1. Get a postpaid connection for your trip
Most prepaid phones don’t work in Ladakh, so purchase a BSNL postpaid connection for your Leh Ladakh packages trip, as it is the only network that works there. Even then, the reception is going to be weak but you will get to talk to friends and family back home. You will not get any connection in certain places including Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, so make all calls and messages before travelling there. You will find a few PCO booths in Leh market, which you can use to make emergency calls.
2. Always book an early flight
Ladakh is all about its beautiful nature and to make sure you catch it at its best hour, book an early flight. If you live in Mumbai, board 1 or 2 am flight because by the time you reach, it will be sunrise and you’ll get to see a multitude of colours gracing the sky. It is the best hour for clicking photos of the snow-dusted mountains and the vast landscape. If you are travelling from Delhi, board a 4.30 am flight.
3. Take a day’s rest after reaching Ladakh
Ladakh’s altitude and weather conditions are vastly different from that of metropolitan cities or the plains. On the day you reach Ladakh, spend it to adjust to the changes. You might experience heavy head but that’s just because of the change in the attitude. Plan your journey in such a way that you reach Ladakh by afternoon, so you have your lunch there and take an afternoon nap. In the evening, go on walks in nearby markets and meet locals.
4. Accept the slow Wi-Fi connectivity
Wi-Fi speed is painstakingly slow in the entire of Ladakh, so say goodbye to your favourite social media platform for all the days you are in the region. Ladakh is all about enjoying the nature at its finest and finding yourself again, so Wi-Fi connectivity shouldn’t concern you.
5. Keep a toilet paper in your bag
Ladakh is all about simple living. Tourist locations are located far away from each other. The turns and twists make the distance even longer. You won’t find any public washrooms or restaurants on your way where you can relieve yourself, so you will have to do that out in the nature. Carry toilet paper and sanitizer in your bag for when you want to take a pee.
6. Prepare a special medical kit for Ladakh
Keep your medical kit simple, so it isn’t too heavy to carry about. Medicines and other things you should include in it are Iodex, Savlon or Dettol, headache medicine, body pain medicine, nausea medicine, Disprin, medicine to help you breathe better, band-aids, imodium, Diamox, and stomach pain medicine.
7. Don’t forget the essentials
We have made a list of things you should carry but often forget to on your Leh Ladakh bike trip. These include map of Ladakh, medical insurance ID or receipt, phone chargers, a note of all important and emergency contact numbers, extra camera batteries, and a surge protector.
8. Pack all the warm clothes you have
Pack five pairs of t-shirts and pants, five pairs of undergarments, and three to four jackets in your bag. Stock up on woolen socks, mufflers, hand gloves, and ear plugs as they act as added layers of protection.
9. Carry photocopies of your identification documents
If you are not an Indian citizen, carry photocopies of your passport and the permit you received from the government to travel to Ladakh. If you are in Indian citizen, carry photocopies of your passport, PAN card, AADHAR card, and voter id, if you have one. For bikers, there are a few more documents including vehicle registration papers, vehicle insurance, PUC, and driving license.
10. Carry a plastic bag to hold wrappers and other waste
Don’t litter the gorgeous surroundings around you and carry a big plastic bag to collect all the waste. At the end of the day when you reach your hotel or camp, dump it into the trash can.
11. Plan the trip during moonless nights
Ladakh is the most beautiful on moonless nights as the stars shine the brightest. The star-studded sky will completely blow your mind and will make you just keep staring at the galaxy. Check for the moon phase calendar on Google before making all the bookings.
12. Respect the nature and the locals
Last but not the least, it is your responsibility to treat the nature and the locals with respect. They will have a different mindset and you don’t have to argue with them about their beliefs and thoughts. Hire a local guide because you definitely don’t want to miss the amazing local stories they have in store for you. When you visit national parks, don’t go too close to the animals as it can scare them. Don’t pluck flowers and maintain the region’s beauty.