Ladakh In December

#1 Oct 21st, 2009, 19:25
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[B]Hey guys....
I'll be visiting ladakh at the end of december'2009
I know that you all r thinking that I am mad....
but no...
I'm serious.....
I'll be in dellhi on 26th of December and will catch flight to leh on 27th .
I am planning for a 10 days tour in ladakh..
and will visit 1. Leh-nubra valley via khardungla pass-Leh
2. Leh-pangong Tso -Leh
3. Leh-Tsomoriri lake-Leh
4. Leh town.
And then will be back to Delhi...
I have asked many tour operators over there . and they told me that ladakh in winter is absolutely possible. and pangong lake , nubra valley , khardungla pass(WORLD'S HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD) , Tsomoriri lake will be easily getable to the tourists....


Anyone here who want to feel the extreme fun and cold then can join with me..
Because I don't want to tavel alone this time....
YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL.....
My email ID is - rockthomas555@gmail.com
#2 Oct 22nd, 2009, 08:30
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Bring Warm Clothes!

Hope it works out for you.

http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/w...=&units=metric

Sounds exciting,if you can breathe without any acclimitization!
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Do I need sleeping bag over there at night to stay in hotel???
#4 Oct 22nd, 2009, 23:02
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You dont need a sleeping bag...
The hotel will provide you as many quilts as you want...
After all, there will hardly be any rooms filled up...!

But make sure you have several layers of woollens around you before you wish your good-byes to the air-hostesses and step outside the aircraft... Its at that precise moment, when the thin cold air hits you, that you are at your most vulnerable...

The rest is all perfectly fine...
After all, people do stay there right through the winter...
And the Army keeps all the roads going...

Cheers...!
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Thanks dude..
But do I need windcheater there ??

I don't have any..

Should I rent one from delhi???
or it will be avilable in Leh also...?
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Originally Posted by kalkattewala View Post Thanks dude..
But do I need windcheater there ??

I don't have any..

Should I rent one from delhi???
or it will be avilable in Leh also...?
Sorry to barge in - but couldn't stop myself from posting: I guess Leh at that time is kinda closed - so you may try your luck in the local market, if, and only if, you survive the cold till you buy the stuff

I don't think you can rent a wind cheater, and honestly, do you think you will survive on a wind cheater at Leh in Dec?

Multiple layers of warm clothing (as indicated in posts above) is the key - and that too the moment your aircraft allows you to de-plane, because ... (read solo_trekker's post above, para 2).

Sorry to be sarcastic, but you should give a serious look at the warm clothes (multiple layers) which would allow you to survive -10 deg centigrades day after day.

Best wishes - and would like you to join our Jan meetup to hear the experience from horse's mounth !
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what type of multylayer you r talking about buddy?
#8 Oct 23rd, 2009, 21:39
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I did it just a few days back and know how it feels to be stuck in snow for 2 days. I have been to all the places you mentioned and just wanted to ask you what will be your mode of transportation to those places...
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#9 Oct 23rd, 2009, 21:45
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Originally Posted by kalkattewala View Post what type of multylayer you r talking about buddy?
No buddy ..nothing man...A wind cheater will do more than fine..Its just -20 we are talking about ..The worst it would get , I guarantee you is -40..
Keep just one thing in mind..you got to have one hellua wind cheater..So rent wisely and have fun..

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Kalkattawala, Have you ever away from the heat of Kolkatta?

You don't seem to actually know what "warm clothes" mean. I'm not trying to be sarcastic. It's just that several people have already told you to wear layers of wollens. If you don't know what layers means or wollens means, then you are going to be in big trouble when you get there.

This really isn't a joke. This kind of cold can actually kill a person! You can freeze to death outside, or inside without heat. People die right here in the U.S. every winter when there is below freezing weather, right in their unheated flats.

So, if your just playing around, and pretending not to understand the posts, then there isn't anything to say.

If you really don't understand what cold weather clothing is all about, do some research. A windcheater won't keep you warm. It can be a final layer though, to help stop the wind getting through your layers.
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Chill camelgirl...chill.

I am asking because I haven't faced below -10 before..

And I don't have any windcheater also .

So I am asking what type of extra caution you r talking about.

Please do reply .

and again Chill....
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It's not impossible - as the Ladakhi's and Army people does it every winter. But really do good homework before you take it up.

Here's a link from a person who visited Leh in Dec (2007?): http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-december.html

I also saw a pic in the above thread which shows a frozen water bottle inside the car which had heater on in full swing. Definitely, the waterbottle didn't have any "warm" clothes - or wind cheater for that matter!
Did you wear the other person's shoe today?
#13 Oct 24th, 2009, 23:34
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Originally Posted by kalkattewala View Post Chill camelgirl...chill.

I am asking because I haven't faced below -10 before..

And I don't have any windcheater also .

So I am asking what type of extra caution you r talking about.

Please do reply .

and again Chill....
No chance of that (getting a chill)! I have a fine selection of down parkas & jackets, fleece & woolens having lived most of my life where winter averages between -13 and 8.

Obviously, you think my efforts to actually answer your questions are "uncool", so I'll be off now!
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Originally Posted by camelgirl View Post No chance of that (getting a chill)! I have a fine selection of down parkas & jackets, fleece & woolens having lived most of my life where winter averages between -13 and 8.

Obviously, you think my efforts to actually answer your questions are "uncool", so I'll be off now!
no dear . why r u getting so angry???

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I did December and January many years ago. I would start mornings with one layer , ankles to neck , thin wool , army style pants , thick flannel shirt and woolen cap and anorak. Going outside meant donning windcheater pants and down jacket , but within a few hours I could normally shed the pants and at least zip up the jacket.

I had double layer boots , with inner felt boots , which admittedly was a luxury but also made it possible to outdo the Ladakhis by taking off my (outer) boots when entering the gompas.

Double layers on the hands at the coldest of course : thin wool gloves inside mittens. Ladakhis did very well with long sleeved unchus, holding them sleeve to sleeve at the coldest , something IŽve picked up myself.

Sleeping basically the same way as in a bivouac : stripped down to first layer, balaclava on my head, down socks . Camera batteries go in to the boots , which go in to the sleeping bag as well : trying to pull on seriously subzero boots is the kind of painful mistake you only do once. Toothpaste was always frozen solid in the morning. You will curse quilts, they are in the same relationship to sleeping bags as ponchos to jackets.

In a hotel or a posh guest house ( no experience there ) you can of course buy yourself out of keeping track of a lot of these bits and bobs with a heater , but you will still need a candle to check the ventilation : carbon monoxide poisoning can be a real issue in a lot of the new built concrete boxes in Leh - IŽd guess.

All of the above was on a really cold winter in Ladakh many many years ago , but on the other hand the overhyped winters right now seems almost to live up to expectations : nights -13 right now in Leh, real difference from last year.

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