Packing List for High Altitude region

Leh, Ladakh travel is not just another backpacking travel. Travelling to this region requires extensive research and preparations. You will have to be prepared for any kind of weather conditions when you are in this region. While, you may find in the Leh city you feel the weather is very hot, but Pangong or Tso Moriri will be quite opposite, you wouldn’t survive without muffler, thermals and all the winter accessories. So, here’s the list which I had prepared consolidating all the sources from the internet. Hope this helps you. I have no knowledge on the Biking trips, so this list is not sufficient for biking trips but can be considered as an essentials list.

Please note, Ladakh is an High Altitude region and physical pre-preparation is equally important.

Note: We did not travel lite, but almost all the items from the list were useful.

Basic Travel Kit
Itinerary Printout (at least 2)
Travel Guide / Map Print Out (at least 2)
At least two Copies of Photo IDs for all members
Mobile Charger
Pen and a small Diary
Bag locks (2 or more)
Backpack or Carry bag
Extra spectacles with cover
Spectacles cover
Small Scissor
Swiss Knife
Hand Sanitizer (Dettol) – Recommended
Sunglasses – Recommended
Multi-Plug – Recommended for remote areas (Spike Guard)
Small water bottle, say 500 ml
Match Boxes
Couple of candles
Plastic Bags / Plastic Zip Lock Bags
Twist-ties, safety pins
Novels one or two
Credit/Debit Cards
Camera Kit
Camera with bag
Camera Charger and its cable
Camera Battery
Camera Cleaning Kit including Lens pen
Remote Release
Extra Camera Battery, if possible
Extra Remote Release Battery, if possible
Extra memory cards, if possible
Zip lock bags for cameras with water proof pouch.
Tooth Brush
Tooth Paste
Toilet Soap
Shampoo Pouches according to the schedule or a small shampoo bottle
Tissue Papers
Face wash
Hair Oil
Moisturizing Cream
Sun block
Cold cream
Lip Guard, Balm
Cologne Talc
Small Mirror
Feminine Hygiene, if required
Hand Towel
Mustard oil: Mustard oil can be used for moisturizing skin, putting it in your hair and for lubricating insides of nostrils, which can become quite dry and painful due to dry and cold winds of Ladakh.
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
Full sleeves T-shirts
Normal/Woolen Socks (Multiple)
Waterproof/Wind proof jacket
Thermals for both lower and upper (At least 2)
Shawls / Mufflers / Gloves
Cardigans / Sweat Shirts
Clothes that help in layering
At least one light jacket
Air Travel
Air-ticket Printout (if flying with e-tickets)
ID proof
Mountain Must Haves
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.
Medicine or First Aid Box
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
Combiflam 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)
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
Antiseptic Skin cream
Alegra 120 MG for Allergy
Water Purification Pills
Nasal sprays
Emergency food and water
Water Bottles
Chocolates, toffees, chips, chewing gums, mouth freshener, dry fruits
Other Handy Items
Thermos Flask
ID Proof and PP sized photos
Emergency Money
Books for reading
Shoes with good grip
Foot warmers for cold nights
Cell Phone and Chargers
Safety Pins
Pocket knife / spoon set
Waist Pouch
Thin Bedsheet
One Backpack and a Day pack
Garbage Bag / Plastic Bags to carry wet, soiled clothes

Clothing Layer tips

  • Layer 1: Starting with inner thermals
  • Layer 2: Full sleeves t-shirt and track pants; Woolen Socks (One double woven woolen socks with one warm nylon or normal woolen socks inside). Carry enough spare socks and other undergarments.
  • Layer 3: Woolen Sweater or Fleece Jacket.
  • Good thick Woolen Monkey Cap or Balaclava with woolen Muffler
  • Layer 4: Wind Proof Winter Jackets with a wind proof hood. (Down jackets or Snow Jackets meant for extreme cold weather if you are going to Ladakh during Ladakh Winter).
  • A Pair of good snow gloves
  • Good Pair of Sun Glasses with Good UV Protection.

Physical Pre-preparation for high altitude trip

  • One to two hour walk or any other cardio exercise every day at least 4 days a week
  • Breathing exercise
  • Stretching exercise
  • Drink plenty of fluid; especially during last week and on the trip
  • Avoid Alcohol / minimize smoking if possible avoid it totally
  • Eat good food (Add plenty of vegetables; salads; fruits to your diet).

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