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Ladakh is a mecca for road trip enthusiasts, whether you like traveling in a car or on a motorcycle, its roads (or lack thereof) are sure to keep you engaged for every moment you drive/ride there. Due to this, it becomes all the more important to have a rough plan in hand, that you can rely on or use as reference, while traveling through this magnificent part of India. Here are couple of Ladakh itineraries you can use, which begin from either Srinagar or Chandigarh or Leh and use same number of days (for those traveling from other parts of India, you just need to add appropriate number of days to travel to and from these start and end points.)

Ladakh Itineraries

Best Time to Visit Ladakh

Mid-May to Mid-October is the ideal time to go to Ladakh.

Ladakh via Road

There are two ways of reaching Ladakh by road

  1. Srinagar – Leh Highway (434 kms), open from Mid – May to November
  2. Manali – Leh Highway ( 473 kms), open from Mid-June to Mid-October
Road Distances
Ladakh via Air

The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (Leh Airport) operates regular flight services during tourist season. Direct flights are available from Leh to Delhi & Srinagar.

Direct Flight to Leh
Place Airline Frequency Duration
Delhi Vistara
Air India
Jet Airways
Go Air
Daily 4 flights
1h 25m
1h 25m
1h 25m
1h 25m
Jammu Air India Mon, Fri, Sun 55m
Srinagar Air India Wed, Thu 55m

Mumbai Go Air Daily 2h 50m
Average Temperature at Leh
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C -3 1 6 12 17 21 25 24 21 14 8 2
Min °C -14 -12 -6 -1 3 7 10 10 5 -1 -7 -11
Mobile Phone Connectivity in Ladakh

A few points you need to keep in mind if you are traveling to Leh-Ladakh

Protected Area Permit (PAP)

It is mandatory for Foreigners as well as Domestic Indian Tourists to obtain a Protected Area Permit or also known as Inner Line Permit for visiting some of the protected areas of Ladakh such as: Nubra Valley, Tso Pangong, Tso Moriri, etc.

The Protected Area Permit can be obtained directly from the District Magistrate Office in Leh or through any local travel agent. PAP’s are valid for a period of 7 days and can be extended for INR 20 a day.

Documents Required
Do’s & Don’ts
High Altitude Sickness

What is AMS?

AMS is a short form for Acute Mountain Sickness. AMS is the effect on the body when it is exposed to a high altitude environment. This is due to the lower level of oxygen at that altitude and the body’s inability to cope with rapid change in oxygen levels.

AMS impacts a person at altitudes above 8,000 feet (2440 meters). The occurrence of AMS depends on the altitude, the rate of ascent, and the individual ability to cope with lower oxygen levels.


Symptoms of AMS

Symptoms of mild AMS are dizziness, headache, muscle ache, insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath with physical exertion and swelling of hands, feet and face.

Symptoms of severe AMS are coughing, chest congestion, lack of balance, pale complexion and skin discoloration.


Treatment for AMS

Usually, once the body has adapted to the change in altitude, the symptoms of AMS fade away.

In case they don’t, the best thing to do is to descend to a lower altitude. In most cases, with descent, symptoms of AMS tend to go away. In any case, avoid further ascent at any cost.

Severe cases may need supplemental oxygen or even hospitalization.


Prevention of AMS

The best way to avoid AMS is to ascend gradually. And one should always follow the golden rule of staying hydrated during the journey.

There are medicines like Diamox which are available to help in the acclimatization process, but do consult a physician before consuming these medicines. They tend to have side effects.

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