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There are so many of us who likes traveling to the core of our souls and keep on visiting new, beautiful places every now and then. Sometimes the plan arises out of no where and you have no time to think about contents of the luggage for the trip. Most of the time in these cases, we forget one or more essential things to carry while going on a trip. You can imagine a situation where you need to rush and search desperately for a small thing such as soap where even a tissue paper would have come handy ;).

Since luggage is most common among any kind of traveler, it would be great to always have a list of things to carry on a trip, in store for yourself. It would certainly be extremely handy when the plans are abrupt and come out of nowhere, leaving no time for packing the luggage. I have tried to compile a comprehensive list of thing to carry while I go on a trip and feel could be helpful for each one of us traveling to various places.

Basic Travel Kit
  • Itinerary Printout (at least 2)
  • Travel Guide / Map Print Out (at least 2)
  • At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Pen and a small Diary
  • Bag locks (2 or more)
  • Backpack or Carry bag
  • Extra spectacles with cover
  • Spectacles cover
  • TORCHLIGHT
  • Small Scissor
  • Watch
  • Swiss Knife
  • Hand Sanitizer (Dettol, Lifebuoy) – Recommended
  • Sunglasses – Recommended
  • Multi-Plug – Recommended for remote areas
  • Small water bottle, say 500 ml
  • Match Boxes or Flint or Cigarette Lighter
  • Couple of candles
  • Plastic Bags / Plastic Zip Lock Bags
  • Twist-ties, safety pins
  • Novels or two
  • Pens, pencils, colors, crayons, chocolates, toffees for distribution among local children
Are you planning to carry Laptop to Leh – Ladakh or high altitude? If yes, please do read the article to protect and safely use it: Carrying Laptop to Ladakh or High Altitudes
Eateries
  • Chocolates, toffees, chips, chewing gums, mouth freshener, dry fruits etc.
  • Pre-cooked food if possible
Camera Kit
  • Camera with bag
  • Camera Charger and its cable
  • Camera Battery
  • Camera Cleaning Kit including Lenspen
  • Tripod
  • Filters
  • Remote Release
  • Photography Handbook
  • Extra Camera Battery, if possible
  • Extra Remote Release Battery, if possible
  • Extra memory cards, if possible
Toiletries
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Toilet Soap
  • Shampoo Pouches according to the schedule or a small shampoo bottle
  • Tissue Papers
  • Face wash if required but common for girls
  • Hair Oil
  • Deodorants
  • Moisturizing Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Cologne Talc
  • Comb
  • Small Mirror
  • Feminine Hygiene, if required
Shaving Kit
  • Shaver / Razor / Trimmer
  • Shaving Blades ( If possible keep some extra blades)
  • Shaver Brush
  • Shaving Foam or Cream
Clothing Kit
  • Clothes as per the schedule
  • Towels
  • Socks
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Slippers
  • At least one light jacket
Are you going to Leh – Ladakh and confused in carrying type of clothes? If yes, check the link: Tips for Carrying Clothes for Leh – Ladakh Trip
Air Travel
  • Air-ticket Printout (if flying with e-tickets)
  • Credit/Debit Card photocopy both side from which booking was made — Don’t forget to strike of CVV number
  • Authentication Letter if someone else’s Credit/Debit Card
Mountains Must Haves
  • Digital Thermometer (Optional)
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Hats / Caps
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing including woolen socks (Severe Cold / Snow)
  • Woolen Hand Gloves (Severe Cold / Snow)
  • At least 2 pairs of thermal.
Trekking Must Haves
  • Mountains Must Haves
  • Hard Wooden Stick (Also handy in snow for the grip)
  • Rain / Snow Protection Gear like Rain Coat / Rain Suit
  • Hats / Caps
  • Gaiters for snow or water
  • Water Bottles (Snow trek needs more water than we think)
  • Trekking Shoes
Beach Must Haves
  • Hats / Caps
  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF 50 or greater) or  Sunblock
  • 2-3 Extra Shorts,
  • An extra slipper and extra towel for back pack
  • Thin single bed sheet – if not interested in beach shack / bed always
  • Lip Guard with sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved over shirt and a thin pair of pants as night gets a bit cold at beaches
Medicine or First-aid Box

Disclaimer– Well medicines listed here are just my suggestion as it suits me and you shall always consult your doctor before taking any of these.

