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Which road to Leh - Srinagar or Manali?

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Which road to Leh - Srinagar or Manali?

If I plan to drive to Leh, which road is recommended - the one from Srinagar or Manali? Pros and cons for each?

Also, given that the drive will take 2 days, will I still need time for acclimatization at Leh? Or will those 2 days be enough?

I read somewhere that traveling from Srinagar (rather than Manali) leads to better acclimatization? Is this true? What could be the reason?

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1. Re: Which road to Leh - Srinagar or Manali?

Manali-Leh is the best way to get sick : within hours of leaving Manali you are at the same altitude as Leh , and climbing . Second leg of the journey goes up to the same altitude as Everest Base Camp ( 5300+ ). The army medics tend regularly to tourists ( http://vistet.wordpress.com/2009/06/27/pang/ ) , which travel a lot faster than the army regulations allow.

Srinagar-Leh is near ideal for acclimatization , with a night halt in Kargil (2693 meters). The highest passes are still below the tent camps on the Manali-Leh road ( The Vomit Hilton and Pang , 4290 and 4600 meters ) , where one can be forced in to a night halt even with good plan. I´ve had to make two unplanned stops in Pang over the years , both times with a fellow passenger with impressive symptoms.

Full acclimatization takes a lot longer than commonly belived , you won´t reach this in a short ( weeks ) visit. Always plan your highest nights last , don´t plan to sleep higher than Leh within the first three nights.

Alchi & Ule Tokpo are lower than Leh , and a good option if you don´t feel well after arriving in Leh.

Manali-Leh pointers at http://korta.nu/sleepless

Edited: 22 August 2012, 08:46
2. Re: Which road to Leh - Srinagar or Manali?

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