Leh Ladakh Trip Guide – A Complete Planner For Trip To Ladakh
A Ladakh trip is a dream for adventure seekers, and only fortunate few get to visit this place in their lifetime. A perfect journey is near to impossible for travelers, since all have to bypass a lot of shortcomings and obstacles- the rough terrains, fluctuating weather conditions and harsh, sparse and barren landscape. Only the brave and bold can withstand the rigors of this tough yet enchanting Leh Ladakh trip.
An itinerary of 10 days is required to see places like Manali, Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Pangong lake and Khardung La pass. Other surprises include Leh bazaar shopping, visit Shey and Thiksey monasteries, Shanti Stupa and to top it all, an exotic mountain dinner.
True to the proverb, ‘No risk, no reward’ – once a traveler reaches Leh – Ladakh after an arduous journey, surprises galore in the form of:
- Beautiful views and vistas
- Access to some ‘dangerous’ and unique places, based on weather predictions and conditions.
- Chance to relish local delicacies and cuisine
- Pristine, snow-clad mountain peaks and clear, unpolluted environment which are perfect fits for clicking away photographs to heart’s content!
How to Begin Your Trip To Ladakh?
As with every other activity, the biggest hurdle to plan a trip is “Where to start?”. While it certainly is a difficult task, one can certainly begin with the following:
- When to go? – May to September are best months to visit most places in Leh – Ladakh region. It may be overcrowded in until July and hence, a visit in the later part of summer can be preferred.
- How long? – It is recommended that a minimum of 2 weeks should be set aside for a trip to this region (including travel time) – This would roughly leave about 10 days for stay and visit to all prominent places around.
- Mode of Travel? – It all depends upon where one resides. In any case, if one can afford there is nothing like traveling by Air. Visitors can easily reach either Kushok Baluka Rimpochee Airport, Leh or Shaikh-ul-Alam Airport, Srinagar both of which are well connected to many Indian cities. However, Leh airport can be preferred for reasons of proximity. From Leh / Srinagar, visitors can take either government buses or take private taxis / MUVs on hire. From Srinagar, Leh is at a distance of 430 Kms with an estimated travel time of 15 hours.
- Adventurists may opt for a bike trip, which needs a lot of preparation and meticulous planning.
- Need for Guide? – Generally, all the hotels provide valuable information regarding places to visit, timings and all other necessary details. There are many licensed travel guides available whose services can be availed if needed. Trekkers must be careful to look for guides who are registered with ‘Indian Mountaineering Federation’.
- Where to Stay? – This is not a big worry for travelers. Multiple options – ie: hotels, government rest houses, homestays and camping facilities are available in plenty. However, one must reserve accommodation well in advance especially in peak season. Some of the prominent hotels in this region are:
|Manali||Celebrity, A Star Regency, Whistling Pine|
|Jispa||Hotel Yak/ Ibex/ Padma Lodge|
|Leh||Hotel Charu Palace/ Hotel Hill Town/ Hotel Ladakh Delight|
|Sarchu||Red Rock Camp/ Dorje Camp/Mulkila Camp|
|Pangong||Summer Camp/ Nature Nest Camp/ Water Mark Camp.|
Basics For Ladakh Trip:
Visitors must realize that due high altitude mountains, a normal person is most likely to experience respiratory issues, however healthy one may be! Hence, weather acclimatization is an essential part of the trip before visiting any places. Important points to consider and prepare are:
Clothing, Toiletries, and Accessories:
- Pullovers, Sweater, Thermal ware.
- Hand gloves, earbuds, caps to cover the neck, ears.
- Woolen socks
- Bath gel, Hand towel, ointment for wounds, bandages
- Waterproof shoes which are non-slippery
- Warm sleeping bag
- Essential daily medicines and those meant for acute mountain sickness.
- Energy boosters – Chocolates, biscuits, dry fruits
- Pair of slipper for use within rooms
- Mobile charger/power banks
- Camera kit/batteries
- ATM / Credit Card(s) (Travelers should note that in Leh-Ladakh cash is the preferred mode of payment! Hence, it is better to draw and maintain adequate cash to meet expenses)
Dos and Don’ts:
- Be aware of your physical condition – Never overestimate your ability to withstand adverse conditions. The vagaries of nature in Leh-Ladakh can stump anyone.