  • ORS or ORS-L Tetra Packs at least 5 in number
  • Pain Relief Spray
  • Pain Relief Cream or Gel
  • Betadine – Antiseptic cream
  • Savlon or Dettol – Antiseptic solution
  • Combiflaim or Flexon – Pain Killers
  • Crocin or Paracetamol – Mild Fever
  • Avomine – Relief from Dizziness, Motion Sickness and Vomiting
  • Digene – Relief from Flatulence, Indigestion, acidity (mild)
  • Zinetac 150mg – Acidity or gastric problems (only if severe)
  • Eno Sachets – Quick Gastric Relief
  • Entroquinol – Relief from Loose motion (mild)
  • Metrogyl – Relief from Loose motion (high)
  • D-Cold Total or Vicks Action 500 for cold
  • Pudin Hara for stomachache
  • Crepe Bandage – 2 (for fractures)
  • J&J Band-Aid Fast Heal Wash proof – Long, Square and circle patches
  • Cotton and Dressing Bandage
  • Becosules for vitamin B-complex and sometimes energy
  • Eye Tone for soothing eyes
  • Nasivion for blocked and dry nose
  • Ongoing Regular Medicines, if any

I feel a cross check of luggage with this list before leaving, would be helpful to many of us in reducing the chances of forgetting some small things while we go on a trip. This way we can enjoy the trip without worrying over the availability of some item in the town or trek :) we check-in. This list may not be perfect for each one of us but at least we can tweak it according to our pickings and save that in our archives for future trip references.

You are most likely invited to keep adding your valuable thoughts suggestions for the list of items things to carry while going on a trip. This way we may end up making it a complete comprehensive list for all of us and others seeking this kind of a list. Do provide your suggestions in the comments section below.

Disclaimer– Again to remind you that medicines listed above are just my suggestion as it suits me and you shall always consult your doctor before taking any of the above medicine.

Article Last Updated on 1st November 2014

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328 Comments

  1. Devesh Kumar Sharma on

    Hello Riders,

    Me & my friends have planned a visit to Del -Leh Trip from 16 – 27 Sep 2015. Till now we’re 3 gals & 4 boys, if you are interested in joining pls do let me know (couples are most welcome). As we have gals we can choose a car option & remaining bike option as well. # 9717035353. Our tour plan will be Del-SXR-LEH-Manali-Delhi. Please inform b4 30 Aug, i need to confirm with others as well.

  2. Devesh Kumar Sharma on

    Bro, appreciate the efforts yor are putting on this. The articles r really very helpful.. Change your name to b Himalaya Man. 😉 :)

  3. Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly thank you for helping all clueless people like me, keep up the good work God bless you.

    I’m from Mumbai, We are a group of 6 friends(2 girls & 4 boys) planing to leave for Leh Via Jammu on September 25th and back Mumbai by October 4th. We have booked train tickets for 25th and 3rd Oct to and from Jammu tawi station. We will be hiring innova or so from jammu. Could you please help us with the places to visit in the stipulated time and all the necessary things to carry during this period.Winter clothes are generally heavy and take lot of space in the bag. How much clothes will be required for this trip?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Kamna, when are you reaching Jammu? Will you be able to start on 25th itself. These are quite less number of days as it will take 3 days to reach Leh from Jammu and 3 days to come back. 1 day rest complete is required.

      • We will reach jammu on 26th by 2-3 p.m. From there we are planning to hire a vehicle and stay for a night a pahalgam or srinagar and start our journey fr ladakh from next day. Since we are all working we wont be able to extend this trip.

