The self-driven Road Trip to Leh Ladakh is a dream drive for all the adventure enthusiasts around the globe. The moment the Leh Ladakh season gets into full swing from May to September, all the adventure lovers start preparing to hit the adventurous roads of Leh Ladakh and witness the lush green beauty of the place.
Never be overconfident while you self-drive
Never be overconfident that you are a master of driving if you’ve driven on plains or have driven ‘n’ a number of times in hills or other challenging terrains. Don’t forget that you are driving on the most adventurous and strangest roads of India i.e the Leh Ladakh. If you happen to have such thinking you/your vehicle might have a chance of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere for hours long on a self-drive road trip to Ladakh and you will have no idea about it. Thus, make sure before hitting the road you leave your overconfidence behind.
Never rush through any difficult section of the road on Leh Ladakh Roadtrip
When driving on Leh Ladakh roads, you find yourself trapped in some rough section of the road, maybe a landslide or poor roads or a water crossing, so make sure that you do not rush through it. Rather, make it a point to carefully analyze the situation of the road and then take any action.
Know Your Car or Vehicle Well
Knowing about your vehicle is very important on Leh Ladakh Bike Trip because you might find some stretches that are not possible to cross without hit or scratches under the belly. Hence, knowing about your car will help you in making the right choices in tricky situations on your self drive road trip to Leh Ladakh.
Do Not Use Heaters
Make it a point to not use heaters at high altitudes because the warm air from the heater destroys the levels of oxygen content present inside and can make breathing very difficult and aggravate the AMS Symptoms.
Do Not Drink & Drive
Kindly refrain from taking any booze/drink while driving in the Himalayas as this can be hazardous. Thus, make sure that you do not mix drinks with your self-drive road trip to Leh Ladakh.
Always Help Others
While you are driving in the mighty Himalayas, you must always help other people stuck on their way with whatever help you can offer, be it a lift, push, pull, fuel, spares, rope, etc. because help is hard to find especially at places like Manali Leh Highway, Nubra to Pangong Tso, or Pangong Tso to Hanle, or other remote routes of Ladakh.
Carry Essentials and other Spare Parts
On a self-drive to Ladakh trip, one should always make it a point to carry:
- Basic Toolkit
- Air Compressor and Foot pump
- Hydraulic Jack
- Spare Tyre (Check for puncture before leaving)
- Puncture Repair Kit
- Screwdriver Set
- Jump Start Cables
- Spare Bulbs
- Tow Away Rope approx. 3-6 ton Capacity
- 1-2 Jerry Cans / Coke Bottles to carry spare fuel
- Spare Coolant and Engine Oil
- A Long Stick/Rod
- A Shovel and a Hammer
- 2-3 Packs of M-Seal and Quick Fix/Fevi-Quick/Elfy
- Plenty of Drinking Water and Snacks/Dry Fruits
- A water bottle to refill water and save the environment
We assume that the above guide was helpful to you in planning a self drive trip Leh Ladakh Bike Trip.