Highlights for your checklist
3. Carry enough water, energy foods and drinks.
4. Eat less and don’t overfill yourself while driving in hills. Drink lots of water.
5. Do not exert and run around in high altitude. Oxygen content in atmosphere is 30 – 40 percent lesser in these areas and will make you tired and sick. Avoid stay for more than 10 minutes in passes above 15000 ft.
6.Carry a good first aid medical kit.
7. Carry Sunglasses, caps, sunscreens and deep hydrating creams.
9. Ensure that you have a torchlight with extra set of cells and bulbs, petrol pipe, funnel and a complete vehicle accessories and kit.
10.Do not rely too much on your cell phone. No signals on your postpaid for most of the time. Pre-paid doesn’t work in Jammu and Kashmir.
11.Carry Power banks for storing electricity charge for mobile phones and cameras. Don’t forget to carry numerous high on memory- ‘memory cards’.
12.If you get stuck up anywhere and find an army camp close by, go in and take their help. Believe me these guys are always ready to extend their help to max possible extremes.
Safety Tips and Guidelines:
1. Try to stay at least a day in order to get acclimatized with the atmosphere.
Before setting out for an adventurous drive along Manali – Leh Highway; Fill up fuel in Manali and carry refuel supplies in Jerry cans.
Tandi: 110 km from Manali, you can find a petrol pump in Tandi.
Karu: 345 km from Tandi and 30km before Leh, here you can refuel your tanks in Karu.
Leh: Arriving in Leh (30 kms from Karu), you may find few petrol pumps; the nearest one is near the Leh Airport (25 km from Leh).
ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway:
Throughout the route, there is only one ATM in Keylong. After Keylong, ATMs can only be found in Leh town. So make sure you carry enough cash with you.
Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway:
Along the Manali-Leh Highway, you can find mechanic shops around Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu and Upshi.
Popular Halts for Night Stopover:
Keylong: Located 117 km away from Manali, Keylong is the first place to take a break for the night while on the Manali to Leh journey.
Sarchu: After Keylong, one can also halt at Sarchu, which is located around 223 km from Manali or 96km from Keylong. Also this region is one of the popular destinations for overnight camp stays, tent stays.
Leh: Located 357km from Keylong and 250km from Sarchu, upon your arrival in Leh, you can relax around a number of hotels that are solely meant for the tourists.
2014 Updates for Inner Line Permits
For Indian Nationals:
1. From 2014 onwards, the Indian nationals would no longer require any kind of inner line permits to visit Ladakh.
For Foreign Nationals:
1. To visit areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri and few others, the foreign nationals must obtain the inner line permits.