Leh Ladakh 2017

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by lve2drive, May 27, 2017.

  1. lve2drive

    lve2drive n00b

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    Hi,
    I planning for Leh Ladakh Trip in June, 2017. Which permissions, documents I need to travel in Leh Ladakh? Where to get the same? What will be the beat route from Ahmedabad? I will await for your kind reply. Thanks.

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  2. gperkins

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    Ok, we were up there about 10 days ago, read here http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/chasing-rainbows-rtw-on-a-h-a-t.1172713/page-17

    Currently the only access is via Srinagar. The Rhotang pass is closed north of Manali. It could open tomorrow, it could open next month? So you maybe lucky when you go in June. But to guarantee access, I'd go via Srinagar. A word of warning, the road conditions and traffic between Batote Patnitop and Anantnag was crazy, even by Indian standards. The truck drivers are suicidal. First time ever in 40 years of motorcycle riding that I felt like my life was in danger.

    The journey is permit free until Leh. To go further into the Nubra valley or the Khardung La pass, you need to go to a tourist operator and get the "Inner Line Permit" in combination with the ancillary National. This permit is 400 Indian rupee, but the tour operator will add anywhere between 150 - 400 rupee to the cost for their service. We have got 3 previous Inner Line Permits in other places in India and never used an Tourist operator. But here it is impossible. I actually spoke in person to the deputy commissioner and he wouldn't budge. One consolation is that it is identical for both tourists and locals. Rare for this part of the world. The permit is good for a maximum of 7 days, less money, less days.

    By the time you get there, hopefully the road from Leh to Keylong will be open. From there you maybe able to get over the Rhotang to manali. But if you have the time make your way into the Spiti valley over towards Kaza. It is STUNNING, then doing the full circuit back to Manali If you find yourself in and around Manali. Don't stop there, go across the river to the smaller village of Vashist and stay in the "Green House". All the motorcyclists stop there because it has a flat area for parking. Great mix of Indian and Western food and people. Way smaller than Manali and cheaper.

    Oh the Spiti valley also requires an Inner Line Permit and it is seperate to the Leh/Ladakh permit. We got ours from Rechong Peo. But you will be coming from the other way. So I can't advise on where you will get it.

    The Indian police are pretty stringent on checking your permit. So you do need to acquire one/two.

    Enjoy, It's amazing up there.
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  3. lve2drive

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    Hi, may give me itenary from srinagar including spiti? 7 to 9 days plan.

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  4. gperkins

    gperkins graeme

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    7 to 9 days would be the minimum. That will let you see most things there, but if you can find 10 - 14 days that would be better. You also need to consider possible bad weather.
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