Essentials info for motorcycle tour to Himalayas / Ladakh
If you are planning to go to ride motorcycle in Ladakh or Spiti or any Himalayan destination then be prepared to properly pack your bag with warm cloths and proper gears.
There are few necessities for motorcycle expedition that you must arrange, even before you book the tour for Ladakh.
It is first thing you require for the tour. You must have a valid two-wheeler license. If you are a citizen of some other country, you require international driving permit, and visa. So be prepared for the international driving license in advance.
Travel or health insurance
Make sure you have insurances for your travel in case something goes wrong during the tour. In addition, it would be wise to have health insurance in case of road accident. Insurance must cover 500 CC motorcycles.
Get the best protective gears for the ride, which can withstand the harsh conditions of the Himalayan region. Gear should include protective riding gloves, waterproof high ankle riding boots, riding jacket, all weather pants, pads and most importantly helmet. Make sure you get good quality riding goggles.
Weather is unpredictable and hence, you must carry rain suit. It would be best if you can carry waterproof backpacks to keep you belongings dry. There are possibilities that you have to drive in rain or snow as you will not found the place to hide yourself under roof in remote areas of Himalaya.
Skin care cream
As the temperature can be low and dry, can be hard sun rays, can be high UV index so carry skin care products like body lotion, sunscreen, and lip balm.
Insects could be a huge problem during the tour and there is not many ways to get rid of them. So keep an insect repellent. An insect repellent cream is a good idea.
Keep the basic medicines for diseases like diarrhea, flu, fever, loose motion and others. Keep a first aid box with supplies for two weeks. Ask your doctor for suitable AMS medications for you. As AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is common in Himalayas.
In Himalayas, specially in upper and remote regions like Ladakh and Spiti you could expect some of the harshest weather conditions. During day, temperature at low altitude is around 30 degree Celsius but it can drop considerably as you move to high altitudes where mercury falls at freezing point. Rain is never out of equation and roads are always muddy. If you are visiting near winter season, snow is possibility. Therefore, keep warm jacket, woolen clothing, thermal under garments and a warm cap.
This kind of expedition demand heavy physical activity and you must be physically fit to participate in these tours. If you have conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, breathing problem or heart disorders, consult your doctor, as you would be spending majority of time at high altitudes (around 3500 to 4500 meters). Make sure you have taken vaccinations like, influenza, chickenpox, measles, tetanus, and their booster doses.
Best time to visit
this is a common question most of the travelers / riders think about that which is the best time to visit Ladakh, Spiti or the Indian Himalayas?
If you want to go by air then you can go any time to ladakh but if you really want to explore the Ladakh then best time is between June to September. Rest of the time the mostly roads are get close due to heavy snowfall in the area.
- As you will be riding motorcycle most of the time, you must keep your baggage limited. It would be good idea to carry things that take less space. Please Also note that the maximum baggage allowance for all tour is 30kg. We have limited space on support vehicles.
- Visit expedition stores to get some useful travel goods that are specially designed for such trips.
- If possible, take a bottle of liquor to keep yourself warm in freezing weather. Though it is not advisable in first 24 hours at an high altitude. It can worsen the condition.