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What To Pack For Leh Winters

A Himalayan Desert: The negative 6 degrees Celsius temperature may have numbed our hands, but not our hopes.

Leh, March 2021

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If you’re traveling to Leh in the winters, please be prepared for the bone-chilling cold. No matter how much you love the winters, it’s difficult to prepare for -5 + strong winds at a height of over 11,000ft above sea level.

I do not mean to scare you, but I need you to understand that this cannot be taken lightly. Frostbites are more common than you can imagine. You’ll also develop a severe cold/cough if you don’t take care of yourself.

Here’s what I’d recommend you pack for a cold holiday to Leh-

1 . Stick to cotton underwear if you can- it minimizes static, which you’ll be getting A LOT OF and it’s not pleasant seeing sparks flying every single time you touch any surface

2. Thermals – full-sleeved shirts as well as leggings. These are to be your first layer of clothing

3. A full-sleeved t-shirt can help you stay warm (you can forgo this if you feel you’re going to be okay with a sweater and a jacket: I would say it’s better to be warm and add this layer)

4. A thick sweater

5. A well-padded jacket with enough cushioning

6. A muffler: you need to cover your neck!

7. A cap: especially one that covers your ears

8. Gloves!

9. Socks: if they’re cotton ones, I’d recommend wearing 2 of them

You can buy mufflers, caps, gloves, and socks at the Main Bazaar. They’re handmade, and you can buy them in sheep as well as yak wool.

For nightwear, get a warm pair of tracks, a sweatshirt, and socks.

For bike rides, I’d recommend woolen gloves, extra layering of socks, and a muffler so that the wind does not enter your jacket.