Originally Posted by AR Ram
Even I too want to ride up to Leh/Ledakh right from Kerala. I discussed with the family already and 50% approval I got, I think I can over come all the parameters. During 80s and 90s from Bangalore to Sabarimala I used to go by bike(Yezdi), modified with a spare wheel.
I am confused on this, if I take my car my wife too can join me. And Faisal, what is your opinion about me taking my Octavia there. SR doesn't recommend that.
Ram Sir, Riding a Yezdi could have been a pleasure back then..
About taking your Octy out there, here is what I feel..
Firstly, I hardly remember seeing any sedans out there, most cars were either hatch backs (mostly Altos and Swifts) or SUVs.
Having said that, I am sure you can take your Octy, provided there are only 2 people and as less luggage as possible, due to GC concerns.
I will give you an update on the types of roads you will encounter their extracted mainly from my observation and memory. Zoji la
- Roads are good until you reach the top, later, it is covered with slush, water and a lot of pot holes, courtesy, heavy truck traffic. Yet, Octy can make it to the top and on the other side, of-course with a cautious driving.. Srinagar & Kargil
- Roads are extremely good and your Octy will enjoy it till you are 5 kms from Kargil. The last 5 kms to Kargil is a bone crusher, back rattler or whatever you want to call it. The road plainly vanishes leaving you the mercy of huge stones and gravel at times even deep pot holes (We did this road at night
). Octy, should be able to make it. Kargil to Leh
- Roads are super smooth. Octy will definitely make it. Around Leh
- Leh is a beautiful town with proper infrastructure. Driving there is as good as driving in any city. Leh to Khardung la
- Roads till South Pullu is intermittently good. I don't think so you will have any problems there. From SP, to K top, mostly the road is good with a couple of water crossings en-route which are not so deep and Yes, Octy will make it. Chang la
- Steep climb, roads intermittently good. A couple of deep water crossings en-route. Extra caution and a foot reece before attempting the water crossings will help. Pangong Tso to Spangmik
- Roads are wonderful. Octy will for sure make it. Tso moriri and Karzok
- If you are planning to do this, I would suggest you take a SUV as the roads there are no existent. One needs to follow tire tracks of vehicles to track the route. A stretch of more than 25kms is only gravel and big stones which will churn your car's under body. So no Octy here please. Moore Plains
- Extremely great stretch of roads. You will not have to cut down on speeds here. And there is no speed limit Gata Loops
- Amazingly laid, fresh roads. Pity broad, except a few bends where the road is uneven. Octy, yes it will do it. Keylong
- You might find a few stretches with gravel and bad roads but Octy will take you through it with any issues. Rohtang la
- Here you enter the danger zone, slush and unreceable roads. You will have to be extra extra cautious when you are driving on this road. However, it is a crowded road from lot of travelers and vehicles passing by every second. So if you are stuck you will be rescued in minutes. Manali
- Some what plains again. So no issues with roads. Manali to Chandigarh
- Roads are initially great but at the end point, where you will come on to the Nation Highway to Chandigarh, the roads are bad with heavy truck traffic. Doable with an Octy.
So, I leave the decision of taking your car out there or not to you. However cautious you may be, your car's under-body will definitely take beatings.
Smooth Rider, Is definitely experienced and has lived with those roads for quite some time.
Smooth Rider, please do correct me if I was wrong somewhere or please feel free to add if I missed on something..