- While planning a trip, allow the first 48 hours for your body to acclimatize to the weather conditions. Do not venture out during this period.
- Start going around to places, which are at greater heights in an ascending order – ie: visit the ones at lower levels first gradually going to places upwards!
- Keep body hydrated but not excessively as it could be harmful.
- Do not exert physically beyond capability. Low oxygen levels can quickly lead to fatigue and result in breathlessness.
- If one experiences, headache, nausea, dizziness, or fatigue, rest immediately and descend without delay – Army posts in this region are equipped to provide the necessary medical assistance in such cases. Do not hesitate to ask for help.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
- If taking Leh-Manali Highway, then stop at Keylong, Jispa, and Darcha and avoid staying at Sarchu if possible. Otherwise, if traveling thru Leh-Srinagar Highway spend the night at Kargil.
- Even if reaching Leh directly, one should still need 2 days lead time before venturing out. During this period can go on a short trip to Thiksey, Hemis, Shey, Nimoo and Stok etc. to visit monasteries and palaces.
- Avoid sleeping during the day.
- Always obtain permission before taking photographs, as this is a high security / sensitive Area.
- Foreign nationals require ‘Protected Area Permit’ and all Indian nationals need ‘Inner Line Permit’ to enter the valley.
- Private vehicles are not permitted in most places. Visitors should hire taxis from the local taxi association, which provide very efficient and courteous services.
- Communication services of BSNL are the best and most reliable. Prepaid mobile connections will not work and in general, mobile signals are very weak and unreliable. However, there are ‘PCO’s available for communicating with near and dear. ‘Wifi’ connections will not work.
- Fuel stations are far and few. Hence, it is recommended to fill adequate fuel in the vehicles.
- Respect local culture.
- Do not use plastic bags. In general, be responsible to preserve the environmental beauty of this region.
Places of Interest During Leh Ladakh Trip:
- Tso Morori Lake (Leh Ladakh Trip): This lake also called ‘Mountain Lake’ is surrounded by the Himalayas and is a fresh- brackish water lake. This is the largest high altitude lake in India at an altitude of 4,600 m. The lake spreads to a distance of 28 Kms from north to south with a median depth of 100 feet and is also a notified wetland reserve. The lake is home to many endangered species.
- Pangong Lake (Ladakh Trip): It is close to Chushul mountains and lies at an altitude of 4,350 m. The lake changes color every season from green to purple to violet and blue. The lake is a breeding ground for these birds.
- Tso Kar Lake (Ladakh Trip): Called as ‘White Lake’. A place of utmost tranquility and the smallest lake in the region. The harsh lands surrounding the lake is home to varied bird species – Ducks, Geese, and Grebes are found in plenty. The breeding ground for black-necked
- Nubra Valley (Ladakh Trip)– Nestled in Karakoram range, Nubra is rich in fruit and vegetable production. Rare medical plants of sea buckthorns and alfalfa are found here During summer a carpet of yellow and pink roses and in autumn wild lavenders can be seen. Sand dunes, Bactrian camels, Panamik Hot Sulphur Springs are the hottest attractions in this region.
- Khardung La Pass (Leh Ladakh Trip)– At a height of around 18,380 feet, this is one of the worlds’ highest motorable road and is a gateway to Siachen and Nubra valley. This was constructed in 1976 and was opened in 1988, but to go through the pass one needs to have special permits. Lamayuru– Lamayuru is one of the oldest historical monasteries hardly with a population of 150 monks. The monastery also has a unique feature of an 11 headed, 1,000- eyed image of a Chenrizeg (Bodhisattva of compassion). Masked dances are performed on the 2nd and 5th month of the lunar calendar.
- Magnetic Hill (Leh Ladakh Trip)– At 14,000 ft. this has the unique anti-gravitational force and is one of kind ‘magnetic hill’ in India. It is puzzling to see vehicles parked in neutral gear within an earmarked area move up the hill on its own!! This is surely a place where everyone is thrilled by science.
- Chumathang (Leh Ladakh Trip) – A high altitude pasture land inhabited by shepherds of Langtang Valley. Barley and wildflowers grow in this region. There are many natural hot water springs in this village on the banks of Indus river. Villagers boil potatoes, eggs, and rice in the hot springs.
