May 24th, 2019 by OYO Team

Ladakh is surely Heaven on Earth, and it does find itself on everyone’s bucket list. Now that you are planning a trip to Ladakh and have read all about the beautiful places and things to do here, it is imperative to keep in mind that it lies in a remote area and the temperatures fluctuate throughout the day by several degrees. The altitudes are also much higher than what we are used to and the passes are steep, and roads can be slippery due to the sleet. Thus Ladakh does demand certain precautions from its travelers.

So, add the following items to your packing checklist before you set out for the journey.

What Should I Bring on My Ladakh Trip?


Keep anti-biotics and anti-allergy medicines handy, as the change in weather might affect your health. Painkillers should also be carried, along with a pain relief spray and band-aids. Since the low levels of oxygen can cause altitude sickness, nausea medicines become an absolute must to carry for a Ladakh trip.


The most important utility item that you need to pack for Ladakh is a torchlight and a few extra batteries as some of the remote areas do not have electricity supply at night. A map of Ladakh should also find a place in your luggage as it might come in handy during your stay. Carrying a pen and notepad to write down addresses or contacts also proves to be helpful.


Depending on hotels for sanitary items might not be a good idea as most of the hotels don’t provide the basic items for hygiene. Hence, toiletries are an essential item to carry for a Ladakh trip. It would be a good idea to carry a toiletry case, with toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, sunscreen, facewash, handwash, and sanitizer. Add your make-up or shaving kit to this case as well.

Clothes and Accessories:

The choice of clothes for your Ladakh journey might vary according to the time of the year that you plan your visit, however, comfortable tees, jeans and track pants are advisable, along with woolen socks, caps, jackets, sweaters, and scarves to layer up whenever needed. Put in a pair of sunglasses and summer hats as well to keep yourself safe from the afternoon sun.


Sports or trekking shoes are a must for all the trekking adventures in Ladakh. You can also wear flat casual shoes and boots while you are in the town or the marketplace.


Keep your phone, charger and power bank handy. If you are a photography enthusiast, then carry your camera and all the required equipment, like lenses and tripods too.


Carry a folder with print-out of your tickets, your itinerary and a xerox copy of your government ID proof. Carrying your medical insurance and copies of the Inner Line Permit from Leh is necessary as well.

Pro Tip:

A small back-pack to carry your essentials for a trekking trip will prove to be a great idea.

What Do People Wear in Ladakh?

As you walk down the streets of Ladakh, you will find locals in the traditional Ladakhi attire that consists of a long robe, tied around the neck with a sash around the waist for the men and a shawl at the back for carrying infants or parcels along with shoes crafted from Yak hair called ‘Pappu’. However, most people layer up with tees, shirts, sweater, and jackets as the temperatures can be quite unpredictable.

What Should Women Wear in Ladakh?

Keeping the weather conditions in mind, women should carry a mix of light and heavy clothes that include jeans, leggings, trousers and track pants along with shawls, cardigans, scarves, and quilted jackets.

What Should Men Wear in Ladakh?

Men should also dress according to the temperature by layering up their ensemble with shirts, vests, sweaters, jackets, and thermals. Heavy duty denim and cargo pants are preferred to withstand the frigid temperatures.

How to Dress for Activities in Ladakh?

Trekking is one of the main activities that you can participate in while you are in Ladakh. Your attire for a trek along the mountains of Ladakh should have a pair of reliable trekking shoes, caps, sunglasses, along with wing-sheeter or puffer jackets and layers of clothing for trousers. Also, carry a raincoat to be protected from sudden rains and a wooden stick to maximize grip and water bottles to stay hydrated.

What Not to Take to Ladakh?

Since Ladakh is a Military dominated area, be careful of what you are carrying with you. Do not carry arms or drugs as they might arouse suspicions and turn your paradisiac trip into a nightmare.

What Not to Wear in Ladakh?

Shorts and sleeveless tops and tees are a complete no-no in this area. You will either freeze from the cold or get a sunburn that you won’t be able to get rid off. Heels and fancy shoes are no good either since you need to have a firm foot while you are climbing higher altitudes.

Now that you are already to have a wonderful trip with a foolproof travel backpack don’t forget to always wear a smile on your face and rest assured that you will come back with more friends than you started your Ladakh trip with. You can also Book your trip to Ladakh with OYO Total Holidays for a hassle-free experience in a pocket-friendly way.

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