        • Well, I will suggest that you cancel Ladakh and focus just on Kashmir. There is no point traversing the same route twice for 6 long long days of 8-9 Hrs at least and then just rest for a day. You do not have sufficient days in hand for a Ladakh trip.

    • Devesh Kumar on

      Hi Kamna,

      We’re also visiting Leh a bit near close your day/dates (i.e. 16 Sep to 28 Sep’ 15). Till now we’re 3 boys & 2 gals. If somehow possible we can make our trip a bit bigger. Please do let me know if interested, we all are working in a MNC in Gurgaon. We’re planning our trip either by bikes or car (still planning), so in case you think like we (02 groups) can plan something pls do let me know (# 9717035353).

  4. Hi Dhiraj bro,
    I m from chandigarh, planning to travel Chandigarh to Leh by bike with Six friends in first week of Sep

    1. Just suggest me which type of bike will be good and comfortable for journey rather than bullet.
    2. which type of warm clothes will be required to wear on the way of Chandigarh to Leh…

    3. We have 7 days to complete this journey reach and back …will it suffice the purpose…or it will take some more days.

    4. In which places we can easily find ATM facility….

    • Hi Chandra,

      1. Whatever you feel comfortable and in control riding will be good for you.
      2. Dress up in layers, so that it helps you get rid quickly when it is warm and get on quickly when evening or overcast days get cold
      3. Not at all, it will take 4 days to reach from Srinagar side and 3 days to come back from Manali side. So, 7 days are gone then and there without seeing anything in Ladakh
      4. Leh will have ATM then Manali. Srinagar – Kargil also have ATMs.

  5. Krishna Khanna on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I would like to thank you and congratulate you for putting your time in helping people like me. May God bless you with more power.

    I’m from Delhi, a working professional and I have never traveled alone or actually not traveled much. I’m planing to leave for Leh on September 25th and reach Delhi by the morning of October 5th. I want to travel alone though and that too by public transport like bus, shared cabs, etc.

    1. Is this the good time to travel to Leh or should I change my dates?
    2. Do I need to carry a lot of cash or there are ATMs that I can use?
    3. Winter clothes are generally heavy and take lot of space in the bag. How much clothes will be required for a 10-day trip?

    I will keep reading your site and will spend this month on reading and planning, These are my preliminary questions. I feel nervous and scared but I want to do this.

    Thank you for your reply. Take care :)

    • Hello Krishna,

      1. If you can prepone it by a couple of weeks it will be good because you will be able to get shared passengers and tourists easily rather difficult towards the end. Leh – Manali bus of HPTDC which caters to tourist also stops by 14 September.
      2. Yes, carry enough cash with you but once you in Leh there are of course ATMs. However, at least 5-6K should be kept for any contingency like power outage etc..
      3. Yes, you will need woolens, one light jacket and one heavy jacket as cold starts to set in up there in high hills by mid of September. Nights are quite cold at the lakes.

  6. What type of warm clothing do I require during first half of Sept for Ladakh? I Have thermals, woolen socks, sweater, warm caps, woolen neck wrap.
    Also have 3-in-1 Jacket from Quechua. Will these be enough? (Can use sweaters with it to keep warm. :) )
    Should I purchase warm trousers?
    Any shoes in particular or the normal shoes will do?
    Regards n thanks

    • Anand, you will be fine with what you have in your armoury 😉 … Most of the time 3in1 will suit your need, dress up in layers as only nights will be cold but do not expose naked body to breeze or cold wind even in day time, keep yourself warm and it will help a lot.

      No need of any special shoes or warm trousers. At max. you can buy a Quechua Warm Inner which can be weared inside the normal denim or trouser, costs around 300-400 I guess. That will be more than sufficient.