- Chang La (Leh Ladakh Trip)- At an altitude of 17,600 ft. this is the world’s 3rd highest motor-able road. Additionally, it has the distinction of having the world’s highest operational research center of Defense Research and Development Organization [DRDO].
- Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary (Leh Ladakh Trip): An unique wildlife sanctuary and home to the black-necked crane, Tibetan wild ass. Indus river flows through the sanctuary. I can visit only from June to October.
- Hall of Fame Museum (Leh Ladakh Trip): Built in memory of soldiers who sacrificed their lives during India – Pakistan war this is maintained by Indian Army. The museum displays the arms, ammunition seized from Pakistan army and pictures/biographies of brave soldiers. On display are also equipment, apparel used by Indian army in Siachen glacier which is one of the most treacherous military bases in the world.
Monasteries To Visit During Trip To Ladakh:
- Spituk Gompa (Ladakh)– This has 100 monks and a giant statue of Goddess Kali. It is a beautifully carved region atop a hill. Has a collection of antique arms, icon, masks, Thanka paintings The view of the monastery is truly amazing, the winds at the night may really freeze your bones.
- Namgyal Tsemo Gompa Monastery – Built to signify the visit of Dalai Lama. This place has more influx of Buddhists. Volunteers can stay and assist the daily chores of Gompa as well as enjoy some spiritual and peaceful days here.
- Likir Monastery– Has an exotic woodwork. It also houses a museum, which tells the history of Ladakh. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic beauty of the site.
- Suru valley (Leh Ladakh Trip)– The trek to Suru valley to the Glaciers of Drung Drung is a thrilling experience for trekkers. It is one of the toughest treks and only recommended for experienced trekkers.
- Shanti Stupa (Ladakh)– Located on the hilltop of Champa in Leh. A place to find serenity, inner peace, meditate. This place has a good nighttime view and a meditation around the stupa helps to calm down the mind. This is a white-dome structure dedicated to Buddhism. The structure exemplifies Indo-Japanese relations. This structure commemorates 2500 years of Buddhism and has a huge idol of Buddha.
- Leh Palace– The stone and wood ruins are a must for anyone who is interested in historical architecture. The place was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century and is 9 stories The top floors accommodate the royal family and the lower ones are used as storerooms and horse stables. It gives a panoramic view of the Stok Kangri and Zanskar ranges across the Indus Valley. The palace has a huge collection of relics, paintings, utensils, and cutlery. Gurudwara Patthar Sahib: Constructed in memory of Guru Nanak’s visit to Ladakh region. Located at Leh-Kargil road at 12,000 ft above sea level.
- Vajra Bhairav Shrine – Located in Spituk and is a part of Indus river valley. Dedicated to Lord Vajra Bhairav considered being a master guardian of protection as per Tibetan Buddhism. Deity is open to devotees only once in a year and on all other days hidden in the sanctum sanctorum due to supernatural The walls of the temple are adorned with 600+-year-old paintings.
- Serzang Temple (Ladakh) – Constructed in the 17th century using copper and gold. Has a 30 ft high copper gilt statue of Buddha. Unique paintings are being preserved
- Jama Masjid: Largest mosque in Ladakh. Built by Moghuls in the 17th Symbol of Islamic culture and heritage. Has ‘Shahi Hamdan Memorial’ dedicated to Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, a Sufi Saint. Only men are allowed to enter this holy place.
- Zanskar River (Leh Ladakh Trip) is one of the most popular things to do in Leh Ladakh. The Chadar Trek is undertaken in November when the river is frozen. In summer, the sparkling white waters of is best for rafting. Zanskar Rafting expedition ranks among one of the best river trips in the world.
- Donkey Sanctuary– The donkey sanctuary is a unique feature of this area that cares for old and sick donkeys. This place acknowledges the use and contribution of donkeys in the region (for carrying loads). This place in Leh is very lively and friendly with lots of humorous posters and scribbled wall drawings.
- Gol Market / City shopping (Ladakh):- A small tourist market is a friendly place and a ‘go to’ place for regular items, bags, and camping supplies. The souvenirs and artifacts put up on the roadside are easy to bargain. The Pashmina wool dresses are also good to look out for. For Tibetan jewelry, motifs, carpets, and woolen clothes the city shopping area offer good choices.
