Ladakh In October/November?

#1 Aug 24th, 2011, 14:54
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Is visiting Ladakh in October/November is good time? I would like to know the climatic conditions. I am planning to travel from Manali to Leh. Any other places nearby that are worth visitng.
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oct the manali-len highway may be closed.. november it would definitely be closed. u could take a flight but again not sure of the passes and roads to pangong, nubra etc would be open or not.
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I took the road up to Leh last days in October in 2010 , and the road was open until just before I left , four weeks later ( http://korta.nu/bluebag )

This is not something you can count on though : I had to wait three days in Manali before the road was cleared from heavy snowfall , and one daytripper that tried to walk down from Rohtang died from hypothermia. This time I brought a shovel as well on top of the other winter gear.
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I guess now you might have got the high end risk you will run into if you plan to visit Manali - Leh in October - Novemeber.

What I would like to add to these points is, even if you ever have plans to visit Manali - Leh in late Sepetember or October consider the risks mentioned here before you call for it.
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Death , dhabas & dates

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Originally Posted by dheerajsharma14 View Post I guess now you might have got the high end risk you will run into if you plan to visit Manali - Leh in October - Novemeber.
Agree on the conclusion , but the description of the winter conditions needs some clarifications :

* food and accommodation : the tents dhabas are generally open well in to October . I had my first long awaited butter tea on October 28th last year in Pang . Sarchu was also running , but not Gold Drop and the other high end places.

* Public transport : HRTC buses are not mentioned , and run most of the open period . You┤ll see it running in front of our minibus here on the same trip , continued running at least three weeks later.

* Climate : "at night almost sub-zero temperatures..(beyond Darcha)" This is more like Leh in early September. A thousand meters higher , like in Pang : a lot colder. ( Daytime on the other hand is a lot warmer than generally believed, you need the hat foremost as a protection against the sun )

* the safe date thing : I know this is not described as an on/off condition , but this needs to said : weather changes both gradually and suddenly , and September can mean real problems as well . In 2009 the road was out two or three times before mid -September, and mid-September 2008 meant among other things eight people killed in an avalanche on the road. More examples could be mentioned. The practical approach : keep track of updates on the road conditions, always plan at least a buffer day before mid-September , and two later in the season.
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Thanks a ton Vistet for clarifications. I will surely update the examples and other things in the article with your mention and link back to your blog and IM as refernces. I really appreciate it. I understand that food and acco. are running but becomes limited too, HRTC buses is not mentioned as I see majority of domestic tourist prefer mostly the private taxis, self drive/ride, HPTDC buses. But you are right that I must mention all the available modes even that time.

Thanks again
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Thanks a lot for the points. This would help me to take a wise decision.
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Originally Posted by vistet View Post I took the road up to Leh last days in October in 2010 , and the road was open until just before I left , four weeks later ( http://korta.nu/bluebag )
nice blue ikea bag!

planning to go this october. hope everything will be fine!
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Originally Posted by vistet View Post Agree on the conclusion , but the description of the winter conditions needs some clarifications :

* Climate : "at night almost sub-zero temperatures..(beyond Darcha)" This is more like Leh in early September.
Sub-Zero Centigrade or Fahrenheit?!?!
I'm looking at being there into mid-October...
will most GHs still be open til then?
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Originally Posted by lostinINDIA View Post Sub-Zero Centigrade or Fahrenheit?!?!
I'm looking at being there into mid-October...
will most GHs still be open til then?
4000 + mtrs would certainly be subzero at night, Oct average low in that region (4000+) would be -3 to -5 and maxm would be 8 to 10. All in Degree C, Degree F is usually not used in India.
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Leh at 3500 meters goes subzero at night in September , at 4000+ locations like The Vomit Hilton (4253) and Pang (4510 ) nights over zero is a narrow window in time.And yes , it┤s all metric ... no quintals , bushels or Fahrenheit. Days are a lot warmer in the sun than commonly believed , see this photo. Above freezing point in Leh in to December.

Guest houses starts as families taking in paying guests , then adding rooms ... the family still remain , and opening the guest house involves knocking on the door. As guesthouses grow they start to shunt guests to eating separately , out of season you start to eat with the family again.

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