7 Things I wish I knew before going to Leh-Ladakh
Since Leh is located at 3500m, it falls under the category of High Altitude, which makes you susceptible to AMS. It is recommended that you start on a dosage of Diamox Tablet (250 mg per day) starting 2 days prior to your trip.
Drink at least 2 litres of water per day
As you move to cold and/or high altitudes, you natural tendency to drink water drastically reduces. However, your body needs more water to adjust to your body’s changing metabolisms in such regions and also for better acclimatization. So don’t forget to take a sip of water at regular intervals so that you can at least complete 2 bottles of water everyday.
My life is doomed without network connectivity!
In that case, you are lucky that you read this post before going on the trip! Prepaid connections don’t work in the region. You must have a POSTPAID connection to stay connected to the grid. Postpaid cards from BSNL, Idea, Aircel and Airtel are noted to have better connectivity in the order mentioned. So don’t forget to buy a new connection at least 2 days before starting your journey.
Oops! I forgot to pack my essentials
Well there is nothing much here to say here because I’m pretty sure you are an expert packer! But I would suggest you to go through this CHECKLIST to avoid forgetting any essentials.
Well, it’s NOT a good idea to consume alcohol on arrival at Leh. It is recommended that you consume alcohol responsibly and preferably in small quantity at this altitude. (The same thing goes with smoking) I would recommend that you wait for at least 24-36 hours after arriving in Leh before consuming alcohol since this would provide your body the time required to acclimatize.
It is mandatory for you to carry at least one ORIGINAL photo identity proof on this trip. Photocopies or scanned images may not be considered valid at certain places.
Do I need to carry any medicines?
Over-the-counter medicines are available in Leh. However we recommend that you carry all the basic medicines with you. Also, it is advisable to carry ORS packets in your kit!
The information provided in this blog has been compiled from various sources and some personal experiences.
So there is a possibility that the information contained on this page may not be accurate to the fullest.