Cost of Ladakh Trip:
Cost typically varies depending on the mode and the place from where one travels. In addition, the duration of the trip, type of accommodation and the activities are undertaken also affects the cost. However, on an average for Indian travelers, the expenditure will be in the range of Rs.50,000 to Rs.80,000 per person for the 12 day trip. On the same basis, the cost for foreign travelers will range between $1,500 – $2,000 (excluding travel cost).
Months For Leh Ladakh Trip
Leh being a high desert city of the Himalayan region is known for its Buddhists monasteries and is famous in the recent times more for its trekking expeditions. Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions of Jammu Kashmir and is known for its picturesque locations and natural beauty. There are several ways by which you can explore this large terrain of Leh and Ladakh. Leh Ladakh Trip are known for on road expedition because of its rugged terrain.
A Leh Ladakh trip tops the chart for the travellers mainly because of its natural beauty and unexplored locations. It’s a biker’s paradise mainly for those who love adventures. A road trip is one of the most take on packages opted by customers at several online tour and travel sites and is one of the most sought tour packages. A road trip on a bike is organized by many travel and tourism companies from Delhi. A road trip on bike for the bikers is a dream come true and let them explore the whole picturesque locations and natural beauty of Ladakh and Leh from so close and give them a feel of being on the nature’s lap. A Leh Ladakh bike trip can be of shorter duration of 6 days and it can even extends upto 10 days or more than that. The more the days it will be the more you can explore. It is a life time opportunity for the bikers and a great one to test the tyres.
Time To Visit
There are several times which a laid down by the tour guides and locales for the tourists to visit this rough terrain of Lehn and Ladakh in order to have a smooth ride and feel the natural beauty. One of the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh is on the starting of April and it gets extended till June. This is considered as one of the best time to visit these regions because the sky is usually clear and bright during this period besides the valley gets blossomed with a number of spectacular splashes of colours all around.
The time between July to August is not highly recommended by the travel agencies to tour Ladakh and Leh because of the number of landslides and cloud burst which this region tends to receive during those time of the year. In the month of September the chill starts to fall in these regions although the sun still keeps on shinning.
October is considered one of the best time for trekking in this rugged terrains. A lot of footfalls are expected during those time of the year in the hills of Ladakh and Leh by a lot of explores and trekking junkies. During the month of November to march the place gets extreme cold climate and is not preferred for visiting by tourists. However there are a few trekkers whose adrenaline rush makes them to explore this frosty region to during those time in order to get a filling of the frost bites and explore the frozen rivers.
Leh and Ladakh have become of the most explored places by the tourists in recent times. There are many places which falls under the must visit place list of the travellers. Some of most popular tourist attractions of Leh and Ladakh are Pangong Tso, Chang La, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Sham Valley, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Hall of Fame. Among the other top attractions of Leh and Ladakh includes the Drass War Memorial in Kargil, Thiksey Monastery Hemis National park which is the home of the black necked crane, Kinag or the Tibetian Ass, Ibex among some of the most popular endangered species. The rugged terrains of Leh and Ladakh although mostly popular for trekking expedition and biker’s paradise has proven to be an idyllic honey destination as well for the lovely newlywed couples. Some of places that get covered in the honeymoon packages for Leh and Ladakh are the Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Sham Valley. Leh and Ladakh is populated with Buddhist and Muslim population. Mostly the eastern part of Leh and Ladakh are tourist attractions which are populated with Buddhist population. Among the rocky outpost stands tall the whitewashed stupas and the colourful monasteries with their coloured prayer flags which are seen floating in the breeze.
The regions of Leh and Ladakh can also be captured by road from Manali. The Leh –Manali highway stretches for a length of 490 kms. This highway is opened for only four and a half months during the summer season of May –June and during the time of October. This highway connects Manali valley to Lahaual and Spiti Valley and Zaskar Valley in Ladakh. The distance between Manali and Leh being of 474 kms. This distance from Manali to Leh cannot be captured by any flights, trains or buses however you can cover this distance on a bike or you can break the journey by taking a taxi from Manali to Keylong then opt for a State Transport Bus to Leh.
