial rescue agency in Ladakh and only as a life saving measure; engaging the Indian Air Force help in evacuation.
Dos and Donts
Photograhing of People:
Take permission before you click a photograph of any one. Don’t take photo if they ask for money.
Take water purification piles with you. And you can use boiled fresh water during the trek. Dzomsa Laundry sells high pressure boiled water for Rs.7 per liter. Bring you own water container.
Do not use plastic bag since plastic is officially banned in Ladakh. Always separate and properly dispose of litter burns burnable, bury biodegradable materials while trekking.
Don’t disturb wild life during the trek; be aware of the highly sensitive ecology and the economy of the geographical and cultural landscape.