Flights to Ladakh
There are direct flights to the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu, Srinagar and Chandigarh all year round. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Delhi, and the Himalayan Mountains and the Iceberg view during the flight are spectacular. If you use a flight, you will save time and energy, and you will be able to get off at 3200m.
'Hayan Himalaya' will check the oxygen saturation of the traveler from the airport arrival to the pulp oximeter, and will take care to ensure that appropriate measures are taken at the nearby SNM hospital.
Drive to Ladakh
You can come from Ladakh from the direction of Srinagar (west) and Manali (south). From Srinagar to Zojila, Namikala and Patula to Reina, the Srinagar-Regang expressway can be reserved for private jeeps or by local bus from May to December. It is a comparatively easy land route with a relatively gentle highway and asphalt road than the Manali road, but it can be dangerous sometimes in the situation of Srinagar's dispute. If you have a schedule, you can travel to Zanskar, Sham Valley and plan your itinerary.
Opened in 1987 by the Indian army, Manali-Leh Road is a journey of 400 km in total. The road is usually open from the end of May to the end of October, starting with the Rohtang Pass at 3980 meters above sea level, and passing through the world's second-highest motorway, Tarragona (5400 meters), to Leh. If you choose to travel to Manali, you will get roughly 18 hours on rough roads to get to Leh. If you choose 1 night and 2 days, you will get 1 night stay in Sarchu. Alternatively, you can plan your itinerary to travel to Speedy Valley, Howell, and private jeeps.
"Become a traveler who is immersed in the wind."
"Become a traveler with a big, open mind, not just big brand-names on clothes & big cameras."
"Please respect the culture of the locals."
"The language is different, but the mind is common. Please smile first."
General Travel Information & Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weather like? What kind of clothes should I pack?
During the tourist season (June to August), thin long-sleeved tees during the day and thin jackets in the evening are useful.
When camping in the mountains during trekking, midnight temperatures drop below 5 degrees in mid-summer. The temperature in January goes down to -30 in midnight.
Are there any precautions at the Leh airport?
Leh airport is a military airport, so photography is prohibited. There is also a procedure for people to search for luggage and briefly explain their personal details and travel history to tourists before they leave the airport.
Who do I meet at Leh Airport?
Hayan Himalaya team member will pick you up with name plate. You can see the airport office immediately.
What are the common altitude symptoms?
Two to three hours after arrival, symptoms of headache and nausea appear, and the color of lips and fingernails turns purple. The most severe cases are pulmonary edema with water in the lungs. If this happens, you should go straight to the flat.
Can I prevent high altitude sickness?
You do not know if you are vulnerable to altitude sickness before arrival. However, you can take your high-altitude medication before your flight.
What if I have Alpine symptoms?
As you drink the water, you should take a rest without moving as much as possible.
How can I get help from 'Hayan Himalaya'?
Arrival On the day of check-in, Hayan Himalaya staff checks the oxygen saturation with pulp oximeter. Provide handheld oxygen for mild symptoms and, if symptoms do not improve, allow you to seek medical attention at a nearby SNM government hospital.
There is no worry of communication because guide accompanies.
What about alpine hospitals?
There is a high-altitude treatment ward for tourists, and the doctor's level is also reliable.
In hospitals, oxygen prescription and medicines are prescribed. The treatment fee is free for alpine symptoms only, but there is a box where donation can be done with the indication of gratitude in some cases.
It is your responsibility to pay for the medicines (small amount) when treating with other diseases such as alopecia, exophthalmia, and dogs.
Is there an ATM nearby?
There are banks and ATMs in the bazaar area. If you are out of town, you will need an ATM before you leave.
Can I use international calls? Is it a roaming area?
International calls are available at Bazaar (market) and hotel. If you apply for roaming in South Korea, you can not roam in the region. Sometimes it is not possible to make calls at all when traveling, so it is a good idea to let the family know about Leh's communication before you travel to Ladakh.
If you do not have enough clothes, do you have a store to rent or buy?
There are shops in Bazar (market) where you can buy trekking clothes, gloves, hats and other equipment.
What happens when the Leh-Delhi section is canceled due to weather conditions?
Most of Leh's flights are canceled because of early dawn. In case you can make a day difference between the Domestic Line (Leh-Delhi) and the International Line, you will be prepared for the loss of international flights due to domestic flight cancellation.
Do I have to give a tip?
Traditionally there is no tip culture in Ladakh. However, it is becoming customary to give tips mainly on the manpower (driver, porter, guide etc.) engaged in the tourism industry in recent years. If you are satisfied, please give a tip to show thanks.
Trekking Information & Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike other regions, do you prepare for Ladakh trekking?
The average altitude of Ladakh is 3500m, if you are on a trekking trip it is usually 4000m, and the mountain of Ladakh is a naked mountain without trees. Therefore, most of the trail without shade. Please be sure to bring your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen because the sun is hot. The mountains of Ladakh are also out of the way. Although it was opened in the 70s, building a trekking infrastructure is not enough. There are no commercialized lodges like Nepal, and some sections of homestay accommodation and most of the camping trekking are conducted with no shower or telephone.
What is the temperature?
If there is a sunny day in the summer season, it is about 20 ~ 30 degrees, if there is no sun there is about 20 degrees, and the night temperature is 0 ~ 5 degrees.
Is there a danger to Ladakh Trekking?
The course is different from course to course. Trekking is the key to success in overcoming altitude on an average 4000m trail over terrain.
What is the village manners that go through the mountain?
Most Ladakh people are kind and welcoming to tourists. When you meet the Ladakh people in the village or in the village, they say "jullay" and they will return with a lovely smile. Walking along Ladakh Road, it is polite to turn clockwise when you meet prayer flag (Rungta), prayer tower (chorten).
What about the food served during trekking?
The Ladakh trekking was not started by the Ladakhis, but by Trekker's demand. The early Trekker was mostly Western, so the manuals of local chefs are tailored to the current knowledge, Indian and Western style. "Ladakh Nature" has its own Korean chef, and it varies according to the availability of Korean food, but we prepare it for Korean food every day. (When camping) If you are going on a homestay trek, local food will be provided. Ladakh traditional prefecture, which has no seasoning, can be plain to our taste. It is helpful to prepare personal side dishes.
How should I cope when Alpine comes along during a hike?
Hayan Himalaya camping trekking has extra horses and oxygen tanks ready. When you cross the path, you can get help from the horse and oxygen can be inhaled. In severe cases, the guide and the guest may be dismissed according to their judgment. Therefore, it is advisable to have alpine adaptation day at least 2 days before starting trekking.