Another way of reaching your destination on time is to take a bus from Manali to Jammu and then take an Air India flight from Jammu to Leh. The road trip from Manali to Leh usually takes two days or more than that depending upon the number of halts and road conditions. The places to stop for overnight halts while taking this route are at Jispa and at Keylong town. The Leh – Manali road consists of a lot of obstacles which can come in the form of glaciers, landslides bad condition of roads all these can play a spoil sport in your travel path. The best time bring that of May-June when a lot of tourists visit the Rohtang Pass as much of the pass remains snow clad even during the summer. A lot of travelling happens in this part of the regions by bikers on group.
These biking trips are sometimes self sponsored and on other times are sponsored by several multinational biking companies and by tyre brands to show the strength of their tyres. There are a scarce for fuel stations in this regions and the last being at Tandi before covering 365kms until you reach Leh. So it is suggested to full your tank and even carry extra fuel cans in order to embrace any kind of hardships. Similarly from travelling back from Leh to Manali travellers fill up their tanks to the brim from Leh. For emergency cases fuels are available at Sarchu and Pang. Ladakh is a semi desert area so days are filled with bright sunlight but nights are colder even during the summer. Light woollens are suggested during the day while tight heavy woollens for the night. There are many accommodations in the Manali and even in Leh and Ladakh regions. These accommodations are all well equipped with all the modern amenities which are required for a lovely and comfortable stay in these rugged terrains.
You can book these comfortable stays from any travel and booking site as well. There are also places for a traveller to shop in terrains of Ladakh. Like shopping for an intricately designed hand woven carpet designed by the Tibetan handicraft and jewelleries to pick from the Ladakh Art palace. There are also the Buddhist Thangka House which has a collection of unique thangkas and other ladakhi hats to shop for. Then there is Moti Market which is famous for its semi-precious stones and jewelleries available at a cheap price.
Cuisine & Festivals To Enjoy On Your Trip To Ladakh
The Ladakh culture is similar to the Tibetan culture and thus has a lot in common with Tibetan food. The most prominent food of this region being Thukpa, which is a noodle soup served in a big bowl with a soup spoon. Tsampa which is known by the name of Ngampe in Ladakh is roasted barley flour is food which needs no cooking and is a very popular eating option mostly among the trekkers or bikers alike. A dish that is very common in the regions of Ladakh is skyu, which is a heavy pasta comprising of root vegetables.
The tea available in regions of Ladakh is mostly made of green leaves, butter and salt. The tea is mixed in along churn and is referred to as the gurgur cha. The sweet tea is also a pretty common tae which is found in Ladakh and is made in the Indian style of mixture of milk and sugar. A chang which is popular alcoholic beverage of Ladakh is made of fermented barley and is consumed mostly during the time of festivities in this region.
Ladakh is also known for its festivities and religious mask dances are an integral part of Ladakh’s festivities. The festivities that takes place on Hemis Gompa is celebrated all over Ladakh and the very day is declared as a holiday in the state and is also celebrated as the birth of Padmasambhava ,who was the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. These dances narrate a story of fight between the good and the evil which leads to the eventual victory of the triumph of the good over the evil. The Saka Dawa Festival, which is celebration of the enlightenment of Lord Buddha, is held during the mid-May. It is a colourful festival which is celebrated all over Ladakh and is a must watch for the travellers.
The Ladakh Festival which is held in between a huge pomp and valour in Ladakh is held in the mod September month and displays the local traditional dance forms of the region along with music and colourful attire of the locals. It is 6 day long festival that includes showcasing of skills like archery, polo and masked dances by the local monasteries of Ladakh.
Ladakh which is considered as an adventure tourist destination comes with a few risks which should be taken into note by the trekking groups and the bikers also by the honeymoon couples. Ladakh with its Rocky Mountains and rough roads can lead to couple of tour hiccups like acute mountain sickness, fatigue. As Ladakh is situated 10,000kms above sea level so anybody travelling so far is bound to have some breathing problems. One can even suffer from high altitude sickness which is the cause of decrease in atmospheric oxygen.
Some common symptoms that are found in the travellers while climbing these high mountain regions are dizziness, lack of sleep and petite, and breathlessness. Hence safety measures are advised by the tour planners and local guides for the travellers in order to avoid such hindrances. Like travellers are advised to carry plenty of water with them in order to stay hydrated and enough rests are advised to the travellers while they are climbing these high altitudes. Typically it takes a day’s time for a traveller’s body to accimilatize in Ladakh.