  7. Hi Dheeraj,

    we are total 8 and going to leh from 27th july to 3rd august,

    Delhi to manali by road
    Directly from manali to leh : if required halt at sarchu or anyplace on route
    3 days in leh place to visit : Phangong lake , highest motarable road and places nearby if possible
    On 1st to srinagar – by road (gulmarg – Ice gandola,
    2nd House boat at sonmarg
    3rd depart to srinagar airport…

    Do you think we can pull this off

    • While going from Manali to Leh, best that you halt at Keylong or Jispa and do next day stretch from Jispa to Leh. Then rest in Leh for a day, then do Nubra Valley and then Pangong Tso. After that go towards Srinagar with overnight halt at Kargil or Sonamarg.

      • bhavesh shah on

        hi dheeraj …
        reading ur blogs prompted and motivated us to do ladakh trip .. thank u so much
        i wanted to know following things —
        we will be traveling ladakh (srinagar — leh_) from 8 — 20 sept.
        do we get good quality inner wollen thermals , sweaters and other things for keeping us warm somewherein kaargil or leh / or shall we get it from our place itself( maharashtra)
        isnt it that it will be good quality and cheap in kargil ? leh?

        • In Leh you do get warm clothes but in Kargil it might be difficult though not impossible. I saw some shops did have woolens but in Leh for sure.

  8. Hii dheeraj,
    Yr hum 2 boys or 2 girls hai ambala se,bike se ladakh jana chahte hai,to hume kaha kaha stay krna hoga,or isme kitna budget hoga,humara 10 din ka plan hai or hum september mai jaye to thk hai kya?

  9. Lots of hard work but real waste of tuIme Dheeraj. Grandma article. Lets avoid e waste and not publish this crap. For gods sake “eno”

  10. HI Dheeraj

    i m rajesh from Delhi. i m going to Leh in around 22 or 23 July. but problem is i m going alone. my Rout is delhi – manli – leh- srinagar – delhi its take of around 8 to 10 days. if is ti possible to going to alone by bike. plz suggest me. if any person want to going with me for company plz shere my e-mail id and my phone no. 09818826874

  11. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am travelling to Leh in September with a couple of friends. I’m not much of an outdoor person, so I want tobe completely prepared before the trip begins. I was wondering if its necessary to buy waterproof hiking boots or if sports shoes will suffice. Are there an cheaper options, apart from Forclaz, available (not really a fan of renting jackets/ shoes from Leh). I also wanted to check if a rucksack is absolutely essential or would a suitcase do (sorry I’m a complete newbie at this!).

    Thanks!

    • Hi Anushka,

      Since you are traveling in September, even the sports shoes will suffice the need. Again rucksack is more of a convenience but not necessity, hence you can completely carry a suitcase too.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  12. Nikita Kotian on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am from Mumbai.
    We are 5 of them planning to go to Leh on 15th of august 2015 and will return by 23rd August 2015.
    I need your help to suggest me some good places to visit in Leh-Ladakh and how do we travel by road.
    We are planning to take Manali-Leh route.

    Here are our journey details:-
    15th august :- We’ll get down at Chandigarh airport and then hire a car or public transport to reach Leh.
    16th-21august:- Leh-Ladakh visit(Kindly suggest some places to visit and place to stay).
    22nd august:- To come back to Amritsar and visit Golden temple.
    23rd august:- Morning flight back to Mumbai.

    Kindly suggest some accommodation like where do we stay while going to Leh in between halt.
    Is renting a tent safe for group of girls???If yes, where?
    And which road transport will be good in terms of money to reach Leh from Chandigarh???
    How much day will it take to reach Leh from Chandigarh?
    Kindly guide.

    Thank you in advance.

    Nikita.K

    • Hello Nikita,

      It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Chandigarh. Then 18th August you will reach Leh in that case assuming you are staying at Chandigarh on 15th only. 3 days will be needed to come back to Chandigarh, one day is rest required. So, 7 days out of 7 are consumed just running around from Chandigarh to Leh and back.

      Are you OK with it?

      • Nikita Kotian on

        Thanks for the reply.

        We will leave for Leh on 15th August itself from Chandigarh accordingly to what transportation we get.
        So then we will reach Leh by 17th. Right???
        Then we have flight from Amritsar back to Mumbai on 23rd August but we need to visit Golden temple too.
        So how much day will it take from Leh-Amritsar??
        And in between from 17th will it be possible to visit all the renowned places of Leh-Ladakh???

