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Travel guide


As much fun it is to visit Ladakh, a wonder of nature in the laps of the Himalayas, which has the highest motorable roads in the world, it can also be that tiring, sickening and dangerous. If you are a regular mountaineer or have experience living in a cold climatic condition, you would know what to expect. However, if you are a novice or more of a tropical person, it is very necessary to read up, research and prepare yourself as much as possible for everything from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) to freezing at one moment and sweating in the next. Yes, Ladakh is as unpredictable as it gets. But worry not, for we have made a list of the things that should be on your priority list to carry to your adventure.


Many areas in Ladakh are restricted to the common people. There, an Indian personnel would need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) while foreign nationals need a Protected Areas Permit (PAP). Make sure you have sufficient copies of your permit. Keep your government IDs with you at all times. If you have medical insurance, it is important to keep proof of that as well. Also, make a list of your emergency contacts on a piece of paper or a pocket notebook in case your cellphones are not working.


First and foremost, carry a torchlight. We, the generation of 21st century have forgotten what it is like to walk around with a torchlight like our parents and grandparents must have with our constant dependence on our smartphone flashlights. However, you may find yourself in a situation many a times when there would be no charge on your phone or even no chance to charge your phone. Hence, let’s just try the old school way of carrying a flashlight around with us.


It is pivotal to keep your electronics charged at all times. Being in higher altitude and less accessibility, there is a shortage of electricity. Hence, you better keep a multiplug ready to charge your gadgets at one go, if you get a chance.


Pack enough thermals but light ones. Trust us when we say this, you don’t want to carry very heavy sweaters. Remember to carry gloves and socks, (keep a few pairs in your rucksack since there are good chances of socks getting wet). You can wear layers and the trick to good pictures while you travel light is to mix and match. We don’t want to seem to be repeating the same attire in too many photos, do we?


Be sure to pack other essentials such as hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, sanitary napkins, tissues, hand sanitizer etc. You never know what situation you might have to face. Do carry chocolates because chocolates always helps. (It was recommended by JK Rowling, not kidding!)

Carry a water bottle at all times so that you can refill your bottle whenever necessary


Since you will be travelling to Ladakh, you will need warm boots to cover your feet. Alternatively, you could use sports shoes or sneakers, owing to the weather and the kind of adventure you are planning.

Do not forget to carry an extra pair along


Remember to carry medicines along with your regular ones. You may face AMS or even motion sickness and need to prepare accordingly. Carry mild pain killers, pain relievers, aspirin, dettol, band-aids, glucose etc.

No matter how tough you are, the high altitude can always take a toll.


If you have a well booked accommodation, you may not need a sleeping bag but those planning to live in tents or go camping, definitely get yourself a good one. It can get freakishly cold at nights and you wouldn’t want to freeze to death before you get to see the world from the top.


Last, but not least, keep a handful amount of cash reserve with you. Most of the places do not have ATMs and e-wallets or swiping of cards are out of the question. So you will have to rely on the good old habit of using cash.

There you go, your travel checklist is ready! Now all you have to do is pack your bags, tick off that list, book tickets and step into the days of fun and adventure!

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