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A Detailed Guide to Trekking in Ladakh

A Detailed Guide to Trekking in Ladakh

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Ladakh is one place which is considered as a heaven by those who search places to gain the thrill of adventure. Apart from trekking in Ladakh one can also indulge in other adventure activities such as mountain climbing and biking, safaris, water rafting etc. Also suavely called as the ‘Land of Passes’, the region forms the magnificent part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

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Ladakh is situated an altitude ranging between 2750 - 7672 meters, above sea level. The place is blessed with an amazing topography that comprises of hilly terrain, rocky cliffs, lush green grasslands and high altitude peaks. It offers a number of trekking tours for travellers and is one of main the reason that adventure fanatics from across the globe head to Ladakh.

There are a plethora of trek trails and options available here for trekkers. Thrillophilia conducts treks in the region of Ladakh all year around.

Here are 4 easy treks of Ladakh:

Trekking in Ladakh is all about experiencing the true form of nature in the most alluring manner. The treks offer something for everyone. These treks are also recommended for family trekking holiday or even for corporate outings. Thrillophilia possess the expertise in organising a enticing event on these easy trek routes in Leh and Ladakh for the various corporates.

1. Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

This trek is one of the most talked about trek that establish connectivity with the beautiful Zanskar Valley. One can notice a large number of monasteries tucked in the small villages in this trail. The names of the few of the wonderful monasteries which lift up the spirit of trekkers trekking through this route are Lamayuru, Phuktal and Lingshet.

This trek has received appreciation from the various trekkers across the globe for its amazing terrain and this is the reason it is tagged as one of the world’s most desired trekking ground. One must visit this trek if one desires of experiencing the true color of a trekking region.

Altitude: 5000 m
Duration: 18 Days
Best Season: July-September 
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2. Ripchar Valley Trek

The onset point of this trek is located near the Lamayuru monastery and is considered as one of the most intriguing treks located in the Ladakh region. The trek is wrapped with a number of mountain ranges such as Zanskar, Karakoram and the ranges which form part of the Great Himalayas.

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The panoramic view offered by this trek is the prime reason for a great footfall. The Ripchar Valley Trek is dotted with  the presence of a great number of smaller villages, pastures etc. During the months of July and August, the region becomes a valley of flowers and provides a visual treat for the bird watchers.

The irrigated crop growing fields of the Zanskar and Karakoram Range gives a breathtaking view as well as amazing joy to the trekkers. This trek finishes in the region of Chilling which is world renowned for the production of copper. What one explores during trekking at this region is truly phenomenal and worth witnessing!!

Altitude: 4300 m
Duration: 9 Days
Best Season: June to September
Best Offers On: Trekking in Ripchar Valley

3. Padum to Darcha Trek

 

This is an amazing trek which stretches from the Darcha region located in Himachal Pradesh to the region of Padum which is situated in Zanskar. Trekking in Ladakh provides an unbeatable experience because the trek passes through a number of different regions which carries different topographies. The trail of this trek transverses through Tokpa, Chalang, Ramjak, Lakong etc.

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The trail of this trek ranges from being an easy one to a medium trek and then finally gains the status of a strenuous trekking spot. Apart from gazing at the unparalleled beauty of the mountains and hill tops, the trail of this trek leads to one of the most prestigious location on the indian map, Kargil!!

Altitude: 5000 m
Duration: 12 Days
Best Season: June - September

4. Lamayuru to Alchi trek

This trek is all about exploring a number of captivating destinations of Leh and Ladakh. A number of enthralling tourist destinations are covered while trekking through this trek; the list includes, Shey, Leh, Hemis, Lamayuru, Thiksey, Base of Tarla, Wanla and Mang Gyu. The tourists are at full liberty to explore the boundless beauty of the snow kissed peaks while trekking.

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The splendour of the various monasteries located in this region act as a major reason for people undertaking this trek. The sparkling feature of this trek is an opportunity to learn about the culture and life of the inhabitants of the remotest of the areas.

Altitude: 5200 m
Duration: 5 Days
Best Season: May- November
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Here are 3 moderate treks of Ladakh:

The moderate treks in Ladakh are all about trekking with the prime aim to witness the scenic mountains, villages and mountains in the most natural form. These treks may appear to be a little strenuous for the individuals who do not possess any prior experience of trekking.

