Thinking of Leh Ladakh Bike Trips ? There is absolutely nothing much exciting than the road trips, especially when those manhood bikes and a bunch of friends are there for the expedition. It’s quite turning as one of the most popular excursions or hobby that trending over people. Those wildest adventures, jaw dropping landscapes of Leh Ladakh in a panoramic stream of streets and all those memoirs of moments – feast on dabhas, brag on social media with lots of journey pictures and all that fun is worth your obsession to it, especially the first trip. Sometimes, excitement or ignorance lead to great mistakes that can turn your trip into a nightmare. Here is, your planning guide which can save you from Bike road trips bummer and common mistakes.
Watch out for Bummer Alerts! – These 10 common mistakes can spoil your first Leh Ladakh bike trip
#1 Skipping the trip essentials
Leh Ladakh trips will most memorable and delighting experience of you but skipping any essential which you need in the journey can spoil it. There are a lot of things to keep in mind during Leh Ladakh Bike Trip that you should have a checklist or to do list before you check all essentials.Just start with packing light, use easy and convenient luggage that you can easily carry on the bike. Pack light food items like noodle packets, water bottle, riding gears, raincoat and rain covers. Medicinal kit and Documents are very important and should never be missed out. Have an enough food as in Leh Ladakh, food can be pricey, even on roadside vendors. Extra pair of batteries for your phone and camera is sure to keep. Have a lot of cash, do not rely on debit cards.
#2 Believing on Acclimatization myths: Busted myth
Anything but Acclimatization should not be ignored during planning for Leh Ladakh Road Trip.Speaking of Acclimatization, maiden travelers or even frequent ones often occupied with the myth that being fit and healthy, they do not need acclimatization. High altitude places like Leh Ladakh require acclimatization planning, so you can be prepared for the high altitude effects which you may suffer from acute mountain sickness( AMS). You should not believe in myths like the fit and healthy person cannot be affected by AMS. Acclimatization can affect any person irrespective of how fit,masculine or healthy you are. Don’t be a hero! Just enjoy the trip and don’t let AMS screw your trip.
#3 Excitement or over-consciousness turns Over packing
Yes! Of course, you are so excited for your first Leh Ladakh Bike trip but this over excitement can cost you a great deal of inconvenience while tripping, especially over packing. Not only the excitement but also over consciousness can make you pack a lot of things that you may not need there. One of the most common mistakes people do is pack unnecessary items, extra clothes for frequent dress change, big shampoo bottles and other unused items. So you are recommended to choose for bike luggage which is light, easy to carry and soft in texture. There is wide range of packing bags available in the market , specialized for long route traveling like saddlebags, tail-bags, and tank-bags. You can also add luggage extensions like handlebar packs, saddle packs, panniers, and baskets. Carry essentials, not extras.
#4 So, You forget the homework
Planning also includes researching about the place which is a need to done before your maiden Leh Ladakh Bike Trip. You need to research about various routes, distances, nearby areas and demographics of place. Leh Ladakh is dominated by the climate where you should have an idea how to tackle those situations. All you need here is more reading and jotting key information about the place and environment. You can easily access a lot of information online about Leh Ladakh and routes. The more you know, a lesser chance will be of Travel tragedies.
#5 Too confident to plan: your Leh Ladakh Road Trip can be nightmare
The biggest mistake often done is over confidence that can screw your planning. Over confidence meant as being naive about planning and concern for it. You are not supposed to be overconfident about the fact that you do not need any planning for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip. There could several risks as being high altitude, adverse climate another one of thousand possible situations for which you need to prepare for. So do not just-pull up the bike, pack bag and hit roads, no matter how cool it sounds.
#6 You didn’t bother to checklist before you leave
Before you pack your bag and leave your house, it is important to check the list of essential and everything you might need in the journey. Most of the people fail to do a quick check which often leads them to forget some very essential. Do not hesitate to make a checklist of all things you need to do, even if you have a sharp memory.No matter how smart you are, journeys always have something to leave behind. So make sure nothing got left behind. Do check for food, cash, documents, medicine and all essentials. Do not forget to do servicing of your bike and check for all parts before you leave for Leh Ladakh Road Trip.
#7 Compromising safety: Look for safety measures for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip
Safety is uttermost concern that you certainly cannot put aside. You will not like to be stuck in middle of nowhere in Leh or fall into any road accident. There are so much to look for safety which not should be compromised. Take every safety measure for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip that you can do – Like Never Drink and drive or any sort of alcohol as it can decrease your respiratory capability which is not very good for such high altitude area. Try not to take any infant kid with you on such trips.Don’t forget the climate as climate rules, so be prepared for anything.
#8 You think, you are fit
It is nothing about how much fit or healthy you are, even doesn’t matter how many trips you already did. Preparation for such long road trips will be tiresome and challenge especially at high altitudes. Be mentally as well as physically prepare for it. You do not want yourself to stuck in dizziness, headaches, vomiting or AMS -so the best you can do to prepare little stamina building exercises and activities before you plan for trip. Get a health check up from your doctor and prepare for it. Do not think that it never happened to you, so it can never happen. Have a light but nutritious breakfast before you leave for Leh Ladakh Bike Trip.
#9 You didn’t expect this, Hence you are not prepared this
Expect everything possible can go wrong and trust this extinct -it will make you prepare for any condition or situation there. A lot of accidents can happen if you get easy with it. People often ignore the possible expectation and that lead to a lot of tension and disturbance while in the trip. Bad climate, Acclimatization, Road accidents, Isolation or any of those thousand things can happen but if you have expected or prepared for it, it will surely will a piece of cake for you to deal with.Crack the solution for every possible situation, this can assure safety and confidence also and steam your excitement as well.
#10 Comfort, you cannot ignore
Traveling can be enjoyable and pleasant if you are comfortable with everything there, whether it is climate, your bike or even your clothes. Neglecting it can be so irritating for you in the journey that it can steal away all that joy you get there. So first choose a bike that you are comfortable with and dress should be loose, baggy, closed and protective. Have riding bike jacket, helmet, riding pants, and gloves. Chose clothes that are comfortable, fit in size and easy to travel with.Pack raincoat and rain covers for luggage. As there are numerous things to keep in mind during Leh Ladakh Bike Trip, so comfort does require one of your priorities and bit of your attention.
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