A bike trip to Leh-Ladakh is the most sought after adventure idea for many Indian bikers and for many from abroad as well. To take up this enchanting and challenging trip, you need to get yourself equipped with all the important elements that will lead your way through this trip and help you successfully complete it.
Let us take a look at the precautions that have to be taken before going on a Leh-Ladakh bike mission.
PREPARE YOUR BIKE
Your bike is going to be your best companion throughout this trip, so it is important to make sure that the condition of the bike is in its absolute best. You’ll be going through the hardest of roads, you can’t settle on the quality of your ride. Give careful consideration to the highlights of the bike and ensure it’s in a decent condition. If you don’t know whether the bike is sufficiently adjusted to guarantee an issue free trip, get it overhauled before taking up the trip. Get everything settled and make confirmations as it is important to put your safety first. Guarantee all components are working so that your trip will not be disturbed or hindered because of bike issues. Fill up your fuel tanks whenever you can and carry a small can of fuel with you just in case you run out.
GET YOUR DOCUMENTS READY
Make sure you have the following documents with you while travelling
- Driving License(original)
- RC, Insurance and other papers of the bike
- Required permits
- Valid government ID
HAVE A CLEAR IDEA ABOUT THE ROUTE
You can reach Leh-Ladakh through various routes based on your starting point. There are two main routes. One passing through Srinagar and the other through Manali. You need to choose the route which features your feasible distance, comfortable roads and good weather conditions. You can choose to take the adventurous route but make sure that you are completely aware of all the details regarding the route so that you don’t end up lost.
KEEP YOUR MEDICATIONS READY
You cannot expect to have proper medical facilities throughout the stretch of your journey. Carry a basic first- aid kit in case of emergency. If you are prone to get mountain sickness, then make sure you have all the remedial treatments in handy. Basic medications like painkillers and anti-pyretic tablets are mandatory. If you are asthmatic, take your medications properly and keep yourself equipped to face an attack, because the extreme weather condition and altitude variation might induce an asthmatic attack.
HAVE ENOUGH FOOD SUPPLY
While pursuing a road trip, you cannot always hope to find restaurants and cafes on the way, especially in a mountainous path. Therefore, carry a good amount of snacks and food items preferably, snack bars, glucose powder, and dried fruits. Also, fill up your water bottles whenever you can on the go. There are very less number of ATMs and places that accept electronic money or debit cards. So it is safe to carry enough cash with you in case you want to stop for food or fuel.