However, a dedicated and determined effort to complete the trek can provide with the joy and pleasure of trekking with the quotient of thrill running in each and every step. Thrillophilia provides a number of captivating package for the moderate treks located in the region of Ladakh.

5. Lamayuru Stok Kangri

One name which is always mentioned in the list of the beautiful and mystic peaks of Ladakh is the Stok Kangri. The climb of this trek is not that difficult and requires no need for the trekker to undergo any sort of special training. The summit of this peak also provides the trekker with a breathtaking view of the peak of Saser which forms the part of the Karakoram range.

The terrestrial features of this trek and the presence of great splashes of the cultural heritage makes this trek a magnificent trek. This the ideal place for Trekking in Ladakh on high altitudes and indulging in sight seeing.

Altitude: 6150 m
Duration: 12 Days
Best Season: Mid June to September
Best Deals On: Lamayuru to Stok Kangri Trekking Experience

6. Markha Valley Trek

The Markha Valley trek places the individuals trekking through its terrain close to the awe-inspiring beauty of the nature. This trek is all about magnificent landscapes, green oasis commonly found in and around and the region and most importantly the Kongmaru La pass, which is a beautiful and scenic place located at an altitude of 5000 meter above the level of the sea.

The other attractions while Trekking in Ladakh include quaint villages, monasteries and a chance to peep into the remotest of the settlements. The Hemis National Park situated in this region is renowned for its amazing biodiversity.

Altitude: 3700 m
Duration: 8 days
Best Season: June to September
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7. Markha Valley Trek with Stok Kangri Climb

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To add more spice and challenge to the Markha Valley trek, one is given with the opportunity to add to the route an extra pass which stretches to 4900 meters. The trek is recommended for only those chunks of individuals who have a prior experience in the trekking. This trek is not recommended for novice trekkers who are experiencing the thrill of trekking for the first time.

This trek being the difficult one receives less number of trekkers. The trek offers a myriad diversity in the landscape. One can avail the opportunity of viewing a breathtaking and scenic beauty of the Markha valley through this trek. The trek is a perfect blend of challenge, thrill and captivating charm of the beauty of the nature.

Altitude: 4900 m
Duration: 10 Days
Best Season: Mid June to mid October.
Our Best Selling Tour: Adventures in Markha Valley and Stok Kangri

Here are 4 most difficult treks of Ladakh:

The strenuous treks are designed especially for professional trekkers and wanting to push their limits. The trek trails and the terrains are steep and difficult to set foot on. Those who are planning to trek on these trails need to prepare themselves mentally and physically before undertaken the journey.

8. Chadar: The Frozen River Trek

The Zanskar lake gets frozen in the chilly winters when the temperatures drop to minus degree centigrades. Thus offering an amazing and also a memorable experience to trek on the frozen river is the Chadar frozen river trek.

Do not be surprised if it feels as if one is sliding over the icy ground. The experience makes more beautiful by the wonderful surrounding sights like the thin icy glaciers and frozen streams. This overall imparts a very unique never ending impression on the minds of the tourist.

Altitude: 3850 m
Duration: 10-21 days
Best Season: Mid Jan to End Feb

9. Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trek

The Jhunglm Hemis to the Padum trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes which traverses from remote towns into the mountain peaks. The trek is really wild to traverse through the Route, the best periods of trekking being from the months of august to October as during this period the snow are gone and the rivers are also silent to be crossed. 

Altitude: 5200 m
Duration: 12 days
Best Season: August to October
Best Deals On: Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trekking Experience

10. Stok Kangri Climb

The Stok Kangri Climb is the most fantastic trekking Routes in the whole Ladakh valley. This is well suited for the expert professional trekkers. The Stok Kangri trek has got the height of about six thousand and one hundred and thirty meters above the sea level. The climb to the top of the stack Kangri is really very adventurous and also breathtaking.

The glaciers and the peaks surrounding the Stok Kangri offer a very mesmerizing view. Offering a perfect handout for the group of friends, who want to spend their holidays in an exciting manner. The trekkers also get to enjoy the view of the K2 from the top of the Stok Kangri peak.

Altitude: 6000 m
Duration: 11 days
Best Season: Mid July to Mid September
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11. Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo

The Kang Yatse is 6,200 metres high along with the The Dzo Jongo peaks. Both the peaks are located deep in the Markha valley. The trail traverses through the . In short, one can say that the whole trekking experience of Ladakh is one that you will cherish throughout your life.

