Unsure about ladakh

#1 Jan 13th, 2018, 13:25
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Hi to all,
This will be our 5th trip to India ,last 3 years ago. We are planning on spending about 5 months this time. We wish to visit Ladakh as pretty low key tourists. Getting a bit old for the bikes, etc. Really enjoy just hanging in the the tea shops and bazaars, taking pics and chatting with the locals . The advice seems to be wait till we get there to get accommodation as its cheaper. I'm a bit worried that as the season is short and the place is apparently popular we might end up with not a lot of options or none at all . Also ,is 2 weeks enough /
Any advice and tips would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
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When are you planning to visit?
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We were looking at early to mid july
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If you plan to reach Ladakh by road via Srinagar 2 weeks should be okay to see the sights in Ladakh and around. If you don't want crowd go there around mid August.
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Our dates aren't set in stone yet. We were thinking of flying from delhi Do you think we need to get used to the altitude gradually? We live at sea level in Australia. I have been on a few of the roads and I must confess they make me nervous. Hence the flying
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If you plan on flying to Leh then spend the day you land plus 2 more days in Leh to accustomed to the height.
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There are two ways of dealing with the altitude shift :

1) Spend your first night(s) lower than Leh - on a fly in that means Alchi or Ule Tokpo.

2) Medicating in advance with Diamox

Nothing wrong in getting all your ducks in a row & doing both.


Full acclimatization takes a lot , lot longer than commonly believed -short time visitors never get there.
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Mid August is very crowded, its peak season. Summer sets in later in Ladakh than the rest of the country and also they don't have monsoon the same way as rest of the country. Early june and sometime in September would help you avoid crowds while still experiencing tolerably cold weather. On acclimatization, heed vistet's advice.
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Once again, thanks. Can anyone advise the earliest and the latest dates to visit Ladakh? Having some trouble juggling itinerary. Used to 40c temperature in Australia(though Would like it cooler. ) Worried about getting flight out at the end of the season. Should we book return flights?
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Earliest would beMay and latest would be October. You can go outside this window but it will be very cold.
Good to see some one from Nowra traveling to India.
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Thanks for that.
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Should we book return flights?
Depends on when. August can get crammed.

V is the cat's pajamas (an ancient reference) on the topic of altitude. I recall the good advice to not lie down much which is the exact opposite of what I did to my regret..
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Would it help reduce the adjustment if we flew into Leh after time in Srinagar, rather than straight from Delhi? I know that road travel would be better but I have had a little experience with the transport in Kashmir and it terrified me.
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No, it won't help much.

It would be better if you stay indoor for one night. It will help you in acclimatization.
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I visited in third week of August and found plenty of reasonable options to stay. Fort road had many options. There is a lovely homestay in khardung. I can get the details of you want. As for acclimatisation, go by Mr V's words. My personal experience was road travel from manali with a night halt in keylong and another in sarchu. And diamox twice a day along with lots of water

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