Leh, 10 day trip, with a 9 yr old kid

#1 Jul 8th, 2018, 21:02
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We are looking to travel to Leh in the second week of October 2018. Planning a 10 day tour of Leh. Have been to Srinagar and Leh (missed out on Pangong lake and Tso Moriri) before, but this time around we have a 9 yr old kid along with us. Plan to do Khardung La, Pangong Lake, TsoMoriri and a few gompas.
Is mid October a good time to visit Leh and around. Possible road closures, extreme weather?? Road to Khardung La open? Road to Pangong lake?
Could all this be too taxing on the 9 yr old?
Once in Leh (currently considering flying Delhi to Leh), will rest for atleast two days, probably three. At most, venture into the Leh market, Shanti stupa...for the first two days and stay hydrated. AMS still a concern?
Are we better off doing Srinagar - Leh by road (we took a bus, last time around). Will that help in acclimatizing better? Have accommodations in Kargil improved over the years?
Do we (we are Indian citizens) need permits to visit any of the sites?

Thanks in advance
#2 Jul 8th, 2018, 21:19
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October is the perfect time to visit Leh, it won't be too cold, all roads will be open and you will avoid the rains too which is what primarily causes landslides but that also means it's peak tourist season. So if you don't mind the crowd, then you have nothing to worry about. For those who are averse to crowd, January is much better but you have to deal with the cold.

Whether it will be taxing for a 9 year old is difficult to say since every 9 year old is different. Some 9 year olds never run out of energy or enthusiasm and can travel all day long while others tire too easily. In any case, a little hardship can never hurt a kid as it will only toughen him up. So don't worry about it.

AMS does not affect everyone but if you are prone to it, maybe you can start a course of Diamox 1 day in advance. My recommendation is to just reach Leh and take it easy for 1-2 days, just roam around and visit surrounding areas on foot and that usually helps to rapidly acclimatize the body. Travelling by bus will definitely help to acclimatize better as the ascent is more gradual and not sudden.

I don't have answers to all the questions. Please wait for others to chime in.
#3 Jul 10th, 2018, 07:12
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Permits are needed for all the places. You can get them easily from the dc office or tourist information centre during your stop in leh.
#4 Jul 10th, 2018, 18:38
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Originally Posted by adev View Post October is the perfect time... but that also means it's peak tourist season. So if you don't mind the crowd...

October used to be dead calm , nowadays more tourists but in no way crowded. The tent camps at Pangong Tso & Tso Moriri close mid-month.

Originally Posted by adev View Post AMS.... Travelling by bus will definitely help to vetter as the ascent is more gradual ...
This is true only when taking the Srinagar-Leh road . Sleeping altitude is what really matters , so the night in Kargil is the key factor. Manali-Leh means higher risk than flying in : you are higher than Leh in a few hours , and there is always the risk you'll have to spend a night up to a thousand plus meters higher than Leh. The 5000-ish passes and the Moray Plains slightly lower dont help either.
#5 Jul 17th, 2018, 03:15
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"Mum! Are we nearly there yet................???!!!!!"

How is Junior with long taxi rides combined with minimal ice-cream access?

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