Originally Posted by AR Ram
Wonderful and very colorful pictures. As you are leaving the beautiful land the nature is posing your cam enabling to take few of the best shots of your travel.
I am still waiting for an answer to my earlier question. Srinagar-Leh road is better than Manali-Leh road I think. Suppose if I take Srinagar-Leh road and come back on the same road, my Octy will be conformable in terms of GC?
Ram Sir, apologies for having missed that post of yours completely. IMO
, Srinager-Leh road is any day better than Manali-Leh. Srinager-Leh
While we there there, all the roads except for the Zoji La were in great shape. Zoji La as mentioned earlier, is a very narrow dirt track with huge pot holes filled with water and sludge. Once you descend from Zoji La you will find fresh tarmac again. If you can dodge Zoji La then I am sure your Octy can definitely make it to Leh.
Also, if you take this route, it is good for acclimatization. As you will not gain altitude rapidly you will get well adjusted to the low oxygen levels way before you are in Leh and taking up on higher altitude will be a lesser risk in terms of oxygen levels.
If you are planning on visiting the Zanskar valley then you will have to start/end from the Srinagar-Leh route. To get into Zanskar Valley you need to take a deviation from Kargil towards Sanku. Manali-Leh
This route is no doubt scenic but has some steep climbs which will increase your altitude very quickly lessening your chances of acclimatizing with the depleting oxygen levels.
The first obstacle can be Rohtang La. It is steep, narrow and full of sludge at times. The road is broken tarmac at some stretches. Most of it is good though. Your Octy will have no issues in doing it with an experienced driver like you behind its wheel.
After we crossed Rohtang La the roads were all in shape, my favorites the Gata Loops and Moore Plains. If you are taking this route towards Leh, you will have to mostly ascend.
If you are planning on going to Tso Moriri then you need to be extra cautious as chances of your car's underbelly taking a hit is more here. The roads are non existent with only a dirt track/tire tracks covered with rocks/stones of all possible shapes and sizes. To go to Tso Morriri one needs to take a deviation as soon as the Moore plains ends. You can choose to head to Leh directly instead by just going straight.
Rest of the Manali-Leh is also in good shape, except a few stretches with broken tarmac but yet doable with any vehicle.
For obvious reasons, if you are taking the Manali-Leh route you can be increasingly prone to AMS due the steep and rapid climbs.
Having said all that, I would say any car is capable of doing these roads coupled with an alert and cautious drivings.