About Hanle Village
Hanle is about 97 KMs from Mahe village, and the road runs through Nyoma and then Loma, where you need to pass the bridge on the right that takes you to Hanle further 50 KMs ahead of Loma.
Hats off to BRO, that they have created such smooth roads in the cold desert at such high altitude and harsh conditions. As you move towards Hanle, the size of the mountains starts to decrease, and you start witnessing a series of small mountains clustered together, giving a feeling of a different world altogether.
Hanle is very near to the Line of Actual Control, so one needs to get Inner Line Permits for Ladakh. There is no option to get Hanle to permit online and you need to get a special stamp from DC office or Tourist Information Center in Leh.
The place is very scenic and feels out of the world. However, in actual reality, the place is extremely harsh and difficult to survive, especially in winters. There are only a few accommodations available in the village and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets, etc. are luxury in itself.
The lack of oxygen makes survival difficult if your body is not properly acclimatized to its high altitude. Hence, one needs to plan his/her journey extremely carefully to make it an acute mountain sickness free vacation.
Location & Altitude
Hanle is located about 275 KMs from Leh town of Ladakh district.
Hanle village is one of the high altitudes villages in Ladakh at a staggering altitude close to 4300 Meters (not sure about actual).
Best Time for Travel
In December to March, Hanle remains mostly frozen, extremely cold conditions with only options to stay as homestays that may not be the as convenient option for you.
In April types, it starts to get a bit warm and one can afford to sleep even in homestays.
Then in May to September, it is a very pleasant season to visit Hanle and a lot of tourists visit this place now. Hence, it is the best time to visit.
Come October and November, the tourists start to reside completely as cold starts to set in again and you start a bit uncomfortable at Homestays but it is still manageable.