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Because of the extreme weather conditions and the rugged Ladakhi topography, it is very important that you have appropriate clothing and equipment for your trip. You should begin well in advance of your trip to acquire and assemble all of the clothing and equipment listed below: - down jacket - fleece jacket or warm woolen sweater - a full body suit to protect from wind and rain - brimmed hat or stocking cap - gloves - 2 large bandannas or scarves - 2 long skirts (for women if desired) - 3 pair long pants - 1 pair shorts - long underwear (polypro, top and bottom) - 2 long sleeve shirts - 2-4 T-shirts, depending on the duration of your stay - 4 pair heavy socks - 5 pair liner socks - 4 or more sets underwear - bathing suit - hiking boots (medium to heavy weight, deep tread bottom, fully broken-in) - comfortable walking shoes - sandals or slippers that can be used for river crossings - duffel bag (suitable to hold all of your personal trekking gear) - sunglasses (high quality to withstand intense UV and infrared light) - sunscreen - towel (quick drying) - hand wipes (enough to last the entire trip) - mosquito repellent (for use in Delhi)
In Ladakh, special permits are only required for restricted areas like the Nubra Valley, areas that are close to the international borders and for summiting certain peaks. We will arrange for these permits as part of our trip package.
Absolutely, all our operators can adjust customization requested. They an arrange accommodation, transport, dietary concerns and conduct the trip according to your convenience. If other parties are involved in the same group, all effort is made to accommodate customization without disturbing other guests. Multiple activities can also be fit together in an itinerary to make up a diverse holiday.
The trekking season in Ladakh lasts from June to October, with the exception of winter treks like the Chadar trek or the Snow Leopard trek. For the remainder of the year, the roads and mountain passes close due to snow and the only way to reach Leh is by air.
Most of Ladakh lies over the altitude of 3500m (11500 ft). For most of us dwelling in the plains, it takes a little getting used to the thin air and the lower air pressure in Ladakh. Therefore, no matter what trek you choose, we urge you to spend atleast 2 days acclimatizing at your starting point in Ladakh. Taking short strolls helps your body adjust to the lower oxygen levels and atmospheric changes faster, but refrain from any physical exertion. If you ignore, chances are that you will suffer from headaches, nausea and loss of appetite, the symptoms of acute mountain sickness. The only was to cure that is to come down to a lower altitude, which means returning back. You do not want that during your holiday, do you?
You can rent a taxi or use the infrequent public transport. Due to rugged and treacherous roads, the cost of taxis can be higher than in other parts of India. Alternatively you can also rent bikes. Our operators cater to any customization that is required, including arranging for transportation outside of the usual trip. They charge extra amount for this.
A typical trekking day starts with wake-up tea or coffee at your tent door. As you clean up and stow your personal gear, the cook prepares a hearty breakfast. After that last cup of coffee or tea, it is time to hike to the next campsite along with the guide. Meanwhile the crew washes the dishes, breaks down the camp, and loads the horses. The day's hike proceeds at a leisurely pace so there is plenty of time to rest, take pictures, or marvel in the many unique sights along the trail. About mid-day we stop in a pleasant place to eat the packed lunches that were prepared by the cook that morning. The length of the afternoon hike varies from day to day depending on the distance and difficulty of the trail between campsites. Generally you will arrive at the next campsite by mid to late afternoon, so that you have time to explore around camp or rest and relax before dinner. On some treks there might be shorter days or even a rest day. At some point along the trail the crew and the horses will pass us and head to the next campsite to set everything up before our arrival. Tea will be served in the dining tent in the late afternoon. A nourishing dinner will be served in the early evening. Your water bottles can be filled with freshly boiled water. After dinner your guide will tell about the next days activities and answer any questions. You are then free to use your time as you please.
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