How to reach:
1- Drive to Leh from Kashmir valley via Kargil, which is called Srinagr – Leh Highway (aprx 440kms). Road closes from mid November and reopens by early June.
2- Drive to Leh from Manali via Serchu and is called Manali – Leh Highway (aprx 473kms). Road closes from from midNovember and reopens by early June.
3 – Fly in and out of Leh
Road Trip - Both routes would take a minimum of 2 days and will also depend on the traffic and halts taken.
Flight - we have taken flight for both ways. It takes almost 2 hours/way.
Indian Nationals do not require permits, but are required to get permit for some of the restricted areas like Tsomoriri, Tsokar and Pangong Lakes, Dhahanu and Nubra Valley, which can be obtained from District Magistrate, Leh, through Travel Agents at Leh.
Common Health issues:
Headache, Nausea / vomiting, giddiness, constipation, breathlessness. It is always better to relax and do nothing the day you arrive, especially if you fly down. This will help you get accustomed to the weather. Do not make a rush trip.
I usually prefer Ayurvedic medicines rather that Allopathic. As oxygen level is low, so you feel Mountain sickness, Headache and all.
1. Kapur (Camphor) : It's a good source of Oxygen, Rap Kapur in your hanky/stole/scarf and inhale Kapur (Camphor) properly. It helps to increase your altitude gradually, and balance ascent with rest to help your body acclimatize.
2. Crocin : For body pain/Fever
3. Cardamom (elaichi) : for vomit sensation
4. Cloves (Laung) : for vomit sensation
5. Electoral (ORS) : For Hydration
6. UV protection Sun Glasses
7. Sun block cream – should have a good SPF rating like 45+
8. Lip balm and Moisturizer / Cold cream (Boro Plus/ Boroline)
Now I am going to elaborate about my journey: