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Travel QuestionsCategory: Ladakh & Zanskar ValleyManali Leh Road condition after opening of route and permit requirement
Sunil Doodraj asked 2 months ago
  1. We are planning to drive from Solang Valley to Jispa/Darcha on 9th June and further to Leh on 10th June. I understand the roads have now open, however worried to know the road condition post clearance of snow and it it is OK to plan travel Darchna Leh on 10th June 
  2. We will be driving a Himachal Registered ISUZU – MUX. Will a need to take a permit to go to Rohtang and beyond ?

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Dheeraj Sharma answered 2 months ago

Hi Sunil,

By 9th June, roads will be in much better shape and will be very much stabilized from the initial snow sliding. So, it is OK to travel during those days. You will need a permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass to Leh.

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Sunil Doodraj answered 2 months ago

Thanks a lot Dheeraj for giving the confidence and info on permit. I will appreciate two more clarifications.
1. Thinking on departing from Darcha and halt at Upshi instead of stretching to Leh. Then travel from Upshi directly to Pangong. Then from Pangong to Nubra and finally Leh with a night each at Upshi, Pangong and Nubra…Do you see any challenges in this plan?
2. Are there enough accommodation facilities in Upshi?

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Dheeraj Sharma answered 2 months ago

Hi Sunil,

I will highly advise against such a plan. You will not be acclimatized to sleep that early at Pangong Tso. Go to Leh sleep overnight, rest for next day and get the inner line permit. Then go to Nubra and further to Pangong Tso. The road beyond Pang is extremely good except few patches

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Sunil Doodraj answered 2 months ago

Thanks a lot Dheeraj for your advise.
I had actually planned a 4 nights  in Dharamsala (5700 feet), two nights in Solang Valley(8500 feet), one night each at Darcha and Upshi both above 11000 feet and thought it might be adequate for acclimatization.
Well now I shall change my plans as per your advise.
Thanks again and Regards
Sunil

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Dheeraj Sharma answered 2 months ago

Sunil, only Solang will help in acclimatization but that too to sleep only at Jispa not at Sarchu. Dharamshala does not help at all.

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