Enquire whether trip to Leh with senior citizen is feasible

#1 Jan 10th, 2018, 13:01
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Hi , We are planning Kashmir, Leh-Ladakh tour for 10days in June 2018. We are a group of 6 of which 4 are senior citizens (60, 61, 63, 64) of which 2have High BP and 2 are diabetic. Please suggest if we should proceed with the plan. We want to follow this itinerary:
Day 1: Srinagar
Day 2: Srinagar-Gulmarg
Day 3: Gulmarg-Pahalgaon
Day 4: Pahalgaon-Srinagar
Day 5: Srinagar-Sonmarg-Kargil
Day 6: Kargil-Leh
Day 7: Leh-indus valley-Leh
Day 8: Leh-Numbra Valley
Day 9: NumbraValley- Pangong Lake
Day 10: Pangong Lake - Leh
Day 11: Leh Departure
#2 Jan 10th, 2018, 13:13
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Consult Physicians before you go. Plenty of people with High BP and diabetes visit Ladakh. So having them per se doesn't exclude the possibility of the visit. If the Doctors allow , go and take it easy. Your itinerary looks ok. You may consider going straight to Sonamarg from Pehelgaon and thus gaining a day. Stay at quite Lamayuru instead of stinky Kargil. Going directly to Pangong from Nubra is dependant on some factors , it may not happen , so provide for delay. Also keep one extra buffer day.My two cents.
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No-one over the age of 60 should consider visiting Ladakh. Nor should anyone take young children there.

The fact that the Ladakhis have some people under 5 and over 60 is irrelevant. - JOKE! JOKE! I am 65 a regular visitor and completely undead.

Why ask us when your first stop should be everyone's Drs? Visits to high altitude can change BP get proper advice - not here!

Diabetes is affected by fluid intake - from what I understand - and dehydration is a problem up there, again you need advice

Start on a specialist website for both problems and then, armed with the information of an educated consumer talk to physicians who have examined you/them.

I have seen several folk my age have real problems up there. That was because they were unfit - not because they were old

Check it out, stay safe and enjoy
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Diabetes is affected by fluid intake...


No , not really. High urine output is a sign of really high blood glucose levels , this doesnt mean that you can manage the same from how much you drink.

All glucose meters are not reliable at high altitude , this is something worth checking out beforehand.



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Originally Posted by captain bruce View Post ...dehydration is a problem up there, again you need advice
In a similar way to the glucose issue altitude means higher fluid losses , but there is no proof that travellers in general are dehydrated , that thirst doesnt work or that you need to up the fluid intake dramatically. You need around an extra liter of fluids to cover the extra losses. ( Sidenote : the British NHS advice on this has been bonkers for decades , but they gave that up recently . )
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https://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/water-and-diabetes.html

You sure, vistet?

nice to exhume an old argument...........like dogs returning to a favourite bone..........
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Yeah , sure. The argument in the article basically says that diabetics need to be aware of their total calory intake ( duh ) , and , again , that if you mess up your glucose levels you will pee a lot.

I'm also highly sceptical in taking advice on fluid balance from the source of this gem :

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... the body may draw on other sources of available water, such as saliva and tears.

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