        Thanks.

        • Ok.

          So from 17th – 20th, will it be possible to visit all the places mentioned below in that timespan:-

          Pangong lake
          Nubra Valley
          Shanti stupa
          Tso moriri lake
          Sand dunes, Hunder- nubra
          MAGNETIC HILL, LEH LADAKH

          Any other nearby places from the above mentioned places that can be visited.

          Thanks.

        • No, it will not be possible because one day you need to rest in Leh there you can cover Shanti stup. Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso day trips can be made of about 11-12 Hrs each day on 19,20 day.

  13. Hi Dheeraj bhai!!!!!

    Very much excited about you telling this. first of all we are very much grateful about the information which you give….:)

    This 14th august we are going to Leh. the details are as follows
    14th: depart from kolkata by Rajdhani Express
    15th: arrive at delhi at 10.25am, reach manali by car at night
    16th: manali to sarchu, night stay at sarchu base camp
    17th: Sarchu to Leh. stay at auspicious hotel
    18th: Leh to Nubra Valley, stay at turtuk holiday camp
    19th: Nubra valley to Leh
    20th: leh to pangong Lake and back to Leh
    21st: Leh to kargil stay at hotel siachen
    22nd: kargil to srinagar stay at hotel shah abbas
    23rd: flight from srinagar and back to kolkata

    • Sounak, Avoid sleeping at Sarchu or Pang at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there. It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you minimize the chances for falling sick or hit by AMS while going to Leh from Manali. And, then next day carry on the rest of the journey to Leh without sleeping in between anywhere by leaving early in the morning say, by 4-5 AM types. I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa. If you are coming back via Manali – Leh, then it should be OK to stay at Sarchu as your body will be acclimatized by that time.

      Rest looks cool to me.

    • Nitin, no now both sides are allowed to ply without timings. Timings are there in early season only when snow is there roads are narrow for passage of single vehicles.

  14. Wreet Mandal on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    This is going to be our first trek . We are 7-8 members in our group. We want to visit Chandratal Lake and nearby . We are all way long from Kolkata and planning to be their on mid september.
    Our plan from Manali is like below –
    17th aug – From manali we will take a jeep/suv to losar village and will stay there. We need to take break as before this we will have to come delhi-chandigarh-manali.. and its a back to back journey.
    18th aug- Will start for Chandratal lake. Reaching and halting there .(Want to try Topko Gangma from there if have time).
    19th aug – have time
    20th aug- have time.
    21st aug – We need to take the train kalka mail from kalka… So manali to kalka we need to reach.. Means 21st moring we have to their in Manali.

    Please guide us with the trip. We are thinking to have camping instruments with us. What do we need to keep with us ..
    Nedd your assisstance to make this trip memorable.

    • Wreet, there is no trek, road is there all the way to Chandratal may be you talking about trekking towards Surajtal from Chandratal. I do not see any point of going to Losar anyways. You can camp at Batal itself or stay there in PWD rest house. There is no point going over trecherous route to Losar from Kunzum Pass – Batal and then coming back again the very next morning.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning to be in Ladhak between July 6th and 11th. How is the weather going to be? Will it be too cold in the high passes? What abut chances of rain during this time?
    Thanks,
    Ranjith

    • Weather will be fine and pleasant mostly. But do carry at least one heavy woolen pair along with heavy jacket as it can snow at high passes anytime of the year and it get extremely cold. So, for a backup do have heavy woolens too.

  16. Shikhar Choudhury on

    Hey, i plan to travel to kasol with 5 of my buddies for approx. five days from july 5, wanted to know if the weather there suits are travelling time?

  17. Hey dheeraj,
    Appreciate your work for helping all the clueless travellers. Thanks for all the provided information.
    We are travelling to manali by 27thjune from Delhi. Is it right to visit it. Will we be able to enjoy paragliding and water rafting by this time. Can you please help with the info.

