What essentials are required during Ladakh trip?
Ladakh usually experience fluctuations in temperature. While the days are pretty warm, sometimes even hot due to the effect of the rugged topography, the evenings can become chilly, requiring additional clothing. Here is a list of some recommendations for your Ladakh visit:
Dress / Equipment
- Comfortable trousers, preferably of warm material (cotton or wool mix) and / or Jeans.
- Thermal undergarments & sweat shirts / warm shirts for trips during April – May & from Mid September onwards).
- A full-sleeved pullover as well as a half sleeved sweeter (for use during warm days).
- Wind proof outer wear / jacket / parka, sun hat and a pair of good quality sunglasses with sufficient filter-factor to check the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
- A cap or balaclava (for use when the weather turns bad especially for trips to the higher places such as Pangong Lake, Tsomo-riri, Khadongla and the Manali-Leh road journeys.
- Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers with thick cotton socks (avoid fancy shoes/sandals).
- For ladies : Trousers or Shalwar suite (worn over thermal inner or tights during April through May & from September onwards only), woolen sweaters / cardigans, a windproof jacket or a shawl, walking shoes with comfortable soles / sneakers. (Avoid Saris & Sandals).
- It is also suggested to carry a flashlight on the tour, especially for those spending nights outside Leh town such as Pangong Lake, Tsomoriri Lake, Nubra Valley and on trekking trips.
- All essential medicines, including those prescribed by personal physician (if any)
- Sun screen, lip- salve, moisturizers, antiseptic creams, etc.
- Medicines for altitude sickness, if required.
If you are traveling to Leh by air, you must take complete rest for a day for adjustment to the high altitude and low oxygen level of Ladakh. High altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a risky condition faced by tourists who do not allow sufficient time for acclimatization upon reaching Leh.
The most common symptoms of altitude sickness are breathlessness, coughing, disturbed sleep, headache, inability to concentrate; lassitude, loss of appetite, nausea etc. Following precautions are recommended to avoid being affected by high altitude problems:
- Take complete rest at least for a day after arrival;
- Move about slowly and breathe deeply till your body becomes used to the high altitude and low level of oxygen.
- Take plenty of fluid.