If you want to explore the pristine beauty of Leh Ladakh, all you need to do is pick the best Leh Ladakh tour packages, pack your backpack and embark on your adventure-filled trip. Here’s a complete travel guide that will help you plan a perfect trip to the land of high mountain passes and monasteries.
The beautiful region of Leh Ladakh is an ideal adventure sport destination for thrill-seekers. The high mountain passes, breathtaking views of the high-altitude lakes, and the adorable Buddhist Gompas located on the picturesque mountain-tops are the major attractions of Leh Ladakh. If you have an adventurous spirit, Leh Ladakh is the perfect venue to set your pulse racing. However, since this region has a barren landscape and low oxygen levels, you need to take certain precautions so that you can mitigate the impact of the unforeseen calamities and enjoy your trip to the fullest.
So here are some useful tips that will help you plan your trip to Leh Ladakh in the best possible manner.
- Tips to Handle High Altitude Sickness
- Make sure you are physically fit to undertake the trip. Leh Ladakh trip is not meant for people suffering from asthma, heart disorders, or high blood pressure. On reaching Leh Ladakh, you should relax the first two days so that your body can adapt to the low atmospheric pressure. It is advisable not to head towards Pangong Lake or Nubra Valley soon after your arrival as it can cause Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) even if you are physically fit. However, you can opt for short trips to Stock, Hemis, Nimoo, Thiksey, etc. to visit the beautiful Gompas.
- Keep yourself hydrated but don’t overdo it as over-hydration can harm your body. Also, avoid drinking alcohol and smoking to prevent AMS. In case of medical emergency, you can visit LHF Hospital or SNM Hospital in Leh City or visit army medical camps located at Sarchu and Pang.
- In case you experience giddiness, nausea, headache, or exhaustion in Khardung La Pass, you should take a break and descend without more ado.
- Clothes to Carry For Your Trip
- Carry at least two to three pullovers, jackets, ear muffs, caps, thermal wear and pairs of socks.
- Carry waterproof gloves, scarves, comforters, and shawls so that you can dress in layers to stay warm.
- Do not forget to pack a rain jacket to from unpredicted rain and snowfall.
- A pair of gumboots for riding and trekking.
- Carry towels.
- Other Essentials
- Carry soaps, sunscreen lotion, moisturizers, UV protection sunglasses, medical kit, and pain relievers, and other preventive medicines to soothe high altitude sickness. Alternately, you can opt for garlic soup— an ancient Ladakhi home remedy for treating altitude sickness.
- Your cellphone, its charger, and a power bank.
- Camera with its battery charger.
- A Flashlight Torch.
- Energy bars, dry fruits, chocolates, and water bottle.
General Tips for Bikers
- If you are planning a motorbike trip, get your bike serviced well in advance.
- Do not forget to carry your voter’s ID, driving license, and other travel documents and permits as you may have to present these documents at different check posts.
- Carry bike tool kits, inner tube repair kit, and a petrol jar to carry at least twenty liters of extra petrol with you.
- Carry adequate cash with you as ATMs are not available in the remote areas of Leh Ladakh. Moreover, credit cards are also not accepted by travel agents and hotels.
If you are looking for the best Leh Ladakh tour packages, you can check the websites of different biking groups that offer customized Leh Ladakh tour packages to suit your budget as well as preferences.