Because of elevation and cold desert, with warm summer day and chilling night. Winter gets extremely cold, especially during the night. it is advisable to carry mix match clothing while travelling in Leh Ladakh. Weather in Leh Ladakh can be unpredictable. The temperature fall quite low, even in the month of August.
Well, though the answer depends on what you are looking for from your vacation, you will surely miss out a piece of paradise if in case you don’t plan a Ladakh trip at least once in your life.
Ladakh literally mean “ The Land of Many passes” lies between the Himalayan at the height of more 3,000 m+ above the sea level.
Yes, it’s safe to travel to Ladakh, However, once you gain a height of more than 10,000ft, you might experience lack of oxygen. You must acclimatised yourself before going further to higher places. It is true that because of elevation and cold desert there is less oxygen in Leh, as compared to low altitude and plane areas. For any visitors to Ladakh, getting acclimatised is always advisable.
Getting acclimatised to high altitudes that is acclimatization is one of the most significant things when you are travelling to Ladakh. Almost all places and attractions in Leh Ladakh is situated above 10000 feet above sea level. Tourists and other visitors might suffer from headaches, dizziness and Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS. Thus, a little planning for acclimatization to the high altitudes of Ladakh surely becomes one of the most important things to do during your Ladakh tour. Please read the mentioned link for more information https://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/altitude.html
While in Leh, one can use Airtel, BSNL and Jio ; however, only post-paid connections works in this region. In case, you are moving away from the Leh city, you can only rely on BSNL and Jio post-paid for communication. Electricity can be an issue while in Ladakh. Try to keep your gadgets and devices charged or charge them whenever you have access to electricity.
Minimum 5 nights and can be extend up to month or you can even spent whole summer in Leh.
Yes! You can but Leh is inaccessible from November to April due to harsh weather and/or road closures. The right time to head by road is between May and October
April to Oct = Peak season
Nov to feb: for those who want to experience winter in Leh
Almost the entire of Ladakh Valley is dotted with travel agencies that offers bike or car rental services. Also, till one has a valid Driving License and comes under the jurisdiction to ride or drive in India, he/she can hire a bike or car while on a Ladakh tour.
There is no option to rent a self-drive car in Leh Ladakh. You can, of course, rent a local taxi in Leh and ask the driver to let you drive in some sections in case he agrees.
You can use the outside rented self-drive cars to reach Leh. However, these self-drive rented cars outside Leh Ladakh are not allowed to do any sightseeing within Ladakh including places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and TsoMoriri.
No, there is no option to get a self-drive rental car in Leh Ladakh. You will have to rent a local taxi in Leh to do sightseeing within Ladakh.
While in Leh, you can find almost all the ATMs of all major Banks but Nubra, Pangong and another place we advise you to carry cash along , there hardly any ATMs.