Important Travel Tips for Leh, Ladakh
While traveling to high altitude regions like Ladakh, travelers must make note of certain factors and implement them carefully as they can be crucial to ensuring a good, safe and healthy holiday in Ladakh.
Acclimatization: On reaching Leh, it is important for travelers to rest for at least a day and get acclimatized to the high altitude of this region. Some might feel slight giddiness, headache, churning in the stomach etc. on arrival. Just rest, relax and sleep on the first day and allow your body to adapt to the lower oxygen levels in the air. Venture out for sightseeing and road trips to Pangong Lake and Nubra valley only after that else acute mountain sickness can ruin your holiday.
Clothing: Temperatures can dip suddenly so carry adequate warm clothing especially when travelling via the high mountain passes to Pangong, Nubra etc. Multiple layers keep you warmer. A cap or hat also helps protect from the direct rays of the midday sun.
Protective Footwear: The passes and lake sides will be extremely cold and windy. So ensure you are wearing multiple layers of sock and covered footwear – sports shoes, boots etc are comfortable and keep your feet warm and dry.
Sunglasses: The sun is very strong as you are at an high altitude and your eyes need good protection from the harmful rays. Wear a sunglass with good UV protection specially in the snow else you might end up with snow blindness.
Sunblock: During the day, sunburn is a common problem in the high mountain regions. Wearing a sunblock with minimum 50 SPF is a must to protect the skin from the harsh rays of the sun.
Carry a Medical Kit: Ensure you carry all medicines prescribed and OTC that might be required during your travel in Ladakh. Medical help might not be readily available in the remote hilly areas.
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Water Intake: In the high altitude areas it is all the more important to drink adequate amounts of water. Ensure you carry sufficient stock of water bottles while traveling.
Food Stock: Remote areas have very few eating options. So make sure you carry adequate packed food items. Ready to eat packs, tinned food & fruits, dry fruits, biscuits, chocolate, candy and energy bars are good items to carry.
Gifts for local children: Small gestures go a long way, so try to carry some pencils, crayons, candies etc. for the children in the remote areas. People in these remote areas endure extreme harsh conditions and hardships through the years but they are sure to win your hearts with their smiles and hospitality. So shouldn’t we do our part?
Carry extra locks: If you are staying in a tent in Pangong, Deskit etc. make sure you zip it down and lock it before venturing out to safeguard your belongings.
Camera with extra battery and storage: With such magnificent landscapes, you will need backup power and storage for your clicks.
Petrol: Fill up petrol/ diesel in your vehicle at Leh as there are no petrol pumps enroute in the remote areas. Petrol pumps are available only in Leh, Keylong and Deskit. While driving from Manali to Leh, fill up at Tandi as the next petrol pump is 365 kms away.
Best season to Travel to Ladakh: July – September.
Carry Required Documents: Photocopy of Photo ID (Passport/ Aadhar Card/ Driving License) and 3 passport size photographs for permits to travel to the protected areas like Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley.
Carry a Road Map: GPS on your phone might be network connected in remote areas.
Right expectations: Considering the challenges at such high altitudes and the remoteness of the place, one must not expect much more than the basic amenities. The beauty of Ladakh makes up for it manifold.
Leh Taxi Union: For booking a cab to Pangong Tso call 01982-252723, 253039.