Altitude: 6200 m
Duration: 13 days
Best Season: July to September
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12. Rumtse to Kiber Trek

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The trek commences at Leh proceeding towards east covering about 70 kilometers to reach Rumtse. The great Rupshu Valley settles between three places; Ladakh covering the northern segment, Tibet that owns eastern part and finally, Zanskar dominating the western segment.Focusing on Rumtse features, it can clearly identified with arid plains, snow peaks, remote villages, high altitude beautiful lakes and the greatest lying Tsomoriri fourth five hundred meters away.

This real remote region can be easily accessed occasionally especially during summer. The area inhabitants are mainly goat herders and nomadic Yak originating from popular Tibetan. The herders wander all over these high mountains. Our journey of trekking in Ladakh region, will take us all along these unique mountains and finally stopping at summer settlement.

You secure a great chance of learning their culture. From here, we will then propel towards south heading to Spiti. This routes passes along the river valley. While trekking, you will encounter diverse wild animals, snow peaks and finally end the walk at Kiber, a famous place known of its great Monastery.

13. Saboo to Khaltsar Trek

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The total number of days needed to do this trek is 7. The best time to do this trek is Mid June and September. The highest altitude point is Digar La and as is with all the Ladakh treks, it provides an ideal vantage point to see monasteries, monks, villages and indigenous people of this region. The highlight point of this trip is camel trek, khardung la and mountain flight.

The first day starts driving from Leh to Saboo. After reaching there we trek to Saboo Phu. After this point there is our base for Digar La. We trek to Digar La at 5250m and then take in gorgeous sites of saser khangri and karakoram range. We traverse through Digar village and Chumik Yogma. We trek eastwards to Shyok Valley and walk upto the camp.

The next destination is Rongjok from where we trek to Shyok Valley. This valley leads to Khalsar on the Leh-panamik road. Here we trek to Diskit and camp at a hotel. From here we trek to Leh, our final destination of this trip.

14. Saspotse to Skuru Trek

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This 6-day trek is best suited between mid June and September and its highest peak is Lagola. During this trip we are about to meet with locals and monks and visit monasteries and villages.

Through a pleasant 65km-drive intervening valleys and mountain ranges, as well as the Indus River, we arrive at Saspotse village, just behind Likir. Then, a 4-hour trek later, we reach the Lago La Base camp, after going through Shepherds Place. We will be trekking along SaspolTokpo, exploring TsoSermo before we start our 9-hour trekking for RakurukDoksa. On our way, we will pass Lago La, the TsoChingGongma River, the Zanskar Range and the Saltoro Range.

After arriving at RakurukDoksa we will take the Rakuruk-Skuru trek route and indulge ourselves at the gurgling waters or the streams, basins and rivers we pass by until we reach Khardong La. Finally, we will visit quaint villages of Diskit, Sumur and Hunder on the Nubra Valley.

This 6-day trek is best suited between mid June and September and its highest peak is Lagola.

15. Sham Valley Trek

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Perhaps the easiest and most enjoyable trek around Lek is the Sham Valley one, which gives out the traditional aroma of the Ladakh village life from the villages you come across on the way. There is no way one could be left untouched by the dream land that was transformed thanks to the stream that is watering the lands and bringing prosperity and wild natural beauty.

The main Ladakhi monasteries are lying in the remains of the ancient Kingdom of Shan, while there are many astonishing sites around to visit, like alchi, Lamayuru, Phyang, Spituk, Hemis, Thikse and Shey, which are all reachable via the road. Finally, Likir, Ridzong and Temisgang follow you when trekking through the beautiful Ladakh trek route.

You wont find any serious hardship while trekking through the paths and you wont ascend more than 4,500. You will come across many villages and familiarize yourself with the locals who have kept their customs and ways untouched by time. You can stay at local houses that are appointed for village Home stay and a camera is a necessary addition to your backpack, since both views and people are a beautiful sight to capture.
 

16. Parang La Trek, Ladakh 2015

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About the Destination:

The Parang La Pass Trek that passes to the scenic valleys of Ladakh, is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Ladakh-Spiti valley. Offering astounding views of the towering mountains and the snow clad peaks.

Though scenic all the ways, the Parang La trek originates from the Kara hamlet and continues till Karkoza. It starts gaining altitude as it makes its way through Sipti Valley and finally takes the trekkers to the Tso Moriri Lake.

