Apr 24, 2006

The Leh Manual 4

Continued from here

Other stuff

  • Pack loads of camera memory and batteries, the cold makes them run short. Keep the camera close to your body, inside the clothes. The warmth will help it loads.
  • Pack lots of layers of clothes, rather a few really thick ones. The sun is pretty hot so you'll be able to peel off what you don't need. More cold weather ideas are here and here
  • Pack the strongest sunscreen you can find. Stay covered all the time. The dry wind will rob you of moisture, and you don't want that (it'll make you drink even more water, heh heh).
  • Packing a normal film point-and-shoot camera with batteries and film is a good backup idea. But be prepared to have it freeze on you in the morning…usually by afternoon or mid morning the mechanism fixes itself.
  • Pack a comprehensive first-aid and medical kit. And hope you don't need it.
  • Only BSNL phones work in Leh. No cellphones between Manali and Leh
  • Pack loads of high-energy foods: chocolates and the like…and lots of candy….that can be sucked on whenever possible.
  • Pack toilet paper. Cold water is freezing. Hot water freezes very quickly.
  • If you need to pee…stop wherever possible and as soon as possible.
  • Don't carry oil based/gel based sunscreen/toothpaste or other toiletries… they freeze up there.
  • Plan for temperatures of about 10-20ºC in the day when sunny. Nights can be as cold as -3º to -7ºC on clear nights. Rain will cut these down by as much as 15ºC, so be prepared
  • Snow is more or less like mud to drive on.
  • Have a great time.
The road to Sarchuends


Prabul said...

Good blog,

Miss rid'n in india....absolute escatsy. Living thro u r blog.
Keep penning away.

Aman said...

Work Demands An Applause ... Keep up the good work . Your blog is one of the best blogs i have ever read . Very Good and precise information . Can u suggest me a way to go to leh ?? I am planning to go this summer . I am eagerly waiting for your reply . Please help me .

rearset said...

I did it like this (each leg is a day... short legs give you more time... to enjoy, experience, linger, click and acclimatise)

Delhi-Chandigarh-Manali-Keylong-Sarchu-Debring (@end of More Plain)-Leh

Leh-Khardungla (needs permit)-Leh