Clothes / Equipment
- Comfortable and warmer clothes, preferably of warm material like cotton or wool, or fleece jacket.
- Waterproof trousers preferably Gore-Tex.
- Thermal undergarments & sweat shirts / warm shirts for during April - May).
- A full-sleeved pullover as well as a half sleeved sweeter (during warmer days).
- A good sleeping bag and thick and good quality mattress
- Wind proof outer wear / jacket, sun hat and a pair of good quality sunglasses.
- 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 stokla.
- Azithromycin 250 mg for Respiratory infections; 8-10 tablets.
- Norfloxacin 400mg or Ciprofloxacin for diarrhoea; 12 tablets.
- Tinidazole 500mg for giardiasis/ amoebiasis; 10 tablets.
- Ibuprofen 400mg for aches, pains; 14 tablets.
- Calpol(paracetamol) 500mg for frvers, colds; 15 tablets.
- Lemolate or Actifed for colds; 10 tablets.
- Ranitidine 150mg, for acidity; 10 tablets.
- Miconazole 2% or Clotrimazole 1% for fungal infections; one tube.
Trekking and Expedition
- Ruck Sack: If you intend to go on a trekking or adventure trip, you need to get two rucksacks: a smaller one for carrying your camera, water bottle, lunch box and space for change of clothes / jackets during the day. A bigger or standard sized rucksack is needed for packing your clothes and other accessories. This one should have extra layer of waterproof material for protection from rain etc
- Sleeping Bags: For travelling between June and mid September, light summer sleeping bag is enough. Warm winterized sleeping bag is required if you are travelling between mid September through May. You can also rent good sleeping bags from trekking equipment outlets in Leh.
- Shoes: For trekking, you need to bring good quality waterproof shoes with strong sole for walking in the mountains and dirt paths. An extra pair of light shoes or sandals is will be required for crossing rivers.
In Ladakh, you will find a culture in rapid transition, yet one in which the traditional values are still largely intact. In order to make your visit to Ladakh more pleasant, both for yourself and for the host community, following steps / precautions may be helpful.
Please avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts, blouses, tops, undershirts etc. in public and especially in monasteries, mosques, temples, gurudhwaras, and churches. The same holds true on the trekking routes. While short clothing is acceptable in camp-sites away from human habitation, they should be changed for trousers, slacks and blouses in villages where you might stop. Under no event should swimwear (and for women bikini tops) be worn in public as these may be taken as sexually provocative and be a cause of possible harassment.
Please keep your affection for your partner as a private matter and confined to your own rooms or tents, but not for public display, on the street, in religious buildings, in restaurants or at public events.
Please do not take photographs of local people without seeking permission, nor of, or within, any religious building and of any religious ceremony, without permission of the official in-charge of the concerned religious place. Remember that the intense light of flash photography is damaging to ancient wall paintings and tapestries placed in the monasteries.