Getting there and away
International travelers to the Indian Himalayas usually fly into the gateway city of Delhi. The flights arrive around midnight, and the domestic flights to Leh or other areas leave in the morning, so most travelers stay at least one night in a Delhi hotel.
Air: Indian Airlines operates regular flight to Leh from Delhi, twice a week between Leh to Jammu and once a week from Srinagar. Jet Airways Operates daily flight between Leh to Delhi.
Road: The Srinagar to Leh road remains open from early June to November. The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation operates regular deluxe and ordinary bus services.
The Manali - Leh road remains open from mid June to early October. Himachal Pradesh tourism, HRTC and Manali private bus union, operates a daily bus services, which takes two days to reach Leh, after a night halt at Sarchu or Darcha.
Taxi- Taxies are also available at Leh, Manali and Srinagar.
An Indian visa is required and must be obtained from an Indian Consulate, preferably in your home country prior to travel.
Permit and Passport- Tourist don't require permit for Leh; however, all foreigners are required to registered at Drass, Rumtse and Sarchu if they are traveling by road. Those traveling by air get themselves registered at the airport. The tourist are required to get a permit for restricted areas like Tsomoriri, Tsokar, Pangong Lakes, Dhahanu and Nubra Valley, which can be obtain through registered travel agencies. Make it sure to carry six photocopies of the permit while traveling, to submit at the Checking points. We will arrange for these permits as part of our trip package.
When to come?
Ladakh is open for tourist throughout the year, while the best period for tour and trek is from June to October. Most of the trekking routes are closed after November due to heavy snowfall at high passes except the Liker to Kahltsey (Sham) trek. The best period for Chadar trek is from January to Mid-March. The festivals of Stok, Matho and New Year take place in winter. It is possible to visit monasteries in winter, as there are many centrally heated hotels in Leh.
The official currency in India is the Indian Rupee. Travelers can change money at the airport or at the banks and official money exchanges in Delhi, Leh and other cities. These exchangers will readily accept cash. American Express travelers checks are usually accepted, but other brands of travelers checks are harder to exchange. Credit cards are accepted at some businesses. ATM machines are beginning to make their appearance, but they are not widespread.
A wide price range of hotels is available in Delhi, but generally, the better ones are expensive (as in most big cities). Lodging in Leh is much more reasonable and can range from guest houses to Class A hotels. Most hotels in Leh have meal plans that are included with the cost of the room. We will gladly arrange accommodations to suit your budget. Please check it out with us about the standard of accommodation you are using before you make final booking.
Telephones and E-mail
India?s telephone system works well. The traveler can make local and international calls from one of the many STD/ISD facilities. The country code for India is 91. The city code for Delhi 011 and for Leh is 01982. Internet service is widely available.
India is 10 hours and 30 minutes ahead of New York (5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT).
Voltage is 220 at 50 cycles AC. The central electricity in Leh usually is only available after dark. Many establishments have their own generators as a backup. Electricity is usually not available the rest of Ladakh.
What to bring?
The Temperature in mid summer is pleasant and t-shirt and half pant in the daytime and in Evening temperature come down and need Jacket or pullover. While trekking above 4000m, you need warm cloth. Sometimes there is a rain or snow in early June therefore you need Wind sheeter or raincoat. For complete equipment list please visit check list.
Post and Telecommunication: Telephone & Fax and post facilities are available in Leh, Padum, Kargil and Nubra valley.
Internet Services: Internet, Email services are available in Leh only.
Avoid Acute Mountain Sickness
Acute mountain sickness can occur to any one at an altitude above 10,000 ft. from the sea level. The most common symptoms of acute mountain sickness are headache disturb sleep loss of appetite, nausea, coughing, irregular breathing, breathlessness, lassitude and lack of concentration. Since Leh Town is situated at an altitude of 11,500 ft. above sea level. It is advisable to take the following precautions, so as to acclimatize your body properly. For more details about the AMS please visit staying healthy.
- Take complete rest for the first 36 hours of your arrival at Leh. However, this period may vary with different people.
- Your body should get used to the lower oxygen levels.
- Incase you develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please consult a Doctor.
Tipping has become common in Ladakh, as pony men, helpers, guides and cooks expect tips after finishing the tour. Big hotels and restaurants already charge 10% service charge.
Photographing of People: Take permission before you click a photograph of any one. Don't take photo if they ask for money.
Water purification: Take water purification piles with you. And you can use boiled fresh water during the trek. Dzomsa Laundry sells high pressure boiled water for Rs.7 per liter. Bring you own water container.
Plastic Bags: Do not use plastic bag since plastic is officially banned in Ladakh. Always separate and properly dispose off litter burns burnable, bury biodegradable materials while trekking.
National Parks: Don't distrub wild life during the trek; be aware of the highly sensitive ecology and the economy of the geographical and cultural landscape.
Books: Reach Ladakh by Tundup Dorjey is only Guidebook providing basic, Trekking and all other tourism related information on Ladakh. Cross road to high Asia by Janet Rizvi from oxford university press, gives through information on Ladakhi history and culture. Ancient Feature Learning from Ladakh by Helena Norbag gives information regarding farming system and culture in Ladakh. Getting started to Ladakhi by Rebecca Norman is recommended if you are interested in learning a few Ladakhi phrases. The Monasteries of Ladakh by Ge. Thupstan provides historical background of the monasteries.
Other Guide Books: Detail trekking information is offered in a guidebook "Trekking in Ladakh" by Charlie Loram from Trail Blazer Publications. Reach Ladakh, trekking in Ladakh and Zangskar and Trekking in Indian Hilmalaya by Lonely Planet.
Maps: Trekking Map of Ladakh by Sonam Tsetan and Reach Ladakh Trekking map provides detail information regarding trekking routes in Ladakh region.