In my last 7 years of traveling in Himalayas including all my Ladakh trip or Spiti Valley trip, I have followed one key principle of mine “Start Early & Sleep Early”. It has not only helped me have numerous memorable trips to these remotest of the places in trans-Himalayas including Ladakh and Spiti Valley but it has ensured I had safe and sound travel in all those years. Today I will like to share the reasons why I chose to start my day early and why I sleep early whenever I am traveling in Himalayas.
I am sure as it has helped me, these reasons will surely going to compel you too to follow it and is going to surely help you all too.
5 Reasons to Start Early & Sleep Early
Here, I will share the five reasons I start early and sleep early in a day while on a Ladakh trip or Spiti valley trip. I hope it will help you guys too and make your trips as memorable as it has made for mine.
1. Workers comes on road for road constructions especially on Spiti Valley Trip
The late you start in the day, the more delays you should expect. The workers on the roads comes for repair/construction works and then there are scheduled road closures. Sometimes blasting of bi rocks triggers more landslides and hence, further delays are added to overall days. Overall it affects the time of travel in the day.
2. Sun comes up, snow melts causing landslides and ferocious water streams/nallas
As the sun comes up, the snow melts fast. This results in more landslides or snow slides later in the day. Also, the water level in the nallas or water crossings become high causing issues especially to small cars. Sometimes the high water levels in the water crossings or a massive snow slide or landslide, forces you to halt your entire journey or trip at least for the day.
3. Sun comes up, the winds pick the pace too causing shooting stones
Shooting stones are one of the most dangerous of all concerns you should have while you are on a Ladakh trip of a Spiti valley trip as they are totally unpredictable and hard to locate/spot. The small stones comes at a speed of bullet and crashes the windshields or side windows and sometimes triggers massive landslides too. Shooting stones are common as you travel to Spiti Valley from Kinnaur side and when you travel to Nubra Valley from Leh. The later in the day you start, as the wind picks up speed the shooting stones becomes more common.
4. Adds contingency as you have more daylight, so more bargaining power too
If you start early in the day, there is a high chance that you will reach with good amount of daylight left in the day despite facing any unexpected delays too. In case, there are major delays you still have contingency to reach your day’s place within safe time limits. The early you reach your destination of the day in Ladakh or Spiti, the more stay options you will have for you to explore and hence, better chance of getting a good, economic deal. The hotel/stay guys do consider the fact that even if you DO NOT get a place to stay in one town, you have to option to travel further or explore more for better deals. Hence, mostly they do lend scope of bargaining as compared to someone who reaches at the wee or odd late hours of a day.
5. Best colors to take pictures early in the morning, best colors in evening when you settle down
The best part of following the principle of “Start Early & Sleep Early”, you wake up early giving you chance to capture early morning shots and the photo shots on the road in early morning. And, when you reach your destination, you see best of the colors again in the evening. Most of us knows that, dusk and dawn are two most amazing time periods in a day to watch nature’s best colors painting themselves over vast landscapes of Ladakh or Spiti Valley or anywhere in the world. Hence, these are considered as the golden hours for the photography too.
I hope the above reasons will compel you enough to follow my principle of “Start Early & Sleep Early” so as to enjoy your Ladakh trip or Spiti Valley trip at the fullest and watch some fabulous colors all around the trans-Himalayan range each day of your trip. Do you have any other reason to “Start Early & Sleep Early” or have you experienced the same reasons while following such a principle? I would love to listen to them and learn from your stories. Of course, speaking out will help you help other fell travellers too. Feel free to share it with your friends too who are planning their next trip to Ladakh or Spiti Valley.
PS: These reasons are not just limited to a Ladakh trip or a Spiti Valley trip, rather I follow them at most places whenever I travel 😉