Photo Equipment: In this age of digital photography, the notion of slides film seems out of fashion: yet I do not give up! Bring your best low-ASA films: Velvia 50, Velvia 100, Kodakchrome 64. Double the amounts of film and camera batteries you think you need. Ladakh is extremely photogenic!
- Adventure Travel
Prepare for sun, dust, wind and cold
Luggage and bags: Suitcases and rolling bags are unsuited for Ladakh...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Long underwear
Sturdy hiking boots
Hat, gloves, buff or scarf against dust and cold
Windproof anorak and tightly woven cotton/polyester pants. The tropical-gear variety will not do.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lip balm for capped lips, blisters.
Band aid against chafing boots and shoes
Water filter or purifier
Photo Equipment: Watertight bag to protect cameras from nighttime condensation and dust.
Telephoto lens is ok, but don't forget the wide angle!
A good flash will be good for dark indoors.
Miscellaneous: Torch light that uses standard, locally available batteries, such as AA. Magite is great.
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
don't forget to bring...
Luggage and bags: a small backpack for day hikes
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: it's hot... incredibly hot. Light trousers, t-shirts, and sandals are a must. At night it's not very cold: a light sweater is more than enough. If you hike, a hat is a must - and sun-block or high protection sunscreen.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: imodium... dont even thing of going to Ladakh without. You're most likely to need it, no matter how careful you are.
Photo Equipment: films and batteries are available in Leh without problems. If you bring your own A4 batteries put them in your luggage before the flight or they will be confiscated.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: bring sturdy boots for hikes. A torch is handy to visit dark gompas, and to find your way to the bathroom if you're camping. Binoculars to watch the wildlife can be a plus
Miscellaneous: lighters... bring some of them, and pack them in your main luggage before the flight.. or they will likely be confiscated. Then again, if you don't have cigarettes in your hand luggage, custom officers don't quite check for it, and you might get away with it (I always did)
Luggage and bags: It's not allowed to have more than 15 or 20 kilos in your bag, when hiking in India. It's obvious that it's better to economise.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Let's see the most important:(this is for summer) 2
T- Shirts(better no cotton), 2 mountain trousers, one fleece, one waterproof jacket, confortable boots, water sandals, 2 socks(no cotton), shorts,a hat, gloves...
Miscellaneous: Wet towels like the ones for children, and this towels to dry glasses of the car are useful to dry oneself! they work perfect after a bath in a river!
high protection sun lotion! plastic bags(the ones to freeze food)are perfect to organize the rucksac!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Carry some light woolens, even in summer. If camping and the outdoors makes for much of your time in Ladakh, be prepared for temperatures to dip without warning. Also, even though Ladakh is a desert sort of landscape, and in a 'rain shadow' area, in the monsoons there is the odd shower that will catch you off guard.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Carry some medicne for Altitude sickness.
If you fly into Leh, then on the first day, rest is a must.
Photo Equipment: Loads of flm rolls...
Transparencies, or slide rolls will bring out the best in the landscape though:)
Picture taken by Jitka (j-san)