Delhi to Leh via Manali road trip

#1 Jun 7th, 2008, 16:18
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Hi All,

I am first timer in here, and also planning my first trip to Leh. I am driving a 4x4 myself and plan to leave by 10th June. Any last minute advice, though I have read all posts about AMS, driving precautions, Petrol pumps, camping tips, etc.

I was hoping to see the huge snow walls around Rohtang (as in the movie Jab we Met). Any idea, if there would be snow there around this time?

And also, if anyone could suggest which postpaid network would work most on the roads (airtel or MTNL).

Thanks all for the wonderful posts, you all are such a wonderful help to us novice people!

Cheers!
Ratan
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Originally Posted by Ratan View Post Hi All,

I am first timer in here, and also planning my first trip to Leh. I am driving a 4x4 myself and plan to leave by 10th June. Any last minute advice, though I have read all posts about AMS, driving precautions, Petrol pumps, camping tips, etc.

I was hoping to see the huge snow walls around Rohtang (as in the movie Jab we Met). Any idea, if there would be snow there around this time?

And also, if anyone could suggest which postpaid network would work most on the roads (airtel or MTNL).

Thanks all for the wonderful posts, you all are such a wonderful help to us novice people!

Cheers!
Ratan
How was your trip Ratan.... any lessons learned ???? I am planning a trip to LEH this year but I would keep it in Aug or Sep...

Cheers...

Abhi
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Hi Abhishek,
Its great to know that you also look forward to visiting Leh. My trip was wonderful. Leh is amazing, but the journey is simply the best piece, its a must for adventure seeking individuals. I would again be visiting June or September 09.

Despite the initial hiccups, we didnt encounter any major issues.. People are fabulous and very helping, and all services are available, you name is and you get it. My only suggestion for anyone is to prepare for the worse beforehand..

As for what I could research on blogs, AMS was my biggest concern, but we didnt feel any altitude related problems, and thanks to the small deo sized oxygen cyliners now this should no more be a concern for anyone. If going by car, one should always carry extra tyre tubes/punchure kits and some lubes.

Wishing all the best for first timers!
Cheers
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Thanks Ratan, I am looking forward to my trip. I am planning to travel in Aug'09 as I have read on some blogs that the roads are messed up in June since when BRO cleans the snow it leaves the roads muddy...

Anyway, which car did you traveled in ??? I have a Scorpio (non-4 wheel) and would be driving with my wife, would it be fine ?

if you do not mind, can you share your pictures ??? if you have them posted somewhere.

Cheers....

Abhi
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Originally Posted by Ratan View Post ...we didnt feel any altitude related problems, and thanks to the small deo sized oxygen cyliners now this should no more be a concern for anyone.
Im glad you had a nice experience. As for store bought oxygen , Id save the money. An oxygen cylinder this size with the same pressure as in hospitals or diving equipment would last around one hour with moderate flow * . Spray can pressure , were talking fifteen minutes , tops.

*(Tube pressure : 200 atmospheres , 500 ml = 100 liters of uncompressed oxygen, 50 minutes at 2 liters per minute. Spray can pressure ... 2-3 atmospheres ? )

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I drove an Endeavour 4x4. There were all kinds of 2x4 cars on the route, so your car should not be a problem. The only suggestion from me is to remain calm in any situation, theres always an alternate route. Still if you get stuck, Army and BRO are always there to help us.

I am not sure if roads are any better during Aug-Sep, since landslides are a common feature throughout the route. Besides post June there wouldnt be an option to spot the 10' high snow walls alongside some of the peaks. The most picturistic view on the route was Barchalla Pass with snow on the peaks and a sheet over the lake.. its a breath taking view.

The NDTV road trip team went around Sep and by then all the snow had melted and the roads were in similar unkempt condition. Besides whats the fun without some adrenaline flowing !!!

The oxy cylinder I procured from Baxico Chemist in Lajpat Nagar (N.Delhi) was pretty effective and just two breaths from it can do wonders. I had started writting a blog but couldnt keep it updated. You can check it at www.missionleh.blogspot.com

Cheers!
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The oxy cylinder I procured from Baxico Chemist in Lajpat Nagar (N.Delhi) was pretty effective and just two breaths from it can do wonders.
Sorry , but this has no link to reality , its like discussing repairing Bailey bridges with bandaids. Whiffs of oxygen have no measurable effect , the proposition will evoke a tired smile at best where I work.

This is what the doctors specialised in the field (ISMMED) say on the the subject :

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AMS symptoms resolve very rapidly (minutes) on moderate-flow oxygen (2-4 liters per minute, by nasal cannula). There may be rebound symptoms if the duration of therapy is inadequate - several hours of treatment may be needed.
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Well I am not best with Medicines, but just stating my experiences...technicalities dont always need to be minded. Even those travelling with me had quite a relief in 1-2 minutes of inhaling oxygen.

Besides if cautious, the situation wouldnt get out of hand in first place.

