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#121 May 5th, 2017, 15:01
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Loved your blog and it is very motivating for all of us women!!

Hi, i absolutely loved your blog. Even i am planning to visit leh ladhak during june this year. I have plans from 2nd june till 16th june. I am regularly checking leh official site and seems both the highways are closed at the moment. Most probably i will be traveling solo so would you know where can I check information about the bus service. Also what about all the permits I would need. Any link or any advise would be highly appreciated.
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More power to you and all of us!!
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Srinagar-Leh : BRO hopes to have the road fully open this week , updates on my blog below . The state J&KSTRC buses run daily as soon as the road is open. No online booking , you will have to show up at the Tourist Reception Center ( where the shared cabs for Leh also start. )
Ninety plus percent of Ladakh is permit free areas , Inner Line Permits (reintroduced this year) are neccessary mainly for Nubra ( north of Leh ) and Pangong Tso.
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And a reminder that 'foreigners' can now travel far indeed up the Nubra Valley, as far as Warshi, past Yarma Gompa.
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Originally Posted by Anjalirawat View Post Hi, i absolutely loved your blog. Even i am planning to visit leh ladhak during june this year. I have plans from 2nd june till 16th june. I am regularly checking leh official site and seems both the highways are closed at the moment. Most probably i will be traveling solo so would you know where can I check information about the bus service. Also what about all the permits I would need. Any link or any advise would be highly appreciated.
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Where are you traveling from ? Bus from Manali usually leave every 2nd day for Leh and take a stop at Keylong at night. I'd recommend a shared taxi. It'll be a little bit costly (2-3k per person) but the journey would be a lot more comfortable as compared to the Bus. Stay at Manali for a day and roam around the market to know more. There are a lot of travel agencies.
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Homestays

Any homestays that can be recomended for solo women travellers in leh?
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Changspa Road has a lot of places to stay and are cheap and safe at the same time.
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Originally Posted by mayank4823 View Post .. Bus from Manali usually leave every 2nd day for Leh and take a stop at Keylong at night.
You are thinking about the HPTDC tourist buses , that start running in July. HRTC state buses run daily , the full stretch Manali-Leh since June 7th, and up to Keylong well before that .

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Originally Posted by mayank4823 View Post I'd recommend a shared taxi. It'll be a little bit costly (2-3k per person) but the journey would be a lot more comfortable as compared to the Bus.
Not so comfortable if you take the cab up to a night stay at The Vomit Hilton/Sarchu @ 4353 meters altitude. Some get impressive symptoms , and get to spend the night at the Army first aid post. Manali agents have ruthlessly marketed these itineraries for ages , but are now starting to buckle under the pressure of a growing public awareness of AMS.

Nowadays you have three options with cabs : a night halt in Keylong or Jispa , both around fourhundred meters lower than Leh , the nonstop ( think up to twenty hours ) run , or overnight at The Vomit Hilton.

Manali-Leh pointers here

The official Leh site updated the Manali-Leh road status to open ...today. Thats should be the longest lag I┤ve seen so far .
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Originally Posted by vistet View Post You are thinking about the HPTDC tourist buses , that start running in July. HRTC state buses run daily , the full stretch Manali-Leh since June 7th, and up to Keylong well before that .



Not so comfortable if you take the cab up to a night stay at The Vomit Hilton/Sarchu @ 4353 meters altitude. Some get impressive symptoms , and get to spend the night at the Army first aid post. Manali agents have ruthlessly marketed these itineraries for ages , but are now starting to buckle under the pressure of a growing public awareness of AMS.

Nowadays you have three options with cabs : a night halt in Keylong or Jispa , both around fourhundred meters lower than Leh , the nonstop ( think up to twenty hours ) run , or overnight at The Vomit Hilton.

Manali-Leh pointers here

The official Leh site updated the Manali-Leh road status to open ...today. Thats should be the longest lag I┤ve seen so far .
I said nothing about Sarchu. Jispa is a good option. I took the cab last year along with 7 individuals and spent the night at Jispa. Nobody vomited.