    • Archie, yeah, it is fine time to travel to Manali. Well, paragliding last I heard has been banned up there after a mishap where a person died in a crash. Rafting will be available.

  18. Lohit Bordoloi on

    thank you so much dheeraj n lastly i wnt to ask dat how much of petrol it cost to lah n when we will travel to lah in road petrol pam cn be available or nt……

  19. Lohit Bordoloi on

    hai dheeja i wnt to knw dat how many money we hv to take for lah…..we will go by bike plzzzz tel me na…..n tel me dat for lah i mean ladak which mnth is bst to go for bike……we will go frm Assam,guwahati……plzzzz rply ha……n thankz

  20. Hi dheeraj

    Ur doin a great job.. We ve planned a bike trip from Chandigarh to leh from 25th July to 2nd Aug( 9 days).. Will v able to cover 1530 kms in 9 days. Kindly reply us with a rough plan.

    Regards
    Viveik

  21. Priyanka Chhabra on

    We are travelling to Leh in JUly second week. I would like to know how would be the temperature at that time? Do we need to carry heavy wollens or not?

    • Carry at least one pair of heavy woolens and one heavy and one light jacket to suit the needs. In case weather changes you will be running for heat in the absence of heavy jacket or heavy woolens. Otherwise it will be quite pleasant mostly with light jacket on.

  22. We are 5 people planning to reach Leh via Car on 5th July. i want to know about the details on the Shoes that we should to carry with us.

    • Savneet, since you are traveling with car and do not have any trekking shoes with you, then you can carry normal sport shoes as well in July as weather is pleasant and since you are in car, then there is no reason to get your shoes wet in water crossings too.

  23. Kartik Shah on

    Hi, Dheeraj !
    Thanks for wonderful website with full of useful information.
    We friends are planing to Visit Leh in last week of June ‘ 2015. I Just want to know that is this good time to travel Leh from weather prospective ? and one more thing, we will have 5 full day and 1 half day at leh, so can you plz suggest ‘not to miss’ places to visit ?
    Thanks.

    • Yes Kartick, it is good time to travel to Ladakh during that time of the year. Refer the 5 day plan below:

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 8 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

  24. Dinesh Prajapati on

    hi

    thanks for nice and useful information.

    We want to travel from srinagar – Manali Chandigarh around 17th august 2015, We have plan as below
    Day 1 – sringar stay at boat house
    DAy 2 – gulmarg stay at boat house
    Day 3 – travel towards leh stay at kargil
    day 4 – travel to leh – stay at leh
    Day 5 – Local leh touring
    Day 6 – travel to baralacha la – manali stay at Jips / Zingzing baar
    Day 7 – travel to rohtang pass stay at manali
    Day 8 – Travel to chandigardh.

    We have 4 children along with 20 adult. Is it Okay to travel with children of age between 3- 6 years ?

    Above 8 days tour plan is good or need any editing ? ? Please suggest

    • Dinesh, It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

  25. Hi ..
    I need a suggestion from you. My friends are travelling to hemkunt sahib by their bikes. Is it safe to travel on bike from delhi to hemkunt sahib on bikes ?
    And what are the necesarry things they should carry along with them??

    • Yes, it is fine to travel on bike. You need to trek though fro remaining part of it. When are you traveling? List of things have been mentioned above. Now regarding bikes, I am not sure how much you are done rides before to hills. Do you need carry things for biking too?

  26. Hey! You’re doing s great job and helping thousand others clueless like me. So I’m going to leh(by flight from Delhi) next week and having read all forums and tips, I’m really scared about the AMS ( the sickness). Please tell me how can I take all measures to prevent any signs of AMS. Also, does Diamox help? If yes then how and when to take it?

    • Aseem, just follow the first two days as mentioned below plan and all shall be fine, don’t get scared too much :) … Read the tips in the article: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

  27. Dear Dheeraj,

    Hats off to you for doing this good job. This is helping a lot of peoples travelling to leh & ladakh.

