Useful Tips



  • Leh is situated at an elevation of 11, 810 ft.
  • If you are traveling to Leh by air, you must take complete rest for a day for adjustment to the high altitude and low oxygen level of Ladakh.
  • Most common symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) are: breathlessness; coughing, disturbed sleep, headache, inability to concentrate; lassitude, loss of appetite, nausea etc.
  • Move slowly and breathe deeply till the body get used to the lower oxygen level.
  • Avoid intake of alcohol, sleeping pills, Narcotic pain medications in more than modest doses.
  • Drink plenty of liquid.
  • Medication:┬áIt's generally suggested to take Diamox (Acetazolamide), 125-250 mg (depending on body weight; persons over 100 kg may take the higher dose) twice a day at least 24 hour before ascent to the high altitude and discontinuing after the second or third night at the maximum altitude (or with descent if that occurs earlier). Children may take 2.5 mg/kg of body weight twice a day. But do remember to consult your doctor and confirm if you can take diuretic medicines like Diamox or Disprin.

The temperature in summer is quite pleasant while in winter it is harsh and cold. Summer extends from June to September with temperature rarely climbing above 30 C, while the rest of the year cold temperatures prevail, sometimes reaching -30 C in places like Drass (Kargil).

General Information

  • Always bring appropriate clothing, full sleeves shirts, wind proof jackets and sweater as the climate can cool down during summer days too.
  • Keep yourself hydrated to stay away from the altitude sickness and heat stroke.
  • Wear a good pair of sports shoes, apply sunblock and carry sun goggles.
  • Protected Area / Innerline Permits - All tourists, whether domestic or overseas, are required to obtain Protected Area Permit / Innerline permit from the Deputy Commissioner Leh's office for visiting the restricted / protected areas like Tsomoriri, Tsokar, Pangong Lakes, Dah-Hanu, Khardongla & the Nubra Valley. Such permits are to be obtained through registered travel agencies / tour operators.
  • Mobile Phone Service - Mobile phones with post-paid connection of BSNL are operational in most parts of Ladakh. In Leh Town area postpaid connections of Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Networks are also functional.
  • ID card - Remember to carry a valid photo ID card with you. Pan cards are NOT accepted. Driving license, Voter Card, Passport is accepted.