Best time to Visit Leh Ladakh
From the end of May, the days are warm and lovely yet night, even in Leh can get very cold. The best time to visit Leh Ladakh by road is June, July and August, when most of the tourists from across the world plunge here. For those traveling via air, you can visit whenever from May till October. If traveling by road you can consider from June to August as best time to visit Leh because of the roads gets cleared and you will find other tourists as well when you hit the road sitting in front of steering wheel to make it your lifetime trip.
The roads, however, just open by June and close by end of September with heavy snowfall obstructing the passes. If traveling by road, in any case, one needs to consider this and check the careful status at some point in May. Visit here to check latest updates on Manali Leh Road
Leh Ladakh temperature
Leh Ladakh is disengaged from the subcontinent’s general climatic conditions by worthiness of the mountain ranges that surrounds it. Humidity is dependably low and the normal rainfall is under 10cm every year and the greater part of it just in the months of July and August. In winter, cold winds and substantial snowfall keeps temperatures beneath 0° Celsius for most of the year. Overwhelming winter snowfall and a bright solid sun in the summers is the thing that the Ladakhis pray to God for, as snow melt from the glaciers is the main source of water for irrigation and other household purposes. Leh Temperature fluctuates from upto 28° Celsius in summers and as low as -28° Celsius in winters.
Summer temperatures rarely surpass 28° Celsius in Leh yet the rarefied air improves the sun’s intensity. It is theoretically possible for a person sitting with his head in the sun and feet in the shade to fail to resist to sunstroke and frostbite at same time!
Regardless of what mode you decide to visit Leh, while planning your trip it is great you consider the acclimatization needed to adapt to cope with the rarefied air at altitudes above 10,000ft/3050m. Please be sure not to travel without acclimatization as it can cause Altitude sickness(illness caused by traveling to high altitude in short time, described by hyperventilation, nausea, and exhaustion resulting from shortage of oxygen).
Preventive Medication for oxygen problem in Leh
Diamox (Acetazolamide) allows you to breathe faster so that you intake more oxygen, thereby reducing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation. Since Diamox takes some time to have an effect, it is advisable to start taking it 24 hours before you start traveling and continue for at least five days while traveling in Leh and Ladakh. The recommendation of the Himalayan Rescue Association Medical Clinic is 125 mg. twice a day (morning and night).
Environmental fee Ladakh
The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) has now imposes an Environmental fee of Rs 400/- applicable on all Domestic as well as Foreign tourists from 1st April, 2017. Also the council have authorised the local Leh Ladakh Tour and Travel agents to collect the same, so you will not face any problems getting the fees paid.
Itinerary for Leh Ladakh bike trip
Distance between Delhi to Manali is 537km by road. Manali, at 6725ft, lies at beautiful valley with the Beas River rushing through & spectacular snow peaks.
Today we are discussing about drive from Manali to Keylong & places to visit in Keylong & Jispa. En route is the last Petrol Pump in Tandi on way to Leh.
The drive is absolute breathtaking on the way from Keylong to Sarchu. Drive to Bara-lacha La is 55km long while a descent of over 36km brings you to Sarchu.
On day 6, we are driving from Sarchu to Leh across Tanglang La (2nd highest motor-able pass on route) covering 21 hairpin bends called the Gata Loops.
The 220km drive from Tso Moriri to Leh takes six to seven hours. Leave early in the morning, after Upshi, you are in Gompa land and can visit one or more.
This is another popular trip from Leh to Khardung La and will be moving to Nubra valley. Khardung La (18,380 ft), is claimed to be highest motorable pass.
Most people visit Leh to Pangong Lake on daylong excursion. It is mesmerizing to watch many moods & changing colors of the lake & the surrounding mountains.
Drive from Leh to Alchi is relatively easy & distance is approx 64kms. You can visit Phyang, Basgo, Likir en route. You can see Alchi & Rizong the next day.
You will have to make an early start from Alchi to Kargil. Kargil at 8870ft/2704m, is literally a mid-way stop between Srinagar and Leh on this highway.
It is a scenic drive from Kargil to Srinagar, just out of Kargil is confluence of Suru & Dras rivers. The ascent to the Zoji La pass is relatively gentle.
Distance from Srinagar to Delhi is around 816km, once you descend to Jammu you are in the plains, the route takes you through Punjab and Haryana.
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