Things to Carry In Ladakh for Winter Trip

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LadakhtWintertTrip

Clothing

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MonkeytCap

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Shoes

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SockstandtGloves

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Thermals:

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Medicine:

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CreamstandtLotions:

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SparetBatteries:

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Sunglasses:

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Cash:

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