Help needed for Ladakh tour in October

#1 May 25th, 2017, 18:00
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I am planning for Ladakh trip in October 2nd half (i.e. after 15th or so).
We will be 5 adult ( 3 of them are 60+ but don't have breathing problems & heart problems as of now) and 1 child 6+ years age.
My tentative plan is:-
Day 1:- Reach Leh by flight,rest
Day 2:- Visit Gurdwara, Magnetic hill & Monastry
Day3 :- Leh to Nubra valley stay at Hunder
Day4:- Hunder to Pangong via Shyok river road, night stay at Tangtse
Day5:- Tangtse to Leh visiting Hemis, Thiksey and Shey
Day 6:- Rest at Leh
Day 7:- Drop to Airport
I have chosen October because of less crowd & better weather, road condition (specially Shyok river road from Hunder to Pangong which is shortest).

1) Is the plan ok?
2) I have a doubt about Day 4 because during October 2nd half Tangtse night will be very cold I suppose. So, on DAY 4 if I make the alternate plan like this :-

Day4:- Leave by 7 o'clock from Hunder to Pangong via Shyok river road & back to Leh ( about 300km) is it better than the previous plan ?
3) What could be the time required to reach Pangong from Hunder (with stoppages for photography & child's demand) & from Pangong to Leh as per this revised plan?

Thanks in advance
#2 May 25th, 2017, 18:49
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Travelling 300 KMs in that altitude specially with senior citizens is not a good idea. Though the altitude of Tangste is the highest in your plan as far as sleeping is concerned, I would have opt staying there instead of travelling down all the way to Leh. Atleast that would allow to spend time to experience the beauty of that heavenly place.
#3 May 26th, 2017, 05:00
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Originally Posted by Ghosal View Post Travelling 300 KMs in that altitude specially with senior citizens is not a good idea.
This seems like a logical assumption : the elders need apecial considerations at altitude. Its also dead wrong : seen in large groups ( hundreds to thousands ) the 60+ are at lower risk for altitude sickness. On the anecdotal level the japanese climber Miura is one example of successful 75+ climbers reaching 8000+ meters.

Risk will thus be decided first by ascent rate , secondly by the unpredictable genetic factors , and last by age .

Children : try to see this from the kids perspective , also literally since they wont have the good view of he taller adults during long days in the car. Expect a healthy dose of

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#4 May 26th, 2017, 12:09
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@Vistet the point which I was thinking and Mr Ghoshal also pointed out is covering 300 km a day means you are compromising with the beauty of the journey and may be with the comfort of your team members.
It is not that only senior citizens will suffer it may be that young people are suffering.

Is there any other decent place to stay in between with lower altitude than Tangtse (less cold) so that I can minimize my journey. It will also help us to enjoy the beauty.
If no other place is available please give some idea about Dothguling (Cleanliness, rooms condition to overcome cold etc.) or any other GH/HOTEL there

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