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Originally Posted by mayank4823 View Post I said nothing about Sarchu.
Well , you said nothing about where to sleep , which missed a very valid point : you have to make an active choice so that you dont end up sleeping more than two thousand meters higher than Manali & seven hundred meters higher than Leh without any effective acclimatization first .

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Originally Posted by mayank4823 View Post ...spent the night at Jispa. Nobody vomited.

Obviously not , four hundred meters lower than Leh . That would be The Vomit Hilton/Sarchu.
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Originally Posted by vistet View Post Well , you said nothing about where to sleep

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because the said person didnt ask anything about it. The person asked about Buses.
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Originally Posted by mayank4823 View Post because the said person didnt ask anything about it. The person asked about Buses.
...and your advice was to take a cab instead , which (again ) means you have to make an active choice in where to sleep : Sissu/Keylong/Jispa at 3100-ish meters , The Vomit Hilton at 4253 , or the nonstop run topping out at 5300+ meters at the Tanglang La before the descent to Leh.

An added complication to all of the above is that plans dont always work out : over the years I┤ve made two forced overnight stops in Pang at 4600 meters , and I carried someone from the vehicle both times.
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Originally Posted by vistet View Post ...and your advice was to take a cab instead , which (again ) means you have to make an active choice in where to sleep : Sissu/Keylong/Jispa at 3100-ish meters , The Vomit Hilton at 4253 , or the nonstop run topping out at 5300+ meters at the Tanglang La before the descent to Leh.

An added complication to all of the above is that plans dont always work out : over the years I┤ve made two forced overnight stops in Pang at 4600 meters , and I carried someone from the vehicle both times.
Hard luck for you. I wrote what was asked and if the he/she needs extended they are free to ask here and I will write. Of course he/she wont travel whatever-meter-you-wrote above sea level just because I said Go Take Cab. Of course my info here is incomplete because her/his stay depends on what mode of transport he/she choses.
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Manali-Leh pointers here

The official Leh site updated the Manali-Leh road status to open ...today. Thats should be the longest lag I┤ve seen so far .
The "official site " you quoted is definitely wrong. Roads opened 1st June. Source
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Lots of creative misinterpretation and basic misconceptions going on here , like this :

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Originally Posted by mayank4823 View Post The "official site " you quoted

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So yes , it is the official Leh site we are talking about here.



And yes , it was very , very slow to update esp. this year - which was exactly the point I was making :



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Originally Posted by vistet View Post HRTC state buses run daily , the full stretch Manali-Leh since June 7th, and up to Keylong well before that .

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The official Leh site updated the Manali-Leh road status to open ...today. Thats should be the longest lag I┤ve seen so far .


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Originally Posted by mayank4823 View Post Roads opened 1st June.
Srinagar-Leh opened early May : first veggies arrived in Leh May 8th , officially open May 11th . The delays here arent automatically about bureaucratic slowness , officially open means open/doable for all kinds of vehicles.

Those who are looking for another official answer are out of luck : there is for example no first hand info from BRO who does the actual work of clearing the road. What you have is the official Lahaul site road marker for Manali-Keylong , and again leh.nic.in for the full stretch to Leh .

Those who are interested can follow the process this year blow by blow on the news sticky on my blog below . I have been doing these for about a decade now. Before that : first time I hit the Manali-Leh road was fifteen years ago ( on IndiaMike here ) before that I visitited Ladakh when there was only the Srinagar-Leh road going in , and during my first winter stay saw Manali-Leh before completion.


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Originally Posted by vistet View Post Lots of creative misinterpretation and basic misconceptions going on here , like this :



So yes , it is the official Leh site we are talking about here.



And yes , it was very , very slow to update esp. this year - which was exactly the point I was making :












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I know it's the official site and I have no misconceptions. Cheers.
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