Essentials for a Motorcycle Ride to Ladakh

Admin01

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Cheaper ones are easily available in Manali and other cities, however these aren't made for riding, so won't be all that comfortable. If one can afford riding shoes then they are the best bet and are usually water resistant as well.

Having said that, I having done all my Ladakh rides without any sort of waterproofing, in my view, feet are last of your worry, as long as the shoe doesn't lets in a lot of air. It is generally the hands and fingers which go numb first.
 

John Mathai

john-the wanderer
Very useful tips for even the seasoned hill riders.
Thanks Yogesh bhai for taking the pain to compile it.
 

tusharxtreme

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Thanks YS for a very informative post....
I would like to add 1 thing is that wont it be better if instead of slippers we take sandals/floaters along with us which works well as slippers during our stay and also help in the water crossings that is,change from shoes to sandals and then cross the streams which are hard to cross and that will actually save the shoes from getting wet and after drying the feet we can change them back to shoes....
 

Admin01

Administrator
Thanks YS for a very informative post....
I would like to add 1 thing is that wont it be better if instead of slippers we take sandals/floaters along with us which works well as slippers during our stay and also help in the water crossings that is,change from shoes to sandals and then cross the streams which are hard to cross and that will actually save the shoes from getting wet and after drying the feet we can change them back to shoes....
I am not really in favor of changing out of shoes to cross the water crossing, because it is not only time consuming, it also increases your chance of injury in case of a fall or stumble mid-way, since most water crossings have rocks.

Of course at the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference.
 

tusharxtreme

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But some shoes takes long time to dry up,so for the sake of not haveing trouble during the journey,i was thinking about changing shoes to sandals....
 

Admin01

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Did all three of my Ladakh rides wearing Woodland shoes and those things never dry off easily and I was riding with wet shoes almost throughout my rides. However it wasn’t a major threat or discomfort for my feet, even at temperatures going well below freezing.

Of course like I said, it comes down to personal preference. I for one would rather ride with wet shoes, then to cross a Nallah in sandals, which will not only get more water and air on my feet, but also increase the chance of injury, in case of a fall.
 

tusharxtreme

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Thanks for the info... i was worried about the woodland shoes and the discomfort when they will be wet... Now ur post seems assuring that i will be able to do it in shoes itself....
 
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