MY last suggestion, have atleast 3 litres of water in a day, one doesnt reliaze the need for water and may end up dehydrated in Leh region, complicating the situation.

Have fun!
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Im not doubting your experience , but the explanation. You would have the same problem telling a mechanic that you drove from Keylong to Leh on a spoon of fuel . The spoon has now increased to a cup ( from a few breaths to minutes , a difference in the order one to ten ) : the mechanic probably would tell you to get a new fuel gauge.
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hi abhi
we r also going this year in may end i e 29th may
starting manali , or 28th chandigarh in our suv with wife
if possible join in as baralachala is best in first week of june only then it melts down
cheers
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driving from Manali to Leh

Hi all,

I drove all the way from Delhi to Leh and back in June 2007. Went through all your mails and here is what I would like you to note. We just had ten days for the entire trip and did not have a group to travel with. It was just my son, husband and me. Preferably you should have two competent drivers. My husband and I shared the driving.
1.Fuel - Carry extra fuel. A jerry can holding 20Ltrs.Top up at Manali both tank and can. There is no Gas station between Keylong and Upshi (Near Leh)
2.Driving - Always start early. The snow melts with sun going up so passes becomes slushy and streams fill up. You will be driving through all of this. Do not speed ever. Look out for upcoming vehicles and let them pass. There are spots at regular intervals to aid this.At the the "More plains" it is tempting to accelerate, but the soil is loose so be careful.
3.Clothing etc. - Take sleeping bags. At Sarchu where you will halt for the night the temp hits well below zero with a high wind chill, so the quilts will not be enough. get into your sleeping bag and then put the quilts on top for comfort. A good Jacket, sweater or fleece sweat shirt over a T-shirt, woolen cap and gloves are a must at Sarchu and the passes. Wear comfortable leggings like thick track pants or weather resistant cargos. At Leh it is pleasant and sometime warm during the day. A sweat shirt is good enough. Carry some T-shirts too.
4.Essentials - Torch, keep it with you in person. Biscuits and chocolates and chips. Few cartons of mineral water. we carried 1 one ltr carton and 1 two litre carton. Juices, electral. Remember to take adequate fluid. DO NOT TAKE ALCOHOL, it will dehydrate you at this altitude. Medicines - Crocin, Combiflam, Gelusil, Normet (For loose motions), A motin sickness / anti vomitting tablet, few band-aid, painkilling spray, one crape bandage roll, cotton wool and a small bottle of savlon. Carry tissues and one toilet tissue roll.
5.Photography - Start early to enjoy the beauty and stop once a while for photography, the passes especially BarlachaLa is mesmerising. Carry enough films and Cassettes, if you have a film camera and video camera.
6.Guide Book - Driving holidays in the Himalayas - Ladakh by Koko Singh. Great book, virtually a bible for this route, the best.
7.Food - Maggi is availabale in all dhabas, however there are long stretches without anything.Leh is food paradise...be adventurous.
8.Car - We took our Scorpio 4X2. Absolutely no problem if you have good tyres. carry punture repair kit for tubeless tyres and learn how to use it if you haven't used it ever. Check tyre pressure at Manali & Keylong. Carry car mobile charger.
9.Network - No connection after Rohtang till Leh. Airtel works in Leh.

That is as of now...will revert if I can think of anything else. write to me in-case of further clarifications. Book your accommodation at Sarchu in advance through internet. Check on the BRO site as to when does the road open.

Cheers...
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hi rufous
u seems to be our kinds
we also travell a lot, say we holiday for abt 30 days every year
15 days in summer & 15 days in winter
we have been to leh, sangla velley, then chamba bharmaur
again we r planning for leh as we can visit every year
journey was great, last time also but we did rushed up a bit last time , so now we want to go nubra we missed last time, want to do camping at pangang tso, also we want to enjoy great baralacha la pass , and this time we r planning from lahaul velley ie narkanda, karcham belt
we r looking for more people to join in as its better in contingencey, we r a family of four
two sons aged six and one respectively
and are into hospitality industry as well facility management industry , but we generrly make it twice for long holiday
and it was great to find some body of similar nature
hope that ur content is true
we can share better through this platform
cheers
vishalchhavi
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Chandigarh - Jammu - Srinagar - Leh - Manali

Hi Guys ,

We are a bunch of guys who want to ride bikes on the above mentioned route

1. Firstly i want to know if it possible to rent bikes in chandigarh , say eliminators/enticers or enfields.

2. Can this entire route be covered between june 9th - 21th June We need to get back to work 22nd

3. Is it an advisable trip as except one guy all of can ride bikes pretty well.

4. Is it the best route or is there something that would be better in the same vicinity.

5. Anyone wanna join us ?
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9th june starts from delhi or chandigarh???
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Delhi is to far so we want to start in chandigarh or shimla, shimla seems to be better option as it might save us a day...

Most importantly where i can rent bikes is most important. .

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