FAQ

For FAQs on High Altitude (Ladakh specific), read the questions marked in RED colour.

If your query is unanswered then ask us right away and we shall reply pronto.

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How long have you been operating?

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Since 2006, but it's our passion more than our profession. We do it "pro-passionately".

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Are your tours in English?

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Yes, all of our guides are fluent in English. We always make sure there is a Hindi speaking co-guide as well so he can translate the compliments of the local people :). Some of our guides speak additional languages as well. When you make the booking, you can mention your mother tongue and we will try to accommodate a guide speaking your native language upon availability.

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Do you do custom tours?

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Yes.

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What is the mode of transportation?

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We do motorcycle tours, SUV tours, or combination tours. All SUVs are 4x4 off-road capable.

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Can I rent a motorcycle? What kind?

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Yes, we can provide rental bikes from Delhi. The most common make is the Royal Enfield, but we can accommodate virtually any Indian or foreign make.

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What if my bike breaks down along the way?

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We have a Royal Enfield-trained specialist mechanic on all motorbike tours.

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Do I need a permit to travel to certain places?

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Sometimes, but we will organize any required permits when you book with us.

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What should we pack?

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For motorbikers, we will send you a recommended list of gear, tools, and general items to pack. We also recommend a basic first-aid kit.

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How can we book?

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Please drop an e-mail to info@iamadventure.in (or use the forms on this site), send us an SMS, or just call us and we can get back to you with booking formalities, usually within 48 hours.

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What documents / applications are required to complete a booking?

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  • Registration Form (PDF)
  • Indemnity Bond (Release Form) (PDF)
  • Medical Form, Certifying Basic Fitness for Chosen Tour (for motorbikers only) - see above PDF for sample
  • Proof of Insurance and Driver's License (for motorbikers only) - see above PDF
  • Two passport-sized photos

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What are methods of payment?

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We can accept an online bank transfer, cheque, a Western Union wire, or cash sent in person to our office.

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What is your cancellation policy?

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Two (2) months or more before tour departure: 100% of the amount is refunded
Forty-five (45) days before tour departure: 75% of the amount is refunded
One (1) month before tour departure: 50% of the amount is refunded
Three (3) weeks or less before tour departure: No refunds
All of the above are subject to a deduction of Rs. 2,100.00 for administration fees

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Is drinking water available on the way?

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Yes, there are places to purchase bottled water all along the route.

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Do the tent camps have running water and restroom facilities?

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Yes.

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Do I need to worry about altitude sickness?

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Altitude is a concern in the high country. We recommend taking it easy, drinking lots of water, and taking Diamox. (Diamox is the common name of acetazolamide, a tried-and-tested medication regularly used to increase respiration and help acclimatize at high altitudes.)

High altitude sickness is still a grey area and in our experience there is no pattern or benchmark that it follows. It seems to afflict the young, old, fit and unfit individuals with the same intensity or ignore them whatever the case might be. At the root cause is the lack of oxygen supply to the body under the rarefied air conditions at higher altitudes.

We are giving below a few pointers that are common sense to any sensible person with substantial high altitude experience.

Breathe: We breathe all the time but in the mountains make a special effort to concentrate and take deep breaths.

Don’t get excited: Always remain calm and composed. Keep your actions, movements and exertion under check.

Don’t stop eating: Eat, even if you don’t feel like it. However do not over-eat.

Drink water: Pure water, don’t count cold drinks and alcohol as water. In fact if you are having cold drinks, coffee, alcohol or medicines for high altitude sickness, drink more water to compensate for the same.

Listen to your body, don’t push it: In case of any discomfort contact the program director/ leader or the local doctor immediately. You don’t get any macho points for suffering in silence.

There is no guarantee that an extremely fit person will not suffer from high altitude sickness, but we cannot escape the fact that increased levels of fitness will help you achieve more out of this trip. If fitness is not a regular feature of your life it’s time to start working at it now as you prepare the bike, do the paperwork and get all your gear into place for this ride.

Start gradually and keep a tempo to ensure that you are not overly fatigued near the start of the trip. In fact you might decide to reduce your tempo gradually to allow your body to recover as you come closer to the ride dates. Any training program that builds up your strength and stamina should be beneficial and it is your call how to balance the two requirements. Strong forearms, shoulders, triceps, lower back, and legs are a definite advantage to a rider, but along with strength he also needs the stamina and lasting ability to sustain the steam over long distances.

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Is there mobile and internet coverage?

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Along the Leh Ladakh route ( the 4×4 Tour and Dream Ride itineraries), there is coverage up until Manali / Naggar. But you will be out of range after that until we reach Leh itself.

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What is the worst case weather scenario?

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In the early and late trips, you run the risk of snowstorms, so you should be more prepared. During monsoon season, there are more showers, though in general Ladakh is very dry.

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Is it dangerous?

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The road quality and weather conditions can change in an instant in the high country, but it is all relative and, on the whole, these twisty mountain roads are probably safer than crossing the street in the city.