Ladakh in December/January

#1 Oct 3rd, 2016, 15:05
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Hello to everybody,

I'm new on this forum (that I love it as I followed in the past!). I'm planning to visit Ladakh this Winter (26 Dec to 6 Jan).

I'm trying to find out if this is a good solution or not (beside the freezing temperatures).

I already made a search on the forum about Ladakh in winter but I found only old post (2007-2009) and I would like to know something "fresh" from you.

Is the situation of the road so bad? My plan is to visit:
Leh (+Phyang, Spituk,
 Shey, Tiksay), Matho, Stok Royal Palace. Then Nubra Valley, Lamayuru, Likir + Alchi, Julichen and Ridzong Gompa.

Then we would like to visit Manali and Kar-tso lake + Tso Moriri, Lachlang-la, Keylong.

All with a tour/4x4 (do you have any suggestion to get a good one?)

In addition, we would like to stay 3 nights to pray in a Monastery...do you have any idea? (I will be with my gf..so maybe we will pray separately, right?)

Thanks!

Greetings

Fabio
#2 Oct 3rd, 2016, 19:15
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Manali & Keylong wont happen , the Tanglang & Baralacha La is under snow , normally meters of it , in January . Srinagar-Leh some years is open long in to December nowadays , with luck : I made my last run on Dec 1st , and the road finally closed around Xmas . Updates on my blog below

Roads within Ladakh are open all year round , you can use the public buses to Alchi , Lamayuru , Stok etc.
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Originally Posted by vistet View Post Manali & Keylong wont happen , the Tanglang & Baralacha La is under snow , normally meters of it , in January . Srinagar-Leh some years is open long in to December nowadays , with luck : I made my last run on Dec 1st , and the road finally closed around Xmas . Updates on my blog below

Roads within Ladakh are open all year round , you can use the public buses to Alchi , Lamayuru , Stok etc.
Dear Vistet, I checked out your blog! Plain of info. Thanks!

Regarding your answer, means that for sure I will not be able to see Kar tso & Tso Moriri, right?
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Hello guys? Any additional info to give me?

Some monasteries to stay or tour guides to contact?

Thanks to everybody for helping me!

Fabio
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Hi In winter you could go to Spiti instead, reachable by car almost all the time, do homestay in the villages which have open roads and in some monasteries like Tabo you can definitely stay, or go for a homestay there as well. If it has to be Ladakh, then go there, at least at that time there are no crowds.
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Ladakhi Buddhist New Year falls on Dec 30 this year, so that will be while you are there.

Vistet got the info correct.
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Thanks to everybody for the info!

Yes, we would like to visit Ladakh also because the Ladakhi New Year.

Do you have any suggestion regarding a monastery to retreat for some days?

Thank you

Fabio
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Is it common for GH to have heat? What about outside of Leh? I am also curious how heat works in the average house in Ladakh Do they have central heat (I don't think they do, or I didn't notice it)...but I did notice a huge black stove like thing in most homes. Is that the primary source of heat?

As crazy as it sounds, after a nice summer trip there in 2015, a winter trip is on my bucket list.
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Read http://www.bcmtouring.com/cms/ladakh...-travel-guide/. It would not answer your question but may answer some other questions that you might have.
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A number of points in the bcmtouring post above are .. confusing , like why they believe that Tso Moriri is higher than Pang , or that its "extremely difficult" to find shared cab rides in the winter.
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Originally Posted by sam78a View Post Is it common for GH to have heat? What about outside of Leh? I am also curious how heat works in the average house in Ladakh Do they have central heat (I don't think they do, or I didn't notice it)...but I did notice a huge black stove like thing in most homes. Is that the primary source of heat?
Expensive hotels in Leh have central heat, notably the Grand Dragon, which is said to be $200 per night. Cheap guesthouses charge extra for heat in the guestroom. Dozens of hotels and guesthouses stay open in Leh through the winter, so you can find something to suit you.

Most Ladakhi houses, especially in villages, heat one or more rooms with a bokhari, which means any fuel-burning heating stove. They are often not huge, but yes black, and are usually removed for the summer.

Most houses also have a Ladakhi cookstove (not called bokhari) in the kitchen or sitting room, which might be the huge black thing you saw. These don't throw much heat, so they'll probably install a bokhari in the same room in winter, and remove it in spring.

Back to some confusion in earlier posts, about transport in Ladakh in winter. I think it will help people to grasp the situation by understanding these points:

1) Ladakh is north of the Himalayas, in their rain shadow. To get to Ladakh by road from anywhere else, you have to cross high passes through the Himalayas, which catch all the precipitation before it reaches Ladakh, so all roads connecting Ladakh to the outside world close for the winter.

2) Ladakh is a desert so there is usually very little snow within Ladakh's inhabited areas. Thus the roads WITHIN Ladakh stay open all year, except a few passes that close for a day or three when there is snow or rain.

3) Zangskar is an exception, as all roads to Zangskar also close for the winter. The roads to Zangskar from Himachal and from Ladakh are under construction but not connected yet.

4) Other than Zangskar, in winter you can fly to Leh and travel by road to all parts of Ladakh at any time of year. Tsomoriri, Tsokar are in Ladakh and thus accessible all year, at least by the long way round. Keylong, Spiti, Kashmir, and Manali are not in Ladakh and are not reachable in winter by road from Ladakh.
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NRI, do you live in Ladakh year round? If so, what is it like as a resident to be there in the winter?
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Originally Posted by sam78a View Post NRI, do you live in Ladakh year round? If so, what is it like as a resident to be there in the winter?
Nice. Very nice. Much more relaxed than the busy summer when there are a million things going on at once and we're all busy.

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