General Instructions on Clothing
Wear clothes in layers. i.e. Multiple layers of thin clothes. (Avoid bulky T-Shirts, Bulk Jacket, Bulky Sweater absolute no no).
Travel Tips Ladakh during summer at one moment you may be sweating at 25 to 35 degree centigrade and in next hour you may be at Freezing Temperatures any below zero to -15 degree centigrade with altitudes varying from 10,000 feet to 18,500 feet at “Road Level”.. All three highest motor-able roads in the world are in Ladakh Region.
So at 10,000 feet you may be wearing just an inner and a t-shirt and as your gain altitude you can keep adding layers.. Sweeter, Jacket, Muffler, Gloves etc.. and as you descend keep removing layers..
Clothes to pack on a Ladakh Travel Tips
Pack few full sleeves t-shirts (full sleeves help you protect against harsh sun as-well-as harsh cold.)
3 to 5 Pairs (Depending upon duration of your journey)
Track pants, Lite Cotton Khakis, Tights etc (Wear trousers that are made of light material, Comfortable and have stretch)
Two pair of thermal inner
Spare Undergarments (Plenty)
Normal Socks – two to three pairs
Woolen Socks – two pairs
Light Jacket (Winter Jacket)
Muffler / Monkey Cap
Woolen gloves (One pair) / Snow Gloves (One Pair)
Other handy items
Flash light and Spare Batteries
Camera with spare battery and memory
Spare cells for Mobile Phone and Cameras (Cells discharge faster in extreme colds)..
Cap / Hat (with a good shade)
Shoes optionally with anklets and a pair of slippers or floaters (washable)
Pocket knife / spoon set
Sun Screen – SPF (50 or higher)
Lip Guard or Balm
Toothpaste and tooth brush
Moisturizer and cold cream
Liquid soap and shampoo
Paper tissue / hand towel
A roll of toilet paper
Personal Medical Kit
Anti-septic skin cream
Asprin / Anti-vomit
Small bottle of dettol
Dimox for Altitude sickness.
Medicine for cough and cold
Food poisoning medicine – diarrhea can be an unpleasant experience while trekking
Bandages and cotton
Generic antihistamine for allergy attacks
Any other personal medication
Camphor (smelling camphor is helpful when you feel giddy)
Travel Tips of Bags
Carry one Backpack – 60 Liters (as main bag)
Carry one Daypack – 30 to 40 liters (to carry during the day for camera, sweater, jackets, poto-ids, water bottle, flash light, personal medical kit etc)
Waist Pouch can help too.
Important To Do’s
Always reach 30 before scheduled time for all activities reduces stress(Better early than late, better sure than sorry).
Keep photo ids, tickets in places where you can reach them easily.
Don’t make the baggage too heavy; maximum one backpack and one handbag (day pack). Don’t carry items not require or more quantity than required.
Airport security check-in. Pack all Liquids, paste tubes, shaving kit; scissors; any sharp objects in check-in luggage; pressurized bottles etc..
Original + Copy of Passport or Driving License ID + Election ID-Card or Driving License + PAN Card any other government of India issued photo ID (at least 5 copies of photographs and photo ids; this will be required for permits at certain locations).
Please carry emergency money with you; this in addition to the money towards camp fee (Rupees 10,000/-; and credit card); this fund is your reserve for any emergency is not shopping money).
E.g. emergency like we are not able to reach the planned destination due to land slide or bridge breakdowns or due to any other un-avoidable circumstances we may have to halt at another place which was not part of the planned trip etc.; or it could be any other situation.
Planning for your days
Most days you can go for early morning walking trips. (This is only possible if you hit the sack previous night before 11pm).
Most days the Safari starts early in the mornings, as there are many roads that have rivers cutting across them. As the day progresses the river swells up and it may not be possible to cross them. Also U have to plan buffer time in case of Land slides / or time required during your trip for Photography.
You can also buffer for 30 to 60 minutes every day for Landslides or Jams due to some vehicle breakdown on the way.
Evenings can be just spend chilling out at camp site or casual stroll in the market place, enjoying the local culture.
Precautions (For high altitude)
It’s advised that for first couple of days to minimize exertion as you may be rapidly gaining altitude (over 10,000 feet), so that your body has enough time to get acclimatized to the thin atmosphere.
Prevention First 2 to 3 days of your journey take is EASY .. Literally let your body adapt to high altitude. Especially those who land in Leh directly should take total rest the first day and keep second day only for light trip. Drink plenty of water, eat even if you are not hungry.
Some of you may face symptoms of High altitude sickness like headache; some may have vomiting tendencies; mostly this condition should go in a day or two.
You may take Dimox tables or equivalent a day or two before (kindly consult your Doctors on the medicines)
Sniffing Camphor is also helpful for those getting headache.
Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic); this will also help.
To make most of Ladakh Adventure, go there with an open mind. Don’t have preconceived expectations.
Be Bold, be adventurous.