About the Departure with Details:

Start on your exciting adventure, from the enigmatic village of Kibber, which is famed for its elusive snow leopard population. Descend down the Kibber gorge and climb the famed Prang la. This trek is quite intensive, as you have to trek through challenging landscapes like deep gorges, vast meadows, lakes and much more. Camp on beautiful camping grounds, for the at least two days of this trek.

Activities: Trekking, Camping

Duration: 16D/15N

Highest Altitude: 5,580m

Total Trekking Distance: 40-41km

Difficulty Level: Challenging

17. Lamayuru to Hemis Trek

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Dotted with heavenly monasteries all along the way, this unique tryst with trekking in Ladakh will take us from Lamayuru to Hemis in 12 days. Mid-june to September are the best times to do this trek. We start our journey from Leh and drive to Lamayuru for 8 hours. Wanla is located at 3250 m and is a 2-3 hour trek. In this trek we trek eastwards along a stream and reach Chorten. From there we go to Prikiting La at 3700 m. We trek from the pass and reach Shillakung Valley, Snigutse La and Zangskar. We follow the trail with Chorten and Mani wall. From Wanla we go to Hinju and from there to Sumda Chenmo. The valley across Kanski La is dotted with huts.

From Sumda Chenmo we trek to Dundunchan La and then to Chilling. The total trek takes 9-10 hours. We go to Sku from chilling which is at 3500 m. We cross Zanskar river during the trek. The trek from Skiu to Markha and is beautiful. From Markha we go to Hankar. The entire trek takes 4000 m in 4 hours. On way to this trekking party we visit several monasteries. The Umlung monastery is situated here and after this we go to Kang Yatse at 6400 m. Nimaling is our next stop. We trek from here to Shang Sumdo. We cross Thagshungtse in the direction to Zalung Karpo and Rupshu.

The last destination is Hemis where we stop by to explore Hemis monastery. We stay put for a day and then drive to Leh. On way to Leh we stop by at Thiksey, Shey monastery and Stok palace.

18. Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Ladakh 2015

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About the Destinations:

With Lamayuru to Chilling trek, experience Ladakh treks like never before! Be a part of an exotic experience that takes you through beautiful and challenging trails, giving you splendid mountain peak views.  Of all the trekking trips in India, this is surely one which will reveal natural treasures tucked away near the remote villages of Leh and Ladakh. 

With this Lamayuru Chilling trek experience, walk through snow covered trails, cross rivers and pass villages that are not just beautiful but also hospitable. During the course of this trek, you will get to see beautiful views of the Stok and Karakoram ranges and get up and close with three passes namely Dung Dung Chan La Pass, Prinkti La Pass and the Kongskil La Pass, where you will be fascinated with unusual flora and fauna. Be part of a monastery visit and get an insight of the life and lifestyle of its residents. If you love to trek, be sure not to miss out on this Lamayuru to Chilling trek!

Duration of the Tour: 5N/6D

Altitude: 4950m

Meal Types: Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food

Activities: Trekking, Camping

Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

19. Kang Yatse Trek

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Ladakh has several fascinating peaks to its credit, Kang Yatse being one of them. With a height of about 6400 meters, the trek to the top of it is adventurous and arduous. If you like trekking and revel in physical hardships, you will love the trek to the top of Kang Yatse. It is a 13 day trek to the top, which takes you through some amazing valleys, some beautiful rivers and some really quaint villages that give a glimpse into the local life of people here.

You even come across some monasteries along the trek, which adds a bit of spirituality to this Ladakh trekking experience. Put your trekking shoes on, gather some friends and take this breathtaking Ladakh trek- it will be an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

20. Hemis to Tsomoriri Trek

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This is a wonderful trek that will allow you to experience many varying landscapes. This includes remote valleys, few steep climbs and green pastures. You can walk up to yak herds and enjoy the company of nomads that will smile without any reason. Experience the immense thrill of being able to conquer really tough landscapes and end up in the middle of nature, literally. This is what the Ladakh package offers.

You will love the fact that the Ladakh package will take you to Tsomoriri Lake from Hemis Monastery and you can experience old monasteries, beautiful passes, majestic rock formations and changing hues. Some rare bird species will be visible like Reddy Shelduck and Back Necked Crane. To put it really simple, many nature wonders are to be experienced and you will love that.

By Abhishek Last updated Mar 25,2015

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