There are a plenty travel and tourism platform which will help you organise some of the best trip in Leh and Ladakh but with Lehladakhxp you get to see Ladakh from one of most beautiful eyes. With their well-planned customised packages by done by the trip advisors’ travelling just gets better even in these rugged terrains. With the help of the expert advisors the travellers can even customise their trip to Leh and Ladakh as per their preferences. However, it is highly recommended that the travellers discuss about their changes and preferences well in hand with their tour guides and experts in order to have a safe and planned Leh Ladakh Trip.
Leh Ladakh Trip – Things You Must Not Do
- Travelling when you are not physically fit: Yes, your friends are fit because they hit the gym. It’s about getting through the difficult terrains without falling sick and enjoying the ride. Remember in this Leh Ladakh Trip, Journey counts more than the destination.
- Travelling on roads and Mountains is not the same: You may be an experienced rider in roads in plain lands. But that wouldn’t determine how good you would be on mountain road. The terrains would be difficult and challenging, but nevertheless don’t let that stop you. Make sure you have spare parts and safety gear in advance.
- Travelling without any prior planning: Agreed, you like adventure and make impromptu plans. But make sure you research about the place, time and weather depending on the season you are visiting.
- Going overboard with the plans: Just because you are told to plan, doesn’t mean you make mental calculations of everything. The distance from Manali to Leh is about 400 plus some hours. No, you can’t plan that you would cover that distance in one day. Know about the place. Make an itinerary, but don’t be overconfident of your riding capabilities and overdo it.
- Relying on Technology for plans: Just like the above mentioned point, don’t blindly rely upon Google maps/ something you read online to fix the time frames for your journey. The real bike ride may take longer/ shorter depending on how you choose to pursue.
- Not taking Necessary/Essential Kits- Not taking into account lot of people get mountain sickness. Having medical kit, survival kit, toiletries, safety gear, spare parts of Bike, extra cash (you can never rely on the crowded ATMs), extra SIM cards (preferably BSNL) is an absolute necessity. These are the precautionary steps one MUSTN’T overlook.
- Not layering your clothes- No, you are not Kareena Kapoor from 3 idiots or SRK from Jab Tak hai Jaan. Make sure you layer your clothes so that you can add or remove accordingly. Don’t, I repeat, don’t remove your shirt/ t-shirts for photographs.
- Travelling without breaks- Yes your physically strong and have prior experience is such Road trips, but don’t let that make you overconfident. You need to take breaks and let your body acclimatize to the weather. Make sure you have a pit stop and have a cup of chai to recharge yourself before you resume.
- Sleeping at the high altitude – Oxygen levels are low at high altitudes; it may get difficult to breathe and lead to hypoxia. The hypoxic stress may bring out different reactions from the body.
- Not carrying enough food- The chances are very low where you can rely upon the local vendor for food. Either you will return empty handed or they will be priced too high.
- Photographing everything- Many would probably plan this trip because you want to take selfies and instagram it. I am not adverse towards photography, but keep in mind the journey is a feast to eyes and not to the camera lens. Take a stop and take loads of pictures before you resume. The intent to photograph shouldn’t be the only goal for this trip. Having a photography boot camp on this route is different from the road trip.
- Planning the trip as Honeymoon trip/Leisure trip: This is not weekend leisure trip that you usually plan. It’s mentally and physically excruciating. If you want to relaxing trip, then this might not be for you.
- Not having the permit/papers: Make sure you have your license, insurance papers, inner line permit to ride inside the town else all you planning will go down the drain. Having said all the list of don’ts, make sure your research and planning should fuel your excitement for the trip safely and not tire you out. Photograph with your eyes and camera as well. Just planning wouldn’t suffice; make sure you take the road trip as planned. After all these are roads that are less travelled, it makes all the difference.
Overall, no words can explain the thrill that a Leh Ladakh trip can provide! The beauty of the place make travelers enthused, spellbound, and one will just be in harmony with nature. The place is sure to hypnotize the senses. Truly, this is a WoW!! a place which is a heavenly abode!. All in all, if one takes care to plan and equip to handle adverse climatic conditions a heavenly experience is guaranteed!.