    I need your advice…I will be travelling alone from mumbai. Can i hire bike from Leh to ladakh?from manali i will be travelling by bus to leh.

  28. Gaurav Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are goint to Kashmir on 25 April 2015 and we will be covering Vaisnodevi,Srinagar,Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
    We are 11 members and 6 are over 45 year old on an average.

    Please suggest some basic thing must to carry.

  29. Gaurav Agrawal on

    Hi Dheeraj, Greetings of the day…
    I like to ask you that we are planning for trip to Spiti valley thorugh Shimla & Reckong Peo and I have 1 year old baby boy so is it ok to travel with him on this high altitude area.

    Further is this right time to visit Spiti valley or it shall be month of May….

    • Gaurav time is right to travel to Spiti Valley. But, taking such young kid to high altitude area, it is a matter of personal choice. It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

  30. Hi DHEERAJ,

    I m planning to go laddakh by may end. I m super excited about it. I have my own bike (fz 16, 7 years old in more than good condition). It’s going to be my first ride and I m planning to ride alone(unfortunately). So i would be glad if you could advice me on following issues:

    1. Do and do not for bike before and during travelling( technical stuffs precisely).

    2. How to tackle breathing problems while crossing passes or higher altitude area.

    3. Staying options and petrol pump availability ahead of Manali.

    Thanks in advance. :)

  31. K K Singh on

    Dheeraj, I am planning a three week trip to Manali, Leh, Kargil and surrounding areas in the month of May / early June. My wife and me would be driving there in our own from Kolkata on our new Scorpio S10. I am about 60 years and my wife a couple of years young. We are fit and have no ailment as such (thank God). Please suggest if we can make this trip to heaven and back comfortably ? Is our age & our car okay for the trip ? Do I need to take along a driver on this trip ?
    All other information has been beautifully complied by you. Thanks.

    • KK ji, if you have the spirit, that you seem to have, you can easily manage it sir. The only suggestion from my side will be that you postpone it beyond mid of June so that the roads get open by that time from both sides and they are stabilized to a fair extent. Also, you must do the trip from Srinagar side and end at Manali side.

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  33. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all , hats off to you for this amazing compilation of the website…. its like its got everything at one place.

    My question is regarding carrying sleeping bags and tents. I’ll be coming from delhi on bike… do you think i should be carrying sleeping bags and tent from there or should i simply take them on rent from leh.. just in case.

    • Shagun, though you will get everything in Ladakh but many a time people prefer own sleeping bags with respect to cleanliness and hygiene. Hence, if you travel often then better to get one of your own. Else, you can always rent them in Leh.

  34. kekin gala on

    hiii Dheerj…..
    ur information & list of things 2 carry is very useful. v wil b travelling 2 kashmir & leh in mid may. V have 2 children along with us aged 8 & 10 years. I wanted 2 know about d food items v can carry wit us during our visit, as v have learnt der is a bit of problem for food. Could u pls guide me on this aspect. Also wat food items can v carry 2 keep ourselves warm.

    • Hi Kekin,

      There isn’t much of a problem of food. May be you can carry what all is written in above list. You can also carry some packed food and soups. Above all do carry lots of dry fruits.

      Kali Mirch (Black pepper) and Garlic stubs will be very helpful in keep you guys warm.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  35. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning to take go leh by hiring RE from Manali. What kind of accesseries would you suggest like (Leg gaurd, hand gaurd, helmet, Tank bag etc.) ? and would you also suggest carrying foldable tents for night stays, yoga mats and sleeping bags ? Can we get all these things on rent in Manali ?

    THanks,
    Pallav

    • Pallav, most things will come fitted in the bike when you take it on rent, so do not worry much about that. Secondly, everything is available on the route and renting such equipment will not help must except in case of getting stuck in the middle of no-where. Rest there are stay options available at almost all the places on the route to Ladakh.

    • Sarir, above list will be handy for you and especially the Beach must haves. See if things listed above makes sense to you and you can pack the required one for your trip.

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