THINGS TO NOTE FOR A HIMALAYAN TOUR

Travelling to the Himalayas is not the same as travelling elsewhere. The list of things that you need
to carry varies for this terrain. To make it easier for you we have compiled a list of essentials to
carry irrespective of the mode of transport you take. The list does look exhaustive but kindly
read through the same and carry things as suggested and as deemed necessary

Appendix:
1. Things to carry
2. Things to know and note for your Himalayan Tour
3. All about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

CLOTHING:

  • Since the weather in the Ladakh region is highly unpredictable, it’s best to dress in layers. You ascend and descend rapidly which also means you pass through varying temperatures. Apart from a normal T-shirt / Warmer (Warmer might not be required for everyone it purely depends on how much cold you can take), you would also need your riding jacket, a sweater/fleece jacket, and a raincoat. Dressing in layers will also mean you can remove the layers depending on the weather and hence its best to either keep them handy or wear them
  • Make sure to carry a sweater, extra pair of gloves, and monkey caps that can protect your ears and head from cold
  • Casual clothing
  • Rain jacket / Waterproof liner
  • Travel towel / Quick drying towel (Though all hotels and camps provide it is best to carry one)
  • As many pairs of socks as possible


ACCESSORIES & SUNDRIES:

  • Sunscreen Lotion: Even in the off-season the UV rays are quite harsh in this region and it is very important to carry a good sunscreen with SPF above 40 as the sun’s rays can cause considerable damage to your skin
  • Cold cream / Moisturizer / Lip Balm / Coconut or Mustard oil: Dry and cold weather will make your lips extremely dry and it can become quite painful. Hence carry a good lipbalm, cold cream and a moisturizer
  • Sunglasses: Good quality sunglasses with UV protection is a must for the same reason that the rays can be quite damaging to the eyes as well
  • Gloves: Apart from the riding gloves, do carry a pair of woollen gloves or a waterproof one
  • Cap / Hat: A good cap or a hat to protect you while walking especially during
    sightseeing. A monkey cap to protect yourself from chillness
  • Other toiletries including brush and paste, soap, facewash, shampoo and deos (Most of these can be bought there in the local shops), anti-fungal powder
  • Buff / Mask to protect from dust
  • A torchlight / Swiss knife
  • Riding gears including helmet, jacket, knee guards, gloves and boots (A good gum boots / inexpensive one should do)
  • Bungee cords if needed
  • Carry many pairs of socks as they can get wet very easily
  • A normal shoe/flip flops to be used during other times and an in-room slipper as it will be cold to walk barefoot
  • Thermos for hot or cold fluids
  • Mosquito repellents (Mostly for camp stays)


EATABLES:

Keep some dry fruits, and chocolates handy. Most of these eatables are almost available at all the small joints, however, it is always safe to carry little just in case you get stranded, these will come to be of use

MEDICINES:

  • Diamox: If you are nonallergic to sulphur. This helps in reducing the condition of AMS (Detailed below)
  • Camphor: Does magic for AMS. Rub little camphor on your gloves or keep some powdered just under your nose in the buff and you can keep sniffing on the same to avoid any side effects of AMS
  • All your essential medication if you have any
  • Medicines for fever, cold, cough, stomach upset and headache
  • Small packs of Glucose can also help. You can add this to water and drink the same as it provides instant energy


ELECTRONICS:

Please note at high altitudes battery drains very quickly. It is also best advised
to put your mobile phone on flight mode as it helps retain battery level to the maximum

  • Phone charger and cables
  • Spare battery for your camera if needed
  • Power bank as most of the places do not have charging facilities
  • Spare memory card
  • 3 pin socket in case of power surges or if you intend to charge more than one item at a time
  • Only postpaid mobile connection works in Ladakh. Except for Airtel that works at Leh, all other places support only BSNL postpaid and some of the places will have zero connectivity
  • Camera / Go Pro / Camera mounts / Chargers

DOCUMENTS:

  • A valid passport (For international travellers) with two copies as back up
  • Copies of your flight/bus tickets if any
  • Medical / Travel insurance if any
  • Passport size photos – 2 (This is just in case of any requirement)
  • Original Aadhar card for Indian nationals with a couple of copies, original driving licence / International driving permit
  • CASH: Carry cash as much as you require. Except at LEH where there is ATM facility (that seldom has cash during the season) no other place has other facilities. Hence it is all cash and carry whether it is shopping or eating. Do carry extra money for any emergencies. We request customers to carry appx INR 20,000 per person for your own emergencies

 


THINGS TO NOTE

  • Wearing helmets and other riding gear is a must on all the tours and it is best to carry one’s own due to the comfort it gives. Also, there is no guarantee that you will have an opportunity to shop for these before your ride
  • When visiting temples/gompas, it is mandatory to remove your shoes
  • We recommend you to travel with soft and simple luggage which can easily be stowed in to the support vehicle
  • Alcohol – Consumption is restricted due to high altitude and makes AMS more severe.
  • No hard liquor as it dehydrates the body and dulls out reflex at high altitudes
  • The medicine to high altitude is keeping oneself hydrated by drinking lots of water. The more water you drink the less the altitude sickness
  • AMS or acute mountain sickness can affect anyone at that altitude irrespective of your health condition. And typical symptoms include headache, fatigue, drowsiness, and disillusion. To prevent this drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Diamox can be taken if you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms on day 1 at LEH
  • Keep eating chocolates as and when you break to avoid tiredness
  • Do not overeat at any time as the roads are bumpy, rough and twisty throughout and can cause nausea and stomach upsets
  • Cold – Temperature varies and changes depending on the place and season. During the day you will ascend and descend at many places and temperature can change very quickly in the high passes. Hence warm clothing can be useful
  • Due to very less vegetation in the Ladakh region, there is dust everywhere. So keep yourself covered and protected at all times
  • Mobile connectivity – Only post-paid works in Ladakh. BSNL is the most sought-after connection and it is available only in a few places in the region. For security reasons SMS could also get suspended
  • Power connectivity – Outside of Leh, power/electricity is sparingly available and will be switched on only for a while in the night (Post 07:30PM)
  • Expect traffic jams on all routes due to various reasons like the crowd, bad roads, water crossings, landslides and ongoing road repairs
  • Avoid use of laptops in high passes and completely shut them down as it can crash due to varying weather conditions
  • Do not encourage or take part in littering the vicinity in any form
  • Most importantly do not over the speed at any point of time as the terrain is unknown and roads can be extremely unpredictable
  • Avoid roaming in the night without informing the tour leader
  • Accommodation and Food: Please note accommodation in camps would be very basic with basic facilities. You would not be having water and power most of the time. There would even be no possibility to take shower in the camps. So please do carry wet / body wipes in case of need. Please also note that food is usually very basic too with bread, eggs, and parathas for breakfast and roti, rice, dal, and one subzi for dinners. You will get noodles all along the way
  • The tour itinerary can be subject to change at any time due to natural calamities, floods, water crossings, landslides or road closures