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ESSENTIAL FACT FOR VISITIORS

Altitude ranges from 9000ft (2,750m) at Kargil to 25,170ft (7.672m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram, Leh is 3.5o5m from sea level.

Acute mountain sickness:
Visitors flying into Leh will invariably suffer from some symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). At 3505m (10,000 Feet) above sea level, some visitors will experience headaches, loss of sleep, nausea, breathlessness, lack of concentration etc.

Precautions | Treatment:
To avoid this, please take the following precautions:
(1) complete rest for the first 24-36 hours (avoid even the slightest exertion if possible);
(2) avoid alcohol and smoking during the period;
(3) drink plenty of liquid (to keep your urine pale and plentiful); and
(4) take paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen for headaches.

Symptoms:
AMS is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Ladakh. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters.

The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
Typically symptoms appear anytime during the first 36 hours after an ascent. If you rest at the same altitude, symptoms usually disappear quickly (but can take up to 4 days) and you are now acclimatized to this altitude. AMS may reappear as you ascend higher still and acclimatization has to occur again.
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously, in cases of an appearance of any the above symptoms, any further ascent should be avoided; otherwise more serious, even life threatening problems can occur. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more that 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters, and the proper amount of rest and dehydration are the best methods for prevention of AMS.
If you follow the simple advice of our trained guides, you won't have to worry about complications from mountain sickness. We design our tours to ensure clients are ready for high altitude, and arrange alternative itineraries for those at risk.

TEMPERATURE:
Summer:Average-30 Degree Celsius to 30 Degree Celsius.
Winter: Average-13Degree Celsius to 12 Degree Celsius.

Best season:
The best time to visit Ladakh is between June and of September. To avoid the crowd, some visitors choose to come during the Winter Season, Where you will be able of enjoy interaction with the Ladakhis.

Communication:
You can make international and local calls at very low rates at Glacier Communications, located at our main office at Fort Road. Glacier internet provides fast connection at only Rs. 120 per hour.

Getting There:
By Air: From June to September, there is around 3 to 5 flights from Delhi to Leh each week. Reservation should be made well in advance. Be sure to ask for a window seat so that you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the the Himalayas.

By road:
The Manali-Leh road is opened in the summer. It is a long but magnificent trip (Two Days One Night).

Changing Money | Credit Card:
Currency exchange facilities are available at the State Bank of India and Jammu & Kashmir Bank. To avoid long queues and delay, we at Glacier also provide currency exchange at competitive rates. Credit Cards are not widely accepted in Leh. We hope to provide a credit card advance facility soon.

Electricity:
230-240V. Please note that electricity failure is common and occurs on a daily bases. Please do not forget to pack a torchlight.

Health:
Leh has several pharmacies that can dispense advice and medicines. The Sonam Norbu Memorial Hospital is located three kilometers from the main city (Leh).

Travel Insurance:
We strongly advice visitors to obtain insurance before embarking on any travels. Travel insurance should cover medical and evacuation expenses.

Language:
Ladakhi (similar to Tibetan) and Hindi are the most commonly spoken language in Ladakh. Many people however understand and speak English.

Permits:
All non Ladakhi require permits for certain restricted areas, in particular, Nubra Valley, Korzok, Samad Rockchen, Tso Moriri, Dha-Hanu and Pangong Tso. Glacier will arrange for the necessary permits at the standard rate.

Photography:
Always ask permission before taking pictures of people, ritual events or special places like shrines. If people seem reluctant or look away, then do not take the picture. Be careful not to cause offence.

Religion:
50% Buddhist.
45% Muslim.
5% Others.

Shopping:
Try to buy locally made crafts and support local skills. Do not simply buy something based on the price but on the actual value to you. Bargaining for lower price for both souvenirs and services is often accepted and an expected custom, but don't drive a hard bargain just for the sake of it.

Tipping:
Tipping is not too common in India but is very much appreciated.

Time Zone:
GMT +5.5 hours.

What to Wear:
In Ladakh, the temperatures are extreme. Pack a practical selection of clothes for both hot and cold climates. While tracking, you may encounter a wide range of temperatures due to the high altitude and unforeseen weather conditions. So be prepared. Please note that you can pack light since there will be an opportunity for you to do laundry in Leh. Comfortable shoes with good ankle support will make all the walking more enjoyable. We recommend a pair of walking boots/shoes. If you do now own a pair, sneakers/trainers will suffice.

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