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Old 21st March 2021, 06:42   #1921
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That is a relief, I was worried if I was being too optimistic. Thank you .
Highly optimistic. Not sure how members are advising you in favour of this.

Pune Delhi Leh (and return) is going to cost you two complete days straight. You should spend at least one day in Leh to acclimatize. You don't want to be hit by AMS.

With such little time at hand you will barely see the Leh town and a few of the attractions in and around Leh.

Mind you, the best scenery is quite some distance away from Leh. You wouldn't want to miss places like Nubra, Hunder, Turtuk, Hanle etc. Getting to these places require driving through passes where road conditions will not be the best in April.

Given the time constraints, I'd rather suggest you pick a difficult place to visit. The time you have is definitely not suited for a Leh trip.
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We have lots of apprehensions on the Jammu - Srinagar route. Heard it is bad and is one way at times having cut off times at various locations.

Can someone throw some light here so that we can plan accordingly?
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The Rohtang Pass which usually had snow over 10-12 feet, has only 4 feet of snow this year, and will be opened soon.
With Atal Tunnel commissioned, opening of Rohtang La should not be a factor to embark upon Manali-Leh circuit anyways.
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Highly optimistic. Not sure how members are advising you in favour of this.

Pune Delhi Leh (and return) is going to cost you two complete days straight. You should spend at least one day in Leh to acclimatize. You don't want to be hit by AMS.

With such little time at hand you will barely see the Leh town and a few of the attractions in and around Leh.

Mind you, the best scenery is quite some distance away from Leh. You wouldn't want to miss places like Nubra, Hunder, Turtuk, Hanle etc. Getting to these places require driving through passes where road conditions will not be the best in April.

Given the time constraints, I'd rather suggest you pick a difficult place to visit. The time you have is definitely not suited for a Leh trip.

Appreciate the feedback, I know it is a little tight but I get 7 days in hand even if I take out 2 days of travel & I thought that could work. Any how, the plan hang as of now due to this Covid resurfacing again.
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Appreciate the feedback, I know it is a little tight but I get 7 days in hand even if I take out 2 days of travel & I thought that could work. Any how, the plan hang as of now due to this Covid resurfacing again.
You might rather want to plan this trip during June/July when the snow has melted. Though tourist season, the roads become more traversable and you might just be able to cramp in the key locations.

If you look at the map you'd realize how far each location is from Leh and it would take you a lot of time getting there and back - leaving you very little time to really soak in the beauty of the place.

And flying into Leh provides a classic foundation for getting hit by AMS. At least a day's rest is required to get used to the altitude.
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With Atal Tunnel commissioned, opening of Rohtang La should not be a factor to embark upon Manali-Leh circuit anyways.
The essence of writing about Rohtang is to tell that the amount of snowfall has been very less on all the passes on the route, I just have information about Rohtang, not others.

Even after opening of the Atal Tunnel every traveller has to pass through Baralacha La Pass, Naki La, Shinku La etc, depending on the route they take to complete the circuit. Take the information in a broad sense, considering the heights of the passes, not the name of any specific one.

Hope I have made my previous statement clear!!

P.S. - There has been snowfall near Manali since last evening, and the forecast is of snowfall till 24th afternoon, so the chances of opening of the passes may change again with this recent episode of snowfall.
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Has anyone done the new routes from Shinku La to Padum and the Padum-Nimoo - Darcha route through Lingshed? I was able to see a few videos of the place as early as 2019 . Any pointers ? Planning a long solo trip or with a friend in September . 20 days to cover whole of kashmir and zanskar alone. Been to Ladakh earlier and covered all other places like Turtuk, Hanle, Pangong , Tso Moriri. Only place /route left is the Shyok route from Nubra to Pangong





One of the videos explaining the route in a detailed way.

Hope Kashmir stays free of violence. Kashmir in autumn can be breath taking and comparable to all the wonderful sights of Autumn people from the West post.

Cold weather is no issue. Can withstand upto -20℃ easily .

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Planning to do Gurgaon-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Gurgaon road trip (incl. all locations such as Nubra valley, Pangong etc.) from mid-may (spread over 15 days) in my 4x2 Tucson GLS AT. Need help with below questions:

1. Any view on the road conditions on this route? will the route open by then since snowfall has been poor last winter
2. Can the 4x2 make it? Not that I have a choice to get a 4x4 but still "forewarned is forearmed"
3. OT : What are the recommended accessories I should carry? e.g. tow rope, puncture repair kit etc. just to be on the safer side
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Seems like the higher passes have finally opened for connectivity between Manali and Leh
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